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Clever Ruthie is named for my interesting Grandma Ruth, an inspiring seamstress! She even has a couple of inventions to her credit, including Roman shade tape. She bought me my first sewing machine and she was, of course, very clever. Now I am also inspired by vintage fabric, trims, buttons and more to create new things, every single one of them absolutely *one of a kind.* I let the materials – fabric, hankies, doilies, bits of lace, even costume jewelry – tell me what they should become, and then I do my best to execute that vision, designing each piece to show off the vintage materials and, I hope, to be a something of a work of art as well as earth-friendly, recycled and upcycled.

Nothing in my shop that is handmade will ever be re-created. nor will you see fabric selections for making the same piece over again simply in another fabric or color. Whatever single piece of vintage material I fi…

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  • Joined April 9, 2011

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Any and all vintage fabric, trims, buttons, jewelry, tablecloths, lace, tapestry, and embroidery

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About

Clever Ruthie is named for my interesting Grandma Ruth, an inspiring seamstress! She even has a couple of inventions to her credit, including Roman shade tape. She bought me my first sewing machine and she was, of course, very clever. Now I am also inspired by vintage fabric, trims, buttons and more to create new things, every single one of them absolutely *one of a kind.* I let the materials – fabric, hankies, doilies, bits of lace, even costume jewelry – tell me what they should become, and then I do my best to execute that vision, designing each piece to show off the vintage materials and, I hope, to be a something of a work of art as well as earth-friendly, recycled and upcycled.

Nothing in my shop that is handmade will ever be re-created. nor will you see fabric selections for making the same piece over again simply in another fabric or color. Whatever single piece of vintage material I find that sparks my interest, that's what dictates the next creation!

Of course as you can see from my shop, my love for vintage doesn’t stop at fabric. I think of myself as a a vintageholic – I’m addicted to glass, furniture, housewares and more! Sometimes I’ll sell vintage pieces from my collection, or sew new items inspired by vintage themes, such as my Pet Pillows – an idea born from 1950s poodle skirts! I hope my unique items, which I sew as I think them up and are always one of a kind, will make you smile.

Have fun in my shop, where I have things for children, grownups and everyone in between. The only thing Clever Ruthie lacks ... is the time to execute my ideas!

*** I normally do custom orders, but at this time my patterns and materials are all packed for an out of state move. I'll re-open my custom orders shortly. I apologize for the inconvenience.***

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