In memory of Grandma

Throughout my entire childhood, the one thing I remember about my grandma was her love for sewing. After her passing last year, my Aunt and Cousin graciously passed my grandma’s sewing machine on to me. I have always loved her sewing machine as I remember many nights sitting beside her, playing with the scraps of fabric that hit the floor. Those are just some of the many great memories that I had with my grandma. When I placed the beloved sewing machine in my craft room, I always had this idea that I’ve finally been able to complete (well one so far).

One thing that always fascinated me was the hundreds of patterns my grandma had. Years and years of collected patterns that after using several times ended up in bags or boxes. Now for me, I would go through the boxes and look at just how much styles have changed. I was born in the 80’s so I could see at least 40 years worth of styles.


My goal was that I wanted to display some of the patterns above the sewing machine. So far I’ve only made 1 but I’m planning on making 3 more. I wanted to display the pattern packaging but also the pattern itself. Here’s how it turned out….



Update 3/11/2017- I am thrilled this post is so popular. Since the birth of our son I’ve had to temporarily move my Grandmas sewing machine to our bonus room until I can complete my craft room above the garage. Our daughter is old enough now to help me create a few new pattern pictures so in the next few weeks I’ll post some new examples!

Thanks for visiting!!! 😊

20 thoughts on “In memory of Grandma

  1. I love the idea of framing the pattern. Very unique! I remember my Aunt (passed away long ago) wearing cotton dresses all the time. My mother said that she designed and sewed them herself, as she was educated and trained to be a seamstress as a teenager in Europe.

  2. I love the way the framed pattern is displayed! I want to do the same with some of my mother’s patterns. No grandchildren yet, but a framed Barbee dress pattern I have would be sweet in a child’s room!

  3. Love the idea. I think I will take my wedding dress pattern from 46 years ago and do something like that. Maybe add a scrap of the fabric too.

    • That is a wonderful idea. I made my dress 35 yrs ago and never thought to do something like this. I even made the 2 flower girl dresses and still have both patterns and some fabric. I also have patterns from my mom who has been gone 24 yrs. Her patterns were from the 50’s and 60’s

  4. I absolutely love this this idea. I have several of my mothers circa the 1950s and I’m going to go this for my sewing room. I really like the actual pattern used behind the pattern.
    I also have, form my grandmother, a pkg of children knee patches, a new man’s white dress shirt collar (guess they replaced them!) and a pkg with white cotton (for man dress pants) replacement). And some new garter clips for a girdle!
    Times have sure changed. I miss the frugality mindset – but replacing a collar, hmm…

  5. Oh, have you inspired me! I have patterns from the 50s, 60s and 70s and they are mine! I am in my late seventies and it is never too late to try new ideas.g

  6. What inspiration! My departed mother made all my clothes until I married– I still have most of the patterns and bits of fabric. Even my wedding dress! I have wanted to do something with them but could never figure out what. Now I do thanks to you! In grade school, Barbie always got a matching dress to my mine. Ah, the good old days… Many blessings to you!

    • My mom, myself & my Barbie would all have matching outfits! My mom, like yours, made all my clothes and she was an outstanding dressmaker. I was the envy of all my friends & coworkers as I had the most spectacular wardrobe! Ahh yes, the memories.

  7. That is an awesome idea. I have patterns I used back in the early ’70’s I think I will try this idea. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Thank you for sharing this. After many, many years I finally get to pass my sewing skills & hopefully love of said gift to 2 beautiful granddaughters. I had 3 boys and pray that I would have a granddaughter to teach & now I have been give two. Life is Great & God is Good!!!!

  9. I have been sewing for about 65 years and I still love it . And now its for my great-grandchildren. I love the picture with the pattern can”t wait to make it. great idea thank you

  10. I really love this idea. My mom was the most amazing dressmaker and had literally hundreds of patterns of which I’ve inherited. Overwhelmed with the amount and emotional about having to purge them, I sold lots (for pennies), burned many (cathartic) but have held onto to many. I probably still have close to a hundred (don’t ask me why!). I was thinking I could do something really cool and crafty with them either with the pattern covers or even the tissue but everything I’ve seen so far has been pretty…um…’crafty’ looking. (I mean no offence to anyone out there)
    In my stash I did find some very cool designer vintage patterns from the 50s that I thought I’d try selling as I know they’re probably rare and sought after but I really like what you’ve done. It’s crafty yet sophisticated. Thank you sharing! I’m totally doing this and would feel happy to gift these to my family in memory of their mom, gramma & auntie!

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