Washi top, purse, and tote in Fantasia Fabric line by Sara Lawson!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness was super generous and sent me two yards of this lovely gorgeousness--her new fabric line FANTASIA.

It's so gorgeous, and completely different than her previous fabric line (which I also adored) Jungle Ave. Totally wild how a mind can conceive such different styles, producing a cohesive collection unrelated to previous work...isn't it? I think it's a modern miracle.  

Visit her blog and leave a nice comment if you can spare a few seconds, I'd appreciate it, as this generous give away she did was inspired by the memory of her late Grandfather. ;) Okay? Thank you.

My favorite cartoon (if you'd call it that) is Fantasia, since -like- forever....My kids know it by heart. Whenever I play my Classic FM on the radio Mia will shout "It's FANTASIA!" when they play The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky or The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky. When Sara mentioned on her blog that it's her favorite one as well I felt such kinship. Funny, how these little things bind us together in ways, you know? Even if we are only "virtual" friends at the moment, it's real to me. 

My BFF Leslie came over for the morning (I love surprise latte visits!)--so I made asked her to model this Washi Top for me, made with said Fantasia fabric. I think this is my fourth or fifth Washi now, I can't remember as all my things are still packed up from the move--but I learn something new each time and each one gets better. I love this one so much! But you know what? I've been inspired by Sara, so I'm giving it away, in memory of her loved one.

All you have to do is leave a comment on her blog or Facebook page (hers, not mine)---and I'll pick one lucky winner and mail it out to you. ;)

*I won't pick the winner, my 7 yr old will. 

It was late and I was feeling the sewing vibe, so this little coin pouch came into being sporting a vintage sparkly button closure, as Downton is on tonight and it's the season finale! Boooo! I will SO miss the Downton crew. They give me hope for humanity with all the manners and gentleness of the bygone era. That could come back....if we tried...
After that quick sew, I decided it needed a bag/tote to go in, so I threw together a patchwork bag tote with the remnants left over. I mixed in a muslin and canvas fabric and layered it with batting so it's nice and squishy.

I'll share my pattern for this super simple patchwork tote very soon. I use mine a lot, especially in the car to de-clutter all my cr*p. Why does so much collect in a vehicle I ask? Whyyyy? 

I tried to fussy cut the remnants as much as possible. It's amazing what you can get out of 2 yards!

If you fancy seeing my other Washi makes click here or here. I haven't blogged all of them, which reminds me, I should do that. 

THANK YOU Sara---I cannot wait till this fabric is ready for purchase!!!!!!

(Husband murmuring in the background--LOL----but you know what they say- "Happy Wife, Happy Life!" and that's the truth friends.)

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

My Mermaid Tail Blanket pattern has been gettin' lots-o-love on Etsy recently. Nothing better than waking up to see a 500% increase in page hits! I'm so happy about it I think I'll be extending the sizes all the way to adult size. I mean, you want a Mermaid Tail blanket to cuddle in while you're reading or chillaxing --right? (Say YES!)  lol

I have detailed pictures with step-by-step directions in this pattern. A confident beginner could definitely do it. And with anti-pill fleece, it's super soft and user-friendly.

The pattern is only $5 on Etsy, and it takes less than an hour to make.

Such an easy, low cost project for your littles. Oh, and JoAnn Fabrics has a mega fleece sale going on right now! This cost me less than $10 to sew up, with remnants left over. ;)

The face says it all.

Happy Sewing!

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Peas & Corn Lunch Box sewing pattern makes

Monday, February 23, 2015

This is the Peas and Corn lunchbox pattern by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness.
I've been a bit obsessed interested in her pattern line, and can't stop ogling the pattern shop on her website. It seems like she comes up with a new bag pattern every time I turn around....and the thing is, I can rationalize buying them because they are so clear. I can understand them. It's not like I'm reading Dutch or Korean, ya know what I mean? 

These little bags are insulated with that thermal stuff, the kind with the silver backing...I bought mine at Joann Fabrics. There are two different versions, but I knew from the start I wanted to make this rounded version. The fabric was calling my name over the internet, it's Snappy Snacks by Nicole's prints for Alexander Henry. Isn't just too cute?!

This Frida print is available online too, from Alexander Henry. I added an iron-on vinyl to the interior of this lunch box. I snapped a few pics of the process , seen below.

Phone pics of the vinyl application:

Peel off the vinyl and lay on the right side of the fabric. Then take the paper you just peeled it from and lay it on top so the grid is facing you, and press.

Slowly peel off and there you go! Water resistant fabric!

I use my walking foot to sew layers together after applying the vinyl, as it can be tricky with a normal sewing foot. Sometimes I use my teflon foot, but I've found the walking foot is best for me.

I also wanted to stress how helpful these little red clips were in this project---I usually use them for my quilt binding....but I saw Sara had them in the pattern pictures, so I thought I'd try it. Good Lord did they help a LOT!!!! WAY better than pinning, especially the tight little corners and multiple layers that this pattern has. Great tip Sara!

Picture of the assembly process with all the clips helping me out:  (inside out).

I really enjoyed these makes. I found the vinyl lunchbox much more challenging, as the layers would sometimes slip a bit and I messed up the binding on the last leg (but that's my own fault)....Definitely worth sewing, they come together in a few hours, and are OH SEW cute! 

I'm off to get some sewing time in. Have a great last week of February!

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