Sunday, September 18, 2022

Queen of Gadgets Blog Hop


I'm happy to be participating in another fun hop, this time hosted by Carol from Just Let Me Quilt.

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I didn't have any problem deciding which sewing gadget I would use for this hop. I just adore fabric yoyos, and love using the Clover YoYo Makers. I've made many, many, many yoyo projects over the years. I'll share some of those with you before showing you what I created for this hop.

I've made Pillows:

Pumpkins and Pears:

Table Runner and Wall Hanging:

If you look on the lower right-hand side of my blog, you'll see the projects I've had published. There are several yoyo projects there as well. And finally, I've made a couple of yoyo projects for other blog hops, and those free patterns can be found at these links:

I primarily use two sizes of the Clover YoYo Makers; Small and Large. 
The final size of a small yoyo is 30mm or 1.18 inches.
The final size of a large yoyo is 45mm or 1.77 inches.
For my new project, I used the Small size.

And here's my project, a wool felt and cotton YoYo Pincushion. It can be made exclusively from cotton too, if desired.
The pincushion has twenty small yoyos, and measures 5.5" x 7" inches. I filled it with crushed walnuts shells, but you can also use the stuffing of your choice. Since I made it from wool felt, (with cotton yoyos), I made a cotton inner unit to house the crushed walnut shells. This wouldn't be necessary if making the whole pincushion from cotton fabric.

The FREE pattern can be found here, if you'd like to make one for yourself!


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Tuesday, August 23, 2022

See Ya Later Alligator Blog Hop


I'm so happy to be participating in another fun blog hop, this time brought to us by Carla of Creatin' in the Sticks.

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Wednesday, August 24th


Our theme for this hop is travel, and I decided to make a couple of useful travel items. I recently found a box of hardly-used cotton tablecloths in my basement. I thought I could upcycle one of them for my travel projects.

My husband and I don't travel much, and when we do it's only for a weekend road trip. He does most of the driving because his car is too big for me to drive (I can't see over the hood lol), and my small car is too uncomfortable for him to sit in for too long! So while I'm sitting in the passenger seat, it's nice to have a pillow to rest my neck and head on. My first project is a travel pillow:

I found the pattern for the travel pillow on Pinterest, and you can find it here. 

The other item I thought would be very useful is a shoe bag. Usually, I have to take a separate tote bag and put my shoes in it so they won't get my clothes dirty. But a shoe bag make so much more sense!

This shoe bag is lined; I used a green plaid for the lining.

The pattern I used is for a drawstring storage bag. You start off with two rectangles of fabric; one outer and one inner. The bottom may be boxed or not, I opted to not box it. The tutorial is in video format, and can be found here on YouTube. I'm planning on making a few more shoe bags, because of course, I'll have more than one pair of shoes when I go on a trip!


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