Buttercup Bag, pattern by "Made by Rae"

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Many thanks to “Made by Rae” for offering another free pattern! This time it is the perfect small bag, called the Buttercup Bag, see here: http://www.madebyrae.blogspot.com/. As soon as I saw the pattern, I knew I had to try it because I like small purses. I only carry bigger bags … Read More

Summer Outfit

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I came across a great find at JoAnn’s recently. I found this fabric, made for JoAnn’s, with a winter white background and great brightly colored trees and flowers scattered on it. It was on sale too which is even better! I made my daughter this summer time outfit following McCall’s … Read More

Fun with Appliques

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My daughter is in between pant sizes at the moment so I made her two pairs of new pants in the past couple of days. She has a favorite stuffed doggie and asked that one pair have dog appliques. The other she left up to me. I decided to go … Read More

Easter Dress!

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I tend to be one of those planning types who likes to do things in advance. I can’t help myself. So, I had begun thinking about making my daughter’s Easter dress recently when I came across the “Bunny and Bird Squares Pink ~ Hannah” fabric on clearance in the sewmama … Read More

Baby’s Room

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AFTER BEFORE Lately a lot of our time has been spent gutting and renovating a bedroom for the baby. My husband did all the gutting and put in a new ceiling and walls, a new window sill, new baseboards to match damaged ones and a new built in bookshelf. He … Read More

Bolsa Chica’s Pleated Purse

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Last summer, I found this tutorial for a pleated purse. http://thebolsachica.blogspot.com/2008/08/pleated-purse-tutorial.html. I believe that I was led to it from the sewmama web site but I am not certain. Anyway, I made a number of the purses following the tutorial and really like the way they turn out. They are … Read More

Bushfire Quilt Project

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I just learned of the Bushfire Quilt Project, where quilts are being made for the people of Victoria, Australia, and thought I would give it a try. The quilt square is called a “Wonky Star.” I have never made anything defined as “wonky” before so it was fun to learn. … Read More

Fresh-Picked Pincushion Wannabes

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I love Heather Bailey’s Fresh-Picked Pincushions, http://www.heatherbaileystore.com/product-p/sp001-fp.htm&Click=25. I recently borrowed Sew Pretty Homestyle from my library and it included directions to make strawberry and pear shaped decorations. Of course they reminded me of Heather Bailey’s pincushions so I used the patterns to make a couple of wannabe take-offs. The second … Read More

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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I nearly forgot to share my “inventive” tablecloth solution for my son’s 6th birthday (see “Kachow” post below). I dislike character clothing and don’t allow my kids to wear them to school. In fact, any clothes that they have with characters on them are gifts or handmedowns. But, they do … Read More

Teddy Bears Revisited

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I posted a link to my teddy bear post over at sewmamasew the other day and have received requests to see more of my teddies. I thought that I had taken pictures of all of them but it isn’t proving to be very easy to find them all since many … Read More

Knitting Needle Wrap

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My good friend has a birthday coming up. She has recently taken up knitting again and I thought she’d like a knitting needle wrap. I have made a few of these and keep changing my design ever so slightly. This time I used home dec. material with a layer of … Read More


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Today we celebrated my son’s 6th birthday with a few of his friends. He chose the theme for his party…Lightening McQueen from the Cars movie. I wasn’t terribly surprised about this because he loves those little cars but I was a touch disappointed because I had a hard time thinking … Read More

Wear Me/Wash Me

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I found a fun tutorial on Sew Mama Sew for lingerie bags. http://sommerdesigns.typepad.com/sommer_designs/2008/01/tutorial-linger.html.I recently needed gifts for two women who travel a lot and thought I would make these. They were a big hit! I made the bags slightly larger than the tutorial suggests and added the words “Wear Me” … Read More

Practicing on Runners

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Before I worked on the baby’s quilts seen below, I decided to practice my quilting skills a bit with some runners after being inspired by a Christmas runner on a friend’s dining room table, made by her talented mother-in-law. I copied the general idea of that runner, though not the … Read More

Teddy Bear to Match Quilt

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Years ago, I bought a Simplicity Crafts 8418 pattern to make teddy bears. Over the years I have made countless bears for baby shower gifts, birthday gifts, etc. I made each of my children one to match their rooms. I am showing them here even though they now look well … Read More

Baby #3’s Quilt

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We are expecting a baby girl in early June and I think that nesting has kicked in early! As soon as we learned that she was a girl, I headed to the fabric store. Because my older daughter’s room is done up in pinks and greens, I decided to use … Read More