Seraphina Swan Sewing Pattern all dressed up!

Seraphina Swan Sewing Pattern all dressed up!

I am so excited about my newest sewing pattern, Seraphina Swan!  Swans are a favorite of mine and to bring this idea to life has been a really fun sewing journey.  The original pattern version has wings made from cotton or felt stacked together.  I love that version since you can mix favorite fabrics and give your personal style to your swan. But I was also interested in making a dressed up version.  I came up with this gorgeous gal with her...

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Priced to Sell a Handmade Crayon Folio

Priced to Sell a Handmade Crayon Folio

Thanks for all the interest and comments on my Booth tips last week.  I decided to follow up with some talk about pricing!  A much debated topic but I hope I can help you by sharing my thoughts and ideas. The first thing to understand about pricing handmade items to sell is that your time and effort are THE biggest factor in the process when you are sewing.  YES, material costs are something to think about but they really only add pennies...

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Crafty Little Things to Sew Giveaway!

Crafty Little Things to Sew Giveaway!

Hi all!  I am so pleased and honored to be part of Caroline’s new book, Crafty Little Things to Sew.  YAY!  Caroline is amazing- from her beautifully curated blog, Sew Can She, to her fabulous classes on Craftsy (I have tried both and love them!) to her adorable sewing patterns, she is really making waves in the sewing world! My contribution to the book is this really fun lunch box pattern.  The project is called the Lunch-in-a-Snap Tote...

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How to set up a Simple Craft Show Table that looks great!

How to set up a Simple Craft Show Table that looks great!

Last week I participated in a pop up craft show in downtown Pittsburgh.  Although the show was not well attended and I felt silly for not having researched it properly (the location and glamour of who was running it fooled me!) I did create a nice, simple table that I thought would be great to share.  This table would be really easy for anyone to recreate on a budget but still look professional.  For more detailed info on starting a sewing...

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Bean Bag Chair in the New Frolic Fabric Collection!

Bean Bag Chair in the New Frolic Fabric Collection!

I am so happy and thrilled to be a stop today on the Frolic Fabric Collection Tour!  I love all fabrics by Tamara Kate and this one is no exception.  I had a hard time choosing just one fabric to work with so I chose a few that matched my favorite one- the flower hedgehog of course:) . Those hedgehogs are too cute for words.I had lots of different thoughts about what I wanted to make and then, last week, I was asked for the millionth time...

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Picnic Quilt in just 3 hours!

Picnic Quilt in just 3 hours!

Over on my Youtube channel today I shared a new tutorial to make this cute and fun Picnic Quilt!  I have had a great time collaborating with Organic Cotton Plus to make a few videos and I love how this one turned out!  Scroll down to get the PDF map of the quilt and print if you are here from Youtube This was an easy and fun quilt to make.  I loved ripping the FQs and then using their size to determine the size of the quilt.  It really made it...

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Mother’s Day Gift Idea and Free Printables!

Mother’s Day Gift Idea and Free Printables!

You know how I keep blathering on about how much I like giving quilted fabric frames as gifts.  Well, here I go again!  I made a new frame and a set of mother’s day quotes to share . Above is the one I am sending my mom.  But I made 2 more for you to choose from!  These will make great mother’s day gifts for you too!  If you don’t want to sew the frame, you could buy a 5” x 7” frame and still use the printables...

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Blend Fabrics Katie Birds for Spring Quilt Show!

Blend Fabrics Katie Birds for Spring Quilt Show!

I was asked to make another round of Katie Birds for Blend Fabrics!  These fabrics, called Flutter & Float, are perfect for bird pillow!   Very pretty and whimsical The Katie Bird pattern is fun for showing off pretty prints since it is simple and not too busy.  But is also adds some character that a simple square pillow can’t possible offer!  I  hope you will try it out sometime When you use nice high quality fabrics like these from...

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Modern Folksy Bunny 2017 Sewing Kit

Modern Folksy Bunny 2017 Sewing Kit

  I can’t resist making Modern Folksy Bunny Sewing Kits!  It’s something I look forward to every spring.  My youngest, Marion, loves the Peter Rabbit stories.  My others were only moderately interested but she loves them.  Something about being naughty I think!  Although she is interested in the stories about Peter, Benjamin, (and that very naughty Squirel Nutkin), she likes how the very sweet Flopsy Mopsy and Cottontail look....

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Classic Bowling Bag in Coral with Tassels

Classic Bowling Bag in Coral with Tassels

Although I set out to make this Classic Bowling Bag sewing Pattern in black, I just couldn’t make myself do it.  I like a soft black leather bag from the department store, but if I am going to sew it, it has to be BRIGHT.  I am so glad I chose this gorgeous coral!  I love how it turned out with the buttery yellow thread. I made the tassels from some up cycled suede and used a saved pice of jewelry from a broken necklace for the brooch....

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Fabric Giveaway! Make Your New Bowling Bag in GORGEOUS designer style!

Fabric Giveaway!  Make Your New Bowling Bag in GORGEOUS designer style!

  Have your purchased your Classic Bowling Bag pattern yet?  Well, get off that fence and get your pattern already!  It’s only $5 (until 3/17/2017) AND now you will be entered to win 3 half yard cuts of fabric from Bloomerie Fabrics!  YAY!  That means you are entered simply for buying the pattern!  AND, if you win, you can choose from 100s of gorgeous designer fabrics and make one AWESOME bag for yourself...

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Add a Side Pocket to the Classic Bowling Bag

Add a Side Pocket to the Classic Bowling Bag

The classic bowling bag look great with pockets on the end!  Here are instructions to show you how to add end pockets  and make them look really nice. First, take a piece of fabric, in the same direction as your end piece, that measures 8” wide by 12” long.  Pay attention to fabric direction.Fold in half with wrong sides together so the piece is now 8” wide by 6” high.  Cut a piece of stabilizer (I am using non fusible...

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Introducing the Classic Bowling Bag Sewing Pattern

Introducing the Classic Bowling Bag Sewing Pattern

Every time I say “New” classic bowling bag I cringe a little inside thinking, “Can I call my pattern a new classic??”  But I do love this new pattern and I am so excited to share it with you all!  Here it is!  A sewing pattern to create the classic bowling bag… I have spend most of my work days over the last month working on this bag.  It has been fun to create- the quilted sides, the simple materials, and the easy...

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Sewing Business Series: Behind the scenes with my current Social Media Strategy

Sewing Business Series:  Behind the scenes with my current Social Media Strategy

I thought some of you might be interested in how I am running my sewing business behind the scenes.  Someone who write about this quite a bit is Abby from While She Naps  if you want to really learn some good info and detail- like in depth extensive detail, you can go check out her blog. I find myself easily overwhelmed by too much info on how to run my business.  I am keeping my head afloat by using simple strategies and trying to be...

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Patchwork Heart Bag Tutorial

Patchwork Heart Bag Tutorial

Well,  isn’t this just super cute?  I love giving handmade valentine gifts but I love giving something that will bring joy all year long even better!  This bag features a simple patchwork (with a fun trick to make it quick and easy!), a button closure, simple lining, and a whimsical new way to add a handle.  Let’s get started! First gather 4 scrap fabrics that are 2.5” x 7.5”.  Coordinate as much as you would like! You...

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Week 5 of the Gingercake Gifts Holiday Sewing Series Giveaway!

Week 5 of the Gingercake Gifts Holiday Sewing Series Giveaway!

The is the last week of the sewing series and I have another fantastic giveaway for you.  Drum roll… First we have we a really cool set of sewing tools from Dritz!  These tools were chosen by the folks over at dritz as the best and newest must haves for us sewers!  I would really like to try these out!  Click on the titles below to learn more about each one.  Thanks so much Dritz! 202 LED Needle Threader 803 Needle Storage Tube 204-M Soft...

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Gingercake loves to embrACE elephants!

Gingercake loves to embrACE elephants!

My bloggy friend Hayley of Welcome to the Mouse House and her daughter Ainsley have a wonderful fundraising happening!  They are working hard to sew up Lucky elephants to raise money for the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennesee.  Have you ever heard of the elephant sanctuary?  Be sure to go check it out!  They are doing a wonderful job with one of earth’s most fascinating and beautiful creatures. Hayley was yesterday’s stop on the...

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Sew Mama Sew Giveaway DAY!

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway DAY!

I love to participate in Sew Mama Sew giveaway day.  I often miss it but today I opened my emails early enough and thought YAY!  let’s do this!  So, for sewers all over the world, I would like to offer THREE sewing patterns from my pattern shop and the e-book of my book , Sewing to Sell.  To USA residents, I will send you a copy of my book (or if you prefer, you can have the ebook instead! My book, Sewing to Sell has been out for almost 2...

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Week 4 (already!) Giveaway from the Gingercake Holiday Gifts Sewing Series

Week 4 (already!) Giveaway from the Gingercake Holiday Gifts Sewing Series

Last weeks winner was Serina from Stuart FLA.  Congratulations Serina!  This week I have another fantastic giveaway coming your way!  Have you ever shopped at Bloomerie Fabrics?  It is a beautiful online fabric shop that sells quilting cottons, patterns, organic fabrics, home decor and gorgeous fabric bundles too!  People often ask me where I get my fabrics, and Bloomerie is one of my favorite shops!  I bought all the solids I used to make this...

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Sew Can She Llama! Sew Sew Adorable

Sew Can She Llama!  Sew Sew Adorable

Caroline from Sew Can She is the guest blogger today on the Holiday Gifts Sewing Series.  She made the cutest llama!  Head over to her blog to check it out and see the rest of this furry friend. Caroline runs an amazing sewing blog that features free sewing tutorials from around the web everyday!  She also has a craftsy class (which I took and highly recommend!), has written a book, and has a pattern shop on etsy herself.  She is a true...

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