Monthly Archives: February 2016

Going Baroque

02-raglanWith all the deadlines I’ve been working on, it feels like ages since I’ve been able to make something just for me. So this week, I sat down, cracked my December knit fix bag open, and went to work. I settled on Peek-a-boo Pattern’s Rainier Raglan and the white floral baroque paisley…. my favorite fabric of the bunch.

You may have already seen the final result if you’ve been following my posts this week at the BERNINA Instagram Takeover, but here she is again…. I really love this top! I actually wound up wearing this one out the same evening and “dressed” it up with a pretty necklace and black pants. Since I only used the paisley for the sleeves, I still have a bit of material left over from this project so I’m wondering what to make next with it? In the mean time, I’m plotting my next selfish sewing project. What’s on your sewing table for the weekend?

Linky Thursday

Something just for the guys: A FREE button down up shirt pattern and tutorial (you’ll need to subscribe to the mailing list to get the pattern).

Stitch yourself up a Sexy Dress just in time for the holiday (or a great night out).

Looking for a few last minute Valentine’s Day gifts? Be sure to check out my Lacy Love Note pillow and Treat Bag projects at WeAllSew. If you subscribe to the newsletter, be sure to check out how you can get the Freestanding Lace Heart design I used, for FREE!

Headbands not only keep your hair back, but can be a stylish accessory too…. which one is right for you? Swoodson Says tested 4 popular headband tutorials (with links and reviews). Don’t have a lot of time on your hands? Check out this tutorial for 4 different headbands that can be made in 5 minutes. Want one that’s no sew? Check out this gorgeous Celtic Knot project.

Make yourself into a Warhol-inspired painting with this AWESOME pop art tutorial.

These little dotty pouches are perfect for stuffing full of Valentine goodies.

Surprise your sweetie with Louise the Lovable Ladybug plush\pillow.

Dress your little man up in a Happy <3 bowtie for Valentine’s.

Valentine’s may only be a few days away, but there’s still time to stitch up an pretty little mini-quilt or a few gathered heart pillows to set out for the holiday.

This is no ordinary fabric box – this one collapses for easy storage when not in use!

PJs aren’t just for Christmas. Give the little one (up to size 9) a fun Heart Pajamas this weekend (you’ll need to sign up for the newsletter to get the freebies).

This plush tutorial may be for a raindrop, but make it in a silver foil fabric and I totally see a Hershey’s Kiss!

Learn how to make your daughter a gorgeous Liberty Dress.

It’s A Takeover!

02-berninaHave you heard the news? I’ve taken over the BERNINA Instagram account all this week! Be sure to stop by and say “HI” and check out all the shenanigans, sneak peeks, and photos that I’ll be uploading. (While you’re there, you can see what project I’ll be starting on this morning too!). You can also follow me on my personal Instagram account as well – you’ll find a hodgepodge of sewing, food, and kid photos there!


02-pleatThe end is near! That’s right, some of my biggest deadlines are rapidly approaching which means it’s almost time for some selfish sewing! As I put the finishing touches on these projects, I can give you one last sneak peek of what I worked on recently…. a pretty purple neoprene laser cut from Gorgeous Fabrics (I checked this morning and it was sold out on the site) that is lined in a bright turquoise.

This was easily the most challenging tutorial that I have ever written – it morphed from something pretty ‘basic’ into a pleated _______, with facings, linings, and even a zipper thrown in too! Whew!


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?