I can’t believe I am just barely getting around to sharing my Day Off Back Pack from Gingercake. I made this bag ages ago and simply love it…yet never took the time to blog about it. Blogging seems to be harder and harder for me these days.
This was my first time making a back pack and it was shockingly easy. The only issue I ran into was with the hardware for the straps. I made my straps out of corduroy and they were thicker then normal straps so I needed slightly larger sized hardware. Thankfully I found some on Amazon that worked great. I followed the pattern to a T except for the top flap part. I decided to make my flap a bit larger so that it covered the top of the bag a little more. The flowered fabric is a vintage fabric that I bought from an antique store years ago. It was one of those fabrics that I had been hoarding for the right project. The pattern comes in both adult sized as well as child sized. Gotta love that!Get the pattern here!
The Acorn Valley fabric line is seriously so adorable! I had such a hard time choosing which fabrics to work with. So I just ended up letting my girls decide on which fabrics they wanted along with which pattern to use.
My girls decided on the Acorn Valley Flutter Red and Teal for fabrics and the Hailey Girls Dress Pattern from Modkid.
As usual the Riley Blake fabric was a dream to work with. I would say its somewhere between a lightweight and medium weight knit. It is easy enough to work with but still the perfect weight for the hot summer heat.
The pattern was also a dream to work with and it came together so quickly! I did make one change to the pattern though. Instead of shirring at the bottom of the bodice I opted for an enclosed elastic waist. In doing so, I simply added an extra 1 1/2″ to the bottom of the front and back bodice pieces to make up for the extra fabric that I used to enclose the elastic.
I think the dresses are simply adorable and they are exactly my girls style. They are already asking for more dresses for school.
When you get a chance make sure you check out Patty Young’s new Acorn Valley fabric line. Trust me, will love it!!
Right now Patty is offering a coupon code AcornValley2016 to receive 25% off your entire purchase in her Modkid Etsy Store. Hurry and snag up some of her patterns at this discounted rate while you can!
(Coupon code is valid July 11th through July 22nd at midnight EST.)
Now for the fun part…Patty is giving away a box of 1 yard cuts of AV flannels (pictured below)!!
Just enter in the Rafflecopter below
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the stops on the tour!
Friday 7/22: Ameroonie Designs
Today I have the honor of being one of the stops on the Naples Dress Blog Tour.
3/21: A Jennuine Life * My Sweet Sunshine * Chelise Patterson
3/22: Rock the Stitch * Taylor Made Creates * Élégantine!
3/23: Handcrafted by RED * Lily Shine * Pattern Revolution * Sew Sophie Lynn
3/24: Sew Shelly Sew * 2 Little Hooligans * Handmade Boy
3/25: Filles à Maman * While She Was Sleeping * That’s-Sew-Kari * Czarina’s Project
The Naples Dress ranges in sizes from newborn to 12 years and offers so many different ways to customize your dress. Through illustrations the pattern shows you step by step how to create all of the design features below.
- Neckline: button and loop, bias tie, wide bow, no closure, or get creative!
- Sleeves: sleeveless, butterfly, or elbow or long bell sleeves.
- Skirt: A-line or gathered
- Length: Tunic or knee-length dress.
Art Gallery Fabric generously sponsored all the fabric for the tour. I have to admit, it was pretty fun being able to choose any fabric I desired from the selection. In the end I decided on Lovey Dobby in Evening Lakeview from their denim studio. The fabric was a dream to work with plus it is so unbelievable soft. I overlay-ed the bodice with some lace that I had in my stash.
Jenn is offering a 25% off discount for everything in her shop during the tour – So hurry on over there and use code NAPLESTOUR for 25% off through Sunday 3/27.
Now for the really fun part…Jenn is hosting a giveaway for a fat quarter bundle of Essentials II and a choice of any three of her PDF patterns! Just enter the Rafflecopter below.
The moment I saw the Senna Tote I knew I had to have one. Of course it has taken me (years?) to finally get around to making one. Better late then never because I just love this new bag of mine!The Senna Tote Pattern was designed by Vanessa of LBG Studio. The bag was a very easy and fairly quick sew for me. The only problem I ran into was with my machine. For some reason I was struggling with my thread. I really wanted to use a jean thread for the top stitching because it looked amazing…but my machine just didn’t like it. So I finally gave in and used some different thread. The only change I made to the pattern was by adding some Insul-Fleece to the bag. I wanted the option to use it as a picnic bag if I ever decided to. We are huge on picnics in this family and I can never have enough bags to use.
A few weeks ago I shared my Color Me Fabric coloring art tote and today I want to share some towels that I made using some more Color Me Fabric by Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House. To make the Color Me Fabric towels I purchased three white towels from Walmart and then I loosely followed the Self Binding Receiving Blanket Tutorial from Sew Much Ado.The towels were a quick but fun project to sew. As you can imagine the kids just LOVE coloring them!
I made this lol swing top from Jennuine Designs ages ago but never shared it on the blog. I’m not sure why because this pattern is one of my all time favorites! It is hard to tell from the photo above but there is a slight gather in the front and has a button closure on the shoulder. The back of this top is definitely my favorite part. I just love it! I actually want one for myself. I won’t lie, I was a little nervous with this design at first. I thought that maybe she would not stay covered properly but that was not the case at all. Jenn did an amazing job on this pattern because the fit is simply perfect!
I am sure you have all seen Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House’s new fabric line Color Me Fabric by now. It is popping up everywhere and it is just about the funnest fabric I have ever seen. I have had the opportunity to make a few projects with fabric from this line now and every time I do, it is just fun. It honestly makes me wish I was a kid again! I made this art coloring tote for my niece for Christmas. I thought it would be fun for her to color a tote that would be holding all of her coloring supplies. The design of the bag is something I came up with on my own. But as you can see it is pretty simple in design. I wanted to make sure that I made something that showcased the fabric but also made it easy to color on. I did add a little color and top stitching just to give it some texture. The fabric is Princess Paisley and a pink cotton fabric also from Michael Miller Fabrics.
My niece simply loved the tote and started coloring it right away. I consider that a win in my book! The Color Me Fabric line just adds one more fun dimension to sewing. To be able to give a handmade gift that one can color on and add their own touch to is just about as cool as it gets!
Making candles was one of those things I had always wanted to try. So a few weeks prior to Christmas I gave it a go…and of course I absolutely loved it.
I gifted most of them to close friends and family for Christmas.
I used these free printables here to decorate the jars with as well as some fabric scraps and twine.