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Urban Scandinavian Sewing Bloggers Book Tour {& Giveaway}

Urban-Scandinavian-SewingToday is my stop on the Urban Scandinavian Sewing Bloggers Book Tour! The book tour runs for two weeks through Monday, August 31, and I’m joining five other talented sewing bloggers to share Kirstyn Cogan’s new book, Urban Scandinavian Sewing, available for purchase at C&T publishing and Amazon.

I really enjoyed looking through this book and trying to decide what project I’d like to make from it. I finally settled on the Drafty Door Decor project, because we get a lot of snow and cold in the winter, and our door is a bit drafty, so it seemed meant to be {in hindsight though, trying to take a photo of such a long, narrow project is very difficult! I did my best!}

Urban-Scandinavian-Sewing-Drafty-Door-Decor-1The project in the book called for felt, but I decided Moda Mochi Linen Dot and Aqua Cross Weave would look great with my living room. Plus, I love the woven look of the fabrics.

Urban-Scandinavian-Sewing-Drafty-Door-Decor-2I did a zig zag stitch around my teardrop shapes, since I knew my fabrics would fray, but I used a coordinating thread to help the thread blend in.

Urban-Scandinavian-Sewing-Drafty-Door-Decor-3This project came together fairly quickly, the directions were easy to follow. Now I’m thinking I need to make a second one for my other door.

Urban-Scandinavian-Sewing-Drafty-Door-Decor-4In addition to the beautiful, minimalist projects, the book contains a collection of recipes and Scandinavian inspiration. I just love the clean look of all the projects and the photography in the book is just gorgeous.

Here’s the schedule for the rest of the blog hop:


Nicole from Modern Handcraft

Hilary from Young Texan Mama

Nicole from Snips Snippets


Jennie from Clover & Violet

Tessa from The Sewing Chick

Alli from More Please Thank You

Be sure to also visit Kirstyn’s blog , as she’ll be sharing round-ups of all the stops each week so you’ll be sure not to miss a thing!

Enter to Win A Copy of Urban Scandinavian Sewing!

As part of the book tour, Kirstyn is giving away copy of her book and a FQ bundle of her new fabric line, Urban Scandinavian, that is shipping to fabric stores near you next month, to two lucky winners! Enter below in the rafflecopter giveaway, open through midnight, August 30.

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Patterns in the Works {August}

Hazel-Pouch-LargeI really want to thank everyone who voiced their opinion about blogging vs. Instagram! Honestly, comments have been low over the last several months, so it seemed like not very many people were interested in reading. While I don’t want to be begging for comments, at the same time, it is the best way for me to gauge readership for new blog posts. So, if something is particularly interesting to you, or a certain type of post is your favorite, the best way to let me know is to leave a comment. I put my time where the interaction is, and I’d love for there to be more here.

Anyway, back to the projects! Because, I know that’s what you’re here for. Above you can see the new pouch pattern I’m working on, the Hazel pouch trio. I’m really excited about Bonnie & Camille’s new line of fabric, Hello Darling. It reminds me a lot of Ruby, one of their older lines and I sewed with a lot! These pouches are a little different than some of the others I made before, so I am excited to show some new techniques. Now I just need to find the time to write out the pattern!

You-Are-Enough-HoopI’ve also been working on a new embroidery pattern lately too, my friend Jenny sent me this quote on a postcard and I love it! I thought it would be perfect to hang in my girl’s room, so they’ll be encouraged as they get older too!

Garden Bicycle EmbroideryI’ve also been stitching up a new version of my Garden Bicycle Embroidery, which I finally added to the shop. I stitched this up a couple years ago, and have updated pattern covers, so I’m needing a new one for it! If you’re looking for embroidery info, check out my Embroidery 101 tutorials from a few years ago too.

I have some other projects I’ve been working on, are work in progress posts something that interests you? Or would you rather just see finishes?

Add a Divider to Emmaline Bags’ Retreat Bag {Tutorial}

Divided-Retreat-Bag-1A couple weeks ago I made up the Retreat Bag, a free pattern from Emmaline Bags, and I was so excited about it! I have a gigantic makeup bag with the similar style of frame, but I really wanted a smaller, handmade one and this is perfect. One thing that I thought would be a great addition to the pattern is a divider, so I can separate my makeup from my brushes. So, I added a divider to the Retreat Bag I made and I’m going to show you how to add one too! (I have permission from Emmaline Bags to share this add on to the free pattern.)

Divided-Retreat-Bag-2Begin by downloading the free Retreat Bag pattern from Emmaline Bags and gathering the supplies listed, including the 11″ Wire Frames Style A – these are exclusively at Emmaline bags, Janelle designs them herself and has them specially made.

You can download a PDF of this add on here!

Read through all the directions before beginning. (Also, I suggest gluing the rubber ends on the wire frame, even though I read the directions before beginning, I guess I did not read thoroughly enough, and I did not do this…I wish I would have!)

From the lining fabric cut an additional piece that measures 9 1/2″ wide x 12″ tall. From interfacing cut an additional 9 1/2″ x 6″ rectangle. Fold the divider rectangle in half (9 1/2″ x 6″), wrong sides together, and press. Then fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of half of the divider, from one edge to the fold.

Follow the retreat bag directions through step 4, but stop before completing step 5.

Divided-Retreat-Bag-3Top stitch the prepared divider at 1/4″ and 1/8″ from the top fold.

Divided-Retreat-Bag-4Arrange the lining pieces so they are right sides together as listed in step 5. Then, place the divider along the bottom edge. Begin sewing 1/4″ from the edge and sew across the bottom edge, stopping 1/4″ from the other end.

Note: while this seam generally has an opening for turning, I found it easier to sew the divider neatly with the seam closed, and then use the seam ripper to open a portion of the seam for turning.

Divided-Retreat-Bag-5Then, pull the divider to the lining side seam. This will pull the bottom of the bag up as well. Pin in place, then, starting 1/4″ from the corner, sew along the side seam, continuing past the zipper and onto the body side seam, as directed in the Retreat Bag Pattern. Repeat for the other side.

Divided-Retreat-Bag-6Now the bag should look like this.

Divided-Retreat-Bag-7Next, fold the corners out, as directed in the Retreat Bag pattern, but press your seams in opposite directions to allow them to nest together. The divider should fold right along with the corners. Then sew with a 1/4″ seam.

Divided-Retreat-Bag-8Your sewn corner should look like this; you can see where the bottom seam sewing stopped right before the corner seam allowance.

Continue finishing the bag as directed in the retreat bag pattern. When  you reach Step 6, carefully unpick the center of the bottom lining seam, where the divider is, then turn and sew as directed.

Divided-Retreat-Bag-9Follow the pattern to sew the frame casing. Sew right up to, but not through, the divider. Instead of using the seam ripper on the lining seam, use your seam ripper to open a few stitches on the outside seam. Slide the wire frame into the casing and sew the opening closed, as directed in the pattern.

Divided-Retreat-Bag-10When the bag closes, the divider will fold over a little bit. This should keep all your belonging separated in the bag, should it get tipped over.

Now you have a great bag that is perfect for makeup, sewing notions, or whatever else you’d like to keep in it, and the handy divider will keep everything separated too!

I’ve also created this Pinterest friendly image if you want to save this for later:

Easy Fabric Trays {Mini Tutorial}

Fabric-Trays-4Lately, I’ve been having so much fun making these easy fabric trays! I know everyone on Instagram has seen them, but I’m never sure what I should write in this space. Readers, are you on Instagram? Does it feel redundant to see the same things here? Or, do you prefer to read the blog and wish I’d share more of my creations here? I’d love to know!

Fabric-Trays-2Back to the trays though, I saw my friend Cheri make one of these last year, so I had to copy. And now, every time I make one, someone asks what I used to make them stiff. It only seemed right to write a whole blog post about them.

Fabric-Trays-3I put one layer of Pellon Fusible Midweight 931TD on the back of each piece – two layers per tray. You could also use Shape-Flex SF101, I just happen to always have the other on hand. Then just sew your rectangles right sides together with a small opening, clip corners and turn. Next, top stitch to finish the edges and sew the opening closed. I like to use a little Finca Perle Cotton for the corners, and just tack them for shape.

Fabric-Trays-1The sizes you see here are (measurements of the rectangles/squares I cut, not finished sizes):

  • Rectangle – 6″ x 10″ – 1″ corners
  • Large Square – 7″ – 3/4″ corners
  • Small Square – 5″ – 1/2″ corners

I think these are perfect for a little bit of treasured prints too!

I’m giving some of these very trays away as a giveaway on Instagram, so if you’ve not yet checked it out, make sure to stop by and leave a comment! Enjoy!

I’ve also created this Pinterest friendly image if you want to save this for later:

Fabric Trays at Clover & Violet

Summer is for Fun

Summer-FunHi all! Just stopping in to let you know we’re loving summer here! My husband took an impromptu week of working from home, and we enjoyed an surprise family stay-cation! What a lovely way to wrap up summer. Now I’m catching up on laundry, e-mails, and mailing, and all that other fun stuff! I should be back in full swing next week with a great tutorial for a divider for Janelle of Emmaline Bag’s Retreat Bag! Hope your summer is wonderful!

I have managed to sneak in a tiny bit of sewing here and there, so feel free to take a peek at my Instagram for all the going-ons.