DIY.. Fire Truck Party Favor Bags

My son had his 3rd birthday party over the weekend. Like most little boys, he LOVES fire trucks! We decided to have a fire truck theme and had everything fire truck related – hats, coloring books, cups, plates, balloons, a bounce house AND of course fire truck goodie bags!

I have a Silhouette Cameo and haven’t used it as much as I should. I knew the machine was perfect for making a large number of goodie bags. I’ve had a bunch of canvas bags sitting in the garage and my husband has been bugging me to get rid of the stash, so they pulled the project together nicely.

Firetruck Goodie bag

Firetruck Bags in a row

Materials Needed:

  1. Silhouette Machine and design
  2. Fabric Paint, sponges, card board
  3. Freezer Paper
  4. Iron and ironing board
  5. Fabric of choice

There are a ton of freezer paper tutorials out there. I have a few here on my site and you can see them here and here. Give freezer paper a try – I highly recommend it. It is very satisfying to see your image come to life on the fabric. Don’t panic if you don’t have a Silhouette machine, you can always use an X-Acto blade. I’ve used an X-Acto for years and it works.. But if you have the budget for a machine, I say go for it. The machine makes life much easier. You won’t be driving yourself crazy with all the fussy cuts!

I found this group of firetruck images from Snapdragon Snippets in the Silhouette Design store. I liked the front view of the firetruck, so I ungrouped them and worked with the image until it fit the size of my canvas bag. The Silhouette Software is easy to navigate, especially if you have used a program like Adobe Photoshop.

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I made my husband promise to help with the project and we made 15 of these guys. I gave my husband the job of scraping the images off of the cutting mats. Ha, just so he could “feel” the amount of work that goes into a project.

I always question myself halfway through a large project and wonder why I took it on…I really wondered about this one, as I started the project the days before the party! The results were awesome. The bags turned out great and I’m sure most of the kids will all turn up in their daycare class with the same little bag!

Firetruck Bags

Boys

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Sizzix Quilt Blog Hop – Easy Baby Quilt

Today is my turn on the Sizzix Quilt Blog Hop.

Sizzix Quilt HST Wall Main

A bunch of us got together and decided to make great quilted projects to show you what the Sizzix Big Shot and Fabi machines can do.

Sizzix Qyilt1 copy

I knew I wanted to make a simple baby blanket and utilize the half square triangles cutting die. I have been sewing for more than 15 years and quilting for about 5 years, but I don’t consider myself a “quilter”.  As soon as I took the Fabi machine for it’s first spin, I had a feeling I would be quilting more often.

During the Christmas holidays we visited my family in Alberta, Canada. As we drove along the mountain range, I found the inspiration for my quilt – baby blue skies, royal blue mountains, slate grey fence posts and yellow dotted fields.

Sizzix Quilt inspiration

Sizzix Quilt chair copy

Here is what you need to get started:

Materials:

  1. Fabric – 6 solid colors for the front, 1 pattern for the binding and back
  2. Sizzix Fabi or Big Shot
  3. Half Square Triangles Cutting Die
  4. Batting
  5. Sewing supplies
  6. Sewing machine
  7. Iron and ironing board

I used the Half Square Triangles cutting die. I am addicted to triangles and love the versatility of a HST.  It was so easy. All I had to to was cut a few fabric rectangles, insert the layers through my Fabi and I was on my way!

Sizzix Quilt HST

Sizzix Quilt HST layout2

Sizzix Quilt HST layout1

As I played around with the layout the perfect pattern came about to suit my mountain theme.

Sizzix Quilt HST layout3

Sizzix Quilt Back

Sizzix Quilt Chair far away

I hope I’ve inspired you. Make sure to follow along, as you can get project ideas featuring Sizzix fabi dies as well as projects using their newest Bigz Pro Quilting collection with designs from the artist, author and quilter Victoria Findlay Wolfe!

Sizzix will be giving away a grand prize! Head over to the Sizzix blog for details.

Make sure to follow along and enter. Here are all the participants and dates. You can visit blogs and see what wonderful quilts they have all come up with:

Jan  16th – Twisted Sister / Jamie Fingal

Jan 16th – Generation Q / Tracy Mooney

Jan 17th – Modern Handcraft / Nicole Daksiewicz

Jan 18th - Love Bug Studios / Ebony Love

Jan 18th – Holly gets Quilty / Holly Hughes

Jan 19th – Me

Jan 19th – Leslie Tucker Jenison

Jan 20th – Leigh Laurel Studios / Karin Jordan

Jan 20th – Sue Bleiweiss

Jan 21st – Jenny Doan / The Cutting Table

Jan 21st – Bumble Beans Inc / Victoria Findlay Wolfe

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5 Easy Pom Pom Sewing Projects

I have a thing for pom poms.. How about you? Have you wanted to sew with this wonderful trim, but don’t know how to get started?  I’ve got a great list for you –  from a simple cross body bag, to a pillow, to a table runner.. I’ve got pom poms covered.

Let’s get started:

Cross body bag with pom poms

3 in 1 – pom pom throw/ table runner/ blanket

HST baby blanket with pom pom trim

Fiesta inspired pom pom table runner

Pillow with pom pom trim

Have fun with your pom pom shopping.. There are so many sizes and colors, this trim will make your projector pop.

That’s it for today. Happy sewing!

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Top 5 Sewing Posts From 2014

Happy New Year. I’ve taken a few days off [ ok, more than a few..] to relax and recuperate from a very hectic 2014.  I’m expecting an even busier 2015!  I manage the southeast for a footwear brand and am about to start traveling for my tradeshow season. The thought makes me shake. Sometimes I don’t know how I fit it all in, but the travel also seems to get my creative juices flowing.

While I promised myself that I wouldn’t bore you all with a “Top 5 post of 2014..” I decided it was a great way to reflect on last year and to go through my tutorials to see what I enjoyed sewing the most..

Ok, so the list turned into a top 10.. Guess I had too much sewing fun. Here goes:

Pom Pom Table Runner

This tutorial was for Sew Mama Sew. I was inspired by Cinco De Mayo and wanted to come up with a “fiesta inspired runner”. I think the yellow pom poms did the trick. This is one of my favorite product photos from 2014. I love the stark background.

Re-Usable Shopping Bag Pouch

I write simple sewing tutorials for the Momtastic blog. The inspirational messages from the Lululemon tote made for a  perfect tutorial. Who wouldn’t want to use a pouch that says “Choose a positive thought”? Lululemon reached out to me to use the tutorial on their blog. Cool, right? Fingers crossed we see the tutorial and images over there someday soon.

Double Sided Vinyl Pouch

This is one handy little guy! I love the clear vinyl pouches and having easy access to my stuff with the velcro closures… I use this ALL THE TIME. I’ve often thought of making variations of the design and offering a PDF pattern…

Reversible Fabric Bin

So simple.. yet so popular! I love the versatility of this bin. Quite a favorite among readers.. Apartment Therapy, Poppytalk and a few other sites caught the reversible fabric bin bug!

Alphabet Coasters

Another tutorial for the Momtastic blog. Inspired by my now almost 3 year old son…  He is just learning his ABC’s, so I need to pull these out and have some fun.

Reversible 1 Hour Tote [ plus the PDF pattern! ]

I love this tote. I call it the “Jolly” bag. Named because it makes me so happy and I’ve sewn variations of it for more than 7 years. Also named after a friend who has a Dad named Jolly.. Cute right? I hope you love it as well. I’ve sewn it a gazillion times and have wanted to share the PDF pattern FOREVER.  You can access the pattern here.

Fabric Clutch with Removable Pouches

Inspired by all the lipgloss that I collect and don’t seem to wear.. Need I say more?

Half Square Triangle Pillow

Triangles are my new favorite thing. I love the boldness of this pillow. More of an inspirational post than anything and was in conjunction with The Fat Quarter Shop and their September’s “I love sewing and quilting” blog tour. They asked us to step outside our comfort zones… So quilting and HSTs it was. The colors are from my sneakers!

A-Frame Organizer

I was pretty pumped when Pellon and Jo-Ann Fabrics asked me to be apart of their September “Sew Your Style” Contest.Super handy. It came to mind when I was in a hotel room and I think it is perfect for a collage dorm, a make-up artist.. or someone always on the go.

Double Sided Quilted Cotton Mini Backpack

Love this mini backpack. It was part of the Riley Blake Designs blog hop for their new double sided quilted cotton. The fabric is super soft and awesome to work with.. I also happen to be addicted on polka dots.

Thanks for stopping by. I promise to be back and running with a slew of tutorials very soon!

-Marni

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DIY.. Fabric Covered Foam Blocks

Blocks pile

I’m over at hello, Wonderful today sharing a tutorial on how to cover foam cubes with fabric.

I’ve wanted to make fabric blocks forever. My son is almost 3 years old and loves playing with a piece of foam I’ve had hanging around the house.  I often find him laying on his stomach and using it is a kick board.  He got really excited the other night when I started cutting the foam into cubes. Out came his dump truck and he piled the cubes into the bucket and ran around the room pretending to have a “big load”.

Cubes Main 3 with truck

The colorful blocks have been a hit. With both father and son! Now, I just need to find time to make a few more…

Cubes Main 1

Head on over to hello, Wonderful for the tutorial. I promise that by the time you are on to the 3rd block you will have the hang of it.

What I like about those blocks the most is that if you are precise with the cutting and sewing – they are square, sturdy and stack really well.. That’s it for today.

Happy Sewing.

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Reversible 1 Hour Tote Pattern and Giveaway

I’m happy to be sharing my Reversible 1 Hour Tote pattern today. Yay!! So many of you have reached out and requested the pattern and I’m happy to finally have it available.

Main 2 Reversible Tote Brambleberry copy

Don’t you love the fabric? I fell in love with the Brambleberry Ridge collection from Violet Craft and had to order a bunch of the fabric from the collection.

For this tote, I used Brambleberry Ridge/Flight in orchid for the outside and Brambleberry Ridge/Shimmer reflection in lilac for the lining. The lining looks like confetti dots and has a gold shimmer to it. It is gorgeous and I can’t wait to sew more with it. First up is a matching pouch or two!

Reversible Tote Brambleberry top view copy

Reversible Tote Brambleberry side view

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So on to the fun part..

  1. Click the link to download the PDF pattern –  Reversible 1 Hour Tote Pattern
  2. Click here for the Reversible Tote tutorial.

AND it gets even better.. To go along with my pattern release, Southern Fabric has generously donated a $25 gift card to their online store. Who doesn’t love FREE FABRIC!!?? There are 3 chances to win..

  1. Leave a comment telling me what fabric collection and/or colors you would use for the Reversible 1 Hour Tote
  2. Come on over and follow me on Instagram. Leave a second comment letting me know you follow.
  3. Head on over and follow Southern Fabric on Instagram. Leave a third comment letting me know you follow.

Make sure to leave a comment for each entry. I can’t wait to hear what you you plan to make.

The winner will be selected at random and the giveaway is open until Friday, December 19th. Closes at midnight EST.

Update – the giveaway is now closed. Thank you for everyone who entered!

Reversible Tote Brambleberry

Happy Sewing!

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DIY.. Fabric Clutch w/ Removable Pouches for Sew Mama Sew

I’m happy to be sharing this tutorial over at Sew Mama Sew today.

I don’t wear a lot of make-up, but I’m addicted to buying it. I recently went through my makeup bag and found over 10 shades of the same color of lipgloss.  I’ve often thought I should sew a make-up pouch just to keep all my lipgloss in order.

So no more digging around the bottom of my purse. I now have everything at the tip of my fingers and even organized by color…

It’s gift giving season.. Why  not make this for your organizationally challenged sister/friend/mother/co-worker.. Click here to see the full tutorial over at Sew Mama Sew. I promise it’s easy to sew and can be completed in an afternoon.

Fabric Source – Isn’t the fabric gorgeous? I couldn’t help myself and bought quite a few yards from the collection. I had a feeling it would be great for this project. It is designed by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics and the collection is called “Gramercy”.  Check it out and see if you can figure out her inspiration..

That’s it for today. Happy Sewing.

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DIY.. Velcro Advent Calendar

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas..

Advent Main Tanner jumping

Advent Main Brick Wall Solo

I love this time of year. As a Canadian living in the States, I love the time period between late November and January 1st. Family gatherings, parties and all the holiday festivities keeps me in smiles for weeks.

I was super happy when the VELCRO® Brand asked me if I wanted to participate in a holiday craft and come up with an advent calendar.. A little daunting at first, I had to wrap my head around a design and what I was going to sew. I pondered the idea for a few weeks and how VELCRO® could make for a fun, holiday activity… My son is starting to learn his numbers and ABCs.. I decided an advent calendar with removable pouches would not only be a great learning tool, but also an amusing activity leading up to the big day. Click here to head over to the VELCRO® Brand blog.

Advent Main Buzz with Velcro

Advent Main close up Buzz

Materials Needed:

  1. Advent calendar – 1 – 2 yards in a light color fabric
  2. Pouches – Scrap fabric or fat quarters in mixture of colors
  3. VELCRO® Brand Iron On Fasteners - 3 boxes of the tape or 6 boxes of the strips
  4. Fusible web – small piece to appliqué star
  5. Rotary cutter, cutting mat and ruler
  6. Sewing machine and sewing materials
  7. Iron and ironing board
  8. Dowel, hooks and string
  9. X-Acto knife and cutting mat
  10. Paper and pen
  11. Freezer paper, fabric ink , cardboard and sponges

Let’s get started:

Advent step1

Step 1: Sew the advent calendar backing – Cut 2 large rectangles measuring 38″L x 28″W. Place right sides together and sew all 4 sides together. Leave an opening along the bottom edge approximately 4″ – 5″. Press seams. Trim each corner. Pull right side out through the opening, wiggle corners into place. Turn under bottom opening edge, press and pin closed. Create the dowel holder at the top edge – Turn and fold the top edge under approximately 2″. Insert dowel inside to make sure it slides in ok. From one side to the other, trace a straight line with a marking pen, pin. Place into sewing machine and stitch following the line. Topstitch around the outside edge.

Advent step2

Step 2: Cut 100 squares measuring 4″ x 4″. Cut squares in a variety of colors for a fun look – mix & match front, back and lining pieces.

Advent step3

Step 3: Print numbers 1-25. Font size is approximately 1-1/4″. Place freezer paper onto work surface, shiny side down. Trace the numbers onto freezer paper. Make sure to leave room between numbers. Cut out all numbers with the X-Acto knife. Cut around each number, make sure to leave enough room on the sides [extra room for sponge and fabric ink]. Iron numbers 1-25 on each little square. Note – Remember the seam allowances when finding number placement.

Advent step4

Step 4: Squeeze a small amount of fabric ink into a small dish. Place fabric square onto the piece of cardboard. Use sponge and dip into fabric ink. Gently dab onto the open areas of the freezer paper. Do not goop the fabric ink or it will run. Wait a few seconds until just slightly tacky. Pull off freezer paper. Repeat for all numbers.

Advent step5

Step 5: Sew the squares – Place 2 squares right sides together and place 2 lining squares right sides together. Pin if needed. Place into your sewing machine and stitch 3 sides together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press. Sew all squares together and make 50 little pouches. Trim bottom corners. Press.

Advent step6

Step 6: Turn one pouch right facing side out and leave the other pouch right side facing in. Place one pouch inside the other. Wiggle into place. Place back into your sewing machine and stitch each pouch together around the top edge.  Leave a small opening to pull right side out. Press.

Advent step7

Advent step7b

Step 7: Pull one pouch right side out through the small opening. Wiggle everything into place. Press with an iron. Fold under seam allowance for the opening. Place into sewing machine and topstitch around the top edge. Backstitch.

Advent step8

Step 8: Create the star appliqué – Iron red fabric onto fusible web.  Draw star on back of fusible web, cut out. Peel back of fusible web from the star. Find center of the advent calendar and press down. Stitch around the star.

Advent step10

Advent step10b

Step 9: Create the tree design on the advent calendar – Cut the VELCRO® Brand Iron On Fasteners into small square pieces. Peel the backing from each square and place 4 hook pieces on one pouch. Repeat for each pouch. Press the fasterners in place with an iron. [ Read package for directions]. Lay the 25 pouches on  the advent calendar in a tree design. Peel the backing from the alternating/ loop pieces and press in place under each pouch.

Advent Main Tanner pushing bin

Advent Main Tanner pointing

That’s it – Have a wonderful holiday season! As this project came together, I realized what a unique tradition I was creating. What an entertaining project for the whole family to do together. Enjoy!

Please note that the VELCRO® Brand provided me with the materials for this post, but all opinions are my own. If you remember from my previous blog posts.. I use their products quite often and love sewing with them.

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DIY.. Fold Over Clutch With Ribbon Detail

Today I’m working with Renaissance Ribbons and sharing my southwestern fold over clutch.

I’ve wanted to sew a fold over clutch for quite some time. They are very simple to make and basically a large rectangle that folds in half… However, as most of my sewing projects go, I wanted to add an extra detail that would give my pouch some punch.

My husband recently visited Texas and as a result our family has Texas on the brain – cows and horses, ranching, branding, eating and hunting [ although I don’t understand or quite like the hunting part..]. While looking at his pictures I realized that a southwestern motif might be the perfect embellishment for my clutch..

Ribbon Top

I’ve had a yard of Robert Kaufman’s Chambray Union fabric sitting in my stash and when I placed Amy Butler’s “Hapi” ribbon on top of the indigo fabric – I felt I had captured the spirit of the southwest.

Materials:

  1. 1/2 yard –  cotton fabric
  2. 1/2 yard – lining fabric
  3. 1/2 yard  – fusible lightweight interfacing
  4. 1 yard colorful ribbon
  5. Sewing machine
  6. Sewing supplies
  7. Zipper –  9″
  8. Iron and ironing board
  9. Velcro – iron on or sew in
  10. Marking pen, pencil or chalk

Before we get started, you need to prepare your fabric pieces:

  1. Main / clutch – Draw a letter size rectangle [ 8 1/2″W x 11″L ] on a large piece of paper and add 1/2″ seam allowance around the outside edge. Cut out 2 pieces from the main fabric, cut out 2 pieces from the lining fabric and cut out 2 pieces from the interfacing. Fuse the interfacing to wrong side of main fabric pieces.
  2. Pocket – Draw a rectangle measuring 8 1/2″W x 5 1/2″ L. Add 1/2″ seam allowance around the outside edge. Cut out 1 piece from the main fabric, cut out 1 piece from the interfacing and cut 1 piece from the lining fabric. Fuse the interfacing to wrong side of main fabric piece.
  3. Zipper Tabs – from the main fabric cut out 2 rectangles measuring 2″W x 3″L. Note – use interfacing if the fabric is lightweight and flimsy.
  4. Ribbon – cut 3 pieces width of the fabric

Ok. Let’s get sewing:

  1. Prepare the zipper – cut  the zipper to be 1 1/2″ ” less than the width of the fabric [ this gives wiggle room and also allows for the seam allowance ]. Turn and fold each side of the tab inwards. Place over each end of the zipper and stitch in place. Repeat for the other end.
  2. Place the zipper face down on the main fabric. There should be about 3/4″ less on each end. Pin. Change to the zipper foot on your machine and stitch in place. Press. Cut extra fabric from tab ends.
  3. Lay the lining fabric piece on top of the main fabric, sandwiching the zipper. Pin. Stitch in place. Press with a warm iron. Be careful to not touch or melt the zipper teeth. Repeat for the other side. Lay everything face up. Press wrinkles out.
  4. Place the ribbon on either side of the zipper. Turn up the lining fabric, pin and then stitch the ribbon down. Note – Do not pin or stitch through to the lining fabric. Repeat for the other side. Press with a warm iron.
  5. Sew the pocket pieces together. Place right sides together, pin and sew together [ short side] Press the seam. Open up the seam allowance and press again. Fold over at the seam, roll the lining back just slightly so that is sits a slim 1/8″ from the pocket edge. Press again.. Iron or stitch a small piece of  velcro along the top edge on the lining.
  6. Place ribbon along the top pocket edge. Pin in place and sew down along both sides. Press.
  7. Find the velcro placement for main clutch front piece. Iron or stitch in place. Pin pocket to main front clutch piece. Do not pin though to the lining.
  8. Open the zipper. Place right sides of main fabric pieces together and right sides of the lining fabric together. Pin along outside edge. Place into sewing machine and stitch together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Note – Make sure to open zipper before stitching the clutch together.. otherwise you will have issues turing the clutch right side out.. Trust me on this one..
  9. Trim excess fabric from the corners. Pull everything right side out. Wiggle the corners into place. Press with a warm iron.

Clutch open pocket

That’s it for today. Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving.

Please note that Renaissance Ribbons sponsored the ribbon for this post. However, I selected the ribbon to match the clutch design and appreciate contributions such as these. Several trips to the fabric store each week add up.. All opinions are my own. Have a great day.

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Featured In Stitch Magazine

I’m happy to announce my first feature in the Winter 2014 edition of Stitch magazine.

The issue is now on newsstands. I submitted an iPad carrier called a “Tablet Folio”. It uses fusible batting and Pellon Peltex for extra stability. The design idea came to mind when I was traveling for work and jamming folders into my bag. I’m always thinking of ways to travel smarter and the image of a “fold and go” tablet carrier popped into my head. I’m in love anything from Lotta Jansdotter, so thought her MorMor fabric collection would work perfect for the project’s new vintage theme.

Great news – you have everything you need to make the tablet folio. The flap templates are also included in the magazine. I’d love to hear if you plan to make one. Send me pictures please!

Happy Sewing.

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