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Swap time! Wanna play?

Let’s swap pincushions!

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Instead of trying to match up and email people myself I’m going to try Elfster and let the site do it for me. Please head here if you’d like to join in our pincushion swap.

You will create a pincushion with your own hands and ship it away to someone who is sending you a new to you pin cushion as well. How fun!

You can scour Pinterest or Google for some ideas and tutorials.

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So made myself a scrappy quick little project the other day. I absolutely love things that use up scraps, the small the better. I remember the first time I made something with a ton of prints on it, one of my scrappy wallets, I was hesitant at first but once you just let go and put things together it all looks great once it’s finished.

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It’s from a free pattern by Green Bee Designs, they have a free patterns section and it’s in there.

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I added more sections to mine because I wanted it even more scrappy.  I rarely do things as dictated.

Stuck on couch = play on Pinterest

Spent some time organizing and adding to my boards on Pinterest the other day.

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I’m going to attempt a petal quilt, using all my current fabric to cut the petals. I picked up some white fabric for the front and a perfect pattern for the backing.

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It’s perfect for the quilt I’m going to make, inspired by this one by Little Miss Shabby.

Hand-Quilting

Giveaway Day!

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Win a scrappy wallet, made by me!
Enter here, be sure to leave your email and I will contact you and we can see which wallet speaks to you!

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Tinkertote madness!

I swear I am in complete and utter love of this technique and making more of these beautiful creations of Tara Rebman’s Quilt-As-You-Go: Patchwork Bags

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I love using up my scraps, making them work together or just throwing whatever with whatever and seeing how it goes.

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That’s how I’ve pieced the scrappy wallets I make and I love how they turn out with so many bright colours and patterns.

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They look absolutely fantastic if you go the extra mile and make your own bias tape. It is time consuming and a bit finicky but the results are great.

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Hand stitching the second side of the tape on is the best way to go. Keeps it really nice and tidy. But beware! Thimble recommended.

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Rag rug still in progress.

Here’s how it all started!

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Since I’ve been chronicling the progress of my rag rug on my Facebook Page and Instagram but here are some of the pics all put together.  It’s nearly done so there will be one last “KABOOM! lookit it’s all finished” pic coming soon.  There are instructions around online but I used  Creativebug’s class.

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I’m not a great crocheter, as illustrated by my attempt at an ‘apple cozy’ years ago.

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This project is great and goes quickly once you’ve got your fabric ready to go. But you’ll need some muscles for tearing up sheets or lengths of fabric. They look pretty neat all balled up.

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I had a really hard time getting my rug to lay properly. I struggled with it curling up, then being warbly and I’ve sort of been making my own pattern up as I go. Laying the rug down here and there to see how it falls. And I’ve been writing down what I do on each round so that *if* I do have to do some ‘reverse crochet’ I’ll know where I left off.

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Giveaway Day!!

Why hello there! I’m giving away one scrappy wallet to some lucky winner! I will ship internationally (that’s anywhere in the world because you’re worth it). Please leave a comment below and make sure there’s a way for me to contact you. These are stock photos of some of my past wallets but I assure you the wallet will be adorable and meet all your accessorizing needs. We can chat about colours and patterns later.

I’ll love you forever if you like my Facebook page, I’m so close to 1000 likes!

Giveaway open until December 12 at 5 p.m. PST.
Winner will be emailed on December 14.
Go here to enter more giveaways!

Hexie addiction

Yeah I love these things.

Scraps and fun fabrics. Some of my favourite things.

Also, storing them in this fun container I found while thrifting.

Inspired by the dark side.

Well after I finished construction on this on Sunday I decided to make myself one. I used the techniques I learned in this patchwork bags course from this wonderful lady when I made this bag. Using scraps I pieced together my own fun cozy.

I even used the left over bias tape I made from the Tinkertote.

Keeps my tea pot super warm, oh and funkily cute.

Tinkertote awesomeness.

Ok so I’m pretty proud of myself and this lovely tote I made. It used up a bunch of really fun scraps, thank you swaps and Tabatha’s beautiful scrap donations, and I learned some really neat stuff.

I made it with things I had on hand. It’s not hard to find scrap fabric in my house. I cut up a fleece blanket I had lying around in a donate pile, I was just finally about to run out and buy some batting when I remembered that Diego blanket was there and decided it would do. For the bottom of the tote I cut up the legs of a pair of jeans that were too big. I had interfacing and plenty of fabrics lying around to make pockets and line it.

I found the quilting as you go part really cool. Before starting Quilt-As-You-Go: Patchwork Bags I assumed I’d be quilting all the pieces together and then quilting them to the batting. But this whole, just grab a piece and do it as you go was really fun and the effect is great!

I chose a green thread for the denim bottom, I thought it would show up and add some fun contrast but once I got sewing it just disappeared into the fabric anyway, oh well.

I also did something wonky because when I cut a lining piece it didn’t match my outer piece. I messed something up. My bag does seem shallow so I’m not sure what I did but I just kept that lining piece and figured I’ll make another outer tote for it!

Now I knew about the zipper trick already thanks to Lisa Lam’s book, but the quilting technique was brilliant and the bias tape part of this class was just amazing. It’s forever changed how I’ll attach bias tape. I’ve always hated using the stuff but this was super easy and I love the finished look. I’ve made my own tape before but I used Tara’s tutorial on her blog just to be sure I was doing it right.

I have to say I love Tara’s teaching and her sewing style is so laid back and fun, totally like me. Must be a teachers named Tara thing. I went into Fabricland with my tote on my shoulder the other day and shocked a lady in line. She said, a bit insultingly with what sounded like disbelief in her voice “You didn’t make that did you?”. I informed her that yes indeed I did and then suddenly the rest of the line up and the teller were admiring my bag. Tara Rebman- Quilt-As-You-Go: Patchwork Bags“>This class is soo worth buying.