2017 Quilters Gift Guide

As Quilter’s and Sewists, we love to have all the latest tools and techniques to keep us evolving and creating!  I’ve been a quilter and sewist for some time now and have worked in and around the industry long enough to see many of the newest and latest trends & notions on the market.  I have divided this Quilters Gift Guide into several categories.  Whether you are looking for Quilt Pattern, Notions, Equipment or simply some inspiration – There is a little bit of everything for every Creative Person.  Let’s dive right in!

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My Favorite Kits of 2017

Let’s face it – there are a TON of patterns out there!  It can be a little intimidating and overwhelming to choose a pattern that you will want to start AND finish!  This is the reason I LOVE Quilt Kits!  You already found the pattern you love, and the difficult part of choosing the PERFECT fabric has already been done!

Gravity Block of the Month Quilt Kit

2017 Quilters Gift Guide

This kit helps set a pace by giving you blocks and colors to work with individually.  You will build your skills while enjoying the vibrant colors that this kit has to offer.  This queen-size quilt is majestic indeed! Your Julie Herman BOM Quilt Kit includes a pattern and vivid fabric from the best-selling Kona Cotton line, to sew this 97″ x 96″ quilt top. Featuring nine stunning blocks —- and no tricky set-in seams! —- you’ll love how this captivating combination of dark and bright hues creates a unique, dimensional effect.

Butterfly Quilt Kit

Butterfly Quilt Kit

If you love Tula Pink as much as I do, I can guess how much you would LOVE to make this quilt!  I can’t decide which I like better….. The pattern, or the fabric!??!!!  Don’t flutter by this amazing kit! The Butterfly Quilt Kit from FreeSpirit includes a pattern and sensational Tula Pink fabric, to sew this distinctive design. Featuring whimsical prints in a rainbow of luscious hues, this quilt top is sure to be loved by everyone who sees it!  The kit includes almost 13 yards of fabric!  As with all things Tula, this will not be available for long!

Sweetie Pie Quilt Kit

Sweetie Pie Quilt Kit

If you are looking for your next Spring project – this Sweetie Pie Quilt Kit is perfect!  The sweetness is oozing from the fabric and layout.  Lori Holt wants to help you make something sweet! Using Fruit Salad Sew Simple Shapes and her 8″ Pie Ruler, you can make the perfect Spring or Summer quilt. Get started with the instructions from the Free Patterns Page and then follow along on Lori posts a block a blog, plus other fun projects along the way with her Sweetie Pie Sew Along!

My Favorite Notions & Tools of 2017

Recently, I’ve been searching for and using unique tools and notions that can make our sewing lives easier.  I found a few you would love! I’m a strong believer in making sewing as efficient as possible by using useful tools . This is why I’ve gathered a list of notions that can speed up your sewing and help you give your project that professional final touch.

Mini Clover Wonder Clips

Clover Mini Wonder Clips

You have probably been using the original sized Clover Wonder Clips already.  Have you tried the smaller version yet?  These Clover mini wonder clips are ideal holding pieces together in tight sections. (Think binding corners!)  The small size works well with miniature patchwork, doll clothes and all work that requires non-slippage of layered materials. Eliminate Pinning and keep sections or layers firmly together.

Tula Pink Snips

Tula Pink Snips

Perfect stocking stuffer!  These Tula Pink Snips are Titanium coated (Fancy Pants!!!)  The thin fine blade allows you to get as close as you want without snagging, jabbing or poking your work.  The micro serrated blade holds your thread ensuring no slipping or bending, giving you a clean cut the first time every time!  Don’t you just love the iridescent color too?

Rotating Cutting Mat

I’ve had my 17″ Rotating Cutting Mat for 3 years now.  I use it ALL the time!  This 2-piece mat has a non-slip bottom layer with interlocking green top cutting mat, yellow grid lines and markings, that rotates 360 degrees smoothly.  I love the Self-healing finish, which reseals surface cuts and provides a continually smooth surface for all my cutting projects.  I am sure to store my mat flat and out of direct sunlight.  You can also get 12″ Rotating Cutting Mat as well!  I even have a smaller 6″ rotating cutting mat – super handy for the work at your machine!

Show me the Fabric!

We all have our favorite Fabric Designers and Fabric lines.  I love the quilting and sewing industry because you can always be sure to find new and exciting fabrics each season!  2017 was full of some amazing Designers and Collections.  I love to keep up-to-date with these new products by subscribing to different Subscription Boxes.  You will always be pleasantly surprised and they are packed with all sorts of goodies (not just fabric).  Here are a few of my favorites!

Sew sampler box

Sew Sampler Box - Fat Quarter Shop

The Sew Sampler Box is a monthly subscription quilting box that automatically delivers surprise quilting goodies to your door every month!  Each month will feature a specific theme sure to surprise and inspire you!

Inside Voices Club

Inside Voices Club

If you’ve ever wanted to increase your Low Volume Fabric collection – this is the Monthly Subscription for you!  The Inside Voices Club will send you low volume fat quarters each month!  This club runs year around and you can join or leave at any time. There are however a limited number of spaces, so get your name on the list today!

Kaffe Fasset Quarterly Club

Kaffe Fassett Quarterly Fan Club

Sign up for the Kaffe Collective Quarterly Fan Club and receive 20 fat quarters from new Kaffe Fassett Collective collections and an exclusive pattern designed to use with the fat quarters.  Of course you don’t HAVE to use the pattern – you could just pet the fabric!  I love that his fabric collections are so bright and vibrant!

The 2017 Page Turners!

I love a great Quilt Book or Magazine!  They are full of inspiration and ideas!  It is a rare thing to find a publication that has me saying, “I want to make everything in here!”  Here are the three I know you will love!

One Wonderful Curve

One Wonderful Curve

My local Guild hosted a schoolhouse workshop, which featured a couple patterns from this book, One Wonderful Curve.  Also needed are the Quick Curve Ruler and the QCR Mini.  Before this class, I was not certain that I could successfully sew curves.  They seem so intimidating!  The rulers and the patterns in the book are easy to follow!  Give them a try – you will LOVE it all!

Quiltmaker Magazine

Quiltmaker Magazine

Quilt Maker Magazine is the ultimate pattern magazine for today’s quilter! Each issue has at least a dozen patterns in full color with full-size pattern pieces, step-by-step illustrated instructions, complete yardage listings and specifications, and more! This is a must-have magazine for the quilting enthusiast!

Quilt with Tula and Angela

Quilt with Tula & Angela

Add color and punch to your next project with Quilt with Tula & Angela.  Known for her cool, innovative style, Tula Pink will inspire you to toss your color wheel and commit to her signature approach to combining colors. Angela Walters creates the complementary finish and surface texture for each design, resulting in the perfect marriage of color and style for each of the featured 17 quilt projects.  Pairing one shape with one color family in each chapter, you’ll step through quilts of varying sizes, at the same time enjoying a front row seat to the creative collaboration between these mavens of style.  In addition to the 17 signature Tula Pink quilt designs and 42 quilt design motifs from Angela Walters, you will also be treated to useful tips on choosing fabrics and mixing up prints and approaching the quilt process.  Featuring bold illustrations and gorgeous photographs, Quilt with Tula & Angela is the comprehensive approach to intuitive color choices you’ve been waiting for.

Dress for Quilty Success!

I attend lots of Sew Days and Quilting Retreats.  I love to “Dress the Part” by wearing fun Quilty shirts and accessories!  These are some of my Favorites!

Netflix and Quilt T-Shirt

This T-shirt says it all!  Am I right?  The Maker Valley Netflix and Quilt t-shirt features the hand-lettered phrase “Netflix and Quilt” (the quilter’s equivalent of “Netflix and Chill” of course!) on one of their super soft heather red tri-blend tees.  They create new products for creative makers (those who sew, quilt, embroider, knit, crochet, etc.) like this every month—follow Maker Valley on Instagram if you’d like to play along.

Pin Bundle by Colette Patterns

Colette Pin Bundle

Every denim jacket needs a pin, and everybody who sews needs a sewing-themed pin, right? We’ve got the perfect accessories for your coat, tote bag, or sewing machine case.  You can buy these individually or get all four of Colette’s best-selling enamel pins for the price of three. This bundle includes the following pins: Sewing Assistant, Thimble, Stork Snips & Measure Twice Cut Once.

Handmade Seam Ripper Necklace

Seam Ripper Necklace

I love how function meets style with these Seam Ripper Necklaces!  These seam rippers hang around the neck so that it is always handy. It hangs on a long necklace so that it can be used from around the neck. A magnet allows for a quick release from the necklace to use ‘off neck’. The ripper is held into the base by a spring so that it can be reversed in the holder for safety. Also PERFECT for weeding vinyl.  Always have what you need, right at hand!

Knowledge is Power!

Our friend, Benjamin Franklin, said it best, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”. I could not agree more!  Kansas City is fortunate to have a very active Guild that offers a variety of classes and learning opportunities.  I strongly recommend you join a local Guild!  Check the Modern Quilt Guild website to see if there is a local chapter near you!  Having a fellowship of people who enjoy the same thing is an invaluable gift indeed!  While taking classes in-person is always best, you can also consider some online training.  Here are some online classes that I can recommend:

How Do I Quilt it?

How Do I Quilt it - Quilting Class

I am fortunate enough to live in the same city as Angela.  I have taken her classes and visited her local quilt shop.  Angela is truly a delight!  In this class, ‘How Do I Quilt It‘, Angela can help you to choose the perfect design for your quilt top every time! Angela  reveals must-have techniques for selecting and stitching designs that enhance six of the most popular quilt types, from appliqué and paper-pieced to medallion and sampler quilts. You’’ll discover the questions that should always guide your quilting design decisions, learn easy auditioning methods and expand your quilting library with simple variations of Angela’s go-to designs. Enjoy step-by-step guidance as you use quilting to unify a variety of blocks, showcase specific motifs, break up borders and much more, all while adding stunning texture and movement to your quilt tops. Find out how to enhance every quilt you make, and enjoy every stitch!

Beginner Serging

Beginner Serging

Those machines can be intimidating!  Threading the machine can give you anxiety for sure!  Gain confidence using your serger with sewing instructor Amy Alan. In the Beginner Serging class, Amy will begin with an overview of serger threading and maintenance. Then, she helps you learn how to create nine different types of basic stitches and create a serger stitch book you can reference again and again. For those tricky serger slip-ups, Amy will show you how to troubleshoot common issues like poor tension, skipped stitches, fabric rippling and more. Now that you’ve refined your serging skills, put them to the test with three fun skill-building projects. Make an exposed zipper bag, an ombré ruffled apron and a striped knit scarf! To finish class, add versatility to your serger with blind hem, elasticator and gathering feet.

Foundation Paper Piecing

Carol Doak Foundation Paper Piecing Class

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again – Carol Doak is the QUEEN of FPP (Foundation Paper Pieacing).  Her class, Mastering Foundation Paper Piecing, is defiantly worth your time!  You have seen the result this technique can offer – it’s time to put this skill into your tool belt!  Don’t be intimidated by complex patterns and precise piecing. Award-winning quilt instructor Carol Doak will help make paper-piecing easier no matter your skill level, as she teaches the finest quilting techniques through four exciting projects. You will learn everything from the fundamentals and history of paper-piecing, to joining intricate block designs.  Start with the Bird of Paradise Block, then apply your skills to the Sunflower Fun small wall quilt. After piecing the Star Light 9-Patch quilt, you will move on to the dramatic Mariner’s Delight pattern that will test your abilities in piecing triangular units. As a class bonus, Carol’s e-book “50 Little Paper-Pieced Blocks” (a $14.99 value) is included FREE!  Be sure to get your Add-A-Quarter Ruler and Seam Presser tool.  These will be valuable notions to have when FPP.

Gift Certificates FTW!

I love to shop at my LQS (Local Quilt Shop)!  It’s best to make a habit of shopping our local shops first.  You will likely find many treasures and want to be back for more.  Your LQS will have a higher quality of fabrics to offer than your Big Box Stores.  You may even find an interest in a class or two.  Don’t forget to ask about their block of the Month programs!  Be sure to show the love and Shop Local!  My LQS is First City Quilts in Leavenworth, KS and my favorite online shop is owned and operated by my friend, Tia Curtis!

If you don’t have a local Quilt Shop near you, I recommend shopping these fine websites.  The Fat Quarter Shop and Fabric.com are stocked full of the latest trends and stay current with all things awesome!

Whew!  I wish I could have included more Favorites!  It’s really difficult to only list a few!  What do you love that I left out?  Comment below and let everyone know!

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Sarah’s Choice Quilt Block

Sarah’s Choice Quilt Block is a wonderful star quilt block. Sarah’s Choice incorporates a lovely pinwheel in the center and can be made in a number of combinations.  Using squares and half square triangles, this fun and easy block comes together in a breeze!  In this picture tutorial, I will show you how to put together this fun and easy quilt block.  Grab your pattern and let’s get started with Sarah’s Choice Quilt Block Tutorial!

Sarah's Choice Quilt Block

To get your cutting measurements, you have a couple choices:

Option 1: Download for free.

To download the cutting measurements for free, you can subscribe to the Sew Much Moore Newsletter.  AFTER you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation email – and you have to confirm or my email service can’t send you the free pattern access email. But once you do confirm, you’ll get access to not just this but several other free patterns. Woot!

(PS – if you have trouble finding the pattern as a subscriber, please contact me)

Option 2: Purchase this PDF pattern

Use this link to purchase a pattern file. You’ll be emailed a download link for a file that references the instructions in this tutorial and provides the cutting measurements for this pattern.  You’ll also be able to download this file in my shop.

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Sarah’s choice Quilt Block Supply List

  • Quilt Block Pattern
  • Qty (2) Fat Eighths of Contrasting Fabrics (I used Add It Up and Robert Kauffman Kona)
  • Qty (1) Fat Eighth of Background Fabric (I used Add It Up)

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

Sarah’s Choice quilt block tutorial

Iron your fabrics nice and flat to remove any and all wrinkles.  Sometimes, I like to spray my fabrics with my favorite spray starch to make it easier to manage.  Use your cutting measurements to get your pieces all cut and in order.
Using the cutting measurements in your pattern, cut out your background and contrasting fabrics.  Set your (4) smaller background fabric squares (corners) aside.

With a water soluble marking pen, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each larger square piece.  With right sides together, place the following fabric pieces together:

  • (2) Background Fabric with (2) Contrasting Fabric 1
  • (2) Background Fabric with (2) Contrasting Fabric 2
  • (2) Contrasting Fabric 1 with (2) Contrasting Fabric 2

Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew 1/4″ on each side of the marked line of each square set.

Sarah's Choice Quilt Block - Step 2 Sarah's Choice Quilt Block - Step 3

Cut each sewn set along the marked lines.  Press each set open and square these blocks to the measurements indicated on your pattern.

Sarah's Choice Quilt Block - Step 4 Sarah's Choice Quilt Block - Step 5

Gather your Background squares (corners) and your sewn half square triangle sets.  Line up your pieces, as indicated in the image below.  Sew these pieces together, row by row, using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Press each row seams opposite of the last row.  This will help you match your points.

Sarah's Choice Quilt Block - Step 6

Simple and Beautiful!  Once you have your block assembled, you can square this up to 12.5″.

Sarah's Choice Quilt Block

The fabric combination possibilities are truly amazing!  Check out these fun Sarah’s choice quilt blocks that I have pinned on my Pinterest Board:

Sarahs Choice example 1 Sarah's Choice example 2
Sarah's Choice Example 3 Sarah's Choice Example 4

Be sure to show your completed Churn Dash Quilt Block in my FaceBook Group!

We would love to see your work!

Modern Quilt Block of the Month Group

ps – If you can tell me the origin of this quilt block – I would soooooo appreciate it!  I could not find this in my research and love to know the history of quilt blocks!  Comment below!

Until next time, Happy Quilting!

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Churn Dash Quilt Block

The Churn Dash Quilt Block is a very basic block which has stood the test of time. The Churn Dash is a very old 9-Patch quilt block pattern, originating between 1800 and 1849. Its name is a result of the resemblance of the triangle and rectangle perimeter of the block to a butter churn and the center square to the stick (or “dash”) of the butter churn.  In this picture tutorial, I will show you how to put together this fun and easy quilt block.  Grab your pattern and let’s get started with this Churn Dash Quilt Block Tutorial!

Churn Dash Quilt Block - Pinterest Pin 2

To get your cutting measurements, you have a couple choices:

Option 1: Download for free.

To download the cutting measurements for free, you can subscribe to the Sew Much Moore Newsletter.  AFTER you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation email – and you have to confirm or my email service can’t send you the free pattern access email. But once you do confirm, you’ll get access to not just this but several other free patterns. Woot!

(PS – if you have trouble finding the pattern as a subscriber, please contact me)

Option 2: Purchase this PDF pattern

Use this link to purchase a pattern file. You’ll be emailed a download link for a file that references the instructions in this tutorial and provides the cutting measurements for this pattern.  You’ll also be able to download this file in my shop.

This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. 🙂 Read my full disclosure policy here.

Churn Dash Quilt Block Supply List

  • Quilt Block Pattern
  • Qty (2) Fat Quarter of Contrasting Fabrics (I used Add It Up and Yours Truly by Cotton + Steel)

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

Churn Dash quilt block tutorial

Iron your fabrics nice and flat to remove any and all wrinkles.  Sometimes, I like to spray my fabrics with my favorite spray starch to make it easier to manage.  Use your cutting measurements to get your pieces all cut and in order.
Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 1

Sew your (2) long strips of fabric together like in the image below (right sides together).  Next, cut your sewn strip of fabrics into (4) equal parts.  For exact cutting measurements, please reference your pattern.  Press open.

Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 2 

Take your large square fabrics and line up, right sides together.  Sew a 1/4″ seam allowance all around the perimeter of the square.  Next, make (2) diagonal cuts and press each piece open.

Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 4 Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 5

Now it is time to assemble your blocks.  I recommend sewing each row together first and then assembling the three rows.  I have shown below the recommended pressing direction for optimal assembly.

Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 6 Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 7

Such a fun and easy quilt block!

Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 8

Have fun with this block and try all kinds of fabrics!

Be sure to show your completed Churn Dash Quilt Block in my FaceBook Group!

We would love to see your work!

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Until next time, Happy Quilting!

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Betty Bowler Bag by Swoon Patterns

I love making bags and I love a great bag pattern!  When I bought my digital copy of the Betty Bowler Bag by Swoon Patterns, I couldn’t wait to get started!  I will admit that this project might intimidate even the most skilled bag maker.  Whether it is the fear of all that piping or the curved shape – I knew I had to just jump right in and give it a try!

Betty Bowler Bag by Swoon Pattern - Pinterest Pin

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Betty Bowler Bag Supply List

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

Making the Betty Bowler Bag

One of the things I love about Swoon Patterns is how straight forward the patterns are written.  I recommend that you read through the entire pattern before you get started.  This will give you an idea of how the pieces go together.  The first thing you will do is cut and prepare your fabric, foam and interfacing.  If this is your first time making this bag, I would recommend you cut and prep your bag at least a day before you start assembling.

Betty Bowler Bag by Swoon Patterns

If you have a directional fabric, I encourage you to take your time and cut with intention.

Betty Bowler Swoon Pattern - Cutting it out

As shown above, I cut my fabric pieces at the same time.  I separately cut my interfacing and foam.  As you can imagine, the thickness can become too much for a precise cut.

I would recommend that you make your own piping.  Making your own piping is easier than you think!  When you make your own piping you can be sure to get the precise color or pattern to match the rest of your bag.  Take a look at the great tutorial that the Swoon Pattern company has given. (linked above in the supply list)

Betty Bowler Bag - making Piping 1

Betty Bowler Bag - Making Piping 2

Now you get to put your bag together!  I would recommend you watch the step by step tutorial that BirdCage and Thread made in 2016.  I have linked her video below.

I plan to make several more of these bags.  I’m even contemplating some faux leather accents!  Wouldn’t that be grand!

Comment below with any questions or tell us your experience with making your own Betty Bowler Bag.  I would love to hear from you!

Happy Sewing!

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Hashtag Quilt Block Tutorial

The Hashtag Quilt Block is a Modern Quilt Block and very simple to make!  The first use of the Hashtag (as a means to search) became popular with Twitter.  Now Instagram, Facebook and just about every social media platform has integrated this symbol to help users to quickly find their keywords.  In this picture tutorial, I will show you how to put together this fun and easy quilt block.  Grab your pattern and let’s get started with this Hashtag Quilt Block Tutorial!

Hashtag Quilt Block Pinterest Pin

To get your cutting measurements, you have a couple choices:

Option 1: Download for free.

To download the cutting measurements for free, you can subscribe to the Sew Much Moore Newsletter.  AFTER you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation email – and you have to confirm or my email service can’t send you the free pattern access email. But once you do confirm, you’ll get access to not just this but several other free patterns. Woot!

(PS – if you have trouble finding the pattern as a subscriber, please contact me)

Option 2: Purchase this PDF pattern

Use this link to purchase a pattern file. You’ll be emailed a download link for a file that references the instructions in this tutorial and provides the cutting measurements for this pattern.  You’ll also be able to download this file in my shop.

This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. 🙂 Read my full disclosure policy here.

Hashtag Quilt Block Supply List

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

hashtag quilt block tutorial

Iron your fabrics nice and flat to remove any and all wrinkles.  Sometimes, I like to spray my fabrics with my favorite spray starch to make it easier to manage.  Use your cutting measurements to get your pieces all cut and in order.  
Hashtag Step 2Hashtag Step 1

Sew all your light fabrics and only 2 of your dark fabrics together like in the image below.

Hashtag Step 3 Hashtag Step 4

Next, cut your block 3 times.  Your cutting measurement will match the width measurement of your original strips.  You will discard one of your strip sets.

Hashtag Step 5

Finally, you will add the remaining dark strip pieces in between your (3) units (as pictured below).  Sew these together and press.

Hashtag Step 6 Hashtag Step 7

Such a fun and easy quilt block!

Be sure to show your completed Hashtag Quilt Block in my FaceBook Group!  

We would love to see your work!

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How to Sell your Handmade Goods

Have you ever tried to sell something you made?  Whether you try to sell at a craft fair, in a shop or online – Selling handmade goods can be a big step for anyone.  When I first started selling my handmade goods, I was nervous about the process. Where do you start and how do you begin?  In this article, I will explain the some of the steps I took on how to sell your handmade goods and also share some tricks and tips!  This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. 🙂 Read my full disclosure policy here.  

What To Sell

Some of the best selling items I make are simple and practical.  Zippered Pencil Pouches, Travel Shaving & Makeup Bags, and the ever popular Kristine ID Wallet are some of my best selling items.  I began making these items as gifts and found a huge following with them.  While I still make and sell complex items, the most popular are these following three items:

Zippered Pencil PouchDesign your own pencil pouch image for Etsy link - How to Sell your Handmade Goods

This zippered pouch is one of the quickest and easiest items to make.  While I don’t use a pattern for this item, it is very simple to do and you can find all sorts of free tutorials on Pinterest.  I like to make these in all types of fabrics, but the most popular selling items are made with Designer Fabrics and specific team and character fabrics.  This item is most popular for Back-To-School season.

Travel Shaving & Makeup BagsDesign your own boxy pouch etsy listing image link - How to Sell your Handmade Goods

While these bags take a bit more time to make, they are incredibly popular for both men and women alike.  I learned how to make these while attending a quilting retreat.  Since then, I have been making these for sale for many years and figured out how to make these quickly and efficiently.  These bags sell very well for Mother’s and Father’s day.  They also make an excellent birthday and Christmas present.  I have had many Customers request these for their high school and college students as well.

The Kristine ID Wallet

Design your own ID wallet image - How to Sell your Handmade Goods

I fell in love with this pattern the moment I found it.  I was in the market for something that would be similar to the Vera Bradley ID case.  The Kristine ID Wallet  is wildly popular for Back-To-School, Birthdays and Christmas.  I have especially found that girls and young women LOVE these to easily hold their school and work ID’s.  I work part-time in a Middle School and most of the girls wear this type of ID Wallet around their neck.  It is a perfect place to hold their student ID and a few other items as well.  I get many request from college students and young business women also.  I have been able to make different ID wallets and they sell fairly easily.  The best way I sell these items is when I allow the customers to choose their own fabric.  They feel very involved in the process and love to customize things themselves.  While I make mine with a modification (omitting the card slot and flap), I can easily say this is one of my most popular items.  Click HERE for the pattern if you want to sew one for yourself!

Where To Sell

Once you figure out what you are going to sell, you will need to decide how you want to showcase your products.  There are so many choices to take your product to market.  I have tried many different ways to sell my handmade product and have found the following 3 ways to work the best for me.  Let me share this with you!

Selling In Person

Image of my Strawberry Swing Spring Festival Booth - How to Sell your Handmade Goods

Craft Shows and Bazzars are a great way to showcase your handmade items.  Try your best to  book these well in advance to ensure you have enough time to stock your booth with products.  Do a little homework before the show to see what types of folks historically attend.  You will want to ensure that you are stocking products that will sell to the folks that have historically attended.  For example; if I am vending at a Comic-Con, I will make items with fabrics that showcase popular  characters.  If I am vending a Fall Bazzar, I will be sure to stock lots of Fall, Halloween and Christmas related items.  I would also recommend visiting some of the more popular venues and see what is being sold.  Another fun option is to bring samples of your favorite fabrics and allow customers to select their own fabric.  This helps them feel like they were involved in the making of their unique item!  Be sure to collect the amount due (plus shipping) before you agree to make the item.  Have order forms and lead times available.

Selling Online

Image of the different social media selling avenues - How to Sell your Handmade Goods

Selling online is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to showcase your handmade products.  Whether you utilize an existing platform, your own website or Social Media, selling online has many benefits.  Let me give a few tips for each one!

  1. Etsy
    • Etsy is a great platform to sell handmade goods.  In fact, it is one of the most popular sites to use!  They have a very easy process and you can get selling in minutes!  I would highly recommend that you take quality photographs and take lots of them!  The better your pictures and the more descriptive with your listing – the more successful you are likely to be!  I have been using Etsy since 2014 and have found great success!  I am continually improving my pictures and item descriptions.  You can check out my Etsy shop HERE.
  2. Social Media
    1. Facebook is an excellent way to display and sell your products.  I would recommend opening a separate Business Facebook page so you can utilize the reporting features and run advertisements.  You can also schedule your posts in advance to keep your followers interested in your products and your page.  Visit my Business Facebook page HERE.
    2. Instagram is becoming a great avenue for selling online.  Once you get a good following, you can provide direct URL’s to your products.  Create Insta-stories to generate interest for items you are making.  Have fun and be sure to take excellent pictures for your feed.  Imagery is everything with Instagram!  Use hashtags!  Visit my Instagram HERE.
    3. Pinterest and Twitter also provide unique ways to sell online.  While twitter is mostly hashtags and any URL you can imagine, Pinterest requires you to either sell thru their platform or have a self hosted site to send traffic.  Follow all my Pinterest Boards and be sure to follow me on Twitter!
  3. Self Hosted Website
    1. If you really want to  step up your game, you can get get your own website!  It’s actually easier than you might think.  I currently use Bluehost for my URL provider.  They are really affordable and I have not had any problems with them.  I would recommend you splurge on the few additional cents and made sure you make your personal info private.  Whew!  That was a lesson learned!
    2. I use WordPress.org for my content management system (CMS).  I had some help with a Virtual Assistant and had some special customizations on my website.  With that help,  I even have a shop with WooCommerce.  You can take online courses to learn more about how to use WordPress.  I used Blogging on WordPress and LOVED it!
    3. You can also become an affiliate with different products and even make some money on advertisements!  I took Tasha’s online course called Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers and have been successfully earning affiliate dollars from my website and many other  online channels as well.

Selling in a Storefront Shop

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If you have local boutiques or small business in your city, I would recommend approaching them  with the idea of selling your items in their shops.  You will want to browse their current selection to see if they carry local handmade goods.  This is a good sign that they may be open to new vendors.  I currently have items in two local shops and both shops do things a little differently.

  • Selling in a shop – a few things to consider
    • One of my host shops requires monthly space rent as well as a small commission, while another does not charge rent, but charges a higher commission.
    • I usually get paid monthly from each shop and keep track of my own inventory for restock purposes.  I would highly recommend getting a contract from the shop owner that spells out any fees and commissions as well as payment schedules.  Double check how they plan to handle price tags, shopping bags, taxes and sales/promotions.  It is best to make sure any storewide discounts are absorbed by the shop and not the vendor (unless other arrangements have been made).  I always price my own items and each shop takes care of the shopping bags and taxes.

What To Charge

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Trying to figure out what to charge for your handmade goods is always a topic for discussion.  When I first started selling my handmade goods, I priced my items too low.  I guess I didn’t have the confidence that my items were worth more or perhaps I thought that since I wouldn’t pay more for something, then neither would anyone else!  The thing you need to remember is that MANY people do not know how to sew and that they LOVE what you make!    It helps me to understand the cost of materials to make the item.  I also like to check similar items to see what the market is currently charging.  I have broken down a few thoughts on these subjects.

  • Consider your cost
    • Fabric, zippers, hardware, interfacing and anything else that it takes to make your product.
      • To lower your cost, you may consider purchasing your materials at wholesale.  You will need to obtain a resale certificate in order to do this.
    • Credit card and online fees, packing and shipping costs
      • Some fees are higher than others.  Do your homework.
    • if you are selling in person – try to take into account your booth fees
      • Most venues charge for tables and electricity.
  • Consider the market
    • See what other vendors are selling for similar products
    • Is your item highly sought after?  Is it difficult to obtain?

I took the above into consideration when I priced my goods in all the markets I sell.  For the past 6 months, I have been able to stay fairly consistent with my pricing.  I sell my zippered pencil pouches for $10.00.  My Boxy Pouches retail for $22.00 and my Kristine ID Wallet sells for $22.00.  I may take another look at this before the busy season, but for now – this is working well for me. Don’t be afraid to be a bit higher priced that another sellers.  Being the cheapest CERTAINLY does not make you more successful.  If you find an item selling fast, try raising the price.  Even if it is only $1.00.

I would love to hear your feedback on what, where and for how much you sell your handmade items!  What is your best seller?  Have you opened your own website yet?  Tell me in your comments below!

Until next time – Happy Sewing!

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Ohio Star Quilt Block Tutorial

The Ohio Star Quilt block has an interesting history.  During the Civil War, we don’t know what they called this quilt block.  Since then, this block has been called many names.  Other published names include Variable Star,  Eastern Star and Western Star. Carrie Hall gave it several names in her 1935 index to patterns, The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt, among them Texas Star and Ohio Star.  One of the things I love about this quilt block is it’s simplicity and how it can easily make a beautiful statement!  Let me show you how it’s done!

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Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

ohio star quilt block tutorial

Iron your fabrics nice and flat to remove any and all wrinkles.  Sometimes, I like to spray my fabrics with my favorite spray starch to make it easier to manage.  Use your cutting measurements to get your pieces all cut and in order.  Using your water soluble marker, mark two diagonal lines on each Dark Pink square.  Draw a second line on either side of just one of the lines, exactly 1/4 inch from the first line. These will be your sewing lines.  Take both Dark Pink and Teal Blue fabrics and place them right sides together.  Sew along the sewing line and cut at the cutting line for both units.

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Open each sewn unit and iron to the Dark Pink side.  You will have a total of 8 sewn units.  Next you will sew these units together, making sure that touching colors are contrasting.

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Now you have four sewn units that should measure 4.5 inches.  Double check your measurements and trim down if necessary.  Now is also a good time to trim off those pesky dog ears!  Once you have everything measuring correctly, you can lay out your quilt block to prepare for assembly.

Ohio Star layout image

The block comes together easily!  Don’t you just love it!

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We would love to see your work!

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DIY Fabric Pennant Banners

I love to decorate my home!  Whether the decorations are store bought or handmade, there is a great amount of satisfaction in making my home beautiful.  Since being blessed with the love of sewing, I prefer to make my own home decor, if possible.  Making some DIY fabric pennant banners took my home decor to a whole new level!  I was able to create seasonal decor with ease, decorate for a birthday party and even have some swanky ambiance for our NYE celebration!  Once you try these DIY fabric pennant banners – you will want to make more and more!  Let me show you how it’s done!

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First – you need to get your FREE Pennant Template.  Click HERE and I will email this to you!

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Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

diy fabric pennant banner tutorial

Iron your fabrics nice and flat.  Print out your Pennant Template and lay this over a few pieces of fabric and cut these out.  Cut out as many pennants as you will need.  I love using Fat Quarter Bundles for this project because the fabrics are already coordinated!

Cut the fabric

Because these pennants are double-sided, you will decide which fabric will be on the front and on the back.  Place your cut fabric RST (right sides together) and sew along the 2 long sides of the triangle (leaving the short side open for turning).  Repeat this step for each pennant in your banner.

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Next, you will turn each pennant right side out and get the tip of your pennant to a point.  I have found using a Purple Thang is the perfect tool to get these pesky points out!  Do this for each pennant and then press any wrinkles out.

turn pennant RSO

Once you have your pennants pressed out, you will take your Double Sided Bias Tape and situate this along the open raw edge of each pennant.  Enclose the raw edges with the bias tape.  Use pins or Wonder Clips to situate each pennant placement before you sew these in place.

clip bias tape to pennant

That’s it!  Easy Peasy!  

Even our cat, Sox, loved it!

NYE wall decor

This project is an easy sew and the perfect project to help take your home or party decor to the next level.  Most noteworthy is how you can make these banners for seasonal decorations and then pack them away for the next year.  Consider making these for a great Baby Shower gift!  Because these are so simple to make, you can even make these for graduation parties!  The possibilities are amazing!  Get your free Pennant Template and make DIY Fabric Pennant Banners today!

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Sewing Pajama Bottoms

Have you ever wanted to make some pajama bottoms, but felt intimidated by the written patterns?  When you open up the pattern and see all the tissue paper, does it give you anxiety?  I completely understand how that feels!  A few years back, I was fortunate to have my Mom show me the basics of sewing a pair of pants.  Since my first lesson, I have practiced several times.  During my practice, I tried several different patterns and found one that I really liked!  I found the directions pretty simple, the illustrations are good and the tissue pattern is easy to understand.  The pattern even has a pocket!  Let me show you all about this project so that you can get the most out of sewing pajama bottoms for yourself and others!

Simplicity Pattern 2481 PJ Bottoms

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Sewing Pajama Bottoms – TIP #1

Having enough fabric for a project is important.  The amount of fabric you get will obviously depend on your body size and if you choose directional or non-directional print.  The outside of your pattern will help you determine how much of the fabric and elastic to purchase.  If you are not sure how to measure yourself, please grab your measuring tape and refer to this guide:

Sewing Pajama Bottoms - How to measure yourself for a pattern

Sewing Pajama Bottoms – TIP #2

Make sure you pre-wash or soak your fabric before you cut it out!  Most fabrics will shrink during the first wash.  Garment sewists are usually pretty savvy about preshrinking because of the variety of fabrics they work with to create clothing. The majority of folks in this group are advocates of preshrinking because if the fabric shrinks after the fact, the garment won’t fit. Plus, garments need regular cleaning and care.

A big part of sewing is knowing your fabric. A big part of knowing fabric is understanding how to care for it. The key is fiber content. The manufacturing process that fiber goes through to become fabric is often what makes it shrink. Take the time to learn about fabric and how to identify quality, as this directly relates to the amount of shrinking you may witness. We’ve all been guilty of finding and falling in love with fabric before we even have a use for it. If you buy and add to your stash, always include a few care and content notes before you put it away. You can find this information on the end of the bolt.

Sewing Pajama Bottoms – TIP #3

Check out the General Directions (located on the top right area of the 1st page).  You will find all sorts of valuable information that may help you “decode” the pattern.    Pay close attention to what the Symbols mean.  You will want to know how they mark the following:

  • Cut Line
  • Grain Line
  • Fold of Fabric
  • Notches
  • Dots
  • Lengthen or Shorten lines

In the General Directions section, you may also find information about your seam allowance, Cutting Layout/Marking notes as well as special pressing or trimming notes.

Sewing Pajama Bottoms – TIP #4

Tracing your pattern onto Swedish Tracing Paper is a great way to reuse your patterns.  All you need to do is identify your pattern pieces, lay the tracing paper over the original pattern and then lightly trace the pattern with a pencil.  You will want to mark down all the notches, dots, fold arrow symbols.  You will also want to mark the pattern number and how many cuts you need to make.  Copying your pattern onto a traced template is a great way to get the most out of your patterns.  I love this pattern because I can make one for just about everyone in my immediate family!  Since my boys are constantly growing, I can be sure to have the original pattern to make the next size up, when needed.

Sewing Pajama Bottoms – TIP #5

Study and review the cutting layout diagrams on your pattern instructions.  I would recommend that you review the images on your pattern to see how best to layout your pattern on your fabric.  The pattern will provide cutting layout instructions for both common measurements of fabric, which are 45″ and 60″.  Pay close attention to how the fabric should be folded together.  Should it be rights sides facing or wrong sides facing?  Should the pattern be right side facing up or wrong side facing up?  You will also want to make sure you have all your pieces laid out before you being cutting.  This will help to ensure that you have accommodated each pattern piece while making the most of your fabric.  Make sure you have a very sharp pair of scissors.

Cutting out Fabric for PJ Bottoms

Sewing Pajama Bottoms – TIP #6

Serging your raw edges will help you get the most out of your handmade garments.  Sergers use multiple spools of thread (anywhere from two to eight, depending on the manufacturer and model). While it can seem intimidating, most stitches I use frequently only require three spools of thread. And if you think about it, that’s just one more than a sewing machine!  My advice is to master one or two basic things with a serger, and then move on to more complex functions. Start with a 3-thread overlock, which is probably the most basic and most used overlock stitch. Once you learn how to vary the stitch length, the knife cutting width, the thread tensions, and the differential feed on a variety of fabrics, then branch out and experiment with other stitch options available on your machine. You’ll be a pro in no time!  You can check out my favorite serger right HERE.

Sewing Pajama Bottoms – TIP #7

Hemming your pants is the last step in this pattern.  Hemming is easier if you have someone to help you, but this is not always the case!  If you are hemming by yourself, I recommend you take the following steps:

  1. Determine the pant length.  Put on your pants inside out.  Fold the excess length of the pant cuffs toward the inside of the pant leg and pin the pants to the appropriate length. Pin the pant cuffs at the proper length or mark the pants with a small mark of Tailors Chalk.
  2. Iron the hem. Still working with the pants inside out, iron the hems to make a crease at the correct length. Keep measuring as you position the pant legs for ironing to make sure that the length is uniform.Sewing Pajama Bottoms - Measuring the hem
  3. Trim the pants. Be sure that you have measured properly before cutting. If you cut too much you may spoil the garment. Keep the pants inside out. Extend the pants to their full length and trim them depending on the type of hem: For a simple straight hem (e.g. jeans or pant lining), trim about one or two inches below the crease
  4. Start sewing. Load your bobbin and top spool with the same color of thread. The thread should match as closely as possible the original thread used on the pants.  FoSewing Pajama Bottoms - Straight stitching hem pantsr a simple hem with straight stitching, set your machine for a small to medium straight stitch.  Fold the hem so that the cut edge is folded in toward the crease. Begin stitching 1/8 inch from the top of the hem and go all the way round.

Once you get your hemming done, then turn your pants right side out and try them on.  Voila!  Yay!

Give this pattern a try and let me know what you think!  Do you have favorite pajama bottoms pattern that you use?  I would love to know!

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Pearl Clutch Wallet

Pearl Clutch Wallet – Pattern Review

Have you been looking for a new wallet?  Sometimes, you need a small and portable clutch that you can grab and go!  There are lots of choices for wallets in department stores and online shops, but none of them really caught my eye.  I was looking for a wallet that could store my plastic, cash, change and folding money.  It was important that my wallet featured some of my favorite designer fabrics.  After doing some poking around the inter web, I came across the Pearl Clutch Wallet pattern which would carry all the important items that i needed.  As a bonus, this wallet even accommodated  my iPhone!

This pattern is designed by Swoon Sewing Patterns.  The Swoon pattern company does an amazing job of offering well written patterns.  If you have not checked out their selection of patterns, you can do that here.   They even offer FREE patterns.  Yay!!!

Pearl Clutch Wallet

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The first time I made this wallet, my Mom and I got together to make one for ourselves.  First, we cut out all the pattern pieces and the interfacing.  We made sure that we labeled each piece.  Labeling each piece was a useful trick!  Next, we did a search on YouTube for a video tutorial.  We found a very helpful tutorial, which was publicly posted by Living Lady Designs.  Check it out!

I had such a good time making this with my Mom, that I decided to make a second wallet!  As you may know….blue is my favorite color and I am kind of a nut about Cotton + Steel fabric.  Back in 2016, Sarah Watts designed a wonderful fabric line called Bluebird.  My favorite print from that collection was called Octopus Sapphire.  If you ever find this available in the wild – I recommend you gobble it up!

Blue Octopus Fabric - Cotton + Steel

I paired this up with some coordinating Cotton + Steel fabrics and created one of my favorite wallets!

Pearl Clutch Wallet

Super cute, right?  I get sooooo many compliments on my Pearl Clutch Wallet!  It is really one of my favorite makes!  Give it a try – you will be glad you did!

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