DIY Accessories Dish

DIY ClayLately, I have been seeing so many neat clay projects popping up on my Pinterest page. It was too much for me not to at least try my hand at something with clay.
These little dishes are perfect for keeping my pins, buttons or other little items at bay while I’m working on a project. (My loose items have a mind of their own and like to scatter themselves all around my sewing room while I work.)0004000100060003

What you will need:

What to do:

  1. Lay your parchment paper on top of your cutting mat and flatten the clay into a circle on top of the parchment paper. Roll your clay out until it is 1/4″ thick and at least larger than 4″ on each side.
  2. Lay your template carefully on top of your clay and cut around the edges with your X-ACTO knife, making sure to press hard enough to cut through parchment paper as well. Instruction
  3. Pull your template and the parchment paper off of the clay. It should come right off. Lay the clay inside of the glass bowl and carefully press it down evenly to lay flat inside the bowl.Instructions1Optional: You can dip your finger in water and gently smooth out any rough areas or fingerprints, etc.
  4. Put the glass bowl on a cookie sheet and bake according to the directions on the clay box. I baked mine at 275F for 15 minutes.
  5. After your clay dish cools, you can sandpaper any rough areas out. This is optional, but some of the edges may need a little smoothing.
  6. Spray paint white and then after it has dried, paint or decorate however you would like!

Optional: After you have decorated, you can spray a few light coats of acrylic spray for protection and help against scratches.0005A

Enjoy!

xoxo, Bridgette

A Peek into my Sewing Studio

SewingStudioSewing StudioWhen my husband and I first got married, I started a sewing school and gave lessons to children out of my home. I turned one of our rooms into a cute little space and I enjoyed having an area away from everything else to work in. As our own children came along I decided to stop giving lessons and eventually turned my sewing room into a toy room. This meant that all of my sewing stuff was then moved to the basement where I had it until we moved. I didn’t mind working in the basement, but I missed having a cheery place to organize and sew in.
One of the most exciting things about our new house is that it has a bright office with a large window. We decided this would be my sewing studio and I once again have a cheery area to sew in. I’ve shared a few pictures of my room on Instagram already, but I thought today I would share a more in-depth look at it,  now that it is all complete!Sewing Studio WallFabricFabric BoltsSewing Studio BooksThe cabinets are from Ikea and are the perfect storage units for just about everything. The glass doors keep dust (and children!) off of my fabrics and supplies, and there are plenty of shelving and drawers which makes it so easy to keep everything organized and tidy.
Of course, I added a few hanging spool softies to add some color and fun. You can find the tutorial for them here.SpoolsThe wall below is the sad beginning of my mini quilt wall. I am hoping to add to it and fill it up in the near future.ExcellenceMini Quilt WallThe sewing cart and table may be the handiest of all. It opens up to allow me to sew and cut at it and easily moves when I need it to. I was a little hesitant to buy it at first because of the quality of the brand, but I have to say I am absolutely in love with it. It is much sturdier than I expected and adds even more storage. You can buy it here.SewingStudioOn the wall opposite, I have the children’s desks and pre-schooling set up. That allows me to keep them busy and do a little sewing at the same time,  which is a win-win for all of us!
Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!

xoxo, Bridgette

Patchwork Pencil Case

PencilCase1Earlier this week the children and I were sorting through all of their little school supplies and getting them ready to start a few pre-school classes at home. We had everything we needed minus a pencil case for Madeleine. Of course no little girl should have to have her supplies in disarray, so this was immediately put at the top of my to-do list. (Quick little projects like this are my favorite kind!)
A little patchwork…
A small leather tag…
A few hand- stitches…
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I originally had a few scraps picked out for the project, and then my awesome mail lady, with perfect timing, dropped off my bundle of Bloom and Bliss by Nadra Ridgeway. Nadra blogs over at Ellis and Higgs and her entire blog is bright, cheerful and full of so many fun projects and ideas. Her new fabric collection is nothing less!
This ended up being a really fun little project, and I just love how it turned out. I am planning on writing up a quick tutorial in the next week or two for anyone who may like to make their own.
Until then…

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xoxo,

Bridgette

Winner of “Vintage Market” FQ Bundle

WinnerI hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! I really, really enjoyed reading all of the comments on here as well as on Instagram. Thank to all who shared the giveaway and joined in! We have a lucky winner:
Squeeze Cuddles who wrote: “Beautiful giveaway! I love Tasha Noel’s fabric collections. They are so sweet! I would make a patchwork tote bag if I was lucky enough to win.”
I have more fun bundle giveaways planned in the near future. (I’m thinking a “Hello Darling” bundle giveaway as soon as that line is released. Yay!)

xoxo, Bridgette

I pledge allegiance…

Watermarkto the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation under God,
indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.
Watermark1 Watermark3 Watermark4This Memorial Day we are remembering all the brave soldiers who have died fighting for our freedom and the ones who continue to risk their lives. For this we are truly thankful.

xoxo, Bridgette

Market Day Tote

EditedI can’t believe how much time has passed since my last post! I promise I do have a good reason! There has been a whirlwind of change in our house over the past couple of weeks. My husband was offered a job in Jacksonville, Fl and we will be moving down a week from today. Yes! It’s all happened so fast it almost doesn’t feel real. The job offer came on a Thursday, by the following Tuesday our house hit the market, that evening we had our first showing and in a matter of 48 hours we had finalized a contract with them. Whew!
So, off to Jacksonville we go! (If you live there or have been I would love to know all of the hot spots! Let me know your favorite things to do!)
Through all the craziness I have found time to (ignore the need to pack up of my sewing room and) sneak in a few projects here and there. One of the most addicting books out right now is Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt. It has so many cute blocks in it, it’s hard to sit down and sew just one. If you are on Instagram you may have already seen the #farmgirlfridays sew-a-long happening. One of this past week’s blocks to sew was the Baking Day Block.
 How cute is this block?DSC_2664I decided the block would make a darling little pocket for the side of a market bag.Edited7 I made the pattern up as I went, making it work around the size of the block. I quilted each area of the bag and tried to keep it simple and sweet with only the one pocket. Edited8Edited6Edited5Edited9The bag is a gift for my mother. She is so good about using reusable bags when she shops and we plan on hitting up a local market together this weekend.

xoxo, Bridgette

Patchwork Bib Tutorial

DSC_2373A while back I shared with you the patchwork bibs I had made for Madeleine. I really, really love these bibs. They wash up great, are made to last and are really quick and easy to make. I was in need of a couple of smaller ones for Finian so decided to write up a tutorial for you this time around.DSC_2363DSC_2229DSC_2377 DSC_2356 DSC_2362
DSC_2296BOn all of the bibs I have made I have used linen and cotton scraps. I love the clean look the linen gives and the way it helps the scrap pieces stick out, but even better it washes up amazingly! For Finian’s bib, I decided to use all pieces cut from Sweetwater’s collection The Boat House.
Here is the tutorial. Enjoy!

Patchwork Bib Tutorial

Materials:

17 scrap pieces each made into 1  1/2″ squares
18- 1 1/2″ squares of your solid color
6″ X 8″ piece of your solid color
2 – 2″ x 15″ matching fabric pieces (for the ties)
9″ x 8″ piece of batting
9″ x 8″ piece of cotton fabric (bib backing)
A printed copy of the Patchwork Bib Pattern
-Finished size is approximately 7 3/4″ x 7″-
All seams are 1/4″.

Instructions:

1. Using the bib pattern, cut the bib top and bottom out of your 6″x 8″ piece of solid fabric.
2. Lay out your squares as you would like them to be in your bib. 5 rows of 7 squares, as seen below. DSC_2207 3. Sew each row of squares together and then sew your rows together.DSC_2209A 4. Sew the top and bottom bib piece to your patchwork square.
 DSC_2216        5. Lay your bib on top of your batting. Pin and quilt as desired. Add any extra little touches that you may want. For the little sailboat I drew it on with a fabric pencil, and hand-stitched over it with 2 pieces of embroidery floss.DSC_2219DSC_2221 DSC_22296. Make your bib ties as follows:
On one edge of both strips, press 1/4″  towards inside.DSC_2342Fold your strips in half wrong sides together and press.DSC_2345 Open up and fold each outer edge to the middle. Press. DSC_2350Fold along center line again and press.DSC_2354Sew along top and outer edge.DSC_23557. Sew your ties to top of bib sewing along top edge of ties and making sure to back stitch a couple of times to hold it securely.

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8. Keeping your ties to the inside, lay your bib face down on top of piece of backing fabric.DSC_2236 (Don’t pay any attention to the back side of my hand-stitches. Yikes!)
9. Pin and sew around bib, leaving a small opening on bottom of bib. Cut excess backing fabric off and turn inside out. Press.
10. Finish bib by sewing very close around the outer edge of entire bib. DSC_2240
You’re finished!
If you have any questions on any of the steps, feel free to let me know! I am more than happy to answer any questions. If you are on Instagram, share your picture with the hashtag #fhpatchworkbib. I would love to see what you make!
Until next time…

xoxo, Bridgette

Chicago and Pinwheels

3We decided to get away for a few days and spent a long weekend in Chicago. What a beautiful city! The bakeries and cafes on every corner, the shopping, the parks and of course, the amazing Navy Pier. I could definitely live in Chicago. DSC_2288DSC_2302DSC_23512DSC_2355
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We gladly welcomed the first day of spring here!  One of my goals this year is to sew more of Madeleine’s dresses, and with the new season comes the need for new clothes.
One of my favorite lines out right now is Bonnie and Camille’s Daysail fabric. It just has “spring” written all over it… I have a very sneaky feeling that this fabric is going to make its way in to more than one of Madeleine’s outfits. DSC_2448 As much as I love this fabric, I love the pinwheels made out of it. I wanted to incorporate them into one of Madeleine’s outfits and decided to go with a simple white skirt. (Although I think it would have made a lovely jumper as well. Maybe a second pinwheel outfit?)  I used Lori Holt’s pinwheel block tutorial found here. It’s super easy to follow, besides the fact that her Bee in My Bonnet blog is super awesome!DSC_1979DSC_1861 DSC_1869DSC_1915 DSC_1907DSC_1931 DSC_1950 DSC_1959 I couldn’t make a pinwheel skirt without making a few real ones, of course. Although the pinwheels didn’t spin in the wind quite like they should have, the kids and I had a lot of fun making them. Hopefully, next time we can figure out how to make them spin better!
I hope you are enjoying your first few days of spring!

xoxo, Bridgette

Good Hair Days

DSC_1744 I have waited just about two years to be able to say this, and now I can proudly announce that Madeleine’s hair is long enough for pigtails!  I might have another two years to wait before I can braid it or curl it, but for now she is sporting these pigtails every chance she gets. DSC_1741ENow that she has hair and everything, it’s time to get serious about her little hair accessories. She has exactly one flower clip, a brush, a comb and a new pack of rubber bands. A good enough start for a little hair organizer.DSC_1641DSC_1679one batch (55)Madeleine helped pick out which pictures she would like for patches and I added a few hand-stitches. She has ribbons to hold clips, a zippered pouch for her hair bands, and little pouches for her brush and combs.one batch (87)DSC_1729DSC_1710DSC_1746Until next time…

xoxo, Bridgette

“M” is for Madeleine

1155 (1 of 1)Two things have been on my to-do list for some time. A patchwork ball and a mini quilt with Madeleine’s initial “M”. It just so happens that the milk, sugar & flower fabric was the perfect line for both of these projects.1149 (1 of 1)There are a couple of versions of the patchwork ball out there, but my favorite one is from Rashida Coleman-Hale’s book I Love Patchwork: 21 Irresistible Zakka Projects to Sew. The ball is paper pieced and hand sewn together with pentagons and triangles. I think that the linen triangles add a perfect balance to the fun and bright colors and just really make them pop!1151 (1 of 1)1154 (1 of 1)1157 (1 of 1) 1147 (1 of 1) The mini quilt ended up a little larger than the mini I had in mind, but I’m absolutely loving it. I haven’t quite decided whether I  am going to hand quilt or machine quilt it yet. But for now it’s going to hang and look pretty until I decide.1156 (1 of 1) P.S. Did you see that Madeleine’s bunny also got a new dress to match all this milk, sugar and flower goodness?

xoxo, Bridgette