Making Cupcakes…Oven Mitts, that is!

Check out these adorable cupcake oven mitts I made using the Susie C. Shore pattern Hot Cakes! pattern.

What a FUN pattern and unique gift making project.

For those interested, a limited number of fabric kits are available.

Vintage Lime Cupcake -- Sorry...this kit is SOLD OUT and no longer available
Purple Passion Cupcake Hot Mitt
Purple Passion Cupcake -- Sorry...this kit is SOLD OUT and no longer available
Choco Buttercream Cupcake -- Sorry...this kit is SOLD OUT and no longer available
Island Breeze Cupcake -- click image to see fabric kit

Strawberry Ecstacy Cupcake -- Sorry...this kit is SOLD OUT and no longer available

Tracy’s Tips:

I did make a few minor changes/deviations from the pattern.

Because of the bulk and layers of this project, I used the following method for preparing to turn the shapes right side out:

When trimming (after stitching the shapes as directed by the pattern), I clipped a larger than specified seam allowance around the “turning opening” only.

After I finished trimming (but before turning), I pressed the seam allowances at the “turning opening” open.  I allowed the seam allowance to cool completely and then I turned the shapes right side out and stitched the opening shut approximately 1/8th inch from the edge.

The pattern does not say to do this as far as I can tell. I imagine that is because the openings will get stitched shut by the topstitching at the very end.  However, I prefer to have the openings stitched shut before doing the topstitching thereby eliminating the possibility that bulkiness in the seams might cause the fabrics to slide and not catch all the layers in the opening.

Instead of quilting straight lines on the base layer, I quilted freehand wavy lines. I just like the whimsical look of wavy lines much better than straight lines. For me, that takes the ‘perfection’ factor out of the equation and multiplies it by fun².

Seriously though, these go together very quickly and they are so cute.  You can bet I’ll be making several sets for holiday gifts this year. This pattern is at the top of my go-to list for gift making.  I love having extra items made up for those situations where you want/need a fast hostess gift, etc.

Sew cute!  Sew fun!  And so useful in the kitchen.

Cats Amore Lily Pocket Purse

Yesterday I finished sewing my first Lazy Girl Lily Pocket Purse.  I just love this sweet girl.

She went together very nicely with no construction problems whatsoever!  Once again, Joan Hawley has outdone herself and served all her Lazy fans a special treat.  Lily makes a fantastic wardrobe accessory and she’s so easy to make, you’ll want to have several.

I LOVE, love, love the long strap that I chose (you might want to choose a shorter strap) because I like wearing my purse across the body so my hands can remain free.

Here is my first Lily — I have plans to make a 2nd soon (a Pepper Lily)

I was hurrying to take pics this morning and had difficulty with lighting (not enough natural light available yet). The fabrics do have a golden glow feeling, but not quite as golden as some of the pics may appear.

Lily Hanging up
Full view of Lily and her long strap. Lily is 'open' here -- notice the velcro closure on the inner top band.
Lily Close Up - Front
Close up of Lily's front side.
Close up of Lily's back side
Close up view of Lily's back side. My cell phone is tucked in the small exterior pocket and my pen is ready to grab whenever I need it.
A view inside Lily
A look inside Lily.

The fabrics I used to make this Lily were from the Benartex Cats Amore line .

Clutter Catchers are sew COOL!

If you have kids, chances are you may have some clutter in your car. I know I do.  My two sons constantly bringing things in the car that get swallowed up in the seat.  I finally got fed up an made a matching set of Clutter Catchers (from the SewBaby pattern of the same name).  It’s amazing how much more comfortable our ride is now that each son has a place for his video games, sunglasses, water bottle and assorted other items.

I’ve been asked how difficult they are to make.  And the answer is…not difficult at all.  The pattern is very clear.  I followed it exactly, step by step, and my clutter catchers turned out wonderfully.  They were also very easy to install and fit our seats perfectly just as the pattern stated.

If you can sew a straight seam and follow instructions step by step, you shouldn’t have any problems making this pattern up.  It does get a little bulky in some places when sewing on the pockets, so I slowed my speed and lengthened my stitch length a bit.  I didn’t have any problems at all.  The best part is the car stays cleaner and there’s virtually zero arguing over whose owns “that thing” (because they each have their own designated spaces) .

Click here to see the Clutter Catchers pattern ON SALE now at SewThankful.

Goofy Ghosts by Karen Eckmeier is Perfect for Halloween Decorating

Goofy Ghosts pattern by Karen Eckmeier

Make your own happy kaleidoscope of jack-o-lanterns, bats, ghosts and more! These ghosts are having way too much fun to scare anyone. Come join the party of black cats, pumpkins, owls, candy corn, purple bats, and broomsticks.

Simple straight-stitch applique is done at the quilting stage eliminating the need for a stabilizer. Easily adapted to your favorite method of machine or hand applique.

Finished size 25″ wide x 25″ long.

ON SALE now at SewThankful. Click here to check it out.

Click here to see more patterns by Karen Eckmeier.

My first Margo is finished!

When Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs announced that she was coming out with a new handbag pattern featuring a zipper top, I was excited.  Then I saw the pattern cover and got even more excited!

Margo Hand Bag

SEW… I started my Margo on Sunday (pre-washing, cutting & marking) and  finished her on Monday.  I love to sew, but I am not a speedy sew-er. I like to savor my passion so took my time and stopped many times (to take care of family needs, meals, etc.).  Margo was a LOT of fun to sew and definitely not complicated as long as I focused on each step I was working on.  I have a problem of reading ahead (and it gets me into trouble all the time!).

Here is my new girl:

Margo Bag
Margo - front view featuring her smart, angled front pockets.
Inside The Margo Bag
A look inside of Margo -- LOTS of fabulous pockets and plenty of room for all my stuff.

The zipper is a snap to put in. Joan has written really good instructions!  It’s so easy to produce a nicely finished bag if you follow her instructions exactly and go step-by-step. My biggest problem is staying focused & not reading ahead (yes, that often gets me into trouble–ever since I was a kid).

If you’re looking for a great handbag pattern and want one with a zipper, give Margo a try!  She is smart and beautiful.

Click here to learn more about the Margo Handbag pattern – link opens a new window.