Sunday, August 18, 2019

Make Your Own Fleece Floor Cleaning Pads

Here's an easy, no-sew project for you. It was a great scrap-buster project for me.

We have a floor cleaning device that looks like a swiveling block of gripper plastic at the end of a handle.  It's convenient to use, as I don't like the idea of the throw-away replacement pads.

I made my own, for wet or dry use! They can be laundered and used again!

The device in question has a textured block of fabric about 5" x 16 3/4"

I had a piece of white fleece, from which I was able to cut 18 rectangles of 10" x 18"

Folded twice, 12 fit nicely in a 10" x 8" x 8" box.

To use, I place one on the floor and center the device over it:

...then I fold over the edges and push into the holders:

If you use this device, I hope you find this useful.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Updating my Tutorials

Some of my tutorials are down so I can update them. These are the tutorials for:

Fleece Floor-cleaning Pads
Bed Sheets
Simplicity 9958 Boxers
Shorts with Pockets

I will also be updating all my pillowcase tutorials, but I have not removed them.

I hope to be back soon!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Cocoon Cardigan

I have had the Cocoon Cardigan pattern from Patterns for Pirates (aka P4P) for over two years, but I recently just got around to making it (two days ago).  Here's the link to the pattern.

I made the cropped (short) version, with bands instead of sleeves. I carefully traced my size onto Pellon Easy Pattern (once known as Pattern Ease), and cut out the pattern pieces.

Because I knew I would be using a striped fabric, I traced the front twice.

I originally wanted to use a light sweater knit from Joann's, with a metallic stripe, but in my haste, I cut four fronts. This did not leave enough for me to cut the back:

So, I pulled out a different thin, sweater knit, also from Joann's:

This fabric curled so badly that I had to try to tame it:

I was desperate to tame it, so I sprayed some liquid starch on it, and let it dry.

I cut the bands first, since they used the entire width of the fabric. I did not want to cut the body and find later that I didn't have enough fabric width to cut the bands.

The pattern calls for the narrow bands to be cut at 5". Because my stripes were approximately 1", I realized that I could cut blue/white/blue/white/blue, followed by white/blue/white/blue/white, making them impossible to match. Another method would be to waste some fabric by skipping a row. My final alternative was to cut them at 6" wide, which is what I did.

I laid out the pattern pieces, being careful to line the stripes on the sides:

I carefully lined up the pieces, right sides together, at the shoulders and side seams. I used mini clips to hold the pieces together:

After stitching these seams, I hung it up while I worked on the bands:

The fabric, being so thin and fuzzy, seemed to have a life of its own. The starch did not keep it from sticking to itself, and it was difficult to make it fold the way I wanted it. This shows the start of placing the bands wrong sides together:

I worked carefully and tediously to get the bands to behave. I used clips to hold them together:

I decided which part of the striped bands would face out, and kept in mind to always place that side on the right side of the bodice.

I attached the arm bands first, just to get the pieces out of the way.

I clipped the large band on the bodice, starting at the bottom and working my way up each side:

Because I used my serger, that was the last step:

Here I am, wearing my Cocoon Cardigan:

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Another update to "the list"

I have - once again - updated the list of Big Men's Patterns.

This list is connected to the tab above labeled "Big Men's Patterns."

I hope you find this list useful.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Pattern Destash is Done

Yes, I will be taking down the page where I was selling my old sewing patterns.

This was a pattern destash project. It's over and done now. I took the remaining patterns to the donation place.

Thanks for looking.