Shoddy Seamstress Adventures: More Reusable Face Wipes!

I had the itch to sew yesterday. I didn’t actually sew the two items that needed repairs. NOOO. I did two DIFFERENT unnecessary projects. There’s always tomorrow I guess. First up! Re-usable Face Wipes When my kids were babies, we used reusable flannel wipes for all kinds of non-diaper tasks. Wiping noses, cleaning hands andContinue reading “Shoddy Seamstress Adventures: More Reusable Face Wipes!”

Shoddy Seamstress Adventures: Giant Tote Bag

Necessity is the mother of invention, so the saying goes. I am a new Girls Scout troop leader this year. Our first meeting was last Thursday, and I realized: I need to carry A LOT of STUFF. Between the paperwork, activity supplies, hand sanitizer, my wallet/phone/planner: I needed multiple bags. Disclosure: I really hate carryingContinue reading “Shoddy Seamstress Adventures: Giant Tote Bag”

Shoddy Seamstress Adventures: Mini Zip Pouches and a Crazy Quilt

I spent my morning at the sewing machine today. Which is sometimes exactly what I want to do. Some of my projects are fun. Others are functional. Today’s projects were both. And inspired by ice cream. Last week, my kids wanted me to send money to buy ice cream at lunch. Being a pushover, IContinue reading “Shoddy Seamstress Adventures: Mini Zip Pouches and a Crazy Quilt”

Shoddy Seamstress Adventures: Oh Look. More Masks.

We are back to school in our county! We are about a week into the new school year, and all seems well-ish. COVID is still an issue, particularly with those who are unvaccinated, so this means: masks! I made my kids some new ones and pencil pouches recently, so these recent onces are destined forContinue reading “Shoddy Seamstress Adventures: Oh Look. More Masks.”

Shoddy Seamstress Adventures: Face Cloths

I’m always looking for ways to economize and make my skin routine work best for me. I tend to use a lot of liquid make-up removers, toners, and micellular waters in my quest for not-too-awful-looking-for-40 skin. Using all those items uses a LOT of single use cotton pads; 2-4 per day, an average of 20Continue reading “Shoddy Seamstress Adventures: Face Cloths”

Shoddy Seamstress Adventures: Hemming

I’ve had the same heavy velvet curtains in my bedroom since we moved in (so like 9 years). And this WHOLE time, they’ve been too long. At first, I let them pool at the floor. This was sloppy looking and collected all the dust. Then a few years ago (2018-ish) I decided I was goingContinue reading “Shoddy Seamstress Adventures: Hemming”

Shoddy Seamstress Adventures: So Much Sewing

Sometimes I get the itch to SEW. And SEW I did this week. I had initially intended on making PJ pants for the kids. Yeah… Haven’t done that yet. But I’ve made a bunch of other stuff. So far I’ve made 2 zipped pencil pouches, 1 zipped pouch, 1 bag, 1 weird basket thing, andContinue reading “Shoddy Seamstress Adventures: So Much Sewing”

Shoddy Seamstress Adventures: Project Pouch

Even if I’m not blogging about it, I’m always working on SOMETHING creative. A new spin on a recipe, a weird eyeshadow color combination, some kind of knit/crochet/sewing endeavor. My kids were in school yesterday, and I got the desire to SEW. I have my own laundry to wash/dry/put away, kids clothes to put awayContinue reading “Shoddy Seamstress Adventures: Project Pouch”

Shoddy Seamstress Adventures: Placemats Part 3.2

Other stuff too. I mentioned in my last post that I found 6 placemats that I started a long time ago. I used quilting cotton on both sides and iron interface batting in the center. I “quilted” the fabric a little bit to keep everything flat. Two of the placemats were already bound, TERRIBLY. IContinue reading “Shoddy Seamstress Adventures: Placemats Part 3.2”

Shoddy Seamstress Adventures: Placemats Part 3

Phew! What an adventure! This morning, I finished up my new placemats. Instead of freehand sewing the interior rectangles today, I measured 2 inches from the side and then again from that first line, then made a pencil line rectangle as a guide. I measured yesterday’s prototype and most of my lines were at aboutContinue reading “Shoddy Seamstress Adventures: Placemats Part 3”