Backpack - Pellon Free Backpack Pattern

I'm so proud!

This backpack was made using this FREE PATTERN from Pellon with some alterations:
  • First thing I noticed that didn't sit well with me was the depth of the bag. I wanted it to be a little smaller.
    • Making a flap for the zipper made the top more narrow
    • I took in the sides of the bottom piece to match up with the short side of the top zippered section.  
  • Adding another pocket to the side, I felt, added a nice detail. 
  • I also added an inside more secure pocket to the lining. 
  • Not having the "fusible fleece" on hand I just used interfacing for all pieces and grabbed a piece of fleece to sandwich between the layers for the straps. 

I was pretty worried that the print would be too large to look good on a backpack but went for it anyway and I'm glad I did. 

This is a Nate Berkus fabric from Joann's. Typically I would try to re-use fabric; however, I didn't have anything thick enough for this project. 

Clutch pattern by Sue Kim- DONE

After flipping through, this clutch is the only design that struck my fancy from the Bags; the modern classics book by Sue Kim. I think it turned out alright and I'll probably end up making a second or third down the line. 

The instructions are easy to follow for a beginner or seasoned seamstress. 

Fishman Dress for Baby!

Proud to show off my latest gift for a big Phish fan who has an adorable little one. 

Made from the Snappy Toddler Top Free Pattern... Thanks Pretty Prudent!

The first attempt was done without using the markings on the pattern and you can see how it may not fit properly.... The second one should fit perfectly!  


The Easy Long & Lightweight Cardigan!

I wear a lot of cardigans.  I decided it was time to start making a few myself. McCall's pattern 6996 was super easy to make and for one of my first times sewing a knit garment, I think it turned out excellent. 

I did an awful job sewing the back so I just braided a few scraps and sewed it on. After realizing that it didn't cover the biggest flaw on the back, I was forced to seam rip and re-stitch. 

It was worth the effort.

Birgitta Hahn Round Piped Pillow W/Gathered Top

An amazing friend of mine gifted me this fabric and I could tell she didn't quite want to part with it. I decided to make her a little something out of it as a thank you and so she could still enjoy it.   

The free pattern from was super easy and I love the way it turned out.