What has been keeping me busy!

My goodness but life has a way of keeping me busy and away from writing blog posts!  But I have been sewing.  Here us a sampling of some of my projects.

I found this heart headband slider as a freebie (for a short time only) for Valentine’s Day at Tattered Stitch.  It makes up quickly and was a big hit with my granddaughter 6 yo Vivian Rose.  She wore it to the family’s special Valentine breakfast and then to school.

Vivian Rose at the family’s special Valentine breakfast.


It was so quick and easy to make that I made 18 for the little girls at church.  They were delighted.  This is just the first batch I made.



Then Aunt Rheeta made her annual pilgrimage to Florida to escape Indiana’s bitter cold winter weather.  She sewed and sewed, making 10 mug rugs.  Unfortunately, I did not get pictures of all of 12, but she made a set of 4 hunting themed mug  rugs for each of two of her sons, one more feminine design for her daughter and one for her house/dog sitter.

Then she made these two for Joanne and Kyle, parents of precious baby Bea.  She said she has been praying for them since March so they almost feel like family.  She went to our Bible study group at their home and was so pleased to meet this lovely couple and spend time with darling Beatrice.  Kyle loves to hunt so one is for him and the fall print seemed to go well with Joanne’s home decor.



The basic mug rug is from Kimberbell.     The CD offers a  variety of holiday and seasonal designs and quilting patterns.  I preferred to use my own personalized designs and select a quilting pattern from those offered.  The instructions are excellent.

I’ve had this cashmere quality scarf hanging around the sewing room for sometime and it caught Rheeta’s eye.  It is sooo soft.  So I monogrammed it for her.  She can really use it for the next 3 months of winter up  there!


It’s a funny thing about Aunt Rheeta’s visits.  She absolutely loves to see the azaleas in bloom.  She has come in January, February and March.  But whenever she comes, the azaleas have begun to bloom a few days before her arrival and are in full bloom before she leaves.  I think they do it just to please her. See the header.  That’s what my yard looks like when she is here.

My  latest and most time consuming project is sewing Garments for Ghana.  Our family doctor and his nurse wife, members of our church, took it upon themselves to go, on their own with a few friends, to Ghana on a medical mission trip last summer.  They are returning this summer with more medical staff and mentioned that there is a great need for children’s clothing.  So we are meeting every Thursday at our EPC River City Church to make boys shorts and girls dresses  and  having a fabulous time.  I make the kits and it is keeping me jumping!

More about this in a future post, but here are a few pictures of our finished garments.

The dresses are cut from an excellent etsy .pdf pattern from 5berries called Cecelia.  It is sized from 1-12. This is a size 5. I added the sleeve ruffle, and contrasting hem.



I loved this dress below, but when I made it up I realized that it required a serger, with just 1/4″ serged seams which served as the underarm facings. The Cecelia sleeve goes completely around the armscye, much more practical for mass production and many beginner sewists.  So all the remaining dresses were cut from that pattern


The boys shorts are from a McCall’s pattern I had on hand but it only goes from 1-4.  I have another etsy pattern for sizes 5-10, but that is for later.



Each each dress will have an accessory teepee bag or headband with a silk flower. Each pair of shorts size 1-2 will have a free standing dingle dangle key chain toy  like the monkey and the 3-4’s will have a small pull-back race car matching the pocket.  This is so much fun and fellowship with the ladies and homeschooled children who are sewing with us make this a very special time.  More on this satisfying project later.

What have you all been up to?  I’d love to hear from you and know if there are still any readers.



6 responses to “What has been keeping me busy!

  1. Here’s a website that has links to patterns and instructions for girls’ dresses and boys’ shorts to be sewn for children in Africa.

  2. Thanks, Dena. I had seen the Little Dress for Africa years ago but at that time they did not include sleeves or shorts. These are great. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  3. Hope you may consider helping me? I am having my elementary age son baptized in a few weeks and I can’t find a larger size blouse and shorts set that is similar in look and feel to your Hudson style little boy outfit. I do not have the sewing skills that my mother had and would risk wasting material if I tried. Would you consider sewing/creating something beautiful for him to wear? This would be so very much appreciated if you had time and interest. Please, email me for me details? God bless and thank you.

  4. Betty Ludwig

    I enjoy reading your blog Janice and need to remember to check in more frequently. You are busy!! But it’s fun being busy when you’re sewing and making worthwhile projects as you are doing for your charity sewing. I’m glad you’re having fun sewing with your Aunt Rheeta. Have a great weekend.

  5. Betty, I so regret that I don’t post more frequently. But this sewing for Ghana project has me going non-stop. Since I have all the fabric, the patterns and the trims, I cut all the kits and that takes a lot of time. But it is so satisfying to see the dresses and shorts all finished and hanging from the clotheslines in the Fellowship hall at church. One lady has made 16 dresses and 11 pairs of shorts!!! And I still have a big Brother project to finish up. It was great sewing with Aunt Rheeta. Just how people manage to feel bored is a mystery to me. I know you have never experienced it!

  6. Patti, I have referred you to a few master sewists. I hope one of them was able to help you get a beautiful outfit for this very special occasion in the life of your son.

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