Kelley Gilbert, with her great sense of what’s trending in the online sewing world, joins us each month from Casa Crafty. Kelley always has something new she’s working on for herself or for her kiddos, even as she transitions to a different work schedule. What are you sewing lately? Do you have spring clothing on your mind? Are you stuck indoors, sewing away?

You can find Kelley on Etsy, Instagram and Facebook. Add your favorites in the comments… Have you seen something spectacular in the online sewing world lately?

In the Northern Hemisphere there is life out there alerting us that spring is on it’s way. (Even if the groundhog says otherwise!) There are flowers popping through the snow, and rain clouds come and go. We need comfort, lighter jackets and florals. Here’s to February!


Depending on how you feel, you can make a bomber out of silk or wool. Make it sleeveless and you’ve got a cool vest. With layers and all alone, this is a cool staple for every one.

Clockwise from top left: Begonia Sews: Rigel Bomber, Waffle Patterns: Zipper Blouson-Cookie, Design by Lindsay: Metallic Rigel, An Elemental Life: Pendleton Puffy Vest

Clockwise from top left: Handmade Threads: Bomb Bomber, Carly in Stitches: Rigel, Sewing Beautifully: Snuggly Rigel,  Katy and Laney: Rigel Bomber January

Fabulous Quilts:

While some are simple, others are not; all of these quilts pack a punch. From a geometric base come some beautiful examples of quilting.

Clockwise from top left: One Shabby Chic: Heather Ross Mendocino, See Kate Sew: one hour triangle quilt, Sew Katie Did: happy fabrics pillow, Craftaholics Anonymous: No Piece geometric quilt, Elizabeth Hartman: Hazel Hedgehog Pattern, Play Crafts: Quilt Design a Day #22

Animal, Vegetable or Munchkin?:

It is a time honored craft staple to turn our munchkins into little animals with their wardrobe. But sometimes it’s just fun to make animals FOR them! With animal prints, animal ears or animal shapes you can bring the wild in, and then let it out again!

Clockwise from top left: Elizabeth Made This: Sewing For Lovehuisje boompje boefjes: Panda Hoodie, Boy oh Boy oh Boy Crafts: Ewok and Dino pull overs, So Sew Easy: Hammerhead Pillow Pet, Very Shannon: Baby Boy Bimaa Penguin Set

Comfy Gear:

We all need comfort. Whether it’s a favorite pair of leggings, or a supreme pullover. How about a perfect tee shirt? Or maybe the ultimate trousers?

Clockwise from top left: Muslins and Musings: Manila Leggings, Paprika Patterns: Jasper Sweater, Cookin and Craftin: Jenna Cardigan, Jolies Bobines: Ultimate trousers, Make It Perfect: Spring Tops, Ms. Wabi Sabi: meat and potatoes, The Pincushion Chronicles: Hemlock Tee