Monthly Archives: October 2020

Mug Rug & Cozy

Confession time: You know those fun Jelly Rolls you see in quilt shops? The ones with the coordinating and\or designer prints that are pre-cut and ready to use? I love them, but I never know how to sew them up since I generally don’t quilt…. that is until recently when I was asked to make my latest project for WeAllSew: The Easy Strip (Pieced) Mug Rug & Cozy.

This is a great beginner-friendly project: there’s lots of sewing straight lines and no bindings! It’s also a great way to try your hand at some quilting (totally optional) and using some of those built in stitches inside your machine. Best of all this entire set comes together quickly, so it’s possible to make several in a day and give them as gifts!

While I used Jelly Roll strips to sew this project up, feel free to use any remnants you have on hand. This is a great scrap busting project!


I was feeling matchy-matchy over the weekend and decided that my Hug Hoodie needed a coordinating pair of pants. So, I pulled out the Carita Joggers and went to work.

I used the camo french terry for the base of the pants (which I also used for the hood lining) and the sweatshirt material for the pocket bands, cuffs, and waist band. I was skeptical that the sweatshirt material would have enough stretch to work, but I have to say, this is the best fitting pair of jogger that I’ve made. I’ve been using knit around the waistband, but find that a lot of times they start sliding after wearing them for awhile. These seem to keep their shape a lot better. Overall, I’m very pleased with how these turned out and they look cute with the hoodie too!

Linky Thursday

Get your living or bedroom ready for Halloween with this cute cat pillow. Pair it up with my mummy pillow tutorial and you’ve almost finished decorating your area!

This stuffed kitty looks simple to make and would look great with the pillows above or just as a gift to your favorite little person this Halloween.

One of my favorite things to wear in fall is a cardigan – learn how to make your own version with this tutorial (and it has a hood and pockets too!)

Enter to win a 20 piece fat quarter bundle of Sweet Caroline fabrics.

Stay cozy in the crisp, fall air with this Spring Tee hack.

Tiny things are always cute – like this milk carton coin purse.

This button up front skirt for girls is a perfect fall look – I can totally see this made in corduroy.

This tiered, ruffled dress looks comfy to lounge in, but dressed up enough that you can wear it just about anywhere.

Thinking ahead to Thanksgiving? This table runner and mitered napkin projects are perfect for your place settings. If you want to think way ahead, here’s a tutorial for some cute Christmas Tree napkins.

Looking for a quick costume? This Haunted Hat project tops off any cape for an easy witch look.

This flared t-shirt makes for a great transitional piece – perfect for both warm days and cool nights.

Hot off the Machine

Hot off the sewing machine (literally, it is just minutes old!) is a second Hug Hoodie – this time with an actual hood.

I had really good intentions in finishing up a few projects that I had already cut, but it suddenly got chilly and I decided I needed another hoodie. This time around I opted for a plain gray sweatshirt fabric for the body. As much as I love the yellow polka dot version, I’m finding that there isn’t a lot that I can wear it with (I guess I need to start thinking about some new bottoms), so I decided to go with a more neutral look. I did add a fun camo print for the hood lining, in part to make it more interesting, but also because this sweatshirt fleece is pretty thick and I didn’t want a bulky hood. Overall this is a much cozier feeling top that the French Terry and I think it will look great with a pair of black, high waisted leggings…. although I’m thinking this camo print may make a cute jogger too – can anyone say matching lounge set?

Dumpster Fire

If 2020 had to be described in 2 words, chances are it would be Dumpster Fire. I’m at the point in my year that the only way to keep my sanity it to approach everything with humor. Thus, my latest project: Key Fobs.

I recently saw some “pretty” (well, they were pink and I thought they were cute) 2020 Dumpster Fire ornaments and I bought a few – unfortunately, they were sort of pricy so I couldn’t buy more of them. Luckily String Theory Fabric Art released an embroidery design with the same idea last week and I knew I had to get it. So, I spent the weekend making key fobs for the rest of my friends and family that I didn’t buy ornaments for. I made a portion of these in a pink metallic snakeskin vinyl, another in a salmon metallic snakeskin vinyl (both inspired by the ornaments that I saw), and one in green – I finished them off with silver rivets and a simple split ring.

I’m not going to lie, I love the way these turned out. They stitched out well, even through two thick layers of vinyl (the metallics are much beefier than the green promo vinyl that I used). I can’t wait to use these as stocking stuffers!

FYI, if you own an embroidery machine, String Theory has 2 new freebies available for today only. Be sure to grab your candy corn snap tabs while you can!

Harvest Cardigan

If you haven’t grabbed your copy of Creative Machine Embroidery magazine, then you’re missing out on a great project (shameful plug), The Harvest Cardigan!

For this project, I used the Blackwood Cardigan and the most adorable fall leaves designs to embellish the pockets and the binding around the front\neckline. While there was a lot of embroidery involved, it was worth it in the end because I definitely think this cardigan screams fall (and perfect for those pumpkin spice\boot wearing\corn maze walking opportunities). As for the fabric, I used a mustardy\chartreuse French Terry that I had gotten in a bundle from So Sew English Fabrics. Initially, when I received it, I wasn’t sure how I would use it, but once this project came along, I knew it was the perfect match. Now I’m thinking I need more French Terry cardigans in my life!