My First Project of 2013


I decided to take a break from sewing in December since the holiday decorations were making my already bad sewing space even worse. Unfortunately, it took a while for me to get around to sewing again, even though we took the decorations and tree down before the end of the year.

As a lot of you know, one of the best ways to get back to sewing is to work on something you’re either really excited about starting, or work on something really simple and quick. Since I don’t have the fabric I need for other projects yet, I decided to whip up a quick accessory.

You might remember the first muff cover I made. It really doesn’t go with too many outfits. I wanted something more neutral.

The great thing is I still had plenty of leftover black satin, so I used that for the base. I almost went to buy some lace and ribbon to decorate it, but decided to just go with what I already had. I am trying not to spend on projects unless I have to.

It was a fun and quick project. And I’ll be honest — I wish I had more excuses to dress up and use a muff for non-costuming as well. They are so cute and fun. Not to mention cozy!

Click the link below to read more about it and see a couple more photos (scroll down to the bottom since the new cover is added below the first/burgundy cover):


About Cynthia Griffith

I have way too many interests and hobbies, and continually cycle through them -- paying attention to some, while others wait for when I can get around to them again. My main interests are sewing and costuming (I enjoy historical clothing, such as 18th and 19th century, as well as fantasy costumes like elves and hopefully someday even dwarves), as well as getting back to art by drawing fan art of Thorin Oakenshield and Company. My husband Christopher and I spend a lot of time together, enjoying the outdoors and shared hobbies such as juggling. This blog and website is my way to share what I'm up to with friends and family.
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3 Responses to My First Project of 2013

  1. What handsome muffs…I especially like the pinked trim on the black one. There’s something about pinking: it has a suble effect on the black, an almost unseen flutter.

    By the way, I’ve been watching the knotting videos over and over, and through them have learned to knot. You’re right; it’s very pleasant, especially when listening to music or an audio book. (I’ve no one to read to me, a la the 18th century :} ). Thank you so much for the tutorials. I’ll report on the final results on my blog when a chance affords.

    Very best,


  2. Starr says:

    Is the pinked satin trim cut on the bias, Or on the grain?

  3. @Natalie: Thanks for the reply! I am glad the videos were helpful. I saw your blog entry and meant to reply, but I’ve been away from the computer a lot lately. I was so thankful for the knotting information I have found online that I thought a video might help add to what was available in case anyone liked to see the information in video format. I still hope others who know some more about knotting will share information online as well — I would love to see a lot more detailed photos too. Sometimes it can be hard to find specific knotwork. I haven’t done much with knotting and embroidery lately. I really need to change that. Best Wishes!

    @Starr: It’s cut on the grain. The leftover fabric I have is in long narrow-ish widths, and since I was only going in straight lines I felt it would work fine that way. I pinked a test piece and was purposely trying to see if I could tear the edges up and it only got slightly fuzzy.

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