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Classic Bowling Bag in Coral with Tassels

Posted by on March 15, 2017 in color inspiration, fabric, give away, sale, sewing | 0 comments

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.  Have you tried making your tassels yet?  I used this ebook but there are also lots of free tutorials on pinterest. Only one more day to get this fabulous new Classic Bowling Bag sewing pattern for only $5!  After March 16th 2017, it will go up to regular price.  I love how versatile and fun this bag is to make!  Now I just have to decide which one I am going to start carrying around! Don’t forget the giveaway happening too!  For just purchasing the pattern before 3/17/2017, you are entered to WIN!...

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

Posted by on March 14, 2017 in give away, patterns | 0 comments

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

Posted by on March 13, 2017 in patterns, tutorial, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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 interfacing but Pellon 931TD also works fine). that is also 8” x 6” Layer the interfacing inside the folded fabric and top stitch across the top folded edge.  Now you have a pocket!Layer the end piece on top of the pocket piece, face down on your work table.  Pin if needed.  Baste together by sewing 1/8” close to the edge of the end piece.  Then, trim off the edge of the pocket to match the curve of the end piece.  See the photo below. Turn the piece over and now you see your pocket piece in place! Follow the pattern instructions to add the end piece onto the sides.  Your basting stitches that you make to ease the end piece in place, should begin just above the pocket top edge. In the pattern, I  give you the option of hand stitching the seam of the end pieces over toward...

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Introducing the Classic Bowling Bag Sewing Pattern

Posted by on March 11, 2017 in patterns, sewing, tween | 0 comments

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 construction made it easy to make lots of sample bags.  The biggest challenge was working out the sizing and especially the handles.  I made lots of versions of these handles!   I really wanted to make them look nice but avoid using fancy hardware and difficult techniques. I am so so please with the way they turned out!   I always work to keep things simple and although there are lots of ways to make handles,  keeping them simple and making them look professional are a challenge for sure.   The idea is that a beginner sewer can accomplish something that looks really nice and not kill herself in the process So, this bag is a testimony that theory- create something beautiful, that you can feel proud to carry, and ENJOY the sewing process!  There are some simple tricks included in the...

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

Posted by on February 2, 2017 in Handmade Business, Sewing To Sell | 1 comment

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 consistent.  One foot in front of the the other and keeping myself focused on doing thing I love!  Two things are really exciting and helpful for me right now- Canva and Tailwind.   Both charge a monthly fee but I think they are well worth it! Tailwind in a scheduling app that I find really helpful.  I originally used it just for Pinterest but now they have an instagram scheduling too.  That is been so awesome!   Here is how tailwind looks when you have the schedule going. I took an online video class from Simple Pin Media to learn how to use Tailwind to schedule my pinterest strategy.  It is a good course and I may revisit it again.  I think you could learn quite a bit from tailwind’s own video tutorials also. What I like most about tailwind is planning pinterest out for a month in advance....

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Patchwork Heart Bag Tutorial

Posted by on January 27, 2017 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

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 will also need a piece of 6.5” x 8.5” cotton fabric for the exterior back.  2 pieces of interfacing (fusible if you would like) that are 6.5” x 8.5”, and 2 cotton lining pieces that are 6.5” x 8.5”. A piece of cotton fabric that is 2” x WOF (about 40”-42”) for the strap. Sewing machine, thread, iron, scissors, hand needle and thread. 3” elastic cord A pretty button! Let’s begin~ Sew the scraps together and press the seams out flat. Cut the piece into three 2.5” strips.  Rotate the middle strip so that the fabrics alternate. Sew the pieces together to create a patchwork piece.  Tray to line up the seams as much as possible so it looks nice and tidy. Use the heart shaped pattern piece to cut the heart.  You can download...

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Week 5 of the Gingercake Gifts Holiday Sewing Series Giveaway!

Posted by on December 12, 2016 in give away, Uncategorized | 92 comments

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 Comfort Thimble 843 Flexible Yard Stick 667 Tailor’s Marking Set 135-40 Easy Grasp Pins 735 Wrist Pin Cushion Next we have a pattern giveaway from the very talented Suz of sewpony vintage!  Suz has a gorgeous sewing blog (sewpony) and a loyal following (for good reason!).  Her etsy shop, sewpony vintage has several gorgeous patterns for girls including the popular tic tac toe dress and the fabulous cosi swimsuit!  Thank you Suz! And last but never least, Chio from Llama Fabrics is offering an FQ bundle of Maureen Cracknell’s new Art Gallery Fabrics line, Garden Dreamer!  Every single one of these designs is GORGEOUS!  Thank you so much to Llama fabrics!  I am a really big fan of llama fabrics- gorgeous selection, very fast shipping, reasonable prices, and Chio is super helpful....

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Gingercake loves to embrACE elephants!

Posted by on December 9, 2016 in give away, patterns | 1 comment

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 Gingercake Holiday Gifts Sewing Tour.  She has some great tips on how to make the Lucky elephant an even faster project!  She is also looking for some sewers to help out on all the order they are getting for embrACE the elephants, so be sure to let her know if you want to join in! Only one week left of the gifts series!  Have entered this week’s giveaway yet?  Go ahead and enter so you have a chance to win.  Next week is out last giveaway and you are going to LOVE it.   a Rafflecopter giveaway Next week is going to be fantastic!...

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Sew Mama Sew Giveaway DAY!

Posted by on December 7, 2016 in give away | 122 comments

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 years already!  I am so proud of this book and so happy that it has helped so many people! Leave a comment here and tell me a couple of things you are making your loved ones for the holidays!  Quilts?  Pillows?  Organizers?  Toys?  I can’t wait to read your comments!  the Giveaway will close on Sunday, Dec 11th at 5PM.  Good Luck!   WINNER CHOSEN!  No more comments please Margaret Schindler was the winner!  She answered ” I love making quilts for gifts”  thanks Margaret!...

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

Posted by on December 5, 2016 in fabric, give away, Uncategorized | 67 comments

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 quilt for my 12 year old there. Jess & Donna of Bloomerie have generously offered a $50 shopping certificate to one lucky winner this week!  YAY!  Here are some pretty pics from their shop…    So pretty, right? Are your dying to start new sewing projects just looking at those photos?  Me too! So, back to the giveaway!  Before we proceed to the entries, Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House (our guest sewer on Thursday 12/8!) has also offered THREE patterns from her shop to the lucky winner this week!  Hayley’s patterns are elegant and stylish and you are sure to find something perfect for you (she has 2 patterns for ladies!) or your sweet little one.  Head over to her shop to check them out.  Here are a few of my favorites!   OK, Finally!  NOW, you can enter the...

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