Sunday, August 21, 2016


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Have you ever gone to a store like Wal-Mart to quickly get something and see a sale item you decide to pick up too.  So you pick your size and off you go.  You get home and find that even though it is your size it just does not fit right.  That is what happened to me, so I had to come up with someway to make it fit.  I did not want to wait in long lines for returns either.  So I came up with this method of fixing this problem. 
 photo IMG_6513_zps48afmmua.jpg I found a pink blouse in what I call my "scrap clothing bag" that would match my top. More about what I do with the scrap clothing in a future post. 
I only needed the back of the pink top for my panels. The rest goes back into the bag. I did iron the pink top so the measurements of the panel will be accurate.
When cutting the panels I made sure the hem on the pink top could be used, so that I did not have to hem the bottom of the panel.  I did cut the panel long enough to make a hem in the sleeve area.
 photo IMG_6516_zpsju1wg122.jpg I cup up each side seam of the top from the bottom hem and up through the sleeve seam.
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I needed about 1 1/4 inch extra in the sleeve. So I added 1/2 inch to the 3 1/4 inch measurement which gave me 1/4 inch for the seam on each side.
 photo IMG_6517_zpsndvi3l7g.jpg I needed the width mostly in the hip area. I measured up how far up I needed to go so as not to change the bust area. That measurement was 8 inches as seen in the photo. The width was about 3 inches on each side. That will give me a 6 inch increase in the bottom of the top.
 photo IMG_6522_zpsuzyehlss.jpg With the sleeve and bottom side measurements I now will pin the 3 3/4 inch panel to the side of the shirt. The 3 3/4" panel is laid under the hip area and gradually pivoted so that I had the 1 3/4 protruding out. That way the under arm panel is not 3 1/2 inches in my sleeve area. Remember I only need 1 1/4 inch (not including the seams) to fit. Easy to do hard to explain. Hopefully the photo helps.
 photo IMG_6523_zpsu0yq9i6z.jpg I did cut the 3 3/4 wide strip long enough to have some left over to hem the sleeve area.
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My finished top. I have already wore it a couple times now. No longer just hanging in my closet. I have another top I bought at the same time. So will do the same thing so I can wear it too.

Thursday, August 11, 2016


 photo IMG_6398_zpscj8x4cno.jpg Hi everyone It has been a long time. Taking care of aging parents takes a lot of time. I do get to do some of my crafts every now and then. Thought I would try and start getting back into posting to my blog. This apron was a fun project and I really like how it turned out. I did have to increase the size of the apron.
 photo IMG_6404_zpspfd3u8is.jpg The material was some left over from a blouse I made and some Christmas projects from last year. I am not a coffee drinker but do like hot cocoa, so this material really caught my eye. The pockets turned out so nice. I did not have the larger rick rack in the right color. The smaller worked out just fine for me.
 photo IMG_6403_zpsiz36vuqu.jpg I doubled the material on the top part of the apron but not on the skirt piece. The original free tutorial called for the apron to be doubled. This top piece was quilted with flannel on the back. I did not do the quilting on my apron.
 photo IMG_6405_zpsc4lftfr5.jpg I was pleased with the results of the apron. I really liked the simple pleats on the front in place of the typical gathers. If you are interested in making one of these aprons the tutorial is found HERE

Monday, February 1, 2016


I do not know about everyone else but we save paper bags.  We have used them as gift wrap with different decorations on them.  But this is mainly at Christmas time.  Then I got the bright idea of using them in my scrapbooking and card making.
I decided I want a textured look to this particular paper so I crumpled it up.  I did not want it  "too" crumpled so I laid it out and ironed it just a little.
Then I laid a piece of card stock paper on top and traced around it.  This gives me a guide to cut the textured flattened paper bag. I avoided some marks on the paper so did not start at the top of the paper.
Then used scissors to cut round my tracing.
Using my cutter a cut was made on the line down the middle of the large piece of paper bag.  Scissors could be used for this too.
 On the back side (at least that is what I call it) is a seam in the bag, as you can see in the picture above.
As a guide for my cutter a mark is placed on either side of the seam Once the lines are traced on, I cut along those lines.
After cutting the lines I now have two pieces of the bag.  They are not the size of card stock so they are cut into shapes I can use.
 Another problem I encountered was some kind of grease mark on the paper. It is a little difficult to see in the picture.
The card stock was used as a guide to miss the grease mark. 

I traced around the card stock. Easily missing the grease mark.

In this picture I used another method of cutting besides my scissors.  I used a roller cutter.  It worked really well.  Did have to make sure I pressed firmly to cut.
I trimmed some of the extra pieces that I will use as accents in my scrapbooking.

Some pieces of paper were too small for cardstock but were big enough to use making cards

Another method with the brown paper bags is to tear edges.  This gives the paper a different bit of texture and character to my scrapbooking. 

I now have several pieces of paper from the 2 brown paper bags that I can use as accents or as card stock.  What gave me the idea was when I was going to scrapbook some old family ancestor pictures. Of course I am sure there will be more uses.

Now my free paper pieces are stored and ready to go.  Hope this gives everyone ideas on what to use around the house to scrapbook with.  I think I may start thinking what else I can use as paper accents.