Monday, September 15, 2014

Modern Merry Christmas Pillow Pattern

I'm happy to announce my latest pattern has been released!  - available on Craftsy and Etsy.

Merry Modern Christmas Pillow Pattern

The Merry Modern Christmas Pillow pattern is so fun.  It is designed to use small scraps in red and white, black and white, and golden yellow (or silver). It is so much fun to make!

It will make a perfect addition to Christmas decorations -- who doesn't love pillows? 

A sophisticated and modern take on the classic Santa decorations, the Modern Merry Christmas Pillow is made from your scraps making it a fun and economical sewing project.

After the holidays are over, I'll remove the pillow form and pack the pillow cover away for next year.  Then use the pillow form in another pillow case. 

Merry Modern Christmas Pillow Pattern

Instructions include details on how to make a simple envelope pillow backing - perfect for beginner pillow makers.

The 15 page PDF comes with complete instructions, beautiful computer generated diagrams and color photos. The PDF pattern pages print out directly from your computer onto standard 8.5" x 11" paper.

Merry Modern Christmas Pillow Pattern

For home and personal use only. No commercial use.

Merry Modern Christmas Pillow Pattern

Friday, September 5, 2014

Sew Together Bags

get together bags

In early June, I made two Sew-Together bags and a gathered clutch as teacher gifts.   I stayed up late making them the last night before school ended last June.  They appeared in my Instagram feed, and suddenly summer happened and I forgot all about blogging them.

So here they are...

get together bag

It was so hard to give them away, but they were pretty amazing teachers (and teachers' assistant).  One of these days, I'll make one for me.  (I've got some Tula Pink set aside just for that.)

get together bag

I love how colorful this one looks!

And the zippers!  I love zippers!

get together bag

For the second, I was going for a vintage French flea market feel.

get together bag

I added zipper tabs to the inside of the zippers. 

get together bag

get together bag

I wonder what they use them for.  Now that school is started, perhaps I'll stop by and ask.

get together bag

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A little t-shirt for a not so little boy

School started yesterday!  WooHoo! - 6.5 hrs of uninterrupted sewing/designing time every day.  It's like Christmas, only better.  (The kiddos were also very excited for school to start again.)

striped t-shirt

This year Connor starts 4th grade!  Where has the time gone?  He is now gaining on me rapidly in height.  His feet are almost as big as mine (they are already bigger than my mom's).  He's really growing up and of course he needs new (bigger) clothes all the time and now he told me he wants to "dress more grown up".

I found this simple knit stripe at Jo-Ann's and drafted a pattern from one of his other shirts that fit well.  It turned out well -- it fits just like the shirt I modeled it after.

striped t-shirt

I did quite a bit of fussy cutting on this one so that I could get all the stripes to match up!

matching stripes

matching stripes

matching stripes

I'm so glad the drafted pattern worked out well.  (Especially since his wardrobe is mainly t-shirts and shorts/pants).  I'm sure I will be using it again ..... at least until he grows out of that size.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Halloween treat bags

I'm so excited to finally share these Halloween treat bags with you!

Halloween Bags

The tutorial for these bags can be found in the Sept/Oct 2014 Issue (#7) of Pretty Patches.  (See it on the cover in the top right?)

Pretty Patches Issue 7

Pretty Patches Issue 7

These are so simple to make!  I had way too much fun with them.  My kids can't wait to use them on Halloween (OK, maybe getting candy has something to do with it too).

My favorite is definitely the BOO! bag which, come October, will by MY tote bag for the month and be used for all my shopping (I may have to make some more).

Boo!  Bag

These are super simple applique bags, so even a beginner can make them!

Spooky Ghosts Bag

Go check them out!

Halloween Bags

Monday, August 25, 2014

Divided Basket

Divided Basket

I made my first (of probably many) divided baskets.  Isn't it just cute?  The pattern is from Noodlehead and it's great.  It came together really quickly.

Divided Basket

The fabrics I used were Alexander Henry's Crosshatch for the exterior, a red pin dot for the handles and divider and the lining was Essex.  It all worked so well together.

Divided Basket

Don't you just love pin dots??

Divided basket, handle detail

I didn't put the exterior pocket on since I had this in mind as a car organizer and where it will be sitting you wouldn't see the pocket well.

So here it is, filled with all our car necessities!

Divided Basket for the Car

Included in the divided basket are: sunscreen, wet wipes, lotion, first aid kit, cds, sunglasses, kleenix, hand sanitizer and small garbage bags.  They are all so useful! And now they are organized so nicely!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Mother-Daughter Quilt Project

I'm really excited about this project.  It's a quilt I'm making with my mom.  (Yay!)

My mom loves to embroider and she has wanted to make an embroidered quilt for a long time.  She is also an avid gardener and once upon a time, she was a floral designer for Bachman's.  She found some iron-on transfers for the state flowers.

Ready to embroider

After much thought, we went with Kona PDF (that's "prepared for dyeing") for the squares.  We chose PDF for the off-white color more than it's dyeing capabilities.  I cut the fabric into 12.5" squares and ironed on all 50 different flowers for her to embroider.  I'll trim them down later when they are all done, but I cut them bigger so if it frayed a bit, it wouldn't matter.

The first stage will take a while, but she's really excited to get to work!

Ready to embroider

Eventually, I'll get them all back and make a quilt top with some pieced blocks between the embroidered ones.  When she finishes a block, I'll post it in my instagram feed with #motherdaughterquiltproject so you can see the fun.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A cute little hedgehog

Tomorrow the MN state fair opens.  Both my kiddos (and I) entered items in the fair.  The kids entered in the Education building so they are judged by grade level which is great because kids as young as Gwyn (who have just finished kindergarten) can enter.

She entered her embroidered hedgehog.  She was so proud of it and I think for 6 yrs old, she did an amazing job.  It's her first attempt at embroidery.  She's done some hand stitching before, but just stitching a pillow closed and sewing on buttons. 


The kit for the cute hedgehog is from Penguin and Fish.

Embroidered Hedgehog

She is so excited to find out if she won anything.  Although I think I'm way more excited for her (and Connor).  I'll keep you posted.

Showing off her stitching


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