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Amy Butler Purse

Amy Butler Purse Embroidery

I am so excited about my success in making this cute bag. I get so proud when a sewing project turns out, because sewing instructions have never been easy for me to understand. In fact, I was so proud, that right after leaving my sewing room, I made up an errand so I could show off my purse. Katelyn needed a white dress. I mean, she did, but not that minute.

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Wrong needle causes hole in shirt

This post is for brand-new sewists for learning purposes, and for experienced sewists to have something to laugh about — my ridiculous misadventures in teaching myself to sew.

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Homemade Stick Horse

Birthday parties today are not what they used to be. My little cousin went to a birthday party where the kids got on a pirate ship and sailed around the Chesapeake. My daughter went to a birthday party at a bounce house place, and the dad was literally passing out dollar bills left and right for the kids to enter a simulated tornado. I’m not knocking it — it’s great fun for the kids, and if you don’t mind spending the money, go for it. I’m more into frugal fun, like the Cowgirl Campout party I threw for  my daughter. Here is an idea for those on a budget – – you can have a cool party for your kids too, and without the price tag. Kids don’t know, and don’t care, how much you spend.

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Homemade Embroidered Easter Dress

Homemade Applique Easter Dress

It may sound strange, but the issue of sewing is sort of emotional for me. I always wanted to sew ever since I was very young. I used to hand sew little pillows and blankets for my dolls. As I got older, I always wanted to learn how to sew with a machine, so I was excited to take home economics in high school. Unfortunately, the lack of one-on-one attention, and likely shoddy instruction, meant my assigned project to make a shirt didn’t end well. Shirts are not a first time project at all. My home economics teacher sent a note home to my mother saying, “Laura will never grow up to be a seamstress.” That really discouraged me, hurt my feelings, and made me feel hopeless about ever being able to sew. True, I’m not a perfect seamstress, but with practice, direction from friends, a serger, and a lot of help from my seam ripper, I managed to become much better. This year I made both of my girls’ Easter dresses, and I must say the bodices on the dresses look great, and those are not easy. So in my blog, I want to encourage people who do not think they can sew to reconsider, and read what I have to say.

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Ever have a pretty sweater that has somehow become too tight? Repurpose SweaterNot to worry, you can now wear this top as a cardigan.

My favorite sweater refashion is the lettuce leaf stitch on the serger. It’s basically a rolled hem with a twist, but can only be done with a knit. It makes a pretty ruffle on the sides of the sweater. This is so fast, while my family was loading up in the car for church, I made a cardigan after I realized I didn’t have anything to match my outfit. I shouted, “I’m coming!” Then I made the cut, and sat down to my serger, and in literally a minute I had myself a new cardigan. Sergers are the best thing ever.

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