KeepSake Sewing

KeepSake Sewing
Over 20 Years Experience


This blog started off sharing my bridal business sewing projects and is now a hodgepodge of unique and fun things I have created over the years.

Hope your creative side is inspired!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Monday, February 2, 2015

Another T-shirt design

2015 Pella Swim Club State T-Shirt Design - One of my favorite things to do is to use my graphic art design background to create t-shirt designs.
Chalkboard art was the inspiration.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Upcycled Mittens

Mittens made from old wool sweaters.  The pattern was used via an online retailer that does not allow me to promote them via a blog.  Sold in specialty stores around Central Iowa.

Friday, December 12, 2014

More T-shirt Quilts to share

I do not sell the pattern or share dimensions.  The design is not copyrighted.  You are welcome to knock off the pattern or email me to place an order.  T-shirt quilt orders are taken Nov.-Jan.  The rest of my year is spent doing Prom and Bridal Alterations.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

T-shirt Quilt

Back to School Kaleidoscope T-Shirt Quilt special 
through Sept. 30, 2014.

Order Form to print and mail in.

See example below:

to place an on-line order.

Monday, May 12, 2014

8th Grade Party t-shirt

A t-shirt design plus three color options.  Creating the annual 8th grade party/class shirt design was done using black, white and bright royal screen printing ink.  A-Team apparel out of Prairie City, IA were contracted to print and fine tune the design.  The finished product was a huge hit.  Thanks A-Team Apparel for sponsoring the Pella Grade Party this year!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Custom Party Dress

Kudos to all those parents of 8th grade girls that have spent the last 6 weeks looking for “The Dress”. The idea of finding the perfect dress by far outweighed the actual hunt experience. That infamous day is almost here and I have come to realize my calling. After 8 hours at the Mall of America and placing two different website orders we settled for a dress that would work, only to head to the fabric store the next week to start all over. We found some fabric and drafted a pattern to create a dress Maddy would feel confident and comfortable wearing. After talking with many of the girls and their parents, so many had the same experience and settled for a dress that was “okay”. The dresses available to these girls are too short, too tight, too skimpy and too much black. If the money and time were no issue, I would create a unique and individual dress for each and every girl in the 8th grade. Thank heavens prom is 3 years away!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

T-shirt Design

One of my favorite things to do is to apply my design background when creating t-shirt designs for groups and organizations.  This is favorite created for our children's USA Swimming club.  

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Custom Flower Girl Dresses

While I no longer created custom bridesmaid or wedding gowns, I will from time to time take on custom flower girl dresses.  For this bride four custom Flower Girl dresses were created in bright coral taffeta and satin for a fall wedding. Dresses were created to fit each girls personality and body style.  Can't wait to see the formal group pictures.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Lemonade stand

Our 10 year old decided she wanted to create a lemonade stand for our garage sale.  She painted an appliance box we picked up from the local furniture store and then had fun with her cricut  decorating it.  

Friday, April 26, 2013

8th grade party dress

A client contracted me to remake her 8th grade party dress to fit her daughter 20 years later for her 8th grade party.  Very fun!

 The remake 20 years later.

The original.  

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


A fun project creating custom stockings, embroidered with their names for a client.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Tree skirt

Creating three custom tree skirts for VERMEER Manufacturing was the goal.  The skirts measured just over 96" and were made of velveteen, satin and white fur.  

Monday, October 1, 2012

T-shirt design

Creating t-shirt designs for local clubs and organizations gives me a chance to use my art and design background as well apply my knowledge of apparel and textiles and design. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Guest House of Barn Boards

A friend posted this on their Facebook.  How inspired my husband is to recreate.  Wish we knew where the original picture came from.  

Taken from Carter's Country Outdoor Stores Facebook Page.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

T-shirt Design

It's that time again to create the Annual 8th Grade Party t-shirt. Wordle was used as the inspiration to create this t-shirt design.  It became alive with all 180+ students names.  Note: Wordle only allows you to use up to approximately 80-100 words.  Additional words and names were placed using post it glue while cutting and pasting.  A-Team Apparel out of Prairie City, IA polished up the layout, created the vector art, screen printed the shirts and sponsored the annual party.  A big thanks goes out to them for all their hard work in creating such a fun shirt and for generously sponsoring the 8th Grade Party!