Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Stenciled Kraft-tex Zipper Pouch + $50 Supplies Giveaway!

Kraft-tex Stenciled Boxy Pouch

Today, I'm sharing a fun sewing project I made with Stencil Girl Stencils and kraft-tex (affiliate link). Stay tuned for the giveaway at the end of the post, so you can make your own stenciled boxy zipper pouch!

Kraft-tex Stenciled Boxy Pouch

When thinking about what project I wanted to make with kraft-tex, I came up with the boxy zipper pouch I've made several times. Instead of making a quilt sandwich, I used a single layer of kraft-tex, which is a substrate that feels like strong paper or flexible leather. It's very strong... much stronger than I expected!


Kraft-tex Stenciled Boxy Pouch

I experimented with a few different types of ink or paint with the stencils, using what I had around my house. Here's my favorite method of stamping!

Kraft-tex Stenciled Boxy Pouch

1) Iron the kraft-tex as flat as possible
2) Spray back side of a Stencil Girl stencil with repositionable adhesive and press to the kraft-tex.
3) Using a makeup sponge, apply some craft paint over the stencil. Repeat across the entire surface.

Kraft-tex Stenciled Boxy Pouch

Here's what my kraft-tex looked like after I stenciled one side completely. I didn't worry too much about being precise, because I knew the fabric would wrap around the pouch in my project, and I wanted that organic, hand-stamped look.

Kraft-tex Stenciled Boxy Pouch

I love my new boxy zippered pouch! If you aren't famliar with Stencil Girl Stencils or the awesome kraft-tex, I'd encrouage you to give them a try.
Follow the blog hop!

   Kraft-tex Stenciled Boxy Pouch


Leave a comment on this post telling me what you'd make with kraft-tex and Stencil Girl Stencils! One lucky winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products + a $25 Gift Certificate to!

Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win! The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have. One comment per blog, please.

Enter by Saturday, February 18th at 11:59PM CST. One lucky winner will be announced on StencilGirl's Facebook page and C&T Publishing’s Blog on Sunday, February 19, 2017.

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 

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