Thursday, January 27, 2011


I cannot read a thing without my glasses.  I must take them everywhere I go.  My old purchased cases were falling apart so I looked on line and found many nice looking cases I could sew.  The problem was that the glasses could easily fall out of these cases. Therefore the cases were put on the back burner so to speak for the time being.
When I had to make a trip to California I prayed about it and said I need a design for Eye Glass cases.
While warming up my rolls in my MICROWAVE BAGS the Lord brought to my mind that I could make them like these bags only much smaller.

The next day I headed off to my smaller pieces of fabric stash.  My mother had given me this already quilted fabric.  It was perfect for making my glass cases.
I used the same principles as in my MICROWAVE BAGS to sew up these bags. Just click on MICROWAVE BAGS and learn how to sew these little eye cases.
The  difference was to measure my glasses by length and width and add about 1 1/2 inches to width and 2" to the length.  This allows for a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Also I did not have to add the linings in this case because this was already quilted fabric.

Now on this case you can see at the bottom that it is different.  I needed to accommodated for the thickness of my sun glasses.

To solve the problem above I used the procedure that I did to this old bag. This bag was made several years ago from a sewing book of Nancy's Sewing.
As you can see the bag is inside out.  At the bottom side you can see how I gave this bag width inside.

This is how you sew either side corner.  When I do this now I trim this to about a 5/8 inch width seam and zig zag the edge. Of course on the glass cases it is much smaller but the technique is the same.
I took these eye cases with me on vacation and never lost my glasses or had them fall out of the cases.
Thats all there is to it.

Friday, January 7, 2011


I came up with this design for my daughter at Christmas Time.  She has a kitchen decorated in 50's restaurant style.
I could not find anything on the internet with coca cola patterns.  I did have a cup with a older coke emblem on it.
That gave me the idea of doing it myself.  As my mom said "when there is a will there is a way."
You should be able to take the instructions given below to copy most any design to embroider.
I did the embroider in what they called Red Embroidery.  For more information on this click here RED WORK EMBROIDERY
1.  Any design that you want to embroider on a t-towel.
2.  Tracing Paper
3.  scissors
4.  ruler
5. Pen for tracing
6. Heat Transfer Pencil  (click)
7. Flour sack type towels
8. Iron
9. Restickable Glue Stick (click)
I used this (click here) Hamburger Pattern to create my hamburger.


1.  Take your design (my cup in supply picture) and using a copy machine or home printer to copy the design.
2.  Then taking that picture enlarge the picture until you get it the size you want for your kitchen towel.
3.  Using your pen or pencil trace out the cola bottle on your tracing paper. I then took the traced small bottle and kept enlarging it to get it the right size for my towel.
4.  Do the same with the hamburger.  I eliminated the face on the hamburger for my design.
5.  I traced the coca-cola name and enlarged it also to the size I wanted.
6.  Using another piece of tracing paper take a (click here) Restickable Glue Stick and glue your traced items onto the paper in just a couple places on each item. This will be your pattern, so place it the way you want it positioned on your towel.
Note: it was a good thing I used Restickable Glue Stick because I had the coke bottle going the wrong direction in the picture.
7.  Flip the tracing paper with the pattern underneath.
8.  At this point you may want to draw a line to place the name in the center of your design.
9.  Using your pencil or pen trace the designs onto the tracing paper.
This is what it should look like.  In this picture the coca-cola  paper is still attached to the back.  I wanted to make sure that I had it where I wanted it.
10.  Now with your pattern flipped over, trace all of your design with your Heat Transfer Pencil.
11. Take your flour sack towel and fold in half and press with your iron.
12.  On this fold ironed line cut your flour sack down the middle.
13.  Cut the hems off.
14.  At this point using my cutting board and rotary cutter I evened out the towel by trimming off the uneven edges.
15. Pen your homemade transfer pattern onto the middle of your towel.  Leave enough room if you are going to sew trim on the bottom edge of your towel.
16.  Use your heated up iron and sit your iron on one section.  Lift and do another section.  DO NOT MOVE THE IRON AROUND OR IT WILL SMEAR.  When you think you have ironed over the entire pattern do it again.  Then check the design by undoing a bottom pen and carefully lift to see if the design is on your towel.
embroidery traced t-towel
This is what it will look like when transfered to your towel.
embroidery hoop
You are now ready to embroider your design.
Here is a close up of my finished towels.
I did not take pictures of the decorated borders for a tutorial.  Here is a (click here) TUTORIAL on how to add borders to the bottom of your towels.
Hope you enjoyed my towels-I really enjoyed creating the patterns.
Feel free to copy anything here and use as you wish.