Create & Celebrate

on July 3 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 27 Comments

So many of you responded to our latest call for Create & Celebrate contributions; today we’re sneaking another round into our month of Summer Sewing to make sure we included everyone. All Create & Celebrate entries in July will post the first week in August, so feel free to keep them coming!

  • Diane made this cute a-line sundress. Learn more on Diane’s Mackville Road blog.
  • Lorinda has recently started a blog, Elle Design Cottage, and is enjoying this wallet pattern from Jenna Lou Designs. She writes, “I also recently posted about a little sewing book I keep with me so that when I go to the fabric store, I know exactly how much I need of that perfect fabric for the pattern I’m wanting to make, without having to haul my patterns around.” Lorinda also designed a mini appliqué quilt stretched on a canvas frame for a new baby girl’s nursery.
  • Mary from mary made me just made a new bag for herself for her birthday. She says, “I used thrifted and vintage fabric and two vintage buttons, all from my stash (my stash is threatening to bury me and I’m trying to work through some of it). I love my new purse!”
  • Regina from The Queen Bee’s Buzz writes, “My sister and I are ‘partners in crime/crafting’ even living 800’ish miles apart. We collaborate via email, IM and joint memberships on a variety of Yahoo groups related to sewing and quilting. This is something I made as a ‘happy day’ surprise gift for her. Other than the paper piecing instructions– which are linked in the blog post– I did not use a pattern for this little bag and kind of made things up as I went along. It went out in the mail to her yesterday, but she got an online preview and can’t wait to get it in her hands.
  • Sarah from Keeping Up With the Smiths made her first and second quilt within the last month or so! Wow!


  • Wendy from Wee Toes and Noggins writes, “I finally got a tutorial on my blog for a hooded baby/toddler towel. I love using these over the thin store bought hooded baby towels because they are so large and fluffy, keeping the kiddies nice a warm from their baths. These make a great baby shower (or Christmas?) gifts because you can personalize them to the child or parents’ liking. My 4 1/2 year old still insists on using the one we received when he was born.”
  • Rae was inspired by Women’s Clothing Month. She writes, “After seeing the Flour collar tutorial and info on muslins, I just had to make myself some clothes. So far I’ve made 8 tops, but I’m working on more!… I’m on week two of showing off summer tops I’ve made in the last few weeks for myself.” See them all at Made By Rae!
  • You must check out Meg’s recent burst of clothing creativity for her kids. Enjoy kid clothes week and more on Meg’s elsie marley blog.
  • Karen writes, “I’ve been on a sewing spree for the last week. I’ve made diapers, diaper covers, and pants for my ten month old son. I’ve also made a beach bag and a skirt for myself (image left)… Pictures and details are at my blog, the big cozy.”


  • 2nd Avenue Studio would like for you to check out the patterns and tutorials on her site…
  • Melissa celebrated Earth Day by repurposing some of her husband’s old shirts into new clothing for her boys. She used Ottobre patterns and some creativity! See more on Melissa’s Susie Homemaker blog.
  • Alison has just started her blog and writes that she’s made quite a few bags lately. Find the bags and more on her sewing_passion blog.
  • Kay from pretty with ribbons writes, “I transfered an engagement photo onto cloth and incorporated it into a patchwork art quilt. The quilt is bolted onto a wood frame (image left), making a lovely wedding gift. The couple was thrilled! I also did our cute little doggie (which my husband thought that was over-the-top), but it will nicely grace her little eating corner.”


  • Jessica loves her new, huge pincushion! Learn more on Jessica’s jump up and down blog.
  • The “doll quilting bug” (image left) has hit Fairbanks Fancy Goods. Check out the blog for her small quilts and other “sewing adventures!”


  • Kristine, “…Just finished making a custom KitchenAid mixer cover for my Mom. It’s the first real thing I’ve had the time to make this summer, and I’m super excited! I used my walking foot for the first time and it made quilting the mixer a breeze!” Check out pictures and more on Kristine’s Mudmuffins and Woogiemonsters blog.
  • Terri from purple and paisley recently posted, “…Pics of my circle quilt which I made following whitney’s tutorial that was entered in the tutorial contest… I would love for people to stop by and check things out!” Terri adds that she often includes links to giveaways (there’s a link to her sister’s giveaway now), favorite blogs and lots of quilts in progress.
  • Kellye writes, “These are the only two things I have made except for scrunchies in middle school! However, I just got my very own sewing machine and made this art smock (see photo to the left) for my friend and a ‘4 corners apron’ for my aunt’s birthday.” Find more on Kellye’s 3 H Blog.


  • Cat from Cat’s Crafty Corner has a two part duvet cover tutorial for you to enjoy. In addition to the posts there’s also a PDF and .doc file on Cat’s sidebar under the Tutorial category.
  • Lana from goatygoat! would love for you to check out her latest sewing project. She writes, “I’m pretty proud of this one…”
  • Mary writes, “I have just launched a Craft Christmas Countdown on my blog, Confessions of a Craft Addict. I’m regularly featuring crafty gift ideas to make with links to tutorials, free patterns and more. My goal is to help those like me who have the best intentions– making as many gifts as possible– but don’t get started early enough to make that happen. My first post is up with ideas for creating a pampering gift package, complete with spa towel wrap, hair towel and a relaxing eye pillow.” Sounds like a great idea, Mary!


  • Meream just finished a dress form with a “sorta-tutorial!” Find it on Meream’s bored and crafty blog.
  • Tracey just completed birthday presents for her mom and dad. She writes, “They are Golf related (tee holder) and Mah Jong related (a wristlet to hold her tiles/small purse). I made the piping myself, which I’m very proud of, for the wristlet, and am just over the moon with the results. These really turned out nice in my opinion, LOL. Simple, yet classy.” Find details on Tracey’s Cute2Carry blog.
  • Yetta writes, “I was inspired by some little people in my life to make kiddie messenger bags. What’s even better than making the bags is giving some old jeans new life.” Find Yetta’s tutorial on her LangLangCreations blog.
  • Alison made this travel baby changing mat “…For my sister-in-laws baby shower. I was looking for a neutral fabric because we didn’t know whether bumpy was blue or pink (it turns out she’s pink!) so I was delighted to find this ‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’ fabric. It was ideal. I then didn’t know what to do with it! So I decided on a change pad and crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. Given that I made it without a pattern I’m pleased with how it turned out.”
  • Rashida has a book coming out in Fall of ’09 about patchwork and linen! She writes more about it on her i heart linen blog. Congratulations, Rashida!
  • Trina writes that her sewing projects this month have been far from ordinary!: “First, I sewed a utility kilt for my brother to wear on his African Safari. Second, my sis-in-law and I are working on what we have titled “Operation Blue Moose.” We are sewing 20 curtains for the big, blue city bus our family has overhauled to use as a family camper. Part of the bus has roman shades with a unique twist, and the other half has curtains that snap into place. We also made a tab curtain and a ‘shower’ curtain style with grommets as ‘room dividers’. It’s a big project, and a bit boring, but it’s fun to add custom details and nice finishing touches like mitered corners and such. Here’s the blog post on the bus curtain project. Finally, I am making my 12th and 13th Emmeline aprons this week! Every one of my friends and family who sees these wants one, so it’s my birthday present for everyone for the rest of the year! My latest one is on my blog here.”
  • Lily writes, “There’s been pennies galore on my sewing table lately as I’ve stitched two penny rugs for a friend who is having twins very soon! When the babies are born I will add their names to the pennies but for now, here are the penny rugs as given to my friend at her baby shower. They are so lovely to make – very quiet and simple and a lovely opportunity to play with colour.” Find several links to Lily’s project on her block-a-day blog.
  • Lorrie made this project as an easy and fun way to showcase summer. Enjoy her tutorial on Fabric, Paper, Thread.
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27 Responses to Create & Celebrate

  1. 73. I really appreciate this post. I’ve been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You have made my day! Thx again

  2. Salut, Après un premier cycle passé à tout surveiller et tout calculer, arrivée sur la fin de ce cycle, je savais ne pas être enceinte ! & oui la machine se remettait en route.

  3. Elna Mazzara says:

    Beautiful pics! I adore the post so much! ;)

  4. Rhiannon says:

    I love that skirt with the scalloped hem!

  5. Kate says:

    I love that top!! Great stuff!

  6. Tina says:

    Thank you for sharing all these wonderful links to fun sewing projects. Great fun!

  7. Wendy says:

    I love your blog and have been visiting ever since I found your Barcelona skirt review. I’ve since made three! I am new to blogging and just posted my own first tutorial showing how to make Bandanna Pants–perfectly quick and summery.
    http://makesomethingnow.blogspot.com/

  8. Wendy says:

    I’ve been visiting your blog ever since I found your Barcelon skirt review (which was very helpful). This summer, my goal is to make something everyday (besides food for the kids). Check out my new blog–esp. my first tute for Bandanna Pants–perfectly summery and easy to sew.

  9. Debra C says:

    Very inspiring! All the projects are wonderful, I especially love the wallet pattern!

  10. Sally B says:

    Those little messenger bags are too stinkin’ cool! Ok, all the projects are really cool :) Well done!

  11. Samantha says:

    Ok…. I’m starting to hyperventilate…………MORE TUTORIALS!!! Wooooo HOOOOO!!!! I’m so excited!!!!

  12. Alison says:

    Thank you sooooo much for showing my Very Hungry Caterpillar change mat. It is so nice to know that other people like it and its not just my family humouring my feeble attempts at sewing! It has to be said that the other contributers are all so talented that I still feel slightly inadequate!

  13. Nicole (ikkinlala) says:

    Thanks for all the great links!

  14. Marcia says:

    Thanks for all the great links. I love all the inspiration I find at your site.

  15. Heather V says:

    I don’t think I have ever had this many links open at one time!! Thanks for posting them all! I love seeing what everyone is making!

  16. Brittany says:

    Ohhh….. I just got my first sewing machine…and I LOVE all the ideas!!! I have no idea how to make this stuff…. but I am incredibly excited to try!! Thanks for all the other links!!!

  17. andrea says:

    Wow, such talent! Thanks for the links to the blogs and tutorials. There are quite a few I would like to try.

  18. I just love your blog – I always thought that if it couldn’t be sewn with hot glue and fusible web – It Couldn’t be Sewn!! Thanks for all the tutorials.

    ~Renee

  19. Kellye says:

    Thanks for showing my art smock. I love seeing what everyone is making. I will be hitting up the Crafty Christmas site because I always make gifts. It is so much more affordable and everyone loves that they are made especially for them. Usually I don’t sew them, but this year will be allll about the sewing. :)

    P.S. I am joining a club that sews baby clothes for a hospital here in Dallas. The hospital is mainly for lower income people so they get fabric donated then donate the clothes to families that need them at the hospital. I am excited to learn to sew the baby clothes and also to be helping a good cause. I’ll keep you posted.

  20. v & co says:

    oooh i want to enter the next one!!! how fun!!!

  21. Libby says:

    Lots of great crafts. I love how creative everybody is.

  22. marcia says:

    how inspiring! Thanks for all the amazing ideas!

  23. Margie says:

    Wow everything is so fanastic. I really enjoy & am inspired by the wonderful projects!!

  24. Jen says:

    I love the create and celebrate posts. They always inspire me to get sewing!! (Of course then leaves me with tons of new project ideas to choose from too!)

  25. Kelli says:

    WOW! I love everyone’s work. The Very Hungry Caterpillar changing pad is so incredibly CUTE!

  26. Amber says:

    Wow!! This is so great – thanks!

  27. terri says:

    BETH, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR INCLUDING MY LINK IN TODAY’S CREATE AND CELEBRATE…SEW MAMA SEW IS SO WONDERFUL FOR PROMOTING OTHER PEOPLE’S BLOGS…THANK YOU AGAIN…TERRI (PURPLE AND PAISLEY)

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