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Nancy Zieman Hobo Tote Bag

Welcome to Day 6 of the Blog Tour with Nancy Zieman's Hobo Tote Bag.

I had a lot of fun deciding what fabrics to use and learning to read Nancy's simple instructions and diagrams. Nancy provided the pattern and clover supplies to make this Hobo Tote Bag look like it was made at a factory instead of on my home machine. 

Her templates can be used over and over again.

Of course, I used Riley Blake Designs fabrics and I chose Geekly Chic. These fabrics are a fun, unique collection of Geekly Chic prints with bright bold colors and patterns.


One of my favorite tools to use is the bias tape maker by Clover. I love doing vines for needle turn applique when I'm quilting and it worked just fine making the bias strips I needed for the front of the bag, handles and curves of the bag.

I loved how professional the bag turned out by using the Sew Lazy Interfacing that was provided by Lazy Girls Designs.Their product stood the test of being turned in and out and around about as I was sew…

Nancy Zieman Blog Tour

Nancy Zieman is hosting a blog tour beginning today. The blog will be showcasing her lovely hobo tote template.  Ten designers use the template adding their own style to inspire you. I will be showing my hobo tote on February 24. I hope you will stop by to see what I've been sewing so you canwinthe wonderful prize packages. Visit Nancy’s blog to see more details and the tour schedule.

Baby Burp Cloth

These are a simple cute gift for any baby using your scrap fabrics. I buy most of my cloth diapers from Walmart in a package of 12.

Measure your cloth diaper. Cut your decorative fabric about 1" larger than the cloth diaper.

Piece your decorative fabric however you would like to this same measurement: one inch larger than the cloth diaper.

With right sides together sew all the way around the four edges leaving a 2" opening on one side. Note: I do not clip my corners on the diaper because the fabric is so thin and can pull through if cut too close.

Top stitch the opening closed and continue around all four sides of the burp cloth.

This step is optional but I like to stitch down the seams on the cloth diaper through all the layers. It gives the burp cloth that finished look.

Here it is folded and ready to go. You could make several and bundle them together with a ribbon. You can never have too many burp cloths.



This is another option for a girl. I used ribbon and ric rac on t…

Mystery Block of the Month - February 2013

Cindy and Jina show how to make their February block of the month. Download the pattern for this block here: http://bit.ly/ThayLg

Baby Bib and Flower Embellishment

This is from a new pattern called " Baby Couture." I am showing a simplified version.

You will cut a fabric for the top and bottom. I added a ruffle in between the layers to create some embellishment on the bib front.

Once those layers are sewn. Press. Top stitch through all layers.

Trace pattern onto the wrong side of the bib back.

Sew on traced line. 
Trim very close to the edge. Leave about an 1/8" seam allowance. 


Turn right side out. Top stitch close to edge of bib front.

Embellish with yoyo's or the flower from the baby hat.

Sew a piece of velcro to each side as a closure.

Adorable!

Super easy! Super fun! Match to the baby burp cloth, baby onsie and hat.
They make great baby gifts.
Happy Sewing!
Jina

Happy Valentines Day 2013!

I love Valentines Day!
Happy Valentines to everyone!
Happy Sewing!
Jina

Baby Hat

This little baby hat is the followup to yesterdays baby gown. They make wonderful gifts and are so easy  and quick to make. Everything that I will be showing you this week is in a new pattern called "Baby Couture" based on my lecture at Ruby's Inn.

The first thing you need to do is cut out 2 hat templates. The rectangle is double the length of the hat. The width is about 7". This rectangle is approximately 14" x 7". Sew WRST


Turn hat right side out. Turn rectangle with wrong sides together.

Divide both the hat and the rectangle into four sections and place a pin. Match pins and pin WRST .

Stretch and sew as you go. Knit is so wonderful to work with because it is so forgiving. I like to use my serger to sew knits but if you don't have one use a straight stitch followed by a zig zag stitch for the edges.


Turn the trim of the hat just up past the seam. Stitch a few stitches on each side seam of the hat.

The flower embellishment is very simple and adds th…

Baby Gown, Hat and Flower Embellishment

I taught some classes at Ruby's Inn last week and promised that I would post some visual instructions for the patterns I talked about. I love using Riley Blake knits. Flannels work well also for this project.


Measuring from the front neckline of the onsie I cut straight across at about 5 1/2"

The knit or flannel piece for the Gown bottom is cut approximately 40" wide by 22-25" in length.  Sew WRST. (with right sides together)

Serge or zig zag the bottom of the hem. Turn to the wrong side of the Gown about 2-3". This forms the casing for the elastic and the ruffle at the bottom of the Gown. Sew 2 rows about 1/2" apart. Leave a small opening in the top row for threading the elastic.

Thread a 14'15" elastic through the opening. Zig zag the elastic closed. Finish top stitching the top seam closed.

Ease the elastic around the bottom of the gown.

Gather the upper edge of the Gown. The gathering needs to be about 4" longer than the onsie. 

    A litt…