Love Without Exception message shirt

It’s been pretty quiet on the Orange Bettie blog lately.  There’s been a lot of Girl Scouts and sewing and holiday stuff happening behind the scenes.  That’s just life.  It comes in waves and I’ve learned to just ride them.  And now that my schedule is back to normal, I can show you a few of the things I’ve been working on. One of the things that happened while I was gone was the election. Ugh.  The election. After the numb wore off, I found myself pulled toward my sewing machine and toward a project that had been brewing in my head … [Read more...]

‘Prewashed’ labels for your fabric stash – free printable

How many times do you pull fabric out of your stash and ask yourself, “Has this been prewashed?”  Me, ever single time.  Whenever I buy fabric, I have good intentions of prewashing it all and getting all ready to sew.  And sometimes I do.  But mostly I don’t.   And so I find myself asking “Has this been prewashed?” just about every time I start a sewing project. I did that last week as I was pulling some knit fabric out to make a (hopefully) wearable muslin for a shift dress.  I couldn’t remember, so of course that meant I had to go ahead … [Read more...]

Clear Vinyl Zip Pocket for the Snappy Composition Book – TUTORIAL

I’ve made quite a few Snappy Composition Book Covers over the past few weeks.  And as I’ve been making these covers, I’ve been thinking about variations to make to them.  Because the fun of sewing is being able to change things up, make them how you like, right? So as I was making some of the composition book covers, I was thinking about that back accent pocket.  It’s a good place to hold a pencil and maybe some sticky notes, but what if there was a zip pouch on that notebook pocket instead?  What if the whole notebook pocket was a zip … [Read more...]

Steampumpkin from a dollar tree foam pumpkin – TUTORIAL

We pulled out our Halloween decorations this weekend! Time to put up all the inflatable cats (5 of them, one for each of our actual cats) and display our rather bizarre collection of foam pumpkins.  All of the pumpkins are DIYs and we add to them each year.  There’s no real theme, just whatever floats our boat that year.  So some of our pumpkins are decorated with neon glitter, others are painted with spray paint.  But my absolute favorite pumpkins are my Steampumpkins. I made the first two several years ago for the Michaels Great Pumpkin … [Read more...]

Scrap fabric leaves that hold their shape – TUTORIAL

I made a happy craft discover the other day, and I’m sharing it with you today! I had made a simple little fabric pumpkin and I needed some leaves to go at the top.  I tried just cutting the leaf shapes from upholstery fabric but they didn’t have any oomph.  They just kind of drooped.  Then, inspiration hit.  I pulled out some metal tape and backed the fabric with the tape before cutting the leaf.  And guess what?  The metal tape kept the edges from fraying, it gave support to the leaf, AND it also allowed me to gently mold the leaf to make … [Read more...]

Linen and flannel pocket pot holder

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I've been on a linen kick lately.  I've got a nice long scrap left over from a baby wrap I made for a relative several months ago, and I keep coming back to it.  It stays out on my sewing table and calls to me when I'm pulling fabric for a project, "Heyyyy.... how would that look out of LINEN?" Last week I made a pocket pot holder, and of course I had to use the linen.  It demanded it, really.  The linen coordinated so beautifully with some May Arts printed twill ribbon!  I lined it with a bright flannel … [Read more...]

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...]