More Etsy Love!

Etsy has changed their overall look and feel to make shops consistent.  I really like it, easy to follow and easy to update.

I have added a few new items; hope you enjoy. Check it out HERE.


My goodness….

Geeze where did the time go.  I can’t believe its been since March that I shared my lovely thoughts.  So much has changed and happened, sadly my blog has suffered.  The good news is the Etsy shop is cranking up for the holidays and I look forward to selling out!  I know, shameless plug.

I did spend some time over the summer designing my tags, business cards and thank you notes for customers.  I have been a busy bee!


The All Consuming Time Suck

Sewing and peddling on Etsy; the all consuming time suck.  My mother always says it keeps her off the streets.  I guess she is right, I’m never bored when there is fabric around.  Speaking of around, where is spring?


The Short Stitch

I picked the name for my Etsy shop because I had to have one and the reusable paper towels were so popular on my blog I wanted a blog similar name.  That Short Girl was already in use so I chose This Short Girl.  Cute, doesn’t completely roll of the tongue but it doesn’t trip the speaker up either.  I never liked that it didn’t have anything to do with sewing.  A few years ago I did an open air market and a friend said I was the short stitch.  I decided I liked it and wanted to keep it.  Its not really a cross road as much as a yield sign, carry on.

Stop by The Short Stitch and check out the new banner.


Washable Sponges

I never know what to do with my left over terry cloth pieces when I make reusable paper towels.  I always end up with what looks like a heap of mascaraed hand towels and lint everywhere.  So I added washable sponges to my Etsy shop.  Check the Etsy Mini shop to the right.  Or click here.


Etsy Shop – take…. I duno three or four?

I am easily consumed by anything involving fabric.  Shopping for it, using it, stashing it, organizing it, did I mention shopping for it?  Finding the time to create can be a daunting task, there is the mess to contend with and the need for space to really make the project enjoyable.  Then I’m left with what to do when the finished product.   Some are given as gifts, others I use myself, and when I have the time I like to turn to Etsy.  So here is the Etsy shop, yet again. I have decided that instead blogging every time I relaunch, adding a fancy shop feed to the blog will be better. (see right side of your screen).  The goal is to fill the shop with practical, useful items created with a little whimsy and a lot of love.


Zipper bags to bring a little fun organization to your purse, desk or vanity.

Aprons with niffty snappy pockets to help while cleaning,  procurement at yard sales, or vending at a craft show.

Cupcake greeting cards, appliqued in delicious pastel prints.

Perfect for tea parties or hostess gifts, cocktail napkins with a shabby vintage feel.


Etsy shop is open!

UPDATE 13Jan2013 : Whew the shop has sold out and is on vacation mode!  I do intend to restock but I dont have a specific ETA. 

Before I dive into this post HERE is the shop!

A few weeks back I started posting about the initial adventure of opening an Etsy shop, here.  I made my first sale last week and I would love to say adventure well under way but there is a lot more work to do.  Randomly tossed in the guest room is yards and yards of fabric patiently waiting for its moment on the cutting mat.  I have new needles for the sewing machine, lots of extra thread, and did I mention the yards of fabric?  I can’t wait to dive in but there have been to many things taking priority.  Work, family, vacation planning more family, husband out of town….the list continues.  So all that to say I have to work this weekend but here are a few pictures of what’s ready to ship! (images link to the item on Etsy)  Go me! The next round will be warm fall colors, think plums, soft grey and golds. 

Etsy on the way!

Disclaimer: I’m writing this in hopes that it will be to chronicle a journey, but I think it might just be to get a few thoughts out of my head.  Either way it serves some purpose. 
I am starting an Etsy shop to sell reusable paper towels, seen here in a very popular post.  I’m excited, nervous, anxious and a little bit intimidated.  The to do list is growing; order shipping materials, set up the shop, write a bunch of “stuff” for said shop, order supplies and the lists goes on.  I’m sure there are a few things I haven’t even considered.  Then of course the fun part, make the inventory.  I think that is going to be the most challenging part for me.  Not making the inventory necessarily, but trying to make sure I have fun and don’t get burned out.  For me the best way to accomplish this is to be systematic about the process.  I spent a few hours this past weekend just cutting terry cloth into squares, then moved on to some cotton prints.  Once those are finished I’ll move on to the next step.  One thing at a time right?  I think if I can keep myself from moving in to many directions at once I’ll be good.  *sigh*
So those were the thoughts out of my head.  Here is the chronicle.  So far I have ordered additional “pretty” fabric that is specifically slated for inventory.  If I know when the fabric shows its suppose to be for something specific I wont be so tempted to make something else. There are pretty floral, wild abstracts, and dainty damasks.  In addition, I ordered snaps in some other colors.  White is nice but a girl needs more sometimes!    I buy thread almost impulsively so I think I might be good there, nah…need to make a trip out next time its on sale.  The shop is about 20% set up on line, so obviously there is more work to be done there.  My targeted “start up” inventory is well over half way cut out.  The flat rate pre-paid shipping envelopes are on their way.   I need to figure out what I need to do, if anything, to make use of the tracking numbers.  This leaves a lot to be done yet but I feel good about my progress.  Me 1, catastrophic meltdown 0.  

Update 17Sep2012, its here! Update 08Jun13, oh my it was so much work.  Its on a long term vacation.

Reusable Paper Towel Tutorial

Reusable (Unpaper) Paper Towel Tutorial.

UPDATE 15Sep2016, Sadly I am no longer selling these in my Etsy shop.

These have gotten quite a bit of love on facebook and pinterest so I thought I would make a quick tutorial.  I’m always looking for practical gifts and projects.  This is a great sewing project to pass a little time, letting you play in your fabric stash all while making something practical and useful.  

Supplies (for one towel)
Basic sewing supplies
Cotton print, 11.5 x 11.5  
Terry cloth, 11.5 x 11.5
Plastic snaps and the assembly/installation tools update: I got my snaps here.

Coordinating thread 


Cut out your fabric, try to get the pieces as square as possible so your towels wont be all wonky. This can be difficult with the terry, as it does stretch, so just be patient with yourself.  
Placing right sides together pin the terry cloth and cotton print together.  Sew (3/8 inch allowance) all the way around the towel, being sure to back stitch when you start and stop. 
 If you feel more comfortable with a larger seam allowance go for it, just be consistent so all the finished towels are the same size.  Leave a 2 inch opening on one side for turning. 
 Trim the corners to remove some bulk (which I forgot to photograph sorry), at this point you might also want to trim the edges if you used a larger seam allowance.  Through the 2 inch opening turn the towel right side out, push out the corners and tuck in the “flap” of the opening. 
Almost done!   Iron it very well, pressing the seams flat.  To give the towel a nice completed look top stitch 1/4 inch from the edge all the way around.  This will also serve to close up the 2 inch opening.  
Next install the snaps, two female down one side and two male on the other side.  ….and done!  
 Now go do it five more times and you will have a full set.   
snapped together set
Or comment that you think I should start an Etsy shop, cause I need more to do……. UPDATE:  see the top of the page for the link to my shop!