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Zakka 2.0 Week 6 | Apple Bib

Week 5 winner, #23 Robin (Not Ever Sewing)

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Quarter 1 winner of a $50 Fat Quarter Shop GC, #233 Sally P.

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We’re moving out of the kitchen and on to a project for the kiddos this week with the Yum Yum Apple Bib.    And a bonus, you have no where to head to today because it’s my stop on the sew along! 🙂   I didn’t want to get confusing with too many posts, so everything is included below.  Sorry for the looong post!

The prize for this week’s project includes (1) package Pellon® 805R Wonder-Under®, a $25 GC to Form&Fabric, and a $30 GC to Stash Modern.



You may link up your finished Apple Bib today through Sunday July 14th at 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win the Wonder Under from Pellon, the $25 GC to Form&Fabric and the $30 GC to Stash Modern Fabrics.

To link up your project, click on the frog below and follow the instructions.

One entry per person, please.


Phew, let’s get to the bib!

I don’t have any babies living at my house these days but I still really enjoyed making the Yum Yum Apple Bib.

It’s quirky, adorable and functional and truly looks like something you’d buy at a boutique shop!   I can’t wait until my nephew is big enough to wear it.

On mine I decided to increase the absorbency by adding a layer of batting in the middle.    When my kids were little they soaked through thin bibs and ended up with wet clothes so I think the extra layer helps.   I went ahead and appliquéd my seeds before sandwiching with the backing so that the stitching did not show on the reverse.

(This picture is after making the sandwich and cutting out my apple shape.)

I also used Vinyl Fuse on the backing fabric so that nothing could leak through.    (I have seen some struggles with using the Vinyl Fuse, but I  absolutely love it.  You really have to be patient and iron well to make sure the fuse is secure.)

The project goes together quite fast with the most time spent on the binding.   The bib is finished with bias binding and if you are new to using it, make sure not to pull too tight as you go around the curves.   It’s okay for the binding to appear ruffled as you’re sewing.  This is making room for it to ease over the curves and fit snugly.

I love the details in a project and the seeds and leaf are the icing on the cake!   I decided mine needed a stem too. 🙂

If you don’t have a need for a bib, this would be a cute potholder without the ties.  I think I see a red apple potholder in my future!

Have fun sewing this week and be sure to leave a comment on the post to enter my giveaway.

I have 5 sample packs of Aurifil thread, 1 mini fabric pack with sewing stickers from Form&Fabric and a Pellon interfacing/batting charm pack to offer.   I’ll choose 7 winners on Friday July 12th!

xo Lindsey



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Zakka 2.0 Week 5 :: Diamond Placemats

Week 4 Winner, #38 Christine!

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It’s unreal to me that today is July 1st and week 5 of the sew along.   This year is moving fast!

This week we will be finishing up the projects for the kitchen with the Diamond Patchwork Placemat.    Lynne from Lily’s Quilts is sharing her placemat with us today and it is a beauty made from Liberty and linen!

The prize for linking up this week is a Tula Pink premium 12-spool case of thread from Aurifil and a $20 GC to Pink Chalk Fabrics.   This spool case is unbelievably gorgeous!!





You may begin linking up your finished Patchwork Placemat today through Sunday July 7th at 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win the 12 spool Tula Pink thread case from Aurifil and the $20 GC to Pink Chalk Fabrics.

To link up your project, click on the frog below and follow the instructions.

One entry per person, please.



Also, make sure to link up your projects for weeks 1-4 if you haven’t already.   Next Monday I’ll also choose a winner for the first quarterly giveaway to win a $50 GC to Fat Quarter Shop!
xo, Lindsey

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Toaster Cozy

I did a little altering to this week’s project for Patchwork Please, the Tea Cozy.

I love tea but I don’t own a teapot.  I boil water the boring way.

I do have a toaster though so I decided to make my toaster a happy home.

I love how it turned out!

TEA easily rearranged to EAT and I added a little toast applique in place of the teacup.

I tried to paper piece the toast but that was a disaster.   There were a gazillion pieces to make the curved portion of the toast and they measured like 1/8″.

Paper pieced toast or sanity??


I added in about 4″ to the width of the front and back pieces and boxed in the corners to make a cozy fit.

I used the same template for rounding the pieces that’s in the book but just added my width to the center.

With the curved top and the boxed corners, it looks a lot like a little house!

The inside could be a lot prettier but I was on a roll and not thinking ahead.  I should have finished my seam before boxing the corners.

I figure no one will see it, so I’m not worried about it.


I’ve loved seeing what everyone has linked up so far.    When using a craft book I think it’s important to keep an open mind so that you can allow yourself to be creative.

If the project doesn’t work exactly as is, do some tinkering and make it work for you!

I created a PDF of the toast applique in case anyone wanted to use it.    I used the same technique we used last week in making the applique dishtowels.

Toast Applique

xo, Lindsey





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Zakka 2.0 Week 3 :: Lettered Tea Cozy + Pouch

Week #2 Winner, #28 Emilee.  Congrats!

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This week we are making a really cute paper pieced lettered tea cozy and coordinating tea pouch.    I don’t own a teapot but now I want one for my cozy to go.  Or maybe alter a bit to fit my toaster, ha!

Our blogger for this project is Anna from Noodlehead.   You are going to love her project, so fresh and cheery!

For the link up prize this week we have a beautiful fat quarter bundle of “Raaga” by Monaluna  donated by Honey Be Good and (1) yard of 975 Insul-fleece donated by Pellon!







You may begin linking up your finished Lettered Tea Cozy + Pouch today through Sunday June 23rd at 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win the FQ Bundle of “Raaga” from Honey Be Good and(1) yard of 975 Insul-fleece from Pellon.

To link up your project, click on the frog below and follow the instructions.

One entry per person, please.


xo Lindsey


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Coming Along…

I finished my other two pepper potholders  and it’s kind of ridiculous how happy they make me!

I traced out my pieces for the B, L, D towels last night and have started fusing and cutting the appliques today.  I’m excited about these too!

Hope your projects this week are coming along well and making you smile!


Pictures from Instagram


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Zakka 2.0 Week 2 :: B,L,D Towels

Week 1 Winner :: #22, Mara!

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This week we continue with kitchen projects as we make the set of Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Towels  (or towel if you only want one!).

Maureen from Maureen Cracknell Handmade will be our inspiration and I can’t wait to see what she’s made.

For the prize this week we have a $25 GC to Form + Fabric, a fabric bundle and pattern from Pat Bravo and a package of 805R Wonder Under from Pellon.


You may begin linking up your finished Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Towel(s) today through Sunday June 16th at 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win the $25 GC to Form + Fabric, the fabric and pattern from Pat Bravo and the package of Wonder Under from Pellon.

To link up your project, click on the frog below and follow the instructions.

One entry per person, please.


The link up is back open for Week 1, so if you haven’t finished yet please link up when you do!

Happy Sewing,



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Bell Pepper Hotpad

The project this week was such an instant gratification.   I loved how quickly and cleverly these were put together!

I have 2 more cut out and ready to sew and I know I’ll be making these again.   I think they’d make an adorable housewarming gift.

The link up is back open until midnight tonight EST.  I’m so sorry for the problems earlier.   The inlinkz clock is 24 hour time and I mistankenly chose 11:59 instead of 24:59!

Thanks for being patient with me!

See ya tomorrow for the winner from this week and our new project intro.

xx Lindsey

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Zakka 2.0 Week 1 :: Bell Pepper Coasters

Debbie and I are so excited to kick of the sew along through Patchwork, Please today!

This weeks project is the Bell Pepper Coasters.   I love kitschy things, so I can’t wait to sew this up for my kitchen.

Penny from Sew Take a Hike will be sharing her version with us today and she’s also shared the how-to for altering the pattern to make a hotpad!

The prize for this week is a $25 gift certificate to Fort Worth Fabric Studio and (1)  crib-sized package Legacy™ by Pellon® 100% Bleached Cotton Batting.



Starting today and every Monday following, a link up will be added for that weeks project.    You will have from Monday through the following Sunday at 11:59 pm EST to complete and add your project.

You don’t have to have a blog, but you will need a photo hosting  (flickr, photobucket, etc) account to be able to link your project.

The winner will be announced on the next Monday post and will add the link up and prize info for the next week.   So on and so on through the 19 weeks.

You may begin linking up your finished Bell Pepper Coasters (or Hotpads) today through Sunday June 9th at 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win the $25 GC to Fort Worth Fabric Studio and the batting from Pellon.

You are only eligible to win the weekly prizes if you submit during the time frames.   BUT, remember that you can link up at ANY time if you can’t keep up with the schedule.   We would all love to see your finished project whenever you’re able to complete it!  The giveaways are just for fun.

As a bonus,  we will do a random drawing from ALL entries submitted for Projects 1-5, so if  you missed the deadline you still have a chance to win a $50 GC to the Fat Quarter Shop!  :)    We will draw for Projects 6-10-, 11-15 and 16-19 as well.

To link up your project, click on the frog below and follow the instructions.

One entry per person, please.

Can’t wait to see what you make!



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Sewing Summit, Pellon Projects, Etsy, oh my!

I have several things to share and felt a bit silly doing a separate post for each.

So this is a random mash up post to get it all out there!    If you ever meet me in person, this is not unlike my personality.   Once I start talking I tend to word vomit on a zillion topics.

I don’t get out much, lol.

(1)  Sewing Summit!

I’m super excited to share that I’ll be teaching this year.

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My class will be on Sewing with Leather and will be a 2-part lecture + hands on class.

The lecture will go over  sourcing, sewing, and caring for leather/suede in your sewing projects along with inspiration, tips and tricks.

In the hands on class we will take what we learned in the lecture and put it to use in making a tote bag with suede accents.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, April 16th at 10am MST!  

It’s going to be lots of fun, I hope to see you there!

(2)  Pellon Projects

I signed on last year to be a Pellon Projects Designer and I turned in my first tutorial a couple weeks ago.

It’s for a roll up cosmetics case.   I made these for swap gifts at Sew South and just loved how the pattern turned out.  I can’t wait to share it with you.

I’m still waiting to hear when the tutorial will go live, but I will be sure to keep you updated.     The Pellon website was just given a fresh new look, so pop over and peek if you haven’t been by in awhile.   It looks great!

(3)  I finally updated my Etsy shop, and have large and small clutches and key fobs available.    Use coupon LR15OFF for 15% off, cause I love ya!


(4)  I’m thankful to welcome a new sponsor, Lima Sews!

Linh has a gorgeous Etsy shop full of modern fabrics and also offers long arm quilting too.


What else…

I’m way behind on sharing about Sew South.    I got home, then it was Easter, last week was Spring Break and this week I’m planning a baby shower for my sister’s first babe.   Feeling a little cuckoo lately.     I also finally got with the times and joined Instagram.  You can follow me @lrstitched if you’d like to see my bits of randomness.

I think that’s it.   Hope you’re having a great start to the week and that you and your loved ones are safe.   I just read about what happened in Boston and am so sad.    I just cannot understand the why behind this.     Trying to remember that there is more love than hate in this world and focus on that.    Thoughts and prayers are with these families.

xo Lindsey


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Zakka 2.0 :: Patchwork, Please

So excited to finally share about this ‘officially’!  I know many of you have been involved in the buzz on flickr.

I am thrilled that we are doing another round of the Zakka Along.    Last year was a success as we stitched through the book Zakka Style and many of you wanted to do it again.

We’re doing it again, yay!

This year we will be stitching through Ayumi Takahashi’s new release, Patchwork Please.

This book is ADORABLE.    If you follow along with Ayumi’s blog Pink Penguin, then you know what a unique and whimsical sense of style she has.

Her book directly reflects that in every way.   The projects are delightful and her fabric choices are inspiring.

We are going to have a blast and I’m grateful to have Debbie from A Quilter’s Table as my partner in crime this year!

Ayumi helped to pull together 19 of her blogging friends to host the stops on the sew along.

Our contributors this year are:

We are set to start on Monday June 3rd and the sew along will continue for 19 weeks through each project in the book.

The book wasn’t set to release until April 9th, but it was released early and is shipping now.

Book Details:

Patchwork, Please by Ayumi Takahashi

Published by Interweave/F+W Media, Inc, the list price is $22.95


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We’re still ironing out a few details, so I will share more info as we get closer to the sew along.

Things will run very much like last year.    One of the weekly contributors will share their take on a project each Monday along with any tips or tricks they have to help you.

We will then work to sew up our project that week and will link up anytime between Monday and the following Sunday.    A winner will be announced the following  Monday along with the new weeks project.

I am floored at the response I have had from sponsors.  The list is growing each day for the prizes to be given away each week.

Here are some of the lovely businesses that have joined on, in no particular order.





If you haven’t joined in the flickr group, be sure to go and do that.  It’s a great place to ask questions and to meet new people!

You can also grab a button below to share the news of the sew along.

Over the next month I’ll share sourcing ideas for buying your supplies and more details on the sew along dates.

I also have a copy of Patchwork Please to giveaway! 

Giveaway is closed, thank you to all who entered!  Winner announced here.

The book will ship directly from Interweave and is only open to US readers.  I’m sorry International readers 😦

Just leave a comment below and I’ll choose a winner on Friday, April 5th.

Talk soon! Lindsey


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