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Sew Along – Sewing Date Traveler

Well hello there – I know it’s been a long time since I posted last (March 2015 – oops!), but life pulled me in a new direction for a bit and now I’m a Diploma qualified Childcare Educator – who still loves to sew and share all the fun stuff related to creating. So, how does one jump back into blogging after nearly 12 months off? I’ve been mulling it over for the past few weeks and decided a sew along might be a good start. It will keep me accountable and you can play along too.

Here’s what we’re going to make – the Sewing Date Traveler from Cynthia Frenette. It’s big with loads of pockets and lends itself to so many uses you might just end up making one for every room in your house (or is that just me?) I can see so many uses for this bag – apart from carrying sewing supplies you could use it for paper crafting supplies, your most used journalling or planner decorating supplies or even one for each ongoing project your working on. Maybe your children would like one for their most prized toys?

sew along - sewing date traveler bag

The pattern is available here via the Robert Kaufman website and is available for download for FREE – thank you Cynthia! I like to use the Legacy brand of sew in interfacing – the L-70 Sew-N-Shape to be exact which I buy from Spotlight. You might like to chose a medium weight fabric for the main body of the bag, with something lighter like quilting cotton for the pockets and lining. To this I add an iron on interfacing to give it a crisp finish.

Sew Along details

The sew along will happen on the 28th February and basically I’ll share progress photos on Facebook and Instagram for you to follow along. I’ve already found a few parts of the instructions to be a bit tricky and will show you some simpler methods to get the same result. I’ll share all the info here on the blog as well later that evening in case you can’t sew along on the day.

Have fun shopping for your fabrics and I’ll see you online on the 28th.


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Handmade Gifts are the Best!

Do you make gifts for your sewing friends? This collection of goodies might spark an idea or two for your Christmas list this year.

All of this handmade goodness was the result of a simple call out on Instagram about a birthday club.  Tara, aka @sewforshoes, wanted to share the gifting love and started collecting names for a birthday swap for Australian Instagramers who appreciate handmade. Within hours the lists were filling and by the end of the week four groups were formed – each with 12 members – one for each month.

Cyber stalking of Pinterest accounts, emailing and secret IG messages are all part of the fun as friendships are formed and talents are shared.  I was lucky enough to be the birthday girl for August – our kick off month – and here’s a look at what was delivered to my door. Prepare to be blown away by the creativity and generosity of the handmade community in Australia.

You need to check out these ladies on Instagram – so much talent!


From the lovely @spanzy I received a divided basket and matching zippered pouch as well as some fabric and chocolate.


@sippingteaquilts noticed my love of hexies and made a mini quilt. Paired with some fabric and chocolate – yum!


Hello Kitty liberty fabric (!!!), crochet coasters, a felted bowl and some lace trims from @bluebeehive.


Tara (the instigator/organiser) @sewsforshoes found some lovely Heather Bailey fabric I love and made a tote bag and matching purse. And the fudge was yummo!


Some good research by @belloquacity revealed my love of stationery. A covered journal, zippered pouch, coaster, drawstring pouch and a selection of paper goodies. And even a Hello Kitty figurine.


A sewing basket of my dreams – love it @clairebearquilts!


Did I mention I added some celebrities to my wish list? @scorpnac found a way to deliver. A purse, bee fabric, cake pincushion, piping and lace trims all in a HK gift box.


Chocolate, fabric, ribbon and a mini quilt – a perfect pressie from @onceuponadonkey


And the gorgeous mini quilt from @onceuponadonkey – love it!


A beautiful hand embroidered wall hanging and yoyo bunting from @coleandtaffy. She also discovered my love of washi tape.


More clever stalking from @rainbowkelf – Heather Bailey fabric made into a sew-together bag, a needle case and pincushion. Some quilting pens, HK fabric and chocolate.

thank you shequiltsalot

More Heather Bailey goodness from @shequiltsalot – four perfect placemats, a monogrammed coaster, tissue holder and pattern weights.

So have you been inspired to start that Christmas gift list yet? Or even start your own birthday swap with a group of friends.

I’ll share some more ideas and inspiration for you in a post next week so keep a look out for that. Maybe you’d like to subscribe and have the post delivered to your inbox. Just fill in the details in the box in the sidebar on the right.