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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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 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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Sew Can She Llama! Sew Sew Adorable

Posted by on November 30, 2016 in gift, give away | 2 comments

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 inspiration! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway this week!  Leave a comment here for your chance to win the giveaway this week! a Rafflecopter giveaway...

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The Jedi Penguins! Another chance to enter the giveaway

Posted by on November 29, 2016 in give away, patterns, sewing for boys, Uncategorized | 5 comments

The Jedi Penguins!  Another chance to enter the giveaway

Do you all see the Penguins made by Amanda of Jedi Craft Girl last friday?  Love them!   Thank you so much to Amanda for participating in the Gingercake Holiday Gifts Sewing Series.  You can read more about her cute penguin pair by visiting the Jedi Craft Girl Blog.  She made these gifts using the very popular Annie’s Penguin Pillow Pattern. I have never tried to use minky before at the belly but it looks so soft!  She used a basting spray to keep it from shifting all around.  Very clever! I have made many many penguins myself over the years.  Including the Valentine penguin that is my favorite!  You can visit that blog post here.  It is a free upgrade tutorial! Back in 2013 when I did this gifts series before, 4 bloggers sewed up penguins to give as gifts.  They were all so cute!  First is Caila’s from CailaMade... My good friend Amy (in real life!) of Mindfully Made Studios sewed a cute penguin too.  She made her penguins from fleece- again as a baby gift for a brand new niece… Next, the talented Jenny of the Southern Institute had her daughter Abby sew up the Annie’s Penguin Pattern as her first project.  WOW!  awesome job Abby!  This girl has a future in sewing!   My last penguin to share was...

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Week 3 of the Holiday Gifts Sewing Series Giveaway

Posted by on November 28, 2016 in give away, Uncategorized | 46 comments

Week 3 of the Holiday Gifts Sewing Series Giveaway

I hope you are enjoying the Holiday Gifts Sewing Series as much as me!  This week we have a fabulous and exciting giveaway that I am so excited to share with you.  You have heard of Stash Box Builder, right?  It is a monthly subscription service geared specifically toward quilters and sewers building their stash.  Stash building is a never ending adventure, and this is like giving yourself the perfect gift every month! Ready to open up the November box that you have a chance to win???? The November box has three 1-yard pieces of Art Gallery “Blithe” collection, a spool of Aurifil thread, their signature pencil and a box exclusive quilt pattern!  This is the box that you will have a chance to win this week!  Isn’t it pretty?  I love the subdued but original pallet of these fabrics. Not only does Stash Box Builder send you amazing and stylish monthly fabrics, with the left over fabric from their bolts, they create quilts for families and children in need.  We sewers know that handmade quilts are the coziest and most thoughtful of gifts and I just love that Stash Box Builder is doing this project as part of their business plan. Thank you so much to Amanda from Stash Box Builder for working with me to host this...

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Gingercake’s Gifty Frames and Free Printables!

Posted by on November 23, 2016 in craft show, gift, give away, patterns, printable, sewing | 7 comments

Gingercake’s Gifty Frames and Free Printables!

This is my stop on my own Gingercake Holiday Gifts Sewing Series!  I knew immediately that I wanted to share the Quilted Fabric Frame pattern!  It is my new favorite gift to give When I created the new frame pattern this past summer, my oldest was immediately smitten.  She is into decorating her room and accessorizing (like many 12 year olds I know!).  Giving a frame can be a little tricky since you either need to have a photo already in it or it feels kinda half finished if you give it empty.  Instead of gathering photos (since you know, at this age, she is going to want to put her friends in there), I decided to make some cute quote printables instead.  Problem solved and I get to pass on my not so subtle Mom messages too I used Art Gallery Fabric that I purchased from one of my favorite etsy fabric shops- Llama fabrics.  They have a fantastic selection, Chio always refunds shipping overages, AND it is shipped so fast!   I love how these fabrics from different collections still coordinate.  Another amazing thing about Art Gallery! I also think these will be great to sell at a craft show with the quotes.  That way, people can give them away as a finished gift and the person receiving the frame can either use it with the quote...

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