I’m really happy to be taking part in Underground Crafter‘s Little Gifts Sew Along sharing these patchwork coasters with you. There are 25 free sewing projects being shared all year long that are perfect stocking stuffer gifts.
Did I mention that there are prizes for sewing along?? Check out all the details here.
I love making coasters! They’re quick and easy to sew. They make a great gift for tea or coffee lovers alike, and they’re a great way to feature fun fabrics or use up scraps. Especially patchwork coasters like these. Normally I like to use up scraps when I make coasters but the ones in the main photo were made using fabrics from a charm pack for the front and upcycled denim fabric for the back.
The Sew Long Summer tour is hosted every year by mahlicadesigns. I have some pillow slipcovers to share with you, but it wasn’t my first idea. Originally, I was planning on sharing a tutorial for an organizer/agenda accessory but when I sat down to sew it, I managed to kill my sewing machine.
The poor sewing machine managed to wrap it’s cord around my ankle while I was sewing and when I stood up to walk away, it fell to the floor, snapping off some inner plastic bits in the process. I have a vintage 1980s or 70s sewing machine that I got a year ago but never used, that I tried to get working… but alas, it doesn’t work (I think the timing is off). It’s gone to the repair shop for a few weeks, so I’m left without a machine until the end of the month. So, no tutorial for now but I hope to get that up next month.
Lucky for me (and you!) I found a project I’ve never shared on my blog before. Pillow slipcovers!
Pillow slipcovers are a great change of seasons project. With a bit of fabric, you can have a whole new look in your house. Pillow covers also make a great first sewing project! These ones are all straight line sewing and don’t have any closures.
I made these a year or two ago. I’m sure I followed a tutorial at some point and then made any adjustments to make to the size I wanted but I don’t remember which one. Sorry about that!
Welcome to the Breaking Ground Blog Tour 2019. This year over 25 bloggers from around the world are joining with Mahlica Designs to break new ground by trying a pattern designer that is new to them, try new techniques, new styles, or whatever way they want to push themselves. (There is a giveaway happening! Info at the bottom of the post)
Note: Affiliate links (if any) are marked with an asterisk (*).
I’ve taken part in the Breaking Ground Blog tour hosted by Mahlica Designs in the past. You can check out my previous posts here and here. I only decided to sign up for the tour this time around a couple weeks ago after debating doing it for a few weeks. Until a few days ago I hadn’t actually sewn anything on my machine in over three months. I had a craft fair the first weekend in December and afterwards I just never got back to it.
I meant to make the girls pjs for Christmas but that didn’t happen. Then, I ended up having another miscarriage a few days before Christmas so I just sort of checked out for a bit then decided to take care of myself. In January I decided I wanted to dance again and started taking Intro to Ballet classes at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (it’s been great!) Then I started taking mommy and kids Zumba classes with my girls (also fun!) Also in January I was asked to run the lunch time craft club at my daughters’ school until March break so all in all I was busy planning the craft club and I guess healing..
Anyway, it was finally time to get back to sewing. A couple weeks ago I started doing an embroidery project that I’m slowly working on that I’ll share soon hopefully. But I needed to sew, so a small, quick project like the Cosmos pattern that’s part of Galaxie 2 collection by Jalie was perfect for my needs. When I turned on the sewing machine a few days ago, I felt relaxed and anxious at the same time. Anxious I think because I was worried I’d mess up my project, and relaxed because well, I love sewing, ha.
The purpose of the of Breaking Ground tour is to sew up something from a designer that is new-to-you and/or sew something new-to-you and/or using a new-to-you technique. Now, I’ve known of Jalie for ages (I even interviewed them for my blog a few years past that you can read here) but although I own many of their patterns, I’ve never actually SEWN any of their patterns. It was time to change that!
I am slowly getting around to adding the items I had leftover from the craft fair to my Etsy shop. It’s a bit slow going what with trying to get ready for Christmas and make my girls their pjs (ack! I have just a week left!). and I’m super excited about the first batch of items I got listed. I have six list takers (notepad holders, organizers) up in the shop with more coming next month.
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The above are the six that are currently in stock (for more photos check my Etsy* shop). They each come with a 5″ x 8″ notepad. (When you run out, the writing pads are easy to find on Amazon here*). The pencil is not included with the list taker, only because I didn’t have enough nice ones for each finished list taker, but it’s something I’m looking into including in the future.
There are two styles of closure: either with a hook and loop tab or an elastic band. The first one I made which I personally use had a button on the front and a ribbon that wrapped around but the button soon popped off so I felt that either the hook and loop tab or elastic loop were the best options for heavy use. Although the button option is a possibility for custom made list takers.
And what can you do with these list takers? You can use them to keep track of your shopping lists and coupons; write down your to-do list; take notes on the book you’re currently reading. When I’m reading a smaller sized book I like to keep it inside the list taker to protect the cover. I also keep a small notebook in the second pocket along with a sketch pencil for when I get I urge to draw something. My list taker comes with me in my purse all the time.
The list takers are all made with high quality 100% cotton fabric. They are lined with fusible fleece to give it both a bit of softness and structure. Two of the ones currently in stock and ready to ship are made with Michael Miller fabric (the grey, green and coral floral and the cupcake), two with Art Gallery fabric (the two with coordinating fabric) and the final two are made with Northcott fabrics.
If you would prefer a list taker in different colours get in touch with me through my Etsy shop and I’ll set up a custom listing just for you.
And there you go! A gift guide for your cat-loving sewing friends! Save on gift wrapping by wrapping a few of these items in a meter of one of those (or other) kitty themed fabric and you’ll have done your part to both reduce waste and make someone very happy!