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Keep little ones occupied while you’re out with Busy Bags that can be stuffed with art supplies and toys. Looking for something smaller and easy to  stash in a tote? Check out these See-Through Purse Pouches.

This sewing machine mat will keep all your essential notions right at your fingertips.

Making coffee more fun: This Halloween Spider Mug Rug.

Enter to win a $50 gift certificate to Gardensong Fabrics. While you’re there, be sure to check out her new tutorial for an adorable hobo bag.

I didn’t know I needed a body pillow until I saw this glow-in-the-dark version that’s perfect for Halloween. Looking for something less holiday-ish and just plain fun? This Ukulele Pillow is the perfect way to keep summer going.

Every time I see a fabric bowl tutorial, I say I need to make one – they are just too fun!

With school back in session, chances are your child needs a quite place to read. This cozy floor pillow is perfect for any reading nook. Want to make it even snugglier? Add this flannel blanket.

Have a favorite mug that you want to take with you? This mug bag is the perfect way to carry it (video tutorial).

Need more leggings? This pattern is free and easy to sew.

Preview

I’ve always said that I had sewing ADHD and yesterday was a great example: I set out to work on one project and wound up working on something completely different. So, with that said, here’s a little preview.

I used a fun sugar skull print for this item… as I have a weakness for that sort of theme. I think I may see if I have enough of this material left over to make a little Halloween\fall bag because it’s so bright and colorful!

 

Prototype

Over the years I have come up with a system for writing tutorials: I write out the instructions (99% of the time I write\scribble notes on paper then transfer them to the computer), test out my steps (and pattern if applicable), and edit along the way.

Today I’m starting the process of writing and checking to see if the pattern I’ve come up with “works”… If all goes well, in a few days you’ll be seeing a fun holiday themed item!

Weekend

Whew! This weekend flew by and I accomplished 0 sewing. Between birthday celebrations, a concert and a wedding, there just wasn’t any time. In fact, this was the first wedding\event that I didn’t even sew my dress for (I did wear my off the shoulder tattoo Mama Stella for the concert, though)… but when I saw this dress on the rack at the store, I couldn’t resist buying it – just check out that neckline!

Speaking of the neckline, if you ever spot a pattern that is similar, let me know, I think I need 50 more of these! And if you’re curious about construction, it’s lined with an underwire around the bust so that it keep’s it’s shape. Now that it’s Monday, it’s back to reality. I have a ton of behind the scenes projects in the works, so you may be reduced to seeing a few sneak peek photos instead of the full project.

Linky Thursday

Bishop (and bell) sleeves seem to be the hot trend in ready-to-wear clothing this fall. Learn how to draft you own with this tutorial.

The Proteus Cardigan isn’t just easy to sew, it can be worn in a number of ways to change up it’s look!

Is there a chill in the air? Warm up with this sweatshirt freebie (you can find the code to be used for this item in the announcements\pinned post section of the Peek-a-boo pattern shop Facebook page. Enter the code at checkout and the price will be dropped to 0).

I have been seeing a lot of questions on full bust adjustments – if this applies to you, this article is a great read!

These bit ‘o kindness bags are perfect for stuffing little surprises into – plus they’re quick and easy to make! While you’re on the site, be sure to enter into her giveaway for an LED machine light.

Halloween is a little over a month away so it’s time to bring on the costumes. This Captain Marvel is perfect for the holiday or any type of ComicCon convention – it’s fabulous!

This cute little duffel would make a great dance or weekender travel bag.

Can’t get enough of pumpkin? Now you can make your own pumpkin spice latte pin cushion!

A Second Mama Stella

Yesterday was an in-service day for Easton’s school. Thinking it was still “the weekend” I completely forgot to post, but I did get an extra day in of sewing – so I whipped up a second Mama Stella Top & Tunic (you can see the original version here).

This time around I used a remnant from the Vegas Jane I made earlier in the year. This fabric is a double brushed poly – so it has a great drape and the wild print makes for a fun little top. In this version, I also opted to use the short sleeves and top length (which looks much better with jeans). I plan on wearing this one to an upcoming concert – I think it should be perfect for the occasion.

Pleather Bundle

I’ve been working very hard to try to sew down some of the stash that I’ve accumulated, but I caved during So Sew English‘s last bundle sale…. I had my eye on this beautiful floral double brushed poly and olive foil pleather (it looks brown in the photo, but definitely looks more green in real life).

My original intent was to make an off the shoulder Mama Stella top with a pair of moto style skinny pants\leggings underneath. However once I got the faux leather fabric, I realized it’s not as stretchy as the other foil pleathers I’ve purchased from that store (it has less stretch and is not 4-way). So, now I’m back to the drawing board with what to do. I’m thinking a top and jacket? Give the leggings a go with a different material and see how they sew up?

Linky Thursday

This is no ordinary bag. It’s an anti-pickpocket purse that’s made even more fashionable by adding braided straps.

Know a baby shark song lover? Give them the gift of a shark robe (designed for ages 0-12 months, but could be adapted for older kids OR adults, too).

Ditch the purse and carry only essentials. This credit card key ring is a great place to start.

It’s not very often you see a tutorial just for the boys, so I may have gotten a little excited about this free t-shirt pattern just for guys (2-14 years).

This glasses case looks so professional AND easy to sew, you’ll want to make one for everyone you know!

Enter to win a fat quarter bundle of Ombre Stitches.

Our grocery stores are discontinuing the use of plastic (and paper) bags soon. Which means, it’s time to start making my own, like this Fold and Go tote.

Get ready for pumpkin everything by making a few of these minky scrunchy pumpkins.

Getting cool enough that you need to layer your kids for school? The Campbell Vest is sized for 3m – 12 years!

Those JoJo Bows are super popular right now with girls, but who needs to buy big bows when you can make your own?

Christmas is a little over 100 days away, but it’s never too late to start sewing for the holiday – like these adorable PJs for kids. Of course, this work perfect in other prints too!

Mama Stella

Yesterday I had mentioned that I started work on the Made for Mermaid’s Sweater Top & Tunic, and before the day was out, I was finished!

I went with an off-the-shoulder style with 3/4 sleeves and a tunic length. The construction is pretty straightforward, but be aware that since this is an off the shoulder design, the sleeves will be attached a bit differently on one side (the upper portion of the sleeve cap does not attach to the shirt at all), which may make this a more confusing part of putting this top together. There are plenty of photographs along the way that can help, so I wouldn’t shy away from this pattern if you’re interested.

The fit is nice – it’s not body hugging, but it’s not bulky like a sweatshirt either and the arms are fitted, but not tight. The tunic length is pretty long – perfect for leggings or if you’re looking to scrunch up the top some, but I think if I make this again, I’d make the top.

Sweater Tunic

While scrolling though Facebook the other day, I saw a woman who had sewn up the cutest, off-the-shoulder top and I found myself not being able to stop thinking about it. The pattern she used was Made for Mermaid’s Mama Stella Sweater Top and Tunic and I couldn’t resist buying it. It has a similar feel to The Hideaway that I had stitched up a few times last year, but with fitted arms and a slightly less off-the-shoulder fit (if you’re interested, you can read about my original Hideaway here and a less successful attempt in this post).

I was set to use a thinner, rayon type material for this top until I read the directions – which calls for a sweater knit (and that was my, “duh moment” because sweater is in the pattern name)…. so I opted for a French Terry (gray floral on the bottom of the stack) that I’ve been hoarding since last year – I’m really hoping that it has enough stretch because I think the end result may be really cute! Here’s the pricing breakdown of this top:

Total Cost:

Pattern….. $9.00
Fabric……. $17.00
Notions…. stash

Total $26.00