What is happening?

Hello Friends, 

   We continue  serve  our community. We haven’t stopped even when had to closed our brick and mortar on March 13th!  We started offering free art and sewing tutorial on Facebook.  My family, volunteers and I started sewing face mask. We have donated over 250 for our essential workers. We would love to thank everyone who have continuously supported us by purchasing a face mask, fabric, art kits and so much more! We want you to know we appreciate it. 

What has happened over the last few weeks?  Well… a lot! 

I was interviewed   on Spectrum 13  Florida on a Tankful.  You can read more about it on their website 

Photo taken by my husband, Mike. HereI am in a small corner in my bedroom. A craft area I had to make right after the stay at home order.

One more exciting thing was the interview from Everything Brevard magazine. Here is a photo of the magazine and you can read the interview , Read here.

So, what now? 

A lot of new things happening in our studio! We have been busy with our Creative Art kits to go, virtual paint parties and have added  a limited selection of fabrics and notions. We will continue to add things such as home decor. We offer a next business day  ( to same day pick up) at our studio. We also sell them on our etsy shop for shipping. 

When we open back up our doors – all sewing and art students can resume back with make up classes. We will follow our hurricane plan when time comes that we are back in the studio. If you wish to participate in our virtual sewing class this summer – let me know! And, unfortunately we are not opening registration for fall. We are taking this month to month. 


Kids art project during our free tutorial
Getting ready for a virtual paint party
This was a total of 101 face mask sewn for essential employees!

 We also offer virtual birthday parties or kits for you to host your own party! Watch our pre-recorded videos. We will be at the studio during the following hours! We will continue to follow a no contact porch pick up.  The studio will be closed to the public. All sales must be done on our website. You are also welcome to place an order over the phone. I usually answer all calls starting at 10 am – 5 pm. 

Following  CDC recommendations we have made the decision to cancel our 5th summer camp program. But, do not worry! We are offering our Creative Child Virtual Camp! We are announcing this really soon!  This will allow you to pick and choose the projects. Join us live using  a private meeting room. If you can’t make it or need to go over the class – then you can watch the recorded video. Students can always call me or video chat for any questions. 

Our studio is a little bit different. We do not just offer classes, workshops and parties. We are also a retail business. We will continue to serve you online! And offer a no contact, porch pick up service. 

We look forward to the day we are all back in the studio or at your favorite restaurant!  We want you to know that we appreciate all the emails and referrals! We really do! 

Thank you! 

Flo Mandus

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Virtual Homeschool 101


We invite you to join us for our free Virtual homeschool 101! It will be held on Monday, May 25th from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm. Have your questions ready! 

A little about me – We are a homeschooling family and going on our 9th year now. I am happy to talk and share details with you! I will have a list of available co-ops, hybrid schools,curriculum and so much more! 

Register now to reserve a link to our meeting room and reserve your spot! 

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Pattern Review Modkid Wrap Skirt

We are always looking for independent patterns from smaller pattern makers. Who doesn’t want to support small business owners? 

Well, I was really pleased to find a pattern that works well with quilter’s cotton and makes a cute wrap skirt! The pattern ran cheaper than most patterns at a quilt store I randomly stumbled – win win. Quilting cotton is typically a no for making clothes because of the discomfort wearing them. This pattern can easily be used for quilting cotton. 

You can  purchase this pattern directly from the source.  It is currently on sale right now! Grab your pattern and start sewing!Go here> 
You can also find other PDF patterns ready to print on their website.

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This pattern is perfect for the first time clothing making. You don’t have to cut out pattern pieces. The skill set you need is to sew a hem and buttonhole. Now, this pattern can be easily used with a linen, chambray or something with some structure. 

My fabric choice was quilter cotton from kaffe Fasset from a quilt store. My next make will be a chambray. 

It took me one afternoon to make. In terms of fit, wrap skirt so easy to fit. If you are a plus size, you may need to add some fabric to accomodate. 

Now, this skirt does hit my knees, but I have 5 ft tall. If you are a

taller woman, it will be a little above the knees.

Materials you will need to complete this project: 
Lightweight Fusible Interfacing 
Sewing Machine 
Seam Ripper  
Tape Measurement & Bobbins

If you do make this project based on this review, please let us know!  We would love to see your finished project. 

Happy Sewing! 

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Our Online Art Adventures

How are you doing? 

So Since we are all spending more time at home, I am taking the opportunity to try out free live tutorials. We plan to expand this option as the future continues. 

My girls  will ask me with excitement every  morning if we are going live  and what we will do for the day.  This has been the highlights of our day since we’ve been staying home. Entertaining others has been keeping us entertained as well. 

It  brings so much joy to see the members artwork! The kids and moms participate!  

Our first one was an Octopus Drawing and watercolor project. Below you can see some of the projects done by our members. 

members artwork
members artwork
members artwork

It’s always nice to see how everyone’s artwork comes out. 

members artwork
members artwork

Here’s a few of what we’ve done from a Wacky Hair Day, clay tutorial by Jessica, Toucan watercolor and the beetles. 

members artwork
members artwork
By Jessica B,
Sam ( age 10)

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Here is a list of basic supplies we use for our projects. 

Mixed Media Pad
Black Marker 
Chalk Pastel  
Tempera or acrylic paint 
Oil Pastel (optional) 

We have done a Live video as well on our Facebook page for a Leprachaun! My girls and  I had a lot of fun drawing it! It was also nice to see other kids finished project! 

So for our first week going live we did a total of 6 tutorials. We had a lot of fun and look forward to doing more!  If you are interested in joining us during our live free tutorials, join our Fairythimbles Makers Group in Facebook. In this group you can share photos of your kids with their projects. Ask questions in regards to the current projects. And, easily find the tutorials.  We have also done a few live videos on our Facebook page. Be sure to follow us! 

I wanted to share this really neat set up by one of the families that draws along with us.  

Photo Courtesy by Judy Castillo
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Lined Curtains Tutorial

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Hello Friends, 

In this blog post, I will show you how to make lined curtains for your house. You can use quilters cotton, linen, upholstery fabric. 🙂 

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Two Fabrics – Curtain fabric and lining fabric. 
Bobby pin 
Sewing Machine


How to Calculate the Fabric you will need. 
1) You will measure the space you will need the curtains need to cover.

Example: 30 inch wide x 45 inch length space.

 2) For curtains, you will multiply the width needed by 1.5-2 to create the folds in the curtain. I usually multiply by 1.5.

Example: 30 inch x 1.5= 45 inches.

3) Divide width by 2 to create two panels.
Example 45 /2=22.5 + 1 inch. (We use a half inch seam allowance on both sides)= 23.5 inches

For Curtain Fabric: 23.5 inches
For Lining Fabric: 22.5 inches ( Lining fabric is slightly smaller than curtain fabric)


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4) For the length, You will have have a hem for the curtain and smaller hem for the lining. For drapes, a 4 inch hem is typical. Smaller for smaller windows.

Example: 45 inch length + 6 inches+ 1 inch seam allowance (For 3 inch heme)= 52 inch length
Lining: 45 inches+4 inches+1 inch= 50 inch length for lining



Now, you will cut out the fabric. Keep in mind if you have directional fabric… Length goes along the grainline!



Example: You will cut 2 of 23.5 inch x 52 inch Curtain fabric, 2 of 22.5 inch x 50 inch lining fabric.

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Step 5

5) Now, You will need tabs for the curtains. Of the curtain fabric. Measure the curtain rod and how long you want the tabs to be. Approximately 5 inches for basic curtain rods.

Of Curtain fabric, cut 10 2 inch x 5 inch strips.

Now, iron the fabric. Make the hem for the curtain and lining fabric by folding the hem and pressing the hem in place. Sew.

Now, with right sides together. Sew the sides of the curtains together at ½ inch seam allowance. This will pull the curtain fabric slightly turned toward the back. Press this flat with an iron.


Now, create the straps. This is where a bobby pin comes in handy!

Sew the straps. Fold them in half with right sides together. Sew at 1 inch or smaller.

Cut a notch at one end of the strap just to the stitch line. Place the bobby pin on the notch as shown in Image.

Now, you will slide the bobby pin through the strap and pull. Those are the straps.

Place the straps on the curtains by folding them into a loop and sandwiching them between the fabric with right sides together. The edge of the loop should be slightly sticking out of the top of the curtains.  One at each edge, middle point, and centered between mid-points and end. Sew across the top edge of the curtains.


Now flip the curtains to right side of fabric showing. Congrats, you are done! 🙂


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Fairythimbles Maker Group

Hello Friends, 

I am taking the opportunity during these recent events with the virus to start a free group for families. These involve activities you can do around the house with supplies you already have at home with your child. We can learn from each other about at home activities. 

I will also have some fun activities for the moms! All is done using a private Facebook Group. Now, if you do not have a Facebook account – that is fine! Subscribe to our mailing list and we will send you link to access the live class.  We will have virtual paint party! 

Also, if you are interested, I am taking the opportunity to expand my business to include virtual activities from my business Fairythimbles – sewing and art courses. We will have the option to mail you the art supplies to make it easier for you and your children. All you need is to watch the virtual course. If you are interested, keep following my business. 

Here is our Facebook Group – Fairythimbles Makers Group. Join us! 

I am sure you have the following items on hand. If not, you can order them on amazon.

Art Supplies you need.. 

* Crayola Crayons 
*Mixed Media Pad 
*Sharpie Marker 
*Oil Pastel (optional)
*Mixed Media Paper
 *Tempera Paint  
* Acrylic Paint (optional) 
  – Americana Acrylic  or Apple Barrel 
*Chalk Pastel  
*Colored Construction Paper (optional)  
* And an excited artist! 

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Interested in learning to Sew? 

We will dive into hand sewing and machine sewing! Again, we will also do hand sewing. No need for machines. 

Here’s what you need… 

* Sewing Machine , now if you are looking to purchase something to get you started. This is what I would recommend and it doesn’t cost a lot. Brother RLX3817 Full Size Sewing Machine, White (Renewed)
* Hand Sewing Needles  
* Sewing Thread  
*Embroidery Floss (optional) 
* Scissor
Fabric or some old sheets 
* pencil and ruler for measuring
* Pins 
*seam ripper 

We are also going to do some fun challenges for the kids. We are going to use lego’s and cardboard boxes. As a homeschool mom – this is something we have done in group setting. It was always fun and interesting to see the kids projects. 

Our First Live!

We are starting our first live meet up with some fun Octopus Line Drawing.  

When: March 15, 2020 
Time: Sunday,  4 pm 
Where: online – Facebook Group. 

What you would need: 
Mixed media paper or watercolor  paper 
Black waterproof marker 

What you’ll learn:
How to draw through observation. How to draw to show perspective and form and how to add texture with stippling and cross-hatching. 

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Machine Parts and it’s Functions

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Interested in learning to sew?

Are you interested in learning how to sew? But, you are uncertain? That is a totally normal feeling! And, we don’t want you to spend money  buying all the materials and tools to get started.  We don’t want this to be another item that will sit in the closet. This is why we offer classes at our studio and let students use our machine. 

This day we are lucky to have access to thousands of youtube videos! A lot of people sharing their knowledge online. Now, if you prefer to learn having someone right next to you. Then, going to a local sewing studio may be the best fit for you! 

Ready to learn to sew now? 

What do you need to do? First, figure out if you want to take some classes online or in person. If you have tried online lessons and it hasn’t worked out. Then, find the nearest studio for you!  Are you going to purchase a new machine or use grandma’s machine? I have nothing against old machines. In fact they are amazing and heavy duty! However, for someone learning to sew or a younger student. I wouldn’t recommend starting on an old one.  In our studio we use a basic sewing machine, nothing fancy and not too complicated. We just want it to allow the students to do the basics. It is not too loud – which means not too scary for the little ones! It is not to expensive that if you or your child decide to finally purchase a machine and want the same model. it wouldn’t be too expensive. If you have the extra budget then go ahead and splurge on a nice one! 

An introduction to basic sewing machine parts and their functions. In this video I used the Brother Project Runway sewing machine


Here are a few basic notions you can use to start out with…

  1. Sewing Machine –  We have a few we can recommend. Here is the first one  
            Brother Sewing Machine, XM2701 
            Brother Sewing and Quilting Machine, CS6000i              
            SINGER | Heavy Duty 4452 Sewing Machine 
2.  Bobbins and Tape Measurement 
3.  Seam Ripper 
4. Scissors
5. Gutterman Thread
6. Fabric –  you can start with any fabric you have at home. You can start with an old sheet or pillow case! 

Adult Beginners Class

A 4 week class, meets once a week for two hour session.
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