Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Adventures in Embroidery

For those of you who follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may have seen some new things popping up in my feed lately. I recently got a Brother se400 embroidery machine, and I have quickly developed a slight obession for machine embroidery. I received the machine as a gift for my birthday and in the less than 3 months I've had it, I have been pleasantly surprised by not only how easy it is to get started but how much fun it is! ***This point contains affiliate links****

Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400

At face value, the idea of getting into machine embroidery looks daunting. So many different settings, stabilizers and threads! Craftsy has some great classes to get you started on your way to machine embroidering like a pro. There is a great class to cover the basics as you get started: 20 Things Every Machine Embroider should know. It covers the essentials to give you a solid foundation as you learn. 

Keyfobs are a quick and easy project, that I can't seem to stop making. There are hundreds of files available and each pattern costs only a few dollars. 


These are great to use up all the small vinyl scraps I have left over from bags that are too small for bag making. 

I've also had fun making some personalized trick or treat bags:


Towels are also a super fun project, and now I want to make some for all the holidays! You can pick up a pack of kitchen towels for a great price on Amazon or even at Target. I picked these up for 3.99 for a 4 Pack in the kitchen section. 

The Brother Se400 was recently on Amazon for less than 200 on prime day, rumor has it that it drops again around Black Friday so it may be worth keeping an eye on if you have been thinking about one for a while. It's definitely been a lot of fun to use, and I am looking forward to trying new projects. 

Happy Sewing (or embroidering)!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Bag Buzz 10/13/17

Welcome to the Friday the 13th installment of the Bag Buzz! Read on to catch up on the latest pattern releases, new products, sales, tutorials and more!

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New Releases:

The FREE Sunshine Wristlet from Bagstock Sewing Patterns

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The Go Baby Mini Diaper Bag by Hold it Right There Bags:

Craftsy Class: The Cross-Body Bag: Sewing with Waxed Canvas. 

The Charlie Holster Bag Pattern by Uh Oh Creations: 

The Myles Work Bag by iThinkSew


Emmaline Bags is currently underway with their 5th annual snow sale! Use code SNOW2017 at checkout.

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Enter to win a Copy of Stitched: Sewing organizers and a pack of Aurifil Thread

Hawthorne Threads is Giving away a fat quarter bundle of Michael Miller's Llama Navidad:

Joann Fabrics is giving away a 100, 250 and 500 gift card. The fine print here is that you need to sign up through facebook and opt in to text messages or email.

Craftsy is giving away mystery stash boxes

New Products:

I'm dying to try the new Easy Strap Anchors from Emmaline Bags!! Available in 5 finishes: 

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Also, if you are swooning over the new irridescent finish, metal bag labels are now available from Emmaline Bags:

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Other News:

Chris W Designs has just released a video to accompany her Bodacious Bowler Bag, perfect who like a little more of a walkthrough when sewing bags. 

Bodacious Bowler

Mrs. H has now released her patterns in PAPER format!! So for those of you who prefer paper patterns with beautiful color photos and more durable paper to cut the patterns from, this perfect for you! 
The Fiesta Tote Paper Pattern

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Bag Buzz 9/14/17

Welcome to the latest installment of the Bag Buzz! Read on to catch up on the latest pattern releases, new products, sales, tutorials and more!

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New Releases

The Hollyhock Hobo Bag in 2 styles - PDF Sewing Pattern

Andrie Designs - Shades of Yesterday Tote Bag


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Now through tomorrow 9/15 take 20% off of your order at Emmaline Bags. A great chance to stock up on some bling to get a head start on some holiday sewing. 

The Fabric Depot has a great sale going on! 20% off ALL quilting cottons, go stock up now!

MM Cork Supply
MM Cork Supply is running a sale on select cork until Sept 19th, or until supplies run out. This is a great chance to stock up or if you've been wanting to give cork a try at a great phone. 


Hawthorne Threads is giving away a fat quarter bundle this week. Head over to enter. 

National Sewing Month Sweepstakes! is having a HUGE giveaway in honor of national sewing month, with a prize package totaling over 750 USD. Click HERE to enter.

Red Pepper Quilts is hosting a giveaway for a 1/2 yard bundle of the Best of Sarah Jane Collection by Michael Miller. Head over to enter to win. 

 The DreamCreator® Innov-ís VQ2400 Brother Sewing Machine

Craftsy is giving away a Brother VQ2400 machine, enter to win until September 30th.

Sew Your Hart out September 2017

Hart's Fabric is hosting the Sew your Hart Out September, head over to enter to win prizes daily, weekly and a grand prize basket and 200USD gift card. 

Other News

Sewcial Sunday

Have you checked out Sew Sweetness' Sewcial Sundays? Each week she does a live feed that shows you new products, tutorials and a giveaway!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Back to School Sewing

How did summer go by so fast?! It seems like we were just getting ready for lazy pool days and amusement park trips and now school is in full swing. There are so many great patterns for back to school but I got off lucky sewing wise this year.

My 8 year old only had one request, a new lunch bag made by me. After a quick trip to the fabric store he picked out his fabric and I made him a Luxie Lunchbag (of course).

My husband was a little jealous and my 8 year old was thrilled with the result.

If you've been here before you know my mad love for Luxie, and now my son gets to carry a mama made bag everyday to school.

I used PUL for the lining to ensure it's easy to wipe down (after 2 days of use I was glad I made that choice, kids are messy) and I left one side of the frame casing open so that I can slide out the frames and toss it in the wash when it gets really icky.

I got an embroidery machine last month for my birthday (more on that to come), and I added a bit of personalization on the bag for him.

I don't make backpacks for my son because a) he doesn't think it's cool, and b) I can't bear to spend 50 plus in materials and all that time when I can get him an LL Bean bag for 35 bucks that I won't be gutted when he inevitably drops it in a mud puddle or drags it down the sidewalk behind him (boys, amirite?).

Even though I didn't make him a bag for back to school, my sweet sitter requested a bag for her flamingo loving granddaughter. I had made the Sew Sweetness Edelweiss bag in the past, but this time I made the Cumberland backpack in the small size.

It was a little more involved than the Edelweiss but I like the polished look more.

For this bag I used a cute flamingo print and some glitter vinyl from the Sew Sweetness shop.

This pattern has a lot of options and the small size is perfect for a preschooler, as a backpack purse, a small kids overnight bag or just as a backpack for younger school kids. The large size is more of a typical backpack size and would be great for most school kids.

I like that the straps are padded with foam and it makes it a lot more polished and functional to carry.

The front pocket of the bag has flap pocket that can be secured with your choice of a magnetic snap or a turn lock. The zippered portion sews up really nicely and opens wide for your divided or internal zip pockets. It would be a perfect place to stash pencils, keys or headphones.

The lining has two finish options, turning or binding the lining in. I opted to bind mine, as with the foam the layers can get a bit thick and I feel like I get a better result with binding the seams on bags like this.

Typically when I bind my seams, I machine stitch the raw edge of the binding down then hand stitch the other side in for a neat finish. I know many of you guys are rolling your eyes about hand stitching but honestly it doesn't take long at all (especially you quilters who can bind a quilt with your eyes closed). I finished binding this bag in one episode of Twin Peaks.

I really enjoyed making this bag, and unlike a lot of backpack patterns I've come across this one is super functional for all ages, not just geared towards younger kids. This pattern that would easily transition into high school aged kids, if your kids will let you make them one that is.

What did you guys make for back to school this year? I'd love to see!