My Dear Jane Journal

I have moved all the posts for my "Dear Jane" quilt to a separate Blog.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Thrifty find

1983 original Appalachian Artwork, Inc. "Specialty Floral"
Cabbage Patch fabric!

Sunday, February 19, 2006


I just like to make purses!
One pair of boys jeans size 10 slim has become my version of the purses I have recently been seeing in stores. I put a fabric lining inside and made some handles using the same fabric and wooden beads. The "belt" is half an old necktie.

The handles were made by making a tube and alternating a small bead slid onto the outside of fabric with a larger bead placed on the inside of the tube.

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Another fish

Yes I made another one!
This one is machine stitching for all but the little area you use to turn it right side out.

Instead of sewing scales on by hand I used bias strips to cover raw edges at the base of the scales.

Easier the second time, but still takes almost 5 hours to complete. The part that takes the longest is turning 4 dozen scales right side out.

Monday, February 6, 2006

Something Fishy

One of my Christmas gifts was a Japanese craft book. It took a little over a month to receive it in the mail.

The above fish was what made me want to order this book. I did not have enough of the purple to do both sides of the scales so I used a plain yellow to add a little contrast. The size of the little purse made putting the lining and the zipper in a challenge.
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