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.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Pattern Review: Alex + Anna Pajamas in Ann Kelle Knits

Fox Jammies

I started this sewing blog in 2008.

At that time in my life, I owned an adorable Hello Kitty sewing machine. I used it to teach myself the basics of garment sewing, and later moved on to quilting and making bags.

My biggest problem in life was that I felt bored with my desk job, because I'd rather be home sewing and creating. I spent hours reading sewing blogs at work, thinking, "If only I could be home sewing right now..."

Fox Jammies

Today, my office is at home, and I fit in work where I can in between being a mom to a sweet little 2-year-old boy. And although I don't have unlimited time to sew and create, I still find moments to fit in small, instant-gratification projects like these new pajamas I made for Elliot using the new Ann Kelle Urban Zoologie Minis Knits. Look at those sweet fox faces!

Fox Jammies

The pattern I used is from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. I've heard lots of great things about Amy's children's sewing patterns, and I decided my first one to sew would be Alex + Anna Winter PJs. Even though summer is upon us, my son's room gets a little chilly at night, so I thought these would be perfect.

Peek-a-Boo Alex + Anna Winter PJs Pattern Review: They fit him really well! I was worried that the neck hole would be too small, the waist too large, and the legs too long, as is the case with his other 2T outfits. Everything ended up fitting just right. The size range for this kid's pajama pattern goes from 3 months up to 12 years. That's a whole lot of pajamas! I think it's a good value, and a great basic sewing pattern for a knit shirt and pants set. I think they look really comfy on him, and I'm planning to make the pattern again.

Fox Jammies

Sewing with knit fabrics is something I'd like to get more skilled at, so this was a great learning project for me. I enlisted my friend Veronica for help, and managed to get through the pattern without any major issues!

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Fox Jammies

Every season of life comes with its own perks and limitations. I will probably never in my life have unlimited hours to sew!

But as long as I have a few hours, I can make a new outfit for my little dude.

And then we can get back to the important stuff of life, like jumping in puddles and racing trains.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

On-the-Go Car Seat Back Organizer

My car collects a lot of baby books, snacks, and little toy trucks in the back seat. You, too? I decided to corral them with this simple pocket for the seat back!

On-the-Go Car Organizer

I adapted a pattern from my book with Janelle MacKay, On the Go Bags, and I wanted to share how I you can do it, too!

This is the Cart or Stroller Caddy pattern, designed by my good friend Veronica. The original pattern has pockets on each side, so you can store coupons, a shopping list, a drink, pens, baby gear, and more, and easily hang it on the handle of a cart or stroller. It has Velcro at the top to keep it attached. 

On-the-Go Car Organizer

Because I knew this would be one-sided and would be staying in place, I only made 2 instead of 4 pockets and divided the backing dimensions by 2. I also sewed two buttonholes in the top with my Baby Lock sewing machine (so easy!) and sewed a 4-fold strap (fabric strip was about 5" wide and 18" long) to insert through the holes and tie around the headrest of the car seat.

Like this fabric? This fun raccoon print and the coordinating dots are from the Garden Party collection by Katy Tanis for Blend Fabrics, and  you can get the full pattern in On the Go Bags!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Sporty Strap Pack in Anna Maria Horner Fabrics

Sporty Strap Pack

It's been a few months since the last time I made a "Sporty Strap Pack," so I decided to remake another one! The pattern for this shoulder backpack can be found in my book (with co-author Janelle MacKay) On the Go Bags.

Sporty Strap Pack

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE it when the horses are out? My favorite park to photograph sewing projects is just 5 minutes from my house, and they occasionally make a cameo in my photos (like the Citrus & Mint quilt, a free pattern I shared last summer over at Craft Buds).
Sporty Strap Pack

Inside this bag you can see a peek of a Carolyn Friedlander print. I was planning to make this the featured fabric of another Sporty Strap Pack, but I just didn't love it for this bag. (You can see what it would look like here in my Instagram feed... it's a little busy with the pocket!) It's a great lining, though.

Sporty Strap Pack

The featured fabric I decided on is from Anna Maria Horner's Honor Roll collection. I thought this print paired nicely with Denim Essex Linen, which I used on the the pocket flap, zipper flap and strap facing. Another version of this bag which I made in black Essex Linen is featured on the book's cover.

I finished and dropped off this bag today at Anna Maria's fabric shop for a store sample. If you stop by, be sure pick up a Sprinkles cupcake from the new cupcake ATM on your way home. As you can see, I'm a big fan!

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