Brown Linen Jacket Now Has Pockets

My brown linen jacket is actually a blend of cotton and linen. I love the feel and comfort of this jacket but I’ve wished for many years that it had pockets. I don’t know why I haven’t added pockets before but glad I finally got around to it. I love the material I chose for the pockets. I think a blouse with collar would be quite attractive in this fabric, don’t you?

material for pockets on my brown linen jacket is a cheerful herb theme with echinacea flowers

My brown linen jacket before the pockets.


My brown linen jacket withe front outside pockets.


My brown linen jacket showing inside pockets.


NEW! Maggie is now offering kits

It takes me awhile to get around to doing some things and this was one of those things. Someone, years ago, suggested that I offer kits in my ETSY shop. I have thought about offering kits but just never followed through with cultivating the idea until now. I currently have four kits that I offer. I would be glad to put together a kit for any of the other items in my shop or even an idea in your imagination if you want to buy it, so never hesitate to ask me if I can make a custom kit for you, I would be glad to!

Read all the details for each kit, see the links to listing in my ETSY shop below.

Kit for 32 oz or 64 oz Growler Tote

Kit for Patchwork Coffee Bag Purse *** this one includes two tutorials

Kit for 5-Panel Tote with Line and Pocket

Kit for Hamper 

And I am in the process of producing a new tutorial for my most popular tote, the 5- panel unlined tote, I will use the bull feedbag tote as the star of the show.

5-Panel Unlined Bull Feedbag Tote – Click on Picture to see the one I sell Made to Order in my ETSY shop

I will also soon have kits with tutorial available for the recycle bins that I make, so visit often!

Single Layer Recycle Bins, click on picture to see the ones I sell in my shop Made to Order.


Double layer (lined) Recycle bin with Appliqued Letters. Click on picture to see the one I make in my ETSY shop as Made to Order item. I have not made a tutorial for the lined appliqued recycle bin yet, it is on my “To Do” list. Once I make the tutorial then I will make a kit to offer in my ETSY shop.




























If you have any question before or after you purchase kit please contact me with the Etsy Conversation feature. I also invite you to visit my website for other information including contact information,
#sewing #recycle #upcycle #kits #etsy

Recycle and Win

I have posted new information on my website about a promotion that I am starting to encourage recycling; you can win a gift.

There are some feed bags that are more popular than other bags such as the Tucker Goat Feed Bags that qualify to win a gift. For every 10 Tucker Goat Feed Bags that you recycle with me you will receive one of the totes I make from those bags. See the tote in my Etsy Store Here: Maggie’s Etsy Shop Goat Feed Tote

 The feed bags must be empty with no animal excrement or mold inside or outside of the bag. 


 If you have other feed bags or coffee bags that you want to recycle, contact me to see if they qualify for any similar chance to win a tote, or if you want to have a tote made contact me for a price, if you want to make your own I also sell pattern tutorials in my Craftsy Tutorial Shop

ALSO I do other sewing for a fee: 

SEW – MEND – limited ALTERATIONS and Home Decor Projects 

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What is a Prayer Shawl, and the History of the Prayer Shawl

I first heard about Prayer Shawls from a post in one of my online knitting groups. I was curious about what is that “Prayer Shawl,” and what about the history of the prayer shawl? I started researching online and was surprised to find that the making of this shawl isn’t limited to knitting. There are Crocheted and woven versions; there is also a sewn version. Another thing that surprised me was that the use and making of a prayer shawl is not limited to a specific religion, it surpasses the boundaries of religion. It seems that every religion has some sort of history of a prayer shawl. The prayer shawl ministry history is very touching and interesting. Making a prayer shawl is done for many reasons. It is often made for a friend who is going through a medical crisis or when there was a loss in the family. I think it is a wonderful tradition and endeavor. I was impressed by the many groups around the Globe that have Prayer Shawl Ministries. The authors Janet E. Bristow and Victoria A. Cole-Galo of “The Prayer Shawl Journal and Guidebook” give suggestions how to start your own group.

If you are interested in learning more about the prayer shawl ministry, I found a video on YouTube that I recommend to anyone who is interested in learning more about prayer shawls. These ladies Janet E. Bristow and Victoria A. Cole-Galo are Co-Authors of several books on prayer shawls. I found the “The Prayer Shawl Journal and Guidebook” on Amazon used and may order it. Here it is on Goodreads and you can see more about the authors Also check out their website “The Prayer Shawl Ministry”

Prayer Shawl

The picture is from click on link to see more pictures and read about each contributor.


The picture is from click on link to see more pictures and read about each contributor.

If you start a prayer shawl ministry or join one in your area I’d love to hear about it.










Custom Sewing – Made to Order

Hemming, Mending, Limited Alterations.

Pickup and Delivery Service Available in some areas.


Local to Pensacola metropolitan area, specifically southeast of Milton.

Custom Sewing, Made to Order, Hemming, Mending and more











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I also want to share a project I’m working on for my granddaughter. I’m making this quilt for her. I’m getting close to finishing the freemotion quilting and I’ll post more pictures after I finish.

Quilt for Rabeka

Quilt for Rabeka



October Specials

Special – go to my shop and if you buy 3 or more tutorials get a discount by contacting me on Etsy and tell me you saw this post on my Blog.
Buy online and receive instant download! I show how to make your own totes and other items from recycled material. Each tutorial has a section that gives information on how to process recycled materials as well as how to design, layout, cutout, and construct the items.

I recycle feed bags, coffee bags and other materials, process the raw material and reuse it by giving it a new purpose in life such as totes, recycle bins, hampers, rugs and many other utilitarian items.

I have custom made-to-order items listed in my “Etsy Shop,” and that means, you order and then I make it. The pictures in the listings are prior custom orders and shown only for example. I rarely have any “ready made” items for sale because I make everything custom or made to order. Click on picture below to check out details and pricing.

Custom made totes, handbags and other items made from recycled, upcycled materials. Closure at top, sew-on hook and loop closure.

This is a custom made totes to a dog owner who wanted a travel bag for their dog. I also make handbags and other items made from recycled, upcycled materials. Closure at top, sew-on hook and loop closure.

Popular items are the Custom Ordered Recycle Bins


This custom made recycle bin dimensions will be approximately 18″ tall, 14″ wide, 7″ deep. You may vary the sie when ordering. If you want the appliqued lettering other than RECYCLE, please specify other wording, such as GLASS, PLASTIC, CARDBOARD, LAUNDRY, YOUR WORDING, when ordering. Choice of colors of lettering is an option too, please state preference when ordering. Appliqued lettering is made from various colorful materials, such as coffee bags, and feed bags.

The hamper will be double layered and all seams are zigzag stitched. This custom made laundry bin dimensions are approximately 18″ tall, 14″ wide, 12″ deep. Handles are the built in finger tucks on sides of the top band. There is no lid on this hamper. All seams are turn inside the layers so that they are hidden. You may vary size and the wording when ordering.

Growler Totes are to carry your container to be refilled with craft beer or to bring your own brew or wine to a party. The lining helps retain temperature of the beverage longer.

Growler Totes

Growler Totes – This listing is for one 64oz Growler tote that will be similar to the ones shown. I collect and process used grain bags from local breweries.

This listing is for one double 32oz Growler tote that will be similar to the ones shown. I collect and process used grain bags from local breweries.

This listing is for one double 32oz Growler tote that will be similar to the ones shown. I collect and process used grain bags from local breweries.


1. All recycled bags are completely processed by either pulling apart the glued seam, or by cutting a new opening along the side of the bag so that the bag can lay open flat for washing.
2. All bags are opened flat and scrubbed with cleaning and disinfecting solutions on both sides of the bag. Some bags require soaking to disinfectant and remove stains, That is done in a large plastic container when the bags are submersed in a disinfecting solution of chlorine water.
3. Washed bags are hung on line to dry, once dry the bags are ready to be cut-out for sewing just as any other material.
4. All totes and other items are constructed with great care for durability as well as aesthetics!

#sewing #sewingtutorials #diy #recycle #upcycle


I listed the – made to order –  32 oz double growler tote and 64 oz tote in my Etsy shop. Click on picture below to link to the listing. You can order online or if you are in Pensacola, Florida stop by Pensacola Bay Brewery, they carry my totes in their gift shop! You can fill up your Growlers and have a tote to carry it home in. My favorite is their amber ale, Riptide. They also sell bottled beers by the six pack now! WhooHoo! I think I need to design a new tote for those six-packs!

64 oz Growler Tote

32 oz double Growler Tote