Monthly Archives: November 2018

Linky Thursday

There is a new tutorial up at Fluffmonger and this time, they’re ornaments!

I have a soft spot for gnomes. So, chances are, I’ll probably make at least one of these little Christmas versions. Love the look, but don’t want something that will sit on the shelf? This one is an ornament.

Whip up some cute produce bags, perfect for your next shopping trip (scroll to the bottom of the post for 3 more free projects available, like this great hair wrap).

Need a great teacher gift? Pair this Santa belt coffee wrap up with a gift card.

Get your mantle ready for Santa with these pretty quilted stockings.

Enter to win a large fat quarter bundle of By Hand by Amy Friend.

Don’t miss out on the fringe trend! Learn how to make this fashionable tote. Looking for something similar, but closes so you don’t lose your stuff? Check out this drawstring tutorial instead.

On Christmas Eve we always gift new pajamas. If you’re looking to make pair of your own (for your little one) then be sure to check out this Raglan Shirt and Bottoms pattern.

These are no ordinary in the hoop decorations… they’re adorable ornaments!

Men are usually so hard to sew for, but this Safari Bag would make the perfect present.

Learn how to transform your favorite sweatshirt with cowl neck into a funnel neck vest.

This little gingerbread man ornament is a fun little project for almost any age.

Who said circle skirts have to be made of cotton? This tutorial is made for wool.

Buffalo Plaid Leggings

I’ve been talking about making buffalo plaid leggings for weeks…. and now I finally have them! My original intention was to use Jalie’s Clara for the pattern. However, when I pulled it out, I discovered that I had lost a piece (the section to make the higher, solid waistband) and didn’t have the patience to print off the section I needed so I went with a good staple: Jalie 2920.  Thankfully, these did not turn out looking like pajama bottoms – my fear after cutting the fabric out.

For now I’m pairing it up with my black Mimosa, but I’m on the hunt for something that would have longer sleeves… I’m fairly certain that the Astoria is too much plaid overkill.


Well, the holiday is over and I am finally emerging from my turkey induced tryptophan coma. So, it’s back in the sewing room this week putting the final touches on a few “top secret projects”. Today’s involves embroidery and some fantastic trims!  Plus, this week you should see a new project up at WeAllSew that I’ve designed as well!

Whew! After all of this, I plan of finally tackling some of those personal projects I’ve been blabbing about for weeks. With the weather finally turning colder, I’m needing a few more winter weather clothes!

Galaxie 2

Looking to sew up some gifts for the kitchen this year? Jalie relased their latest pattern, Galaxie 2, chock full of accessories and wearables for the cook in your life. I had the opportunity to test a few items out from this collection: The Orion Belt and the Venus Headband.

The Orion is a zipperd pouch that you wear about your waist that’s chock full of pockets and even has a spot for a pin. It’s perfect for when you’re needing the essentials, but still want to be hands-free. By the way, the pouch is gusseted so there’s more room than you think in the zippered compartment.

The Venus headband is a super cute way to keep your locks out of your face (I took a modeled shot after I made it… I look horrible so I’m not sharing!)… and even has an optional bow to make it even cuter! The pattern calls for a woven so there’s plenty of fabric options available, but I’m thinking that I may give this one a try in an athletic knit because it would be the perfect way to coordinate with your Jalie Clara or Loulouxe!

Both of these projects whipped up quickly – making them perfect for stocking stuffers! Not to mention they were fun to sew. Want to give these a try for yourself… at a discount, even? Use coupon code GALAXIE2018 before midnight on Monday (November 26) to get the pattern 50% off!

Linky Thursday – Early Edition

I’m going to assume that most people in the US will be offline, enjoying the holiday. So, I figured that I would just go ahead and put out the best blogging day of the week a little early… that way you can enjoy your turkey, shop for deals, and still have your next free projects lined out before the weekend! So, without further ado, here’s this week’s Linky Thursday:

Sew Sweetness released a new free bag (and tutorials), the Kennedy. I saw this one made up in a quilted material and it was AMAZING.

To quote Homer Simpson, “MMMMM donuts!”. Make your own (calorie free) version when you whip up this cute pillow.

These quilts would make a great holiday gift this season… plus this tutorial shares a “cheater method” for making great mitered corners.

Add a personal touch to sleepovers with this sleeping bag and matching pillow set.

Sofa caddies are a great way to cut down clutter and keep everything you need at your fingertips and it’s “cousin” the bedside organizer is great for bedrooms, too!

The best part of fall\winter is all the great layering you get to do. This scarf neck cardigan is a great place to start.

Want to look stylish, but still have lots of room for turkey? This square top may be the perfect solution – plus it sews up in 30 minutes.

This free bunny pattern has a great shag fur and is the perfect size for snuggling.

There are so many cute little felt ornaments out this week that it would easy to decorate an entire tree with them! Just check out this adorable sloth, a cute VW bug with a Christmas tree, a googly eyed Santa, and a sweet reindeer.

Looking to personalize shirts, bags, or even you (temporary tattoos)? Enter to win a $50 gift certificate to StickerYou.

Behind the Scenes

There are so many projects that I would love to show you right now, but can’t. It’s driving me crazy because I’m in love with the end results… plus I’ve spent a lot of time on some of them and I feel like I have nothing to show for all my work yet!

In the mean time, I’ll just have to settle in showing you a sneak peek of a few things I’ve been doing this past week. I have a few more things I need to wrap up before it’s back to the more personal projects… including this fun adult long johns pattern. I actually had no intention on making this, but then I found this Christmas llama print and then decided I had to have a pair.

Linky Thursday

Need a new podcast to listen to while you sew? Today is the first day for Sew & Tell, hosted by BurdaStyle and editors of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery!

You’re little one can be headed out to grandma’s in style with this cute overnight bag.

This carseat cover converts into not one, not two, but SEVEN different essential baby items… making it the perfect baby shower gift.

When I first saw this project, I thought it was a boy’s bow tie project. Come to find out they’re adorable pillows!

If you love corduroy then you won’t want to miss this cute overall dress pattern.

Looking for a quick gift idea? These hot cocoa bags are perfect for teachers – plus you can pair them up with this adorable reindeer mug rug for a great themed gift.

Enter to win a bundle of batiks!

So this probably isn’t the best jelly roll rug tutorial, but it’s definitely one of the prettiest – plus there’s links for video tutorials if you get stuck. So inspiring!

Dress up your pillowcases with this flannel tuxedo tutorial.

Enter to win a copy of the e-book, Diary in Stitches.

These handwarmers would make the perfect stocking stuffer (or just a quick fix on a cold day). Need something bigger? How about this cozy heating pad made from socks!

Up Next

If you look in my drawer, you’ll notice a lot of leggings – some are athletic, some are “fashionable”, some are just for fun. In fact, I have so many that at some point this year, I decided that I was going to try to reduce the number that I make because it seems like I have too many (is that even a thing?). Except all I keep thinking about is using the Astoria buffalo plaid to make a pair of Clara’s. I even have an awesome pair of “motorcycle boots” that would look fantastic with this, too.

So, I’m guessing that will be my next project – unless I decided I don’t want to change back my serger thread to black. I’m also open to ideas for tops that would go with this one too!

Union St. Tee

It seems like forever ago that I mentioned I was going to sew up the Union St. Tee – while I was really excited to sew this up, I put it on the back burner because I was too lazy to change out my serger thread!

Over the weekend I finally tackled this project and have to say, I’m sort of disappointed that this pattern isn’t really much different than anything else I own. While there isn’t anything wrong with the design, I’m fairly certain that one of the other 4 or 5 patterns that I own would have worked just as well. This particular design is a bit less fitted, but I found that the arms are a bit too snug for my liking.

Putting this together was pretty straightforward. I didn’t really use the directions until it came to the V-neck assembly… overall I thought that section was very well written – so much so that I know a beginner could do it and should have a pretty good looking neckline!

The bottom line: If you already own a great t-shirt pattern, chances are you won’t need this one. If not, I’ll go ahead and recommend this one because the v-neck instructions are well put together. With all that said, I’ll probably give the long sleeved version a whirl since this pattern is ready to go and I have some fabric that needs to be used!

Astoria Complete

I was finally feeling well enough to sew the other day and managed to complete the Astoria. I love the way it turned out, even with the ruching on the side (it makes a good tummy concealer too). Plus I’m in love with the buffalo plaid – it is a close match to my Ziggi lining that I think these are meant to be worn together!

With that said, here’s some thoughts (and a few modifications) on this project. First off, it’s well put together – I didn’t have any issues with the instructions and all the pieces fit together nicely. The fit is good (I will say that I tend to go up one size anyway, I’ve found that a lot of fitted styles in Peek-a-boo patterns just look more flattering if I do), but I feel like the neckline is too large for the hood (it seems to be better suited for the cowl style). I also found that the tunic length was just a hair too long for me so in the end I wound up chopping off about an inch before hemming.

Overall, I love this top and definitely plan on making this again – although next time I’ll skip the ruching and just go for the flat front.