Friday, June 23, 2017

Birthday Sale

...I can't belevie it is June already and that means I have a birthday!!!
To celebrate I am having a SALE on ALL my patterns!!
This is a first of me!!
Not my birthday...a store wide sale!!LOL

For the next 24 hours ONLY !!( June 23rd only)
all my patterns will be 25% off!!!


      Happy Sewing !!


Friday, April 28, 2017

Faux Leather Zipper Overlay...Tutorial

I love adding a faux leather overlay to me zippers, especially in the lining makes me feel soooo special.

( Interior of Eve Handbag)
(Interior of Fine & Dandy Pouch)

Since I want you to feel special too, I am showing you how I do mine.
( these instructions are from my Eve pattern, please adjust the measurement to your needs).

Interior Zipper Pocket with Overlay
  1. Press the bottom of one long edge 1/2” towards WS ( Wrong Side) of Zipper pocket. Repeat on the other Zipper Pocket piece. 
  2. On the WS (Wrong Side) of one of the Zipper pocket pieces, draw a rectangle, centered, 3/8“W x 8”L, 1” down from the top side ( 12” side). Then draw a second line through the middle of the rectangle stopping 1/2” away from each end drawing a line to the corner creating a triangle.
  3. Lay this piece on top of one Lining piece RST (Right Sides Together), centered & 1 1/4” down from top edge. Pin in place. Stitch on the outer drawn line.
  4. Cut on the center line, taking care in the corners. Carefully clip to the corners without clipping your threads.
  5. Pull Pocket Lining piece through the opening to the other side. Press it nice & flat.
  6. Place a small bead of FabriTac or double-stick tape on the RS (Right Side) of the outer edge of your zipper.
  7. With your lining piece RSU (Right Side Up), center the zipper from the back side of the opening. 
  8. Stitch approx. 1/4” around zipper opening edge. You don't have to be perfect since it will be covered. Trim the zipper length to approx. 1/2“ past the stitching.
  9. Using one of the pattern pieces ( Link found below) or measurements, cut your Overlay out of faux leather.  You can change the shape of the ends, make them straight or decide!
  10. Apply a little FabriTac glue ( or double-stick tape) to the WS ( Wrong Side) of the Overlay. Place it over your zipper area.
    ** TIPI like to mark my stitching line with chalk on the outer point edges, this helps me see where to stop at the corner and pivot.
  11. Increase your stitch length to 4.0 - 4.5. Using a zipper foot, stitch along both the outer and inner edges of the Overlay.
  12. Pull your thread tails to the back & tie them off. Voilà !!  Isn't that pretty!
  13. Continue following the rest of the pattern instructions. You can find the pattern Eve "here*.

Hope this tutorial helps you make some of your zippers special.
You can find the pattern to the overlays "here" and 
more of my patterns on Craftsy.

*A pdf version of these instruction is available for my Facebook members in file section. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017


Crazy things happen when you go on vacation.
Over the holidays we went to Zermatt Switzerland, when we came home I started playing with fabrics and before I knew it I had made these crazy shapes which looked like the mountains in Switzerland.  So I decided they would be perfect for kids! Wouldn't these be great to fill with chocolates for Easter or small toys ??

From the mountains of are the Zig -Zags!
These are not your typical pouches ...these are fun & funky!!
Not to mention they are fast to sew!!
All you need is some scraps...about 36" of a continuous zipper ( makes 2 pouches) and about an hour of your time! Zig-Zags are born !!
You are going to have so much fun making them...the testers said they were addicting !!

The Zig-Zags come with instructions for 3 versions...I am calling them the Car Park, Crayon Case & Eyeglass case but they can be used for anything you like ....

The Car Park...perfect for boys to take along their cars...
Crayon Case...who doesn't like to colour ??

 Eyeglass case or perfect for the Zentangle pens ??

The ideas for what the Zig zags can be used for is endless...
..look at the creative ideas the testers came up with ....

Christine of Bags of Bags got creative personalizing the insides ...and outsides!
 She even used fabric that had her kids & sister cool!!
Isn't that a cool sewing kit ??
Cheryl of Simply Cherabea made the lovely glasses case
Margareth of Maggie made Bags made all 3 ...which really surprised me since she said she doesn't do elastic!!LOL ...don't you love that car!!?
Bernice made these adorable ones..perfect for Easter!
Sue from Dreamscape Studio enlarged the crayon case to fit her crochet the machine embroidered design!
Cathy made the 2 cases for her grandkids and the eyegass case for herself 
Last but not least for today...
Barbara made this pretty eyeglass case. I love how she finished the zipper off with a tab & rivet!
I have more inspiration for you tomorrow.... 
In the meantime is a sneak peak of the second pattern called Tessa...this is a bigger version and she is perfect for as party bag or for a teenage.
The Zig Zag  & Tessa patterns are available on Craftsy ... 
You can can get them separately or in a money saving bundle !
They are on SALE for 48 hrs !!
Grab your copy and get in on the fun!!

Happy Sewing !!! 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Rubie on Sale...

I was extremely flattered ( and shocked) when the Australian Sewing Guild informed me that my Rubie Cross-body Bag pattern was picked to be their first bag Sew A Long !
You can imagine my excitement !!

So to celebrate .....
Rubie is on SALE for $5.00 !!! ( thats over 35% off) 
but only until Jan 22th
Grab your copy now! 

Happy Sewing !!
Don't forget the Up, Up & Away Passport Wallet pattern is also on SALE  till Jan. 23rd!

and the Fine & Dandy Pouch till the end of the month!
Great time to grab a copy & start sewing ! 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sewing room

Since I have been getting a lot of requests to see my sewing room...I have created a Tab long the top of my blog where you can see my sewing room anytime. Just click on the picture and it will take you there.
Hope you enjoy the new pictures!
Happy Sewing!!

Monday, January 9, 2017

2017 !!?? Where did the time go ??

I can't believe it was a year ago I wrote my first pattern...the Up, Up  & Away Passport Wallet !
More amazing is that that little pattern started me on the road to designing.
If I had only knew what was coming!!

I have to admit it has been an interesting year...busy but interesting!
I have learned so much!!
I have learned how to design pattern pieces on the computer, tackle layouts, edit pictures, write instructions (that is the hardest part) set up a testing team, started a Facebook group, and I published 7 patterns!
Yes it was a busy year !!
Wish I could say I loved every minute ( some learning experiences were harder then others) but I did learn a lot and I am going to keep designing this year!

So look out 2017 !!  I am ready this time !! 

To celebrate my 1st Birthday!! 
The Up, Up & Away pattern has been updated & improved and now includes 3 pocket versions....
-Family version ( up to 6 passports) 
-Singles/Couples version with a zipper / slip pocket 
- Bonus Single /Couple version with the full size pocket of those large cell phones (5.5" - iPhone 6+)

The pattern is on SALE on Craftsy ! 
Grab your copy *here*

Check out the gorgeous samples the testing team made!

Judy made this gorgeous version out of cork!! Love it !!

I love the faux leather Dyan used ! It was her first time sewing faux leather !! She did a famous job!!!

Pamela made the family version out of fabrics ...You don't have to use faux looks great in prints too!!

 Bernice went for the wild look!! 
Leslie is ready for a Hawaiian vacation!! 

Laura also went wild !! the pocket fabric!
This also was Sandie's first time sewing faux leather, unfortunately she got one the kind that is sticky and hard to sew but she mastered it !! There is no stopping her now!! You can read about it on her *blog*
 I love how Maggie added the ribbon trim to the whole front !! Great idea!
last but not least ...Sue didn't make one wallet she made 2 !! ...
the first one in pink Faux leather with a machine embroidered flap ( those the pocket fabric!) 
and the second one is for her husband that travels a lot...he just wanted a simple classy passport wallet with his name on it! I'd say she succeeded!!! 

If you would like to make your own Passport wallet...grab it while its on Sale  ( until Jan 23rd) .

Curious what will be this years first pattern ?? 
All I can say is it includes a zipper!!LOL
Happy Sewing !!


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