Friday, September 28, 2012

Eyelet flowers

I had some eyelet trim (about 40") that had been salvaged from a previous up-cycle project. It was in good shape and cute as can be with the bows and scalloped edges.
It really needed to be used for something.

Took it to the serger for a nice clean edge.

Love my serger - really makes for a professional and durable finish.

Used my ruffling attachment.

Set for maximum ruffle.

What a contraption!
Pretty neat with 4 different adjustments in the amount of ruffle you can achieve.
I found several online for less than $20.
If you like projects with ruffles, it's worth the investment.
Of course the old standard method of pulling the bobbin thread works also.
Especially for small projects like these eyelet flowers.
 That's the way I learned to do it, and the method I utilized for years
(until Mom brought me the ruffling attachment ). Thanks Mom!

That 40" piece ended up 12" long in less than a minute.
I cut it in quarters so I had 4 - 3" pieces of eyelet.

Sewed up the edges where I cut it apart.

Ran that seam thru the serger so they won't ravel.

Very easy and so cute. Just an embellishment for the center and...

...ready for a tote bag or some other fun project.

The white is pretty, but a bit springy, for this time of year.
Maybe I'll try some tea dye for a more natural fall look.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

More Building Art

In the heart of Downtown Tulsa’s Blue Dome District for the 15th Annual Art of BBQ festival and came across this old building with some neat art. Don't know anything about it, been there for years. Appreciate the sentiment.

NE corner of 3rd Street and Frankfort Ave., Downtown Tulsa Oklahoma

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Handy Little Pockets

A re-post from mom's blog - she is just sew creative - find her original post here.

This is such an easy project for a child or a beginning sewer. I have been doing these for years and have used them in the bedroom, bathroom, nursery and especially in my sewing room. They make a wonderful gift and can be personalized very easily with appliqué or embroidery.

Just find a good sturdy hanger and start with a piece of fabric wide enough to cover the hanger width and long enough to make the rows of pockets you want. My finished pocket is always dictated by how much fabric I have. I have one that is only one row deep that I hang off the arm of my recliner for my cell phone and TV remote. For the one in the picture above I used a firm woven upholstery fabric left over from a remnant I used for a tote bag a few years ago.(I am trying to reduce my stash! Really!)

This set of pockets is for light weight things so I did not even line it at all. I bound the edges with my quilt binder that attaches to my machine. You could just hem the edges as well. After I placed the folds for the pocket rows I just turned the bottom under and sewed the rows in place down the edges and across the pockets before finishing the edges.

You could add trim of your choice anytime during construction or after you finish. Fabric glue is an option for placing trim as well. Try one, I think you will find many uses for some extra pockets!

Old Family Photo - Just for Fun!

Best picture ever...hmmm...okay not the most flattering picture, but still one of my favorites.
This photo of my family was taken around thirty years ago. That precious baby, who looks like she is thinking, "What are these fools laughing at?", is all grown up with two precious boys of her own now. That's my mom on the back row (left) with my brother in the middle and my sister-in-law (with baby girl), me (bottom left) and my little sister (bottom right).
Pictures like this bring back such fond memories. Just a regular "dinner at mom's" day when I thought I would try out the timer/delay feature on my 35mm camera (remember those?). I set the timer and then tripped and almost fell on my face as I dove for my spot.
Sure made for a good family photo!
Of course, this was back in the day when the film had to go to the photo lab to be developed. It was about a week later before we saw this great photo. It is just amazing to me that technology has taken us to the present where I can shoot a photo with my digital camera and not only see it in a matter of minutes, but can also share it immediately, via the web!
 Who knows what else technology has in store for us?
The possibilities are just endless.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

An Old Twist on Burlap Flowers

Burlap and fabric flowers are very popular right now. Nothing new here, as with so many other things, it seems a resurgence of popularity is rolling around, again. Wanted to share this great tutorial for a unique burlap fringe flower that made it's debut in the 1960's. Still just as unique and pretty as ever. For the original tutorial go to for Tiffany Windsor's great post.

Aleene's Burlap Fringe Flower

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Cardboard squeegee
18 gauge stem wire – green
Large button with shank
Florist tape – green

For full-size flower, cut a piece of burlap 6"x18". For small flower or bud, cut burlap to 6"x5". Apply Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue™ along both long edges of burlap.

Use a cardboard squeegee (or your fingers) to spread the glue smoothly along the edges. Let dry completely until glue is clear.

Starting in the center, pull out one long burlap thread. Continue pulling out threads one by one.

When all the center threads are pulled out up to the glue line, your burlap piece should look like this.

 Apply Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue along one edge.

 Spread glue smooth with fingers (or squeegee).

Fold in half to match glued edges. Press edges together until glue holds and set aside for next step.

To prepare flower center, fold wire approximately 2″ from end and loop into button shank.

 Wrap florist wire around wire and cover entire stem.

Apply Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue along straight edge of burlap.

Press edge of burlap onto stem just below button and begin to roll wire.

Roll burlap around and around wire keeping loops from catching in glue and keeping edge of burlap straight. Be sure to wrap tightly!

Slightly lift button center and apply Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue to bottom of button.

Pull snugly into center of flower and arrange burlap fringe. Let glue dry completely.When creating a burlap flower bud, loop the wire but do not use a button for the center.Assemble the flower following the same steps outlined.

There you have it...easy as can be and cute as ever!
Thanks for the reminder, Tiffany!

Again, here's a link to Tiffany's original post: