Toddler Backpacks

When my friend, Sedef, from Down Grapevine Lane asked if I would make something for her quilt market booth to showcase her debut fabric line, Sweet Orchard, I knew her collection would be perfect to make a cute toddler backpack. I used this pattern from Made By Rae, but since I hadn’t ever made it before, I thought it would be best to make a one first with fabric I had on hand (shown below left). At the time, Sweet Orchard prints were only available in limited quantities for quilt market projects and now you only have to wait a few more months for it to be released this August.Backpacks_Front_BPI knew I wanted a scrappy look in the sense that more than one print would be used, which is not always typical with backpacks. I figured it would be the best way to showcase as many of the collection’s prints as possible. This probably isn’t a project for a beginning  but I did find that the bag came together quite well.Backpacks_Back_BPI used nylon webbing for the bottom of the straps, but I recommend making your own fabric straps for the bottom and sewing them inside the seam multiple times. Once the kiddos get a hold of these and stuff them full of goodies, it can be hard on the seams and straps.  I ended up redoing the straps for the boy version due to the nylon fraying inside the seam and ultimately pulling loose after a bit of use. I gave this little guy, Theo, the boy backpack as a birthday gift and he loves it to pieces (hence having to make the straps more secure – but it’s all good!).TG_1_BPTG_2_BPAnd cutie pie, Lucy, kindly volunteered to model the Sweet Orchard backpack before I sent it off to quilt market.LO_2_BPLO_1_IGIf you attended the convention this past weekend in Salt Lake City, you may have spotted it in Sedef’s booth, along with my Sweet Orchard Little Granny Mini Quilt. There will be more sewing with this fabric line later this summer when the collection is released in August.

–Stacy

Sewing for Baby Girl

I love sewing for new babies, but add pink in the mix and I’m giddy. This weekend I had so much fun sewing for a friend who recently had her first baby girl. First, I made this adorable diaper cover set. Who wouldn’t want to see a cute little baby’s bottom crawling around in these? You can find a free tutorial for them on the Made Everyday site. Dana also has a video that walks you how to assemble them. I also made a matching set of drool bibs made from cotton prints and backed with white terry cloth. You can find a template for the bibs here, but I altered mine a bit.Bibs_Covers_BPCenterBib_BPDC_2_detail_BPDC_1_detail_BPI also made one of my go-to, quick, whole cloth cuddle blankets. The combination of a gray flannel print backed with white minky is so incredibly soft and cozy!JE_Blanket_Full_BPJE_Blanket_Detail_BPOne of my favorite things to do is create really great packaging. I bundled up all the items, tied them together with pretty ribbon and attached my signature tags. Instead of wrapping them in a box or using a gift bag where you can’t see the items, I found this really cute, shabby white crate which can be reused for diapers or books in the nursery. I love the finishing detail of a pink, silk hydrangea bud to fill out the basket.JE_Basket_1_BPJE_Basket_2_BP

I can’t wait to deliver this sweet gift box to my friend and sneak a peek at her new, precious baby girl.

–Stacy

Sweet Orchard Little Granny Mini Quilt

Another day, another Little Granny Mini Quilt. This time featuring the debut fabric collection, Sweet Orchard, by my friend Sedef Imer of Down Grapevine Lane for Riley Blake Designs. This bright and pretty mini was made for Sedef’s quilt market booth which started today in Salt Lake City. How fun it is to know my creation is hanging on the wall next to so many other beautiful handmades.SO_LittleGranny_Fin_BPI just love how this little quilt turned out! The combination of tiny granny squares, Sweet Orchard fabric and aqua LeCreme Swiss dots is just so pretty!SO_LittleGranny_FinDetR_BPSO_LittleGranny_FinDetL_BPI also made a toddler backpack for Sedef’s booth, which I’ll show you in an upcoming post. This is not the last of my sewing with Sweet Orchard fabrics. There will be a blog tour later this summer so stay tuned for that.SweetOrchard_Bundle_IG

The Little Granny Mini Quilt pattern is available in my Etsy shop here. Below are links to other posts related to the Little Granny Mini Quilt.

Linen and Lawn Little Granny Mini Quilt

Ambleside Little Granny Mini Quilt

Little Granny Mini Quilt Pattern

–Stacy

A Spoonful of Sugar Blog Tour: Patchwork Jewelry Wrap

Blog Tour BannerToday is my stop on the A Spoonful of Sugar Blog Tour. I am honored to be amongst so many talented makers from across the world to bring to you projects from the new book A Spoonful of Sugar available now. Author Lisa Cox has designed 20 beautiful and simple projects to sweeten your surroundings zakka style and wrapped them up into one great book!T5822_C_SpoonfulSugar cover.inddThere really are so many pretty and useful projects in this book so it was hard to nail down which item I wanted to make first. When I was initially paging through the book, the Pretty Patchwork Jewelry Wrap jumped out at me immediately so I figured that would be a good place to start. Pretty patchwork gets me every time.JewelWrapBook_BPThe wrap that I made combines prints in cool blues, aqua and lavender with dusty blue Essex linen/cotton blend. This is the third project that I’ve made using these prints. I just can’t seem to separate them.LC_Book_WrapClosedFr_BPI love to pair fun jewelry with my outfits so I find this wrap to be essential when traveling.LC_Book_WrapHalfOpen_BPThe inside has three separate pockets so there is room for several pieces of jewelry. Plus, the pockets are padded with fusible fleece to protect your gems.LC_Book_WrapOpen_1_BPLC_Book_WrapOpen_2_BPLC_Book_WrapClosedBk_BPWhy limit its use to just jewelry though? This wrap is useful for carrying anything really and it makes for a great little gift for someone special as well. I know I’ll be making more of these.

There are so many great projects in this book and I look forward to making more items. Go grab yourself a copy and join us for an Instagram Sew Along from June 1 – August 9. We will be making projects from A Spoonful of Sugar: Sew 20 Simple Projects to Sweeten Your Surroundings Zakka Style. There will be five rounds, each lasting for two weeks which will give you plenty of time to complete a project or two from the book.  Our good friend, Amy Sinibaldi from Nana Company is the Guest Judge, with fantastic prizes for the winner of each round, plus a Grand Prize Winner, generously sponsored by Alisha from Ministry of Fabric. We really hope you join in the fun! #ASPOONFULOFSUGARSAL

SALAlso, be sure to check out all the other talented makers participating in the A Spoonful of Sugar Blog Tour!

April 26            Jodie Carlton                           Ric Rac

April 27            Minki Kim                                 Minki’s Work Table

April 28            Melissa LeRay                         Oh How Sweet

April 29            Jemima Flendt                       Tied With a Ribbon

April 30            Beverley McCullough          Flamingo Toes

 

May 2              Sedef Imer                               Down Grapevine Lane

May 3              Nadra Ridgeway                     Ellis and Higgs

May 4              Amy Morinaka                        Chick Chick Sewing

May 5              Caroline Critchfield               Sew Can She

May 6              Kristyne Czepuryk                 Pretty By Hand

May 7              Bronwyn Hayes                      Red Brolly

 

May 9              Anorina Morris                       Samelia’s Mum

May 10            Peta Peace                               She Quilts A Lot

May 11            Faith Essenburg                     Sarana Ave

May 12            Angie Wilson                           Gnome Angel

May 13            Sharon Burgess                      Lilabelle Lane Creations

May 14            Stacy Olson                              Stacy Olson (you’re here)

 

May 16            Ayda Algin                                Cafenohut

May 17            Jennie Pickett                         Clover and Violet

May 18            Wynn Tan                                 Zakka Art

May 19            Lisa Cox                                     A Spoonful of Sugar

Have a great weekend!

–Stacy