April 22, 2016

Weekend Inspiration - Diamond Walk Pouch

Hello to all of you who are visiting from Instagram. Hi to all of you who have me on your blog list....and if you don't follow me on Instagram you can find me @happylittlecottage1.
Today's Weekend Inspiration is brought to us by the super talented Chrissy at Sew Lux Fabrics. She has designed so many of my favorite zipper pouches and today we are going to make her Diamond Walk Pouch. Isn't this pretty? It reminds me of a beach in Florida.

If you need help with the pouch construction, Chrissy has a tutorial here. This is so much fun to put together and is a fun way to ease your way into making dresden blades if you've never done it before.

Pouches are the perfect weekend project. Once you get over your zipper phobia it should take no more than a few hours from start to finish. They are the perfect use for mini charms or your stash of little scraps. I'm still looking for the perfect zipper charm to add to this one!

You can find the kit at Sew Lux Fabric, along with so many other cute kits. Each kit has enough materials to make 2 pouches, so it's a great way to make something for you and a friend. Of course you could always make both for a gift :-)

Since I only made one pouch, I am giving away the pattern and materials for the second Coral Sea bag . All you need to add is a zipper. Just leave a comment below and tell me what you are working on this weekend. I will randomly choose a winner on Monday!

P.S. I also made this with her original kit using Lil Red. So cute. Just wanted to show how adorable this pouch is using other fabrics.

COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED!! I will announce the winner in Friday's post :)

April 15, 2016

Weekend Inspiration - Modern Hexies

Hi! Hello! I hope some of you are still out there. I am dusting off the old blog and am going to try something that I hope you'll like. Each week I will go in search of an adorable pattern or tutorial,  make one up and take photos along the way. I am hoping that it will inspire you to try a new technique or project. Time is in short supply, so some projects will be fast and easy, while others may be long term projects that I work on here and there. Check here every Friday so that you have a fun project for the weekend. Sound good?? (please say yes)

This week I want to share a fun tutorial I found a few months ago. Have you heard of modern hexies? You probably have as I always am one step behind everyone else when it comes to really cool things. Nicole at Modern Handcraft has the most amazing tutorial to use up that stack of hexies that you have hanging around.

If you are anything like me, you love the idea of making hexies, but you don't love stitching them all together.

With this method, you don't have to hand stitch. You simply glue and quilt. The tutorial goes into full detail on how to do it.

The best part is the quilting. By following the shape of the hexie, you create the most amazing texture. It is time consuming but so worth it.

For my mini, I was inspired by some of my IG friends, and used all Bonnie and Camille fabrics with scraps ranging from Bliss all the way through Vintage Picnic.  You can find a great selection of fabrics here.The rainbow layout made me really happy.

You could also use linen as a background, using almost any fabric that may be your favorite. This is not a quick project, but it is fun.

If you want to learn how to make hexies you can go here and here.

Let me know if you try this! It is too fun not to...

December 15, 2015

Great Granny Twist Blog Hop

It's the most wonderful time of the year!!! One more week to finish up your Christmas gifts and I am so happy to be able to share a few ideas that you might want to use. I'm also super excited to be a part of the Great Granny Twist Blog Hop !!  I just love sewing along with Miss Bee.

If you have the book, you know that the Great Granny Square is made up of 4 generations of squares: the baby, the mama, the granny and the great granny. If you don't have the book go here right this very second :)

I have had so much fun sewing cute things from this book over the past few years. I made a table topper with the mama size blocks, but the whole point of this blog tour is to use the blocks in unexpected ways and give them a little twist!

I had some scraps of adorable Christmas fabric that I didn't want to waste and I decided to make three cute baby blocks and make a sew together bag. I used 1 1/2" squares to start, and my blocks ended up at an adorable 3" (finished). Little Joys fabric can be found here.

Great Granny Squared is full of really fun projects, and thanks to this blog tour, you now have inspiration to make so many more things! Lori's directions are so complete and fool proof, and really are beginner friendly!!

I'm in the company of three of my most favorite sewing friends today! Please go visit Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset, Trish of Notes of Sincerity and Renee of Sewn with Grace.

You can also head here to find out how the Lori, Kimberly and the girls at Fat Quarter Shop made a really fun twist on the block!

For the list of the other amazing bloggers that are sewing along this week visit here to find the list and be inspired!!

Happy Sewing!

November 3, 2015

Lori Holt's Cozy Calendar Blog Hop!!

Welcome to my stop on the Cozy Cottage Blog Tour!! You can only imagine my excitement when I heard that my cute friend Lori Holt was coming out with her own calendar in partnership with Fat Quarter Shop. Especially since the name of the calendar was the Cozy COTTAGE calendar. They did an amazing job and I almost can't wait for 2016 to hang this cute calendar in my sewing space! It is full of THE cutest photos of Lori's amazing cottage as well as a pattern for a cozy cottage block!
 I knew right away that I wanted to use my Holly's Tree Farm fabric to make a cute holiday cozy cottage. Aren't the matching wonder clips perfect?? This is also the first time I've used my Alphabitties for a project and they kept all of my pieces organized and looking cute at the same time!
The block comes in 2 different sizes for all kinds of fun projects. The calendar includes instructions for a cozy cottage pillow, which I chose to make, as well as a mini quilt!! How cute is this flying geese border??? As usual, Lori's instructions are so complete and detailed that she makes it easy to complete the projects with amazing results.
There is still time to order your own calendar to get yourself ready for a cozy and creative 2016!!!

August 7, 2015

Summer Sewing????

Our weather here in Ohio has been more like fall than summer, so I thought I might as well play with some cute Halloween fabrics. These are by Maude Asbury for Blend Fabrics and are "Spooktacular". I wanted to make something to take advantage of the large scale prints, and decided on a tote bag.

I used a fun pattern by Sotak Handmade and you can find the pattern here.
This was easy to put together and really lets the fabric take center stage. This is a big bag and will hold lots of candy..... Or knitting..... Or would be fun to use a tote bag during the month of October. I'd love to make a few more of these in a smaller size for a few little trick or treaters that I know. This one has been claimed by my son's girlfriend, who absolutely adores owls.

Next up.... Christmas????

August 3, 2015

The Adventurers

I think this is my first time sewing with boy fabric, and I'm so happy I waited. I absolutely adore The Adventurers by Cori Dantini for Blend Fabrics. The colors are so fresh and soft and cute.

I knew right away that I wanted to make a one hour basket by kelbysews. It really does just take an hour and you end up with the sweetest basket to hold diapers, or onesies or storybooks full of adventure.

I have a stack of more this cuteness that is just waiting to become a quilt. I need more hours in the day!!

May 15, 2015

It's Baking Day

Hi Everyone! It's another Farmgirl Friday and time to make something cute! I'm in charge of the Baking Day block. How cute are these bowls and wooden spoon??? Are your bowls vintage Pyrex? Or maybe they're from World Market...or Anthropologie?

Lori Holt has written another amazing book, and each block is cuter than the other. I love that you have your choice of block size, either 6" or 12". The 6" size is so cute and perfect for pot holders, or I was thinking of a pocket on an apron! Or sew all of them to make the super cute Farmgirl Vintage Sampler Quilt!!

My first thought for fabric for the farmgirl blocks was going to be 1930's repro fabrics, but Lori's fabrics are just so perfect! Fat Quarter shop has a Farmgirl Vintage bundle hand picked by Miss Bee!!

I hope you'll keep sewing along with us! You can find a list of all of the amazing bloggers who are sewing along here.. You can also check out #farmgirlfridays on Instagram to see lots and lots and lots of cute Farmgirl blocks.