Monday Fun – Let’s Get Going

Our fabrics drying in the wind
Here are a few pattern of Shibori from my workshops

Kristen Indigo

Indigo 2
indigo workshop LK
Workshop at National African American Conference 2018

Indigo 1

Sandra blue
I love to teach and see all the new patterns

FREE Adult Quilting and Sewing Workshop Open to all

FREE Adult Quilting and Sewing Workshop Open to All

  • Tuesday and Wednesdays, 4:00 PM to 9:PM

    Santiago Canyon College

    8045 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA (edit map)

  • Santiago Canyon College Room U90 (located on the Newport Ave. side of campus)
  • Come to Class where we have loads of fun and learn from each other.

    8045 E Chapman Ave., Room U-90 T Orange, CA 92869

    Tues & Wed 4:00pm – 9:00pm Wed 4:00pm – 9:00pm

    Come to class to see me demo how to quilt you own quilts to look like they have been quilted by your local long arm quilt professional.

    My open and encouraging teaching style allows my students the freedom to access their creativity and explore new ideas in a fun, friendly environment.

    Solid skills can be achieved through practice over time, but they are just a small part of creating good art.

    By the end of the first class, each student will be able to think creatively about how to express their life experiences through the projects they create. nts and expanding my own creative experience.

    I believe I can unlock the creative potential of every one of my students, and help each of them reach their creative goal.

Monday Sew with Butterick B5748 pattern

Oh my gosh I had so much fun selling this dress pattern. Are used Buttrick pattern B5748 . During the course of laying out my fabric and pattern I realize I didn’t have enough fabric to for fill the requirements for the skirt portion of the pattern. So I took and cut the skirt portion of the pattern adding denim to the lower half of that pattern pieces and look what I found an amazing new look for the dress. 

I’d love to see what others did with this pattern please send me a message show me what you did with this pattern also and have a great day sewing in creating your own wardrobe. 

Monday Night Sew ~Sashiko Dress

Today I decided to add Sashiko hand stitching to this McCalls pattern M6102.

Sashiko Stitching

Today I decided to add Sashiko hand stitching to this McCalls pattern M6102.

I got your back
Looking good
Time to stitch
Where is the sun?


McCalls Pattern

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Simplicity wrap skirt my way 

This is the first of the fashions I will create for this year!

This is the first of the fashions I will create for this year of #sandrajohnsondesigns 2017.

I used this Simplicity wrap skirt pattern as a base.

I replaced some of the panels with piecework. One panel has hand-stitched denim. I love the dark shadow from the pocket that I removed.

Another panel was replaced with a large section of hand-pieced hexagons. Anything from my sewing room is fair game, as long as I like the look.

👕👚✂️ I am living the life God wants for me. 🙏🏾

Tuesday Tip ~ My Denim Creation

When creating with denim, try mixing different colors of repurposed denim and new denim for a bold effect.

Deconstructing jeans for the denim is always fun. You must start with sharp scissors. The brand I use is KAI 7300 from Japan. They are made of high-carbon stainless steel. 


I use a mix of old and new denim in my quilts and other creations.

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Here is a tip: when creating with repurposed denim, use different colored denim and see what kinds of patterns you can come up with. I had so much fun working with contrasting black denim and blue denim. I used pale purple embroidery threads for the hand stitching.

Friday Fun – 16 Gifts for Christmas

If you need some help with your last minute Christmas presents, here are a few of the handmade gifts I have given over the past few years.

What do you give your …

Today I was asked what I give to my postman.

I have to stop and think about all the gifts I have made over the past few years for Christmas presents. So here are a few of them.

I hope this list helps you with your last minute gifts.

Aprons are great gifts for a young couple or someone you know who loves to cook. Maybe you will recieve a cookie plate in return!
I made this apron extra special with embroidery and rick-rack at the waist band.
I was able to create unique aprons for each person on my list, based on their personalities.
Pillow are great gifts, and who could not use one for their special chair?  I added hand stitching which shows my love for the person recieving this gift.
Now this one-of-a-kind overnight bag is for a very special someone. The sashiko embroidery was all hand stitched.
This repurposed mat was made for my daughter’s 5th grade reading corner.
Reading made fun when sitting on this mat made from pockets.
My boys both have quilts I’ve made from repurposed denim. Quilts are great gifts for the man in your life.
This quilt is stitched and embroidered on top.
Pillows anyone?
Coasters are great gifts for everyone.
I used this special frabric from Africa.
Denim is the back frabrc.
And what about your little friends? They also like sashiko patches added to a pair of pants.
This handbag is perfect for a young girl.
I made this pillow and gave it to my mother’s best friend for Christmas.
Have a friend give you their jeans, and you add hand-stitched embellishment to them.
This bag went to a very special friend.
I turned flying geese into a top, just for my daughter.
By adding fabric behind the holes in these jeans you get designer style.


Clothing is something fun to make and give.
This dress is wanted by many of my friends… so, who gets it?
Give the gift of a quilting calss or sewing class with supplies.

Handmade gifts are the best way to show your love. No one else can make it but you!