Valentine Treat Bag

bag1Needing a project that’s quick to sew, uses small amounts of fabric, and is perfect for Valentine gift giving? Look no further than my latest tutorial for WeAllSew, a “fat quarter friendly” Valentine Treat Bag!

This tiny tote features a heart-shaped, “peek-a-boo” window and is the perfect size to stuff with candies and\or gift cards. Plus they sew up quickly so you’ll have plenty of time to make one for everyone on your list.

I plan on making extras as teacher’s gifts and stuffing them with a coordinating coffee sleeve and a Starbuck’s gift card.

Linky Thursday

Zip your lips! This cute little coin purse is perfect for Valentine gift giving.

If one of your goals this year was to make a quilt be sure to check out this post on how to read these types of patterns – it’s definitely a time saver and makes deciphering the instructions so much easier!

This sweet little YoYo Dog has a fun retro vibe and is perfect for gift giving.

These mommy and me aprons are perfect for Valentine baking sessions.

Boys need scarves too! Here’s two to get you started.

Re-purpose those bottle caps and turn them into adorable pincushions.

Kraft-Tex has become a more popular material to work with. Learn how to make a cute expandable purse\wallet with this easy tutorial.

In my opinion you can never have too many pajama pants. Here’s another tutorial to add to your collection (this one you’ll be drafting your own pattern).

Feeling spring? Make a new wallet for the season.

A pretty way to stash your fabric scraps: whip up a few clear scrappy bins to display on your sewing table. Then put those scraps to good use with one of these adorable fabric greeting cards.

This little pouch looks quick to whip up and has adorable results.

 

A Bit of Boho

02-redsweaterI spent some time in the sewing room stitching up a sample piece for an upcoming Sew It All magazine. That’s right, Sew It All is back! While I can’t show you the entire item I made, I can tell you that it is a garment and that I used a beautiful red, open weave sweater knit from Gorgeous Fabrics (the material was slightly ‘tricky’ to work with, but over all it ‘behaved’ well). The end result is slightly boho with a great pop of color. I can’t wait to get to show you this one when it’s released!

New Month, New Patterns

02-windowshopperIt’s the first day of a new month which means one thing…. NEW PATTERNS! It’s this time every month that I find myself torn as to what I want to work on as I am totally distracted by the novelty.

This month we have: Style ARC‘s new lineup of patterns and freebies for the month. (I’m not drawn to any of these this time, but I am anxiously waiting for the Marlo to make it’s way into their downloadable patterns), the Window Shopper Tote for the bag of the month club, and a new issue of Seamwork Magazine is also out (with patterns for a slip\night gown and kimono robe). To top it off, I had ordered a custom print swimwear fabric (which should be arriving soon) and now I’m itching to make a swimsuit as well (even though I know it will be months before I could even wear it).

Please tell me I’m not the only one distracted by new goodies. What’s caught your eye lately?

T-Shirt Shrink Down

While out shopping for a birthday party gift, I found myself wandering around the store looking at… everything. I stumbled across a men’s t-shirt for Five Night’s at Freddy’s (one of Easton’s favorite computer games). Chances are this theme will never make into kids sizes so I snagged the smallest size (a men’s large) and decided that I would shrink it down into something he could wear.

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For this recon, I used Jalie 2918 (view A). Because the logo of this shirt was so large, I had a hard time getting it to fit entirely on the smaller shirt – consequently, a bit of the ear got cut off, but I think it still works. To make this sew go a bit quicker, I kept the original sleeve hems (I used the sleeve pattern for his shirt size, but omitted the hem length so it wouldn’t be too long). Overall this was a fast sew with great results!

Linky Thursday

If concert and novelty tees are taking over your closet, don’t get rid of them. Transform them into an awesome looking quilt.

Getting tired of your old sweaters? Transform them into cozy pillows instead.

Keeping kids rooms neat and tidy is made just a bit easier with this bedside organizer.

Learn how to create a designer looking handbag in an afternoon.

Proving that I need more time to sew…. Hot Pattern’s free Delta Hooded Vest.

The most adorable backpack that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Looking for a (diaper) bag that stores all the necessities, but give you a ‘hands free’ option when pushing a baby buggy? Look no further than this adorable stroller tote.

These drawstring bonnet baskets make a sweet Valentine’s gift, but they’re also a perfect storage solution as well.

In last week’s Linky Thursday, I found a project to make large rag rugs…. This week I’ve found a much smaller version that I’ll definitely have to try – Braided Rag Rug Coasters!

Learn how to ‘quilt as you go’ and show off some of your prettiest fabrics with this End to End Pillow project!

Looking for a different take on the infinity scarf trend? Be sure to check out this Color Blocked version or this Frayed Edge tutorial that only takes 10 minutes to sew.

Buttons?

01-buttonsYesterday I spent a bulk of my day cleaning up the instructions for “Mystery Project #3” and creating a final prototype to test my measurements. In the end, I wound up making a pretty darn cute final garment, but it’s a bit on the drab side (or it could just be me, I love pattern and color so much that I don’t do gray often). So, I’m thinking today’s goal should be adding some buttons and starting up the final project.

In the mean time, I am LONGING to make something just for me! I think by the time I’m finished with all these “mystery projects” I’ll be ready to move onto some selfish spring sewing.

Design Your Projects with Colorful Drawings

01-cottonsteelThe popularity of adult coloring books prove that everyone loves to color. It’s not just stress relieving, but gives you a chance to express you creative side. Now, it’s even easier to take your coloring to a designing level with sewing pattern line drawings.

More designers\companies are beginning to release images of their products so that sewists are better able to plan out their wardrobes and “test out fabric” choices without the commitment of stitching up the item. Currently, the only “big 4” company taking advantage of this trend is McCalls – who have released PDFs of their 10 Fall 2015 looks as well as a Spring 2015 booklet (you’ll need to enter you email address for you to be able to download the drawings). Independent designers, such as Betz White, have also created dowloadable coloring pages (you’ll have to join her Facebook Group to access the PDFs that appear under “File” at the top of the page) that are perfect for planning design elements on her bags. Not your style? Here’s a few from the 1960′s if you’re looking for a retro style.

In the mean time, fabric designers continue to put out some awesome books that allow you to color in your favorite fabric prints. The latest to be released are the makers behind Cotton + Steel  – ooooh, tigers and typewriters are calling my name!

Secret Project #2

01-frameSecret Project #2 is under way (it should be revealed sometime in May). I think, after several trial and errors, I finally have it looking the way I want it to and can start the process of making a final version, taking photos, and cleaning up the ‘rough draft’.

In the mean time, here’s a little preview of what it will look like….. there’s even some hand stitching thrown in this one (which is a rarity for me) and some fun ‘hardware’ as well.

 

Linky Thursday

Who says wrist\ring pincushions have to be boring? This dolly version is simply adorable!

Download the instructions for the Discotech Clutch (I love the hardware on this one) and while you’re there, enter to win a copy of Windy City Bags OR the Building Better Bags class on Craftsy.

Baby it’s cold outside! But your hands will keep warm with some of these toasty hand warmers. Looking for something with a holiday theme instead? Try this Valentine version instead.

Sewing a skirt couldn’t be easier and fashionable with this Zip Skirt video tutorial.

This cell phone caddy keeps your phone and your cord(s) in one central location… no more lost phones!

This dress is definitely an adorable wardrobe builder for spring (site may need to be translated).

Learn how to make a zippered lunch “box” that repurposes some materials you may never would have thought to try!

Looking for a great teacher gift this Valentine’s Day? How about a sweet heart themed mug rug (and new cup filled with goodies)?

This Audrey Hepburn inspired wrap cape is a fun way to stay warm this winter.

A cosmetic bag so pretty, you may not want to put your makeup into it.

If you’re like me, chances are you have a ton of scraps. I’m always looking for new ways to sew them up and I’m totally attracted to these two projects: This fabric scrap bowl and a rag rug (no sewing involved for this one).

Vowed to stop using so many Ziplock bags this year? Then you’ll definitely want to sew up a few of these 15 minute snack bags.