Sunday, September 7, 2014

A fun PinKeep/ Thread Catcher


I think I want to make myself one of these :O) Here is the link to find this fantastic thread catcher... it has a pinkeep and also a place to hold your tools. What fun :O) I found the photo at Miss Sews it all :O) She did modify the pattern to meet her needs. Run over to the link to find the pdf to make your own thread catcher ;O)



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Straight Pin Happiness

A very long time a go..... I was a participant of a pin-keep swap, we were to decorate and fill up a baby food jar with old buttons. My partner made me the cutest little jar with the most awesome topped straight pins.

I have been searching for tutorials on how to make these very fun shrinky dink toppers, for my pins since the swap.
I was very surprised to find there were very few tutorials out there for sewing pin toppers.
There were more for making beautiful hat pins, but I was looking for Dressmaker straight pin tutorials.
I will share some of the tutorials that I found.......


Photo found on Pinterest. 
No link for tutorial.




These are very fun shrinky dinky pin heads. Found at Miss Sews-it-all


Found at CraftSanity


I found these cute ones with a tutorial :O)


Most of the cute ones I found were for sale on Etsy.

***Not a complete Tutorial***

What I have gathered from the limited tutorials that are out there on the web... 
First you purchase the longest sewing pins you can find. 
Then you either purchase shrinky dinky plastic or use the top and bottom of a salad container that you purchase from your local deli. This container must be a #6 to shrink properly. 
* If you use this #6 you must lightly sand it on one side. *
I found a fantastic tutorial for this at: Curbly

You can either hand draw or use a rubber stamp to make your designs on your plastic.
After your designs are complete, you pop them in a 350 oven on a tin foil tray.... and watch them shrink. Some of the ladies use a heat gun.. but we used an oven to shrink ours when I was young. That way you can watch them shrink and make more than one at a time. 

Here is another fun idea how to decorate the top of your sewing pins.
Glue bits and bobs on them using: E-6000


Here are a few photos of pins that I found on Pinterest.




I like the pins with glass beads and bobs.. if you are not careful, you don't leave any room on them to really use as a pin. I guess mostly you would use these just for decorations in you lovely pin-keeps.

There is another method that I would not recommend with small children. 
This includes using a Bic Lighter. Here is the link at Cynthias Handiwork.
You use cute...very small buttons. Cut off the back loop of the button. You also cut the top off of the straight pin. Hold the straight pin with the pliers and heat one end up with the Bic Lighter until it is glowing red. Then insert the red hot end into the button before the pin cools.




Here is even fun ones that you sew and glue from Mel's Own Place


Please share with us if you know of any tutorials or have your own way of making these very fun and adorable stick pens.....

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Summer is almost over

Summer is still in full swing. School has started and its just a matter of time before my favorite season comes around. Halloween is my favorite time of year...next to Christmas. I am looking forward to all of the Halloween projects that are a foot :O) I still like to visit me favorite blogs...but mostly I like playing on my Facebook page.

One of my followers contacted me on Facebook and told me she really misses my blog posts. I don't know what has happened..... I keep saying I will try to do better on my blog. Although you can find me on Facebook... at AuntPittyPat . Every time I attempt to get on the blog I have trouble logging in. Then I spend an hour or two trying to figure out what or how to use the new Google Account. Then I get all frustrated and I quit trying. Its no fun to spend so much time trying to get into the account. By the time I have it figured out, I completely forget what I am going post.

I think I like the idea of facebook better because you can share comments and photos back and forth with each other. I have a AuntPittyPats Show and Tell group where we show lots and lots of fun projects. Someone is always posting. If your interested in joining in on the fun... just send me a request on my Facebook page.

Here is an example of one of our posts:
Link

This is a tutorial on how to make a quilt as you go patchwork tote.

Does anyone still look at my blogger page? 
Please comment.. thank you!!



Saturday, April 5, 2014

Good Morning sweet friends. Life is getting fantastic for me now that I have retired. I feel so much better and the step is lighter :O) First of all I would like to show you a photo of me and The Pitty yesterday when she was upset with my DD. DD had moved her blankies and this really upset the Pitty. The Pitty Stares at me when she is upset and wants something........

If I choose to not pay attention to her.  Then The Pitty climbs up on me to look straight into my face to say... HEY I am trying to get your attention!!!! Silly Puppie ;O) I have to say...... LOL look at that neck roll on APP.... I look like a huge turkey... OK OK.. yes I have been called one before!!! No Really its because the skin doesn't work properly after having the neck surgery.. .and yes old age too :O) 
Dang I think to myself how good should I look at the age of 60.


I would like to share today with you some fun project ideas for Easter that I have found on the world wide web... Please if you are a designer. Please send a note or put in comments you would like it taken down or just mention your name in the feed. People pass along things all the time without knowing the author. So Please Please let me know. I will take the item down or name the person... thank you in advance for understanding.














Aren't these Bunny and Chicks adorable... they would look so cute in a Bunny Basket ;O) Any child would love them :O)

Friday, April 4, 2014

My Return to blog land

Hello to all of My Followers here on Blog Land... I have recently retired and Hopefully I can get My little blogs back into action! I have missed my friends here on Blogger. I am so sorry I have been away so very long. It was due to health issues. Since I have retired I am feeling much better and hopefully feel like blogging a bit more. As always.... If you want to connect with me..... I am at AuntPittyPat on Face Book. Come on over and request a friend request. I also have AuntPittyPats Show and Tell and AuntPittyPats Sewing and Crafting Sales.. so come on over there and join in on the fun. 

*****PS new Lap Top helps a bunch. I was trying to make blog posts from my Ipad.. Not easy for an old gal like me to post from there....  So hopefully the task will be easier now that I have a regular computer to work with :O)

It's beginning to be spring and life looks so much more fun in the spring!
Here is a copy of a vintage pattern that I found while surfing on line ;O)


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Annual Halloween Block Swap 2013



Hello ladies I know I have been very quiet on the little ole Blog. My IPad is the only electronic working right now. I am hoping I can purchase a new computer soon! I also miss my little blog. You can find me on Face Book.... Just click the link on my side bar :0) Now that that little bit is over :0)

I posted the Annual Halloween Block Swap up on Face Book .... I haven't received much of a response from my regulars that join in on the Holiday Block swaps.
The sign ups end today on Face Book ...But I will extend the sign ups one more week for my regulars on my blog...
Blocks will be as follows (12) 12 1/2" X 12 1/2". Any Halloween theme using 100% cotton and any embellishments that you want to tuck in Example.. Buttons, lace, charms
Blocks are due at AuntPittyPats house no later than the 2nd Sat in October for resort and return mailing.
Please send a self addressed and stamped envelope along with your blocks to APP's house. NO BAR CODEs. You will have to pay postage again if you send bar code stamp for postage...

**** Please send Email to my auntpittypatsfun@icloud.com and let me know you want to join...
I have 5 slots filled from my Face Book APP show and tell page. First come first join :0)
If you are an out of USA and want to join.. You can pay your return postage via my Donate button on the side bar.

Please help spread the word.. Invite your friends:0)




Saturday, March 30, 2013

Trouble with Blogger


Saturday, March 30, 2013


I am so sorry I have been away so long... I was having trouble getting into my account since they changed the layout on Blogger.. I hope I have that fixed now and can start posting again.. I have missed my little blog.
Hopefully something fun to post soon.
I did volunteer my time last weekend for Final Call Quilts... I just love the idea and the people that started this awesome non-profit group. I will be going back and helping with my sewing skills!!
If you would like to donate or know more about Final Call Quilts.
 The invisible link is not working.. so here it is :O) http://www.finalcallquilts.org/
Wishing all of my readers a..

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Tote Handles


Carol asked how I make my Easy Peasy tote handles....
It's hard to explain without a photo.... I hope my Photo example helps.
First I decide what color I want my Main fabric. I cut this strip to 2 1/2" wide and desired length. (I cut these strips from centerfold to selvage on the material. I use my ruler and rotary cutter). Fold this strip in half and press wrong sides together with edges even to one side, and the ironed crease on the other side. Open the Main strip and fold and press the raw edges to the center as indicated in the photo.
This is the same way you would make a bias strip.
Cut a piece of batting 1" in width and the desired length. This batting strip is placed inside and down the center of the main fabric fold. Press all of this flat. Cut a 1 1/2" wide accent strip with desired length.
This accent strip is also made like a bias strip.

To construct.. Place the main fabric and batting with raw edges up. Next Pin the raw edges of the small bias to the cover the raw edges of the main fabric opening. As shown in the photo. Stitch down either side of the small bias to secure it and cover any openings.

I have found I love adding the accent trim to the handle.. but you can make them the old fashion way.
4 inch strips.. fold in half then fold in half and stitch down either side of strip to secure. If I do a handle this way I also add a bit of iron on interfacing to make them a bit stronger and not so wimpy.

I hope your not to confused with my instructions. Once you make one.. you will understand my concept.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Up-Cycle time again

Hello my sweet readers.. I want to first thank everyone for all their kind words and notes letting me know that I have been kidnapped and held in Scotland... I hope the problem is corrected now, and you won't receive any more emails... I am so sorry for any inconvenience you may have experienced from that email....

As most of my readers know that Winter is not my friend.. nor is it a good time of the year for me..what with the usual aches and pains.. I still have pain from the surgery. The pain from the surgery is getting better... slowly but surely :O) The little ole nerves are just slow to wake up!

I have been trying for the life of me to get my MoJo back on... but so far this is it....

I did have a few days where I felt up to sewing so I decided to take a Hospital Scrub that I had and made myself a new tote bag. I am always taking things to Big Daddy O's and Momma Bears. I thought it was about time I had a new Book bag for it.

The tote is fully lined with tons of pockets on the inside.. the band across the bottom is separated by three pockets. I even used the original pocket on the back of the tote. I wanted accent colors bright to match the whimsical cute little Children on the fabric. The tote handles are made with my famous easy peasy construction.... Ms Nadine loves how I make my handles ;O) She has used this method several times on her own recent projects.... I hope you enjoy this fun Up-cycled project :O)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Am I in the TOILET?



What the heck is wrong????
 I have had two weekends where I could be sewing. I am just setting and watching TV.
I wonder what is wrong with me....
First maybe..... I am at a cross road... I don't know what I want to sew first. There are so many fun and interesting projects out there to sew.
What to do first....Is it to finish all the UFO's setting around? Or do I just wanna start a new project.
Second do I want to try and design something new?
Third am I just tired of sewing and need a break from it for a while? 
My Mo Jo left me about six months ago and I don't think it has returned yet!!!