My mom’s birthday gift, and a defense of my fabric hoarding

My mother’s birthday was earlier this week.  This is a woman who has already has everything she needs and most of everything she wants.  I was stumped as to what to get for her, until she let a little hint. Earlier this year, her purse was stolen.  It was a huge hassle.  They charged up money on her credit cards, she had to open a new bank account, she had to get new ID.  AND they took a little checkbook cover I had made her years ago. The checkbook cover was actually designed to be a notepad holder, but she ended up using it hold her … [Read more...]

Snappy Composition Book Cover – FREE PATTERN

Is it weird that I get more excited about back-to-school sales than Christmas sales?  I get a little giddy piling my shopping cart full of glue sticks and crayons and notebooks.  And it’s all for me me ME – I do a separate shopping trip for legit school supplies for my daughter. One of my school supply must-buys is composition books.  I found them for 50 cents each this year.  So of course I bought a stack of them! The cheapie composition books aren’t the prettiest things (or even the most sturdy), but that’s okay because I made some … [Read more...]

How I organized my interfacing – for less than $5!

I’m pretty stingy when it comes to interfacing.  Not that I avoid using it, but that I don’t like throwing out m y scraps.  Why cut into a big piece of interfacing when  a scrap will do?  Or a combination of scraps, like this fancy number I pulled recently. Holding on to your scraps means that you need to have a good organizational system.  Otherwise, it all end up in a big stack together.  Or a big bin, because that’s a little bit neater. This is how I stored my interefacing, in a bin on the shelf. I have some bolts and rolls … [Read more...]

Slouchy Shirt (and a free pattern)

Have you ever actually worn out a shirt?  Not just faded, not just stretched a little, not just out of style - but truly worn out.  I’ve done it just a few times in my life. Just last week I had to retire a favorite shirt.  It’s my Slouchy Shirt.  I made it 4 years ago and it’s stayed in heavy rotation the whole time.  The fabric around the neck is now threadbare, and now at the waistband I can feel little pills of spandex that have wormed their way out of the fabric.  It’s truly worn out. So of course if I had to retire a Slouchy Shirt, … [Read more...]

Leather & Elastic Cuff Bracelets – TUTORIAL

I know y’all are thinking, “Does this Orange Bettie lady ever make anything besides bracelets?” I do, I promise. But after I made the scrap fabric bracelets, my mind just wouldn’t let go of the idea. I have some scraps of the softest leather in the world, a gift from a friend of mine at work.  It’s so soft and supple, I’ve had a hard time committing to using it.  If I use it for a project, then I won’t have it for another project.  The crafter’s dilemma. But those fabric bracelets take just the smallest scraps, so I decided I could … [Read more...]

On setting my own pace

I took this photo last week while we were on vacation.  (I was gone – did you miss me???)  We drove up to Ontario, Canada for a week, which was a mighty nice change in weather from the hot Arkansas summer.  J  I’ll spare you the details but just know that it is absolutely gorgeous there! I’m in love! All the lakes, and the wetlands, and such clear water! But back to my story… We all went out on a hike one day, and as always I was struggling to keep up with my husband and my daughter.   It seems I’m always walking behind those two!  I … [Read more...]

Embellished scrap fabric bracelets – TUTORIAL

I am sooo excited to share this project with you today!  That’s because it takes a couple of my favorite things and puts them together.   One favorite thing being fold over elastic.  It looks like ribbon but it stretches.  It’s candy colored magic, I tell ya! Another favorite thing being fabric scraps.  Big scraps, small scraps (ohhhh those tiny scraps!), vintage scraps, new scraps.  All those colors and textures just waiting to be combined! And I also love quick, simple projects - which this is - so make that three of … [Read more...]

The curbside Singer Fashion Mate 257 lives!

Often an old “broken” sewing machine only needs a simple repair or a good cleaning.  I once got the cutest vintage Kenmore machine for free from a rummage sale because it was missing a belt.  $10 and a quick trip to Target got it all up and running beautifully. This isn’t one of those stories. Several months ago I picked up a Singer Fashion Mate 257.  Literally, picked it up because it was just sitting there by the side of the road.  There was a note  on the top saying “bad worn gear.” The outside of the case was pretty nasty! … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Elastic Band Sunglasses Case – Free Pattern

My favorite way to welcome summer is to buy a new pair of (cheap) cute sunglasses.  There’s just something so fun about a new pair of sunnies to wear when you’re hanging out at the pool or just running errands in the bright summer sun.  Of course, this year I had to get actual glasses – bifocals, no less – so no cute summer sunglasses for me this year! But…. for those of you lucky enough to get to wear cute sunglasses, I’ve got a free pattern for making a sunglasses case to carry them around in. I made mine from an Ultrasuede, but you … [Read more...]

How I conquered the cords in my sewing studio

Between my sewing machines, serger, and iron, there are a LOT of power cords in my sewing room.  Oh, and let's not forget the embroidery machine, the speakers for my iPhone, and my Silhouette machine.  They all need to be plugged in to work.  The result is a mess of power strips and extension cords strung in and around my sewing table and workspace. Yes, that's a cat sitting  under the table. A couple of weeks ago I spied this worktable at the Goodwill outlet. (sorry for the blurry photo.  I think my hand must have been … [Read more...]