Tuesday, May 16, 2017

SLPCo Blog Tour

Guess what?  Simple Life Pattern Company and Sew Caroline have joined forces to create a new collection featuring "mommy and me" sets.
I don't have any little girls here, so these "Tammy" shorts are just for me! The tulip hem is very flattering and the bias trim in a different fabric adds a nice pop. (The girls' pattern offers a ruffle trim option and that may be worth a "hack" to have ruffles on my next pair!)

To say that this was a quick sew would be an understatement. The paper pattern pieces fit together nicely and the instructions were very clear and easy to folow. :)  I went from printing the pattern to the last stitch in under two hours AND I had to stop several times for one of the kids or to take a phone call. Definitely on my "sew again" list!

I was lucky to receive this fabric from Riley Blake Designs Juxtaposey Collection. (Thank you, Riley Blake!) I knew I wanted to use this fabric the moment I saw it. Aren't the llamas fun? And the turtles and chickens and birds, too!  If you've never sewn with fabric from Riley Blake, it is simply dreamy!  So soft and comfy, it's the perfect fabric for summer shorts.
My son was my unfortunate photographer for this project and even though he didn't get any shots of the front,  I thank him for taking the time to snap a few pictures for this blog post. ;)

Now, go and see what everyone else made!!
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

One Thimble, Issue 15

Can you believe it's time for another issue of One Thimble already?  I haven't seen much of it this go round, but what I have seen is simply amazing!  I was lucky enough to get to try out the "Oh Teddy! FMA" from this issue and simply adore the finished product!

With clear pieces to work with and easy to follow instructions, this Oh Teddy! applique was a joy to make.  I took a little creative license and made my little bear a girl!
 So easy to move the bow to the top of the head and not cut the legs of the pants to make a skirt. ;) And those sunglasses? If you look closely at the border fabric, you'll see a familiar outline...that's right, I traced the shape from the fabric!! The hardest part for me will be deciding which of my sweet little great nieces will be the proud owner of this "beary" cute pillow!

One of the other patterns in this issue is a messenger bag by FABulous Home Sewn.  I was lucky and got to test the FHS Military Messenger Bag a while back. (It's been hard not to shout out about it so everyone could see how great this bag is!)  Here's the bag I made during testing:
Seriously, I liked it so much that I decided to make another for this blog tour.  Thankfully, my son likes it too.  He is currently taking violin lessons and it's not always easy for me to find his books and shoulder rest before I pick him up from school, so...this bag will be the perfect solution!  I did stray from the pattern just a tad to give him a separate section to keep his books in apart from the shoulder rest. (The last thing I want is to pay for another shoulder rest, lol)  I've been hoarding this violin fabric for ages waiting to pick the perfect pattern for him and I'm so glad I finally did!
I'm ready to take it for a test run tomorrow afternoon. Wish us luck!

Don't forget to stop by and see what everyone else gets to sew for this issue!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Show your Stoff

It's my turn on the "Show your Stoff" blog tour today!  This tour showcases patterns from Zierstoff Patterns and let me tell you, there are some really good ones!
This was my first foray into Zierstoff and though it was hard to pick just one of the MANY fabulous looking patterns, I chose the Lilia Jacket.
Such a cute and comfy jacket designed for fleece!
As it is already quite warm here, I chose to leave off the sleeves and make a hooded vest. I love it!  It's perfect for this in between weather...no longer cold, but not yet hot.  Great for early morning walks!

This would be a wonderful pattern for mommy and me outfits as it comes in sizes all the way from kids' medium to women's XXL.  It comes together very quickly and the directions are very easy to understand.

I am looking forward to trying out more patterns from Zierstoff Patterns, go check them out!
Don't forget to have a peek at the other stops on the blog tour:
Monday April 10- Anne-Mari Sews, Inspinration, Tenille’s Thread, Sew Cucio, Embrace Everyday, Tuesday April 11- Musings of A Seamstress, mahlicadesigns, Anna's Heirloom Boutique, Ronda B Handmade, FABulous Home Sewn Wednesday April 12- Sprouting Jube Jube, Glitter in my Coffee, Thread and Scissors, Kaleidothought, Idle Sunshine Thursday April 13- mahlicadesigns, Very Blissful, Sew A Piece of Joy, Zowie Zo, Nina Makes, Lulu & Celeste Friday April 14- Tales of a Tester; Anne-Mari Sews; Bless, by Tone; Nap Time Creations; Needles to Say, Adventures with Bubba and Bug Saturday April 15- Sprouting Jube Jube, Musings of A Seamstress, Stitches by Laura; Tea, Dust and Stitches, Anna's Heirloom Boutique

Monday, February 13, 2017


Don't you just love it when it's time for another One Thimble release? I sure do! The only thing more fun than reading through the great articles is sewing up one of the fabulous patterns!
This time around, I got to try out the "Timber!" quilt pattern by Rachel Rossi Designs as part of the OT blog tour for Pattern Revolution.

Have you never read a One Thimble e-zine? If not, you are missing out! Look at all the great contributors featured in this issue.

Look at this beautiful cover!!

I have a niece who's expecting a baby girl in May and I decided this quilt would be a perfect gift!
She's actually naming the baby "Willow" and I think these are birch trees, but I don't think she'll mind, lol!
This was my first time sewing up a project from Rachel Rossi and, WOW!, it's a very in-depth pattern!  The instructions are very clear and precise, leaving you very little room for error.
I appreciate that the applique pieces print in reverse so you don't need to worry about flipping anything around when you trace it out.

One thing I didn't do according to the pattern is cut my strips long enough. The pattern comes in two sizes-crib and twin. I had planned on making the crib size...but, then I came home from the fabric store, lol.  I picked up this black and gold fabric with zero projects in mind, but realized it's perfect for this quilt-makes it look like a starry night to me. ;)
Anyhow, the fabric is only 42" wide and I didn't buy enough to cut lengthwise, so I ended up with a quilt that's only about 40" long after quilting. (Honestly, this may never see the inside of a crib, so I'm good with the size.)
I amped up the comfort on this quilt with the pink swirl minky fabric.  It matches great with the bear on the front and I used one of the bear fabrics for the binding to pull it all together.

I am very pleased with how the quilt came out and I bet my niece will be, too!

Don't forget to check out all the other stops on the tour!!







Happy sewing! :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

One Thimble, Issue 13

I’m a day late, but it’s my turn on the One Thimble blog tour!
There were some really, really great patterns to choose from this time around and I chose a not so new-to-me designer, Felt With Love. (I previously shared the 3-D puzzle animals.)

There are actually two patterns here today, Kawaii Felt Purse and Kawaii Felt Charms. In case you don’t know (I didn’t), kawaii means “cute.”  And these patterns certainly are cute!  So are all of the other sneaks I’ve seen from this issue of One Thimble! :)
It has finally started to feel like fall here, so I am digging all of the cool summery designs found in OT 13.

I deviated a bit with each pattern, but think I stayed true to the designer with each one.

When I read the description for the Kawaii Felt Charms pattern, I thought I read that instructions for paper clips were included.  Not so. I think I read bookmark and hair clip and interpreted "paper clip." LOL! Options actually include making a charm, bookmark, pencil topper, hair clip, headband, and brooch. Nonetheless, I had my heart set on making some attached to paper clips and I love the way they turned out!  That watermelon has been peeking out of my notebook all week.  I can’t help but smile when I catch a glimpse of it.

As for the Kawaii Felt Purse pattern, the bags remind me of those emoji pillows you see in stores. I couldn’t resist making a few modifications and turning them into pillows for my nieces!  The popsicle is made from felt, the sun uses minky and felt, and the watermelon uses quilters’ cotton.

Both of these patterns were very well written and I am already planning matching purses for the pillows.  My nieces will love them!

Just wait until you see what everyone else has made. You will be hoping for warmer weather soon! ;)









Sunday, August 14, 2016

One Thimble, Issue 12 Review

Can you believe it's time for another issue of One Thimble?  I got to preview this one (and try a couple of the patterns) and I must say, it's a fantastic read!  With 10 pdf patterns (and some tutorials)  and seemingly countless articles, there is sure to be something for everyone. 

The two patterns I got to try out are both by "Molly and Mama."   Unfortunately, my little model couldn't make it and I only have pictures of the finished items. 
The Darling Daisy bag is simply adorable!  I chose to leave off the flower "face," but may add it on later with a pin as it will make a wonderful brooch!

I also stitched up the Flutterby Kite. I chose to piece my front a  little differently to use up the dots I found in my stash and love the way it came out.  I also left off the trim going around the kite to see how it looks (quite nice ;) ) without it.

Over all, both of these patterns were so easy to make! The directions were clear and I would definitely recommend either of these for a beginner. They would even be a great project to work on with a child!

What else might you find in this issue?
TONS of great info! Including how to make your own sew-in magnets-I do want to try that one!
Awesome looking clip/headband holder tutorial--I'm seriously thinking of making this one for myself, lol! Who says it can't hang in my closet? ;)
Tips for spring cleaning your stash.  As if you could ever have too much fabric!  This article has actually inspired me to take another look at my hoard  collection after the kiddos have gone back to school next week!

There's even an article that walks you through making your own fabric with what you only thought was meant for the trash!  As if  I need another reason to save everything, lol!  I hope I follow through with this one, I can't wait to make a cute little zipper pouch with fabric I have made myself!  (Thanks for the inspiration!!)

Here's the schedule so you can follow along with the rest of the OT tour!








Made by Sara

What's the first thing you'll make from this issue?

Happy Sewing!!

Sunday, May 15, 2016


(I was provided a copy of One Thimble to review, but all opinions are my own.)
This time around, the theme for One Thimble is "Urban Vibes" or, as I keep saying to myself--"It's a Jungle Out There!"
Issue 11 is packed with of inspiration for girls AND boys of all ages.

 I started with the Felt 3-D Animal Puzzle by Felt With Love Designs (http://www.feltwithlovedesigns.com/).  As you can see these are loads of fun! You can make each animal a different color or use the same color throughout to make matching up the legs a little more difficult.  Of course it really won't matter because chances are the kiddos will mix it all up themselves! Obviously that's just part of the fun!!
See? Elephant legs on an Alligator...what were they thinking, lol?!?
These little guys were easy, but time consuming to make.  (I'm already plotting some for Christmas gifts!)

 Next up:  Adventurer Pants by Rabbit Rabbit Creations! (https://www.facebook.com/RabbitRabbitCreations/?fref=nf)

 I started with a sheet that has just been sitting in a closet for many, many years...like 12 or so years, lol!   Quite some time spent fussy cutting and voila! Super cute Adventurer Pants that this little guy adores!
I love the detail you get with the contrast fabric.  You can't see a lot of contrast with my side panels, but I love how the pocket trim pops!

Were they a quick sew? Yes, I would say so.  The only thing that held me back the slightest bit (aside from fussy cutting, of course) was that I only print in black and white and the cutting lines are very close together in places. Definitely not a deal breaker and I'm pretty sure that he would like another pair. :)

As for the e-zine itself--My first thought was, "Yikes!  That's a lot of pages!!"  393 to be exact, but the first 100 or so are articles and pattern previews.
Oh, the articles will blow you away!
Not only are there inspiring pictures for making all kinds of goodies, there are tips for sewing with laminates, using rivets, even converting single-pull zippers to double-pulls!

I was taken back to a time when my boys were little and loved having me sew for them. Ari from Max California shares tips for sewing for boys, including finding your/his style.  If you aren't used to sewing for boys, hopefully you will be ready to start after reading this issue!
Not only is there a quilt pattern included in this issue, you will also find a tutorial for making a cute bunting with quilt blocks and tips for including rag quilting in your sewing.

I think my favorite article this time around is about using a Brother Scan n Cut.  I actually got one for Christmas, but haven't even turned it on! :/   After reading all about it, I know that I am ready to get started...just as soon as I clean up my crafting space, lol!

Did I mention the freezer stencils?  Guys...there are freezer stencils! (and of course a very comprehensive how-to)  AND, a file with the specific format the Scan n Cut uses so I don't have to figure out how to convert them, YAY!!  If you haven't joined in on this latest, greatest craze, here's your chance!

I know there's tons more to tell, but really, I think you should go grab a copy and read it all yourself. Don't believe me?  Check out what these fabulous bloggers have created along the way as part of the Pattern Revolution (https://www.facebook.com/PatternRevolution/?ref=br_rs) blog tour. Well, okay, some of them haven't been published yet, but I've seen some sneak peeks...EEK, the cuteness!

5/18 Rebel & Malice, Threading RainbowsFinn's Door, Bee Quilted & More, Snickerdoodle Stew

I can't decide what I want to make next...hoody appliques (maybe on a  pillow), the cute stuffies, something with freezer stencils or the Scan n Cut...
What do you think your first project will be?
Feel free to link back here if you blog about your next creation. 
Happy sewing!  :)