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Fabric Scraps Trombone

Fabric Scraps Trombone

on Dec 11, 2012 in accessories, Blog, fabric stash | 0 comments

What to do with all those fabric scraps?  I wish I had more projects for my fabric scraps.  If only I could come up with something….  I have TONS of scraps.  You will NOT find this project in any of the scrappy sewing books- trust me.  It’s a doozie. GOOD NEWS, EVERYONE! My 12yo comes home and says they need to decorate their instruments for the Winter Holiday Concert.  That IS good news.  I know just the thing to cover a trombone in…. FABRIC FABRIC FABRIC FABRIC FABRIC FABRIC FABRIC FABRIC FABRIC FABRIC FABRIC The pipes are wrapped in leftover pieces of red binding and then 10″ scrap strips are tied all over the trombone (to hold the red wrapping in place)  At the end, I offered to make a cover for the bell and she went for it.  I don’t know if she’ll be allowed to have the bell covered during the performance, but for practice, it is really festive. She gave it a test run in the house and it sounded fine.  She did point out that she might not be able to see all the sheet music because of the many many green scrappy ties.  I suppose she’ll be the only kid with fabric scissors in her pocket at the concert. So off she goes into the 7th grade with the most festive trombone evah!  It even fits into the trombone case, so that is a big win win.  I tried to talk her into putting safety pins across the bottom pipe and hanging ornaments from the bottom.  … Something about “Dangling Christmas Balls” didn’t go over too well, much giggling followed.  Jr High doesn’t seem to change much, does it folks? Tell a...

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SEW IT ALL VOL 5

SEW IT ALL VOL 5

on Dec 4, 2012 in accessories, Blog, pattern, Press, recycle, sewing | 1 comment

Last year, I did a filming of Sew It All TV out in Golden Colorado.  That was an amazing experience.  The show was very cool behind-the-scenes and the editors of Sew It All were outstanding.  I decided on the plane ride home that I would try to submit work to a “non-quilt” magazine for a change.  I’m delighted to tell you that worked out very well. I submitted a bound wool hound’s tooth bag.  The bag is made from recycled skirt from the thrift store and mixes techniques (in my opinion) since the bag is finished with a traditional quilt binding.  I first showed you a version of the bag her on the blog, early last year. Not only is by bag, with 3 variation designs, rockin page 53, but Sew It All does a bio on their contributing authors, complete with a head shot.  Hooray!!!  I have a tiny Jen in the Author Section.  And look at the great company I keep.  Exciting times!!! The magazine is on news stands now and can also be ordered online at sewitallmag.com.   It was great to work with the ladies over at Sew It All.  Thank you for also featuring my pattern as one of the home page slide show pictures.  Hooray hooray hooray! Tell a...

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Car Shade Lunch Bag

Car Shade Lunch Bag

on Sep 17, 2012 in accessories, sewing | 7 comments

How about that for a funky blog post title???  It will all make sense in a minute. Back story- I went to one of those trendy 31 Bag parties a while back and I didn’t purchase anything.  I did really enjoy checking out the monograms and styles, though.  One thing that really stuck with me was their insulated bags.  I kept touching that shiny silver lining thinking “I’ve seen this somewhere, but I cannot put my finger on it.”  Ah… Then we moved to Texas where I’ve been grabbing my car shade daily to keep the sun off the driver’s seat in an effort to not FRY my buns.  CLICK!  That was it.  $2.49 later, I have an experimental project to share with you. Here’s the el’cheapo car shade and the divided ziploc containers that would become my pattern inspiration. And the cut pieces.  I was thrilled to use this IKEA decorator weight fabric, which I have been hoarding for way too long.  I was also thrilled that the rotary cutter just whizzed through the car shade easier than it did fabric. Then some stitching, some thread changes, some presser foot changes, some Y-seams, some snipping and oh yeah – NO IRONING (as to not melt that car shade) Let me show you what turned out- Just big enough for the Ziploc container, a juice box and a cold pack.  The bag is 4 1/2″ tall total. I made sure to have the shiny side face inward, just like on the 31 Bags.  Not only does the shiny insulate, but it also gives the bag a great shape. The handle was added last, centered on the top of the bag.  I put the orange bow on there because, well, you just cannot have enough orange. This is (obviously) not a tutorial.  There are a zillion zippered bag tutorials online.  Heck, you don’t even need the zipper- just go to your favorite tutorial and instead of interfacing, use the car shade as lining/interfacing.  The sewing machine needle stitched through it like butter and you can totally pin through it.  For this size, I bet I could get 3 bags out of one car shade, so there is plenty left over....

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Pillow Pizzazz Book

Pillow Pizzazz Book

on Jun 26, 2012 in accessories, Blog, book, Books, sewing | 0 comments

Have you seen this fun new title from House of White Birches?  It is Pillow Pizzazz!  With the continued popularity of the Pillow Talk Swap on flickr, this book comes at great time.  12 different pillow designs by various contributing designers. I was honored to have one of my pillow designs selected for this publication.  The pillow set uses jelly roll precut fabric strips, includes piping, instructs you how to make a custom pillow insert and is a bolster shape, rather than a traditional square or rectangle.  Pretty fun, right?  The fabric isn’t quilted, so the project is really quite quick. Hopefully I will have a few copies in the ReannaLily Designs shop soon for you, but until then, please pick up or request your copy at your favorite sewing book shop. You can see more photos of the various and diverse pillow projects in the book on this gallery linked below: Pillow Pizzazz Project Gallery Tell a...

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Sewing Bags FREE eBook

Sewing Bags FREE eBook

on Jun 18, 2012 in accessories, Blog, book, Books, Press, sewing, tutorial | 0 comments

I’m happy to announce this fun new title, Sewing Bags, from our friends at AllFreeSewing.com.  They compiled 10 fun bag patterns from 10 different designers, into a FREE FREE FREE eBook for your sewing enjoyment.  I was thrilled that the popular Beach Bag was invited as one of the 10 patterns.  The book is a downloadable file available on their website.  You’ll have to check it out! Tell a...

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Starbucks Wallet

Starbucks Wallet

on May 25, 2012 in accessories, Blog, recycle, sewing | 1 comment

Do you remember those Capri Sun purses from about 10 years ago?  They were a popular fad on eBay from what I hear.   Along those same lines of sewing with recycled packaging, I give you the Starbucks Wallet. I made this small bifold credit card wallet out of the 1 lb bag of coffee beans.  Of course, I had cut the bag shorter while using it for my coffee before I had decided on sewing with it.   …planning ahead? what planning ahead?…    I think I’ll have to try it again, when I have a “full size” bag to work with. If you like the idea and want to try it out yourself, note that you CANNOT iron this packaging.  I did try on a tiny test piece and it curled up quickly.  Thank goodness it was a low heat iron and didn’t melt into my ironing board or iron.  That would have been a crazy hot mess. Next time I’ll plan the logo positioning a little better and try harder to get that “stay fresh” plastic circle thingy out of the way in a less wasteful manner.  All in all, pretty fun idea to make.  Who knew a mild coffee addiction would turn out inspirational??? Tell a...

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AllFreeSewing.com Cover Girl

AllFreeSewing.com Cover Girl

on May 24, 2012 in accessories, Blog, pattern, quilting, sewing | 0 comments

I’m happy to report that my FREE FREE FREE Beach Bag pattern is an Easy Breezy Cover Girl over at AllFreeSewing.com.  They really have a zillion links over there for all sorts of projects.  If you haven’t tried it out, you should click on through. And of course, if you are gearing up for the beach, pool or lake- I have a great HUMONGOUS  free bag pattern for you. Tell a...

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Fabric Cord Cover

Fabric Cord Cover

on May 21, 2012 in accessories, Blog, sewing | 0 comments

Moving.  Staging.  Decorating.  It all rolls into one.  Anyone selling a house knows about all the little “fix-ups” you do to get the house ready to list… and of course, anyone who has sold a house knows about the “Why didn’t we do this when we lived here?” feeling, once the fix-ups are complete.  Well, my friends, this is one of those fix ups. After viewing a dozen homes in San Antonio, preparing for our move this summer,  I noticed that some of the sellers had covered their cords for lamps or appliances in the living area.  Maybe it is a trend I’m missing.  Well… not any more! I have looked at that black crazy cord for about two years now.  My wall in the living room is a very pale blue.  Thanks to KONA’s amazing color selection, my cord is now enjoying an exact match blue cover.  It is like a super fashionable shirt for the cord.  Is it perfect, no, but I don’t even notice it any more.  Of course, ideally, the plug would be behind the tv, but we are not rewiring the house right before we leave.  For now, this is a good fix that isn’t too terribly detracting. The cover was very easy to make.  It is a rectangle, 6″ x 22″ – in my case,  hemmed on each short end.  The rectangle is then sewn right sides together using a 1/4″ seam allowance, along the length.  Turn the tube right side out and put the cord through it.  If you don’t sew, I think you could still make this project using something like StitchWitchery adhesive to hold the cord cover shape in place. Incidentally,  does anyone need a home in the Wichita KS area, near McConnell AFB?  ((wink wink nudge nudge)) Tell a...

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Seamingly Accurate in Quilts and More Summer 2012

Seamingly Accurate in Quilts and More Summer 2012

on Apr 27, 2012 in accessories, Blog, Press, Seamingly Accurate | 1 comment

Hooray hooray!  The Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide has gained the attention of the folks at Quilts and More Magazine!  Our super useful, super affordable seam guide is featured as “HOT STUFF” on page 6.  PAGE 6, I tell you.  I’m over the moon. If you haven’t heard of the Seamingly Accurate, it the original re-positionable adhesive seam guide to place on the bed of your sewing machine, to use in a variety of sewing projects.  The guide ensures accuracy on all seam allowances and stitching widths, up to 5 1/4″ to the right (best used for casings and drapery rod pockets) and 1 1/4″ to the right. “The guide’s markings make it easy to sew 1/4″ seams, wide hems, flanges, half-square triangles and more without guessing or marking your machine with masking tape.” – Quilts and More, Summer 2012 The magazine, from Better Homes and Gardens, is on sale now.  Go grab a copy for yourself. Thank you thank you, Quilts and More! Tell a...

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18″ Doll Apron Pattern – FREE

18″ Doll Apron Pattern – FREE

on Mar 16, 2012 in accessories, Blog, sewing, tutorial | 3 comments

After working on the Adjustable Aprons pattern samples for Exclusively Quilters, it dawned on me that your Kitchen Helper may have their own Kitchen Helper who would enjoy a matching apron.  I’m happy to report a FREE pattern/tutorial is here, just for you!  This mini apron will fit 18″ dolls including the American Girl and My Generation Dolls.  This pattern includes adownload-able pattern template piece (pdf) and the construction directions in full photo style. Remember, at the end of this post, you can always click the “print this post” option. Ready to go? Adjustable Apron – 18″ Doll Pattern Supplies- Fabric scrap measuring at least 9″ x 12″ Contrasting fabric 1 1/2″ x 12″ 42″ Ribbon which can be between 3/8″ – 7/8″ wide Rolled hem presser foot Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide (optional) Construction- Download the pattern piece in pdf form here.  Print.  Make sure the 1″ guide square is one inch. Ok, good-cut right on the black lines, all seam allowances are included. Step 1- Hems Switch to the rolled hem presser foot on your sewing machine.  Which one is that?  It is the one with a curved arch right at the center.  That arch helps guide the narrow 1/4″ of fabric into a tiny 1/8″ (or less) fold under the sewing machine needle.  Here are some pictures from google images. Apply the rolled hem to the diagonal edges and the longest, lower edge of the apron.  Why Rolled Hem?  Because we are working on a much smaller scale with less fabric.  Rolled hems are also less bulky than larger folded hems and look professionally finished.  Give ’em a try! On the shortest top edge of the apron, apply a 1/2″ hem.  Do this by folding 1/4″ of fabric towards the wrong side, press, then fold it again 1/4″.  Stitch the hem from the wrong side.  This will make a double folded hem and offer more stability to the neckline.   Step 2- Make/Apply Ribbon(s) Next, press the diagonal, hemmed sides 1″ towards the wrong side.  Do NOT sew them yet.  We are pressing them in order to give us a guide line as to where they will fall when the garment is finished.  This is done so...

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Cupcake Cuties by Exclusively Quilters

Cupcake Cuties by Exclusively Quilters

on Mar 15, 2012 in accessories, Blog, sale | 0 comments

A couple weeks ago I shared these fun digital mock-ups of my Adjustable Apron Pattern with you.  Today have I to tell you, the fabrics have arrived from Exclusively Quilters and are now being made up into REAL aprons. I was able to use the yardage to make up 4 aprons on a Sunday afternoon.  The pattern is really quite quick and straight-forward.  The fabric collection is called Cupcake Cuties and ships to stores this March (right now.) The collection even has a sort-of-stripe.  I used this pattern to make two child size aprons, as the pattern includes directions for an Adult Size and a Kitchen Helper size apron. All of the apron ties or apron strings were made using the supporting Sprinkles fabrics.  I was even able to make 1/2inch wide  “ribbon” out of the pink and a 2″ wide ruffle from the brown.  Of course, in the pattern, you can use any trim or adornments you can think of to make your aprons personalized.   Tell a...

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Sew It All TV Season 3

Sew It All TV Season 3

on Mar 12, 2012 in accessories, Blog, sewing, tutorial | 0 comments

Oh my goodness, Sew It All TV Season 3  is in full effect!  www.sewnews.com is celebrating Season 3 by hosting 13 days of give aways.  You’ll have to click the link and head over to their blog to enter to win.  I think each guest sponsored a day on the give-away. My episode is listed above on the screen shot- “Welt of Knowledge”  – LOVE a good pun!!!  Who doesn’t??  The featured project showcases a small bag and a welt zipper demonstration.  You can actually also down load the free pattern project  on their website, too. The bag requires a little over half a yard of to make.  Yardage and other supplies are listed on the pdf how-to page.  I hope you enjoy this free tutorial.  And what the episode for the demonstration & construction tips.   Tell a...

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