April 2015 archive

Kitty Stuffie

My sewing machine is still not useable and a new one has not yet been ordered so the next week or so I am planning on blogging things I already had finished. They may not be as exciting as making something new- but it is at least something! 🙂

A few weeks go we were going out to sushi with some friends that have an almost 1 year old. I had decided to make her a stuffed kitty. I made this kitty using the same process as I had with the stuffies a few weeks before.

The fabrics I used were from the Everyday Party line by Emily Isabella for Birch Fabrics. I do love this line. I used strawberries in cream and for the tummy I used a fussy cut of everyday animals. The bear in the party hat is so frickin cute!


Stuffed kitty


Everything sewed up quick and easy.

Stuffed kitty


Last time I made the stuffies I planned on making a little loop with Velcro for easy attachment. Executing that was very easy. I made a little loop out of some extra fabric scrap and sewed Velcro onto the ends. I attached the loop as I sewed the gap shut.

Easy peasy. 🙂

Stuffed Kitty

Burp Cloths

My sewing machine has died. Well not really but to get it repaired would cost more or almost the same as what I paid for it 5 years ago. At least it lasted through the retreat. Phew! Not sure what I would have done without my machine.

I was sewing on a cheap little Brother- but now I am looking for that perfect upgrade. Any suggestions? I also have an antique singer but it needs a new power cord- any suggestions on how to go about replacing that? Choosing a sewing machine is super hard. Im not even sure how I decided years ago.

Before my Brother died I did manage to get a few projects finished. One of them being these burp cloths. The last time I made burp cloths was for my niece. Almost a year ago!

I didn’t use a pattern for these. I found one piece of fabric that looked like a burp cloth shape and used that as my pattern. Super high tech and precise over here.

burp cloth



They look like burp cloths- I think.

I sewed the burp cloths up the same way I did my bibs. Right sides together, leaving a gap to turn right side out and then top stitching.

Burp Cloth Burp Cloth

Super pleased with how they turned out. I know baby will love them so much he’s gonna spit up on them. 🙂

Now onto reading about sewing machines.

Sewtopia Chicago

I had the best time at Sewtopia. Even though it made me sewwww tired. I took a four hour nap on Sunday and I still don’t think I have caught up on my sleep.

This round of Sewtopia took place at the Drake hotel here in Chicago. Talk about beauty! My favorite hotel in Chicago is the Palmer house but the Drake is a very close second.



I made some great new friends and took some fun classes. Classes I wasn’t convinced I would enjoy. Only because I was feeling like a pregnant party pooper that weekend. 😉

So you all saw my new fabric stash from the shop hops and goodies bag- onto the classes!

We were offered two classes. On Friday I took the Molehill class taught by Latifah of Latifah Saafir Studios. I learned how to do curves. Curves aren’t so bad. Give curves a chance. This class was great fun- she has such a nice and calm way of explaining everything.

I don’t think her Molehill pattern is out yet but keep an eye out for it!



On Saturday I took the dreaded Y seams class with Rita Hodge from Red Pepper Quilts. I am super glad she was here all the way from Australia. What a treasure! When I first saw her on Thursday during the sign ins I had a fan girl moment. Taking a class from her was such a gift! She is so sweet and Y seams aren’t so bad.

We worked on the Kansas Dugout quilt pattern- this pattern is free on her blog. Go give it a whirl!




And of course the great bathroom selfie. 31 weeks here.



The next Sewtopia is in Portland and is sold out but the spring Sewtopia is in Atlanta! If you all have the chance to attend I highly suggest it. I had such a great time and made many new friends! 🙂 You can follow along on their Facebook page. 

Sunday Stash

This past week I was one of the lucky ones attending Sewtopia– a sewing retreat that happens in various cities. I had an amazing time and will probably write up a review later this week. Currently I am still catching up on sleep! 🙂

But onto this stash report.

My loot from our grab bags. AUH-MAZING. There are so many little packs of fabric Im not sure what to do with it all.



We went on a shop hop and there was a pop up shop at the retreat so I managed to get lots of fabrics.

Cotton and Steel fat quarters.



Tula Pink fat quarters and half yard cuts.


And a mix of goodies.

The llamas are a yard cut and are from Monaluna. It is a canvas and I plan on making the one hour basket by Kelbysews.



I need to go re organize my craft room and find space for all of these goodies.


I have about 8-ish weeks left before baby arrives.

Time to get the last things together.

This week it is bibs and burp clothes. Those of you with kids- did you use a lot of bibs and burp clothes. My sister-in-law has used a lot but my oldest sister hardly used them.

So I guess I am just being prepared for everything.

I made bibs almost a year ago for my niece. This time around I did everything just about the same.

I cut out my fabrics. I used almost all the same fabrics from last time. They were mostly scarp size. Ive had all of these fabrics in my scrap/ hoard pile for more than a year. Perfect time to use them!

IMG_8196 Baby Bibs


I used a soft charcoal minky for all the backings.


I sewed them all right sides together. Leaving a gap to turn them right side out. I then top stitched all the way around.


I thought about making these button closures but I would of had to go out and buy stuff for the buttons. So with that I decided to stick with Velcro. I always seem to have a lot of Velcro on hand.

I sewed the Velcro on by sewing an X. X marks the spot on these bibs.



And BAM! Just like that! In just a few hours I have a handful of bibs. 🙂




Perfect for a baby boy. 🙂

Ive got burp rags and a few more wall hangings left to finish up. And then I am fully ready for this baby!


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