the Cora purse {Free Pattern featuring Lovebirds by RJR Fabrics}

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Today we’re excited to share a new free pattern we’ve been working on: the Cora purse. For this pattern we used some adorable fabrics from Lovebirds by Patrick Lose for RJR Fabrics. We think this fabric would be perfect for new moms {aren’t the baby birds adorable?!}, as well as for cute baby or little girl items.

Download the free pattern here!

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Our idea behind this little purse was to a small bag that would hold all the essentials. It could be used as a clutch or a long, cross-body purse, depending on which handle was attached. The swivel clips and D-Rings allow two types of handles to be used without any extra hardware showing.

Cora-bag-2The clutch version, with just one handle, would be a great addition to a diaper bag or any other large travel bag. Pull out the clutch for what you need and leave the rest in the car, in the stroller, or with the babysitter. I know I’ve often found myself fumbling around for my wallet, lip gloss, phone, and pen, before leaving my big bag somewhere. This keeps it all in one place!

Cora-bag-3Attach the long strap and your belongings are close to you wherever you go. My mom specifically wanted this type of small purse for traveling. This way she can keep all her important items close to her, especially in a strange or foreign place.

Cora-bag-4This bag also features a small outer zip pocket to keep little things more secure {this pocket could also be enlarged to hold your cell or smart phone, we just thought it looked cute tiny!}. The inside is divided into two large sections. Small card pockets could also be added to help keep things more organized {see the Bella clutch free pattern for card pocket instructions}.

If you’re looking for the hardware we used, we bought ours from Tantalizing Stitches:

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Now, for the fun part of the post! RJR Fabrics is generously giving one reader a fat quarter bundle of Lovebirds in their choice of either the white or cream colorway! To enter, leave a comment on this post with what you’re most looking forward to making when the Christmas sewing is over {or, if you’re not sewing for Christmas, then just what you’re hoping to make next!}. One comment per person over 18 years of age or older. This giveaway will close Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 11:59 pm. Good luck!

Playing with Color :: Lydia’s Quilt

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With things settling down for fall, it is high time I got to work and made Lydia a quilt {she is one year old now!}. As you may have guessed, I really love purple {Clover & Violet}, but I feel like the options for purple in the fabric world are minimal and not always pretty {why is that? Do we as a collective quilt community dislike purple?}. So, over time, I’ve scouted out a few favorite purples and stashed them. I chose this stack {plus some more that I added later} for the quilt.

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Then, I remembered seeing that Alyssa at Pile O’ Fabric made a Kona® Color Swatch for Adobe Illustrator. I went over to download it, did some internet searches, and discovered that, yes, I can use this in Photoshop Elements 12 too! So, now I am able to use her virtual Kona® card to make some pretty neat fabric photos too, for inspiration and for saving {and, of course, fabric shopping!}. Now, I just hope she adds the new colors so all 303 are there {and, I need a new Kona card too, since two of the colors I chose weren’t even on my color card, it is that old!}.

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So, here’s my stack for Lydia’s quilt with the Kona® colors next to it. Now I’ve just got to get the quilt sewn up!

Do you have a favorite color combo you’d love to see in fabric?

The Roly-Poly Pinafore in Harmony

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I made Lydia the Roly-Poly Pinafore by Imagine Gnats to wear to quilt market using Harmony by Jessica Swift for Blend Fabrics.

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I honestly wasn’t expecting the scale of the fabric to be so large and I was a little worried about how it would work out on such a small dress, but I think it turned out perfectly! I love how the pattern has such opportunity for using more than one fabric too {and it can be made reversible too}. I couldn’t deiced what buttons to use, and then my button hole on my machine gave me grief {it is automatic, but it isn’t consistent!}.

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I eventually made it to the store to change the buttons to these white flowers and then elongated the button holes.  I love the result {and I love those chubby cheeks too}!

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Photographing Lydia is a bit of a challenge, but the dress turned out really cute! She’s already worn it a couple times and I’ve cut a bigger one out for Norah too!

I really think my children need more handmade clothes in their wardrobe, what are your favorite patterns for toddlers {9 month – 3T}? Any I should try?

The Amelia Top in Cold Spring Dreams

Amelia-Top-1Since I’ll be bringing Lydia to Quilt Market, it seemed only right she should have some  handmade clothes to wear while we’re there!  I had made clothes for RJR Fabrics using Cold Spring Dreams when Norah was small, and I had enough left to make another Amelia top for Lydia {find the pattern here}!

Amelia-Top-2I made this one in the top length, instead of adding the extra to make it a dress.  I did make the hem band a tiny bit longer because it the print was larger.  I love how quickly this pattern comes together!

Amelia-Top-3Though, capturing a picture of a 6-month-old that is meant to show off clothes proves to be a little more difficult!

Amelia-Top-4I really love her cute little smile {I think that goes without saying}, and those chubby arms too!

I’ve made her another new outfit too, just have a few finishing touches to put on it. Now, let’s hope I have some time to make myself something to wear too.  But, I think whatever this darling baby is wearing is going to get more notice than what I wear!

Little Girl Last Minute Easter Dresses {A Family Tradition}

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Every Easter my mom made me and my sister dresses.  Okay, maybe it wasn’t every Easter, but, from my memory, it seems like that.  So, I know that it must be a special memory, and it’s one I want my girls to have too.  I made Norah a dress last year, and this year I decided to make both girls matching dresses.  The pattern is The Amelia Top by Mama Stallato on Etsy.

Amelia-Dress

The pattern is really for a top {evidenced by the name!}, but I just added some length {and a little bit of flare to Norah’s} to make it more dress length.  I know that Easter isn’t going to be very warm, so they’ll be wearing these with leggings and shirts under them.

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I was pleased with how easily this dress sewed up.  While I love dresses with sleeves…I just don’t have time for that sort of thing these days {I’ll leave it to grandma!}, and this style of dress with a yoke and tunic shape is super easy to put together.  Since it isn’t fitted, there isn’t a lot of measuring involved.

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Instead of the recommended button holes, I used a piece of Velcro on the dresses.  I stitched it with matching thread {Aurifil 50 wt. color 2435 from Camille’s thread set – which is very handy to have if you sew with a lot of Bonnie &Camille fabrics} and the stitches hardly even show.

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I made the 6-9 month size for Lydia and it’s a little big on her, but there will be lots of time for growing into it!

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This really is a quick pattern to sew up, so, if you have the fabric already there is still time to make this before Easter!  Or save it for another special occasion.  I think I may make a couple of the top length ones for spring too, since they are so quick.

I’m excited to start some family traditions, and I hope Easter dresses will always be one of them!  Do you have any special traditions for Easter that have been passed on to you {or that you’ve started}?