Farewell sash

A text from my sister said: I commission you to help me make a sash that says “cinco de farewell” for Lauren. Bc our going away drink night for friends and fam is Monday.

A nice sash shouldn’t be flimsy and should have a 4″ width – enough room for text legible from across the room.

My brother gave me a stash of 4″x4″ blue upholstery samples a month ago and I’ve been looking for the right project to use them.

I think we have found a match.


    1. Determine required length: Lauren and I share the same build so it was easy for me to determine the proper length and text positioning.
    2. Sew pieces together: I used a ladder stitch to join (without overlap) the pieces. I opted for no overlap and a visible stitch since the pieces already had a trim stitch and the pieces are heavy enough to make it difficult to fold had I gone with a single stitch on the wrong side.
    3. Sew button and button hole: my singer 160th anniversary machine is built with button and button hole sew settings. It also came with the button hole foot. This was my first time using these features. With a quick read of the instruction book I had myself a nearly perfect button hole and button sew to the sash.
    4. Paint / Affix text: I had 3 options of getting the text onto the sash.
      • Create a stencil using the Silhouette SD and stencil to sash using fabric paint.
      • Cut thin fabric or durable paper using the Silhouette SD and sew to the sash like an appliqué.
      • Paint freehand.  I love my silhouette but my recent love of calligraphy made me opt to free-hand.
    1. Embellish: I added a feather, some pearls and flowers as a finishing touch. Feathers were left over from D’s moms birthday party. Pearls came from a Forever 21 necklace that unraveled. Flowers are from a lei that I took apart.

Moral of the story: one persons junk is another persons craft supplies. (A very bad moral if you’re trying to shed hoarding tendencies).




Interesting Points:
So, I MAY have cheated and didn’t quite freehand in the true sense of the word. I held thin brown wrapping paper to my laptop monitor and traced the desired font at the desired size. I held the brown paper on top of the sash and lifted the brown paper as I went with the paint pen on the sash under the brown paper. Ok. So, I traced rather than freehanded. I’ll call it freetraced.


For the Makers: Kindle Cover

Inspiration and Idea:

Some girls love shoes and others love handbags. But, if someone were to gift the shoe lover a beautiful handbag or a handbag lover a pair of stunning shoes, I’m sure she wouldn’t oppose. I suppose the same goes for DIY projects. For Christmas this year my cousin (who has been trying for years to get my mom and I to market) gave me a 3 month For the Makers subscription. If you’re new to FTM as I was, it’s a monthly subscription of various DIY projects. They bring the quality parts to you so the fun of making and sharing is all that is left for you to enjoy. The FTM DIY projects use items I’m new to so it’s a great chance for me to indulge in the world of other crafts with all the right tools and clear instructions.

In this month’s Sedona Sunset Collection, FTM’s offers a Nightfall Notebook Cover project. I don’t have a notebook that is worthy enough for covering so I opted to make an iPad/Kindle envelope case using these instructions from Year of Serendipity. The results are pretty amazing!


Meilings Mailings Kindle Cover


Tree skirt: Sew and No-Sew Ruffles


It’s our first Christmas in the house and I wanted to make sure it felt like Christmas come December 1st.  To take full advantage of our cathedral ceilings, we went out and bought a 9′ tree.  But, by the time we bought the tree, we were $178 in the Christmas hole and spending anything more wasn’t something I was looking forward to.  Believe it or not, one of the most expensive things to outfit the tree is the tree skirt.  The designs are also pretty limited.  So, I set off to Pinterest to find DIY tree skirts.


During my 2008 volunteer trip to Costa Rica with Cross Cultural Solutions, I purchased a burlap sack from a Coffee Farm that we visited.  I was tempted to use the burlap sack as a tree skirt but Pinterest led me to The Johnston’s DIY No Sew Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt and I fell in love with the idea of a muslin ruffle tree skirt instead.


– 2-3 yards of 36 inch muslin (~$1 / yard @ Joann’s with their sale on muslin and a 50% off coupon)

– 1 inexpensive tree skirt ($1 at the dollar store)

– Hot glue gun or sewing machine




Interesting Points:

  1. Sewing machine is the way to go.  Mine is 1/2 glue gunned and 1/2 sewn (post-purchase of the Singer 160th Anniversary machine)
  2. I want a little more volume so maybe next year I’ll make a second tree skirt to place one skirt under one half of the tree and the other skirt on the other half.