Monogram Peasant Top, a modified tutorial


I am still loving Geofabulous from Blend fabrics!  Here is outfit #3 for Sally!  I followed the peasant shirt pattern in this McCall’s pattern:Geofabulous_Peasant_Top_monogram_9

The front and back pieces are cut out of solid pink cotton and the sleeves are the Stained Glass Navy print.Geofabulous_Peasant_Top_monogram_4

I printed the letter “S” on my computer and traced it to Heat n Bond Lite in reverse.  Iron it to the wrong side of the monogram fabric.  Cut out the letter, peel the back off and press to the front of the peasant top piece.  Top stitch in matching thread.


Follow the instructions in the pattern to complete the top.  I added a ruffle to the bottom.  To do this, cut (2) 5″ x WOF pieces of coordinating fabric, I used Symmetry Pink.


Sew the (2) strips end to end, forming a big loop.  Sew a rolled hem by folding the bottom edge up 1/4″ and then another 1/4″ and stitch close to the fold.  Gather the top of the ruffle pieces by lengthening the stitch length to the maximum.  Pull up threads and gather by hand.  Match the seams on the ruffle with the side seams on the peasant top.  Pin into place, distributing the ruffles.  Sew along gathering stitching.  Press the seam and top stitch if desired.



Geofabulous Girls Peasant Top


I am the world’s most impatient sewer.  It’s a problem of mine I’ve been working on for some time – there are just too many things I want to sew!  I love being able to sew for my daughter and what I love even more is being able to sew her a peasant top in about 30 minutes!!  The fabrics for this top are from Blend’s Geofabulous line – and the fabrics just happen to have every one of Sally’s favorite colors!!  I wish I had a brand new peasant top pattern you can just download for free – but 99 cent patterns at JoAnn Fabrics are the next best thing!  I picked this pattern up not loving it but thinking for 99 cents I can do something with it.  You wouldn’t know it from the picture but there is a pattern for a peasant top and peasant dress (the white clothing worn underneath the jumpers)!!  I followed the pattern, using different fabrics on the sleeves then on the main body, I added lace trim to the bottom and a fabric bow for some detail.  Super quick and easy!!!!!geofabulous_peasant_top_2

…and we do need a nice cool, breezy shirt as it is 110 degrees today!!!  I think I might sew one more of these while I have all the fabric and pattern pieces all over, I mean neatly folded on my cutting table 🙂


Blend Geofabulous Skirt & Shirt

No matter how much fall baking or decorating I do it doesn’t change the fact that it’s still over 100 degrees here!  Everything in the stores is long pants, long sleeves and sweaters. I decided to make this fun girl’s outfit – perfect for a HOT September day.  The fabrics are from Blend’s Geofabulous fabric line.  The colors are amazing!


The tiered skirt pattern is from the Sassy Skirts book, my go-to skirt book for girls.  Super quick & easy!
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The matching shirt needed a little embellishing.  I decided to try something beyond my standard quick appliqué shirt.  To make a ruffle for a shirt, cut a 3.5″ strip by 2 times the length of the neck from shoulder seam to shoulder seam.  Sew a rolled hem on both lengths of the ruffle.  Then hem the 2 ends.  Sew a gathering stitch down the center and gather.  Fit the ruffle around the neck, pinning as you go.  Then sew along the gathering stitch.  I had plans to add a flower, but I ran out of time.



Super quick an easy – and better than getting in a hot car and driving to the store to look for a new skirt.  It’s 108 today!
For some other fun projects using the Gefabulous line, check out these links!

Rail Fence Quilt by Sew Can She


Gathered Pouch Pocket by Tie Die Diva

Modern 31 Halloween Pillow


modern_halloween_pillow_tutorialIt’s September which means my house is decorated for Halloween and I’m gearing up for a super crazy fall family schedule!!  Don’t you feel like time just flies between now and Christmas?  We better get the Halloween sewing done!!


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I decorate my dining and living room for Halloween in Black and White and silver.  I like how this pillow is slightly understated for Halloween.  Here’s how you can make one…



16″ pillow form

1/2 yard black and white ticking

scraps of black fabric for numbers

Heat n Bond EZ print sheets or Heat n Bond Lite

Black metal zipper

31 pattern HERE


Begin by cutting (2) 17″ squares from the black and white ticking, set one aside for the pillow back.31_halloween_pillow_3


Cut a 3″ strip off the top:31_halloween_pillow_4


Lay out the pieces like this with the chunky zipper between:31_halloween_pillow_5


Place the small strip right sides together with the zipper and using a zipper foot sew along the length:31_halloween_pillow_6


Repeat with the other side:31_halloween_pillow_9


Once the zipper is sewn in, press the seams.  Prepare the appliqué by printing 31 on Heat n Bond EZ sheets or tracing on to Heat n Bond Lite.  Iron the numbers to the wrong side of the black fabric.  Cut out and press onto the pillow front.  Top stitch around the numbers in black thread.


Using scissors you are not fond of, cut off the excess zipper on both ends.



Add a hand stitched detail by sewing a running stitch along both sides of the zipper with black embroidery floss.31_halloween_pillow_13


Place the pillow back and pillow front right sides together and pin around the entire pillow.  Make sure the zipper is open.  31_halloween_pillow_14


I cut 2 small strips of fabric and added them to both sides of the zipper where the seam would be to give it strength.  Otherwise the only thing holding the zipper is a seam of thread.  I also like to back stitch a few times over the zipper.  With the metal zipper it is best to slow down the sewing speed and even manually move the needle so it can find its way around the zipper teeth.  Sew around the entire pillow using 1/4″ seams31_halloween_pillow_15

Turn right side out and add the pillow, it’s done!



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Apple Appliqué Pillow Tutorial

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We are getting ready to start school next week.  I thought this pillow would be a fun back to school decoration or even a thoughtful gift for a teacher.  My tutorial is over on the Therm O Web Blog!  I used Heat n Bond Lite which made the appliqué a snap!  apple_pillow_tutorial


I think I could add pom poms to ever project I make 🙂apple_pillow_tutorial_1

Summer Nautical Pillows

summer throw pillow tutorialI know most of the stores have their fall and even Christmas decorations out on the shelves,  but we still have one more week of summer vacation left and I am embracing every minute of it!  Summer is my favorite!  I love being with my children all day and just being FREE!!!!!  I had to get in one more summer sewing project.  I decorated my family room with a few nautical pops here and there and my couch was begging for some nautical pillows!  These sew up in a snap!


Sea Critters Pillow (20″):

Don’t you just love this fabric from Dear Stella?  We love sea critters at our house!

Cut the sea critters fabric 13.5″ x 20″

Seersucker Twist Red from Blend fabric 7″ x 20″

cotton batting 21″ or larger

20″ navy blue lace trim

2 yards navy fringe trim

20″ square Denim for the back

20″ or longer Zipper

accent fabric 4.5″ x 20″

20″ pillow form

Spray n Bond for basting
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Sew them together using 1/4″ seams.  Using Spray n Bond basting spray, baste the pillow top to the batting.nautical_pillow_tutorial_1

With the two pieces basted you can quilt as desired.  Straight lines would be cute, I was impatient and free motion is faster for me 🙂nautical_pillow_tutorial_2


Trim off the excess batting


Add the navy blue lace trimnautical_pillow_tutorial_4

Sew the navy blue fringe to the right side of the pillow.  I found it easier to use my walking foot.  Curve the corners.

Prepare the back of the pillow.  I have found this is the fastest way to finish a pillow.  For the tutorial on how to do this, click HERE.  I cut the back 20″ and then cut 3″ from the top for the zipper placement.  The chevron piece is cut 4.5″ and then folded in half.


Now that the back is ready, place the right sided together, with the zipper open, and sew all the way round the pillow using 1/4″ seams.  Turn and insert the pillow form.

I Heart Whales Pillow (20″)

This is very similar to my pink I Heart Whales pillow found HERE.  Follow those directions for the Heat n Bond Applique.


Cut the solid white 10.5″ x 20″

Cut (2) Seersucker Twist Blue from Blend fabric 5.25″ x 20″

“I Heart” pattern click HERE

Whales from Blend’s True Blue fabric line

Prepare the appliqué pieces (directions HERE).  Iron the pieces to the solid white fabric.  Sew the blue fabrics to the white fabric using 1/4″ seams.

Using Spray n Bond, baste the pillow top to the cotton batting and quilt.  Instead of appliquéing the images on before quilting, I sewed around each image in navy thread during the quilting process to give the pieces a little pop.



I finished this pillow the same way as the Sea Critters pillow with the same navy trim.

I love the backs of the pillows!nautical_pillow_tutorial_12



Sew News Composition Book

The August/September 2014 edition of Sew News is out – check out page 70 🙂



My zippered composition notebook cover pattern is inside!  I came up with a way to combine my 2 favorite sewing projects: zipper pouch + composition book cover!!  I love being able to tuck my pens and small items inside my book cover so nothing gets lost!!IMG_0118


These would make great back-to-school gifts as well……I better whip up a few more 🙂
completed projects

zipper book

Whaley Zipper Pouch

whale zipper pouch true blue blend fabrics



If you know me at all, you aren’t surprised that a whale zipper pouch would be apart of “Whale Week”!  I have gotten so much use out of my 1/2 yard of True Blue Whales fabric by Blend!!!  I love the little anchor charm I found to use as the zipper pull.  The lining of the bag is super cute with lifesavers and anchors on it!!

This tutorial is more of an overview, if you want extra details and you are new to making zipper pouches, check out My favorite zipper pouch tutorial.



Fat quarters or large scraps for the outer bag and lining

scraps for zipper tabs

Medium or light weight fusible stabilizer

Heat n Bond LIte


scrap of ric arc

Cut the denim outer bag, bag lining and stabilizer 8″ x 11″ (2) of each.  Fuse the stabilizer to the wrong side of the lining fabric.


Iron the heat n bond lite to the wrong side of the desired whale.  Fuse and cut the whale out.  Position the whale as pictured below.  Sew an accent piece of ric rac.


Cut 2 zipper tabs 1.5″ x 4″.  Pres the ends under 1/4″ and then press in half.IMG_9650

Here you can see the 2 zipper tabs.  (Sorry about the lighting, it was 11:00 pm).

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Measure the zipper and the tabs so you have 1″ on each side of tabs (there will be extra).  Sew the tabs to the ends of the zipper. Again, click HERE for more details on this process.  Cut the folded piece of the tab and cut out the excess zipper.  The goal with this is to reduce bulk in the seams.

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Flip the zipper over and match with the top edge of the whale piece.  Place one of the lining pieces right side down and align all the edges.  Don’t worry about the zipper tabs, we will even them up in a minute.
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Sew using a zipper foot.  Press and do the same thing to the other side of the zipper so it looks like this:whale ziper pouch tutorial_4

Top stitch 1/8″ along the zipper.  Trim the excess tab fabric.  Match right sides with right sides and pin all the way around.  MAKE SURE ZIPPER IS OPEN  Sew using 1/4″ seam leaving a 2.5″ opening on the side of the lining fabric.whale ziper pouch tutorial_5

After you’ve sewn all the way around cut a 1.5″ notch out of each corner of the bag.whale ziper pouch tutorial_6

Match bottom seams and sew a 1/4″ seam:



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Turn right side out and top stitch side opening.  Yea!  It’s done!

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It’s the perfect little pouch to tuck inside a beach bag with all the little stuff that might get lost.whale ziper pouch tutorial_11

Whale Composition Book Cover

covered composition book tutorial whales

I love composition books and I have written several tutorials for them.  I use these cute covered books for everything: journals, notes, reminders, etc.  Do you use a sewing journal?  I am always writing patterns or changing existing patterns and I take notes as I go.  This has totally saved me as I have all the notes in one place.  Here is my current sewing journal – with only a few pages left in it:


This is an example of how fabulous my notes and sketches are 🙂  After I have all my notes and the project is finished, I type it up as a tutorial or pattern online.  It’s time for a new composition and I’m feeling “whale-y!whale_composition_book_true_blue_12


This is the composition book I am using – make sure you measurements are 9 3/4″ x 7 1/2″


composition book

scraps of fabric

1/3 yard fabric for lining and flaps


spray n bond basting spray

hair elastic


You can create any design as long as it measures 16/5″ x 11″ when you are finished

Anchor fabric 3″ x 16.5″

pink accent fabric (2) 1.25″ x 16.5″

whale fabric 4.5″ x 16.5″

flower fabric 3″ x 16.5″

Piece them together in this order using 1/4″ seams:


Press the seams in one direction.  Using basting spray or pins, baste the top to the batting.  Quilt as desired.  I quilted 1/4″ lines on both sides of the seams.  Square up the batting after quilting.


Take the hair elastic and baste it 1/8″ in the center on the left side of the book cover.  Like this:


For the lining, cut a piece 16.5″ x 11″

For the flaps cut (2) 11″ x 10″ and press in half

Lay them out like this:


Lay right sides together and pin all the way around.  Sew using 1/2″ seam allowance leaving a 3″ opening at the bottom to turn.


Turn right side out and press.  Top-stitch the opening closed.


Insert the composition book and mark where you want the button.  Remove the book and sew the button on with a needle and thread – inside the flap.  It’s hard to see my button because it is blue.


And you’re done!!  Perfect gift for just about anyone!!



True Blue Whale Skirt & Top


true blue blend fabric whale skirt
I can’t get enough of these whales from Blend Fabrics!! We are all sporting whale shirts!  I think we will be wearing these to Sea World when we go 🙂
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The fabric is cute enough that all you need to do is add some Heat n Bond to the back side of the whale, cut it out and then iron it to what ever you want!
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After I ironed the whale to the T-shirt, I top-stitched around the whale twice.  Sally needed a complete whale outfit (I am pretty sure if I had enough fabric I would have sewn myself a whale skirt!!)

true_blue_blend_fabric_skirt I used skirt “A” from the pattern book Little Sassy Skirts.

sassy skirts I have made these skirts over and over.  The patterns are easy to follow and everything is done with rotary cutter measurements (a quilters dream!).  This skirt is fun because you don’t have to have a lot of yardage, I only had half yards of the True Blue prints and I love the 4 prints all pieced together!


We had such a fun day at the beach!  It was beautiful!  I love summer and I love whales 🙂 whale skirt whale shirt true blue

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