Swaddle Blanket

Since I’ve been in the garden I haven’t had much time for sewing. With a co-workers approaching baby shower, I decided to make a swaddle blanket. I’ve always wanted to sew with gauze and have seen tutorials on double gauze swaddle blankets. The gauze I purchased came with self binding instructions, but this tutorial by Purl Soho gives you the same steps I followed to make my swaddle blanket.

I trimmed the edges to make the blanket even, but most tutorials will have you square the fabric for easy swaddling. Since I only trimmed, my blanket was rectangular in shape and slightly larger than most. You can easily fold it smaller and still swaddle baby or use the larger gauzy blanket as a nursing cover, stroller cover, tummy time blanket, and more! Such a perfect blanket for a summer time baby. Gauze is light, soft, and breathable. The double rolled hem was a breeze and the finished blanket was quick and simple to make.

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Rolled up and finished with a burlap bow ❤

Fabric: Hedgerow Bouquet in Cream by Riley Blake Designs

SAL Update 1.29

Hi friends! I’m excited about this post because I get to share with you my latest creation that was specifically made for my hand sewing projects. While I didn’t get much of the actual stitching done on my cross stitch, I was able to complete my Portable Portfolio by The Creative Thimble. I’ve been carrying around my project in a vanilla folder and zip lock baggie. The pattern, along with the fabric, was purchased at the International Quilt Festival last year and I’ve been eager to get this project complete so I can retire the folder 🙂



There’s a little more shimmer in person. I love the gold kitty faces and the matching gold ribbon I selected for the handles. As you can see, there are two main vinyl pockets and two smaller zip pockets that are sewn in down the middle. Adding the vinyl was probably my most challenging step in the pattern and I even had to modify it a little to fit properly, but you really can’t tell where 🙂 This was a day long project and now the sewing room needs some cleaning!

Looking forward to seeing how everyone in the SAL group is progressing on their projects! Join me by clicking on the member blog links below:

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Susan, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Wendy, Linda, Catherine

Happy Stitching!


Cloth Napkins

One sewing goal has been marked off my to-do list! My first completion for 2017 are my cloth napkins and tea towels.

Towards the end of 2016 my husband and I had decided to use less plastic (not only for the environment, but for our health too), consume more organic, recycle more, and just be weary of the chemicals found in everyday personal and household products. I bought some organic cotton yardage before the new year so I could make cloth napkins and kitchen towels. Lucky for us, there are some wonderful fabric manufacturers that offer these selections in beautiful and trendy prints! For the cloth napkins, I went with some fun prints and colors. For the tea towels, I went with a gingham print. I’ve made cloth napkins before, but in the past I used two pieces of fabric, a cotton print top and muslin back. This time I found a different pattern using just one piece of fabric, with mitered corners and a rolled hem….which actually may have been more work, but both variations give a different end result in the look and feel of the napkin.You can find the mitered corner fabric napkin tutorial here. A 1/2 yard of fabric made two 16″ square napkins.

Here’s the first set I made. I LOVE the vintage lemon print! The wine and green prints have a bit of gold shimmer as well.

The second set using more masculine colors.

For the tea towels, I bought a yard of each color and made 4 to a set.

They took me a couple of weekends to complete, but we’ve been using them all! Very happy with how they turned out. On to the next project! Speaking of which, today mom and I went fabric shopping at our favorite shop, which is closing doors in a couple of months. We’re so sad to see them go. They are liquidating their inventory so there was some great discounts! I decided to shop for my next commission, a king-size quilt…I’ve never made anything so big! At 30% off a yard I couldn’t resist getting everything I needed now. Here’s a sneak peak at the fabric selection. Books were 40% off and so I started here to find the pattern. The book I found, Think Big, uses 18″ blocks to create various sizes of quilts from baby to king. Perfect!


I’ll be working on this commission and my UFO Batik Quilt simultaneously. Stay tuned for more updates on these projects 🙂