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One of the things I get to do is sew for my grand kids and it’s so much fun!   Choosing fabrics I think they’ll like, and outfits that will not only be practical, but also fun for them to wear – that’s also part of the fun.

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I hadn’t sewn with knit fabric for a long time.  My serger was not working properly and I didn’t want to even try doing it with my regular sewing machine.

But it started getting colder and I found some great deals on knits, so I decided to give it a try (on my regular machine), and see if I could get some of these fabrics sewn into outfits that the kids would enjoy.

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This cute fabric was perfect for this pattern, and sewing it together was easy and quick.

I used the zigzag stitch on all the seams.

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It was such a quick and easy project that I decided to make another using a pretty, soft flowery fabric.

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I added lace to the hem of the top for a touch of softness and because I knew my granddaughter would love it!

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If you haven’t tried sewing with knit before, or if you haven’t done so in a long time, give it a try!  I think you’ll be surprised at how easy and quick it is to work with!

Happy sewing!

Daisy

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A brand new year!  Wow!

I think of what Anne Shirley said,
“Tomorrow is new, with no mistakes in it!”
(from Anne of Green Gables).

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I like to sew and quilt, but since I can’t take the sewing machine with me in the long car trips, I like to take something along that I can work on (when I’m not driving).

So, I’ve started a new crochet project.
I don’t know if it’s an early Christmas project (REALLY early), or if it’ll just be
a pretty red & white blanket.  I’ve done so many for different people,
but I haven’t made one for our home yet, so maybe this one is it??  We’ll see.

I’m using the With Love yarn, by Red Heart, and it’s going to be
a big granny square  (because that’s really all I know how to do!).

What are you working on?  Something new?
Or finishing up something from last year?
I have my own little stack of things I need to finish, too.

Happy New Year, friends!
And happy times with your hand crafts!

Daisy

 

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Last week I knew I was going to see some long-time friends that I hadn’t seen in many years. I wanted to bring them something special that they would really appreciate. So, I asked my daughter if she would make some of her hand-lettering art pieces for me to give to them.

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She used watercolor background on some,
and a little touch of gold shimmer on each of them…

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I asked my friends beforehand what their favorite Scripture was
and also what color they liked…

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She did such a beautiful job on each one, didn’t she?!
I found a special frame for each one and that made them even more beautiful.

If you could’ve seen their faces when they unwrapped them!  One of my friends, who recently lost every thing she owned in the Texas floods, had tears in her eyes.  She couldn’t speak for a few minutes, and just held the frame close against her.

My daughter wasn’t sure if her hand lettering pieces were good enough… I assured her they were. If you’d like to see more of her work, you can visit her on Instagram, at @analuisadesigns

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Have a blessed weekend!

Daisy

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I wanted to let you know, for those of you that have asked,
my class on Skillshare is free until June 30th!

Learn to Sew In 3 Easy Seams!

If you’d like to check it out, click here and it’ll take you right to it!
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It’s a quick class, only 17 minutes long, but you can only watch it for free until June 30th.

Project & Giveaway!

I’m also doing a giveaway along with the class.
For those who make the project (just a quick & easy pillow case) and post
a photo of it, you can win 2 yards of fabric!

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I hope you’ll check it out!  I’d love to have you visit
and let me know how you like it!

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Happy sewing!

Daisy

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Guess what guys?!!  I have my first class on Skillshare!

Learn to Sew In 3 Easy Seams!

You can watch the intro video by just clicking here:

Intro Video

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Here are some of the titles in the class…

Tools & SuppliesSewing Machine TipsHow to Choose Fabric for this ProjectPreparing the FabricProject & Giveaway!

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Why Skillshare?  Well, I love to teach, and I love to sew… Skillshare offered an easy way for me to do both at the same time, so it was an offer I couldn’t refuse!  If you love crafts of all kinds – quilting, crochet, sewing, embroidery, cooking, baking, watercolor, painting, drawing, graphic design, anything you can think of… there’s a class for it on Skillshare!  I’ve been taking classes just for fun when I’m sitting for hours at airports, or traveling in the car for half a day.  It’s relaxing for me to do something fun like that.  So, I thought I could give teaching a class a try, and see how it goes.

I also like how every class on Skillshare is set up with short videos that are usually 2-5 minutes long, so if you don’t have a lot of time, you can just watch a segment or two at a time.  Also, entire classes are short, so that anyone can take them.  My class is less than 30 minutes long all together.
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I hope you’ll give it a try!  If you’d like to find out how you can take this class or watch another video in my class, just click here:

Skillshare Class

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Oh yes, I almost forgot!  I’m also doing a giveaway as part of the class –
Three winners will each receive two yards of fabric!!
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It was fun to work on this class, and I can’t wait to do the next one!

Stay tuned!

Happy Sewing,

Daisy

 

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I GOT A NEW COMPUTER!!!!!!

If you have been following me for a while, you know that I spilled tea all over my brand new computer two years ago, and have since been without one…

But my husband surprised me yesterday with a new computer for my birthday!  And it’s not just any little old computer… he got me a beautiful, desk top Mac.
I know!!!  I couldn’t believe it!  I STILL can’t believe it!
It’s so much fun to work with!

I don’t know how I’ll be able to get anything done around the house in the next several days & weeks!  haha

I’ll finally be able to keep up with the blogging world (including my own little blog), and I’m excited about publishing the Skillshare class I’ve been working on, as well as other things I’ve been looking forward to for a while but had to put on hold until I had a computer.

Anyways… I know this is not an exciting post with a new project or recipe… but I was so excited I just had to share.

Have a wonderful week!

Daisy

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Now that presents have been opened, I can share this cute little quiet book I made for my granddaughters.

Handmade gifts take more time, but as the years go by, they are usually the ones that outlast the others, especially if we take care of them.

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It was a lot of fun, although much more time-consuming than I had expected (isn’t that true of almost all craft projects?!?)

I made two of these Quiet Books – one for each of my granddaughters.

I bought these fabrics years ago – before I ever had granddaughters!  I knew those cute little dolls & accessories were going to be the base of some great project in the future (You say that to yourself, too, when you buy fabric?).

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I used this stabilizer because it’s light, but it also gives a little more “stability” to the fabric.  It also adds an adhesive to the back, which I thought would be useful when working with several layers.

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Instead of cutting everything out first, I decided to iron-on the stabilizer onto the whole piece of fabric.  It makes cutting out those tiny pieces so much easier!  Then I rough-cut around the edges and peeled the paper from the back (don’t forget this step or else you won’t have fusible anything).  I placed them on light-weight batting and ironed them carefully, moving the iron very slowly.

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After doing this process with the first doll, I decided to cut out the shapes first and then iron them to the batting.  Either way works fine.

Pretty soon you’ll have a little stack, ready to be sewn down.

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I then sewed around the edge of each piece.  Tip: Go slowly!

 

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I wasn’t sure if the clothes would “stay” on the dolls, but they do!

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Isn’t that the cutest little kitty?!

I kept thinking of my granddaughters, praying for them, and smiling… thinking to myself, “They’re going to have so much fun playing with this little Quiet Book.”

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Then it was time to make the actual “book” where all these pieces would go.

I had chosen the fabrics before starting the project, so that was a time-saver.  I kept it very simple.  In each page I put a “pocket” to hold the clothes, while on the other side there was space for the doll.  This pocket has elastic to hold the tiny pieces in, and a little sparkle ribbon at the bottom.  On the other side, there’s a little rick-rack and lace to make it feel like a dressing room for the dolly.

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The elastic helps keep thinks inside.  (We’ll see how well that works when the girls start to play with all the pieces!) 🙂

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The second “page” has a different dolly, with a set of clothes and accessories of her own.  I made this pocket look like a totebag or purse.  I’m hoping to teach the girls how to sew when they get older, so I thought it was appropriate to put a dress form and sewing machine on here.  :).

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The third and last page has a soft, flannel pocket, almost looks like a comfy bed, where the doll goes.  On the other side is a pocket with a flap, holding all her dresses and other cute items for her.

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I sewed on a little tassel to add some sparkle and a touch of pink.  The girls can use this to open up the flap.

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I have to tell ya, at any age, it’s fun putting outfits together with these sweeties.

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Here’s the outside.  Nice and simple.  Not too complicated.

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I hope you got some ideas of your own and you’re off to sew something amazing!  Have fun and Happy Sewing!  Also…

Happy New Year, everyone!

Daisy

 

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