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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.
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  • Gold Star Tool is taking 15% off for our tour readers. Use code chriswdesigns.
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I was provided a free copy of this pattern for this blog post.

Ruby Wrap Skirt for Women

I recently tested the new Ruby Wrap Skirt for women by Daydream Patterns. It is such a quick and easy sew. This pattern is perfect for people new to sewing clothing and sewing with wovens. This week only, there is a coupon code in the Daydream Patterns Facebook group for 25% off of this pattern.

Instructions are included for three different front options. A plain front which is perfect for showcasing a beautiful large scale print, a lace overlay version and also a color blocked front. There are also two different options for finishing the top. You can use either bias tape or ribbon. The size range is AU 8-20 (US 4-16). There is also a girls version available and I believe my nieces would love some wrap skirts themselves!

I made the color block version with a double fold bias tape finish on the top and a plain front using 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon for the top. My skirts were all quilting cotton. In addition to quilting cottons, a stretch woven would also work wonderfully.

Confession time…I *may* have chosen fabrics to match these awesome Tickled Pink Designs necklaces. Most of the time I am buying them for my nieces but I have a couple for myself too and this was the perfect opportunity to get some pics of those.

I also made my top using my favorite tank pattern, the Vitality Racerback tank.

Snap up Lullaby Gown

I have finally finished Christmas sewing and am ready to show you guys the snap up lullaby gown hack. It’s not really a hack per say but merging two awesome patterns to make the perfect little gown for a heart baby.

Heart shaped snaps for a heart baby

Heart shaped snaps for a heart baby

The two patterns I used were the lullaby line snap up pajamas and the lullaby line baby gown both by Peekaboo Pattern Shop. The fabric on the one pictured is also from Peekaboo. It is one of her custom knits.

The top part of the gown showing where the main front and side front meet.

The top part of the gown showing where the main front and side front meet.

I used the pattern pieces from the snap up pajamas (eliminating the leg cut out and just continuing straight down the fold on the back) and the front pieces I continued down to the 18 month length on the back piece for this one then lined up the underarm to get the length for the main front and side front pieces.

Ignore my scribble line. This picture shows where I continued the pattern straight down to the desired length.

Ignore my scribble line. This picture shows where I continued the pattern straight down to the desired length.

Follow steps 1-8 on the instructions for the snap up pajamas. Then move on to steps 12 & 13. Now it is time to finish the bottom. I like to add a band to the bottom.

Measure the length of the bottom of your gown. Multiply that by 0.85 then add 0.5 inches. On the 3 month size I got 17.42 so I rounded that up to 17.5 then added a half inch for seam allowances on the ends. My band piece was 3″ by 18″. Iron scraps of interfacing on both ends of the band. This will help reinforce the fabric where the snaps go.

Inside the bottom of the gown showing the  band attached.

Inside the bottom of the gown showing the band attached.

Fold the band bringing the long sides together so that right sides are together and sew or serge both short ends then flip right side out pushing out the corners. This makes your band 1.5″ x 17.5″ for the 3 month gown.
Pin (or wonder clip as I prefer) the band to the bottom of the gown on both ends and in the middle right sides together and stretch the band slightly to fit the gown. Flip the band down and topstitch the seam to the gown using a double needle or stretch stitch.

The finished gown!

The finished gown!

Since I’m late in posting the winner from the last blog post of a free PDF pattern from Sew Sweetness…how about we make it two winners? Congrats Katie and Kasey! Email me with your pattern of choice and the email address to send it too. Thank you for reading the blog.

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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.

At what point does sewing become an addiction?

At what point does sewing become an addiction? Is it when you have piles and piles of fabric everywhere but continue to buy more? Is it when you have hundreds of PDF patterns that you haven’t gotten a chance to sew up yet? Could it possibly be when you take a trip and you pack more fabric than clothes?

It’s been a while since I posted. Let me explain…we’ve been traveling for the last six weeks!

Week one was couch surfing in Nashville while we emptied out the storage unit and had a yard sale. I had fabric and notions and books that I hadn’t even seen in over two years! So that all got sold. I keep all of my prettiest fabrics with me 🙂 I did dig through and find some things to keep.

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Exterior pic of the hunting cabin made using rocks and cedar posts from the land.

Weeks two and three were spent camping in Texas while the hubby worked on his hunting cabin. Luckily he knows that his wife loves electricity and indoor plumbing. This is the same cabin we worked on in April. It has an awesome pedestal tub that I’ve partly restored. (I’ll finish it on our next trip out there.)

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Commandeering a corner of the hunting cabin for sewing.

I was able to set up a little work station and make a baby gift for a friend! I could only work on little projects due to the lack of table space. Next time I am going to try to pack my cutting and sewing tables and take over a small corner of the cabin! I think this Violet turned out adorable! You should add this pattern to your baby gift arsenal if you sew. So quick and cute! This pattern ranges from size 3 months up to girls size 12 so you will get lots of years of use out of it. I made this one long sleeves since it may still be chilly outside when it fits her.

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What does a baby even put in those tiny little pockets!?!?!

For the last three weeks we have been staying on a ranch in New Mexico. It is gorgeous out here. It is much cooler than southern Florida so it’s a good thing I packed more fabric than clothes because I need to make myself some more long sleeved shirts. I made this Hyde Park Hoodie last weekend after realizing that I hadn’t packed my gray one. The coral has more of a southwest feel anyway.

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Love this Hyde Park Hoodie by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

This hoodie is the perfect weight for the few cold days that southern Florida gets in the winter.

I’m will be testing a new sewing pattern next week so that will be next week’s post. Meanwhile I am enjoying my current view from the sewing table 🙂

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The current view from the sewing table

Ultimate Baby Shower MUST SEW List

Ever have a block when trying to decide what to make for your friend who is expecting? I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite items to make for just such an occasion! Below is my Ultimate Baby Shower Must Sew List!

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This gem showed up in my news feed yesterday. She’s been wearing that body suit for three months now!

Every new mom puts the 30 pack of white onsies on the registry…but wouldn’t a custom body suit be cuter? Also, scrolling through Facebook and seeing pictures of that new little one wearing something you made…it is one of the best feelings.

Another day, another custom outfit by Marvelous Auntie M for this sweetheart.

Another day, another custom outfit by Marvelous Auntie M for this sweetheart.

Peek A Boo Pattern Shop is my go to source for sewing all things baby! Her patterns are easy to follow and beginner friendly if you are new to sewing with knits.

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This is probably my most favorite and special thing that I’ve made. It truly was the Best Day Ever when my friend Amber adopted this precious baby boy.

Here is my list of must sew items for that new baby:

  1. Lullaby Line Body Suit. Need I say more. Custom onsies mean no more embarrassing “she’s wearing the same outfit” moments.
  2. Lullaby Line Baby Gown. So quick to sew up and so sweet with the optional fold over mitts.
  3. Lullaby Line Hat.
  4. Lullaby Line Mitts. Use scraps from your Lullaby Line Gown to whip up a matching hat and mitts! Keep those little faces scratch free!
  5. Lullaby Line Kimono Kid top. This adorable top makes for easy on and off with the diagonal snap front.
  6. Does It All Diaper Bag. The name says it all. This bag features TEN pockets! A pocket for everything!
  7. Does It All Diaper Clutch. Just order a little bit extra fabric and make one to match the diaper bag! This is a changing pad that also has a pocket for diapers and wipes.
  8. Tinkle Tee Pees are a free pattern from Peek a Boo Pattern Shop with a tutorial here. Must have for the new #boymom.
  9. Bandana Drool Bibs. Another free pattern and tutorial from Peek a Boo Pattern Shop.
  10. Maxaloones by Max and Meena. Grow with me pants = clothes that fit longer! Size one fits 6 months up to 3 years! Easily add a skirt for a girlier look.
  11. Aragon bag by Sew Sweetness. This bag makes a great diaper bag.
  12. Filigree Double Zip Pouch also by Sew Sweetness. You can line this with PUL and it’s waterproof! Makes a great quick change bag keeping diapers/wipes on one side and a clean change of clothes in the other.
  13. Maggie’s Stay On Booties by Beautiful Pie Shop. No more worrying about losing socks or baby having cold feet!

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14. Custom burp rags. Because spit happens.

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15. Quilts and blankets because you can never have too many blankets! I currently have 6 quilts handy at all times.

Here are some more sweet photos that made me smile when they showed up in my newsfeed:

Sweet little guy in his grow with me pants. Another special outfit for his first time meeting family and friends after arriving home.

Sweet little guy in his grow with me pants. Another special outfit for his first time meeting family and friends after arriving home.

Two years later and she still uses her quilt that I made!

Two years later and she still uses her quilt that I made!

I made this little guy a rag quilt that just so happened to match his nursery!

I made this little guy a rag quilt that just so happened to match his nursery!

Little ladies man!

Little ladies man!

Faux chenille blankets are perfect for sitting on at the park!

Faux chenille blankets are perfect for sitting on at the park!

Cuddled up in the winter time in his favorite blanket.

Cuddled up in the winter time in his favorite blanket.

Almost two years later and she still loves her faux chenille blanket I made!

Almost two years later and she still loves her faux chenille blanket I made!

If you need a fabric source for knit fabric, check out Peek A Boo Fabric Shop! They have great quality solids, Art Gallery, Riley Blake, Birch Organics, custom fabric and more!

And if you don’t sew yet…you can always message me for a custom listing!

 

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.