Material Mama #18

I have to apologize for the sound quality. I got all the bits recorded then discovered it was a little jumpy. Also, this was recorded before we went to Hawaii, so it’s not totally up to date. But I figured you’d want it one way or the other LOL

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Happy Spring! This little friend met me for breakfast last week.

Great DIY silkscreening tutorial All you need is :

a t-shirt, yucky/cheap paint brushes, an embroidery hoop, screen printing ink (I use Speedball brand), a glue that isn’t water-soluble (I use Mod Podge), curtain sheer material/tulle/old nylons, and a computer with a printer (or a good hand for drawing things).

Another DIY silkscreening tutorial

Also called cellulose transfer, you can use nail polish remover and copies or laser printouts to do this fun method!

here’s another cool site on image transfers:

check out the royalty-free image books from dover, they are awesome.

Make some food!

Colorfool has some great sewn food items, she used for a swap. There are some links on craftster and a really neat how to on making cakes! If you look at the Japanese crafting books, you’ll find many with felt, knit, crocheted and sewn foods. Wool felt feels best to me, but you can get wool/rayon blend felts at JoAnn’s.

Book Finds– I’ll talk about this on my next podcast but wanted to share:

You can find a few of the most popular Japanese crafting books translated into English! These titles are available from Amazon (US)

A few really neat ‘bucket’ items you could use for sewing organization:

You can print out free tape measures to keep your measurements handy!

Yelp is a neat site, reviews written by real people. I have a page for places I visit, join in and add sewing shops of your own! I like the fact that I can add in my own experiences, and see those of others. This is a great resource for when you are in an unfamiliar city and you need to find a fabric store.

Interested in selling at indie craft shows? Here is a great resource for you.

Have you thought about joining the ASG? (American Sewing Guild) Well, I interviewed some women at the booth up in Pullyap and wanted to share some great stuff with you!


I sewed up some mama clothes! I tried out Vogue 8151 New Look 6470 and Simplicity 6470

Dresses for the little girls:

McCall’s bloomer’s pattern 4505

Shirred peasant dress with ruffle — I make my girls is McCall’s 3417, I modified it to be three pieces rather than four — I changed the front of it to one wider piece.
I gather the front and back for dresses, just the front for jammies.

You can use a knit or woven. Fabric from Nicole at Fabric Hound. It sewed up really nice!


4 thoughts on “Material Mama #18

  1. Gayla says:

    Hi Megan,
    I miss hearing your podcasts. I’m glad you’re having fun with your family on your break. I’ve been an avid crafter all my life. Listening to your podcast made me decide to learn to sew again. I pulled out the machine and purchased some of the new sewing books. I also got out the old sewing books that belonged to my grandmother. Both my grandmothers were great seamstresses. One of my grandmothers tried to teach me several times but I couldn’t get the hang of it. Thinking back–I wasn’t interested and didn’t have enough patience. I have one of grandmother’s treadle sewing machine and the other grandmother’s everything from the button box I used to play in to notions and the last quilt top she made. I cherish all of it. Now when I’m sewing and listening to you on my Ipod for encouragement–I feel closer to them. I’ve gone on far too long. I just wanted to let you know I love the show. Keep up the great work!

  2. Nutmeg, hey…DON’T apologize. Just do it. The podcasts are great. Keep doing what you do. I appreciate the information.

    I need to get back on the podcast wagon myself. It’s been a long time….my youngest son keeps telling me to ‘do another podcast, Dad’. I guess I better get busy. 🙂

    Hope you had a great time in Hawaii.

    Take care,

  3. Love the podcast! Thanks for doing all the research and providing the links in your show notes- I was really inspired by all the different projects and resources you talked about. Can’t wait to hear more!

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