A Many-Pocketed Big Bag with Personality

In the summer heat, Christmas might feel far away, but it’s never too early to start scheming what handmade gifts you want to make for friends and loved ones. Last Christmas, I made this bag for Heather, a dear friend.  She likes big bags to carry all her treasures, and has a variety of bags…

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Five Year Anniversary

It has been five years since I started JoLene’s Sewing School, so we are celebrating with a party! First I’ll tell you about the celebration You are all invited to my 5th Anniversary Party and Picnic. Saturday June the 21st 2014 from 4-7pm at my Studio  in Happy Valley,Oregon at 16661 SE Rock Creek Ct.…

Sweet Dreaming in a Handmade Nightgown

We all have our favorite things to wear to bed, and I personally love nightgowns year-round. Light cotton or knit is the best weight for me in the summer and I like warm snuggle flannel nightgowns in the winter.  My daughter Nicole gave me some fleece pajamas for Christmas, and I really love them when…

Making My Own Jacket

Although I have sewn for as long as I can remember, I found that I stopped making my own clothes some time ago. But ever since I started  my sewing school I have been making more of my own clothing. I had a light jacket that I just loved but finally it was beyond repair,…

Skirt Tutorial Turns Out Great!

I have a bad habit of buying fabric before knowing what I want to make with it. Do you ever do that? This time it was this lovely black and white cotton/poly fabric with a striped border at the top and bottom and a swirl pattern between. When I bought it, I envisioned a skirt but…

New Sewing Studio

My new sewing studio is finally finished! We moved into a new home with our daughter Stephanie and her family in August 2012. Hard to believe that it’s been over a year already! The first thing we did in our new home was put together my sewing studio, where I held classes throughout the year…

Cool Cottons (JoLene’s Fabric Shop Series)

When I think of some of my favorite fabric shops in the Portland area, they are often small, independent, locally-owned stores. I’ve decided that I’ll periodically feature some of these shops here, sharing some real gems for you to explore! As I approach cool cottons fabric shop at 2417 SE Hawthorne, in Portland, I enjoy that…