Monthly Archives: August 2019

All The Henriksdals

Stick a fork in me, I’m done! Finally, all 6 Henriksdal chair covers are complete! (If you missed my previous posts, you can read a bit more about it\my process here, here, and here).

I won’t lie, this took a lot longer than what I had originally anticipated, but the extra effort is totally worth it because I am in love with these chairs! I still have 2 bar stools to tackle, but I think I’ll take a brief break and work on something different before I wrap my head around making another pattern. In the mean time, I have ordered more Velcro from Wawak (the soft side only, thanks for the tip, Kathy!) and am plotting what to make for some holiday versions of these chairs!

Linky Thursday

Looking for a new bag to make this weekend? Be sure to check out the Lauren.

Summer’s not over yet! Make yourself this easy linen top and stay cool in the heat.

A new school year can mean new devices. Personalize yours with a new, padded tablet sleeve.

Personalize your space with this free hand-stitched, embroidery hoop decor project.

This pretty dress is perfect for a back to school look and fits a huge range of sizes too (4-16 years).

Tiny things are always cuter – like this tiny bag tutorial.

We have moved to a football crazed city (admittedly we didn’t have much football going for us in Kansas except the Chiefs in recent years)! I may have to look into making this football table runner for the season (this tutorial comes with cut files so you can use it for shirts too!).

I never remember to take my coupons with me to the store. Maybe this organizer might help me remember.

Have a Potterhead in your family? Looking to accessorize your cosplay outfit? Just gearing up for Halloweeen? Either way learn how to make your own wand here.

It’s not to late to whip up those last minute school supplies! This vinyl pencil pouch is perfect for seeing what’s inside – and would be great for the sewing room too. Looking for a project that can be thrown into a tote, instead? Try this see-through purse pouch.

This lightweight robe is perfect for chilly mornings and can be made without a pattern, too.

Enter to win a Hatch Embroidery Organizer.

Boho Embellisments

Fall 2019 issue of Creative Machine Embroidery

Last week I showed you my kimono project that is inside the fall issue of Creative Machine Embroidery and today I’m revealing another – Boho embellished denim jeans! This project has so many possibilities and gives you the perfect excuse to load up on fun trims, tapes and braids from the notions isle! (by the way, those little tassels are my absolute favorite part of this project)

No embroidery machine? No worries, you can easily recreate this with your favorite fabrics and prints, too.

Linky Thursday

There’s still plenty of summer left to whip up one of these pretty peplum tops. While you’re visiting her site, be sure to check out her other new tutorial for a camisole top.

This easy lunch bag is perfect for back to school… or back to work!

Keep your kids busy on the go with this car wallet tutorial.

Stash your cash in this adorable cat zipper pouch.

I’m not quite ready for holiday sewing, but after seeing this adorable Christmas Postcard Mug Rug, I may have changed my mind.

Headed out of town this weekend? Whip up one of these compact quilted duffels to take on your trip.

Winter is coming… and there’s no better place to stash those blankets than a large fabric basket.

V-neck tees can seem daunting, but this tutorial (pattern included) can help you learn how to sew one up with great results.

Cork is such a big material right now – take advantage of the trend and sew up a card wallet.

I spotted this triangle pillow and was surprised to see there was no pattern…. what a fun and easy project to whip up with impressive (and colorful) results.

This Halloween treat basket is a great way to showcase large scale patterns.

The REAL Chair Cover

Last week I showed you my test version for the Henriksdal chair, but today I can show you a final version!

This time around I serged around all the fabric pieces, added topstitching, and inserted the velcro (and there is a lot!) – this added considerable time to actually making the chair so it didn’t whip up quite as fast as the first, but I did figure out a slightly easier way to put it together so I think I’m set to make the remaining 5 chairs. Woot!

One thing I wanted to point out about this project is that it does use quite a bit of Velcro… but only the “soft” side. I never found a resource for buying only half of the velcro needed so I opted for One Wrap. This product is generally used for wrapping cords because it has both the male and female sides on one tape, but it is the width I needed and much cheaper than buying “standard” Velcro by the yard. With that said, NEVER buy this product as Joann’s – it is way too expensive ($12). I found the exact same product at Walmart for half the price (it is slightly more expensive to buy online than to physically pick it up, too).


I love Jalie – not only are their patterns wonderful to work with (and wear), but they also have great customer service. If that doesn’t entice you, now there’s another great reason to pick up their latest pattern – 100% of sales of the new Marie-Josée pattern will be donated to Centre Philou, a non-profit organization that helps and supports families of polyhandicapped children! Plus if you pick up the Marie-Josee before midnight tonight you can get 10% off any other PDF pattern in your cart at checkout.

Rising Moon Kimono

The Rising Moon Kimono in the Fall 2019 of Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine

If you pick up the Fall 2019 issue of Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine, you’ll notice an article (or two) from me in there!

This is the Rising Moon Kimono – a one size fits most design that features embroidery designs along all the hem edges. I made this version from a sheer(ish) cotton that had a great flow, but also held up to all the stitching. Of course you can skip the embroidery work and just make a kimono out of your favorite fabric, too – I made this version out of Liverpool.

Henriksdal Test

After a bit of tracing, adding of seam allowances, and a plan for sewing, I finally dove into making a cover for my Henriksdal chair…. and I’m pretty pleased with my results!

For my tester: I omitted serging\finishing the edges of the fabric, all the topstitching (I’m fairly certain that it’s done to keep the seam allowances down when putting the cover on) and all the Velcro (that attaches to the underside of the chair to keep the cover taut and in place), so the cover went together fairly quickly – I am guessing the “real” version will take a bit longer when I add in all the elements that I left off. I am also estimating that each chair will take about a yard and half – although with doing multiple chairs, I figure that I will use less that than since I have more room to fiddle with placement.

I’m so excited to move on to the real chair now! I may regret that after making 6, though.

Linky Thursday

These fabric covered art journals are perfect for back to school or just for sketching on the go.

Tired of the same ‘ole lunch box patterns? Then you’ll need to check out this linen lunch bag tutorial.

Pajama shorts are my go to sleepwear for summer. Learn how to make your own before it gets too cool out.

Christmas may be several months away, but it’s not to early to start crafting for the holiday. Get a jump start by making one of these cute hanging Santa kitchen towels.

This mini purse is a fun way to stash small goodies onto a backpack, but it would also make a great earbud pouch too!

This project may be aimed at back to school, but I think I may need a glitter pencil pouch for myself anyway.

Traveling? Keep your jewelry tidy and all in one place with this quilted accordion pouch.

I’ve been seriously considering recovering my sewing chair (which is also an “office chair”). I may have to use this tutorial.

Hooded towels make a great baby gift, plus they’re easy to sew!

This lined drawstring backpack makes for a great after school activity bag.