Various & Sundry 2022 #2


I actually looked at my statistics the other day and was pleased that 517 views happened one day in mid-January. WOW!

Projects, Classes, Patterns & Tutorials

A few years ago I made a Scissor Cozy for my mom and one for Julie. Svetlana from Sotak Handmade now has a video to go with her tutorial. She has updated the instructions so do watch the video.

In looking for something else, I came across this easy project for carrying your yoga mat. You can probably adjust the length of the strap to carry other things as well. I am thinking of a rectangular folding workout mat I have. It came with an elastic strap that is losing its stretch. This is a great way to use some of the gorgeous ribbons and webbing out there.

Want to make your own bag kit? Check out Build-a-Box from  Sew Hungry Hippie. You select the pieces you need. No more being subject to other people’s tastes.

From Pink Door re: managing a La Pass BOM:

Fun fact #2 of the week-
We have ordered (for months 1-6), over 8,700 yards of fabric. That equals 584 bolts of fabric, or 26,280 feet of fabric or 4.98 miles.
We’ve also ordered 1500+ lbs of paper. 
Edited to add: the 8,700 yards weighs about 3,000 lbs.
I was reminded about LillyElla Stitchery’s tutorials. I still want to make that Mini Maker Station

Books, Fabrics, Notions & Supplies

Sue Spargo posted about some precision tweezers called Pinzettes. Made in Switzerland. I do sometimes use tweezers when I am seam ripping and I thought the larger finger area would make them useful and also great gifts. Unfortunately, they are $50 so out of my budget right now. They are worth the money and I plan to buy some, but not today.

I saw Brick Bubble on IG one day and took a look at her site. There were a lot of great tags, especially one that says “Handmade – See I’m not just hoarding supplies”. I think it is hilarious.

If you don’t want to make your own using a Sew Sweetness pattern like the Percheron available in Minikins Season 3, you can buy a Maker’s Train Case, also from Sue Spargo’s website. It is designed to fit under most airplane seats allowing you to store all your knitting, stitching, and crafting supplies.

SewFinity found me on IG for the 2 minutes I was visiting the other day. They don’t have tons of fabric, but if you like Kona, this is your place.

Friend Julie reviewed the Sewline Air Erasable Pen I gave her for Christmas. My experience mimics hers.

If you are looking for interesting novelty fabric (I might be starting another college pillowcase project), check out My Favorite Quilt Store. I saw a lot of Disney fabrics I could use as well as other ways to interpret themes for each month. They have a Disney female villains fabric I might have to buy to make something for one of the nieces. They have some Flintstones, Sylvester and Tweety, Baby Yoda, Mickey & Minnie, Hot Wheels, vintage diner signs, bird watching, vintage letters and stamps and a ton of other novelty themes. They have a great selection of fabrics you can use for gift bags. I was really impressed with their selection of birthday relevant fabrics. They also have fun Christmas fabric.  I haven’t bought anything from them yet so YMMV.

Friend Julie has a quilt in the Curated Magazine coming out in April. She provides an affiliate code link which gives you 10% off, so read her post and get the code, then go buy the mag.


I saw an article on how to start knitting in the New York Times. You may need an account to access this article (check your local library). I like the way it talks about practical knowledge you need to know to get started, what the terms are, where to buy and the differences and benefits of a LYS vs Joann or Michael’s. There is also a getting started book recommendation.

I saw an article on the Cricut vs. Silhouette cutting machines

Design Walls, Furniture and Sewing Rooms

Christa Watson shows how to build a design wall. Check out the TikTok video on IG or the post on her blog. Can you believe how clean her sewing room is?


Letterlocking was the cyber cryptogography of Queen Elizabeth’s time. Check out the video to see how it worked.

Other Artists

Friend Julie posted her January Cornucopia. She has lots of great links, especially if you want to enter Visions or start a 100day project.

Sarah Goer sent out her recent newsletter, which is always filled with great links and projects. Sarah also has a 2021 wrap-up post. I enjoy comparing my same Year in Review posts with other people’s – not to compare who has finished more, but to compare the structure of the post. I don’t want to bore you so I am always looking for new ideas.