Monthly Archives: September 2021

Linky Thursday

Everyone loves a good cardigan, but the best thing about this one is that it can be worn a variety of ways.

If you have a gymnast in your home, you’ll definitely want to check out this free leotard pattern.

It’s not quite fall yet which means there’s still plenty of warm, sunny days ahead. Learn how to create this bucket hat to give yourself some shade.

Corn Hole is always a fun backyard activity. Stitch yourself up some custom bags with this easy tutorial.

This convertible hip pack looks like a fun project to stitch up and teaches some new techniques for working with leather along the way.

Keep your groceries from rolling around in the car with this zippered top grocery bag tutorial.

While this isn’t a sewing tutorial, I thought it was a good article on figuring out tension issues with your machine.

Get your Halloween costume ready by stitching up this fun mini top hat.

The evenings are getting cooler. Time to bundle up with (sherpa blacked flannel) cozy blankets.

Looking for a great hostess gift? These tea towels with jumbo ruffles would be welcome in any home.

Halloween Tees

I spent the morning pressing Halloween tees:

I’m always interested to see how designs change when placed on different colors. For example, I did several “Camp Crystal Lake” shirts and they all look very different on different bases. After they were all finished, I determined “oxblood black” (which doesn’t look like black at all, it’s more like an eggplant). I also tried my hand at a few bleached tees (the Pennywise & Hocus Pocus tees on the left, the Hocus Pocus in the middle, and the Edward Scissorhands on the right)… which might be my new favorite technique! Even though the red tee didn’t turn out as I expected, it still looks very cool once the design was transferred onto it. I may pick up some spray dyes and try my hand at making an easy ombre look in future tees.

Have You Seen?

The latest issue of Creative Machine Embroidery magazine is hitting newsstands – which means I can finally show you one of the projects inside:

This Aztec print waxed canvas tote! I really loved working on this project – I found the waxed canvas easy to work with and I love that the colors are fall-ish but still feel so vibrant. In fact, I loved working with the waxed canvas so much, I recently purchased more (in a different colorway) to make another bag.

One thing I should mention – if you opt for the yellow, you may find it a bit translucent. I believe that between the light color and the waxing process, that you can see darker colored material, etc. behind it. Something to keep in mind when you looking for a lining for this project!

Linky Thursday

I love this little minky baby toy! Talk about soft and cuddly!

Know someone who loves cats? Whip them up this fun cat shaped pouch.

Making you own loungewear is so easy. Give it a try with this free jumpsuit pattern.

Keep your wardrobe organized with this free closet organizer pattern.

This jacket is labeled “cosplay”, but it definitely has the perfect bones for everyday wear.

If it’s too cold for a shorts romper, you’ll definitely want to check out this long romper – it’s perfect for midseason dressing (and so flattering too!).

Looking for a new LBD? Be sure to check out this easy kimono short sleeved dress.

This clutch uses decorative stitching to add interest, but the best part is that it’s such a generous size.

Keep your vaccination records (or other important small documents) safe and handdy with this easy holder.

Quilted catchall storage bins are a great way to use up scraps and decrease clutter!


It has been ridiculously hot and humid lately… and, unfortunately, I’ve been finding myself outside a lot (between Easton’s golf tournaments & soccer, it’s unavoidable). I got tired of wearing shorts so I decided to pull out my favorite Loulouxe skirt… and I forgot how much I loved it. So much so, I decided to make myself another:

For this version, I picked out a Tatian floral athletic knit that I had purchased from awhile ago. This fabric was originally destined to become a pair of leggings, but the solid I had purchased (which became the shorts portion of this pattern) didn’t match that well so it’s been sitting in my stash for “just the right project (or matching fabric)”.

Let me just say how much I love this pattern! The fit is spot on, the pattern is easy to construct (it looks far more complicated than what it truly is AND there’s no hems!), it has pockets (which is very important because I need a place to put my keys), and it is perfect for “chub rub” (with Easton’s golf tournaments we tend to walk the course behind him – there is nothing worse then your thighs sticking and\or rubbing together while walking in extreme heat and humidity). The only downfall to this pattern is that the pocket is too small for my phone (in hindsight, I could have easily modify this by cutting the pocket wider).

It the temperatures keep up like this, chances are you may see one or two more of these posted. That probably also means I need more athletic knit, too!