Bobbin-work and Texture October 19 2016, 0 Comments

Using heavy threads in the bobbin:

  • Wind the bobbin slowly and evenly by holding your finger around the tension disk. 
  • Do not fill bobbin all the way. 


  • Purchase an extra bobbin case.  
  • Loosen the tension screw.
  • Mark the case so you know it is for thicker threads.
  • Slide thread into slot pulling it toward you and then up into the spring.  Be sure bobbin rotates freely - If not pull bobbin out of case and thread it again.  
  • Sew on the WRONG side of the fabric. 

    • A 8" X 10" fabric will make a new front for your Cross Talk Cell Carrier. 
    • Steam for texture. 


    Project:  Cross Talk Cell Carrier.  Written instructions on at  



    Coloring and Applying Lace. June 02 2016, 0 Comments

    There is often a problem with the color of a lace.  If it is white it looks dressy or it doesn't match the fabric.  Here is a jacket (Bias Jacket)  that has white lace I painted to match the fabric.  Since there were many colors to work with I just kept applying it with all the colors of Dye-n-Flow paint by Jaquard.  Some of them I mixed to get a deeper tone.  This is a very watery dye type paint that will work with natural or synthetics.  Watch the video's on how I did it. 


    Paint the lace:

     Watch how to apply: 

     Lace available at All Dunn Designs.  

    New Vest Pattern February 07 2016, 0 Comments

    My new vest pattern called "The Long and the Short of It" is easy to make and comfortable to wear.  I have made it from all kinds of fabrics from rayon to polyester chiffon.  The easiest is making it from 2 pashmina scarves.  Because the scarf is interesting on both sides,  I made a flat seam so it could be reversible.  Here is the video on how I did the seam.  Make this pattern up in your favorite fabric by April 30, 2016, send me a picture and you will get your name in a drawing for a pair of 10" serrated KIA scissors (valued at $89).  Drawing will happen on May 1st.  



    Afterthoughts - making pillows from Sweaters August 15 2015, 1 Comment

    One of the hardest things to get through is the loss of a loved one.  Especially children when one of their parents passes away.  My father wore many pull over sweaters as he got older and as my mother was getting ready to put these sweaters in the good will box I kept thinking how beautiful the patterns and colors were.  Not knowing what I would do with them I grabbed them and brought a whole suitcase home with me.  As I began to think about what to do the plan came to cut them in sections making pillows for close family members.  
    One of the important things to know is the sweater needs to be stabilized.  A light weight fusible knit interfacing works best.  Be sure and press firmly lifting the iron in sections rather then gliding the iron.  
    Determine where you want to cut the sweater.  If you want to test before cutting, take a picture of the sweater and print it as a 8 X 10 and cut it up into the sections you think you want.  This will help you visualize what will happen before you cut.  
    using the shoulders and neck this pillow has a card with it that says "Put your head on my shoulder" 
    This pillow used the middle of the sweater "Put your arms around me and give me a hug"
    This used the arm of the sweater - "My arm is around you" 
    For the detailed instructions visit the craft page at 

    Simple Little Purse - Create a new look! February 13 2014, 0 Comments

    Become a Pattern MD - (modify designer)


    OPERATION - Change the "Simple Little Purse" flap into a looped closure 


    Use the Simple Little Purse FREE pattern on the website.

    1. Take away the flap pattern. Measure from back top at opening to front where you want a button closure - double length and add 1". 
    2. Cover a narrow cord the fininshed length.  Double cord.  Using a zig zag stitch, join cord from raw edge to about 2 1/2" from looped edge.  The loop will close purse by hooking on button.   


          3.  Insert raw end of cord onto top back.   (follow same directions for inserting flap)

          4.  Measure your desired length for handle (add 4" to cord length).  Make fabric covering 4" longer then cord.  

          5.  Cut end of fabric at 45 degree angle. Tie a knot in cord at each end.  



      6.  Place cord against side of purse allowing 2" to hang down and stitch to bag side.  

          7.  Fold corners of bag together and stitch a pleat enclosing handles inside pleat.

          8.  Stitch button in place.  

    You have a new look to your simple purse.  You are now a Pattern MD - OPERATION SUCCESSFUL! 

    A New Pillow Case September 12 2013, 0 Comments

    I have made a new type of pillow case.  This has a modern look for a great gift.   I now have posted the instructions with the template on my website AND a video making the case from start to finish on youtube - all FREE!  A Mod Case
    By the way I like the polyester satin at Hobby Lobby the best.  They have lots of bright modern colors too!