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The Adventure Time Dos-a-dos Notebooks Tutorial Part 3!

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The last set of Adventure Time goodness >w< The last two characters I thought would be perfect for these notebooks is BMO and LSP ^-^ Of course BMO is pretty well known to be gender neutral, so he doesn’t have a gender-swapped version – so with that in mind I thought it might be fun to make one of the versions found in the BMO origin story “Be More” just for some variety and because all the MO iterations are so cute!
Once again, the instructions for this set of characters are the same as groups one and two, with one step changed to account for the different appliqué. Hopefully it’s still just as easy to follow ^-^

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The Adventure Time Dos-a-dos Notebooks Tutorial Part 2!

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I couldn’t help myself! I made some more of the Adventure Time dos-a-dos bound notebooks 😀 This time we have Marceline/Marshall Lee with Princess Bubblegum/Prince Gumball. They’re made just the same as the previous iteration, but just some different appliqué this time. So you’ll see that the instructions are pretty much the same, but one or two have changed to account for the different characters ^-^

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Freebie Friday! The Adventure Time Dos-a-dos Notebooks

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The notebooks are back! But this time with an interesting twist! I don’t know how many of you have ever heard of a dos-a-dos, but it’s a form of book binding from the French meaning “back to back” as you can see. It’s not a kind of book I see all that often, and I think that’s a shame because I think the effect is so cool! One book makes two because they share a back cover – you simply flip the book over and you can access the other side. With the double-sided nature of the notebook it just seemed too perfect to apply it to the Adventure Time characters and their gender-swapped counterparts 😀 In fact I’ll probably try this out on some of the other characters because they turned out so great ^-^ And they helped to use up a bunch of my paper stash too.

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Freebie Friday! The Nyan Cat Notebook

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Prj037BSo are you all the type that loves Nyan Cat or just finds it annoying? I’m the former >w< Sure the song is an addictive and repetitive earworm, but it’s just so darn cute, I can’t help it! I actually made another notebook just like this for my boyfriend a long while back while he was going through a whole bunch of overtime so he’d have something to look forward to when he got home from all that work. The Mario Block Plush was actually one of them, and this was another 😀

I got the idea because I absolutely love bookbinding, though I’m not nearly as skilled at it as I am with sewing. So long back that I barely remember, I bought a multi-pack of rainbow paper. It was for a school project that I don’t even remember the details to XD as I probably just used about 10 sheets and was forced to hold onto the rest. I guess that means I must admit that not only do I have a fabric stash problem, I have a paper stash problem too ;o; To tell the truth not only do I have those papers to get rid of, but a while back I got addicted to buying scrapbook paper stacks that I thought were particularly pretty. You’ll see a sample in steps 10-11. I guess I need to get cracking on more notebooks like this if I want to use up all that stuff.

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Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes! My latest book is released!

Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes: Chic to Unique Bags & Purses that You Can Make

Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes: Chic to Unique Bags & Purses that You Can Make

My latest book, Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes, was released in the past few days, so I’m happy to say that it’s now available for you all to buy! I’m a bit of a bagophile myself, so I was very excited to take on this project, creating 18 interesting and varied bag designs that will suit every taste. My goal in writing this book was definitely to make a collection of bags that would make a wide variety of people happy. In addition to that, I wanted to design classic bags with an interesting twist.

For instance there’s a tried-and-true shopping tote, but it has a zippered wallet attached for folding the bag up and zipping it shut when you don’t need it! There’s also a messenger bag, but it has an expandable bottom section that nearly doubles the size of the bag when you need to carry the big stuff. Nearly every bag has options for embellishment, including appliqué designs and templates that work perfectly for fabric paint stencils. The designs range from techie to mod, kawaii to ornate. You’ll see a lot of my kawaii style in some of the options, so keep in mind if that’s not really your aesthetic, the variations are completely optional. I think you’ll find the bare bones patterns to be very classic and casual designs. You can read about the whole dish if you’re interested in how the book came together ^-^

One of the main things that makes me proud of the book though, are the huge tutorial sections that explain how to implement bag hardware, which can really make a handbag look special. I’ll show you how to install zippers, snaps, buckles, eyelets, strap adjusters, metal rings, turn lock closures, magnetic snaps, and many many more things. If you’re like me, seeing the hardware transform your bag from handmade to high-end will really get you excited to whip out your machine.

I hope you’ll give my book a look with the see inside feature, so you can see if the bags are your style, then please give it a try if you have a bag addiction like me!


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Happy Towel Day! Bonus Pattern: The Guide Tablet Case

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Happy Towel Day all you hoopy froods out there!

One would hope you all know what I’m saying ^-~ But for those of you who don’t, I suppose I should let my nerd flag fly for a bit here. Today’s project is inspired by the book to rival all books: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. “The guide,” as written by the funny late author Douglas Adams in the achingly witty sci-fi novel of the same name, is an electronic book created by one of the great publishing houses of Ursa Minor, that can show you how to see the marvels of the universe for less than forty Altairan dollars a day.

That’s right, electronic books were thought of as early as 1979, and this project is a nod to the fact that the actual guide would probably be a lot like the Nooks, Kindles, and iPads we carry around today ^-^ I personally made this one to fit my Nook snugly, but I can see this case also fitting just about any other 7” tablets. Be sure to check the dimensions of your tablet to be sure, though.

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Pattern Review: Boutique Knits’ Side Slip Cloche

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This project is from a really cute book I picked up at the library, Boutique Knits. This is the cover pattern, the Side Slip Cloche. The whole book is filled with some really adorable patterns, so I would suggest it to anyone else who enjoys this style!
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Sew Baby! My Latest Book is Released!

Cuddly and cute bibs, blankets, booties, and more

Cuddly and cute bibs, blankets, booties, and more

Hello everyone! I’m so excited! My latest book, Sew Baby came out this weekend! It’s one of the books I worked so ardently on last year, and I’m super proud to finally have it out in stores for you all to buy!

If you are familiar with my work, you know that I love making cute and adorable accessories so working on a book for babies was a natural progression. However, I still put in lots of blood, sweat, and tears into this book, so I hope you all enjoy what you see! I worked on creating loads of home décor projects, accessories, toys, and practicalities, all while imbuing my style of simple kawaii cuteness into them.

I found that as I worked on these projects, I had a goal where I wanted to highlight every loveable and gentle creature I could imagine, from kitty cats to red pandas, elephants to monkeys, and puppies to dragons. I think kind and gentle animals not only reflect the sweetness of babies, but the characters make these projects perfect for unisex gifts. A boy looks just as adorable in a panda hat as a girl, so you literally have a whole menagerie of projects to choose from 😀

Beyond that, seeing sweet little baby faces with baby animals would warm anyone’s heart. It makes me think of babies and kitties playing together, or of that quintessential boy and his dog vibe. Together, I see that animal as both a lifelong friend and a protector, and I think that image is what my muse was as I created for this book. I hope it inspires you as much as I was inspired, and you take a look if you have a special baby in your life that needs a perfect gift or would you would just like to surround with smiling faces! ^-^