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Change up the look of any bedroom in just 15 minutes with this easy pillowcase tutorial.

This small canvas tote is perfect for summer. Looking for something more modern? Then try this leather two-tone foldover clutch.

This v-neck dress is perfect for dressing up or making it casual.

Has Starbuck’s Unicorn Fappuccino given you unicorn fever? Then be sure to check out this easy felt unicorn horn headband.

Help keep your sewing room neat and tidy with this thread catcher pattern.

Learn how to use your sewing machine and a few leather scraps to create a stylish new bracelet.

In my personal opinion, one can never have too many potholders. Especially when they are scrapbuster projects like this patchwork version with pockets. While you’re visiting the site, be sure to enter to win an April Mug Rug Kit.

Still have April the giraffe on the brain? Sew up you own version of April with this free pattern. If giraffes aren’t your thing, then try this sock kangaroo (complete with a joey) pattern instead.

If traveling is in your future, then you’ll want to check out this oldie, but goodie Cargo Duffle pattern or this beautiful quilted mini suitcase.

Sew Caroline Weekend Style

I love sewing project books, but it’s been awhile since I fell in love with one. That is until I received Sew Caroline’s Weekend Style.

This is Caroline Hulse‘s first book and she does not disappoint – it’s chock full of 15 projects that are easy to sew and cute to wear. Included in this title are 9 garments ranging from sweet tees, comfy shorts (as seen on the cover, Taylor has also requested these), and pretty skirts and dresses; 3 different bags, and 3 accessories (can you say custom flip flops?). All the patterns are in PDF format on a CD located in the back of the book and are printed off with a home computer.

The directions are easy to follow which means that even a beginner could use this book without difficulties and there are plenty of illustrations to help along the way, if needed. Also included In Weekend Style are sections to assist you in selecting tools and materials, basic stitches, how to assemble a PDF and finishing techniques to give your project a professional finish.

As of right now, I can’t comment on the overall fit of any of the garments as I haven’t had the opportunity to sew them up yet, but I have several in cue to make soon (so more on that later). However, by the looks of many of projects, there is enough ease to a majority of them that  alterations may not be necessary.

The bottom line: If you’re looking for projects that are easy to sew, comfortable to wear, and great for all skill sets, I highly recommend Weekend Style.

 

Lastest Project

I hope everyone had a Happy Easter. Somehow our weekend wound up being incredibly busy – games, brunches, haircuts, Easter festivities… you name it! Of course, that means that there was no time for sewing, which is a shame because I am incredibly behind on a few looming deadlines (that also means that I will be playing catch up the rest of the week and no fun, outside projects for me).

The only real project that I was able to complete was a confirmation gift for my niece (not photoed since there are times that my family may see this post) and a t-shirt for Easton’s birthday (he will turn 9, yes, 9! on Sunday). He is very into Roblox (online gaming) and had wanted a themed shirt. Unfortunately there aren’t a lot of tees out there. But who needs to buy a shirt, when you can make one, right?

So, I cracked out the Cricut and came up with this design. I created the crown with the “Keep Calm” text in Design Space and then made the Roblox by transforming their .jpg logo into the .svg format. My original intent was to do the logo in red, but realized that I was short on iron-on vinyl by several inches so I went with a glow-in-the dark instead…. I think it lacks some ‘pop’, but when he turns out the lights, I’m sure he’ll be impressed.

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This week was National Pet Day and if you’re looking for something to sew up for your dog or cat that isn’t clothing, be sure to check out this waste bag holder with treat pocket (while your’e at it, you can make a matching scrappy leash) or this junk food cat toys (I’m going to guess this won’t hold up for dogs). Chickens don’t need to be left out of the day, when you sew up this chicken jacket.

Another great modification of It’s Always Autumn’s (free) Classic Tee pattern this time transforming it into a midi dress.

This modern duffle is perfect for showcasing large prints and coordinating fabrics (not to mention it’s a great size for traveling).

Love the shirt, but hate the neckline? Learn how to turn a crew neck into a V-neck with this handy tutorial or try your hand at WabiSobi’s latest reconstruction, The Butterfly Tee.

Bean bag chairs are the perfect fit for kids reading nooks. This one sews up in 30 minutes.

Don’t ditch those old work shirts. Transform them into adorable little girl’s dresses (sizes 12m – 5T) or a color blocked top for women.

Tired of lugging around craft supplies? This art tote keeps everything handy and is easy to carry.

One can never have enough pincushions. This kaleidoscope version is pretty and a great way to use up scraps.

This pretty little pillow is perfect for spring decorating. Looking for something bolder? Then be sure to check out this sunflower pillow.

Sleep sacks are a great way to keep baby warm without the need for blankets. This mermaid version is practical and adorable and perfect for gift giving!

Summer will soon be here before we know it. Get ready to hit the pool or beach with one of these easy to sew sunbathing companions.

Sometimes the oddest things pop up on my Pinterest – this time I had to share. Face masks. And if that pattern doesn’t work, then this one comes in a wide variety of sizes.

Jalie Dress Mod

Easter is just a few days away and I am more than a bit behind on sewing for it. Case in point: my lack of dress for the occasion. However, the other day on the Jalie Facebook group, Bonnie had posted that she morphed the crossover neckline of Jalie 3024 (the classic dress) with the boatneck with sleeves to come up with an entirely new look…. and it’s perfect! Since I needed something with sleeves, but love the crossover style, I decided that I would set out to make this for myself, too.

I had originally pulled a Nicole Miller print out for this design, but never could find a solid that would match with any of the colors, so I dove into the stash once again and pulled out a rayon (almost slinky) knit fabric that I had picked up ages ago from Needle Nook Fabrics.

Morphing this pattern was fairly easy – I had traced off the crossover style, then laid what I had traced over the boatneck pattern piece (lining up the sides as a reference) and traced off the sleeve area (or extended the tank). Sewing the material, however, was not easy. This fabric, while it looks fabulous, was a booger to work with – not only is it thick to sew, but has a tendency to skip stitches so this dress took a bit longer than what I expected to make…. but still sewed up quickly overall!

Even though this pattern has been in my stash for ages, it was my first time sewing it up. It was a quick sew and I can see myself making the boatneck version in the future when I need a slightly dressier style to wear out. The fit is great too, although the neckline is a bit low and may require a shell or modesty panel over the bustline for church. However, between the fabric type and the dress style, I need spanx for this to look the most flattering… you know just a little something to smooth out the tummy area. Otherwise, I am in love with this dress – thanks Bonnie for sharing your idea!

Marie-Claude v.2

Since there’s still a chill in the air, I couldn’t resist squeezing in one more Marie-Claude Raglan Pullover… this time the hooded version. I had stumbled across a fun, performance knit fabric while at Joann’s that had a very Nike vibe, so I snagged a yard for the main body of this project. Then I came home and dug through my stash to find the navy Nike wicking fabric I had bought years ago at Needle Nook Fabrics. One thing I will say is that while the fabrics look good together, they are very different weights – the actual Nike fabric is thick (and needs a microtex needle to prevent skipped stitches), while the one from Joann’s is substantially thinner (but easier to sew on).

Once again, the top came together beautifully and the fit is great. Even though there is more piecing to this top than my last version, it was still easy to put together and sewed without any problems. I am looking forward to sewing up more of these in the future…. but now on to the next new pattern!

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Looking for a fun, new purse to carry this spring? Try this oval shaped bag (made up in Tula Pink’s kitty fabric) or even more attention grabbing, a shark purse. Looking for something more traditional? Then be sure to make this Sweet Pea Saddle Bag or for something larger, this Retro Diner Bucket Bag.

Dressed up or down, this bell sleeved top is simply a must-have.

Just because you have a boy to sew for doesn’t mean you can’t make them something to wear this Easter. Why not try this easy bow tie tutorial?

It’s no secret that I love leggings. Here’s a new pattern so you can make your own.

Enter to win this cute fabric giveaway that includes adorable prints with foxes, hedgehogs, ladybugs and flowers.

This lace kimono screams spring (you’ll need to translate the page for instructions).

Easter is next week which means there’s still plenty of time to whip up a tote or new basket for the holiday.

I’m pretty sure I’ve shared this soup bowl cozy before…. which means I should probably break down and finally make this.

This reading pillow is perfect for story times and even has a handy pocket to stash your book when you’re finished.

Between the colorful iron on bunnies (image provided in the tutorial) and tiny pompoms trim, this dish towel make the perfect hostess gift (or just a cute way to decorate your kitchen).

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.

Marie-Claude

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!

Moxie

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)!