Monday, July 30, 2012

Snowman Apron Pattern for Our Girls

Here is a cute pattern to make for the little girls in your life (although I'm sure it would not be too difficult to upscale).

The apron, fully gathered has wide ties.  And, don't let me forget to mention an adorable snowman!  And, if anything would make (most) little girls excited .... a matching apron for the favorite 'larger' doll !   The design doesn't require much fabric, and I'd bet you could put together in just an hour or two.

The design is vintage early 1960s from McCalls.   So, why not download the pattern and give it a try ?

Girls Apron with Snowman Motif -

Not what you are looking for, albeit limited, I do have a couple other girls apron patterns in my shop.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Afghan Patterns On Sale

Tomorrow is Lilly's Birthday --- she turns four.   (For those of you that don't visit often, Lilly is the reason for my shops.  The profits go to her college fund).  

In honor of her Birthday, and because things have been a bit slow ....


ALL KNIT AND CROCHET AFGHAN PATTERNS ARE 50% OFF.   (That means only $1.50 per pattern).  

So, if you have a moment, stop on by and browse the above links.   You just might see something you like.   Oh, there are of course, lots of other categories of knit and crochet patterns in my shop, which will be put on sale during other time spans.  

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Finger Puppets Are Great Fun

What would be more fun than a single Finger Puppet?  Well, 16 of them, of course.

Yep, that's right - 16 finger puppets.   Make them up with little bits of felt, stuffing for the heads, embroidery threads and odds and ends, like beads, sequins and rickrack, to give them personality.   Make them for the kids - young and old - make them for yourself.   Go ahead, admit, you'd have fun with these.

I have listed this pattern in my shop as a FREE DOWNLOAD.   Perhaps you will give it a try.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Want to Sew a Clothespin Apron?

Want to sew a clothespin apron?   This one, vintage 1964 from McCalls is simple and cute, in a very Folk Art sort of way.

This apron goes full circle with the washing clothes theme.   A simple half butcher apron, large side pockets to store the clothespins and tiny little garments hanging on the line across the front.   Did I mention cute?

Now, I'll admit that I have no memory of every hanging clothes out on a line.  I'll also admit that is not one of my regrets.   I have a very fond relationship with the dryer.   But, I could certainly come up with other uses for this cutie.   You?   Just in case, it is available as a free download in my shop.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Pussycat Pajama Bag Sewing Pattern

I remember when I was a young girl I had a pajama bag that I kept on the pillow of my bed.   My particular bag had a dolls head on top and the skirt was a zipped pocket/pillow type space.   The concept was, after I got up in the morning, I would make my bed and then put my pajamas into the bag, where the would be neatly stored for the next wearing.   WRONG.   But, I did keep a variety of small treasures in the bag.   I thought of it as a super secret hiding place.

Here's a fun Pajama Bag for the same time period - 1964.   They (McCalls), are calling this a Pussycat Pajama Bag.   It's an adorable round pillow type space, closes in the back with an 8" zipper and has a cute kitty face, adorned with felt, buttons and embroidery stitches.   One could certainly get creative here!

In case you'd like to make one for your younger child ... or the younger child in you .... The pattern is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD in my shop.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Crazy Daisy Winder

I was flipping through a 1964 issue of McCalls Needlecraft when my eyes landed on an advertisement for the Lazy Daisy Winder.

Hummm .... Crazy Daisy Winder.   A faint bell went off.  Where had I seen this before?   I have a little tool tucked away in my craft supplies upstairs, but realized that it wasn't the Crazy Daisy Winder, but a Flower Loom.  Similar, but not at all the same.

And then, I realized it was familiar because I've seen a variety of patterns in 1950s and 1960s magazines calling for the Crazy Daisy Winder.   With two exception, I've skipped reworking these patterns for my shop as I didn't know what the Crazy Daisy Winder is, or how applicable it might be to todays' fiber artists.  The two patterns I do have ?

For the fun of it, I did go browse the web for awhile.  And WOW ... there are instructions out there on how to use it, as well as a Flickr Group with some pretty fun items.   So, I guess it is not a thing totally of the past and there are still some Crazy Daisy Winders out there!   I'll have to start processing these patterns as I come across them.

Hope you enjoy the old advertisement ... Time Saving, Simple and Money Saving too !

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Braided Animals, A Craft Sewing Pattern

Now, here is a design that is sure to bring out the vintage memories of many of us ... homemade toys.

These little guys, a Bull, Dog, Donkey, Pig and Frog are made with whatever scraps might catch your whimsy, bits of felt for their faces and heavy yarn to braid and attach for arms and legs.   Make them up for the children in your life, or ... why not make a few for the child in you ?

I have listed this pattern in my shop and it is available for free download, should you be interested.   I do hope a few of you decide to give them a try.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

New Address; New Adventures

I may have hinted about it here or there, but, this is the official announcement .... we are moving to Baton Rouge.

We've spent a good part of the last month organizing and dispersing of all the unnecessary items. And now, we are officially packed and waiting for the movers to arrive tomorrow morning.

Now, Baton Rouge is just 65 miles from here, so it makes for one very long day ... pickup and delivery all in one. But, on the high side, this means I'll only have to close the shops for a couple days.  And how does a 1 day move equate to a 4 day business closure?  Well, the patterns alone take up 31 boxes !

Officially Todays Treasure in Mandeville is closed.  We will open as Todays Treasure in Baton Rouge on Thursday.  

Actually, Todays Treasure the sewing pattern shop is closed until Wednesday; orders will be shipped on Thursday.    The Todays Treasure 2 Knit/Crochet Shop will reopen on Tuesday - when internet service is connected.  

I am so excited ... a new home; a new adventure!


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Crocheted Dickey Collar with Sequins and Beads

I pulled this pattern from a 1953 issue of Smart Crochet.   Technically, a dickey is a small fabric insert worn to fill the neckline.  This one is an ultimate dickey --- all dressed up and ready to go out.

Here we have a nice half diamond shape insert attached to a simple neck band.   It is easily sized - start with a chain slightly larger than your own neck.   Once finished, sew a sequin and bead combination on the sc's, or in any design you desire.

Dickeys were quite popular in the 1950's and 1960s.   No reason though, for them not to be part of your current fashions.   Pair up with a semi-fitted jacket or dressy slacks for a 'just right' look.  

If you would like to give is a try, I have the pattern in my shop as a  FREE DOWNLOAD.

Don't you think if you made two and stitched them together you just might have a little handbag?

Perhaps you'll give it a try.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Filet Butterfly Insert Pattern to Crochet

There are a variety of free Butterfly insert patterns out there in cyberland ... all great and interesting for all or any of those items you might create a butterfly insert for.   I realized this when I came across this one, and thought 'Have I seen this one before?'.

Nope, I don't think so.   I found this one in the December 1959 issue of The Workbasket.   Perhaps you'd like to give it a try?   In addition to the usual suggestions of towels and pillowcases, how about as patches on jeans, on shirt pockets or stitched onto our cloth purse.

Butterfly Insertion Pattern -
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Tatted Insertion and Edging Pattern

Get that shuttle and ball ready !    Here is a pattern to create both an insertion and an edging.

Add them to towels, linens, collars .... anything that you might like really.   These designs came to us from the December 1969 issue of The Workbasket.     Just thought I'd share it with you.

Tatted Insertion and Edging Pattern

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Tick Tack Toe Crochet Potholder Pattern

I know I've added several potholder patterns to my blog lately, and I do try to be somewhat diverse, BUT, this one just needs to be shared.

Yes, it is a rather bland picture.  It is from the August 1962 issue of The Workbasket -- who were not known for high quality photography. But put your imagination into play and picture it in white, green and blue (or contrasting colors of your choice), and I'm sure you'll see the fun potential.   Like really, who doesn't like Tick Tack Toe !

So, here's the super easy ... and free .... pattern.

Crochet Tick Tack Toe Panholder Pattern -
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