Sewing seeds, skirts, pincushions and bags.

Me: Hi Sweetie!  Can you hold this for mommy?  <click>

Me:  What is it?

N: Shorts!  <click>

Me: What a good boy!   Can I have the shorts back before Daddy sees what I did?


No, my son isn’t actually wearing the skirt, but doesn’t it look much nicer with some pudgy legs sticking out the bottom?  I made this skirt for Sewing Seeds using Rebecca’s tiered-skirt tutorial now posted here.  There isn’t a better reason to force me to sew a skirt than for a little girl living in an orphanage in Kenya, I believe.  Even though this is considered an easy skirt, it took me a while.  I’m seriously clothes-sewing challenged, you know.

My 16 allergy shots in one day ordeal went fine, although my arms were pretty sore.  In addition to mindless hours of reading magazines and watching TV, which I actually got sick of, I finished several pincushions.  None of these in the picture are here anymore.  Each of them went out to friends across the country today. 


And another stashbusting bag.  My friend Lizzie, who has an eye for color helped me put these fabrics together.  Thanks, Lizzie!



My leather straps are 1/2″ wide saddle strings from  They are 48″ long and I cut them in half to make two 24″ long purse straps.  I buy them by the dozen, which saves on shipping.  I’ve listed some in my shop before and might be pursuaded to do so again if you just want to try 1 or 2. 

40 Responses to “Sewing seeds, skirts, pincushions and bags.”

  1. 2 Karyn March 14, 2007 at 8:15 pm

    Cute skirt, awesome pincushions and I love that bag! You’ve been busy!

  2. 3 beki March 14, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    I’ve been meaning to make that skirt since Rebecca posted it last year. Maybe this year Lily will finally get one.
    Love the stripy bag! So, so cute. I’ve never tried leather straps before. That’s something I may look into.

  3. 4 Sarah March 14, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    Love, love, love the bag!! Can you sew through that leather with your standard machine? I’ve been wanting to do leather straps for ages but I worry my machine couldn’t handle it!!

  4. 5 Patricia March 14, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    That is such a pretty bag! Love it. I’m hoping to get my skirts made this weekend.

  5. 6 Sharon March 14, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    Love your bags! I had forgotten about Tandy – glad you posted the link. And I hadn’t heard of the Sewing Seeds yet so I headed on over and will be joining in on the skirt making.

  6. 7 Heather March 14, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    Wow, love the skirt! Now I have an idea for all the Freshcut fabric I bought. And the bag is very pretty.

  7. 8 Coryn March 14, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    The bag is delicious, and the skirt has turned out really cute.

    With the bag I love the fabric, and how the box shape gives it a chic, professional look. The leather just sets the whole thing off beautifully.

    I would definitely buy leather straps from your Etsy shop.

  8. 9 Pieces March 14, 2007 at 11:15 pm

    Love the skirt! Even with boy legs. 🙂 I love the bag too–great fabric combination.

  9. 10 rachael March 15, 2007 at 1:30 am

    Great bag, love the fabrics epecially the one on the end. My current favourite.

  10. 11 Sue B March 15, 2007 at 3:37 am

    Very cute skirt! and the bag is great too. I must tell you I love my little pin cushion and it’s become my favorite one.

  11. 12 Vicki March 15, 2007 at 5:54 am

    Wow you are prolific! Love the bag and pin cushions and the skirt is really cute!

  12. 13 Anne Heidi March 15, 2007 at 8:17 am

    Hi, I’ve been looking around your blog and I love all your purses and fun stuff. I’m also into sewing all sorts of bags, they are just addictive… I’ll be back 🙂 (love the little guy with the skirt…)

  13. 14 Randi March 15, 2007 at 8:29 am

    The skirt is adorable and so are the little legs of your model!

    I love that bag! The colors are wonderful together!

  14. 15 Mika March 15, 2007 at 9:15 am

    That’s a great skirt! As a mom of 3 1/2 boys I don’t foresee needing to sew many of those either lol. Still drooling over your lovely bags!

  15. 16 cindy March 15, 2007 at 9:38 am

    Love the skirt, even with boy legs peeping out~:) That about cracked me up! The pincushions and bag are darling. It’s weird. You MADE pincushions, and you WERE a pincushion with all those shots!

  16. 17 Stacy March 15, 2007 at 10:25 am

    Very pretty skirt! Thanks for the link to that project…I’m on board. Sewing skirts are pretty easy for me…no patterns needed. I am purse-sewing challenged so we all have our specialties! Love your new bag. 🙂

  17. 18 capello March 15, 2007 at 10:34 am

    i love the bag! and the skirt!

    and pudgy legs make everything look better.

    (or, at least, that’s what i tell myself every time i get dressed.)

  18. 19 Jo March 15, 2007 at 10:57 am

    I’ve signed up for Sewing Seeds too, but have been putting it off as I’ve not made clothes for years – you’ve inspired me, yours looks lovely so I am going to get started later!

  19. 20 sUsAn March 15, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    Such a cute cute cute skirt (one cute for each tier!)! I have that on my list to make for my girls once I get a tad more proficient with my sewing machine. Lovely blog you have here!

  20. 21 quenna March 15, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    Stashbusting bags are the best; thanks for the info about the leather straps.

    Yes, skirts are more adorable with protruding chubby legs 🙂

  21. 22 kerry March 15, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    Nice skirt, I am sure it will be loved by some little girl. Very nice bag, the leather strapps are agreat idea and the pin cushions are very cute. You have been a busy girl.

  22. 23 Pam in Colorado March 15, 2007 at 8:15 pm

    Lindiepindie the skirt is so cute. One is sooooo wonderful of a number. Don’t worry if others make more, we who are sewing challenged are doing great to get one or two done. I am still working on mine!

    Remember it is equal sacrifice not equal giving.

  23. 24 lera March 16, 2007 at 9:51 am

    I love the skirt. It totally looks like he’s wearing it! What a hoot. He’s a good sport.

    Great pin cushions and stash-busting bag.

    I need to start on my Sewing Seeds skirt, too.

    Hope your arms are feeling better.

  24. 25 kathy March 16, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    I love having friends that are one step ahead of me. I printed that tutorial out some time ago and it has continued to beg to be made. I just bought some seersucker summer fabric at Jo-Ann’s last week to make one. Mine will go to Leil but what a great cause you’re contributing to.

  25. 26 DeeLight March 16, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    Love the skirt with the little legs!!! I had to laugh that sounds sooooo much like my husband.
    I don’t envy those allergy shots, but now it’s over. Cute pincushions. And yes Tandy Leather for the straps, why didn’t I think of that (They have an actual store not far from my house).

  26. 27 weirdbunny March 18, 2007 at 6:00 am

    Your son is just going to love you for taking that photo when he’s older. We have a group at church who make skirts for children in need around the world ( they make trousers too.) I really should het involved now I have my very own sewing machine.

  27. 28 Cathy March 18, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    I love the skirt and the bag! 16 shots in one day! Wow, I hope that works. We’ve been miserable with allergies here but I just keep taking the drugs.

  28. 29 Cindi March 18, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    Oh, That is a cute, cute skirt! I am so glad to hear your shots went well. Love ya!

  29. 30 alisonmc March 19, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    I totally dig those pin cushions and am totally jealous of the new pin cushion owners.

  30. 31 Lana March 20, 2007 at 9:18 am

    very cute stuff! Check out my knitted stuff at

  31. 32 Felicia March 20, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    Cute skirt and a very pretty bag.

  32. 33 Kimberly March 21, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    You crack me up. Those legs look great. 🙂

  33. 34 randomcontemplations March 21, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    They are all so cute!!!! I love that skirt, I know it wasn’t your favorite thing to make, but man it’s really darling! Did Hubby see N’s picture with the skirt? 🙂 Cute!

  34. 35 Hilari March 22, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    Well you’ve been busy, haven’t you?! Nice work!

  35. 36 Tami March 28, 2007 at 10:31 am

    I would do the same thing with the skirt! Jeff always says, “He’s a boy!” I tell him that he’s only 2 and doesn’t know the difference.

  36. 37 Tami March 29, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    I forgot to mention that I would definitely be interested in a couple straps if I can use my regular machine. I’ve never tried leather but really want to.

  37. 38 nuttnbunny April 5, 2007 at 9:38 am

    Such beautiful things. A wonderful blog!

    I made my son try on a smocket yesterday 🙂 Years of therapy – I tell you!

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, crafting is my apple. It’s what I do to maintain my sanity while taking care of my family. I homeschool my three boys, ages 14, 15, and 16), am a quilter, a bagaholic, and pattern designer.  Oh – and I also like taking pictures.

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