Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wedding Bells Are Ringing - Pew Decor Tutorial

As we prepared for my daughters wedding the cost continued to rise, so after seeing that the pew decorations were going to cost $12 to $35 each pew, we decided to take this matter in to our own hands. There were no patterns on line to help and there was one on etsy with a cost of $10, so I would pass on that and just make up my own. After all how hard could a cone be?  I grabbed a plate and traced around it on cardboard to make a template/pattern for my cones, and all 24 came together quickly. My tutorial is included if you find you are in need of quick wedding decoration. I also have made on a little larger to use as my door decoration for Valentines Day, so you can use yours for other things than just weddings. Maybe goody bags for a party, put on placemat to hold napkins and cutlery. The options are endless! Good luck and Happy sewing!

My Tutorial will start below:

Supplies needed:
1. Plate or bowl to trace around
2. Cardboard for template/pattern
3. Markers
4. Scissors
5. 3yards of Burlap will make 24 small 10" pew cones
6. 3yards of lining fabric "   "   "    "    "  "   "   "   "   "
7. Thread
8. Sewing machine
9. Hand needle
10. Jute rope/string

1. take plate and lay on cardboard. Trace around edge of plate. This will be your pattern for cutting out all of your fabric.

2. Cut out all fabric pieces using the pattern and place them right sides together. 
3. Mark an 6 to 7 in opening space to turn the circle later and for jute rope placement.

4. Sew around the edge using a 5/8" seam or width of your choice. Make sure not to sew between the two areas as these need to be open.

5. Now you will want to clip in around the edges. You do this by clipping in to close to the seam. Do Not clip the stitching. This will help your circle lay flat when it is turned to the right side.  
6. Turn your circle to the right side and press with the iron. Press to the inside the edged of the opening and press. Put aside for the moment.
7. Take your jute rope and a ruler and cut into 12" long pieces. You will only need one on each cone.
8. Take your circle and your 12" of jute and lay on a flat surface. Place one end of the jute about 1" into the edge opening on one side and then do the same on the other end and pin.

9. Take to your sewing machine and stitch about a 1/4 of an inch in from the edge and then stitch again as close to the edge as you can. Now you have a hanging circle, but keep going.

10. With your circle laying flat fold over one side and then the other making the opening at the bottom as small as possible and make sure your jute hanger is at the top.

11. Pin in place and grab your hand sewing needle and thread. You will want to start at the bottom on the underside and hand stitch all the way along the curve of the edge. Tie the end of the thread and your finished.

Now stuff them with your choice of greenery or goodies. Please post photos if you make these. I would love to see your work!  Happy Sewing!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Wedding Bells are Ringing - Honeymoon series #3

              Nightgown and matching robe peignoir set. The perfect honeymoon or wedding night lingerie,
matching robe features long-sleeves, a ribbon front tie and a long silhouette. Eyelet lace with pink ribbon laced through by hand embellishes the edges. The under gown is made of eyelet with a decorative border edge.

Simple design and so comfortable.

Monday, January 21, 2013

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

ONE FOR ONE Charity Challenge

Recently a friend, Debra, had posted a link to a charity on her facebook page and it really got me to thinking about how I might do my part. I have decided to challenge all of my sewing friends to make a charity project for every project they do for their self. I'm calling my challenge ONE FOR ONE. Just think, even if you do one project a month that would add up to 12 projects to donate by the end of the year. If you sew more often or do a few extra it could really add up!

If you do participate please leave a comment and let me know if you posted pictures, which charity or a new charity not listed.

Here are some links to some of the sewing charity's:


    (Go to the patterns section for projects. Pillowcase dress, Humanitarian dolls, T-shirt dress, britches for boys)


    (Pillowcase dress)


    (Loads of projects under Patterns/links section.knitting, crochet, sewing)


  • Blankets of Belief - Showing our deployed heroes, "We believe in you!"
  • Blankets of Gratitude - Knitted/crocheted/loomed blankets for hospitalized veterans
  • Blankets of Hope - Handmade sewn and no-sew blankets for the wounded
  • Patriot Pillowcases - Handmade pillow cases to bring cheer to troops hospitalized in the war zones
  • Scarves - Simple scarves to protect and cool deployed troops
  • VA Crochet and Craft - Knit/crochet/sew a variety of items to improve VA patients' dignity and comfort
  • Operation Top Knot - Not part of the sewing team, but includes sewing for infants of deployed fathers
    (A variety of charity to sew for here: including animals)

   (Infant Burial gowns, preemie gowns)

   (Infant clothing)

    (The Snuggles Project is well-known as a multi-beneficial project. The first, and most important, benefit is to the animals. After being given a Snuggle, a frightened and/or difficult to handle animal is able to become calm)

    (Animal blankets, toys)

     (homeless quilt/sleeping bag)

      (make travel size pillowcases for children suffering from cancer.)

     (The brightly colored pillowcases that the ConKerr Cancer volunteers make for children ill with cancer brighten and cheer up the sterile hospital rooms.)

     (Hair loss is just one of the icky side effects of chemotherapy.)

      (The Heart Pillow Project was created to help ease the pain of breast Cancer Patients. The pillow is designed to be placed under the arm to ease pain from the surgical incision and tension along with helping reduce surgical swelling under the arm.)

       (Big list of Military charities.)

      (The residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota live in extremely poverty striken conditions.)

      (This is a pdf download by pfaff for a WHEELCHAIR-WALKER CADDY )

      (Huge list of charity sewing and places to donate)

    (They have variety of FREE patterns for you to make for our tiny babies.  The patterns available:

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Wedding Bells are Ringing Flower Girls. Series #2

100% Linen Flower Girls Dress. This Princess Dress is perfect for a Flower Girl Wedding Dress, Pageant Holiday Dress, Easter Dress, and a Special Dress for her birthday Party or Heavenly keepsake pictures. The bodice is made out of high quality linen with linen under skirt and beautiful Offray ribbon to gather the wrist of the sleeves. Waist sash is ivory cotton. The skirt has 2 layers for additional fullness. The back of the dress has three buttons and a tie sash for a perfect fit at the waist. Absolutely Gorgeous!

The linen was purchased at in the color of "aluminum" that seems to no longer be available. Maybe try to have it dyed by request?

The pattern is by Olabelhe in "Clara" design available here:

This will be a series of items made for the wedding on Dec. 15, 2012 and there will be a free tutorial sometime during the series so check back often to see when it's posted.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Wedding Bells Are Ringing! Series #1

The invite may say 'optional,' but opting for high glamour has always won out. When that really ritzy gala or wedding comes your way, you’ll do well to slip into this chic dress that offers all the classic elements of elegance. To top it off, a rhinestone-buckle belt keeps you dazzling as the toasts mount and the sweets disappear. 

I made this dress for my daughters wedding rehearsal and dinner. The style is retro 60's and made from a ivory woven raw silk, which meant it had to be totally lined to avoid those embarrassing see through moments. Luckily I had an vintage belt buckle in my supplies and was able to make the belt using it. Over all it was a fairly easy dress to fit, at least easier than some others. 

This will be a series of items made for the wedding on Dec. 15, 2012 and there will be a free tutorial sometime during the series so check back often to see when it's posted.