Sew TracyLee Designs Introduces: FabMagic Gift Wrap pattern

I’m over the moon with excitement to announce the birth of my newest pattern, FabMagic Gift Wrap, RE-USABLE fabric gift wrappers with a beautiful built-in ribbon.

Everybody loves beautifully gift wrapped packages. But who loves throwing away all that pretty wrapping paper (money) every year? Not me. Who likes storing wrapping paper in a closet and it gets all wrinkled and crumpled by the next time we need it? Not me.

Sew…NOW is the perfect time to change the way we gift and save both time and money in the long run.

Most of us already have tons (literally?) of gorgeous quilting cotton fabrics in our stash that would make incredible gift wrapping. But how do we use it and make the package look sleek and professional without using pins or everything going wonky? The answer is my new FabMagic Gift Wrap sewing pattern.

The pattern includes 4 sizes that are loosely based on common food storage bag sizes: snack, sandwich, quart and gallon. So it’s the perfect wrap for gifting a variety of your homemade baked goods as well as small, soft items such as socks, hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts and more. Depending on the size wrapper you choose to make, you could make several from one half yard of 42″ wide quilting cotton fabric.

The finished FabMagic Gift Wrappers are washable, press-able, RE-USABLE and bound to be collectible. There are no exposed raw edges, so the finished wrap looks sleek and professional. They’re gonna last for YEARS of repeated use. Simply sew up a stack to have ready to wrap…and, once you’re ready to wrap, you’ll discover that wrapping time is cut in less than half because you simply insert gift, fold over flap, wrap ribbon around and tie a bow. BOOM…you’re done. No measuring paper, no paper ripping, no tape, no fuss. It’s almost magic. It’s FabMagic!!!

We are offering an Introductory Special Sale Price this week only (special ends 1/30/2021), so you’ll want to be sure to grab yours ASAP! Click here for a closer look…

There’s Something Good Coming…

A little sneak peek…

In addition to working on ways to produce more videos and facebook live events, I’ve been super busy designing and pattern writing and I SOOO want to burst at the seams from excitement of nearing completion and release of this pattern.

Sew TracyLee – authenticity contemplated: I’ve had so many designs bottled up inside me for so many years but struggled with how to best capture and release them. Often times I find my ideas run at cross purposes with popular culture and this complicates things. Let me explain.

For example, I absolutely love recycling, up-cycling and re-purposing. This obviously runs counter to a “buy it now for the cheapest price possible,” “dispose and buy more” society. I suspect some of you may have similar feelings? Sew…

One theme you will see recurring in my new patterns is encouragement to “use what you have” on hand to make something beautiful, something useful, something to give or share. My designs will NOT be all about buying the latest fabric line (not that there is anything wrong with that either if you can afford it–pushing that is just not where my heart is right now).

My new designs are intended to be about investing a tiny bit of time, a little bit of thoughtfulness and genuine love to create something beautiful that will last–hopefully using mostly what you may already have on hand. Bonus points if you use it to share your love of sewing with others (children, grandchildren or friends who might want to learn how to sew).

Other themes you will see in my coming designs are utility, usefulness and combining passions to complement each other. I’m not a fancy girl. Let me be abundantly clear here, there’s NOTHING wrong with fancy girls, I’m just not one of them. So my designs will not be super elaborate and fancy; though I hope many will be pretty and offer some beauty/enhancement to utility.

Last but not least, most of my new designs will be smaller projects that will be relatively quick and easy to complete while making great gifts for friends and family.

Are you curious about what’s to come? I hope you’ll stay tuned. The next Sew TracyLee pattern will be coming very soon!

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M’s Quilt Got Finished, Shipped and has been RECEIVED!

Yes! I got the quilting finished, the binding on and shipped it off! OK…so, yes, I know this is not the best picture ever but it gives you an idea of the finished quilt after washing and drying.

The quilting was intentionally done in wonky echo style so no I’m not worried about imperfections. It was made to be imperfect because I am human and imperfect–but it completely captures my love and wishes for M. Also, I didn’t want M’s mama to think she had to “save” the quilt. You see, this quilt was made especially to be a drag around, build a fort, make a tent, fly on a magic carpet, love-it-to-death and wear it out quilt. It’s all puffy, squishy and full of love for my sweet M. The multi-colored King Tut quilting thread is so bright. The thread absolutely POPS and give the quilt so much fun energy.

M’s mama reported back that he LOVES it and it is his new favorite thing that he has to take everywhere. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! I’m so glad I kicked my perfection paralysis to the curb on this project!

What do you think?

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A Quilt for M and Overcoming My Perfection Paralysis

M is my beautiful grandson. M will turn 3 soon. Can you believe I still haven’t made a quilt for him? This is shocking and almost criminal, I know.

Out of respect for M, his parent and our privacy concerns for them, I won’t be sharing pictures of him/them or any additional details about M himself.

But I want to use this occasion to share a personal secret with you. I suffer from a hideous disease called Perfection Paralysis.

Have you ever experienced this? It’s when you find yourself unable to perform the “ideas” that are in your head and begging to come out because you are afraid they won’t come out as perfectly as you imagine. BECAUSE…as long as they stay ideas in your mind they are perfect. But what ends up happening is that you don’t make many of the things you really want to create. M’s Quilt is a perfect example of this. He’s turning 3 and still no quilt has been made by me. This is OUTRAGEOUS to me and I’m fed up. I’m done with this disease.

Ugh. I’m the only one who can take action to cure it, you know. And one thing that’s become clear to me through all the stuff that’s happening in the world right now is that I no longer have time or luxury of allowing Perfection Paralysis a place in my life. So here I am, baring my soul in hopes that maybe I can help someone else free themselves of this hideous disease.

Sew…I turned this into a challenge for myself.

The challenge was to make a more “modernish” style quilt that has a lot of negative space (note: negative space is the space between, within and surrounding an object in an image) and to use ONLY the solid fabrics that I currently have on hand. This quilt will be a utilitarian/drag around cuddle quilt. I have removed any expectations of myself and I am creating and sewing with abandon as ideas come to me.

SEW…The picture above shows approximately 18″ of the bottom right corner of the quilt top. The M was cut out from pieced 1inch strips of many solid fabrics. I cut the M and fused it on. I will stitch it down with a durable zigzag/satin stitch. The colorful 1/2inch finished strip at the bottom was pieced into a floating border (and there is a mirror image of it at the top left side of the quilt top). It’s funny, I mused as I was sewing the colorful strips into the floating borders that they reminded me of military service ribbons.

As of right now, I plan to do either simple straight line or whimsical wavy line quilting across the quilt using my domestic sewing machine. I have always loved closely quilted horizontal straight line quilting. Fingers crossed and saying my prayers that I will get this thing finished, bound and sent off to M this week. Please send good thoughts my way.

Sew…my friends…what do you think? Do you have any thoughts or feedback? Constructive comments and feedback are always welcome! Please know that to protect you from seeing unwanted spam garbage I do have to approve each comment before it will post so there may be a delay in seeing your comment appear.

And Sew On…Reigniting Passion

Life is funny.

You can love something so much all your life and yet one day you wake up and find yourself in a rut. Tired. Burned out. It’s not that you–and by you, I mean me–hate what you’re doing. You still love it way down deep inside, it’s just not quite the same anymore. What used to hold so much excitement now feels lackluster and dull.

Shhhh….I’m going to tell you a secret. This happened to me with sewing and quilting. YIKES!!!!

Don’t get me wrong. I still love it.  I’m not leaving. I plan to be around for a long, long time.  But the same old stuff just wasn’t lighting me up like before.  I felt like something was missing. I needed something….more.

But…what?  I reflected a long, long time. I resisted an even longer time.  And then…I surrendered. Meet my new best friend, Buelah.

  • B – is for Brave, together we will bravely explore new territory.
  • U – is for (virtually) unbreakable…quite literally, she is an industrial machine.
  • E – is for exquisite stitches sewn, strong and straight.
  • L – is for love, my love for creating beautiful new items out of old stuff that would otherwise go into the trash.
  • A – is for able, because together we are.
  • H – is for happiness and the joy that has been returned!

Buelah is a Juki DU-1181N, single-needle, straight stitch, top and bottom feed industrial sewing machine. She is truly a WORK HORSE! She comes with a high capacity M bobbin, has her own Servo motor, and can sew up to 2,000 stitches a minute (not that we ever get close to that!). She has a max stitch length of 9mm and even has her own sexy knee lifter that can lift her presser foot up to 15mm.

Right about now you’re probably asking what on earth possessed me to purchase this machine. The short answer to that is: Bike Tubes.

As you may–or may not–know, I love recycling UP-cycling old bike tubes (and other things) into useful items. Yes, it’s true. I was able to sew bike tube on my domestic machine…but not without a lot of fiddling, prepping and babying because that machine was NOT made to sew rubber. Buelah? Well…she sews rubber like butter, baby. The truth is that–before I made the decision to get Buelah–I knew I was killing my domestic machine. That made me really sad. So I realized what I was doing was really limiting myself not doing the sewing/work that I crave the most because of course I couldn’t bear to kill my domestic sewing machine. I love her.

What have I created so far?  These are just a couple items. Several more prototypes are in the works.

UP-cycled Bike Tube and UP-cycled Bike Map Cell-Phone Wallet/Pouch gift I made for a dear cycling friend from the southern part of New Mexico
Inside of the UP-cycled Bike Tube/Bike Map Cell-Phone Wallet Pouch.
The patch pocket is an original block print by Tammy Schurr, my very dear friend and Adventure Cycling Event Director/Tour Leader.
Minimalist UP-cycled Bike Tube Zip Pouch
Minimalist Zip Pouch
Lined with UP-cycled DenimJeans

Sew what’s the point of all this?  Here are 3 points I can share right now: 

  • Exploration of my passion to recycle/UP-cycle old materials into something new, useful and beautiful through sewing.
  • Diversification of business for SewThankful. I will be sewing and selling a limited number of finished UP-cycled bike related items. Many bike friends and associates have asked me to sew and SELL my creations. This will be a new adventure and I am excited to see where it takes me.
  • Vehicle for development of new Sew TracyLee Designs patterns. The patterns will be adjusted and written for sewing quilting cottons and traditional fabrics.

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