Category Archives: Sewing

Peace. Love. Yoga.

Hello boys and girls!  It’s time to show you the super secret Christmas sewing project that was the most time consuming.  Here’s a little hint:

Thimbleanna: Yoga Mat Bag

Any guesses?

Ok, I’ll tell you.  All the ladies in the ThimbleannaLand family are planning a little yoga vacation this summer so I thought it would be fun if we all had matching yoga mat bags.  Altogether, I made 6 bags and it took me several full weekends to complete them.

Thimbleanna: Yoga Mat Bag

I think the girls really liked them.  CuteNiece2 (who is becoming a certified yoga instructor and will be our own personal instructor on our trip) told me this was her favorite gift, so that was pretty exciting!

I couldn’t find a yoga mat bag pattern that I liked, so I just sort of made one up by looking at commercially available yoga mat bags.  Each bag has one long zipper for the mat compartment in the middle and a smaller zipper on one side that opens into a pocket for wallet, keys, etc.  There is also an outside mesh pocket for a water bottle or towel or whatever.  Here’s a shot of what each side of the bags looks like:

Thimbleanna: Yoga Mat Bag

If you look closely, you can see that I personalized each person’s bag with their name.  The top bag in the picture above just happens to be mine!  ;-D  There’s a big long shoulder strap that runs from the top of the bag to the bottom of the bag.  It’s sewn down on the bottom of the bag, but on the top it’s left open so that it could be used as a carrying handle if someone wanted to carry their bag in an upright position but not on their shoulder.  There are also grommets in the bottom to provide ventilation for the mats.  Here’s a shot of the top and bottom of the bags:

Thimbleanna: Yoga Mat Bag

You can see that I used Sweetwater’s Make Life print on the ends of the bag.  I also used it for the bag linings.  It’s one of my very favorite prints ever and I’ve been hoarding a lot of it for a long time.  I think the little sayings in the print are perfect for a yoga bag.  Like the pencil rolls, I used the Robert Kaufman Essex Linen in Sand for most of the outside of the bags and then chose some scrap fabrics to match the Make Life fabric.

Thimbleanna: Yoga Mat Bag

The machine embroidery is a design from embroidery library.  We had a lot of peace signs this Christmas ;-D.  (They also have a cute Peace. Love. Knit. design that I think would be fun on a knitting bag.)

Thimbleanna: Yoga Mat Bag

And just to prove that I really did make six of them, here they are all stacked together.  This was really a fun project to sew!

Thimbleanna: Yoga Mat Bag

So, that’s the big project and the medium project posted. ;-D There’s still one other little project that I’ll save for next time. I hope you’re having a good week!
XOXO,
Anna

Ooooh, P.S.  I forgot to tell you that I got my shipment of Linen Mochi Dots by MoMo from Moda.  I LOVE this fabric and if it had been available before Christmas, these yoga bags would have had a very different look!  You can find them HERE, in my little etsy store.

Thimbleanna: Linen Mochi Dots

Pencil Rolls

Well, apparently time doesn’t pass any more slowly in the New Year.  I was really hoping things would slow down, but this past week sure whizzed by.  Maybe we were just busy trying to stay warm LOL.

I’ve debated in what order I should show you the super secret Christmas sewing.  (Just so you know, there weren’t any quilts — don’t want you to be dissapointed LOL.)  Easiest first?  Save the best for last?  There were three projects and, in my mind, I can put them in a definite order.  I’ve finally decided on a random order show-and-tell, so, this is the “middle” project.

Both of my cute nieces are very artistic, so I made them each a colored pencil roll.  I was sewing these at the last minute on Christmas Eve, so we try not to look too closely at the stitching!

Thimbleanna: Pencil Rolls

I didn’t follow a pattern.  I just bought 24 packs of colored pencils, chose 24 matching fabrics, cut those little colored strips 1 1/2″ wide, and then sewed them together in a long line.  If I could make them over, I’d probably like to put a binding around the edges, rather than do the right-sides-together-and-turn finishing method. On the outside, I machine embroidered a peace signs and flowers design from Embroidery Library.

Thimbleanna: Pencil Rolls

Then, I stitched a “made for you” tag on an inside corner, just for fun.  (Just how many yellow pencils does one 24-pack need, anyway?)

Thimbleanna: Pencil Rolls

The linen is essex linen in the sand colorway from Robert Kaufman and it’s wonderful for sewing.

Thimbleanna: Pencil Rolls

They were a quick, fun little project.  Next time I’ll start earlier so I can do a better job!  (Famous last words!)

Thimbleanna: Pencil Rolls

Ok, next time, the biggest project. As in, the one that took several weekends and a lot of time in the dungeon.

XOXO,
Anna

Sewing

Thanks for all the quilt love on my last post. You guys are pretty funny. Most of you made me feel better about that 90′s green and wine. Barb’s buddy No-blog Jill even took a peek into the future to suggest tomorrow’s red and green. (Hint: they’re spelled r.e.d. and a.q.u.a. LOL.)

Not much quilting going on around here this week, but I have managed a little sewing. Do you remember my toaster pillowcases? I’ve been busy making more of them.

Thimbleanna: Friendship Star

Thought I’d stock up the gift pile.

Thimbleanna: Friendship Star

I threw in a few Dr. Suess pillowcases. Can you guess the recipient’s name LOL?

Thimbleanna: Friendship Star

I also caught up on some WAY overdue wedding gifts. A bride and groom cookbook and Mr. and Mrs. aprons.

Thimbleanna: Friendship Star

So, no progress on my summer list. I’ll be working on  #10 in a few days though — it’s almost time to visit The World’s Greatest Aunt while TheManoftheHouse holds down the fort (and tends kitties!), poor guy. While I’m gone I might be glued to Instagram though — I discovered #campthepigeon today and I’m in love.  It’s  going to be very sad if the story doesn’t end happily.

Be good while I’m gone!
XOXO,
Anna

Darn It!

Darn it — my sock got a hole in it, so I had to darn it.

{Sorry, you may groan now.}

After 7 or 8 years of knitting socks they’ve finally started to get holes in them. I don’t waste my time darning store-bought socks because they’re so inexpensive to replace, but hand-knit socks are expensive and take a lot of time to knit — therefore well worth the five minutes it takes to fix them.

So, while I was fixing the hole, I thought I’d show you how I do it. I can’t even remember how I learned how to darn socks and I’m by no means an expert. I don’t even know if it’s the right way, but it works for me.

Thimbleanna: Sock Darning

You need a sock with a hole, matching yarn (or not, your preference), a needle, scissors, and a darning egg. (You can use a lightbulb. Make that an incandescent lightbulb — those goofy corkscrew lightbulbs probably won’t work.)

Thimbleanna: Sock Darning

I thread the needle with a reeeeeeeally long piece of yarn and then I stitch a circle around the outside of the hole. Can you see it in picture below? I don’t knot the end of the yarn — I leave a tail hanging out to weave in later.

Thimbleanna: Sock Darning

Then I stitch fairly close parallel lines back and forth until I’ve gone all the way across the circle.  I make sure that each line starts and ends outside of the original circle that I stitched.   My lines aren’t neat and tidy but I’m not entering them in a contest, so I don’t care.

Thimbleanna: Sock Darning

After the base threads are laid down, I start at one end and weave perpendicular lines.  Over and under every other stitch, just like we did with our little weaving projects in elementary school.  When I have the needle all the way across for each line, I squish a little on the lines that have already been woven.  This helps to pack the yarn in a little.

Thimbleanna: Sock Darning

When the circle is filled in, I weave in the ends of the yarn.  Then I go back and weave in the tail that was left when I started weaving.  There’s nothing attractive about my little patch, but it will extend the life of my socks for a little while longer.

Thimbleanna: Sock Darning

If you want more info about darning, a quick google search will turn up lots of resources. There are even different patterns that you can follow so that your patch will look much prettier than mine!

Happy Darning!
XOXO,
Anna


Cordurain

Well kids, I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend. It’s been dreary, chilly and rainy here. I went outside today and found this pretty scene on MeMum’s clothesline.

Clothespin

I’ve managed a bit of sewing this past week, and I was in search of a bit of sunlight (not to be had!) to take a few pictures of my new top.

Corduroy Shirt

Remember a year ago when I made a shirt using the bright green Amy Butler corduroy? I LOVE that shirt. I’ve worn it to death.

Corduroy Shirt

It’s so warm and cozy in the winter, so I decided to make another one from the same pattern. This time with a blue Amy Butler corduroy.  It’s hard to get a good picture of the shirt ’cause the print is so wild. I’m thinking maybe next time I should find a solid corduroy.

Corduroy Shirt

In the meantime, this shirt should be pretty happy with some jeans.

Ok peeps, off to pay some bills. Have a good week!

XOXO,
Anna