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Fall Favorites Giveaway!

Today I’m joining up with my friend Alyson and bringing you an awesome fall giveaway. Fall is definitely my favorite season. Between my birthday and boot-scarf-cardigan-wearing weather and the changing of the leaves, I’m one happy girl. Just don’t ask me how I feel about winter, okay? ;)

Take a look at all the amazing prizes –  a $55 Gift Card for Starbucks (um, y’all know I’m a coffee girl!), a scarf, a zipper pouch & key fob, a fall print, an arrow clutch, and a fall sign! I love teaming up with and supporting handmade shops, so hopefully you’ll meet a few new makers that you can check out for some of your holiday shopping. These lovelies are super talented.

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Happy Fall Y’all, print from This Girls Doodles

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Arrow Clutch from The Barefoot Seamstress

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Navy Blue Infinity Scarf from Forgotten Cotton

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Fall Sign from Prim & Proper Signs

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Fun Zipper Pouch & Key Fob from Little Ms Fancy Pants

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I really wish I could win, because, wow! Lots of really great stuff. And, $55 to Starbucks?! That’s a LOT of coffee & tea, or some super cute mugs. A total value of over $150. 

Good luck!!

click HERE to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

Win $50 of fabric from The Fabric Fairy!

You may have seen already, but there are a bunch of giveaways going on all over blogland today. That’s because it’s Super Saturday over at The Daily Sew Facebook page!! Every hour there is a new giveaway posted. If you don’t already like that page, click over there now and like it. Then come back and enter to…

win 50 of fabric

 

I’m teaming up with The Fabric Fairy to bring you an awesome giveaway. One of you will win a $50 to her shop! She has amazing fabric. Her knits are gorgeous. I’ve posted about them before here.

DSC_0056This retro cars print is one of my faves!! She has such a great fabric selection at great prices.

 

Click here to enter the giveaway!!

And remember, there are giveaways going on every hour on the hour today, so visit The Daily Sew to win lots of really great stuff!

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Thanks so much to The Fabric Fairy for sponsoring this giveaway!

Straight Lines and Angles Day 4 – Simple Simon and Elegance and Elephants

Well we are cruising right along with the amazingness that these bloggers are bringing for this geometric inspired Straight Lines and Angles series! And today’s guests are no exception.

Heidi from Elegance & Elephants has a sweet, classic style and makes impeccable clothing for her kiddos. She hosts one of my favorite series, Knock it Off, and has a growing pattern shop (affiliate link — and the fedora pattern? amazing.). I’m pretty much always in love with everything Heidi sews. Today she has a fantastic dress to share, so make sure you head over to her blog and see it.

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The ladies at Simple Simon & Co. are, well, pretty much rockstars. They have their own blog, plus they run Project Run and Play (where, you know, I am competing next week!!) and they also run Project Sewn. And they sew gorgeous skirts, dresses, quilts… basically, you name it, they sew it. And today liZ is sharing three skirts that she sewed with this super clever embroidery technique. Head over to Simple Simon to see!

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And the giveaway is still going on if you haven’t entered yet!

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Straight Lines and Angles Day 1 – Alida Makes and Shwin and Shwin

Today is the first day of the Straight Lines and Angles series! For the next two weeks, bloggers will be sharing their sewing projects, inspired by anything geometric [lines, shapes, etc.] I’m so super excited to share my first two guests, both of whom I am HUGE fans of.

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Shauna of Shwin & Shwin is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. Okay, so we’ve never met in person, but we’ve been bloggy friends for awhile, and she is so kind and genuine. And she’s got some mad sewing and designing skills! She’s part of the Pattern Anthology team, plus she has an outstanding collection of patterns in her shop, Shwin Designs [my favorite are the Nowhere Man Pants, in case you're wondering]. Head on over to see the amazing dress she created!

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Alida of Alida Makes is like my fashion icon. She rocked it recently in Project Sewn [these pants she made? ahMAYzing], and she was part of the recent STYLO online kids’ fashion magazine. You’re going to love what she made for her daughter, so pop over and check out her outfit!

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Here are the giveaway details!!

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These four amazing designers and blogging friends have so graciously donated prizes for this series. There are four prizes, which means there will be four winners.

One winner will receive a $30 gift certificate from the Imagine Gnats shop. She sells gorgeous fabric and some really incredible PDF patterns – for women and kids. So whoever wins this will definitely find something wonderful!

One winner will receive a copy of the Triangle Pants pattern from See Kate Sew. When Kate released this pattern, I thought it would fit perfectly with this series, and was so excited when she agreed to be a part of the giveaway. I just love Kate’s patterns, and the design of the Triangle Pants is so unique!

One winner will get to choose between a copy of the Sally Dress or the Sweetheart Dress from Very Shannon. I’ve sewn the Sally Dress before (you can see it here) and it creates a wonderful garment. But you can’t go wrong with either one. :)

One winner will get to choose a PDF pattern from the Sew Like My Mom shop. She has some adorable patterns – for boys and girls. I have her Kudzu overalls pattern and am dying to get a chance to sew it up!

The giveaway will be open through the entire two weeks of the series, and then the winners will be randomly chosen.

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

We have more geometric inspired sewing coming tomorrow!

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Cozy Cameras: sponsor highlight and a camera case giveaway!

Yesterday when I said that we’re a month away from Christmas, did you get a little panicky? That “oh my goodness, I have so many gifts to buy/make!” feeling? I’m right there with you, friend. So this week I wanted to share with you a few shops and sales – and even an awesome giveaway – to help you with your gift giving and making.

I am so happy to introduce you to Cozy Cameras, my lovely sponsor and incredibly talented friend.

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This handmade shop is filled with fabulous camera cases, strap covers, iPad/kindle cases, and zip pouches. In amazingly gorgeous fabric combinations, I have to say.

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I’m so privileged to know Cathy, the shop owner, in real life. She is so kind and generous and has a love for all things handmade. She’s also a boy-mama like me, so really, we’re kindred spirits.

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Her shop is full of lovelies that are perfect for giving handmade, when you don’t have time to actually make handmade. Supporting handmade shops is so important to me, and I’d much rather spend my family’s hard-earned money on unique, one-of-a-kind gifts like this, than at the mall. [that's my personal opinion, of course - you're entitled to your own!]

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And because she is so kind and generous, Cozy Cameras is giving away one of her beautiful camera cases – you get to choose one from her shop! [giveaway ends at midnight on Sunday]

Click here to enter the giveaway!


See something in her shop you like? Use the code IFONLYNAP for 15% off your purchase at Cozy Cameras.

Thanks for supporting handmade small businesses this Christmas. :)

Vintage Fabric Olivia Dress [and a pattern giveaway!]

When Jessica of Craftiness is not Optional asked me to be part of her Olivia pattern tour, I jumped at the chance. I mean, have you seen her blog and all the amazingness over there? This girl has some sewing skiiiillllls.

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DSC_0601I went back and forth on my fabric choice for this dress, but in the end, I knew I had to go with this vintage thrifted floral paired with the bright pink corduroy. And the most perfect little vintage flower buttons you ever did see.

DSC_0606The Olivia dress actually isn’t just a dress… the pattern gives you options to make it as a top too. Plus you can do sleeveless, short sleeves, or elbow length like I chose. Oh you know I love options! The pattern calls for elastic around the sleeves, but I added a couple of pleats to the sleeves so that I could use the bias tape again. Because it is just too yummy not to use!

DSC_0615This was the first pattern from Craftiness is not Optional that I’ve ever sewn, and I was definitely impressed. It all came together very well and her directions were exceptionally clear. She paid attention to all the details – and when you look at the finished product? Love. It. I ended up getting sick over the weekend, so I only had one night to get it finished on time, and it was no problem at all. Two hours from start to finish, including cutting out the fabric … and maybe probably some Instagram breaks.

DSC_0635The trick to getting a sort of full length shot with my sweet little friend? A baby with crazy hair, because she lives in a house full of boys. :)

DSC_0604It was such a treat to sew this dress. I mean look at those sleeves! I was definitely a little giddy after I finished. So much so that I had a hard time falling asleep! I was totally on a sewing high. :) [don't lie... you've been there too]

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Okay really, how does her mama not give her every little thing she ever wants?! So. Darn. Sweet!

Two of Jess’s patterns on sale right now: The Junebug Dress [so so cute] and The Olivia [I think you know how I feel about this one!] — so make sure you check them out.

But…. one lucky reader will win their very own copy of the Olivia Dress pattern! Yay!

Click here to enter!

And head over to Craftiness is not Optional to see all the other ah-may-zing dresses and tops on the tour. So, so lovely.

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Disclosure: I received this pattern in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, as always. And clearly I love it. :)

Fabric + Vintage Trimmings! [oh yeah, another giveaway!]

I hope you’ve checked out the fabulous 24 yards of fabric that we’re giving away here. Part of me wishes I wasn’t involved so I could win all that loveliness. ;)

Giving away fabric makes me giddy. So much so that I couldn’t stop.

So I’ve got MORE lovelies to give away today, from my personal stash!DSC_0082One and a half yards of this super fun laser cut blue knit fabric and these vintage goodies!
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DSC_0083Plus some vintage lace trim and vintage blue buttons.

Want to win? Just leave a comment telling me what you’d make. If you want another entry, follow me on facebook or twitter or pinterest. Then leave a comment telling me that you do [one comment for each] and you’ll get an even better chance to win!

Good luck! And don’t forget about all the fabric you could win here too…

Giveaway is open to everyone and closes May 10 at 5 p.m. PST

The Sew Fab e-Pattern Sale is coming to an end!

There’s just a little bit of time left in the Sew Fab e-Pattern Sale! Did you get yours yet? I still can’t believe these designers put together this awesome deal – 18 patterns for less than $25 is such a steal!

There are so many patterns that I can’t wait to try. The Commuter Cowl is the only one that I have sewn already. I made my sister one for Christmas [and, being the last minute sewist that I am, ran out of time to take any pictures]. It was such a quick and easy sew – and I just love how it looks. I have the perfect fabric picked out to make one for myself!

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[picture courtesy of luvinthemommyhood]

All you boy-mamas out there should be super psyched about the Banyan shorts/pants/tee pattern from Figgy’s Patterns. [this pattern alone costs $18.95 by the way] The pants have such a unique fit to them – and all my boys’ pants have serious holes in the knees.

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[picture courtesy of Figgy's Patterns]

And seriously, how lovely and adorable are these Sidekick Suitcases? Perfect for summer vacation!

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And a maxi dress for Mama? Yes, please! This would be perfect pre- and post-baby. It looks like it would hide all the *ahem* flabbiness that also comes with a baby. I definitely do not sew enough for myself.

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This doesn’t even include the five dress patterns all you girl-mamas would love. I have a few niecies who could be lucky enough to get some new dresses… ;)

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Okay for real, why haven’t you gotten the e-pattern bundle yet? I’m having such a hard time figuring out which one to sew first.

[don't forget, the sale ends the 11th!]

And did you enter the giveaway yet? [or maybe don't, so I can win?? kidding...kidding...]

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway.

Boys Will be Boys: Giveaway winners!!

Okay, today might be my favorite day of the series. Because I get to make some lucky winners very happy! Yay! Thanks to everyone who entered, and HUGE thanks to our sponsors!

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See Kate Sew

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 Fancie Fannies

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 Buildeez

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And now, the winners, chosen by random.org!

The winner of the elephant softie from Sew Chatty is…

Alexandra [who said this would be perfect for her sister who's pregnant with her fourth nephew! yay for four boys!]

The winner of see kate sew’s softie patterns is…

Kristin

And the winner of a $25 gift certificate to The Fabric Fairy…

Amanda Estroff!

Winners have been contacted via email – so check your spam if it’s not in your inbox! Thanks everyone for entering. :)

Happy sewing!

Boys Will Be Boys: Name Bean Bags Tutorial and a GIVEAWAY! [giveaway is now closed]

My three-year-old is really into letters right now, so we’re working on recognizing his name. Yep, that’s the teacher in me… giving my kids educational toys for Christmas.

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Click here to see all the posts in this series.

And I know that the nerdy, educational parent part of you wants to help your littles learn their letters too!

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Supplies:

  • Three coordinating fabrics
  • Chalk or water soluble marker
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Coordinating thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Fray Check
  • Beans, rice, or poly-fil to stuff

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1. Cut three squares of your fabric for each bean bag [only two squares are shown... obviously]. The size you cut will depend on how big you want the bean bags to be. Mine were cut about 5in x 5in.

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2. On one of the three fabrics, draw out your letters, using either chalk or water soluble marker.

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3. Carefully cut the letters out.

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4. Put one of the coordinating fabrics behind the letter cut out and pin the fabrics together.

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5. Straight stitch very carefully around the letter. Using a thread that doesn’t coordinate will make more of an impact and make the letter stand out a little more [in other words, it's way more fun]. But if you are worried about your sewing mistakes showing, use a coordinating thread color that will blend in.

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6. Put the three fabrics together, right sides together. Zig-zag stitch around all four sides, leaving an opening to turn the fabrics right side out.

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7. Cut around all four sides with pinking shears to stop the fabric from fraying.

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8. Turn right side out.

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9. Stuff with beans, rice, or poly-fil [the poly-fil makes it more of a pillow than a bean bag... but pillows thrown across the room are much less dangerous in a house full of boys]. Hand-stitch closed.

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10. If you’re using a fabric that will fray, apply Fray Check to the cut edges of the letters. [Fabrics like knit or fleece will not fray, however, and you wouldn't need to use it]

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Now you have a fun way for your boys to learn their letters and recognize their name!

IMG_6636I’m super excited about today’s giveaway. Elizabeth from Sew Chatty is giving away this aDORable elephant softie! [this giveaway is now closed]

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Seriously, SO cute. To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is leave a comment telling me who you would get this little lovey. That’s it!

If you want an additional entry, like Sew Chatty on Facebook and leave another comment to let me know. The giveaway will be open until Sunday.

Now don’t forget to head over to Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy to see the awesome tutorial Stacey has today. I know my boys will LOVE this one.

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P.S. The Fabric Fairy giveaway closes tonight and the See Kate Sew pattern giveaway is open through tomorrow!