Friday, July 18, 2014

Custom LED Sewing Lights

Remember a while back when I posted the “home made” set up I created above my needle using LED lights? (Photo below) The lights are AWESOME but the cable stuck out in the back of the machine. Since I have a rear facing presser foot lifter it was getting annoying….

My “home made” solution

Soooo, I contacted Inspired LED and they created a custom set of lights that fit nicely above the needle area. (Photos below). Now, you can call Inspired LED and order these as a Custom Kit for the Sewing Needle!! How awesome is that!!!

Side view of Baby Lock Jane machinecustom LED (2)

The cable is soldered to the lights and sits flat against the machine which is perfect if you have a rear facing presser foot lifter. The lights are covered with a shrink wrap so nothing will get hung on them.

NOTE: Not all machines are compatible with this set up. Make sure your machine has a ledge to stick the lights to and that there is a small amount of clearance above all your various presser feet when they are in the high position.

Rear view Baby Lock Jane Machinecustom LED (3)

It’s AMAZING what you can see with all the extra lighting in your sewing space.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Hexie Madness

Remember a while back when I posted about my friend that was making Hexies? Well, just look at this!! She has 143 finished hexie flowers waiting to be pieced to their neutral stepping stones. Wow, wow, WOW!!! Just AMAZING!!!! And her hand stitching is soooo incredibly tiny and wonderful.


And sadly this is how far I’ve gotten…..Gah!


I can’t wait to see her quilt all finished. How about you?

Friday, July 4, 2014

Free Doll Purse Pattern

I’m getting one of my summer sewing camps ready for next week and thought I’d share a doll purse with you. It’s been ages since I’ve added to the doll accessories. Enjoy!

18” Doll Purse


Supply List
1/4 yard of fabric
1/4” wide ribbon for handles and bow
1/4” wide elastic
Sewing supplies

Step 1 – Make the Pattern and Cut the Fabric
Draw a 7” x 9 1/2” rectangle on paper.

Label it “doll purse – cut 2”

Fold your fabric in half and pin the pattern on.

Cut out the pattern. You will have two pieces.


Step 2 – Attach the Handles
Set one fabric piece on the table with “pretty” side facing up.

Mark a dot 2 inches in from the edges on both short sides of the rectangle.


Center the handles at the dots with “pretty” sides touching. Make the edges even and pin. MAKE SURE the handles are facing down like the photo.


Stitch close to the edges of the handles to hold them in place.

Step 3 – Sew the Bag Fabrics Together
Place the bag fabrics together with “pretty” sides touching. Make the edges even and pin.

Sew both short sides using a 3/8 inch seam. This will make a tube.


Turn the tube pretty side out. Handles will now be facing correctly on the outside of the bag.

Press neatly.

Step 4 – Make the Casings
Draw a line 1 inch from the top and bottom edge.

Draw another line 1 1/2 inches from the top and bottom edge.

Sew along these lines to make 1/2 inch wide casings.


Step 5 – Insert Elastic
Place a safety pin on the end of the elastic. Use it to help you pull the elastic through the casing.

When the elastic gets to the edge of the casing stitch it in place to hold it. Continue pulling through and stitch the other end of the elastic in place.


 Repeat for the other casing.



Step 6 – Add the Bow
Make a bow using the 12 inch piece of ribbon.

Pin and stitch the bow to the front center of the bag over the elastic casing.


Step 7 – Sew the Side Seams

Fold the bag in half with “pretty” sides touching. Make the edges even and pin.

Sew the sides using a 1/2 inch seam.

Trim a small triangle of fabric off the top corners of the seam. DO NOT cut your stitching. This will keep the edge from sticking out the top of the bag.


Turn bag pretty side out and poke bottom corners out neatly.

Enjoy your doll purse!!!!

©2014 Carol Steely