craft business, Crafty STEM, Kid's Sewing, Quilting

Kid’s Classes Now Available


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You asked! Classes are scheduled for the month of July, 2016. 

Location:  All classes will be held @ Stitch N Quilt in Mableton.


July 7th , 10-11:30 a.m. Crafty STEM/Electric Bracelet.  Learn about e-textiles/soft circuits as you make your very own LED bracelet.  You choose the color of bamboo felt, stitch your circuit and bling to your heart’s content. Class Fee:  $15.00, includes all supplies.  Hand sewing.

July 7th, 1:00-3:00 p.m. T-Shirt Pillows.  Become a part of the upcycling crowd as you turn one of your t-shirts into a pillow.  Note: this is not a class for absolute beginners. You need to be able to sew a straight seam without sewing your fingers together. Class Fee:  $15.00.  Kit Fee: $10.00 (optional, but provides your choice of fabrics and a 14″x14″pillow form.) Machine sewing.

July 13th – 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Snap Bags. Make & Take.  Come as you are and make your very own version of one of these clever snap bags which incorporates  metal tape measure pieces to make the bag “snap” shut. For kids and adults.  Class Fee: $10.00, includes tape measure parts. Machine sewing.

July 19th  & July 21st – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Kids Quilt. Come view the samples on display in the shop and choose to make either a Windmill or a Simply Blocks quilt top. If you buy your fabrics at SNQ, the staff will precut all your fabrics so that you can start stitching right away. Class Fee:  $35.00  Optional Kit & Pattern Fee: TBD.  Machine sewing.



Kid's Sewing, Quilting

Earn those merit badges girls!

Last Monday, I stayed after school to help our local Girl Scout troop members earn service badges.  The girls elected to make fleece dog blankets as their service project.  One tiny, but very important, detail – three of the four girls had never touched a sewing machine.

No problem! I brought in three sewing machines, sewing supplies and scrap fabrics for practice.  The assistant leader brought in one machine and the fleece.  A fun time was had by all, especially with regard to the “capture the needle thread” game (i.e. the girls kept losing the upper thread every time I turned around!).  In the end, the girls donated four fleece doggie blankets that accompanied rescue dogs being transported up north by Road Trip Home.  Here are some photos of our adventure:



DIY Plastic Grocery Bag Holder

Although I carry my own fabric shopping bags to the grocery store, I actually don’t mind getting plastic grocery sacks.  Why?  They serve multiple uses in my house – mostly to dispose of super messy items (like used paintbrushes) and to pick up after Boomer when we go for a walk.

The pantry in my current house is wide and narrow – unlike the deep pantry in my previous home. The plastic crate I used to house plastic grocery bags for nearly a decade no longer works.

grocerysackholderoriginalOne of the books I picked up at the public library during a recent visit was 101 One Yard Wonders Fabric by Fabric.  As I thumbed through the book, I noticed a plastic grocery sack project.  Inspired, I unearthed the home dec samples I’d been gifted last summer and sure enough, I found some that were just the right size and weight for the project.  I kinda/sorta followed the directions on the first one and was pleased with how it turned out, but I needed a slimmer/longer one.

Fabrication requirements for my version:

1/2 yard mid-to-heavy weight cotton fabric OR a fat quarter OR a 26″x26″ home dec sample
3/8″ or 1/2″ elastic (non roll works best, but use what you have on hand)
Thread to match

Sewing Directions:

– Cut fabric into a 17″x23″ rectangle  (or 17″ x however long the FQ “long” side is)

Make tube
– Fold fabric right sides together with the 23″ sides meeting.  This will give you a long, narrow tube.
– Stitch side seam, using 1/2″ seam allowance (optional:  finish raw edges of seam allowance)
– Press seam open.

Make casing for elastic
– Turn up a 1-1/4″ hem on each end of the tube. Press.
– Open hem back out and press up  1/4″.
– Turn the now 1″ hem back up on each end of the tube.  Press.
– Pin the hem in place.
– Edge stitch near the fold all the way around the casing.
– Stitch the other side of the casing, leaving a 2″ opening at the starting/stopping point for elastic insertion.
Hint:  Using a free arm makes this process much easier as does setting your seam guide for 7/8″ when stitching the “hem” side.

Insert elastic
– Cut a 15″ piece of elastic.
– On your cutting mat, make a mark 3″ from the left side.  Now measure over 8-1/2″ and make another mark.
– Insert elastic into casing.
– Overlap elastic ends at marks so that elastic lies flat (make sure it isn’t twisted in casing).
– Sew elastic together along mark (straight stitch or zig zag in place back and forth several times).
– Trim away excess elastic.
– Stitch opening closed (you might have to persuade the fabric to lie flat).

Make strap
– Cut 3″x23″ rectangle
– Press up 1/2″ hem on each short end of the rectangle.
– Fold rectangle in half lengthwise wrong sides together.  Press.
– Open rectangle out.   Fold each long side in so that it just meets inside the crease.  Press along folded edge.
– Fold rectangle in half again lengthwise.
– Match edges and edge-stitch all the way around the strap (can skip lengthwise fold if you wish).

Attach strap
– Decide which way you want your bag to hang.  Make note of the top end.
– Locate the seam on the inside of the top casing.   You will place the strap ends on either side of this seam (inside the bag on top of the elastic and casing).
– Place the strap ends so there is about 1/2″ of space between the seam and the edge of either strap end.
– Pin in place.  Edge-stitch strap in place.  To add a custom look and strength to your project, sew an “X” in the middle of the square where you sewed the strap down.

Place bag into service
– Stuff with 20-30 plastic bags, hang in pantry and enjoy.