Sewing Superstar

Casa Crafty

Sew along with Kelley from Casa Crafty

Kelley Gilbert
Central Oregon
Stay at home mom and maker

When did you first start sewing and how did you learn?

I learned when I was a kid. I really did not enjoy it. I liked making, often drawing, painting and gluing something together. When I became a mother I started sewing again and haven't stopped!

Can you remember the first thing you made?

A pair of hammer pants. yeah

Do you have any favourite pattern designers or celebrity sewers?

Yes. I love Shelly of Figgy's patterns, and I am really into the Wiksten patterns.

What's your sewing room like and how do you organize your stash?

My sewing room is really our double insulated garage. I have a lot more space that way and its totally out of the house. I organize my stash by size of cut. less than half a yard goes into boxes by color, then from there they are in clear boxes. I also organize my type of fabric: cotton quilters weight, jersey, fleece, heavy weights, decor etc.

What music/podcasts/TV shows do you love to stitch along to?

I try to make a play list, but I love to listen to audiobooks when I am sewing.

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

I am currently working on learning as many new techniques as I can teach myself. I am calling it my 365 makes project and it is on my blog. Every 30 days I switch mediums and within that medium try as many techniques as I can think of... I started Jan 1, and I am still working on it!

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

my children are a big inspiration to me. They think I can make anything, even mold new legos, but their belief in me makes it more meaningful to keep learning...

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
Doctor Who. My parents watched the doctor when I was a kid and when they started the show back up I immediately started watching.
Lana del Rey
Portland, OR
Anything by Tom Robbins. not only is it local to me, but its so odd and wonderful that I get sucked into the story immediately.
I love all colors so its hard to choose a favorite, but I always love a good red tone.
Fabric Brand
Sewing accessory or Tool
Other than my sewing machine is the designated fabric mallet. it has a soft gel edge and I love love love since I sew alot of thick seems.