• Christmas Gifts You Can Make Quickly

    In a perfect world, I would take 2 weeks at the beginning of November and do nothing but sew all day long, everyday, so I could make everyone I know the perfect Christmas gift. I would already have everything prepared, precut and planned. I wouldn’t have to cook or clean or pick kids up from school. I would come down to my sewing studio with my coffee in hand and just sew gift after gift. Not a single thread would break and I wouldn’t make a single mistake. Once all the gifts were done, I would have plenty of time to write a thoughtful and loving card to each and…

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    Quick Snap Bag Pattern & Tutorial

    It is kind of ironic that I own yards and yards of fabric, I sew almost every day and yet more often than not, I carry projects and other miscellaneous things around in plastic zip top bags. The other day, I had 30 minutes to sew and decided to make some snap bags to put things in instead of those silly zip top bags.   Here is how I made them. Supplies: Fabric 1 metal measuring tape from the dollar store 1 pair of scissors from the dollar store Serger (optional) Sewing machine The first two, I made to go in my car and hold the head phones for the…

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    Embroidered Clutch Purse

    Sulky Certified Instructor Rita Gamela recently sent me a picture of this great little clutch she made for an event. She told me that she didn’t have a ton of time on her hands, but she really wanted a new clutch purse for the upcoming event. So she went into her stash and found a place mat! That place mat turned into a great accessory. She used Sulky 40 wt. Rayon Threads for the machine embroidery design and Sulky Blendables® threads with a twin needle in her machine for the background grid pattern. She inserted a zipper using the buttonhole stitch and a brand new purse is born! What a great…

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    Football Table Runners & Coasters – Tutorials

    As I have mentioned before, I love football! Every Saturday during football season we invite people over to our house to watch the games. I love the time with family and friends and it also gives me a chance to decorate with fun football themed decor. Since most of the time we are gathered in my family room, I always have a table runner and coasters on the coffee table. I don’t want to use the same thing for every game so here are some of my favorites: 1. The 10 Minute Table Runner – Yes, it really does take 10 minutes. Here is a link to a pattern if you need a little more…

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    Off to College Bag and Towel Gift Set – Tutorial

    It’s back to school time! Here in Georgia, my kids are happy to be back at school. They love getting to see all of their friends, and quite frankly, we all do a little better when we are on a schedule. I also know several young men and women who are heading off to college for the first time. Do you need a gift to give an entering college freshman? If so, this bag and bath set might be perfect. It is quick and easy to make and is sure to be appreciated. I started with monogramming the towel. I think monogrammed towels at college are a must. With new…

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    Easy Chevron Quilt – Tutorial

    Sometimes you need a quilt and fast. There is a little girl at my church who was just diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma. She is 10 years old and she will start some pretty intensive chemo treatments this week. Although we are all praying for a full and complete recovery for her, we also know that she is about to walk a very hard road. I just couldn’t in good conscience allow her to start chemo without a snuggly quilt to take with her. When I was in Los Angeles for the Mimi G Style conference I found this wonderful Minky at Michael Levine’s. I knew this would be perfect for the…

  • Bag Tags – Free Pattern!

    I made these for my daughters to put on their backpacks for school before the school year started last year. My youngest daughter loved hers and even put it on her new backpack for this school year. My older daughter didn’t use hers so I stole it from her and put it on my lunch bag that I bring to work. It’s a great, easy FREE pattern from Studio Kat Designs.  Get the pattern here. I used Sulky Transfer Pens to put the pattern on the fabric. I love the Iron-On Transfer Pens, especially for things like this. You simply trace over the pattern lines with the pen then place the traced…

  • Patriotic Placemats Tutorial

    In honor of Independence Day, I wanted to make some new placemats for my kitchen. They were quick and easy to make and will be fun to have in my kitchen for July. Here is how I made them. I used the “Tube Method” to make the blocks. IF you aren’t familiar with this method, watch a great YouTube tutorial on how to do it here. I took 4 sets of 4 blocks to create 4 square placemats. Next I made my “quilt sandwich.” I layered the backing, batting and placemat tops together using Sulky KK 2000™ Temporary Spray Adhesive to hold everything in place. I prefer KK 2000 to pins especially…

  • Coasters – The Perfect Hostess Gift – Tutorial

    Recently, a friend of mine sent me a Pin from Pinterest that she knew I would love: some adorable little coasters using half-square triangles. Later we were shopping and  saw the Moda® Dottie™ mini charm packs! I snatched one up immediately knowing these adorable little 2.5″ squares were perfect to make those little coasters. This is the result: What I used: • 1 Moda Dottie mini charm pack • Scrap of Warm & Natural® Batting • Scrap of white and black fabric for backing • 1 fat quarter of white tone-on-tone fabric • Sulky® PolyLite™ in #1001 Bright White • Sulky 40 wt Rayon in #1001 Bright White The very first thing I did was…

  • For Father’s Day – The Perfect Monogram

    I am a southerner and southerners do love all things monogrammed. My favorite quote is from one of my girls’ teachers who said, “I would monogram my toothbrush if I could!” It’s true, we do go a little crazy with our monograms, but a well placed, well done and perfectly sized monogram can also be a perfect thoughtful Father’s Day gift. Here are three ideas: Monogram the cuff of his dress shirt – When I was growing up, the only person I knew with a monogrammed dress shirt cuff was a gentleman at my church who was the vice president of a bank. I remember seeing that detail and thinking how…