Creative Doings February 25, 2010

I first published this post in December 2008. With the temperatures dropping and snow falling today, I thought it would be a great idea to share it again.

This is a fun and easy project to work on when its cold and blustery outside. I keep one in my studio at all times during the winter. It helps relieve those aches & pains that come with hovering over a sewing table.

Wheat Sack Supplies Needed:

Sewing machine and thread
Fabric - at least a fat quarter
Wheat berries - 3 1/2 cups per sack
Essential oil - a nice calming scent

Step 1: Pick the fabric you like. You can create a pattern using paper for future/multiple use or just measure your piece and cut. Cut the fabric to be 14 x10 inches.

Step 2: Fold your fabric, right sides together so your piece will now measure about 7x10. Sew down 2 sides together leaving one of the short ends open. Trim the corners.

Step 3: Turn your fabric inside out so the right side of the fabric is showing. Give it a quick press with a hot iron to press out your seams. Turn under the top (open) edge about a 1/2 inch and press.

Step 4: Pour your wheat into a large bowl. (this can be purchased in the bulk section of your grocery store for very cheap) Add a few drops of essential oil (optional). This creates a nice aroma as the wheat is heated up. Some of the favorites are lavendar, vanilla, lilac, etc. Stir the wheat to help distribute the oil.

Step 5: Fill your sack with wheat.

Step 6: Pin the edge you turned under and sew closed.

Step 7: Include a small note with directions. The wheat sack should be heated in the microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes. The pack can also be stored in a freezer bag and placed in the freezer to be used as a cold pack.


Creative Doings February 21, 2010

I come from a very strong background of tradition.
When I started creating formal clutches like the one I highlighted on Accessory Friday, I emphasized a very old English tradition of adding something borrowed or something blue. The actual phrase goes like this;

"Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe."

Each item in this poem represents a good-luck token for the bride. If she carries all of them on her wedding day, her marriage will be happy. "Something old" symbolizes continuity with the bride's family and the past. "Something new" means optimism and hope for the bride's new life ahead. "Something borrowed" is usually an item from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. The borrowed item also reminds the bride that she can depend on her friends and family.

As for the colorful item, blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. Christianity has long dressed the Virgin Mary in blue, so purity was associated with the color. Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, "Marry in blue, lover be true."

And finally, a silver sixpence in the bride's shoe represents wealth and financial security. It may date back to a Scottish custom of a groom putting a silver coin under his foot for good luck. For optimum fortune, the sixpence should be in the left shoe. These days, a dime or a copper penny is sometimes substituted, and many companies sell keepsake sixpences for weddings.

Creative Doings February 19, 2010

This little clutch is the perfect accessory for those formal occasions...and even those informal occasions when you want to make a statement.

A great idea for your bridemaids!
I can work with you to create a grouping of these bags.

Each bag is accessorized with a vintage pin or embelishment to make it stand out.

Do you have a keepsake that you'd like me to work into the design? Something borrowed, something blue perhaps?
The bag measures 11" x 4.5" x 3"

A magnetic snap securely holds all of your items inside.

For more information on how to purchase this bag please see my offerings at:

Creative Doings February 09, 2010

This is my next purchase. I have wanted a vintage J.R. Bauman dress form since I first began sewing. If this form could speak it would tell many tales. Stay tuned as I blog on my journey to find the next Creative Doings Model.

Creative Doings February 05, 2010

I purchased some kiss frames several months ago and just got around to creating a pattern for them. What was I thinking? Please visit my Etsy shop for my new line of Kiss Pouches.