Zippered Wristlet from Selvages

Zippered Wristlet

I have a 3-day weekend to myself and got some sewing done. I made this little wristlet pouch from selvages. I didn’t take any pictures of the sewing process. I’m just horrible like that. I wanted something small enough to hold my cellphone various debit, credit, store cards when I’m not wearing pants… with pockets in them. Gotcha, didn’t I. LOL

Basically, it’s a quilt-as-you-go technique. I spray basted a piece of cotton batting to [...] Continue Reading…

State of CA Employees – Get Rid of Wells Fargo Now!


If you’re a State of CA employee and are fed up with waiting for Wells Fargo to post your direct deposit, you’re gonna love this.

Let me give you the summary of why I made the switch from Wells Fargo to Golden1 NON-PROFIT credit union.

I get paid once a month at the end of the month.
If payday is on a Friday, I “might” see the direct deposit in my account on Saturday, but maybe not. [...] Continue Reading…

DIY Dishwasher Tablets

homemade dishwasher tablets

I made these DIY dishwasher tablets from a recipe found on Pinterest. I have two words for it: EPIC FAIL It was the borax, Epsom salts, lemon juice recipe. This is the one I followed. I scooped the “dough” into level tablespoons and slid them onto plastic wrap with a silicone spatula. The held their shape amazingly well. PROS:

Easy to make
Set and molded up very nicely
Dried hard as a rock



Save your money and don’t [...] Continue Reading…

The Best Sewing Machine for Beginners

By Raden Payas

Sewing may not be a hobby for everyone but for those that wish to learn how to sew may benefit from a sewing machine that offers basic functions but with updated features that will help the user improve her craft. With so many sewing machine models and brands in the market, how does a novice sewer choose the best one? Which one is the best machine for beginners to use? Here is [...] Continue Reading…

Mug Rug Leaves

Mug Rug Leaf

I made these mug rug leaves for Christmas presents. I’ve been working on them off and on for about a month. Today after our team meeting, I am going to present them to my other 11 co-workers. I had a gang of batik scraps and they were perfect for this project. The rectangular one is for my boss. She’s a prolific note taker so the Type typewriters fabric by Julia Rothman for Windham Fabrics [...] Continue Reading…

New Sewing Machine for Christmas

Janome CoverPro 900CPX

Ladies, you WANT this machine for Christmas. It’s the Janome CoverPro 900CPX.

I got mine this past summer for giving t-shirts that professional twin-needle top-stitching finish. No one will know you made it yourself. Right out of the box, this machine sews like a dream AND it’s already threaded.

You’ll still use a serger for seams. The CoverPro is for hemming, however there is a chain stitch, too.


Cute As a Button Easy Baby Quilt

Making a quick block quilt for a baby gift goes together super fast and easy, but sometimes they can be a bit boring. Take it one step further to make it cute as a button! Grab a plate or bowl to trace some circles. Use a small glass for the button holes. I suggest using Heat’n Bond on the back of the fabric before you cut out the button shapes.

Cut out the button holes [...] Continue Reading…

Sewing Can Bridge Bonds and Friendships

By Mary Hindal

Sewing can build self-esteem, give a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment, build friendships and help the less fortunate.

While many of us feel that there are not enough hours in a day, month, or year to do everything on our list, it is important to carve out some time for ourselves to relax and help the less fortunate, elderly, vulnerable, under-employed, or those serving overseas. Sewing and crafting have been proven to provide [...] Continue Reading…

Sew Easy Star Block Quilt

Star Quilt Block

I love star quilt block quilts and this one is no exception. It comes together sew quickly. Make it with 2 colors or each star a different color. I was thinking of using Kona solids for a chromatic paint chip effect. This would be sew cozy in seasonal winter flannels, too. The possibilities are endless.

Here’s a cool online color selector that you can use. Heck, that would would with just about any quilt, especially the modern [...] Continue Reading…

Quilt Ideas – Quilt Designs for Beginner Quilters


By Rose A Smith

My first point would be that a small project is far more likely to be completed than a large quilt. While a large quilt top can be made first in small parts and then sewn together, it can still be difficult for a beginner to cope with layering and quilting a large project if they have not done it before. This is why I often start beginners on a tote bag, [...] Continue Reading…