A few weeks ago, I limited myself to a box of fabric and whatever I could sew from those supplies. Here’s some of what I came up with: (Again, pardon the horrible lighting. All photos were taken pretty late at night after the munchkins went to bed…)

pillowcases for Beanie's bed When my 2 year-old moved into a big girl bed, we went looking for sheet sets and pillowcases. The trouble — the only ones I could find came in a huge, $40 set complete with a comforter. I happen to like the quilt I already had for her. So, we found a few sheets, I plan on making more, and we found one pillow case to get us started. I took some extra fabric and made these three other pillow cases for her toddler-sized pillow. She loves them. In fact, right now she’s sleeping on the ABC one and her baby doll is wrapped up in the red one. (We had a crisis tonight where we couldn’t locate the baby’s blanket…. this pillowcase kept her from melting down!)

lattice smocking This next picture shows a project in progress. I got this fabulous brown and yellow plaid fabric out of my grandma’s stash.  I wish I had a better photo of it for you! Still, you can see the lattice smocking I did at the top. This will be the top of a purse and it will create all kinds of fun gathers. I have a great purse I made for myself, but it’s time for a new one. And, it’s time for a bigger one! Too often my purse turns into a diaper or toy bag. I can’t wait to finish this one. Right now I’m in the final days of prep for a major craft fair. Once that’s done, I can turn back to this project and get it done.

drawstring sewing bag The last item I have a photo for is this drawstring sewing bag. I have several projects I like to work on in the car, but I didn’t have a good place to store them. This bag is also made of fabric from my Grandma’s stash and is lined in white flannel. I made a quick scissors case as well, but neglected to photograph that. I’m glad I had this — the next day we drove 5 hours home and I had all of the supplies I needed to make an iPod case and to do some more lattice smocking. Both great car projects.

The main item I worked on was the winning bunting for my giveaway. But, did I take a picture? No. Because I’m a goober.

I’ve mentioned Grandma’s stash twice in this post so far — she is 88 and has decided not to do much sewing anymore. So, I inherited everything from her and her sister Aunt Velma. I have a huge paper grocery sack full of vintage buttons. My goal in these last few months of this year was to greatly reduce my fabric stash. Instead, I’ve ended up tripling it! YIKES! The buttons are absolutely beautiful. I’ll have to post pictures of my faves. I could eat them up.


I am at my in-laws’ home right now, which is always great for my sewing. They watch the kids and I sit back here and do whatever. Yay for creative whatever!

This time, I decided to challenge myself: I brought a random box of fabrics with me. I am going to make as many things as I can with only what’s in this box.


Ok, only what’s in this box + the random notions and thread I threw into a ziploc bag.

And the flannel and interfacing that I need for so many items.

(Sorry for the sad lighting & bad photo — the best I can do at 10:00 at night.)

Only one planned project is included: the winner’s bunting from my previous giveaway. Other than that, it’s just a box of randomness and this is really exciting. I’ve felt too much like a factory lately — just churning out what I thought I’ve needed to. No fun! Now, it may not seem like good marketing sense, but I’m going to make what’s fun and whatever I feel like.

I’m also making another committment: I’m not buying any new fabric until next year. You should see my massive stash! It’s waaaaaay too large for our tiny apartment. The only exceptions: a custom order for a client, notions necessary to finish a project, or anything else that must be bought to finish something out. I’m curious about what will happen. I know my checkbook will sigh in relief. However, I will go into serious fabric withdrawal. I just hope I don’t get the shakes and start sewing crookedly! Hah!

I’ll post pictures over the next few days of what I come up with out of this box. Now, I’m off to finish the winning bunting!