Friday, December 30, 2016

Tiny Tree Pouch

My fascination with using HST cut offs to make scrappy trees obviously meant that I would not be satisfied with only making one zipper pouch featuring them.  Combine the cuteness factor with having a lovely friend that loves scrappy makes as much as I do and you know what happened. 

I had to make one to gift to her! ;o)

Friday, December 23, 2016

Sew Quick Scrappy Zippered Pouch

If you're looking for a quick to sew gift, may I suggest a scrappy little zipper pouch?  This one uses triangles trimmed from quilt blocks, which I stacked and then free motion stitched to make a scrappy tree for the front side of the pouch.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

WIP Wednesday - Tiny Trees

Along with making tiny trees from HST scraps into gift tags, I decided they would be fun to turn into gifts as well. I've got a little assembly line underway!
More to share on these soon. ;o)

Monday, December 19, 2016

Reindeer Games

My sewing machine and I have been keeping close company most evenings, happily stitching.  This time of year, my creative mojo goes into overdrive and I find myself with so many ideas of things to make.  I love how the more I allow my creativity a chance to play, the more it wants to play. ;o)
This sweet little reindeer is a fussy cut from the Garland line of fabric from Cotton+Steel and works beautifully as the center of an economy block.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Merrily Making

Gift tag making has been filling spare moments and providing a wonderful venue for creativity. I found more scraps of linen I had saved, that were perfectly suited for cutting into gift tags! I decided to make a little series of matching tags from that linen.
Heavy weight linen provides a stable background for a fabric tag - this one is embellished with a fussy cut and stamping.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

More Scrappy Tree Gift Tags

My handmade holiday gift tag making is still underway.  I'm having too much fun to stop!
Even the tiniest scraps can make something useful! Wee triangles become trees when stacked and stitched to a canvas background using free motion embroidery. Tags are backed with quilting cotton that has been interfaced, then sewn to the canvas.

 I couldn't resist stitching up another collection of the scrappy tree tags using tiny triangles (trimmed from making half square triangle units).  These really are the easiest tags to make and such a great way to use up pretty scraps!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Handmade Gift Tag Labelling

Hoping my handmade gift tags are inspiring you to try making some of your own. 
Fourth in my series of "trim the tree" gift tags, this one has printed ribbon and a piece of twill tape (that I stamped) as the only embellishments.


Friday, December 2, 2016

Trim the Tree Handmade Gift Tag

Reverse applique trees made by combining cotton scraps with a linen background make for easy gift tag idea.  Fusible web secures the cotton to the linen and then edge stitching adds a bit of whimsy.
Linen + cotton always looks great! A treasured bit of lace tucked into a side seam adds a special touch to this tag.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Smitten Mitten Felt Tags

Looking for another easy gift tag idea using repurposed wool? How about a sweet mitten tag?
The felt used in this tag was once a sweater.  Fulled wool is a wonderful material for crafting!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Handmade Holiday Felt Gift Tags

Have you ever mistakenly put a woolen garment into the washing machine for a hot water wash? Or thought you could safely toss a wet woolen garment into the dryer to avoid laying it out to dry?  Ooops. While the results likely meant you could no longer wear the garment, there is no need to toss it out!
How about re-purposing it?
Fulled wool (the result of throwing a wool sweater in the washing machine with hot water and a touch of soap ;o) is a lovely material to craft with. No fraying edges to finish!  This poinsettia three dimensional tag was made from bonding quilting cottons to scraps of fulled wool (felt). 
Two sweaters and a dress coat - provided the scraps of fulled wool needed to make this tag.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Scrappy Tree Gift Tags

Following up on my initial post on handmade gift tags for the holidays (showing tags that I stitched fabric strips onto cardstock), is a set made from scraps stitched onto canvas. **

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Hand made gift tags

This past weekend, I took part in a local event to inspire people to give handmade this holiday season.  I had a table set up with examples of gift tags I made from repurposed materials and I provided a make-and-take craft. I thought I would share some of my gift tag ideas on my blog for you to enjoy and maybe find inspiration.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Scrappy Letters

One of the projects that I have been exploring lately, is making letters of the alphabet using scraps.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Making time

 This week, I finally made time to take care of a small sewing project that has been wanting my attention for far too long. I am a huge fan of zipper pouches and will literally love them to pieces because I use them so much. 

One of my favourites pouches was decommissioned from active service due to a broken zipper, which is a fairly easy fix.  Easy, but not high on my priority list! ;o)

Since I had carefully taken the whole pouch apart to remove the wrecked zipper, I decided I would take the opportunity to add a sweet fabric tag (that would do double duty as a loop for a key chain ring for me to clip the swivel hook onto) into the side seam.  I love having a strap on a small pouch because it means I can secure it either to the bag I'm carrying it in or through a belt loop on my jeans (for those quick shopping trips that I don't want to lug around my purse).  Small pouches help keep me organized and I'm so happy to have this one back in action.
What projects do you find yourself needing to make time for?
I'm linking up my little finish with Amanda Jean and friends over at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday!
Happy stitching!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Berry Good

Now that I'm feeling more settled since moving, I decided it is long past time for a little sewing (because doing alterations on a pair of swimming trunks doesn't count...even though it's the first thing I stitched since unpacking my machine ;o).
If you're interested in making some strawberry blocks, Bec has a lovely tutorial for you to follow to make them.

Part of the fun in setting up my new sewing room is rediscovering everything all over again.   A simple sketch of a strawberry quilt block begs to be my first make. Meaning: out came the scrap bins for some fabric auditioning.
 These blocks are sweet and simple to make and I have seen lots of versions floating around the internet for the past couple of years.  Mine are completely scrappy, but I found that they are the same design as the ones Bec shares on her blog (click here for her tutorial).  Hope that helps any of you interested in making your own versions!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

New Sewing Room Reveal

Happy to finally share a look at the room I get to call my "studio" in the house we've moved to.  Not only is it exciting to have a lovely new space to work in, I'm finally starting to feel a bit more settled after all the upheaval that is a part of moving.  We love the new place we're renting!

Sunday, June 5, 2016


I'm hoping that a photo of pretty fabric may almost make up for my sudden and prolonged absence. 
 Sandi Henderson's Meadow Sweet (2009) and Farmer's Market (2008) lines. I've been intentionally gathering these from far and wide, because I have designed something I think they will be perfect for.  Stay tuned. ;o)

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

WIP Wednesday - the good stuff

The really, really good fabric skips being shelved with your stash and goes straight from the cutting table to the sewing machine. ASAP. ;o) 
It was the perfect fit for a design that has been begging to be brought to life for several months from my growing pile of sketches.  Woohoo!

Better late than never

 Maybe you will remember the paper piecing fun I had at the end of 2014, participating in Julianna's Last Minute Christmas Sampler QAL?  Julianna designed a wonderful collection of blocks for the Quilt Along and generously shared her patterns for free.  I finished a table runner using her Christmas Tree block, but only started making snowflake blocks by the end of 2014.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Fabric Bouquet

  Look at the pretty bundle of fabric happiness that has arrived to brighten up my week!

 It's my prize for being one of the two winners in the Vintage Rainbow mosaic contest held last month over at Stitched in Color (hosted by Rachel) and sponsored by Fabricworm!   Oh, my goodness and wow. The fabrics are even more beautiful in person.  Lots of fabric petting and longing glances being bestowed on these beauties and they have prompted a couple of design ideas already.  I can hardly wait to start stitching with them!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Kitchen stitching

This week I wrapped up another scrappy bit of sewing for my kitchen. It's one of those projects that once you finish, you ask why it took you so long to get around to it. ;o)  

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WIP Wednesday - Tiny Hearts

I'm entertaining all sorts of heart themed projects at the moment, including one fashioned from tiny hearts I've fused onto linen.  It seems that I want to MAKE all the fun ideas that pop into my head. ;o)

Sometimes I surprise myself when an idea works out so well...if you look close, you'll see that a few of the hearts within the heart have tiny hearts printed on them.  Can't wait to work some more on this idea and hope you're finding time for a little creative fun in your day!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Heart beats

Big surprise! I couldn't resist using up more of my 1.5" scraps to stitch some colourful  Candy Heart blocks.  I mean, the red ones were so yummy and you know how much I love bright colours.  Honestly, it was only a matter of time before this happened. hee hee  Can I tell you, I'm seriously entertaining the idea of making a heart rainbow? Just because. ;o)

Hope your week has kicked off with some creative fun!  I'm juggling all sorts of fun projects at the moment and the hope is to have at least one finish by the end of the week to share.  Which is why I'm kinda thinking the rainbow heart idea needs to go on the back burner.  For the moment. ;o)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Better than candy

and every bit as irresistible, are the scrappy patchwork hearts I've been happily stitching up.

My block is based upon the charming, Emily Ann's Kloset PDF candyHEARTS quilt pattern.  Such a sweet design!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Virtual Fabric Play

Today* is the final day to enter the Vintage Rainbow mosaic contest over at Stitched in Color, hosted by Rachel and sponsored by Fabric Worm.  One of my favourite things to do, is to look at fabrics and play with different colour combinations, so it's no surprise that I couldn't resist the temptation to make a mosaic for this contest.  

A quick look at the palettes I had pinned from  Design Seeds onto this board ,  and I had found my inspiration for a fabric mosaic!  I'm calling this happy little rainbow of fabric, Vintage Pretty Bouquet. :o) 

Vintage Pretty Bouquet

Thanks so much to Rachel for her always inspiring mosaic contest themes and to Fabric Worm for sponsoring this fun fabric contest!

*You still have time to get in an entry (or two!) of your own before voting begins tomorrow.  Come join the fabric fun for a chance to win FQs of your mosaic choices.

Update as of January 27th... Wow!  What a wonderful surprise to be one of the two winners in the contest!  I'm over the moon, and want to not only thank Rachel and Fabricworm, but thanks to all who voted for my mosaic.  Thank you so much!!!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Stitching more scraps for the kitchen

I've been on a mission to stitch up some much needed items for my kitchen and at the same time tackle the overflowing scrap bins in my sewing room. 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Stitching for the Kitchen

My first sewing finish for the new year! A pair of linen tea towels, cut from some yardage, that I jazzed up with a band of colourful scraps, a ruffle and sweet striped binding.  Guaranteed to add some cheer to the task of drying dishes. ;o)
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