Category Archives: Sewing

Time to Travel Blog Tour

I love going on tour…from the comfort of my very own home.


This time I sewed a few items from the new ebook that will be released today: Time To Travel!

I was lucky enough to test the first one. I had so much fun making it, I made two.


Ready, Set, Go Wallet


This is a great little gift idea, and of course BOTH of my girls wanted one. The great thing is, I made this one using an old pair of jeans, and some sweet quilting cotton. Look at that fox. I love him, so.


This one I made from mattress ticking fabric found in the utility section of Joanns.


But the inside is PRETZELS!! I think this one is my favorite.


As you can see, there is a place to hold dollars (real or play) and plenty of compartments for cards and photos.


I did this one with wider bias tape, but really the pattern is flexible. Before this, I had never sewn a wallet before. It was quite addicting.

Next, I sewed this up for The Bee:


The Swansea Bag


I had a little fun with mixing this one up a bit by adding extra large curtain grommets (these things are HUGE) and jumbo furniture piping.


Even though the pattern comes with detailed instructions on how to do French seams throughout the whole bag, I also chose to line it with lime green sock monkey fabric for a contrast. The wood grained outer fabric was a little too washed out, so I thought it could use a pop of color.


This one is the adult-sized bag, but there is also a smaller kid-sized bag in the pattern.


As you can see, it is a perfect sleepover/camp bag for my 5’5″ girl.


I think the next one I sew up will be in a heavier canvas to hold up to the outdoor adventures we will have in the Summer!

Now on to the fun part…the prizes!

Enter the Rafflecopter below to win one of these fantastic items:

“Grand prize: $50 gift certificate to FabricWorm and a copy of Time to Travel*

2nd: 1 yard of fabric from Mabel Madison and a copy of Time to Travel*

3rd: a copy of Time to Travel*

*If you buy the eBook and win the giveaway, we will either refund your money, or send the copy on to a friend of your choice.

But that’s not all! If you buy the eBook during the tour, you’ll be automatically entered to win a $30 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop!”

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Check out the other bloggers on the Tour!

April 20: Rachel at Once Upon A Sewing Machine || Michelle at Falafel and the Bee

April 21: Becca at Free Notion || Heather at All Things Katy!

April 22: Chelsea at GYCT Designs || Ula at Lulu & Celeste

April 23: Stephanie at Swoodson Says || Sherri at Thread Riding Hood

April 24: Meriel at Create3.5 || Sara at Made by Sara

April 27: Melissa at Oh Sew Boy! || Stacey at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

April 28: Teri at Climbing the Willow || Ajaire at Call Ajaire

April 29: Jessica at The Berry Bunch || Dana at Sew Thrifty

April 30: Stacey at From-a-Box || Maegen at Mae & K

May 1: Kelly at Handmade Boy || Roxanne at Pen, Seb & Rox

Little Lambie

Ever since sewing up the entries for the Sew Mama Sew Softie contest (including the winning fox!), I have been bitten by the softie-making bug. I even took out another book from the library so that I could learn new techniques and play around with different materials and designs.

I can’t stop thinking of stuffed animals!

One of my criteria for experimenting with new softie patterns, though, is to only use what I have in my stash.

Years ago, I had the desire to sew stuffed animals, yet didn’t even know where to begin. So I bought some safety eyes. I thought this would somehow inspire me, or impart some knowledge by osmosis of what the heck to do, if I just had them. And there they sat in my stash for many many years. When I went to look for them this week, I couldn’t find where I put them. I assumed I had gotten rid of them years ago. When I started this project, I decided to look just one last time before breaking down and buying some more, and I FOUND THEM!

I finally got to use these things.


I used the Ram pattern in the Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction
book, and omitted the horns, and changed the tail a bit to make this lamb.


I originally wanted to donate this one to the soft toy drive, but used it as my muslin, since it is far from perfect.


Coincidentally, a friend of ours just celebrated her 10th birthday, and happened to be over our house while I was making it. It was love at first sight.


So this nice little wonky, wobbly, newborn lambie has found a home and someone to love him.


I think she named him Nugget.


I may try this again!

What have YOU made today?

Reversible Sling Bag with a secret

There is another link party happening over at Project Run and Play.

The free pattern we get to sew up is the Reversible Sling Bag by Sugar Bee Crafts. Well, of course I decided to sew one up~ I may have a slight bag making addiction (uh, like here, here, here, here and that isn’t even close to all of them). And this one was fun.


I used a heavier dark green material for the outer (because my girl is tough on things), and a pretty floral quilting cotton for the interior (cause she also likes pretty things). Lots of blue topstitching all around.


My Falafel asked me to add a pocket for her lip balm, and another for sanitizer. Nothing like being prepared!


The interesting part, though, is the closure. I used an extra large curtain grommet (that was left over from another project I will share with you soon) on the front. I sewed a  leaf-shaped piece of fabric on the opposite side, to thread through the grommet. slouchbag7m

AND on the end of the piece of fabric, I attached a snap. It snaps to it’s counterpart hidden snap in the pocket!


Shhhh! It’s secret!


So it stays shut without you actually seeing how. It’s kindof like magic. And who doesn’t like magic?


I know my girl will use it to hold all of her essentials.


BTW: She requested to wear this dress for this photo session. The lace tablecloth actually washed up nicely. slouch17m

Are you joining in the fun?

What have you made today?

Softies that Benefit Foster Children

Remember the softie contest I won?? Well, over at Sew Mama Sew, they are hosting a Soft Toy Drive to benefit Children in Foster Care.


Anyone who sews (or knits or crochets) can donate, and when you do, you automatically get entered to win a beautiful Bamboletta doll.


If you want to find out more, head on over to Sew Mama Sew and read about how you can contribute (but hurry, you only have until April 30th to do it)!

Just thought I would share something good today (not that anyone asked me to).

What is something good that you would like to share?

A-line A La Mode pattern review

I had the privilege of sewing up this little number for my Falafel:


*I was given this pattern for review, but as always, all opinions are mine all mine!


I used a light pink quilting cotton and a cream colored lace tablecloth to make this dress! I was going for soft and classic, and just plain pretty.


Even though my 9 year old is the size of a 6 year old (that is the size I sewed up), she is totally nine. So when I showed her the pattern, she requested that I change the puffy sleeves and that I make it “not as full”.


Instead of grading it out to an 8 (according to her measurements, that is what I should have done), I just sewed up the size 6 as is. To fulfill her other request, I shortened the sides of the sleeve pattern to match up with the armholes, and also cut a few inches of length. Then I hemmed the lace and cotton as one piece. I left off the band (that is part of the pattern).


I didn’t change anything else. I am never disappointed when sewing up one of Melissa’s patterns. She is so thorough. The instructions are clearly written and photographed. I always feel like she is here, guiding me through each step. I have learned how to do new things from her patterns. They are like sewing mini lessons.


This is not my first time sewing up a Blank Slate pattern (see here, here, here, and here) and it certainly won’t be my last.


What have YOU sewn today?

I am still blinking


Do you remember Archer the Fox?


WELL, I WON the Grand Prize!!!!

I am still hyperventilating about it...and screaming. I was up against some AMAZING stufties made by incredible people.

You can read all about it over at Sew Mama Sew!

And if you want to see my original post about Archer, click here.

SQEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I am going to go and dance around my house some more!

What a fantastic way to start the weekend.

I hope you have a good one too.

A Ninja Star

Yesterday you met Ninja Kitty.


Today I will share a little secret. I didn’t notice when I was putting it together, but there is a buttonhole on the sleeve of his kimono!


I have no idea how it got there since I was using the sleeves of the chef coat, but there it is.

So I decided to make something that can attach to it (and be removed). What did I make, you ask?

A Ninja Star, of course.


I whipped up a little stuffed star, and sewed a button (that is the size of the buttonhole) on the back.


Then I buttoned it on!


Of course, I could have seam ripped the sleeve out and sewed on another without a hole, but I do like a challenge. I think this makes it look intentional.

BTW: I do realize it is a regular star, but it is for a ninja. That makes it a Ninja star.

And, in the end, it is all about making me giggle.

What would YOU have done to fix it?

Ninja Kitty 2

If you popped by yesterday, you saw the first kitty I made for Falafel’s friend.

Apparently… all wrong.

Here is what she drew for me, to follow, to make a proper “Ninja Kitty“.


And this is what I made:


Here he is in the buff.


And here he is in action, wearing his ninja outfit for doing his ninja things.


He is made from black fleece, and a piece of cream colored muslin for the face.


I painted on his eyes with acrylics (which my girl thinks make him look “worried”, ha!).


His little outfit is made from the sleeves of an old chef coat that belonged to my husband.


This is a self-drafted pattern (both the cat and the kimono).


What is Ninja Kitty up to now?


He is off to fight the bad guys!




Never fear, Ninja Kitty is here! Quick, silent, and an avid consumer of tacos.


This one passed the test, and hopefully will make her friend very happy!


I certainly had fun with him!

What have YOU made today?

Kitty test

Even though the contest over at Sew Mama Sew is now closed, I found myself wanting to sew another stuftie. This time it is for a dear friend of Falafel’s who is having a birthday party soon.


They play a game together (that they made up), called “Ninja Kitties“, so I thought a kitty sewn up from the Wee Wonderfuls: 24 Dolls to Sew and Love would be perfect.


When she got home from school, I showed her what I made, and she promptly rejected it saying it didn’t look like a “real” ninja kitty.


She then got to work drawing me a picture of what she would like me to make for him.


Come back tomorrow to see how I did!

Easter Gift idea

I picked up some fabric markers a few weeks ago on sale, and I thought I would send them and a blank-shirt to our niece on the East Coast, for Easter. Once I got them, I realized that sweet girl never actually wears t-shirts. Only dresses!


OK, no worries….I can sew!


I took the T-shirt and a strip of fun food fabric and sewed them together!


I sewed the strip of fabric into a tube, then hemmed both the top and the bottom. I gathered it, then sewed it to the shirt’s inside using the existing hemline of the t-shirt.


That is it! Hopefully, she will draw something fantastic on it, and want to wear it (now that it is a bit fancier).


What have YOU made today?