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BLOG TOUR | Cozy Up To Fall – EYMM Piko Top & Get Moving Leggings 

Fall… Oh how i missed you!!  As much as i love sewing dresses and cute skirts, there is just something about sweaters and leggings that makes my heart skip a beat!  Its been unseasonably warm around here so its taking a little longer than normal to get in the swing of all sewing BUT a good blog tour will always do the trick!  Have you been following along with the other amazing outfits that have been shared this week?  It’s been super inspiring, which means my list is now about a mile long, haha!

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This gorgeous sweater knit came in a grey mystery box from Sincerely Rylee fabrics last year.  I’ve been sitting on it for awhile and this seemed like the perfect time to pull it out.  The Piko Top has 3 hem options and 3 sleeve lengths.  For this version I went with the hi-lo hem and 3/4 length sleeves.

After I was finished hemming, I gathered some wide black lace and attached it just by zig zagging it along the my original hem.  Here’s a little secret, this is the PERFECT way to add a little extra length to both handmade and store-bought items.  It made the front length exactly where I would want to wear with leggings.

 

Speaking of those fabulous leggings, they are the Get Moving Leggings made in a double brushed poly from So Sew English.  Now, I know there are a million legging patterns out there, and I definitely own my share of most of them but I will say the fit of these was spot on.  When you measure for this pattern, it has you check your calf and thigh measurements in addition to waist/hip.  This made it really easy to grade the legs slimmer since my legs are about 2 sizes different than my hips/waist.   With 3 different waist styles and multiple lengths (shorts/capris/full length) and with or without a gusset, this leggings pattern is a one stop shop!

 

Want to win a $20 EYMM gift card??? To enter for a chance just drop a comment sharing what pattern you would like to add to your fall wardrobe. I will be drawing for our prize at the end of the tour (10/11)

Make sure to stop by all the amazing stops on the Cozy Up to Fall Tour!! (Keep in mind that the links below won’t work until their scheduled date, but feel free to click through and check out their other blog posts anytime.)

Oct. 3 – Tour Kick-off at EYMM

Oct. 4 – Capture, Craft, and Cook and Boutique Birdie

Oct. 5 – Sprouting JubeJube and EYMM

Oct. 6 – Pretty and Precious and House of Estrela

Oct. 7 – Analog Bytes and Connected By A Thread

Oct. 8 – Adventures With Bubba and Bug and With Love in Every Stitch and Beri Bee Designs

Oct. 9 – Five Blessings and Lulu & Celeste and Creative Counselor

Oct. 10- Tour Roundup on EYMM

During the tour, all featured patterns are on sale (save even more by buying the youth/adult bundles!) … the Four Seasons Cardigan (both women’s and girl’s), the Piko Top (both women’s and girl’s), and the Leggings Bundle (‘Get Moving’ Leggings for women and Jocelyn’s Leggings for girls). Use coupon code FALL17 to save 30% off these 6 patterns and/or 3 bundles in the EYMM shop, but only until 11:59pm on October 11, 2017.

Psssstt…. the post above does contain affilliate links.  I would greatly appreciate that, if you enjoyed my post, and you decide to purchase from any of the companies I’ve shared that you do so through my links.  Every little bit helps keep the site running <3

Hip Hop Tank Blog Tour – My Geeky Side

I have had the Love Notions Hip Hop Tank pattern for well over a year and i’m embarrassed to say before now, i’d never made one! I know right?!?   Jumping on this blog tour seemed like a great reason to dust it off and get to making.

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Ok, so we all have that deep dark secret right??  No, it’s not a dirty one, just one that i don’t think everyone knows about me.  I am a HUGE Game of Thrones fan!!  EEK!   So marrying two of my favorite things, sewing and fandom seemed like a perfect idea.  This map fabric from Backstitch Fabrics was hiding on my shelf waiting for the perfect project and I think this was it!

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While the pattern has amazing options on its own, I really wanted to add a little twist of my own and decided to make the back in 2 pieces rather than the standard tulip bottom.  For the back I used this gorgeous black and white knit that I was lucky enough to pick up from Quilt Market.   Its from the new Blake Cotton Jersey collection by Carolyn Friedlander that should be hitting shops this month!

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One of my favorite things about this pattern is there’s a similar girl’s version. You can buy the bundle here.  I love patterns that I can duplicate for my daughter, and I’m certain this is a style she would really like!

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IF you want to see a few versions in the girls style be sure to check out the other stops on the tour, there’s some REALLY cute girls versions sewn up!

July 31 Sew Shelly Sew   Wholesome Mama   Kainara Stitches

August 1 Stitches by Laura   MeMade   Very Blissful

August 2 Handcrafted by RED   Sprouting Jube Jube   Sewn at Seams

August 3 Sewing Curves   Beri Bee Designs   Phat Quarters

August 3 Ruby Rue Creations,   Sew and Tell Project   All Things Katy

Want a chance to win a $50 giftcard to Love Notions??  Enter HERE!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today and letting me share!

** Please note there are affiliate links in the above post.

Blog Tour | Game Day Collection by Lori Whitlock

After a whole week (and really the last few months) of lots of girl sewing I’m excited to bring something for my little guy today!   The Game Day collection  designed by Lori Whitlock for Riley Blake is SO fun!  It’s the perfect mix of juvenile but still cool for older kids,  even the girl said, “hey, that’s awesome fabric, can I get something too??”


After using knits for so much it takes some thought for me to decide on woven patterns.  Recently this kid has outgrown ever jacket in the closet and while it’s starting to warm up, there are still those days that need something lightweight.  So, jacket it was!  Plus a jacket has been on my bucket list for awhile now, might as well check it off right?!


I looked at a few pattern options but ultimately loved the versatility that the Starboard Jacket from Peekaboo Pattern Shop provided.  Can be made with wovens, knits, nylon, PUL, really almost anything since it doesn’t require any ease or stretch. While I did have to make something with my nemesis, the zipper, I have to say it really wasn’t so bad and I’m thrilled with how it turned out!

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Our photoshoot went downhill quickly when Daddy gave him the water pack…. 

My favorite print from this line was the Sports Ticket in Navy, so I went with that for my main fabric.  The jacket is full lined  with knit gray and white 1″ stripes, also from Riley Blake.

Huge thank you to Lori for the invitation to join in her release tour! And to Riley Blake for generously sending both fabrics for this project.  Also to Peekaboo Pattern Shop for providing a copy of the Starboard Jacket pattern!

Don’t miss the rest of the stops this week to see some other awesome inspiriation for this fabulous collection!!

Tuesday April 25 – Quiltscapes

Wednesday April 26 – Ameroonie Designs

Thursday April 27 – Hem Me In (Formerly Fishsticks Designs)

Friday April 28 — Lori Whitlock

Growing Up Handmade Round Up & Giveaways

What a week!!!  Thank you so much to everyone who followed along with us, I hope you’ve found some new inspiration and ideas to use with your own kids.  I know I had a great time seeing all the different looks everyone created.

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Just a quick recap of what we’ve looked at this week –

Handmade Boy | Paisley Roots | Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting

Beri Bee Designs | Phat Quarters | Sewing By Ti | Sew and Tell Project

The Wholesome MamaVicky Myers Creations

Pattern Revolution | Skirt Fixation | SewSophieLynn | EYMM

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And last but not least our giveaway winners!!  Let’s start with our linkup winner –

First of all thank you to all our linkup participants!!
It was so fun to see what everyone shared!

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Congratulations Cat Gerstenschlager!!

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And for our grand prize…

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One more HUGE thank you to all our sponsors, this would not have been possible without their support!

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Blog Tour | Growing Up Handmade Day 2

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Welcome to day 2 of our tour! It’s been so fun to read all the comments shared about what challenges you face or what tips you might have when it comes to sewing for your older kiddos. One of the things I saw mentioned a few times was finding fabrics at a reasonable cost, or not being able to see/feel them ahead of time because you’re having to order online. Trust me, I face those same things! I do have some secrets to share though…

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I’ll admit, I miss being able to make some of the cute character things for her, i’m in SO many custom fabric groups that it’s really tempting.   Ultimately what she wants, is fabrics that are going to blend into the background; prints that looks most like those we could buy at a store. Fabrics like this beautiful plaid from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. This is one of their Club fabrics, essentially one that is designed for them and then printed in house. For those that don’t have a touch and feel computer screen it is SO SOFT!!  Even better, they are afforable!  At roughly $10-12 a yard I don’t feel super guilty making items that I know will get worn on a regular basis.

That bring us to the next thing… patterns that are “approved” by the boss for every day wear.  Lately she has been designing her own patterns… meaning she draws it out and expects me to translate that into something I can make, HAHA!  Often there are some patterns that I can make minor changes to or combine to get just what she wants.  Here is her latest design

I took the Simple Life Pattern Co Adelyn Scoop back dress and extended the bodice by about 4 inches and attached the bottom half of Marlie’s Romper, also from Simple Life.

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I did make other minor modifications, like the pockets –

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And of course the back.  This is just scalloped elastic that is attached very similarly to the ties that the dress has in the pattern.  A bit trickier but same concept.

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She is always a HUGE fan of the Hey June Juniors collection, I can’t even tell you how many Camden Raglan’s we have in the closet, haha!  Same with the  Made for Mermaid’s Rowan.

Camden Raglan – Harry Potter is definitely an exception to the no character rule!!

Another favorite, is just about anything athletic related.  So while I picked up the New Horizons 11th Hour Gear to use for my little guy, Ry has also decided she LOVES the pants!

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Want a chance to win ALL the patterns I mentioned, PLUS giftcards for fabric to make them???  Dont miss out on our awesome giveaway!!  You can enter HERE!  Huge thank you to all our sponsors, these prizes are really impressive!!!

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PLUS check out the link-up party for a 2nd chance to win! 

Today we also have these fabulous ladies with some awesome ideas!
 Phat Quarters   |  Sewing By Ti   |   Sew and Tell Project

Monday – April 17th
Handmade Boy  |  Paisley Roots   |  Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting

Wednesday – April 19th
The Wholesome Mama   |   Rebel & Malice   |   Vicky Myers Creations

Thursday – April 20th
Pattern Revolution   |   Skirt Fixation   |   SewSophieLynn   |   EYMM

Friday – April 21st
Round Up and Giveway Winners

Growing Up Handmade Blog Tour Kickoff!

Welcome to our debut Growing Up Handmade blog tour!  I am so excited to be hosting this amazing group of bloggers, they have some really great ideas to share with you all!

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As a mom to a fabulous, independent, driven and sometimes full of attitude 9 year old, it’s been increasingly difficult to find that common ground when it comes to homemade clothing.  I have to be sure to find trendy fabrics and patterns so that what i’m making doesn’t just hang in the closet unworn.  I thought if I was having this issue there had to be others in the same boat, and wouldn’t it be great to have a whole week dedicated to ideas and styles that might make everyone’s job a little easier?!  So that brings us here!

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Follow along this week for lots of ideas that you can hopefully incorporate into your summer lineup!  BUT to sweeten the week, we have an AWESOME group of sponsors and we’ve been able to put together TWO incredible prize packages totaling over $500!!!!!

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Your first chance to win is simple, just click HERE and check out all our fabulous sponsors!  Contest ends on Thursday 4/20 and winner will be announced on Friday the 21st.   This prize package includes over $100 in giftcards for fabric from Raspberry Creek, Phat Quarters and Purpleseamstress, the FULL Girls Boho pattern collection from Petite Stitchery plus additional patterns to bring that fabric to life from Winter Wear, Hey June, Made for Mermaids, Greenstyle, Love Notions, Patterns for Pirates, Striped Swallow, SisBoom, EYMM, Simple Life Pattern Co and StitchART free motion.

Our 2nd package includes $70 in fabric giftcards from So Sew English and Simply by Ti, plus your choice of a pattern (or two in a few instances) from each of the following designers Winter Wear, Hey June, Made for Mermaids, Greenstyle, 5 out of 4 Patterns, Striped Swallow, EYMM and Simple Life Pattern Co.   To enter for THIS package just join our linkup party!!  One person that shares will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday also.

Here is our lineup for today!
Handmade Boy | Paisley Roots | Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting

And our full schedule for the week –

Tuesday – April 18th
Beri Bee Designs | Phat Quarters | Sewing By Ti | Sew and Tell Project

Wednesday – April 19th
Courtney Zadik | Rebel & Malice | Vicky Myers Creations

Thursday – April 20th
Pattern Revolution | Skirt Fixation | SewSophieLynn | EYMM

Friday – April 21st
Round Up and Giveway Winners

Blog Tour | Goldilocks and Molly

What, you thought I was going to say three bears??  Haha! Well, techincally  you’re right but not today.

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I am always thrilled to be part of sharing new fabrics from Riley Blake.  This gorgeous new collection from Jill Howarth is no exception.  She has such a whimsical but very classic illustration of the ever loved Goldilocks and the Three Bears story.  I only touch on a few of the colors/prints but you can see the full collection here.

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I knew I wanted my pattern choice to be a more simple style but still something that highlighted the main scene as well as the coordinates.  The Molly Dress from The Simple Life Pattern Co was perfect!  With the updated slim peter pan collar, it has a modern twist on a very classic look.

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I modified the pattern slightly to include a bottom band and tuxedo ruffle, utilizing this beautiful teal mushroom coordinate and this ever so subtle hatch also in teal.

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For the collar I decided on the cream bears, again its a subtle print but works amazing with the collection.

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The back of the Molly dress is probably my favorite aspect of the design.  The lower scoop back with the continued collar is stunning!

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My sweet model was a little under the weather (she’s usually all smiles) but was such a trooper to still work with me on these!

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Now for my surprise!!
Katie from The Simple Life has graciously to give away any pattern of your choice from her collection! How awesome is that?!?!

Enter HERE

There are still several days left of our tour so don’t miss any of the other fabulous inspiration using the Goldilocks collection.  Be sure to check Riley Blake for links to the participating bloggers each day.

Blog Tour | One Thimble Issue 14

I can’t believe its already time for a new One Thimble issue!!  Seems like just yesterday I shared Issue 13 (maybe because it was one of the last few posts i’ve written… man that was a long holiday break, huh? sorry!)
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I feel like I say it every issue but Jen and the contributors really knocked it out of the park!  Inside of Issue 14 you’ll find 10 full patterns, 6  awesome tutorials, 4 cool techniques to try, articles about your handmade business and a partridge in a pear tree… haha just kidding about the partridge but the rest is no joke!   OH… and if you get your issue before 2/13, you’ll get an early bird bonus!


These issues are so chalk full of information that printing them would be insanely expensive, so One Thimble is neatly packed into an E-Zine that you can easily swipe/scroll through on your table or pc and the patterns are all provided in PDF form so you can just print what you need.  It’s GENIUS!  and it keeps the price at only $25 AUD (for us girls in the US its under $20!!)

I’m dying to try the fabric covered snaps, and make a belt… do you know how hard it is to find toddler belts???
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I whipped up the romper from Thread Faction for my little guy and seriously I see about 100 more of these for our summer months!   I had planned a tee under it but he had a mind of his own this morning so we went with it… SO. IN. LOVE.
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I used an organic cotton interlock from Birch Fabrics, it was the perfect weight and so soft!  I also found some vintage buttons in the stash from my grandmother that were exactly what it needed.  These straps are non-functioning, but really easy to get on/off.  This goes from a 2T to 10 so I might try to convince miss opinionated 9 to try one too, if i’m lucky, lol
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I also made one of the Hottie Covers.  I thought i’d move away from my norm and try this piecing, its so fun!! I’d have to say I think he likes it.  AND If you’re thinking to yourself, “We don’t even own a hot water bottle for that”…  never fear, I have a solution that i’ll be sharing later this week!
I used some knit scraps that were laying around and fleece but this would also be a great project to upcycle some old sweaters.

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Want to see more inspiration from this issue??  Check out the other blogs on our tour, there are some fabulous items to share!

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Blog Tour | Boys Can Wear Pink – Season 3

In a time where gender roles seem to still be so prominent, its nice to see that my efforts as a parent to let him be who he wants to be are paying off.  He seamlessly goes from playing with his trains and trucks to superheroes to dolls.  I’m sure it doesn’t hurt that he has a big sister… of course all her dolls and toys seem so sparkly and exciting (since they are supposed to be off limits) compared to his.  It’s really not uncommon to find him playing with her American Girls while she isn’t looking.

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It’s hard to believe this is the 3rd year I’m getting to participate in such an awesome movement.   With age comes independence and choices and this kid is starting to know what he wants, what he likes.  If you ask him to pick a color, he’d probably say purple, which is really just about as good as getting him in pink in my book. Lucky for me, he’s an easy kid… pockets and hoods.  That’s all he really cares about when i’m sewing for him.

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So pockets and a hood is what he got!  We used the nest pattern from New Horizons, the 11th Hour Gear collection.  Seriously folks this pattern has it all!  It includes a top, 2 styles of bottoms (joggers and lounge pants) and comes in sizes 3-6m all the way to big kid 16.

I lined the pockets with the pink beetles and also added it for the cuff of his joggers (although a little harder to see).  Can you tell he’s gearing up for baseball season?  He swings just about anything… maybe that’s just a boy thing?

 

Seriously though, photographing a 2.5 year old???  Most of our pictures looked like that… always on the go!  Believe it or not, I got a few standing still but we just couldn’t lose that shovel, haha!

Our fabric choice this year is from Znok Designs, pink for sure, but look at all those bugs!  I had planned on using it for Ryleigh but honestly I’m loving it for him!

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For the hoodie I went with a German patter from a company called Rockerbuben.  The Mini Flo.  Euro patterns can have a learning curve for sure but with the help of Google translate and a little bit of experience they can be really awesome!

I’d been looking for a new hoodie pattern (you know to add to the 20 that I already have, haha!)  This one stood out to me, I loved the colorblocking and the little insert in the hood, so fun!

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He was SO determined to get this sucker picked up with the shovel, LOL

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Apparently he wasn’t the only one who really wanted that sucker either… hahahaha!  Meet our monster goldendoodle,  Lilo!  I don’t think I’ve shared much since we got her, but my guess is she will find her way in to our pics here and there.

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Thanks for stopping by to check out our look during this season of Boys Can Wear Pink, its so fun to share with everyone!  But…. You know what makes this blog tour even better? (yes, I know its hard to believe thats possible) — PRIZES!!

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Pattern of choice from Titchy Threads
$15 shop credit from Sofilantjes
Pattern of choice from Twig + Tale
Pattern of choice from Pickle Toes Patterns
Pattern of choice from stitchART
Mystery pack of fabric and three yard pre-order credit from Piccadilly (bundles excluded)

Be sure to follow along with the rest of our tour, there are so many amazing kiddos that are are excited to share!

Monday: Handmade Boy, Paisley Roots, Phat Quarters, Wild & Wanderful, Max California,

Blog Tour – One Thimble E-zine Issue 13

My how time flies!!  I can’t believe its already release day for a new issue of One Thimble!   I’m hoping by now some of you have bought past issues and have been able to enjoy first hand all the awesomeness that lies in those virtual pages.  This issue is no different!
(NOTE: the following contains affiliate links)

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What you can expect when you get your issue –

  • 258 pages filled with informative articles, tips and pattern pieces
  • 10… yes, TEN patterns!
  • Active hyperlinks throughout, making it super simple to jump to exactly what you want read or a visit to a shop being advertised (can’t get that with that ‘ol paper magazine!)
  • 3 extra tutorials with directions/cut instructions

PLUS!!!  If you purchase before 11/14 you can get an EARLY BIRD BONUS!  A gorgeous printable 2017 calendar featuring vintage Singer sewing machines.

How much you ask?  While you could expect to drop a pretty penny on such valuable information, each issue is only $25 AUD (at the current conversion thats less than $20 USD)  That works out for us Stateside folks at under $2/pattern!!

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Reading through this issue, I was excited to see an article from Kristie Gilbert of Boo! Designs about sewing with knits.  Knits are my passion for sure and so many people are afraid of trying them.  She has some great ideas and work-around tips for everyone to give knits a shot!  Boo! Designs also has a lovely swim pattern included… stay tuned next week for my pictures of that sewn up!

There are also some fantastic tips about working with and choosing leathers as your medium.  This is the perfect time to try sewing with leather, especially since there is a beautiful clutch pattern included!

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Sakuro Clutch by Little Moo Designs

I also love reading up on the business related articles, making Facebook and Pinterest work more effectively for my own business is always welcome information!

How about a holiday gift guide??  A collection of items you can make for all your fiends and family from issues past… oh yes its there!!  And if you need to give anyone ideas for gifts for you… what about a One Thimble subscription??  Its a gift that keeps giving!

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There is so much more to read but I can’t give away all the good stuff right???  You will have to pick up your own copy to check out the rest!

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Yes… thats really the best picture we got, haha!  Darn 8 yr olds and their attitudes…

Now, I know your thinking… but you said there were 10 patterns and all we’ve heard about are articles…. the wait is over!  I had this fun donut fabric hanging around and it was beyond PERFECT for Danny Donut.  Danny Donut is one of 3 free motion appliques in this issue.  This one is great if you have never done free motion before, as it can really be done as traditional applique as well.

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Danny Donut Kawii Applique by Cut Sew Love

I used the donut fabric on a pair of Orbis Harem Skinny Pants from Sofilantjes.  We went with a cropped version, and no pockets (per miss things request)

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I love the angled button placard, what a fun detail!

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Ryleigh was so proud of the phrase she came up with on her shirt we’d love to share with everyone… how about a free cut file to add the same text to your Danny Donut??   Click HERE to download.

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There is SO SO much more to share from this issue and all the insanely talented ladies below are going to be adding some things in along our tour over the next week so be sure to check in with them all!

11/10 Pattern Revolution, Beri Bee Designs, The Sew and Tell Project, SewSophieLynn

11/11 Create 3.5, GAAFMACHINE

11/12 Tales of a Tester, Little Cumquat, Call Ajaire

11/13 Happy Okapi, Sunflower Seams, Stitches by Laura

11/14 Made by Sara, Candice Ayala, Filles a Maman

11/15 House of Estrela, Snickerdoodle Stew, Swoodson Says

11/16 The Lady and the Gents, Lulu & Celeste, Pear Berry Lane

11/17 Finn’s Door, Blue Wren Handmade, Once Upon a Sewing Machine, Just Add Fabric