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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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Back to School Binder for ANNE Style!

Posted by on August 25, 2016 in fabric, patterns, tween, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Back to School Binder for ANNE Style!

My 2nd daughter Anne likes things BRIGHT and FUN and LOUD!  She saw these birds (again from Belnd fabrics!) and knew right away that she wanted her binder to be covered in this fun fabric. Anne is going into 5th grade this year.  She is ready to rule the school!  Her last year of elementary is going to be her best for sure (according to my positive and bright middle child!) Go ahead and get your your pattern on sale to make your own Binder...

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Back To School Binder Cover for Elsie

Posted by on August 24, 2016 in color inspiration, patterns, sewing, tween | 0 comments

Back To School Binder Cover for Elsie

My 12 year old still likes a new binder cover made by me.  YAY!  She is finally over the lunch bag but still gets excited for this  I used the Notebook Slipcover Sewing Pattern of course.  On sale right now for only $5! We used the same binder from last year and picked out these very pretty new fabrics from Blend Fabrics.  The fabric line is called Season of Love.  Blend fabrics are always a pleasure to work with- their quality is so nice! Very pretty for 7th grade, right?  Right in the middle of Middle School.  YIKES.  I am thinking about writing more about tween style and sewing for them.  It is such an interesting time for them!  And, it is an interesting time to be a parent too… So be prepared!    ...

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Remembering Camp Quilted Fabric Frame

Posted by on August 19, 2016 in gift, patterns, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Remembering Camp Quilted Fabric Frame

Unlike the last frame I shared a few days ago, this frame was super quick!  My girls went to camp last week and had a great time with their cousins and new friends too.  My sister in law, Maureen, took this photo of them on the steps of the dining hall on the last day. Camp is all about being yourself and I think this photo sums it up  To make the Laurel logo, I used my printer and Lesley Riley’s TAP paper.  You can get some here.  My transfer didn’t go perfectly, but I think it adds character to the camp frame! Again, this one is made with fabric scraps.  This is a great project for finally using up those random pieces of fabric that you are saving.  I didn’t quilt this frame since I wasn’t sure how I would handle quilting over the logo.  When you quilt the piece, it add more structure which I like a little better, but this one still works very well. How would you frame a photo like this?  I liked using the colors of the photo to choose my fabrics.  It makes such a cohesive piece  ...

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Quilted Fabric Frame Wedding Gift

Posted by on August 17, 2016 in gift, patterns | 0 comments

Quilted Fabric Frame Wedding Gift

I love getting a beautiful wedding invitation in the mail.  That crisp paper and seeing the names of the bride and groom in beautiful fonts is just so special.  My cousin Marin was married last month and her invitation was just lovely.  Simple yet romantic.  I wanted to frame it for her with my new sewing pattern. I knew that linen would be a great base fabric.  I searched through my fabric stash and found these other pieces to enhance the look.  Marin is an art teacher and I know she will appreciate hand made! This frame was made using binding instead of sewing the sides right sides together.  I adjusted the size of the piece to fit the Half square triangles that I made.  I just wanted to make sure that I had enough space on the sides of the frame that were not patchwork so I could make the frame look even. I will admit this one took me awhile.  From finding the perfect fabric to coordinate with the invitation,  to making the HST the right size (the first try was way too big and was put on the back instead), to the fancy quilting (at least fancy for me!), and finally getting the binding just right, this frame was not a quick and simple project.  It took about 4 hours worth of babysitting and lots of patience!  But I loved...

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