Patchwork Heart Bag Tutorial

Patchwork Heart Bag Tutorial

Well,  isn’t this just super cute?  I love giving handmade valentine gifts but I love giving something that will bring joy all year long even better!  This bag features a simple patchwork (with a fun trick to make it quick and easy!), a button closure, simple lining, and a whimsical new way to add a handle.  Let’s get started! First gather 4 scrap fabrics that are 2.5” x 7.5”.  Coordinate as much as you would like! You...

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Week 5 of the Gingercake Gifts Holiday Sewing Series Giveaway!

Week 5 of the Gingercake Gifts Holiday Sewing Series Giveaway!

The is the last week of the sewing series and I have another fantastic giveaway for you.  Drum roll… First we have we a really cool set of sewing tools from Dritz!  These tools were chosen by the folks over at dritz as the best and newest must haves for us sewers!  I would really like to try these out!  Click on the titles below to learn more about each one.  Thanks so much Dritz! 202 LED Needle Threader 803 Needle Storage Tube 204-M Soft...

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Week 4 (already!) Giveaway from the Gingercake Holiday Gifts Sewing Series

Week 4 (already!) Giveaway from the Gingercake Holiday Gifts Sewing Series

Last weeks winner was Serina from Stuart FLA.  Congratulations Serina!  This week I have another fantastic giveaway coming your way!  Have you ever shopped at Bloomerie Fabrics?  It is a beautiful online fabric shop that sells quilting cottons, patterns, organic fabrics, home decor and gorgeous fabric bundles too!  People often ask me where I get my fabrics, and Bloomerie is one of my favorite shops!  I bought all the solids I used to make this...

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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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Week 3 of the Holiday Gifts Sewing Series Giveaway

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...

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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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Halloween Front Door Decor and Tutorial

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...

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7 Faux Fur Sewing Ideas

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....

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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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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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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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I Made it Holiday Market Booth

I Made it Holiday Market Booth

Back in November, I participated in a new show (for me but has been happening for about 5 years here in Pittsburgh) called the I made it Holiday Market. The show went well- it was 2 days which I thought would be hard but was actually really nice since you don’t have to do set up and break down on the same day.  Day 2 was so great since I just showed up and started selling! Here are some shots of my booth~   You can see that I have...

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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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Cross County in the Winter

Cross County in the Winter

We made it to Breckenridge!  Many things are the same as back in 1997 when I had my 20 months here as a 22 year old.  My friends that still live here tell me about all the change- I can see how much more development there is but it still feels like the same place to me.  Ah- the joys of being a tourist and only see the rosy picture! First, though, I have some fun photos to share of our trip across the country.   We drove 1549.21 miles in three...

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2 shows! GULP… But 2 shows is not as hard as you think!

2 shows!  GULP… But 2 shows is not as hard as you think!

I applied to 2 fabulous shows in Pittsburgh this holiday season and got into both of them!  My first reaction was YAY!!!  My next reaction was OH MY GOODNESS- I have a lot of work to do.  But it’s fun work- good creative work! I found out this news several weeks ago and have already been sewing up some things- crayon holders, modern folksy kitties, market bags, etc.  I haven’t done a big show in awhile (actually, since before my...

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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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A bold new Katie Bird

A bold new Katie Bird

I shared some sweet things I sewed for Kate Murray of Blend Fabrics for the Spring Quilt Market and now I am working on a few more things for her fall booth.  I loved using this Bold Affinity Fabric for a sweet Katie Bird pillow.  Fabulous, right?  I haven’t made this pattern for awhile and I forgot how fun it is- especially with a great fabric...

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