Linky Thursday

Looking to add some faux fur into your wardrobe? This over-sized coat is a perfect option (and looks chic too) or go with a smaller project like this cute, (adult) trapper hat.

Sew a luxe robe to wear Christmas morning.

It’s projects like this glitter gummy bear that makes me with that I knew how to crochet.

You don’t need it to be snowing outside to have a snowball fight – just make your own!

Perfect for gift baskets or just to bring a bit of holiday into your kitchen: Hanging Kitchen Towels.

Looking for a last minute gift to sew for the woman who has everything? How about a pretty, custom wallet?

The (originally priced) $12 pencil you can knock off for yourself – makes a great stocking stuffer!

Last minute gift sewing doesn’t need to be stressful, whip up a toasty fleece or faux fur infinity scarf in no time!

Give the gift of ‘spa’ this holiday season with a DIY Heating Pad.

Who needs to drag out tons of pillows and blanks to make a fort? This Bunk Bed version is all sorts of awesome.

Just because you have a boy doesn’t mean you have to skip handmade this Christmas – whip up a Big Boy Tool Belt for the guys in your life.

The best thing about this fun penguin potholder is that you can keep using it way after the holidays are over!

Make gift bags in the size and print you need when you make your own sacks and piped fabric baskets.

Cute little dolls that any little girl would love to find on Christmas morning.

Mini Box Bags

12-lotionDid you know that if you change up the dimensions of your box bag (and skip the handle), you get a cute little pencil case instead? It’s the perfect size for writing implements, sewing tools, and as I discovered yesterday, tubes of lotion!

Instead of using those cellophane bags tied off with a logo ribbon, I decided that individual lotions should be wrapped up in pretty, mini cases instead! I topped this one off with a handmade zipper pull, put a gift tag on it and it’s all set to go – no gift bags are even needed!


Gift Wrapping Presents

12-boxbagsUp next… gifts for the teacher (and a holiday birthday present thrown in the mix)! Yes, that’s right, it’s Box Bags! I love giving these as gifts because almost everyone could use a new pouch and they are the perfect size for stuffing with bath products.

This time around I changed things up a bit and made one water repellent I used a laminate for the exterior and a ripstop nylon for the lining. I’m hoping they take it with them in the shower and test it out so I can hear if it gets leaky or not.

Guess what’s on the agenda today? Just a few more of these beauties! I realized that I had forgotten to make Taylor’s coach a present and had one more present on hand to ‘gift wrap’….. then it’s on to pajamas!


12-giftsWith Christmas less that two weeks away, I am frenziedly working on Christmas gifts! This weekend I finished up one more: an oven mitt and towel (it goes along with this potholder from last week). I’m pairing this up with a matching “Happy Holidays” platter, measuring spoons (FYI the ceramics and fabric came from Hobby Lobby and are perfect coordinates!), and a few yummies to nosh on for a fun gift basket.

Now it’s time to work on teacher gifts – I’m thinking box bags with Bath & Body Works goodies stuff inside!

Merry Monsters The Stocking

12-estockingJust in time to hang on the mantel for Christmas…. Easton’s new stocking! I wound up using the same pattern as the Rockin Stocking, but used the Merry Monster Trio from Urban Threads instead – it seemed a bit more age appropriate design theme right now (plus I used a super cute monster fabric for the lining).  In hindsight, I wish I would have done two things differently:

  • Use a toned-down print for the stocking. I went with this one because it reminded me of snow, but it seems overshadow the embroidery design some.
  • Use the larger design! This may have fixed the above problem some, but I think I would have liked it to fill up the space more, even if it would have taken over the entire length of the stocking.

Now I think it’s time to move on to Christmas pjs! I’m getting ready to try a new pattern this weekend and am anxious to see how it compares to my tried-and-true McCalls.

Linky Thursday

Holiday sewing for the boys – make them a vest and don’t forget the bow tie!

Learn how to make a pleather circle skirt then enter to win a $25 gift certificate to Girl Charlee (and don’t forget to enter all those great giveaway links over at SewMamaSew this week)

Speaking of pleather…. change up your next t-shirt by adding it to your sleeves.

If your little one loves capes, but is complaining how it chokes them, try this fun version instead.

Last week I mentioned an awesome fold-over brush stand, this tutorial steps up the game by adding a cosmetic pouch to it.

This color blocked knit skirt isn’t just striking, it’s calling my name to be made soon!

DIY spa gift sets wouldn’t be complete without a sleep mask. Make your own version with Liberty of London or my personal favorite pattern….

Stitch up a pretty little tree (ornament) for your tree!

I’m all about the slouchy beanies this year. Now you can make one for the kids!

Keep yourself looking fashionable while keeping yourself warm at the same time with a pair of fleece leggings.

For whatever reason, I’m a sucker for images with trees on top of cars – that’s why this Christmas Towel is perfect for my kitchen.

Pillows that are perfect for decorating, but can be left up beyond the Christmas season: Applique Snowflake pillows.

Looking for a quick stocking stuffer? This printable for EOS lip balms is just the cutest!

Who doesn’t love a new scarf? This infinity scarf only takes 30 minutes to make and this leather snap version is a great way to change up your scarf rotation!

Need something for the class Christmas party? These reindeer candy cane holders are perfect sewing for large groups!

Quick Stocking Stuffers

01-sachet2Continuing my sewing project distraction, today’s post is about my latest stocking stuffer\quick and easy gift…. sachets! I realize that Christmas really is right around the corner so some of my more grandiose sewing plans might not make it under the tree…. so I’ve opted for a few projects that take substantially less time to stitch up.

These little 4×4″ brocade pillows (they seemed ‘fancier’ than regular cotton prints) are stuffed with fluff and a bit of essential oil on a cotton ball that’s stashed in the middle of the cushion. Quick, easy, and sweet smelling – my favorite type of gift to make!

Beautiful Beginnings

12-beginningWith the hustle and bustle of the holidays (and helping my mom for the past month from her foot surgery), my sewing output has been rather slow…. However, I’ve started some great projects that will definitely be finished before the end of the week!

First up a simple potholder that will be part of a Christmas gift basket. I intend on whipping up some potholder mitts and very possibly a 1/2 apron as well that coordinate with this design.

Secondly, a Merry Monsters Trio embroidery design that will become Easton’s new Christmas stocking. He’s been rather insistent that he needs a new one since he saw Taylor’s. As much as I like the background I used (I thought it looked like snow), I do think it drowns out the finished design…. maybe once I cut it into shape and add a bit of trim, etc. that it will have a bit more ‘pop’.



12-runnerFinished with your Christmas sewing? Then gear up for the next holiday…. Valentine’s Day! You can get a sneak peak at my latest Creative Machine Embroidery project, Love Spell in the Jan\Feb 2015 issue.

This fun table runner can be made in whimsical prints or dressed up in monochromatic blends for a modern look. No matter what your fabric choice, this project comes together quickly – even if you’re not a regular quilter.


I couldn’t help myself. I was so excited about Urban Thread’s Christmas sale, that I picked up more embroidery designs. In fact, I was so excited about it, I couldn’t wait to stitch one up right away! I decided that the next hoodie I make for Easton needed a cool design on the jacket back so I went with the Western Steampunk Gungslinger design (I actually bought this design in two sizes, then decided to go with the largest one they offer). Over two hours later (it wasn’t until the very end that I realized I could have sped the machine up some to make it go a bit faster), I had this: 12-gunslinger   I had to do a bit of substituting of threads (there were some that did not have a match to the brands I was using), but I think the end result turned out nicely. Now it’s probably time to get the rest of my materials ready for this project so I can stitch it up – hopefully I’ll have this done before Christmas and I can slip it under the tree!