Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Stockings: Lots of pictures. I didn't know I could do that!

Finished up some of the stockings.
I am now about halfway through the pile.
They really are adorable and I am glad I decided to make them.
Once I got control of myself and the pattern, it started moving a lot more smoothly. I only had to rip out one of these and start over. So I'm getting better!

The Santa Clause stocking you have already seen.

The cuff on this one came out a tad smaller than the rest of them, but it's still cute!


Notice the cuff?

I didn't know I could do a boxed pleat without even trying!

I apparently can sew better than I thought. LOL

Friday, December 8, 2017

Stockings for the Grandbrats: picture intense

These are the faces! 

Only a few missing from this picture. 
But this? This is the bulk of the Grandbrats, (so far) from 13 to 3.
These faces need handmade over filled stockings from MiMi and PawPaw this year.  
I told you I had already cut them all out and the sewing would be a breeze? Yeah, maybe for a seasoned seamstress, for me? a totally different story.
I did get half way through the pile. 
Normal people, it would get easier as you went along. 
Me not so much. 
I have the pattern down, I have the sewing down, but I always seem to run into a problem. With each and every one of them. One I missed the seams on the side like five times before I finally caught it in the needle. One I poked a whole in the toe after I had finished most of it, had to take it apart and start over. One I forgot to leave an opening in the lining for turning it inside out. 
It's just been one newbie mishap after another. And quite a learning experience.
My toes are a tad too square and my heels too sharp. 
In some, like this one, the cuff was larger than the stocking once I finished sewing it three times for missing the sides. 
But look how wicked cute that stocking is!!


Despite all my screw ups and mishaps and all the needle pokes in my fingers, arms and legs, I love them! I think they are adorable. 
Not perfect, but adorable.
This one below, the cuff is a lot smaller than the rest. But it is still cute.

It really has been fun, even with all the pin pricks. 

I watch all the videos on YouTube and have concluded that these people must spend hours before videoing straightening lines, matching sides, making everything look absolutely perfect before they shoot. No frayed edges, no crooked lines, all pieces match up perfectly from first cut to sewing. 
Please! I just spent 3 hours on five stockings, I know the truth! 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Bags going out: A worthy minsitry

These personal care bags were first talked about over on the Knittinfun blog here:
Making Personal Bags

DD#1 and I stuffed them with goodies and they were delivered a couple of nights ago. 
If you are looking for a ministry to get in to, I can not think of a better one than serving and loving on women at your local shelter. 
They really are a joy to serve, some are hardened by their circumstances and need some extra time and care. As in one lady who has not participated with us since I started going over a year and half ago. She wouldn't even eat the food we provided. 
But this last week, she came to the front, she smiled and she talked with us. 
She really does have a beautiful smile and I told her how good she looked with it. 
All these women need is time and someone to love on them, hug them, cry with them and listen to them. It's a worthy ministry to apply yourself to if you get the chance.
One of our sisters brought blankets and we handed out the bags and all was received with smiles and hugs and warm wishes for everyone to have a great Christmas!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Stockings for the Grandbrats

Sew, I decided the kids all needed hand made stockings this year for Christmas.
Stuffed full of candy and goodies and prizes of course.
I went to YouTube and found the cutest stocking tutorial.
I followed her step by step, pausing the video as I went and made this cute stocking! 
My first!
Once I finished this one I pretty much had it down and cut out 9 more stockings to sew.

I give you fair warning, and the designer does also in the video, if you don't want a huge stocking, cut the size down some. 
When I printed out the pattern it really was a tad too big for my tastes. 
I mean come on! I have ten of those things to fill!
Instead I took an old stocking from years ago and used that as a template for a good size for me. 
Then the rest was just following along with her video. 
These stockings have batting for a stiffer more professional look. 
I really think it is absolutely adorable. 
Cutting out ten stockings, with batting and tabs and cuffs took me over three hours, but now all that is left to do is sew them all up. 
And that takes no time at all.

Friday, December 1, 2017

First post: Why am I here?

This is Leah ;0) the owner of the Knittinfun blog.
I have been running the Knittinfun, first website, then blog, facebook page, google+ page and everything knittinfun since the beginning of the new millennium, so there was no doubt what a sewing blog would have to be named of course, to be a sister blog, she had to have the name.
I have been really into sewing lately and I know the people over at the knitting blog are tired of hearing about it.There is knitting going on, lots of knitting for the holidays. If you want to read about that check out the blog.
There will be lots of posts and shares coming as sewing has fired up my creative side like nothing has since I first watched a YouTube video about how to knit a sock waaaaaayyyyy back in '97 that sparked years and years of knitting and hundreds and hundreds of socks along with various other items.
You really should check out the blog if you have never seen it.