Late Birthday / Early Christmas

This year I was seeing my immediate family on my mother’s birthday and my husband’s aunt’s birthday. Both in early October. I decided to let bring presents not only for them, but also for a young niece and nephew how have birthdays in August and September. Plus Christmas presents for all the nieces and nephews. Phew that was a lot of gift giving sewing! Luckily everything was small and did not take up much room in the luggage.

Birthday presents:

For my niece I made her a hedgehog from a Jo Carter pattern as seen in Simply Sewing (UK sewing magazine I love). Like I stated in my last post, I don’t usually follow patterns for stuffed animals. But these are really some whimsical super cute stuffed animals.

sadie and hedgehog

My niece and her hedgehog. Plus bow in her hair!

For my nephew I made a triangle with letters on it. He immediately grabbed it and ran off with it. Perfect size. Now if he wasn’t so quick I could have got some more pictures of him with it.

Evan and triangle

My nephew, still holding onto his triangle! 

For both my mom and aunt I created their own potholder/hot plate trivet out of fabric. I also cut out and sewed an individual design to each. For my mother I made a simple heart that I used a wide blanket stitch to attach to the top of it. For our aunt I drew a dove, used a little bit of fabric marker to outline a branch it was holding and hand stitched it onto the top. This took some time. I drew my design out of paper first and used that as a pattern piece to cut out the fabric. Then trimmed the fabric as needed.

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Front side of potholder. Dove cut out. 

Christmas presents:

Two nephews equal two double bow ties that match! If the family every is able to coordinate then I will imagine both of them wearing their bow ties the same time. I won’t hold my breath through.

For my nieces. The little one got hair bows that match the bow ties. She immediately took them apart. I fixed them, but she is in the take apart stage so these may need some fixing again when I next visit them. The older one got a little bag I constructed out of interior design fabric. She likes dark colors so I made it black/auburn and dark purple. It can be used quite literally for anything. I think she will find use for it. I know I have for each little bag I’ve made myself!

I’ll have to work on getting some pictures of these things. Seems I was in such a hurry making I didn’t document! That happens with most of my creations. I make them and pass them onto others without ever taking any images. Haven’t we all though : )

Now I just have two more birthdays and three more Christmas plus Hanukkah presents to make for 2017! Better get back to my sewing machine!


Coffee Cozy

This year for our second wedding anniversary we kept it local and simple. We went to dinner in the neighboring town, walkable. Somewhere we both love that is a bit pricey. I made my husband a cozy for his french press out. Using two interior design fabric samples, some extra trim from another project and a tiny bit of velcro left over from projects so old I was surprised I had any left! It can out so perfect that it not only kept the coffee hot for his second cup, that it works on the new french press he bought after the original one cracked and then broke. Maybe one day I will start working with glass so I can just make him a new one when this one cracks. Probably not. ha ha


Seed & Toss

My  experiments in glue continue. Below are two more in my 3″ x 3″ series. I am also working on a larger scale of 8″ x 8″ and have finished one of 4″ x  6″ (can any one say postcard!). The use of paper has morphed into fabric. Currently the pieces either involve fabric or paper, but not both. This may change in the future for I have some splendid ideas. I also have a few ideas which involve torso scale installations. For now enjoy the two images below.

Seed - 3" x 3" acrylic, fabric, glue

Seed – 3″ x 3″ acrylic, fabric, glue

Toss - 3" x 3" acrylic, fabric, glue

Toss – 3″ x 3″ acrylic, fabric, glue (SOLD)


Two pieces of my artwork (Uplift & Sideways seen here – were accepted into ‘Germinate’. A show for the Women’s Caucus for Art – NY Chapter being held at Boricua College (3755 Broadway, New York, NY) until Thursday, June 27 by appointment only. Please contact me via my website ( if you would like to view the work.


Drying right now in the home studio and will be on display (& for sale!) next Sunday, I present three experiments in glue:

Oh did I mention that these three were inspirational to me? I started another piece which is much larger, 8″x10″ (lol), which in turn inspired an idea for an installation. Unfortunately there isn’t enough time to create this idea in time for the art show (Sunday, May 19 noon to 6pm 333 Newark St, Hoboken, NJ – Closing Studio Party, but the above pieces and A LOT more will be there. Hopefully you will be too.


Yesterday I made from scratch a bow-tie for a one year old. It is half hand stitched and half machine stitched. The closure is velcro and is adjustable. He should be able to wear it for a couple years!

Card, Present, Party

For December I made a papier mache birthday card for my dad, a abstract fabric monster for a 5 month old, and a felt and button bird to wear to a party for myself.

The card is all recycled paper and stickers I had left over from a project from 6 years ago. The monster is made from felt and cotton (part of a summer dress that is being recycled). It has soft corners so that it can be grabbed easily by small hands or shoved in to a mouth since the baby is teething. Stuffed with organic natural fibers!

Now the bird is an all purpose accessory that I had pinned to my belt. Where it will land in the future is unknown. Maybe on a headband or part of a package for gift giving, or part of a wall decor. Perhaps it will fly into some craft project yet to be started! Until then it is room decor and lovely with its antique buttons.

Hoboken Art Tour 2011

The open studio tour last Sunday was great. Got everyone coming and going since I showed in the hallway. May have been better than being in a studio. Although I would still like to have my own studio one day. A place where I don’t have to clean the glue off the floor if I don’t want to, even though I still will.

Here are some pictures from the event.

Swatch Books

A friend texted me and asked if I could use 5 fabric sample books they found on the street, yes was my immediate reaction.

Ahhh a little sunday surprise! Great stuff I cannot wait to use!

Two Weeks Till….

Interested in making some small sewing projects this summer? Then sign up! I will be teaching three workshops at the JCC in Manhattan in July. {hint: you don’t have to sign up for all three, but why wouldn’t you. hee hee}


Fabric Arts Workshops at the JCC in Manhattan
by Amy Bauer

Quick and easy 2-hour sewing workshops for students who are absolute beginners or novice sewers. With a focus on “going green”, you will create projects that are useful and personalized. A fabric lunch tote will encourage you to eat healthier and spend less. A reusable sandwich/snack bag will have you ditch those flimsy plastic ones. Sew a simple lanyard for your keys, ID badge or Metrocard and keep it all together.

Sun, Jul 17
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Fabric Arts Workshops: Lunch Tote
$35.00 Member
$45.00 Nonmember

Sun, Jul 24
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Fabric Arts Workshops: Snack Sack
$35.00 Member
$45.00 Nonmember

Sun, Jul 31
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Fabric Arts Workshops: Lanyard
$35.00 Member
$45.00 Nonmember

For more information, or to register,
please call 646-505-5708
or online at