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!!! 😊


13 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. 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!

  6. 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.

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