Wrapping up a Sweet Valentine

Snack Size — beautifully holds just a few home-baked oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

For me, it’s all about beautiful, functional simplicity and sharing love from the heart.

I’ve always loved handmade and home-baked gifts. Both giving them and receiving them. That’s how my Sew TracyLee FabMagic Wrap sewing pattern idea was born. Isn’t she pretty!?!!

The pattern offers 4 sizes that are loosely based off of common plastic food storage bag sizes. The snack size is wonderful for making a lot of gifts quick as just one batch of cookies should yield several gifts (depending on the batch and cookie size). For example, the picture above shows 4 cookies (heaping tablespoon of dough per cookie) made from a single batch that nets 3 dozen. That makes a total of 36 cookies and divides out to 9 gifts from just one batch of cookies! And, since you can make 3 snack size wrappers out of just 1/4 yard of fabric (assuming 42″ wide fabric), you’ll be stunned at how economical these pretty and delicious gifts will be to make.

SEW…this Valentine’s Day (which is just a week from today!) I’m wrapping up a bunch of snack size sweet Valentine gifts for family, friends and neighbors.

My oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are shown in the picture above, but you could choose to use almost any cookies you love to make. Voila! With the snack size wrapper, you’ll be able to give delicious home-baked treats that are just the right amount of sweet packaged in beautiful, hand-made, re-usable fabric wraps.

How does it look all wrapped up? I’m so glad you asked. What do you think?

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!

As always, I genuinely welcome and appreciate constructive comments and feedback. Please remember that to protect viewers from spammers, spam-bots and nastiness, I have security settings that require me to approve each comment individually. Since I can’t be online 24/7, it may take a minute for your comment to appear.

Are you “IN” for the Jaybird Quilts Journey to Nebula?

Have you heard? Are you IN?

First things first. What is Nebula?

Nebula is a super GORGEOUS Block of the Month Quilt pattern/program from Jaybird Quilts that is due to be released in 2021.

Sew…what’s the Journey to Nebula?

I’m so glad you asked.

Journey to Nebula is a FREE sew along program* hosted by Jaybird Quilts pattern designer, Julie Herman. This sew along is designed specifically to prepare you for the upcoming Nebula Block of the Month pattern in 2021 (Nebula is pictured above/left).

*NOTE: Other than the cost of the rulers, patterns, and materials, there is no additional cost to sign up or participate in Jaybird’s Journey to Nebula sew along.

WHY should you do this? Because you don’t want to miss the opportunity to sew along and learn with Julie. PLUS!!!! Jaybird is also offering Plus! ++ Exclusive bonus content for everyone that signs up. But you’ve got to sign up (scroll to bottom of this post for the link to sign up information).

If you haven’t signed up already, you’ll need to sign up. The link to Jaybird’s blog post with sign up instructions can be found at the bottom of this past).

You’ll also want to follow along on Instagram at @journey2nebula, and use the #journey2nebula to share your posts with Jaybird Quilts and be featured in the @journey2nebula posts.

What’s this all about?

As the anticipation grows for the arrival of the Jaybird Quilts Nebula Block of the Month quilt Julie wants to help you use the time to get comfortable with the tools and techniques that you’ll put to work making Nebula in 2021.

Yes, SEW Along With Jaybird Julie…from your home!

That’s right you’ll sew together with Julie through the end of 2020 using a series of tutorials and patterns to get you prepared for Nebula. The goal is to help you familiarize yourself with using the Hex N More & Super Sidekick (or Sidekick) rulers, cutting, & piecing shapes from the rulers. On the Journey to Nebula, Julie will help you work through specially selected small, approachable patterns so that when Nebula hits quilt shops in 2021 you are totally ready to get into it.

BUILD YOUR SKILLS and have a blast during Julie’s Journey to Nebula sew along! Julie’s dedicating two weeks to each skill building pattern.

What’s even better? Other than the cost of the rulers, patterns, and materials, there is no additional cost to sign up or participate in Jaybird’s Journey to Nebula sew along.

If you don’t have the required Journey to Nebula patterns yet…

We are offering a special Pre-Launch Party Pack (image above) that includes all 6 of the patterns you’ll use on the Journey To Nebula sew along with Julie. You can grab all 6 patterns at a special PRE-ORDER price with just one click.

NOTE: Pre-Launch Party Pack Price is valid 8/9/2020 – 8/15/2020. Estimated shipping date is 8/24/2020.

If you need just one or two of the patterns and/or the rulers, click here to select the individual items you need.

Additional NOTE: IF you don’t have the rulers and/or you don’t want to buy the rulers, template images are included in all of the selected patterns (and in the upcoming Nebula BOM so you can make your own) BUT… the rulers will make it SO much easier and yes, they are totally worth it! Jaybird rulers are not one-hit wonders. There are MANY patterns that use Hex N More, Super Sidekick (or Sidekick).

SEW…are you “IN”?

Click here to read more of the specifics on Jaybird’s Journey to Nebula program as well as a detailed schedule.

Click the image below to go to the program sign up form — you can also find the link on the program details page linked above.

FINISHED: Twister Sofa Back Pillows Re-Cover Project

With all that’s going on in the world right now, I must admit that I found it very difficult to focus and force myself to finish this Twister Pillows sofa back pillows re-cover project. That said, I am so very glad I did.

Pushing through the daily madness and finding my rhythm in sewing and quilting the new pillow covers was actually quite healing. I guess because I was doing something that I “COULD DO” instead of worrying and being caught up in the insanity. And at the end of the day, I had something to show for it.

Quick recap. Here’s the BEFORE sofa look:

Here is the AFTER:

As mentioned previously, I needed to make my pillow covers larger than the pattern so I simply enlarged the borders. I also decided to apply a scrappy binding instead of the prescribed “turning” method which would have been OK, but I love the look of the scrappy binding.

The Twister Pillows pattern offered directions for two methods of closure on the back: Envelope Style and Zipper Closure. I opted for the zipper closure and I really like the professional feel and finish. Here are a few shots of that:

Twister Pillow Back Side – Zipper Closure Finish
Twister Pillow Back Side Zipper Detail
Zipper Detail Close-Up

There you have it!

I loved the process of making my Twister Pillows! In fact, after I finish a couple other small projects, I would really like to design and make a coordinating Twister Table Runner to put on our coffee table that sits in front of the sofa.

What do you think?

Do the new pillow covers improve the look of our living room?

Have you ever made Twister Pillows or any projects using the Lil Twister Tool?

I’d love to hear your constructive comments and sharing below!