Seamstress Extraordinaire

“Hello, I am LeeAnn Putnam.

Welcome to It's A Lost Art!”


I am glad that you have found your way here to check out all of my different projects and creations. The pictures you see on this page are a selection of some of my different sewing projects. I hope that some of these things will resonate with you. If you don’t see what you are looking for, please contact me and we can discuss your ideas. 

Custom Creations – – Your Way.


What I Do

Check Out What I Can Create for You!

Home Decor

Want to change the whole look of your home?

Need new window treatments or a new cushion for your window seat? Do you want to brighten up your room with some great new pillows on the sofa?


Do those favorite pants need hemmed?

Have a skirt that is too short? Do you own a piece of clothing you love, but it just needs one little tweak?


Need a costume for the next theme party?

Is Halloween your favorite holiday? Does your child want to win the next costume parade at school?


Does that favorite chair need a major rehab?

Does your boat need new vinyl seats? Do you have Grandpa’s old chair that needs a “re-build” in order for you to use it and keep it as a family heirloom?

My Blog

  • Time to Get Outside and Have Some Fun!!

    Have you had it with cold weather and being stuck inside all of the time?  I am so with you.  There are daffodills coming up and the trees are starting to bloom. Both are a sure sign of warmer weather on the horizon.

    It will be time to go boating and camping before we know it.  Now is the time to take a good, hard look at your boat and camper and decide what needs to be done so you are ready to GO when the weather breaks.

    Here are some things to look at on your boat:

    • Do you have any splits in the vinyl that need to be repaired?
    • Are your seat cushions comfortable or could they use some new foam?
    • Do the seat cushions just need to be totally replaced?
    • Is the carpet worn in places and need to be replaced?
    • Is your canvas cover in need of some repairs?

    If you are a camper, here are some things for you to think about:

    • Do you need new covers for the seats in your camper?
    • Are your seat cushions comfortable or could they use some new foam?
    • Do you have any splits or tears in the covers on your cushions?
    • You could change the look of your entire camper by changing the seat cushion covers.

    Take the time now to get this kind of work scheduled.  Don’t be like most people and wait until a week before you want to take the boat or camper out on a trip to try to get repair work done.


  • The Tale of the Wandering Wooden Box

    I “inherited” an old wooden footlocker from some friends when I helped them clean out their parent’s home before they put it up for sale in 2001.  This was a military family (Mom and Dad both served) and this footlocker had been through most of Europe during WWII and then in the basement of that house until we brought it out into the daylight.  I was so intrigued by it and I just kept thinking “I would love to hear the stories you could tell!” Needless to say, it went home with me that day.

    This box sat in my garage for quite a few years.  I used it to store “garage” things and it just kept getting moved from place to place. At one point I had a bunch of other cardboard boxes stacked on top of it and just forgot about it.

    One day around 2010 or so, I was looking for something to put in my living room that was low but could be used for storage and would look good. I suddenly remembered the wooden footlocker in my garage.  Could it be revived back to a functional life? How much would it take to make it presentable?

    I got out my shop vac and a heavy brush and started cleaning up the box.  I took the old wheels off (no idea where they had been) and put new, clean ones on it.  (I saved the original wheels just in case someone wants to take it back to original one day).  This box would be perfect for my room.  I made a cushion to put on top so that it could be used as seating as well as storage.

    This box has served me well for the last 5 years.  I used it to store things I used on my patio but could not leave outside.  It is now storage for my three year-old granddaughter’s crayons, coloring books, stuffed animals, hats and anything else she can stuff in there.

    Late last year my niece who lives in Chicago told me that she had been looking on Craig’s List for a bench that she could use in her newly redecorated bedroom.  She is going with a French theme and wanted something wooden that she could also use for storage.  I immediately thought of the wooden box in my living room.  I sent her a picture of the box and she loved it. She said she could just change the cushion and it would be perfect for her needs. The box will be off on another adventure as soon as the weather gets nice enough for a road trip. . .

    What do you have in your house or garage that could be revived for a new life and adventure?  Is there a chair that has been in the family for a while and just needs some new fabric and a good cleaning? Do you have a chest or table that could be revamped into a new use?  I bet everyone reading this could come up with at least one thing that has great possibilities for the future.

  • Alterations Can Grow Your Wardrobe

    Do you have numerous items in your closet that you do not wear because they need simple alterations?  There are so many possibilities:

    • Shirts that need one or more buttons sewn on
    • Skirt that is too long or two short
    • Jeans that need to be hemmed – you want the original hem to stay in tact
    • Slacks that need to be shortened or made longer
    • Suit jacket that needs the sleeves shortened
    • Waist band that needs to be taken in or let out
    • A dress that you love but it just needs a little TLC to make it current

    All of these items can be done quickly without breaking the bank.  Go through your closet and pick out one or two items that you do not wear.  If it needs an alteration, get it done.  If it just doesn’t fit in your life anymore, donate it and let someone else enjoy wearing it.

Contact Me

I'll Be Happy to Answer All Your Questions!
2 + 3 =
Please, write your name. Please, insert your email address. Please, leave a message. Umh, are you good with math?

... Loading ...