My Adventures in Sewing

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It has been quite a while since I have posted, but life is happening & I’m trying not to miss it.  🙂  Alot going on, however, today I found some time to sew.  My cousin is having a new baby any minute now & I wanted to send some cute baby bibs.  I did follow a pattern, Simplicity 2468, and selected 2 views: a crab & a turtle.  I completed the crab (less the eyes) today & plan on making to turtle tomorrow. 

The pattern was relatively easy to follow (being a newbie, I find some of the pattern-speak very confusing).  I had a little trouble with one of the neck-ties (as you will see in the photo),  It got a little twisted when I tried to make sure it wasn’t in the way of getting sewn over, however, I figure it adds a little character & proves that I made it myself 😉  —  It’s not perfect, but it’s perfectly homemade.  That’s a great name for a blog —– maybe I’ll change mine…….

I will be sure to post some pics tomorrow, along with photos of some great giveaway gifts I have received 🙂


I am one that cooks dinner every night for my family.  I love to cook & take pride in putting a great tasting and great looking meal on the table.  Eight times out of ten, my placemats are in the wash – thus my quick fix is putting dishtowels under each place setting.  While my family doesn’t seem to mind, it does take-away from my overall presentation (in my mind anyways).  So why haven’t I whipped together some new placemats, you ask.  Well, that is a VERY good question.  🙂

What could be simpler?  Cut a rectangle, sew four straight lines (leave a hole to invert the project) and voila! a placemat!  It really doesn’t get much simpler, so I started going through my fabrics.

The majority of my fabrics have been purchased from the remnant bin…after Halloween 🙂  I have several great black patterned pieces (not so obviously Halloween), some obvious Halloween patterns and a great piece of Orange.  I knew I wanted to make a double-sided placemat and I could get 4 cut pieces out of a black with white polka-dots and that great piece of Orange 🙂 

To make sure my pieces were cut straight, I pulled out my cutting mat, rotary cutter & ruler.  I measured twice (ok, 3 & 4 times) and began my game of Twister.  I don’t know what it is, but I cannot use my rotary cutter without getting all tangled up in myself!  LOL!  All pieces cut, I began pinning & sewing.     

I was so excited to have 1 whole placemat completed by the time it was time to start dinner 🙂  No, I am not the fastest seamstress in the west, but sometimes slow & steady wins the race. 

Tomorrow I plan to finish up the other 3 mats & will post pictures of my finished product.

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