Sewing your own sheets is thrilling!

I have wanted to sew my own sheets for years. But the mitred corners scared me. Desperate for new sheets and broke with a huge stash of fabric in my basement I finally bit the bullet and did it. But I cheated. I cut a square of fabric to fit the top of my mattress. Then I cut 12 inch strips and sewed them all the way around the square. No mitred corners required! I love the results! Tomorrow I will zigzag elastic to the edge of my new sheets. I may never buy store-bought sheets ever again!


Kwik Sew 4172

I haven’t blogged in a long time. The truth is it just hasn’t seemed worth the effort. I never get to use the computer without children crawling on me anymore. But this pattern I do want to make some notes for myself and also for others to read about in case they want to attempt this pattern themselves. This red rayon is very thin. My serger certainly doesn’t like’s also much more shifty than most rayons I’ve sewn with.  I am very glad that the skirt is so full as the fabric is so thin. On all these dresses I sewed almost every seam with a triple stitch,  or a stretch stitch because it was just so shifty the last thing I wanted was for the fabric to stretch a bit and the seams to snap.

What a ridiculous amount of time I spent making the straps.  I won’t do that again. Next time I will cheat and use wide satin ribbon. In fact, that’s what I will do when I make the denim and pearls dress in July.  🎀

The pattern calls for a centre seem down the front and a seam down the middle of the back. I’m sure this is so the hem line isn’t all wonky. But with this red Rayon the hemline is completely wonky anyway….so I think the next time I make this pattern I will cheat and lay the Centre front on a fold. 2 less seams to sew and serge…A week is not long enough to make a dress. Not with 4 kids. I’m a full time mum. That’s just how it is. No one forced the deadline on me. I chose it. When will I ever learn? I seem to do this to myself about every 5 years or so….


Growing kids

I brought up some fabric to cut out a pair of pants for my 12-year-old son. I was disappointed and surprised to discover that I would need more fabric, as his legs have grown!

Upon further examination, I discovered that most of the pieces of fabric that I have purchased over the last 10 years to make pants for my sons are now too small to use for the 12-year-old.

Although he is petite and a very picky eater, I’m sure the 10-year-old is not far behind. That leaves the 5 -year-old boy. I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel any panic at all.

I can combine two small pieces of fabric to create a color block shirt. Colorblocking is NOT really appropriate for pants,  unless you were just adding patches, or pocket facings for interest. What boys need, are pants. Boys, destroy pants, much faster, than they destroy shirts.  April is the 12-year-old’s month. I would like to make him at least two pairs of pants, before the end of the month. However, at the moment, I only have one piece of fabric that is big enough to make him a pair of pants.

Don’t get me wrong. I have MUCH fabric in my basement that is long enough to make him a pair pants! Pretty pink plaids,  yellow and lime green fleece, many printed tee shirt materials, velvets and minky, and flannels in lime green and orange.

None of these fabrics are appropriate for a boy who is entering grade 7 in September.  I feel as though what I am experiencing,has less to do with what’s in my stash, and more to do with the sensation every mother experiences  over and over again as her child grows,

My Baby Is All Grown Up! 😢<<<<


I was so careful and I STILL did it wrong. I will have to rip these triangles out and switch the sides. This is the most precise and exact quilt I have ever done, and I want it to be just so. Oh well. I am just going to sew new ones for now, and set these backwards one aside for now.


Wedding Quilt

I have been surfing hundreds of blogs images and websites and library books for quilt designs. By no means did I copy this directly, but who knows maybe this is someone else’s design. This is what came out of my head today based on the fact that I already have a lot of precut 4 x 4 quilt squares…wedding is June 24. I’ll keep you posted…

Kwik Sew 3234

Size 10.

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Great pattern. I will use it again, but not this fleece…..

Bargain price on this green fleece, and it shows. It acts like microfibre against my dry skin. Yuck. And it stretches and shifts and lumps up in weird ways and in weird ways. I won’t sew with it again…I have about 1.5 m left. If I can find a coordinating printed knit in my stash I will make a tie blanket out of it when my hands are not so dry from the winter cold. The day I finished this shirt it was -22′ C outside with the wind chill and I just could not bring my self to freeze my face and fingers to take photos outside!



Preview of See & Sew B6307

Once again taking a very simple project and making it ridiculously complicated by adding insane little details. This is a remnant I got for free from a coworker. I knew at once it would be pants for my baby girl. Then I had the brilliant idea of adding tiny pockets for her tiny fingers by cutting out matching squares from scraps of fabric and laying them directly on the existing square. And wouldn’t sweet little bits of lace just punch it up just a bit?!?!? I’ve got one done and my shoulders are killing me.