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Sewing

The Art of Sewing - Master It

Sewing for Him

Herringbone Pieced Vest

I love sewing for hubby. He appreciates it so much. He puts on everything I make for him as soon as it is finished - a nice compliment.  Involving him in my craft has given him a good understanding of its value and appreciation for it.

Click photo to go to the page with directions how I did this.

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Personal Quilt

The perfect gift for him is his own personal quilt for kicking back for a nap, TV time, or simply sitting at the computer. It's great to have your own cover up that no one else gets to use but you – so it's always available for you when you want it

I found some realistic wild life printed fabric with blues and grays accent. Perfect I thought – not wild and crazy colors or silly looking animals. This is MANLY fabric. It wasn't panels that could be made into a ‘cheater’ quilt but that didn't stop me from fussy cutting my own panels and making this quilt.

It doesn't matter what theme you prefer - cars, football, boats - the process is still the same. If you find the perfect fabric for your guy this is what you can make for him.

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Adult Bib Pattern and Instructions

FREE to members of my Facebook Group

Also FREE to my Yahoo Group Members

Adult Bib Pattern in PDF format.
Find the patterns in the files section of the Yahoo group.

Margaret Harrison writes:

I just wanted to write and thank you for the adult bib pattern. Recently it became necessary for my 92 year old aunt to move to a nursing home at least for the time being.

She has been eating really well, but always spilled some food on her new PJ's. I made her some bibs out of bright pattened fabric and she LOVES them. Thank you for sharing the pattern.

I recieved this wonderful email from Ann. I thought it may inspire you.

A friend sent me a link to your site, & I was so pleased to see the simple... very nice apron cover up pattern.

Your pattern is so easy, (& it's a practical gift for a self conscious "special-needs -teen, or pre-teen." Girls could look pretty & keep their clothes clean when dining.) Since special needs "kids" are often mainstreamed in public schools, they have the same issues of wanting to look nice, that any teen has.

For a Senior adult, an apron like this can be a good thing to don when doing crafts (at the Senior Center?), or when eating, (while sick in bed to keep from spilling drinks all over oneself,) or a dozen other things.

These aprons can help people feel less self-conscious about themselves, when they need a bit of coverage from spills. Anything that helps preserve a person's dignity, when they are dealing with "needs", whether from aging, or whether they were born with them, or whether they acquired them along the way, looking nice goes a long way toward happiness.

There are lots of pretty (relatively inexpensive) "pre-quited" materials that can be used for this kind of project.

Several years ago I made an apron similar to this (out of a material that had butterflies of all different colors, accented with gold, against a dark background.) I hand quilted it in gold thread. The girl I gave it to had cerebral palsy, & her face lit up at the pretty cover up. It was worth all the work for that one smile.

Thanks for a great pattern, just in time for early Christmas sewing...

Happy stitching,

Ann in NM

 

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Walker Bag

See Sunny Chandonais walker bag here.
See Maeva’s Walker Bag here
See Lisa’s Walker Bag here

I received a wonderful email from Grace Federico. I thought you would enjoy her story.

Hello, I would just like to give you a good compliment! I downloaded one of your free patterns, 2 years ago and have made about 4 dozen of the Walker bags. I have donated them to 4 different rehabs and nursing homes in my area and the bags were very well received and appreciated! I also gave them to some friends and neighbors, as I live in an elderly complex. Everyone was so thrilled with these bags and have gotten so much use out of them! I purchased more fabric, today, at Walmart, for 2 dollars a yard and I will be making more to give to an Alzheimer rehab in my town. I only buy the fabric, when I have some extra money, as like I said, I donate them. I enjoy sewing them and especially, where they are so well appreciated! I just thought you would like to hear about a good story and thanks again for the pattern!  Grace M. Federico, Winthrop, MA

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Neckline Changes

For embroidery blanks, I sometimes purchase men’s pocketless T Shirts and change the neckline to a more feminine cut.

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Fleece Blanket

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COPYRIGHT STATEMENT

SOFTWARE LICENSING AGREEMENT

Laura's Sewing Studio embroidery designs are for personal use. Designs and copyrighted images are intended for private, non-commercial use. Laura's Sewing Studio entitles the purchaser only to make projects for personal use. The embroidery designs are the copyrighted property of Laura M. Waterfield. No design, documentation, or associated graphic distributed as part of this collection may be shared, re-sold individually, re-packaged, or used in any commercial endeavor or instructional presentation without the written consent of Laura's Sewing Studio. Any modifications of these embroidery designs are for the personal non-commercial use of the purchaser only and may not be sold or distributed under this licensing agreement.

If your friends want these designs, please send them to this website. .Both your integrity and patronage allow us to continue with new product development, while keeping down cost and maintaining quality support.

Thank you for your patronage and happy sewing.

Laura Waterfield

Copyright Laura M. Waterfield 2002-2016

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Join my Yahoo Group and  allow me to send you updates via email. In exchange I send out free designs with some of my updates.

In order to receive the free designs make sure you select “Individual Email” as your Yahoo group settings.

Once you join, check for more FREE Designs in the Files section of the Yahoo group.

View some of the Yahoo Group free designs here

View examples of the current email free designs here.

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Bright White LED Lights for your sewing/embroidery/quilting machine

Find the work light on your sewing machine no longer up to the task? Add this self-adhesive, bright-white LED light strip to the underside of your machine's arm and you're back in business.

Like Christmas Lights For Sewing Machines!

 

 

Embroidery Essentials

Top Stitch Needles

 

Ball Point Needles

For Sewing Knits

 

3.5 Inch Curved Scissors

Makes quick work of in-the-hoop fabric trimming.

 

Thread Storage

...because, like fabric, one can never have enough thread...or places to keep it.

 

And speaking of threads...

a place to start, unless you need even more.

Sorry, thread rack is separate.

 

Thread Rack(s)

For color staging and quicker thread changes.

 

12 Inch Wide Vilene

A Hardanger Machine Embroidery Must Have

 

Not Sure Where to Start?