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Transforming things that would otherwise be cast aside into something useful is especially therapeutic and after a tough couple of days emotionally, the need to create something was especially strong Saturday.  I decided to make a needlecase for a special friend.  (Doing something nice for someone else is also good therapy.)

To construct the needlecase I used two pieces of felted wool made from thrifted sweaters and  pieces of a patchwork quilt that had served its original purpose.  With the exception of the pockets it was all hand stitched.

It is made in the fashion of a tri-fold wallet.  Pictured below is the front.

Fully opened…The top pocket was made using a piece of the quilt border for the flap and sashing as the body of the pocket.  (I got the button-hole a wee bit off center…~sigh~)

The center section is a mini-pincushion made from the same wool as the outside of the needlecase.

The lower section is a pocket made from the same quilt square as the heart on the front section.

The back view…secured with ribbon ties:

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Until next time…

The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.  Proverbs 12:13

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It’s been a while since I made a tote bag/shopping bag from a repurposed bag. For months I’ve been stashing feed, flour, sugar and rice bags.  My stash grew so large I stopped saving all but the most unique.  Time for making one never seemed to roll around, but yesterday I determined to put one together and last night while dh was working I got it finished.

I started out with a Pennington Wild Bird Feed sack and a pair of cast-off, bluejeans leftover from a fund-raiser yard sale for the lining.  A size 5 fit this bag perfectly with no adjustment needed in the width of the waistline.  Using bluejeans for the lining have the added bonus of ready-made pockets for stashing small items or coupons.  I used a small piece of calico trim I purchased from Catherine a while back along the top.  (Catherine hosts a Catherine’s Vintage Linens offering modestly priced treasures..)

Time to get back to my Monday.  I’m trying to resist the urge to sluff off today…and getting motivated to start another project when I get the needful things around the house finished.  I hope you are having a blessed day.

Until next time…

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.  ~ Augustine ~

We have proof of that…


For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

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This has been a rough couple of weeks.  I’m fighting bronchitis and a sinus infection and don’t seem to be winning the battle.  My visits here have been far too few, but today I ran across this video and wanted to share.  I’ve taken the “Knitting Green Challenge” for the fun of it.  Check it out…you may want to play, too.

Until next time…

Remember…Knitting will keep you in stitches.  🙂

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Little did I know when I accepted Carla’s  Recycled Sweater Challenge on Feathered Fibers that I would enjoy it so much.  I’ve got ideas for using my felted wool dancing in my head.  It won’t be long before I have to go thrifting for more cast off wool.

My husband had a pair of slippers with holes in the soles that I cut apart and used to make a pattern.  Yesterday I made one slipper from a felted wool sweater.  Today I finished the pair. I think the pattern would be easy to adjust size, and I’ll give it a try later on.  I’d love to have a pair for myself.

I’ve still neglected to change the date on my camera.

After a little more thought on the slippers, I decided they would be a better fit and of more comfort with the sole seam on the exterior.  I used my trusty seam ripper to remove the sole seam and revised the slipper.  It is an improvement.

I also used some small pieces to make  a case for my camera.

I shouldn’t be having so much fun alone.  Why not join in on Carla’s challenge and share what you make?

Until next time…

It’s no use going to a goat’s house to look for wool.  ~ Irish saying ~

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This is the second project I’ve completed for the Recycled Sweater Challenge Carla of Feathered Fibers is hosting.  It’s a tea cozy made from a sassy little green number with red accent binding.  The lettering and border along the bottom of the cozy are made from that binding.  I should have made a muslin before cutting my wool, because after it was completed the first time, I had to alter it to fit my teapot.  It’s a little rough around the edges, but I feel sure it will keep my tea steamy for a good long while.  Again…please disregard the date.  I made this project this afternoon.  I keep forgetting to set the time on my camera.  Duh.

If you get the “recycling felted sweater bug” why not join in the challenge by following the link above to Carla’s blog and share what you create?

Until next time…

Red alert. Put the kettle on!

From Monty Python’s Flying Circus (The Pepperpot Ladies on a Submarine)

Sounds like a great idea to me.


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Note of little importance: disregard the date on my pictures.  I forgot to reset it on my camera when I changed the batteries..

Back in December Carla of Feathered Fibers posted a felted wool challenge.  I had lurked on her blog for a long time, but this challenge lured me out of the shadows, and I accepted the challenge. The day before I had been to my favorite store (the Salvation Army Thrift Store for those of you who don’t know) and bought eight wool sweaters to felt.  The challenge seemed the perfect thing to spur on my use of my newly found treasures.  I had the best of intentions and felted the sweaters by washing and drying them several times and carefully cut each along the seams to separate them into pieces.  But as it so often does, life happened, and my best intentions got derailed.  Today I decided to take a day for me and chose creating something with my felted wool as my fun thing to do.  I took pictures of each step so I could share the making of my mittens with you in tutorial form.

Making Mittens From Felted Wool

Trace your hand (or the hand of the person the mitten is for) on a piece of paper.  Add about 1/4 inch around the outline for a seam allowance and cut the pattern out.  Place the pattern on the wool and pin it into place.  I placed the cuff portion of the mittens on the ribbed band of the felted wool so there would be enough stretch in the mittens to put them on with ease.  I pinned two layers at a time with the wool right sides together.  Cut out pieces making sure you cut deep enough between the thumb and hand for free movement of thumb when the mittens are stitched.

Slowly stitch closely around the edges of the pinned pieces insuring both layers are secured in the seam.  Carefully pivot the needle when stitching between the hand and thumb. We don’t want holey mittens from the get go.  🙂  After securing the two pieces together zig-zag over the seam.  Zig-zagging may not be necessary, but it will add strength to the seam so there is not a blow-out when you are building a snowman. 🙂

Turn your mitten right-side out, shaping the rounded seams as you go, and wah la, you have completed one!

Stitch the remaining two pieces together, and you are ready to play in the snow.  Or notBut you will have a warm pair of mittens custom made to fit your hands.

This was my first felted wool repurposing project, but it won’t be my last.  Thank you, Carla, for the inspiration

If you use this tutorial, I would be interested in hearing how it worked for you and any feedback you may have.

oxo Judy

Until next time.

Until next time,

Vocatus atque non vocatus, deus aderit.

(Bidden or not bidden, God is there.)

~ Erasmus of Rotterdam ~

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Yesterday I finished the repurposed blue jean apron I’ve been making for my granddaughter.  She has not been back here to receive it and model it.  The body of the apron was made from one blue jean leg cut off just below the crotch.  The inseam was ripped out with my trusty seam ripper, and the leg pressed flat. I turned the sides and bottom under about 1/4 and turned it again and hem stitched the raw edges.   Pockets, yoke trim and ties were added with You Go Girl  Pink Ropes by Dawn of Sun Valley. I think my granddaughter will be pleased.

Until next time…

Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.  Proverbs 10:12

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Finally I am feeling better (yea!!!), and I’ve actually earned a long tea break.  Energy has been on the slack side for over a week, but this morning I woke up determined to feel better.  Sometimes the mindset is half the battle…I’m hoping this is one of those times, because I am tired of being sick.

Over the past couple days I’ve mulled over in my mind an apron I am making for my horse-loving granddaughter.  This morning I started stitching it.  The body of the apron is a re-purposed blue jean leg and the accent fabric is a sweet remnant of “You Go Girl” by Dawn of Sun Valley I picked up one afternoon when she and I stopped by my favorite sewing shop.  The pocket is not sewn on crooked…but it sure looks that way in the picture.  Somethings are puzzling and that’s one.  I think she’ll be thrilled.

After taking my dear husband his lunch and a thermos of fresh black Irish Breakfast tea, I came home and filled my clotheslines with laundry to dry in the sunny breeze.  Now it’s time to treat myself to a cup of hot Zen tea and a movie.  Bubba and I are going to kick back on the couch and watch “Bright Star”.  It’s a newly released movie I’ve wanted to see.  Thanks to Netflix it was in my mailbox when I got home.  I’ll sit and knit and relax…what a perfect way to spend tea time.

Here is the the stocking stitch scarf I made that curls…the green piece is all knit stitch and so far is behaving itself.  Both Heather and Kimmie suggested adding a crocheted border to see if that helps it lay flat…if not I’ll use it anyway and prize it for my first ever completed knitting project.  First of many, I hope.  (The picture shows the curl and fringe.  I didn’t have a model so it really doesn’t look too scarfy.

For more Tea on Tuesday visit Kimmie at Art In Red Wagons.  I’m going to make my rounds as soon as I finish watching Bright Star.  🙂

Until next time…

You can spend your time, waste your time, or invest your time. It’s your choice.  ~ unknown ~

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From time to time I run across a blog chocked full of creative inspiration.  Tinker Verve is such a blog.  I’ve been following it for a while and have been consistently impressed by the wonderful creations Elaine makes.  Not long ago I told Elaine I’d love to look inside her mind.  It occurred to me her blog gives me that opportunity.  Check it out and see her truly unique creations.

Last month Elaine posted pictures of a shopping bag she made from a 25 pound sugar bag.  Her bag turned out crazy cute.  I couldn’t resist trying my hand at making one of my own.  Mine isn’t a delicious, hot pink, but I did find a 25 pound sugar bag with personality.  Since I had to buy the sugar, too, I’ve got plenty on hand now if anyone needs to borrow a cup.

Although I went about my project the hard way I’m pleased with the finished bag.  The next one I make I’ll measure and make my lining BEFORE sewing my sugar bag.  This time I sewed the bottom and added gussets and had to fit the lining by trial and error.  It would have been so easy peasy if I had dealt with the lining in the beginning.  We truly do learn by trial and error.

Here’s the finished bag…

It has a shoulder strap and two small hands centered, one on each side.

I added rickrack and pompom trim for the simple pleasure of making it “fun”.

There is a recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins printed on the back.  Yum!

The lining part of a pair of well worn American Eagle jeans and a piece of the accent fabric used along the top of the bag and the handles.  When I saw this picture I noticed a few threads left behind from a seam ripper moment.  They will be removed.

The next one I make will be with a green rabbit food bag…I’ll use it for produce.  🙂

Remember check out Tinker Verve and look at Elaine’s beautiful creations.

Until next time…

We want to be spiritually grown, but we don’t like growing because growing hurts. ~ unknown ~

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something today, but time does not allow for it, so I’m sharing something I recently made.  Last month I hosted a “Because I Have Two” giveaway.  The very humble gift was recipe index book.  I planned an unannounced surprise to accompany the book…unannounced mostly because I had not decided what the “surprise” would be…and a surprise is never a surprise if you know what it is.

Lennie, a new on line, blogless friend won the giveaway.  What I knew about Lennie was basically nothing so I prayed about what to surprise her with.  I decided on an apron and conferred with someone (Patty) who does know her well to see if my decided upon surprise was right for Lennie.  It’s likely I could not have chosen anything more appropriate.  She has a collection of more than 50 aprons and always has room for one more.

After deciding on what to make I switched trains and worked on how to make it.  I’m forever bringing home pretty discarded linens from thrift stores and had recently claimed a lovely white cotton curtain embellished with appliqué and cut work.  It’s become very fashionable to remake old things into new things…hence called “repurposing”, but I’ve been doing it for years out of necessity and good stewardship.  I paired it with a piece creamy peach organic cotton and placed it together and looked at it for several days to make sure I was pleased with the color scheme.

This is what I came up with…


After receiving it Lennie took several pictures and shared them with me. (The padded mailer I used was also salvaged.  It looks pretty rough, but it got the job done.  :))  The apron and book were wrapped in vintage pattern pieces and secured with a pink flannel selvage scrap.  I’m sure there are sewers out there who would openly chastise such a use of an uncut pattern, but I assure them I’ll continue the practice.  I love the idea.



The package opened and the gift revealed.  The tea bags were tucked in the pocket of the apron for a little added surprise.  After all, apron pockets should hold treasures.


Lennie and her daughters were taken by the little homemade tag pinned to the pocket.  (My sister loves the tags, too, so there must be something special about them.)


Lennie told me our new friendship and her apron have been recorded in her journal.  I’m touched, honored and pleased.  I’m glad Lennie won the giveaway, because meeting her has enriched my life.  I hope she enjoys her apron and the little recipe index book.

Time for me to get hopping…when my DH returns from physical therapy we are headed to my parent’s house.  I’m still in my pajamas and really should get ready.

Until next time…

Good thoughts are blessed guests, and should be heartily welcomed, well-fed, and much sought after. Like rose leaves, they give out a sweet smell, if laid up in the jar of memory.  ~ Charles H. Spurgeon ~

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