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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 – 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

Pattern Review | Made for Mermaids Rowan Raglan

I had the pleasure of sewing up a few versions of the Rowan Raglan and i’m excited to finally be able to share.  I’m totally a sucker for being able to buy 1 pattern and use it for both kiddos AND have it fit both well.  I’m happy to report that this is one unisex pattern that I will most definitely be using again!

Read all about the multitude of options and get some inspiration from a few of the other reviewers on today’s Pattern Revolution blog.

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The Statement Clutch – One Thimble Issue No. 9

Happy Monday!!  Welcome to my little stop on the One Thimble Tour.

Today we’re celebrating Issue No. 9  PLUS One Thimble’s 2nd Birthday!!  So excited for Jen and the team at OT.

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If you haven’t checked out this fabulous E-zine yet, you have seriously missed 8 amazing issues and 100’s of patterns.   In the past i’ve been lucky enough to review the full magazine, but this time (with a crazy home life) I decided to just preview one pattern.  Don’t worry, I’m picking up my own copy too because there are some crazy cute things that I’m dying to sew up this issue.  Want to win your own FREE copy??  Don’t miss the giveaway at the end!!

This issue I decided to check out The Statement Clutch from Two Pretty Poppets because honestly, a girl can never have too many bags, and i’m in the midst of deciding on teacher gifts for the holidays.  Hello…. this is PERFECT!

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The pattern comes in 3 sizes, what you see here is the small.

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This is the perfect size for a bag to keep in my bigger purse for those quick trips, or for just a day out by myself.  Can you tell we are hitting winter in the midwest… I can’t leave home without nose wipes, haha!

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Now for those looking at this lovely lace overlay saying, “That had to have taken so much time” you’re wrong!  I even admit, I was thinking that as I looked at fabric options, thinking what could I use so I didn’t need to add the overlay, lol!   I decided to go with it though and the extra 2 minutes that it took (yes, thats really all it was)  to freehand quilt some crazy waves (cause really who has time to make a neat even pattern??) was totally worth it.  It gives it such a gorgeous finish.

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There is also a recommendation of when to attach your tag if your putting one on, but rather than the back as suggested, I went with a smaller tag in the side seam.  Mostly I wanted to use these cute tiny tags I got recently.

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This is also great for those fabrics that you are down to your last 1/2 yard or fat quarter scrap.  I went with these awesome Spotted Owls from Alexander Henry, and Elegant Ovals from Art Gallery.  Both of which have been in my stash for years waiting for just the right project.

Ok, so I know I promised we were giving away a free copy of Issue No 9… here is your chance!!

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Be sure to check out the other stops on this Issue’s tour for lots of inspiration!

** This post does contain affiliate links.  Thank you for your all your support to let me continue to provide free and honest reviews as well as lots of awesome tutorials and information (not to mention doing something I truely love!)

The Ashley Bundle – Funktional Threads Sew-Up

Hey all!!  So excited to be rounding out our Funktional Threads week with the Ashley Bundle.  Thank you so much for checking out all our stops along the way (if you haven’t yet, i’ve linked them at the bottom)!  And big thank you to Lisa and Larissa for inviting me to join in and share today.

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These patterns for the skort and top are listed individually or you can get them as a bundle.  Lets be honest, with the coupon at the bottom, it’s a no brainer to get both, I’m all for maximizing my pattern funds and the bundle is a fabulous deal.

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Both patterns include sizes 2-16 so you can cover just about an girl your sewing for.  The skirt has the paneled version that i’m sharing here, in 2 different lengths; this is the longer version so she can have a bit of growing room.   There is also a really sweet petal version or just a basic  circle skirt.

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It also includes the shorts to go under so there’s no worry about anyone singing “I see London, I see France…..” haha!! You know where that’s going right??   With a skirt that has this kind of twirl undershorts are a must so how great to have them built in!!

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The top includes multiple sleeve variations, 2 neckline variations, the hood, and even 2 different lengths.   Here I used the sleeve piece that is used with the ruffled sleeves but left the ruffles off.  I think it leaves a great little cap sleeve on its own that’s perfect for school!  And really what girl doesn’t love a hood??

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With all these options from both patterns, you could easily build a closet full of different combinations!!   I’d love to see what awesomeness you sew up so be sure to share in Funktional Threads Pattern group.  You’ll find tons of inspiration and lots of tips from others!

If you love the fabrics I used here be sure to check out One Red Blossom (the stars and the rainbow stripe)  and MK Designs (the Rainbow Dash).

Join a full week of bloggers sharing their Funktional Threads Creations! Each day, there will be a different blogger featured and they will be sharing their take on one of the great patterns.

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**Note: The blog post each day will not be up until their day, but you are encouraged to check out their blog at anytime!**

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Funktional Threads is also having a sale all week. You can get the patterns for 35% off with the code BLOG35 here!

Happy 2nd Anniversary EYMM!!

Join EYMM and 24 fellow bloggers as we celebrate the first 24 months of our pattern shop with a†huge†sale and giveaway!  We will be featuring 8 different patterns for women and girls, as well as having a Manic Monday sale and a huge site-wide sale.  There is also a great giveaway at the bottom of this post. Don’t wait because you don’t see sales like this often from EYMM and it will be over before you know it!

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*NOTE* The links below won’t show the tour posts until 11am PST on their day of the tour, BUT you are welcome to click through and check their blogs out at any time.

7/27 Connected by a ThreadPattern RevolutionThe Wholesome Mama
7/28 Climbing the WillowRebel & MaliceHibbadoray
7/29 Pretty & Precious ClothingSprouting Jube JubeCall Ajaire
7/30 Once Upon a Sewing MachineSwoodson SaysBlessed X Five
7/31 Beri Bee DesignsSewing the SeasonsSew Outnumbered
8/1 Creative CounselorLulu & CelesteAnalog Bytes
8/2 Handcrafted by RedBoutique BirdieHattieLu Handmade
8/3 Capture, Craft & CookWelcome to Our Crazy WorldCreate 3.5

Who doesn’t love a reason to party??  We’ve been helping Kymy, of Everything Your Mama Made & More (affiliate link), celebrate the shop’s 2nd Anniversary all week and so far, everyone has had some pretty awesome things to share!  Have you checked them out yet?  If not, i’m sharing all the posts at the end so be sure to head back and take a look, plus there might be some giveaway entries in for you 😉

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Skirt Fabric: Vivid Leilani Spearmint Knit by Riley Blake for Patty Young
I am thrilled that I was invited to sew something up, so I decided to go with a BRAND NEW pattern, the Girls Capsule Skirt.  One of the things I think that really sets EYMM apart is the patterns all have amazing size ranges to accommodate just about anyone you will be sewing for.  This girls skirt starts at newborn and goes up to girls 18, plus as an added bonus has a matching doll skirt for 15″ or 18″ dolls.

We really love yoga waists around here so this pattern will for sure be a go-to.  It meets all 3 of my 3 major criteria, amazingly quick to make, knit (it has to be comfy), and a yoga waist.  It even has pockets which is usually a request from my daughter.

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AND as if all that wasn’t enough, you can even make matching mommy & me skirts since there is a women pattern as well.  We didn’t match (and she’s not very interested in us doing that anymore) but the version for women is every bit as easy and fabulous as the girls!

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Top Fabric: Field of Crosses by Riki Prints on Facebook

Now for our virtual goodie bags (what’s a party without one right??)  How about we start with a coupon for 43% off the WHOLE store!?  Yep, that’s right just, you can save 43% off your purchase at EYMM (affiliate link) with the coupon code EYMM.  This makes many of the Mommy & Me bundles up to 68% off.  This is good now through 11:59pm PST on Monday 8/3/15.

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Not only is there an AMAZING blog tour going on but 1 lucky winner that leaves a comment below between now and 8.3.15 will win a FREE EYMM pattern of their choice!!!! †Which one would you pick?

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Then hop on over to EYMM to check out the†awesome SALE, and an even bigger celebration giveaway with over $1000 in prizes. †There will be 40 winners in all.