Category: sewing

Sewing: Sugar Skulls Quilt

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Back before Christmas I was fastidiously working on a gift for my brother and sister-in-law. Alas, since we are all in the world of social media, I couldn’t really share much while I was working on it. I knew pretty early on that I wanted to do a quilt for them and one day while paging through Tula Pink’s latest quilt book I found this pattern for a sugar skull quilt and knew I’d found the pattern.

Then I started looking for fabric and when I saw Alexia Abegg’s Sienna line that it would be perfect. But then I had to wait…and wait…and wait, because it seemed like the fabric was never going to be released! I even chatted up with her mom at Craft South in Nashville and finally found out that it had been delayed.

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Thankfully it came out by mid-November and I was able to get it and get started. The background fabric was a solid that I found at our local quilt shop. It’s not a solid navy and kind of has a shibori element to it (which was perfect since my sister-in-law does fair share of indigo work herself.

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I absolutely loved working on this quilt. It came together really easily and I was super happy with how it turned out. I decided to quilt it on the diagonal and I’m sort of wishing I had done a little bit of a wavy line in it – but maybe not.

Sewing: Summer Camp 2017

This summer I had the joy of leading two sewing camps for kids ages 2nd grade on up. The first week, I had a Sewing 101 camp with two sessions: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. I had two awesome groups of campers and as always I walked away with amazement at the creativity so many of these kiddos had. Here’s a sampling of some of their projects:

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Learning how to use the sewing machine for the very first time!

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Making a banner for her room.

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For the first year I had boys! They were awesome!

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Fairy dolls and Pirates.

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For a few years now I’ve wanted to try a Fashion Camp, but was super nervous about it. This year I bit the bullet and did it and I’m so glad I did. I had an awesome group of girls and we made so many great things – and all of them came together so well! They were super proud of all they made and I was super excited that everything fit!

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We ended the week making dresses using Sis Boom’s Molly Peasant dress. I modified it a little bit for our purposes; leaving out the waist elastic. It ended up being an awesome first garment project.

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We made some Purl Bee City Gym Shorts, which turned out so great. This actually ended up being a pretty challenging project with the bias binding, but they did so great. I pre-made all the binding for the girls, but they pinned it on themselves and for the most part sewed it on all by themselves.

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In between projects the girls got creative. They worked together and made a little fruit basket and helped a friend make a family of monsters.

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Overall they both came together well and I looked forward to another summer of sewing in 2018!

Embroidery Tutorial: {buttonhole stitch}

One of my favorite things I’ve started making lately are little tiny dolls. The best stitch for making these sweet little stuffed treasures is the buttonhole stitch. It’s a pretty easy stitch to master and perfect for all your little stuffies to be!

Embroidery Tutorial: {a knotless start}

Here’s a short video on how to do a knotless start.
This is a great little tip to learn when working with dimensional projects, such as stuffies or even stitching pillows closed.

One Thimble: A Little Mermaid Doll

I’m so excited to finally be able to reveal this pattern! It is coming out in 12 days in the awesome One Thimble magazine. But today I can share a little about the pattern so that you can be ready to get your hands on your own pattern as soon as it comes out!

This is a great little project to take along with you – and the perfect little gift for a sweet little one to stick in her pocket!

She comes with a complete pattern for the embroidery and stitching up the little doll and her shell bed. Perfect for all levels of embroidery and hand sewing!