their costumes


Happy Halloween everyone, from our fairy princesses to yours!  There's something magical about tulle skirts and magic wands...

blog break winners


Here are the winners of my blog break giveaway:

The bag goes to: #307 Kami who said: "I am so happy your back, because I love your blog!, P.S. I have been wanting to make one of these bags for a while now, but winning one would be nice too. :)"

The pattern goes to: #668 Stacey who said: "oh please oh please oh please!! how great :) welcome back! now my daily blog checking is much more complete."

and last, but not least, the scraps go to: #196 Sara who said: "Would love to win any of the prizes! Glad you're back :)"
Thank you to everyone who stopped by and entered, it was so fun hearing from all of you!

trick-or-treat bags


Yes, I already made my girls trick-or-treat bags last year.  One teeny problem, they were gigantic (which will come in quite handy when they get older and want more candy), so I thought I'd make something a little more pint sized. 

I recently had purchased the Jane Market Bag pattern over at Posie Gets Cozy and thought it would be the perfect starting point.  I actually am planning a bunch of Jane Market Bags for Christmas, but we'll see how far I get!  I simplified and scaled down the pattern to make it more kid sized.  If you're really curious, the main pieces I used were 12" wide by 10" tall. 

Oh, and I couldn't resist adding some smiling candy corn on the front, just because.

I think this size would make a cute little gift bag, too, so don't be surprised if you see more in the future!  More Halloween goodness to come, including the girls' costumes and some decorations. 

The giveaway winners will be announced early tomorrow morning, cross your fingers.  :)

back with a giveaway!


{Giveaway now closed, thanks to all who entered!}

I'm baaaack!  Hope you didn't miss me too much, hahaa.  But really, thanks so much for all your kind comments, I appreciated all of them a ton.  I had a really nice break and am really glad to be back.  It actually made me realize it wasn't that much less work not to blog, so I guess blogging itself really doesn't take up that much of my time (it's all that other stuff, ha, like actually sewing, taking pics, etc). 

We had fun playing in leaves,

taking pictures (my new profile pic taken by Natalie),

and enjoying time together.
So as a thank you for hanging out with me...

Here we go:

1st prize:

this lovely runaround bag complete with magnetic snap, zippered interior pocket, and slip pocket

2nd prize:

a runaround bag PATTERN

3rd prize:

a USPS flat rate box filled to the brim with my scraps

How to enter?
  • Please leave one comment, include your email address so I can contact you when you win!
  • One entry per person.
  • Giveaway ends Friday, October 29th.

taking a little break and some questions


Just want to let you know I'm going to be taking a bit of a blog break until next week.  Time to relax and try and enjoy what's left of nice weather here in the midwest.

I also want to spend some much needed time with my husband.  Just need to reconnect.

And so you don't leave me forever here,  I'll be back with a giveaway (something I've sewn perhaps?).

I also wanted to take time to thank each and every one of you who stops by and leaves nice comments, or just looks at my pictures, buys a pattern. I really enjoy being part of a large community of friendly people! 

One last thing, I'd love to hear your opinions.  What do you like about my blog? or dislike? Wish I would do more of something? Less of another?  Sick of seeing pillows?  I also wanted to ask if you like it when I reply to your comments, I really try to most of the time, but as you all know, time is very precious. Or do you wish I would just stop by your blog more often? Or just leave a note and tell me what's up!

scrappy make-up pouch tutorial


{Just re-posting this tutorial today in case you missed it over at A Lemon Squeezy Home a few weeks ago}

I've made tons of these little zippered pouches and I think they're so useful and can be personalized in so many ways.  Plus, they're super handy when it comes to organizing your purse (or at least make you look like you have an organized purse).

I know there are a ton of other zipper pouch type tutorials out there, but I thought it would be fun to share how I make mine.

Materials needed:
  • fat quarter or 1/4 yard linen (or any solid fabric would look great, or for that matter just use what you love)
  • fat quarter of 1/4 yard of lining fabric
  • small scraps varying heights by 5" long
  • scraps of cotton quilt batting (or you could also use fusible fleece)
  • 8" zipper (or longer, just follow instructions on the package to shorten any zipper)
  • thread
{1/4" seam allowance throughout unless otherwise noted}

Cutting the pieces:
From the linen cut: one piece for the back 9.5" wide by 8" tall, and two pieces for front side panels 2.75" wide by 8" tall
two pieces of lining 9.5" wide by 8" tall
two pieces batting 9.5" wide by 8" tall

Assembling the front:

Sew scraps RIGHT sides together until you have a pieced fabric measuring 5" wide by 8" tall.  Press seams to one side. 

Next, you'll sew each of the side panels RIGHT sides together to each side of the scrap panel, press towards sides.

Add any quilting details (optional):
Here's where you can add some fun quilting details.  You certainly don't have to and most of the time I don't do this step, but it can add a lot of interest to your pouch. 

Layer the front piece you just created WRONG side facing down on top of one piece of batting and quilt away!  On the examples I've shown I've sewn a straight line down one side of each scrap panel seam.

Assembling the pouch:

Place exterior RIGHT side up, put the zipper face down with the pull tab at the left.  Place lining piece RIGHT side down on top of that.

Pin and sew using your zipper foot. 

Flip those fabrics WRONG sides together to get them out of the way. 

Next, lay the remaining exterior piece RIGHT side up, align the zipper with the top edge zipper face down with pull tab at the right this time.  Place lining piece RIGHT side down on top. Pin and sew. 

Flip fabrics WRONG sides together on both sides of the zipper.  Press. 

Switching back to your regular sewing foot, top stitch next to the zipper on each side. 

Now flip fabrics around so that the exteriors are facing RIGHT sides together and linings are facing RIGHT sides together with the zipper in the middle (you won't be able to see the zipper, just know that it's there).  Pin and sew around the whole perimeter using a 1/2" seam allowance and leaving a 3 to 4" opening in the lining for turning.

You could be finished at this point, but we'll take it a step further and box the corners so this baby can stand up on it's own!

Boxing the corners:
Put your hand in through the opening of the lining and pinch the exterior fabrics corners together aligning the seam. 

Finger press the seams open and with a ruler mark a line perpendicular to the seam 1.25" from the tip of the corner. 

Mark the line with a water soluble pen and sew along that line. 

Clip corner leaving a 1/2" seam allowance.  Repeat for other exterior corner and both lining corners.

Turn pouch right side out through opening in lining.

Sew the opening in the lining shut with a very small seam allowance or hand sew, it's up to you.  Push the lining into the pouch and you're done!  Fill with whatever goodies you need, zip shut, and stash it in your purse.

Terms of use: For personal use only please.

giant i-spy pillow


I've been sucked in by the cuteness of I-spy stuff!  Thanks to a couple people of course.  Of course you've all seen Care's lovely I-spy creations and maybe participated in some of her I-spy swaps, right?! 

Well, the other day I opened my reader and there was a post by Amy from Diary of a Quilter.  She had put together these lovely I-spy packs for her etsy shop.  You know I had to scoop one up for myself, who can resist a little fun retro goodness?  Not me.

The girls and I had fun flipping through the cute little stack of fabrics.  I secretly plotted out what I would be making.  Someday I might make an I-spy quilt (especially if Amy adds another round to her shop), but for now I was hooked on making some pillows!  If you've been a reader for a while, you know how I love a good pillow. 

So this was the first pillow (there's a couple more in the works as I write this) and I LOVE it!  LOVE!  I'm pretty sure when I finished sewing it, I squealed.  Kinda weird, I know.  Anyway, I also had my first real try at free motion quilting.  I think it was pretty successful, you can't even see the spots where I messed up, so that makes it even better.  Love this euro size pillow, definitely one of my go to pillow forms now. 

And of course you can't go wrong with an invisible zipper! 

I love how it adds a bit of brightness and cheer to the space and it's huggable.  ♥

Prudent Advice Book Winner


The winner of a copy of Prudent Advice is:

Carrie who said: "My advice for my baby girl - know yourself, be yourself, and like yourself."

Congrats Carrie!

And if you want to buy yourself or someone else a copy of the book, they can be purchased here.
Thanks again to all who entered!

fleece neck warmers {2 ways} tutorial


Who wouldn't want to make an easy and cuddly neckwarmer or a warm scarf?  We all love fleece here in the midwest, it's that super snuggly stuff you just can't stop wearing day after day (possibly too many days in a row, hehe).

So after I saw some simple fleece scarves at target the other day, I knew I'd have to make some warm neck gear.  And of course I couldn't make up my mind what way I wanted to make it, so I made two versions: one neckwarmer, one scarf!

Ready?  Don't blink because you might miss these if you do. 

{Seam allowances 1/2" unless otherwise stated}

For the neck warmer:

Cut two pieces of fleece 21" long by 5" tall (for approx. a 2 year old.), 24" long by 6" tall (for a 4-5 year old)  You may need to play around with the length on these depending on what size head you're going to try and fit it over.  Fleece does stretch nicely, but just hold it up to that noggin and eyeball it!

Fold in half matching up the short ends RIGHT sides together.  Just a little note here that most fleeces don't have a distinct right or wrong side, just make sure the side you want facing out is RIGHT sides together.

Sew together.  Be sure to use at least a cotton poly blend thread or all poly thread for fleece.  I also lengthened by stitch length to 3 instead of my usual 2.5.

Repeat for other strip of fleece.

Finger press seams open.  Place one tube inside the other with WRONG sides facing.  Pin in place.

Topstitch around both top and bottom of neck warmer about 3/8" from each edge.  You don't have to worry about the raw edges because fleece doesn't fray.

For the reverse applique scarf:

Take two pieces of fleece 5" tall by approx. 45" long.  Place WRONG sides together.  Pin and sew a rectangle all the way around the scarf leaving the last 3-4"  on each end  unsewn (this will be for the fringes).

Make a simple drawing with a water soluble pen or just freehand sew it on your machine towards the end of one side of the scarf.  Now clip through the top layer of fleece with a sharp scissors (being careful not to cut through the other side) close to the stitching. 

Lastly, cut 1/2" slits into each end of the scarf for fringes.  That's it! You're set. Try it on a keep warm!

fleece neckwarmers tutorial


In honor of duking it out in the ring with the knitters, I'm trying to hold our own in the sewing realm for the Comfy Sews vs. Cozy Knits battle going on over at Luvinthemommyhood.

Kept this one super easy and fun.  Really, it's the easiest project known to mankind.  I think both my daughters could make them (maybe with a teensy bit of help).

Hop on over to check out the tutorial!

This is a great project to sift through the fleece remnant bin, plus I can think of a million different fun ideas to reverse applique into both the neck warmer and the scarf! 

ps. I'd also like to mention Emily wore her neck warmer ALL day today, including nap.  yay!
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