NICU Smock Drive

Thank you for helping the Music City Modern Quilt Guild donate 1,082 NICU smocks to Vanderbilt and area Nashville children's hospitals in 2015! Read the story in the Tennessean here. For info on next year's charity drive, join our Facebook group and download the free pattern here.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Hello, Ollie Fabrics + Tablet Shoulder Bag

Tablet Shoulder Bag

Welcome! This is the very first day of the Hello, Ollie blog tour!, hosted by Art Gallery Fabrics designer Bonnie Christine, and I'm sharing a project I made for her booth at Spring Quilt Market.


Bonnie's booth was one of my favorites from Market. So pretty, nature-inspired, and inviting!

Hello Ollie by Bonnie Christine

See all of the fabrics in the Hello, Ollie collection, available in shops now!

Tablet Shoulder Bag

I was so excited when Bonnie asked me to sew something with her beautiful fabrics, and I had the perfect project in mind. The project I made is from my book On the Go Bags, co-authored with Janelle MacKay. I can't stop sewing this bag... I've made four of them!

 Tablet Shoulder Bag

This is the "Tablet Shoulder Bag" designed by Sara Lawson. Even if you don't use it for a tablet, iPad or Kindle, you can really use it as a great everyday purse! I love how this butterfly print pairs with the polka dots on the flap. I chose an eyelash print for the strap, but I also pieced some polka dot fabric together.

Tablet Shoulder Bag

Here's a peek at the lining! Look at this fun of my favorites in the collection. If you decide to make this Tablet Shoulder Bag, it's great for confident beginners and doesn't take too long to sew. I've made several of them!

Thanks so much to Bonnie Christine for inviting me to be a part of her fabric tour. If you love soft, dreamy colors and fun prints for quilts, bags, clothing and more, follow along with the rest of the blog hop for more inspiration!


  Check out Taylor Made Creates tomorrow for another peak at the Hello Ollie collection!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Cuddle Laundry Bag: Hack That Tote! Blog Tour + Giveaway

Today I'm excited to share a project I made for my son's room as part of the Hack That Tote! blog tour. Pssst! Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post.

Cuddle Laundry Duffle

Fellow Stash Books author Mary Abreu has written a fantastic book about bag-making secrets, which will not only teach you how to make 11 specific projects (a pool tote, wine bottle bag, messenger bag with flap), but how to make some simple modifications to the size, shape and extras of that bag to make ANY kind of bag you'd like.

Hack that Tote bags

See the "zip-top purse" on the left? Looks complicated. But after you've tackled several of the beginner-friendly projects (like the "basic tote bag" in the middle), you'll gain the confidence to add zippers and purse hardware. That's what this book is all about! Growing your skills and not being afraid to get in there and try out some new techniques.

Cuddle Laundry Bag
Since my family has recently moved, I've taken the last week to redecorate my toddler son's room. When I saw this "laundry duffle bag" project from the book (pictured above on the right), I knew it would be the perfect tote to house all of Elliot's stuffed animals, currently scattered about in boxes.

4 fold strap and mesh

I didn't have any cording or the cord-stop fastener required in the pattern, so I started by making my own 4-fold strapping from quilting fabric. (Mary will teach you how to make straps in the book!) I was just planning to tie knots in the ends and rig up my own drawstring cord. 

Well, wouldn't you know it... before I was done, I found a leftover drawstring cord and casing with the plastic cord stop from a mesh laundry bag. (I sometimes buy and cut up mesh laundry bags to use the mesh in other projects.) Score!

Cuddle Laundry Tote
So, for my tote hack, I've used Shannon Cuddle® fabric (the print is Chugga Chugga) for the bag. I omitted the strap and subbed in a drawstring and casing salvaged from another mesh laundry bag. I also made the bag about 6" longer than in the original pattern to hold more stuffed animals, but kept the width and depth the same.

This project was so liberating, because I didn't feel any pressure to follow the rules. Mary's book is all about taking a pattern and making it with your own special flair! Her tips on interfacing and stabilizers, plus common pattern hacks, will help you make a bag that you're really proud of.

Hack that Tote


Congrats to winner, Mary O.!

Win a copy of Mary's book, Hack That Tote! Leave a comment on this post telling me about the type of bag that's your favorite to sew, or what you'd like to learn how to sew for yourself, for your chance to win. I'll choose one random winner on 10/9!

Winners living outside the U.S. will receive an eBook version, and winners in the U.S. will receive a paper copy.

Follow the rest of the blog tour!

9/28 Sue O’Very
9/29 Gen Q
9/30 Patty Murphy
10/1 Vanessa Lynch
10/2 Lindsay Sews -- you are here!
10/3 Stephanie Moore
10/4 Katy Cameron
10/5 Kim Niedzwiecki
10/6 Mary Abreu 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Sock Monkey Shorts: Doll Days Book Review + Giveaway!

Welcome to my stop on the Doll Days blog tour! My friend Erin Hentzel, the blogger behind Avery Lane Designs, has just released her second book with C+T Publishing, and today I'm sharing a project I made from the book.

Doll Days Shorts

Let's talk about doll clothes for a moment. I have to admit that I never played with dolls much growing up. And being a mom to a little boy, we don't have any traditional 18" dolls laying around the house.

But Elliot LOVES his blue monkey, and sleeps with it every night. I thought this would be the perfect chance to dress him up, just for fun.

The fabric is from Ann Kelle's Urban Zoologie Minis collection for Robert Kaufman. Isn't it cute? I'm tempted to make Elliot some matching shorts!

 Doll Days camp shorts

When I opened up Erin's book, Doll Days! Sew and Everyday Wardrobe for 18" Dolls (affiliate link), I found the perfect little shorts pattern! Here is the Modern Camp Shorts pattern.

The difficulty level of this project is advanced beginner. I printed the patterns from my ebook right on my computer, and resized them to about 90% of the actual size, since I knew my monkey was a little smaller than a traditional 18" doll.

Doll Days Shorts

Here is my version! I'm so proud of myself for making this, because I was definitely intimidated by the idea of sewing clothing that is so small. In case you can't tell, this pattern has REAL, WORKING POCKETS. Whoa. Those things are tiny!

What's the different between sewing regular-sized clothes and doll clothes? For me, the main challenge was the number of starts and stops. I did a lot more trimming of threads while I worked. I also used pinking shears to finish the seams instead of sewing raw edges on a serger.

 Doll Days Shorts

If you are new to sewing clothing, this is actually a great way to get started. Erin's step-by-step directions include photos, so you'll know exactly how to assemble your pieces. Make any modifications you'd like. On my version of the Modern Camp Shorts, I extended the elastic all the way around instead of just in the back, to fit the monkey's tiny waist.

You can learn some garment construction techniques on a small piece of clothing that you can later apply to your own sewing. I've never sewn pockets into a garment before, but after sewing these little shorts, I now understand how they work.

Doll Days Shorts

If you are sewing for a monkey, make sure to keep your seam ripper handy, because you might need to make a hole for the tail.

Doll Days book cover


Want to win a copy of Erin's book, Doll Days? Leave a comment on this post telling me the smallest thing you've ever sewn for your chance to win. I'll choose one random winner on 6/27!

Winners living outside the US will receive an eBook version, and winners in the U.S. will receive a paper copy.

Follow the rest of the blog tour!

June 13 Erin on C&T blog
June 14 Amanda on Jedi Craft Girl 
June 15 Erin on Dear Stella
June 16 Karen on Karen Mom of Three
June 17 Erin on Sew Mama Sew

June 20 Lindsay on Lindsay Sews
June 21 Jane on Janie Carroll Designs
June 22 Bonnie on Fishsticks Designs
June 23 Tracy on Generation Q Magazine
June 24  Rachael on RJR Blog 

June 27 Cherry on Cherry Blossoms Quilting
June 28 Erin on Avery Lane Sewing

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