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Pretty in Paris

I was so excited to share with you my Convertible Tote tutorial from the most recent issue of Creative Machine Embroidery, that I forgot to also share my other project in the same issue!

My Pretty in Paris article shows you how to transform Sis Boom’s Peggy Party Runner pattern into a Parisian themed display using a variety of fabrics and embroidery designs. Given the colors, I think this one could also double as a Valentine’s Day runner as well.  For not being a ‘quilter’ I really enjoyed the pattern…. the ‘piecing’ is cleverly put together in strips, limiting the amount of sewing small pieces that you have to do.


What happened to spring? With the way our weather during winter, I thought that it might be fall before I ever got to sew up the Marie-Claude Raglan Pullover. However, after a weekend of bone-chilling soccer, I realized this is the perfect time!

For my first version, I used a performance jersey that I had picked up ages ago at Joann (they were originally earmarked for leggings, but never got made) – unlike some of their other athleisure materials, this one has a ‘fuzzy’ underside that seems a lot warmer than most…. perfect! Since I had only a 1 1/4 yards of this I opted to go with view A with the thumb hole sleeve cuffs (even though the pattern calls for 1 3/4, I was able to cut everything out without any problems). Putting this one together was very straightforward and the fit is good…. but best of all? This raglan feels warm. So, I’m set for the next chilly game (which means it will suddenly get blazing hot for the rest of our games). Next up, the hooded version of this pattern!


If you’re a member of the Bag of the Month Club you have probably seen this month’s release by Betz White, the Moxie Crossbody Bag (you can also check out a few posts about it on Facebook as well).

I had the pleasure of being a tester for this bag and I have to say it was a very fun sew. Unlike some of my recent purses, this one was refreshingly uncomplicated. Plus, it didn’t call for hard to find notions (you can even get tongue locks\thumb clasps at Joanns now) or interlinings and isn’t a fabric hog. The Moxie has instructions for working with both cork\leather and fabric so you can easily change up the look of each one you make (not to mention the fact that the flap is a great place to showcase a fun print).

When I made my bag, I thought I would channel spring and go with something bright and floral – so I finally cracked into my Amy Butler Nigella print. Instead of using the print for the flap\pocket, I opted to use it for the entire bag (in hindsight, I wish I would have done a bit of embroidery on the solid, but I’ll remember that for next time). Overall, I am loving this bag, it’s a nice size and I love the details.

Crossbody bags are one of my favorite styles to carry everyday because it allows me to be hands-free while I shop and are just large enough to carry all the ‘essentials’ I need and The Moxie may be my new favorite. If you’re a BOMC member, don’t forget to download your version this month to make your own (don’t worry, if you’re not a Bag of the Month Club member and don’t want to join right now, this pattern will be available in a few months)!


One of the new Jalie releases that I was most excited about was the Loulouxe skort. This seems like a great alternative to shorts this summer and reminded me a lot of Lululemon’s brand of skirts – so it’s trendy, but without the $68 price tag!

For my first version I used a Paisley Performance Apparel print (for the skirt) and a black wicking knit (for the shorts) both from Joann’s… between sales and coupons I made this skort for under $20!

So let’s talk construction. This project was a lot simpler to put together than what I anticipated. The pieces came together nicely and I was able to sew this one up in a day. The shorts have several ‘options’ including side pockets and an optional hem band. I went with both and a really happy that I did – the pockets will definitely come in handy and even my bulky cell phone fits into it. I also like that the waistband has both the stretchy band itself and a bit of elastic across the top to give it some added support to keep the skirt fitting nicely across the waist.

As for the fit. I love it. When I measured myself, I was a bit in between two sizes, so I opted to go with the larger of the two (I have thick thighs and thought that would assure that the shorts weren’t too tight too)…. and I am glad I did. The fit on this one is great, the waist doesn’t slide down and the shorts aren’t too snug. And gosh darn it, it’s cute on. I can see a lot more of these in my future – especially in a mix and match print. Now I just need some new tops to go with it.

Linky Thursday

Easter is right around the corner. If you’re looking forward to dressing up your little man, then be sure to check out how to sew your own tie. Looking to sew for a little girl instead? Check out these fun Hip Hop leggings (inside the MeSewCrazy mini magazine)…. and don’t forget to sew a little something for yourself, like this pretty Circle Skirt.

I absolutely adore this travel tote (with lots of pockets). If you’re making this bag, don’t forget to whip up a new (matching) wallet too.

Forget Easter Bunnies…. I want a sloth sock doll instead (or maybe this cute, paper pieced turtle).

Have you found the perfect shirt design, but were wishing it was a V-neck? Then be sure to check out this tutorial on how to alter your new tee.

Forget store bought bunny ears, this version is the cutest I’ve ever seen.

Little girls would love to carry this sweet bunny purse, but this cat tote is novel too! Looking for something for yourself? Be sure to check out this circle top reversible tote.

Don’t forget to decorate your home for Easter too. This floral bunny dishtowel is the perfect addition to your kitchen. Want something less holiday themed? This patchwork potholder is a great way to use up scraps with pretty results.


It seems as if I go through spurts of specified craftiness. Sometimes it might be sewing, sometimes the Cricut, and sometimes it’s embroidery (or apparently it is this week) .

Even though this is for one of those “behind the scenes” sewing projects that I can’t show you just yet, I couldn’t help but snap a picture of this design. I’ve had my eye on Urban Thread’s Briar Rose for quite awhile and was excited to finally find a good excuse to use it. In my typical fashion, I changed up the thread list because I wanted to roses to pop on the black background. This also meant I had to stitch this one out a couple of times before I was happy with my color mix.

I have one more of these that I plan on stitching out today (this design\size combination is roughly 120 minutes of embroidery time) which I suspect will take up the rest of my morning (because if I walk away from my machine, it is guaranteed to either stop for one reason or another)…. maybe I’ll even get the opportunity to trace out another pattern while it works!

Minecraft Nico

Last week the bundle of patterns that I had ordered from Jalie arrived. My original intent was to start tracing off the Loulouxe Skort  and the Charlie Bomber (in fact, I have fabrics already picked out for these patterns, too…. but more on that in another post). Unfortunately, spring break kept me from being productive, so I decided to tackle a project that looked to be quick and easy – their new Nico Raglan Tee.

Since I hadn’t planned on working with this pattern right away, I didn’t have fabrics set aside. But after a quick search of the stash, I settled on a Minecraft faces print (this was a remnant from the Perfect Polo from quite awhile back) with contrasting black sleeves. For this tee, I traced off the short sleeves with the straight hem) in a size M.

Sewing on the Nico was straightforward… in fact, I never read the directions for this pattern. With that said, the pieces did go together beautifully and the shirt came together without a hitch. As for the fit, it’s spot on. However, with the way Easton is growing, I don’t think he’ll be wearing this shirt for too much longer. I definitely have plans on making this one again, but in a solid (so I can use my Cricut to make an iron on transfer) and possibly trying out the 3/4 sleeves and curved hem.

Hooded Towel

Have a new baby (or know someone who just had one)? Looking for a quick baby shower gift that you can sew? If you haven’t visited WeAllSew today, then you’ll definitely want to check out my latest tutorial for a hooded towel!

This project is perfect for upcycling beach towels and just the right side for machine embroidery designs at the hood. It sews up quickly and is a great way to gift a matching layette set for newborns. Plus it’s a generous fit so it can easily grow with your infant and be used into toddlerhood.

Linky Thursday

This woven fabric basket is perfect for Easter treats or for home decor storage. Looking for something less complicated to sew? Try this fabric basket with handles instead.

Eating at your desk never looked so cute – The Chubby Lunch Tote.

This high-low shirt doesn’t just hide your panty line, it is darn cute, too.

Love yoga? Sew your own mat for your next class. Then try this tutorial to make a pretty carrying case for it.

This kimono jacket is perfect for keeping off the chill or just as a beautiful coverup.

Not matter if you wear this loose fit casual top dressed up or down, it will still look fabulous.

Crossbody bags are my favorite to wear out. This one looks quick and simple to make.

Learn how to create an eye catching pillow with this Strawberry Fields Forever Lattice Pillow pattern.

This trendy lace up shirt is the perfect no-sew project that gives great results (even my daughter is making this one).

A cute, sleeveless dress pattern for girls just in time for spring… or Easter!

Looking for a fun way to hold your easter treats? Then be sure to check out these bunny bags. Looking for something with less calories? Try this bunny hand puppet instead.

Change up the look of your favorite shirt by adding a lace yoke. Learn how to make your alterations in this blog post.


Spring Break

It’s day 3 of Spring Break and I don’t really have any sewing to show for it.  We did go to our  wildlife park and visited the Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile yesterday too (if you don’t live close, but want to see what types of stuff she carries her online store, which looks to be about everything we saw). Here are a few photos from our trip:

As for sewing, my Gorgeous Fabric arrived yesterday and my Jalie patterns are set to be here later today. Unfortunately the snowstorm delayed both packages. I also did some ‘behind the scenes sewing’ over the weekend which I can’t show you just yet: one is a tester pattern for a soon-to-be-released Betz White project (I think you’ll like this one a lot) and the other are some alterations for my sister-in-law’s wedding dress.

Now that the big trips are over, it’s time to recuperate, drink coffee, and plan out my next projects!