Holiday Preparations

Hello Friends of First Fridays!  It's TJ from Studio Mailbox here to deliver your monthly dose of sewing humor.   I'm happy to report that I've been faithfully wearing the apron I created last month.  It's transformed my life and turned me into some kind of whirlwind producer of handcraft.  Oh who am I kidding?  That's not entirely true but it is helping me transition into holiday project … [Read more...]

Putting the On Back in Apron

Hello friend's of first Fridays!  It's TJ from Studio Mailbox here in an attempt to bring you a few laughs.  Last month I joined in with my project for scrappy journal book covers but this month I'm back on track with our regularly scheduled monthly dose of sewing humor. Was it just me or was September cray-cray?  Over here it was the kind of busy where every aspect of my life felt like it was … [Read more...]

Scrappy Journal Book Covers

Hey y'all!   It's TJ  from Studio Mailbox. Normally I'm here on first Fridays but since it's National Sewing Month I'm doing something special and sharing something fun with you.  The word on the street is that it's all about scraps so I think this project will be right up your alley. As a mixed media artist I have been keeping journals for nine years now.  That's right.  When I look back at my … [Read more...]

Reverse Applique Totems

Hello friends of first Fridays!  It's your old pal TJ of Studio Mailbox here reporting to you for my monthly post.  I have recently finished the best thing I've sewn since my killer T-shirt quilt and I came running right here to share it with you. Check out my reverse applique wall totems: Last winter I had marbled some large pieces of canvas.  Although I was really pleased with the results … [Read more...]

Patriotic Projects

Hello friends of first Fridays.  It's your friend TJ from Studio Mailbox coming to you this month on the cusp of the great American party known as the 4th of July.  Since it's a national holiday I'll keep it short and sweet while still delivering some sewing inspiration and smiles. For the nearly ten years that I lived outside the United States this was the event I missed more than anything.  I … [Read more...]

From Curtains to Dog Bed

Hello friends of first Fridays!  It's your friend TJ from Studio Mailbox here to bring you the monthly tale of my latest sewing triumphs.  This time I came up with a relatively simple way to transform an old set of curtains into a doggie pillow and I'm excited to share it with you! Heather and I got puppies around the same time.  We've had many conversations about the trials we've faced with … [Read more...]

Shake Your Bootie

Hello Friends of First Fridays!  It's your old friend TJ from Studio Mailbox here bringing you your monthly dose of sewing humor.  As some of you may or may not know, Heather is currently recovering from surgery and laid up with one of those ugly black velcro boots on her foot.  Sew not fashionable!  Never fear, she is healthy and in good spirits despite the weeks of recovery facing her … [Read more...]

Vintage Sewing Machine Mania

Hello friends of First Fridays!  I can't believe another month has rolled around on us.  I hope you all made it through April Fool's Day unscathed. Did anybody glue your pins into your pin cushions or put a light coat of clear nail polish over your thread?  Next year I should get us prepared and post Ways to Prank a Seamstress.  Imagine the fun we'd have with that! In March I shared Miccosukee … [Read more...]

Miccosukee Indian Patchwork

Hello friends!  It's TJ from Studio Mailbox and I'll be your host for this First Friday post.  Since we're celebrating National Quilting Month around here I thought I would share some amazing cultural inspiration with you. Last month my family and I escaped Minnesota for a long weekend in Florida when we stumbled across an Indian Village. Some of you might know I'm married to a German which … [Read more...]