Why I love teaching kids how to sew

This young lady is one of my private students. Today, we tackled zippers and had fun creating our own laminated fabric from iron-on vinyl and a cookie bag. My sewing friend also wanted to try her hand at zipper tabs for her bag. Didn’t she do a fantastic job?

If you decide to make an upcycled cookie/snack bag project with your little stitchers, here are some hints:

Family or Party size cookie bags work best. Remove heat sealed side edges first, then press cookie bag flat. Adjust front as necessary so main image is centered. Cut along top and bottom edges to create bag front and back sections. Trim pieces as necessary so they are the same size.

Iron-on vinyl is available at most big box craft stores and some mass merchandisers. Glossy finish is preferred.

Cut iron-on vinyl pieces slightly oversize to make it easier to apply to cookie bag front and bag. Trim to size before ironing vinyl.

Use parchment paper as a pressing sheet.

Use a plastic/nylon zipper. Buy zippers in 12″ or longer length. You will cut away any excess.

If using zipper tabs, zipper should be cut 3/4″ to 1″ shorter than the width of the bag before you add the tabs. Be sure to hold tabs out of the way when stitching the sides of the bag together.

Last but not least, be sure to leave the zipper at least 2/3 of the way open when you go to sew up the bag. Otherwise, you’r not going to be able to turn it inside out!


It’s time to step away from this blog, social media and the news for a while. Our weekend in OBX provided a much needed respite from the constant barrage of stuff coming at us in all directions. Everything hit me full-force as we emerged from the escalator at the ATL airport on Monday morning.

Did you realize protesters set fire to police cars and damaged businesses right near the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel over the weekend? This is the site of the host hotel for QuiltCon next month. It’s not locals who are protesting, either. These folks, bless their hearts, travelled a long way to cause their madness and mayhem. Go home y’all. We don’t need any more of your foolishness.

My extended break does not mean I’ll be completely off-line. The internet is an integral part of our daily lives. It simply means I’ll be much more intentional about how and when I go online. So, send me an email or text if you’re interested in sewing lessons or if your quilt pattern is in need of a technical editor.

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A weekend in North Carolina’s Outer Banks

This was the view from our hotel room. Absolutely breathtaking! Worth every penny. Didn’t matter how cold it was, I sat on the balcony with a mug of tea in hand, soaking up the sound of the waves pounding against the surf. This girl has missed her beach time! The last time I stepped foot on a beach was pre-COVID. Far too long!

Hubs and I had a relaxing weekend in the OBX eating our fill of seafood and seeing the national parks. My fave was visiting the lighthouses from Currituck to Bodie Island to Cape Hatteras. Going during the off-season means fewer crowds and reasonable hotel rates, but many attractions are closed for the season. We still found plenty of things to do and places to eat.

There is a quilt shop in Nags Head that is open all year round – The Rusty Crow. Our welcoming committee consisted of two good sized Bernese Mountain dogs. After the obligatory pats on the head and back rubs, we were allowed inside. This shop’s focus is on wool applique with plenty of specialty threads, buttons and other handwork notions. The other side of the shop is devoted to a selection of current Moda lines, OBX and nautical themed fabric, plus dressmaker and home dec fabrics. I picked up a really cute piecing, applique and embroidery project book called Gossip in the Garden from Hatched and Patched, based in Australia. I’ll be making use of my Stick N Stitch for the embroidery transfer. I’ll also substitute raw edge appliqué in lieu of the needle turn appliqué called for in the pattern. Honestly, that is the only way I’ll make this quilt. 🙂

Speaking of quilty travel, Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge has released its class schedule for June. Riley Blake Designs announced that Garden of Quilts will be September 13-16, 2023 at Thanksgiving Point. And finally, The Featherweight Shop has 3 separate FW retreats coming in May at the Missouri Star Retreat Center in Hamilton, MO. Not into bunking with strangers? There’s a FW maintenance class being offered by a different instructor (not affiliated with The Featherweight Shop) at the Kansas City Quilt Festival in mid-June.

Now for my dilemma – quilt show in Charlotte, NC or quilt shows in Ft. Walton Beach and Pensacola? All three shows are the same weekend. I’m thinking beach time!