~ Making Something New in September ~ Stash & Dash


This week I finally got around to making the popular Stash-and-Dash-Bag, a free pattern from byAnnie.com!  The pattern was released this summer along with a great (and detailed!) sew-along on her blog.  Time was not on my side this summer so I just downloaded the pattern and set it aside until the boys headed back to school.


The Stash and Dash Bag is a fun sew.  It does take a bit of time, but with the sew-along posts up on Annie’s blog, I was able to get really detailed pictures and tips to help me as I went.  The fabric I used for my exterior were prints from Riley Blake, Moda and the pink interior was from JoAnn’s.  I also chose to quilt my bag by following along with the edges of the hexagons in the pattern.  Love how it turned out.


I plan on storing my Sashiko supplies and a few of my Kumi Loom floss and beads in my SADB.  It fits everything perfectly (except the loom!) and will be easy to “dash” with when I’m ready!


Almost forgot!  There is also a clear vinyl pocket sewn onto the main side of the fabric so when it’s rolled up fully you can see it on the back like this. Nice spot for my Sashiko sampler!

I can see myself making a ton of these!  They use such a small amount of fabric that you could really use up some of you stash and make some for gifts.  If you want to make a SADB make sure you head over to byAnnie’s soon because I believe this pattern will only be available until October 1st!

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WIP Wednesday ~ Learning & Doing


Lots of WIP going on in the studio right now. This is a good thing though because these cuties are ALL finally back in school and I have a few hours of quiet sewing a day! For the first time ever I will have each of my boys in a different school 6th – 9th – 3rd.  Three new starting and ending times.  It’s going pretty well so far, but I really need to sit down and work on my daily schedule! {Read More}

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Weekending: Favorite Instagram Sewing- Related Hashtags

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Happy Sunday! What have you all been up to this weekend? Most of our weekend has been spent finishing up a deck redo, karate practices and taking my baby to his first high school social function. Sniff-Sniff.  But I have managed to do a bit of secret sewing and pattern test for a favorite bag gal.   Before I head off to track and field with the youngest, I wanted to share with you the wonderful world of Instagram hashtags.  Last week Elnora (Elnorac on {Read More}

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Flashback Friday! ~ Revisiting an Epic *Fail*


It’s been 3 1/2 years since I first posted this epic fail post.   And at the time I had a lot of fails, but it’s been fun to read old posts and see how I’ve evolved as a handbag designer/sewer.  How have you evolved as a designer/sewer? I had great hopes for this bag. Sketched it out, made a pattern, etc. But when it was all said and done, it just didn’t turn out how I wanted. I really {Read More}

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Flashback Friday! ~Sewing Pattern Tissue & Washi Tape Sketchbook ~A Tutorial~


Today for a special Flashback Friday I’m bringing back a tutorial I did for covering composition books. This would be perfect for those back to school composition books we buy for the kids, right?!?!  I made mine for my bag sketches, but the options are limitless. Back in my heavy scrapbooking days, I tended to cover all kinds of office supplies and storage containers with mod-podge and the latest pattern paper.  I often made custom recipe binders, little books for the {Read More}

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