Thursday, May 19, 2011

Catching Up And A Sewing Tip

May 20, 2011

I though I'd write a catch up post today.
I was going to wait until Monday but in case the world ends tomorrow I would like to write a few things. (This is a very long post but you will be rewarded with a ruching tutorial at the end.)

My sister Katie had a birthday party for Teah (4) two Saturdays ago.
Kate lucked out as that was the only nice weekend we have had in Utah for months.

Teah with her first big girl bike.
It's one of the momentous gifts of childhood and new phases.

I wanted my dad to make Freya a doll house last Christmas but I asked mid- November and there wasn't enough time.
The girls are getting them for their birthday's this year.
All of the girls in the family have summer birthdays which is fun.
Teah and Freya will have their own doll house and my brother Nicholas' four girls will share a house.

My dads own design.
I get my creativity and confidence to create from my dad.

Kai looking through the window.
It reminds me of Alice In Wonderland.

Me and my grandma Billie.

We had a nice day Tuesday knitting and watching The Fighter. (A+ movie)

Freya has finally shown interest in the sewing machine she wanted so badly for Christmas.

I was impressed that she remembered how to thread it from me teaching her last January.

Monday Oliver watched Teah and Kai.

Chris snapped these photos of Kai and Oliver cuddling.

My friend Joan is having a major antique sale mid June.

They have to empty three storage units and will be selling the contents a little above cost.

She wanted to invite some of her artist friends to set up booths but Midvale City won't let her.

Regardless of the rules she wants me to sell some of my wares!

I'm excited to make some money of my own!

New Paul's (my pattern).

Another original creation.

Baguette rabbits.

Not my pattern.

I love making these baguette rabbits because I have a use for all the funky linens I've collected over the years.

I thought I would do a small tutorial on how to ruche.

Ruched pink linen.

I cut my fabric the length of the rabbit plus 10".

For small projects length plus 10" works well, length will vary on larger projects.

Set your sewing machine stitch length to the very longest.

Sew the length of both sides of fabric leaving very long tails.

I use quilt weight thread when I gather or ruffle any fabric. It's just easier.

Long tails.

Pull the tails to gather. Knot the ends when it is the proper length.
Gather the other side to match the top. Knot the ends.

Knotting the ends keeps your gather when you sew the ruching on to your project.

Change your stitch length to sew the ruching.

Pin the ruching into place.

Always over pin. It's just easier.
Using the gathering stitch line, sew the ruching to project


If the world ends tomorrow it was nice knowing you my friends.

P.S. I hope it ends with aliens landing, like War Of The Worlds.


  1. Those dollhouses are amazing and I love your creations. I would love to have one for my girls....keep us posted if you start and ETSY shop. Got my fabric it and your packaging. I never thought to use cereal boxes before. The movie The Fighter was filmed 20 minute from my town. I live fairly close to Lowell.

  2. What a beautiful post full of lovely family pics - I hope I`m around long enough for a pic with my grandbaby when she`s a Wife and a Mum!(my Dad was called Bill - it`s a grand name!).The dollhouses are fantastic - clever Daddy you have - hold him tight whenever you can. I always wanted a brand new bike when I was Freya`s age but ended up with some rickety old thing - my two sisters got the new ones...and the new piano....and the new motor bikes...and cars...I could go on an on!!!!How lovely to see those linens being so creatively recycled. Fab makes - Good Luck with the sales.Hope my washing dries before the End of the World...I`d like to go out wearing something clean!Have a great weekend Camille.xx

  3. Hi, I will plan to do a swap at some point and maybe even a giveaway too!

    C x

  4. those rabbits totally brought a smile to my face! lol love it :)

  5. Like the baguette bunnies - hope you make some money with your work - it's good to see people growing. Bettyx

  6. love the rabbits! good luck at the sale!