Monday, September 26, 2016

Cozy Christmas Sew Along - Week Seven - Block Seven!!

Good morning cute people! 
Today is week #7:)

We are half way through our 
Cozy Christmas blocks already!

If you are just joining us 
and need to download 
the free pattern:)

to get a set of 
Cozy Christmas 
Sew Simple Shapes

We are using the Cozy Christmas fabric collection!

Today we are making this cute little guy:)


One shape!
We are using NUTMEG Solid by Riley Blake 

 to download the cutting guide
and cut your interfacing and fabric.

You will need 
4 pieces of 2" long ric-rac 
for his frosting:)

I'm going to show you my 
easy peasy method of 
sewing the ric-rac on all in one step!

I traced my shape... and then drew a line
 3/4" up from the bottom of each leg...
and 1/2" in from each arm.

This is where I will place my ric-rac when sewing.

I sewed on my marked line just like normal...
and placed a piece directly under the line on the first arm and held it into place.
No need to pin...its better if you don't so it will lie flat.

As I got to that part...
I continued stitching on the line and across the trim at the same time.
I backstitched a few stitches over the trim just to secure it. 

I continued sewing...
inserting each piece of trim as I came to it like this....

Until I had completely stitched around 
the gingerbread man and all four pieces of trim:)

Easy Peasy!

I trimmed my 1/4" seam allowance...

And clipped all 5 "cleavage" areas.

I cut my interfacing for turning...

And turned each arm and leg one at a time...
carefully making sure that the trim flipped over to the front:)

This is how he looked after turning but before pressing.
I pressed each arm and leg and then the head separately before I pressed the whole shape at once.

I used my turning tool to get all of the edges as smooth as I could before pressing.

I traced my embroidery lines on before basting him to the background.
I placed hime 3/4" down from the top and 3/4" up from the bottom:)

I went through my jar and chose three

To go down the center.

Now he's all ready for appliqué...
embroidery and button sewing!

You can hand stitch the
 ric-rac down with white thread:)

I used 6 strands of my
for the embroidery and also
 to sew on each button:)

After trimming my block to 6 1/2" square...
I used the yellow and aqua
 little bells print for the inner border:)

And added my flying geese and
 half square triangles pieced border.

Take a photo of your cute little
 gingerbread man and post him on
so that we can all see him:)
Sew you next week!

Friday, September 23, 2016

CUTE TINS - New Quilty Storage!!

I'm sew excited to show you a new product
that I've designed to help 
make your quilty/crafty storage cute!

to see them in action!

They're called 
Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet:)

There are six total....
each with a different design.

Inside the red tin comes a
 set of 12 notecards with 
cute envelopes to match!

They're perfect for gifts or
 writing a special note 
to a friend and sending
 it by snail mail:)

What a fun surprise!

There are so many ways 
that you can use them...
I LOVE cute storage:)

I know that I'll personally
 be using these a lot 
for gifts this holiday season.
if you want a little bit 
of cute storage too!

To celebrate the release of my new tins...
My awesome publishers at 
Fat Quarter Shop
have matching 
Bee Happy Screen Savers 
for you to use on your 
phone and computer!

to go to the 
 where you can 
download them for 


(Thank you Kimberly...
you're the best:)

I hope you have sew much fun
 with my new Cute Tins!!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Cozy Christmas Sew Along - Week Six - Block Six!!

Good morning cute people!
Today we are almost halfway through our 
Cozy Christmas Sew Along:)

But even though we are
 already halfway into this...
it's super easy if 
you are just starting now:)

First you will 
need the free pattern:
to download it

Then you will need the 
Cozy Christmas 
Sew Simple Shapes

to get a them:)

We are using 
Cozy Christmas fabric 
to make the quilt...
you can check with your
 favorite quilt shop 
to purchase the kit!

I took this screen shot 
on my iPhone to show you 
the right side bar of my blog roll.

You can see that I have 
each week of our sew along 
to click on and view
 so that you won't miss anything!

Each weeks tutorial 
will remain on my blog 
and I will keep adding 
each week as we go along.

Simply scroll down and 
click on the week 
that you would like to view.

Obviously you are 
on my blog right now...
and if you look to the right 
and cannot sew the right sidebar...
 that means you are 
using your cell phone
 and will need to scroll down
 and click on
"view web version"

With all of that being said...
Let's get started with block six!


Here are my fabric choices
 for the appliqués:)

to download the 
cutting guide 
for each shape...

And cut your fabric 
and interfacing.

Cut a 5" long piece of 
ric-rac for the stocking trim.

I'm using the mint and pink 
little bells print
 for the border on this block:)

Trace all of your shapes 
onto the interfacing.

Measure in 3/4" from the 
bottom of the stocking cuff 
and mark a line.

Top stitch the ric-rac 
into place on the line
 before you sew the 
interfacing and fabric together.

Stitch on your marked lines and
 trim an approximate
 1/4" seam allowance.

For the stocking piece...
 I left the top open for turning 
since the raw edge will be
 tucked underneath the cuff.

Cut an "X" in the interfacing on
 the other 3 pieces for turning:)

Clip the inside curve in the 
stocking seam allowance 
so that when you turn it 
right side out 
through the top opening...
it will lie flat after 
shaping and pressing...

Like this:)

Place your stocking 
onto the background 
by measuring 3/4" 
up from the bottom...

And 1 1/2" from the
 right side edge.

Now place the cuff by
 measuring 3/4" 
down from the top edge.

Place the heel and toe pieces 
over the stocking 
and pin into place for appliqué.

After applique...
embroider the hanging loop!
I used all 6 strands and 
a backstitch...and my 
 for matching the colors:) 

After embroidery...
sew the little bells inner border:)

Then sew and layout your flying geese and 
half square triangles to form 
the pieced star border!

I just love pieced 
scrappy borders...don't you?

And now your 
is complete and ready 
to add to your quilt.

You can of course...
sew the two top rows together now 
or save that until we are finished
 with all of the blocks.

This is sew fun!

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