Back to School Lunch Bag

September 29, 2009 - Filed under Children, How-to, Sewing

Ok so I know I’m a little late for back-to-school. But now that all the rush is over, the school supplies are all bought and everyone’s settling back into routines, you might have a little more time on your hands. If so why not make a very cute reusable lunch bag.

Back To School Lunch Bag

See the full tutorial here.

Or check out these other great ideas for lunch bags:

Note Book Lunch Bag from design*sponge
Fabric Lunch Bag from Etsy
Sandwich Wrap from Craft Stylish

Posted by: kelly

Bitty Bug Pincushion

June 19, 2009 - Filed under How-to, Sewing


Looking for a cute and easy spring project? Check out the tutorial for this adorable little bug pincushion over at goody-goody.These would also make cute toys for a little kid, or even a cat or small dog.

Check out the tutorial here

Posted by: kelly

quilted potholder tutorial

May 7, 2009 - Filed under Fabric, How-to, Sewing


Interested in quilting, but not sure where to start? Why not try this super simple tutorial from Craftzine for a quilted potholder. It’ll give you a taste of quilting without having to commit to making an entire quilt.

And if you’re looking for some kitchen inspired fabric be sure to check out the great Lizzy Dish collection.


Posted by: kelly

cute spring top

April 30, 2009 - Filed under How-to, Patterns, Sewing


There’s a great tutorial for a cute spring top from Made by Rae, over at Sew Mama Sew. There are step by step pictures and instructions which can be tailored to any size.

Posted by: kelly

Happy Earth Day: Sewing Green

April 22, 2009 - Filed under Books, Eco-friendly, Sewing

Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made With Repurposed & Organic Materials,

In honor of Earth Day, I thought I’d tell you all about this great book from Betz White, Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made With Re-purposed & Organic Materials. In the book Betz talks about choosing organically produced fibers, and reusing things you already have such as cutting up unwanted garments, and saving packing materials. What better way to help make a positive impact on our planet, not to mention engage your creativity and save money!

The 25 cute projects are beautifully photographed and include full-sized pattern pieces, making them super easy to follow. But Sewing Green is not just a project book, it contains a lot of great tips on thrifting and how to avoid some of the pit falls as well as featuring other crafters who bring an eco-friendly approach to their work. Sewing Green hopes to inspire you to choose sustainable or recycled materials for your future projects.

Posted by: kelly

easter craft week day 7: lambkin plushy

April 4, 2009 - Filed under Fabric, Holidays, How-to, Patterns, Sewing


Pattern Bee has a a free printable pattern for this cute little lamb plushy. He can be made in whatever fabric inspires you, and there’s even instructions on how to make a felt version.

Check out the Flickr Pool for more inspiration.

Lambkin Pattern

I hope you enjoyed this week’s round up of adorable Easter crafts. Now go and get busy creating, you’ve only got a week left!

Posted by: kelly

easter craft week day 3: fabric eggs

March 31, 2009 - Filed under Easter, Fabric, Holidays, How-to, Patterns, Sewing


What better way to use up all your fabric scraps than by making your own basket of fabric eggs. Download the pattern and follow the step-by-step instructions over at Retro-Mama, and you’ll have yourself a carton full in no time.

Fabric Egg Instructions

Tomorrow: Knitted Eggs

Posted by: kelly

cute spring handbags

March 28, 2009 - Filed under Patterns, Sewing


Now that your sewing machine is in tip-top form, thanks to the spring cleaning tutorial, why not make yourself a super cute spring handbag. Head on over to the Etsy Bag Maker’s Pool on Flickr for some inspiration, or if you prefer to use a pattern, here are some links to some of my favs:

1. The Ruthie Clutch – By Anna Maria Horner
2. Marlo Bloom Handbag – By Heather Bailey
3. Buttercup Bag *free pattern* – By Rae

Posted by: kelly

fat quarter handbag tutorial

March 9, 2009 - Filed under Acccessories, Fabric, How-to, Sewing


There’s a fantastic tutorial over at sew mama sew for a handbag made from a fat quarter. So simple and easy you can make one to match every outfit.

For those of you who aren’t quilters or don’t know what a ‘Fat Quarter’ is here’s the basics.

Most quilt-weight cotton is 44″ doubled over on a bolt. A yard is 36″, which means that a regular quarter-yard ends up being one long skinny piece measuring 9″x44″.


For a fat quarter, you typically cut half a yard from the bolt and then cut along the fold leaving you with two pieces measuring 18″x22″. Or one full yard cut into quarters.


Basically a fat quarter offers you more flexibility, especially when dealing with large prints. Many shops sell pre-cut fat quarters with coordinating solids making them super easy to work with. If you haven’t previously worked with fat quarters, once you do you’ll start seeing the endless possibilities for them.

Posted by: kelly

Uppercase Gallery presents Stitch

March 4, 2009 - Filed under Kniting, Paper goods, Sewing


For those of you in Calgary, just a reminder that Uppercase Gallery is presenting Stitch, a celebration of all things stitched / sewn / knitted / crocheted & embroidered. This is a one-day only and includes works from many local and Canadian craftsters.

Thursday, March 5
5pm – 9pm

#204, 100 – 7th Ave SW
Calgary AB Canada T2P0W4

Posted by: kelly