Showing posts from November 29, 2009

One Yard Wonders Picnic-Tastic Lunch Mats

This set of picnic placemats deserve more than your ordinary ham and cheese sandwich with chips and a pickle. These cuties cry out for a Lemon Basil Shrimp Salad followed by a rich three-layer turtle cake - all from Cafe Latte of course. Mmmm, I love Cafe Latte. Do they have a restaurant like this where you live? It's filled with mouth-watering to die for desserts ( Which you have to order them first. And they know it. That's why they're are prominently placed at the beginning of the food line .) followed by an array of wondrously delicious sandwiches, or salads or soups. Mmmmm, I'm getting hungry just writing this. But enough about food. I want you to know about another great project I just completed from the One Yard Wonders book. On page 60 you'll find the instructions for this set of black and white placemats aka the "Picnic-Tastic Lunch Mats" . They have a small pocket to place your eating utensils as well as a loop to keep your napkin in pl

Sew a snuggie type blanket for Barbie and other fashion dolls

You've seen the snuggie (tm). You've seen the snuggie (tm) for dogs . But what about a snuggie type blanket for fashion dolls, like Barbie? She's always been up on the current fashion trends, so she certainly wouldn't want to miss out on this one. Wait no more! Now you can sew your very own snuggie type blanket for an 11-1/2" fashion doll, such as Barbie, using only a small piece of fleece, thread, Velcro and about 30 minutes of your time. It's easy. Let me show you how with this sewing tutorial. 1) Download the PDF pattern here. ( Let me know if you have problems as this is the first time I've tried Google Docs. ) 2) Print pattern. Pattern is set to print on four sheets of 8-1/2 x 11 paper. 3) Trim sheets where marked and tape together to form one pattern sheet. 4) Cut out one blanket from fleece. Cut out two sleeves from fleece. 5) Transfer markings to wrong side of fleece. Cut along solid lines and circles as shown. 6) Hem bottom edge of sleeve.

The Burda 02-2008 103 "Tippi Hedren" dress

Burda Feb 2008 103 dress Originally uploaded by Sharon Sews As promised, here's the modeled version of the Burda 02-2008 102 "Tippi Hedren" knit dress. This particular one is too tight to wear to the office, but I am working on another version in a solid color. And this time I remembered to add seam allowances before cutting my fabric :-) My review of the dress is in this post .

Burda Style #112 skirt with diagonal front pleat

Like many of you, when my December Burda Style magazine arrived, I knew this skirt - number 112 - would be one of the first items I would sew. Not only because I like pencil skirts, but because I was intrigued by the front diagonal pleat that gives the skirt just a little something extra. The skirt itself it a fairly quick project to sew, and fortunately, you should be able to sew it without much need to reference the Burda written instructions. My first step, after tracing the pattern and remembering to add seam allowances - yea!, was to play with the pattern pieces so I would understand how the buttonholes and buttons worked to create that diagonal pleat. I have to admit it took me a few tries as I kept folding the pleat backwards. Once I had it figured out I carefully marked all of the buttonholes and foldlines on the waistband and began sewing. There are three buttonholes sewn onto the waistband, but only two buttons are needed. That's because two of the buttonholes will line