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April 30, 2021
The Bendy Bag from Dizzy Quilts

It's amazing how many small things us sewists accumulate in a sewing room! From zippers to specialty tapes and buttons - all these things require boxes, jars or bags to keep them organized.

I have a number of zipper pouches already but earlier this week, I decided to make a pouch from a pattern I've had forever: the Bendy bag by Lazy Girl Designs.


I love the original seam lines and the fun tab made from a length of zipper tape. And although it is small (3" x 6" x 6"), it holds a lot of stuff. I decided ...

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March 27, 2021
clam points and leaves ~ epp from Charm About You

 

curved English paper pieced shapes, modern fabrics epp leaves and points

I am excited to be writing about this make because it's such a fun and useful way to use English paper piecing shapes/blocks. I've made a new project bag and decorated it with epp. There are so many tips and tricks I can share with you; epp curves, light fabrics on dark backgrounds, neat applique top stitching and the awkwardness of metal bits on zips - oh I'm covering it all today!
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March 23, 2021
glitta pouch + improv from Charm About You


I do enjoy making little projects, it's always good to have a nice quick finish between bigger projects. I have been joining in with Laura of Sweet Cinnamon Roses as she hosts her Pattern Parade of projects, all designed to be fun to sew and encourage your creativity!
So far for the pattern parade I have made the Glitta Pouch and an Improv block using her patterns, here's how mine turned out...

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January 9, 2021
Boxed Zipper Pouch (how to) from Sotak Handmade


Hello everyone, happy Saturday to you all!

I'm super excited to bring you a new video tutorial

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August 29, 2020
BIGGER Zipper Pouch from Quilts + Color

I had a vintage piece of cross stitch that the stitcher had never completed. I cut out a completed section and filled it in with crazy quilting.
It was a fun projet to work on. It even has a pocket inside.

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August 21, 2020
the WHY = artistic fire from Charm About You

Today I'm sharing a couple of special projects, exciting news about how you can learn from me online and hopefully preempting a few concerns. The WHY matters. So I want to focus a little on why I do what I do, how sharing makes a difference and most importantly what I want to impart to you. Keep reading because it's not just pretty pictures, I would love to help you thrive and shine my spark for getting the most of out of your creativity. 

epp hexies stitched together from the back, embroidery scissors

Hand sewn projects are probably my favourite. I prefer to spend hours on the ...

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February 7, 2020
Norfolk Pouch (new pdf pattern) from Sotak Handmade


Good morning friends, how are you all doing?

Goodness! I can't believe it's been so long since I last popped in here :(

Have you been sewing a lot? I certainly kept myself busy doing lots of fun sewing and designing. Would you like to see my newest pattern? 

This is Norfolk Pouch.


It's a lovely, super versatile zipper pouch that comes in two sizes:
SMALL:  6 ½'' x 4'' x 1 ½''
REGULAR:  8 ½'' x 5'' x 2''



It has an exterior slip pocket, card slots pocket in the lining (3 slots for small pouch, 4 ...

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February 1, 2020
Scrappy Zipper Pouch, a tutorial from Fabrics 'n Flowers

Since I’ve been on a scrappy tear lately, I wanted to share some scrappy project ideas here. I spent time

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January 10, 2020
Handmade Gifts from Dizzy Quilts

I didn't make many gifts this year - I was a little short on time unfortunately, but I did manage to get small things done.

First was a secret Santa gift for the office exchange. The person I was matched with really likes pink, candles and tea. So I decided to buy her a scented candle, a tea cup and I made a pink one-hour basket to put them in!


I used fat quarters I had in my stash and some By Annie's Soft & Stable to give the basket some structure and make sure it wouldn't collapse with ...

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December 20, 2019
A New Zipper Pouch for a Friend from Dizzy Quilts

As some of you know, I'm step-mom to three amazing children. When their dad and I got together, he had been separated from his children's mom for a long time. I'm a firm believer that for blended families to be successful, all parents must be able to get along so the kids' mom and I became friends. She's a really great person and she's basically part of the family.

I know that she's always liked the stuff I make for the kids and for the grand-kids, so when her birthday came around this last ...

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December 10, 2019
A Quilt-crastinator’s Gift Guide: 5 Last-Minute Hand-Sewn Gifts from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Checking your list and realizing you forgot a few people? No worries! It happens to the best of us and guess what?! No one has to know! With these quick projects, your friends and family will be wondering when you had the time to whip up something so wonderful!

Gather up your scraps and start making!


Make some Mug Rugs to give away at the next Christmas Party.
These would make great stocking stuffers!

Missouri Star Mug Rugs, Periwinkle Table Topper, DIY Coasters

You’ll need:

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November 29, 2019
Families Who Sew Together, Stay Together from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Creativity starts in the home and then follows wherever we may go. As parents, grandparents, aunts, or uncles we all hope we are instilling the right amount of imagination and creativity into our little ones.

From backyard adventures to far away lands, to blanket forts and box castles, to treasure hunting with toy ships and chocolate gold, our little ones are always there to share with us their need to create.

Allow their imagination to grow while enhancing their skills! Teach your littles to sew with these fun projects:

The Cut, Sew, Create collection is a good place to start ...

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November 6, 2019
#the100scrapchallenge from Sotak Handmade


Hello lovelies,

I while ago I talked about the mountain of scraps I managed to accumulate over time and how I decided to give myself a challenge of sewing up 100 items using scraps only. Now, this is a pretty relaxed kind of challenge as there's no time restriction and I work on many other projects as well as I think all scraps all the time would get old pretty soon :)

I'm happy to say I've been pretty consistently dipping into my scrap bins and I now have 10 projects to show you (only 9 photos as ...

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November 1, 2019
A coin purse for my sister from Dizzy Quilts

A little while ago, my sister asked me if I could make a coin purse for her. I had to travel to Denver for work last week so didn't have a whole lot of time to sew, but a coin purse is really quick and easy so I decided to get it done!



A simple Google search resulted in me finding this tutorial. I then found some Rifle Paper Co scraps and the perfectly matching zipper right there in my stash! This pattern is perfect for some gorgeous prints because except for the zipper on the front, the design ...

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October 29, 2019
a piece of this & that from Charm About You


My newest A Piece of Me Pouch is a combination of this and that; a culmination of bits I have gathered, an unfinished project and a couple of new things I wanted to try. This is larger than the version in my pattern - it's very easy to make in any size you choose! - and I'll show you how I created a loop for carrying or hanging.

Always on the look out for interesting fabrics, I found this fabulous buttery soft Punched Faux Leather and as soon as I saw it, thought it would be great for stitching on ...

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October 8, 2019
#the100scrapchallenge from Sotak Handmade


Ever since our move in August I've been trying to organize my studio and all the supplies in the most efficient way possible, which so far has meant moving things around constantly. I think I need to take a little break and just see what works and what doesn't for a while and then get back to it again in a few months.

Last week though, as I was rearranging things yet again, I realized I have FIVE buckets chock full of scraps! I don't even know how that happened. I use my scraps all the time ...

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October 2, 2015
I Have Too Many Hobbies from The Crooked Banana Quilts

It's true. Way too many hobbies. I knit, sew, crochet, run, read, write, play video games and sometimes cross stitch. And there isn't enough time to devote the amount of attention I would like to each of them. So I go in phases, sometimes week by week, sometimes month by month. But in a perfect world I wouldn't need to go to work every day and I could just rotate hobbies all day long...

Anyway, here are some things I've been working on.

tiny rainbow patchwork wedge bag

A teeny tiny version of the wedge bags I make for my Etsy ...

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