DIY Sliding Casters Tutorial Tuesday

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DSC_1058About a week ago the hubby brought home a new member to the family….a cockatiel. Cute little guy, lots of color, a bit of personality, and, unfortunately, a big mess. Cockatiels are not known for neat and clean. The floor around his cage is full of seed and with my trunk on the floor next to the cage, cleaning up is a challenge, starting first with moving the trunk easily without scratching the floor. DSC_1057

I already bought casters for the furniture but there never seems to be enough so I thought I should make my own. I decided to use scrap wood (plywood or T-one-eleven), craft felt, adhesive, and foam sheets.

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I went to the hubby’s scrap pile and found these pieces of wood. Not too wide. Too long but cut into smaller lengths they might work.

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I trimmed up the wood and smoothed the edges. I don’t want splinters.

DSC_1047I used foam sheets leftover from another project. Color didn’t matter since the casters would be under the trunk. Someone would have to be pretty snoopy to notice.

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I cut the foam to the size of the wood by using the wood as a template.

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The foam is thin enough to use paper cutting scissors. It is adhesive backed so applying it to the wood is easy.

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Now the felt……

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Using the wood again as templates I used a pen to carefully mark my cutting lines then cut the felt strips to size.

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I applied my adhesive (I used Loctite Stik n’Seal No Mess) to the wood and then applied the felt.

Voila! The new casters are ready to slide the trunk across my hardwood floor easily.

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Now to clean up after my fine, feathered friend. Pets, got to love them.

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New Listings for Summer Sewing

I know there are parts of the US still shaking off the effects of the last snowfall but here in the south summer came early. I found some amazing patterns just right for the summer and had to share them.

In my world summer mean travel, trips to the movies or the ice cream shop with the grands, and lunch with the ladies at the stitch shop……so clothes that travel well (little or no wrinkles in the suitcase), little dresses for little girls (when that special occasion out of ice cream cones), or a little spiffy up but not too spiffy. I think these patterns meet those specifications.

This pattern has neckline and hemline variation…..and it’s a knit dress, multi-sized knit dress. The right fabric means no wrinkles. Yahoo! The dress’s lines make this flattering for most figures.

This adorable girls’ dress is also a knit. So cute!

I love little girls’ dresses! This pattern has several variations….a wardrobe in one pattern. Multi sized from New Born to Large….Modern to traditional. Good for new baby gift sewing, too.

 

Cute party dress! Just the right amount of ruffles without being too much. The jacket gives it a special look so it’s just right for a Daddy-daughter dance or other special occasion.

 

Princess seams, side panels, and a-line flare make this dress flattering for everyone. It also has larger cup sizes for the more “ahem” endowed among us.

Last, but not least, Simplicity 1316, lovely pullover tops pretty enough for lunch with the ladies.

Well, that’s it for now. I am so glad I had a chance to share these lovely patterns.

Use the coupon code BLOGGED for an extra 10% off your purchase.

Happy Sewing!

Tutorial Tuesday: Canvas Pencil Pouch

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Today I am sharing a lined Canvas Pencil Pouch tutorial from Noodle-head. Whether or not I need another pencil pouch doesn’t matter. What does matter is her tutorial is well-done, easy to follow, and has lots of pictures for someone like me who can’t always decipher instructions. To see the tutorial click HERE. Check it out. It is well worth a go.

 

New Pattern Listings at GoofingOff Dolls

New week and here’s new pattern listings in the GoofingOff Sewing shop to start the week off right.  Most of these patterns are perfect for Easter……bunnies, angels, oh, and a cow. A cat, too. Great to add to the  Easter basket without the extra calories or sugar (unless kisses are counted for sugar).

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Miss Abigail von Fru-Fru soft sculpture doll. This doll is life size, about 36 inches tall

 

 

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Master Beauregard T.Bunnythumper Soft Sculpture Doll  This doll is 36 inches like Miss Abigail von Fru-Fru (she’s his girlfriend).

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Holy Cow cow dolls I promised cows…..

 

Betty Boop Fabric

DSC_0822.JPGWhen I first saw this fabric I knew I had to offer it to my customers. Growing up the in 1950’s I had the chance to spend many days watching  Betty Boop cartoons and “Boop Oop Be Doop”-ing throughout the house. I had no idea of her sexuality or scandalous behavior. I thought she was pretty.  That’s all I needed to know at four.

The fabric shows Betty Boop in 2 inch black squares on a white background. Betty is pictured in a tight little red dress and has a black garter on one leg. There are red lips in some of the squares….great for fussy cut applique.
Beautiful!
This is licensed fabric from Camelot Fabrics. King Features Syndicate, Inc./ Fleischer Studios, Inc.

100% cotton fabric. 44 inches wide.
Available by the half yard, each half yard is 18 inches long. The fabric is cut when ordered.
The fabric is new, clean, and comes from a non-smoking home.

Buy It $4.50 per half yard

Use the coupon code BLOGGED for a 10% instant discount with a $10 purchase.

Adrienne Vittadini Scarf at Miss Eileen Vintage

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I love the feel of silk on my skin….sexy, yes. Give me a silk scarf that I can wrap around me and feel special and I am in heaven. Here is a vintage Adrienne Vittadini scarf….lovely black and white lines in different patterns and a wide red border. Absolutely beautiful.

The scarf is rectangular and measures an incredible 52 inches in length, 10 inches wide. It has hand-rolled hems.

A wonderful addition to a vintage designer scarf collection.

Excellent vintage condition, no holes or stains.

Adrienne Vittadini, American fashion designer, is known for her designs that have a “Euro-American” look and attitude.  Her designs frequently use vibrant colors and prints.  When she was 12, her family fled Gyor, Hungary during the 1956 Hungarian revolution. In 1979, she started what would become a multimillion-dollar fashion business as a hobby.

 

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Raggedy Ann and Andy Nursery Art

Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy Wall Hangings

Made in the USA in the 1970’s

Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy, just their names gives one a warm feeling inside. These pictures show Ann in a bright yellow jumper and her trademark gingham in the garden reaching for a watering can. Andy, wearing bib overalls, a gingham shirt, and blue cap  is hard at work hoeing the garden with his bluebird friends at his side.  The pictures are mounted on particle wood boards. Both boards measure 20 inches long by 16 inches wide. Big enough to be seen. There are original holes in the back of each making them easy to hang in the nursery. 

Raggedy Ann is a character created by Johnny Gruelle in a series of books from the early 1900’s he wrote and illustrated. Raggedy Andy was introduced in 1920. 

The Raggedy Ann and Andy pictures are for sale: $45 USD

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