More Sewing to Sell is HERE! And the first giveaway…

More Sewing to Sell is HERE!  And the first giveaway…

It’s been a very HAPPY week for Gingercake Patterns and moi, Virginia Lindsay ūüôā My new book, More Sewing to Sell is finally available for purchase and I am so excited to share it!¬† This book was a challenge and pleasure to write.¬† I really wanted to give my readers valuable information on running a sewing/ crafts business.¬† Not only did I contribute my own experience, but I interviewed 8 very successful sewing superstars that make this book a fantastic resource. Do you see who is in that photo above?¬† That’s right!¬† The fabulous Anna Maria Horner!¬† She talks about hiring employees for the first time and gives her advice when you will know to hire for your business.¬† ¬†She is just as kind and down to earth as you would expect. I also interviewed Kendra Oakden of Swankaroo.¬† I have admired her simple, beautiful backpacks for quite some time and was really happy to get her in the book.¬† I was so surprised to learn that Kendra is a one woman show running her business on a small scale exactly the way she wants.¬† I thought for sure she had 20 employees making backpacks and web designers organizing her social media and photo shoots.¬† It is amazing what she has accomplished! But I know most of you are most interested in the projects!¬† ¬†I love the sewing projects too!¬† Here is a peek at a few of them… And, as always, C & T publishing has done an amazing job of photography, styling, and formatting the book.¬† It is truly a joint accomplishment!¬† Take a look at some of these photos (and these are projects in the book too!)… Gorgeous, right??¬† So, do you want to win a copy of the book?¬† I should hope so!¬† This is going to be a simple giveaway just for YOU, my regular readers ūüôā . SO leave a comment below and tell me if you have dreams of starting a sewing business and what is holding you back.¬† OR, if you are already running a business and what improvements you hope to make.¬† OR, if you don’t want to start a sewing business and like keeping it a hobby and why you like that.¬† Basically, tell me about YOU! ūüôā . The giveaway is closed!¬† Thank you so much for all the entries.¬† I loved reading every one of your comments ūüôā . You all are an inspiring bunch!¬† #42, Lauri Schroeder is the winner and¬† here is her comment.¬† I think the book will be perfect for her!...

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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 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!

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 are both author’s for C&T publishing, this week’s fabulous giveaway is a set of FIVE books from C&T! ¬†Included is my book, Sewing to Sell and Heidi’s book, Sew Organized for the Crafty girl! ¬†To enter the giveaway through rafflecopter, just leave a blog comment about what you want to make as a gift this year for the holidays! a Rafflecopter...

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Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day Spring 2015

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day Spring 2015

I love Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day! ¬†This week¬†I am giving away a signed (cuz I’m so not famous) copy of my book, ¬†Sewing to Sell. ¬† This book is a great resource for starting a sewing business AND it offers 16 copyright free sewing projects. I made these 3 quick and Cool Grocery Totes (a pattern from Sewing to Sell) for my mama for Mother’s day. ¬†It is one of my favorite projects from the book since it’s quick, there is little fabric waste, and the result is a fun and useful bag. ¬†I really like the idea of making sets too- ¬†Wouldn’t groceries look adorable in these bags?? I also made a set for my mother in law, Trish. ¬†I love these bright colors and I hope she will too!All fabrics were from JoAnn Fabrics. ¬†The yellow lining fabric on the fruit bags is¬†Lotta Jansdotter for JoAnn. ¬†They also have some really pretty Cloud 9¬†fabric there now too! I made a youtube video about these Quick and Cool Grocery Bags that you can see here. To enter the giveaway for the book (which includes the pattern for the grocery tote!) please leave a comment here answering¬†one of these questions: What are you hoping to sew this summer?¬† What is your favorite handmade gift to give? YES- I will ship the book internationally. The giveaway is now CLOSED. ¬†Thanks so much! ¬†The winner was #192, Kelsey! ¬†Thanks so much for all your comments. ¬†I loved reading them all. I would love to have you join my newsletter! ¬†Sign up over there on the right top corner of my blog....

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Pretty Birds: 18 simple Projects to Sew and Love

Pretty Birds: 18 simple Projects to Sew and Love

It may be only 10¬†degrees outside but today we are going to chat about¬†those feathered darlings who come to visit us in the spring. ¬†BIRDS BIRDS BIRDS. ¬†Last winter I spent day after day creating these fun and clever projects from my huge (i may have a problem) stash of scrap fabrics. ¬†And this winter, I get to share my new book with YOU! Pretty Birds includes 18 projects ranging from doves to swans, from owls to woodpecker, and¬†fairy wrens to Kookaburras. ¬†I love them all so much and I am thrilled to share¬†each and every one. ¬†This book is also¬†beautifully hand illustrated (not by me since I am a terrible illustrator) and includes full pattern pieces too. Today, I am starting off the Pretty Birds Blog Tour. ¬†The blog tour is lasting 2 weeks and during that time we are running a giveaway with 5¬†chances to win! ¬†Five winners will not only recieve a Pretty Birds book, but also a complete sewing kit of the bird of their choice from ME. ¬†I can’t wait to share some scrappy love to aspiring bird makers. ¬†Enter the giveaway below.. a Rafflecopter giveaway And here are all the stops on the Blog Tour… I am working on making a fun little movie and I wanted to share some sneak peek still shots with you of some of my favorite birds from the book… Be sure to visit the Amazon page to see a preview inside the book too. ¬†This one was so fun to write. ¬†I just love all of these projects and I hope you will too. ¬†Do you think if I make a bunch more of those robins, it will bring spring more quickly?? ¬†I am willing to try anything…  ...

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Just for You! My Selfish Sewing Venna Bag and a Book Giveaway!

Just for You!  My Selfish Sewing Venna Bag and a Book Giveaway!

  CHANCE TO WIN A COPY OF THE BOOK! ¬†Read through and leave a comment at the end for your chance to win ūüôā Sweet! ¬†Today I am the “Sewlebrity Sewist” for Caroline and Sarah’s fantastic new book, Just for YOU: Selfish Sewing Projects from Your Favorite Sew Can She Bloggers. ¬†This book is full of special and creative projects by some wonderful designers that are part of the Sew Can She Community. ¬†Check it out!   I chose to make the¬†lovely Venna Tote by Sarah Markos. ¬†I love making bags since I always learn something new and it feels really great to make something for myself. ¬† This bag was well designed and has plenty of room. ¬†The fun box pleats and the belt make it extra special without having the pattern become too complicated. ¬† ¬†I really liked being able to spend just a few hours on this bag but to come out with something really pretty and useful. ¬†Below is Sarah and Caroline’s version…   I admit that I made 2 versions of this bag and the first one was a flop. ¬†I used a big bold Ikea print that I have had for a few years and it ended up looking clownish. ¬†Sometimes trying to make a statement turns out not so good…¬† but then I started again and¬†used my favorite painters canvas and some bright Cotton and Steel prints and it came together so much better. ¬†I have been really into tassels lately too, so I had to add my favoite tassels and beads to give my bag a little extra kick.   I also made a tie instead of the rosette which was an easy adjustment. ¬†I like the tie a lot (and I have never been able to make a good rosettes! ¬†This would have been a good opportunity to get better but opportunity knocked and I chose not to listen-ha!)   It is -2 degrees here today and this bag makes me so happy thinking of warmer weather! ¬†I can’t wait to use it wearing short sleeves and a long skirt. ¬†It gives me hope! ¬†Doesn’t it remind you of warm days too? ¬†I feel so jealous of the book photos in that beautiful weather! ¬†This book has fabulous photography, by the way, all done by Caroline and Sarah themselves! Now are you ready for your chance to win a copy of the book? ¬†Tell me what was the last selfish sewing project YOU made for yourself. ¬† Was it a bag? ¬†Perhaps a¬†dress? ¬†An apron? ¬†Guess what? ¬†All those projects are in this book!! ¬†I can’t wait to try out more! ¬†Be sure to¬†visit the Amazon page to see a...

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A Baby Book

A Baby Book

Baby Books!  Love em or hate em?  The pressure of filling them out makes me aprehensive.  I am fine with the initial info about when baby was born, what was happening, what the birth was like, etc.  It's just the follow up that gets me!  All the other kids have half filled baby books- great at the beginning and then lots of blank pages!  Life gets in the way and I forget to stop and fill out baby book info.   This is where my big girls will be helping future Marion.  They are PSYCHED about the baby book.   Fabric used: Pretty Little Things Tree by Dena Designs, Free Spirit Get Together Flock of Birds Pink & Valori Wells Wrenly Rosette Cerulean Blue I knew the notebook slipcover pattern would come in handy for this project.  My older daughters helped me choose the fabrics.  I added a double layer of cotton batting to make it softer and decided not to add the extra top stitching.  A cleaner edge just seemed right for this project. I purchased the whole set of pages from the lovely Shanda over at CustomMemoryBooks.  These are so nice!  Shanda customizes the cover page and all the pages just for the baby.  Check it out if you are in the baby book market.  So so sweet.  You can either have her print the pages and send to you or she will customize a set that you can print out yourself.  They are clean and simple with modern graphics. Brilliant. I bought a binder and clear protector pages from Office Max- an invest of about $15.  At first I thought I wouldn't like using the protector pages but they are actually really nice.  You can insert photos and cards in with certain pages and it keeps the whole thing more organized.  You scrap bookers probably already know about this trick but it was new to me!   So, were you good about your baby books?  Does it really even matter?  All I know is that when I mentioned baby book to the big girls they were so excited.  We brought out their baby books and it turns out that I filled in just enough to make them happy and together we talked about their baby times.  Phew!  Hopefully we can give that gift to Marion...

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Owl Purses by Necessity & a Pattern Giveaway!

Owl Purses by Necessity & a Pattern Giveaway!

I got a request to make a small version of my Lucky the Elephant and it turned out so cute.  I decided to make smaller versions of the owls for my show in a few weeks.  I set the printer to 65% and it made a really nice size.  I made 6 different owls the regular size and 6 corresponding owls smaller.  I realized that didn't have enough polyfil to do all these owls without having to go back to the store and with all we had going on, I could make it there for a few days.  I wanted to finish those owls!!  I decided to try the small owls as little purses instead.  They turned out so cute! Anne chose her favorite bag and put her wallet (a gift from my sister from Etsy shop needlings) and a couple of her favorite books in the purse.  It's a really nice size for a little girl. The fabrics are mostly from Amy's fabric shop.  They are so bright and fun for spring. I usually mix in my thrift store and sale fabrics too.  The red gingham was a 100% cotton men's shirt from the goodwill & Max owl in the picture below was a Land's End Jumper the girl's never liked.  Sometimes clothing has much better quality than what you buy at the fabric store and for these types of sewing projects, they fit in perfectly!  The max style owl was harder to make into the purse since the top opening is smaller but I love the shape of it!  To make these, change your printer setting to 65% and print out your owl pattern.  Follow the pattern instruction, including the flannel lining.  (I did not do a pocket on the back of these smaller owls).  Sew a 10" piece of ribbon loop onto the front.  The loops should be sewn on facing down toward the body.  Then cut out 2 more owl shapes from cotton fabric that will be the lining of your little purse.  Use fusible interfacing on these 2 pieces to give it more shape.  For the lola owl, I used a piece of 3" velcro & for the max, I used only 2".  Sew the velcro on, centered and .75 from the top edge.  Then sew the 2 lining pieces together, right sides facing, but leave the top edge open.  Also, leave a 3" gap along the side or bottom to turn the piece out.  Do the same to the outside owl pieces.  Sew them together (including the flannel) right sides facing, but leave the top curve open.   Turn the owl inside out and press.  Insert the outside into the lining.  The right side...

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