Aurifil Artisan October Challenge – Bag Making

Hello everyone!! I’m here today participating in the Aurifil Artisan October Challenge – Bag Making! Yayy!!

I’m pretty excited about this challenge because I started my sewing journey with a tote bag. My daughter taught me how to sew a tote bag. I was so excited to see the finished bag. I held it up next to my daughter’s bag and laughed so hard. My handles were all wrong. My daughter said, “Mom, don’t worry, it can go on your bike handles.” I laughed even harder because I didn’t own a bike.

Since that day, I’ve been making bags and loving it.

Take a look at my mini bag:


This mini bag perfect for my daughter. Her keys, money, and ID can fit in this mini bag when we are going out. Now she can put her belonging in my bag and find them when she needs them, LOL!

sashiko stitching back

Bag Elements:

I used 5 different fabric patterns. Matching up the different fabrics was fun, and I need to do it more often.

The lining is just a cute as the outside of the bag.

Inside of the bag

I learned how to do Sashiko stitching some time ago. I love adding it to different projects. It was a must for this one. It adds texture and dimension.

Aurifil thread is perfect for a bag like this. The different thread weights create the texture.

The beaded zipper pull is a fun element that matches the fabric perfectly.


Take a Closer Look:

Sashiko stitiching

sashiko stitching back

Making this bag was fun and took no time at all. I want to make a bigger version and possibly add a wristlet. Now that would be cute.

Pattern found in the Making No. 6 Magazine.

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Hand to Hand Cowl + Tutorial

Hello everyone! I’m here today to show you how to create a beautiful Hand to Hand Cowl for the fall.

The cold season is upon us, and I must admit it’s not my favorite. I’m a spring and summer lady. The cold weather is not my friend. I find it harder to warm up than to cool down. So, I’m always looking for outerwear to keep me warm. 

Let’s take a look at my Hand to Hand Cowl:

Hand in hand finish product

I just love how this Cowl looks. The best part is how easy it is to make them using just a couple of fat quarters!! Yes, I know, crazy, right!

Let’s talk about this fabric collection:

hand in hand fabric

This collection celebrates common sisterhood. It comes with six patterns and two-panel options. I love the bright, bold multi-color palette that comes with this collection. Hand in hand was created by Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love. I had the pleasure of meeting Amber years ago at a craft convention in LA. Both of us were heavy in the papercraft world, so it’s nice to see her transition into the fabric world. 


Hand in Hand fabric
Sewing Machine
Cutting Mat
Sewing Needle
Rotary Cutter

Finished Size:

29.5″ x 16.75″ 

Here’s how to create this Cowl:

Cut out 6 fat quarters from the different fabrics. I used only two prints.

Line the prints on your table into two rows of three of the fat quarters. 

With right sides together, sew the first two fat quarters on the 18″ side with a 1/2 seam allowance.

Sew the third fat quarter in the same manner to the second fat quarter in that row.

hand in hand crowl top row

Repeat for the second row. 

hand in hand bottom row

Now, place the two rows right sides together and stitch down the top of the long side with a 1/2 seam allowance. Repeat on the bottom long side.

Turn the entire piece right side out. Iron.

Now turn the piece back inside out, like your peeling a banana so that the raw edges line up right sides together. 

hand in hand turn back on itself

Pin in place, matching the seams. Leave a 3-inch hole for turning. 

hand in hand pinning

Sew in a circle with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

hand in hand sewing close

I used two pins to remind me to stop sewing here. 

hand in hand sewing

Turn the piece inside out through the 3-inch hole. 

hand in hand turning

Hand stitch the hole closed with coordinating thread. 

Now you’re done!! That was so easy, and it took an hour from start to finish. 

hand in hand finish product

Now it’s your turn!

Supplies Used:


hand in hand fabric    Bernina 570QE


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Ready, Set, Splash Baby Gift Set and Tutorial

Hello everyone! I’m here today with an adorable baby gift set sewing project for those who are beginners and those who are more advanced.

Do you have a baby at home or a baby on the way? Or perhaps you know of someone who is having a baby and want to make them a handmade gift. This Ready, Set, Splash baby gift set is the perfect gift.

Let’s take a look at this Ready, Set, Splash gift set:

baby gift set

A set of burp cloths, a teether, and a quilt – It doesn’t get any better than that. Who wouldn’t love a new baby gift set like this?

Let’s talk about this fabric collection:

Ready, Set, Splash! was created by Sandy Gervais for Riley Blake Designs is one of the cutest fabric collections I’ve seen in a long time. All of the tiny critters and prints in blue, coral, and green are fun to look at. This collection has 25 prints and one panel.


Ready, Set, Splash! fabric
Chenille White
Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat
Wonder Clips
Binding fabric
Minky fabric
Wooden Teether
Sewing Machine
Walking Foot

baby gift set - supplies

Finished Size:

Burp Cloths: 9.5 inches by 16.5 inches

Teether: 3 inches by 7 inches on the ring

Quilt: 35 inches by 43 inches

Note: sew 1/4 seams unless otherwise noted. 

Here’s how to create this baby gift set:

Birth Cloths:

Cut one piece of the Ready, Set, Splash fabric 10 inches x 17 inches.

Cut one piece of Chenille fabric 10 inches x 17 inches.

With right sides together, sew around the entire piece leaving a 3 inch opening for turning.

baby gift set - burp cloths

baby gift set - burp cloths

baby gift set - burp cloth

Clip the corners to remove the bulk.

Turn inside out and sew 1/8 seam around the entire piece closing up the opening.

Repeat steps for the reminding two burp cloths.

baby gift set - burp cloths

baby gift set - burp cloths

Baby Teether:

I used my Cricut to cut the Ready, Set, Splash, and Chenille fabric.

With right sides together, sew around the entire piece leaving a 3 inch opening for turning on the sides not close to the tip.

baby gift set - teether

Turn inside out and sew 1/8 seam around the entire piece closing up the opening.

baby gift set - teether

Tie the material around the wooden teether.

baby gift set - teether

baby gift set - teether

baby gift set - teether

baby gift set - teether


Baby Quilt:

Create a quilt sandwich with the Ready, Set, Splash Deep Sea Panel, batting, and Minky (in that order from top to bottom).

Baste the layers with spray and/or pins.

Quilt the layers together to your desire.

baby gift set - quilting

I free-motion quilted the above circles.

baby gift set - quilting

For the top half, I just sewed straight lines across the quilt top, not crossing over the frog’s face and body.

Once the quilting is done, square up all of the sides and add the binding.

Cut out your desired binding and stitch the pieces together, enough to go around the entire quilt.

baby gift set - binding

baby gift set - binding

Check out the finished quilt:

baby gift set - quilting

Don’t you just love this quilt? It’s so cute.

baby gift set - teether

Great teether!

baby gift set - burp cloths

Absorbant burp cloths!

This gift set is actually on its way to my cousin, who had her first baby this past weekend. She is a new mom, so I hope this set brings her some comfort.

The colors are perfect for a boy or a girl.

Supplies Used:


Bernina 570QE


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How to Create Reusable Facial Scrubs

Hello everyone!! I’m here today with a project for you that is fun to make. I’m creating reusable facial scrubs for my daughter and niece. They are at the age were their face care is so critical to them. They have a morning and night routine. It tickles me.

This idea came about when they asked if I could buy them the paper cloths facial scrubs. I let them know that I could make them reusable facial scrubs.

Let’s take a look at my Reusable Facial Scrubs:


Creating these reusable facial scrubs was a breeze to make. You can make a dozen in no time.

Let’s talk about this fabric collection:

The Create Collection by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play for Riley Blake Designs. This collection has 30 different fabric prints. They are colorful and playful.


Create Main Multi
White Aurifil Thread
Waffle Fabric
Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat
Wonder Clips
Acrylic Canister Jar

Finished Size:

3 inches by 3 inches

Here’s how to create these facial scrubs:

Cut 12 pieces of the Create fabric to 3.25 by 3.25.

Cut 24 pieces of the Waffle fabric to 3.25 by 3.25.

Each scrub will consist of one piece of Create fabric and two-piece of the Waffle fabric.

create reusable facial scrub

With right sides together, sew a quarter inch seam around the perimeter, leaving a 3-inch hole for turning.

create reusable facial scrub create reusable facial scrub

Clip the corners to remove the bulk.

create reusable facial scrub

Turn inside out. Fold the opening in a quarter of an inch and iron.

Stitch about 1/8 inch around the four sides closing up the hole.

create reusable facial scrub

Repeat with the rest until you have 12 reusable facial scrubs.

Easy as 1-2-3!

create reusable facial scrub

create reusable facial scrub

What do you think? Will you create your own facial scrubs? Please let me know.

Supplies Used:


Bernina 570QE

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How to Create a Set of Sashiko Mug Rugs with Aurifil 12wt Thread

Hello everyone! I’m so happy to be here today to show you how to create a set of sashiko mug rugs with Aurifil 12wt thread.

I’ve had some recent bumps in the road, but I’m on the mend in the right direction. I have a lot of catching up to do, but I’ve promised myself to catch up slowly, and that is what I intend to do!!

Today, it’s all about hand-stitching. It’s comfortable and therapeutic to do, especially if getting to your sewing machine isn’t an option at the moment.

Take a look at my brand new Sashiko Mug Rugs:

sashiko mu rug - aurifil 12wt thread

Such beautiful patterns that would look amazing on any coffee table.

I love using Auriful’s 12wt thread because it’s thick and stands out against this pretty blue fabric.

Aurifil 12wt Thread info:

It is the heaviest weight thread that Aurifil offer and is perfect for:

-hand applique
-hand embroidery
-hand quilting
-cross stitch
-handmade lace
-machine applique
-blanket stitch
-machine embroidery (especially for designs that use a longer stitch length)
-machine art quilting
-lower looper serging
-longarm quilting (which I hope to do someday soon).

Imagine all of those projects that this thread is perfect for. Let me show you how I used it on my project.

Materials Needed:

Aurifil 12wt thread white
Sashiko panels
Sashiko needle
Cutting Mat
Rotary Cutter
White Linen Fabric
Fusible Fleece Interfacing
Point Turner

Finished size:

5.75 inches by 5.75 inches

Here’s how I created these mug rugs:

Choose which sashiko panels you want to use.

sashiko panels

Thread your needle with Aurifil 12wt thread and tie a knot on both stands.

Stitch using double strands.

Follow the stitch lines on the panel for accuracy.

stitch each line

Once the entire piece is completed, place it on top of the fusible fleece interfacing and square up each panel.

Adhere the fusible interfacing to the panel with the iron.

Lay the sashiko panel right sides together with linen fabric and pin.

Machine stitch or hand-stitch all four sides together, leaving a 3 inch opening for turning.

machine stitch-BERNINA 570QEE

Once all four sides are stitch, turn the mug rug inside out.

Use a point turner to poke out the corners.

pushing out the corners

Turn in the opening and hand-stitch it close using the 12wt thread.

hand-stitch closure

Iron the mug rug to flatten it and take out any creases.


aurifil 12wt thread

aurifil 12wt thread

Aurifil 12wt thread

Here’s my niece using a set of these mug rugs:

Supplies Used:

12wt thread small spoolsashiko panelsBernina 570QE


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Nobody Fights Alone Face Covering

Hello everyone!! I’m here today with a project for you that I thought I would have created back in March. The thing is I had no desire to make any of them since I work at a hospital and have to wear them all day long. Have you guessed what I’m talking about?

Yes, mask, wait, no face-covering. I decided to make some face-covering because an axillary group at my hospital decided to ask people from the community to make face-covering for individuals who can’t afford to get them and for those that live in hots spots within the hospital’s catchment area.

I saw the Nobody Fights Alone fabric from Riley Blake Designs, I knew it was time to make some face-covering.

Take a look at my Nobody Fights Alone Face Covering:

Making these face covering was so easy. I guess everyone knows that already, LOL.

Let’s talk about this fabric collection:

Nobody Fights Alone includes 13 fat quarters and one 35″ panel. This collection features classic icons representing nurses, doctors, EMS emergency dispatch, firefighters, police, and military on backgrounds of red, white, blue, black, gray, and a camouflage print.


Nobody Fights Alone Nurse Care Red
Nobody Fights Alone First Responder Red
White Aurifil Thread
HeatnBond Sew-In Interfacing
1/4″ Elastic Pins
Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat

Let’s see what it takes to make these cute face-coverings:

Cut the fabric and interfacing to 9″ x 6″.

With the right sides together, place the interfacing on the wrong side of the top layer.

Sew the 9″ side of the fabric. Leaving an opening for turning.

Open the sides of the mask and add the elastic right up against the stitched lines. Try not to twist the elastic—pin in place.

Sew down the side, stretching out the fabric. Backstitching over the elastic ends.

Repeat on the other side.

Turn the fabric inside out and iron.

Fold three pleats and pin.

Sew all the way around, closing the opening and keeping the pleats in place.

Add a second stitch over the pleats for reinforcement but not necessary.

I will make 50 of this face-covering so that my department can participate in the project!

What do you think? Please let me know.

Supplies used:


Thank you,

Goose Tales Halloween Fabric Basket

Hello everyone!! I’m back again with another cute sewing project for you. Are you ready for Halloween?

I know its months away, but since we’ve been on this stay at home order, days are combining with each other, and before you know it, Halloween will be here. I just hope we can celebrate it.

With that said, I used a brand new fabric collection called Goose Tales by J. Wecker Frisch.

Take a look at my Goose Tales Halloween Fabric Basket:

Goose Tales fabric basket


I love this fabric basket. It’s beautiful and deep for all of the candy my niece will collect.

Let’s take about this fabric collection:

Goose Tales was created by J. Wecker Frisch, a designer that I met last year when her Paperdoll collection was released. I actually won the entire set and bunch of other goodies in a contest. That was fun. I followed her ever since.

This collection contains 24 different prints, 2-panel pieces, and 1 border stripe.

Let’s dive into how to create your own fabric basket:


1/2 yard of Goose Tales Book Spines Border Strip (outer fabric)
1/2 yard of Goose Tales Text Black (lining fabric)
Fusible Fleece Interfacing
Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat

Instructions on how to create a Goose Tales Halloween Fabric Basket:

Cutting fabric:

Goose Tales fabric basket Materials

Cut one piece of outer fabric and one piece of the lining to 27 inches x 11.5 inches.

Cut one piece of interfacing to 26 inches x 10.5 inches.

Cut one piece of the outer fabric for the bottom of the handle to 23 inches x 3.75 inches.

Cut one piece of the lining fabric for the top of the handle to 23 inches x 2-3/8 inches.

Cut one piece of interfacing for the handle to 23 inches x 1-1/8 inches.

Cut 3 circles out of the outer, lining, and interfacing to 8-3/4 inches.

(I used my Cricut Maker to cut the circles.)

Goose tails halloween fabric basket

goose tails halloween fabric basket

Making the bag:


With right sides together, sew the outer fabric and the lining together on the long side using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Press the seam open.


Place the interfacing on the outer fabric piece close to the seam line.

Fold the lining towards the seam.

Fold the outer fabric towards the seam.


fabric basket handles

Fold the lining fabric over the outer fabric, leaving an accent trim on both sides. Press.

Pin and topstitch on both sides of the handle.





Place the lining fabric right side down.

Place the interfacing on top and iron in place.

Fold the lining fabric right side together along the short side and sew straight down using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Press seams open.


Iron the circle fusible fleece to the wrong side of the circle lining fabric.

Attach the bag base to the bag lining with pins. Sew a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Repeat the same steps for the outer fabric.

Bag assesmble

Place the outer piece inside the lining piece.

Line the tops of both pieces and pin in place.

Sew a 1/4 inch seam along the top, leaving about a 4-inch opening to turn the bag.

Pull the bag right side out through the opening.

Push the basket down, making sure the bottom edges meet. Make sure the seams match and smooth the fabric out.

Add 2 lines of topstitching to close the hole.

Sew the handles in place.

Sew a button on one side of the handle.

The bag is done!

Let’s take another look:

What do you think? Would you try and create a Goose Tale Halloween Fabric Basket yourself? I would love to see it.

Supplies used:

Bernina 570QE

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Homestead Life Basket Apron

Hello everyone! I’m here today with a fantastic sewing project called the Homestead Life Basket Apron! This vintage project was so much fun to create.

Are you wondering what a basket apron is? It’s an apron that is designed for double duty. It allows the wearer to keep their hands free while holding garden goodies.

A good friend of mine sent me a photo of a basket apron and asked me to make one for her.

Take a look at a vintage basket apron:

photo source

When I received this photo, I told her sure I can make a stylish basket apron for her and her gardening group.

Take a look at my modern Homestead Life Basket Apron:

basket apron

I’m tickled pink by this basket apron. What amuses me the most is how simple the apron looks when you put it on.

full basket apron

The magic happens when you pull on the string!

Pulling on the string

Then attach the string to the button.

attaching with the button

I loved creating it, and I love trying it on to see how it looks.

Let’s talk about the fabric collection:

This Homestead Life fabric collection was designed by my good friend Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs. This collection has 14 different prints and one placement panel.

Riley Blake Designs fabric

I used Homestead Life Wheat Gold and Charcoal for this fantastic project.

Let’s dive into how to make your own basket apron:


2 yards of different fabric
2 yards of string
Rotary cutter
Cutting Mat
EZ Point and Turner
Large safety pin

Instructions on how to make a basket apron:

Cut each piece of fabric print to 22″ x 22″.

Place each piece wrong sides together.

right sides together

Using a plate or a ruler with a round edge, round the bottom two corners using a rotary cutter.

Round the corners

Round the corners

On the same side of the rounded corners, find the middle of the fabric. To do that, fold the fabric in half and mark the center with a pin.

Measure 3/4″ from the center on both sides and mark with a pin.

Pin the center

Pin from the centerStarting at the 3/4″ pin on either side, stitch around the corner down to the end. Repeat on the other side.

stitching down the side

stitch across

Now you have a small opening at the bottom of the apron. Take the seam and press it back on itself on both sides to line the edges up.

Opening for string

Open up the fabric and stitch around the opening to create a buttonhole. Just sew around the opening. Make sure to reinforce these stitches since you will use pull on this area frequently.

sew the string opening

sew the string opening

Turn the apron inside out and press it.

Now stitch a 1/2″ from the edge all around the apron. This will house the string securely.

Stitch the sides

Using a large safety pin, pull the string through the sewn housing.

string the apron

Pull the string out of the bottom opening, making sure to not loose the ends at the bottom of the apron.

Slide the toggle onto the string and tie a knot to secure it.

add the toggle

Pull the string at the bottom so that the apron is nice and flat.

To close the top opening portion of the apron, stitch one row straight across. Make sure to do a couple of securing stitching over the string.

Cut 4 pieces of fabric to 4 1/2″ x 21 to create the waistband.

cutting the waistband

Sew the strips together. Iron the seams open.

waistband sewn together

iron seams

Find the center at the top of the apron and the center of the waistband. Place them right sides together.

waistband right sides together

Stitch the waistband onto the apron.

Trim the extra string at this point.

cut the string

Match the raw edges of the waistband and pin.

pin right sides together

pin right sides together

Make sure to match the center of the apron as well, but do not pin.

do not pin the center waistband

Sew down the side of each side of the waistband up to the apron.

Turn the waistband inside out.

Turn inside out

Now its time to stitch the back of the waistband to the apron.

Fold it over the same amount of its seam allowance. Press it and top-stitch all the way around.

Stitch the back of the waistband

The last thing to do is sew a button onto the top center of the apron.

machine sew the button


Let’s take another look:


What do you think? Would you try creating a basket apron for yourself? I would love to see them.

Just in case you were curious about the vintage apron, check out the updated 1952 booklet revision of the 1944 US Department of Agriculture Farmer’s Bulletin titled Dresses and Aprons for work in the home.

Super interesting.

Supplies Used:

Riley Blake Designs fabric   Bernina 570QEEZ Point and Turner

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

The Ton’s Spring 2019 Release Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to The Ton’s Spring 2019 Release Blog Hop!!  We are celebrating The Ton’s Spring 2019 Release with 7 new designs! There are additional promotions with free gifts. Head over to The Ton’s blog for more details.

If you arrived here from the talented Vera Yates blog, then you are on the right track. If you arrived here on your own, then you will want to start at the beginning, The Ton’s Blog so that you don’t miss a thing!

Take a look at my handmade stamped fabric pouch:

Daisy Fields

OMG, I’m so tickled by this cute little bag that I created! This was fun to make. Combining my love of stamping and sewing is beyond fun.

Let’s look at how I created this fabric pouch:

I stamped the new Daisy Fields image on to a piece of canvas cotton fabric using VersaCraft fabric ink.

Since the stamp is pretty big and I wanted to ensure complete coverage so I used the Memory MISTI.

Then I painted a couple of flowers using DecoArt Paint for Fashion Accessories.

daisy fields



daisy fields

Once I finished painting the flowers, it was time to sew the bag together.

It came together nicely.

daisy fields

Let’s look at the completed bag again:

Daisy Fields

Take a look at a couple of clean and simple cards:

Wildflower Bouquet Builder

April is National Letter Writing Month so I’m sending cards to different people just because. The new Wildflower Bouquet Builder stamp set is perfect for this mission.  You can create so many different designs. I’m a big fan of this stamp set.

Who would like a handwritten card? Let me know!

What is a blog hop without an amazing gift? Yayyy!!


Three winners will receive a stamp set of choice from our new Spring 2019 release (excluding Fantastic Feathers). To qualify, please leave a comment on each blog or youtube video. Comment period will close on 4/10 at 6pm EST. Winners will be announced on the The Ton’s blog after.

Next Stop on this Blog Hop is the:

Amy Tsuruta

You do not want to miss out on her amazing creations!!

Just in case you lose your place along the way, here is the complete list of participants so that you can find your way back:

The Ton

Tae Eun Yoo

Heba Alsibai(Youtube)

Chris Dayton

Vera Yates

Kymona Tracey ←you are here

Amy Tsuruta

Brenda Noelke

Jana Millen

Ilina Crouse

Olga Matyushevskaya 

Laura Jane Head

Janette Kausen 

Anna Kutcenko

Kira Ness 

Svitlana Shayevich 

Amy Kolling 

Mayline Jung

Supplies used:

(Thank you so much for stopping by. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you.  The Ton  products were given to me for this blog hop.  The other products were personally purchased. This post was not paid or sponsored.)

Spring 2019 release

Memory MISTI 12 x 12 - Most Incredible Stamp Tool InventedDecoArt Paint

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Technique Tuesday October 2018 Countdown

Hello everyone!!! Today I’m showcasing a stamp set from Technique Tuesday October 2018 Release!! Are you ready?

Let’s take a look:

Henrietta the Hedgehog

I combine my two loves for this project: sewing and stamping. I created this super cute pouch! I used Technique Tuesday Henrietta the Hedgehog Stamp Set to decorate this pouch.

After sewing the pouch, I used VersaCraft Water-based Pigment ink and stamped directly onto the pouch.

Henrietta the Hedgehog

What more inspiration?

Stop on by Technique Tuesday Blog for more inspiration and to see what my fellow team members created just for you!


This release will be available on October 1, 2018 in the New Products category section on Technique Tuesday website.

Supplies used:

(Thank you so much for stopping by. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. The Technique Tuesday  products were given to me since I’m on the design team. The other products were personally purchased. This post was not paid or sponsored.)

Technique Tuesday Henrietta the HedgehogBernina 570QEFusible Fleece

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