Making Lacy Ruffles by hand

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I have been gone way too long, my sewing machine decided to retire early with out notice. It took me 2 months but I purchased a new one. (I will post about my new machine soon) Right before my machines untimely departure i received an order for my first commissioned apron.( right after she purchased one from me ) she wanted lots of lace and ruffles on apple/rooster fabric. Now I hate making ruffles, I don’t have a ruffler foot nor am I experienced in gathering, but this is my third ruffle I have ever made, ruffled by hand, I think im getting pretty good at it. I cant wait to share more!

Green dot and Pink Rose Apron

dgdggdI completed my first full apron, I am very happy with it. I originally bought this pink rose on green to make curtains in my kitchen but decided it would look great with this dotted fabric. every part of this, including the floral half apron part,  is fully lined.011

I used a cream brocade for the waistband that is elastic so you can comfortably move around in it. The top straps are partially elastic, but then ties in back, it really helps for busty girls.

010hdfhI did a top stitch in lime green and added two laces forest green and cream

Paris rose sachet

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My sister in laws birthday is next week  I made her this sachet that is lace edged and stuffed with  a small amount of batting, dried lemon geraniums that I grew myself,I added some Bulgarian Rose oil that I received as a gift, it smells delightful. I absolutely love this fabric and bought 10 yards of it on a whim, ( really funny when a friend dropped by and witnessed me trying to fold 30 ft of fabric) Hope you guys like the new photos trying to step up my photography. Image

I love this oil smells so good, and I really like the wooden container the vial came in.

Red Rose/Black Floral Purse

red-rose/black floral purse unfinished

red-rose/black floral purse unfinished

I started making myself this small purse, and while its unfinished, I wanted to share this with you. I have been considering making a pearl beaded handle, but have yet to commit to it. The red roses are actually two pockets and edged in this beautiful antique cream lace that I have been  referring to as buttermilk. I received the lace as a gift and  was found in a small shop in  Wisconsin along with 10 yards of forest green lace that you will be seeing a lot of soon.  The lining is a tiny white dot on a red background. I did a top stitching in an apple green thread. My favorite is the little red rose decorative button, its the cherry on top.

This bag is very similar to the first project I ever tried to sew on a machine, I completely butchered  it;  I wanted to quit but my husband encouraged me to finish no matter what it looked like, so I could see how far I  had come once I was better at sewing. I cried during  most of it with him at my side. He was so right when I came across that first bag recently I was amazed. that’s when I decided to make a new one, I altered it greatly cause the other was too small, and pockets that were mostly decorative. I’m very happy with this new one.

I highly suggest if you have had a project that almost defeated you ( or did )  to take it out, and look at how far your skills have come, and possibly try it again, at the very worst you can learn from it

My Lemon Meringue Apron

DSCN0212I  am really into yellow lately, its never really been my favorite color, but there is something so friendly about it. I found this primrose yellow fabric with subtle lemon scroll work of it, it goes so nicely with the tiny little yellow rosebud straps and pockets added yellow and white lace on the top, bottom and pocket. It really reminds me of  the Lemon meringue pie my Grandmother used to make. She passed away in August, so this one kinda makes me a little sad, yellow was her favorite color,and yellow roses her favorite flower, I Know she would of loved this one

DSCN0213last year  I had seen this yellow lace, and thought, what would Iever use that for , and walked away, so when I found this fabric I really kicked myself, and of course I couldn’t find that yellow lace at that point, but after a while I found it ( and I have used is several projects) I would recommend buying odd colors of lace, they are hard to find and really add a lot to certain projects

 

 

Metallic Paisley apron with neon green lace

DSCN0208I originally bought this fabric for a quilt, but as soon as I had found the bright green lace,  I knew this apron was meant to be. it doesn’t show real well in photos but there is silver metallic  highlighting the pattern on every piece of fabric used.

DSCN0211Here you can see a little more detail. and like all my apron I have added a comfy elastic waistband , and is fully lined. (I’m amazed at how many $50.00 aprons I have found on line to be just one layer of fabric thick, with that said, I hope to sell this at an upcoming apron party for $29.00)

 

My Hand-Sewn Ring Bearers Pillow

2013-03-20-190802Creating my own wedding accessories  has been a bit stressful, but very rewarding when they are completed. I am having a peacock color wedding, (minus the peacock feathers since my friend has  convinced me they are bad luck,) because my fiance has green eyes and I have blue. I found this beautiful satiny fabric at joanns and after a great sale took home 2 yards of it. This fabric was labeled as a tie dye even though I think that doesn’t  do it justice.2013-03-12-183050Swirls of chartreuse, teal, royal purple, cobalt blue and emerald green

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with small flecks of gold flake

I took a 19” x 24” rectangle piece of fabric and after pinking all edges sewed the 19” edges together with a 1” seam, to make a tube. I then made a  drawstring  on both ends, stuffed them then drew the two ends tightly.

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I took two matching, mother-of- pearl flake buttons and attached them with the cord to cover the small gap that cinching it created.  I then stitched the two buttons together  with ribbon  to hold the top and bottom together. I also took 1/8” ribbon and made a tassel and attached it to the bottom

2013-03-20-190533Its final dimension is 4” high with a 8” diameter