Saturday, July 8, 2017

the little Gems...

are the newest pattern by Moments Designs!

these are fast, fun, easy and Fat Quarter friendly!!
Perfect for a beginner or as a stash buster !!

With just one pattern you can make 4 versions. Whether you choose Opal, Onyx, Beryl or Topaz you are going to love them all.

These are perfect for craft fairs or last minute gifts !
But be warned...they are addicting !

IF you don't believe me ...look at all the beautiful creative samples the testers made!

Bernice used faux leather and piping on one Opal and Cork on the other!
Cathy created her Opal with faux leather and couched a cording along the flap.
 Cheryl from Simply Cherabea made a Topaz for the football season ! GO Tennessee Titans !!
and she machine embroidered this lovely Beryl
 Christine from Bags by Bags of Style  decided she wants lots of little Gems..she made 6 ! Each one more creative then the next!
Correction she made 7 ..and this one is my favorite!! 
 Deidre made a Opal from this lovey batik and a couple Beryl's with Australian fabric...
..but she to couldn't stop..she made these beautiful Opals to !
Dyan of d'ModaBella made this beautiful Opal with an Accent Flap. I love the gem hanging on the front.
Judith of Judith Stitches Opal looks like its leather but its faux leather ...lovely.
Leslie had a lot of fun with Onyx, she used scraps of leather and added pieces of trim. I love the fringe!!
Maria of Mia's Creations said she had a lot of fun getting creative with the little Gems! Love them !
Marilyn of Shades of Bold made a pretty Opal.
Pamela of BagAVaughan had a lot of fun with the little Gems...she said she couldn't stop..she wasn't kidding ! 
Sandie of Crazy bout quilts had fun machine embroidering designs on her Beryl's. She's ready for summer!

Last but not least...Susan The farmer wants a wife made these beautiful gems. The first two are Essex Linen and the third skulls and roses! I love the linens.

If you would like to make your own gems, you can find the pattern on Craftsy
Happy Sewing !

Finished Size:  
Clutch - with or without flap - 6 1/2“ H x 10“ W
Pouch - with or without flap - 5 1/2“ H x 8 1/2“ W x 3“ D

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Let the parties begin!!

Today the Canadian / US celebrations begin.
This is only on my Facebook group.
Pop over to join in on the fun!!
The rules are super easy…
Everyone can enter !! 
This is an International Giveaway ! 
For the next 4 days there will be 2 games per day…one game to win a Moments Designs pattern of your choice and the second game will have 5 winners ! One winner for each of the Designers listed that day..that is a total of 6 winners per day!
On July 4th we will have 7 Winners! 
That makes a total of 25 prizes!!!
Be sure to stop in everyday and play along!
Lets just have some fun, eh! 
The 6 winners will be picked the following morning ( after I have had my coffee) by the Random Number thingie. You will be notified which designer you won, then you will let me or my team know which pattern you would like by that designer and the designer will email you the pattern.
Super easy!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Birthday Sale

...I can't belevie it is June already and that means I have a birthday!!!
To celebrate I am having a SALE on ALL my patterns!!
This is a first of me!!
Not my birthday...a store wide sale!!LOL

For the next 24 hours ONLY !!( June 23rd only)
all my patterns will be 25% off!!!


      Happy Sewing !!


Friday, April 28, 2017

Faux Leather Zipper Overlay...Tutorial

I love adding a faux leather overlay to me zippers, especially in the lining makes me feel soooo special.

( Interior of Eve Handbag)
(Interior of Fine & Dandy Pouch)

Since I want you to feel special too, I am showing you how I do mine.
( these instructions are from my Eve pattern, please adjust the measurement to your needs).

Interior Zipper Pocket with Overlay
  1. Press the bottom of one long edge 1/2” towards WS ( Wrong Side) of Zipper pocket. Repeat on the other Zipper Pocket piece. 
  2. On the WS (Wrong Side) of one of the Zipper pocket pieces, draw a rectangle, centered, 3/8“W x 8”L, 1” down from the top side ( 12” side). Then draw a second line through the middle of the rectangle stopping 1/2” away from each end drawing a line to the corner creating a triangle.
  3. Lay this piece on top of one Lining piece RST (Right Sides Together), centered & 1 1/4” down from top edge. Pin in place. Stitch on the outer drawn line.
  4. Cut on the center line, taking care in the corners. Carefully clip to the corners without clipping your threads.
  5. Pull Pocket Lining piece through the opening to the other side. Press it nice & flat.
  6. Place a small bead of FabriTac or double-stick tape on the RS (Right Side) of the outer edge of your zipper.
  7. With your lining piece RSU (Right Side Up), center the zipper from the back side of the opening. 
  8. Stitch approx. 1/4” around zipper opening edge. You don't have to be perfect since it will be covered. Trim the zipper length to approx. 1/2“ past the stitching.
  9. Using one of the pattern pieces ( Link found below) or measurements, cut your Overlay out of faux leather.  You can change the shape of the ends, make them straight or decide!
  10. Apply a little FabriTac glue ( or double-stick tape) to the WS ( Wrong Side) of the Overlay. Place it over your zipper area.
    ** TIPI like to mark my stitching line with chalk on the outer point edges, this helps me see where to stop at the corner and pivot.
  11. Increase your stitch length to 4.0 - 4.5. Using a zipper foot, stitch along both the outer and inner edges of the Overlay.
  12. Pull your thread tails to the back & tie them off. Voilà !!  Isn't that pretty!
  13. Continue following the rest of the pattern instructions. You can find the pattern Eve "here*.

Hope this tutorial helps you make some of your zippers special.
You can find the pattern to the overlays "here" and 
more of my patterns on Craftsy.

*A pdf version of these instruction is available for my Facebook members in file section. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017


Crazy things happen when you go on vacation.
Over the holidays we went to Zermatt Switzerland, when we came home I started playing with fabrics and before I knew it I had made these crazy shapes which looked like the mountains in Switzerland.  So I decided they would be perfect for kids! Wouldn't these be great to fill with chocolates for Easter or small toys ??

From the mountains of are the Zig -Zags!
These are not your typical pouches ...these are fun & funky!!
Not to mention they are fast to sew!!
All you need is some scraps...about 36" of a continuous zipper ( makes 2 pouches) and about an hour of your time! Zig-Zags are born !!
You are going to have so much fun making them...the testers said they were addicting !!

The Zig-Zags come with instructions for 3 versions...I am calling them the Car Park, Crayon Case & Eyeglass case but they can be used for anything you like ....

The Car Park...perfect for boys to take along their cars...
Crayon Case...who doesn't like to colour ??

 Eyeglass case or perfect for the Zentangle pens ??

The ideas for what the Zig zags can be used for is endless...
..look at the creative ideas the testers came up with ....

Christine of Bags of Bags got creative personalizing the insides ...and outsides!
 She even used fabric that had her kids & sister cool!!
Isn't that a cool sewing kit ??
Cheryl of Simply Cherabea made the lovely glasses case
Margareth of Maggie made Bags made all 3 ...which really surprised me since she said she doesn't do elastic!!LOL ...don't you love that car!!?
Bernice made these adorable ones..perfect for Easter!
Sue from Dreamscape Studio enlarged the crayon case to fit her crochet the machine embroidered design!
Cathy made the 2 cases for her grandkids and the eyegass case for herself 
Last but not least for today...
Barbara made this pretty eyeglass case. I love how she finished the zipper off with a tab & rivet!
I have more inspiration for you tomorrow.... 
In the meantime is a sneak peak of the second pattern called Tessa...this is a bigger version and she is perfect for as party bag or for a teenage.
The Zig Zag  & Tessa patterns are available on Craftsy ... 
You can can get them separately or in a money saving bundle !
They are on SALE for 48 hrs !!
Grab your copy and get in on the fun!!

Happy Sewing !!! 


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