Gingercake loves to embrACE elephants!

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...

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The Jedi Penguins! Another chance to enter the giveaway

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...

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Gingercake’s Gifty Frames and Free Printables!

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...

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Sara sews an elephant and 24 hours left to enter!

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...

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Back to School Binder for ANNE Style!

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

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...

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Remembering Camp Quilted Fabric Frame

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...

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Quilted Fabric Frame Wedding Gift

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...

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Baby Announcement Quilted Fabric Frame

Baby Announcement Quilted Fabric Frame

I made a few of these cute birth announcements to send to family and friends when Marion was born.  Almost 4 years ago!  I kept one for myself to do something pretty with, but it just ended up stuck in the baby book with all the other STUFF.  When I was thinking about how to use the new quilted fabric frame pattern, I realized this would be the perfect little piece to frame for her bedroom!  It turned out so cute. You can see the simple...

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Brand new Quilted Fabric Frame Sewing Pattern!

Brand new Quilted Fabric Frame Sewing Pattern!

I am so excited about my newest sewing pattern!  I have been thinking about making a fabric frame for years.  In fact, I made a version once to appear in a friend’s sewing book but we decided to do a different project instead.  That frame stuck in my head though and I actually knew that I could make a much better version.  Here is the result!   My sister in law, Jennifer Stein, is a great photographer and she is responsible for all...

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Vacation Tote with Flap and More pockets

Vacation Tote with Flap and More pockets

At the end of this month I am sewing a couple of bags for one of my favorite fabric designers, Kelle Boyd of AnnKelle.  YAY!  She sent me 1 yard of this 108” wide remix yellow daisies which was WAY more than needed to make the bag she requested.   I thought it would be perfect to sew up a cute and summery vacation tote! This version has a twists I wanted to share.  I made the bag just like in the pattern describes but added a flap and...

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Art Caddy Tote ~ a softer side…

Art Caddy Tote ~ a softer side…

  The Art Caddy tote is one of my most popular patterns.  I created the tote to solve a problem in my house when the art supplies started getting out of hand and I was tired of picking them up all over the house.  I thought, how about a bag that the kids can haul around from room to room (since no one ever seemed to want to color in the same place twice) and they can store all their supplies in? I wanted it to stand up on it’s own...

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New Spring 2016 Crayon Folio Kit!

New Spring 2016 Crayon Folio Kit!

This “Whatever the Weather” fabric is too cute!  I only have a few of these kits, so hurry over to the shop to get one today! The exterior of this crayon folio is pieced together to make a cute unique look.  Although many of you may have done this type of piecing before, I thought I would share the simple technique herejsut in case help is needed. Arrange the pieces on your work surface.  Your first step is to appliqué the weather...

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Another Day Off Backpack Tote and SALE code

Another Day Off Backpack Tote and SALE code

I really like the dimensions of the day off backpack.  Big enough to carry my things but not so huge that things get lost!  A few weeks ago, before we left for Colorado, I made a winter tote version of the backpack that I love using everyday. I have discovered that a tote is better for me to use everyday than a backpack.  The backpacks I save for special excursions- to the pool, on a hike, etc.  The tote I can use for carrying just my wallet...

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Make Your Getaway Duffle with Long Handle and Front Pocket

Make Your Getaway Duffle with Long Handle and Front Pocket

If you follow along regularly, you may remember the version of the Make your Getaway Duffle that I made for Elsie back in August.  That version has become very popular and although the original version is a bit quicker, this one is not much more effort and might be fun for you to try if you want to change up the look of the classic Gingercake duffle pattern. I did not include the shoulder strap (like on the bag that Elsie has) in this tutorial...

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Day out Purses for Craft Shows 2015

Day out Purses for Craft Shows 2015

Do you remember that cute Day Out Purse I made for Sew Mama Sew last year?  They were an extra project from Sewing to Sell that I was able to share.  I made some for the holiday craft shows I did back in November and Decmeber 2015. They were fun and quick to make.  Since they are 6” x 7”, you can use some of those bright and colorful FQs you have laying around.  Also- it’s a great chance to use up some of those trims you have...

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Quick Sew Pattern sale & a Social media TIP

Quick Sew Pattern sale & a Social media TIP

I know.  I know.  I talk a big talk about sewing early but I still have some things left to do for my kids.  I figured you might have some things left to sew too.  So,  I selected 5 patterns that are a quick sew but still make a really nice gift.  Five patterns for only $5.00! Head over to a new section in the pattern shop called “quick sew patterns” and grab some deals!  Here are the ones on sale below… SOCIAL MEDIA TIP!  You...

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Adventurer Waste Free Lunch Bag

Adventurer Waste Free Lunch Bag

My kids really wanted to keep this lunch box for themselves.  “OOOOHHHH.  It’s so different!  Like a picture on your lunch bag!  So So cute.”  That was from my 11 year old daughter.  But, alas, this lunch box is going down to Atlanta GA to be with the other things sewn for Blend Fabrics Quilt Market Booth. This adorable fabric is The Adventurers Collection by Cori Dantini for Blend Fabrics.  The panels are really really cute...

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Bus Stop Coat

Bus Stop Coat

You know those cute checkered pants I made for Miss M a few weeks ago?  I also made a 2nd pair in cute pale pink fabric with gold dots that I still have not shared.  Why? (you might be asking).  She absolutely refuses to wear them.  No amount of bribing will work.  But 2 year olds are fickle- I know eventually she will wear them and patience is needed.  I am a little frustrated though because I LOVE those pants!  And, I honestly feel a little...

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Divided Zipper Pouches in Priory Square Fabric

Divided Zipper Pouches in Priory Square Fabric

I like to mess around with my sewing patterns and see if I can find other uses for them.  You all know this about me, right?  I think it fun to expand on one concept in sewing and find new uses for it.  Fun for a sewing nerd like me! I loved working with Chio from Llama Fabrics!  She sent me a beautiful set of FQs from her shop and I was excited to make something fun.  These beautiful Art Gallery fabrics are from the Priory Square line by Katy...

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