Monthly Archives: September 2013

Tool(s) of the Week

09-cutting I don’t do a lot of quilting, but some of the tools they use are awesome (and work so well with other types of sewing, too)! My lifesaver this week has been a handful of acrylic rulers, a rotary cutter, and this rotating cutting mat! This portable mat was originally in my husband’s grandmother’s sewing room and is much larger than most that I’ve seen elsewhere (17×23″). It allows me to cut my material without having to pick up my fabric and realign it or move around the cutting board to make a second cut. I highly recommend checking into one especially if you’re working on projects that require lots of straight, measured cuts (home decor items, accessory patterns that require you measurecut instead of relying on pattern pieces, etc.).

On a completely unrelated note, don’t forget to enter in the Verona bag giveaway – this contest ends on Sunday and I’ll announce the winner here on Monday morning. I’ll also be revealing some BIG news next week and will hopefully return to some ‘regularly scheduled sewing’ projects. In the mean time, have a great weekend – I can’t wait to hear what everyone has been stitching!

Linky Thursday

Don’t forget to enter for chance at a Pat Bravo Verona tote bag pattern!

My favorite kind of t-shirt is a (women’s) football style jersey – they’re comfortable, have interesting details (for a tee), and are fun to embellish. Now you can sew your own with this pattern from Melly Sews!

I’m not usually one for sewing kits, but this Zakka style version is beautiful and functional.

Woodland Creatures are a popular stuffie theme. Learn how to make an Owl Mobile (I can see these a pincushions too) and Felted Fox.

Need a tool that has it all? Win a Swiss Sew-Essential Tool from Bernina.

Looking for a girl’s skirt that has interesting details? Try whipping up a Peekaboo Pleated Skirt!

Keep all your essentials in one place with this pretty fabric wallet.

I have to admit, I love the Tim Holtz fabric collection and this fabric wallet is a great way to show off his prints!

Learn how to turn an old tee shirt into a girl’s nightie!

Now the floor can be the comfiest spot in the house with these gorgeous floor pillows.

Want to show the world how much you love coffee? Recycle a coffee bag into a fun purse.

Are you starting to make plans for Christmas gifts? These photo coasters make a great gift!

Win A Verona

09-verona Since the sewing that I’ve been doing lately hasn’t really been interestingblogworthy, I thought it might be time for something a bit more fun…. A Giveaway! Up for grabs is Pat Bravo’s Verona Bag sewing pattern – a pretty little tote that’s large enough for a laptop!

Rules: Leave a comment in this thread by midnight (CST), September 15, 2013 to be eligible to win the sewing pattern. Gain an additional entry by tweeting about and linking back to this contest (, then come back here and let me know your twitter name (for example: @stacysews). This contest is open to all countries, so everyone has a chance at this prize! Good luck!

Embellish It!

09-embroidery Yesterday, I put aside my ‘regular sewing’ and did something I haven’t in awhile, embroidery. I have to admit, I am always fascinated watching the designs stitch out on my machine and am in love with so much of what Urban Threads puts out. This time I’m working with more difficult materials: fleece and faux fur. While fleece is generally a forgiving material to work with, the anti-pill that I’ve been using has a lot more ‘puff’ and thickness going on – so it has required a layer of Solvy to keep the designs neat and sinking into the fabric. I can’t wait to get back at it again today!

By the way, don’t forget to keep your Solvy scraps (say that 5 times, real fast) so that you can make liquid solvy (dissolve 36 x 20 inches of material into 8 oz of water) to help tame flimsysheerslippery (washable) fabrics!


09-wheel This weekend, I took a break from “sweat shopping” and sweltered at our state fair instead. The sad part? It was too hot (102 the day we were there) to even enjoy all the weird foods! It was, however, a much needed break from working on such a large project – I feel rejuvenated!

So, while I don’t have anything to show today, I’m definitely rested and ready to get back to work this morning! How about you all, what did you whip up this weekend?

Neck Pillow

09-pillow If you haven’t stopped by Bernina’s WeAllSew this week, then you may have missed my latest tutorial! My travel sized neck pillow project appeared on the site yesterday and is a perfect way to stay comfy during those long car rides. It’s a one-size-fits-all (it fits adults, but the kids take a much cuter photo), horseshoe shaped pillow with larger ends so that your head can easily rest when you nod off. Best of all? It sews up super fast so you’ll have more time to pack for your excursion!

This pattern can also be made into a spa wrap. Skip the stuffing and fill it with rice instead to make your pillow microwavablefreezable for hotcold comfort. Pair this up with my sleep mask pattern and you have a great spa package!

Linky Thursday

Make going back to school fun with this cute dachshund pencil case. While you’re there, enter to win a copy of Tula Pink’s book, City Sampler 100 Modern Quilt Blocks (hurry, this contest ends tonight!).

Not only can you win a copy of Carolyn Friedlander’s Social Tote, but 2 yards of Spoonflower fabric, too!

If you have an ‘exposed’ trunk to your car, you’ll love this trunk cover. It’s easy to make and hides your belongings inside.

Take the fear out of reupholstering vinyl bar stools with this great tutorial.

Protect your camera with a colorful, quilted cover.

I’m a sucker for a pretty fabric flower. This version may be one of my favorites.

If your Halloween costume includes tattoos or you’re just looking for a way to add a bit of fun to your tights, learn how to tattoo your pantyhose.

I love how this blogger transformed a dress she couldn’t stand into something beautiful for her home. Learn how to make a Moroccan poof and pillow here.

It seems like everyone has a reward card these days. If you can’t keep up with all the plastic, you’ll definitely want to make a Mega Credit Card Wallet to keep track of it all – it holds up to 38 cards!

Enter here for a chance to win a ruler that sharpens your rotary blade when you use it.

If Pinterest is any indication of popularity, then jeans-to-skirts are going to be a hot fashion item this year. I think that this is the best tutorial out there.

Pattern Writing


Do you hear that noise? It’s a tiny sigh of relief as I scratch one big item off my list! As I was working on this project, I knew that it would take me a bit of time to finish as I had to develop a pattern and instructions for it. It the end, it has far more hand sewing in it that I personally like to perform, but the result it totally worth it – and I have to admit, I liked making them…. so much I whipped up 4 samples instead of 1 (I also couldn’t resist a few fun prints while I was at it, too)!

What A Mess!

I’ve got to admit, as I was on the computer this weekend, I was a bit jealous to see how many fun projects everyone was stitching up. Not only did I not complete a project, I spent much of the long weekend sick (I’m blaming back-to-school germs)! I did, however, start work on my ‘sweatshop’ project and my sewing room shows it…. I even tried taking a picture of it, but there are some things a photo can’t capture properly (apparently, mess is one of them):


Seeing that it’s National Sewing Month, I may keep it this way until October – although I may not be able to walk in there after 30 days! Now it’s your turn – how does your sewing room look after the long, holiday weekend?