Fabric Ladder


A tutorial with patterns to finish a two foot tall wooden ladder with fabric. Protect your home and furniture by covering your handy yet harsh little step ladder with fabric. Makes a great accent piece for most any style of decor. Protect your other furnishings by covering the potentially hazardous hard corners of the ladder by softening them with a fabric finish.

How to Make a Button Elf Doll

Button Elf Dolls by Laura D’Angelico

These little guys are not only cute as a button they are also really quite easy to make.

What you will need:

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1. a pretty good collection of 1/4″ – 1/2″ diameter buttons* (maybe 40-50 per doll).

2. small piece of fabric*. One 12 inch square piece of fabric is plenty.

3. Strong thread* and a needle*. Make sure the needle will fit through the button holes.

4. a small foam ball for each doll head. I used 2 inch diameter. Dollar Store or Hobby Lobby & similar stores

5. beans and a small amount of soft material to fill the body and booties of the doll.

6. paint to create the facial features.

7. 3 small jingle bells*.

8. glue*

For the booties simply cut fabric in the shape of a bootie and stitch all around except the top where the leg goes in. Set aside.

Next separate your buttons to create two legs of equal length. I matched the buttons so that the legs matched in size & length. Repeat the process for the arms. The arms should be shorter than the legs much like those on us humans.

Thread the buttons using a needle and thread. Use a strong thread, ribbon, wire or fishing line and thread through from top of leg to the bottom and back up to the top so that at the bottom of the leg you do not have any ties or thread ends. Just as you would sew a button onto a shirt. Tie the thread at the top of the leg so the buttons cannot come apart.

Repeat the process for the arms.

Next make the hat. Simply cut a piece of fabric big enough to fit on the Styrofoam head. Don’t forget to add for the stitch allowance. The fabric will be pie shaped just like a Santa hat. Sew the fabric to create the hat.

Cut a rectangular piece of fabric for the body. It should be about 3.5 inches by +/- 6 inches long. Fold in half so the finished sides are not visible. The finished faces will be face to face and you will sew it inside out so it is about 3.5 by half of the longer side. Sew the longest side and most of one shorter sides. Turn it right side out and sew on the legs so that none of the loose threads are exposed. Fill the body 3/4 full with beans and the rest with soft material and/or scrap fabric. When you sew it closed sew in the arms so they are well attached.

sew except where dashed

Next you will paint a face on the Styrofoam head. When it is dry you will glue on the hat. Then attach the head to the body and if you wish throw a scarf on around the neck. Sew on the booties and finish it off with a little bell sewn on the tip of each bootie and the tip top of the hat.

Elf Button Doll 1

Elf Button Dolls


How to Make Fabric Flowers

By: Laura D’Angelico

Have you ever finished a sewing project and had left over fabric that you just do not want to toss in the trash? Wondered what you could do with the left over fabric, besides making a quilt? Well you may want to consider making a bouquet of fabric flowers like these.


They are very easy to make, look great and are “so SASsy“.

First you will cut your fabric into circles (like shown below). Cut to a size about twice as large as you want your flowers to be. I used circles that ranged in size from 6 to 12 inches in diameter. It looks best if you use different sizes & colors of fabric.  Next you will thread a needle with plenty of thread (like 2 times as long as the diameter of your circle). Tie a knot at the end big enough so that it will not pull through the fabric. Now you will weave the needle & thread from back side of circle to front using long stitches (about 1/2 inch long) all the way around your circle about 3/8 inch in from outer edge. You may want to lightly draw a guideline to help you stay at a consistent distance from the edge. See image below.

Once you are all the way around you simply pull on the thread and the circle will begin to close up. Before you close it you will want to stuff it with fiber fill, scraps of fabric, old nylons or whatever works for you. Once you stuff it to your liking then you pull the thread tight and tie it so it stays closed. See below image of gather fabric closure. Use embroidery thread or multiple strands of regular thread to define the pedals. Make as many pedals as it takes to get a look you like. Add a button or other material in the center if desired.

Next you will make the leaves. To do this green fabric is best but anything goes. It is all up to what you want. Once you have decided on the fabric fold it and cut out a leaf shape. Picture below shows the cut out leaf.

To make your flower stem use a coat hanger. Unwind & straighten the hanger as you would to toast a marshmallow over a campfire. Using a wire cutter cut the hanger to the desired length plus about 2 or 3 inches. The extra few inches will work like the roots to help your flower stand up.

Now fold your leaves over the hanger and secure it using glue. I gave the leaves a little extra character by using a needle & thread to ‘draw’ veins on them. The veins (shown below) are optional.

To finish your project find a container to display your flowers in. Cut some floral foam to fit snuggly in your container and press into place. Put your flower onto your stem by inserting the hanger into the gathered fabric closure and place by stabbing the ‘roots’ into the foam.All done. I hope you enjoy your fabric flowers. : )Take care, hope to see or hear from you soon.Laura : )

How to Make a Palm Tree out of an Umbrella

By: Laura D’Angelico  Blog 3


umbrella palm tree

Umbrella Palm Tree by SASsy Sewing

Today I am going to show you how easy it is to turn an old umbrella into a palm tree. This is a no sew project. These are a great inexpensive way to decorate for a luau or other tropical scene and of course they are “So SASsy”. They are also easy to store for your next event. As with most of my projects you can take it as far as you want or keep it simple. My tutorials usually keep it simple but you crafty individuals will know how to take it to the next level. Feel free to add a comment and describe how you took it to the next level.

First you will need an umbrella (preferably a green umbrella) that you do not need as an umbrella anymore and a pair of scissors.  Next, open the umbrella. Before you start to cut look at a palm tree leaf (the long queen palm type not the fan palm type) notice its shape. Healthy palm fronds have rounded tips. Use a good sharp pair of scissors and cut a curved pie shape piece out between each rib (the structural outrigger that holds the fabric up) the fabric remaining on the umbrella will be your palm fronds. Cut the remaining fabric into strips that will represent the leaves of a palm frond. That is basically it but to make it look better you will want to come up with a way to keep the umbrella at 3/4 open. Try using tape or wire to hold it in place.

To create the trunk I used an empty cardboard fabric tube (that fabric came on I got it from SAS Fabrics Superstore. I inserted the umbrella palm in the top and held it up with my outdoor umbrella stand. About a week later I saw bamboo in my friend’s yard and immediately I knew I needed some for my trees. So, I replaced the cardboard with bamboo and made one more tree this one I held up with my christmas tree stand. Just be creative and try to reuse materials that may otherwise be sent to a landfill. Think Green. I do not recommend sitting on a hammock held up by these fake trees unless you are looking to get a bruised bottom.

palms and hammock

tropical scene decor by SASsy Sewing

Did you know: If you have one of those Queen Palm trees, like in the background of the photo above, and you want to eliminate the flowering pods before they open and make a mess but are not sure if the pod is a new leaf or not the way to tell is the new leaves always come from the center (heart) of the tree. The flowering seed pods do not.

Take care, hope to see or hear from you soon.

Laura : )