Monthly Archives: December 2015

Detachable Collar Project

12-cmeNow on new stands, the latest issue of Creative Machine Embroidery magazine that features my detachable collar project on the cover! You can download the entire project here (for free) and learn a few tips on setting up the placement of your design on your collar…. it’s easier than you think!

So, what if you don’t have an embroidery machine? No worries! This is a great project for using novel prints, fun furs, hand embroidery, and even stencils. You can even change up the look of your finished collar by using a pretty pin as a front closure.

I hope you have fun with this quick little project and be sure to share your finished projects!

Linky Thursday

Put a set of Christmas PJs under your tree this year.

Add some fabulous, dimensional pine cone coasters to your holiday table setting. Still don’t have a table setting put together? Then try out these fun, ornament place mats!

Advent calendars don’t have to be just for kids. This pleated version definitely has a more sophisticated feel.

This great notepad holder doesn’t just hold paper, but stores a pen and your credit cards too!

I love the sequin tails to these little mermaid dolls – little girls would love to find one of these plush their stocking this Christmas.

Sewing with fleece for the holidays? Be sure to enter your creations into this contest and try to win yourself a $250 gift card to Hancock Fabrics.

These Stay-in-place Turbans would make a great stocking stuffer or addition to a spa gift basket (or just dry your wet hair faster).

Who says you can’t decorate your sewing room for the holidays? Whipping up one of these Christmas Tree pincushions is a good pace to start.

Check out one of the projects inside the book, Boutique Bags, by whipping up one of these Gathered Zipper Pouches.

Keep your toes cozy with a pair of fleece socks.

Love fun quilting cuts, but don’t know how to use them? This quilt is a fun way to use a ‘jolly bar’ and looks like it will sew up in a jiffy.

Whip yourself up a new clutch just in time for date night.

Sugar Skull Preview

12-sugarskullThis week is all about ‘fussy cutting’ and fun piecing! I don’t get to do this type of sewing very often and while it is more time consuming, I have to admit… it’s a lot of fun to get out of my ‘sewing zone’ and stitch up something novel.

For this project, I’m using a pretty sugar skull print with some coordinating prints\colors (which isn’t hard to do considering the skulls have a lot going on) and a bit of black to offset all that design. I’m excited to see how this one pulls together!

Santa’s Flight

Christmas is so close I can almost taste it… although it probably helps that the house is finally decorated and ready for the holidays! I know that I vowed that this year I wasn’t doing that much gift sewing, but I can’t resist sneaking in a few projects…. and embroidery designs. In fact, I wound up using Embroidery Library’s Christmas Flight Silhouette Scene recently and I can’t tell you how much I loved the end result:


I know what you’re thinking: This picture doesn’t show much…. but I promise I’ll have a ‘big reveal’ for you soon!  What I can say is that the fabric really made this project. While Benartex’s I Want My Space is designed to look like an ombre cosmos, it works just as perfectly as a ‘snowy’ backdrop – perfect for winter projects!


Oh Christmas Tree

12-treeToday’s post should be entitled, “Everything but sewing sort of weekend”. As much as I wanted to work on all of my pending projects, I never managed to set foot into my sewing room. Instead, we decorated the house (and tree) for Christmas, watch E play on his soccer and basketball teams, and I painted some pottery pieces.

While the ceramic tree looks like a pretty easy piece to paint, somehow our group each spent over 4 hours working on them…. we determined that they were much harder than what they looked! It’s always interesting to see how they turn out after being fired (I’ll be sure to keep you posted), but every time I go, it’s been a learning experience. In fact, we’ve determined we will try these trees again next year, but are going to do the cool swirl technique (I used it on the base and the star ornament) that we learned instead! I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the end results once I get them back.

Christmas PJs

12-pj1We have a Christmas tradition at our house: every year, on Christmas Eve, the kids get to open 2 presents – one of them is always a new pair of pajamas. Not only do they need a new pair by this point in the season, but they always have something cute (and matching) to wear for pictures on Christmas morning. This year, instead of gifting store-bought pjs, I’ve decided to make them.

For Easton’s set, I opted to use Peek-a-boo’s Alex & Anna through GoToPatterns (affiliate link) and purchased the fabric panel and knit yardage through Amy’s site (Reindeer Games panel and matching print). While I waited for my fabric to arrive, I printed out the pattern and cut out a size 8. Unfortunately, when it arrived, I made a terrible discovery – I neglected to read the size of the child’s panel and learned that it is too small for the size I cut. Consequently, I had to tweak the pattern to make it work.

12-pj2aIn order to make this panel “work”, I sliced the pattern right under the arm and added 1/2″ seam allowance to both the top section (which would now be the printed material) and the bottom section (panel) of the shirt where I cut, then pieced them together before continuing on with the directions (fyi, the back is the solid print).  I think this worked out particularly well even though this was not what I had originally intended. The moral of the story? Always read the sizes before you buy! 

Even with the modifications I made, this project came together easily – in fact, I had a finished pair of pajamas by the end of the afternoon! And the fit? It’s perfect…. and apparently very comfortable because Easton refused to take them off for the rest of the day.

Linky Thursday

Handmade, sewn ornaments make the perfect gifts or keep them for yourself and make your tree even more beautiful!

Not sure what you can sew for the little boy in your life? Check out this fun, Mega Dump Truck Floor Pillow (perfect for reading) and this Lego Mini-Figure (head) throw.

If you’ve got scraps, you’ll definitely want to transform them into adorable Rachel Reindeers.

Speaking of reindeer, this tea towel is adorable – and perfect for gift giving (or just a way to add a bit of the holidays into your kitchen).

If you love whimsical holiday decorating, be sure to download your free Elf Stocking pattern today!

Pair this vintage inspired wash mitt up with a beautiful bar of soap and you’ve got yourself a pretty little gift for giving this holiday.

Have a little one in your life that loves Paw Patrol? This K-9 crochet hat pattern would make the perfect Christmas gift!

Don’t forget your pets this holiday season. Whip them up a fabulous pet pillow and dog collar\leash sets.

My husband never wears an apron, but I might convince him otherwise if I made him this awesome, Darth Vader Apron.

Need a quick holiday ‘sweater’. This glittery reindeer version is no sew and looks fabulous (and now I want to make one)!

The best present you can give to parents of young children: Toy Buckets and play mats that transform into bags when you’re finished.

This boxy tee is easy to sew and comfy to wear.

The perfect cold weather accessory for girls and boys – slouchy beanies.

Create a pretty trio of sewing themed pillows to keep for yourself or give to your other sewing friends.

Baby, it’s cold outside! Keep yourself warm with a pretty, new infinity scarf.

For the book lover in your life: A reading blanket with arms (think short snuggie).


12-towelsWhelp, that tea towel project I mentioned yesterday is complete – for it being ‘easy’ (trimming the raw edges equally around all sides and pressing\sewing narrow, finished edges) it sure took a long time to finish! I will say that the end results are adorable and I can’t believe that a fat quarter size print works so well. I can’t wait to hand these out for Christmas!

With these done, it’s time to focus in on some top secret projects (don’t worry, it won’t be long until I can show them to you) and a second City Chic top… this time I’m using a remnant from my leopard leggings project for the neckline, cuff, and waistband and a solid black for the rest of the shirt. Whew! What is everyone else working on this week?

Tea Towels

It’s December! That means it’s officially time to kick holiday sewing into high gear! First up: Calendar Tea Towels! This is a project that I’ve been wanting to do for ages – and Spoonflower’s latest sale (1/2 price fat quarters) finally pushed me into doing it.


One of the tea towels will be for me and the rest will be ‘stocking stuffers’ (and a birthday present along with a few kitchen gadgets). While finishing up the edges isn’t difficult, it’s not moving along very fast either… I only have one done…. I blame the fact my mail had just arrived after the mailbox being frozen from our latest ice storm.