Monthly Archives: April 2017

Marie-Claude v.2

Since there’s still a chill in the air, I couldn’t resist squeezing in one more Marie-Claude Raglan Pullover… this time the hooded version. I had stumbled across a fun, performance knit fabric while at Joann’s that had a very Nike vibe, so I snagged a yard for the main body of this project. Then I came home and dug through my stash to find the navy Nike wicking fabric I had bought years ago at Needle Nook Fabrics. One thing I will say is that while the fabrics look good together, they are very different weights – the actual Nike fabric is thick (and needs a microtex needle to prevent skipped stitches), while the one from Joann’s is substantially thinner (but easier to sew on).

Once again, the top came together beautifully and the fit is great. Even though there is more piecing to this top than my last version, it was still easy to put together and sewed without any problems. I am looking forward to sewing up more of these in the future…. but now on to the next new pattern!

Linky Thursday

Looking for a fun, new purse to carry this spring? Try this oval shaped bag (made up in Tula Pink’s kitty fabric) or even more attention grabbing, a shark purse. Looking for something more traditional? Then be sure to make this Sweet Pea Saddle Bag or for something larger, this Retro Diner Bucket Bag.

Dressed up or down, this bell sleeved top is simply a must-have.

Just because you have a boy to sew for doesn’t mean you can’t make them something to wear this Easter. Why not try this easy bow tie tutorial?

It’s no secret that I love leggings. Here’s a new pattern so you can make your own.

Enter to win this cute fabric giveaway that includes adorable prints with foxes, hedgehogs, ladybugs and flowers.

This lace kimono screams spring (you’ll need to translate the page for instructions).

Easter is next week which means there’s still plenty of time to whip up a tote or new basket for the holiday.

I’m pretty sure I’ve shared this soup bowl cozy before…. which means I should probably break down and finally make this.

This reading pillow is perfect for story times and even has a handy pocket to stash your book when you’re finished.

Between the colorful iron on bunnies (image provided in the tutorial) and tiny pompoms trim, this dish towel make the perfect hostess gift (or just a cute way to decorate your kitchen).

Pretty in Paris

I was so excited to share with you my Convertible Tote tutorial from the most recent issue of Creative Machine Embroidery, that I forgot to also share my other project in the same issue!

My Pretty in Paris article shows you how to transform Sis Boom’s Peggy Party Runner pattern into a Parisian themed display using a variety of fabrics and embroidery designs. Given the colors, I think this one could also double as a Valentine’s Day runner as well.  For not being a ‘quilter’ I really enjoyed the pattern…. the ‘piecing’ is cleverly put together in strips, limiting the amount of sewing small pieces that you have to do.


What happened to spring? With the way our weather during winter, I thought that it might be fall before I ever got to sew up the Marie-Claude Raglan Pullover. However, after a weekend of bone-chilling soccer, I realized this is the perfect time!

For my first version, I used a performance jersey that I had picked up ages ago at Joann (they were originally earmarked for leggings, but never got made) – unlike some of their other athleisure materials, this one has a ‘fuzzy’ underside that seems a lot warmer than most…. perfect! Since I had only a 1 1/4 yards of this I opted to go with view A with the thumb hole sleeve cuffs (even though the pattern calls for 1 3/4, I was able to cut everything out without any problems). Putting this one together was very straightforward and the fit is good…. but best of all? This raglan feels warm. So, I’m set for the next chilly game (which means it will suddenly get blazing hot for the rest of our games). Next up, the hooded version of this pattern!


If you’re a member of the Bag of the Month Club you have probably seen this month’s release by Betz White, the Moxie Crossbody Bag (you can also check out a few posts about it on Facebook as well).

I had the pleasure of being a tester for this bag and I have to say it was a very fun sew. Unlike some of my recent purses, this one was refreshingly uncomplicated. Plus, it didn’t call for hard to find notions (you can even get tongue locks\thumb clasps at Joanns now) or interlinings and isn’t a fabric hog. The Moxie has instructions for working with both cork\leather and fabric so you can easily change up the look of each one you make (not to mention the fact that the flap is a great place to showcase a fun print).

When I made my bag, I thought I would channel spring and go with something bright and floral – so I finally cracked into my Amy Butler Nigella print. Instead of using the print for the flap\pocket, I opted to use it for the entire bag (in hindsight, I wish I would have done a bit of embroidery on the solid, but I’ll remember that for next time). Overall, I am loving this bag, it’s a nice size and I love the details.

Crossbody bags are one of my favorite styles to carry everyday because it allows me to be hands-free while I shop and are just large enough to carry all the ‘essentials’ I need and The Moxie may be my new favorite. If you’re a BOMC member, don’t forget to download your version this month to make your own (don’t worry, if you’re not a Bag of the Month Club member and don’t want to join right now, this pattern will be available in a few months)!