Posted in Daisy May Days on Etsy, Home & Garden, Sewing

Making a doll. Meet Penelope!

Meet Penelope. 

Penelope is a prototype and I have changed the final pattern some but I decided to share her anyway. Here are a few pics of her construction.  Excuse my mess, creativity gets like that. 

Penelope is a primitive style rag doll.
Her arms were attached separately
Attaching her bodice and sleeves
Almost there!
Her hair is made of strips of scrappy fabric and hand sewn in

I hand painted her eyes and shoes and she’s all done!
If you like Penelope she is now available in my Etsy shop and the final version will be available soon. Would you be interested in buying patterns and instructions for dolls like Penelope? I’m trying to decide whether to offer the patterns. Comment below or visit my Facebook page and leave me a message. 

Posted in Sewing

Make-Do Hack – Sewing Machine Pad

I have a really great inexpensive work-horse sewing machine. I have created many wonderful quilts, dolls, clothing and other sewing wonders for 3 years on that machine. I definitely don’t regret it’s purchase. Until today I really only have had one complaint. It is so lightweight it scoots, slips and slides when I’m sewing. This can be especially frustrating when I’m pushing a bulky quilt through it. So today I thought I would do a little online shopping for a sewing machine mat/pad to keep it from slip sliding away. 

What I found wasn’t terribly expensive but I would have had to order one or drive 30 minutes to go see if a local store has one. But I needed it today and honestly I was too busy to spend the afternoon driving around looking for one. I have quilting to do! 

So I compromised. I already had some of that sticky padding stuff you can get at the discount stores for a dollar or two. I pulled it out and tried it. 

TaDa! It works great! And it saved me $20+ and a trip to town. My machine didn’t slip even once and it greatly reduced vibrating and fatigue for my hands and wrists. 

If you have any sewing machine tips or hacks I would love to hear about them. 

Have a Daisy May Day! And don’t forget to check out my Etsy store Daisy May Days
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