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Bean Bag Chair in the New Frolic Fabric Collection!

Posted by on June 8, 2017 in color inspiration, decorating, fabric, sewing, tween, Uncategorized | 1 comment

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 “MOM!  when are you going to make that bean bag chair you promised?!”  That is how 13 year olds talk to their moms by the way.  I knew I had to finally take the leap and make that chair!  And, it would be the perfect way to show the Frolic Collection This chair was made from the tutorial by Live Colorful but instead of just using 2 meters of 54” wide fabric, I basically created a simple quilt top with 18” squares and half triangles.  I had four 1/2 yard cuts of Frolic and added two 1/2 cuts of solid fabrics.  Once I had it all pieced together, I backed it with a white muslin and “quilted” the outlines to all the pieces.  The backing was to give the bean bag more stability for wear and tear. One cool thing about this style is that it can be flipped over and...

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Picnic Quilt in just 3 hours!

Posted by on June 1, 2017 in quilt, quilts, sewing, tutorial, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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 easy to assemble!  Miss Marion likes it too!   You can watch the video by clicking the play button below.  It is almost 20 minutes long which feels LONG for youtube!  But I will tell you- it’s really hard to show how to sew a whole quilt in less than 20 minutes!  I think it will be worth your time Here is the PDF version of the quilt :  OCP quilt design.  Click on that link and print it out on your computer or use the image on your phone like I did in the video.  Here is a photo version you can view from your phone or computer while you sew.  Enjoy your quilt...

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Mother’s Day Gift Idea and Free Printables!

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in gift, Holiday, patterns, printable, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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 Below are the PDFs that you download to print on your own.  These are 5” x 7” sizes and will work for the pattern size . Click on the blue words above the saying to open the PDF! totheworld artofliving...

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Blend Fabrics Katie Birds for Spring Quilt Show!

Posted by on April 28, 2017 in fabric, Gingercakesews, patterns, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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 the Flutter & Float line, you don’t need to necessarily add the extra layer of interfacing/ flannel that the pattern calls for.  I also reduced the size the 90% (because I can fit them into a standard box for shipping more easily!) and instead of zig zag stitching on the wings, I sew them right sides together with a piece of white fabric and turned it right side out.  This is an extra step but gives the wing a more finished look which I like when combining 2 prints like this. These cuties will be in the Blend Fabrics booth at the Quilt show this spring.  Let me know if you find them there!  I would love to see a photo of the display!...

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Modern Folksy Bunny 2017 Sewing Kit

Posted by on March 29, 2017 in baby, DIY kits, embroidery, fabric, gift, patterns, sewing for baby, toys | 1 comment

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.  She always wants me to stop and admire their pretty pink shawls and sweet innocent faces.  So, this year I decided to change up the modern Folksy Bunny and give it a new look inspired by those sweet sisters of the more famous Peter Rabbit.   I changed the regular Modern Folksy Bunny Pattern quite a bit to create this version.  First, I changed the shape of the head by moving the dart to the center.  Then I made both ears face forward and created this sweet little face.  There is something so special about embroidering little faces and it really takes your handmade projects to the next level.  From a simple afternoon project to a family heirloom in my opinion!  In the altered pattern you get with this kit,  I provide lots of instruction (including links to very helpful video...

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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 | 2 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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