Sewing & Repairing

On National Sewing Machine Day, I took some time to do some repairs and other sewing projects.  They included restitching the sleeve on a tee shirt.

I had patched these jeans- very comfy – with iron on patches.  However, after being washed many times the patches starting coming off.  I stitched all the edges of the patches so they would stay on and I would still have this one leg of cool looking patched blue jeans.




Next, I worked on replacing the bottom of one of the cat beds with denim.






It was a little tricky but turned out great and Dude got his bed back.



The last thing I was able to complete was adding more cushion with a flat pool noodle to Mac’s seat cushion.  This only involved cutting it to size and inserting in the pillow.  Unfortunately the zipper broke yesterday and I will need to replace it.

It was great to get some small projects completed.  Still have to make a new canvas seat for a wicker chair.  I’ll share when I get some more projects complete.  Have a great Monday!



Cross Stitch Towels

I had these great cross stitch bunny rabbit patterns from  * “The Creative Circle”. My first decision was on what fabric or other item I would place them on. I decided to stitch them on these blue hand towels which would be perfect for a child’s bathroom.Cross Stitch towels (1)To cross stitch onto a fabric or towel you need to cut a piece of what’s called ** Waste Canvas. I generally use 14 count waste canvas on smaller items like these towels. You simply cut a piece of waste canvas a little larger than your design – then baste it into place. Make sure to mark the center so you know where to start your cross stitch design. After you complete the cross stitching, simply get the design wet so you can pull the strings of the waste canvas to remove them. Then you have a completed design.

It took me a while to do these because they are pretty detailed and I only worked on them in the evenings watching television. But they turned out really nice.

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* I don’t think “The Creative Circle” is still around anymore because when searching on-line nothing came up under the name and having anything to do with crafts. If anyone would like to try their hand at this cross stitch pattern, let me know. Since the company I purchased the kit from is no longer in business, I should be able to share the pattern.

** You can usually pick-up waste canvas at Wal-Mart, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Michael’s or other craft/fabric stores. If you can not find it locally you can definitely purchase some on-line.

Finishing Projects

I find it difficult to decide how to best finish a cross stitch project. For example, I did a cross stitch sampler for my daughter. I could have stretched it and then be put into an 11 x 14-inch frame. I decided instead to take a piece of green material to match the colors of the sampler and sew it to the back. After sewing on the back and turning right side out, I placed a wood dowel at the top to give it a sort of scroll look. Then I finished it off with green ribbon at the top for hanging. This way I saved some money and made a unique gift for my daughter and son-in-law.



With cross stitch on a hard canvas, I have found that no matter how careful you try to be the back always looks a little messy. I would suggest getting some felt in whatever color matches the main color of your piece & hot glue it to the back of your piece. This gives is a finished look especially if it is a hanging piece where the back can be seen.