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Sew Sweetness pattern and Fabri-Quilt fabric Giveaway!

Today I have a special giveaway for you – Sew Sweetness is offering up their new Peas & Corn Lunch Bag pattern and Fabri-Quilt is giving you the fabric to make one!

I sewed one of these up myself, and it comes together quickly.  The fabrics I used are from Fabri-Quilt’s Mystic Forest line, a  laminate for the exterior and PUL for the interior.  I used my walking foot and had no problem sewing with these fabrics, but a cotton fabric also works great for the exterior.

Just use the rafflecopter below, and I’ll pick a winner next week.  Good luck!

Fat Quarter Bundle GIVEAWAY from Fabri-Quilt!

Fat Quarter Bundle GIVEAWAY from Fabri-Quilt!
Fat Quarter Bundle GIVEAWAY from Fabri-Quilt!

My first tutorial for the Blogger Design team for Fabri-Quilt is being posted today!  The fabric is called Pretty in Pink by Ro Gregg and I used it to make a secret pillow, pillow sham, and book holder.  You can find the secret pillow tutorial over on the Fabri-Quilt blog.

Fat Quarter Bundle GIVEAWAY from Fabri-Quilt!

Fabri-Quilt is generously offering a fat quarter bundle of Pretty in Pink to one of my readers!  Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter:

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Giveaway is open internationally. And check out the Sew Mama Sew blog to enter all the other fun giveaways going on this week!

crocheted hats . . .

No, I didn’t suddenly become an expert at crocheting.  But I wanted to share these adorable hats that my grandmother made for us last week.  Doesn’t she do beautiful work?!  And after giving her some yarn and a pattern, she had three of them done in a day!  I love handmade, and ‘Oma-made’ is even more special!

crocheted hats . . .
crocheted hats . . .

Mini Clutch Tutorial

This one is for myself, perfect for a couple things I want to keep together so they’re easier to transfer between purses.  Please let me know if you have any suggestions or corrections to the steps above – THANKS!These mini clutches  were a big hit at my daughter’s birthday party, and my daughters have found lots of uses for theirs.  So I thought I’d do up a little tutorial in case anyone else wants to make some.

Mini Clutch Tutorial

First, cut out your pieces:
From the outer fabric, lining, and batting – cut one main piece 8.5″ x 10″
From the outer fabric, lining, and batting – cut one flap piece 8″ x 3.5″

Mini Clutch Tutorial

Prepare your flap piece:
First, find something round and use it to cut the bottom edges of the flap pieces in a curve.
Mini Clutch Tutorial
If you’d like to use an elastic loop and button closure, center the elastic on the outer flap fabric and place between the outer fabric and lining, right sides together. Layer the batting on top.
Sew all three layers together with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Clip curves, turn right-side out and press.  Topstitch close to the edge.  Put aside for now.
Mini Clutch Tutorial
Prepare your main pieces:
Layer the outer fabric on a piece of batting and fold in half, with outer fabric right-sides together.  Stitch on side edges with a 1/4″ seam.
Fold lining piece in half and sew side edges with a 1/4″ seam, but this time leave a 2″ opening on one of the side edges (to turn the clutch right-side out through later).
Mini Clutch Tutorial
Push out one of the corners and mark a 2″ line across and sew on line.  Clip corner.  Repeat for both corners of outer and lining pieces.Mini Clutch Tutorial
Attach flap to outer piece:
Find the center of the flap and the main outer piece and pin together.  Sew a scant 1/4″ from edge.
Mini Clutch Tutorial
Assemble bag:
Place the outer main piece inside of lining, right-sides together.  Stitch top edge with a 3/8″ seam.

Mini Clutch Tutorial

Finish bag:
Turn right-side out through opening in lining.  Stitch opening closed by machine.  Put lining into main bag, push out corners, and press top-edge.  Topstitch close to top edge.
Mini Clutch Tutorial
Now just put on a pretty button and you’re done!  You can also use a button-hole and button closure, a snap, or even velcro.
Mini Clutch TutorialThis one is for myself, perfect for a couple things I want to keep together so they’re easier to transfer between purses.  Please let me know if you have any suggestions or corrections to the steps above – THANKS!

A quilt for my big sis . . .

Now that Christmas is over, I can show some of the presents I’ve been working on!  This quilt was my ‘big project’ this year.  We pick names between my parents and siblings, and this is for my ‘twin’ sister (we share a birthday but we’re actually 2 years apart).

The quilt pattern is called New Wave by Oh, Fransson! and the fabric is from the Cloud9 Across the Pond collection with a solid white organic fabric for the sashing.  The backing is an extra-wide solid blue flannel.

I straight-line quilted, and used my foot as a guide on either side of the ditch.  I love this method – more forgiving than in-the-ditch, and I love the way the quilting looks on the back of the quilt.  I forgot to take the finished measurements but it is a very generous lap-size, almost a twin.

And I’m happy to say that with four siblings, I now have only one left to make a quilt for!  I made this one for my brother in 2009 and this one for my little sister in 2010/11.  So now I just have my oldest sister left to make one for – hopefully it will get done in the new year.

Sweet Pea Totes ~ Classy Curvy Handbag

Sweet Pea Totes ~ Classy Curvy Handbag
Sweet Pea Totes ~ Classy Curvy Handbag

This is my first time using a pattern from Sweet Pea Totes.  The designer Mary is a bag-maker extraordinaire and has MANY beautiful finished bags in addition to her patterns in her shop.  The unique thing about this pattern, is that it is one of four designs that you can purchase as an E-book or through Simplicity as a printed pattern.  The E-book is great for beginners or someone that likes more detailed instructions – it is 32 pages long and full of photographs and easy to follow step-by-step instructions.  The Simplicity pattern is your typical paper pattern and all the instructions fit on one side of the fold-out sheet; a second bag pattern is included in the same envelope.

Sweet Pea Totes ~ Classy Curvy Handbag

The fabric I used is from Anthology’s Rendezvous line and the button was picked up from Jo-Ann’s.  The bag came together quite easily and I love how many details are included in the design.  The finished bag is quite roomy, making it great for carrying a few extra things or a lunch.  This is definitely a pattern I would make again.

Sweet Pea Totes ~ Classy Curvy Handbag

Linking up to Manic Monday, Take-A-Look Tuesday and Fabric Tuesday.

Portabellopixie Gracie Dress

I’ve completed my first dress from the Portabellopixie Gracie pattern – view B Tiered Dress. The pattern booklet is a bit more pricey than most, but since it comes with 4 different things to make (3 of which are quite different), you’re basically paying for 3-4 patterns at once which makes it worth it (and I intend on making the other patterns down the road as well). Also, by buying it on Etsy with the fabric for the three dresses I plan to make, I got a nice discount.

Portabellopixie Gracie Dress
Portabellopixie Gracie Dress

First off, I was pleasantly suprised at how quickly and easily this dress came together. I would guess that I spent about 6 hours on it in total (although I’m not new to sewing). I spent a couple hours the first evening going over the instructions and cutting it all out. The next evening I hemmed the bottom, and did all the gathering and pinning of the layers; and the third evening I sewed it all up.

Portabellopixie Gracie Dress

I did make one change to the pattern – I added an extra tier. Before I attached the bodice to the tiers, I realized that I wasn’t happy with the finished length. I wanted the dress to fall below the knee, not above it (after all, it’s a pretty twirly dress and you wouldn’t want panties showing). And that was also one of the faults I found with the pattern, no finished measurements of the dress (at least that I could find). Had I known this before this point, I would have changed the width of the top tier to make more of a gathered look between the top one and the one I added (or changed the length of all the tiers before I started cutting).

Portabellopixie Gracie Dress

Another thing I wanted to point out is the bias binding on the top edge of the collar. When I first read this in the instructions, I was slightly confused and had to read it over a couple times to understand the reasoning or concept of this. But once I actually did it, I found it easy and not very time consuming, and it gave a very nice finished look.

Portabellopixie Gracie Dress

Overall, I found the pattern easy to follow. There were some minor missed instructions and pattern pieces that were stamped with wrong amounts to cut, but it was easy to figure out if you’ve sewn a couple dresses before. I will definitely be making this pattern again and look forward to trying the other ones out as well.