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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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Kitty Backpack by SweetKM and Week 2 giveaway of The Holiday Gifts Series!

Posted by on November 21, 2016 in gift, give away | 23 comments

Kitty Backpack by SweetKM and Week 2 giveaway of The Holiday Gifts Series!

You all know how I fawn over Kristy of Sweet KM, right?  Such talent!  I was so pleased when she agreed to be part of my Gingercake Holiday Gifts Sewing Series.  I knew she would sew something unique, useful and gorgeous!  I was certainly not disappointed  Her Day off Backpack is amazing! Kristy is an accomplished garment sewer- working her magic at making a stylish and practical wardrobe for herself one piece at a time.  Her simple, chic pieces of clothes are totally wearable and timeless.  Kristy has a shop on Etsy where she sells her knitting patterns too.  She really tempts me to learn how to knit! One of the things I love about Kristy is her attention to detail.  She is an architect after all!  Check out this detail from her Day off backpack~ So fun and clever!  Thank you so much for inspiring us with your backpack Kristy! Now for the week 2 giveaway! You may or may not know that I have sewn many pieces for Blend fabrics for their both at Quilt Market.  I love to work with their high quality, colorful fabrics.   Blend has offered Gingercake readers an entire 1/2 yard bundle of their Poppy Collection of fabrics.  I love these bright and gorgeous prints and I hope you will too! The other treat we have this week is that Heidi...

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Sara sews an elephant and 24 hours left to enter!

Posted by on November 18, 2016 in Books, give away, Holiday, patterns, sewing for baby, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Sara sews an elephant and 24 hours left to enter!

Sara Soares of Made by Sara is a talented sewer and makes the most beautiful children’s clothes!  She just had her 4th baby (a little boy!) and wanted to make his first made by mama gift.  She chose the Lucky the Elephant pattern. Sara made him at 75% size (better for little hands!), added a rattle while stuffing and made a grabby t-shirt tail (you have to visit her blog to see it!). Less than 24 hours are left to enter the Week 1 giveaway of the Gingercake Holiday Gifts Sewing Series!  Up for grabs is FIVE  C&T publishing books! Including my book, Sewing to Sell!  This set of books will keep you inspired for a long time! a Rafflecopter giveaway Next week will start out with my friend Kristy of Sweet KM and a brand new Giveaway!  YAY!  I can’t wait to share it with...

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Gingercake Holiday Gifts Sewing Series 2016 and week 1 giveaway!

Posted by on November 14, 2016 in Books, give away, Holiday | 109 comments

Gingercake Holiday Gifts Sewing Series 2016 and week 1 giveaway!

I am so excited for another round of Gifts Sewing this year!  Do you remember when I did a similar series back in 2013?  Well, it has been 3 years and I thought it would be great to do it again!  Not only will you be seeing all the fabulous sewing of some very creative bloggers, but Gingercake is hosting some great giveaways for each of the 5 weeks of the series!  That means you have FIVE chances to win!  Your chance to win this week is at the end of this blog post!ere is the line up of sewers~ Today is the first day of the series and I am so so pleased to have the very talented Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt as the guest sewer!  Heidi lives in Texas with her family and is a fellow author at C & T publishing.  Her book, Sew Organized for the Crafty Girl is a must for getting your sewing life in order! Heidi has a beautiful range of sewing tutorials!  One of my favorites is this pixie cup below.  A great use of scraps and so useful! For the Gifts Sewing series, Heidi sewed an Art Caddy Tote and converted it into a make-up organizer!  She use some of Cotton + Steel’s new fabrics which look adorable!.  Head over to Heidi’s blog to read more about the bag! Love it!  Thank you Heidi! GIVEAWAY ALERT! Since Heidi and I...

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Halloween Front Door Decor and Tutorial

Posted by on October 19, 2016 in decorating, Holiday, home improvement, tutorial, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Halloween Front Door Decor and Tutorial

It has taken years for me to find my halloween decor groove.  My kids want to see our house get festive for the holidays and I remember loving halloween stuff when I was a kid too.  But the retail stuff available  can be kinda ugly, right?  And creepy too.  So, here is my compromise!  Still festive and a little spooky, but not over the top. First is my new wreath!  I made this by recovering my spring wreath from this video tutorial.  I simply cut two 7” x WOF pieces of fabric and sewed them together to make an 7” x approx 84” piece of fabric.  Then I sewed it right sides together to make a long tube.  I turned it inside out and covered my wreath just like in the video.  Very easy! The flowers are 2 colors of orange wool felt.  These types of felt flowers are very easy to make!  I used the method described here.  I usually make my cuts kinda wavy to add more imperfection to the flower if that makes sense. I love the simple gathered wreath and felt flowers look.  Not too much and still festive!   Here is a quick photo tutorial for making the flowers.  You can read that link above for more detailed info on making the flowers.Don’t worry, I did get a little spooky for the kids !   A couple of years ago I made...

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Fabric Covered Bead Necklace tutorial

Posted by on October 18, 2016 in sewing, tutorial | 0 comments

Fabric Covered Bead Necklace tutorial

I have been making these pretty necklaces lately.  They are fast and simple!  The tutorial is featured on Sew Mama Sew today.  Head over and see how you can easily make your own!

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7 Faux Fur Sewing Ideas

Posted by on October 11, 2016 in fabric, tutorial, Uncategorized | 0 comments

7 Faux Fur Sewing Ideas

When you make the Lulu Llama sewing pattern, I recommend buying a 1/2 yard cut of faux fur.  (if you go to JoAnn’s you can save more by purchasing only 14” instead of 18!).  Fur is usually 60” wide!  This means your Llama only used HALF of the fur you purchase!  What to do with that other half?  Well, first, you can just make another llama.  But there are also lots of simple and fun project out there for sewing with faux fur.  Here are a few… Make a fur pom pom for your favorite hat!  This is really cute.  You can find this tutorial here .    This hood from Lemon Squeezy home is ADORABLE!  THis is free pattern that comes in several sizes.  With your left over Llama fur, you might only be able to make the little one.  You can get the pattern here. My girls would love a stool like this one above for their room!  It is so fun!  You can get the tutorial here. Ok, ok.  The instructions to this one are in either spanish or portuguese, but look at this sweet cappella!  That collar makes it really special.  I know some of you are up for a challenge.  You can find the pattern here. This are really cool boot cuffs!  I’m not sure I could pull it off with my wardrobe (PJ pants?) but I know some of you...

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