Category Archives: Applique

Twirl Charm Pack Skirt for toddler to 6X

Charm Pack twirl skirt

Charm Pack twirl skirt

I love collecting many things, one of them is charm packs. For the uninitiated these are squares of 5″ x 5″ pieces of fabric bundled by various quantities based on fabric collections, colors, themes, etc. My daughter is 6 now and has for years loved twirl skirts or dresses! So while looking at a friend’s newly completed creations I saw something similar.

I tweaked my charm pack fabric and my friend’s design (along with several other tutes I found online) to make the little skirt above. I put buttonhole elastic in the waistband so it can grow with her. I put the matching dollhead appliques on a purchased shirt and my skirt to complete the set. But the most important thing is that my daughter loves it and loves to twirl!


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July 4th Flag by Fledgling Seamstress

Felt and clear poly thread construction on paintbrush pole.

Felt and clear poly thread construction on paintbrush pole.

July 3rd my daughter who is 6 came to me asking if she could make a flag to wave while she enjoyed the July 4th fireworks. Now who could say no to that little patriot? We looked around and found some red and white felt, along with some blue ribbon that conveniently had white stars on it. With some clear poly thread in the machine and MY foot on the pedal my little girl stitched up a flag. She proudly waved her little flag while ooooohing and ah-ing over glowing creations in the 4th of July night sky.

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Ooo La La…. newest item to hit MommaOh’s line up

This news is hot off the presses…mommaoh is offering a new duffel to her line up! Très chic pour toutes les filles.

Girls Pink Kitten Duffle Bag

Girls Pink Kitten Duffel Bag

Girls Pink French Poodle Dog Duffel

Girls Pink French Poodle Dog Duffel

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Wow have I been gone that long?

Hard to believe my last post was in early December! But it was and the wonderful 2008  holiday season along with family birthdays, epiphany, flu season and the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States of America has come to pass. So I once again take up my pen and begin to write…….

Well, I finished my ribbon rack for my new studio area (oh yes we gave our pool table to a family that was building a rec room in their basement) and have a new cutting table that my husband and I constructed. Mostly my husband, thank you honey. Now back to the rack for ribbon….hmmm how to say it? It’s not a total success so there will be no photos yet but I haven’t said “Uncle”. It’s a process, yeah right that’s what I’m going to keep telling myself.

I have been stashing ideas for blog posts so today let’s start today with Appliqueing. This is a new obsession for me and right now I am personalizing towels with names. Here are just a few photos to give you an idea how cute these can be!




I’ve done about 1/2 dozen or so. I have given them or had them purchased from me for new born gifts, pool towels, birthday gifts and nap towels for Kindergarten. I personalize them with names but you could really use any word or symbol. They are easy to make and can be done in 4 easy steps!

1) Select your towel size and color. Coordinate your fabrics with your towel. you can use the same fabric for each letter but I love the look of using various coordinating fabrics. This is a great use for your scrap fabrics! When choosing your fabrics you will want to consider the fiber content. I prefer to use 100% cotton as it washes well, wears well and it ravels oh so slightly around the edges which is a look I love!

2) Next choose a font (type style) you like on your computer. Remember while choosing you are going to have to cut it out  AND sew around it, so you may want to refrain from too many curlicues. Enlarge each letter to your desired size and print. My preference is to make the letters 4″ to 6″ tall depending on the length of the name and size of the towel.

3) Cut out the letters and place on fabric, trace and cut again. If you are going to make more than one towel you may want to transfer your letter to card stock or Mylar for a longer lived pattern.

4) Now you have your individual letters. Place on your towel. I like to spread them out and play with the orientation. Since mine have been for children and babies I love the energy & whimsy projected when I skew the letters of the name. For an adult application this may or may not work. Once your letters are in position, pin in place and  it’s time to stitch. Now I like to use various stitches to match the feeling of the towel and fabric I am working on. But the simplest and attractive method is to sew a simple zigzag stitch around the outside of each letter (and the inside of letters like O, P, etc) so that all the edges are adhered to the towel.

Variations: I have hand stitched letters on a towel using embroidery floss, as it achieved a look that I was going for. I have used Wonder-under on some towels to create a sturdier bond and I have quilted the letters on the towel instead of just zigzagging around the edge. Share your ideas or applique projects via the comment section.

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Personalized Embroidered Items – My Work

Never did I foresee my future using a sewing machine but somehow this is where I wound up. I seriously LOVE going to my sewing room or spending time in my studio creating, sewing and stitchin’ up a storm. It takes me to a good place, re-energizes me, I know ‘it centers me’. I try to develop and stitch useful items for the most part and with some uniqueness.

My aunt is actually to blame for most of this. She gave me my first serger. Then my great friend Rene came over took it out of it’s dusty 2 year home and fired the puppy up….so many machines later I have started peddling my wares. Now you say who is feeding her machine and sewing addiction? Well I’d like to thank not only my aunt but my mother and husband without who’s support I could not have so generously feathered my sewing nest.

You see samples of my items in the heading of my blog. Maybe I’ll add new ones, maybe I’ll just post them and blog about them. I guess we’ll see how MommaOhs blog garden grows.

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