Getting in the Holiday Spirit with One Thimble

10:20:00 AM,6 Comments

I'm starting to get that warm fuzzy feeling inside.  The Holidays always do that to me.  I love the buzz of people, visiting with friends and family, gift giving, the whole holiday experience!  The 4in of snow we have here in Southeast Michigan help too!  lol

The latest One Thimble sewing magazine has sent me over the edge!  There are so many amazing patterns that are perfect for the Holidays!  I couldn't choose just 1, so I chose 3 patterns to review.

First up is the Sweet Grace Ruffled Headband by Snickerdoodle Stew.  This is Jessica's first published tutorial and she did an amazing job!  Her tutorial is easy to follow and includes step by step instructions and color photos.  The tutorial gives measurements for sizes newborn-adult which is awesome!

I really like the look of this headband.  The proportions are perfect, but you could easily change the dimensions of each layer if you want.  

I really like the added embellishments!  I will add a cute flower to the next one!  There are so many different ideas I have.  I will be making a bunch of these for my daughter for Christmas!  Super easy and fast, and these would make amazing gifts for any lady in your life!

We think this pattern is total winner!  If you are looking for a simple but great looking headband, you can't go wrong with this!

Since I made something for my favorite lady in my life, I knew I needed to make something for my gents.  And what better for my art loving boys than the Art Caddy by Damaya Designs.

Who wouldn't love an awesome art caddy??  These are going to make perfect Christmas gifts for my gents.  I will make another in opposite fabrics for my youngest boy.  

This tutorial is wonderful!  The instructions are easy to follow and include color photos which are so helpful.  The photos are even labeled to correspond to the correct instruction!  

This caddy holds a TON of supplies!  On one side, you have 9 crayon pockets and a large pocket perfect for papers, stickers, felt.  The list in endless!  I put some of our favorite glitter foam pieces in there and they fit great!  

The other side has 12 smaller pockets perfect for colored pencils of the twistable crayons and both medium and small pockets.  The medium sized pocket is great for a pair of scissors, a small pad of paper or some stickers.  The smaller pocket is perfect for a few glitter markers!  

This pattern is awesome!  My boys are going to flip when they open these at Christmas!  I mean, who doesn't love art supplies?!?!?  These make great gifts for any budding artist in your life!

Since I now have gifts for all my kiddos, I knew I needed something to spruce up my house, and the Bunting 3 ways by Willow and the Owl was exactly what I was looking for!

Time to deck the halls!!  I decided to go with a somewhat non traditional look for my Christmas banner.  And since was are a somewhat musical family, I thought this Fa La La La La banner was fitting!

This tutorial was wonderful!  Very easy to follow with great color photos and helpful hints.  I have NEVER appliqued before, and while this in no where near up to my normal standards of work, for a first time I thought I did ok!

After looking at the bunting, and knowing I LOVED the look, I decided it would suit my boys' room the best!  It's a great addition to their room and will look perfect for the Holiday season!

The tutorial includes 3 different shapes, triangle, scallop, and rectangle.  It also includes a bunch of different applique shapes to use.  I chose to use these super cute music notes that I found during one of my many Pinterest searches!

The tutorial also gives great ideas if you are going to applique letters onto the bunting and many helpful hints.  This is a great tutorial for beginners! 

I can see myself using this tutorial a lot for name banners, different holiday sayings, and it would also make a great gift!  I will definitely by making more of these!

You can't go wrong with any of these tutorials!  Head on over to One Thimble to pick up your copy of the magazine or single copies of the tutorials now!  And don't forget to enter below for your chance to win a copy of the magazine!

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Saturday 11/15: Handmade Boy
Sunday 11/16: Mimi's MomRebekah Sews
Wednesday 11/19: Made by SaraBee Quilted Beauties


Fall 2014 Patern Tour

9:31:00 AM,1 Comments

* pattern was given in exchange for review.  All thoughts are my own*

I love the fall!  The crisp air, the first fire in the fireplace, and warm drinks!  Makes me so happy!  When Jenny from Seamingly Smitten asked me if I wanted to be part of her fall blog tour I couldn't say no!  I love everything about fall, and that includes patterns that are perfect for the fall!

I know I've said this before but I always have these grand ideas of how my blog post is going to look.  Beautiful photos, witty writing, an all together amazing post.  Well, let's just throw that idea right out of the window and come back to reality.  I threw my back out.  How you ask?  Putting hair product in my son's hair for picture day at school.  Can you believe that?!?!?!  Those amazing photos are now in my dreamland! haha

Seriously, I am in a ton of pain, so much I could barely move for almost a week.  Then the weekend came and I was feeling better, until I decided the basement playroom needed to be purged and cleaned.  Now I can hardly move again.  

That brings us to present day.  My day is consisting of lots of pain, attempts to get some sewing done, wrangling my two littles that are at home, and trying not to overdo it!

Good news??  I have an AMAZING new slouchy bag that I absolutely adore!

Purple suede????  Yes please!  This fabric is so soft and luxurious!  And this color is spot on for the fall 2014 color trends!

Let's talk pattern specifics for a second.  There are only 3 pattern pieces, so the pattern goes together really quick.  The hardware you need for this bag are easily found in your local craft store, and you don't need much, just a couple d rings and a magnetic snap if you choose.  I decided on no snap for my bag.

Jenny gives you instructions to find the perfect strap length to fit your body, or you can go with a few lengths she includes in the directions.  I went with her cross back dimensions and they were perfect for me!

The pocket on this bag is nice and large!  You can definitely fit your phone, keys and a lip gloss in it with no problem!  There is also an option to put a pocket on the inside.  I did this, and then after sewing realized I sewed the lining piece with the pocket the wrong way, so my pocket is sandwiched between the lining and the main fabric :(  That made me pretty sad.  But it's ok because I will just have to make another!

My slouch bag is lined with a purple silky fabric.  Next time I will use a cotton since this was finicky to work with.  It does feel nice though :)

I was nervous about making a bag with hardware since I normally don't make this kind of thing, but the d rings were super easy to use!  And Jenny's instructions are always wonderful and easy to follow.  I had no issues except trying to sew through all the layers after inserting the strap into the ring.  This was due to the suede and my machine not wanting to cooperate, and had nothing to do with the pattern/instructions.

I adore how this bag hangs.  The cross body measurements allow it to sit perfectly on the hip, which is so comfortable and perfect for my since I'm always on the go.  And the interior of the bag is huge!  This is the perfect option for everyday use!  you even have room for a diaper, wipes, and a change of clothes for you little one, plus all your normal purse stuff!

I thought this pattern was extremely easy to sew, the instructions were great.  This is the perfect nap time sew!  Put the kiddos to bed, sew this up, and you have a new bag to use in time to pick the older kiddos up from school!

I can't wait to use this today!  I will be making another with the optional fringe and tassel in grey suede, because anyone that knows me knows I LOVE grey!  And a special thanks to the one and only Jan!  The best dress form there is!  She's a keeper and she doesn't complain about standing outside in the freezing cold and snow!!  hehe

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Thanks for stopping by!  Don't forget to take a look at the other bloggers in the tour!  Happy Sewing :)