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dear stella travel pouches

Dear Stella kindly sent me a pack of their collection Cleo to try out.  I really love how forward their designs are.  I can see a lot of their collections pulling inspiration from fabrics intended more for fashion.  So I pulled out my favorite prints from the stack and got to work pulling together some different combinations.

There’s something just special about a collection of pouches, perfect for packing with all sorts of travel items.  Of course there are a million other uses, but I really like them together as a group.  A pretty modern group, check!  These are all 3 sizes from my Open Wide Pouch Tutorial.

I also liked adding on these little leather strips on the pull tab.  I simply looped the leather through the tab if it was big enough or  wound a piece of thread around the leather and tied it off.  Done and done.

The bottom contrast on all pouches is a Kaffee Fasset shot cotton (sorry, I’m not sure of the exact color!), the gray pull tabs and medium size pouch body is Robert Kaufman Essex Linen in Gray.

Thanks Dear Stella!

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Divided Basket Pattern

I’m happy to share my latest pattern with you today: the Divided Basket Pattern.  I was really excited after your response to the baskets I had made just before Christmas.

This is a really versatile pattern, a great basket for storing all sorts of goodies. It’s great for diaper storage, filling with gifts, knitting projects, and anything else you can dream up! You’ll want to make one for all your friends, I promise.

You can see my baskets in action:
Basket for Baby
Another Basket another Baby
Bathroom Divided Basket + Washcloths

The Divided Basket Pattern features:

  • Structured basket
  • Divided liner
  • front pocket with two options
  • two handle variations
  • divider sewn in on both sides as well as bottom, no gaps for anything to slide through!
In the pattern you’ll find:
  • step-by-step instructions with full color photos
  • full size print-at-home pattern pieces
Materials needed:
  • 1/2 yard exterior fabric **2/3 yard if using 44″ wide fabric or directional print
  • 1/2 yard lining
  • fat quarter (18”x22”) for accent pieces
  • 1 yard fusible interfacing (SF101 or Pellon 808 )
  • 1 yard fusible fleece, Pellon 987F (optional)
  • 1/2 yard cotton webbing for handles (optional)
Approx. Basket Dimensions:  13.5″wide, 7.5″ deep, 10.5″ tall including handles (7.5″ tall without)

By purchasing this pattern, I also give you (the purchaser of this pattern) the rights to sell Divided Baskets made using this pattern (on a home based scale). Additional information regarding the license to sell is included in the pattern. This is an 18 page PDF pattern with full size print-at-home pattern pieces and includes detailed step-by-step instructions with color photographs.

Click Here for More Information and to Purchase


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33 favorite things

Remember I had that giveaway? of 33 of my favorite things?  Well, I finally collected them all and shipped them off yesterday!

[click on the picture to enlarge ♥]
  1. grommets
  2. Green Bee Quilt Pattern
  3. Shipping tags from Paper & Parcel
  4. Kawaii post its
  5. zippers
  6. Clover Wonder clips
  7. gingham twist ties
  8. Marc Boutavant notecard
  9. Softlips
  10. Clif Z-bar
  11. grid post-it pad
  12. stamp from Happy Doodle Land
  13. leather lacing
  14. baker’s twine
  15. Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Oil soap
  16. Kraft tissue paper
  17. mini gel pens
  18. kraft envelopes
  19. liberty of london paperclip bookmark (made by me!)
  20. Jason Tea Tree Oil Gel
  21. Lindt truffle bar
  22. Knot & Bow kraft heart stickers
  23. Clover Seam ripper
  24. Kawaii stickers & Kawaii tin pencil case
  25. fabric (Bella by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham)
  26. Starbucks gift card
  27. Sharpie liquid pencil
  28. Aurifil thread
  29. Crayola Super Tips markers
  30. Hello Kitty button
  31. Wit & Whistle jotter
  32. Washi tape
  33. Method Orla Kiely soap
It was totally fun! And I could have come up with even more things (and I might have included a couple more just for fun).  Hope you thoroughly enjoy them Chelsea!  What would you have included?
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I’m knitting!

So last year about this time, I had my aunt show me how to knit.  I tried a few rows and almost thought I might try a project.  Well, after seeing all of Amanda’s, Shannon’s, Angela’s, and Ashley’s (to name a few) knitting projects, I could no longer resist.  Plus you know, Pinterest never helps.  *wink*

Over this Christmas I had my sister-in-law show me the sock project she was working on, it then became necessary to try again!  Angela gave me some great tips and I was on my way!  I started out with a small scarf for a doll.  I was terribly slow, pretty sure I was going about it the wrong way, but I finished it.  Next up, the Honey Cowl.  I’ve seen so many people make them, they’re all amazingly pretty.  Gotta love the squish factor, you just can’t get at feel in a sewing project usually.

Well, I finished the Honey Cowl, I even loved doing the bind off (which I was really scared of).  Yes, there are mistakes, no I don’t care. I love it so much.  I wore it for over 48 hours straight, yep, even to bed.

And I already have plans for my next project!  ♥  ps my earrings are from Elizabeth Space on Etsy, Necklaces are from Alina & T and my all time favorite jewelry shop Edor

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corduroy tova dress

So I tried another Tova, remember the one I made over the summer?  The one from fabric that felt like dryer sheets?  Well, ever since I made it I knew I needed to make another out of some proper fabric.

I’ve been trying (kind of hard, or maybe not) to use up my stash.  This corduroy is so soft and warm.  I think I had originally bought it to make something for the girls with, but now it’s mine!

The dress came together pretty quickly.  I think I might be able to go down a size next time though, or maybe it’s just the dress/fabric combo that makes it look a little big.  Anyway, I’m hoping to wear it a couple times this winter.  I love the way it looks with a cowl and the tights.  Or maybe I look like I belong on Little House on the Prairie (it’s possible I’ve been channeling that look because we’ve been reading the books).  Oh well!

Oh, and a little tip about the collar, use wonder tape (fusible tape) to hold the collar down before topstitching, it keeps everything in place so nicely, way better than pinning! (learned that from Figgy’s wonderful patterns!)

Pattern:  Tova Top by Wiksten

Hope you had a great weekend! ♥

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