Month: June 2007

Free Fabric Friday

This week we’re giving away 2 half yards of any of the new Joel Dewberry prints to four people.  In the spirit of bag month, tell us about your current bag.  Spiffy and new?  Tried and...

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Announcing… The Big, Big Bag Month Contest!

We’re kicking Bag Month off in style here on the Sew,Mama,Sew! blog with a big, fantastic, grab-your-scissors-and-start-designing Bag Month Contest!  You’ll find all of the details in this post, so read, bookmark, and get ready for some Bag Month fun.  You’ll be amazed with our judges and you’ll be thrilled, we’re sure, with the fantastic prizes!   Dates: Bags must be started and completed between June 22nd and July 23rd.  (We’re looking for freshly-constructed bags.) Bags must be submitted by July 23rd. We’ll announce the winners on July 31st. Categories: Shoulder Bag Tote Handbag Other (Messenger, Backpack, Makeup Case, etc.)  Criteria: Design Creativity Fantastic Use of Fabric specific to Design Overall Appeal/Aesthetics Utility/Practicality Interesting/Good Discussion about Bag in Entry Prizes: There will be three winners in each category, with a prize for each winner (that’s twelve lucky winners if you’re already too dazed with excitement to do the multiplication). Four $50 Gift Certificates to Sew,Mama,Sew!  Four Fabric Packs of 10 half yards from one of four beautiful fabric groups: Joel Dewberry, Mod Girls, Alexander Henry and Katie Jump Rope. Four Amy Butler sewing patterns courtesy of Amy Butler Design.  Judges: The following are our talented, illustrious and ever so knowledgeable judges.  Be sure to keep reading (below) for profiles on our wonderful judges.  All of these ladies will be looking at your bag! Carrie Sommer of Sommer Designs Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom (and...

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Craft Slink ~ Katie Jump Rope

In the spirit of imitation being the most sincere form of flattery we’re proud to announce our first Craft Slink post (thanks to inspiration from Apartment Therapy: Nursery’s Surreptitious Links to Other Good Sites). Denyse Schmidt’s incredible new collection, Katie Jump Rope, hits all the right notes of retro and modern, bold and beautiful. The cheerful, summery fabrics are popping up in beautiful creations everywhere. Here are some of our latest favorites: Baby Blanket by Amanda, Amandasan Child’s Pocket Apron by Amy, Angry Chicken Shirt by Bess, Keeping Up Skirt by Kathrin, Kasa Amend Table Runner by Sally, Shim + Sons Pick up some of your own Katie Jump Rope summery...

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Free PATTERN Friday

In anticipation of Bag Month, we’re giving away an Amy Butler bag sewing pattern to three people–winner’s choice!  Let’s talk about sewing purses and bags.  Have you done it?  Do you love it?  Are you intimidated by it?  Do you have any great resources for us?  We look forward to reading about your thoughts and experiences.  Any comment here or in the Bag Month post will put you in the pool from which we randomly select the winners.  Have a great...

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Bag Month ~ July, 2007

    Guess what?  July is Bag Month here at Sew,Mama,Sew!  We have lots of things planned and we hope you’ll join in the fun.  If you’ve been meaning to make a tote, a purse, a handbag or a messenger bag now is the time.  We’ll give you a few tips, some inspiration, lots of encouragment and even a little motivation in the form of prizes.  Here is what we have in store: Bag Month Flickr Group (join anytime) Five pattern reviews Two tutorials (Autum is going to give us some tips on linings and pockets, and Lisa is going to show us how to make those beautiful handles we’ve all been in awe of.) Links to resources and inspiration A guide to interfacing And last but not least, a contest! Are you in?  If you’d like, feel free to take the little Bag Month badge above and spread the word. The more the merrier.  It will be a bag...

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Flickr Feature ~ Ginger, Golly G

Fabric-Covered Inspiration Board by Ginger, Golly G Ginger is fairly new to the “online crafty world,” but she was inspired by Sally Shim’s beautiful wall boards. She found a thrifted cork board, bought some of Moda’s Uptown fabric and there was no turning back! Ginger lives in Canada and while she doesn’t have a blog yet, we predict it’s only a matter of time. For now you can enjoy her work on her Flickr site, and her embroidered baby blocks (below) and toddler totes are available for purchase from Quiet Hours Toys. Golly G Baby Blocks Be sure to add photos of your latest creations to theSew, Mama, Sew Flickr pool. We love to browse for inspiration, feature your work and you can also win a $25 gift certificate to Sew, Mama,...

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Introduction ~ Lauren

From Kristin:  Have you received an order from us recently and noticed the fabric folded just so and tied with a pretty bow?  Maybe you saw our new postcard with “50 Things to Sew”?  Perhaps you were impressed by the “Now Available” graphics on our home page?  Things have been changing here at SMS, in large part due to the arrival of Lauren. Lauren started working with me in May.  She has a great eye for pattern and is completely taken with fabric.  She’s learning to sew and will soon be teaching me a few things, I’m sure.  She’s doing a little bit of everything around here, from packing orders to updating the website, to designing our new buttons and ads.   Lauren has been following the work of our customers and friends through Flickr and the blogosphere and has learned that we are incredibly lucky to be working among such creative, interesting and nice people.  If you get a chance, I hope you’ll say “hi”. From Lauren:  I recently graduated college with a major in Graphic Design. My boyfriend and I are pursuing our own Design Business (Squid37), while both holding other part-time jobs. Lucky for me, my other part-time job is working for Kristin at Sew,Mama,Sew! Since I began at SMS I have fallen madly in love with fabric, taught myself how to sew, and am eager to explore new fabric-related projects! So...

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FFF Winners

Wow!  I’m glad to see you all love the new West Hill collection as much as I do.  I can’t wait to see what it inspires.  Be sure to share your creations with our photo pool.  The winners of 2 half-yards are Ahava Jora, Bethany, Hope and Michal. ...

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Free Fabric Friday

Happy Friday!  Look what just arrived this week!  The new Heather Ross collection, West Hill, is in stock and ready to ship.  I think I like it even better than Lightning Bugs, which says a lot because I loved Lightning Bugs (especially those Gnomes. )  In case you didn’t know, Heather Ross is the brilliant designer behind the brand, Munki Munki.  I love her style–cute without being cutesie. Because this fabric looks so great paired up, we’ll give away 2 half-yards to 4 winners this week.    Comment anywhere in the blog between now and Monday and we’ll put you in the...

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Flickr Feature ~ Irene, Mushroom Villagers

CD Holder by Irene, Mushroom Villagers Irene made this snazzy CD holder for her car utilizing some of our favorite Ovals fabric. It holds six CDs, fits perfectly in a slot in the dash and Irene is going to do a tutorial for us all on her blog! Yippee! It’s coming soon so be sure to check her blog, Mushroom Villagers. While you’re immersing yourself in all of Irene’s crafty talent be sure to enjoy her Flickr site too. Irene has three children and is putting her new sewing machine to great use. She makes wonderful things for her two boys and darling daughter to wear, like these linen pants below. She also finds time for skirts for herself and a bag or two as well! We noticed Irene’s CD holder right away in the Sew, Mama, Sew Flickr pool. Be sure to add your crafty photos to the group for a chance to win the June $25 gift certificate to Sew, Mama,...

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Interview ~ Abby, While She Naps

Most of you have probably encountered Abby’s work; she has become a preeminent soft sculpture artist within just a few years of her daughters’ naps. Abby has a natural way of sharing her process and creations on her blog, While She Naps, taking readers from her sketches to breath-taking birds, book characters and animals. With her first big show completed last March, Abby is jumping into new challenges with her art. All soft sculptures by Abby, While She Naps A Family-Focused Life Abby has two daughters, Roxanne (3) and Stella (1), and is home with her children full-time. Her day starts at 6:30 a.m. when her children wake, eager for play, library and playground visits, reading, and drawing that encompass their days together. Abby’s husband Charlie leaves at 8:00 in the morning and returns home around 6:00 most days, and Abby cooks a great dinner from scratch for the family to eat together each evening. After the children go to bed around 7:00, Abby enjoys time with her husband. Abby anticipates the inevitable question: “So when do I sew? I do sew every day. As soon as the kids are down for their naps at one I run down to the studio and get started and I sew until they wake up. And I sew in the evenings from 7:30 until about 9:00. The occasional time that I have...

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Free Fabric Friday

Good grief, is it really this late?  Sorry about that.  Last day of preschool party and I signed on to do more than I should have.  Food, flowers, cards, gift certificates…. I also gave the teachers some pretty splat mats from Beth’s shop, which they totally loved.   The fabric or your choice incentive seemed to be a big hit last week.  Let’s do that again.  Four winners.  Let’s talk about finding the time to do crafts.  How do you squeeze your creative time into your schedule?  If I can remember, I’ll announce the winners Monday...

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Flickr Feature ~ Lisa, Pink Lemonade Boutique

Wavy Patchwork Purse by Lisa, Pink Lemonade Boutique Lisa’s beautiful work always catches our eyes in the Sew, Mama, Sew Flickr group. She has an amazing way of combining fabrics, color and shape to create the perfect bag or purse. This first purse incorporates linen and was inspired by the Denyse Schmidt Hop, Skip & a Jump pattern as seen on a baby quilt from Pink Chalk Studio. Lisa lives just outside of Providence, Rhode Island with her husband and six year old daughter. Lisa stayed home with Olivia when she was born and started to sew. For more about Lisa and her beautiful collection of sewing artistry visit her website, her blog and her Flickr site. Lisa also sells her work on eBay. Scrappy Log Cabin Bag by Lisa, Pink Lemonade Boutique Add your photo(s) today to the Sew, Mama, Sew Flickr group for your chance to win this month’s $25 gift certificate to Sew, Mama, Sew! You can also just browse for an hour or so, admiring the amazing collection of talent and inspiration in the...

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Interview – Stacey, Karma Baby

From Kristin:  As part of our continuing series of interviews with sewing women who inspire us, Beth has written this splendid profile of Stacey of Karma Baby.  I first “met” Stacey on the Mothering discussion boards.  Not only did she seem to have a great thing going with her baby carrier company, but she was incredibly helpful to other moms starting out in small business.   I hope you enjoy her story. Stacey started Karma Baby in 2005 right after her son Elijah was born. Elijah recently turned two and Karma Baby slings are now sold worldwide. The growth of Stacey’s business (helped by some 80+ hour work weeks along the way) will leave you breathless, but one of the most inspirational and successful components of Stacey’s work is how she’s woven Karma Baby, her life and her ideals together in such a cohesive way. Elijah is the center of Stacey’s world (and a VIP employee of Karma Baby… Take a tour of the old studio with Elijah here) and the importance of early attachment in childhood is a passion for Stacey. Stacey and Elijah with a Karma Baby sling. The Growth of a Mother and a Business Stacey completed her Masters degree in psychology right before Elijah was born. Stacey writes that she wanted “to specialize in the attachment issues of young children and create a therapy practice focused...

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May Flickr Pool Winner

Bib by Tara (modeled by Daphne), The Lazy Russian Horses Show   The May winner of the SMS Flickr group prize is Tara of The Lazy Russian Horses Show. She wins a $25 gift certificate to Sew, Mama, Sew! Just think of the wonderful things she’ll create for her darling little girl with free fabric. Tara has lots of fun pictures of her daughter and her crafty creations on both Flickr and her blog. This cute little dress was made with an IKEA children’s duvet cover and a Burda pattern (9708). The Sew, Mama, Sew Flickr group continues to grow with, at last glance, as many members as there are days in the year! That’s a lot of sewing inspiration in one place. Share a photo of your work with us in the pool and you could win a gift certificate in June. The drawing is random and your name is entered once so you have the same chance of winning whether you add one photo or many (but we like to see them all!). Some of us are still working on our Skirt Month efforts (better late than never!). Don’t forget that the Flickr Group Sew-Along is still up and ready to accept all of your skirt pictures. Add yours...

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Free Fabric Friday & Skirt Month

Well, Skirt Month was fun, wasn’t it?  I don’t know about you, but I still have a stack of items that are cut but not sewn.  Skirt Month was a wee bit short for me 😉  Well, we’ll keep the Flickr group open, so share your skirts anytime. We met with our reps last week and you won’t believe the bundle of goodies we have on the way! (Just imagine if your fabric addiction had you buying bolts instead of fat quarters.) We ordered some Amy Butler Nigella, lots of Alexander Henry and Robert Kaufman, Kaffe Fasset’s new line, and two gorgeous...

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