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Scrap Dance Swing Bag, and a Correction on Two-Step

During my trip to Lexington, I took the Swing Bag to test it out in real use.  I have to say, (brag a bit, LOL!!) that it performed beyond expectation.  I expected it to hold some clothes and cosmetics, and be easy to carry, but I found that it did more than that.  The pattern is easy, mostly constructed flat, and the zipper insertion is a breeze.  You won’t believe how easy it is!  I’ll be making several more of these using up some jelly roll strips and piecing bits to make the next one scrappy.

First, it fit nicely on the top of DH’s suitcase with the handle reaching the top so he could stack it.  Sure made it easy to carry with another suitcase.

Plus, you will not believe how much stuff was in it.  I got all these clothes for a four day trip, plus three pairs of shoes (one a pair of walking shoes) and all my other essentials in it.   There are seven tops, two pairs of shorts, two pairs of long pants, plus sleepwear.

Items with liquids like my hair spray and contact lens solution were held upright in the long inside pocket, eliminating the need to encase them in a zip lock bag (although you could still do that).

All these items were in the bag, and that cosmetic bag is full!

The Swing Bag is wide enough for my cosmetic case to fit sideways at one end, with plenty of space for clothes and shoes.

The pattern has more ideas for adjustments to the pockets for ease of use, and also instructions to add a water bottle strap for use as a gym bag.

The Swing Bag will hold towels and a hair dryer, gym clothes, bathing suit for water aerobics, and a fresh change of clothes for after your shower if you want to use it as a workout bag.  It has more space than you will need for a day trip, and plenty of space for a week’s stay out of town.

A few comments have come in from pattern buyers, here’s a look at what others have said –

Mary (stitchinggrandma) said “I just downloaded the pattern , and I LOVE all the extra photo’s and details you included!!! Worth much more than the minimal $2 investment!”

Pat T wrote “*Thank you* for all you do, Carole, to teach, encourage, and inspire! I just downloaded your pattern at Craftsy!… Thank you for the extra pictures in it, and the extra details! (That makes your great directions very clear to even beginning sewers.)”

Gynette said “Just purchased your Swing Bag pattern and I’m delighted with the detail. So many details I missed on the blog. This will be a delightful gift for my high school aged granddaughter. But I will be making it from heavier fabric and a metal zipper for her. Also plan on making one for my quilting buddy, Carol (without the “e”) and one for me. I never seem to get me one made. Thanks for spending your time designing and offering this pattern. Now to peruse my stash for the perfect fabric.”

Thank you, ladies, for your support and encouragement!    Today is the last day to get the pattern on the intro price of $2, and see the details not included in the Christmas in July tutorial post. After today, the price will be reset to its regular price of $9.   Click on Scrap Dance Swing Bag for the pattern!

Last note, thank you to alert readers Rhonda and Donna who let me know about a mistake in the border instructions in the final reveal post for Scrap Dance Two Step.  The strips between the flying geese in the middle of the border should be 20-1/2 inches, not 16-1/2.  And the corner areas are 16-1/2, not 12-1/2 inches.  The block is 12-1/2 inches unfinished, so the strips must equal 12-1/2 + 4 inches for each section over the adjacent block.

The download has been corrected.  The area to put your counts now looks like this.

­­­_____ strips 20-1/2 x 2-1/2 between the flying geese in the border middles
_____ strips 16-1/2 x 2-1/2 between the flying geese and the  corners around the square block units
_____ strips 2-1/2 x 12/12 and 2 strips 2-1/2 x 14-1/2 for the bottom corners
_____ strips 2-1/2 x 4/12 and 2 strips 2-1/2 x 6-1/2 for the top corners

Download the corrected final reveal – Final Reveal  The pattern for Two Step will remain up for a few weeks, then will be removed from the blog and put on Craftsy.

And lastly, I have tamed the beast!!  The Be My Neighbor flimsy is done and I’ll show you my solution to the yellow houses on Friday.  Now, can I get it quilted without ripping?

Are you sewing today?


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Let’s Talk About Pillows

When was the last time you bought yourself a new pillow for your bed? I asked this question of some friends recently, and their responses were much the same as mine – years.  We all know about dust mites, and keeping our bedding clean, vacuuming the mattress from time to time, but I’ll bet most of you, like me, don’t think about the pillows much.  Change the pillow cases, wash the covers, and wash the pillows if you can.  I have foam pillows which are next to impossible to wash, but I can put them in the dryer now on high heat for 15 minutes to kill the mites.  Problem is I forget to do that every three to six months as recommended.   Down pillows are the worst for growing mites, and it seems that the newer latex and memory foam is the best for keeping those colonies down.  There was a great sale at a local department store over the July 4th weekend, and I am sure that there will be good ones coming up for the next holiday. So think about getting yourself some new pillows.  Now, decide which of the old ones can go between your bed and the guest bed.  But, don’t throw them away, make these really super fast dog beds.  I cleaned the pillows as best I could in the mud sink with a brush and soapy water (they won’t do in my low water washer), dried them in the dryer to get them as fresh as possible.

Pillow Dog Beds at From My Carolina Home

Then, I purchased some pillowcases at the thrift store for $1 each. I brought them home and washed them. Inserting a pillow, I simply topstitched the opening closed. Assembly time less than five minutes.

Pillow Dog Beds at From My Carolina Home

Then, there was this fabric in the stash. I got it because of the light pink part, never opened it up to see the border print. Now it is in the ‘what was I thinking?’ pile.

Pillow Dog Beds at From My Carolina Home

I put the pillow on the fabric and cut a piece large enough to cover it, folded it right sides together, then serged the sides. Sewing would work just as well, but I need to use the serger to keep it working well.

Pillow Dog Beds at From My Carolina Home

The pillow was inserted, and the end was sewn shut by turning under the raw edge and topstitching.

Pillow Dog Beds at From My Carolina Home

This took 15 minutes total. I don’t think the shelter dogs will care about the color.

Pillow Dog Beds at From My Carolina Home

One of the pillowcases was a king size pillowcase in flannel with a large, thicker piece on the end. So, I cut that off to make the case a better size for the pillow.

Pillow Dog Beds at From My Carolina Home

I turned the raw edge under….

Pillow Dog Beds at From My Carolina Home

and topstitched it just like the others. The flannel slid around a bit, so I pinned this edge.

Pillow Dog Beds at From My Carolina Home

Donated to an outlying shelter that has little support, five dog beds made quick and easy.  Making all these beds took about an hour total sewing time.  Add a bit for the cleaning and drying, but all in all a very fast project.

Pillow Dog Beds at From My Carolina Home

So, now you can have some fresh pillows for your bed, and the dogs get new beds too.  Nothing goes to the landfill.  How long has it been since you got a new pillow?

 

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Christmas in July plus more ideas for seasonal sewing and crafting

I thought you might like to see some of the projects I did last year during my 12 Days of Christmas event coinciding with the Christmas blog hop event. Here are some links to those projects, plus some other Christmas projects from prior years. In keeping with my blog being about a lot of subjects, there are a number of different kinds of projects here. I also added a page at the top of the blog to gather my Christmas projects together for your convenience later. Click on the titles to see the post.

Christmas Stitched Ornaments

Cross Stitched Quilted Christmas Ornaments | From My Carolina Home

Christmas Card Stamping

Christmas Cards 14

Christmas Mini Quilt Tutorial

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Gifts for Guys

Gifts For Guys ~ From My Carolina Home

Sewing / Jewelry Kit Tutorial

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Christmas Trip Around the World Quilt 2015

Christmas Trip Around the World | From My Carolina Home

Make a Holiday Purse

Christmas in July at From My Carolina Home

Pine Cone Hanger

Pine Cone Hanger at From My Carolina Home

Quilted Table Runner with Tablescapes – Figure out what you’d like to find at the thrift stores before the holiday season.

Christmas Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

Gifts From The Kitchen – including my recipe for Double Dutch Brownie Mix.

Gifts From the Kitchen - Double Dutch Brownies | From My Carolina Home

More Ornaments and Decorating Ideas

Christmas Ornaments ~ From My Carolina Home

Christmas Breakfast

Christmas Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

Crafting with Christmas Cards

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

Christmas Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Christmas Vanilla Sugar Cookies ~ From My Carolina Home

Cozy Christmas Reading – mystery books set at Christmas time.

Cozy Christmas 2

Quick Christmas Table Toppers

Quick Christmas squares 10

2015 Christmas Runner Quilt Along

Christmas Quilt Along finish

And one last idea from last year, use a table runner as a bed scarf! Makes a room festive without taking up a lot of storage space.

Christmas Table runner used as a bed scarf | From My Carolina Home

The Christmas in July Blog Hop ends today, so I wanted to give you one more list so you can get in on the drawings for the wonderful prizes Sarah hasSarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict arranged a great hop and giveaway Deadline for entry has passed.

The lovely folks over at Free Spirit Fabrics have donated not just one item for a giveaway, but THIRTEEN!  And it’s pretty drool-worthy stuff, too – it’s Tula Pink’s new holiday line, Holiday Homies!!!

Sarah has six design rolls, six layer cakes, and one fat quarter bundle to give away – and here’s how she’s going to do it!  Visit each stop on the hop, including this blog, and leave a comment on each post for the day.  At the end of the hop,  Sarah will do a giveaway for each day by putting everyone’s name in the hat who commented that day (from all that day’s hop-blogs), and drawing a winner for that day.  That will be twelve winners – the design rolls and layer cakes.  Then she’ll put all the names from all the days in a hat and draw out a grand prize winner for the fat quarter bundle!  Only one prize per person, though – let’s spread it around a bit!  So carve out a bit of time to visit all the blogs and comment – it makes the time bloggers spend on each post worth it when we see what people think about our work!  The deadline to make a comment on all the blogs to be included in the drawings is July 26th.  Due to some family problems, the drawing will be delayed to August 4th or so, as she deals with her father-in-law’s illness and hospice care.     Giveaway is done.

Here are the participant blogs, have fun!!   The participating blogs are linked to their main pages, you may need to scroll back to find the Christmas In July post.  You’ll note that some blogs are listed more than once as have more than one project to share.    My link will take you back to that page for the travel bag.

Friday, July 14th
From My Carolina Home– My Scrap Dance Swing Bag pattern is now on Craftsy exclusively.  Click on sidebar link.

Vrooman’s Quilts
Pampered Pettit
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Saturday, July 15th
Citymousequilter
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Quilting Fun
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Sunday, July 16th
Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen
Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Cheryl’sTeapots2Quilting
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Monday, July 17th
Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life
Crayon Box Quilt Studio
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Tuesday, July 18th
Seams To Be Sew
Stitchin at Home
Domestic Felicity
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Wednesday, July 19th 
The Colorful Fabriholic
Smiles From Kate
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Thursday, July 20th
Cheryl’sTeapots2Quilting
The Inquiring Quilter
Selina Quilts
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Friday, July 21st
Katie Mae Quilts
Quilted Blooms
QuiltFabrication
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Saturday, July 22nd 
Devoted Quilter
Kathy’s Kwilts and More
All Points of the Compass
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Sunday, July 23rd
Mel’s Quilting Blog
Resourceful Momma
Cheryl’sTeapots2Quilting
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Monday, July 24th
Anja Quilts
PickingandStitching
A Dream and a Stitch
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Tuesday, July 25th
Christina’s Handicrafts
Abyquilts
Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Plans are in the works for another Autumn Jubilee event, more on that later.  Are you starting on your seasonal sewing yet?

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Having Fun in Lexington, Kentucky

Last week, DH had to go to Lexington, Kentucky to do some work, so once again I packed a bag and tagged along.  I had a fun time shopping and sight seeing while he was working. Lexington says it is the horse capital of the world, with much in the town being about the horse. There are horse farms, a horse racing track, an entire park dedicated to horses and Man O’ War, and many of the streets are named for race winners or tracks.  I took over 300 pictures, and I promise I will not show them all to you, LOL!!  But today, come with me as I shop and eat, visit quilt shops and bookstores, and have fun in Lexington.

Chocolates

In some places in town, there are horse statues painted by local artists that were apparently part of an art project some time ago.   We do the same thing here with our bears every year. I only found four of these horses, but this one was the most compelling, did you see what was behind it in the picture above?

Painted Horse 10

Oh, yes, a Kentucky institution, Old Kentucky Bourbon Chocolates. Every last bit of this store was chocolate! The aroma of freshly worked chocolate hit you as you walked in, there was no way to leave without having some.

Ky Chocolates 2

A couple of free samples later, I decided on a large box of Bourbon Truffle Chocolates, and two little samplers. One of the samplers was Black Forest Truffles (bourbon, chocolate truffle with chopped cherries), and the other was Chocolate Covered Bourbon Cherries. I am carefully rationing these out, excuse me for a moment while I go nab one, my treat for today.

Chocolates bourbons

This horse was across the street from the chocolate shop. It was beautifully done, and I think was my favorite of the ones I found.

Painted Horse 11

Next on the west side route plan was this shop, Quilter’s Square.

Quilter's Square 1

Beautifully light inside, and huge! Owners Chana and Kayla were so friendly and helpful, I really enjoyed chatting with them.

Quilter's Square 4

They are doing the Row by Row too, and had a darling hot air balloon pattern. Although I can’t show it to you, you can see in these pictures how many projects they have going on, with samples above the fabric. Just stop by and get their kit if you are near the area.

Quilter's Square 3

They had fabric and more fabric!  So much choice!  I could have spent a lot longer just admiring all the displays and quilts.

Quilter's Square 2

While I was on the west side, I had to go to my favorite chain bookstore, Half Price Books. I was delighted to find two stores in Lexington, this was the smaller of the two.

Half Price Books Lexington 1

Yet it was stuffed as is usual for these stores.  The cookbook corner had the same amount of space as this one for crafting, sewing, quilting, gardening and more.  The clearance section was huge too, with lots of books at just $2.

Half Price Books Lexington 3

Dinner that night was at a local eatery called Saul Good, I had a flatbread pizza.

Saul Good pizza

DH had a tuna steak, and shared his asparagus with me.

Saul Good tuna

On the corner of the shopping center, this horse was standing watch.

Painted Horse 5

The next bit of shopping was on the east side, with Sew-A-Lot leading off the afternoon of fun.

Sew-A-Lot 1

I have to say, I had just as much fun chatting with Patti, Thomas and Kim. They were trying to get to their lunch but were willing to chat as long as I was there, and I just couldn’t leave, LOL!! Sorry for delaying your lunches, but I was just enjoying myself too much!!  There were a lot of goodies to see, patterns and fabric galore.

Sew-A-Lot 2

Their Row by Row pattern was inspired by one of their customers who uses a little red wagon to carry all her class supplies. It is a darling pattern, so stop over and get their kit if you are nearby this summer.

Sew-A-Lot 3

The east side’s Half Price Books was next on the list, and wow, what a pretty storefront with the arbor and flowers!!

Half Price Lexington flowers

This large store kept me entertained for over an hour as I perused the fiction for books on my to-get list, and then the non-fiction for what might be fun.

HalfPriceBooks 2

The last horse is the only one of the four with a plaque to show what it was all about, but it wasn’t dated. This one is in front of the TV station and is named Color Bars. It was bought at the art event and donated to the station.

Painted Horse 4

Dinner that evening was at Columbia Steak House. The original restaurant has been there since 1943. We went to one closer to the hotel that has been there for 17 years. It is locally owned, not a chain.

Columbia exterior

I usually look for one of a kind places like this when traveling. We have to resort to chain restaurants often enough on the road, so these are a treat. We started off with a shrimp appetizer as we were both hungry. I had skipped lunch to shop and sight-see.

Columbia shrimp

My dinner was a nicely grilled rib-eye with steamed broccoli.

Columbia steak

DH had a Kentucky staple, a Hot Brown. I was surprised to find out that this is not an open faced roast beef with brown gravy. Quite different!! It is sliced ham and turkey on a piece of bread, covered in a mornay-like sauce, topped with cheese and sliced tomato then broiled to melt and brown the cheese. Then it is topped with crispy bacon. Yum!!

Columbia hot brown

Inside the restaurant was again, all about the horse, with somewhat old fashioned decor and horse pictures on the stucco walls.  It was a bit dark, with stained wood beams on the ceiling and wood floors.

Columbia interior

They had several beautiful stained glass like art on the doors and windows.  Only by getting very close could you see that it was done with paint, still they were nicely done.

Columbia window

So, that was shopping and eating. In future posts, I’ll show you some of the other places I visited, including the Arboretum and Keeneland. We were not able to get to the Kentucky Horse Park where Man O’ War is memorialized as the greatest horse that ever raced. The tickets were $20 each plus $5 to park, and we just didn’t have the whole day to spend there to make that worthwhile. But, DH will have to go back later in the year, so we may try then.

Are you going to do a Row by Row quilt this year? Do you have patterns left over from last year like I do?

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The Swing Bag – A Scrap Dance Pattern

Wouldn’t you love to have a great travel bag for the holidays, or any travel weekend?  This weekender bag is compact yet packs a punch. You won’t believe how much you can fit into it, and still have organization!  It will hold enough clothes and toiletries for a weekend getaway, just Swing it over your shoulder and dance off to the beach or the cabin in the mountains.  The construction isn’t hard, just follow the steps one by one. The great majority is constructed flat, so it is easy to handle. Use up scraps by making a larger piece of fabric and cutting your focus piece from it. Use charm squares, jelly roll strips, layer cake squares, crumbs or orphan blocks, your only limit is your imagination!

After the initial bag was done, I showed it to some friends who suggested a few improvements.  So, the pattern has several options for extras in pockets and details.  Purchasing the pdf file on Craftsy for the very low introductory price of just $2 will give you more photos and more detailed instructions.  Click on Swing Bag for the pattern link.   I really appreciate any purchases as that is the way I pay for the costs of the blog, so I can bring more great free patterns, giveaways and projects to readers.  I also invite new readers to follow my blog for a wide variety of subjects, crafting and cooking, sewing and quilting, gardening and photography, mountain living and more.

And have fun with the  Christmas In July blog hop which will have new posts every day for 12 days.

Here are the participant blogs, have fun!!  And read down below for the giveaway!

Friday, July 14th
From My Carolina Home– You are here!

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Saturday, July 15th

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Monday, July 17th

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Tuesday, July 18th
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Thursday, July 20th

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Saturday, July 22nd 

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Are you starting on your holiday sewing yet?

 

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How to Shorten Sleeves on Ready to Wear

Shopping can be such a chore at times. As much as I like wearing nice clothes, sometimes it is just next to impossible to find what I need.  It is hard enough to find things in petite sizing to accommodate my short stature, much less something cute.  Recently I spent quite a bit of time at a number of stores, at big box, discount and boutiques, looking for a simple thing – a short sleeve woven top or two. I am at that certain point where I do not like my upper arms to be exposed, so a sleeveless isn’t an option. But I need something woven for the heat, knits like t-shirts seem to stick to me when it is really hot and woven fabrics keep me cooler. But sleeveless and knits are what I saw most at the stores! I could find long sleeves or sleeveless but nothing between. Luckily, I can sew, and when I finally remembered that, I found two long sleeve, woven fabric tops and took them home to alter.

How to Shorten Sleeves on Ready to Wear clothes at From My Carolina Home

This is really not hard to do, just takes a bit of measuring to get it right. Begin by trying on the top, and measuring from the shoulder seam to the point where you want the sleeve to end.  Shoulder seams will sit differently on different tops, so you have to have that measurement correct by measuring with it on.  In my case, that was 9 inches finished length. I wanted a small cuff on this one, so I added five inches to that length. Be sure that you have enough width in the sleeve to do this (that it doesn’t taper smaller down the sleeve), otherwise just add a hem allowance. Then take the top off, and lay it on a cutting table, measuring from the shoulder seam down the top edge, in my case to 14 inches.

How to Shorten Sleeves on Ready to Wear clothes at From My Carolina Home

That measurement was going to cut across this tab and button detail on the sleeve, so I got out my seam ripper and removed those elements.

How to Shorten Sleeves on Ready to Wear clothes at From My Carolina Home

How to Shorten Sleeves on Ready to Wear clothes at From My Carolina Home

Now measure down the top edge to the 14 inches again, and lay a ruler at that point, but don’t cut yet.

How to Shorten Sleeves on Ready to Wear clothes at From My Carolina Home

Now, measure from the bottom to the same point. In this case it was 9 inches to the bottom of the cuff. Now measure the same 9 inches on the bottom edge to find that point. Connect those two points on the top and bottom of the sleeve to ensure that the angle is correct. The angle of the cut should be the same as (parallel to) the lower edge of the sleeve.

How to Shorten Sleeves on Ready to Wear clothes at From My Carolina Home

Now measure up from the bottom of the other sleeve by the same amount on the top and bottom, the same 9 inches. This ensures that the sleeves will be an equal length.

How to Shorten Sleeves on Ready to Wear clothes at From My Carolina Home

I decided to finish off the edges with my serger. If you don’t have a serger, you can turn the edge under, or do a zigzag stitch to finish the edge.

How to Shorten Sleeves on Ready to Wear clothes at From My Carolina Home

Measure up three inches to put in the hem.

How to Shorten Sleeves on Ready to Wear clothes at From My Carolina Home

Stitch the hem. Removing the base on my sewing machine helps as it gives me a smaller base to slip the sleeve over.

How to Shorten Sleeves on Ready to Wear clothes at From My Carolina Home

Press the hem.

How to Shorten Sleeves on Ready to Wear clothes at From My Carolina Home

Fold up the hem 2 inches to the outside to create the cuff and press in place.

How to Shorten Sleeves on Ready to Wear clothes at From My Carolina Home

I put in two tacks by hand to hold the cuff in place.

How to Shorten Sleeves on Ready to Wear clothes at From My Carolina Home

And voila, now I have the short sleeve top I wanted.

How to Shorten Sleeves on Ready to Wear clothes at From My Carolina Home

One other tip, those mother of pearl buttons would be impossible to replace if I lost one. So, I took the extras from the cuffs, and sewed them onto the seam allowance at the sides of the top. Now I have extras if I lose one, and I don’t have to go searching for it in a button box.

How to Shorten Sleeves on Ready to Wear clothes at From My Carolina Home

For the white lace top, I followed the same procedure of measuring the length I wanted, measuring the sleeve from the bottom on both edges, and cutting the sleeve at the proper angle.  This time I made the sleeve 10 inches, to get the 9-inch finished length plus one inch for hem allowance.

How to Shorten Sleeves on Ready to Wear clothes at From My Carolina Home

I wasn’t worried about the lace raveling, so I turned up the hem and zigzag stitched it.

How to Shorten Sleeves on Ready to Wear clothes at From My Carolina Home

And the other top is done, took less than half an hour.

How to Shorten Sleeves on Ready to Wear clothes at From My Carolina Home

For the bits you cut off, here’s an idea to use them. I did get a couple of new t-shirts while I was shopping, knowing I have bought this brand before so I knew the size to get. I didn’t try them on, and when I did put one on at home, the V-neck was cut to an obscene depth. I am just not comfortable with a neckline cut to my navel, not at this point in my life, LOL! So, I took some of the lace from the sleeve, and cut a triangle to sew into the t-shirt to raise the neckline.

How to Shorten Sleeves on Ready to Wear clothes at From My Carolina Home

Ultimately, I decided to use a different scrap of lace, cut from a pillowcase that was torn. I cut a triangle larger than I needed for the opening, and pinned it into place. It was sewn into place by topstitching in the ditch of the neckline ribbing.

How to Shorten Sleeves on Ready to Wear clothes at From My Carolina Home

Turning it inside out, the excess was trimmed away.

How to Shorten Sleeves on Ready to Wear clothes at From My Carolina Home

Finished, and I am so much more comfortable with the added coverage.

How to Shorten Sleeves on Ready to Wear clothes at From My Carolina Home

So, there are a couple of ideas to help you make ready to wear more wearable.  Do you alter your clothes?

 

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Making Card Carriers

With the NC Quilt Symposium coming to Asheville in 2018, our local longarm group is once again making small items to add to the goodie bags to get our group publicity.  For locals, and those who don’t mind mailing quilts to be quilted, we have a number of wonderful longarm quilters ready to make your creations sing with professional quilting services.  See our website at Carolina Mountain Longarm Association to find a quilter near you, or one that takes mail in tops.  If you are local, or you attended the Sympsium held in Hendersonville in 2015, you might remember our Chickens Project.   This year we decided to do small card wallets, or carriers, for credit cards or business cards, or even tea bags.  Each one of our members is making at least 30, so it is a stash busting project for me!

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

These are really easy to make. Start with cutting two pieces of fabric 7-1/2 x 5-1/4 inches. Cut another piece from another fabric 4-3/4 x 5-1/4 inches. Cut a piece of batting 7-1/2 x 5-1/4 inches.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Stack the batting with one large piece of fabric right side up on top. Fold the small piece in half, wrong sides together, and place this piece 2-1/2 inches from the bottom, with the fold towards the top. I find using my cutting board makes finding that placement easy.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Place the other large piece of fabric, right side down on top of the stack.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Place a few pins around to hold the pieces in position.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Sew around the edge, leaving an opening for turning, just be sure that the opening is not along the edge where the small piece is sewn, or along the bottom as that won’t get any additional stitching.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Clip the corners to reduce bulk and make the points nice.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Turn right side out, and press.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

At this point, you can change your mind as to which fabric goes on the outside, and which one goes on the inside. Just turn the inside panel to the other side.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Now, turn the bottom up, leaving a bit of the inside divider piece showing. Be sure you have the folded edge showing, and the raw edge at the bottom inside the fold.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Top stitch all the way around, enclosing the raw edge inside, and the opening for turning.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

When you are done, the raw edge will not be visible inside, and the divider will be fully sewn in.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Now add some sort of closure. I used round velcro dots with velcro glue. You can sew in snaps by hand, or any other kind of closure you like. If you wanted to sew in the closure, do that before folding and topstitching.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

You can use the exact same fabric for all the pieces if you like. It does make the divider a bit harder to see.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

There is more definition with a contrast fabric.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

I have a good start on the 30 I need to make for the group’s total.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

I know some people like to carry tea bags in these too. Tea bags do fit, but if I was making it for this purpose, I might add 1/2 inch to the top-to-bottom measurement to make the pocket just a bit deeper.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

One more afternoon and I had more than my required share all done. These are so easy and fast, use up a lot of batting scraps, and I think I’ll make a few more. I ran out of round velcro dots, so just used regular velcro strips cut into 3/4-inch squares.

Card Cases ~ From My Carolina Home

So, if you are local, and attend the Symposium next year, you’ll get one of these with your registration. They will have the longarm group’s card inside to remind you to look at our website for quilting services.  I have made a wide variety of them in different kinds of prints.  I made a few extra ones too, just in case someone gets a print they really don’t like.  We’ll have a few extra ones available so people can trade for a print they like better.

Don’t you love a quick project with no hand sewing?!!

 

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