I’m really happy to be taking part in Underground Crafter‘s Little Gifts Sew Along sharing these patchwork coasters with you. There are 25 free sewing projects being shared all year long that are perfect stocking stuffer gifts.
Did I mention that there are prizes for sewing along?? Check out all the details here.
I love making coasters! They’re quick and easy to sew. They make a great gift for tea or coffee lovers alike, and they’re a great way to feature fun fabrics or use up scraps. Especially patchwork coasters like these. Normally I like to use up scraps when I make coasters but the ones in the main photo were made using fabrics from a charm pack for the front and upcycled denim fabric for the back.
The Sew Long Summer tour is hosted every year by mahlicadesigns. I have some pillow slipcovers to share with you, but it wasn’t my first idea. Originally, I was planning on sharing a tutorial for an organizer/agenda accessory but when I sat down to sew it, I managed to kill my sewing machine.
The poor sewing machine managed to wrap it’s cord around my ankle while I was sewing and when I stood up to walk away, it fell to the floor, snapping off some inner plastic bits in the process. I have a vintage 1980s or 70s sewing machine that I got a year ago but never used, that I tried to get working… but alas, it doesn’t work (I think the timing is off). It’s gone to the repair shop for a few weeks, so I’m left without a machine until the end of the month. So, no tutorial for now but I hope to get that up next month.
Lucky for me (and you!) I found a project I’ve never shared on my blog before. Pillow slipcovers!
Pillow slipcovers are a great change of seasons project. With a bit of fabric, you can have a whole new look in your house. Pillow covers also make a great first sewing project! These ones are all straight line sewing and don’t have any closures.
I made these a year or two ago. I’m sure I followed a tutorial at some point and then made any adjustments to make to the size I wanted but I don’t remember which one. Sorry about that!
This year I decided I was going to use up as much as my fabric stash as possible as well as my pattern stash. I have tons of fabric and hundreds of patterns, yes hundreds. Luckily, at least half were obtained through testing, blog tours and winning some. I actually won quite a few in the past 18 months. Somewhere around 30, and most from giveaways through Pattern Revolution, yep. And most of the rest were purchased as part of bundles, I have a hard time resisting a bundle deal! (Side note: luckily, they’re PDF patterns for the most part and don’t take up physical space, anywho, moving on.)
So with that said I’m taking part in a bunch of stash busting challenges this year!
Disclaimer: I received the pattern for free for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own of course! This post contains affiliate links, which are marked with an *. That means if you click the link and buy through it, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.
Edit: March 11, 2017 Since the BundleUP sale is over, I have redirected the links to their Etsy shop.
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I have to admit I have a bit of a blogger crush on Karly of Paisley Roots. I really like all the things she makes for her kids. And I love the design of her first pattern, the Saffron Twirl dress*, so when I saw her tester call for her newest dress I jumped right on it! Meet the All Spice dress*.
PATTERN: ALL SPICE DRESS BY PAISLEY ROOTS | FABRIC: WOODLAND TAILS BY RILEY BLAKE, PURCHASED FROM FABRIC.COM
Lots of options are packed into this dress. Long, cap, or flutter sleeves, or sleeveless. Originally I was going to make a long sleeve version but I didn’t have a chance (I made a booboo). So I went with sleeveless since it’s easily layerable. (Is that even a word?)
Zipper or button front closure. I did zipper, it’s a lot faster than buttons honestly, and not too scary to do. Although, make sure you’re paying attention to how you’re pinning your zipper on otherwise you end up with a backwards zipper. (That might or might not have happened to me…) The pattern comes in sizes 6-12 months to 12 years. I sewed up the 12-18 months size. We had fun with this mini photo shoot. Big sister Silly Bean was running around the yard trying to catch butterflies and the weather was just perfect! I took so many pictures that I couldn’t choose my favourites so this post is very pic heavy!
Enjoying an apple in Auntie L’s backyard
Visit the Paisley Roots blog for more details. And go to the Etsy shop to pick up your copy of the pattern. It is listed for just $7, and is on sale for 25% off until Sunday , September 7th with code ALLSPICE.
This is part of my stash busting challenge! I’ve had this fabric for about a year and half now.