Friday, September 19, 2014

Long Time, No Post....and a GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!

Hi everyone! Finally I am going to post some of the many projects I have been sewing for months. Don't ask me why it is so hard for me to post, but I am going to try and post at least once a week now. I am working a much better schedule that I have been asking for for quite some time!The company I worked for was sold and the new owner hired me immediately! Thank goodness! I will work Monday through Thursday. Great for me!! Who can live on Social Security? It would cover all of my bills but not extras for fabric, what kind of life would that be?

Now for some of my sewing projects! I will start off with the darling pattern that Fabric Mutt designed. The minute I saw her Malibu Satchel, I knew I had to make one...or two...or three! Yes, I made three of them last week. It is so easy to sew, but looks so professional when it is finished. Here is a peek at my bags.

Cambray with cute little birdies for the flap!
A shot of the cute little birdie lining! I love it!
After I finished my first satchel, I had to make more. The next one I made for my daughter-in-law. I chose fall colors for hers. Believe it or not, I did not buy any of the fabric at the same time for any of the bags. I always pick up remnants when I shop and I have been lucky that I can usually find things that go together.

I really love the warm fall colors of this bag.  If you click on the photo, you can see the birds on the flap.
Here is a close up of the pocket. Doesn't this fabric go well with the other two?
I decided to go "bright" with my third bag! I had just gotten some great home decor fabric at Joann's when it was greatly reduced so I chose some of it! This time I made my own straps instead of webbing so that they would match the satchel exactly. I like how it turned out!

I told you it was bright! I love the two fabrics together!

I chose this splotchy green for the inner pocket. Thought it went well!

 I cannot recommend this pattern enough, and think it is a FREE tutorial at Fabric Mutt.  She has lots of tutes on her blog and is one of the nicest folks I have met online! Please take a peek at her blog!!!!!

Since I haven't been around in a long time, I thought I would add a GIVEAWAY!!! A friend of mine found this great Alexander Henry fabric at a yard sale! It is from 2002 but since it so difficult to find cute boys fabric, who cares? Would you believe there were 18 yards of this? I have already given 3 yards to someone who made pillowcases for the Million Pillowcase Challenge! How would you like a yard and a half so you can make a set yourself or a set for the challenge?

I was lucky and found some photos online.
Close ups with a tape measure so you can tell the size

How can you win? Easy! Just visit Fabric Mutt and then comment on which tutorial you like best! Good luck deciding! The giveaway ends Thursday evening 9/25th at 9PM EST. I will randomly draw a name and post the winner next Friday! Good luck, and make sure I have a way to find you if you win!

PS. I decided to add 1/2 yard of the following fabric to make a cuff on the pillowcase.  Saw it tonight and had to buy it!


  1. Thank you so much for the giveaway. My grandson would love this.
    I loved the Nora Clutch tutorial.

  2. The baseball fans in our family would love pillowcases made from that fabric.

    I love your cute bags. I think her Impanema Beach bag and the cute patio placemat are wonderful too.

  3. My favorite is the Seat Stash tutorial! Thanks so much for the chance to win :) love your blog!

  4. For me it's a toss-up between the Nora Clutch tute and the Ellie Travel Case. Thanks for the chance to win! 18 yards??? Whohoo! What a great garage sale find!

  5. I like the Key Pouch best - they would be great as Christmas gifts. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

  6. The Malibu Satchel is my favorite and the green one you made is so pretty and colorful. Just my style! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  7. The fall patchwork table mat tute would suit me well. I am making pillowcases as I am typing this. 3 down and how many more to go.


  8. The mosaic bag and the picnic placemats are super cute.

  9. I like the Ellie Travel Case. The bags you made are super cute.

  10. the constance organizer bag.. which I will be making SOON! I Love that one! I just have to admit that I am not busy enough to fill it like I would like, but...I promise I will figure something out. I love this kind of organizer and have some cute fabric that would be perfect for it. So I bookmarked it and will start this week! THanks for pointing her out for me!

  11. i went thru her tutes but her nora cutch is the the one i like best, thanks for the chance

  12. Love that fabric! It would be perfect for pillowcases for kids in the hospital. I went through the tutorials and really like the Nora Clutch. I need to make one for my 26 year old niece for her birthday next month.

  13. The malibu satchel is my favorite, thanks for the chance to win!

  14. I love the fall patchwork table mat! Must just be in the mood! Thank you for the chance! I love this fabric, I worked in baseball for 7 years so I have a soft spot for anything remotely baseball related!

  15. Love the Malibu satchel. I made mine with wool suiting - still need to add the crossbody strap.
    This is a Fab tutorial for a medium-sized satchel.
    Easy peasy.

  16. Oh, goodness, that fabric is just the greatest for it! I love the Baking Party set over at Fabric Mutt.

  17. I love the patio placemats tutorial! Such a cute baseball fabric - great for pillowcases!

  18. I went over and looked at their tutorials before I got to the end of the post and then I read that's what we were meant to do for the giveaway, so I had to go back and pick! I'm torn between the hexi heart pillow or the organizer.

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  19. The Nora clutch tutorial is my fav one :P