Saturday, January 1, 2011

Cajun Corner, Vol. 3, No. 1

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Happy New Year! This actually should be the last Cajun Corner for 2010 but today is New Year’s Day 2011.

We had a wonderful New Years Eve in the neighborhood. We began gathering at the pavilion in our park with our drinks of choice and even food around 6-7p.m. We brought a hurricane lantern for light and simply talked, drank, ate and had a wonderful evening. Later, sometime before midnight, we dispersed. Some went home and others gathered at a neighbor’s home for further refreshment, food, chit chat, and festivities. It was delightful. I’m not sure what time we got home, but George and I never made it to the bedroom. We woke up this morning on our sofas. Frankly, I had a headache and my mouth didn’t taste very well. God has blessed us with such a wonderful group of neighbors. There was never a need to drink and drive last night, but there wasn’t anyone in Pensacola who had a better time that we did.

This week has been spent reflecting and projecting. I do believe that the year 2011 is going to be filled with glitz and bling. The Mylar embroidery is turning out to be a reasonably priced method of adding bling to embroidery. It is not difficult to embroider. The hardest part of Mylar embroidery is actually digitizing the design for Mylar. Luckily, I’ve made great strides in this department.

Additionally, this past year I’ve learned to apply rhinestones. The rhinestones are not done on the embroidery machine. They are all done one-by-one by hand. There is a rhinestone machine but it is out of our price range at the present time.

Yet another method to add bling is with sequins. There is an attachment for the embroidery machine to enable the sewing of sequins. I am looking into this possibility. It is very expensive but may be worth the investment. Even if I had the sequin attachment, sequins require special digitizing which I must learn.

Another technique that I learned in 2010, rather recently, is puff embroidery. Puff embroidery is achieved using craft foam and gives the embroidery a 3D effect. Of course, puff embroidery requires its own special digitizing.

As much as I love the art of embroidery with thread, it appears that shiny objects are sellable. This year Cajun Stitchery needs to increase its sales to another level and bling, hopefully, will get us there.

The Etsy Store did fair this year but requires a lot more attention. The handkerchiefs will remain a staple at the store. Who would ever have thought that handkerchiefs would be such a hit? The Etsy Store will be introducing some new items this year.

The first new item is going to be designer pockets. Mama always loved pockets, as do I. It is frustrating when someone hands me change when I’m out in public and I don’t have a pocket to put the change into. To stop and find my wallet in my purse, or simply to find my purse, is time consuming and annoying. What if you could just add a pocket onto the clothing that you have that doesn’t have a pocket? That is a good idea. However, sewing a pocket onto clothing is simple for someone who can sew, but what about those who don’t sew. This project took a bit of experimentation but it turns out that you can put a bead of glue around the satin stitched edges of the embroidered pocket (no glue at the top or you won’t be able to get into the pocket) and simply glue the pockets wherever you like. There are various glues for all types of projects. For the pockets, fabric glue would be required. Permanent and non-permanent glues are available. If you want to permanently adhere the pocket to a specific piece of apparel, use permanent glue, such as Fabric Tac. However, if you want a pocket for the day, use something less permanent, such as Tacky Glue which will come off in the wash. I’m just using these 2 glues as examples. There are plenty of permanent and non-permanent fabric glues on the market. You would have to follow the instructions for the particular glue that you choose.

Designer pockets can be used to change the look of an outfit by using contrasting colors; or, to maintain the same look of the outfit and use the pocket for functionality by using the same color pocket.

Decorating your clothes with designer pockets can be fun and environmentally friendly. Purchase a pretty pocket and glue all the way around. Then adhere the pocket to your rear blue jeans pocket. Or, take a plain shirt and purchase designer pockets with motifs for each holiday, i.e., Mardi Gras, Easter, patriotic, Halloween, Christmas, etc. Use non-permanent fabric glue and you can use the same shirt for all holidays. But don’t stop at shirts and jeans. Designer pockets can be attached to purses, hats, even notebooks. Purchase some designer pockets with your name or monogram, or even your company logo.

In addition to all of the above, designer pockets come in many shapes and sizes to fit whatever item you like.

I must interject here that while doing my research for the fabric glue, I ran across several articles and tutorials on the internet for sewing with glue. There is even one on attaching a zipper with glue. It is all very fascinating.

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Boudreaux and Thibodaux were working in the south Louisiana sugarhouse plant cutting that sugarcane and piling it up for cooking into syrup. They decide to stop for a coffee break down by the bayou. Boudreaux ax, " Thib, what is the smartest ting in the world?"

Thibodaux tink about it, take off his LSU hat, scratch his bald head, and say, "I don't know Boud, what it is?"

Boudreaux sip a cup of dat hot Community coffee and say, "A thermos bottle. It keeps hot things hot and cold things cold. How do it know?"

French Phrase of the Week:

Nouvel An heureux (Happy New Year)

Recycle Crafts found at

How to Sew a Jeans Pocket Purse Recycle Crafts

Jeans Pocket Purse fun for girls

Jeans pocket purses are easy to make and fun for young girls and maybe even tweens, depending on the fashion of the day.

Recycle worn denim jeans of any size or gender--the larger the jeans, the larger the purse will be. This recycle crafts project takes very little time and sewing ability to sew a jeans pocket purse.

Difficulty: Moderately Easy


Things You'll Need:

old pair of jeans

seam ripper

rope or ribbon for handle

sewing machine or needle and thread

snap or fastener optional

1  Remove the pockets.

Using a seam ripper, carefully remove the patch pockets from the old jeans. Do not remove the double stitching around the edge. Work from the backside of the fabric if it is easier for ripping.

2  Place the pockets together.

Make sure that the pockets are sufficiently matching so that they fit together when wrong sides are touching.

3  Decide which will be the front side.

Look closely at the pockets and see which side is better looking. If one side is in worse condition, use that for the front and decorate it with an applique or something that will cover the wear. Use your imagination. Woven ribbon is attractive on these little jeans purses, too.

4  jeans pocket recycled for a little girl purse

Cut the rope or ribbon for a handle.

Measure about 14 inches for a handle and place the ends in the inside top of the two pockets about half an inch from the edge.

5  Stitch around the edge of the pocket.

Using a sewing machine or needle and thread, stitch all the way around three sides of the pocket, leaving the top open for a cell phone, keys and a tissue. Make sure to stitch the handle securely in place.

6  Add a snap or fastener.

Sew a snap or fastener in the center of the inside of the top edge if desired.

C’est tout, mes amis

Peggy Henshall

Cajun Stitchery

(850) 261-2462

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