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!

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.

This pattern is a PDF file instant download. Please be sure to check your email address listed in your PayPal profile, the instant download link will be sent to that email address (a screen with the download link will also pop up after you complete the transaction).
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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?

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

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! ♥

Stitch Savvy Blog Tour!


Welcome! Thanks to Deborah (Whipstitch) for inviting me to join in on her new book's blog tour.  Her new book Stitch Savvy just came out and I'm so excited to share it with you today.

I'll admit I was hesitant at first, I wasn't sure what the book was about or what it would be like, but after being able to look over the book for a few weeks, I really think it's invaluable!  I love all the tips and tricks Deborah provides, and man, it's totally packed with these great tid bits.  For every project she gives you great details and options.

One of the things that makes the book unique is that once you find a project you like, there's a little section at the end that leads you to your next project.  It's really creative and I honestly think it's helpful to get your creative juices going. When I decided on the Beaded Evening Clutch project (which I'll get to in a sec), I read through it and at the end, I found a lovely little section of things I can try next.

And you know, it was fun, I have my next project planned (just waiting on a few supplies) and it wasn't a project that I would have picked out initially.  How awesome is that?!  I'm excited to give it a try, it's the Photo Transfer Wall Art project.

So I really wanted to be thorough and felt like making a project would help me get a better feel for the book.  It was great! I felt like she included some real-life difficulties you might encounter, which proved to be really helpful.

I'm happy how my little metal frame pouch turned out, and I felt more confident in making it after reading Deborah's instructions and tips.  You can definitely tell she's a great sewing instructor.  Oh and did I mention that all the patterns are on the nifty CD at the back of the book?  Awesome.

Thanks Deborah!  And please check out the other stops on the blog tour:

Wednesday, January 8: One Shabby Chick
Thursday, January 9: Pink Chalk Studio
Friday, January 10: Noodlehead (you're here!)
Monday, January 13: Fresh Lemons
Tuesday, January 14: This Mama Makes Stuff
Wednesday, January 15: I’m a Ginger Monkey
Thursday, January 16: MADE
Friday, January 17: Stitched in Color
Monday, January 20: The Long Thread
Tuesday, January 21: Creative Thursday
Wednesday, January 22: Whipstitch

And if you're curious, I had purchased my metal purse frame from Purl Soho and the fabric is by Dear Stella.

mini quilt


I loved making this project!  It was so fun to sit down and just sew it up.  I had been planning on making this mini quilt (aka, table topper) for my mom's table since I made her this fancy apron a few years ago.  Since then, I've had it planned and fabric set aside, so for Christmas I decided I'd better make my move.

Improv crosses with a little sashing, seriously so fun.  I tried some organic quilting and it was a blast.  I love the way it looks all together.  The sashing is robert kaufman essex yarn dyed linen in flax, and it washed up beautifully. I've had it forever and just hadn't used it yet.  So if you haven't got some tucked away, I highly recommend grabbing some.  So soft!

Emily helped me pick out the binding.  I think it really sets it off.  I'm lucky I was a part of Pink Chalk Fabrics Solids club a couple years ago.  I was able to stock up on so many great fat quarters that I normally wouldn't have purchased.  Now I find myself using them all the time.

more open wide pouches


I made these little lovelies before Christmas for the teachers.  A trio of my Open Wide Pouches. It was fun picking out different fabrics I thought they would like.  I love making these pouches, there are so many possibilities.

I did change the gusset width on two of the pouches so the little notebooks I bought for inside would fit a little better.  I made the small version if anyone cares to know, and just used a 3" gusset instead of the 3.5", it just makes the pouch a little taller overall and a teensy bit less wide.

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to include the little notebooks and a pen (love those sharpie pens).  Just some useful stuff to throw in a purse or whatever.

It made me feel a little better to just be able to say thank you for all their hard work.  They put so much into what they do, and we all appreciate it.

Zippers are 10" organic cotton tape from ZipIt.  Fabrics: Lucy's Crabshack (navy/white floral), Kei for Yuwa purchased at SewFreshFabrics on etsy (green/blue floral), Out to Sea (purple floral) by Sarah Jane Studios.

2012 and a 33 things winner


It was a fun year! Lots of new tutorials, a couple of patterns,  Here's to 2012 and things to come in 2013!  
It's fun to look back on 2011 and 2010.

The winner of the giveaway was Chelsea V.! She said: "Happy birthday! You look AMAZING! Thanks for your great blog and awesome tutorials...I did the 14" zipper pouch w/ flat bottoms for my three best girlfriends and they love them! "

ps.  Thank you to everyone who entered and it's so fun to hear from you!  :)

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