Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Teacher Appreciation Lunch Bags featuring Sunnyside Ave fabrics

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
*fabrics for this post were provided by Riley Blake Designs all opinions are my own.

When I first saw Amy Smart's new fabric line Sunnyside Ave there were two things I thought of- summer picnics with my best friend when I was in elementary school, and of course teachers- because of the darling apple prints. These darling lunch bags could easily be used for either. I imagine my girls with them swinging from their handlebars riding their bikes to the park for lunch. Or, I see them just like this, sitting eagerly on a teacher's desk, patiently waiting for that blessed time of day when they get to eat lunch and breathe for just a minute.
I made the lunch bags using this tutorial by Ayumi. They are simple to sew and really fun! I used fusible fleece on the outside and a medium/heavy weight interfacing on the lining. It just helps give the bag even more body.
I am also working on the pattern for these sweet mini zipper pouches! They are perfect for holding business cards, lunch money or organizing your purse! I think they make such a fun pair!
This line of fabric is delightful and bright- so very much like Amy is in real life. I had a blast sewing with it!
Have a wonderful week!
xoxo,
Amy

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Toddler Backpack Free Pattern update

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
One of the best parts of what I do as a blogger is work with new fabric lines from Riley Blake designs. They send me the fabric and I get to make something with it. Hopefully, something you will want to make too- so it's a win-win-win situation. :)

The moment I saw this Derby Days fabric by Melissa Mortenson I knew exactly what I would make with it. A Toddler sized backpack for my "horsey" obsessed 2 year old.
a free pattern to sew a toddler sized backpack


I revisited a pattern I published almost 4 years ago, updated a few of the measurements and added a couple of new details to hopefully make it a better experience for you. You can find the tutorial here. If you would like a printable version- you can purchase one for $2 in my Craftsy store: Toddler Backpack PDF.
I adjusted the flap so it is longer and has better coverage.
I removed the interior pocket since it never seems to get used by my girls anyway.
I adjusted the position of the straps on top and added a handle for hanging and carrying.
And I clarified the instructions for adding this lanyard to the inside of the backpack, which is very useful for keeping track of keys, or a darling mini pouch!
My daughter LOVES the horses and is having so much fun with her very own backpack. Now, she doesn't have to share with her older sisters!!
I hope you enjoy making these for the littles in your life as well!
xoxo,
Amy

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Heart and Soul Fabric blog tour

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
*The fabric for these projects was provided to me by Riley Blake Designs. All opinions and projects are my own.

So, this was meant to be done in December, but the panels I wanted to use were delayed getting in, and then, Christmas and life took over and it has taken me until now to get my act together, but I'm so happy I didn't give up on getting these done, I LOVE how all of these projects turned out.
I just love the colors of this line, and the florals are so pretty. You can see the whole collection here. The panel would make a great quilt on its own, but I always love to embellish whenever I can, so I cut out one of my favorite scriptures and added some embroidery details to it.
embroidery details added to a scripture quote

add embroidery details to a favorite scripture
I just sketched on the design with a water soluble pen and started stitching. Sometimes it's fun just to improvise.
When I was thinking about how I wanted to stage the pictures for this post, I thought it would be fun to have a scripture tote made out of one of the fabrics. I'm working on a pattern for this, that I hope will be released shortly!!
The final thing I made was a personal progress folder, after all the values print basically screams for one, don't you think? You can find the pattern for making these on my blog. They are so straightforward to sew, you can even do an activity teaching the girls to sew while making them! I've also had wards make them to give the new beehives as a welcome to the program. And if you're interested in learning about what Personal Progress even is, you can get more information here.
I'm so happy for the chance to share this darling fabric with you! Happy Sewing!
xoxo,
Amy
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