Monday, July 17, 2017

Toddler's Dress and Bonnet

 A little outfit for my great grandchild, Hallie, who is 18 months.    I made the dress and bonnet several months ago, and purchased the stretchy capris.

I'm not sure how long the hat will stay on, as she's not used to wearing anything on her head.

This was a free pattern I found.

Carry-It-All Hipster Bag

Here's a little peek at the Carry-It-All Hipster Bag!  The tutorial is being tested by 5 wonderful ladies, and I am so excited to see what they are going to create.

I love the idea of having so many people test this bag, with the outcome an excellent tutorial, plus the friendships that are formed!!  Just couldn't ask for anything more!

The recessed zipper is new as well as the tab on the outer back pocket!  I've also added tabs to the sides for the strap instead of grommets or eyelets.    It's a very stylish little bag that can contain a lot of one's essentials!

The strap is adjustable and can be used over the shoulder or cross body!  I would say it's  quite a versatile bag.

It will be available on Craftsy next week!  You're going to just love it!!

UPDATE:  Two ladies have completed their bags, and one of these ladies has now made another one.  The second lady is already planning the fabric for her next one too.  The bags are just lovely.  I can't wait to post them so you can see them!

Fires, and More Fires

Lots happening in our Province with 200 plus fires the last couple of weeks, and we're down to just over 100 today. Our city is surrounded by smoke most days with air quality anywhere from 3 to 10 +, so we're unable to be outdoors for too long.   Small fires still continue to break out in areas. High winds today didn't help the situation much!

Even with all the devastation, people still continue to start camp fires and throw cigarette butts out their vehicles while driving.  Can't believe they could be so thoughtless and selfish..  Looters are robbing homes where people have had to evacuate, but  where the fires have not yet ravaged the home and property.  What a world we live in.

My thoughts and prayers go out to those who have had to evacuate and leave their homes and belongings!  I'm proud of our city and the way everyone has come together with  such caring hearts, helping  evacuees with accommodations, food and care, not only for them, but for their animals.  It's amazing!  I haven't heard of anyone being killed  because of the fires, nor of any motor vehicle accidents as  in previous years, so we're all very fortunate.  This time every thing has been managed and organized very well.  We have  awesome firefighters, and we're thankful for them as well as for the pilots, equipment operators, all those behind the scenes..  They're doing a fantastic job.We even have  firefighters who flew in from Mexico and Australia today to help in our battle!  How awesome is that!

The picture above is of the Dunn Lake area.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


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This is one of my Tester's bags.  She made some changes, and most were actually options.  She opted to make the bag with only two straps.  The four panels which make up the front, she made into one piece for the front, and one piece for the back.  She also added ties on the bottom.

 While she was cutting,  she said at one point she wasn't paying attention, and cut  the wrong size for the pocket.  Instead of it becoming a scrap, she added it as a pocket to the back of the bag.  This was not originally in the tutorial.  What she has done is turn a wheelchair bag into a walker bag!  How cool is that!

I really appreciate this lady and her willingness to test.  She not only made a lovely bag, but used her own creative ideas to make something for a friend.   There's nothing like having someone make something lovely from your pattern/tutorial.

The tutorial can be purchased at CRAFTSY!

Wheelchair Bag Tutorial

I've revised the Wheelchair Bag Tutorial, changing the front page, and adding and subtracting some instructions, as well as   pictures.  I've also had it tested . One of the testers made the bag with just one piece for the front and one piece for the back instead of the panels.  It looks great.  I do give the instructions for choosing this option as well.  She also made it with two straps, rather then the three.

  I hope you like it.

 The mini tutorial, which is included, (dark blue bag) is slightly different in that it has a larger gusset,  a bottle tab so your water/juice won't spill, and an elastic front pocket from one side to the other.   I divided it into two pockets.

 Measurements are important, since this bag will not fit all wheelchairs.  It's dependent upon the size of the wheels.

The  tutorial can be purchased on CRAFTSY

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Carry-It-All-Hipster Bag with Recessed Zipper

To those wondering where this tutorial is, it is coming!  I'm redoing the whole tutorial using a different  fabric all throughout, and adding the recessed zipper tutorial as well as the back flap instructions.  I've also made a few revisions to the  tutorial. It all takes time.  I do apologize to those who have been waiting.

This is the Carry-It-All Hipster Bag with a recessed zipper.

The front of the bag has a long, deep  zipper pocket across the front from one side to the other, as well as a smaller flap pocket.

The back has a large pocket, which extends from one side to the other, and it is a few inches shorter in height.  I added a tab for increased security as you can see in the picture.  I quite like the look..

The inside has an open pocket the width of the bag, and I divided it into two.  There's plenty of room, even though it's not a large bag.

I will also give a free tutorial to everyone who purchased the other Carry-It-All Hipster Bag with the flap.

Recessed Zipper Tutorial for Beginners

Finally!  This 14 page Recessed Zipper Tutorial for Beginners is finished.  It includes step by step instructions as well as detailed pictorials. This was made specifically for beginners.

There are many tutorials, but this is the method I opted to use.

 I recommend following the step by step instructions, and looking at the pictorials as you go.

This tutorial shows only how to sew and add a recessed zipper to the bag lining.  The lining instructions are then followed according to the bag pattern you are using,  I used a 4" wide recessed zipper, which to me is quite wide, but at the same time shows you clearly how it looks once finished.  Your measurements will depend on your boxed corners as well as your preference!

This tutorial can be found on CRAFTSY.

Any questions, please contact me at or
Here's some pictures of my testers projects!  I think they did an exceptional job.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Additions to the Baby's Room

Just finished  some cushions made from the scraps,  and a few squares left over from the quilt.  The crib looked quite bare so I decided to make these.  Oh, I should mention, this is for my friend's grandson who is due to arrive within the week!!

And below is a picture I've painted!  I got the idea from Pinterest.   I googled templates from Google images. Lots of great ideas there for various projects.

And finally, the crib quilt!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Vintage Brim Bonnet

This is a Vintage Brim Bonnet I made for my niece's baby!  She's 11 months, and just adorable!

The back of the bonnet has a ribbon draw string, which is used to adjust the size of the bonnet.

Because they live on a blueberry farm in the Okanagan.  Ronda was looking for a bonnet  for her baby which she could wear when the sunny warm weather arrives.  (Just so you know, it snowed today!!)

This bonnet was very simple and quick to make!  If you are interested in making one similar, just click on the highlighted link above.

I attached the straps to the bonnet using Kam Snaps for safety reasons, and would highly recommend anyone else do the same!  Or...if you have any other suggestions, I would be happy to hear them...thank you.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Nautical Crib Quilt

I've been busy, but this time it's making a crib quilt!  Seems like it took forever!!  I sewed the binding on by hand, because I like the way it looks.  It took so long!!  Good thing I enjoy hand sewing!

The quilt is 52" x 32", made of 5" squares of various prints, and I used the white squares for the appliques.  This is my first time making appliques.  I searched on Google image and found loads of templates, so I made a few anchors, boats and baby whales.  I used a close zig zag stitch rather than the satin stitch. I think it's a matter of preference.  It was mine anyway.

I used Hobb's batting, and a blue cotton for the back.  A quilter at the fabric store suggested I use a grey thread for the quilting, as it wouldn't show too much on the back of blue, nor on the front.  It worked well.   I was concerned prior to this on how I would work this out, as I didn't want blue thread coming through to the front if the tension were to be out.  Problem solved!

I am happy to say it's finished, and I can now go back to finishing the recessed zipper tutorial.  I don't know about you, but the days just fly by!  Enjoy yours!!  Thank you for visiting!!

The crib quilt fit perfectly!  I was so pleased!!  I think I may make a firm pillow and maybe a little whale plush toy to go in the crib.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Patterns on Sale at Huffn' Cuff's


30% off all patterns today at Huff'n Cuff's Sewing Patterns.    They are all reasonably priced! 

Check them out ladies!!  Have a great day!

To those who are getting lots of snow...stay safe and warm!!

Sunday, January 15, 2017


What a beauty!!  Here's a brand new, hot off the press, bag pattern by Katherine Everdina Fay of Huff n Cuffs.  The front slip pocket has a flap that is sewn between two seams on the front panel, it is held closed with a magnetic snap. The main panel closes with a snap lock, keeping all you essentials safe!. 

The back zippered pocket is perfect to hold those important items such as passport or phone  The bag also includes  an interior zipper pocket. This cute little bag has many areas to carry your essentials in when traveling or just going out to dinner! 

The interior is big enough to hold a NCW wallet,  a bottle of water, plus a few other small items, it sure has a big punch for such a little bag!!  The finished bag is 9 1/2" H x 10' W x 2 1/2" W.

The Sarah Satchel Bag pattern can be found on CRAFTSY!