Card Shark Pillow Tutorial


And now a project for the guys!  I have a hard time finding projects to sew for my 13 year old son that are…… well….. not floral, cutsey, vintage, or girly which is pretty much most of my sewing!  When I saw this fun “card print” from Blend Fabrics I knew it was for my son the “Card Shark”!!!!

It’s the perfect gift for the card lover in your life!


1/2 yard card print fabric

1/3 yard solid gray

Heat n Bond Ultra

2 yards trim



Vinyl letters

Fabric Paint

Shark Pattern download

Begin by tracing the shark pattern (in reverse) on the Heat n Bond Ultra hold – you can also use Lite.


Press to the wrong side of the card fabric.


Cut out along the pattern line.

Cut the gray background fabric 12″ x 19″.  Peel off the backing paper and heat set the shark in place.  Sew around the shark in black thread.IMG_3459

Cut the backing fabric the same size as the front 12″ x 19″.IMG_3461

You can use the hand sew method for closing the pillow or you can do the zipper method which is my favorite.  Simply cut the backing fabric at 2″ and insert a regular zipper.IMG_3462

You can add the “Card Shark” words with stitching or you can create your own stencil.  I cut the letters on my Cricut machine in vinyl.  I peeled off the letters to leave the stencil.  I used fabric paint to stencil and removed the vinyl when it was dry.  IMG_3463

Once the letters are on you can assemble the pillow.  Baste the trim to the pillow front.  Then with right sides together place the pillow front and back and sew all the way around using a generous 1/4″ seam.  Make sure to leave the zipper open before you sew.  Turn right side out and stuff with fiberfill.



We Found Wonderland Zipper Pouch Tutorial




This Wonderland fabric by Blend Fabrics totally reminded my daughter of the Taylor Swift song “Wonderland” so I came up with this little project that I’m sure your daughter will love!  I love this size zipper pouch because you can use it to put journals and writing supplies in, sketchbooks and art supplies, small sewing projects, coloring books and crayons – it’s just a great project size!!

I first cut the words out of vinyl on my Cricut to create a stencil.  I placed it on light pink fabric and used a metalliac black fabric paint to stencil.IMG_3474

Cut the theme print and pink prints according to the measurements below:

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Sew together using 1/4″ seams allowances.  Press.

Cut the backing piece 11″ x 14″ – which is slightly larger.  It will get trimmed down in a minute.

Fuse the outer zipper bag pieces to Heat n Bond medium weight stabilizer.


Next spray baste the two pieces to cotton batting.IMG_3481

Quilt each piece as desired.IMG_3482

Because quilting tends to alter the measurements, trim both pieces to measure 13 1/2″ x 10 1/2″.

Cut two lining pieces these same measurements: 13 1/2″ x 10 1/2″.

To finish the bag, follow these instructions for inserting a zipper and sewing the pouch.IMG_3483

Before turning right side out, cut a 1″ notch in each of the 4 corners.  IMG_3484

zipper pouch tutorial. 19The above photo is from another tutorial but you can see how the notches should be at each corner.

zipper pouch tutorial. 20Fold each notch so the two seams align, pin, and sew 1/4″ seam along raw edge.  Do this to each corner.


Ella loves her bag!  Look at all the things you can use it for:


Journaling supplies, art supplies, or even your favorite magazines on a road trip!


Alice’s Crossroads Quilt Pattern


I’m super excited to announce my latest quilt pattern called Alice’s Crossroads which is inspired by Blend Fabrics’ Wonderland fabric line.

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One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. “Which road do I take?” she asked. “Where do you want to go?” was his response. “I don’t know,” Alice answered. “Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.”

I love this scene because we learn a lot about life from the Cheshire Cat’s answer and this totally inspired the quilt!  The quilt actually has several different paths and so it’s up to you to choose which way to go!  You can purchase the pattern in my Etsy shop for instant PDF download 🙂


I am always drawn to large theme prints. It’s hard finding patterns that let you use large cuts of fabric to showcase these prints. I love designing quilt patterns that let you do just that. This quilt would be fun to use with all different theme fabrics: character, sports, animal, etc. Get creative!!!

IMG_3410(1)The finished quilt measures 60″ x 72″ and each block is 12″.


It’s really fun to sew together and I love getting to show off the amazing fabrics in this collection!

I hope you like it and give it a try!!!IMG_3400

Big Print Baby Quilt {Free Quilt Pattern}

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I love big prints and I cannot lie!  Especially big prints with animals!  Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what to do with big theme prints and it seems all the quilt patterns out there require cutting fabric into tiny pieces.  I came up with this quilt pattern because I wanted to showcase the large elephant print in this new line of fabric by Blend called Season of Love.  My friend recently had a baby girl and she loves elephants!  So this was the answer!  The quilt consists of 4 big blocks sewn together in a 4-Patch.  All you need is about an hour to put the quilt top together – whooo hoooo!!!

Here’s how you can make one!  All seams 1/4″

Fabric Requirements:

1/2 yard dark theme print

1/2 yard light theme print

1/3 yard light gray

1/3 yard dark gray

1/4 yard (4) different accent fabrics

1/2 yard binding

1 1/2 yard backing


Begin by cutting the fabric according to the cutting diagram above.  Sew the side gray sashing strips to the theme print center.  Press.  Sew the top and bottom gray sashing strips.  Press.  Sew the side accent print strips.  Press.  Sew the top and bottom accent prints.  Press.  Make 4 big blocks.


Notice the light theme print has dark gray sashing and the dark theme print has light gray sashing.  Sew the 4 big blocks together as you would a 4-patch.  Press.  IMG_0043

Baste the quilt to the batting and backing fabric and quilt and bind.


I love how this turned out!  You really get a feel of the theme print – and it is a large print!!


I can’t wait to make another one of these in different fabrics!!! I’m thinking whales?  Cats?  Foxes?


What are you waiting for!!  Go fetch some large prints!!!IMG_0353


Later Alligator {Free Quilt Pattern}

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Sometimes you find a fabric and you just have to drop everything you’re doing and sew something with it!  That’s how I felt about this new line of fabric from Blend Fabrics called See You Later.IMG_0010

Mufasa was even smitten with the fabric and appeared to be guarding it!!


The colors are bright and the patterns are whimsical.  They would be perfect for a boy or a girl!

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I created a pattern for you to download for FREE.  This is one of my favorite ways to show off big prints.  Click HERE to download the 3-page pattern.

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The pattern looks like I used solid navy and solid green, but actually I used a navy and white dot and a green and white print.  The quilt is made up of only 1 block made from 2 different color ways.


It sews up really fast and is the perfect project if you want to sew a quilt top in an afternoon.  That’s usually all the time I’ve got!


Mufasa thinks the quilt is his and my 16 year old daughter also claimed it for her own!   see you later quilt 2

Christmas Kitsch Blog Hop {Christmas Quilt Tutorial}


I’m kicking off the Christmas Kitsch Blog Hop today!  For the next 6 weeks, each of the Blend Fabrics Design Team Members will be sewing up a fantastic holiday project with this retro-inspired fabric line!  Christmas in July here we come!
Immediately I fell in love with these fabrics!  My kids call the santas “the scary Santas!”  I love them because they remind me of all the Christmas decorations my mom had when I was a little girl.  This fabric is available at Fat Quarter Shop.
For my project I made a table size quilt.  I love this size quilt because it’s perfect to whip up in a day, give as a gift, throw over a chair, or hang on the wall.  This quilt consists of only 2 sizes of squares: 2.5″ and 8.5″.
I also love this pattern because you can show off the larger prints on the border, and then do a little half square triangle (HST) piecing on the center.  Lets get started!
Press all seams open
1/4″ seams throughout
Finished block 8″, finished quilt 40″ square
Fabric Requirements
Assortment of at least 10 fat quarters
1 yard of low volume background.
The star block is made up of 2.5″ squares.
For each block you need:
4 low volume 2.5″ squares
4 blue tone 2.5″ squares
8 half square triangle blocks: red and low volume.
I choose to make my HSTs with my Sizzix Fabi.  I love this extra long die that cuts perfect triangles that when sewn together measure 2.5″ square.
If you don’t have this die you can make the HSTs using your favorite method.  Just make sure they finish 2.5″ square.
Piece the star block together in rows, pressing seams open.
Make 9 star blocks
For the border, cut (18) 8.5″ squares from an assortment of the darker prints.
Lay out the quilt and sew together in rows, pressing seams open.
Quilt as desired.
This is such a fun quilt to sew!  You could easily make it larger or make it rectangle.
Be sure to check out the other designers during the next 6 weeks!  I can’t wait to see what they have.
Amanda – Jedi Craft Girl – July 1
Tina – Emily Ann’s Kloset – July 8
Jen – Tie Dye Diva – July 15
Caroline – Sew Can She – July 22
Bev – Flamingo Toes – July 29
Andy – A Bright Corner – August 5

Market Tote Pattern

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I created this fun and versitile tote bag for Blend Fabrics.  It’s such a great tote because it folds up super flat but then you can fill it with tons of stuff!  It’s perfect for beach towels and swimming stuff, goodies from the farmers market, or a fun day in the fabric district in LA!  You can download the pattern by clicking HERE.

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No really, it’s huge!  Sally was thrilled to finally have a photo shoot that involved food!!!  This fabric is called Lolly by Blend Fabrics.

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You can make this optional Doughnut Money Pouch.  Download the instructions HEREdoughnut moneydoughnut bag3

I also made a True Blue version of this bag.  doughnut bag

True Blue Summer Satchel

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I love summer! Isn’t it the best!!!! In our family we have lots of outdoor actives and camps scheduled. Sometimes I need to carry a few items around that I can have quick access too, like my clipboard, water, bug spray and flashlight. I came up with this pattern for a cross-body satchel. It’s not complicated and sews up quick – it would be fun to make one for the whole family – you can match at your family reunion!IMG_8140_2

I used Heat n Bond® Medium Weight Fusible Stabilizer to give the bag more stability. Don’t you just love these whales by Blend Fabrics!!!


Here is how you can make one:


1/2 yard outer bag
1/2 yard lining
1/3 yard bag strap
1 yard Heat n Bond® Fusible staibilizer


(2) outer bag 15″wide x 16″ tall
(2) lining 15″wide x 16″ tall
(2) stabilizer 15″wide x 16″ tall
(2) Strap 5″ x WOF


Fuse the HeatnBond® stabilizer to the wrong side of the (2) outer bag pieces.IMG_8109_2

With right sides together, pin all the way around the outer bag, leaving the top open. Do the same with the lining pieces. Sew using 1/3″ seam all the way around leaving the top open. You should have (2) bags, one outer and one lining.IMG_8110_2

To form a pleate in the bottom, cut a 1″ notch out of the bottom corners of the outer bag and the lining.IMG_8111

Match seams, pin, and sew 1/4″ seam, backstitching to start and stop.IMG_8112

Sew the (2) 5″ strap pieces together end to end. Press the seams open. Measure how long you want your strap. Mine was 48″. Cut at the desired length. Fold in half, right sides together and sew 1/3″ seam all the way down.

Turn right side out, press and top stitch.IMG_8114

Baste (1/8″) the ends of the strap centering on the side seams on the right side of the outer bag.IMG_8115

Place the lining inside the bag so that right sides are facing each other. Match side seams and pin all the way around.IMG_8116Sew 1/4″ seam all the way around the top of the bag leaving a 3″ opening. Turn bag right side out and press. Sew a 1/8″ top stitch around the bag top, sewing the opening closed.



To add a little detail to the fabric, I used Deco Foil™ Transfer Adhesive and followed the loops on the fabric. After it dried I rubbed the Deco Foils™ on the adhesive. You can add a little shine to any project this way!!


Anchor Pillow Tutorial

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It’s feeling like summer here in Southern California with temperatures reaching up to 90 degrees!  Let the fun begin!  I’m such a summer girl – I hate to be cold!  In celebration of the wonderful warm weather we’re having I thought I would share this fun nautical pillow with you.  The fabrics are from Blend’s True Blue line which is in reproduction since it was so popular!  Which is great news because it’s one of my favorites!!

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Let’s get started!


Fat Quarters or quarter yard cuts of a variety of the True Blue Fabrics

fat quarter or 1/2 yard white fabric for center

2/3 yard backing

2 yards ric rac

Heat n Bond Lite EZ Print Sheets

20″ pillow insert

2.5 yards pillow trim

Anchor Pattern, Click HERE


Cut the center white fabric 12.5″ x 12.5″.  Print out the anchor on the Heat n Bond Lite EZ print sheets or trace the anchor onto Heat n Bond Lite.  Press the Heat n Bond to the wrong side of the anchor fabric.  Cut the anchor out and peel off the backing paper.  Press the anchor in the center of the white fabric.  Top stitch around the anchor.


Position the ric rac as picture:


I used Spray n Bond to hold it in place while I sewed.  You can also use pins.  Sew the ric rac on with matching thread.

anchor pillow diagram

Refer to the above diagram for sewing the patchy boarder.  All squares are 2.5″ and all seams are 1/4″.


Once the pillow top is complete, spray baste it to the batting and then to a backing.  The backing fabric won’t be seen, it just gives the pillow added stability.  Quilt as desired.


I quilted mine with wavy lines and then “pebbles” in the center.  After quilting square up each side.  The final measurement should be pretty close to 20″.  You loose a little with the quilting.

Baste the pillow trim onto the pillow top.  Finish the quilt as desired.  I always put a zipper in the back of my pillow and you can follow the instructions in this tutorial.

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I love how this pillow turned out and it goes great with all my other nautical sewing projects!  For more nautical projects, click HERE.

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Mufasa was especially impressed with this project 🙂

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Mid Century Mix Up Quilt Featuring Folk Medley

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I feel like I may have been born in the wrong era.  I was raised with parents who were teenagers in the 60’s.  My dad plays the guitar and banjo and there was never a lack of freedom folk songs in our home.  I grew up watching movies and tv from the 60s and have passed this on to my children.  Instead of watching what ever kids and teens watch these days my kids top shows are: Gilligan’s Island, Brady Bunch, I Dream of Jeanie, McHale’s Navy, and the Carroll Burnett Show.  My kids listen to 60’s music stations on Pandora.  I’m doing my best to preserve the past!!  Sooooo when I came across this fabric line from Blend Fabrics called Folk Medley I new it was for me!  I love the retro images, the records, the music notes, and the colors of these fabrics!  I wanted to create a quilt that felt more mid century modern than quilty.  I am so in love with the finished quilt!  It’s exactly how I wanted it!

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My goal was to make the quilt using only 1 block but to have a totally random result.  I love how there are shapes within the quilt that were created at random.  Just by looking at it you can’t really pick out the block pattern which I LOVE.  mid century mix up quilt 27

The quilting has a retro feel as well and it was so fun to do although very tiring!

Here is the block pattern.  Yep, that’s all there is to it!  Below are the CUTTING measurements for each piece of the block.

mid century quilt block

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Gather your fabrics, I used 10 prints and 1 solid. All seams 1/4 inch.  Finished block 9″ Finished Quilt 54″ x 72″

1/3 yard of the prints

2/3 yard solid (off white)

1/2 yard binding

3 1/2 yards backing

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Cut each of the patterned fabrics into strips (3) 3.5″ x WOF.

For the 5″ x 3.5″ rectangles

Using (2) 3.5″ x WOF strips sub cut them into 5″ unitis.

For the 9.5″ x 3.5″ rectangles

Using (1) 3.5″ x WOF strips subcut into 9.5″ segments.

Cut the same increments for the off white solid and then add in additional to your liking.

Sew the 5″ rectangles together first.  Just grab and go – don’t lay out and don’t plan!  Press the seams.  Then sew the 5″ rectangle units on both sides of the 9.5″ rectangle.  Again, totally random.  These are only a few of the block combinations I came up with.  Notice how some like fabrics are right next to each other?  This is good!!

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I laid my blocks out so I could take a picture.  But I reccomend NOT laying them out.  Just grab and go!  It’s so liberating!!!  You will need 6 rows by 8 rows for a total of 48 blocks.  (You can totally make this smaller or larger).  Sew the blocks together in rows, press and sew the rows together.

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I put flannel on the back of the quilt so it would be super cuddly and soft!  (Always prewash flannels if you use them in quilting!)

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Make sure your cat approves 🙂  mid century mix up quilt 24

This pattern is great for larger prints because the strips are a good size.  It also sews together FAST!  This throw size quilt can be made in 1 day!!  I can’t wait to make another one using different fabrics!!

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Do you have favorite 60’s folk singers?  I love the New Christy Minstrels!!  They are epic!mid century mix up quilt 6   Every year I try and learn the guitar, this quilt is inspiring me to pick it up yet again!!!mid century mix up quilt 3

I hope you love making this quilt as much as I did!  Tag your pictures on Instagram with #midcenturymixupquilt  mid century mix up quilt 1