Introducing The Canny Tunic

Canny Cover

I am very excited about the release of my latest pattern The Canny Tunic. I originally designed this pattern for myself a little over a year ago, when I did my first  Six Month Challenge. I need a comfortable, quick to sew top that looked great. I have it in about 10 different colors. I love wearing it with skinny jeans or tights. It can be styled so many ways.  It is now available in sizes xxs-3x. It is sure to be an asset to you wardrobe and sewing pattern collection.

The Canny Tunic will be on Sale for $5.00 until 12/14.You  can purchase your copy of The Canny Tunic on Craftsy  or here.
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Here are some things at sewers have to say about The Canny Tunic:

“The canny tunic is so comfortable and not to mention a breeze to make! It only took me an hour and a half to make this one of a kind tunic that looks like it came from an upscale boutique. I see myself living in this tunic during the winter.”-Lauren L.

“This is a easy sew resulting in a fabulous garment. The instructions are clear and precise and the pattern is easy to put together. I highly recommend this pattern for beginner sewist and those new to sewing knits..-Fran J.

“This pattern just might be quickest pattern to sew in my library of patterns! Very comfy and so simple. The perfect top for beginners or those knew to knits to start.”- Heather T.

“Simple yet amazing pattern every girl needs in there collection.” Athyena L.



Lastly, here I am in one of my many Canny Tunics.












10 Minute Hand Warmer Tutorial


Hello Everyone!

What I have for you today, is a great last minute gift idea. These are really fun and really quick to make. It is a great project to do with kids for teachers and family. We will be making some this weekend.  What also makes them great is they are functional and fun and almost free to make. Most of you, already have everything you need to make them in your home right now.


Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop

Hi Everyone, remember last week’s announcement about resliced by Jordan’s Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop? Well, today’s my day! I’m so excited to share with you some of my favorite handmade gift tutorials as well as some of my favorite handmade businesses (and events that help bring them to you!).

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Washable Drawing Pad Tutorial



Hello Everyone!

Today I am sharing with you a tutorial that I wrote this summer for a feature on Sew McCool’s blog. These drawing pads are a fun and easy gift to make. So, I thought this would be a great time to reshare here at here incase, any of you that might be looking for some fun kids gifts to make(kids can make them, too).  Another great thing about this project is it could be done without a sewing machine.

I first made this project for my daughter years ago. She is constantly drawing and I found myself overwhelmed with the amount of drawings/paper we were accumulating. We tried those dry erase pads but were not satisfied with how easily it rubbed off on every thing.

Now, we have a solution that is quick and easy to make. You can easily change the size of your books based on your ideas and needs. The size in the tutorial is nice for on the go. It can easily fit in a bag or purse and great for the car. This notepad in to a gift just add a couple of markers. I typically add 2 -3 markers per drawing pad by splitting a package of markers up between gifts.


Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop – starting next week!

Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop – starting next week!

Next week I’ll be joining 5 crafty bloggers to participate in a Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop hosted by resliced by Jordan!

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The series will start on Monday, December 1 and run through next Friday, December 5, 2014.

Here’s how it will work:

Each day one blogger will share with you links to some of her favorite handmade gift tutorials. In addition, we’ll also share with you some handmade shops we’re looking forward to supporting (hello, gift ideas!) and some local craft fairs and other events where you can support local artisans this season.

Here’s the schedule:

Monday: Jordan of resliced by Jordan

  • Jordan is a full-time data nerd with a fierce passion for making things by hand. She owns a small handmade business called resliced where she focuses on upcycling to create one-of-a-kind jewelry and purses. Read more about Jordan here.
    • Jordan’s favorite crafts include: sewing (mostly bags & occasionally garments), jewelry making, calligraphy and just about anything else!

Tuesday: MaryAnn of Life is a Maker Faire

  • MaryAnn spends her days training teachers to better utilize technology in the classroom. To escape the Monday-Friday grind, MaryAnn makes cards and other paper goods for her handmade business, M.A.S.W. Designs. Read more about MaryAnn here.
    • MaryAnn’s favorite crafts include: Anything paper – cards, treat bags, banners, etc; Sewing; Baking- cookies, cakes, or any sweets.

Wednesday: Rachel of Sew Happily Ever After

  • Rachel spends her days chasing children around the classroom as an elementary teacher and her evenings chasing her adorable toddler around (and she’s got another little one on the way!). From making you a custom t-shirt quilt to sewing up some seriously impressive clothing – you name it, Rachel can sew it! Read more about Rachel here.
    • Rachel’s favorite crafts include: sewing garments (womens & girls), home decor sewing, and quilting – anything with fabric and thread! Rachel also enjoys photography and cooking.

Thursday: Addie of Addie K.

  • From a wedding dress to a 20 foot boat cover, Addie has been there and sewed that! Addie has been sewing for more than 20 years and has spent the last half of those teaching others to sew – at The Art Institute of Charlotte, at Midlands Technical College starting in the spring, and she’s even available for private lessons! In addition, Addie is also a talented pattern designer. Read more about Addie here.
    • Addie’s favorite crafts include: sewing clothing, quilting, embroidery, kid-friendly crafts and upcycling / finding creative ways to reuse things.

Friday: Shanika of Life is Pichey AND Emily of Butterfly Vintage

  • Shanika loves to craft so much that she founded Gather & Craft as a way to encourage members of the community to come together and create (gather and craft). Recently, Shanika started offering her handmade goods to the public through her new shop, Sebastian Harper. Read more about Shanika here.
    • Shanika’s favorite crafts include: anything fiber related, sewing (hand and machine), knitting, crocheting, natural dyeing.
  • Emily is a former art teacher turned vintage fashion expert {browse her shop on Etsy}. In addition to stocking my closet full of vintage clothes, Emily is also a graphic designer with Sandra Mack Studio. Read more about Emily here.
    • Emily’s favorite crafts include: painting, repurposing, minimal sewing, paper crafts, garlands and anything that incorporates vintage material.


I hope you’ll “hop” around and support the other bloggers participating – subscribe to their blogs, like their Facebook pages and share the love with these gals!

Continue to support handmade businesses by following Columbia’s Etsy Market Team on Facebook where you’ll stay in the loop with upcoming events and all things crafty in Columbia.

Pattern Tester Call: Canny Tunic and Dress Sizes XXS-3X




Update11/16:Test Call Now Closed

Hello Everyone! I am looking for  just few more testers for my newest pattern The Canny. I need testers for sizes XXS, Medium, Large, XL, 2X, and 3x. There are no small spots left. Below is the size chart. Please chose your size based on you bust measurement. The dress option for the Canny is not pictured but will have the same silhouette with length extended to the knee. You can apply here:

You must be able to complete the test by November 24th at midnight. The test will start on the 18th. You will be notified no later than Monday Morning if you have been chosen.



Thank you for you interest and I appreciate all of you who apply!! If you have any question concerning The Canny Pattern Test, please feel free to email me

Happy Sewing!!


Introducing The Rylee Dress Pattern


Well, today is a very exciting day for me! The Rylee Dress PDF Pattern is now released.  I am excited to share with the world, our go to favorite dress.

I designed the Rylee Dress about 2 years ago for my daughter. She is very picky about the way clothes feels on her skin, especially seams. She prefers knit fabric and absolutely despises back seams and  zippers. I designed The Rylee Dress to be comfortable, as it is cute.

When I was brainstorming ideas, I also knew that I needed a dress that could be sewn very quickly. My daughter often request new dresses and most with little notice of when she wants to wear them. Although, I may have a background in design and the ability to sew just about anything, my lifestyle just does not allow that. I need a design that I could get done and on her in approximately an hour.

I know that you will love sewing this dress, as much as I do. It is sure to become you go to dress, too.


Rylee Dress Pattern Tester Call!!!UPDATE

Pattern Testers Wanted!!!

Due to the amazing response to my pattern test call, I have now closed the call! I am both overwhelmed and extremely excited by all the wonderful people that applied. Thank you so much for your interest and please sign up form my newsletter and follow me on blogloving for an exclusive blog reader Rylee Dress Coupon Code. This pattern is scheduled to released the second week in November. Thanks again!!!



7 Tips for Machine Sewing Knits.

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Many people are under the perception that you need a serger to create great knit wear. Well, that just is not so. Honestly, I do love my serger but there are times, when I do not want to change 4 cones of thread to make one garment or times when my serger is out of commission. Here are some simple tips that I use to get great results using my basic sewing machine. Don’t think you can’t sew knit because you totally can. Sewing knits is so much fun once you get the hang of it. It can be significantly more forgiving than woven fabric and there is a lot less seam finishing. I hope these 7 tips for machine sewing knits will help you love to sew knits, too.


Button Size Guide Printable

If you are like me, you have bags and jars full of random buttons and no idea what size they are. I particularly like to collect and reuse vintage buttons on clothing. I needed an easy to access button size guide to use as reference to easily find out the size of the buttons I wanted to use. I made myself a handy little reference to print and decided to share it with you.


You can print a PDF version that is to scale, by clicking HERE.


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