Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Halloween Decorations

I've fallen in love with fabric pumpkins...

fabric pumpkins by tatertotsandjello  15 ideas and tutorials for your crafty pumpkins

And I could find tons of pictures of well-made, enviable really, fabric pumpkins and even some promises of tutorials but most of the links were to dead ends. I guess this is a fad I am getting into after the rush!

Then I started thinking about pumpkin pincushions which would make these little critters functional as well as decorative. (And in my crowded sewing room, that is a plus!)

I found a tutorial for pumpkin pincushions here at the Fiskars website. It always interesting to read the instructions on these, because I would have gone about making it a little differently. (I would have made a stuffed ball all in one colour and then added a stem) but I prefer the matching of colours on this site....

I'm so busy these days that fabric pincushions is a small and realistic project for me right now. I am taking two courses - one a teacher's class and one is a creative writing class. And I have a goal to make Thursday nights my sewing nights....

If you are looking for a list of Halloween crafts, check out this post A Big List of Halloween Crafts

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

One Give Away; Two Burda Magazines

I forgot to put up a March Burda Magazine give away. The truth is March just flew by for me...I had dental surgery, a week at the Ministry of Education and a whole bunch of grading to do on top of the regular day-to-day teaching...so I am combining this month's give away with last month's give away.

Two Burda Magazines...one is the August 1979 issue and the other is the April 1982 issue. This draw is for both.

I'll mail them anywhere in the world, all you have to do to enter is be a follower of this blog and leave a comment below. Draw on April 20th. Good luck everyone!

Monday, March 9, 2015

A Big List of Canadian Sewing Blogs And Growing

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I know there are lists of sewing blogs out there, and even a map or two of sewing enthusiasts, but I have nonetheless, created my own list and I hope it grows. If you know of a Cdn blog that isn't listed - a blog whose primary purpose is sewing rather than quilting or other crafts - please let me know in the comments and I will edit this list.

Updated - Feb 2017, thanks to so many new blog suggestions. Keep them coming so this list becomes current and comprehensive!

Ontario bloggers

The Wild Stitch - blog from Waterloo, and she has a podcast too!
Anna Zoe Pattern Vault
Gathering Threads - a blog for sewing and smocking

Sew Debbie

Weekend Crafting


Wardrobe Dysfunction

Stitch Parade - knitting, pottery, sewing, etc

Warp and Weft

All Style All Substance

How Unseamly

The Sewing and Life Adventures of Emerald Erin 

Fit Not to Fit

Always Sewing
Fashion Lehn

Chris Knits in Niagara

Sew Pretty In Pink

The Sewing Lawyer

Amanda Farquharson


Button and Needle

Kadance Kloth

Cherah Sews

Seams Like Crystal

Another Sewing Scientist

The Sewing Diet

The Straight Jacket Muse

Pattern Therapy ( I wish this was the name of my blog!)

Me and My Veritas
Sew Stash Sew

BC Bloggers

Sewaholic - patterns and a fabulous blog too

Elle C Sews

Sew Creative Blog

Crafting a Rainbow

A Colourful Canvas

Fabric Paper Thread


Everything Sewing

Falling Through Your Clothes



Tanit-Isis Sews - this is one of the first blogs I found!

Young Seamstress CarmencitaB

La Bobbin Filante


Fabric Maverick

Family Buzz

Finished Garment

Peg's Place: Sewing, Quilting, Embroidery

Miss Mouse Crafts - I am a Passionate Maker

The Minimalist Hypothesis

Caroline's Stitchin'

Adventures of a Young Seamstress

La Mani Doro

Incondite Le Grand

1 Seam at a Time

Nova Scotia

Sewing on the Edge

Atlantic Sewing Guild

The Beauty of a Stitch
The Sew Haligonian


Sew Passionista
Sisters of the Brush

Quilt, Knit, Run, Sew

Newfoundland and Labrador

Submarines and Sewing Machines

Simply Handmade by Lana - not a sewing blog but lots of fun with fabric crafts

Cdn but I don't know where in Canada

Creating in the Gap

A Passion to Create

Thread Riding Hood


Myrna Giesbrecht

The Fabulous Dr E

Sunday, March 1, 2015

February Burda Challenge Completed


These are sweat pants from the March 2014 issue that I made into pjs using fabric from my stash. I removed the cuffs and shortened the legs and miscalculated. So I have to add a cuff back in - in a different fabric. Also I omitted the pockets. Here is the link to these (I plan to make the cardigan on this page too).

I used a shirting cotton - I only had a little over a metre so I really had to 'measure twice and cut once'

I added these cuffs - from an old sheet that I have since used a muslin but luckily I had a little left over to add length to these pjs

Ta -da! February Burda Challenge Completed.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Goodbye Mr Spock, Spring 2015 Ottobre and A Burda Magazine Winner (but not in that order)

The Vintage Burda Magazine winner is...........Nhi. I'll send you an email shortly and post your Burda mag on Monday. I'll post the next vintage Burda magazine contest in a few weeks....

Today I received my issue of Ottobre Magazine and here is a preview:

This is definitely my favourite issue so far ...I've only been subscribing for a couple of years and I tend to like their designs....

And I couldn't let the day go without mentioning Mr Spock:
View image on Twitter

Spock your $5 dollar bills....

Leonard Nimoy is gone and it hits me hard. I am a big fan. I feel a Star Trek weekend coming on...in tribute

A friend and I have a running list of would-be-next-dead celebrities and while William Shatner is on that list, Leonard Nimoy never was...(Jimmy Carter, Phil Donahue, Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth are prominent on the list though).
It's a strange pass time.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

My Thread Holder - An Old Mettler Thread Case

 My thread usually sits in various small containers or in a drawer. And I never know what colours I have. I've looked and looked for different thread options - but they are ridiculously priced or they don't fit many spools.

This is nice but it's a bit fussy for me. I need to be able to see my thread and get to it and return it easily.
It's available here and at $10.99 the price may be right if you like this type of container.
And someone much more creative than me, made this beautiful one.
Source here complete with a how-to tutorial

I was considering one or two of these racks:

At 7.99 from the US Amazon (here) these are the right price. One
reviewer says "they are good for spices but not much else." I bet they would be perfect for thread spools too. 

Browsing Kijiji a few weeks ago I found an ad for an old Mettler Thread Case and I sent an email.

Here's what I picked up today....


I am so thrilled with it. Now I have a place for all my thread and it will be very visible. I'll know what colours I have and what ones I need for the next $1 sale at Fabricland

The small Guterman fit easily and the bigger ones a bit more awkwardly.
A shot of the entire cabinet

My new cabinet in her new home. If you live in the Hamilton area and would like one,
here is the Kijiji ad I purchased it from. It says $60 each but I talked her down to $20 and she had five left when I was there today....

Also, I am giving away a vintage Burda Magazine a month this year...the February 1979 issue draw is tomorrow.
 See this post for details.

What about you - where do you keep your spools of thread?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

February Challenge Post One: Robson Trench Muslin

Victoria's Fearless February Challenge is on and I am steadily working on the first of two trench coats. I've completed a few muslins so far...

I've been working - and working, and working - on a muslin for the Robson coat. It's a big project so I thought I should take the time to make a muslin. And I'm glad I did. I had to really go between a few sizes to get the fit I wanted. I also had to really work on the arms - the sleeves were originally too narrow and too long. I used the sleeve cap tutorial from sewnews - a simple yet important change to my sleeves. As you can see in the pics below, I am trying this muslin on with a heavy sweater underneath. Spring is cold in Ontario and the idea of being cold will keep me from wearing my trench. I decided I need to be able to wear multiple layers under mine. 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

A Stash of Fabric Ends and A Snow Day....

I've done a lot of shovelling of snow this week and, once inside, decided to do a little stash-busting. 

I found this site which had instructions for making a rag quilt and I had about half a metre of denim left over from a skirt I made last year. Here are some odds and ends in need of ironing. 

And after a quick review of the instructions, I just got started...

My dog, Elvis, couldn't resist seeing if the rag quilt was comfortable.

This is my first rag quilt and the back isn't as pretty as I'd like it to be...


I love the pieces with pockets showing on the back. I have no idea if you are supposed to use those pieces - I think not - but it turns out those are my favourite pieces

It measures about two feet by one foot. The perfect size for in front of my bathroom vanity.

There is just something about patchwork that I really like. I guess Elvis does too.
Please check out the post immediately after this one for a Burda Magazine Give Away.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Vintage February1979 Burda Magazine Give-Away

Here it is, the February 1979 Burda Magazine that I am giving away to one follower of this blog on February 25th.

This issue is all red and white with lots of long flowy dresses and some cardigans and jackets.

Here are the insert pattern pages - everything looks to be intact - including the English language translation inserts

If you're interested, just follow this blog and leave a comment below (with a way to reach you should you win...)

I will mail this anywhere in the world, so it is open to everyone. Good luck!


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