DIY Vinyl Book Cover Tutorial

Easy and fast- this video tutorial will walk you through the steps in no time!  I'm using my teflon sewing foot as I always do when sewing vinyl, and a Universal chrome needle size 80.

I sew mostly on my Bernina 1008 (not industrial and not fancy).

My blog post for tips on sewing vinyl is here.

Cover photo book is made with Pink Nebula soft metallic vinyl HERE in my shop.

Ballet Pink metallic vinyl

Deep Space metallic vinyl

I hope you love it!

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Sewing Projects for Summer

If you need a fun new project try the Santorini tote in a vinyl. No need to interface vinyl, it has enough body on its own. I usually use quilting cotton for my lining, and that I'll interface with SF101.

I have a quick Sewing with Vinyl post here if you need tips. 

Croc vinyls and Stardust colors have been restocked. 

Peach Croc vinyl

Sew-able leather straps here. COMPLETELY sew-able!

Check out Nancy M's bag: (she added the side zipper by accident and I LOVE her rock'n'roll attitude with just going with it)!!

 Here is a different Nancy's bag!
 I love her strip of fabric to the cell phone pocket area.

 Linda's bag with see-through vinyl is so pretty! I'd use this daily.

Anna's (@dreadfullycreative) bag is stunning in Deep Blue Stardust vinyl and leather straps:

Leesh made a cute lil clutch with two croc vinyls - so pretty! 
And that key fob!

MORE from Leesh:

Did you see Leigh's video of adding the zipper head to zipper tape? Genius.

It's for zippers like the Sallie Tomato ones I have here.

If you feel inspired to make something there are tons of videos on You Tube if you need some help. Try my clear bag videos here and here. Or a quick Keep Case here.  Thanks for subscribing!

Wendy backpack kits are in stock for a limited time. Each kit comes with clear vinyl, double headed zipper, mesh for pockets, hardware, and webbing!
Find kits here.
The pattern is in PDF or printed booklet, printed locally on recycled paper with biodegradable ink by Wisconsin Printing Co.

Coffee House Bag with vinyl flap. 
This pattern shows you how to make a removable flap so you can change the look of your bag easily. I used my Babylock Sashiko machine for extra texture on this bag. I pieced those fabrics improv style to use up scraps.

I'm all about using up everything before I buy more. I can't stand piles of things -- which is probably why I make so many scrap quilts. I LOVE THEM! They decimate the scrap bin while looking all vintage-y and 70's homey. Can't get enough.

I have one kit for a patchwork quilt here complete with pom pom trim.

My tutorial for adding poms to your quilt is here.

I hope to load some more videos next week - I've just got to find time to edit them. Life is full on in the Summer and I have to enjoy each day with these Littles before they don't want to hang out with me anymore. We've been kayaking together and I think my arms are about to fall off, but I love it! LOL

Don't forget to sign up for my newsletter that arrives once a month in your mailbox - I'm sending one really soon with some fun inside, don't miss it.     ;)

I tested this super fun Looper quilt pattern coming out June 25th. Follow Devon here to be in the know when she releases it! 

On another note I just finished Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl and it totally rocked me. I've read a fair share of WWII stories, but from a Psychologist's point of view was something new. 
My reading list is on the side bar of this blog if you're interested. I love a great book!  My top picks this year include The Kind worth Killing by Peter Swanson (all of his are stellar), Victor Frankl, and YOU are a BADASS by Jen Sincero.

If you have faves feel free to comment or email me, I'm always interested.

See you soon :D


A few notes for the weekend.

A few quick notes.

The Santorini Tote is now available for shops through both Brewer & Checker distributors. You might see the model above (made with peach croc vinyl) at Market this weekend!

Home Sewists can buy the pattern in PDF or printed booklet through my shop here, on Etsy, OR from your local brick & mortar!

If you make a #santorinitote I'd LOVE to see it! I share your work, on many social media channels so be sure to tag me if you want some lovin'.

 @sewhungryhippie on IG

We have NEW vinyls in stock -- truly just in! I'm slowing things down for Summer so there won't be a reorder on these. If you want them, get them soon.
I've felt a change coming for quite a while and I have to listen - it will be family time for the next few months. My kids are small for only "so long". It goes too fast.

Extra wide strapping in the shop.

"Vegan leather" also known as vinyl (LOL) back in stock too.

Bliss has gone to print and will be available in June! I'm really excited about this pattern - it was a long time in the making. 
 Did you know there is a video walk through also? Yay! My YouTube channel is here.

This below is the PDF version. I'll reveal the printed booklet when it's ready. 

More on BLISS in this blog post if you fancy a read.

My Dip-Dye tote and easy passport clutch are in the latest issue of Sew News. 

I adore this magazine, the projects are so doable and useful.

Some things I learned this week:

1. Don't confront people who've copied your patterns / ideas. They are unable to listen and will be defensive and ugly and continue it far longer than one would expect. It's not worth it. 
LET IT GO - they don't matter anyway. Focus on YOU.

2. Reading is my happy place. The book Code Name Verity is lovely and had me crying like a baby.

3. I think we all are under a lot of stress lately with world events, more than ever it seems. I find gathering with my Quilty friends SO healing. Even when Wendy calls me manic. (The proper word is HYPER Wendy eh hem!!!) I'm so glad when I make time to meet. 

4. Explore a new place and eat there. I recently discovered Miko poko on Monroe St in Madison and it's amazing. My new Quilty BFFs Trish & Amy (of Tansey Designs) took me there. Thanks girls!

5. Make time for nothing. Room for space, for day dreaming, for sitting. I believe a lot of "over reaction" is due to having NO time to sit and think about it first (see #1).  Yeah - that.

6. Be nice. For no reason, even though it's difficult sometimes (especially to a rude person or road rage chap). You don't know what's happening behind the scenes.  (Also pertains to  #1 / even if I see this happen again, I will react differently. I will still stand up for myself, but I will be softer in my approach.)

7. I am saving money in an account "I can't see" to get back to England. I am missing Cornwall something fierce lately. I always miss my friends in England, that's nothing new,  but wow - the pull is real. Those coast lines, those cliffs...

What have you learned this week?
I'm STILL working on my crochet. LOL!

See you on the upside.