Friday, July 19, 2019

Mr. Owl and Friends for Riley Blake

Hello friends! I've been on a nostalgic childhood kick of some kind. Is it me or does anyone miss the 1980's when it was a little more carefree? I remember playing dodgeball in the front of my garage with all of the neighborhood kids until it was dark, bowl haircuts because no one cared if your Mommy gave you a homemade haircut, and homemade jello with fresh fruit (or sometimes canned because it was cheaper). Those were the days. Mr.Owl and Friends for Riley Blake Designs surely brought back a lot of missed memories and I was so excited when I was shown this line! 

If your a candy lover or just nostalgic like me, check out Mr. Owl and Friends. He's awfully cute!

For this project, I made my classic Tiny Pincushion which I've finally perfected over the years of making these little guys. In the past, I've used water bottle caps but have now upgraded to clear cosmetic circular cases as the base. A lot of teeny tiny sewing, hot glueing, and rice (?!) was involved in the making. Riley Blake designed Mr Owl with the perfect circle candy badges and candy strips, which makes a perfect print to use on Tiny Pincushions. I also made a small candy pouch to hold all my candy. I'm glad I made it this size because if it was any bigger I would just stuff it with more candy that I shouldn't be eating!

Here's what I made:

Here is the candy pouch I made:

I hope you enjoyed my project for Mr. Owl and Friends which will be available soon so check your local quilt shops or online.

See you next time!


Monday, July 1, 2019

Fab-Boo-Lous Candy Fruit Baskets for Riley Blake Designs

Summer is officially in full swing and I'm already thinking of Halloween and Fall hehe. It's okay to be prepared months in advance! Fab-Boo-Lous fabric by Dani Mogstad for Riley Blake Designs has the cutest, dainty Halloween prints, in softer Halloween colors with pale lavender, pretty orange, and black and white to bring it all together. 

Fab-Boo-Lous Fabric

I made a pair of quilted Candy Fruit baskets to showcase each cute print. I was able to sew them and photograph them in the most wonderful setting a sewer can dream of - Vermont. The setting was idyllic, dreamy, and just stunning. Please enjoy!

Here is what I made:

Quilted Candy Fruit Baskets

Here is the second basket:

And here is the most magical place on earth where I was able to make the baskets:

Goshen, Vermont

I hope you enjoyed my baskets and it gives you the inspiration to take a project and make them during your travels. It really makes the project even more special!

Fab-Boo-Lous is available now, so check out your local fabric stores or online!



Thursday, June 13, 2019

Gone Camping for Riley Blake - Scout Bag

Summer is almost upon us which means it's hot as heck in Southern California, kids are out of school, and summer vacations begin. Before I had my twin toddlers, my husband and I would go camping in the summer. They're still to young to camp, but my cute niece, who is turning 12, is camping all summer with her sister and dad as a fun adventure! Gone Camping by Echo Park Paper Co. for Riley Blake Designs is perfect for a handmade adventure! It has cute nostalgic ads, plaids, fish prints, and just the right amount of accents to make a cute bag!

Gone Camping by Echo Park  Paper Co. for Riley Blake

I decided to make her a Scout Bag, so she can hold all her important things such as a book, water bottle, bug spray and sunscreen, phone of course (for pics right?), and I also made a coordinating pouch for a first aid kit, and for whatever else a tween wants to take with them camping!

Here's what I made:

Scout Bag

I added a front zippered pocket so she can hold a small notebook and pen to maybe sketch or write about her fun adventures!

Front Zipper Pocket

Inside of bag

You can even fit a Traveler's Notebook if you want!

Here is the coordinating first aid pouch I made:

Handmade pouch

The fish print is my fav!

Back of the pouch

I hope you enjoyed my Scout Pouch. I have yet to make a pattern, so I appreciate your patience as it is my big summer project to come out with my first series of patterns.

Gone Camping fabric is out now, so check out your local fabric store or online to purchase!

See you on the next project!



Thursday, May 23, 2019

Edie Jane for Riley Blake - Analog Carry Pouch

Hello friends! My life has been a bit chaotic for the past month. My twins third birthday pretty much consumed my life for the most part - sewing party favors, making the decorations, organizing, you know supermom stuff. With all these activities, I've been yearning to dabble in another medium (mixed with sewing of course), journaling and playing with paper goodies. I've been obsessed with looking at EDC (every day carry) items on Instagram and wanted to create something for myself to hold all of my current journal and paper goodies. 

I created an Analog Carry Pouch, that can also be used as a purse. Edie Jane by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake Designs was a perfect fabric for this project. It has the perfect mix of pretty florals, geometrics, and my favorite - lovely script, perfect for journaling.

Edie Jane by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake Designs

It has a lot of pockets, slots for pens, outside pocket, and clear pocket so you can see all your goodies. You can also use this pouch for other things too. It fits perfectly into your own bag or you can carry it as a pouch or messenger style purse (I put the option of 2 brass holders for a purse/pouch strap).

Here is the pouch:

Analog Carry Pouch - Front

Back of pouch

Clear pocket

Front pockets

Handmade details

Inside of pouch

Inside of pouch - perfect size for a Traveller's Journal

Carry style

Carry style  - Please excuse my pajamas hehe

I hope you enjoyed my Analog Carry Pouch. Edie Jane is now available, so check your local fabric stores or online to see if they carry it. Happy Sewing and Journaling friends!


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Kindred Spirits for Riley Blake - Modern Carpet Bag

My all time favorite book is Anne of Green Gables. Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved the series. I've read the books and watched the eighties version a million times. I'm sure if you are a die-hard fan, you also have 10 copies of the same book. There are so many cute interpretations of Anne and Jill Howarth (of ZippyBoro) designed for Riley Blake Designs is stunning! It's rightfully named Kindred Spirits and it's just ahhh, nostalgic, cute, adorable, pretty, and I adore it. 

I know I had to make something spectacular...and's another bag! But not just any bag, it's Anne's Carpet Bag she lugged with her on her way to Green Gables (or my interpretation of it). I modernized it a bit, making it modular, detachable, cute, and functional. 

I'm so blessed I get to go to Vermont next month on a sewing retreat (closest I'll ever travel to Prince Edward Island but that is on my bucket list!) to meet new friends and see finally see them in person (love Instagram buddies)! This bag is coming with me friends!!! See you in June!

Here is what I made:

I was a bit ambitious with this bag. I wanted it to be more modern than a carpet bag hehe, so I made it modular and detachable. 

The bag inside detaches by adding snap buttons, which actually double as purse feet to protect the bottom of the bag!

Here is the inside of the bag detached. It's a nice size which you can carry as a purse.

The last and neatest thing I think, is the main outer bag becomes a hangable toiletry/ditty bag. Great to have handy when you travel!

I hope you enjoyed my Modern Carpet Bag! I can't wait to use this when I go to Vermont next month so I can meet my sewing friends!

Kindred Spirits is starting to hit stores, so check your local fabric/quilt store or online!