Kiki’s Rewind Designs on Sale at the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market This Weekend (10/15/16)


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I’ll be selling at the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market Craft Market on Saturday, October 15, 2016, and I have some new Rewind Designs to show off–

1) First is my state applique pillow on linen/cotton with a canvas back.

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A great use for old quilt pieces in my collection, this applique also resonates our state’s rural and textile past.

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If you like to draw, sketch your state and make a pattern. Or you can do what I did and buy graphics on Etsy.

2) Next, I took that theme (and pattern) into my reclaimed embroidery collection.

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These flowers were appliqued onto canvas, then the state shape was cut out and quilted onto off-white burlap. Next, I hand stitched the word “love” in gold metallic thread (since yes, I do love NC).

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As you can see, the pillow is unfinished. Lots of sewing to do before Saturday morning–

3) And since one thing usually leads to another in my sewing room, here’s a similar floral collage called “Nest”.

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Not sure if I can bear to part with this one (or if I’ll finish it on time), but I will have plenty of my vintage fabric creations (like the tool apron below) at the craft market Saturday. Hope to see you there.

More Barkcloth with Vintage Plant Patches.

More Barkcloth with Vintage Plant Patches.

The Chapel Hill Farmers Market is Outside University Place
201 S. Estes Drive. Hours from 8-noon. (October 15

No More Crooked Patch Pockets–A Technique Learned from Reclaimed Jeans


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It’s easy to pin patch pockets on straight–but sewing them on straight is another matter. That’s because the machine presser foot PRESSES the fabric in one direction. If you start out on one pocket corner and sew to the other (the way I was taught) you often end up noticeably higher on the second corner.

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Not your fault–but that doesn’t lessen the FRUSTRATION factor.

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So work with pockets a lot. My passion is making heavy duty, vintage fabric tool aprons for women. A reclaimed denim patch pocket is almost always part of the design. After ripping many of these off to straighten them–I stumbled on a better way–change your starting point when sewing on a pocket.

Begin stitching at center bottom and sew toward one corner.

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The seam indentations on jeans make this easy. On regular fabric use your presser foot as a seam guide.

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Sew to the top edge. Pivot and take a few stitched between the seam lines (I like to back stitch here for extra strength). Pivot and sew down (making two rows of stitching).

Repeat at the other corner. Stitch down to the center again and you’re done.

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Works ever time on all fabrics with just 3 pins! Try it. Everyone need an extra pocket.

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And for a closer look at my signature tool aprons, check out my ETSY shop.

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