Category Archives: Spongetta

Studio Shaming – December 20th

There were some images of perfect studio spaces floating around on Pinterest yesterday.  Neat open shelves and large empty tables photographed in soft natural light all made me think that not a thing was actually made there.  So here I give you my work space five days before Christmas.  I would call this a successful season!

Spongetta Studio December Christmas Rush

Part of the process of creating is to have the fabric visible and accessible. For that we set up tables and lay everything out.

Spongetta Studio December Christmas Rush

My mom discovered that mushroom boxes are the same size and shape as the stockings and perfect for containing and transport.

Spongetta Studio December Christmas Rush

The cutting table is amazingly uncluttered for this time of year. One great addition has been the Pampered Chef spinning caddy my mother found at a garage sale for a dollar. I still bury the scissors under piles of fabric, but it helps.

Spongetta Studio December Christmas Rush

Not looking forward to untangling the rolls of loop cord. We really need a better system.

Spongetta Studio December Christmas Rush

Lot of colorful scraps to kick start the vegetable season!

Spongetta Studio December Christmas Rush

Actually looking forward to reorganizing the cuffs.  We have many more to cut for next season.

Next week, time to clean and make it pristine again!

How to Thread My Machine

I continue to work off the assumption that no one reads this but it is a great place to keep a log of important information.  Boring, but important none the less.

We had a systemic sewing machine meltdown this fall. For a studio with over a dozen machines of various ages, not a single one was working properly. Ralph swooped in and fixed them all.  Within a week. Singer S Sewing Machine at Spongetta

I was considering a used industrial machine, but now have my Singer S back and running like the day it was made. It races around a stocking in as quickly as I can maneuver the fabric. My first love is back!

Singer S Sewing Machine at Spongetta


The needle is inserted with the flat side on the left and is threaded right to left.

Singer S Sewing Machine at Spongetta

I always get the bobbin upside down.  Rule #7 Always run a test strip when changing anything on the machine.

She sails right through everything, even six layers of upholstery.

Tis the Season

Stocking season is in full swing!  We have been cutting and designing since August with over 50 ready for new homes.  The hunt for interesting fabrics has taken us to estate sales, a theater costume shop, a few furniture stores and several attics.  The Spongetta colors of the season seem to be fuchsia, turquoise and silver.  It has been fun.

Here is a beautiful set in brown and gray that is charming me this week.

Building a Christmas Stocking Family

Festive does not have to be boring!  Here are some great ideas for children of all ages!

Festive Children Stockings in Bright Colors

We wanted some more elegant options this year. Velvet and upholstery always works!

The Toes Win

More are coming every day through Thanksgiving!

Make it an Heirloom

I love feedback.  My favorites are always the private messages that let me know the stockings are part of a family tradition.  With that in mind, we offer the following suggests to keep your stockings looking like new.

  • Lightly stuff the stockings with clean plastic bags to give a full shape when hung as a decoration before Christmas.
  • On Christmas Eve, place the stocking on a chair for Santa to fill. Only lightweight items should be put in the stocking while hanging.
  • Store stocking wrapped in tissue away from moisture and moths.
  • Spot clean as necessary.
  • Enjoy a very merry Christmas!


Handmade Large Christmas Stocking - Falling Arches - Heirloom Holiday Decor for Men Ready to Ship

Thank you for including Spongetta in your holiday traditions!





A New Look

A handmade beaded clutch repurposed from a placemat.

A handmade beaded clutch repurposed from a placemat.


A gorgeous purse created from a remnant of tie silk.

A gorgeous purse created from a remnant of tie silk.


A fabulous double knit polyester makes a cool retro purse.

A fabulous double knit polyester makes a cool retro purse.


A sweet little upholstery remnant purse sits perfectly in a round rattan handle.

A sweet little upholstery remnant purse sits perfectly in a round rattan handle.

Sarah and I had a blast reshooting some of the Spongetta photos.  From a photographer’s standpoint, she is a dream to shoot.  Here are some of our favorites.


All Dressed Up

One of my favorite things about Etsy is making treasuries.  My husband laughs, but there is something so satisfying about finding 16 items from other shops that harmoniously mesh together to form a cohesive image.  And sometimes we are rewarded for our effort and the collection spends an hour on the front page of Etsy.  In the middle of the night, one of my collections enjoyed that privilege.

Vintage Cotton Canvas Laundry Bag – Rite-Way Laundry Co. Inc – Brooklyn pre-1950s

A great find that could have been a fun project, but has remained intact.  I guess we are back to the cut it or sell it question.  This time sell.  But it is a really cool item that could be used in a very cool way.   Already had some calls from set designers looking for the perfect laundry bag for a shoot.

Sara is cleaning out her extensive collection of fabric and found this amazing cotton canvas laundry bag in very good vintage condition with no wear but a few stains. The Brooklyn based cleaner’s canvas laundry bag is dated based on the New York City exchange phone number. Natural canvas printed in black on both sides. Overall dimensions are 25 1/2″ x 38″ (64 x 97 cm). The printed area is 16″ x 15″. The bag is sewn from two rectangular pieces of canvas with a selvedge at the opening.

Yes, it was once a placemat!

A friend picked up these beaded placemats to use under the centerpieces at our wedding.  They had been floating around the studio for years since.  Sarah Jo took them and created these stunning clutch purses.  Each one has been reinforced with a cotton lining, then hand sewn to form the purse body.  She finished them with a pocket and magnetic clasp. There are three each in orange and pink and one turquoise clutch.

How perfect would these beaded clutches be for bridesmaid gifts?