CalPatch

cal patch, accord, NY, US
contributor

i am a maker, designer, and teacher. i sew, crochet, print, spin, embroider, dye... and am working towards wearing ONLY clothes that i have made myself! i teach classes in brooklyn and the hudson valley, and i love sharing what i know with others. check out my blog and etsy shop to see what i do!

to learn more about my classes in upstate NY, look here:

http://doubleknotstudio.com/

i'd love to teach you something!

craft interests: crochet, embroidery, fashion, restyle, sewing

my personal website:
http://hodgepodgefarm.net/

my etsy page:
http://hodgepodgefarm.etsy.com/

Gender: Female

Birthday: 11/23/1968

Member Since: 08/27/2008

Subscribe to my RSS Feed contributions

Totally Tubular: How to Sew a Cowl

The hottest (not to mention coziest) winter accessory of the moment is most certainly the cowl. Good news! It's also about the easiest style to make for those last-minute gifts...

How to Make a Men's Fleece Hoodie

Making clothes for guys doesn't have to be so intimidating. All you have to do is keep it simple!

How To Make Customized Occasion T's

Any DIY or green celebration can benefit from upcycled commemorative T-shirts, and making them can even be part of the festivities!

How to Make a One-Pattern-Piece Reversible Sunhat

Don't let patternmaking intimidate you! It's simply drafting shapes based on your measurements. This simple sunhat project is a good introduction to the wonderful world of flat patterns.

How to Crochet a Rug out of T-Shirts

You don't have to be a spinner to make your own yarn! Cutting old tees into strips yields a super-bulky string that makes gorgeous rag rugs...

How to Make Snuggly Slippers from Old Sweaters

These cozy slippers will keep your toes toasty and your conscience happy because they're totally upcycled.

How to Sew Pouches to Organize Your Life

These handy fabric cases can streamline your life. At least, that's what I'm counting on!

How to Upcycle a T-Shirt into a Cardigan

A little crochet and a bit of sewing transform an old tee into a cute cardi with a ruffled sleeve. It's a perfect piece for transitioning your wardrobe into spring!

How to Make Hats from Recycled Sweaters

Here's a project you can use to make gifts for him, her, and the little ones, too! And it probably won't cost you a penny.

How to Make a Recycled Dog Sweater

Your pooch deserves to look stylish, too! An outdated human sweater provides the raw materials for an au courant canine version.

How to Restyle a T-Shirt into a Ruffly Cardigan

Here's another way to upcycle those old tees into a romantic little throw-on for spring! You'll want one in every color...

Transform Your T-Shirt into a Tunic

A few easy steps turn a frumpy tee into a standout tunic.

How to Replace a Coat Lining

Give a vintage coat new life with a new lining.

How To Do Spray Stencil Printing

You probably already have everything you need to decorate something plain with a fun new print! This technique is so simple, even the kids can join in.

How To Make a Braided Leather Headband

This is a quick and cool project that's perfect for short summertime attention spans. You'll want one in every color, and so will all your friends!

Cal Patch Interviews Kayte Terry

Cal talks to Kayte about inspiration, walking, Brazilian fantasies, and the state of the crafty universe.

How to Make Your Own Underwear

Is there anything you can't make out of old T-shirts? This takes recycling to a whole new level!

How to Make an Embroidered Garter

Here's another way to achieve the old, new, borrowed, and blue all in one: a hand-embroidered silk garter.

How to Make a Bridal T

This project is for the nontraditional bride who wants to look special in a more casual way. Make it for your friend who's getting married, and all the bridesmaids will want one, too!

How to Make a Reverse-Applique Eyeglass Case

This project is completely handsewn and made from scraps, and it'll keep your sunglasses scratch-free!

How to Make a No-Sew Braided-Strap Tank

Spring and summer call for an arsenal of strappy tank tops, so here's a restyle to kick off your warm-weather wardrobe! And did I mention there's NO SEWING involved?

How to Crochet a Hanging Terrarium Planter

This simple project will put your terrarium on display without adding clutter to your table or windowsill.

April Classes in NYC

If you'd like to learn to embroider, make your own sewing patterns, or step up your sewing skills, join me for a class!

How to Make a Recycled Twine Welcome Mat

Let's see what we can make without buying anything. Think of string, rope, and twine as yarn's big, strong siblings!

How to Make a Flirty Flapper T-Shirt

You can restyle two old T-shirts into a romantic top reminiscent of the Twenties, with just a few snips and stitches!

How to Monogram with Buttons

Here's a crafty take on the old-school way to identify your belongings as yours.

How to Crochet a Button Charm Necklace

Make one of these to show off your favorite jewels that just happen to be buttons!

How to Hand-Sew a Buttonhole

Why use a machine for what your hands can do better? Making buttonholes the old-fashioned way lends a charming touch to your finished projects!

How to Restyle a T-Shirt With Pin Tucks

Pin tucks are decorative, but they can also be used to alter the fit and shape of a garment. Try it and see!

How to Sew a Patchwork Cat Mat

Your kitty will love this protective cover that's made just for her! Only you will know the real reason why you made it.

How to Make a Pet Bed from Recycled Sweaters

Your little furry friend will love curling up in this cozy bed, and it won't cost you anything to make it.

How to Make a Candy-Tin Sewing Kit

In my opinion, everyone should carry a pocket-sized sewing kit at all times. You just never know when you might need a needle and thread! This tutorial will show you how to make one for everyone you know.

BUST Craftacular this Sunday 12/14!

If you're in the NYC area, you'll want to check out this big bad mama of all craft fairs! You'll be sure to find handmade gifts for everyone on your list.

How to Create Elastic Shirring

It's so easy to use this technique for gathering up necklines, cuffs, or waistbands while keeping the stretch. And you won't believe how professional it looks!

How to Embellish with Crochet Inserts

A touch of crochet can transform a plain top into a very special piece. This is a perfect way to make quick, easy gifts with a handmade edge!

How to Use Fold-over Elastic

Here's another cool way to finish edges on your knit tops: fold-over elastic. I'll show you how to use it flat on a neckline and to gather a cuff.

How to Sew a Bias Tape Facing

Finishing curved edges is tricky business; you can't just turn and hem as you would a straight edge. Here's my favorite solution...

How to Restyle a T-shirt into a Tiered Tea Dress

This comfy color-blocked number is so quick and easy, you'll want to make them for everyone you know.

How to Patch a Hole with Crochet

Did you know you can use crochet for mending? Here's an alternative to darning that's pretty darn cute!

How to Restyle a T-Shirt into a Gathered-Yoke Top

Turn an outdated tee into a pretty style that's more like a blouse in less than an hour!

How to Sew a Machine Blindstitch Hem

Most people are completely unaware that their sewing machine can do a gorgeous invisible hemstitch—and in much less time than it takes to do by hand! My step-by-step tutorial will show you how.

How to Make Customized Pockets for Your Daily Essentials

If you'd like to be able to reach in your bag and pull out any item instantly, without even looking, come see how I went about making "a place for everything" that I keep in my bag!

How to Make Scrappy Chrysanthemums

Use up all kinds of fabric scraps to make these quick-and-easy blooms! They're perfect for gifts and embellishing.

How to Make an Inset Pocket

With this tutorial, you'll learn how simple it is to add cute and practical inset pockets to virtually any garment.

How to Add Crochet Trim to Any Fabric Edge

A few rows of simple stitches can transform your basic project into a masterpiece! It's a high-impact, low-effort technique you'll surely want to try.

How To Sew a Classic T-Shirt Neckband

You can use this simple finish on all of your knit tops. It's easier than you think and quick, too.

Meet Cal

Hello! I am very excited to be a new sewing contributor to CraftStylish!


recent comments

Re: How to Make a Stitches and Stripes Tote Bag

i love this! i need to make one as soon as i get all my stash out of storage...

Re: How to Restyle a T-Shirt into a Ruffly Cardigan

added to previous comment: i just noticed i did say to only use one row of gathering stitches. that's because the ruffle strip is so narrow. either way works; two rows are just stronger when you're sliding the gathers around to distribute evenly!

Re: How to Restyle a T-Shirt into a Ruffly Cardigan

sokkertenngrl: well, the length of each ruffle strip is exactly the width of the shirt, so it will vary depending on the shirt. and you mentioned that the shirt is long, but fitted, which means you might need more ruffle since your strips will be short but you have a long distance to go around. so it may be a situation where you need to use fabric from another T or some jersey to make the ruffle...
and i always to two rows of gathering stitches, though i don't necessarily know that it'll keep your stitches from sliding after the seam is sewn; that sounds like your tension may be off. i would edgestitch the seam to secure it. the two rows of gathering is mainly to prevent the thread from breaking as you gather.
good luck!

Re: How to Make a One-Pattern-Piece Reversible Sunhat

JennieC: yes! this is the reversible tulip hat. good eye!

Re: How to Create Elastic Shirring

iloveyorkies: DEFINITELY backstitch to anchor the elastic at the beginning and end of each seam. i usually go back and forth at least twice at each end!

Re: How to Crochet a Rug out of T-Shirts

sarsar67: i still haven't finished this rug (shhh, don't tell!) but i can send you a photo of another one if you send me your e-mail address. mine is cal[At]hodgepodgefarm.net

Re: The "Times" They Are A-Changing: How to Make a Basket from a Newspaper

wow, this is a paper project i can relate to; it's being used like a textile! amazing!

Re: How to Make a Recycled Clothespin Bag

super cute, linda! can't wait to have my very own clothesline so i can make one of these!

Re: How to Make a Two-Color A-Line Tee Skirt

oooh, i need to make a few of these! very cool...

Re: Restyled Ruffly Cardigan with Alabama Chanin influence

awww, thank YOU wendy for using the tutorial! and congrats on winning the contest! can't wait to see what you do eith your Yudu; i'm jealous ;n)
your bolero is really lovely... i love the Alabama-style embellishment!

Re: Cat Mat

great job, and i love the photo!

Re: Recycle Your Tin Cans into Mini-Planters!

love the cans! i am such a jar and can lover, i am always choosing my groceries based on future plans for the containers ;n)

Re: How to Upcycle a T-Shirt into a Cardigan

maureclaire: yes! i turned it inside out because i didn't like the graphic, though i often do it anyway because i like the raw seams ;n)

and noa: yes, you could really go all-out and crochet all the edges! i'd love to see yours if you do it...

Re: How to Make a Flirty Flapper T-Shirt

hi BridgeStTSC! i know what you mean about the tight neckbands; i usually cut them off and just leave the edge raw! but i've written about a bunch of ways to re-style the necklines of t-shirts that should be helpful to you. see them all on my profile page here: http://www.craftstylish.com/profile/CalPatch

Re: How to Crochet a Button-Bedecked Headband

this is the first crochet one i've seen amongst the 'fascinator' craze! brilliant idea linda, and i love your color combo!

Re: How to Knit a Cool and Breezy Button Curtain

i LOVE this idea! as soon as i find a house to live in, i am SO making this!!!

Re: How to Make Dorset Buttons

these are amazing, and i've never seen the likes of them before! thanks diane; i'll have to try them out!

Re: Christmas Goat Hats

aaawwww! those look great! i can't wait to have some goats so i can make them some hats ;n)

Re: How to Make a Mouse Toy for Your Favorite Cat

so adorable! i want to make some with all of my scraps. did peanut like her mice and make peace with you?

Re: Ceramist Combines Crochet with Clay

so lovely... i've 'hearted' these on etsy before too because the combo of ceramics and crochet is just too dreamy!

Re: How to Make a "Hot Dog" Draft Stop for Your Front Door

awww! i've always wanted to make a draft snake (well, now i want to make a dog!) but never had the need... my old apartment was so hot in winter i had to keep the windows open! now i'm house-hunting and i can't wait to have some real drafts so i can make one of these!

Re: How to Make a Recycled Dog Sweater

hi SweetPrincess, as long as your sweater is wool (or another animal-hair fiber) and you run it through the washer and (if not felted enough from the washer) the dryer, it should be fine when you cut it. if it still seems like it may unravel, do a row or two of zig-zag over the raw edges (after sewing the seams), or bind them with bias tape. hope that helps!

Re: How to Make Monogrammed Fleece Slippers

oh, these are really cool, and i love that they work for guys too. the fleece you used almost looks like suede which gives them a moccasin vibe. i'll have to get this pattern; i love slippers!

Re: How to Restyle a T-Shirt into a Ruffly Cardigan

hi thread123, don't worry, you didn't do anything wrong! a lot of T's don't have enough length to get all the ruffle fabric you need, so just find a matching or contrast T for the ruffles, or use some knit fabric.

Re: eat on the run--fused bag roll-up

that is a very cool idea! i always treasure my chinatown bags ;n)

Re: How to Restyle a T-Shirt into a Ruffly Cardigan

yes, mibren, i left the ruffle edges raw. you could hem them or make them out of a folded strip too, but you'll probably need to use a second T or scrap fabric to have enough for these options.

Re: How to Restyle a T-Shirt into a Ruffly Cardigan

thread123: what's your question? ask it here and i'll respond ;n)

Re: How to Create Elastic Shirring

gardenparty: it's really not difficult at all; try it! just practice on a scrap of the same fabric to get the tension right. the tension is controlled by how tightly you hand-wind the elastic thread onto the bobbin. have fun with it!

Re: How to Restyle a T-Shirt into a Ruffly Cardigan

CayleMandy, you absolutely could! I used this same idea on a hooded sweatshirt and crocheted a 3" ruffle all around it. It's one of my favorite pieces of clothing!

Re: How to Crochet a Rug out of T-Shirts

hi valorietx! my fave way to start a circle is:

chain 2
round 1: 5 single crochets into the 2nd chain from hook, (do not join)
round 2: into the first single crochet of round 1, do 2 sc, and continue around putting 2 sc in every stitch
round 3: 2sc in first stitch, 1sc in next, repeat around
round 4: 2sc in first stitch, 1sc in next 2 sts, repeat around
round 5: 2sc in first stitch, 1sc in next 3 sts, repeat around

and repeat accordingly until the rug is as big as you want. in general, for every round you will put one additional sc between the increases.

to finish, after my last sc, i do 3-4 slip stitches to blend in to the edge. then finish off.

good luck and happy hooking ;n)

Re: How to Sew a Fabric Bowl

GORGEOUS linda! i will have to try this; it would also make a great rug... and i love your little pincushion too ;n)

Re: How to Crochet a Rug out of T-Shirts

hmmm, good question, SewMuch1920! i got about 2 square feet out of an XL men's T, or maybe a little less. it will depend on the thickness of your strips, too...

Re: How to Transform Holiday Tins

long live Mod Podge! this is a great idea.yours look beautiful! i've always meant to re-cover those round cardboard containers (i eat a lot of oatmeal) too...

Re: It's a Book, It's a Film! My Handmade Nation Labor of Love

my newfound fave is http://resurrectionfern.typepad.com/ . margaret's photos of nature are truly awesome and so inspiring, and i love what she does with natural objects. and i SO can't wait to see the movie! docs are my favorite and one about the indie craft world? a must see!!!

Re: How to Make a Personalized Handkerchief for Him

this is fantastic nicole! what a perfect gift. he must have been thrilled!

Re: How to Make Hats from Recycled Sweaters

hi josefly! i do mean both; i use 1.5mm for the length AND width. it just makes a good stretch stitch without all the back-and-forthing of a real stretch stitch.
and for the shrinking, ususally only once is enough, but if you want it more felted, doing it two or three times may increase the felting (or it may not). every sweater is different, and sometimes the fibers are coated to PREVENT shrinking, so it won't work on every sweater.
thanks for your questions ;n)

Re: A Dream Comes True: The Lion Brand Yarn Studio Opening in NYC

the store is now open... a friend of mine just told me about it yesterday and the 'yarn swatching' area sounds amazing: you can wind off small amounts of the yarns onto a card, so you can knit or crochet a test swatch before you commit! genius! can't wait to check it out myself.

Re: How to Make an Easy Crocheted Holiday Garland

oh, this is so sweet! i'm not all that into holiday decor (oops, did i just admit that?) but this makes me want a tree to decorate. i think it would be a great room-perker-upper for any time though...

Re: How to Use Fold-over Elastic

you can use a straight stretch stitch, but a regular straight stitch won't usually stretch enough, and the stitches may break. if the neckline is big enough to fit over the head, it might not be a problem though!

Re: Stay Warm with a Cozy Lace Cowl

ooooh, this is super cute and looks like an ideal quick gift! i'll have to try one out...

Re: Hard Rock T-shirt restyled into a gathered-yoke top

very cute! great job ;n)

Re: How to Use Fold-over Elastic

i got mine at one of my local haunts, Daytona Trimmings in New York; not sure if Jo Ann has it or not since we don't have one here.
you can also get it online at SewZanne's in lots of colors, for $.50/yd:
http://www.sewzannesfabrics.com/e-foldoverelastic.html

Re: How to Restyle a T-shirt into a Tiered Tea Dress

hi rachel! this dress is an above-the-knee length so it's not a problem, but adding triangular inserts (godets) is a great way to add more flare when you need it! and i usually prefer the cut-off rolled hem look too; i just left this one on because some people like a finished hem, and it happened to be a nice one. thanks for your comments!

Re: How to Compose a Beautiful Scarf from Scraps

wow, this is an insanely cool idea! i've never played with water-soluble stabilizer, but i think i have some lying around somewhere... i keep thinking of all kinds of other fun stuff to add into it too! can't wait to try it out.

Re: How to Print Fabric with Print Gocco

you've inspired me to pull out my Gocco and stock up on supplies while i can! i always mean to use it more. and i love the tip of using a credit/ID card as a mimi-squeegee!

Re: How to Patch a Hole with Crochet

it would work in jeans; you might just want to do the first round in a blanket stitch (embroidery) with a needle and yarn, as the hook can tear holes in the denim... show us if you try it!

Re: How to Sew a Machine Blindstitch Hem

hi linda! i'm not exactly sure which type of puckering you mean (is it the straight stitches or the zig-zags?), but here are a few thoughts that might help:

1. if you take too big a "bite" into the fold, it can cause a pucker, and also the stitch will be bigger than a dot on the right side (more like a LINE).
2. you might need to adjust the machine tension if the zig-zag is causing a pucker.
3. often, when i flip the hem back down, it does still look pucker-y and/or the hem wants to flip back up, but after a good pressing it usually stays nice and flat.

let me know if any of that helps, otherwise you might need to send me a photo ;n)

Re: How to Add Crochet Trim to Any Fabric Edge

i only punch it through one layer, just barely beyond where the second layer ends. have fun!

Re: How to Make Customized Pockets for Your Daily Essentials

thanks! can't wait to see yours... post it in the gallery when you're finished!

Re: A Little Primer on Japanese Craft Books

i do realize how lucky i am to live near a Kinokuniya, but thanks for all these great links to online sources! another great one that has been translated into an english version is Sock and Glove, published by Penguin. super-cute stuffed animals made out of socks and gloves, in the spirit of the sock monkey!

Re: How to Create Textured Textiles with Felting

so cool! i've tried the same tying-around-objects technique for dying, but not (yet!) felting... now i'm thinking you could throw some dye in the washing machine and do it all at once! (sigh, can't WAIT to have my own washer one day!!!)

Re: Make a Shrink-Plastic Ring

those are great! i haven't Shrinky-Dinked since i was a kid, but have been meaning to for ages. thanks for the inspiration!

Re: Simple Embellished Tea-Towel Curtains

great idea! i have so many tea towels and i hate to wipe my hands on them when they're really nice ones... this is a cool way to display them. and with those clip-on rings you can change them up all the time!

Re: Hiking Dresses from T-Shirts

these are fantastic! i've reconstructed lots of T's but haven't made too many dresses out of them. i especially love your hooded one!

Re: Decorate Your Walls with Doily Decals

oh my oh my oh my! i LOVE! so graphic and modern... my walls are begging me for these! how can i say no?

Re: A Gorgeous Collection of Free Crochet Stitches Online

ooh ooh ooooh! i always love a new crochet resource and this one looks really good from my quick perusal! that butterfly is so fresh and different from the usual fare. thanks for sharing! gotta go back and look at more stitches...

Re: How to Add Crochet Trim to Any Fabric Edge

hi Josefly, that sounds like a great idea! and if you're not wearing it anyway, what have you got to lose? it's hard for me to advise without seeing the sweater (is it hand-knit or machine?), but stay-stitching the neck couldn't hurt. i assume there's already a neck seam? and i don't see why using the unravelled yarn should be a problem; it'll be cool that it matches. you may just need to use it 2- or 3-ply depending on how fine the knit is... good luck and post a pic when youre finished!

Re: How to Add Crochet Trim to Any Fabric Edge

i like debbie stoller's Happy Hooker and kelly ronci's Kids Crochet (meant for kids = big, clear illustrations!), but i would spend some time in the bookstore or library and find a book that really speaks to you. also one that has projects you really like, so you'll be excited and inspired to make them ;n)

Re: How to Add Crochet Trim to Any Fabric Edge

hi crafty gal! i use a very small steel hook for the first round, and it is fairly pointed so it pokes through quite easily. but if you don't have a good pointy hook to use, or if you're using bigger yarn that a tiny hook can't grap, you can poke your holes first (or as you go) with a darning needle. hope that helps!

Re: Macrame

this is so cute! you should post a macrame tutorial ;n)

Re: Crafty Shopping in NYC

great list, kayte! you covered just about all of my faves too. the only one i might add is Daytona Trimming, on 39th between 7th and 8th. it's a lot cheaper than M&J;, though not as beautiful! they do have a good selection of fold-over elastic in lots of colors though, and they have yarn upstairs which might make it the only yarn shop in the Garment District. also, Fabric Warehouse was once higher up on Broadway, near Spring Street and the dearly departed K. Trimming, and at that time it was called Long Island Fabrics. i can never remember the new name!