Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas cookies

Just wanted to let you all know I'm guest posting over at Lilla Luise today! So head on over to find out two of my favorite cookie recipes!
Merry Christmas!!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Its Giveaway Day!!

Welcome to my little corner of blogging land!! Today is a fun day of hopping from blog to blog & entering all the fabulous giveaways & getting to meet new crafty folk!
Its Sew Mama Sews  giveaway day!!!

My treat for you is a charm pack of the lovely Central Park by Kate Spain!
Just leave me comment telling me where you are visiting from & good luck!
International entries are welcome & I'll keep it open till Dec. 15, 5pm.
EDIT: the giveaway is now closed. CONGRATULATIONS to Swedish Scrapper who stopped by from Sweden!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Girls Twirly Skirt!

Today I have a wonderful little skirt to share with you! My lovely friend Kat of Flutter Kat  has just released her new Girls twirly skirt pattern & we were honored to get to test it for her this past week! I cant say enough about this pattern & if you have little girls to sew for I highly recommend you go & purchase it right away! I made the size 3 for Anna & it took just under a half yard of fabric & less than 45 min. from start to finish to sew! I told you need it! It will be so easy to whip up a bunch to match all those cute tops you have!
Anna was thrilled with her new skirt & yes she helped me "pick out" the fabric & proudly showed it to her daddy when he came home!=)



I love the tip from Kat on stretching out the elastic & sewing a line down the center to keep it from rolling. Genius & more professional finish as well!

Forgive the 3yr. old action shots! It is so hard to hold still you know! =)
Now head on over to Kat's  & get yourself one of these easy peasy twirly skirt patterns!
Happy sewing!! xKaren

Thursday, October 17, 2013


Congratulations to Leanne  on being lucky number three & winning the Scrap Happy purse pattern!!
Cant wait to see the fabulous bag you will create!
Happy Sewing! xxKaren

Friday, October 11, 2013

A bag & a {giveaway}!

I am super excited to be sharing this finished bag with you all today!!

It was over a month ago when I got lucky & noticed Amanda Jeans request on IG for people to test out her new scrap happy purse pattern. I jumped at the chance & was thrilled when I received it & looked it over. It looked like the perfect bag pattern I'd been in search of!!!
One of the things I did different is use low volume strips I had already cut & leftover from my string quilt (which is still a wip). They are a bit wider than the called for ones but I think it still turned out fabulous! I also cut my batting the length of both pieces & that way I could easily quilt it as if it were one big piece. Really this bag went together so quickly I was almost shocked!
{in progress}
{meet my fabulous new bag in all her glory!!!}
{pockets in the lining & my tag plus a fun sewing tag for added charm.}

{I used so many of my favorite low volume prints in here!}

{magnetic snap closure is perfect for keeping your bag from gaping open.}

I also chose the option of using premade leather bag handles instead of making my own. This was an interesting experience & if you peek inside they are far from perfect, but I'm happy with how it turned out either way. I also have to thank Kristi  of the lovely Schnitzel & Boo for helping a girl out & sending me these gorgeous red handles!!! They are so perfect!

And Now for the EXCITING news!!!!!
Amanda has kindly offered a PDF pattern for me to give away to one of readers!
(If you cant wait & just HAVE to have the pattern right now, you can find it here.)
1. Just leave a comment on this post letting me know what you think of the bag!
2.Become a follower for a second chance! or let me know if you already are.
I'll pick the winner next wed. Oct. 16.
Good luck & happy sewing! xKaren

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

scrappy pumpkins

It's one of my most favorite times of the year & a few weeks ago I got a serious case of the "fall crafting bug"!! =) I just HAD to sew something Autumny!
That's when I saw a friend on IG making these adorable little pumpkin blocks & I just new what I had to make!! In a few hours I'd whipped up a bunch of these little pumpkins, using mostly scraps & bits of leftover fabrics.

After all the blocks were made I just sewed a strip in between each one & ended up with a runner almost 6ft. in length! And Boy, is it hard to photograph something this long! Any tips you could share with me?

 I decided I wanted a more natural & organic type of quilting so I went with this organic line. I am really happy with how it turned out & love the modern movement it brings to the runner!
I had the perfect basic orange dot for the binding & what better print for the back than Lizzy Houses candy corn?! you might find this hard to believe, but candy corn is definitely not a favorite fall candy of mine. I'm a chocolate girl all the way!! lol=)


I think this Heather Ross wildflower pumpkin has to be one of my favorites! Its just so cute & chubby. 

I'd love to see yours if you make some of these! They are just so easy & satisfying!
Happy fall Sewing!! xxKaren

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Shop is OPEN!!

So I've finally taken the plunge & opened up my esty shop!
I have a bunch of Heather Ross FAr FAr Away 1 that I'd love to see enjoyed in a new home so head on over & let your friends know too!!  =) xx Sew Peachey Handmade