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Link Love – FREE Patterns for the Tiki Tote & the Persimmon Dumpling Pouch

Update on 4/24/22 – the Tiki Tote pattern can now be found here on Craftsy. I’ve gotten some requests for more information about two projects I posted on Instagram recently – the Tiki Tote pattern from Bluprint (featured on the Midnight Quilt Show with Angela Walters) and the Persimmon Dumpling Pouch from Sara Lawson of […]

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Link Love – Cork and the Clydebank Tote

Have you ever heard of cork fabric? I was dimly aware of it, but it hadn’t really registered for me as something I’d like to try until I came across this post on the Sew Sweetness blog by Sara Lawson. In conjunction with an online book club she is hosting, Sara is posting a free […]

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Checking Out Lightweight Cotton Twill

So I’m in love with the Kona Cotton Ultra from Spoonflower.com – it’s my go-to fabric choice when ordering, but when the site ran a promotion on Lightweight Cotton Twill, I took a chance and ordered some. I’m so glad I did! I find the lightweight cotton twill launders well, is super easy to work […]

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Adding Structure with Soft and Stable – Review & Tips

One of the really great things about sewing is that you aren’t dependent on what you can find (or afford) in the store – you can create or customize all kinds of things to your specific tastes and needs. Lately, I’ve been on a streak of making totes, bags and purses. Since my work (both […]

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The 241 Tote from Noodlehead – Review, Part 2

As anyone who sews or quilts can tell you, individual patterns have gotten more and more expensive over the years, especially if you like to seek out and support independent designers. Being able to download patterns and save them as pdfs can help (as opposed to buying printed patterns, with or without paying additional for […]

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The 241 Tote from Noodlehead – Review, Part I

Did you ever experience a breathless moment in time when you looked up and knew in that brief instant that THIS was THE ONE?  Ok, let’s get our minds back on track here… I don’t know what you are thinking about, but I’m talking about tote bags. 😉 I love totebags. Cute little purses just […]

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December Wrap-Up & Link Love

What a month! Not only is late November through December extra-busy with the holidays AND one of the most demanding times of the year for my day job as Creative Director for Lakeshore Sewing, but our plumbing saga continued with more water in the basement, where my studio is located. Needless to say, my creative […]

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Sewing with Seat Belts

No reviews today – just one more day of seat belt fun before moving on to our next topic. 🙂 This time, I’m showing the Market Tote and Pouches from Cozy Nest Design in different colors. I’m using indigo, royal blue, and lavender blue.

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Pattern Reviews

My last post included my review, some helpful tips, and photos of the Market Tote Pattern from Cozy Nest Design. Today I’d like to share 2 additional related patterns: the Pouch Trio and the Cosmetic Bag Duo. Note: All pattern information is from Cozy Nest Design. Seat Belt Series: Pouch Trio Sewing Pattern $5.99 (PDF download) […]

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Pattern Review

Sewing with Seat Belts – Market Tote from Cozy Nest Design Notes: All pattern information is from Cozy Nest Design. Seat Belt Series: Market Tote Sewing Pattern $6.99 (PDF download) The Market Tote sewing pattern will take you step-by-step to creating a customized bag made of seat belt webbing!  Seat belt webbing is shimmery and luxurious, yet extremely durable  and easy […]

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