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See it all pouch 

Ahh lets see- I made this See It All Pouch last year in November.

The pattern is simple and straight forward. You can find the pattern here and lots of other cute pouches on Instagram! 

I added cute salvage from Cotton and Steel. I always like adding positive affirmations any place that I can. 🙂

Currently one bag is still holding the markers. But team Daniel Tiger has moved on to a new home. The pouch now holds all of my La Passacaglia quilt stuff. They are super handy.

I know that Laura used heavy weight vinyl. I used the cheap stuff. I think its gaged 4. Its pretty thin and soft. I am sure if I used it heavily the bag would rip. Must use caution or redo with better vinyl. hahha.

Tomorrow I plan on attending the Quilt show in Rosemont – Do I know anyone else attending?

Cat filled catnip

Hello once a month blog post! That seems to be the going rate around here. I’ll keep trying to post more. The weather is starting to get more nice and Rohan and I have pretty much spent the entire time outside. I also opened up my Etsy shop selling wall banners with witty sayings. Both of those things take up a lot of my time leaving less time to sew and create for myself. But just like everything else there will eventually be time to blog and then I’ll get fully back into it. 🙂 

I found this amazing orange kitty fabric at IKEA a few months back and at the time I thought I would make my neighbor a bag. I will probably still make her the bag but for the moment I made these catnip filled cats for her two cats.
I cut around the individual kitties. Placed them right sides together and sewed around the edges, leaving enough space to turn it right sides out. Once they were turned I filled them with catnip. I used Velcro to keep the pouch closed and so they are refillable. Even my kitties were going crazy for these toys.

And just like that my neighbor cats were spoiled. 🙂 now I need to make my own cats some cats filled with catnip. 

Simplicity 2226

Well that week off was nice. Back to the grind. 

I love fall. I love the crisp air. The crunchy leaves. And I love the clothing. Most of all the clothing. 

Enter simplicity 2226. When I first started sewing almost ten years ago. This skirt was one of the first things I sewed. I had no idea what I was doing. It’s marked as a learn as you go pattern and I remember thinking gosh this is so hard! Now I find it’s a breeze and I can whip up a skirt in just one evening. 🙂 

I made this one up with an Aneela Hoey print. It is a double gauze, so soft! I’ll have to look up the name of the print because I’m having a hard time remembering. I like this pattern for a few reasons. It’s high waisted so it covers that leftover baby weight that my body has refused to lose and the large pockets! These pockets can hold my cellphone and my tiny wallet and I don’t feel weighted down! I’m excited to wear this skirt with leggings and boots. It hits me just above the knee which I find to be the perfect length for my short legs. 

And of course there are no pictures of me wearing it. Finding time that is toddler free currently is just too hard. 

I already have plans on making a second one. This time with a cat lady print by Cotton and Steel. 🙂 Now time to get my toddler to nap! 


Little Red Riding Hood 

Growing up I loved stuffed animals and I thought Rohan would too. Currently he’s pretty indifferent about stuffed animals but I’ve had this set since our trip to Nashville and Craft South. They are made by Sarah Young. I decided I wasn’t going to wait until he was ready for dolls I was just going to make them and hope that he gets into them. My back up plan is to give them to our niece if he doesn’t get into them.  She is all about dolls. 

Don’t mind the wrinkles. The fabric had a screen printed ink smell to it so I threw it in the wash before cutting into it. 

To make the dolls it was pretty straight forward. Cut along one line and sew along another. Leave a gap to stuff stuffing into and stuff those beasts full. I used a chopstick to help push the stuffing into harder smaller parts like the ears and limbs. I used my machine to fully close the bottoms after stuffing them. I was afraid they would fall apart if I finished them off by hand. How cute is the art on the wolf! Poor grandma and little red riding hood, eaten by the big bad wolf! And all stuffed! Welcome to the family of unused stuffies!I really meant to post this yesterday but then some drama with a quilt top happened! I placed my fancy fox quilt in the wash because it was full of cat hair and I wanted to get started quilting it and it got snagged on the spinning part of the washer! When I pulled it out it was full of holes! I cried over it! After crying I did manage to fix all of the holes but it took me all day. And by that point I was emotionally done. Ugh. 

This weekend we have plans to go fruit picking with my dad. Should be a good holiday weekend. 🙂 


Little E’s Second Birthday

Birthday gifts for kids are hard. It is either toys or clothing. We just spent almost an hour looking at toys at target trying to decide what else to get our neice for her second birthday.  But all the dolls seemed too old for a two year old girl or expensive! There just wasn’t much to pick from. 

Good thing I could give her anything I could make. I first started to think about making her a quilt but I haven’t been feeling the quilt making. I blame the lack of time management. So I went with something smaller. A wall hanging. 

You are my sunshine had been playing in my head on repeat when I had been planning this so I went with my head and decided to appliqué the letters into this Sarah Jane Children at Play print. The back is made up of two other Sarah Jane prints- Out to Sea map print and a horse print from the Wee Wander line. For the quilting I followed the grid from the map.  It is the most precise quilting I have ever worked on. Look at that “O”! It’s a balloon! I used grey binding that I had in a box hidden in the closet. I really do hate making bias tape. To accompany her wall hanging I decided to make her a simple skirt. I had smaller panels of the Children at Play print that fit perfectly into making a skirt. 

Little E is pretty small. She almost two and Rohan is almost bigger than her. Since they are about the same size I used a pair of Rohan’s shorts as a pattern/ size guide. 

The skirt is made up of two pieces of fabric sewn together with an elastic waistband. I took fabric that was 1.5 times the amount I said she is pretty small and I was confident it would be enough. You can always easily adjust the size of your simple skirt to the size of your little. 

I had this leftover ribbon from one of Mr Porcupines trips to New York. I thought it would be the perfect addition to the skirt and the fabric. Since I was using the non cut edge of the fabric I didn’t fold up the ends or anything I just sewed the ribbon to the fabric. I stitched just below the top of the ribbon and the bottom part of the ribbon. So it is fully attached and little e is not able to pull it off. I then started sewing my back seams of the skirt together. With the two skirt pieces right sides together sew up the seam. If your kid is particularly rough you can reinforce the seam with a zig zag stitch. Little e isn’t quite to the rough stage and I suspect she will only be wearing the skirt to church so I didn’t worry about reinforcing the seam.

 To make the elastic casing I folded the top down about a half inch and pressed with the iron. I then folded another inch and again pressed with the iron. If you elastic is larger than 1″ then you’ll want to adjust the size of the casing to match your elastic. Sew along the bottom folded edge leaving a gap to thread your elastic through. About an inch. I threaded my elastic through with a safety pin. Once fully through over lap your elastic a bit and sew together. I used a zig zag stitch to make sure it’s all sewed together. Tuck the elastic back into the casing. Sew the rest of the casing seam close and that’s your basic skirt! How cute! 

She is going to love this elephant and the balloons! 

Now off to Michigan for this little girls birthday party! Time to celebrate! Have a great weekend! 


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