Sunday, October 07, 2007

Blog Break

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Friday, October 05, 2007

Flashback Friday - Halloween 1980

Aren't they just the cutest little dolls?

Yep, that's my little cuties dressed up as Raggedy Ann and Andy for Halloween 1980. The clown and ghost in the back were children in the neighboring apartments.

I had my two dressed up and right after this photo was taken I piled them into the car to head to Grandma and Grandpa's house where there were more opportunities for trick or treating.

Before heading out the door (with their pillowcase treat bags, LOL. I should have sewn them one of these!) they stopped to pose with my youngest sister, D, who was eleven at the time. You know, D's always had an aversion to having her photo taken -I bet if I asked her she would admit that underneath that pumpkin hood she's sticking out her tongue.

Aw, yes, the after trick or treating ritual - dumping all the candy out on the floor and sorting through it. Every year I begged for a chocolate bar and every year Raggedy Andy boy refused and Raggedy Ann girl said "yes, of course, what else would you like?" She's a good girl - I know when I'm sitting in a nursing home she's going to come and visit me :-)

Did any of you sneak candy from your children's trick or treat loot? I don't remember for sure, but knowing what a sweet tooth I have I probably did. Although it's difficult when they are old enough to actually inventory the candy supply, LOL.

I know, what you really want to know is if I sewed the costumes, right?

Of course! And they cost me ZERO dollars to make!

What's my secret you ask? Simple.

In 1980 I was an employee of JoAnn Fabrics - back when the store was located in a shopping mall and carried high end fabrics. Yes, you read that right. Wools, silks, ultra suede...you get the picture.

And the employees sewed all the model garments that were displayed in the store. So, using McCall's 7232, I choose to make these two adorable little costumes as model garments. Being model garments meant everything was free - the pattern, the fabric, and all of the notions! The only catch was that it had to be displayed in the store for six weeks.

The costumes, after being worn by a few cousins, were returned to me where they are now packed safely away awaiting a future grandchild's Halloween adventure.


Do you have a Flashback Friday photo you want to share?
My first Flashback Friday post was six months ago. I have a lot more to go! But I'm wondering - do you have some Flashback Fridays you want to share? Well join in! The more the merrier.

If you sign Mr. Linky others can check out your Flashback Friday photo at your blog (however, you don't have to sign Mr. Linky to just eave a comment). I'm looking forward to seeing your Flashback Friday memories!

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Sew a simple, reversible Halloween trick or treat bag

What? Who said Halloween bags had to look Halloweenie? (Is that a word?)

No need to send your kids out with a pillowcase this year when you can make this simple to sew Halloween reversible trick or treat bag. No pattern needed. And it has pockets!

This particular trick or treat bag was sewn to coordinate with a lame fish costume a certain five-year-old I know will be wearing.

Note: When I refer to side one, I am referring to the blue fabric. When I refer to side two, I am referring to the pink fabric.

Cut out fabric rectangles
  • Side One = Cut 1 rectangle 16" x 29"
  • Side Two = Cut 1 rectangle 16" x 29"
  • Pocket on Side Two = Cut 1 rectangle 9" x 29"
  • Facing = Cut 1 rectangle 4" x 29"
  • Handles = Cut 2 rectangles 4-1/2" x 20"


To make pocket on Side Two
  • Fold under 1/2" on one long edge (29") of the pocket fabric.
  • Press and top stitch in place.
  • Place the pocket on top of side two with the wrong side of pocket to right side of bag matching the side and bottom edges.
  • Baste in place.
  • Measure 9" from each side edge and mark.
  • Sew the pocket to Side two along the marked line.



Sew body of bag
  • Side One and Two = fold in half right sides together
  • Stitch the side edge in a 1/2" seam.
  • Stitch the bottom edge in a 1/2" seam.

Make bag bottom corners
  • Match the side seam (or side edge) to the bottom seam, forming a point.
  • Measure 1" in from the point and mark.
  • Sew on the marked line forming the corner of the tote.





Sew bags together
  • With wrong sides together, slip bag side one into bag side two matching the top raw edges.
  • Pin in place.
  • Baste together 1/2" from the raw edge to hold the two bags together.



Add handles
  • Measure 2" in from each side.
  • Pin one handle on one side of the bag 2" in matching raw edges.
  • Repeat for the other side.
  • Stitch handles in place.


Add facing
  • Fold facing in half, wrong sides together, matching short edges.
  • Stitch together in a 1/2" seam
  • Press seam open.
  • Press under 1/2" on one long edge of the facing.
  • Pin facing to Side Two, wrong side of facing to right side of bag, matching top edges.
  • Stitch together in a 1/2" seam.
  • Turn facing to Side One and press in place.
  • Top stitch the lower edge of the facing to Side One.
  • Top stitch the upper edge of the facing.
  • NOTE: The top stitching will show on Side Two so decide before you top stitch if you want to use a contrasting or matching thread.
  • I used YLI Glow Bug glow in the dark thread for the top stitching.



Admire new reversible trick or treat bag
  • Turn bag to side one - admire.




  • Turn bag to side two - admire


  • Repeat while trying to decide which to use for Halloween.
  • Done! That was easy wasn't it?

And just to please you traditionalists - the next trick or treat bag will be sewn from this Happy Halloween fabric!

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Monday, October 01, 2007

Does repairing clothing count as sewing?

If making repairs counts as sewing, then I have done a lot of sewing lately! Replacing broken zippers, sewing on missing buttons, re-hemming hems that have come undone, and blah, blah, blah...



The most rewarding repair was a child's Halloween costume. Last summer, my girlfriend had picked up this blue/purple/green lame fish costume in a thrift store for $4.

It was in great shape with the exception of a few seams that were beginning to ravel - which, if you've sewn lame before you know it is notorious for doing that - and I assured her I could fix it.




And a simple fix it was. I covered the frayed seam by appliquéing a colorful cotton patch over the top of it. I added one on the other side also so it looks as if it was part of the original design.

It's such a cute little costume.

I'm working on a coordinating trick-or-treat bag. After all, if you're going to wear a costume this cute you might as well go all out. Pin It

Smoke-Free Minnesota

Today is the day - Smoke-Free Minnesota.

On Oct. 1, the Freedom to Breathe Act makes all Minnesota workplaces smoke-free. Minnesota is the 20th state in the nation with a smoke-free law that bans smoking in nearly every indoor public area, protecting workers and the public from the hazards of secondhand smoke.

As a ex-smoker (almost 20 years) - let me just say "Whoo-Hoo!" Pin It

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