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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Berries, Beads, Sequins

a few berries
So, I had Monday off of work and my daughters wanted to make something with Mom. We had gone to a quilt fair last week (I was bad; forgot to take pictures even though I had my camera). Anyway, at the quilt fair there was a garage sale and a free table; the girls grabbed all kinds of little scraps from the free table.

This is where the story begins. They have been pestering me, in a good way, to figure out what to make with those fabric scraps. Then Saturday they went to a church activity with their Pai, and one daughter came home from the festivities with a small bag of wood shavings (something about digging through wood shavings to find candy). I was at work so not sure what happened at the activity. So, add this to the pile of stuff they want to craft with.

Scraps of fabric and wood shavings, to me, equal berries. So we got to cutting out 12 berries and inners (yes this hurts my wrist, but the girls were having fun). I sewed them on the sewing machine, then the middle daughter stuffed and the oldest daughter and myself sewed the tops closed. This was easy for her because it was just like closing a yo yo, which she has made tons of. Then we got out my sizzixx and some green antique wool and a flower dye cut and cut tops for these.

Next, I handed the oldest two a jar of sequins and said they could embellish the berries. The youngest thought she was too young to do this, although we asked if she wanted to. She said "no" and proceeded to tell the oldest just how she wanted her three berries to look in the end. I used beads instead of sequins on my velvet berry; I liked my other two left alone because the upholstery fabric was cool as is.

I printed the pattern for the berries off of Martha, but I didn't even read the instructions; after all, berries are easy to make. Make a muslin liner, stuff and close, then make an outer shell and place liner in it and close. Attach greens and hanger and embellish; done.

Now each daughter has three berries for needles and is started on her way to having her own sewing kit. We will have to work on this more this summer. Next up, tomato pin cushion.

Want to use emery you can find it here in 50 lb lots and what is emery.


  1. What cute berries - you are such a wonderful mother Sunshine. Your daughters will treasure these memories throughout their lives.

  2. I've just stumbled across your blog. Adorable! These would be a great way to recycle stained t-shirts! I think they would make cute ornaments for Christmas trees too! Thanks so much! I'll be back to your blog!!! I'm always looking for things to do with my scrap materials.


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