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wallet and pillow

After meeting up with Jeni and Megan a couple weeks ago at the Olive Juice midnight madness sewing, I came home with a few pieces cut for a cute wallet. I know, super productive, right?! ha.

I had scooped up Michelle’s patterns Zip Pocket Pouch on sale and couldn’t resist using some of my Suzy Ultman with some Sew Stitchy by Aneela Hoey.  I think they make the perfect pair.

I’ll be making more of these, no doubt.

On the flip side, I scored this lovely piece of roller skate fabric from Melody Miller herself after participating in the Ruby Star Wrap-Along.  I knew straight out of the mailbox that it would have to be a pillow.  Big pink and purple roller skates with silver accents = awesome pillow.

I forgot how much I missed making pillows.  They’re so awesome and quick and fun.  And of course I love putting in an invisible zipper.  I hadn’t done one for so long that it took me a bit to get back into that mode.  I even ruined a zip after shortening it, then trying to zip it closed I zipped the whole zipper pull off, duh!  Secretly happy that I have a semi-good sized stash of invisible zippers hanging around.

You guys busy sewing Christmas presents?  I’m getting sucked into that mode now, I have quite a few things I want to sew up.  I’m excited about that because normally I try not to get too wrapped up in making things for Christmas.

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joining in on the fun: cyber monday sale

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Our turkey turned out kind of like Clark Griswold’s, but we all had a fun time anyway!
Please stop by and enjoy $2 off any pattern of your choice!

Just use the discount code: holiday2012 at the checkout. 
Thank you for your support!  I appreciate you all so much.  ♥
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Liberty Scrap Challenge: Christmas Edition, DIY Tiny Tree Decorations

I’m happy to be sharing this tutorial today!.  Thanks to Organic Stitch Co. for the liberty mini charm pack!  Be sure to check out her shop!  And also a thanks to Nova, for putting this fun event together!

I loved being challenged by the little charm pack of Liberty of London fabric.  I don’t think you could not make something beautiful with them.  I decided some little mini Christmas trees were in order.  And once I made one, I started thinking about all the different ways you could use them for your home and Christmas package decorating.  They’re fun quick and easy!


  • 1 sheet 12×18 wool felt, you could use acrylic too, but wool holds up much better
  • handful of fiberfill stuffing
  • Liberty mini charm pack
  • small scrap of fabric for tree trunk
  • thread
  • tree template download here!
  • fabric glue stick
  • embroidery floss (for garland)
  • leather string (for ornament)


  • Cut two pieces of the large tree template from wool for each tree you’ll be making.
  • Cut one tree from the Liberty scrap pack (or scraps of your choosing).
  • Cut one tree trunk (3/4″ by 1/2″ wide).

Using the fabric glue stick, apply and stick down the tree trunk and tree shape on top of one of the pieces of felt.

Sew close to the edges of tree and trunk, clip threads.

Place finished tree on top of remaining piece of felt.  Sew around tree and trunk with 1/4″ seam allowance.  Before you stitch all around the tree, stop and lift your presser foot and stuff in a small amount of fiberfill, then continue stitching.  Trim excess felt with sharp scissors.

To make the ornament:  insert loop of leather lacing at top of tree before you sew around the tree. Carefully trim the last bit of felt around the loop so that you don’t cut through the loop.
To make garland:  make 7 trees (or number of your choice) and with a needle, thread on each tree and hang!
To make packaging decoration:  Cut two small slits in back of tree (only through the back piece of felt) and thread a ribbon through, tie on package as desired.

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coming up

Just thought I’d pop in today to tell you that I’ve got a few posts coming up at the end of the week.  I’m going to keep it all secretive, but as a hint, one is festive and the other is yummy.  So there.

There’s been really good estate sale action going on around here lately.  I may or may not have bought too much and then sold it on craigslist.  Here’s a couple Arabia Finel bowls my mom actually picked up for me at one of the sales.  Love them! I think I might have almost all the more popular designs of these bowls, maybe I’ll get a shot of them all together one of these days.

I’ve also gotten the decorating itch again and started work on my sewing room/play room.  Here’s a tiny preview, and I got those cute chairs for $5 a piece at an estate sale a couple months ago, the girls love them.

That’s all for now, see you later this week. ♥

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