Monthly Archives: January 2018

Linky Thursday

After over a year without any snow, we FINALLY have a snow day! Granted it’s all ice, but still… NO SCHOOL! Have snow where you are and plan on playing outside? Whip up a pair of these convertible mittens before you go.

This ruffle & bows sham set would be perfect for a little girl’s room or a great way to redecorate a bedroom for spring.

Several times a year, I get on a kick of sewing underwear… it’s about that time again so I may start with Ohhh Lulu’s free Celeste. Once you’re ready to wash them up, thrown into your new mesh lingerie bag.

This reverse applique hexagon heart pillow isn’t just a beautiful decoration, it has lots of fun techniques involved too!

This morning I saw a fabulous paper pieced unicorn… and now I sort of want to give it a try (not a free pattern). Want to try this technique, but want to start with something free? How about this adorable Mr. Gnome?

Even American Girl (dolls) are getting in on the jogger’s trend.

Tired of all the thick headband tutorials making the rounds? Then you’ll definitely want to check out this knotted version instead – a cute alternative!

This little heart pouch is designed for earbuds, but would work great for gifting small trinkets too.

Love Batiks? Enter to win a giant bundle of Bali Watercolors!


One of my goals for this year to to use my Seamwork subscription effectively – I would love to sew up at least one item each month from the current issue (admittedly, I get sidetracked by other projects and put a lot of them off). This month’s casual look is right up my alley and I’m hoping to give both of these a whirl. Up first, Skipper:

I didn’t have enough of the original material I had selected (which looks very similar to the one I’m planning on cutting into… apparently, I went through a floral stripe buying phase) so I went with this Coral Harper floral stripe French Terry from So Sew English fabrics. It’s much thinner than the pattern photos so I fully expect to get a different look since it will have a lot more drape. I’m also contemplating eliminating the pocket – it’s HUGE and I’m not sure I want to try to pattern match this print. I’d also love to find a great brushed navy athletic fabric (or even a coral!) for the Shelly so that I would have some coordinating leggings, but that may be asking for too much.

One More

You probably thought that you’d only get to see me once in the new Creative Machine Embroidery magazine this month (you can see my post from yesterday about my first article). Nope, you get a double dose with my second article were you can learn to make this fun raglan sleeved (woven) top!

Admittedly, this is a true labor of love with lots of hours of machine embroidery, but the effect is totally worth it because…. those sleeves! It’s a bit boho with a touch of Mexican-jacobean flair… I can’t wait for summer to arrive for me to get a chance to wear this myself!

Tech Totes

Got new devices this holiday? Then be sure to check out my latest article in January\February’s issue of Creative Machine Embroidery:  Tech Totes!

This article teaches you how to create (padded) sleeves for as large as your laptop to as small as your phone (keep in mind that it’s a one size fits most so be sure to check your device’s measurements before sewing). You certainly don’t need an embroidery machine for this one, but it does make your end product more fun!

Featured in this photo are my faux leather netbook\laptop sleeve (Finished size 15 x 11”) and the canvas tablet\reader case (Finished size 8 x 10″). The designs can be found at Urban Threads.


Whelp, that’s it. The first project of 2018 is officially in the books and it is… Striped Swallow’s Hideaway!

For this version I used a striped sweater knit that I had gotten in a bundle package from Sincerely Rylee a few months ago. I know, off the shoulder top in a sweater? Sounds crazy, but it’s so very cute on. I wound up making the long sleeved version of View A (which has a more tapered waist) and I have to admit, I really like the fit. It has somewhat of a batwing arm, but there isn’t so much bulk around the chest that it bunches up oddly and the slimmer waist of this version helps to make it more flattering. Overall, this top is a winner – I can’t wait for it to warm up a smidge this weekend so I can wear it out with a cute pair of boots!

Linky Thursday

It’s getting darker earlier which means that it may be more difficult to see while you’re sewing. Solve that problem by entering to win an LED light for your machine!

It may be cold outside, but this ice cream cone (pillow) won’t make you feel a chill.

This romantic lace overlay clutch would make a perfect date night accessory or Valentine’s day bag.

It’s all about quilting right now at WeAllSew – so this is a great time to grab 3 free patterns to make your own (and I love how colorful they are too).

Take your key fob sewing to the next level by adding a zipper (which creates a tiny space for stashing emergency cash).

Got a scarf for Christmas but have not intention of wearing it? Transform it into a batwing top instead.

Why buy expensive store-bought underwear when sewing your own is so easy?

If getting organized was one of your resolutions this year, then be sure to check out this Sofa Organizer that will keep all your remotes, etc. handy! Need something for your bedroom instead? Then try this bedside version instead.

These Scotty Dogs aren’t just cute, they serve as a doorstop, too.

Keep your cosmetic brushes organized and travel ready with this great organizer (plus there’s a video to help with construction!).

New Year’s is over so it’s time to start thinking about the next big holiday, Valentine’s! Whip up this fringed heart scarfheart shaped sachets, or fun felt fortune cookies just in time for February.

Up Next?

School is back in session. My house is (mostly) clean, my laundry is (mostly) finished, so now I’m ready to dig into the first project of the year. My problem? I have so many things I want to make, I’m not sure what to do first. As of this morning, I’m contemplating Striped Swallow’s Hideaway pattern. For whatever reason, I’m wanting an off-the-shoulder look (I must be feeling nostalgic because I had an awesome shirt like that in the 80’s) that actually looks good on (a little over a year ago, I purchased the Traverse Tee and wasn’t very thrilled with the results even though I wore it out). This is probably one of the quickest sews that I’ve been thinking of doing so I may start with that. Also on the list? Jalie’s Helene (so long as I have enough sweater knit to stitch this up), Jalie’s Zip-Front Jacket\Hoodie (I wound up buying some Under Armor cold weather fabric that is perfect for a jacket for Easton), and an unspecified hoodie pattern form myself because I have some awesome striped French terry that needs to be used!


Today is the last day of winter break which means its time to hurry up and do all those things on our list that we never got to! It also means the first project of the year will have to wait another day.

While I don’t have a new garment to show off today, I can give you a bit of a teaser as to a pattern that I tested last week. I know, this photo doesn’t exactly give it away, but I can say that it’s a great knit project for men! After stitching this one up, I have a strong desire to go shopping for more materials to make a different view.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, everyone! It’s hard to believe that the holidays are (almost) over and it’s time to get back to a “regular” schedule around here. While I don’t really make any new year’s resolutions, I am vowing that I will make sure that there aren’t as many blog gaps through the week – I’m planning on being a bit more disciplined about writing about projects. Speaking of, I’m closing out 2017 and sharing my progress from the year. Here’s the breakdown:

  • I sewed 118.3 total yards last year, but only 37.83 yards of it was from stash. I realized that most of my “stashed” projects had very small fabric requirements and wound up buying larger quantities for newer patterns.
  • I sewed 111 total projects – some of these were multiples of the same item (like these non-slip headbands that I binged sewed), but I counted them individually.
  • Of these projects, 32 were self drafted (again, some were multiples), while Jalie continued to be my favorite pattern designer (with a total of 26 projects).
  • George & Ginger came up as my second favorite pattern maker (with a total of 15 projects). However, I wound up doing pattern testing for her this year so many of these were “test” garments and had multiple items made as she redrafted some garments. I”m unsure if I’ll be doing testing again for her in the future, but stay tuned!
  • Peek-a-Boo Patterns was also a favorite with 7 items sewn from her designs. Easton is almost out of many of her boy sizes so we’ll see if this effects how many I stitch up in the coming year. Hopefully she drafts a few more women’s patterns, I’m always pleased with their fit.
  • Also rounding out the favorites are Betz White‘s various bags and accessories, Hot Patterns, a few items from Sew News, and Striped Swallow Designs (which was a new one for me this year).