Monthly Archives: December 2015

Red polar fleece John Deer Quilt

This quilt front is currently chucked in the basement for later as I am very mad at it right now. I will keep you posted.


Red Polar Fleece Space Quilt

Here it is so far. Mixed media, strip quilting, quilt as you go. It’s the same on the front as it is on the back. I add a new strip, front, back, and batting, all at once. I am IN LOVE with this project. It glows in the dark. Polar fleece, minky, flannel, and quilting cotton. I think it’s GORGEOUS and I don’t care what anyone else thinks of it.

Red polar fleece

Natasha commented that I seem to be adding this particular red polar fleece to every single project lately. I didn’t even realize I was doing that until she said something. So I think I will blog a series of posts, all the current projects with the polar fleece IN THEM….wait till she sees these pants. She is going to flip!!!


Another uber cute pair of jammie pants. These are for the 4 year old boy. The pockets are ridiculously huge, but so so cute. He loves to shove his hands deep into the pockets and walk around like that, all hunched over.

One pocket is actually lower than the other. OOOPS. That’s the problem with winging it. I attach the patch pockets before the legs are formed, so its hard to eyeball them. Next time I will measure them to make sure they are the same height. IMG_0800This is how I lay out plaid pants. Matching the plaid on the side seams is nearly impossible so I eliminate the side seam all together. I lay the pattern pieces together, overlapping where the side seam would be. So cut out like this, I have two pieces of fabric to make a pair of pants. Construct pants as if you have already sewn up the side seam.

IMG_0805This is the new waistband method again, not doing pocket waistbands anymore. Sew the elastic into a circle, then stretch it to match the wasitband size, and attach it to the edge of the fabric, in this case, by serger. fold in one time, and secure again on bottom of elastic edge, making a casing. One day I will learn a stitch that I both love and that also looks very professional, but for now, I love my zig zag stitch, even though it looks homemade. This zig zag stitch stands up to all the wear and tear my kids dish out, so I struggle to use something fancier that won’t be as rugged.

IMG_0767Giving credit where credit is due, this is the pattern I used, and I am very happy with the way the size 4 fit.

IMG_0804Love this stitch.

IMG_0802Here is the cuff that I did correctly. I was so excited to be nearly done.


Then I rushed to finish and I sewed this cuff on inside out. So I will have to do a bit of stitch ripping and resewing. But all in all, I am very very pleased with yet another perfectly wonderful pair of super cute jammie pants. I have to add one more thing….a button on the front so he can tell front from back. This is why I usually add bum pockets too, so it’s obvious to the little boys which side is the back. I have more scraps of the contrasting red fabric, maybe I still will add butt pockets. Probably just a button though…..

When in doubt go back to what you know, in this case pants

After much sadness anger and frustration over my bad sewing day yesterday I have reached some decisions. Or….ideas. 

I’m going back to pants. I like sewing pants. Everyone wears pants. Jammie pants…sport pants…cargo pants…dress pants…work pants…golf pants…clown pants…

I understand pants. You can change the pockets, the hem line, the snugness (fit), the waistband, add a zipper, etc, but, basically, pants never change. They are pretty predictable. There are some fronts, there are  some backs. And no matter how fancy your pants are, really, there are only 4 seriously important pieces. 

Also, I am going to set some limits on fabric and pattern combinations, as I seem to be in a bad habit of choosing the wrong fabric for a clothing pattern on a regular basis, leading to glompy looking clothing. 

Glompy is so a real word. Ask any MANTAI. 

So the new fabric rules are…..drum roll please…..

Only light flowing fabrics to make clothes patterns. The exception to this rule is heavy stretchy fabrics for PJS. 

Heavy fabrics are to be used for bags, hats, aprons, and other crafty patterns. 

Everything else is for quilting. 

I promise to do my best to stick to these guidelines…..