Valentine's Drawstring Bag

Just stopping by today to say Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you're all doing well and surrounded by love today (and everyday).

If you're looking for a quick finish project to gift to someone you love today, I whipped up this adorable little Lined Drawstring Bag with a heart block panel earlier today. You can find links to the patterns / tutorials I used below :)

First, I made a 6" heart block using Cluck Cluck Sew's Free Heart Block Tutorial. Personally, I wish I would have made the 5" or 4" block then added some sashing instead so the entire heart was showcased on the bag - just a tip. Depending on the size of bag you're making, you could make various sized hearts using her tutorial.

Then, I made a "Snack" size bag using Jeni Baker's Lined Drawstring Bag pattern. It's the perfect size for storing washi tapes, extra thread spools, small skeins of yarn, mini charm packs, and more! You could also fill it with candy and other treats and gift to your Valentine :)

In other news... I have recently had tension issue with my Janome 3160QDC (its brand new) when using large Aurifil thread spools. After doing some digging through sewing machine forums and such, I found that Janome makes a Special Spool Holder Cap for large thread spools like the one pictured above - it works like a charm!!! And it was inexpensive... so if you're also someone to has issues using Aurifil with your Janome machine and get thread breakage, bird nests, etc please check this out!

That's all I've got for today, Happy Valentines Day to you and yours! :)

Over The Rainbow Pattern!

I've got a brand new easy pattern to share with you today! Meet the Over The Rainbow block!

Take the stress out of piecing curved panels with this easy to assemble Over The Rainbow pattern. You'll be amazed at how fast these blocks come together when you can use simple foundation paper piecing to put your rainbow blades together as opposed to traditional piecing!

I've provided a coloring sheet to help you plan your block, included tips & tricks for paper piecing and curved piecing, as well as an easy to understand assembly diagram. It's so quick I whipped up one of these in less than an hour!

Click here to buy it on Craftsy or Payhip

Block finishes at 7" x 16"
but can be trimmed down to a smaller size if preferred.

Pattern Includes:
- 6 page PDF with printable pattern pieces.
- Coloring sheet
- Assembly diagram
- Tips and tricks and fabric requirements included
- Background leaves room for embroidering names, quotes, clouds, stars, and more!
- Unique rectangular block instead of traditional square block.

Assumes knowledge of foundation paper piecing and curved seams.

*This pattern comes with basic instructions and pattern pieces only. It is not a step-by-step foundation paper piecing or curved seam tutorial for beginners. Must have some knowledge to assemble.

Click here to buy it on Craftsy or Payhip

Sweet Sprinkles Mug Mug: FREE Tutorial

Today I want to share with you this delicious Sweet Sprinkles Mug Rug Tutorial! 

I actually had the idea for this mug rug design a few days ago when trying to come up with as many different ways as possible to use teeny tiny little scraps that are leftover from various projects. If you've visited my blog before, you'll know I aim to be as waste-free as possible with my fabric usage.

What you'll need...

  • 30-35 tiny scraps approx. 1/4" wide by 1/2" long.
  • 1 - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" white fabric
  • 1 - 6" x 9" background fabric (I used linen)
  • 1 - 7 1/2" x 10 1/2" backing / binding fabric
  • rotary cutter / scissors, basic sewing supplies
  • Optional: FREE Mug Rug Tags


1. Grab your piece of white "icing" fabric and draw curvy lines along the outside edges with a marking tool, then use scissors or a rotary cutter to trim off excess fabric.

2. Center the icing fabric ontop of your background piece (again, I used linen) and appliqué the icing to the background fabric. I chose to do raw edge applique, but you can use a blanket or zig zag stitch.

3. With approx. 30-35 pieces of scraps, set your straight stitch length to 2.2 or 2.4. Next, you're going to place the scraps ontop of the white appliquéd "icing" fabric one at a time and stitch them down. Simple stitch a straight line down the center of each piece, backstitching at the start and stop points.

4.  Once all pieces are stitched down use a ruler to trim your entire piece to 6" x 9" and straighten up any skewed edges.

5. Next, spray baste your top appliquéd piece and center it ontop of your backing fabric. Baste the entire outside edge of your top piece with a 1/4" seam. When you're done trim your backing piece so that it is exactly 1" wider than your top piece.

"Cheater binding" instructions coming up next..

6. Now we'll begin binding our mug rug using the excess backing fabric. Start by folding the raw edge of the backing piece on one long side of the mug rug over so it touches the edge of the top appliquéd piece, then fold again and clip as show above in the last photo on the right. Repeat with the opposite side of the mug rug.

7. For the corners you'll want to fold each one inward at an angle on your short sides. Then you'll fold the raw edge of the backing piece on that side over once, then twice, just like in step 7. Repeat with all four corners and secure binding clips or pins.

8. Stitch the top of the binding down as close to the edge as possible and you're finished!

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial! The color and design options are endless, you could do so many different sweet combinations! 

Thanks for stopping by :)