Tuesday, April 13, 2021

How to Make a Homemade Pocket Tissue Holder - Tutorial Tuesday

Learn how to sew your own homemade decorative holders for pocket tissue packets with today's Tutorial Tuesday project. This easy DIY sewing and crafting project is great for beginners - and for last minute gift giving.

Homemade decorative pocket tissue holder from fabric

For this project you will need:

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Watch today's step-by-step how to tutorial to make your very own homemade decorative fabric pocket tissue holder right here:


Check out a couple of the holders made by my volunteer pattern testers. Cute, right?

Want to be a pattern tester? Use the contact button on the right side of your screen to send me an email with the subject "Volunteer Pattern Tester" and join us as we sew away!

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Vaccination Record Card Holder - Tutorial Tuesday

If you want to protect your CDC issued vaccination record card but don't want to laminate it, this sewing project just may be for you. In today's Tutorial Tuesday you will learn how to make your own homemade fabric holder with a vinyl pocket for your vaccine card. Whether you are needing to show your Covid-19 vaccination record for travel or work, or need to take it out to get a possible booster shot, these homemade colorful novelty fabric holders are a cute way to keep your card on hand and protected.

When closed, the dimensions are approximately 3 3/4" x 4 1/2" so they fit your standard 3" tall x 4" wide immunization card issued by the CDC. When opened, the fabric vaccination card holder measures approximately 4 1/2 x 7 1/2".

For this project you will need:

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BRAND NEW! Now available in my Etsy shop as a digital download with the written directions, step-by-step photos, printable templates, and link to the tutorial video. Click to find out more!


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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

How to Make a Quick and Easy Homemade Pocket Tissue Holder - Tutorial Tuesday

Learn how to sew your own homemade decorative fabric holders for pocket tissue packets with today's Tutorial Tuesday project. This easy DIY project is great for beginners - and for last minute gift giving! 

For this project you will need:


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BRAND NEW! Now available in my Etsy store as a digital download with the written directions, step-by-step photos, printable templates, and link to the tutorial video. Click to find out more!

    Find the step-by-step how to tutorial to make your own homemade decorative fabric pocket tissue holder right here:

    Thursday, March 25, 2021

    What to Expect When Cruising the Suez Canal

    To me one of the huge benefits to traveling is that when something happens somewhere in the world you have a frame a reference. You can picture in your mind where it is. The sights and sounds (and sometimes even the smells) come back to you. They put you back into the very spot when you were there. Especially now, in a pandemic, it makes you realize how lucky you were to have had the experiences.

    As I've been watching and reading about the cargo ship stuck in the Suez Canal, I can say I was there. I know where it's at. I know that sand. I know why it's causing such a great disruption to shipping traffic. 

    So for those who wish they could have experienced cruising the Suez Canal, today I'm resharing our November 2019 cruise through the Suez Canal

    If you want to know about the day before your ship enters the canal, including the staging area, you can find that post here. 

    Want to know about having to participate in a pirate drill that same week? I have that post here. 

    Now, welcome to the Suez Canal from my blog post November 16, 2019:

    Hello from the Suez Canal! Did you know the Suez Canal divides the continents of Africa and Asia?

    As we are going southbound, Africa is on your right and Asia is on your left.
    Ever see sunrise over the small strip of Egypt
    on the continent of Asia? Now you have.
    We were in a convoy of 22 ships using the older canal. Now they also have a newer canal so more ships can move through each day. We were number four, with three ships ahead of us...

    and the remainder of the ships behind. There were three cruise ships transiting today.


    Upon entering the Suez Canal we immediately noticed differences in the landscapes from one bank to the other. The landscape of Egypt on the African continent was green and developed while the Sinai Peninsula section of Egypt on the Asian continent side was brown and somewhat deserted looking. 

    Some views of the Africa side:


    Compare that to the Sinai Peninsula side:

    While it looks as if the ship is docked along the sand,
    it is actually transiting the western canal.
    There is a bridge across the Suez Canal. The Mubarak Peace Bridge, also known as the Egyptian-Japanese Friendship Bridge or Al Salam Peace Bridge links the two continents. It is closed to traffic while convoys are making their way underneath.
    It appeared the most popular way to get across the canal was by ferry. The ferries darted between the ships in the convoy. They also have floating pontoon bridges that swing out and across once the convoy passes. Because convoys disrupt traffic, they also have a tunnel under the Canal with plans to build more.

    Today was a day of so very much to see. I went back and forth from port side to starboard side and found there was always something to take a picture of. While I could have taken hundreds of pictures I tried to limit them and have a just a few of them to show you.

    Some sights from the Sinai Peninsula side:
    Some from the African side:
     Fisherman were all throughout the waters. Some came quite close to the ship.

    It felt like a day of discovery with so much to see, so many new learnings, and surprisingly a strong cell phone signal all day. (Thank goodness or you'd have no visuals of the day!) 

    We did have two medical emergencies onboard today, with one passenger needing an emergency disembarkation. Our night time route is being altered a bit so he/she can be transferred to an onshore medical facility around 2:30 in the morning. Thoughts are with the passenger and family.

    Tomorrow we have a sea day and I do believe I might just sleep in.


    Tuesday, March 23, 2021

    Make a Stuffed Bunny Rabbit with Treat Pocket - Tutorial Tuesday

    For today's Tutorial Tuesday we have another cute stuffed bunny rabbit sewing project. This little homemade Easter bunny has a pocket in front for candy or treats. It's a fun way to decorate for Easter or a nice little Easter basket gift for your little kiddos.

    For this project you will need:

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    BRAND NEW! Now available in my Etsy store as a digital download with the written directions, step-by-step photos, printable templates, and link to the tutorial video. Click to find out more!


    Otherwise you can watch the how-to video right here!:

    Sunday, March 21, 2021

    March Madness Tournament Basketball Games - Sunday Fun Day?

    If you know me, you know I'm not a basketball fan. Hubby? Well, that's another story. But at his prodding, I've been (reluctantly) occasionally watching. Only for the bingo, of course. Basketball bingo? Yep. My newest creation - and probably the only reason I'm watching with him. 

    It's not a regular bingo game, either. Instead of bingo letters/numbers you use the variety of things you see when watching basketball. And it's available in my Etsy store right now!

    With this digital download pack you receive:
    *25 unique bingo cards 
    *1 blank bingo card so you can write in your own words
    *Master list of all terms found on the bingo cards
    *Basketball cover-up marking chips that can be printed out
    Bingo + basketball + Sunday = an okay kind of day.

    Friday, March 19, 2021

    Last Minute Easter Sale on Easter Sewing Patterns

    Usually Friday means it's Foster Friday, but with no foster kitties in the house yet we'll instead have a Find a Fun Fabric Project Friday instead. Today through Sunday all my Easter patterns are 15% off in my Etsy shop. You'll find bunnies and Easter eggs and carrots and bookmarks and potholders and coasters, and..and..and... You'll find individual patterns and four packs like this one.

    You'll even find projects not yet available here on the blog. Easter may still be a couple weeks away, but get those Easter projects on your to-do list today!

    While it may not be Foster Friday, I can't leave without showing you a gift I received from Desh, Wyatt Earp's prosthetist. (Wyatt was the foster kitty I had who was born with no back feet.) She commissioned a patient to do a pencil drawing of Wyatt. So adorable!

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021

    Make a Quick and Easy Bunny Rabbit Potholder - Tutorial Tuesday

    Easter is almost here and it's time for yet another quick and easy Easter sewing project. This week we're learning how to make our very own bunny rabbit potholder to decorate our Easter holiday kitchen. It's a great way to brighten up your Easter Sunday dinner.

    For this project you will need:

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    It's also part of my two of my Easter pattern 4 packs!

    Otherwise you can watch the how-to video for the Easter Bunny potholder sewing project right here!
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