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Sewing Projects - My Favorites!

Updated on September 4, 2014

Talking About Some of My Favorite Sewing Projects...

My maternal Grandmother taught me to sew on her old Singer treadle sewing machine when I was 9 years old. Sewing was the most exciting discovery for me and I've loved it from the beginning.

Though I've completed countless sewing projects over the years, I continue to learn something new with each one. My regret is not taking pictures of most of my finished projects, though I do have a few pics of my favorites to share with you.

I blogged about making these bandana bags here. (photo credit Pam Irie)

T-Shirt Quilt Sewing Project
T-Shirt Quilt Sewing Project

T-Shirt Quilt for my Son

One of my favorite sewing projects.

I made this t-shirt quilt several years back for my son as a keepsake. The t-shirts all represent something special in his life up to then. There are memories attached that won't be lost.

(photo credit Pam Irie)

Pajama Eaters
Pajama Eaters

Four Pajama Eaters

for four special kids!

These Pajama Eaters each have their own personality, but they all can do the same thing.....In the mornings, they neatly store pajamas in their big zippered mouth. Don't worry, because they give them back at bedtime. Whew! ;)

(photo credit Pam Irie)


Aprons - a Favorite to Sew

The colorful, funky half aprons shown have an overlay print on top which makes for lots of storage in the pockets. I would love to show you the bright red and white polka dot full-skirted apron I made for my mother so long ago, but I'll have to settle for the aprons I've sewn as gifts recently.

Aren't these aprons fun? (Simplicity Sew Simple Pattern 2011 is the pattern I used for the bright aprons with pockets.)

(photo credit Pam Irie)

Clothespin Bags
Clothespin Bags

These Clothespin Bags are also

one of my favorite sewing projects.

I take advantage of the nearly year-round tradewinds here in Hawaii to hang clothes on the clothesline. Having a colorful clothespin bag is handy and makes the job a little more fun.

Sewing projects like this don't require much fabric and only a minimum bit of time is invested.

(photo credit Pam Irie)

One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric!
One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric!

This books looks super fabulous and it's gonna be mine next payday! :)


YoYos Will Always Be a Favorite Sewing Project of Mine

Fabric Yoyos in Tin
Fabric Yoyos in Tin

What can I say about yoyos?

1. Yoyos are easy enough to do at night while sitting down to watch a little television.

2. Making yoyos uses up all the scrap fabric you have around the house. In fact, it's a perfect project to cut up old cotton garments or linens that are stained and not suitable for donating.

3. ANYBODY can make yoyos. (I'm NOT kidding!) What you do with them when they're done is all up to you......table runners, tablecloths, bed covers, scarves, etc.

4. Lightweight to carry around. Take them with you when you travel, but on the airlines take an empty dental floss case to cut the thread instead of scissors.

5. Inexpensive craft to get started.

(photo credit Pam Irie)

Cat Quilts Sewing Project
Cat Quilts Sewing Project

Cage Mat Cat Quilts

for the Humane Society.

Twice a year I drive up to Manoa and donate several quilts I've sewn to the Humane Society. They use these 22 inch x 22 inch cage mat quilts to line the metal cages the cats are housed in. When thrift shopping, I'm always on the lookout for old quilted mattress pads which I use for batting.

These quilts for the kitties are definitely among my favorite sewing projects. The cats don't care what color of cotton fabric I use; they just like them to be soft. :) Want to make one? Here's how.

(photo credit Pam Irie)

Sewing Projects for Animal Rescue - My ADOPT ME Vest Pattern is on Etsy! - Sewing for others feels fabulous!

One of My Favorite Sewing Projects - ADOPT Me Vest
One of My Favorite Sewing Projects - ADOPT Me Vest

My original pattern for this ADOPT ME vest. It's listed on Etsy, but you can read a little more about it here.

It's easy to sew in 3 pieces and pattern includes instructions for detachable clear vinyl donation pockets which are super helpful in fundraising events.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Do you sew? What sewing projects have been your favorites?

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      bossypants 5 years ago

      These projects are very inspirational! It's been a long time since I've sewn a project. (Altho I recently spent a few hours mending pet toys -- does that count?) I wonder if my sewing machine still works?

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I love your sewing projects; the only thing I've EVER sewn was a poncho in 7th grade. It had exactly one seam and I still made a mistake and sewed up the bottom. Sewing? No so much.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I love your sewing projects; the only thing I've EVER sewn was a poncho in 7th grade. It had exactly one seam and I still made a mistake and sewed up the bottom. Sewing? No so much.

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      I want a lot more sewing time...must figure that out.

      I love your projects. I want to make myself both a clothespin bag and an apron. I've bought the material and that's as far as either got :(

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I rarely sew any more but I've made quite a few projects in the past. My grandmother also attempted to teach me to sew on an old Singer -- that didn't work but teaching me to hand quilt did!

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      I have to admit that I don't like to sew. But I can relate to your passion, because my maternal grandmother taught me how to knit, and that is something I thoroughly enjoy. I do envy sewers. My mum would sew many of our clothes when we were younger and my baby sister is always sewing new garments. A lovely lens. Thank you.

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      VisFeminea 5 years ago

      I like to sew different fabric bags ;)

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      I use to, but the thread spindle on my machine broke and I haven't replaced it yet. I am packing to leave New York so it is currently on the back burner. LOL. I love the ideas that you have come up with here. Really great ideas! *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to My Squid Angel Blessings for 2012 in the "Arts & Design » Crafting" neighborhood.

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      Ellen de Casmaker 6 years ago from Powell RIver BC

      Yes I do. I like to make cushion covers with interesting detail

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      priscillab 6 years ago

      Don't have a favorite but I sure did enjoy your lens!

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      Joan Haines 6 years ago

      I sewed all my own clothes since I was 12. I've designed too.Now I don't have time. Boo.

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      I did sew a lot of things when my children were small. But these days I have stopped. Your lens reminded me of the joy!

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      Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Never did learn to sew very well and admire those who create such impressive sewing projects, especially love the t-shirt quilt.

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      SPhilbrick 6 years ago

      I'm currently working on a baby quilt which has the sentimental factor but I've sewn everything from wedding dresses to curtains.

      Nice, clean lens with excellent pictures and congratulations on your purple star :-)

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      Coreena Jolene 6 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star. Lots of great ideas here.

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      DevBlue 6 years ago

      I don't sew but I enjoy seeing these nice works. My mother used to sew a lot. So does my mother in law.

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      ngio64 6 years ago

      Great Idea about the dental floss container on an airplane!

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      Frischy 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      My grandmother taught me how to sew when I was a child. I rarely take the time to do it anymore. I keep thinking I will get back to it. Maybe this lens is the little push I need. Very cute projects. I love them!

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      LisaDH 6 years ago

      I couldn't sew to save my life, unless hemming pants counts. Kudos to you for having talent!

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      I learned how to sew on an old Singer treadle machine too. I recall running the needle through my thumbnail too! I was pretty good at making all my own clothes as a teen but haven't sewn much as an adult.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I've never had the patience to sew, but oddly enough I have all the patience in the world for crochet. I love your writing and this lens. Your photos are excellent. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I admire sewing and love vintage quilts. Mostly I just don't have the patience to do it myself.