New Tote pattern coming soon! Free coffee cozie sewing pattern

 This simple tote pattern is my go-to favorite, I designed a larger one about six years ago but it needed some revamping. I scaled it down a little, added an extra large vinyl pocket on both sides, and added foam interfacing. 

I'm going to release this pattern in it's simple version form, and add tutorials for extra touches like purse feet, more pockets, zipper pocket on the inside, and a snap closure at the top.  

What do you think? Would you rather have all the options at once, or is that overwhelming?

My 9 yr old takes my photos sometimes. I like hers better than when I do it with a tripod.

I tend to like fast, easy bags that I can make in between the kids needing my attention.  Don't get me wrong- I love the end result of complicated patterns and admire those pattern writers immensely! 
I just know that's not my niche. 
My brain doesn't go that way yet. To "do it" is easier than "teaching it". Another reason Teachers are so amazing.

I'm still on the fence as to what to name this bag. If you have an idea comment below, and if I use it I'll send you some seriously cool swag. 

*If you'd like to be a tester for my patterns comment or email me. Expected turn around time is usually within 7-10 days and depending on pattern I compensate. ;)

I've been on the computer a lot the past few weeks writing new patterns and quilt designs. Speaking of, my Color Splash quilt pattern is now available here.  

Tutorial for this super silky ruffl-y sham coming soon.

Here is a free coffee cozie pattern for you. These are great gifts, whipped up in just a few minutes. I've been making them since 2009 when I started sewing, and this is by far my favorite way- no closures.

I decided to do it like this after running out of cute buttons and elastics one day. My pattern is a bit longer than most, because I the way I close. 



1 fat quarter fabric
1 FQ batting or thermolam / insulator of your choice

Use pattern piece provided HERE
1 main fabric
1 lining fabric
1 or 2 layers batting / thermolam / or fleece

1. Stack layers  RST (right sides together): lining, exterior, batting on top. Pin in place. Sew all around perimeter leaving one short side open for turning.  

2. Trim seam allowance and trim off corners.

3. Turn right sides out, gently pushing corners out with a knitting needle or chopstick. Press well. 

4. Turn in opening on side, press, and sew closed.

5. Top stitch all around cozie.

6. Wrap around a coffee cup / reusable thermos and measure where it needs to fit. Pin in place, remove from cup, and sew.

This part can be a little tricky, just go slowly and move the sleeve around to make it easiest for you. I like to sew looking at the inside. 

I feel the pin, and when I get close with the sewing needle I pull it out. I sew slowly here. lock stitching at beginning and end.

Done! A fast and cute gift for the many Cuties you know.

Raid the scrap bin, let's make 100! 


(But not on your finners!)  LOL


Shiny Lamé Essential Oils Cases

I am digging these lamé oils cases I whipped up yesterday! I've never been adventurous with using apparel fabric for purses, but now my eyes have opened. The trick was to apply two layers of Pellon SF101 to the back side of the lamé, carefully, and then proceed as normal.

I used my pattern (available here). So fast, so handy to have, and if they don't sell in my shop they make great gifts for Teachers, Friends, Family, and the stranger in the grocery store too.  LOL

I also made a Stash N Dash  Coin Purse with the gold lamé, pattern available here.

Who can say no to gold Unicorns? Nobody. 

In other sewing news, Rae is hosting a photo challenge for her Geranium Dress pattern

I've made a couple Geraniums for Ruby and she loves them. They are easy to sew up and comfortable to wear.  The dresses I've made close with snaps rather than buttons- just because I like to be extra fast. There are several different style options and you could easily color block it or mix and match elements to create your Little's favorite dress or top.

Rae's photo:
made by rae geranium dress sewing pattern

The details are easily found on her Instagram here.
Remember to tag the photo with:

I'm sure if you sew you've stumbled upon Gretchen Hirsch aka Gertie.  I'm joining in the sew-along with her newest pattern Butterick 6453 so that I can PROPERLY fit a bodice. (Finally.)  

So far I've made my muslin and learned new things already- I've never done Princess seams before, so it's been fun learning about where they are supposed to hit for a flattering look, and how to move elements of the pattern to make it fit on my body. Instead of my usual "guess and try it" mode. 

From her blog:

I'm still undecided on my fabric, but I am prepared with a real crinoline. YES. A real crinoline / petticoat for View A because I want that baby to be bouncing! Whooooo hooo. If you're gonna do it, do it all the way right?!  I  bought my crinoline on eBay here.
Butterick Misses' Princess Seam Dresses with Straight or Gathered Skirt 6453
Oh, and there is a Facebook Group for support on this sew along. It's super helpful because a lot of the people on there are obviously very skilled at seamstress work- my questions last night were answered in minutes. The link is on Gertie's blog.  You have to request to join, to keep the riff raff out.

Speaking of Riff Raff, I seriously want this jacket:

boogie daze bomber jacket:
You understand, right?  So I might be searching for a jacket sewing pattern, in case you know of a good bomber jacket pattern. I'll be searching for rainbow rib knit also, FYI.   (LOL)

My Pinterest Shizzle lately:

ice cream paper pieced pattern for quilt:

Quick and Easy Donut Soap in 10 Minutes:

Arnaud Bauville:
  Especially good when it portrays my favorite Rebel.

My goal in 2017 is to read at least one book a month entirely. It's too often that I fall asleep the minute I open a book, so I'm setting goals and sticking to them. 

So far this is what I've read:

Image result for starter for ten bookImage result for lolita book

Image result for jeremy ironsI also listened to Jeremy Irons read Lolita (I've read it before in my late teens)--and all I can say is Jeremy is a god.He is astounding,-his pronunciation, accentuation, fluidity, speed, everything. Stunning.  Even his French is perfection. Listen to it, you will hear what I mean.
Availableon Audible. 

...Also, HumbertHumbert terrifies me more than before, just saying....

Ok that's it for now. I've got to finish hand binding this blasted quilt so it's ready for Sun Prairie Quilt Show this week. Hope to see you there if you're local!