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How to Turn a Thrift-Store Shirt Into Useful Fabric

How to Turn a Thrift-Store Shirt Into Useful Fabric

I love thrift store shopping. I love the great prices and the thrill of finding something unusual or unique. I also love that my purchases are not only easier on the planet, but often in support of worthwhile causes. And thrift stores can be a great place to find fabric for sewing projects. Blankets, quilts,…

Monkeying Around

A customer recently asked me to make her a sweater friend that looked like a sock monkey.  Having never made a sock monkey or a sweater monkey before, I did a little experimenting and this was the result! I must admit that I am more than just a little in love with this guy!  I…

The Rabbits are Multiplying

The bunnies in my sewing room have been multiplying (as bunnies are wont to do).  I’ve been having a lot of fun playing with wool sweaters and making puffy little tails.  Here is the newest member of the family:  This is the first time I’ve made a sweater friend with clothes and I kind of like…

It’s Giveaway Day!

Happy Giveaway Day!  And welcome to all who are visiting today! Today I am giving away this corduroy satchel.  It is upcycled from a pair of corduroy pants, and lined with new fabric. To enter, let me know what great books you have read lately! (This could be anything from fiction to a cookbook to…

The Family is Growing

I have become quite excited about sweaters lately.  The more I look at them, the more I see animal personalities trying to break free.    Here are a few new additions to the sweater friend family: I must admit that my house is quickly becoming a bit of a sweater menagerie!  All of these guys are…

A few More Satchels

What a great week-end for sewing!  I locked myself away all day Sunday and got a lot of things made, and came up with a whole list of other things I want to tackle.  I woke up this morning with my brain spinning with ideas…but alas, had to head off to work instead.  I have…

When Pants Become Purses and Sweaters Become Pigs

I tucked myself away in the sewing room for as long as I could yesterday (if only cooking and eating didn’t take up so much time I’d have more time to sew!)  Sometimes I think my sewing room is a time warp.  I walked in there around 1:30 and couldn’t believe that it was 5:00…

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