Create & Celebrate

on March 5 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 36 Comments

New & noteworthy from our Sew,Mama,Sew! readers:

  • Kim from The Secret Cave of the Sugar Mama wrote to tell us about a new site (still under development). Her husband is developing the site for a company that will offer custom fabric printing. They’ve posted a very short survey about custom fabric printing and if you take the survey (and choose to provide your email address) they promise to let you in on the closed beta version of the site when it launches. Kim writes, “Personally, I’m pretty psyched about the prospect of being able to order up a giant yellow dot printed twill to use for curtains in my living room. I’ve been looking for it for 2 years now and apparently it exists only in my head!” Take the survey at
  • Jennifer of What I Did at School Today is really pleased with the quilt she created for her nephew. She experimented with the quilting and used yogurt containers and lids as templates. Visit her site for details!
  • Jana writes, “I just finished my tutorial for ‘The Jenny Bag.’ It turned out pretty cute…if I do say so myself!” Visit Jana’s blog Lola…again for the tutorial and more.
  • Anat of AD creates writes, “I have a few sewing tutorials in my blog… such as a tutorial for a needle notebook.” Explore Anat’s site to find more great tutorials and enjoy her photos on Flickr.
  • Anna wrote in to make sure everyone takes a look at the mobile swap hosted by Meg of Elsie Marley. She writes, “Check out the awesomeness her swap has inspired. I have really enjoyed this swap!”
  • Crystal shares a how-to for some cute Laced Trimmed Capri Leggings on her Domestic CliffsNotes blog. She writes, “This week I went to The Children’s Place with my kids and saw these really cute capri leggings. They were so adorable but for 18 dollars for two pairs they seemed a little pricey. As I was walking out of the store I realized that I had the skills needed to create something similar for just a fraction of the price. That was reason enough for me to celebrate!” Visit Crystal’s blog for capri details and more!

Edited to add: Toni wrote in to let us know that she has pulled the wrap skirt tutorial from her blog and will be selling it in a series of patterns she is designing. In the meantime you can revisit Bethany’s great Wrap Skirt Tutorial from our Skirt Month…

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36 Responses to Create & Celebrate

  1. Darcy Shepard says:

    PLEASE let us know when Toni’s patterns are available to purchase! I went and took a quick look at the wrap skirt and pinafore and loved them, then went back only to find the blog “gone”. I’d be happy to purchase them when they’re done – thanks!

  2. Karen says:

    Design your own fabric?? B.R.I.L.L.I.A.N.T!!!!!!

  3. Becca says:

    Oh, I definitely want to make that bag!

  4. kellie says:

    The Jenny Bag is awesome! I’m heading over to the wrap skirt tutorial next!

  5. Erin says:

    Can’t wait to try the leggins. These would be great for spring.

  6. Dorte says:

    Custom fabric…? WHAUW…..

  7. Michele says:

    Thanks for more tutorial links! I love the Jenny bag…I have to make one for myself!

  8. Christine says:

    I love the quilt Jennifer made for her nephew. Circles fascinate me.

  9. Pamela says:

    Adorable quilt and cute purse! 🙂 Inspiration and tutorials much appreciated.

  10. Jane says:

    Wow– custom fabric printing… now we can all be our own fabric designer. I too have looked for fabrics that are ‘in my head’ but not on the shelves of fabric stores or online. Looking forward to the website when it’s up. Thanks for letting us know it’s coming!

  11. Lauren says:

    What great ideas! I love the fabric on the bag!

  12. Shelly says:

    Interesting looking bag!

  13. Libby says:

    Love the quilt and the bag.

  14. Amy W says:

    Love the skirt….thinking one for momma and one for daughter!

  15. Heather K. says:

    I can’t wait to make some leggings for my daughter that hates tights, but loves leggings. Just need to finish a set of matching burp cloths and recieving blankets first. Thanks for posting this great idea!

  16. Kristin says:

    Great links! A mobile swap sounds like lots of fun and I love the quilt.

  17. Congrats to Jana, I love Lola again.

  18. Christi says:

    I understand pulling the pattern down for the skirt, but I’ve cut out almost the entire thing, and now the page is down and I need the rest! HELP!!!

  19. Liz says:

    Great post today!! That wrap skirt is so awesome, but the link to the tutorial didn’t work for me. 🙁

  20. Kelli says:

    I love the mobile swap, and the possibility of affordable custom fabric is uber exciting.

  21. Jen says:

    custom fabric? great!

  22. Bridget says:

    Love the links and tutorials! Thanks!

  23. Amber says:

    These tutorials are so great!! Thanks so much for posting these.

  24. alison says:

    Love that skirt!

  25. Stefanie says:

    I am super excited about the possibility of custom fabric!!!!

  26. Carrie says:

    Yeah!!! I love free tutorials and discovering great new blogs. I can’t wait to check out the skirt and purse tutorials, and also the leggings tutorial…my little girl wears them a lot. Thanks to everyone for sharing…

  27. Carrie says:

    Great ideas everyone! Fun to see what folks are up to.

  28. Mellissa says:

    Thanks for the great links!

  29. Cocoa says:

    Can’t wait to try the skirt and the bag! With six daughters we might be making lots of skirts.

  30. Joanne says:

    More great tutorials! I especially love that skirt!

  31. Avlor says:

    The quilt is darling! (Reminding self – must finish children’s housecoats before starting another project…)

  32. andrea says:

    Love the skirt & bag! Will check out both tutorials and let you know how it goes. Thanks!

  33. Amanda says:

    ….And wonderful quilt Jennifer!
    ….Very unique bag Jana, I really like it !

  34. Amanda says:

    Great links here! The custom fabric idea is genius! Why didn’t I think of it before? 😀
    Oh yes, and gorgeous skirt Toni!

  35. Kate says:

    Wow, the custom fabric site sounds amazing, I can’t wait until we can see it! The wrap skirt is also beautiful and looks simple enough to make…maybe i will! Great post! 😀

  36. Ashley Ann says:

    Cool! I can’t wait to make that skirt. I’ll be needing some for this summer!

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