sew mama sew giveaway day | win 4 pdf sewing patterns (closed)

Just in time for holiday sewing - win a bundle of 4 pdf sewing patterns including the following patterns:

Simply enter below! Giveaway is open to all entries. Winner will be drawn and announced 12-13-14. Good luck! Make sure to stop by Sew Mama Sew to enter lots more giveaways.

nutta fabric shop blog tour. . .

I'm posting today as part of a blog tour to help promote a new fabric shop - Nutta Fabric! I actually got to meet and spend an afternoon with Shino, the owner; earlier this year before she moved back to Japan. We had a great time and I only wish we had realized we lived in the same area sooner. Luckily for us, she now has access to some amazing Japanese fabric and has opened a shop. Shino offered to send me some fabric from her shop to use for whatever I wanted to make. Decisions, decisions! I ended up choosing this cool linen / cotton blend in plaid and used it to make a Fawn Lily tunic for the kiddo. 

fabric |  linen & cotton plaid in red and blue      pattern | fawn lily dress & tunic

I felt that the shape and details of the Fawn Lily pattern would be a perfect match for the plaid. To add a little visual interest, I cut the sleeves and skirt of the tunic on the bias. The fabric is a really nice weight and has a great texture which I think gives the tunic a fall/winter vibe. The tunic works really well under a cardigan and I'm thinking it'll be great layered over a long sleeved tee as well. It's been in the 70's this week so a cardi was definitely optional. No children were subjected to actual winter weather for these photos ;)

A few things. . . 

  • Nutta Fabric is having a sale! Save 20% off everything in the shop with code THANKS20 (sale ends 12-8-2014)

  • You'll definitely want to check out all the posts in the tour. You can do that here!

  • There's also a giveaway which you can enter here

daily to do list | free printable

If you're anything like me, you have a million to do lists stashed around your house, purse, car. . . and generally they're nowhere to be found when you need them. I have a *slight* addiction to office supplies, planners included. I buy one (or a few) every year but never use them! Silly. Anyways, I decided I'd make myself a to do list - something a bit more organized than a plain scrap of paper. Something that I can keep on my desk to refer back to as needed with boxes to check off. The heady sense of accomplishment I get from checking those little boxes might just be enough incentive to help keep my organized! In case you need some help in the organization department, I'm sharing this as a free printable - simply download, print, and get to work! (print on letter sized or A4 paper)


senna totes in the wild + a sale

I've been meaning to a do a round up of some of the amazing Senna Totes I've spotted on blogs and Instagram (#sennatote) and here it is! I hope those of you making Senna Totes continue to share photos because I love seeing them! You'll find links for each bag I'm featuring today below - make sure to check out the individual posts for reviews, tips, tricks, and inspiration.

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Also, I thought I'd have a little sale this week so if you haven't picked up the pattern yet or want to try out another, here is your chance! Enter code "fallsale" to save 30% off any pdf sewing patterns in my shop. (sale ends Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 11 pm CST)

little joey | make it perfect patterns

I made the kiddo a new top using the Little Joey pattern by Make It Perfect which Toni was kind enough to send over. It's seriously cute! It comes with a few options and I chose to do the regular collar and mid length sleeves. The only changes I made was to shorten the skirt to tunic length and made the pouch pocket a bit taller. It's a simple enough sew and came together fairly quickly. I made the size 4 and the fit is spot on.

selfish sewing week | super tote

I have yet to venture into sewing clothing for myself so when Rachael of Imagine Gnats invited me to sew along for Selfish Sewing week, I was a little stumped. Not for long though! I'm a believer in the idea that you can never have to many bags. I've had this Super Tote pattern (designed by the awesome Anna of Noodlehead) sitting in my to do pile so that's what I decided to make. It took me a while to figure out what fabrics to use - I kind of wanted to use leather for the gusset but that didn't pan out. I ended up trying out some waxed denim from this shop. Very sturdy stuff! I added some leather straps (also from this shop) and used some Cotton + Steel XOXO in Dandelion for the main bag panels. Yellow makes me happy! For the lining I used some white Kona - I tend to like linings nice and bright. 

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