Embroidered Denim Jacket

Bev from Flamingo Toes has come out with a fabulous, new embroidery book. I LOVE hand embroidery. It is one of my favorite ways to use my hands while watching tv or kids sports games or sitting at the airport. It is a great, portable hobby that is relatively inexpensive and once you learn a few basic stitches, you will have confidence to take on practically anything. Bev does a wonderful job of teaching basic embroidery stitches and skills in her book, now widely available wherever you like to purchase books.

When I was looking through her book and trying to decide which project I’d like to make, I was really drawn to her embroidered denim jacket. I wondered how I could modify this to create a cute little jacket for my not-quite-2 year old daughter. I decided to take some of the flowers and leaves from this pattern as well as some from another pattern in her book to create a fun, little floral scene on the back of my daughter’s jacket.

My daughter has loved this little jacket and has wanted to wear it a lot since I’ve finished it. It would make a really fun gift for a baby shower, or a project to make for yourself! Make sure to check out Bev’s book and blog for all of the other projects that have happened!

Halloween Suburbs Quilt

Have you ever seen a fabric line that you felt like it was designed just for you? I saw Tiny Treaters by Jill Howarth and I just loved the designs. I feel like this is the best Halloween line I have ever seen, as far as prints that can serve multiple functions and be created into many different things. I knew I wanted to make a Suburbs quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew just as soon as I saw this fabric. I NEEDED a Halloween neighborhood quilt in my Halloween quilt collection.

Probably my favorite print from this line is the candy print in this pinkish-purple color. I used it as many times as I felt that I could in my quilt for houses and for doors.

This quilt was also quilted in glow-in-the-dark thread, which plays really well with the glow-in-the-dark prints. The whimsy of this fabric line just constantly makes me smile.

This fabric line is in stores NOW and selling like hot cakes. If it is something you are wanting, I would not wait. Riley Blake has been sharing a bunch of other projects using this fabric line on their blog if you would like some different ideas, or to see it used differently.

We have washed this quilt and have been using it, even though it is not *exactly* a spring quilt. My kids have loved it possibly more than me, but no one can say exactly. Make sure to snag this Tiny Treaters line from your favorite local or online quilt shop before it’s gone.

Halloween Trick-or-Treating Tote Bag Tutorial with Spooky Hollow Fabric

It has been far too long since I have shared a tutorial in this space and I will be remedying that today! As soon as I saw this fun Halloween fabric line, Spooky Hollow by Melissa Mortensen, I knew I wanted to make something to show off the amazing trick-or-treaters. They are just so fun! I settled on some Halloween trick-or-treating tote bags.

For each bag you will need:

1/2 yard for exterior

1/2 yard for lining

2.5″ x width of fabric for bag handle

1/2 yard interfacing (like shape flex 101 fusible interfacing)

Prep and Construction:

Cut (2) 12 1/2″ x 15 1/2″ of the exterior and lining fabrics. Cut (2) 12″ x 15″ pieces of the interfacing.

Follow the manufacturer instructions and fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the exterior fabric panels.

Fold the handle piece in half, with wrong sides together. Press down the entire length of the piece. Open it up, and then press each side to the center line you just made. Press.

Topstitch 1/8″ away from the edge of both sides of the handle piece you just made, then cut the handle in half so you have 2 pieces that are roughly 20″ long.

Place the exterior panels with right sides together. You will then sew along the sides and bottom of the pieces, using a 3/8″ seam allowance.

Next, sew together the lining pieces. You will need to leave a 3-4″ hole on the bottom of the lining so you can use it to flip the bag right side out at the end of construction. Sew the sides and bottom, minus the 3-4″ hole, using a 3/8″ seam allowance.

In order to achieve a tote bag shape, you will next need to box the corners of the lining and the exterior of the bag. Simply gather the bottom corners of the bag and pin them as shown below. Mark a line that is 1″ from the corner. This will become your sewing line.

Do this for the lining and exterior of the bag, trim off the corners, then turn the exterior bag piece right side out.

Pin the handle piece onto the exterior bag piece 3″ away from each side seam. Repeat for the other handle.

Shimmy the lining bag piece (with the WRONG SIDE facing out) onto the lining. The right sides of the fabrics will be touching. Pin like crazy to hold things in place.

Sew using a 1/2″ seam allowance around the top seam of the bag, then flip it right side out through the hole you left in the bottom of the lining.

Press the top so it is nice and crisp. Topstitch 1/8″ away from the top edge and sew the lining hole closed.

These tote bags are a fast, simple way to use a great focal print from a collection. My kids are looking forward to using these on Halloween, especially since we missed out on trick-or-treating last year!

Spooky Hollow will be hitting your favorite local quilt shop or online shop very soon and I cannot wait to see what you make with it!