Confessions of a Fabric Addict

The good news is a new craft/hobby/fabric shop has opened in my neighborhood. It is a beautiful, clean, well organized and well stocked establishment full of friendly clerks. The bad news is a new craft/hobby/fabric shop has opened in my neighborhood.  This is somewhat akin to bringing home bags of chocolate treats and telling yourself you’ll have just one. With such a lovely shop in close proximity, it is hard to resist popping over for one or two things, then wandering through the rest of the store to admire the displays and “gather inspiration”.

So, there I was, on a short mission to find some polymer clay my sister and I have decided would be fun to dabble with… when I decided to stroll through the aisles, strictly for research and inspiration.  Well, you  can’t just avoid the entire fabric section, right? So, I included a saunter through the bolts and inspiration hit.

On my recent trip to Texas my daughter was lamenting the loss of a favorite tote. 20130713_142412Eventually they all wear out if you drag them around like we do, never changing purses. She was describing the perfect replacement, in case I should be so inclined to make one for her, while we admiring the works at the Dallas Museum of Art (Which has free general admission.) We saw these adorable pillows and decided that they would be an ideal style for a new bag.

So, there I was, minding my own business, petting every bolt of fabric as I slowly meandered through the aisles when what should I find?


Of course I had to have some to make a bag for my Daughter. Which I did, and it turned out beautifully. As soon as it arrives at her house, I’ll have her snap a picture to share. In my haste to fulfill my daughters every wish, oh that’s not true. Really, she asks for so little; a visit from me is really what she wanted (me too). The bag was my idea, because really, if your kids like anything you make, you want to make them anything. But I was happy to send it off and did forget to take a picture in my excitement.IMG_9241my lovely daughter with her tote.

Oh, and I also found this: 1374434787178

It’s so cute! and filled with nice little airplanes. I’ve already confessed my love of all things airplane, and most especially all things fabric and printed with airplanes.

Incidentally, I did go home with the clay as well.

Well, now I have plenty of projects to work on. Perhaps I shall get started on….

Skirting the Issue

Friday I leave for Big D (little a, double l, a, s) to spend some much needed time with my lovely daughter. When we get together we love to play tourist. We will be exploring the cultural highlights of Dallas: the presidential library, the JFK Museum, The Katy Trail, and of course Billy Bob’s. If you Google top Dallas Attractions you will find a list of possibilities for us. Oh, don’t forget Six Flags!

Naturally, when I head out on vacation I wanted some fresh things to wear. You never know when you’ll meet a handsome cowboy. So to that end I’ve whipped up a couple skirts to wear.



The yoke detail is a collar that was crocheted by my great grandmother. It’s been in a box on the sewing shelve for years (probably 50) so I thought I would put it to use. I’ve tacked it on by hand so it can easily be removed. I thought it was interesting for texture and detail. Yes the hem is a raw serged edge. Because it adds interest. You know you would buy it this way even if you would complain about the unfinished quality.


This skirt is just begging to be worn with my cowboy boots. You know it. I’ll post some pictures from our trip so you can see how these worked out.


The inspiration for these skirts came from Pinterest. These links will help you make your own skirt pattern. I use a ready made pattern and modify the lines using these measuring tips. No Hem Skirt, How to Draft and Sew a Skirt

This project made a nice dent in the sewing closet and saved money on a travel wardrobe.