Arbor Blossom Blog Hop


 Arbor Blossom Blog Tour
Oh gosh the cuteness. My head started spinning with possibilities when the lovely and talented Nadra Ridgeway asked me to take part in a blog hop for her new Arbor Blossom fabric line. The gorgeous colors, the darling florals, sigh. Thank you my friend, this is such a treat! If you're not already following Nadra on Instagram, I encourage you to do so for a daily dose of inspiration and quilty gorgeousness.

 Arbor Blossom fabric

Always hunting for perfect minty green fabrics, I felt like a kid in a candy shop when I saw just how many green prints were in this fabric line. In need of a new hot pad for my teapot, I knew a Granny Smith version of my Easy as Pie apple potholder was in my future.

 Scrap Happy Sewing apple potholder

 Scrap Happy Sewing apple potholder

 Scrap Happy Sewing apple potholder
:: apple potholder pattern from my book ::

And because you can never have too much fabric fruit around, I made a new pear pincushion as well. I keep several handmade pincushions throughout my sewing room, though instead of pins, they are stuck full of threaded embroidery needles--so convenient!

 cute pear pincushion

 cute pear pincushion
:: pear pincushion pattern from my shop ::

For my third project, I just had to make a zipper pouch with this amazing red floral print. I love using little notions as decorations, and I think this bag will be perfect for storing small sewing accessories. I started out with my sewing kit template and tinkered with it until I had a bag in the shape I wanted.

 cute little zipper pouch

 cute little zipper pouch

 cute little zipper pouch

A peek at the inside

 cute little zipper pouch

For more Arbor Blossom projects, follow along with the blog hop all week!

6.12 Heidi Staples @fabricmutt
6.13 Kim Kruzich @retro_mama
6.14 LeAnne Ballard @everydaycelebrations
6.15 Allison Jensen @woodberry_way
6.16 Veronica AM @vividfelicity
6.17 Nadra Ridgeway @ellisandhiggs

 Arbor Blossom Blog Hop

Arbor Blossom is available now, so no need to wait to get sewing!

Happy Stitching,

Made for Baby Blog Tour


 Retro Mama | Made for Baby Blog Tour
What a treat it is to be a part of this blog hop! Ayda Algin’s new book, Made for Baby: Cute Sewn Gifts, is another wonderful addition to Tuva Publishing’s list of sewing titles. Gingham-themed and full of cute and useful projects, I found lots of inspiration in the beautiful styling and appealing fabric selections that capture Ayda’s style perfectly.

I don’t have any babies to stitch for at the moment (and my own “babies” are now *gulp* a teenager and pre-teen), but several of the baskets and organizer projects would be handy for any age or room. A helpful techniques section and diagrams throughout guide you through the trickier steps.

There was a little blank spot on the wall by my desk crying for a mail holder so I stitched up the House Wall Organizer. I have a bit of a thing for a cute house motif and using up scraps, so this project was right up my alley.

 house organizer

I put together a selection of brand new prints and older favorites paired with linen to match with the house ornaments already adorning my sewing room. Though time consuming, hand stitching the clamshells and applique was extremely satisfying.

 house organizer

 house organizer

The flower buttons were sitting right on top of the pile in my button jar, just waiting to be picked for this project!

 flower buttons

I couldn’t resist adding a house number from a favorite seed package print as a final detail.

 house organizer

Right at home

 house organzier

For more inspiration, be sure to visit the other stops on the hop, and enter to win some goodies on Ayda’s blog (entries close June 12).

Ayda Algin
Jemima Flendt
Sarah Edgar
Lisa Cox
Ange Hamilton
Lauren Wright
Melissa LeRay
Minki Kim
Faith Essenburg
Kristin Esser
Lauren Guthrie
Bridgette McNay
Torie Jayne
Constanca Cabral
Stacy Olson
Caroline Husle
Nadra Ridgeway
Wynn Tan
Sedef Imer
Lauren Nash
Jennie Pickett
Amy Sinibaldi
Kim Kruzich
Elea Lutz
Samantha Dorn
Ayda Algin

Happy Stitching!

Sewing Pattern Release :: Sew Pretty Tomato Pincushions and a Sale!


Are you in the mood for a quick and fun sewing project? Would you like to make an "heirloom" for your sewing room? Try my new Sew Sweet Tomato Pincushions PDF sewing pattern! Read on (and stick with me until the end for a discount code).

  Retro Mama | Sew Sweet Tomato Pincushion sewing pattern

These pincushions were made with Garden Girls prints by Cori Dantini (which are still available--for the moment--on Etsy).

 Retro Mama | Tomato Pincushion sewing pattern

These pincushions require very little fabric (they're great for scrap-busting!) and don't you think it's time to dig into your hoard of buttons? I've been collecting vintage buttons for years and always on the lookout for ways to use them in projects.

 Retro Mama | Tomato Pincushion sewing pattern

The pattern includes plenty of photos, lots of tips on stuffing, a glossary of sewing terms, and the full-size templates have seam allowances included (as with all of my sewing patterns) so it's ready to just print and sew!

 Retro Mama | Sew Pretty Tomato Pincushion sewing pattern

The pattern can be found in my Etsy shop. And if you've read this far, I know you're looking for a coupon! Use the promo code SEWSWEET20 for a 20% discount on your entire order good now through Friday, March 17, 2017.

Happy Stitching!

Garden Girls Winner!


This post is a little later than I planned as things got a little crazy with hurricane preparation last week. Thankfully everyone here is fine, as Orlando was spared of the worst of the storm. I'm hoping all of you are safe and that life returns to normal quickly for any of my friends who might have been in Matthew's path.

But back to business! I have a winner to announce for my Garden Girls FQ and pincushion giveaway, and the winner is...

 Retro Mama | Garden Girls giveaway winner

Mary on Lake Pulaski--Congratulations, Mary! I hope we might see those four Halloween costumes you are making soon on Instagram!

Thanks to all who entered, I would love to see all those fall makes! Everyone sounds so organized with already starting their holiday sewing and I'm still unpacking boxes! But for those who asked, I am writing up the pincushion pattern as we speak, which I hope to share with you soon!

Happy Stitching,