Category Archives: Pattern Review

Circle 7 Bee :: Courtney’s Quilt

I am really beginning to have fun in this bee.   I had Courtney’s quilt last month and her theme was ‘favorite things’.

My favorite is the geek glasses from Sew What Sherlock.   It was a really great paper piece pattern, highly recommend.  (You can find here for $2.50)

Amy’s quilt just arrived yesterday so I need to start brainstorming!   I finally feel like I’m getting in a groove with contributing to these.

I was really nervous on the first two quilts.  Worrying that I would get it ‘right’.   Worrying if I was adding something meaningful to the quilt.

I’m embarrassed to admit how often I doubt myself.     In my design work, in blogging and life in general.

I have so many ideas unshared and many that I have shared that I have yet to accomplish.

What the heck!

I know I’m not the only one with self-doubt, but ugh it’s annoying!

I had just planned to share pictures  but apparently I needed to give myself a public pep talk.

Baby steps, a little each day.    Start your idea, don’t think about how you will finish it, just start.

Don’t get so wrapped up with the details, learn and enjoy the process.

You are creative.   It’s okay if not everyone likes what you do.   You are doing it for you, no one else.

Take this day and make it count.    Each moment be purposeful.

xo Lindsey




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Sewing Summit :: Sewing With Leather Class

Tomorrow begins registration for Sewing Summit 2013.   It’s only 8 weeks away!

I will be teaching a lecture and a hands on class for Sewing With Leather.

I wanted to share the pictures and description in the event you are interested in this class!

I will be offering the lecture and tote pattern for purchase after Sewing Summit for those unable to attend.


Lecture :: Sewing With Leather
In the first of this two-session class, we will learn tools, tips, techniques and troubleshooting to get you on your way to using leather in your sewing projects.   Leather not only adds durability to your handbags and accessories but also adds a professional and polished look.   We will start with the different types of leather and where to source all the way to caring for the finished product.   You will walk away with inspiration and know-how to add a little bit of luxury to your handmade goods.
Hands On :: Sewing With Leather
In the second session we will take the knowledge we acquired and use it to make a tote bag.  In this class we will be working with suede and will learn three ways to use the leather on one handbag.    The techniques we cover will take a simple tote bag and turn it into a bag that gets noticed!


I love sewing with leather and am really excited to share!!



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Stash Match + Cosmetics Bag pattern

A few random things:


Stash Match!  My friend Ali created a fun concept for a game.  She gives an inspiration photo to several bloggers and has them pull fabric from their stash inspired by the picture.    She jumbles up the pictures and a photo of each blogger and you try and match the stash to the person.    I’m a part of July’s Stash Match and my hint is my picture location!  If you read along here you’ll know which one is mine. 🙂

Anyone can participate, so if you have a blog and want to do a month of Stash Match, send Ali an email!

• Cosmetics Bag pattern at Pellon!  I totally spaced on sharing the link to my pattern for this roll-up vinyl cosmetics bag.   You can find the pattern here.




Also, Google Reader is now officially no more. 😦  I’m rather sad about this, it was my favorite way to read blogs and keep up!

I’ve added a link to the top of the page if you’d like to follow along now through Bloglovin’.   It’s a very similar reader to Google.    I love readers because otherwise I get overwhelmed by all the blogs I like to follow and I forget to ‘check in’!

Hope you’re having a good start to the week!




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Noodlehead Divided Basket Pattern

This is my cute basket made from Anna’s new Divided Basket pattern.

Have I told you how clever she is?

Before I saw the pattern, the divided part of the basket had me stumped.  I could not think through how to sew one in and it look so neat and tidy.

Easy.  SO dang easy.    You will make this and have an aha moment.

I like those.

I love to organize and now after making this, I have tons of ideas of what I could use more for.

I’m in the middle of a sewing room overhaul, so I want to make some to hold scraps for my shelves.

I get ridiculous pleasure from making something that you normally would just buy at Target.

The ideas are really endless:

  • hold napkins and silverware for a party
  • toy storage
  • changing table organizer
  • scrap bin for the sewing room
  • kleenex/extra toilet paper holder in the bathroom
  • fruit storage for your kitchen counter
  • pantry organization
  • on and on and on!

The finished bag measures   13.5″wide, 7.5″ deep, 10.5″ tall including handles (7.5″ tall without).  Roomy but easy to tote around.

It has 2 sturdy handles on the side and an optional front pocket.

A unique and useful pattern that I know I’ll make over and over.

I know you’ll like it too!

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Noodlehead Divided Basket Pattern  $6.50, available for instant download

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Fabrics used:

Exterior – Yuwa Candy Apples canvas

Lining – Moda Gypsy Girl Blue Sky Gingham

Pocket – Cosmo Cricket Junk Drawer Rosebud

Divider/Handles – Moda Made With Love Tape Measure in Gold

Interfacing – Pellon 987F fusible fleece


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Tula Pink Sew Along

Pop over to Sew Sweetness to see my review of the Fairy Tale Lane pattern!


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Washi Tunics

Finally getting around to sharing my tunics!

Note to self :: take pictures before you wear and wash.  (I hate ironing!)

First up, one in a print from Indie by Pat Bravo:

I made this one the standard tunic length suggested in the pattern, but I shortend the seam under the bust by an inch to compensate for my short waist.

Really fast to make since there are no zippers/buttons.   Slips right over your head and it’s really comfy.

Topped it off with my hexagon belt!

Another made from a Kaffe woven check fabric in Teal:

It’s not as wonky as it appears.  The fabric is fairly thin so it hangs a little funky on the hanger.

This one is my favorite in terms of comfort because the fabric is so so soft.

I made it first and shortened the length instead of the seam under the bust.    I like the fit of the other better.

Probably would have helped to make a muslin, but that’s never how I roll!   One day I’ll learn (hmm, most likely never, ha).

I also omitted the neck detailing from the original.   I like the simple classic neckline.   A dress is next on the list!

xo, Lindsey

P.S.  Michelle just released her latest pattern, the Idea Pouch.

I don’t even have an Ipad but I snatched that sucker up.    She is all kinds of genius, check out the pen pockets!?

This is gonna be my sketch pad case.   It’s on sale now for $6.00.   Don’t know how long that will last, but get it now if you want one!

Michelle Patterns :: Idea Pouch $6.00


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How to Make a PDF Pattern E-book

Picked this up for myself this morning from Michelle Patterns.

I’ve got lots of ideas I’ve always wanted to make into patterns but was never sure how to go about it.

Michelle has generously put together her method for making her patterns into an e-book.

The cost is $20 but she is currently offering it 50% off through Sunday with code patternmaking.

Find it here :: How To Format a PDF Pattern

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Craft Book Month :: Sew Up a Home Makeover

Today I’m sharing a new project as a part of Craft Book Month hosted by Craftbuds.

I jumped at the chance to join in this month long celebration because books + crafting = total happiness in my world!

The latest craft book to join my library is Sew Up a Home Makeover by Lexie Barnes.

The author describes it as a book to help you make ‘little changes that make a big difference’.

It’s not your typical sewing book, there are no patterns in the back.

It’s a book full of 50+ inspiring ways to use fabric and color in your home to help make your space feel more like ‘you’.

The chapters are broken down by room and she covers projects and instructions for every room in the house (including babies, kids and teens).

I picked a Bolster Pillow and customized it for my daughter’s bedroom.

The instructions help you to either recover an existing bolster in your home or to make one from scratch.

I made one from scatch and added in a leftover Dresden from the quilt I made my little girl last year.

This project came together very easily and would have been faster had I not added the applique.  Total sew time about an hour and a half.

A little tip if you make this project ::  when you are attaching the circular ends to the center tube, wait to cut your notches until you’ve pinned both pieces together.

The book has you stay-stitch the circles and notch around every inch, doing the same for the center tube first.   This makes it hard to pin together because you won’t be cutting the notches exactly the same when doing the pieces separately.

Sew Up a Home Makeover is a great book if you love DIY and fabric!

I’ve bookmarked several of  the projects for other rooms in the house.  I like being able to use my favorite fabrics in the everyday spaces of my home.   Handmade decor really adds a special touch.

Do you like to DIY in addition to sewing and quilting?

If you come to my house you’ll always find several things in the process of being redone.   I have an addiction to making things over!

You can find Sew Up a Home Makeover here.


Be sure to visit the other stops on the blog hop, lots of books and inspiration have been shared!

Week One
Sunday 9/2: Hopeful Threads / The Jolly Jabber
Monday 9/3: Stitchery Dickory Dock / Me Sew Crazy
Tuesday 9/4: Olive & Ollie / Sew Sweetness
Wednesday 9/5: Fabric Seeds / The Busy Bean
Thursday 9/6: CraftFoxes / Stitched In Color
Friday 9/7: Katie’s Korner / A Prairie Sunrise

Week Two
Sunday 9/9: Sweet Diesel Designs / missknitta’s studio
Monday 9/10: Sew Tara / Clover and Violet
Tuesday 9/11: Sew Fantastic / amylouwho
Wednesday 9/12: Projektownia Jednoiglec / Two More Seconds
Thursday 9/13: Ellison Lane Quilts / Don’t Call Me Betsy
Friday 9/14: Live a Colorful Life / LRstitched

Week Three
Sunday 9/16: Fairy Face Designs / Canoe Ridge Creations
Monday 9/17: Inspire Me Grey / Freshly Pieced
Tuesday 9/18: Lindsay Sews / The Cute Life
Wednesday 9/19: The Littlest Thistle / Sew Crafty Jess
Thursday 9/20: Urban Stitches / imagine gnats
Friday 9/21: Sew Bittersweet Designs / The Plaid Scottie

Lindsay is sharing  Q&As with craft book experts and offering book giveaways all month long.  You also have a chance to enter a project you’ve made from a craft book.

Make a project and then link it at Craft Buds from Sept 23-30 from your blog or Flickr account, and enter to win prizes. Winners will be announced on Monday, October 1!

Thanks for visiting!



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Fold Over Clutch addiction…

These are seriously so fast and rewarding to make.

I made another in fabric from my current favorite collection, Indie by Pat Bravo.

Love the colors.  I have a Washi tunic for me planned out of what’s left of this print.

I need to share the Washi I made on Friday, it’s a really great pattern too!

Thank you all for the nice comments on the previous clutch.

I give stitching credit to my walking foot, it is a miracle worker!

Happy Labor Day, Lindsey

**Pattern is LBG Studio, Leather accent Fold Over Clutch, found here.


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Fold Over Clutch


Fold Over Clutch pattern by LBG Studio, purchased here.

Outer fabric :: Washi triangles

Lining :: Essex yarn dyed in black


LOVED this pattern.   Quick, easy and super cute result!
Did you make anything this weekend?



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