Author Archives: Maryanna P

About Maryanna P

Currently sewing my way through life while living on a boat and enjoying every minute.

I finally made my memory quilt

This week I finally made my memory quilt. This post has been over 5 years in the making. Over the last five years I have purchased the background, backing fabric and batting several times and then ended up finding other projects for them. I finally made it. And I love it.

When my brother passed away, I flew home with a new suitcase containing seven pearl snap shirts and one pair of jeans. The first month I made three quilts, two throw pillows and two small bags using his clothing. The quilts were for my sister in law and two nephews. I did stars inside of contrasting circles because…TEXAS. I just sort of came up with my own pattern. I had to get the most out of those clothes and that seemed like the best option. The throw pillows were for my mom and his mother in law and the bags were for my sister in law and her mom. All I had left were small scraps.

Here are the quilts I made for Kim, Murray and Colin. My photography skills weren’t that great back then and these are the best pics I took.

A couple of months later, his mother in law texted me asking if I could make a quilt for her. So I looked at my small stack of scraps, divided them in two and made her a small scrappy quilt.

For the last five years I have kept the remaining scraps in a ziplock bag and always kept them close to my sewing machine. Always looking at them and making sure they were still there. That they were still safe.

The first three quilts I made, I cried a lot during the process. It was difficult emotionally but I also think it helped me in the grieving process. Especially since I made them so soon after his passing. Being on a deadline probably didn’t help that but I wanted my sister in law and nephews to have their quilts for that first Christmas.

My mom got me the quilt planner for Christmas. I’ve never used a planner before but loved the idea of the project planner part of it. Maybe this year will finally be the year I make more quilts! I already have 26 quilt projects written down. This week I got to fill in all of the check boxes for my memory quilt.

If you have a memory quilt that you have been wanting to make. Take your time. Don’t rush it. When you are finished, wrap yourself up in it and remember how much that person loved you. Here is my completed scrappy memory quilt.

Minikins iSpy hack for a three ring binder

As soon as I saw the Minikins iSpy by Sew Sweetness, I knew that I wanted to make one for my three ring binder. I used some Vintage Stars from Fox Field and Chainmail from Elizabeth (both lines by Tula Pink) that match perfectly! Kona cotton is my typical go to for solids so that is what I used for the back and binder attachment piece. This hack works with the large size iSpy.


The only additional materials needed are a piece of fabric that is 10.75″ wide by 3″ tall, a piece of fusible woven interfacing (such as SF101 or Wovenfuse)  that is 10″ wide and 2.5 inches tall and three grommets. I had purchased a multi pack of the grommets that came with the tool needed to install them. The packs can be found in the notions aisle at your local Joann’s, Hobby Lobby or Walmart.


You’ll have two pieces for each grommet and this is what the installation tool looks like.

First you want to apply the interfacing to your fabric piece for the part that will contain the grommets. This will help stabilize the fabric where the grommets will be installed. Fold the interfaced fabric in half lengthwise with right sides together and sew the two short ends. Turn right side out and push the corners out with your tool of choice. I use a chopstick from the Chinese restaurant. Set this aside and begin assembly of the iSpy pouch following the pattern directions.


Interfacing is attached and short ends sewn together.

When you get to step 7, place your binder attachment piece between the completed front panel and exterior panel, centered along the bottom with raw edges matching. You could baste in place but I just placed it and then used wonderclips to hold everything together while I sewed around the outside.


I had already marked my grommet holes on this piece. Here is the front panel right sides together with the exterior back panel with the binder attachment piece sandwiched between. Match raw edges.

Finish sewing the bag per the pattern directions then grab your binder. You can use a premade binder pouch or just use the rings in your binder to mark your grommet placement. Once you have the centers marked, place the grommets on top of your binder attachement piece and draw the circles to get your cut lines. I fold the fabric in half to get the cut started and then cut the circles out. I put a little fray check around the edges of the circles as well after cutting out. Install the grommets following the directions on the package and then sit back and admire your gorgeous new pouch in your three ring binder.


Isn’t this soooo much prettier than the pic below?


Old, boring zip pouch. I like my vintage stars and chainmail one better.


Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small commission. Regardless, I only recommend patterns and designers that I love and hope you do too.

Holiday sewing with 5 out of 4 Patterns Luna and Shenanigans Mash-up

Most of my holiday sewing consists of gifts. My great nieces LOVE to twirl. So I did a Little Luna/Shenanigans mash up so that they could twirl to their hearts content. Both are 5 out of 4 patterns and the Little Luna is even free with a coupon code found in the Facebook Group!

floral skirt 1This mash up is so easy and who doesn’t love a skirt with built in shorts? I used the skirt and waistband from the Little Luna and the shorts are the three inch shorts from the Girl’s Shenanigans pattern. I left the gusset out of the shorts and cut them on the lower waist cut line.

polka dot skirt 1No modeled photos to show you because these are Christmas presents but I know my nieces will absolutely love them! These skirts have maximum twirl so the built in shorts will make sure that they can twirl and stay modest.

floral skirt 2I used 95% cotton 5% lycra for the skirt, waistband and shorts. I got the floral stripe fabric here, the solid fabric here and the polka dots here. It looks like she is sold out of this polka dot but she has lots more to choose from!

polka dot skirt 2My favorite Christmas cookies from when I was young were cookies that looked like candy canes. They are made with almond extract. I haven’t made them in probably 10 years but I couldn’t help but whip up a batch to give you guys a picture to drool over.

candy cane cookiesCandy Cane Cookies:

1 cup soft shortening (at least half butter)

1 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 tsp almond extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups sifted flour

1 tsp salt

Red food coloring (I used 10 drops)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together thoroughly the shortening, confectioner’s sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla extract. Sift together the flour and salt and stir in. Divide dough in to halves. Blend red food coloring into 1/2 of the dough. Cover and chill dough for 30 minutes, or until easy to handle. Roll teaspoonfuls of dough in to strips 4 inches long. Place one white and one red strip side by side, press together lightly and twist in to candy cane shape. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9-10 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet.

Variation: Substitute 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 tsp peppermint extract for vanilla and almond extracts. While warm, sprinkle with mixture of crushed peppermint candies and sugar.

Now for the fun part! Who wants to win a 5 out of 4 Pattern? All you have to do is comment with which pattern you would want and who you would make it for (yourself, children, spouse, parent, friend…) I’ll leave this open through midnight on the 7th and winner will be emailed on the 8th! I’ll use random dot org to draw a random winner.

Make sure you check out the rest of the stops on this tour throughout the week for more yummy cookie recipes and chances to win a free pattern!

Blog Tour Schedule

December 1 – Marvelous Auntie M | ah baby! Custom Design

December 2 – Elli & Nels in Stitches | Sewn at Seams

December 3 – Pattern Revolution

December 4 – My Heart Will Sew On | Fabulous Home Sewn

December 5 – Wonderfully Handmade |Randoms by Rydz

December 6 – Sewing with D| Octaves of Color

December 7 – Turtle Birdies

Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small commission. Regardless, I only recommend patterns and designers that I love and hope you do too.

Snazzy Slouch

For this bag tour, I chose the Snazzy Slouch. I had a couple of reasons for wanting to sew this one up. The first is that I love the idea of the interior zipper pocket divider. The second is that it is the perfect pattern for showcasing a favorite fabric on the exterior pockets.

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My first love is quilts. I love picking out the fabrics, piecing them, quilting them and the way they feel. While flipping through one of my many quilting magazines, I came across this string pieced log cabin quilt as you go block. The pattern in the magazine was for a throw size quilt and made 6.5″ square blocks. It’s easy enough to alter the size by just adding more strips around the exterior. To make the exterior pockets, I made four 8.5″ square blocks and sewed two together.

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I love how the quilted blocks look on the Snazzy Slouch. I used Kona solids for the exterior fabric and solid sections of the quilt blocks. If you don’t have cotton quilt batting, you could always make the quilt blocks for this bag using fusible fleece. I didn’t press the quilt block as I was making it, I just finger pressed the seams and then gave it a good press once the block was complete.

ss 2 ss 8ss 3ss 5ss 6ss 7  Are you done drooling yet? If so, I have a special treat for you! Two people will be able to win a copy of the Snazzy Slouch pattern! All you have to do is comment with the fabric line and designer used on the lining and quilt blocks. That’s simple enough, right? Correct answers won’t be published until the winners are drawn/announced on 11/21.

There are also some other awesome prizes up for grabs via the rafflecopter below and even some coupon codes for you! Make sure you check out the sponsors and the rest of the stops on this tour for other fabulous bags and the chance to win more patterns!



Tour Discounts

  • ChrisW Designs is taking 20% off all patterns until end of day (Australian Central Standard Time) November 21. Code GlobalBlogTour17 (applied automatically with this link. Buy without fear: If you purchase during the tour and then win a pattern, your purchase price will be refunded.
  • Handbag Hardware Australia (aff link) is offering a 10% discount for the duration of the tour. Use code: CWD10. (Excludes interfacing and Emmaline Bling.)
  • Bobbin Girl has a 10% discount using code BLOGTOUR17. (Not to be combined with any other discount or rewards points.)
  • Gold Star Tool is taking 15% off for our tour readers. Use code chriswdesigns.
  • Zipit (aff link) is also offering a 10% discount on shop items. Use code ChrisWDesigns.



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Tour Schedule

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Sunday, November 12

Monday, November 13

Tuesday, November 14

Wednesday, November 15

Thursday, November 16

Friday, November 17

Saturday, November 18

Tuesday, November 21

  • Giveaway winners announced on all the blogs:

ChrisW Blog, Glitter in my Coffee, Michelle’s Creations, Flying by the Seam of my Pants, Serial Bagmakers, Tiger in a Tornado, Vanaehsa, Judith Stitches and More, Doctora Botones, Sewsewilse, Suck It Up Buttercup, Vicky Myers Creations, Marvelous Auntie M, inspinration, Fée bricolo, Trisha’s Craft Corner

I was provided a free copy of this pattern for this blog post.

PIIT28 review and my thoughts on the 28 day reset

I’m taking a little break from writing about sewing to talk about PIIT28, a new workout program that I have been using and that I love. It is also on sale this week with the coupon code THANKYOU30 you get 30 percent off. The coupon is good until September 5th.

Putting myself out there here. On the left is before I started day 1 of my PIIT28 journey and the right is after completing 1.0 round 1.

I don’t like going to a gym or working out in front of other people. I’d much rather work out in the privacy of my own home (or boat in my case). The last three years I’ve been trying different workouts.

I started with Couch to 5K and that was great and I eventually was able to run 4 miles but I was never really a fan of running. Then I got a Jillian Michaels Kickboxing Cardio DVD. I liked the fast pace of her workouts but they got repetative. So I purchased three other Jillian Michaels DVDs to mix it up.

Then I discovered Blogilates. I don’t remember how I stumbled across it but I downloaded all of the 30 day challenges from her blog and noticed a difference. I decided that I wanted to do more of her workouts so I tried a few of the free videos from YouTube. I do best with a high intensity program. I get bored easily. That is where PIIT28 sets itself apart from other programs I’ve tried.

The muscle definition in this picture…I love it!

Another big difference that sticks out to me is that Cassey actually does the workouts in the video. If you have used any of the Jillian Michaels DVD’s then you know that she spends most of the time walking around and there are 5 or 6 girls there doing the workout but Jillian isn’t. That’s just her style and that’s fine, but I love that Cassey does the workouts. She does the whole workout, not just showing a move, but doing the whole 45 seconds of tuck jumps.

You don’t need a lot of room. Most of the moves are contained to my yoga mat. That is also important to me since I have such a limited space inside the boat to exercise.

You also don’t need a whole lot of time. I use the workout timer on the Blogilates app and turn Golden Girls on the TV. The workouts are 28 minutes and 40 seconds long plus 5 minutes for warming up and 5 minutes for stretching afterward. PIIT28 1.0 Round 2 adds an additional ab focused workout and that video is 18 minutes so round 2 does take a little bit longer.

Surfing lessons in Hawaii. I don’t think I would have had the core strength needed for surfing had i not been exercising six days a week the six weeks leading up to our vacation.

I completed PIIT28 1.0 Round 1 the end of June then began the monthly calendar since we were leaving for vacation on July 15th. I have never felt more confident and strong. My core and my posture were better than they have ever been. We took surfing lessons in Hawaii and I was able to stand up on the surf board every. single. time. Then my husband rented a board a few days later and I was able to catch a wave on my own and ride it for a few seconds. I really don’t think I would have been strong enough or had the balance to be able to do that had I not completed PIIT28.

See my left ankle. That hurt. I actually missed being able to workout. I’m so glad my ankle is feeling better and I’m able to workout again. I’m taking the jumping moves a little slower since my ankle isn’t at 100% yet but I was tired of waiting.

On that same vacation, I twisted my ankle pretty badly hiking back from Maunawili falls. I wasn’t able to workout for five weeks. I finally started back this week on 1.0 Round 2 and 2.0 will be next followed by 3.0. When I purchased the program I went all in and got the Transformation pack. It includes all three PIIT28 programs and the 28 Day Reset.

We don’t follow the Reset as it is laid out but I do use it for 95 percent of our dinner meals and snack ideas now. It has also helped me with portion control. Healthy doesn’t have to be bland. There are some really delicious recipes in there!

If you aren’t ready to purchase all three rounds of PIIT28 yet, you can purchase just 1.0 and then purchase 2.0 and 3.0 from within the PIIT28 portal.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below and I’ll get to them as quick as I can.

Almost forgot to mention, there is a Facebook group for support and also a Piitstagram challenge. If you complete the Piitstagram challenge you can earn yourself a completion t-shirt! Here I am sporting mine. Sorry for the grainy quality of my selfies. I’m still rocking an iPhone 5S because it still works so why not!

Rocking my completion t from the Piitstagram challenge.


Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small commission. Regardless, I only recommend patterns, designers and products that I love and hope you do too.


Grab n Go Lunch Bag and Laminating your own fabric

Have you ever needed laminated cotton for a pattern but didn’t like what was available in the store and didn’t want to wait for an online order to arrive? You can make your own laminated cotton using iron on vinyl! This is exactly what I did for the new Grab ‘n Go Lunch Bag by Peek a Boo Pattern Shop.

There are several options when choosing an iron on vinyl. The application method is the same for all of the brands I have tried. I am using a piece of gloss finish Pellon for the step by step photos here. I used a matte finish Thermo Web for my lunch bag.

The three brands of iron on vinyl that I have tried are Pellon (off of the bolt), Thermo Web (off of the bolt) and Heat n Bond (prepackaged). You can find the Pellon and Thermo Web in the interfacing section and the prepackaged Heat n Bond in the notions aisle.

1 iron on vinyl options

From left to right: Heat n Bond, Pellon, Thermo Web

Begin by cutting a piece of fabric and a piece of vinyl larger than your pattern piece. You can lay out several pattern pieces to do at once. I like to keep my pieces on the small side so that it is easier to work with.

2 vinyl piece and fabric side by side

Peel the paper off of the vinyl and place the sticky side down on the right side of your fabric. Your iron should be set to medium heat with the steam off. Place the release paper on top of the vinyl with the slick side down and the paper side up. Place your iron on top of the paper and hold for 8 seconds. Move to another section and repeat this process for the whole piece. Make sure to not touch your iron to the vinyl.

3 placing sticky side of vinyl on fabric

4 release paper placed down on top of vinyl

5 pressing on matte side of paper

Once you have fused the vinyl to the fabric, flip your fabric over and press from the back side. Hold the iron in place for 4 seconds on each section.

6 pressing from back side

Pick your fabric up and congratulate yourself on making your own laminated cotton! Now you are ready to cut out your pattern pieces and make your project, which in my case was the new lunch bag pattern from Peek a Boo.

lunchbag front

If your vinyl gets wrinkled while turning the bag or whatever your project is, place the release paper on top of the vinyl and lightly press for a couple of seconds to warm the vinyl up and smooth out the wrinkles.

lunchbag food outside

Finished Grab n Go Lunch Bag

The Grab n Go Lunch Bag is perfect for some back to school sewing. I used my own laminated cotton on the exterior. My interior is PUL and I insulated with Insulbrite and fusible fleece. It fits cubes, bento boxes and loose items so no matter how you pack up a lunch, this bag should fit it.


Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small commission. Regardless, I only recommend patterns and designers that I love and hope you do too.

My First Shibori: A DIY

This was my first Shibori and I loved it! And if you have to google Shibori, you are not alone. I did as well. Shibori is a Japanese tie dye method using indigo.

front two on line

Two of my pieces hanging on the clothes line. This is the square between two pieces of wood and the pinch and bind method.

I ordered an indigo tie dye kit off of Amazon and it included the blocks I used and also the rubber bands that I used in addition to the dye and rubber gloves. I used Kona prepared for dye quilting cotton. Having just under four yards, I cut it in to four equal pieces to try four different binding techniques. Since this was my first time trying this, I was curious as to how the different techniques would turn out.

all bundled up and dipped

Clockwise from top: Square between two pieces of wood, flag fold and pinch and bind.

For three of the pieces I did the accordion fold followed by the pinch and bind method, accoridion fold the opposite direction and securing between two squares of wood and flag folding. The fourth piece I got a broomstick (because I live on a boat and have to be resourceful sometimes) and wrapped half of the fabric around then scrunched it down then wrapped the remaining fabric around that and held in place with some cotton cording.

wrapped around stick

The culprit of my blue hand trying to squeeze the bottom of this piece in the bucket.

I followed the directions that came in the kit as far as setting up the dye vat and the process to get the dye in to the fabric. I dipped each of these in the vat twice letting them rest for 20 minutes between dips. More dips would create a deeper blue.

back two on line

These two are the flag fold on the left and the one that was wrapped around the broomstick on the right.

Above are what the other two finished pieces of fabric looked like. I love that this marina has a clothes line so that I could get good pics of these hanging up.

rubberband front

Here is the front of the pinch and bind with the slip pocket made from the squares.

For my project, I wanted to make a bag. The India hobo bag by Swoon was the perfect bag for these fabrics! Then I had to choose two of them to use. I chose the one that was banded between two squares of wood and the one I did the pinch and bind method on as they were the most colorful throughout. The result is a truly one of a kind bag.

rubberband back

Back featuring the pinch and bind version

I am IN LOVE with how this bag turned out. It is also a quick sew and completely reversible. I omitted the zippered pockets on this one. So don’t be afraid to try something new because you may just fall in love with the process! Just make sure you don’t dip your hand further down in the vat than your glove. You may end up with a blue hand like I currently have!

squares front

Front of the squares side featuring pinch and bind slip pocket.

squares back

Back of the squares side.

Make sure you check out the rest of the stops on this tour so that you can see what other fun things can be done with your custom shibori fabric!
Shibori Indigo Dye Week!

Monday 7/24

Sarah at Sewing with Sarah – Shibori Top

Stephanie at Swoodson Says – Shibori Kit Review

Tuesday 7/25

Katie at Creative Counselor – Shibori Shift Dress

Sara at Radiant Home Studio – Shibori Zipper Pouch

Wednesday 7/26

Vicky at Vicky Myers Creations – Shibori Scarf

Stephanie at Swoodson Says – Shibori Blanket

Thursday 7/27

Maryanna at Marvelous Auntie M – Shibori Bag

Ula at Lulu & Celester – Shibori Clutch

Friday 7/28

Laurel at My Heart Will Sew On – Shibori Maxi Skirt

Agy at Agy Textile Artist – Shibori with Mango Leaves

Stephanie at Swoodson Says – Shibori Curtains

Drop me a comment below for your chance to win an indigo tie dye kit and tell me what you would want to make!

Swimsuit Edition Blog Tour with Lulu and Celeste and Sprouting Jube Jube

I’m so happy to be hopping on the Lulu & Celeste, Sprouting Jube Jube swimwear blog tour! Swim fabric can seem scary. It’s slippery, it’s super stretchy, it’s slinky, it fits skin tight…you name it and it was a reason I had to fear it. I tackled my fear and made my first swimsuit this spring.

gigi front 1

But I sucked it up and sewed my first swimsuit a couple of months ago.  You know what, it wasn’t that scary!

gigi arms up

My first attempt at swim was the Gigi by Jalie Patterns. A bikini! It turned out awesome in my opinion. The top has great coverage as do the bottoms.

gigi back

I purchased my swim fabric and swim lining from Peek a Boo Pattern Shop. Solid navy and gold faux glitter were my fabrics of choice. They were a dream to work with. The hardest part for me was cutting the swim lining.

I must mention that I actually broke four needles on this swimsuit. Lesson learned. Next time I’ll buy bigger needles. I just used my all purpose foot and used wonder clips instead of pins.

swimsuit at hen and chickens

In fishing boat out by Hen and Chickens in Islamorada.

The Gigi has two cut options for the top, two strap options as well as two back options. The bottoms have two rise options. I did the low cut bottoms and the bandeau style top with wide straps and double closure back.

Since sewing this bathing suit, it has been swimming in the Gulf of Mexico and fishing and snorkeling in the Atlantic Ocean.

gigi in waves

My next swimsuit will be the Riptide Reversible Shorties by 5 out of 4 Patterns (pictured below) and I’ve yet to decide on a top. What are your favorite swim top patterns?

completed fabric a completed fabric b

Make sure to check out the rest of the stops on this blog tour. There are also some great prizes up for grabs! Check out the daily posts for daily Rafflecopter prizes and also the grand prize. Here are the details of all of the prizes:

Daily Prizes:

*These rafflecopters will close at 11:59pm the following day (so Monday’s closes Tuesday night at 11:59pm EST)** They open day of at 12am EST and close at 11:59 pm EST following day (it’s the way the free version of Rafflecopter is set up).


Monday: 1 pattern of choice from Call Ajaire + $20(USD) gift card to Peek-a-boo Patterns (for either patterns or fabric)


Tuesday: 5 out of 4 – 1 pattern of choice + Fabric Fairy $30 (USD)gift card


Wednesday: Gracious Threads – 1 pattern of choice + Raspberry Creek Fabrics– $50(USD) gift card


Thursday: Jalie – $20.00 (CAD) gift card + Imagine Gnats $40(USD) gift card


Friday: Rad patterns 2 patterns of choice + Water Tower Textiles $50 (CAD) gift card


Grand Prize:

Two ways to enter: Enter the Grand Prize Rafflecopter, and/or post a swimwear item you’ve sewn on Instagram. Readers can enter more than once on Instagram but must use a different photo/different sewn swim item per entry. (Ie. multiple photos of the same outfit only count as one entry). Items allowed: swimsuits and swim coverups for the entire family (women, men, children). To enter on IG: Post your photo and use the hashtag #TheSwimsuitEditionTour and tag @luluandceleste and @debzaleski in your post. Items can only have been sewn since the beginning of June 2017. Closes July 2nd 11:59pm EDT.
Prize: Phat Quarters $25(USD) gift card + Boo Designs $100(AUD) gift card + Sewing by Ti -$20(USD) gift card + Made by Jack’s Mum – swim pdf pattern bundle


Monday, June 26

Sprouting JubeJubeCall AjaireKutti CoutureTales of A TesterBellevi

Tuesday, June 27

Sprouting JubeJubeFABulous Home SewnSew and Tell ProjectTales From A Southern MomMy Heart Will Sew On

Wednesday, June 28

Lulu & CelesteAdventures With Bubba and BugMomma You Can Make ItMarvelous Auntie MPhat Quarters

Thursday, June 29

Lulu & CelesteFilles à Maman & JalieCrazy Crafty Haute MamaMeMade5 out of 4 PatternsRikiPrints Custom Knit Fabrics

Friday, June 30

Lulu & CelesteLittle Heart ThreadsRonda B. HandmadeBellevisewingbyti


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Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend patterns and designers that I love and hope you do too.

That’s Sew Americana

I have never sewn a holiday specific item of clothing for myself. But I saw this fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and jumped on the Sew Americana blog tour!

front looking down

I made the Essential Tank by Patterns for Pirates. With a pocket on the front because I love pockets! I just drew a square about the size that I wanted plus seam allowance, made the diagonals on the bottom, folded down the top and topstitched then put on the shirt using Wonder Tape to secure it while I sewed it on.

front smiling

I just drew a square about the size that I wanted plus seam allowance, made the diagonals on the bottom, folded down the top and topstitched then put on the shirt using Wonder Tape to secure it while I sewed it on.

laying on hood

What is more American than a girl in a red, white and blue tank sitting on top of a humvee? Maybe if I were eating a hot dog or holding a baseball?


sitting looking over shoulder

Anyway, the Essential Tank is a great pattern. Fit was spot on for me with no alterations other than the addition of the pocket. This was also my first time really combining two prints in to one piece of clothing for myself. I love the result!

sew americana sneak

Make sure you check out the rest of the stops on the tour this week!


Our Amazing “Sew Americana” Tour Lineup:

Monday, June 26: Wild & Wanderful | Handmade Boy | The Wholesome Mama | Marvelous Auntie M | Sew and Tell Project
Tuesday, June 27: EYMM | Middle River Studio | SewSophieLynn | Phat Quarters | Call Ajaire
Wednesday, June 28: Simple Life Pattern Company | Sewing By Ti | Auschick Sews | Nu Me Nu You | Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen
Thursday, June 29: Adventures with Bubba and Bug | Musings of a Seamstress | Elli and Nels | Spindle and Seams | Stylin’ Stacy
Friday, June 30: Very Blissful | Stitching and Making | Wild & Wanderful | On Wednesdays We Sew | Fairytale B&T

We would like to give a special thanks to our generous sponsors!
Love Notions | EYMM Modern Designs | Rebecca Page | Patterns for Pirates | Simple Life Pattern Company | Thread & Grain | Designs by Call Ajaire | Simply By Ti | Made for Mermaids | Petite Stichery & Co.


Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend patterns and designers that I love and hope you do too.

One Thimble Issue 15 FHS Military Style Messenger Bag

For One Thimble Issue 15, I made the FHS Military Style Messenger Bag by FABulous Home Sewn. It’s not often that my husband will see a pattern sitting on the table and ask me “When are you going to make that one?” I take that back…he has NEVER said that about a pattern. I actually chose to review this pattern because I loved the look of it. The bonus is that he likes it too.

front of messenger bag

Front view of messenger bag being worn crossbody style

I chose a linen for the exterior and Kona quilting cotton for the lining. The pattern says you can use 2″ webbing or make your own strap from fabric. When making your own strap using fabric, you will need additional fabric for ones measuring 44″ wide. I did not see this mentioned in the pattern and as a result, I ended up having to buy an additional 1/4 yard of my exterior fabric to be able to complete the strap.

flap open

Flap open revealing pink lining

It is more purse size than messenger bag size so I would classify this as a crossbody purse. It could accommodate a tablet but not a computer. The cargo pocket on the flap is the perfect size for holding a mobile phone.

cargo pocket open

Reaching in the cargo pocket

This messenger bag is now my everyday bag. I love the look of this linen with the solid pink popping on the inside. The next one I make will have webbing for the straps and I will choose my fabrics according to the webbing colors available.

OT15 stand alone patterns

Check out the rest of the stops on the One Thimble Issue 15 blog tour here:
Pattern Revolution
Marvelous Auntie M

Max California
Pear Berry Lane

Idle Sunshine
Made by Sara

Tales of a Tester
Candice Ayala
Once Upon a Sewing Machine

Stitches by Laura
Sprouting Jube Jube
House of Estrela


Crazy, Craft Haute Mama
Adventures with Bubba and Bug
Lulu and Celeste