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 to try it.  How can anyone resist these beautiful bags and baskets? This is not my first time watching a Craftsy course but it is my first time completing one (shh.  don’t tell anyone!).  Caroline did a beautiful job with her instructions.  She has so much experience teaching through her popular blog, Sew Can She, and her book, Just for You, that I knew she would be able to explain things clearly for this class.  I was not disappointed!  I love my new basket and hope to make one of those gorgeous bags soon! The “trick” she teaches to sew patchwork with interfacing all in one time saving sit down is AMAZING!  To me, at least, since I have been doing it the old fashioned time consuming way all these years.  The whole project took me a few hours and since I had such a great time learning these new easy methods, it seems like much less time. I used 4” squares and my completed basket is about 7.5” x 7.5” x 3.5”.  The size is really nice and was easy to work with.  I don’t think I would want to go smaller for a basket but I would really like to try the bigger blocks sometime soon.  Caroline explains how you can use the same methods for blocks from 2.5” to 10”.  I really like a project that gives me so much freedom. I added a couple of extra fabric scraps from my stash, but the majority of my patchwork pieces were from Stash Builders Box.  A really cool monthly subscription program that sends you monthly a monthly box of sewing goodies!  The box includes 6 modern fat eights, notions, and a couple of quilt patterns.  Also, stash builder box uses their extra stash fabrics to make and donate quilts to children who are sick and traumitized all over the world.  I love that. My only problem now is how to use my new basket.  My oldest daughter’s birthday is next week and I saw her eyeing it up for all her almost 12 year old accessories, but I also want to keep it in my sewing room to help keep me organized.   Thank goodness I will be making more soon! Do you want to take this...

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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 and be nice and sturdy- functionally speaking, a floppy bag just wasn’t going to work with all the paper and art supplies in it.  So, I used a special very stiff pelon interfacing and it worked to give me the bag I was looking to create.  Very sturdy! But the original interfacing is not as easy to come by nowadays.  And, it is expensive and has changed to only be fusible on one side.  It still makes a really great bag is is certainly worth the effort, but I needed to make a new one of these for my 3 year old and I wanted to see if I could come up with a more simple option. This art caddy tote is made with only one layer of fusible interfacing on all the exterior pieces.  The lining is made with cotton canvas and there is an extra layer of duck cloth between the lining and the exterior that I used instead of interfacing the lining. I also made a cute “lid” to the backside pocket that you can see in the photo above.  This way, it holds pencils and different items that don’t fit in the side.  To solve the solution of the gaping sides (a problem that I didn’t like the look of in the first version and fixed with the thick interfacing), I simply made a casing for some extra .75” elastic and threaded the elastic through just the sides. This version only took me an afternoon.  I will admit that the original version is sturdier and really gives you the feel of a box, but this version is much quicker and I like the gathered sides- they give it a cute, stylish look and it is still very sturdy. To make your own softer version of the art caddy, here are the changes you need to make~ Omit the extra stiff layer of interfacing but follow instructions to create the exterior the same way as the pattern. Lengthen the handles- I used the WOF x 4” and pressed the fabric in half lengthwise, opened it up and then pressed the raw edges in toward the center.  Then...

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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 girl piece onto the lattice fabric. I use a small zig zag stitch and decrease the width between the stitches.  I like a loose look, but you may like a tighter stitch that looks more like a fram fro your girl.  You may want to experiment before sewing the pieces together.  The weather girl should be stitched 1.5” from the left side of the piece and 1.25”  from the base. Next, sew the 2 ends to the center piece right sides together.  Press the seams toward the center piece.  See the photos below. Finally, measure that your pieced together exterior with your interior solid piece.  The 2 should be equal.  If the exterior is a little shorter (up to .75”), simply trim the interior piece down to match.  The important factor is the width of the crayon art folio and the length can be adjusted without hurting the design. Enjoy your sewing!...

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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 been saving for who knows what.  Here they are in action in my booth~ My girls were really hoping they would get one of these after the show- even though I already made them their own back when I wrote the pattern!  But, too bad for them!  These all sold.  I prices them at $22.  Since I used odds and ends to make them, and they are small, I felt like it was a fair price. You can get the COPY RIGHT FREE pattern here on Sew Mama Sew and make your own!  If you plan on selling online, I do appreciate credit for the pattern.  In the versions above, I used a magnetic snap and a zipper as alternate closing.  I also omitted the interior pocket to make them faster for the show.  ...

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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 betrayed about wasting some of my favorite fancy fabric on something she won’t wear.   Hmmm. So this time when I decided to sew something else for her,  I went straight for fabric I knew she would like.  In fact, we picked it out together at the fabric store to make her a coat for the bus stop. Right now, the coat is for the walks to the end of the driveway to wait with the big kids to get on the bus, but soon the cool mornings will last the whole day (insert sounds of sighing here) and this coat will become one of our staples.  The fabric is fleece from JoAnn fabrics and the binding and pockets are also from JoAnns. The pattern is the Nituna Jacket from Figgys.  It is a great pattern- an excellent fit and also fun to make.  I have made the fully lined version also (never shared here but I will soon!) and I really enjoyed making it. I have to admit, I might finally be a fleece convert.  I really haven’t sewed much with it and making this coat was so fun- the good pattern probably helped!  But the fabric quality is nice and soft.  It’s kind of like she is being wrapped in a cozy blanket everytime she puts it on! She loves the cozy hood the most!  It is big and roomy.  In fact, I had to get the hood off photo quick before she put it right back up! Our mornings have been so foggy lately.  I love the affect the fog has on my photos.  It really gives a feel for the cool early mornings we are having this september.  OK- maybe fall won’t be so bad after all.  I just could use another month or 2 of summer… But this one is ready for cooler weather for sure!          ...

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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 some vintage fabric that my friend Donna gave me.  You have probably seen this type of fabric in red and blue too, right?  I think it makes some cute pants.  The weight and drape are nice and I love that border! The pattern is the wide-leg pants from Happy Homemade Sew Chic Kids by Ruriko Yamada.  The first thing I love about using this book (and I have a bunch of times!) is that I just trace out the pattern pieces onto my butcher block- No PRINTING!  Printing out 20 pages for a kids clothing pattern drives me crazy.  I will certainly do it for something special but not if I can avoid it for something basic.   The other thing I love are the short and kinda vague instructions.  It challenges my brain a little to have to figure it out!  You guys know how much I like trying to figure things out, right?  This book is not for everyone though, not only becasue of the vague instructions but the lack of included seam allowances can be frustrating. I did learn how to make some really cute curved pockets that I had never done before.  Very fun!  She loves those pockets and the comfortable waist band.  I will admit that as soon as she got her chocolate chip for posing for me, she promptly took them off and put on something costumey and crazy.  Oh well.  These are going to fit for a long time- she will start wearing them eventually…  ...

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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 adult size version of the Make Your Getaway Duffle. I changed the strap length to be the WOF and loop down to the base piece.  I also added a pocket in between the straps.  The final addition is the shoulder strap to help with carrying through the airport.  The size is 4” x (again) WOF.  I used the triglide slides I had left over from all my Day Off Backpack making.  It is a really nice addition to the bag! A few week ago, I took girls to see Mat Kearney in a free concert down near the city.  It was their first concert and so much fun.  I used my favorite canvas drop cloth fabric for the lining and instead of just leavin it plain, I looked up lyrics to one of Mat’s songs and wrote them with a sharpie on the lining.  The result is a really fun lining that reminds us of a memorable night together. The last bit of fun is this fabric tassel around one of the handles.  My daughter says this is her favorite part! The fabric used here is organic cloud 9 fabric from Joanns for the main body fabric.  The straps and handles are Katarina Roccella for AGF from the indelible line.  The strap is art gallery solid, Honey. Let me know if you are interested in more detailed information on making the longer hand straps and the shoulder strap.  I think they make a nice addition!...

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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 version coming in the next couple of weeks… I might actually have change out the flap and just do a magnetic snap for him since he thinks the button will be too hard (I guess buttons on backpacks are too hard for men-  haha).  This is the MASH UP version of the backpack.  The Mash up uses the boxy base, adult measurements, and zipper pocket of the adult size and also the flap and snap sides of the child version.   There are instrutions to make the mash-up in the pattern… For the fabrics I went over to JoAnns and bought a yard of the Khaki duck cloth and a 12” cut of the dark brown duck cloth.  On sale for only $6.99 a yard right now and duck cloth has a 60” width!  I used a brass zipper (but had to pull out those metal pieces which was kind of a pain) and a toggle button.   I did not use any fusible interfacing since the duck cloth had plenty of structure.  I also used duck cloth for the lining. One mistake I made was adding batting to the straps.  I thought it would be nice for him to have padded straps for the bike ride.  But, they are already made of the thick duck cloth and adding the batting made them way too thick for the triglide slides.  I had to really work them through the slides! Today is the last day to enter the Pattern and kit giveaway!  Head over to my last blog post here to enter!  While you are there, read some of the day off activity comments- they are so fun and relaxing.   AND, don’t forget that the pattern is on sale for just a few days longer!    ...

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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 your mind to how much you can create when sewing- like taking basic concepts and expanding them to make just what you want.  So cool.  That must be how sewing has kept me hooked all these years! This kids version of the Day Off Back Pack is smaller (of course!) and has a boxy bottom.  It also has a larger flap and button closure.  The last different feature are the snappy sides that give a quick closure and shape but can also be left un snapped for extra STUFF.The first time I gave this to my 2 year old to wear (these photos are on my 9 year old because she is A LOT easier to photo!) she stuffed it so full that we let the snaps out.  Then she kept it on ALL day and had a fit when I made her take it off for nap time.  Tomorrow is the final version of the Day Off Backpack!  Here is a hint- MASH UP!  That’s right.  A combo of the two to make a super cute 3rd version!  ...

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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 flap, and adjustable straps. The next version is coming tomorrow! If you like the looks of this backpack, please pin, share on facebook, or tweet to help me spread the word.  Thank you!  ...

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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 the Geranium dress in the older girl sizes and that one got a big thumbs down ). I originally used this fabric just as the muslin to see if it would work.  It is actually a light weight cotton table cloth that my neighbor gave to me.  The fabric is in great condition and the print was so fun.  I also used it to make this bag (a really great pattern by Abby!).I struggled a bit with getting the back button right and you can see that they are not perfect in these pictures.  But no worries!  Olga has since fixed up that section of the pattern and now it is perfectly clear.  I am temped to rip it out and sew it correctly, but I am sure that I will never get around to that project and Miss E doesn’t seem to mind one bit. The construction of this dress is so clever.  The front panel and the gathers at the hips are very pretty.  It makes adding the gathered back skirt so simple.  Also, I love the style of the sleeves- they are so modern and stylish.  It is also modest in a way that does not sacrifice design at all- perfect for my almost 11 year.  The clothes selection for her at the store can be really weird so I really appreciate a dress like this one.  She has already worn it with a tiny belt and cardigan out to dinner- all fashioned up herself! Thanks for the opportunity to test the dress Olga!  Be sure to sign up for the Willow & Co newsletter so you will know when their new pattern collection (including this dress!) comes out!....

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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 them and holding them.  They were all colors and shades and so noisy!   I made a chick pattern for my book, Pretty Birds and decided it would be fun to sew a bunch of chicks for spring decorations.   They are so fun and although not the real thing, they do satisfy a little of my chicken love 🙂 I had a big crew of newphews and nieces here for Easter dinner on Sunday.  Anne asked, Can I give the cousin chicks to take home?  I felt pretty torn- these kids expect handmade cute things from Aunt Virginia.  It is practically assumed in our family!  But this time I said NO.  These chicks are for me...

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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 share the things I made over the last 6 weeks or so.  These things were practical and fun- the whole reason that I began sewing in the first place!  Nothing too widly original or especially well done either, just fun sewing projects. First, I made a couple dresses for my little peanut.  The one on the left is the geranium dress and the one on the right is the Sally Dress.  I have made both of these before and still love them.  Although, I will admit my machine hates sewing button holes right nowso the Geranium dress was sorta a pain for that reason alone.    Above is a detail of the bottom of the geranium dress and Marion’s fabulous new turquoise Mocs.  I used corduroy (from Joanns) for the dress and embroidered these little stitches by hand to add some extra interest.  The mocs are the lil papoose moccasins by Peek a boo pattern shop.  I have made them before and they are really fun.  Not super practical for this age- but fun, easy, and they really make an outfit super adorable! And above is another shot of the Sally Dress.  I love how she is showing us her displeasure with photo taking in this picture.  2 year olds are hilarious in a million ways.  This fabric was found at the thrift store the day before I made it and then she wore it to church the next day.  It’s really sweet how all the older ladies at church fawn over her when I make these kinds of dresses.  It must bring back many happy memories of dress making for their own kids.  It also motivates me to bring her to church in handmade!   I have been potty training at my house over the last month.  It has been a challenge but worth it to stop using diapers.  I remembered that I had a cute underwear pattern from the Sew Fab Bundle a few seasons ago and decided to try it out.  After a few mistakes on the first one, I made 10 of these quickly and they are fabulous!  The pattern is by Red Kitchen Katie and its adorable.We were having a lot of fights in the morning about back packs- the culprit was...

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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 request from the amazing and talented Maureen and then add beautiful, high quality art gallery fabrics on top?  YES PLEASE! First I made another Sally Dress in the super soft knits.  The main navy/ cream print is called Woven Path and the Pockets are in Sun Tracks.  Miss M loves this dress and when we put it on she said “soft!  soft!”  It is so so pretty.  What is nice about the fabric, beside the lovely print, is that it stretches in both directions.  Not too much but enough so that I could make the bodice in the horizontal direction and the skirt in the vertical direction.  A really cute contrast! Maureen needed a bag to fill out her Booth at Quilt Show this Month where she will be presented her fabrics.  This Make Your Getaway Duffle with a pocket in Wild & Free Folk Plaid  should be a great supporting piece!  I use AG solids in Spiceberry (for the lining) and Honey (for the handles and base).  To add a little extra color, I made a quick and fun tassle from left over Sun Tracks for the handle.   I am pretty happy about that tassle!  I see more in my future soon… Thanks to Maureen and Art Gallery fabrics for sharing their beautiful fabrics with me and if you see Maureen at Quilt Show, be sure to say hello!  She is as kind and generous in person as she is on her blog. P.S.  Beware out if you have never been to Maureen Cracknell Handmade Blog before.  You may never leave.  It is so...

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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 really cute.  I like the tunic version (i’ll have to share the one I made soon!) but I didn’t want to make the dress version with this fabric.   Last year I made the Sally Dress for Anne by Very Shannon.  The boxy neckline and big pockets are SO ADORABLE!  I love the dress but honestly felt baffled by some of the instructions.  (shh!  sometimes garmet constrcution throws me for a loop!)  So,  I like how the sally dress looks, but how simply the Norah dress is made!  Solution?  Just combine the 2, right! So, I made the bodice the way Shannon suggested, but added the sleeves the way Hayley suggested.  AND,  I added the skirt the way Rae says to do it in the Geranium dress!  I also used the length of Hayley’s sleeves to make the Sally dress have long sleeves.   Sometimes I forget that patterns can just be used as a stepping stone to making things your own way that best suits how you like to sew and exactly what you want to make.  I do that all the time with my pillows and bags but it doesn’t always occur to me with sewing clothes.   About my fabric choices:  I used the adorable Madrona Road by Violet Craft for the pockets.  I used mini pom pom trim from Pick Your Plum for the bodice trim.  A little tough that trim!  Very tiny seam so be careful.  Not sure if it is really supposed to be used for sewing since it’s from pick your plum but I thought it was when I bought it!  The body fabric is from JoAnns.  It has a really cute tiny stripe and is only $5 a yard right now!  The drape is really nice.   A Photography note-  I finally got my self and Miss M going early and took this photos before the school bus even came this morning.  The golden hour truly does make a difference in photography!  I have known it forever but never seemed to get motivated to get out there to photograph so early (or so late!)  Another bonus-  I didn’t even edit these photos!!!  That is amazing and made...

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Waste Free Lunch Bag got ZIPPED!

Waste Free Lunch Bag got ZIPPED!

I have no idea why I never made this bag way before!    Once I figured out how to add the zipper, I realized that with some practice, this can be a method that is a lot faster and creates a nicer bag (in my opinion!) than the tab closure! The key to making this really easy is to use a nice long zipper.  I buy 20” zippers at zippit.etsy.com.  They are inexpensive and come in adorable colors.  I wanted to be able to open the bag all the way and I remembered how Anna of Noodle head did her wide open pouches (check out that tutorial if you feel like you need extra info on doing this one). Using the same basic concepts, I was able to figure out a really simple way to add a zipper to this bag! Begin by cutting everything according to the Waste Free Lunch Bag Pattern Instructions except omit the tab and the velcro.  Use a 20” zipper instead.  Follow this simple photo tutorial to add the zipper to your bag!  This tutorial is a free upgrade to the Waste Free Lunch Bag (on sale this month for only $5!).  It is meant to be used along with the pattern.     That’s it!  See how simple?  All lunch bag patterns are on sale until August 9th.  Head over to the pattern shop to get yours!    ...

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Simple HST Quilt in Solids

Simple HST Quilt in Solids

    Last month my oldest turned 10.  TEN!  Hard to believe ten years have passed since she was a little tiny sweet baby.  She is a great girl and into style and trends and all things bright and beautiful (like most 10 year olds!).  I made this Half Square Triangle quilt for her gift and it is a big hit.  It is similar to this picnic blanket I made last year. I used this technique to cut my HSTs and I used bella solds from Bloomerie fabrics.  The fabric was wonderful and the colors were so bright and bold.  It was exactly what I wanted.  The fabric colors I used were zen grey, amelia orange, peacock, peony, purple and buttercup.   I ordered a 1/2 a yard of each of the six fabrics and then cut the 1/2 yards into 18” squares that were cut down into the 8 HSTs.  I used the extra 6” strips to make squares to mix in and fill empty spots. Although I shopped and shopped online for the backing and binding, I ended up just going to Joann fabrics so that I could make sure that the colors matched.  I knew that I wanted something with a bold print for the backing and this cute peacock fabric worked great.  Also, the polkadot orange for the binding was fine.  I would have preferred a stripe but I just couldn’t find one I liked at Joann’s so this had to work! Below is my poor attempt at the classic outdoor photo of the quilt floating in the air~ The colors are wierd and the photo quality is poor since my fancy new camera still baffles me sometimes.  But at least you can see how all the squares fit together.  Although it was my intention to put it together randomly, I still paid attention to mixing colors and letting some triangles and squares block together.  I really liked how modern it felt in the end. Quilts are a challenge!  The biggest challenge for me is how time consuming they are and also the actaully quilting. It’s a pain to wrangle all that fabric on my machine.  But this half square triangle type is a simple and fun construction and a twin size is not too hard on your regular home machine.  Making a quilt always makes me admire quilters who create complicated tops and the even more complicated quilting...

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The Big Tote Bag: Last Day of the Sew Fab Sale!

The Big Tote Bag:  Last Day of the Sew Fab Sale!

Today is the last day of the Sew Fab Sale!  Yes, your last chance to get this fantastic bundle of patterns for only $29.95.  That means only about $1.50 per pattern!  For today, I made the Big Tote Bag Pattern by Autumn Street Patterns.  This is going to be so useful!  I love it already. It’s no surprise that with 4 kids in age from 10 down to 18 months, I have to carry around a bunch of stuff.  Espeically on weekends when I have to haul them all around to sports, piano, gymnastics, etc.  This bag can hold a blanket to sit everyone on, snacks, water bottles, toys, money for the concession stand, suncreeen, baseball and glove, and there is still space! All that functionality and it looks cute on your shoulder too!  I even had to wash it since after I had it at the soccer field for about 2 seconds, coffee was spilt all over it.  It still looks great after a quick wash, dry and iron.  Awesome.   This fabric is from a table cloth my neighbor gave to me.  I love how it looks like wedgewood china.  So cool!   The Sew Fab Sale ends at midnight!!  Hurry and get yours before it is gone.  Head over to my original blog post for details on the sale and links to all 19 patterns. The sew fab sale is an affiliate program.  I make a percentage of each sale that is made through my links.  Thanks so much for your support of the sew fab bundle...

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Sew Fabulous Norah Dress from the Sew Fab Bundle Sale!

Sew Fabulous Norah Dress from the Sew Fab Bundle Sale!

I sewed up the Norah Dress by Welcome to the Mouse House for Miss Marion and she looks so so sweet!  This pattern is another great one in the Sew Fab Bundle.  I loved how easily it came together and how nice it looks on my girl. Since the Norah Dress is a simple A line, the assembly was very straight forward.  The collar and sleeves came together beautifully!  I was pretty relieved not to have to do any skirt gathering! The dress is lined only on the top which was really nice for the finish but kept it from being too heavy as fully lined dresses can sometime become.  Also, the back closure is a simple button and loop which looked great!  I can finally do a decent button hole but appreciate avoiding the process if possible! I added 2 little white buttons under the collar fo some extra interest since my dress fabric was so simple.  I love how sweet and nostalgic this turned out!  The norah dress is a wonderful staple to have in your patterncollection.  It doesn’t use too much fabric, it’s easy to assemble, and it produces a lovely dress.  Hurrah! Only 2 days left to get your Sew fab Bundle!  Visit my original blog post about the Sew Fab Sale to get all the details and enter for your chance to win the Sew Fab Giveaway!   The Sew Fab sale is an affiliate program.  I recieve a portion of all sale made through my website.  Thank you so much for your...

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Leather Accent Fold Over Pouch for the Sew Fab Sale

Leather Accent Fold Over Pouch for the Sew Fab Sale

More sew fab bundle sewing over here!  This one is actually for my mom for mother’s day so I made it last week to get it in the mail in time.  I think it will be a really useful gift for her.  Have you checked out all the patterns in the sew fab bundle?  It really is a great collection at an amazing value. This pattern is the Leather Accent Fold Over Pouch by Vanessa of LBG studio.  It’s a great staple to have in your collection since it is both sylish and super simple.  Love that!  The pattern is easy to follow and well done.  I like that she includes pattern pieces to print out but also has the measurements in case you don’t want to print them out. I used Dear Stella fabric from the Piper line.  I love all the fabrics in that collection!  For the lining I just used a fairly heavy cream duck cloth/ canvas.  The leather accents are from a hand me down pair of suede maternity pants that I have had for years.  Yes- I once wore some suede maternity pants because I am cool like that! It’s a nice size too- not too small or too big.  Just right for your wallet, phone and some lip gloss.  Perfect!  You can easily make this as a gift or to match a special outfit in about an hour and 1/2. Have you bought your bundle yet???  Head over to my original blog post for all the details and to enter the awesome sew fab giveaway!  Or click below to get your bundle now....

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