home tutorials features parties custom orders

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A sewVery Simple Fabric Gift and Storage Bag Tutorial

I never seem to have the right size or style of gift bag when I need one, or when I'm packing for a trip, I'm always needing a bag to put extra shoes in so they don't get my clothes all dirty.  Well, no more!

I've sewn up a bunch of great fabric bags in varying sizes and fabrics to use for gift wrap as well as any type of storage you can image!  You can make up your own collection, too, using my sewVery Simple Fabric Gift and Storage Bag Tutorial below!

For all my fabric gift and storage bags, I used pieces from a half yard bundle of Anna Griffin's Grace collection.  This particular bundle of fabric includes some beautiful floral prints ideal for women's gifts and a less feminine gray/yellow print that I think is suitable for a man's present as well.  These fabrics are great quality and will hold up well as these bags are used time and time again.

Using a few fat quarters and half yard cuts as well as a spool of gross grain ribbon, you can churn out a variety of bags in no time at all!  Ready to get started?!  Let's go!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Tips for Upcycling Purse Hardware

Today I'm bringing home my Tips for Upcycling Purse Hardware guest post I did for Melly Sews last month.

When Melissa of Melly Sews asked me to consider writing a guest post around the topic of upcycling purse hardware, I had a "why didn't I think of that first" moment!  Ever have one of those?  Well, it is a great topic, and one that I was excited to write about and share what I discovered with you all.  I hope you'll discover a new thing or two by reading my Tips for Upcycling Purse Hardware.

If you enjoy sewing your own bags and purses, then you know all too well how expensive and sometimes difficult it is to find good, quality purse hardware, especially at local stores.  This dilemma is what prompted me to begin salvaging good, quality hardware from used purses to upcycle on new bags that I sew.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

ModKid Lexi Peplum Top

If you're like me, you are drawn to patterns that have a stand-out feature or unusual detail.  Seems peek-a-boo backs are one of the popular trends for this Spring and Summer, and the large circular cut-out detail is definitely what caught my attention with the ModKid Lexi Peplum Top Pattern that I recently sewed for Ella.

Friday, May 9, 2014

I'm Wild About This Dress!

Seriously!  I'm absolutely wild about this dress!  It's one of those projects that just fell together perfectly, and as a bonus, it was super easy to sew!  Ella and I call it the Busy Lizzy Zebra Dress.

I'm not sure what it is lately, but Ella and I both are drawn to zebra fabrics!  Remember this Darling Daisy Top I made her a few weeks ago?  Well, it had zebras on it, too!  We bought both zebra fabrics at The Fabric Studio, a new fabric store in town.  This hot pink, large zebra head version is called Zahara by Alexander Henry fabrics.  I had admired this large print zebra fabric on multiple occasions to the shop, but I couldn't quite decide which project would be ideal to use it on. Then I saw Susan from Living with Punks version of the Busy Lizzy dress and knew instantly that the zebras would work!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Children's Corner Baby Boy Bubble Rompers

Recently I was contacted by a long-time family friend to ask if I would consider sewing some baby boy bubble rompers for her new grandson.  I searched online for the perfect bubble romper pattern based on a photograph she sent me, and what I found was the Taylor Pattern by The Children's Corner!  Since the pattern only comes in paper form, it was lucky for me that I was able to drive to The Children's Corner Store and pick up the pattern the next day!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Sew-a-bration of Womanhood

Today I'm participating in a the Sew-a-bration of Womanhood blog series hosted by the Shaffer Sisters and Call Ajaire.  All month long, these lovely ladies will be featuring a variety of women bloggers and showcasing their projects created for themselves or for a special woman in their lives.

For me, I decided to sew myself a little something.  Specifically, I made myself a new t-shirt using the Shoreline Boatneck pattern from Blank Slate Patterns.

I was provided with a copy of the Shoreline Boatneck pattern by the designer, but all opinions about this pattern are my own. Also, I am an affiliate of Blank Slate Patterns, so if you click any link associated with the pattern or Blank Slate Patterns and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission.