Friday, December 30, 2011


Wishing you all a Very Happy New Year. May it bring you health, happiness, prosperity and many hours of happy sewing time.
I look forward to sharing more of my projects with you in the New Year.

~ Maria ~

The Abby Bag

Another project finished.
This time it's a bag. It's the Abby Bag by Vanessa Christenson of V and Co.

I made the straps 2" longer and also made them narrower. It's a really large bag so next time I make one I'll probably shorten the length but on the whole I'm pleased with the outcome.

~ Maria ~

Curtain finished

Finished my kitchen curtain yesterday. I lined it as the fabric was quite thin and then made a couple of fabric roses from the lining fabric and pinned them on so they are easy to remove when I need to wash them.

I don't have much time today but I am hoping to get some potholders and kitchen towels sewn up to match
~ Maria ~

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My Next Project

I bought this fabric on Boxing Day not really knowing what I wanted it for, I just thought it was so cheerful.
Well today I've decided to make a curtain for my kitchen window then possibly some chair covers and some accessories to match. The kitchen is looking a bit drab so this will add some colour ready for the New Year. Hopefully it will give me a bit more incentive to stay in the kitchen long enough to do more cooking. On second thoughts I doubt it. LOLLL

~ Maria ~

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Wall Bill Organizer

Hope everyone enjoyed their holidays.
I spent mine doing what I love the most, sewing. As hard as I tried to stay away for at least a day I just couldn't.
I finished my wall bill organizer yesterday and took photos but they were so bad I had to wait until today when the light would be better. Once again, terrible photos, probably because of where I'd hung it so I had to take it down and put it on the floor to photograph.
Anyway this is my first contribution to being a bit more organized in the New Year. We used to stuff all our bills into one bag before.
Realized too late that I should have made a fourth pocked for the water bills but there is enough space for the phone and water to share together. LOL

~ Maria ~

Friday, December 23, 2011


Ok this could possibly be my last post before Christmas although I do have a mail organizer I want to make before the New Year.
I quickly made myself these potholders today as mine were falling to bits. I still have some of this fabric leftover so may make something else for the kitchen.

 I found these at
I think hers are so much prettier.


Scalloped Dresden Bag

I really enjoyed making the Dresden Plate table runner so was pleased to bits when one of the ladies from a sewing group I am a member of sent in a pattern for a Scalloped Dresden Bag.
I'd never made up a bag and lining like this before so it took me a few reads to really be able to picture it. It's not a very large bag but it's pretty. I suppose it could also be used as a clutch bag

The pdf pattern download can be found at


Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Here's a photo of my finished tree and if anyone thinks I have put up two, no, it's a large mirror behind the tree.
Now I've got the knack of making ornaments I'll definitely be making more next year and a tree skirt that I didn't get round to making this year.

This morning I started making a Dresden plate bag which I hope to finish soon and will post that in the New Year. I also have to make another two of the Pen bags I designed and made for my daughter. Seems like they are quite a hit.

My to do list is so ridiculously long that I really need to go through it seriously and prioritize everything.
I think organization will be an important part of the new year. Maybe sewing some things to help with this.
A wall organizer for bills, pen holders just to begin with. Sometimes I have so many things I want to do going round in my head that nothing gets done. Perhaps if I write everything down in the order that I want to make it I'll have more success.

I've been having loads of problems with my internet so want to take this opportunity to wish my followers, family, internet family and friends a very Happy Christmas and hope the New Year brings joy, health and prosperity to everyone, most of all more sewing time. LOLL

                                                             MERRY CHRISTMAS
                                                          Hugs and Kisses to you all
                                                                      ~ Maria ~

Monday, December 19, 2011

Circle Zip Pouch

I wanted to make something but didn't have much time or energy to start a large project so made one of these circle pouches.
Very quick and easy to make, probably about an hour. This was made using the tutorial over at
I did think it was a bit on the tiny side so I enlarged the pattern and also put zipper tabs on the ends of the zip. I think it finishes it off better.

~ Maria ~

Matryoshka Doll, House, Mistletoe and Lollipop Ornaments


This is the last of the ornaments that I've made. I love the little dolls and house ornaments which will be displayed in my sewing room once the Christmas tree comes down. I couldn't bare to pack them away until next year.

  You can find the tutorials for all of these at

~ Maria ~


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Boxy Pouch

It's not often that I make really bright accessories but I just loved this fabric.

Looking at the photo now I think it could do with a pretty zipper pull.

I used the tutorial over at  I wanted mine to be a firm pouch so I added wadding/batting to mine and then quilted the top.

~ Maria ~

Pocket Clutchs and matching Business Card Wallets


I always have plenty of scraps lying around so these are just the right size for using them up.
The focus fabric on this one is a black crushed upholstery velvet and the lining fabric is cotton.

For the one below I used some denim from a pair of trousers

The last one was also made with upholstery fabric.

You can find the pattern for these over at
I'll definitely make more of these. Maybe some brighter flowery ones ready for when the spring comes.

~ Maria ~

Yoyo and Scrappy Tree Decorations


I just made these yo yo and scrappy tree decorations for my Christmas tree today. Really easy and quick to make.

Last year a friend gave me some Christmas paper napkins and I thought they were so pretty that I had them laminated. Now I can bring them out every year.
I folded the napkin in half so that it would be double sided.

~ Maria ~

Frayed Fabric Basket

I found a tutorial for this lovely basket at

I'm using mine as a thread catcher

~ Maria ~

Dresden Plate Table Runner Finished

How quickly the time passes. I've been having a lot of problems with my internet so wasn't able to post on my blog sooner but for the moment I am back. Probably just as well because it gave me more time to do some sewing.

I finally finished the table runner using two of my Dresden Plates. I'm really happy how it turned out. Sorry about the quality of the photos.

Still have to make something with the other two that are left. As usual though I easily get distracted so have been making a mixture of projects.
~ Maria~