New Bibs Made for Grandson #2

I haven’t really been sewing at all nor updating my blog.  So here is the latest from me!

I made bibs  for Grandson #2 first birthday January 22, 2016.  I actually started making the bibs in November of 2015 and finished them in January.   I found similar designs on the internet and used them to create my digitized designs. The bibs took so long to complete because my perfectionism gets in the way and I wanted the designs to be “perfect.”  I also had to learn a lot!

The bibs are made from “PUL” (Polyurethane) fabric which forms a waterproof barrier, while still being breathable. There are different qualities of PUL fabric. I backed the bibs with flannel fabric.

master-for-webThe “Master of the Universe” design was
extremely difficult to design and digitize. I had to learn many new techniques in order to make it stitch-out the way I desired.



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The teddy bear bibs below were somewhat difficult to digitize because I had to learn the “pathing” technique.  A video on the website, “Stitcher’s Library” by Chris Tonne, was invaluable in the learning process.  Unfortunately, Chris has taken the site down while she is on sabbatical to decide if she wants to continue her teaching.




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More Monkey Bibs

I finished four more monkey bibs for my grandson.. He has seven now which is probably enough.  The pockets are all straight and even on the bibs.  For some reason I can’t seem to the bibs to photograph correctly.

DSC00083 bib Monkey ClubDSC00081 Bib feed me
Chris Tonne spent hours on the phone with teaching me how to digitize the monkey and how to use the 5D software. She loves teaching and doesn’t charge anything, but I sent her a donation for her help anyway. She is a fantastic teacher.  Her website has excellent tutorials
The Monkey Club bib has my grandson’s initials and birthdate on it.

DSC00085 bib bow tie DSC00084 Bib Letter E

The bib with the bowtie is my favorite.  I made three bowties before I got the monkeys placed right and figured out how to sew the bowtie so that I could turn the right sides out!

I used “Babyville” ribbon for the “E” applique. I am not all satisfied with how the applique turned out, but my grandson doesn’t seem to mind.

I used “Babyville” PUL fabric for the front of all the bibs and JoAnn’s proprietary flannel for the backs.  The bibs hold up wonderfully wash after wash!  My daughter loves the bibs because they are a great length/width for her 16-months-old son and they absorb liquids without getting soaked. Also, the PUL fabric doesn’t seem to stain easily.

I also learned that if you use a MicroTex Sharp needle and take it very slowly you can sew some pretty nice topstitching!

Sometimes I wish I could sell the bibs I make, but who would want to pay $18 for a bib? 


The Monkey Shirt is Done!!!!

I finally finished my grandson’s “Monkey” shirt on February 21, 2015.  I  had a few days before I could deliver it to him.  He wore it for the first time on February 24.   I just didn’t get  around to posting it until now.

I really liked it when the Monkey Shirt after I finished it despite my mistakes. I had a lot of sewing techniques to “relearn.” I hadn’t done those things since I made my 35 year old son a little suit for a wedding. I had to relearn . . .
✔︎ How to sew collar bands and collars
✔︎ How to sew machine buttonholes
✔︎ How to sew on buttons. Can you believe I haven’t sewed a button on anything for a long time!
✔︎ How to set in sleeves
✔︎ And most of all PATIENCE!!

I think he looks adorable in the Monkey Shirt below.


I have busy with a lot of things lately, but I finally I had time to do some craft sewing.  I made bibs  for my Grandson’s first birthday. I brought them over to his house today.  I think his Mommy was a little impressed — my grandson not so much.  But he tried them on and he sure did look cute in them! (I suppose Grandma is biased.)

I learned a lot when I made these!  You can click on them to make them larger.


Monkey bibThis is made with PUL FABRIC.  (For description of PUL fabric click here.)  It is a simple bib as I wanted to learn how to sew with PUL Fabric. The fabric is not forgiving. Once the needle makes a hole the hole is there forever!  Placing the pattern on the fold doesn’t work . . . at least for me!  I had to make a full pattern piece and place the pattern on unfolded fabric. I also needed to use a very sharp needle! I changed the needle before sewing Bib 2



tie bib
After learning how to use PUL, I decided to make a pocket bib. I appliquéd the tie. Learning to appliqué on PUL fabric is interesting. There is no room for error because once the needle goes through the fabric you have a hole!  Appliqué makes many holes.  Time to be very careful!



see no evil bib

I made this bib from some old jeans of mine. I used a embroidery pattern from embroidery library. It is topstitched with jean thread.  I used a large needle with a large stitch length. Next time, after talking to others, I will lubricate the needle.

Well, now I off to sewing something else for my grandson.

The MinneSEWta Meet-Up

I am a member of the Pattern Review website, which is a sewing website.  There are quite a few of us from Minnesota and the surrounding areas.  We decided we should all get together and meet the people we “talk” and message with on the site’s forums.

We had our first meeting on Saturday, September 13.  We met at Caribou Coffee at 10:00 a.m. and talked until 12:00 p.m.  WOW.  Then we headed over to S. R. Harris which is a fabric outlet located in Brooklyn Park, MN.  A lot of the sewists bought fabric to add to their stashes.  I didn’t buy anything as I am trying to use up what I have — like THAT will ever happen.

We all had a great time.  It was such a wonderful experience to meet everyone!  One of the women was from Winnipeg and another from Fargo!


Another Update on My Refashion Project

I completed this in mid-August, but I don’t like it.  There is too  much fabric in the skirt and it is  really heavy and uncomfortable to wear.  This wasn’t a problem in the full dress.

I plan on taking the skirt apart at the seams and making it into a kind of gathered A-line skirt.  I will have to remove the current waistline and redo it which will make the skirt several inches shorter. I think I will make the final length to hit right below the knee.  I hope I don’t get as frustrated with this new refashion as the one I just did.

I will post photos of the the first go as soon as I get someone to take them.


UPDATE:  May 3, 2016  

                  Forgot to mention this was a TOTAL FAIL.  UGH.  Well, at least I tried!




Update on Refashion Time

I spent Wednesday evening and most of this afternoon working on my refashion project.  As usual, something I thought would be so easy turned out to much harder than I thought it would be!

I had to cut the bodice which was shirred with elastic away from the skirt and lining.  The skirt was gathered where it had been attached. The skirt was lined with a thin gauze type fabric which was not gathered. I used iron on interfacing on the lining top edge to make it stiff and thick enough to sew on.

After I cut everything apart, I had to regather the skirt part and match it to the ungathered lining. I then sewed the lining and skirt together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. I decided I didn’t like results so I serged the top edges of the two fabrics together and was very pleased how it turned out. It looked so much neater. I then had to rip out the seam I sewed.  Ripping stitches out of gauze is not fun!

Tomorrow I am going to sew the elastic casing. Perhaps I will be able to wear the skirt when we go out tomorrow night. Oh dear — I don’t have a top to go with it. I will have to add another thing to my list of things to sew.

Refashion time

I bought a sundress two years ago. I have never liked it. I always thought it made me look fatter than I am. I decided to take the sundress apart and try to create a new skirt from it.

Sundress Makeover

I spent most of the afternoon picking it apart and threading my serger. It is ready to for me to try and sew it together. The lining is a very, very, lightweight gauze type of fabric. I hope it works out! Watch my blog to see how I do!

The Story of Sewing My Pants

It’s been a LONG time since I posted. We cleaned the screens on the air conditioner this morning and I need a rest before I go for a bicycle ride.  What better than to do with my rest time than finally post!

I’ve been working on a pants Burda pattern 6982 since June.  I’ve been struggling with these pants because I have/had so many new things to learn.

I learned how to insert a fly zipper.  I watched several tutorials on YouTube over and over again.  I diligently followed the demonstrators instructions.  I must have put the zipper in 5 times and ripped it out. I just didn’t like the results.  I finally went back and followed the pattern instructions and that worked out very well for me.  Just don’t look in the inside of the pants! Unfortunately due to all the ripping I managed to ruin the fabric at the lower fly part of the fly.  The “fix” I made doesn’t show too badly.

I also learned out to construct slant pockets.  Burda pattern instructions are not the greatest and I did have some trouble with these.  In the end they turned out okay.  Just don’t look in the inside of the pants!

The pants have a pleated waistband.  I sewed it on and ripped it off too many times to count. I finally called my friend who sews and asked her to come over and help me.  Apparently, I was doing it correctly but ripped it out thinkingI had done it wrong.  hithead   She set me straight and I have to rip it out one more time and sew it back on.  Too bad I didn’t trust myself the first time I did it!

I feel fortunate that before I sewed these pants I decided they would be a trial pair. I was hoping I “might” be able to wear them outside the house. They aren’t finished yet, so who knows. I have the waistband and hemming left.  My friend told me to put the pants aside and work on other things for a while.  So that is what I am doing! Frustration does take its toll!

My friend also told me to quit picking these hard patterns. The trouble is that I seem to gravitate toward that type of pattern.  Anyway, we agreed that I should make some really easy things to get my sewing confidence and mojo back.  She said to pick out a very simple pants pattern and make those. She said she would more than happy to help me.  How can I have such a great friend. I am so lucky!

So before I get back to pants struggle I plan on doing the following:

Reconstruct a sundress I have into a skirt. I have never liked how the dress looked on me so I don’t have anything to lose.

→ Design and sew machine covers for my sewing and serger machines.  I have the fabric I will use in my stash.  I picked out some really nice embroidery designs to put on the covers. This project, hopefully, will teach me how to use the embroidery features on the sewing machine.

→ Make baby bibs for my grandson.  I did buy some really cute fabric.  My friend suggested that I make a sample first  because I picked out a complicated pattern. How can a bib pattern be complicated . . .of course, it is because I picked it out!

→ Make some cute overalls and shirts for my grandson.  Can you believe it?  Those patterns are very simple!

 Make some knit clothing for me.  Knits are supposed to be easy, but I will have to learn how to alter, cut, and sew knits.

I finally organized my entire sewing room. I took inventory of all the fabric I have so I will know what I have when I want to make  things.  Most of fabric I have is from the two estate sales I went to.  I sold some of the fabrics for what I paid for the ALL the fabric at the estate sales.   I guess you could say I have been “reimbursed” and I still have yards and yards of fabric!   yay

I do have a lot of fabric that I purchased at fabric stores, too.  Some it is from 30 years ago when I sewed for my kids! I am going to try to use what fabric I have on hand before I buy anymore.  That’s what sewists called fabric fasting!