Happy Birthday Farm Girl Vintage!

Happy Birthday! I’m tagging along on Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage Anniversary Block blog tour today..

Anniversary Block Main

I love everything and anything that Lori comes up with. I’ve been lucky to tag along on a few of her blog hops this past year and always learn something new.

Anniversary Block Materials

Anniversary Block side

Isn’t this cake block adorable? The cake block was made to celebrate the one year anniversary of her Farm Girl Vintage quilt and QAL. In celebration of the one year anniversary, Lori is providing the cake block as a free pattern download! Head over to the Fat Quarter Shop blog post for the PDF and further details. Lori’s blog, Bee In My Bonnet also has the tutorial.


New to sewing or quilting? Check out her Farm Girl Vintage book and try out a few of her blocks, I promise you will learn a bunch. Lori is very creative – it’s fun to to sew her blocks and watch the design unfold. Plus, her directions are super easy and you will be amazed at how much you will learn along the way.

Tomorrow is my birthday, so this adorable block is the perfect way to kick off the festivities! Now to decide what to make this block into…

Anniversary Block close up

Fabrics used: Moda Fabrics – Basic Mixologie by Studio M and Simply Orange Colorful by V & Co.

Check out all the amazing bloggers on the tour..

Kerry from Very Kerry Berry

Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts

Katie from ChooChoo Skadoo

Sedef from Down Grapevine Lane

Erin from Why Not Sew?

Kelly from Kelly B Sews

Pam from Pam Kitty Morning

Debbie from Happy Little Cottage

Greg from Grey Dogwood Studios

Renee from Sewn with Grade

Sinta from Pink Pin Cushion

Lisa from In the Boondocks

Connie from Free Motion by the River

Dana from Old Red Barn Co.

Barb from Me & My Sister Designs

Melissa from Happy Quilting

Sharla from Thistle Thicket Studios

Kim from Persimmon Dreams

Jacque from Lily Pad Quilting

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Make A Half Moon Printed Pouch

Accessorize your summer with.. popsicles!

Popsicle print half moon pouch

Red half Moon Pouch Pain

I have an addiction to sewing pouches and thought a “half moon” shape was perfect for a summer-time pouch.  I also love to print my own fabric and decided that a bright popsicle theme was in order.

Main image popsicle scraps

Isn’t the popsicle the cutest design?  I bought the popsicle design in the Silhouette Design Store and then created a repeat pattern in Silhouette Studio. After finalizing my design, I sent the image to be cut and was well on my way. Interested in printing your own fabric or making cool stuff, but don’t have a Silhouette machine? Great news – My Silhouette Challenge Facebook group is giving away a Silhouette Portrait to one lucky winner. See below for further details.

Want to make something similar.. Here’s what you need:

  1. Silhouette Cameo or Portrait
  2. Stencil vinyl
  3. Fabric ink
  4. Silhouette mat and tools
  5. Cotton fabric in 2 colors
  6. Interfacing – optional
  7. 9″ Zipper
  8. Sewing machine and supplies
  9. Iron and ironing board


Let’s get started..

Step 1 – Print your fabric. Not sure what to do? I’ve got a ton of tutorials on printing your town fabric. Check here and here to get started.

Step 1 print fabric

Step 2 – Set your fabric aside to dry. Once the fabric is dry, iron the fabric to get the wrinkles out. If you use a lightweight fabric, the fabric may become slightly distorted from pulling the stencil off.  Give the fabric a gentle tug in the opposite direction and then set back in place with an iron.

Step 2 iron fabric

Step 3 – Cut 2 half moon pieces out of the printed fabric. Cut another 2 half moon pieces out of the lining fabric. I made the pattern and hope to share it soon. Note – if you want the pouch to be a little sturdier, iron fusible interfacing on the backside of the exterior fabric.

Step 3 Cut Fabric

Step 4 – Cut the zipper to fit the pouch [ I like to measure inwards 5/8″ from each top side seam and mark a line with a disappearing fabric pen]. Cut the zipper to fit this measurement. From scrap fabric, cut a rectangle measuring 3″ x 2″ and make a zipper tab. Fold the rectangle in half and then fold each side inwards again to meet in the middle. Place the cut zipper end into the tab. With your sewing machine, topstitch on either side of the tab. Need more information on sewing a zipper? Try my tutorial here..

Step 4 Zipper Tabs

Step 5 – Place the zipper face down between the 5/8″ lines.  Turn and tuck the non-zipper tab end into the seam allowance at one of the 5/8″ lines. Pin. Change to your zipper foot and sew the zipper in place. Place the lining on top, sandwiching the zipper and stitch the lining in place. Repeat for the other side.

Step 5 Sew zipper

Step 5B Sew zipper

Step 6 – You are on the home stretch! Place the outside pieces right sides facing and place the lining pieces right sides facing. Pin in place. Sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance. To make a really nice SMOOTH curve, use a disappearing fabric ink pen and mark a 1/2″ seam allowance around the half moon curve. Place into your sewing machine and stitch together following the dashed line. Remember to leave a small 2″ opening in the lining. Press with an iron.

Sewing Alert – Notice how the outside seam is uneven on my red popsicle pouch? I rushed sewing the 1/2″ seam and wasn’t paying attention. I think it looks terrible and is such poor workmanship. Use the method above and you will be sure to sew an nice even curve.

Wonky Red Pouch

Step 7 – Notch the curves. Cut small notches into the seam allowance about 1/2″ apart. This helps to create the smooth shape. Pull the pouch through the small opening in the lining. Press again. Pin the lining opening closed and stitch closed.

That’s it!! Fun right? So what summer shape inspired you? Sunglasses?? The beach? fruit?

Need inspiration and want to see more Silhouette Projects? I’ve got two great Silhouette treats for you today. First off, my Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Sunshine. Sea Salt. And Ice Cream Shirt Personalized Lawn Chair DIY Summer Strawberry Tote DIY - With the Silhouette Mint! How to Use Multiple Colors of Silhouette Sketch Pens Patriotic Hand-Scripted USA Shirt Herb Garden with Personalized Tin Outdoor Pillow for Summer How to Make Huge Paper Flowers Make A Half Moon Printed Pouch DIY Nautical Pallet Sign Vertical Herb Garden Ladder Kyltit yrttipenkkiin / Labels for herbs Pineapple Cup Decal DIY Flamingo Nail Art Sunshine Straw Toppers Summer Planner Stickers

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Make Kids Stamps With Your Silhouette Mint

Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since I posted here on my blog.. I had a baby 6 weeks ago, so let’s just say that I’ve been in newborn land. It’s been wonderful, but the late nights are making sewing and crafting a little more difficult than anticipated.

Did I tell you that I was selected for the 2016 / 2017 Silhouette American Design Team? It’s a dream to be on this team and I use my Silhouette Cameo every chance I get. I have my first tutorial up on their blog. Except, this one is using their custom stamp making tool – The Mint. I love print design and stamp making, so when they launched this machine I was intrigued and overjoyed!

Mint Kids Stamps 4

Head over to to find my Mint tutorial on the “3 stamps that your kids need“. With newborn brain, I was concerned the machine would be hard to set up and use, but it was easier than expected. I was stamping away in no time. I especially love the “Artwork by Tanner” stamp. It adds such a fun and unique touch to his artwork.

Mint Kids Stamp Artwork

The “date” and “This book belongs to” stamps are prefect for anyone who loves to be organized!

Mint Kids Stamps 1

Mint Kids Stamps 3

Stay tuned.. I promise more sewing projects to come. Plus, I have the curvy zip clutch pattern ready and will be sharing it soon.

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Sew A Shopping Tote Into A Zipper Pouch

I’m back sharing a sewing project and a giveaway today!

A few years ago I made “Hello Cali” swag bags for a girls trip to Santa Barbara, California. I bought plain cotton shopping totes and used my Silhouette Cameo to create a fun design for the front.

Hello Cali Tote SB

Last June we moved across the country from Tampa to Los Angeles and I left a few moving boxes in the garage. While I was rummaging through the boxes last week, I found one of my “Hello Cali”  totes shoved inside. I thought it would be fun to repurpose the bag into something else..

My friend Trish loves receiving my samples. She recently visited for a few days and I promised her some goodies.. Re-working the tote into a zipper pouch was perfect and and right up her alley.

Hello Cali Pouch 1


  1. Reusable cotton shopping tote
  2. Cotton fabric – lining
  3. Interfacing – optional
  4. Metal zipper
  5. Silhouette machine
  6. Silhouette materials – stencil vinyl, fabric ink and sponges
  7. Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  8. Iron and ironing board

Hello Cali Pouch Materials

Shopping Tote Zipper Pouch Main

Let’s get started:

Step 1 – Use your Silhouette machine, stencil vinyl and fabric ink and create a design on a cotton tote. Not sure where to start? Try one of my tutorials here and here. Skip this step if you already have a cotton tote ready to go.

Step 2 – Determine the size of the pouch. The measurements for this pouch ended up being 13-1/2″L x  8-1/2″. I first cut off the straps, then cut the bag open – cut along the sides and bottom. Use a rotary cutter to make 2 even rectangles, cut another 2 rectangles for the lining. Remember to give enough room around the ” logo/saying/words” and also add a 1/2″ seam allowance. Note: The cotton shopping totes can be a bit thin, so if you want a sturdier pouch, use interacting on the back of both outside pieces.

Hello Cali Step2

Hello Cali Step2b

Step 3 – Cut your zipper down to size. Use one of the straps as zipper tabs. Need some help with zipper tabs? I have a few tutorials you can try. Check out this one that I wrote for Momtastic and another one here.

Hello Cali Step3

Step 4 – Sew the zipper to the outside and lining rectangles. Not sure how to do this? My tutorial called “Sew a Colorful Printed Pouch” has a great step by step tutorial.

Hello Cali Step4

Step 5 – Use all the tote pieces! Make the other shoulder strap into a handy wrist strap. Cut the strap down to the size you like, remember to leave 1/2″ seam allowance at each end. Once you have the zipper sewn into place, measure down from the top left edge about 1 – 2″ and pin the strap in place. Make sure that raw edges meet raw edges. Pin so that the strap faces inwards.

Hello Cali Step5

Step 6 – Finish sewing the pouch together. Open the zipper halfway. Fold the pouch along the zipper, place the outside right sides together and then the cotton lining right sides together. Match at all seams, be especially careful to match at the top sides. Pin along the outside edge. Stitch together with a 1/4″ – 1/2″ seam allowance. Leave a 3″ – 4 ” opening along the bottom seam of the lining. Press the seams. Trim each corner. Pull the pouch through the opening and wiggle corners into place. Press again. Pin the lining opening closed and sew together. That was a lot of info – need step by step images with the written instructions? My tutorial called “Sew a Colorful Printed Pouch” is very similar.

Hello Cali Pouch Markers

And now on to the giveaway..  My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of inspiration! Please note that this group is not affiliated with the Silhouette America 2016-2017 Design Team.

Art Party Smocks Custom Daredevil Shirt ~ Silhouette Blog Hop DIY Lightning Bug Wall Art with Lights DIY Chevron Mickey Mouse Shirt with Glitter HTV DIY Nautical Pillow Cover + A GIVEAWAY! Recycling Tee Shirts - St. Patty's Day Style! Appliqued Initial Heart Pillow Wrap-Around Shark Shirt Sew A Shopping Tote Into A Zipper Pouch 3 Creative Onesies for Baby Girl & Free Cut Files Pom Pom Tail Bunny Onesie Freezer Paper Stenciled Cushion with a Giveaway! Rawr! Dinosaur Birthday Shirt customize your Picnic Blanket It is Well With My Soul T-Shirt Design Monogrammed Envelope Pillows + Giveaway {The Silhouette Challenge} Toddler Trouble Shirt with free cut file DIY Ombré Tote Upcycled t-shirt cat... Meow! Little Helper Stenciled Kids Apron DIY Easter Egg Shirt - Silhouette Heat Transfer & Rhinestones DIY: Crazy Cat Lady Shirt + Free Cut File

1. Cutesy Crafts // 2. Mama Sonshine // 3. Morena’s Corner // 4. Simply Kelly Designs // 5. Coral + Mint Design Co. // 6. A Time For Seasons // 7. Architecture of a Mom // 8. Where The Smiles Have Been // 9. Haberdashery Fun – Me! // 10. The Thinking Closet // 11. The Crafting Nook // 12. Get Silvered // 13. Tori Grant Designs // 14. From Wine to Whine // 15. Create & Babble // 16. Curly Crafty Mom // 17. unOriginal Mom // 18. The Small Stuff Counts // 19. The Experimental Home // 20. Creative Ramblings // 21. Adventures in All Things Food // 22. Minted Strawberry

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Sew A Colorful Printed Zipper Pouch

I’m a bit of a sewing and crafting hoarder. I save all the leftover pieces from my projects – scrap fabric, string and ribbon, tiny pieces of Velcro.. The list goes on.  An item I have an especially hard time discarding is the left over freezer paper bits from when I print on fabric.

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I love using my Silhouette machine to cut unique freezer paper designs, and to my husband’s dismay I always save the little pieces for a rainy day.

While I was using my Silhouette Cameo a few weeks ago my 4 year old wanted to ‘help”.  He loves to feed the cutting mat into the machine and then push all the buttons! I had saved a bunch of arrow and house freezer paper pieces from previous projects and thought it would be an easy activity to do together.. I let him choose the fabric paint colors, create the layout and then he painted the canvas fabric. Ok, I helped a bit. But the perfectionist in me had to sit back as he painted and just let him go at it. The end result was beautiful!

Painted fabric

HaberdasheryFun Arrows Pouch Side ways

After we painted the fabric, I promised him I would sew the canvas fabric into a little pouch. While I’m not sure he will use the pouch.. I will probably  “borrow” it from him because it turned out so cute.

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Want to make a printed pouch? Materials needed:

  • Canvas fabric – outside
  • Cotton fabric – lining
  • Silhouette machine
  • Freezer paper and/or left over cut designs from a Silhouette project
  • Fabric paint, sponge and craft paper – The Tulip brand or Martha Stewart work great.
  • Zipper
  • Disappearing fabric pen
  • Sewing supplies
  • Iron and ironing board

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Let’s get started:

Step 1 – Print the fabric. The arrows in this project are Karla Dudley’s  “filled arrows” design. Lay the left over pieces in a random fashion on scrap fabric. Iron in place. Squirt fabric paint onto a plate, dip the sponge into the paint and dab gently away at the fabric. While the paint is still wet remove the freezer paper bits. Set aside to dry.



Step 2 – Cut the fabric. Cut the outside and lining fabric into rectangles. In this case, I cut the 2 printed outside pieces into rectangles measuring 12-1/2″ x 7″. I also cut 2 rectangles in the lining fabric the same size. For the zipper tabs, I cut 2 canvas rectangles measuring 3″ x 2″.


Step 3 – Cut the zipper down to fit the pouch. For this pouch size, the zipper was cut to 11″ long. Place a zipper tab at each end and topstitch on either side of the tab. Need help sewing the tabs? Check my tutorial here.. From each side seam, measure inwards at the top edge 5/8″” and mark with the disappearing fabric pen.


Step 3 – Place the zipper face down along the top edge. Each zipper tab should hit the 5/8″ mark. Pin. Change to zipper foot, place into your sewing machine and stitch down.


Step 4 – Lay the lining fabric on top of the outside fabric. The zipper should be sandwiched between the canvas/outside fabric and the cotton/lining fabric. Pin. Place into your sewing machine and stitch down. For best results, turn over and follow the first stitch line. Press in place. Open the canvas and lining and press again.


Step 5 – Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the other side. Press again. Topstitch along each side of the zipper.


Step 6 – Now it’s time to sew the pouch together. Open the zipper halfway. This is an important step for later, so please remember to open your zipper. Fold the zipper and the tabs in half. Lay the canvas pieces on top of each other, right sides facing and the lining pieces on top of each other, right sides facing. Match at all sides and pin. Place into your sewing machine and stitch together with a 3/8″ – 1/2″ seam allowance. When sewing the lining together, leave a 2″ – 3″ opening along the bottom seam. Press. Trim the corners.


Step 7 – Pull right side out through the opening in the lining [this is where opening the zipper comes into play]. Wiggle corners into place. Press all seams.


Step 8 – Pin the opening in the lining closed and stitch closed.


That’s it.. Cute, right? Plan on saving your freezer paper bits? if so, what would you make?

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Arrow pouch Solo

HaberdasheryFun Arrows Pouch close up

Want to see the project where the arrows came from, click here. How about the little houses, click here. I have another project where I saved my little freezer bits.. Click here for the cutest little hello gift bag around!

Happy Sewing!

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Sew An Emergency Travel Pouch

Like most of my projects, I’ve been planning on making this little pouch for years.

Emergency Travel Pouch

My son was hospitalized with RSV when he was 9 months old.  After that he got sick at the drop of a hat.. We were a very busy family, so I made sure to always bring our emergency items everywhere we went. I often thought about making a little pouch to hold everything, but as a busy Mom, I just never got around to it.

With a busy 4 year old and a baby on the way, I thought I should get my butt in gear and make a pouch to hold the good stuff – thermometer, bandaids,  sanitizing wipes, neosporin, etc.

Emergency Travel Pouch With Penny

I’ve made this pouch before and the tutorial today will be about adding the heat transfer vinyl/ symbol to the front. However, give the tutorial a try…

Emergency Travel pouch open

This is a great pouch.. It’s been a popular tutorial of mine and you’ll be happy with the outcome. I love how this pouch has separate sides with clear vinyl on the inside. While the contents are kept separate with easy access, the velcro strips hold everything neatly in place. Click here for the tutorial.

Emergency Travel pouch HaberdasheryFun

Materials Needed:

  1. Silhouette machine
  2. Heat Transfer Vinyl
  3. Silhouette design
  4. Clear vinyl “fabric” – 8 gauge
  5. Canvas fabric – outside
  6. Cotton Fabric – lining
  7. Disappearing fabric ink pen
  8. 3/4″ Velcro Sew on strips
  9. Double fold bias tape
  10. Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  11. Paper scissors, pen and ruler
  12. Iron, ironing board and pressing cloth

Before you get started, cut the following pieces:

  1. Canvas fabric: Cut 1 rectangle measuring 9″ x 11″ and 2 strips measuring 9″ x 2″
  2. Lining: 1 rectangle each measuring 9″ x 11″
  3. Clear vinyl: Cut 1 rectangle measuring 9″ x 10″
  4. Velcro strips:  Cut 2 strips measuring 9″ in length, Cut 2 pieces 1 ” in length

I thought it would be fun to use an emergency symbol and bought the “first aid label” from Lizzie Mayne in the Silhouette Design Store.

First Aid Symbol

Let’s get started:

Step1 – Open the design in Silhouette Design studio. If the design comes in a group, ungroup and delete the parts that are not needed. In this case, I took out the works ” Emergency Kit” and just left the cross symbol. Resize the design to fit the pouch. I decided on the size 4.2″L x 3.2″W.



Step 2 – Insert the HTV into your Silhouette machine with the plastic side facing down. I like using the HTV along with my mat, however using your mat is optional.  Send the file to be cut. Note – If you keep the “Emergency Kit” words within the design -remember to FLIP the design. This is a very crucial step in the whole process! Gently weed the design and pull the negative space away from the mat.


Step 3 – Fold the Canvas fabric rectangle in half. Measure about  1-1/2″ down from the top edge because there will also be a double row of stitching [ when sewing the velcro down] about 1″ apart at the top of the pouch. Also, consider the seam allowances at the sides when figuring out the design placement.  so consider these seams when placing the HTV down. Note – when placing the HTV down, the design/cut side should be facing the canvas and only the clear plastic should be on the top.



Step 4 – When you like the design placement, cover the image with a pressing cloth. Set in place with an iron. Press firmly and hold the iron in place for about 1 minute. Gently pull the plastic away. if you pull the plastic away and some of the HTV comes off the fabric, place everything back down and press with he iron again.



Step 5 – You’re on the home stretch. Sew the double sided pouch as per my instructions here.. New to sewing with vinyl? Check out my other vinyl tutorials here – clear vinyl wallets, ribbon and vinyl pouches and vinyl and fabric cosmetic pouch.

That’s it. Fun right.. My son and his stuffed animals helped me take the photos. He LOVES the emergency symbol and a few times asked if the pouch was for him.. He wanted it for riding his bike with his cousin and and helping all the “hurt” guys in our backyard. Guess it’s time to get working on another project!


Emergency Vinyl Pouch Little Hands

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Print Your Own Fabric For Sewing A Pouch

Last week I shared a tutorial on how to make your own printed fabric. This week, I promised a big reveal on the printed fabric sewn into a boxy pouch…

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I have to tell you that printing my own fabric was a blast..  I’ve been planning on doing it forever and finally went for it.  There are so many possibilities when you print your own fabric – colors, patterns, shapes and sizes… You can be really creative with this project. And on top of all the design fun stuff, you then get to sew the fabric into something to use on a daily basis. Talk about showcasing your stuff!

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  1. Cotton or canvas fabric in a light color
  2. Silhouette machine and supplies
  3. Freezer paper, fabric paint and sponge – Try Tulip brand, Silhouette fabric Ink ink or Martha Stewart
  4. Iron and ironing board
  5. Craft paper
  6. Sewing machine and supplies
  7. Zipper
  8. Sewing pattern

As noted in my last post, I used a pattern that I bought from Sew LA. They have closed their doors, but the pattern is called ” Box Zip Bag”. If you want to see the full tutorial on how to print your own fabric click here.

Printed Boxy pouch

HaberdasheryFun Boxy pouch close up

Let’s get started:

Step 1 – Use your Silhouette machine and create the design. In this case I used Karla Dudley’s  “filled arrows” design and added a few more arrows into the mix. I reworked the group until it had a cohesive feel. After finalizing the design, place the freezer paper onto the mat and send the file to be cut. Use the tools provided with your machine and gently pull the design away from the mat. After measuring my fabric and figuring out the layout and overall design, I cut 6 pieces of freezer paper to make up the fabric design.



Step 2 – Iron the freezer paper onto the fabric. Start with one column first and then off set the second column and place the freezer paper in the middle of the first column design. This helps break up the pattern.  Gently press the freezer paper in place by lifting the iron up and down.  Don’t pull the iron around or you risk damaging the cut edges.


Step 3 – Squirt a small amount of fabric paint onto a plate, place the sponge into the ink and gently dab onto the fabric surface. Work fast. Do not “pull” the sponge around, just dab lightly. Do not goop the fabric paint.. I find the more you goop the fabric ink, the more it bleeds under the freezer paper!


Step 4 – While the fabric paint is still wet, gently pull the freezer paper away from the fabric. Set aside to dry.


Step 5 – Lay the pattern pieces onto your fabric.  Look for areas that have visual interest.  If you want the same print and placement on each side of your pouch, pin the pattern pieces in same design areas.  I went for a random look with this pouch, as I really liked different areas of the fabric. Note – As you pin in place, remember the grainline on the pattern piece and your fabric.

Step5 part2

Step 6 – Cut the pieces from your printed fabric. For the outside of the pouch, I only had 2 pattern pieces to cut. Finish cutting the remainder of the pieces – lining, interfacing, etc.

Step6A part2

Step6b part2

Step 7 – Follow the pattern instructions and sew the pouch together. For good workmanship and construction, remember to press as you go!


That’s it! What are your thoughts on printing your own fabric? Plan to make some? If so, what colors, shapes and patterns inspire you?

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I’m already addicted to printing my own fabric and have so many ideas up my sleeve.. Can’t wait to share!

Would you like to see more of my Silhouette ideas and tutorials? Click the following links for firetruck party favor canvas totes, easy HTV kids birthday T-shirt, holiday inspired printed tea towels and my fabric advent calendar.

Happy Sewing.

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Easy HTV Kids Birthday T-shirt

There’s something to be said about putting off a project and then never getting around to it.. This was the case with my son’s “4” birthday shirt. So simple in design, super easy to make, yet jam packed with so much meaning.

Kids Birthday Shirt

The ah-ha moment came a few days ago when we were buying candles for his birthday cake. I pointed out the number 4 candle and he said “that’s what my number looks like”? It was so innocent and warmed my heart. I knew in that moment that I couldn’t put off making the “4” shirt any longer.  Especially when it symbolizes such a BIG day.

Easy Kids Birthday Shirt

Materials Needed:

  1. Pint sized T-Shirt
  2. Heat Transfer Vinyl
  3. Silhouette machine and tools
  4. Iron and ironing board
  5. Cloth for pressing
  6. Tape measure – optional

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A few things to consider:

  • Buying a specialized birthday T-Shirt may cost you more than making one yourself. I bought the T-shirt at Old Navy for under $7.00!
  • Look for fun colors and prints. Don’t just go for a solid color – get a bold stripe or how about polka dots? Buy extra shirts so you can make more.
  • Prewash your T-shirt.
  • New to your Silhouette machine and making stuff? Use items around your house for shape, size and color reference.

Ok, lets get started:

Step 1 – Eliminate the guess work and find an old T-Shirt for reference. Measure the number and distance from neck. I love this sweatshirt of my son’s – so in this case, the numbers were about 5″ long and were placed 2″ down from the center front/neck.


Step 2 – Browse your library or the Silhouette Design store and decide on a number. Open it up in Silhouette Design Studio. If the number comes within a group, ungroup and delete the numbers not needed. Resize the design as per the size you determined.



Step3 – Flip/mirror the design. Remember this step, it may be the most crucial in the whole process! Insert the HTV into your Silhouette machine with the plastic side facing down. I like using the HTV along with my mat, however using your mat is optional. Send the file to be cut.


Step 4 – Use the tools provided with the machine and weed/pull the outside/negative space away the design. Place the design onto the shirt. Use your measuring tape again for placement, measure from the center front neck down and the each side seam to get it centered. When placing the HTV down, the design/cut side should be facing the shirt and only the clear plastic should be on the top.


Step 5 – Use a pressing cloth and press.  Hold the iron and press firmly in place. Press for about 1 minute. Pull the plastic away. Admire your work!


That’s it!! Doesn’t it look easy? I promise yo’ll have lots of fun making a shirt for your little one.

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If you’re putting off using HTV because you’re scared to give it a try or don’t think you have the have time… Give it a try! I promise you can make a shirt in 30 minutes. Maybe less!!

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Happy crafting and sewing!

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Print Your Own Fabric For Sewing Projects

I’ve been searching for an arrow fabric for weeks and haven’t found a print that that grabs my attention.  So as most of my projects go, it created the opportunity to design, print fabric and share the results..

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I few months ago I bought a boxy pouch pattern from Sew LA. We moved to Los Angeles last June and I was excited to have stumbled upon this creative sewing space. Unfortunately, just as I found them, they announced they were closing their store.. Boooo.

I’ve wanted to make boxy pouches for ever. You’ve probably seen a gazillion tutorials on Pinterest, I have… So while I could make my own pattern and share the tutorial for a boxy pouch, the samples in the Sew LA store were adorable and I had to buy the pattern. I love supporting other designers and shopping local, so this was a win-win scenario.

It’s been a slow process for me to get blogging again on a consistent basis. Have you noticed? Well, I haven’t shared a lot about it, but I’m pregnant with our second child. It’s been a long road and we are thrilled about having another boy. I’m due April 1st and the countdown is on! My 4 year old son stays home with me a few days a week and let’s just say blogging hasn’t been as easy as before. I’ve stopped and started so many sewing projects it’s driving me crazy..

Printing my own fabric gave these boxy bags such a unique twist.  This has been a blast and I’m sure you’ll love trying it out. I’ll share the pouch next week!

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Lets get started:


  1. Cotton or canvas fabric in a light color
  2. Fabric scissors
  3. Silhouette machine and supplies
  4. Freezer paper, fabric paint and sponge – Try Martha Stewart, Silhouette Fabric ink or the Tulip brand
  5. Iron and ironing board
  6. Craft paper

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A few things to consider:

  • Print extra fabric – My boxy pouch pattern has 2 sizes. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make the large or small pouch, so I cut enough blank fabric to make the decision later on. Yay for extra material for a second pouch.
  • Start small – Is this your first time printing on fabric or printing your own design? Start with a small, simple pattern or project so you don’t overwhelm yourself!
  • Multiple colors – Do you want to print different colors? Use one color fabric paint on the top of the design and a second color on the bottom half. Just make sure to lay out the pattern pieces ahead of time, so you have enough of the one color for all the pieces.

Lets get started:

Step 1 – Pull out your Silhouette machine and find a design in the Silhouette Design store.  I LOVE the work from Karla Dudley. I’ve used her designs before and if you are looking for a fun, whimsical, yet modern shape – she is your go-to lady. Measure your pattern and figure out how much fabric you need. For this pouch I cut a fabric rectangle measuring 29″L x 24″W.


Step 2 – Open Silhouette Design studio and pull up the design. Play around with the design. In my case this is what I did: I enlarged her entire design, ungrouped the arrows and then copied and pasted different arrows to fill the blank space.  For visual interest, I also resized some arrows and made them smaller and larger. I rotated others at different angles. Be aware of the overallI also design to make sure there aren’t any empty areas that the eye gravitates towards.



Step 3 – Send the file to be cut. Place the freezer paper onto your fabric and figure out how many pieces are needed to print the fabric. In my case, I needed 6 cut files.


Step 4 – Lay the freezer paper onto the fabric. First make a column and line everything up. You can either use a ruler, or just eyeball it. I wasn’t overly concerned about it being perfect, so I didn’t use a ruler. Make a second column,  but offset the design and start the freezer paper in the middle of the freezer designs from the first column. This will help break up the print and keeps the eye roaming around the fabric.


Step 5 – Happy with the layout? Press in place with an iron. Note: Make sure to lift and press the freezer paper in place, don’t drag the iron over the cut edges.. This could easily rip or lift the corners. Press any loose corners firmly down. Fabric paint will bleed into any areas that have knicks, cuts or are not set down properly.


Step 6 – Squirt a small amount of fabric paint onto a plate, place the sponge into the ink and gently dab onto the fabric surface. Work fast. Do not “pull” the sponge around, just dab lightly. Do not goop, if you think you are gooping the fabric paint.. you probably are.



Step 7 – While the fabric paint is still wet, gently pull the freezer paper away from the fabric.


Step 8 – Set aside to dry and admire your work!


Printing on fabric can and will become an addiction. Want to see more of my printed tutorials? I’ve made printed tea towels, an adorable advent calendar, fire truck birthday party favor bags, Girls trip swag bagsABC coasters… The list goes on.

Want to see the finished pouch? Click here to go to the big reveal..

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Hello 2016.. Best Sewing Projects 2015

Hello 2016!! Wow..Can you believe that it is the year 2016?

2015 was an interesting year. There were some unexpected lows and awesome highs. I won’t talk about the lows, as they weren’t much fun and I prefer not to dwell on them.

A chance change of scenery gave our family a much needed boost. My husband was offered a new job that relocated us across the country from Tampa to Los Angeles.  As a Canadian, I have moved quite a few times, but never thought I would end up in California.  We’ve been here for 6 months and so far so good!

I didn’t blog much in 2015. The year was just way too crazy..  Not only was I super busy with work through the month of May, but the move turned everything upside down. We lived with my husband’s sister and her family for 6 weeks and overall I just lost steam with my sewing, sharing tutorials and blogging. However, our move allowed me to take a leave from my company where I’ve worked for the past 9 years. I’ve had the chance to recharge, regroup AND spend lots of time with my 3 year old.

In the sewing and blogging world, I have a few ideas up my sleeve and look forward to implementing them in 2016!

Well that’s to for me.. I wish you all a wonderful 2016. Here are my top posts from 2015:

HaberdasheryFun Top posts 2015

Top row, starting at the left.. Here are the links to the tutorials. Give them a try and let me know if you have any questions.

Art Gallery Fabrics – Go Anywhere Tote bag

Clear Vinyl Receipt Wallets

Asymmetrical Color Block Tote

Vinyl and Ribbon Pouches

Curvy Zipper Pouch

Printed Tea Towels

Mini Planter Bins

Bee In My Bonnet / Cozy Calendar Pillow

Have a great day and Happy New Year!

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