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Our Hired Girl

James Whitcomb Riley Indiana University Press ePub

OUR hired girl, she’s ’Lizabuth Ann;

An’ she can cook best things to eat!

She ist puts dough in our pie-pan,

An’ pours in somepin’ ’at’s good and sweet,

An’ nen she salts it all on top

With cinnamon; an’ nen she’ll stop

An’ stoop an’ slide it, ist as slow,

In th’ old cook-stove, so’s ’twon’t slop

An’ git all spilled; nen bakes it, so

It’s custard pie, first thing you know!

An’ nen she’ll say:

“Clear out o’ my way!

They’s time fer work, an’ time fer play!—

Take yer dough, an’ run, Child; run!

Er I cain’t git no cookin’ done!”

When our hired girl ’tends like she’s mad,

An’ says folks got to walk the chalk

When she’s around, er wisht they had,

I play out on our porch an’ talk

To th’ Raggedy Man ’at mows our lawn;

An’ he says, “Whew!” an’ nen leans on

His old crook-scythe, and blinks his eyes,

An’ sniffs all round an’ says,—“I swawn!

Ef my old nose don’t tell me lies,

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Stitchy Stripy Watchband

Annabel Wrigley FunStitch Studio ePub

easy peasy

Stitchy Stripy Watchband

What Do I Need?

An old watch face with a watchband bar or a watch face from a craft store (I used a watch face with a 1˝ bar. The watch bar is the little bar on each side of the watch face where a strap is normally attached. Use a tape measure or ruler to measure the length of the bar; that will help you decide how wide your fabric should be.)

4˝ × 22˝ strip of fun fabric

4˝ × 22˝ strip of featherweight fusible interfacing

Fun-colored thread to coordinate with the fabric

Snap kit (which includes a snap tool and size 15 or 16 snaps)

Hammer (to use with the snap tool)

Basic sewing supplies

special skills

•Refer to The Rules of Sewing

• Using an iron

Prepare the Pieces

1.Measure your wrist by wrapping the measuring tape around your wrist twice. The watchband will be super long, so you can wrap it around your wrist twice! Decide on a length that is not too tight and will allow the 2 ends to overlap at least 1˝ and still feel comfortable. Write down that measurement.

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Old Hay-Mow, The

James Whitcomb Riley Indiana University Press ePub

THE Old Hay-mow’s the place to play

Fer boys, when it’s a rainy day!

I good-’eal ruther be up there

Than down in town, er anywhere!

When I play in our stable-loft,

The good old hay’s so dry an’ soft,

An’ feels so fine, an’ smells so sweet,

I ’most ferget to go an’ eat.

An’ one time wunst I did ferget

To go ’tel dinner was all et,—

An’ they had short-cake—an’—Bud he

Hogged up the piece Ma saved fer me!

Nen I won’t let him play no more

In our hay-mow where I keep store

An’ got hen-eggs to sell,—an’ shoo

The cackle-un old hen out, too!

An’ nen, when Aunty she was here

A-visitun from Rensselaer,

An’ bringed my little cousin,—he

Can come up there an’ play with me.

But, after while—when Bud he bets

’At I can’t turn no summersetts,—

I let him come up, ef he can

Ac’ ha’f-way like a gentleman!

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Squeaky Dog Bone

Annabel Wrigley FunStitch Studio ePub

easy peasy

Squeaky Dog Bone

What Do I Need?

¼ yard of canvas-type fabric

Dog toy squeaker (available at pet stores and online)

Polyester stuffing

Basic sewing supplies

special skills

•Refer to The Rules of Sewing

• Using an iron

• Making and using templates

• Sewing a whipstitch

• Sewing around a corner

Prepare the Pieces

1.Use the Dog Bone pattern to cut 1 complete bone piece from the canvas fabric. The pattern shows only half a bone. To make a full bone template, fold a large piece of paper in half, place the fold on the dotted center line of the pattern, and trace. Cut out the template and open it up.

2.Cut another piece of canvas to measure 8˝ × 15˝ for the backing.

Let’s Make It

Lay the fabric bone on top of the backing fabric with right sides together and pin in place.

Mark a 3˝ no-sew zone along a straight edge of the bone (refer to the pattern piece for the markings).

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Raggedy Man, The

James Whitcomb Riley Indiana University Press ePub

O THE RAGGEDY MAN! He works fer Pa;

An’ he’s the goodest man ever you saw!

He comes to our house every day,

An’ waters the horses, an’ feeds ’em hay;

An’ he opens the shed—an’ we all ist laugh

When he drives out our little old wobble-ly calf;

An’ nen—ef our hired girl says he can—

He milks the cow fer ’Lizabuth Ann.—

Aint he a’ awful good Raggedy Man?

Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!

W’y, The Raggedy Man—he’s ist so good

He splits the kindlin’ an’ chops the wood;

An’ nen he spades in our garden, too,

An’ does most things ’at boys can’t do!—

He clumbed clean up in our big tree

An’ shooked a’ apple down fer me—

An’ nother’n’, too, fer ’Lizabuth Ann—

An’ nother’n’, too, fer The Raggedy Man.—

Aint he a’ awful kind Raggedy Man?

Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!

An’ The Raggedy Man, he knows most rhymes

An’ tells ’em, ef I be good, sometimes:

Knows ’bout Giunts, an’ Griffuns, an’ Elves,

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Funny Little Fellow, The

James Whitcomb Riley Indiana University Press ePub

’TWAS a Funny Little Fellow

Of the very purest type,

For he had a heart as mellow

As an apple over-ripe;

And the brightest little twinkle

When a funny thing occurred,

And the lightest little tinkle

Of a laugh you ever heard!

His smile was like the glitter

Of the sun in tropic lands,

And his talk a sweeter twitter

Than the swallow understands;

Hear him sing—and tell a story—

Snap a joke—ignite a pun,—

’Twas a capture—rapture—glory,

And explosion—all in one!

Though he hadn’t any money—

That condiment which tends

To make a fellow “honey”

For the palate of his friends;—

Sweet simples he compounded—

Sovereign antidotes for sin

Or taint,—a faith unbounded

That his friends were genuine.

He wasn’t honored, may be—

For his songs of praise were slim,—

Yet I never knew a baby

That wouldn’t crow for him;

I never knew a mother

But urged a kindly claim

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Cozy Pet Bed

Annabel Wrigley FunStitch Studio ePub

easy peasy

Cozy Pet Bed

Finished Size: approximately 26˝ × 26˝

What Do I Need?

1⅝ yards of heavy decorator-weight fabric

26˝ × 26˝ pillow form

1 ball of yarn for pom-poms

Pinking shears (optional—refer to the tip)

Basic sewing supplies

special skills

•Refer to The Rules of Sewing

• Using an iron

• Making pom-poms

• Sewing around a corner

Prepare the Pieces

1.Cut 1 piece of fabric to measure 26¾˝ × 26¾˝ for the front.

2.Cut 2 pieces of fabric to measure 19˝ × 26¾˝ for the back.

TIP

Cut the pieces as shown. This is especially important if your fabric is narrower than 54˝.

Let’s Make It

If you are using a ¼˝ presser foot, don’t forget to use washi tape as a guide to make the correct seam allowance width for this project.

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Felt Heart Paper-Clip Set

Annabel Wrigley FunStitch Studio ePub

easy peasy

Felt Heart Paper-Clip Set

What Do I Need?

Scraps of felt

Fun-colored perle cotton #8 or embroidery floss separated into 3 strands

Paper clip

Polyester stuffing

Basic sewing supplies

special skills

•Refer to The Rules of Sewing

• Using an iron

• Making and using templates

• Sewing a running stitch

Prepare the Pieces

1.Make templates using the patterns (Felt Paper Clip patterns).

2.Trace the template pieces onto the felt with an erasable pen. You will need 2 of each shape.

Let’s Make It

1.Mark dots with an erasable pen every ¼˝ around 1 piece of each shape. This will help your running stitch stay even.

2.Pin the pairs of pieces together.

These heart paper clips show the love and are practical too! Use them to control your clutter or mark your spot in your favorite book. In fact, why not make a few for your favorite teacher?

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Slumber Party

Low, Rachel C&T Publishing ePub

Show up to your next sleepover with slumber party essentials that you have designed and sewn yourself. Make your PJ’s pop, have sweet dreams with your pretty eye mask, and carry all your stuff in a stylish sleepover bag.

WHAT YOU NEED

1–2½ yards of cotton or flannel fabric (Check your size in How Much Fabric to Buy.)

Knit non-roll elastic, 1˝ wide (See Let’s Prep, Step 4, to figure out how much you need.)

Basic sewing supplies

Safety pin

Iron

Pattern paper

LET’S PREP

See How to Use Patterns for tips.

1 Trace the pajama pant front and back patterns (on pullout) in the correct size onto your pattern paper. Copy any markings from the originals onto your 2 patterns. Cut out the paper patterns.

Hold the pattern pieces up to yourself to check the length.

If you want your pants longer, now is the time to make the patterns longer.

If you want your pants a lot shorter, it’s easier to do that now too!

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Waitin’ fer the Cat to Die

James Whitcomb Riley Indiana University Press ePub

LAWZY! don’t I rickollect

That-’air old swing in the lane!

Right and proper, I expect,

Old times can’t come back again;

But I want to state, ef they

Could come back, and I could say

What my pick ’ud be, i jing!

I’d say, Gimme the old swing

’Nunder the old locus’-trees

On the old place, ef you please!—

Danglin’ there with half-shet eye,

Waitin’ fer the cat to die!

I’d say, Gimme the old gang

Of barefooted, hungry, lean,

Ornry boys you want to hang

When you’re growed up twic’t as mean!

The old gyarden-patch, the old

Truants, and the stuff we stol’d!

The old stompin’-groun’, where we

Wore the grass off, wild and free

As the swoop of the old swing,

Where we ust to climb and cling,

And twist roun’, and fight, and lie—

Waitin’ fer the cat to die!

’Pears like I ’most allus could

Swing the highest of the crowd—

Jes sail up there tel I stood

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Impetuous Resolve, An

James Whitcomb Riley Indiana University Press ePub

WHEN little Dickie Swope’s a man,

He’s go’ to be a Sailor;

An’ little Hamey Tincher, he’s

A-go’ to be a Tailor:

Bud Mitchell, he’s a-go’ to be

A stylish Carriage-Maker;

An’ when I grow a grea’-big man,

I’m go’ to be a Baker!

An’ Dick’ll buy his sailor-suit

O’ Hame; and Hame’ll take it

An’ buy as fine a double-rigg

As ever Bud can make it:

An’ nen all three’ll drive roun’ fer me

An’ we’ll drive off togevver,

A-slingin’ pie-crust ’long the road

Ferever an’ ferever!

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Patchy Sewn Mirror

Annabel Wrigley FunStitch Studio ePub

take your time and ask for help

Patchy Sewn Mirror

Finished Size: 9˝ × 10˝

What Do I Need?

Various sizes of fabric scraps

⅓ yard of Peltex One-sided Fusible 71F interfacing (very stiff)

5˝ × 5˝ mirror plate or thrifted small mirror (You can find mirror plates in the candle section of arts and crafts stores.)

9˝ × 10˝ piece of felt

Approximately 15˝ of thick twine for hanging

Bright fun-colored thread

Hot glue gun

Cardstock or cardboard

Basic sewing supplies

special skills

•Refer to The Rules of Sewing

• Using a hot glue gun

• Using an iron

• Making and using templates

• Sewing around a corner

Prepare the pieces

1.Cut 2 pieces of fusible interfacing each to measure 9˝ × 10˝.

2.Cut a few strips of fabric in different widths between 1˝ and 2½˝ and several inches long. You won’t need to worry about exact widths or lengths at this point. We will be following the idea of a Log Cabin quilting block for this. We will be working from a central piece and then adding strips to build outward.

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Oilcloth Tote with Fabric Handles

Annabel Wrigley FunStitch Studio ePub

a teeny bit more challenging

Oilcloth Tote with Fabric Handles

Finished Size: 7˝ × 11˝ × 4˝

What Do I Need?

½ yard of oilcloth

½ yard of fabric for the lining

¼ yard of fabric for the handles

⅓ yard of interfacing

2½˝ × 2½˝ square of paper

Large paper clips

Basic sewing supplies

special skills

•Refer to The Rules of Sewing

• Using an iron

Prepare the Pieces

1.Cut 2 pieces of oilcloth to measure 12½˝ × 15˝ each for the outside.

2.Cut 2 pieces of fabric to measure 12½˝ × 15˝ each for the lining.

3.Cut 2 pieces of fabric to measure 4˝ × 15˝ each for the handles.

4.Cut 2 pieces of interfacing to measure 4˝ × 15˝ each for the handles.

TIP

If your oilcloth fabric is a little wrinkly and crinkly, resist the urge to use an iron! Irons and oilcloth sure don’t mix very well. Not only will your oilcloth be a melted mess, but your iron will be a mess too! Use a warm hairdryer held a few inches away to gently release the wrinkles. Be careful not to put it so close that the cloth starts to melt! After warming the oilcloth, I usually stack magazines on top until it has cooled.

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Envoy

James Whitcomb Riley Indiana University Press ePub

MANY pleasures of youth have been buoyantly sung—

And, borne on the winds of delight, may they beat

With their palpitant wings at the hearts of the Young,

And in bosoms of Age find as warm a retreat!—

Yet sweetest of all of the musical throng,

Though least of the numbers that upward aspire,

Is the one rising now into wavering song,

As I sit in the silence and gaze in the fire.

’Tis a Winter long dead that beleaguers my door

And muffles his steps in the snows of the past:

And I see, in the embers I’m dreaming before,

Lost faces of love as they looked on me last:—

The round, laughing eyes of the desk-mate of old

Gleam out for a moment with truant desire—

Then fade and are lost in a City of Gold,

As I sit in the silence and gaze in the fire.

And then comes the face, peering back in my own,

Of a shy little girl, with her lids drooping low,

As she faltering tells, in a far-away tone,

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Home-Made Fairy-Tale, A

James Whitcomb Riley Indiana University Press ePub

BUD, come here to your Uncle a spell,

And I’ll tell you something you mustn’t tell—

For it’s a secret and shore-nuff true,

And maybe I oughtn’t to tell it to you!—

But out in the garden, under the shade

Of the apple-trees, where we romped and played

Till the moon was up, and you thought I’d gone

Fast asleep.—That was all put on!

For I was a-watchin’ something queer

Goin’ on there in the grass, my dear!

’Way down deep in it, there I see

A little dude-Fairy who winked at me,

And snapped his fingers, and laughed as low

And fine as the whine of a mus-kee-to!

I kept still—watchin’ him closer—and

I noticed a little guitar in his hand,

Which he leant ’ginst a little dead bee—and laid

His cigarette down on a clean grass-blade;

And then climbed up on the shell of a snail—

Carefully dusting his swallowtail—

And pulling up, by a waxed web-thread,

This little guitar, you remember, I said!

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