Santorini Tote and cosmetic case pattern coming soon!

It's ready to launch-- new Santorini Tote and Cosmetic Case patterns. Full illustrations and photos with step by step directions. 

I'll be proofing the pattern this week with testers, then it's "Go Time".  This zippered bag would be perfection for traveling, your carry on never looked so chic, ya knows? The cosmetic case is large enough to hold ALL the bottles, while fitting inside the tote for easy carry on and peace of mind. I would NEVER put my creams in checked baggage! Ewwe!  Bahahahahaha

This white faux leather with gold flecks available at Fabuless Fabrics.

You'll need:

One yard of faux leather fabric 60" wide
One yard quilting cotton fabric for lining
One 20" metal zipper with large pull
Foam and SF101 interfacings (By Annie's or Soft & Stable)
scraps for zipper tabs
Optional zipper pull bling (I have a tassel with Buddha) 
Usually these can be found at craft shops or online

Teflon or non stick sewing machine foot, walking foot, and zipper foot are all VERY helpful but not mandatory.

Fabric can be purchased here at Fabuless Fabrics on Etsy.

Metal zippers (or handbag plastic zippers) can be purchased here on Zip It / Etsy again. 

Use my coupon code on Zip It for 10% off your order. Good until June 1, 2017.

 Code: "hungryhippie".

I once lost $750 cash on a flight to Miami!
(Thank goodness I got it all back from a super nice Gent.)

Don't do that peeps...close your bags with a hugenormous zipper!! 

Use this shizzle for your nizzles.

For the cosmetic case you'll need:

1/4 yard faux croc fabric or 2 FQ
1/4 yard quilting cotton lining fabric or 2 FQ
4 pieces SF101 (about 1 yard of 20" wide)
13" zipper and scraps for tabs

See you soon! 

Do you want to test for Hungry Hippie? You can fill out this form here to be considered.



Lamé fold over zipper case tutorial

Shiny Lamé fold over Case tutorial

Get the PDF download here for free and whip some of these sweet babies up in no time!

You can make these any size. The instructions are the same. The PDF has full color photos and illustrations to guide you through it. It's fun experimenting with different materials, just go for it!

More free tutorials:

My newest pattern is in the shop now, and going to print soon! It features huge see-through pockets on both sides as well as inside. You can find it here.

A HUGE thank you to my testers! Here are some of their samples:


Eagle tote for a birdwatcher by BuzyBette

More pics coming in from testers as we speak, I'll be posting them here and on IG.  This pattern is great for the adventurist beginner. 

I'm packing for Quilt Market in St Louis this coming week- my first time to attend. It's exciting to do new things, don't you think?

Happy sewing!


Patterns going to print and April garment roundup

Hello again. A lot has gone on since I last posted, and there is so much to talk about I don't know where to start or what to post. That sounds a little crazy, but it's true. I know you KNOW what I mean.... Just like when there is so much "to do" you can't seem to start. Like that.

Like you, I have a gajillion projects in the works right now and am so furiously sewing there is no time to sit at the computer. I love blogging though, because if nothing else, it's a record of life. Maybe one day when I'm 85 and fabulous I'll look back and smile at these memories. These days that pass so quickly it's a challenge to revel in the wonder that life is. Without becoming too sappy, I'll get to some news.

My Pixel Skull pattern is being printed as we speak!
It will be available in local shops, as well as mail order from my Etsy shop. I'm really happy about this, it feels "big" to me for some reason. 

Cathal here is 9 years old and made my quilt, which he is having featured in Dublin soon! So amazing Cathal, well done!!

My Essential Oils case pattern is going to be available in print soon. I'm excited because I used to live in rural England, and believe it or not it was difficult to download PDFs at times, and forget about watching videos. That was only a couple years ago--we had to PAY for every byte we used. It was so frustrating. So, I realize the need to print patterns and hope to have my most popular ones available soon by mail or in local shops.

I've also finished writing my newest tote pattern- The Essentials Tote with "glass pockets". I'm waiting on some more tester feedback before I have this printed, but you can get the PDF version here if you like. This tote uses 20 gauge vinyl for pockets - making it super easy to locate essentials. 

 I've started working in a local quilt shop- Blue Bar Quilts in Middleton, WI. I'm still working as an RN as well, so my days are super filled and time is even more precious than it already was. I hope to eventually shift from nursing work to all sewing work. I love being a nurse, but my passion is making things. Period.

I sometimes wish I'd done things differently when starting out in the world. I don't think I thought being "artsy" could be a viable lifestyle, in terms of making money. For kids in the 80's (and before)-- art wasn't deemed a "real job", at least not in my family, and I think that's a mistake. When you do what you love, you find a way to make it work. Sometimes I daydream about running an art museum, or rubbing shoulders with Sotheby's staff, or maybe designing gowns for celebrities like Michelle Obama. . . Who knows what the answers to life are? I don't. All I know is we do the best we can with what we know at the time.
 And time changes everything.

I forgot this in the collage.  AMH Loominous fabric in a simple dress pattern by New Look.

Being more organized is on my 2017 radar, so I'm going to make collages of each month's garment makes for now. I may get to quilt, bag, and other sewing projects- but for now it's too much. 

I'm still learning Adobe Illustrator, and just making a collage takes me a while. LOL 

Clematis wristlet in Alexander Henry animal bones and black glitter vinyl. (Sold).

Lastly, here are some items I've purchased that have rocked my world. The metal baking pans are the first pans that don't turn black or get all gross when I bake things. I've been using them with the silicone mats and it's been AMAZING. No need to buy a ton of foil or wax paper or spray the hell out of them. Clean up is a cinch. LOVE them.  

I'm working on an improve scrappy quilt in my favorite blues. 
It's "quilt as you go" style. 

This stuff is amazing for piecing together bits of batting. I like to use everything up and hate to waste----so this has been great! I used it in my latest quilt and I can't tell where the pieced batting pieces are, so yay!  I'll share pics of the last four quilts I've finished when I get a chance to photograph them. 

Have a great week Friends! XOXOXOXO