Next to the Box

My scrap box is getting rather full. When that happens projects are eminent. Small projects that I must force myself to imagine as opposed to using a pattern. It’s a creative stretch, an out of box experience. But we all need one of those once in a while.



Twas a Gray Day

It was rather cloudy with a spot of rain today but I did manage to scamper out for a bit this morning and catch a spot of sun to take this picture in. I had actually just finished sewing when I took the picture. It’s another sample for the quilt store. I used the “Little Belle Skirts” pattern from Favorite Things. It was pretty easy, it took me not quite three hours to make. Although the instructions were ever so slightly vague at times but it wasn’t hard to figure out what they meant. The pictures were a big help in that respect! I made the size 9/10 so that Flopsy could model it. It fit her very well in the waist and hips but it was very short which, I think, is the way it’s supposed to be as it’s short on the model on the pattern cover.

Pattern: Little Belle Skirts

Designer: Favorite Things Pattern Designs

Skill Level: 3 (of 5)

Fabric: Meadow Lark by Erin McAllister for Brenatex

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Favorite Things Pattern Designs

Of Scarves and Seas

First of all I must confess something to you. I went to the beach yesterday. That’s not the confession. This is: I forgot my camera. Totally. Completely. Forgot. And it was a beautiful day. *sigh*

Now let’s get to the real reason for this post. I bought a little Summer dress the other day on clearance at Belk’s. It fit wonderfully and it was terribly comfortable but it was just too plain. After digging through my ever so slightly overwhelming stash of patterns and fabric I came up with a piece of a vintage feed sack that I had bought some time ago at an antique fair. It matched the dress perfectly and it was just barely enough to make Amy Butler’s “Sash with Beaded Fringe” pattern (which is available for free on her site). Because of the delicate nature of the fabric I had chosen I was forced to entirely hand sew this project and it took me two days working on it here and there as I had time. Under normal conditions though this would be a very quick and easy pattern.

Related links:

Amy Butler Design

(For the scarf pattern mouse over “free patterns” and click “sewing patterns” you will get a pop-up window with a list of patterns. The scarf is towards the bottom.)


It is always amazing to me how perfect God’s timing is. Just as the private sewing lessons I teach were beginning to dwindle I received a call from the owner of a large, local quilt store asking if I would like a job in her shop helping customers and teaching classes as well as sewing samples for the store at home. After talking to my parents and rearranging my current schedule I was able to accept. I won’t start working in the shop until sometime this Summer but I have already started making samples of future class projects. My first sample project was a cute little drawstring bag by Amy Butler. I was allowed to choose the materials myself which was very fun. Although it took me some time to find three coordinating prints.

Pattern: In Town Bags

Designer: Amy Butler

Skill Level (on a scale of 1-5): 2

Fabric: Love by Amy Butler for Westminster Fibers

Q: Was the pattern easy to follow?

A: Yes, the directions were very clear. The only step I did not like was for making the drawstring. The pattern says to fold and iron the long sides first and then the short sides. Personally, I think it should be the other way around.

Q: Did you make any changes to the pattern or design?

A: I did not use any trim. Otherwise it is exactly the same as the pattern.

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Amy Butler Design