Good enough to eat!!

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This is the second fabric that I bought for another kimono for GrandDolly. I’ve cut out the pieces, and I’ve wound my bobbin with black thread and I’m really ready to sew, but really I just want to stand in front of it and just stare at it!! I am truly in love with this fabric. I’m making this kimono in the next size up, I figure that she’ll fit into it eventually. Go ahead and click the picture, you know you want to!!

Also, in the directions for this kimono, there is mention made of a handy dandy little tool called a binding maker. I’ve heard all kinds of opinions about these things and I’m sure it has all kinds of names depending on the manufacturer, but I bought one thinking that if I didn’t care for the way it worked, I could always return it. Let me tell you something about this little cutie patootie. It works great!!! I have never made seam binding/bias binding without burning the daylights out of my fingers until I tried this. The only advice that I would give a person trying this tool for the first time, make sure the strip width that you are feeding in completely fills the tape maker where it is fed in. I was making 1/2″ double bias binding. The binding maker that I bought was a 1″ and the first strip width that I tried was 1 1/2″. It didn’t completely fill the end of the maker and slipped all over the place. Okay, start over. 2″ wide strips, filled the starting end nicely, perfect seam binding came out the other end. Amazing what you can do with the right tools.

Okay, enough gushing about inanimate objects…….

Oh, one more thing before I stop the gushing — flat headstraight pins are a plus for less than dexterous fingers!! FYI, the yellow thingies stuck into the end of my monstrous pin cushion are said flat head straight pins. There — I’m done.

Unconscious Mutterings #292

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  1. Groceries ::Ugh, hateful job that never stays done!!
  2. Deodorant ::Right Guard
  3. Psychic ::physic (when my daughter was little, that’s what she would say instead of psychic)
  4. Cherries ::on top
  5. Spooky ::Classics IV (In the cool of the evening when everything is gettings kind of groovy….)
  6. Yogurt ::with frozen berries, my favorite!!
  7. Kitchen ::apron
  8. Nothing personal ::yeah, right!
  9. Be nice ::or what?
  10. Delivery ::Speedy (Mr. Rogers)

Roseland Park — Where Peace and Quiet Live

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Sweet Baboo and I will often take a skip up to Roseland Park in Woodstock, he to fish and I to walk and/or take pictures. Only about 5 minutes away, it is private property (ie, not a state park) that is open to Woodstock and surrounding towns. Donated by the Bowen family in the late 1800’s, repairs and upkeep are now being done by donations from the community. It is so lovely to walk in fresh air, hearing only birdsong and children laughing, with an occasional jet flying overhead on it’s way to Boston.

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So darn cute — Simple Kimono Wrap by Habitual

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I found this great tutorial for this darling kimono awhile ago on a blog that I frequently lurk, Habitual Creature of Habit. She has some really great stuff over there, take a skip over and take a look if you have time. This pattern is very simple to follow and works up very quickly.

The fabric was one that I purchased from an Etsy shop, Sweet Flavor Also a great site to visit with lots and lots of fabric shipped quickly at reasonable prices. I’ll be going back to pick up a few more to add to the several other fabrics that I want to use for more of these little cutie pies.

Yes, it’s true, I am becoming quite obsessed with sewing for my little bean, AKA GrandDolly. Oh well, it keeps me off the streets and out of the bars……..

Oh, and the photo is clickable!!!

Pillowcase + Recycling = A Yoga Mat Bag Tutorial

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Welcome to my very first tutorial!! This bag turned out SOOOO much better than I thought it would.   I couldn’t find anything like this on line so I made one. I hope I can explain well enough for anybody who would care to make one too.

I usually make an item at least twice before I get it the way that I want it. The first time is where I make all my booboos and solve any problems, then the second time around is the real thing. The first one that I made is actually useable, but needed a few adjustments.  This bag is the result of those adjustments. Be warned — I’m not a professional by any stretch of the imagination, so if something isn’t clear, please let me know. I’m not entirely sure I wrote everything down, so I will post any revisions as quickly as I can. Also, I overthink everything, so this will be wordy as all get out.

Materials:
One king sized pillowcase (I think it’s king sized) (I picked up a few at my local Salvation Army)
Sewing machine and thread to match or contrast, whatever
Some kind of ribbon or cord, 18 inches long or so
Scissors
Tape measure and/or yardstick. A ruler is handy too
All seams are 1/4″ but I used 14 or 15 stitches per inch for security.

Yes, this is me overthinking. Tres annoying, isn’t it?

1. Measure your yoga mat rolled up. Mine was about 23 1/2″ long and had a circumference of 13 1/2″ around. The diameter of the bag is about 4 inches so I used 5 1/2″ as a measurement for the circles needed for the end of the bag. I would imagine that those dimensions are pretty universal as yoga mats go.

Ooo, look pictures.

Yes, that’s my toe, thanks for asking.

2. My fabulous plaid print pillow case began life approximately 32 1/2″ long and 18 1/2″ wide. I used the two layers of the pillowcase for each of the three components of the bag so that I wouldn’t have to worry about lining it. The rectangle that I would need for my 13 1/2″ x 23 1/2″ mat, with a couple inches for wiggle room, would be 27″ long and 15 1/2″ wide.

3. For the strap, I cut off 3 inches +/- along the long folded edge of the pillowcase (not the long seam side, although it probably wouldn’t make any difference), from the hemmed opening to the bottom. Cut off the hemmed edge and then cut open the fold. I used my rotary cutter and ruler so that the width all the way down would be even. You will have a strip of fabric about 3″ wide x 60″ long. Fold the strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and press. Watch the fingers. Then fold in each raw edge about 1/4″ and press. Stitch down the length of the strip, close to the edge. The strap will be about 1 1/4″ wide when finished and can be cut to length. I used about 36 inches or so for mine.

Circles for bottom of bag — Cut off 5 to 5 1/2 inches on the remaining width of the pillowcase. I just drew a circle using a cereal bowl flipped upside down and then cut it out.

4. After cutting for the strap and the circles, you are left with a rectangle approximately 27″ long x 15 1/2″ wide, in two layers of fabric. Using the fabric doubled gives it some body so that you don’t have a wimpy yoga mat bag. You don’t want other yogacizers laughing at you.

5. The Bag

Pin the long side seams together. Don’t worry about right and wrong sides, because both pieces are the right side. No need for a lining that way. Start sewing the seam from the bottom, stopping when you are half an inch or so from where the hemmed open edge starts. I reversed and went forward several times so that it doesn’t fray. Press the seam open, this time including the edges of the hemmed area. I used a zig zag stitch to stitch down those edges. My zigzagging skills need some work, thanks for pointing that out. Fold the hemmed end down and stitch securely, making a casing about 1 inch wide for the cord or ribbon to go in. It’s easier to do this if you do it before you turn the bag inside out. Go ahead, ask me how I know this. Time to turn the bag right side out.

6. The strap is next. Can you see it in the pic above? Center one end of the strap over the finished seam, about an inch or so from the casing. Make sure the raw edge of the strap is facing down toward the end of the bag, not the top. I zigzagged back and forth several times. Then flip the strap down toward the end of the bag and zigzag/stitch back and forth again. Mine isn’t the neatest but it darn sure isn’t going anywhere. Turn the bag wrong side out.

This part is very important.  Be sure that your strap is not twisted inside the bag after you turn it wrong side out.  It’s not? Good. Now check it again. Ask me how I know to do this. (again)

Pin the double circles to the bottom of the bag and stitch around. Watch the fingers. This part can be really painful. Be sure to catch the other end of the strap into the seam securely.  I sewed over it a couple of swipes. Depending on your level of perfection, you may or may not have tucks in the seam.  I kind of like mine.

8. Grab your ribbon/rope/twine/cord and pin a safety pin to one end. Thread it through your casing. How about that!!  It’s a yoga mat bag!!

Sunday Scribblings #126 Somewhere

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Okay, how many of you blogland inhabitants have watched a movie made in 1980 called “Somewhere in Time”? If you haven’t seen it, and are a completely hopeless romantic, rent it, buy it or steal it okay, don’t steal it BUT YOU MUST WATCH IT!! Elise McKenna (Jane Seymour), an elderly woman who was an actress in 1912, presses a pocket watch into the hand of Richard Collier (Christopher Reeve) while he is celebrating his first successful play and tells him to “come back to me.” Lovely, lovely stuff. The music is phenomenal and the movie is wonderful to watch. It’s such a joy to watch a movie not full of swearing and violence. So the plot is a little far fetched. So what. I like watching a movie now and then simply for the entertainment and scenic value. This is a great movie — I don’t cry easily and always end up weeping while watching it. Do yourself a favor and find this movie somewhere……….

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