Sewing 18th Century Pockets

I have been admiring all the Mid-Autumn festival mooncake packaging that is in the Chinese supermarkets right now. I decided to digitize an embroidery design with bunnies and a moon to go on a bag. I switched tracks in the middle to put the design on an 18th century pocket, but I’m planning on re-visiting the bag after this.

bunny and moon 18th century pockets

I took photos as I was assembling my sampler so here’s a quick blog post on how I assemble 18th century pockets.

Face Mask Pattern

So obviously I’ve been sewing a lot of masks. It’s been a lot of fun to use the cute quilting cottons I’ve been collecting over the years. I think it also says something about my stash that I’ve made close to 100 lined masks and I haven’t needed to order any fabric. =D

I started with using some of the free mask patterns available, and found none of them fit me very well, so I drafted my own. Disclaimer time! Everyone’s gonna get a different fit because everyone’s face is different and my pattern has been mostly tested on Asians. We tend to have less of a nose bridge so this mask was designed with that in mind.

PDF Pattern: Confused Kitty Sewing free mask pattern
(Please note that this pattern uses a ¼” seam allowance!)

  • S: fits children about 4-7
  • M: fits children about 8-12*
  • L: fits teens  to adults
  • XL: fits bigger adults

*I did not have test fit models in the upper end of this age range, so I have no idea how high it can go.
For reference, I use a L. My brother who is 6 feet tall uses the XL.

facemask facemask

I’ve been using the CraftPassion tutorial  for assembly. They have a great assembly method that includes a liner/filter pocket and a removable nose wire pocket. The only difference is that I use a ¼” seam allowance which means you don’t have to clip the seams.

I’m going to do a quick run down of assembling a mask, but I’m not going into a lot of detail because CraftPassion’s tutorial is already amazing. They even have a video tutorial, so go check out their site!

Turning Pins into Magnets Tutorial

I posted a photo of my project board a few months ago, and I got a few questions about my magnets. They’re enamel pins that I’ve converted to magnets. I love collecting enamel pins but I don’t ever wear them, so this is my way of finding a use for them.

converting pins into magnets

I try to do the converting in small batches, and I took photos as I was doing it this last time around.

Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial

I find sewing machine covers fast, fun projects where I can use up scraps, or make use of the cute fabric that I sometimes buy because I can’t resist.

I recently had someone ask me for a tutorial on how I make these, so I took a bunch of photos when I made a cover for my Singer 99 hand crank.

sewing machine cover tutorial

Dr. Seuss Baby Quilt

A fun quilt I made last year for my brother’s new baby. They obviously requested Dr. Seuss. I had a lot of fun deciding prints and layout for this one. Dr. Seuss fabric tends to get really busy and the prints can get overwhelming… which is no surprise… just look at his books! Thankfully there’s a lot of Dr. Seuss fabric out there so I was able to pick and chose what I wanted to use.