Ipad or Kindle Sleeve Tutorial!

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Hello all!

I finally have some time to get some “new project” sewing done so I went through my Pinterest pile of projects to try out (and subsequently pinned a bunch more….) when  I came across this tutorial and thought in would give it a try.  Anna Joy Pham has four options for you to select from for Ipad/Kindle sleeves.  I selected “The Ruby” design.

The tutorial calls for three prints but this gorgeous linen print just arrived in the studio today and I couldn’t help but make it feel welcome by putting it to good use right away.

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So I cut the fabric two different directions to give it a bit of interest.  I cut the two OUTSIDE piece at 3″ by 13.5″ as she suggested but I opted to cut the inside strip at 2.25″ by 13.5″.

I LOVE making fabric covered buttons and any excuse to do so is more than welcome!

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Other than that I followed the tutorial closely and it was pretty darned easy.  I always need to do  yoga breathing when I’m turning the item through those little tiny holes by that’s just me.  Next time I will make the suggested 2 inch hole in the inside liner more like four inches….  That’s just me….easier is better.

Look how cute the stripes look as a surprise inside!

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Anyway the options are endless.  Any techie friend (and aren’t they all) would appreciate one of these little goodies.

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Oh and it took me about 2 hours but I was interrupted about a gazillion times.  The next one shouldn’t take longer than an hour.  I think WAY too hard the first time I make anything.  I’m sure that is what why I can’t just make one of something.  The third or fourth time around the project is so much more fun and I can take liberty with it!

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Any how.  Make one (or two or three)!!  You can do it.

Happy day,


Apron in an hour!

Need a hostess gift or a little something to perk up your time baking cookies?  This tutorial for an apron in an hour is fun and quite easy.  She’s done a wonderful job explaining each step!

Here is one I whipped up the other day from these new fabrics in the shop from the Bella by designer Lotta Jansdotter.

All you need it one fat quarter, for the body of the apron and one half yard for the waistband, hem and ties.

My favorite part about this apron is the extra long ties.  The can be simply wrapped like above or with a fancy bow!

You can make one too!  As the Jona Giammalva’s blog states…Stop Staring and Start Sewing!  Brilliant!

Happy holidays and happy sewing,


Crayon Caddies!

Happy Holidays all!
About this time of year I like to whip up a bunch of these crayon caddies for my daughters friends.  She loves to pick the fabrics and the past couple of years she was able to help with the sewing which makes it more fun for us both!  There are a gazillion tutorials out there.  Here is how I make mine.
You will need:
Two coordinating fabrics cut 10 inches by 12 inches.  (I found mine here by my fabric designer crush, Monaluna.)
Put your two cut pieces right sides together, pin and sew up two shorts sides and one of the long sides. (Usually prints that can go any direction are best.)  Clip the corners where you have sewn to make it lay flat when you turn it.  Turn inside out and poke those little corners.  I use my super fancy rouge chop stick, everyone should have one!  Press.  On the open side fold it in about a half an inch.  I eye ball this because children are not all that concerned about the evenness.  However, if you would like, you can use the disappearing ink pen and mark a straight line to make sure it is even before folding in.  Press.
Open side to the right (or to the left if you made it all upside down… which I have done TOO many times to mention) fold over the bottom about 3-3.5 inches to create the pocket.  Slip the ribbon, folded over, into the open side and pin.  Sew both long sides up.
Now mark the outside of the flap in one inch intervals with your ruler and disappearing ink pen.
Sew those up and you are all DONE!  Should take about 30 minutes or so.
Darling stocking stuffers or class gifts for preschoolers. Birthday party favors are another favorite for these! Perfect for all those little scraps hanging around! Can be made for markers, pencils, etc.  Once you make one you can adjust it as needed.
My daughter is not satisfied with just six color choices so I make her bigger ones.  Just cut your fabrics 10 inches by 20 inches, sew up TWO long sides and one short side with the right sides together and mark the crayon pocket lines with the pen at 1.5 inches instead.
You can do that for sure!  Easy Peasy!
Happy sewing!
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