flirty little skirt

A coquettish little skirt that bounced into happy, vibrant life from 2 old pairs of jeans and one pair of bubble gum pink pants of a similar weight.  She hasn’t stopped giggling since I sewed on her button.


Since we’re having so much fun, here are some directions you can use to make your own flirty little skirt:

2014_03_29Linking up with the Sew Darn Crafty linky party.

the happy planter

And old margarine container and its lid teamed up with a wee spider plant that had outgrown its little pot.  Together they got into the fabric stash and dressed themselves up in an old pair of jeans with the help of my trusty glue gun, found a sunny spot near a window, and nestled into a happy new life together.


This is a great spring project for kids old enough to use a glue gun; just choose some fabric, and start gluing it onto that old plastic container!  Be sure to leave the bottom free of fabric to avoid staining, and poke a few holes for drainage.  The lid makes a nice saucer to catch any runaway water.

Shared at the Sew Darn Crafty linky party and the We Made That linky Party.

the Country Cousin Apron

This country gal’s apron is begging to cook up some blue ribbon recipes.  She reminds me of my grandma’s farm kitchen and the mysterious feasts of things like beets and garden greens she cooked up there, followed by a never ending supply of banana splits and more ice cream than a grandchild could ever eat alone (which was good, because us grandkids numbered in the double digits).

“Go ahead,” this wholesome apron promises, “Dig in and get good and messy, I’ll keep you safe.”

She stitched herself up from an old pair of jeans and some patchy pajama pants, (very) loosely based on this free pattern from Burda.


Slumbering Snowdrops

Upcycled from a pair of old curtains and a mismatched twin sheet, this lined and world-wise blouse blew in on a breeze that promised a whisper of spring.  Flowing like a sunny day, unassuming embellishments were created with the simplest of stitches on the most basic of machines, capturing the colours of the first snowdrops that still slumber beneath the winter’s snow.


Sharing at the Sew Darn Crafty party.


the Renaissance of the Weary Treadle


Once upon a time there was a treadle sewing machine, who stitched and stitched and stitched and stitched.  She worked so hard and grew so weary that she was finally allowed to rest.  But even as she rested, water seeped in and corroded her treadle, disintegrated her belts, and fed the fungus that ate away at her wood.  Unloved and dirty, unable to stitch and too weary to cry, she was hidden away and left for lost.

Decades past until at last came a human who took her in, who oiled her treadle and scrubbed at her rust and undid her screws and removed all that rotten wood.   There were some very strange noises and some very long waits, but sure enough she began to feel better.  She felt alive and new, fresh and young, reborn and resurrected.

And she didn’t feel very much like stitching at all.  She only wished to be still and offer up a flat surface just right for figuring or writing, drawing or doodling, journalling or scribbling.   So that’s just what she did.

And she lived happily ever after (as a writing desk).


The End.

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