Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pattern Collection Tour - Drawer #2

Want to see what's in drawer #2 of my Sewing Pattern Collection?


Watch the video below to find out (I'm going to show you my all time favourite sewing pattern)!

Ooooh!  I see some Vogue!

If you missed Drawer #1, you can see it HERE.

Next week I'll share the last drawer, my favourite, the Vintage Pattern Drawer~

Where do you keep your pattern collection?  Share with us below~

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Make it Monday

Welcome back to the Make it Monday Party!  I was the lucky duck in charge of picking features this week!  Here's just a small sample of all of the great projects shared last week~


1. Autumn Sweater from Ana Love Craft   /   2. Papercrafts from Sum of Their Stories
3. Bobble Stitch Wrist Warmers from Happy in Red  / 4. Marble Dipped Mug from House of Hipsters

You ladies are all so talented!  If you were featured grab a button and brag about it:

Party Every Monday Night

Now onto this week's party~
Tamara, Donna, Mitzi
I made this pretty just for you so please take a second and have a look.

Party Every Monday Night
Let's Party!

Sunday Inspiration



I know there are people out there in the world who think an entire country mourning the loss of one man is foolish, but I'm proud to be Canadian. And I'm proud that we don't think that what happened in Ottawa last week is normal.

#OttawaStrong

Friday, October 24, 2014

Simple Trick or Treat Bag

Do you have some little goblins that you have to take out Trick or Treating soon?  Here's a fast and easy project to help you gather their goodies~

DIY Treat Bag, DIY Halloween Bag, Spider Bag



Here's what you need to make your own Trick or Treat Bag:
-Non stretch fabric
-ruler
-standard sewing kit

This is so easy and I was just whipping these up as a little scrapbuster so I didn't decide to do a tutorial until I had already completed a few steps.  Also, you don't have to follow these measurements exactly.  I was just using up a scrap of fabric I found tucked away and was just trying to use it all up.

Steps:
1) In any case, I cut 2 pieces of the large rectangle shape and 2 of the long skinny one. (That's 17" right from the top to the very bottom of the big one, just ignore the cut outs at the bottom until the next step.)


2) Now you can cut out 2 little squares from each bottom corner of the large piece.  Mine are about 1 3/4" square.


3) First we'll make some handles.  If you don't have enough fabric or you want something really sturdy you can use webbing.

Simpy fold each long skinny rectangle, right sides together, and stitch along the the entire long edge.  Zig zag or serge and then turn and press the seam along the centre back.  I'm using some kind of nylon lining type of material so kept my iron quite low and used a pressing cloth to make sure I didn't melt it.


4) Set your handles aside and stitch the bottom and two sides of the main body of your bag. Finish your edges (!) and press to one side.


5) Now pinch the bottom corners, meeting your side seams with your bottom seam.  Pin and stitch across.  You should get some nice sharp boxy corners.  If you're using a heavier fabric you might need to trim across the corners.  Finish the edges and turn your bag body right side out.


6) Finish the top edge of your bag body, fold about 1" towards the inside and stitch down.


7) Now just attach your handles.  Measure in an equal amount from each side and mark.  Turn the bottom of you strap up about 1".  Pin to mark and stitch down in an "x" pattern.  You'll want to collect as much candy as possible and this will make sure that your straps won't fall off half way through your neighbourhood rounds.


That's it!  Just throw on that Elsa costume that all the girls are wearing and head out from some treats!


I sent my bags to my niece and nephew along with a couple of little easy to  make pillow treat boxes.

Check out my Sharp Corners Ahead project and use the boxy corner method to make a cushion.

Are you dressing up this year?  Did you make your own costume?  Leave a comment below! (I've made some adjustments to my comment settings, help me out by testing it to see if it's any better, thanks)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Book Winner!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered to win Mary Pat Hyland's newest novel.


The winner of the giveaway is....


Congratulations Maria! 

The author will be in touch with you soon with your 
copy of the book so that you can start reading right away~


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pattern Cabinet Tour

Most of you know that although I post loads of crafting, jewellery making, and other projects, but I'm really a sewer at heart.  It's my first love and I've been doing it since I was very young.

That means that I've been collecting things like fabric, notions, and patterns (and patterns and patterns) for a very long time.

Sewing Pattern Collection


Today I'm going to begin a little tour of where I keep my patterns and share some of my favourites with you.

This is a video tour of drawer #1.  I'll continue over the next couple of weeks with peeks into the other two drawers so make sure to come back to see what other hidden treasures we find~

                             

If you want to see the rest of my creative space you can check out the little mini make-over I did a couple of years ago.

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