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Layered Clothing – Great for our Weather

In Texas, the Fall & Winter can bring interesting weather changes. We definitley need to layer clothing as it can be nearly freezing in the morning and close to 80 in the afternoon.

The Sandra Betzina Vest & Skirt pattern has a wonderful vest pattern that is perfect for layering. The pattern in not new, but we have gotten in some fabrics that work great with the pattern.

Woodlands from Telio is a 60″ wide Polyester woven that has the look of a handmade blanket. Matching the stripe in the fabric is easy as the fabric is wide and the pieces will lay side by side for most sizes.

The fabric we used is a woven “blanket” fabric that is 100% Polyester and 60″ wide. Sizes included in the pattern are 8 – 22. With this width of fabric, it will take 1 1/4yds. You might want to get 1 1/2yds so you will be able to adjust the lines fall across your body. Matching is easy as the pattern pieces lay side by side.

I eliminated the bound buttonhole pockets and the lining to make this an easy vest for anyone to sew.

Also, I realized that buttons and buttonholes would need more support than the single layer of fabric would give them. The pattern called for 5 buttons, but we only used 3. For support I stitched a square of the Legacy Faux Leather to the fabric. I then stitched a rectangle on top of the faux leater and slit it for the buttonhole. When attaching the buttons, I stitched a small circle of the faux leather behind the button for support.

The binding was cut 2 1/2″ and stitched on with a 3/8″ seam. You will need to ease in extra binding around the outer curves. This will ensure they lay flat. Stretch the binding a lot when going around the underarm so the binding will fit the opening. I used a quilting cotton for the binding, but using a knit would be another great idea if you have a good color.

If you particularly loved the one we made, here is the fabric, binding, button and faux leather.

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Puzzles – Great Entertainment

This is the time of year to have visitors or family at your house. Sometimes you just need something for everyone to do. Why not set up a puzzle table. Spread out all the pieces and let everyone have fun working on the puzzle. It’s a great activity for most ages!

These are the puzzles we can currently ship. Not sure how long they will all be available. It has been hit and miss to get them. All of our puzzles are 1000 pieces and finish 20″ x 27″.

This has been our most popular puzzle to date!

These puzzles are called “Giftable Puzzles” as they are in a decorative box with information inside on the artist’s history and work. If you buy one as a gift, you might not be able to resist opening it for yourself.

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Calling All Nurses!

Windham Fabrics brings us this great new collection of prints. We are all so grateful for nurses and healthcare workers. It’s great to have a line of fabrics dedicated to them.

Wondering what you might make from these darling prints? Try one of our favorite patterns.

This camp shirt is sewing 101 and a good project for a beginner. If you are an experienced seamstress, you will appreciate how quickly the project can be completed.

The sizes in the pattern run from XS to XL.

Yardage requirements: XS: 2yds; S-M: 2 1/4yds; Lg-XL 2 1/2yds.

We love this simple pattern for a pillow case with no raw edges showing. It uses the “burrito” technique which is easy to follow.

The only thing you will want to be concerned with is the direction of the print. This pattern was written for non-directional fabrics, but 5 of the prints are directional.

If you choose print 37304 2 you will need 1yd (allowance for prewashing and shrinkage) Pattern 37306 4 makes a great accent strip and you will need 3/8yd. This gives allowance for shrinkage if you prewash.

This accent strip is just 1/8yd and any a solid you have at home will be great for this.

If you choose any of the other 5 prints, you will need to purchase 1 1/4yds so that you can cut two pieces 27″ x 21 1/2″. You will piece them together to form the 27″ x 42″ the pattern calls for. This will keep the print from laying on its side when the pillowcase is complete.

The Simple Sack is 14″ x 12″ x 7″ and takes 1/2yd of the main print and 1/2yd of the contrast.

This is a quick and simple tote to make.

Whatever you decide to make with this great line of fabrics it’s great to feature our healthcare workers.

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