Monday, October 31, 2016

Monday's Minute| Dreaming of Denim

Welcome to Monday's Minute: A Minute on Denim.
  • The word denim is an Americanization of the French name "serge de Nimes," a fabric which originated in Nimes, France during the Middle Ages. In 1864, Webster's dictionary listed the shortened English version: DENIM.
  • Jean vs Denim: During the 19th century, jean was used in fine clothing, denim was a separate fabric reserved for work clothes!
  • Authentic blue denim takes its characteristic color from interweaving indigo (blue) and white threads.
  • The average price of a pair of jeans is $45.00.
  • George W. Bush banned blue jeans for the Oval Office in 2001!
Come back during the week and see: Denim or a denim look-alike fabric will be featured in the handmade projects I share with you. 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sewful Sewing Sunday| Sweetie Skull Pillow

Hi everyone! This is my handmade Sweetie Skull Pillow.

What I Used: 
What I Did:
  • I followed Lauren's cool Skully Applique Pillow Tutorial.  Click on link and check it out.  However, I made a few changes for my pillow.
  • I used the applique stitch on my Brother SQ9050 machine named "the blanket stitch" to applique my skull.  Lauren used a zig-zag stitch.
  • I attached the flower buttons for eyes, nose and head-bow for my Sweetie Skull.  I just want to add a little more "flash" with the floral theme!
Have you ever worked with appliques?  Share a comment!  Come back next week to Handmade By Regina.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Fabulous Apron Making Friday| Pretty Skulls Apron

Hello everyone!  Here is my handmade "Pretty Skulls Apron."  I am so excited about this apron!  I love it is creepy with the spooky folklore skulls but also very sweet and dainty with the floral prints and damask.  

What I Used:
 Butterick 5474
What I Did:
  • Trimmed the pattern.  Cut out the apron, bodice, ruffles, pockets, waistband, straps and ties.
  • Constructed ruffles, ties, and strap.
  • Constructed pockets, applied ruffles to pockets and stitched pockets to right side of apron.
  • Attached ruffle to apron edges.
  • Gathered apron at waist and attached waistband.  Attached ties to ends of waistband.
  • Constructed bodice, attached ruffles and straps.
  • Attached bodice to waistband.  Applied lining to waistband and top-stitched on right side of waistband.
Have a fun weekend!  Leave me a comment below.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Needlecraft Wednesday| Crochet Skull Pot Holders

Hi everyone!  Here are my handmade Crochet Skull Pot Holders!

What I Used:
 Skullholders by Kacy Fallon by Michele Wilcox featured in the book  Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller.
  • 2 Skeins Lily Sugar 'n Cream Yarn Black
  • 1 Skein Lily Sugar 'n Cream Yarn Hot Pink
  • 1 Skein Lily Sugar 'n Cream Yarn Hot Blue
  • E-4 (3.50mm) Crochet Hook
  • Split-Lock Stitch Marker

What I Did: 
  • From my pairs of choice colors, Black & Hot Pink or Black & Hot Blue, I choose Black for the main color and Hot Pink or Hot Blue for the accent color.
  • The potholder is made in two pieces! 1. The squared, graphed skull pattern piece, 2. A squared black/hot pink or black/hot blue backing piece which are joined together with single crochet stitching. The layered pieces are need to protect hands from the heat of a hot pot!
Back Sides of Potholders
  • I worked the graphed skull pattern in single stitch crochet, changing color throughout the process!
  • I worked the backing piece, in 15 rows of Black and 15 rows of Hot Pink or Hot Blue in signle stitch crochet.
  • I layered the graphed skull piece to the backing piece with single stitch crochet along the edges and added a loop for hanging.
  • My finished Skull Pot Holders measured 9 1/2 inches wide and 8 inches tall.
Glad you stopped by!  Return Friday for a Fabulous Apron.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Monday's Minute| Skulls

Welcome to Monday's Minute: A minute about Skulls.
  • The Celtic people viewed the skull as the "House of the Soul."
  • Human skulls look different depending on whether they are male or female and depending what part of the world them come from. 
  • Humans have 22 bones in their skulls.
  • Teeth are not considered to be bones of the skull
  • The skull has only one moving part, the lower jaw bone.
Please come back and see skulls featured through the week!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Fabulous Apron Making Friday| Busy Like A Bee Apron

Hello Everyone!  This is such a dainty little apron with buzzing bees featured in the print, a frilly ruffle on the outer edge and the cutest little ruffled/puffed pocket.

What I Used:
McCall's Craft 9890 purchased from Walmart.  Charms Bees Fabric Yellow designed by Patty Reed Designs and Laurie Campbell La-Di Draw for Fabric Traditions. Waverly PR Med Dot Dove Fabric White Dot on Black.
What I Did:
  • Trimmed the pattern.
  • Cut out the apron, ruffle, pocket, waistband and ties.
  • Constructed pocket with elastic in casing at top edge. This gives the pocket a very pretty ruffled/puffed feature! Stitched pocket to left side of apron.
  • Constructed ruffle and attached to outer edge of apron.
  • Gathered apron at waist and attached waistband.
  • Constructed ties and attached to ends of waistband.
  • Folded under raw edge of waistband and pinned. Then on right side, I stitched in the ditch to finish waistband.
Wishing you a Bee-utiful Weekend!  Comments are always welcome in the Comment Section below!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Needlecraft Wednesday| Crochet Amigurumi Honey Bee

Hello friends!  This is my Amigurumi Honey Bee. 

I think of honey bees as tiny, productive insects happily focusing on the goal of finishing a product which is making honey.  I think of myself as a busy little bee when working with my craft projects!  So I just had to make this very cute amigurumi honey bee!

What I Used:
Cute Bee Crochet Pattern by Michele Wilcox for Red Heart Yarn.
  • 1 Skein Lion Brand Hometown USA Yarn Yellow
  • 1 Skein Lion Brand Hometown USA Yarn Black
  • 1 Skein Lion Brand Hometown USA Yarn White
  • N-13 (9mm) Crochet Hook
  • Split-Lock Stitch Marker
  • Stuffing
  • Fabric Glue
  • 2 Wiggle Eyes
  • 1 Red Chenille Stem
  • Yarn Needle
What I Did:
  • Head and Body:  I worked in continuous rounds of single stitch crochet without joining unless otherwise indicated.  I placed a marker in the first stitch of round and moved it up each round.
  • Wings:  I made 2 wings using single, half double, and double crochet stitches.  I sewed the wings to the back of the body using white yarn.
  • Legs:  I made 6 legs using single stitch crochet.  I sewed legs to body using black yarn.
  • Feeders:  I made 2 feeders using slip stitch crochet.  I sewed feeders to head using black yarn.
  • The pattern suggest purchased black buttons for eyes.  However I purchased cute wiggle eyes and glued them in place.
  • The pattern also suggested a hand-stitched red mouth.  I chose to use a curved piece of red chenille stem for the mouth which I glued in place.
This is my first amigurumi project but it will not be my last.  I had so much fun making this bee!  Have you tried an amigurumi project and what did you make?

Glad you stopped by.  Come back to Handmade By Regina on Friday to see a Fabulous Apron!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday's Minute| The Honey Bee

Welcome to Monday's Minute: A minute on the Honey Bee.

  • Honey bees are a great scientific mystery because they have remained unchanged for 20 million years even through the world around them has changed.
  • Honey bees are the only insect that produce food for humans.
  • A single honey bee will only produce approximately 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime. 
  • Honey never spoils! It is the only food that includes all substances to necessary to sustain life, including water. Honey speeds the healing process and combats infections.
Honey bees will be featured in the handmade projects I share with you this week!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sewful Sewing Sunday| Coffee Cup No-Sew Fleece Blanket

 Hi Friends!  Here is my Coffee Cup No-Sew Fleece Blanket. This is really a "no sew" project which was so much fun to make!

What I Used:
  • 2 yards of 60 inch wide Coffee Cup Polar Fleece purchased from Hobby Lobby
  • 2 yards of 60 inch wide brown Polar Fleece purchased from Hobby Lobby
  • 1 rotary cutter
  • 1 self-healing cutting board
  • 1 clear ruler
What I Did:
  • Trimmed selvages from edges.
  • Lined 2 pieces of fleece together with right sides facing outside.
  • Pinned the 2 pieces of fleece together to stabilize during cutting.
  • Cut 5 x 5 inch squares from the four corners measuring with ruler.
  • Cut the fringe - 5 inch long by1 inch wide strips on the four sides using the ruler and rotary cutter.
  • Tied the 2 pieces of opposite fringe together into a knot by looping it through and pushing upwards. This is done on the four sides.
  • Finished size: An adult lap blanket!
Do you sew with fleece?  Share what was your project in the comment section below.  Happy crafting and see you next week!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Flashback Friday| Coffee Please! Apron

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Hi friends.  Here is my handmade Coffee Please! Apron which I made in 2012!

What I Used:

What I Did:
  • Drafted the pattern.
  • Cut out the apron, pocket, waistband and ties.
  • Applied pocket trimmed with bias tape.
  • Cut out coffee pot applique.
  • Applied coffee pot applique with decorative machine stitching.
  • Finished apron edges with bias tape.
  • Attached waistband and ties.
Do you like coffee?  Do you wear aprons?  Well then, leave me a comment below and let me know!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Needlecraft Wednesday| Counted Cross-Stitch Coffee Pot with Cup

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Hello everyone!  One of my earliest childhood memories of drinking coffee is during a breakfast stop at an Howard Johnson with my Aunt Kate and Uncle Charlie during a trip to Asheville.  I was six years old and I have enjoyed coffee to this day!

What I Used:
The Artiste Mini Counted Cross-Stitch Kit, Coffee Pot and Cup, purchased from Hobby Lobby.

What I Did:
I learned a valuable lesson while stitching this "Coffee Pot with Cup" piece.  I do my best cross stitching using 14 Aida Cross Stitch Fabric.  I begin this project using 18 Aida Cross Stitch Fabric but my 55 year old eyes that need bi-focal lens to see could not focus on the tiny holes of 18 Aida.  So I stopped stitching in mid-project and changed fabric.  My eyes thanked me and I was much happier with the stitching results!

Return to on Friday to see a Fabulous Apron.  Happy handmade crafting everyone!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday's Minute| Coffee

Welcome to Monday's Minute: A minute on coffee.

  • Various legends describe the first use of coffee by humans. One credits its discovery to 9th century goat herders, who noticed that their goats had more energy after eating coffee berries. A local priest then made a drink with coffee berries and found that it kept him awake at night, thus the first cup of coffee was born!

Coffee will be featured in the handmade projects I share with you throughout the week! Happy crafting!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Sewful Sewing Sunday| The Cherry Print Betty Blouse

Hello Friends!  Here is my Cherry Print Betty Blouse.  A blouse made with just two pattern pieces, The Betty is a quick and simple project with a pintuck detail, flutter sleeves and a flattering fit.

What I Used:
The Betty Blouse: An exclusive pattern from Simply Sewing Magazine, it came with my July 2016 issue 18 of the magazine.  Gertie Fabric Collection, Cherries on Aqua Rayon Challis.

What I Did:
I made no alterations to this pattern!  I love the pretty pintucks on this blouse!  I took the time to "thread mark" the pintuck markings on my blouse front.  This made folding and stitching the pintucks a breeze!  I also took the time to cut and make 1/2 inch single fold bias tape from my challis fabric to finish the neckline.  I felt that an over-the counter purchased bias tape would be to heavy for the neckline.

I am so pleased with my finished blouse!  This pattern is definitely a staple for my pattern collection!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Fabulous Apron Making Friday| Ruffled & Tiered Cherries Apron

Hi Everyone.  This is my Ruffled & Tiered Cherries Apron!

What I Used:
McCall's Craft 9890 purchased from Walmart.  This "cherryful" apron is made from Waverly PR Cher Sunshine fabric purchased from Walmart in four different cherry-filled colors! 100% cotton sheeting, Width 44".

What I Did:
I love that this apron is made from four different fabric pieces to create overlapping ruffles that are attached to panels!  I chose to finish the edging of my overlapping ruffles with serger stitching in white thread to give the apron a "homespun appeal."

I kindly welcome new followers and comments to my blog!  Return to on "Sewful Sunday" to see a cute blouse!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Needlecraft Wednesday| Counted Cross-Stitch Bowl of Cherries

Hi Friends!  I had a very pleasant time cross-stitching this little bowl of cherries.  Where does the phrase "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries" come from?  It came from a wonderful song from the 1930's, meaning life is very pleasant!  Click the following link "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries!" to listen to Judy Garland sing the memorible tune.

What I Used:
The Artiste Mini Counted Cross-Stitch Kit, Bowl of Cherries, purchased from Hobby Lobby.

What I Did:
I had a very pleasant time cross-stitching this little bowl of cherries.  I learned how to make my first french knots to dot my "i" and "j"!  I also learned to mount a cross-stitch project using self-stick mounting board.

Hope you have enjoyed my first Needlecraft Wednesday.  Return on Friday to see a fabulous apron.  I also love sharing on Instagram and Pinterest.  Happy handmade crafting everyone!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Monday's Minute| Cherries

Welcome to Monday's Minute:  A Minute on Cherries.
  • Sweet or sour, cherries are bursting with nutrition. These petite stone fruits can help improve your health, from a better night's rest to balancing your blood pressure!
  • Tart cherries are one of nature's few sources of melatonin, a hormone that lowers body temperature, making us sleepy.
  • Sweet cherries are loaded with potassium, a natural blood-pressure reducer.  
Please come back and see cherries featured on Needlecraft Wednesday, Fabulous Apron Friday and Sewful Sunday!