Create & Celebrate

on October 8 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 11 Comments

We had so many fantastic submissions for Create & Celebrate. If you sent us your latest and greatest but it isn’t in today’s post, it will post tomorrow when we bring you more sewing fun!

  • Joanna has a friend who has cancer and she’s having regular auctions on her Sugarbug blog for him. She writes, “I will be auctioning off handmade by me items with 100% of the money going to his treatment.” Learn more at Sugarbug, bid for some beautiful handmade items and help Dan out with his treatment.
  • Lana realizes SMS is focused on sewing, but she thought some of us might knit on occasion too. She wonders if anyone would like to join her in knitting a shawl for the mammography clinic she works for. Lana wrote a post about the project on her goatygoat! blog, so click over for more information.
  • Marie made this great turtle quilt using Michael Miller fabrics. Be sure to check out her amazing quilting skills via her Flickr pages… Wow!
  • Toni writes that she’s enjoyed her latest sewing projects: “I’m particularly excited about the top I made using a favorite tee as a pattern. I’ve never considered myself talented at creating from an existing garment, and also I’d never sewed with knit, so I’m pleased that I seem to have conquered both!”
  • Betty from Bettyninja writes, “I’d like to celebrate the work my virtual quilt bee gals have been doing for the month of August. August was my month, so I sent fabric out to everyone asking them to create a treehouse block. I am so thrilled by the results!.”
  • Leah has a Classroom Cozy tutorial available via a link on the sidebar of her Sew Spoiled blog or here. She writes, “It is a wonderful way to keep clutter off of students (and kids) work area (desk).”
  • Penny has a cute yo-yo coaster tutorial to share on her sewtakeahike blog. Browse her blog for many more tutorials by Penny.
  • Sarah made these 4-inch fabric building blocks from Amy Butler’s new book Little Stitches for Little Ones. She writes, “They’re a quick and fun project for any little ones in your life!” See more on Sarah’s Looking In blog.
  • Amy writes that she’s giving away a reversible bag in honor of the upcoming election. You can enter to win through October 13th on her Life in Pink Hi-Tops blog.
  • Maggie writes, “I have created lots of things which you can see on my blog: One of my favorite projects is a vinyl covered tote that was intended for a beach trip that didn’t happen due to Hurricane Dolly. Oh well, I have gotten a lot of use out of it anyway.”
  • Esti writes, “I finally finished these beauts for my BF’s wedding. Dirty Undie Pouches! (so their honeymoon luggage doesn’t get tainted). It’s all machine sewn, ‘cept for the words “Dirty” which I had to hand embroider. They had the best smelling clothes in Italy!”
  • Ayumi directs us to her latest tutorial for a reversible patchwork bag on her Pink Penguin blog.
  • Fanny writes, “Besides the two early fall birthdays of my kiddos and my eldest starting Kindergarten, I’ve (mostly) kept up with my Dear Jane Quilt and completed two great swaps. Future projects: Doll Quilt Swap 5 (I’m a Swap Mama this time!), Clothes for the Little Miss, Christmas Gifts!”
  • Jacqui writes, “This week has been a busy crafting week. One of my favourite projects was creating magnets to keep track of the food we eat at home, instead of using charts or paper (just because they’re so pretty). I realize this is supposed to be about sewing but I wanted to share them too! And on the sewing front I’ve been experimenting with aprons. These ones are all *sigh* not quite right (the bottom hem needs to be gathered more and fuller) BUT on a happy note, I’ve finally got it figured out and the next ones should be perfect (knock on wood). I’ve been working without a pattern and trying to style it after some aprons I saw on the net. Practice makes perfect right?… More pictures are on my blog at”
  • Quenna shares, “My latest (and one of the most challenging) projects was creating small overnight bags for my two daughters. The design was based on one I made for myself (which was inspired by the Weekender Bag). It is discussed ad nauseum here, here, here, and here. Sorry for all the blog links, but it was a therapeutic process to document it! Of course, there can always improvements, but we’re really happy with the results. My girls have grown out of the backpack stage and these ‘grown up’ yet fun bags are just right.” Quenna also has a tutorial for a zippered top lunch bag to share with you here.
  • Cindy writes, “My youngest daughter just turned 3 and I wanted to plan something extra special. I bet I had more fun coming up with this ‘woodland wonderland’ than she had at the party.”
  • Whitney writes, “I made this pillow recently for my cousin’s housewarming party. I grabbed this .99 cent discontinued dining chair cover from Ikea’s As Is section. I loved the print and it was perfect for a throw pillow for my cousin’s new pad!” Whitney has more about the project on her SewTrashy blog.
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11 Responses to Create & Celebrate

  1. Maggie says:

    I would like to second Whitney’s comment!

  2. whitney says:

    YAY!! Thanks for including me in your post!! So wonderful to be in the company of so many amazing projects!


  3. debra says:

    These are all so great. I LOVE the mushroom cushions for the “tiny party” What a great idea!!

  4. Margie says:

    I really enjoy looking at all the beautiful items. Great sewing ladies!! You inspire us all.

  5. Mandy says:

    LOVE the classroom cozies. My son just came home the other day and mentioned me making them some new ones!! Thanks so much!

  6. Hannah says:

    Wow, more wonderful things to make! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Tricia says:

    I absolutely love these.. thank you so much for putting this all together, it’s a lot of work and we all are benefitting!!

  8. Melissa says:

    Awesome site – I read about it on Life in Pink Hi-tops and had to check you out! Lovely!

  9. Andrea says:

    Wow so many great ideas and inspiration!

  10. Joanna says:

    Thank you for posting about my auction for Dan! I just wanted to add the link to the blog set up for him, for anyone who wants more info:
    Thanks, Joanna

  11. amy says:

    Thanks for sharing my Create and Celebrate entry. So many more wonderful things to check out. Thanks SMS!

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