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The Airshow Mini Quilt

I just love my Airshow Mini Quilt! I took a Quilting Workshop, which was hosted by the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild.  The KCMQG was hosting Latifah Saafir, with Latifah Saafir Studios. This workshop featured the Airshow Quilt pattern.  Because the workshop was a half day, all the class participants learned how to make a mini quilt (or a pillow top).  In this class we learned about Latifah’s pattern and some great tips and trick for working with bias tape.  Let me share more about how I made my Airshow Mini Quilt.

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THE airshow mini quilt – MATERIALS LIST

(just a side note about the fabric that I used.  I hope you are able to find some, with the links I have provided.  This fabric is out of production and will someday be gone forever)

In case you wanted to make a different (larger size) of this amazing pattern, here is an image of what fabric amounts are required for each size.

Here are the material requirements for the AirShow Quilt. Pattern is by Latifah Saafir Studios. #ForBeginners #easy #quilt #Quilts #Quilting #ideas #modern#ToMake #Designs #Simple #Blocks #Tutorial#quilting #sewing #handmade #Project #Patchwork #Contemporary #WalkingFoot #DIY #Fabric #Bedding #Hip #Trendy #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

THE airshow mini QUILT – SUPPLY LIST

  • Sewing Machine (if you don’t have one yet, here are some that I recommend)
  • Cotton Thread (I recommend Aurifil 50 wt)
  • Rotary Cutter with sharp blade (no kidding about a sharp blade)
  • Acrylic Ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Sewing Pins or Wonder Clips
  • 1/2″ (12mm) Bias Tape Maker
  • Erasable Fabric Marker
  • Washable School Glue (like Elmer’s)

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Kelly is using bias tape in her Airshow Quilt Block. Learn some tips and tricks to make your own! #ForBeginners #easy #quilt #Quilts #Quilting #ideas #modern#ToMake #Designs #Simple #Blocks #Tutorial#quilting #sewing #handmade #Project #Patchwork #Contemporary #WalkingFoot #DIY #Fabric #Bedding #Hip #Trendy #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

THE airshow mini QUILT – ASSEMBLY

Using Latifah’s pattern, you will cut out your focus fabric and glue this to your background fabric.  Be sure to use Latifah’s diagram to help you layout the pieces in the proper place.  Then, using your Erasable Fabric Marker, you will trace and draw your loop lines.  Make your bias tape and sew this over the lines.  Super fun and easy!  In case you haven’t made bias tape before, here is a helpful video tutorial!

The entire class had a wonderful time making our Airshow Quilt Blocks!  Check out some of these fun snapshots of the KCMQG Class!  So many great varieties of fabric.  Isn’t it amazing how different these can look, just by selecting different fabrics?  Say hello to some of my favorite people!  I just love the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild!


If you ever get a chance to take a class with Latifah Saafir, I highly recommend it!  She is an excellent instructor and her style is amazing!  You can learn more about Latifah on her website.  If you belong to a guild, I would also recommend you make arrangements to have Latifah come for a visit!  So much fun and inspiration!

I hope you try this fun project!  This Airshow Mini Quilt has found it’s place on my wall of mini quilts!  Yay!

Happy Quilting!

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Make your own Ultimate Travel Bag

Have you made the Ultimate Travel Bag yet?  I have always loved the look of this bag and was initially intimated by this pattern when my local Quilt Shop asked me to teach this class.  This bag pattern (from byannie.com) has a lot of bells and whistles!  I love the detachable adjustable strap, the exterior pockets and compartments and I especially love the interior!  The inside is full of all the good things!  Who doesn’t love an interior that is lined with mesh pockets and zippered compartments?  This interior provides easy visibility of contents, extra stretchiness and, best of all, adds absolutely no bulk to the seams.  Let me tell you all about it how to make your own Ultimate Travel Bag!

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This bag is the perfect travel companion.  It is very functional and  is carry-on compliant and sure to turn heads wherever you go.  I already mentioned the carrying strap and the inside pockets with mesh. I forgot to mention that it has a handy strap across the back that helps secure the bag to rolling luggage.  Yay!

The Ultimate Travel Bag measures 18½” long x 13¾”H x 8″D.

The Ultimate Travel Bag is the perfect size to carry a small sewing machine.  I can fit my little Kenmore or my Featherweight!   If you intend to carry something heavy such as a sewing machine in your bag, I used a foam core board for the base.  It worked perfect!

the ultimate travel Bag SUPPLY LIST

  • The Ultimate Travel Bag Pattern (with video instructions)
  • Main fabric (for body of bag, pockets, carrying-strap pad): 11⁄2 yds of 45″ wide
  • Lining fabric (for lining of bag): 11⁄2 yds of 45″ wide fabric
  • Coordinating fabric (for stabilizer sleeve, bindings, carrying strap, handle, zipper pulls): 11⁄2 yards of 45″ wide fabric
  • Mesh fabric (for inner pockets): 1⁄2 yd
  • Foam stabilizer:11⁄4 yds of 58″ wide product (Soft and Stable)
  • 11⁄2″ wide strapping (webbing): 51⁄4 yds
  • 9″ x 5″ piece of fusible interfacing (recommended: Pellon ShapeFlex 101)
  • 3⁄4″ – 1″ wide hook-and-loop tape (Velcro): 6″
  • Zippers (I get all my zippers from HERE.  You can send her a message and she will create a listing for exactly what you need)
    • Handbag zipper, 10″ (25.4 cm) or larger;
    • Handbag zipper, 20″ (50.8 cm) or larger
    • Double-slide handbag zipper, 30″ (76.2 cm)
  • Two 11⁄2″ (3.8 cm) rectangle or triangle rings
  • One 11⁄2″ (3.8 cm) wide-mouth slider
  • Two 11⁄2″ (3.8 cm) swivel hooks
  • Acrylic base stabilizer, 1⁄8″ (3 mm)-thick, 8″ x 15″ If desired, substitute foam-core board
  • 6 buttons (I used purse feet)
  • Thread to complement main fabric

PS – save yourself the hassle and purchase the kit!  

This all-in-one kit includes hardware, thread, and fabric to sew a quilted travel bag, complete with reinforced handles, sturdy straps, and a variety of handy pockets.  

Get your kit here!

Basic Sewing Supplies & Tools Needed

  • Sewing Machine with 1/4″ foot
  • Chalk marker
  • Fabric clips
  • Fabric scissors or dressmaker’s shears
  • Glue stick
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Pins & wonder clips
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Stiletto
  • Thread snips
  • Transparent gridded quilter’s ruler
  • Double sided wonder tape
  • Washout marking pencil or pen

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the ultimate Travel Bag – construction

I recommend you read the entire pattern and watch the entire video before you start making this bag.  This will help you understand where and how all the pieces fit together.  After review of all the materials, you should quilt your fabric sandwich and cut all your pieces.  This pattern comes with some awesome pattern piece markers – so nice to keep organized!

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I took the first day to cut and prep all my fabric and materials.  The next day, I started with assembly.  Watching the video, while making the bag, made a HUGE difference!  This bag has lots of parts and pieces.  You don’t want to skip ahead or assume too much!

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I mentioned in the supply list that I used purse feet instead of buttons.  I like the look of these feet and they are super easy to install.

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I think the interior binding was the trickiest part.  I will admit that having a stiletto was completely necessary.  I would recommend taking your time and going slow.  The video even has a place where folks have asked questions and received answers.  That’s very handy!  Here is a sneak peek of what you can expect in the Pattern/Video.

the ultimate travel Bag – all finished!!!

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I really love how my Ultimate Travel Bag turned out.  I already have my next bag’s fabric already set aside – These will make a FANTASTIC gift!

I hope you take some time and enjoy this fun pattern!

Happy Sewing!

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Make a Memory Pillow from a Men’s Shirt

Have you ever wanted to take a piece of clothing and repurpose it into a pillow cover?  When my Father passed away, we were not sure what to do with all his clothes.  So many of what he wore reminded us of different days or events that we shared in his life.  I wanted to take some items and find a way to keep a hold of his memory while utilizing his clothing in the process.  In this tutorial, I will show you how I took my Father’s button down shirt and repurposed it into a Memory Pillow to cherish for years to come!    Let me show you how to make a Memory Pillow from a Men’s Shirt!

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Memory Pillow – MATERIALS LIST

  • a Button down shirt
    • Preferably made from cotton (but it is not required)
    • My Dad’s shirt was a size XL, so that gave me a bigger pillow form option.
  • Custom Embroidered Patch (Handmade in America by CR Creations Shop)
  • Pillow Form
  • Shape flex or SF101
    • This is not required, but it definitely gives the pillow cover a sturdier hand

Memory Pillow – SUPPLY LIST

  • Sewing Machine
  • Serger (not required, but recommended)  I use the Brother 1034D.
  • Cotton Thread (I recommend Aurifil 50 wt)
  • Rotary Cutter with sharp blade
  • Acrylic Ruler
  • Sharp Fabric Scissors (this is my favorite brand)
  • Large Cutting Mat
    • I have a VERY large mat, but you really just need something that is a little bigger than the front of your pillow cover.  (try one of these)
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Sewing Pins or Wonder Clips

Memory pillow – CUTTING & prepping

The size of your pillow cover is going to be limited to the size of your shirt.  Measure the length and width of your shirt to determine the size of pillow form you can use.  My shirt measured 30″ in length  and 26″ in width.  I had a 20″ x 20″ pillow form on hand – so that worked out great for this project!

Before I cut the shirt apart, I buttoned the front of the shirt closed.  Using my favorite fabric scissors, I cut the front of the shirt away from the collar and the back.  I also omitted the sleeves.

Memory Pillow - Cutting the shirt

I cut the back away from the collar and sleeves as well.  Then I used the following measurements when I cut apart my Dad’s shirt.  Again, my pillow form was 20 x 20, so I used the measurements listed on the below chart.

Pillow Form Chart

Memory pillow – sewing and finishing

Next, I followed these steps in assembling the pillow cover.

Memory Pillow Instructions

  • Step 1 – Sew the front of the shirt closed
  • Step 2 – Fuse the Shapeflex to the wrong side of the front and trim to size
  • Step 3 – Fuse the Shapeflex to the wrong side of both back pieces.  Fold a 1 inch hem on each side.  Trip to size.
  • Step 4 – Place one back piece on top of the other so that both hemmed edges will overlap.  This is the envelope opening.  Secure with stitches along the bottom and top edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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  • Step 5 – Follow the instructions to iron the patch onto the front of the shirt
  • Step 6 – Sew the patch to the front of the shirt.  This is optional (since the patch is technically iron-on).
  • Step 7 – place the back assembled pieces on top of the front (right sides together).  Pin along the edges.
  • Step 8 – Sew the perimeter of the pillow cover, using a 1/2″ seam allowance.  You can choose to serge this at the end.  I think it adds a nice touch and finished the cover nicely!

Now all you need to do is turn the cover right side out and install the pillow insert!  Yay!  This repurposed shirt is being gifted to my big brother.  You guessed it, his name is Shad!

Memory Pillow Cover - Finished Collage

You should make a Memory Pillow cover too!  I have a fun giveaway to get you ready!  All you have to do is comment below and tell us what you plan to repurpose and you will automatically be entered into this random drawing.  One lucky winner will receive one Custom created memory Patch from CR Creations Shop!  

Memory Pillow Giveaway

I will notify the lucky winner next week and get the custom embroidery details plus shipping info.  You can comment multiple times to enter.  Each new comment is an additional entry.  You can even enter on my Instagram and Facebook comments!  See my patch for all the contest rules.

I can’t wait to hear what you have planned!  Comment below!

Until next time – Happy Sewing!

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The Amethyst Project Bag

Being a member of a Modern Quilt Guild has it’s benefits!  Our local Modern Guild, KCMQG, arranged to have Sara Lawson come for a lecture and workshop!  Sara’s lecture was very informative and she even gave us each a swatch sample of many different kinds of interfacing.  Sara’s workshop was sold out and all the attendees were excited (and some were a little nervous) about making the Amethyst Project Bag.  Let me tell you all about it!

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Sew Sweetness Amethyst Project Bag

Bag made by Sara Lawson – Image provided by Sew Sweetness

This bag features ample storage space for any project or hobby – quilting, drawing, hand-sewing, and so much more! The lining features a zippered pouch, mesh zippered pocket, and elastics for holding pens or other items. The bottom of the case has an elastic buckle strap to hold quilt blocks, books, and rulers.  I plan to put some current UFO’s in mine and easily take it to a Sew Day or Quilting Retreat!  Let me tell you what you will need to make your own!

Amethyst Project Bag SUPPLY LIST

  • Amethyst Project Bag Pattern
  • 3/4 yard of Exterior Fabric
  • 1 yard of Lining Fabric
  • 1/2 yard of foam interfacing  – like by Annie’s Soft and Stable
  • 2 yards of 20” wide Pellon SF-101 Shape Flex fusible woven interfacing
  • 1-1/2 yard of Pellon #71 Peltex fusible ultra-firm interfacing
  • 40” handbag zipper (I get all my zippers here)
  • 9” all-purpose zipper
  • 14” all-purpose/dress zipper
  • 14-1/2” x 5” piece of mesh (lots of color choices here)
  • 1/2 yard of 1/4” wide elastic
  • 1 yard of 1” wide elastic
  • Plastic side-release/parachute buckle (it should be able to accomodate 1” wide strap) – check out the color choices here.

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

Amethyst Project Bag – construction

As I mentioned above, we constructed this bag in a workshop.  There were close to 20 of us gathered together.  Prior to class, we were instructed to pre-cut and fuse all our fabrics.  I had a tough time figuring out what fabric to use for my exterior, so I decided to sew a bunch of my saved selvages together to create my own exterior fabric!

Amethyst Project Bag Making the Selvage fabric

Do you save your Fabric Selvage too? Can’t you tell that I’m obsessed with Cotton + Steel?

We got started at 9:00 am and worked through the early afternoon.  The first thing we did was assemble the interior.  Many of the class participants went outside of the pattern and made some custom modifications to the pattern.  Some added more pockets while others made their elastic spaces wider to accommodate different sized tools.  I followed the pattern and love how it turned out!  Here is my interior.  I added the elastic after I took this picture…

Amethyst Project Bag Interior 1

Again – I’m loving these Cotton + Steel prints from a few years back. It’s so nice so sew from my stash!

I think the most challenging part of the pattern is fitting the long zipper around the bag.  Sara to the rescue!!!!

Amethyst Project Bag Sara Lawson to the Rescue

Thanks for all your help, Sara!

If you ever have the opportunity to host Sara at your local guild, you will definitely want to also book a workshop.  We all had such a great time and Sara is a wonderful instructor!  Sara also explains this pattern in a video.  She takes you through the pattern (step-by-step) and helps you finish!  Check out this little trailer that explains her instruction video.

You can learn more about getting her full video (over 2 hours of instruction) right HERE.  Several of us finished and most of us were REALLY close to finishing.  Whenever I take a class, I am usually a Chatty Cathy and finish mine after the class is over.

Amethyst Project Bag – all finished!!!

Amethyst Project Bag Collage

I really love how my Amethyst Project Bag turned out!  Here are some fun pictures we were able to get during the class!  Enjoy!

Sara and Dawn

Sara and Dawn

Gina always has the coolest fabric!

Gina always has the coolest fabric!

Sara explains the next step

Sara explains the next step

Jenn is hard at work!

Jenn is hard at work!

Sewing with friends is FUN!

Sewing with friends is FUN!

Sammie's finished bag!

Sammie’s finished bag!

Another finish! Yay!

Another finish! Yay!

Jan's finished Amethyst Project Bag

Jan’s finished Amethyst Project Bag

Nicole and Sara

Nicole and Sara

And who can resist a group photo!???!!

I hope you take some time and enjoy this fun pattern!

Happy Sewing!

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Scrappy Colored Pencils Mug Rug

One of my good friends asked me to make her some mug rugs.  She was looking for a “Back to School” theme and I came across the perfect pattern!  The Colored Pencils pattern by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play is a fun and easy foundation paper piecing pattern that is just perfect for using up your precious scraps!  I am a HUGE fan of Kristy’s patterns.  She totally gets the need for fun and contemporary patterns.  She even has quite a few modern patterns as well!  At the time I made this project, her Colored Pencils pattern was free.  I may still be!  Let me show you all about the Colored Pencils Mug Rug that I made for my friend Janelle!

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Colored Pencil Mug Rug – Materials List

  • Pattern
  • Rainbow assortment of fabric scraps
  • Background fabric
  • Fabric for “pencil lead”

Colored Pencil Mug Rug – supply List

Colored Pencil Mug Rug – choosing the scraps

Colored Pencils Mug Rug Collage

If you have been quilting for a little while, it does not take much time to start accumulating scraps of fabric.  I love the fabrics that I buy and tend to keep many of the scraps that are generated with my various projects.  This project was fun to make because the scraps reminded me of all the past project I originally made!  Using some selvage edges, I added to the pattern along the bottom of the mug rug.  I think that really “MADE” the mug rug!

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I highly recommend you try this pattern.  It is super fun and easy.  If you need some help with foundation paper piecing, I recommend you take this online course by Carol Doak.  She is an excellent virtual instructor!  I finished this project off with some leftover binding from a previous project.  I didn’t cut into any new fabric to make this fun Mug Rug!  My friend Janelle loved her new Mug Rug!

Janelle and her Mug Rugs

I had a hard time remembering all the names of the fabric that I used in this mug rug.  If you recognize one and know the name of it – please leave me a comment below!

Happy Stitching!

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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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DIY Fabric Pennant Banner Supply List

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.

sew along dotted line

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!

Happy Sewing!

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Learning to Sew and Quilt

Learning to sew and quilt is a valuable skill!  Sewing has so many uses and there are different ways to do it!  One of the quickest ways to accomplish a sewing project is to sew with a sewing machine.  You can accomplish so many types of sewing projects with a sewing machine!  Home decor sewing, fashion/garment sewing, sewing for children/grandchildren, quilting, crafts, upcycling, and a lot of other sewing projects (I could go on and on).  It is certainly clear that sewing is a useful skill that is worth learning.

One the flip side, I also think there are many reasons people come to a terrifying halt when it comes to sewing. Things like threading a machine or winding a bobbin are just too much for them attempt (let alone to master).  They may feel like hyperventilating at the thought of inserting a zipper or making a buttonhole.  What happens with the bobbin runs out of thread or the needle breaks?  These are all very common reasons why people never learn to sew.

Well, I can promise you that the rewards of learning to sew outweigh the unfounded fears that cause people to shy away.  If you commit to learning the skill of sewing, you will find people who are more than willing to share their knowledge.  Take a class or sign up for a workshop today!

Private lessons

Learn to Sew

Based upon availability and your location, I can come to your home and teach as much as you would like to learn.  We can begin by exploring your sewing machine.  It is important to know how to thread your top thread and how to wind and use your bobbin.  We can also review your different stitch settings and practice some basic stitches.  Learning how to replace a needle and backstitching are also some basic skills we can cover in your private lesson.  Learning to Sew and Quilt is worth your time.  You will love it!

If you are a seasoned sewist, and would just prefer a private setting – we can chose a lesson that sounds fun and go from there.

Contact me to schedule your private lesson today!

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I am located in the Northern Kansas City metroplex.  I host several sewing classes and quilting workshops almost every month!  You can find my upcoming events on my

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The Betsy Travel Bag

There are so many duffle bag patterns out there.  It is difficult to know which pattern to try and which to save for another day.  I found a wide selection of free duffle bag patterns, but none really gave me all the things I was looking for in a duffle bag.  You see, I like to take little weekend get-away trips and needed a bag for a couple days change of clothes.  Nothing major.  I wanted my duffle bag to have lots of separate compartments and options for putting my items in order.  I finally found a great pattern and started gathering the necessary materials to make this pattern into a reality!  I decided upon the Betsy Travel bag, by Kristi McDonough with Schnitzel & Boo.

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Betsy Travel Bag – Materials List

Now, I know what you are thinking – That’s a lot of materials!  Yeah, it is!  I have pulled together some links to help you find your hardware.  There is a bunch you will need for this pattern.  Getting the right stuff is important!

Betsy Travel Bag – Tips & Tricks

After I acquired my materials and supplies, I started sorting and labeling my fabrics.  The below picture is just me sorting thru all the fabric that I had (of this particular line).  I bought some bits of yardage a while back and (at the time) did not know what I would be using it for.  It was at this particular project that I learned how fabric prints are retired (oh no!).  I ended up scrounging around Etsy and Instagram for some missing bits, but finally pulled all the fabrics together.  In the end – I pulled together all the fabrics I needed for the project.  The fabric line I chose is called Juggling Summer by Zen Chic for Moda fabrics.  They may have a TINY bit left right HERE.

I did my cutting in stages (because there was so much to cut and keep track of).  I made sure that I labeled everything as I cut.  This was a HUGE time savings when I got ready to start sewing things together.

The best advise I have for you, when putting this bag together is to take it slow and don’t expect to finish this in one day.  In fact, I gave myself an entire weekend to assemble the bag (I had already had it all cut out and prepped ahead of time).  I am really happy with the results!  I also found that talking to myself helped with the construction of this bag.  Do you do that too?

I use this bag for every quilting retreat, when I make a quick trip to visit family or any other time I need a bag for the weekend.

Have you made this bag?  I would love to hear from you!  What was your favorite part or some things that you would have done differently or changed?  Let us know in the comments section below!

Happy Sewing!

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DIY Travel Pillow Cases

With summer vacations quickly approaching, now is a perfect time to make a few Travel Pillow Cases!  This fun and easy method will allow you to make one for each person in your family.  They make great gifts too!

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Here are the materials you will need to make a Travel Pillow Case:

Materials List

  • Qty (1) 12” x 16” Pillow Form
  • ½ Yard of Fabric for your Main Print (*Royals Fabric)
  • ¼ Yard of Fabric for your Pillowcase Band (*Solid Blue)
  • 1/8 Yard of Fabric for your Pillowcase Trim (*Solid White)

Basic Supplies

  • Sewing Machine & sewing machine manual
  • Sewing Machine pedal with attached cord
  • Thread that coordinates your project
  • Loaded bobbins for your specific machine
  • Seam Ripper
  • Sharp Fabric Scissors
  • Straight pins or wonder clips

One of my favorite things is selecting the fabrics to make my own pillow case.  Here is one of my favorite combinations!  I used Cotton & Steel’s Persistence Prevails by Sarah Watts, Moda Grunge for the trim and Kona Solids for the band.  Perfect!  This particular print is out of production, but you might be able to find some on Etsy or your local Quilt Shop!  I personally love the selection of Deer and Antelope fabrics that I found on my affiliate’s website – Click HERE to check these out!

I recently taught this class at my Local Quilt Shop for the Kids Sewing Club.  We had a great time and all the students made some wonderful travel pillow cases.

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Here are some snapshots of previous classes – Such a great time!


I will definitely have this class again – be sure to sign up for my newsletter so you can be the first to know about new class schedules!

Happy Sewing!





Making Fabric Storage Baskets

Baskets are storage workhorses!  They provide easy organization solutions, plus they’re stylish and can add warmth to any room in the house.   Making fabric storage baskets takes style to another level.  You can make these for any season and even for everyday!  I’ve seen these fabric baskets used in many, many ways!  These are great for baby shower gifts.  Just roll up some newborn diapers and other baby notions into a fabric basket – Voila!  Make it even better if you choose a nursery theme fabric!  Winning!!!  I made one for a recent High School graduate. She chose the fabric of her (soon to be) college and she used it in her graduation party as a collection basket for her greeting cards!  Perfect!

One of the best solutions to a lack of storage are baskets!  Even better – DIY FABRIC BASKETS!!!

Ask any sewing enthusiast if they have enough storage.  You will most likely receive a unanimous “Of course not” for a response!  I have several in my sewing studio that I use for various items.  One of my baskets is dedicated to all my saved fabric selvages.  Am I the only one that saves those?!?!  For your convenience, I have compiled a list of affiliate links to make this project easy to do.  Let’s get started!

What you need to make your own

~Supply list~

I really love the pattern and design of the One Hour Fabric Basket by our friends at Hearts and Bees.  This pattern is an instant download and you only need some basic supplies to make your basket.  This is a basic sewing pattern with a pictorial tutorial.  I love that!  You only need to have some basic skills necessary, like how to sew various size seam allowances and how to top stitch.  Easy Peasy!

The sizing and finished measurements of the fabric basket are  10″L x 6″W x 7″H.  This is the perfect size for storing fat quarters of fabric.  The width fits folded fat quarters perfectly!  Do you love how mine turned out?  I used Tula Pink Bumble Fabric.  I also altered the pattern by adding a fusible interfacing.  This gave my basket a nice form and shape.  I gave this project a little sass by quilting along the existing fabric lines.  Nice!

My Local Quilt Guild, The Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, hosted a Christmas swap and we chose this pattern.  My secret swap partner and I made each other a Fabric Basket.  I love all the extra detail that my partner put into the basket that she made.  She added some flying geese and coordinated this with the interior arrow fabric!  I use this basket everyday to store my extra sporty fabric (which I give to my mother to make baby jackets).

As an added bonus, the pattern designers have offered an additional pattern called “Friends of the Hour Basket“.  Make different sizes of Fabric Baskets with this additional pattern. The options are really fun!

This basket is perfect to use for everyday storage!

Happy Sewing!