I would like to take you on a little tour of my sewing room today. The chest above was from my childhood bedroom set, which was maple and I painted it white to brighten up the space. My daughter covered the SEW letters in scrapbook paper for my special space.
My late beloved hubby put together two kitchen cabinets, back to back, for storage for my supplies, and for a large cutting area. I put two cutting mats on top, which comes in handy. On the side of the cabinets, I used beadboard wallpaper to cover up the seam of the cabinets that were put together.
I hung this quilt that I hand appliqued and quilted over thirty years ago, when my youngest child was a baby. A group of us in Columbus, Ohio, had a small quilting group, and we would meet every few weeks in each others homes.
In my sewing room, I have double doors on a closet. My hubby and his friend built a shelf for my sewing machine, shelves on the sides, and they put up a pegboard, with a fluorescent light above. I can close the doors over to tidy things up.
On one side of the doors, I hung these shelving units to hold stabilizers, sprays, and other items.
I have had my late beloved's shirts, knowing that I wanted to make an aprons from them. After two and a half years, I finally was able to bring myself to make some over Valentine's weekend. There are plenty of tutorials on the internet on how to do these. A ruffle, some trims, eyelet in the top pocket and a cherry applique adds a decorative touch.
Basically, you cut off the sleeves, and the front from the back at the yoke. You leave the collar intact, but cut around the back edge of the collar, from one side of the yoke to the other. I sewed the bottom of the shirt together to close the gap.
I drew a line from the collar down to underarm, and then cut that off. You then press that edge twice and sew the edge. I pressed and sewed the side seams, but you can just cut them at the seam. Most shirts have a a very nice french seam on the side. I'm just picky and wanted the seam enclosed.
I cut the sleeve off to make a pocket on the front of the apron, and sewed on some trim, pressed the pocket and then pinned and sewed it on. I used the back of the shirt to make the ties and also sewed together two strips to make a ruffle for the bottom edge of the apron. I have several more aprons to make for loved ones in my family. Sh-h-h-h it's a secret!
After all that sewing, I'm going to have a some tea in this beautiful cup that my daughter gave me for Christmas. Doesn't it look so pretty in my sewing room?
Won't you share some strawberry chocolate cake with me and some yummy tea a sweet friend sent me? I will share the recipe for the cake soon.
I am sharing this with these lovely parties:
Thank you for your visit! xo