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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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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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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Colorful Patchwork Basket Craftsy Class by Caroline Critchfield

Colorful Patchwork Basket Craftsy Class by Caroline Critchfield

Oh my goodness!  I love learning something new in spite of myself.  I often think I can’t take on new sewing skills since I am  busy enough with what I already know and can’t seem to accomplish the things I currently have on my plate.  It is frustrating to be bursting with projects you don’t have time to accomplish, right?  But when Caroline asked me to take her brand new Craftsy course as part of her blog hop, I knew I needed...

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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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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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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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Picnic Fabric Wide-Leg Pants

Picnic Fabric Wide-Leg Pants

My little miss is busting out of her clothes.  I forgot how fast they grow at this age!  She is so typically 2 year old stubborn though and squeezes herself into her old tight clothes.  I finally cleared out her drawers and now I am in the process of restocking.  Don’t get me wrong!  I am not making a totally handmade wardrobe!  I can’t handle that time commitment right now.  I CAN handle a few fun pieces mixed in though This is...

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A New Duffle for the Traveler

A New Duffle for the Traveler

My oldest is traveling on her own to visit my parents this week.  She is going to get on the airplane here and my parents are going to pick her up in Atlanta a few hours later.  She is so excited and so nervous! A few years ago I made her a lovely yellow patchwork child size duffle.  But she is not a little girl anymore and she needed a piece of luggage that was more like the young lady she is going to become in the next few years.  THis is...

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MAN time: Day off Backpack for my man…

MAN time:  Day off Backpack for my man…

Honestly, my husband might have asked me to make him a backpack to take to work about 5 years ago.  FIVE YEARS!   But I still get the credit for finally making him one!  He rides his bike to work in the summer and need something to take his change of clothes in.  He is pleased to have his own Day Off Backpack (even though he will be using it for work days!).  The only one without a backpack now is my 7 year old son, so expect some cute boy...

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Day Off Backpack Version TWO: for the kids of course!

Day Off Backpack Version TWO:  for the kids of course!

Today is the second version of the my new sewing pattern- the Day Off Backpack!  It will go for sale on Monday, July 13th.  YAY! (pattern now avialble!  You can purchase here).I like the idea of having options for a pattern- being able to use the same basic principles, but then having extra feautures to change things up. I feel like clothing patterns do this all the time- but not so much bag and accessory patterns, right?  I feel like it opens...

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Day off Backpack coming soon! PART ONE

Day off Backpack coming soon! PART ONE

I have been working on this for quite a while and I am so excited to share it with you.  I am thinking it will be ready for purchase Monday, July 13th.  YAY!  (now avialable!  Purchase pattern here). Isn’t it fun?  And guess what?  This is just the first version!  I have 2 more versions to share tomorrow and Friday. This one is the adult size with a darted base.  It features a drawstring closure, simple zipper front pocket, magnetic snap...

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Antalya Dress Testing for Willow & Co

Antalya Dress Testing for Willow & Co

When I saw on FB that Olga of Kid Approved was looking for testers for this dress, I jumped at the chance to try it out.  I really like the modern yet simple look of the style.  Willow & CO is an exciting pattern company and I love watching their progress.  Their new line looks fantastic! I was happy to be assigned the 11 year old size so I had an excuse to sew for my oldest.  She has gotten pretty particular but loves this dress ( I bought...

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A Dozen Chicks

A Dozen Chicks

It’s no secret I have chicken envy.  I know that I can’t have chickens again this year- we have a new dog, travel plans, and honestly, I can’t stand dealing with chicken poop.  But I love the idea of a pretty little chicken coop and heirloom varities of chickens laying beautiful brown eggs.  Anne’s piano teacher has new chicks and is keeping them in her kitchen in a box for a few weeks.  The kids and I enjoyed looking at...

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Yes- I do still sew for my family

Yes- I do still sew for my family

Hello friends.  I realize it’s been a long time since I shared things I sew for my family here. As many bloggers have noted, with social media, sometimes blog posts about simple things sewn never get blogged about anymore.  I have every intention of sharing these simple projects on my blog, but then the task of perfect photography and lack of time always gets in my way.  So, today, I am going to play catch-up (with iphone photos!) and...

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Wild & Free Sewing

Wild & Free Sewing

Doesn’t that sound wonderful?  Wild and Free Sewing.  Hmm.  I have to admit that sewing is not always wild and free- more like specific and detail oriented!   But we love it anyway, right?  Like a puzzle we have to work out to make something beautiful.  My lovely sewing friend Maureen Cracknell asked me to sew a bag and dress with her brand spanking new Wild & Free Fabric line from Art Gallery Fabrics.  How would I ever say no to any...

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Sally, meet Norah. Norah, meet Sally.

Sally, meet Norah.  Norah, meet Sally.

Miss M doesn’t have many long sleeve clothes that fit her right now.  I am pretty sure a load of hand me downs is coing my way soon, but for now, I decided to sew a few things for her from my collection of existing patterns.  Have you ever mixed a couple of patterns you liked to make the perfect garmet for your needs?  It’s really nice to pick and choose.  A couple of weeks ago I made a norah tunic for Marion and it turned out...

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