Friday, September 30, 2011

Link Love: Some Etsy Favorites


Happy Friday! I don't know about you, but this week has flown by for us. I've been juggling two runny-nosed and poorly sleeping little dudes, along with working on a beginning inventory for my Etsy shop. I hope to launch it within a week or two, stay tuned.

Today, I thought I'd share some of my latest Etsy favorites with you!

- Whitney Smith Pottery continues to wow and inspire me with modern nature-inspired clay designs. I love pretty much everything in this shop (hint, hint, husband!).

Ceramic Leaf Platter and Lotus Bowl Set by Whitney Smith Pottery

- Check out the Quilting Acres: lots of hand dyed wool fabric, perfect for wool applique, dolls, etc. I was really drawn to the clean and clear photos of her wool!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Your Ad on Our Blog


Fall is here, and the holidays are near!

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We love handmade, vintage and repurposed. We love fabric, yarn and felt. We love sewing, crafting, making. Sounds up your alley? Shoot us an email at stumblesstitches [at] ymail [dot] com to reserve your ad spot. We look forward to working with you!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Betz White: Fab Felt Holiday Crafts blog tour!


Have you seen Betz White's newest online workshop? Fab Felt Holiday Crafts is an online course giving you step by step instructions for 7 unique holiday projects, including access to videos of Betz making each project (she is a natural on camera, and fun to watch), templates, discussion tabs, a sewing glossary and much more.

When Betz contacted us to ask if we'd be interested in participating in the blog tour for this new course, we jumped at the chance! We love Betz's projects and style. Here's a list of the blog tour stops, it started this week:

Week of September 26: Blair of Wisecraft
Week of October 3rd: A Sewing Journal
Week of October 10th: House on Hill Road
Week of October 31st: Maureen Cracknell Handmade
Week of November 7th and 14th: Stumbles & Stitches
Week of November 21st: Elsie Marley

Our projects won't be up until November, but we wanted to go ahead and share this great online workshop with you now, so you can sign up for yourself! If you aren't familiar with the platform the class is offered through, go check out Craftsy. Very impressive! The quality is outstanding.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cute Bots Lunch Bag


For Ben's return to school a couple of weeks ago, I decided to make him a lunch bag. What better fabric choice for a little boy than some adorable robots?

Bots Lunch Bag

When Ben began preschool last spring, we used a handmade but unfinished insulated bag for his snack and lunch. It was a project I'd started for the husband, messed up on, and never had the motivation to complete. It was functional but without closure or handle. Every time I packed Ben's lunch, I kept thinking "I really should make Ben a lunch bag", but kept pushing it off. With the start of school looming closer in early September, it was time to get to it!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Make Something Today (Free Download)


Good morning! It's Monday and I sure could use some motivation to get things rolling this morning. If you do too, here's a little free download to help kickstart your week.

Make Something Today

If you remember, a few months ago, I made a motivational sign that said "Make". While I appreciated its simplicity, I never wholeheartedly liked it and finally decided to change it up. I played with the font sizes and colors, and updated it to say "Make Something Today" which I find a lot more to the point and motivating.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Link Love


It's Friday! Time for links! I'll jump right in since we're headed to the zoo in just a short while.

I've recently discovered some great blogs and websites and made some new bloggy friends, and I want to share them with you.

- Rachael from the blog Imagine Gnats is a multi-talented crafter who sells adorable dollies, kids' clothing, custom designed prints and more in her Etsy shop. I love her stuff!

Fayette dollie by Imagine Gnats

- Um, how am I only now discovering Craftgawker? So cool!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Stop Sign Pillow

Good morning! Yesterday we shared our review of Stash Happy: Patchwork and mentioned that we both had been working on the hexagon project from the book. Today, I'd like to show you my finished project! I ended up making a throw pillow for the couch.

When Ben saw me working on hexagons, he asked me "Are you making a Stop sign?", I replied "Um, no", and he argued "Well, those are hexagons" (as in "don't you know that rule that all hexagons must become Stop signs"). So, to humor him, I've called this pillow the Stop Sign Pillow. I know, I know, I could have just corrected him and told him Stop signs are really octagons. This all seemed funny to me at the time, but now I'm thinking I'm just sleep-deprived and delirious. Oh well. Let's move on, shall we?

Jenny: Hexagon Pillow

Angel, do you recognize the prints? I used the scraps of Anna Maria Horner voile from your Turning Twenty quilt that you sent me forever ago! I had never worked with voile before and never made hexagons before. Leave it to me to turn something simple into something complicated. I thought I would talk a little bit about the tricks I used to make this project happen.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Tutorial: Roll-Up Tote Bag

I finally got my act together and wrote this little tutorial! It only took me, oh what, 2 months?!

Here you will find instructions to make your very own Roll-Up Tote Bag. It's a quick and easy project, and a practical and stylish item to make as a gift (or for yourself!). A roll-up tote bag is the perfect thing to stash in your purse or diaper bag. Rolled up, it takes a teeny bit of space. Simply whip it out when you need to carry groceries after an impromptu trip to the market!

As discussed in my original post, it's a pretty straightforward bag pattern and there are many like it all over the internet. I would say what makes this particular tote unique is the fact that it is reversible and uses elastic for holding the rolled up bag together.

Jenny: Roll-up Tote Bag

This is a great stash and scrap buster. I thought it was great fun to mix and match various prints for a fun overall look, with some linen thrown in of course! My tutorial includes the linen strip at the top of the bag, but you could substitute a solid or another print for a different style.

Tutorial: Roll-Up Tote Bag

Roll Up Tote Bag Tutorial

Materials needed:

- Linen: 2 pieces, each 5" x 16"
- Fabric A (handles): 2 pieces, each 21" x 4"
- Fabric B (outside of bag): 1 piece, 21" x 16" (or 2 pieces, each 11" x 16" if using directional prints)
- Fabric C (inside of bag): 1 piece, 29" x 16" (or 2 pieces, each 15" x 16" if using directional prints)
- Round cord elastic, 6 inches
- Thread in coordinating color
- Masking tape
- Sewing machine, needle, scissors, rotary mat, rottary cutter, pins, iron

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fashionable Fabrics Giveaway!


Good morning! I hope you all had a fabulous Labor Day weekend. Over here in Seattle, the weather was beautiful and we did a lot of berry picking ... and eating! My fridge and freezer are stocked with blackberries, blueberries and more. Yum!

But let's get down to business! This week, partner Fashionable Fabrics is sponsoring a giveaway for our lovely readers. For a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to their online fabric shop, check out the end of this post and leave a comment.

Fashionable Fabrics

Fashionable Fabric is a great source for the latest in fashion fabric from your favorite designers. They feature "fashion forward novelty fabric for seamstresses and crafters looking for prints and patterns that are often unavailable in traditional outlets". They recently added a bunch of prints to their Halloween and Holiday sections, so make sure and check those out. Their Sale and Remnant sections are packed full of great stuff too! I just browsed them and nearly added a dozen prints to my cart (like this one and this one and this one and...).

Friday, September 2, 2011

Link Love Friday!


Happy Friday and happy September! We have been so busy with projects and back to school activities that blog posts have been few and far between lately. Well, not to worry. We have lots of of projects to share and more fun stuff in store for this month, including a couple of giveaways. Yay!

For now, I have some recent discoveries to share...

- Design Seeds shows images and pulls the color palette for them. It is awesome color inspiration! Blogger Jessica also writes another blog, Fresh News by Seed Design Consultancy, where she gathers inspiration in broader strokes and themes. Love it!

Berry Blues by Design Seeds

- I recently stumbled upon A Cuppa and a Catchup and absolutely love her style. Lots of linen mixed with prints and some embroidery stitches thrown in.


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