Kimberly’s Sac Pattern from Fat Quarter Shop

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Today I am participating in a blog hop with the Fat Quarter Shop!  We are showing off this super cute, super easy cross-body bag called Kimberly’s Sac.  This bag is so much fun to make that I had to make two of them!  One is for me and one is for my daughter.  There is even a video you can watch to help you as you sew along!                    Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 6.38.40 PM

This bag is great because it’s comfy and slouchy!  I used quilt batting inside so it feels like a soft quilt.

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I made 2 versions: one is with Cat Lady Fabric by Cotton and Steel and the other, for my daughter, is sewn with the latest Star Wars fabric.

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For Star Wars bag, I used only squares for the outer bag.  This was easier for Ella to cut out and design by herself.

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She LOVES it!  This would make the perfect gift for the Star Wars Nerd in your life 🙂

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And this Cat Lady version would be the perfect gift for that Crazy Cat Lady in your life (or yourself)…..hahahaha!

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I used parts of the selvage in the Cat Lady bag – I love Cotton and Steel’s creative use of fabric selvage!

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Since this bag is soft and cuddly just like a quilt, of course Mufasa sought it out as the perfect place for an afternoon nap 🙂

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I suppose it’s fitting that my Cat Lady bag has cat fur on it!!

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This is such a fun bag to use!  I can’t wait to make another one!

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12 Days of Meowy Christmas {Catch Up}

I’ve gotten a little behind with blogging about the 12 Days of Meowy Christmas!  I’m much better at keeping up on Instagram!  Here goes:

On the 7th day of Meowy Christmas my true love gave to me, a fun excuse to get quilty!  This adorable cat quilt pattern is free from Blend Fabrics.  You can download it here!  I think it would be so cute in Christmas fabrics!  I’m hoping to make it before Christmas 🙂Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 8.20.54 AM

On the 8th day of Meowy Christmas my true love gave to me, an apron with a had stitched kitty!  Kerri from Sew Deerly Loved is sharing this darling tutorial for a vintage inspired apron with kitty embroidery!  Go check out her blog for full instructions and pattern!!

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On the 9th day of Meowy Christmas my true love gave to me a lion that is soft and cuddly!  Lucy from Lucy Blaire has created this pattern called Lyle the Lion.  You can purchase it on her blog or enter to win one today on Instagram!Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 8.01.15 AM

Christmas Cat Sweater

typsy elves cat sweater 4I don’t know if I’ve ever posted about an item of clothing that I didn’t sew but I am so in love with my new Christmas sweater that I had to post a few pictures!  The sweater has cats  all over it and bells all over it and bows all over it!  I JINGLE when I walk!!  I got the sweater from Tipsy Elves .com.  I saw them in an episode of Shark Tank – their sweaters are amazing and they even had several cat themed sweaters to choose from!  I wore it to our church Christmas party and i attracted a lot of attention 🙂

typsy elves cat sweater 2I’m not one for a lot of pictures of myself – but if I’m wearing a cat sweater it’s all right!!  typsy elves cat sweater 3It was very difficult to get a picture with Mufasa – he was pushing away from me as I was trying to hug him – he ended up snagging the sweater 🙁  typsy elves cat sweater 5I can’t help but smile when I see this sweater!  I wish it wasn’t 80 degrees today so I could wear it!

12 Days of Meow-y Christmas {Day 6} Gingerbread Cookie Cats

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Today I’m taking a little break from the sewing machine and enjoying my FAVORITE gingerbread cookies – shaped like cats!  This recipe has been our family’s favorite since I was in Kindergarten!  It is super easy but the most flavorful gingerbread recipe you will ever have.  I just brought them to our church Christmas party and a few people were fighting over them 🙂

Amanda’s Famous Gingerbread Cookies

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup molasses

1/3 cup water

3 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. ground cloves

1 tsp + cinnamon

2 tsp. ginger

1/2 tsp. salt

Cream the butter and brown sugar.  Add the molasses.  Next beat in the water. (it will look a little weird)

In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.  Then add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until incorporated.

On a floured surface roll out the dough 1/4″ thick and cut with cookie cutters.  If the dough seems a little sticky, just add more flour as you are rolling out.

Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350 for 8 minutes.  Let cool.  Dip in dipping chocolate or pipe with royal icing.

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Gingerbread dipped in chocolate is one of the best flavor combinations in the whole world!!!IMG_2612I collect little vintage cats – they sit in my kitchen window and keep an eye on the baking!  IMG_2626I didn’t want to cover up the detail on the cats, so I just dipped their heads in chocolate 🙂

12 Days of Meow-y Christmas {Day 5} Kitten Softies

christmas cat softie 8These cute cat softies are ones my mom made in the early 80’s.  She is also a crazy cat lady, I think it is hereditary!  These cute little kittens can sew up in a snap and look darling tucked in a Christmas tree.  Download the pattern HERE.  I think I will make some in some updated fabrics!  Every tree needs kitties in it!!!

christmas cat softie 2I have a cat themed tree upstairs in the hallway.  Don’t worry, there are plenty of cat ornaments on all my other trees!!!christmas cat softie 3

christmas cat softie 6  I bought this Mufasa ornament when I was at the Farmers Market in New Jersey!christmas cat softie 5OK, I may have bought 2 Mufasa ornaments 🙂

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12 Days of Meow-y Christmas {Day 4}

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For years my mother has purchased little catnip pillows at her veterinarian’s office and sent them to her grand-cats.  My cats have actually worn the pillows out because they love them so much.  They are super simple just a square stuffed with fiberfill and catnip!  They are purrrrfect little stocking stuffers for your furbabies!

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This is the old one – not even made with cute fabric!

Let’s make some Christmas ones!

Supplies:

Bright cheery Christmas fabric, mine is from Riley Blake Designs

Fiberfill

Catnip

a word about catnip…..for years I have grown catnip.  It grows easy and doesn’t need a lot of care.  In fact if you start growing it you might find it growing in other parts of the yard.  However, if there are any cats in the neighborhood or if your cats roam outside, they will find the catnip, roll in it, sleep in it, eat it and ruin it!  You can purchase dried catnip at pet supply stores.  You should definitely give your cat fresh catnip sometime just to see their reaction! 

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Cut (2) 3.5″ squares for each pillow.  Mine were a touch smaller then the ones my mom sent.  I think they were cut 4″.

catnip pillow toy 2Sew  using 1/4″ seams along 3 sides, back stitching to start and stop.

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Fill with catnip and fiberfill.  I alternated so the catnip wasn’t just at the end.catnip pillow toy 4

catnip pillow toy 7Turn the raw edges under 1/4″ and top stitch closed.

catnip pillow toy 8It’s best if you sew them when your cat is not sleeping right behind the sewing machine.  The smell woke Mufasa and this is what happened!

catnip pillow toy 10Mufasa loves his new catnip pillow!catnip pillow toy 12        Don’t touch my pillow!

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Happy Birthday Baby Mufasa

DSC_0978Happy Birthday Mufasa!  We celebrated Baby Mufasa’s 1st birthday!  How fast does time fly!  He used to be so small and fluffy!!!

DSC_0442He used to fit inside a zipper pouch!

DSC_0561I made him a little birthday hat and he HATED it!  He acted like he was going to die!  Poor thing!!  But he looks so cute in it!

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DSC_0902  My daughter and Mufasa share the same birthday – so we had quite a party!!  The cupcakes were for her, and most of the gifts 🙂DSC_0923

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Even though he’s a big boy now, I’m going to keep on calling him Baby Mufasa 🙂

DSC_0976   For more up to date coverage on Mufasa’s antics, follow us on Instagram!

Caturday Sew Along October

caturday octoberWelcome to the Caturday Sew Along!  I love cats and sewing!!!  I know a lot of you love sewing with your fur babies too!    Each month I will post a cat themed quilting project that we can sew together.  Post your progress on Instagram and tag it with #caturdaysewalong.  For October choose any variation of these three projects that use a cat silhouette and SPOOKY applique.  Click the links for the patterns.

spooky mini quilt tutorialThis Spooky mini quilt measures 20″ square and uses 2.5″ squares to complete.  It’s such a fun way to use up those Halloween scraps you’ve been saving!!  Click HERE for the tutorial.

spooky_quilt_tutorialThis larger version measures 44″ x 60″ and it uses 5″ charm squares for the center.  It’s my favorite Halloween quilt.  Click HERE for the tutorial.

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spooky Halloween pillow_10If you find yourself pressed for time but still want to sew something SPOOKY, try this quick pillow tutorial!  Click HERE

Spooky Mini Quilt

spooky mini quilt tutorialI love Spooky Sewing!  Halloween is such a fun time of year and the fabrics are so amazing!  This mini quilt pattern is inspired from a larger pattern I created.   You can find the pattern for the large version on the Riley Blake Designs website.  The fabrics are from last years and this years Riley Blake Designs Halloween fabrics.  They are purrrrfect for Halloween!Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 2.46.16 PMSupplies:

scraps of Halloween prints

fat quarter or equivalent for applique

2/3 yard for backing

1/4 yard for binding

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Heat n Bond Lite EZ print sheets

This small version measures about 20″ square.  It would make a great pillow too!  Begin by rummaging through all your scraps and cut 2.5″ squares.  You need 100 total.  There are 10 rows of 10.  I did mine totally random.  I just grabbed 2 fabrics and sewed them together.

spooky mini quilt I paired all the fabrics then sewed those pairs with other pairs, leaving 10 pairs out.  Once you sew the 2 sets of 2, you have strips with 4 squares.  Pair those up to give you 10 sets of 8 squares.  Then add the reserved pairs to the ends.  This was the fastest way I found.  I lined up the rows the best I could.  I tried to avoid having 2 like fabrics touching.  Press all seams.spooky mini quilt 3

To add the cat applique, click HERE for the cat and HERE for the Spooky.  Print them in reverse.  I like to use Heat n Bond EZ print sheets – no tracing!!!  Once you’ve got your applique ready, iron it into place and stitch around it with black thread.

spooky mini quilt 2All that’s left is the quilting!  I quilted orange swirls.

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Sizzix Crazy Cat Lady Coasters

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I am sharing this fun tutorial for “Cat Coasters” over on the Sizzix blog today.  This is a fun project to use up charm squares or other scraps of fabric you have laying around.  Of course you can always change the appliqué to something that reflects you if you are not a crazy cat lady like I am 🙂 cat coasters sizzix. 3

I used the cat head from the “cat die”.  I also used some of my Heat n Bond Lite scraps I had laying around.  I love scrap buster projects!cat coasters sizzix. 5

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