Sushi Cushion to Sew

Here’s a great project from a reader named Susan. She wanted to sew a sushi pillow as a gift for her grandson, and happened across my spirals page while looking for ideas. I had no idea “sushi pillow” was a thing, but when I googled for it, it looks like many people have made one. …

Adult Size Spiral Dress

Here’s a full length spiral dress for a grown-up! …with wolves on it. When I was a teenager, I found a spiral dress at a second hand shop. It was too small for me, but I was so fascinated with those seams going round and round that I bought it anyway. Eventually I decided it …

Crocheting for Relaxation

Yarn is a very good thing for PTSD symptoms  🙂 Here’s my latest scrapghan project. No, that’s the old one!  I started that long ago, at the other place, and had worked on it in little bits for so many years that it had acquired a feeling of should. “I’ve worked on it for so …

A Better Spiral Crochet Granny Square

Went looking on internet. Really, nobody’s done it quite like this? I’m surprised!  Probably it’s out there somewhere but I couldn’t find it. So I made up my own which I think is much more authentic grannyish than the other ideas I could find.  The others are very cool and artistic but they’re more complex, …

Child Size Spiral Dress

Ruffles! A huge, swirly overload of fluttering spiral. How to do this? We need volume of fabric. As usual, I started moderate before going more extreme.  The first attempt with a 4″ curved gore produced a conservative A-line skirt shape. Simple. Just add more stripes. The delightful “Peppermint Swirl” gave me the idea of gathering …

Barbie Body Types to 2008

Summary of all the different Barbie body types up to 2008 (when I made this page). It was after that when they came out with the Fashionistas tall, petite, curvy etc. Classic / Vintage / Original / Traditional shape – 1966 Has a barrel chest, tiny waist and 1966 stamped on her back. It’s really …

Quilt As You Go Potholders

Easy and quick homemade scrapwork potholders make great DIY gifts! You don’t need a pattern and they’re FREE to make out of fabric scraps. Most of the instructions I found for quilted potholders use bias binding, like commercial potholders. But it’s so hard to sew bias binding on straight. Why not cut the backing larger …