Cargo Duffle Bag

I finally made a Cargo Duffle by Noodlehead.

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I had been wanting to make one ever since I saw it.

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It was a little time consuming due to all the quilting of layers but besides that a pretty easy sew.

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 Since I knew I would be using this bag for an upcoming trip I decided to line the bag fully as well as add more fused fleece to the inside lining. I used this tutorial here for adapting it to a lined bag. (Thanks for the suggestion Emily.) I also made my handles are little longer then what the pattern called for. 

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I just love this bag and I cannot wait to pack it. I am so ready to get out of this cold weather and head somewhere warm!

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Pattern: Cargo Duffle Pattern by Noodlehead

Fabrics: Jo-Ann’s Fabric and Craft Stores

7th birthday snake cake

This past weekend we had a birthday party for my little guy who just turned sssssssseven. His request of course was for a snake cake.

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To make the snake I made two batches of Rice Krispie treats and formed them into a snake shape.

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Then I colored some cake fondant green and rolled it out into one long -thin strip and began covering the snake.

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Then I added a little texture to the snake by using one of my kitchen tools.

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I colored some more fondant for the eyes, tongue and polka dots.

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It was actually a pretty fun cake to make and as you can imagine my son loved it!

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 Have any of you worked with fondant before? I am wondering if I should purchase the tools to go along with the fondant. As you can see I always end up with little lines throughout my fondant and cannot get them out. I am wondering if the tools would help with that. I would love any suggestions!

Diaper Clutch

I wanted to share a diaper clutch that I made to go along with this diaper bag.

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I used this Diaper Clutch Pattern from purseandmore on etsy.

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It was a pretty easy project that took more time to cut out the pieces then to actually sew. I love that it has a little zippered vinyl pocket for holding diaper cream or baby powder.

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The diaper clutch is pretty roomy and will hold enough diapers and wipes for a long days outing. The only thing I changed from the pattern was with the handle. I wanted it to match the diaper so I just adjusted the size, added a clasp as well as a few rivets.

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Pattern: Diaper Clutch Pattern: from purseandmore on etsy.

Fabrics: Fabric: Joel Dewberry Notting Hill Historic Tile Teal & Joel Dewberry Notting Hill Tartan Aquamarine purchased from (affiliate link) Fabric.com.

Craftsy Class Giveaway $59.99 value {and my serger story}

A few years ago I purchased a Huskylock S21. It was a big purchase for me and I was so excited about it. However, I ran into a lot of issues with it, which were all my doing! When I purchased my Huskylock I was given a free class but never took advantage of it. There were many reasons why and mostly had to do with having 2 little ones and a nursing baby. So there my Huskylock sat for years unused.

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The more I got into sewing clothes the more I needed to learn how to use my overlock machine. So every once in awhile I would sit down and attempt to the thread the beast and every time I thought I got it figured out…the threads would break. I spent countless hours trying to thread it over and over again. I even blogged about my inability to thread it a few times. It was so frustrating! Well fast forward a few more months and I was given a free Craftsy course to try out. I chose the Sewing Fashion Knits class.

**Before I go any further let me mention that I am now an affliate of Craftsy which means that if you click on that little button on my sidebar and make a purchase, I get a few cents. It’s really not much but it is something. After blogging for 5 years I have finally decided to try and make a few bucks off my blog to help and compensate with the cost of keeping up this blog. However that will not change how I blog, what I blog about and my honesty on this blog! I would not add Craftsy as an affliate if I did not completely love their classes.**

Ok now that I got that out of the way, back to  my story. So I took the Sewing Fashion Knits class and learned so much! Surprisingly what I learned most about the class was simply by watching how important those little techniques are in sewing, especially with knits. I learned that yes, the grain of the fabric is SO important. And that you do need to transfer those pattern notches and where the gatherings are going to be. I learned so much by simply watching someone else sew. As a self-taught sew-er I had never really watched someone else sew and I realized that I was umm…a sewing hack! I honestly needed to slow down and take my time. This is so important! So after taking my first class I was so excited that I wanted to take more classes and most importantly I wanted to learn how to use my overlock machine. So I purchased the Beginner Serger Class. The class is full of content as well as a few patterns. I have learned so much already from this class and I still haven’t watched the entire course. I go back and watch it every once in awhile or when I run into any issues. Just by watching the first few classes I was finally able to properly thread my machine, as well as learn so much about adjusting the tension and how to trouble shoot when any issues arise. The course does feature three different sergers and shows you how to thread each one step by step. My huskylock S21 is not shown in the courses but I still learned the basics and that was enough to get me to where I am now.

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I am actually using my Huskylock and oh how I love it!! Of course I still have so much to learn. I am still having some issues when changing between all the different settings. I just need to spend a little more time on those. But right now I am loving how quick and easy it is to sew a garment! It takes just a few minutes to make a pair of yoga pants or a simple knit dress for the girls. A serger or overlock machine opens up a whole new world of sewing!

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If you are struggling with your serger or overlock I highly recommend taking the Craftsy course and it is not just because I want to make a few bucks. It is because I want you to realize how fun and amazing sergers or overlocks really are. Don’t let your machine sit for years like mine did! And just remember, their courses go on sale a lot so just keep your eyes open for a sale. Of course the best way to be informed of their sales is to register on their site to receive their emails. Luckily for all of you Craftsy is giving away one free class! And that is for any class of your choice. Craftsy offers a bunch of different classes and they are not just sewing related. Just take a peek at all of the classes they offer. I am sure you can find at least one you would love to take!

To enter the giveaway simply click on the link below and follow the instructions. If you are already a member of Craftsy you will need to sign in. If you are not a Craftsy member you will need to register first but don’t worry it is really quick and easy to do. Once signed in simply follow the instructions to enter the giveaway. Trust, it’s worth it! The winner will be chosen and emailed directly from Craftsy. Giveaway ends March 21, 2014.

 Enter to win a Craftsy class

blue frog birthday party

My baby girl turned four this past Sunday. She requested a blue frog birthday party with a big blue frog cake.

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I am not sure where the obsession of blue frogs came from but apparently it is here to stay for a bit. She told us a few months ago that when she grows up she wants to be a “frog snuggler”…say what? Love her imagination!

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A pretty simple little party.

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Making a frog out of cake is not the easiest thing to do, but luckily it came together pretty quick and it actually looks like a frog.

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As you can see, it is not perfect but dang I think it is cute and so didn’t the birthday girl…so that is all that matters!

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Of course she had to wear her blog frog Halloween costume that I made her.

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Guest Posting over at Living with punks

 I am also over at Living with Punks as part of Susan’s Home Sewn series today. I am really excited about this series and not just because I was included in this amazing line up of ladies but because I happen to love sewing for the home. I just don’t do it as often as I would like.

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There were a million things I could have made for my home but in the end I decided on making a curtain for the upstairs bathroom. It has been bare far too long.

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I am really loving my new curtain. Head on over to Living with Punks to see my full tutorial on how to make these layered lace curtains.  There is also an amazing giveaway going along with the series so make sure you enter it! Just click below to enter.

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Small fry skinny jeans pattern tour

Today I am one of the stops on the Small Fry Skinny Jeans Pattern Tour by Titchy Threads.

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Let me start off by saying that this is the first pair of jeans that I have ever made and I honestly could not be more excited!

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Like so excited that I may have screeched and done a little dance over them. Oh and I even gave myself a big pat on the back. I accomplished something big here folks.

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You see, jeans were one of those that I never thought I could make. They just seemed so difficult to make. Know what I mean?

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Well trust me, they are not! Yes they are time consuming but they are so worth it! And honestly, I know that the next time I make them I can make them in half the time I spent making these.

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Unfortunately both of my girls are still recovering from being sick so I was not able to get pictures of them in them. But they are soooo cute on and the fit is perfection! My daughter loves them so much. She told me after she put them on that I “needed to make her lots more pairs.” I plan on, trust me!

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As you can see I made a little oops on the belt buckles, just pretend you don’t see it. Don’t you just love all the top stitching? I have to say a huge thanks to Tasha for her tip on using two threads to top stitch with. It made a huge difference! Thanks again Tasha! So I guess I should talk about the pattern a little bit and stop gushing over my jeans. As you can tell I love the pattern and I think everyone needs to buy it, honestly! The pattern was super detailed. Almost each step has a picture to go along with it, which was so helpful. The Small Fry Skinny Jeans Pattern comes many different options. You can make the following from just the one pattern:

- Inset or patch pockets
- Half Fly or Zip Fly
- Full length or shorts
- Two different waistbands
- Girls (reversed) fly instructions for both fly options

I ended up making mine with the patch pockets, half-fly, full length with the top stitched waistband. Another thing I love about the jeans is the adjustable waistband that is enclosed just like the ones you buy in the store. It really gives the jeans a professional look and feel.

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For the duration of the tour (until the 15th of March) you can receive  20% off with the code TOUR20. So head on over to Titchy Threads and snag that pattern while it’s on sale. Trust me, you want this one in your pile of patterns. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the tour. I have already seen a few sneak peeks and there are some amazing Small Fry Skinny Jeans being made!

Thanks again Laura for asking me to be part of your tour! You already know it, but I will tell you again…I love this pattern!

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Sewing spaces {Lauren Dahl}

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Today we have Lauren from Laren Dahl sharing her sewing space with all of us.

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I have gotten to know Lauren over the past 6 months and I am so glad. She has been so sweet, helpful and always willing to share her knowledge.  Lauren not only sews and knits some beautiful creations but she also knows a lot about digitizing patterns and working with Illustrator. Below are just a few of my favorites from her site. lauren dahlTwo Hour Cowl, Getting Your Self Drafted Patterns into Illustrator, Falling Flakes, Shades of Me

Lauren is currently getting ready to launch Pattern WorkshopPattern Workshop was founded in 2014 to provide aspiring pattern designers and sewing bloggers the tool they need to succeed in their businesses. Through highly informative videos, downloadable templates, printable checklists and detailed diagrams, students learn to use state-of-the-art software to create high-quality digital products. Pattern workshop will be open for enrollment in mid-May.

So now that we know Lauren a little bit better lets have a little peek at her sewing space.

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Pretty amazing isn’t it?! I am loving all the work space she has and that rug is fabulous. Head on over here to see the rest of Lauren’s sewing space.

a diaper bag for a blogging friend

 Over a year ago I promised my sweet blogging friend Vanessa, from Designs by Sessa that if she had another baby then I would make her a diaper bag. Well, that day has come and she is due to have another little boy in about 3 weeks. So a few weeks ago I started working on this diaper bag for her. It was so fun to make and I just knew that she was going to love it…she is just that type of person. Not only is she becoming a new mom to another little boy but she has also been a foster mom to one sweet little girl for many months now. She is such an amazing and giving person and I am so glad that we have been able to connect through our love for sewing…oh and the show The Bachelor. Yup, we both watch The Bachelor…and love it!

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I used the Sugar and Spice Bag Pattern from ChrisWDesigns on etsy. I did make a few changes to the pattern because the bag was just a little too small to be used as a diaper bag.  I added about three inches to the width and height. With the bag now finished, I actually wish I would have added a few more inches to the height and maybe made the bottom of the bag a little more wider. It may not be the perfect newborn baby bag but it will be a great baby/toddler bag.

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The pattern itself was so easy to follow and very detailed. I highly recommend this pattern. I am actually debating on buying this pattern next. I love all the extra little details that make the bag look more professional. It almost looks store bought. It was the first time I ever made my own piping or used rivets and both were so easy to do and I am wondering why it ever took me this long before trying either one of them.

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The only issue I ran into was with the piping. I had a hard time getting close enough to it when sewing the two fabrics together. I was using my zipper foot and it still seemed to give me a little gap between the piping and the main fabric. I had to sew over the piping many times and slightly push on it before I got it right. I’m wondering if a piping foot makes a difference…any thought or suggestions?

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On either side of the bag there are two roomy pockets. They are the perfect size for holding sippy cups, diapers, wipes or even a wallet. Inside of the bag there are three larger pockets on one side of the bag. I also adjusted the height of the pockets here since I adjusted the rest of the bag, but I ended up making them a little too high and of course I did not notice it until the bag was finished. Darn!

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And because I just couldn’t stop with just making a diaper bag I ended up making a few more items to go along with it. I will show you those next week.

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Pattern: Sugar and Spice Bag Pattern by ChrisWDesigns

Fabric: Joel Dewberry Notting Hill Historic Tile Teal & Joel Dewberry Notting Hill Tartan Aquamarine purchased from (affiliate link) Fabric.com.

Sewing spaces {Amy from Peek-a-boo pattern shop}

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Today we have the talented Amy from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop (affiliate link) sharing her sewing space with all of us. I am pretty sure that all of you know Amy by now and she needs little introduction. Her patterns and creations are everywhere on blogland and pinterest.

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Amy’s blog is full of handmade creations, amazing tutorials and a bunch of sew alongs. Below are just a few of my favorites. You have to check out that toddler dream kitchen. It actually has running water. Now that is definitely a toddler’s dream kitchen!

peekabooAmy’s pattern shop, Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop has some of the cutest children’s patterns. I can spend way too much time browsing through all of her patterns. Every time I am there I am so tempted to make some swimsuits for the kids. Her swimsuit patterns are the cutest! Maybe this summer I will finally get over my fears of that stretchy swimsuit material.

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 Now that we have seen how talented Amy is, let’s take a little peek at her sewing space. Head on over here to see the full tour.

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Wow Amy, your sewing space is amazing! I just love that ironing board, so ingenuous! Thanks again Amy for sharing your sewing space with all of us!

And don’t forget to link up your sewing space here. There are two amazing spaces linked up right now that you must check out!