Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Thread, thread, thread

A few years ago, I quit buying the popular Coats and Clark thread. I've used it most of my sewing life, but something changed with it. I don't have a clue what it was, but I was nothing but disappointed in how it performed. Now I mainly use Gutermann threads - they work beautifully 100% of the time!

Okay, I'll admit it....this picture looks similar to how I keep my sewing thread. Yep, I'm coming out of the closet on this. For a reason though... I found this really cool tutorial on how to make a thread rack. So, I'm making one. It's an easy "girl" project, woohoo! So not only did I throw out all my C&C thread a few years ago, now I'm going to throw out my basket storage system - my thread will be so happy! When I've finished it I'll make a new post linking to the tutorial and showing you pictures of mine. I'm excited!

Now, C&C's is made in Mexico. Gutermann is made in Germany. Is there a sewing thread, high quality, that is made in the USA? If you know, can you share?

Wish me luck. All I'll be using is a small hand saw and glue, but one never knows. QUIT LAUGHING.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tickle Me Tuesday

Always makes me giggle...the things people sew for their animals. hahahaha

Friday, May 7, 2010


Yes, it's Prom time all over the country. Brings back memories for me, of my mom and I planning the dress she would sew for me. My mom was so awesome about making things for us, truly - I wouldn't know a thing about crafting if it wasn't for her. THANK YOU Mom!

Oh,back to Prom haha. Miss Zoe is my youngest - just think, all the fun of these events is almost over. here's some pictures of the Prom Couple! Aren't they cute?!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

National Honor Society!

Yes, you read that right. Miss Zoe has been working hard as always and was inducted last week (in her junior year) into the NHS. Make sure to tell her how proud you are of her! She's busy with end of year things, prom, ACTs, SATs, senior scheduling and college planning. Whew....I'm tired just thinking about it. Thank heavens she's such a planner. LOL Her favorite subject, math. So guess who helps me when I can't work out a new design? Aren't I lucky?!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tickle Me Tuesday

Nothing tickles me more than making items for little ones - this blanket and bootie set is for a friend to give as a gift at a baby shower. Aren't they just so cute?!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Pattern for Reusable Crocheted Market Bag

I love to go to the local Farmer's Market to get fresh fruits and veggies, aren't they just DELICIOUS?! So, I decided to crochet a bag that I could use - I had a short list of what I wanted from it. Strong and sturdy, fully washable, and expandable. So here's the bag I came up with and wanted to share the pattern here with you so you could enjoy it too - happy crocheting! You'll see from how the top is made that I got the idea for this design from making a little top for my granddaughters. Quit laughing! haha You know you are.

Make one, two, ever many you want. I have a set of three and take them for regular grocery shopping too.

SO, here we go -

Supplies needed:

Worsted Weight 100% Cotton Yarn - approx. 250 yards (I wish I could get that closer for you, but it will depend upon how you crochet - if you use Lily Sugar and Cream I would get three skeins. You can always return/exchange extra or make something else with the leftovers OR buy one pound cones and make several!)

Size H crochet hook (if you crochet tight, you might want to use a larger hook)

Safety pin, you don't have to have this but if you get lost with where to join rounds it really helps to mark that first stitch.

Gauge - who cares, it's a market bag.

Stitch abbreviations you'll need to know:
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
sk - skip

Row 1 - ch 90, slip stitch to first stitch to make a circle. Make sure you don't twist the chain as it's your foundation row.

Row 2 - ch1, sc in came stitch as joining slip stitch and in each chain around. Join with a slip stitch to first sc. (90sc)

Row 3 - Repeat Row 2 (90sc)

Row 4- (Here is where you'll be dividing stitches for the handles)
ch1, sc 12 (first sc should be in same stitch as joining), ch 15, skip 21 sc, sc 24, ch 15, skip 21, sc 12, join with slip stitch to first sc.

Row 5 - ch1, sc in same stitch as joining and in each sc and chain around (78sc), join with a slip stitch to first sc.

Row 6 & 7 - ch 1 sc in same stitch as joining and in each sc around, join with a slip stitch to first sc. (78sc)

Row 7 - ch4, skip 1sc, *dc 1, ch 1, sk 1*, repeat from *to* until you reach the end of the row. Slip stitch to 3rd chain of the beginning ch 4.

Row 8 through 22 - slip stitch to middle of 1st ch 1 space, ch 4, *dc in next chain 1 space, ch 1*, repeat from * to * until you reach the end of the row. Slip stitch to 3rd chain of the beginning ch 4.

Finishing bottom. Turn bag inside out, lay front and bag even together and sc the bottom closed. Weave in ends, turn right side out...and YIPPEE!!! You have your first reusable bag.

Make sure to post here if you try the pattern and let me know what you think. Hopefully I didn't make any errors - but if I did please let me know so I can write corrections.