• Projects,  Sewing

    Tea Bag Travel Carrier Sewing Project Reveal – Tea for Two Swap

    My latest completed sewing project is an adorable tea bag travel carrier.  It would be great to throw in your purse as a pouch for up to 4 tea bags.  I’m a member of a Facebook quilting group called the Quilt Cave and we did this project as a swap.  This is the tea bag holder that I’ll be sending to my partner – I hope she enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it! This project comes together quickly and is a great stash-buster.  I used a variety of green and blue fabrics.  I’ve had a stash of these kimono buttons for a long time, so I used them…

  • Reviews,  Sewing

    Sewing Machine Showcase – Singer 301

    My Singer 301 sewing machine has become my favourite sewing machine for piecing quilts.  It’s one that I would recommend to any quilter looking for a solid straight stitch machine. I never really sought out the Singer 301 – it wasn’t on my list of must-haves.  I had read great things about the machine, but I didn’t think that I actually needed to seek it out because I had machines that could do the same things that the 301 could.  So why did I add this machine to my collection? The Back Story of My Singer 301 I wrote a post recently about my two Singer Featherweight machines.  My first Featherweight was missing…

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    TV Show Marathon Fabric Gift Basket

    Last night I attended my friend’s 30th birthday party.  The party decor and food was themed based on in-jokes from the Friends TV show.  For her gift, I wanted to give a little something that matched the theme.  I decided to put together a simple gift basket for someone who would want to binge watch Friends.  What is a TV show marathon without popcorn? I made my TV Show Marathon Gift Basket using the One Hour Basket pattern by Hearts and Bees. I chose a cheery gold and yellow polka dot for the exterior and a ditsy buy real antibiotics orange floral print for the lining. I didn’t have the…

  • Reviews,  Sewing

    Sewing Machine Showcase – Singer 99

    Last year while thrifting I picked up this vintage sewing machine with case. I was instantly drawn in by the case, which had this beautiful Singer handle and a two-colour design in beige and brown. I couldn’t resist bringing this machine home with me. The Singer 99K is the 3/4 size version of the Singer 66K that I already have in my collection.  I love having both of these machines because the 99 is like the little sister of the 66.  My 66 is in a cabinet while the 99 is fairly lightweight in comparison and is portable.  The base serves as both the base of the sewing machine and the…

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    Easy Infant Gnome Costume

          This year I celebrated Halloween with my baby at home rather than going to any kind of event.  I wanted to share a quick photo with you of my son’s costume.  I was busier than I thought I would be in the days leading up to Halloween and didn’t have time to put together a complicated costume for my infant to wear around the house on Halloween.  Instead, I opted for a quick and easy gnome buy prednisone for my dog costume which I put together in less than 10 minutes. I turned my baby into a gnome.  Aww! I already had a bib on hand that…

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    Homemade Baby Boy Gifts – Blankets and Bibs

    Recently one of my friends gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named Flynn – his birthday is only a few days apart from my son’s, which was pretty exciting for us to see who would pop first.  I wanted to make him a few special items so I settled on a set of bibs and a knitted blanket.  I decided on a navy and grey colour scheme based on the prominent themes in my friend’s Pinterest baby board (thanks Pinterest!). Knitted Baby Blanket I chose a 50% acrylic, 50% cotton slub yarn by Lanatex Yarns in Indigo Blue.  It was knitted by machine on my Singer 360K knitting machine using the…

  • Projects,  Reviews,  Sewing

    New Serger and Two New Project Reveals

    I’ve steered away from making a lot of clothing in the past because I didn’t have a serger to make those clean finished edges that you see on ready-to-wear clothing.  However, I think that’s going to change with the most recent addition to my sewing machine collection! My main reason for not owning a serger was the cost.  While thrifting recently with my husband, he spotted the serger thread guide peeking out above all the items from an aisle away; you’ve got to love having a tall husband!  We rushed over and there she was, the White Super Lock 534 serger, sitting there waiting for me with a decent price tag…

  • Projects,  Sewing

    Girls’ Sewing Day – projects for a little girl and her doll

    Sometimes the most fulfilling projects are the simple ones that make a little girl smile.  The complexity of the output is not important. This post is coming a few weeks late, but I had a great time with my friend and her step daughter the other weekend. We had a girls’ day full of sewing and snacks. My friend’s step daughter Serena had a momentous occasion coming up, losing her first baby tooth.  A big deal for a little girl!  For the occasion, I helped her pick out fabrics to use to make her own special tooth fairy pillow.  The pillow was made to her own specifications – she wanted to have not one but two…

  • Projects,  Sewing

    Little Rounded Quilted Purse

    I’m in love with this sweet little quilted purse made from scraps of fabrics I had saved from a previous quilt.  You may recognize these colours from my Monkey Wrench quilt, featuring vibrant blues, oranges, and greens with a splash of white. The only parts of this project that weren’t scraps were the white and green polka dot bias binding and lining fabric and the zipper itself.  Reusing scraps that were meant for the garbage made this a very inexpensive project! I started this project by pulling out coordinating pieces of fabric scraps from one of my three scrap bins.  I cut them down into various strips, all 2.5″ wide, but with varying lengths.  I…

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    Simple Gathered Elastic Waist Skirt with Rolled Hem

    For the past few years, I have been focusing on sewing quilts and home goodies rather than fashion items.  I often found that my hem finishes didn’t look professional enough for my tastes. Things might be changing: I tested out one of the sewing attachments that came with my Singer 66 vintage machine, a rolled hem foot.  I was shocked by how easily this foot created the dainty rolled hem pictured below: The rolled hem foot feeds and rolls the edge of the fabric into the foot automatically.  It seriously feels like magic and the rolled hem is very small and tidy. I had 2 meters of this floral polyester fabric…

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    Fleece Slice of Cake Pincushion

    I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so this pincushion project is a great way to bring some sweetness to my craft room without the empty calories. I made this little slice of cake pincushion out of some leftover bits of fleece and trim I had on hand.  A little pink strawberry tops it off! To make the pieces, I started by cutting out the rounded wedge shape for the top of the cake.  I hand sewed a little lace to act like piped icing.  I wanted my cake slice to have an icing layer in the middle of the cake, so I used three rectangles for each side…

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    Half Square Triangle Mini Quilt Made with Spoonflower Swatches

    This mini quilt was designed with my cats in mind.  I have a water fountain style drinking bowl that tends to get little splashes of water on the floor, so having a mat around it would protect the floor. And why have a regular mat when you can have a quilted one, am I right? In addition to serving my cats, I also wanted to use up some of my Spoonflower swatches.  I sell fabric designs on Spoonflower (shameless plug, feel free to check out my designs), and when you proof your designs, you end up with an 8×8″ swatch of each design.  This mini quilt is the combination of several collections worth…

  • Home Decor,  Projects,  Sewing

    That’s My Spot DIY Sharpie Sheldon Cooper Pillow

    When I saw the drop cloth Sharpie pillow by The Happy Housie (check out her project), I knew I wanted to make my own pillow with a Sharpie design.  One of my favourite sitcoms that I watch regularly is The Big Bang Theory, and I thought that Sheldon’s often-spoken phrase “that’s my spot” would be a hilarious throw cushion design to have on my couch. Placed on the spot where I sit, naturally. Creating this pillow was extremely fast and easy.  I created a large version of the phrase and printed it out on 8.5×11″ paper.  The font is “Sorry Not Sorry” by Kimberly Geswein.  I taped the print out on my front window then taped my pillow best…

  • Projects,  Sewing

    Free Motion Quilted Reindeer Pinwheel Quilt

    I recently shared my first full motion quilting project, a mini table top quilt that I made to test out my limited FMQ skills.  I jumped into a larger project, this pinwheel reindeer quilt for Christmas 2015. This project took a little longer than expected, so instead of finishing it for Christmas 2015, I finished it for January 5, 2016.  Oops.  Better late than never! The quilt itself is very simple.  I used two fabrics, a tan reindeer print with a green solid background paired with the same reindeer print in reverse.   Since both fabrics are busy prints and the prints do not contrast each other, the pinwheels are not instantly…

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    Projects,  Sewing

    Free Motion Quilting Sampler – Winter Mini Quilt

    I’m hoping this mini quilt is the first of many free motion quilting projects that I’ll be sharing on Craftcore.  This is brand new territory, so there’s plenty of improvements to be made. I’ve wanted to try free motion quilting for a while, but my sewing machines didn’t have an easy way to lower the feed dogs to stop the fabric from being pulled.  When I picked up a retro White sewing machine with easy-to-drop feed dogs, I decided it was time to order a darning foot to take the plunge. First, let’s start with some ugly attempts.  Figure 1: this deer covered in a stitchy mess. To practice, I…

  • Projects,  Sewing

    Quilted Coasters for Christmas

    I absolutely love making fabric coasters with quilting cotton and quilt batting.  They make great gifts, and it’s fun to use little bits of your favourite prints in a small satisfying project.  I’m sharing a few sets of coasters I sewed for coworkers for Christmas last year.  I didn’t share them at the time I made them because I didn’t want them to be seen before the recipients received them. You can learn how to make your own quilted coasters (so easy!) from my Quilted Coaster Tutorial – Read Now!  Because they are so small, you don’t necessarily need to quilt them, but you should at least top stitch around the outside to help them…

  • Projects,  Quilts,  Sewing

    Monkey Wrench Quilt Reveal

    It feels great to finally have this quilt out of my work in progress pile. I’ve been working on this project on and off for the past year and a half.  This is my largest quilt I’ve made so far, measuring in at 80″x80″. I rarely make quilts from traditional block patterns, preferring to stick with a more modern feel with rectangles and simpler designs. However, I really had a desire to get out of my comfort zone and move forward with a more traditional block. I used really fun, happy prints to keep the block lighthearted. I followed the block pattern from Patchwork Square for Monkey Wrench. I combined 52 monkey wrench blocks…