Hello to all of our Followers here on Blog Land... I have recently retired and Hopefully We can get our little blogs back into action! I have missed my friends here on Blogger. I am so sorry I have been away so very long. It was due to health issues. Since I have retired I am feeling much better and hopefully feel like blogging a bit more. As always.... If you want to connect with me..... I am at AuntPittyPat on Face Book. Come on over and request a friend request. I also have AuntPittyPats Show and Tell and AuntPittyPats Sewing and Crafting Sales.. so come on over there and join in on the fun.
*****PS new Lap Top helps a bunch. I was trying to make blog posts from my Ipad.. Not easy for an old gal like me to post from there.... So hopefully the task will be easier now that I have a regular computer to work with :O)
It's beginning to be spring and life looks so much more fun in the spring!
Here is a copy of a vintage pattern that I found while surfing on line ;O)
I wanted to sharewith you somepumpkinsI've done withfabric. At first, I wanted to makepumpkins withshabby chic style, but then Iended up doingsomemoretraditionalfabricpumpkins. I addheresomepictures of mypumpkinsand I inviteyou to visit myblog,there you will findthe link to thetutorialthat I usedto createmypumpkins.I havealsoa tutorialshowinghow to make afabricflowerfroman oldt-shirt, a recycling projectthattakes less thanan hour.Hopefullyyou will visitme. HappyHalloween!!!!
Carol asked how I make my Easy Peasy tote handles....
It's hard to explain without a photo.... I hope my Photo example helps.
First I decide what color I want my Main fabric. I cut this strip to 2
1/2" wide and desired length. (I cut these strips from centerfold to
selvage on the material. I use my ruler and rotary cutter). Fold this
strip in half and press wrong sides together with edges even to one
side, and the ironed crease on the other side. Open the Main strip and
fold and press the raw edges to the center as indicated in the photo.
This is the same way you would make a bias strip.
Cut a piece of batting 1" in width and the desired length. This batting
strip is placed inside and down the center of the main fabric fold.
Press all of this flat. Cut a 1 1/2" wide accent strip with desired
This accent strip is also made like a bias strip.
To construct.. Place the main fabric and batting with raw edges up. Next
Pin the raw edges of the small bias to the cover the raw edges of the
main fabric opening. As shown in the photo. Stitch down either side of
the small bias to secure it and cover any openings.
I have found I love adding the accent trim to the handle.. but you can make them the old fashion way.
4 inch strips.. fold in half then fold in half and stitch down either
side of strip to secure. If I do a handle this way I also add a bit of
iron on interfacing to make them a bit stronger and not so wimpy.
I hope your not to confused with my instructions. Once you make one.. you will understand my concept.
I know, it's been a long time and I'm sorry. I really haven't been crafting much. Yes, blasphemy. Haha... Life has really been taking some interesting twist and turns over the last three months. We decided to become foster parents, but happened to get a bad agency where the director was really off his rocker. =( I'll spare you the drama. I spoke with a new agency a couple weeks ago and they seem sooooo much better. Moving on... Our area has a high demand for newborn foster homes so bring back that crib!
Instead of going with the boring or pricey crib sheets out there I decided to make one of my own. My daughter had an animal/Noah's Ark themed nursery so this one will run right along that line. I came across a tutorial on Dana Made It first and have since seen a couple other patterns. I basically followed her pattern with only a few tweaks. I used two yards of prewashed fabric and began with 80" of 1/4" elastic. I folded my fabric into 4ths and cut it at 33.5" across the top raw edge. The salvage side didn't meet the 22.5" requirement so I didn't cut it; it was actually 21". Although I was slightly short on the width it wasn't a problem in the end and the bonus was me not having to hem the edge. With my fabric still folded in 4ths I cut an 8"x8" square out of the non folded corner. If you see Dana's tutorial you will see just what I mean.
After sewing up the corners just as she instructed I zigzag stitched my short ends to keep them from fraying. Remember they are the only cut portion besides the four corners which I also zigzag stitched after sewing those seams together. If you've never done this here's all I do... I make my stitches closer together then the average zigzag stitch. On my sewing machine it's 2.5. When the needle goes to the left it hits fabric and to the right I let if "fall off" the fabric. It causes it to slightly roll the fabric and keep it from fraying.
Alright now for my questions from all the tutorial's I saw. How much fabric is left to fold under the mattress? First off let me say, I bought this mattress in January 2009 from Walmart. It is a standard American crib mattress. After sewing the corners together and finishing the raw edges with the zigzag stitch I put the sheet on to see if it will actually fit.
The sides had 2.5" to wrap under.
The ends had 3" to wrap under. I find the difference only being .5" interesting seeing how the sides are each 1.25" (counting hem) short of the pattern.
What does the bottom of the mattress look like with the sheet on? Am I the only one who thought that?
Do I really need 80" of elastic?
I didn't want there to be a mishap on my sheet's watch so I measured my elastic, but didn't cut it. I marked it at 72" and 80". After running the elastic through which let me say was a task, I put it on the mattress and tightened it until I felt it held well. I ended up taking off 14". So 60" is what I used. Also, I overlapped my ends 1" when sewing them together. Which brings me to another question...
How much do I turn the fabric under for the elastic casing?
I turned my under 5/8" and sewed it at 1/4". Normally I would have only turned it under 1/2" and sewed it at 1/8", but I wanted more room for error.
In the end, I love the results. Now I need to go make a flower sheet for my mom's foster daughter.