Winners in Creativity for African Folklore Embroidery

And The Winner is………   Over twenty thousand people viewed the African Folklore Embroidery entries at the International Quilt Show in Long Beach.  As many of my readers know I travel around the country lecturing and teaching African Folklore Embroidery. I am always a... [More]

Keeping It Simple - Spiders, Ruffles and Ghosts, Oh My!

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Safety Information, Free Posters for your school and Catalog Xpress Tip #8, Printing Your Designs

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Rise Above the Ordinary with Silk Flower Embroidery

It’s great to find a new embroidery effect, and it’s even better when it’s as easy as the silk flower technique. Jackie Woods of introduced me to the concept, and I found it absolutely stunning.   Jackie u... [More]

Keeping It simple - Frosty the Minky Pink Snowman

One of our granddaughters loves Frosty the Snowman.  We sing the song daily - even when it is 100+ degrees here.  We read the book almost as often.  So I decided to create a Frosty sweatshirt for her even though winter isn't here yet.  When I asked her what color sweatshirt s... [More]

Spooktacular Halloween Projects

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Back to School, TGIBTS

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Hooping from the Inside Out

 Bag from Have you ever tried to embroider something and thought you would have to crawl inside it to hoop it?  Well, sometimes that is exactly what we have to do! Many items that have small openings are challlenging, but they can indeed be embroidered with a l... [More]

Keeping It Simple - Tags All in the Hoop

I went to have lunch with my granddaughter this week.  It was fun but one thing that amazed me was how many lunch boxes looked just alike.  And they were all jumbled together in huge tubs so it took the kids some time to find the one that belonged to them.  So, this week we made In-th... [More]

FREE: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote on Sky Drive and Catalog Xpress Tip #6 Multiple Sorting

It seems like it was very recent when we were learning computers, the Internet and cell phones.  I am on my sixth computer and I cannot remember how many cell phones I have had.  Change is inevitable; stand still and you will be run over.  Sky Drive, a program by Microsoft, is one o... [More]

Fancy Jumbles Diaper Changing Pad

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Keeping It Simple Embroidered Magnet Mania

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Freebies, Dead Links and a Puzzle, and Catalog Xpress Tip #5, Recoloring and Backgrounds

If you have been online more than 1 week, you probably have a lot of "Favorites" or "Bookmarks" that you have accumulated.  I am a collector of links.  If I think I may be interested in something, but don't have the time at the moment and I create a Favorite. Beca... [More]

Keeping It Simple - Big Kid Hooded Towels

The girls are growing fast.  They love their baby towels with the hoods but are outgrowing them now.  When they complained about being cold after their bath the other night mom and I decided to make them larger "big girl" hooded towels for Christmas.  Then we remembered that... [More]

Free Artwork Software and Catalog Xpress, Tip #4, Conversions.

Drawing and designing is usually limited to those who have talent, I am not included in that group.  However, I did find a method of creating interesting designs that is fun and amusing for me.  I hope you like it too. Livebrush, is a fun way to create some interesting effects.  If y... [More]

Summer is super busy with African Folklore Embroidery

It was such an honor being invited by the South African consulate to exhibit my art-quilt, BEADED AFRICAN VILLAGE, for the hosting of the final game of the world cup soccer.  I got to meet and spent time with the delightful Vice Consul general as well as other African consulate members who were... [More]

Keeping It Simple - Sewing for Sunday

It has been a busy couple of weeks.  Our youngest has a baby girl now overdue.  But for several weeks she was put on bed rest - mostly due to extreme swelling.  So the rest of the family shared taking care of the other two (five years and two years old).  We kept them at our hous... [More]

Paisley Neckline Embroidery

     Individual designs can be found on my Stock Design Page.  My designs are alsoavailable in packs, as described in this blog.  Those can be found here.  For designs andpacks available in multiple sizes, choose the size you want in the drop down menu box.  ... [More]

Free Taskbar Calendar and Catalog Xpress Tip #3, Resize

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Wedding Handkerchiefs - Stitch Out and Touch Someone

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South Africa, soccer, art and culture.... African Folklore Embroidery Exhibition and Competitions

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Keeping It Simple- Lampshade Makeovers

Our oldest grandaughter is getting a new room.  This has been in process for some time since her parents are updating their house at the same time.  So new trim, new doors and flooring were needed as well as paint and décor.  Papa will paint the trim next week end and... [More]
An Oldie but Goodie - Bag Keepers Never Go Out of Style

An Oldie but Goodie - Bag Keepers Never Go Out of Style

As you probably know by now we have been slowly trying to go green.  So we use cloth bags (see designer bags)for most of our shopping.  Even so, we still end up with some of those thin plastic bags from various places.  They have some uses such as lining the bathroom trash cans, tying up garbage that needs to go out right away and sending items with people so no bag needs to be returned.  The rest go back up to the corner store where there is a recycle bin just for them.  For a long time now we have used one of the designer bags, hung in the pantry closet, to store these bags.  My mother, however, had a cloth bag keeper and wanted a new one for her pantry as hers (a gift from a friend long, long ago) was falling apart.  So, although I know this project idea is quite old, it is easy and useful so I thought I would post it. 

This is the one I made for my mother (she collects roosters and has them everywhere).

What you need:

One rectangle of cotton fabric 24"wide X 19" tall

One 6 1/2" length of 3/8" elastic

One 11" length of 3/8" elastic

One square scrap fabric for rooster appliqué (4"X 4" or larger)

Embroidery design (download the rooster here)

Sewing and embroidery threads

Tear away stabilizer

Appliqué iron on (such as Trans Web or Heat N Bond lite)  

14" length of ribbon (1" to 2" wide)

What you do:

1.  Find the center of your fabric and mark for your embroidery (you can create printed templates in Catalog Xpress or Alphabet Xpress).  Hoop the fabric and tear away stabilizer.  Remove the template if you used one and embroider the design.  Remove the fabric from the hoop and remove the excess stabilizer.

2.  Fold the top edge down 1/4" and press.   Fold again 1/2" down and Press.  Sew very close to the inner edge creating a casing for the elastic. 

3.  Repeat for the bottom edge.

4.  Run the 11" length of elastic through the top casing gathering the fabric as you go.  Sew the ends down well close to each edge.

5.  Repeat for the bottom casing using the 6 1/2" piece of elastic.

6.  On the top of the rectangle measure in about 2 3/4" inches from each edge and mark or pin. 

7.  Press each end of the ribbon under 1/2" and press.  On the right side of the fabric center the folded ribbon edge over  the pin about 3/4" from the top edge.  Remove pin and sew in place.

8.  Repeat for the other side.

9.  With right sides together sew the sides of the bag together.  Turn right side out. 

One plastic bag keeper is done, ready for stuffing.

Here's the other one I made.


Note:  I goofed and accidently used Heat N Bond Ultra instead of Heat N Bond Lite on this second one.  While it is great for no-sew applique it really gummed up the embroidery machine needle and my thread broke repeatedly.  So, if you have several kinds like I do make sure you use a LITE version.  This is a layered applique and I was very frustrated by the time I finished the second layer. I had to salvage the design with a button instead of finishing it like intended.  Luckily this one is just for me and goes in the pantry closet.  I guess that is what I get for not paying attention!

 See the design as it should  be and you can download this design here.

If you haven't already read these blogs and are trying to go green you might be interested in taking a look:

Designer Grocery bags

Coffee cup wraps

A Quick Casserole carrier

Reusable Snack bags

Water Bottle totes

Take care,







Comments (1) -

I really love that rooster.  It is great in any kitchen!


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