Thursday, February 6, 2014

My "She Who Sews" Sewing Room Projects

Welcome to my She Who Sews Scrapatch! 

My New Sewing Machine Table Cover is my favorite thing!

It has these very useful Apron Pockets!

Lady Janome has a nice new cover, too! 

This beautiful fabric which perfectly matches the aqua and yellow paint in my sewing room is from the ...

Handmaids line ~ She Who Sews!
from Quilting Treasures

I used the selvage strip from the panel for the handle
on the top of my sewing machine cover.

Thanks, Madame Samm !

When I first saw the photos of this fabric line,
I was not sure how much I would like the designs in the block panel prints.

I ordered my fabrics from
Shannon @ Fabrics N Quilts
as she had the great multi-colored print I wanted to use for my ironing board cover.
I also ordered the small panel at that time.
After receiving these, I have to say I loved the colors and quality of the fabric and when I saw all the pretty details in the panel print I wanted more!
So I ordered more of the fabrics for more projects.
I am a happy Fabrics N Quilts customer!

My first sewing room improvement project was to make a new ...

Ironing Station 
with a new removable cover for my large DIY Ironing Board
and cover for my Iron Hot Pad

I have posted a Tutorial for how I made this ironing board and cover Here.

My second project was to make a custom sewing table cover ... 

... for my custom sewing machine table that my hubby made for me. <3

For my third project ...
with the small panel and the aqua, yellow and yellow/black florals left after I made
my custom sewing machine table cover and apron ...

... I decided to make  a Custom Sewing Machine Cover for my beautiful Janome.

 Katniss was very interested in this project.

My plan was derived by studying the fabrics and what I needed to cover.I used the rest of the yard of pretty blue floral tone-on-tonethat I had already quilted for the table cover.  When I cut it to size for the table when I added the pockets I had a piece that was just the right size for the top of my machine cover.  I even used the selvage strip from the panel to make a handle on the top for lifting off the cover.

Katniss helped me select the panels for the machine cover.

I cut the panels and bordered the sides with the pretty yellow floral tone-on-tone.

Then I quilted the panels
When I was sewing the panels into the box for the cover, it was the day that Mdm. Samm announced the "Think Ruffles" Blog Hop.

So I thought, " Ruffles!"

Why, yes, I can sew ruffles!

To do this I used this
 Tried and True Ruffle Method from Madame Samm

I added a strip to bind the edges.

I added this to the edge of the front top and side panels all in one live of stitching,
The edge of the ruffle is under the edge and the binding strip is folded over and I stitched through all the layers.
At this point I was pretty impressed with Lady Janome.
I did change to a new needle, a 90/14 Microtex Sharp
with Superior King Tut  Quilting Cotton thread.

I sewed on the quilted side panels top side first.

Then I sewed each side from bottom to top and added a binding on the bottom in the same gorgeous black and yellow print that I used for the ruffle. Lady Janome sewed through all the quilted layers, the ruffle, the handle, and all the intersections with the walking foot without a bit of trouble or a skipped stitch.

The Butterfly stayed up until midnight again one night to help.

For my fourth (much smaller) project ... 

Butterfly helped me to decide to stay up and sew what I had left of the ruffles
to add a skirt to my Ice Cream Cone Pincushion
that I made for the Pom Pom Hop.

I love Lady Janome!
Now she has a beautiful quilted cover to tuck her in at night.
I chose this photo not for the great photo quality, but because you can see the Butterfly eyes gleeming in the dark dining room waiting for me to turn tuck in my machine, turn off the lights and go snuggle under the quilts.

For my last project(s) ... 

In the morning I sewed more ruffles and I added them to two sides of one of these ...

... quick and easy fabric boxes made from the tutorial HERE

I love my new ruffled thread catcher!

This little work area is much improved by this and the custom apron pockets. You can see how I had to leave an opening in the apron as I really like using the knee lifter on my Janome to raise the presser foot. My camera is usually tucked into the large pocket to keep it handy. I used to have my camera set on the edge of the table and Katniss did once try taking pictures herself and knocked it on the floor.  Fortunately my camera survived. Now I have a pocket that does not fit a Katniss.

Here is another wonderful new part of my sewing space ...

I have a nice padded backrest for my sewing chair!

The sewing machine cover fits perfectly over the back of my sewing chair when I am using my machine.  I have padded the upper part here with batting.
It makes a lovely cushion to rest my upper back upon!
I frequently get upper back pain between my shoulder blades from extended sewing sessions and this is so nice.

I was so comfy in my sewing chair that ...

I made another little fabric box with the last squares of these fabrics.
Sorry ... no ruffles ... I am out of ruffling fabric.
I was also out of buttons so I set this box aside until I could get more ...

... and Katniss took good care of it for me while I went button shopping.

Now it has buttons ...  AND ... this fabric box is ...

A Giveaway!

This box measures 3" deep and 4.5" wide.

I will send this little fabric box anywhere in the world.

To be eligible to win, all you need to do is leave one lovely comment.
You do not need to be a follower.

Anyone who is a follower, new friend or old friend, may have one additional entry by leaving a second comment telling how you follow. 

Please be sure that I have an email address to contact you
to tell you if you have won and get your address.

My blog is set to not allow anonymous comments so that the robots cannot find me.
If you do not have an ID, you can still enter by email at the address listed under "Contact Me" in my toolbar and I will post your comment for you
so you have a chance to win.

To be eligible to win you must comment on this post or email me 
by Midnight EST on February 18th

I will anounce and email the winner on February 19th.

Thanks you for visiting my scrapatch!

Please visit everyone participating today ...

Thanks to 
Madame Samm @ Sew We Quilt
for this inspiring blog hop!

A big cheer to Carla @ Creatin' in the Sticks,
who organized two hops at the same time so cheerfully!

This is a fabulous blog hop!

Ms Katniss promises to take good care of the fabric box until the giveaway.

My quilty kitties and I say thanks for visiting today!

happy sewing and blog hopping!



  1. "She Who Sews" fabrics are sew fabulous and really lend themselves to our own sewing room projects that are practical and fun and amazing. Katniss and Butterfly are enjoying it too. Thank you sew very much for Hopping...

  2. What great projects and ruffles 2 boot! Thank you for sharing.

  3. Wow you really made some terrific projects! And they look beautiful. I love that yellow. great job! Thank you for sharing your beautiful helpers with us too! :)
    xo jan
    I follow by email.

  4. Katniss is right, this is wonderful. I love the blue flower fabric you used in all your projects...I need some more of that one. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  5. Wow, you have been a busy gal. I do love your table cover with the pockets. So much organization and your sewing machine cover is very pretty with ruffles. I love your handle idea with the selvage.
    Thanks for hopping and working so hard to inspire us.

  6. The sewing machine cover that doubles as a padded backrest is genius! I think I'll try to make one too! Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. Wonderful projects all around. Katniss is sew very helpful. Love your projects and the colors are beautiful. Your sewing room is a joy!

  8. Muito encantada com os teus trabalhos.
    Mari Bein

  9. so many wonderful projects you have made. You have been very busy. Thank you for sharing your creativity
    And you have a wonderful sewing room.

  10. I am a follower. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  11. Fantastic projects that adorn a great sewing space! Thanks for all the information you shared with us too.

  12. Your projects are awesome.. I love the little basket and your iron cover.

  13. You have some awesome projects for today! But that sewing machine cover takes the show! Great job!

  14. What a pretty sewing space you will have with all these projects. Love the machine cover. Sew nice.

  15. Oh what a wonderful place to create your masterpieces. I absolutely love the sewing machine cover and runner fabric it is so cool.
    I do love your furry helper. Oh I envy your beautiful work space is that bad?:) I would love to be entered for your beautiful fabric box I love it. You are so talented. Hug B

  16. I love those fabrics and especially Lady Janome's new cover! My furry helper would sure love batting that thread catcher box off the quilting table. Thanks for sharing these great sewing accessories.

  17. Pat!!!! What fantastic projects you made. I don't know which I like the best...but I do love that machine cover!!!!!

  18. Hey, how creative and productive you are! And you are Ms. Ruffles Nr. 1, smile, you already showed that you can sew them, not like me, but I will try to sew some, promised....
    I don't know if Katniss will be a good guardian of this lovely box, I think she is dreaming of mice with ruffles or something like this....
    Great projects you have done, waouh!!!

  19. Oh my, what beautiful additions to your sewing room. The yellow and blue are so happy and pieceful!!!! I love all the projects and love how the panels went with those colors. Wouldn't have thought to put that together with it. I can't decide which is my favorite! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  20. So many great projects.... your Lady Janome is looking really good in her custom made cover! Also love your table cover..... again, custom to fit your needs. Just a wonderful job on everything! Thanks for the cute box giveaway and thanks to Katniss for keeping it safe!

  21. Your sewing room definitely looks charming and beautiful with your new creations. I love them all! Great use of this wonderful fabric!

  22. I'm a follower through GF and Bloglovin'

  23. All of your projects are sew cute. I really need to get busy making some new things for my sewing room. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  24. Wow, what a LOT of great projects! I love your machine cover and pad, and all your fabulous projects! My sewing room is green with envy! :)

  25. Love all your projects, so many your sewing room is very beautiful I am envious

  26. What fantastic projects, thanks for sharing!

  27. ohhh wow…the turquoise matches your blog perfectly lol ohhh silly me this is about your projects which ar pretty outstanding if you ask me…as always over and over again. your colour sense is pretty up there lol

  28. I want to move into your sewing room...forever!
    What a great group of items you created! I am totally pinning that ironing board tute for later use!
    Thanks so much for supporting us!

  29. Everything you've made from this fabric is perfect Pat ! I went right to the fabric box tutorial I like yours sew much....Your machine cover is very impressive...every one of your creations is Perfect Pat.

  30. I definitely follow you bloglovin and GFC

  31. Wow, you really made good use of the fabric for this hop. I loved them all but thought you were really clever padding your temporary chair cover/sewing machine cover. Now that was smart!

  32. I follow via email.

  33. I'd love to have that little box next to MY machine!! Thank you for the giveaway!

  34. Oh, my goodness! You have been busy and your projects all look wonderful in your sewing room! Katniss certainly put her stamp of approval on them! (I thinks cats are very discerning!)

  35. I am a follower by GFC, by the way!

  36. Great projects, love all your coordinating fun and useful new projects!

  37. Wow! What a fabulous, beautiful sewing center! Just perfect. I could definitely live in there for a while. You did a wonderful job. Thank you so much for sharing and for the great giveaway. I love the little basket.

  38. Wow Pat what good ideas you had for your projects all so useful . I have a machine just like yours. I had a Janome but wanted an update so I got an Elna which are really made by Janome and it looks the same as yours and I love it. Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful projects you made to update your sewing area. Blessing Sandra

  39. I love your projects. Thanks for showing some of the steps in your process.

  40. Wow, not only a great machine cover, but a table cloth on your sewing table! Your sewing area has to be the best dressed! :-) I love your machine cover, and the idea of using batting in it! Great idea. My machine and my long arm needs a cover. Now that I have an idea, I am off and running! Thanks for the inspiration!

  41. Great projects - I think the table cover is my favourite!
    Thanks for sharing!

  42. They are all so pretty. You sure spruced your room up and made it gorgeous! You can be very proud of your work.

  43. So my daughter is sitting next to me as I read your blog post and she informs me I need to "get that sewing machine, it's big" lol, straight from the mouth of a babe (3 yrs old). An amazing amount of projects finished, I do like the ruffles :) you should have saved that for the ruffle hop!

  44. So many pretty projects for your sewing room…love the cover/back rest!! Thanks for sharing :)

  45. Amazing projects! I love your sewing machine cover, especially the quilting you did on it. And the box is just darling - perfect for sitting on the sewing machine and holding the little things that forever roll off onto the floor. blessings, marlene

  46. What a beautiful sewing room you have now. I'm a little jealous. I remember your pincushion. It was one of my favorites.

  47. I follow Katniss and Butterfly with Bloglovin.

  48. Wonderful projects! Love the sewing machine cover and the table cover. Sweet kitties.

  49. Ooo, I love the blue and yellow of this colorway. The ruffles were a great touch. Lovely projects!

  50. I kept oooing and ahhing so many lovely projects. The ruffles are gorgeous. Such a wonderful set of lovely sewing things.

  51. I thought I was a follower but then discovered I am just messed up and lost. But I am good now and have you on Bloglovin!

  52. Beautiful projects! Isn't this a fantastic fabric to create with and a fantastic blog hop! I'm having a blast! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway! I'm also a new follower! yay me!

  53. Katniss is adorable - Oooh! ruffles - don't they look nice - you are a pro! Such lovely projects - so love your sewing machine cover - how beautiful your space look now complete with your companion!

  54. Wow, you really made a lot of stuff! Wonderful job. Love that little box too :)

  55. What a dainty sewing machine cover...all ruffled up. Most sewers in this hop have paired the panels with red but I really like how you've mixed them with yellowish gold and black. Thanks for sharing. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  56. I LOVE all your projects!!! They are so cute! Thank you for sharing & for the chance to win that adorable box.

  57. LOve all of your quilt room embellishments especially the kitty Bed ;)

  58. All are great projects, great job!!

  59. Wonderful projects and sweet kitty.
    Thanks for sharing.

  60. Once you got started, you couldn't stop! We all dream of the perfect and beautiful sewing room. You've got it! It'll give you constant pleasure and smiles. Great, great, great. And, as always, perfect stitching. I think Timeless Treasurers has opened Pandora's box with that line of fabric. You met every challenge!

  61. Fantastic look for your sewing space! Love it!!!

  62. Great projects! They will definitely brighten up your sewing room. Thanks for the chance to win your basket.

  63. Pat,
    They are all just great! Of course, you never cease to amaze. Love your little box. I only dream to have a sewing area where I could create such great creations. Beautiful!!

  64. I, of course, follow you and totally enjoy every minute!

  65. Hi, I love the fabric you've used to make your machine covers and it's plainly clear to me Katniss is asking for a cover of her own to snuggle into;)

    I'm off now to look at your tutorial on making your ironing board, thank you.

    Peg x

  66. I'm a follower by email so I don't miss anything:) and a member through the followers thingymagig, sorry I don't know what it's called lol
    Peg x

  67. Hi Sweetie! My computer was done yest, so I'm just now getting in here. Lovely new projects for your sewing room! I love the ruffles on your cover,and that mat is just perfect! Those colors seem to fit in very well with your sewing room. Great job my Friend!

  68. Wow, wonderful projects! I am overwhelmed by your creativity! I know you will enjoy using all in your sewing room. Thanks for sharing!

  69. I love all your projects! Lots of good sewing room eye candy! I particularly enjoy your sewing machine cover. I was trying to figure out how to make a cover that would look good with the table that extends off my sewing machine and you have done just that! I am going to make one like that for my machine.

  70. It's nice to see the other colors being brought into projects, most of them have been fairly dark, so I like seeing the blue and yellow on your cover. Thank you for sharing your projects!

  71. Love your projects! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway. Give the kitties a thank you pat for me. vickise at gmail dot com

  72. You made so many wonderful projects! I do love the sewing machine cover and think the fabric is perfect for it. The ruffles were a super great idea.

  73. I adore your sewing machine cover and the thread catcher is neat. I so enjoy your fabric as it is so unique. Thanks so much for sharing.

  74. I do follow you by e-mail and enjoy your posts.

  75. Your sewing space looks so pretty with all of these coordinated projects. Great job!

  76. I follow with GFC and bloglovin. Thanks for the giveaway.

  77. Cherie, by email, sent this comment: "Fantabulous!!!!"

    Thanks and good luck in my giveaway! ... :)

  78. Great projects and Studio, Pat!! She who sews is a darling line!

  79. What a clever way to use that fabric to cover your sewing machine. I like it. I also like the bowls/baskets and your helpers/inspectors.

  80. I follow you via email.

  81. Your sewing studio is lovely. All of your projects are so awesome, you did a wonderful job!

  82. I love your new Janome cover, ironing station, adorable basket and ALL of the beautiful projects you created with my Shw Who Sews fabrics! A wonderful job. Thanks for sharing all of the detailed photos too. Well done.
    J. Wecker Frisch

  83. Oh - and thanks very much for using the Handmaids™ artist credit from the selvage! Very appreciative. ;-)J. Wecker Frisch

  84. Sew, so cute! (love the kitty too). I especially love your quilted sewing machine cover - brilliant! What a wonderful new cosy sewing space you've created.

  85. Debbieann, by email, said ... "Thanks for offering to put us in ... hope I win!"

  86. I am completely in love with both the Janome 6600 (My Baby) cover and the table cover for the same. Hopefully I can make the same someday!
    Jeri oldtisme @aoldotcom


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