“Little Joys” Christmas in July

 stocking9I have had my eye on this “Little Joys’ bundle by Penny Rose Fabrics since I first caught a glimpse of it a few months back. The designer, Elea Lutz (also designer of “milk, sugar and flower”),  has once again designed an amazingly cute and very playful collection full of vintage inspired characters and Christmas goodies dancing merrily about.stocking8Growing up, my siblings and I all had homemade stockings made lovingly by my mom. Matter of fact, I don’t even recall a single store-bought stocking at any point of my childhood. Each stocking was different and seemed to match each one of us perfectly. I loved this and always figured I would do the same for my family. Unfortunately, five years of marriage and three children later, I still had not (until now) made a single one of our stockings. Last Christmas I promised myself I would at least begin to start switching out our stockings with homemade ones, and I’m proud to say “Little Joys” came out just in time to keep my promise.Stocking6I used a free stocking pattern you can find here. The tree is a little different than I had originally planned. (Sometimes certain things do not come out the way they look in your head!) Luckily, tree number 2 was much more pleasing to the eyes. I added a toe and heel patch and a few hand stitches  (because everything looks better with a little hand-stitching).  DSC_3495Stocking4Stockings stocking5I really am excited to have started a homemade stocking collection of our own. One stocking down, four more to go! I think I’ll do my hubby’s next. He has the saddest of all of our stockings. Stocking

xoxo, Bridgette

“Vintage Market” FQ Bundle Giveaway

FabricBundleThings have been very quiet on the blog and my Instagram lately, but I promise you they have not been so quiet around the house. We moved into the new house a couple of weeks ago and are officially Floridians now. We are loving our new surroundings, and it’s starting to feel more like home everyday.
I promised myself I wouldn’t touch a single box in my sewing room until every other box in the house was unpacked and (somewhat) organized. Things got unpacked pretty quickly. I was missing my sewing machine and dying to set up my new sewing room. As soon as I am completely finished with my new sewing space I will share photos, but for now I am glad to be organized enough to at least be able to sew again!Block There seems to be so many amazing new lines of fabric out right now, but I have to say Tasha Noel’s new line “Vintage Market” is sitting at the top of my favorites. There isn’t a print in the collection that isn’t simply adorable, and her little characters are so endearing. Fabric On LineFabric On Line1 Favs1 Favs
Now for the fun part. It’s such a cute line, I simply have to share the goodness. So, I have a second bundle to give away to one of you! Yay!!WinThisBundle There are two ways to enter… (and if you do both you will be entered twice!)
1. Comment here and let me know what you would do with your bundle if you won it…
2. Follow me on Instagram @bellbridgette and repost my picture of this fabric bundle with the hashtag #thefamilyhearthgiveaway. You can find my picture of this bundle on my Instagram wall.
This giveaway is open to all! (Yes, even internationally!) I will randomly pick the winner this Sunday, July 12th, at 12 noon EST.

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

Patchwork Bibs

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Sometimes a girl just needs a little scrappy patchwork fun. I find tackling my scraps almost as fun as cutting into a new set of fabric. (Almost.) Mixing and matching different colors. Digging down and finding fabrics I had forgotten about. Finding the perfect scrap, realizing you don’t have enough of it and then finding more of it. It’s all very fun.
Most of the times I sit down and start playing with my scraps I don’t really know what I am going to make. It just sort of turns into something. This time I had a purpose.
Two very large bibs.Bibby3 (1 of 1) Hard to believe it, but this little girl is capable of messes beyond belief. The small bibs weren’t cutting it, and her clothes and my stain remover were feeling it. Bibs (1 of 1) They’re fun to look at and they do the job!Bibby4 (1 of 1)

Find the tutorial for this patchwork bib here.

xoxo, Bridgette

Spool Pincushion Tutorial

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I originally started making these spools as softies for Madeleine. She loves everything in my sewing room and can’t seem to keep her hands off the pretty spools of color. I dream of the days I can fill her little hands with all sorts of fun sewing items and tell her to have at it, but for now my little one-year old is going to have to settle for sewing softies.
After making a couple I ended up liking these so much I wanted one for a pincushion! 

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What you’ll need:

5- strips of colored fabric: 1″ x 7″
4-strips of neutral fabric:  1  1/2″ x 4  1/2″
Poly-fil Stuffing

Instructions:

1. Using a 1/4″ seam, sew your 5 strips of colored fabrics together lengthwise. Open seams and press. 

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2. Cut your piece of sewn strips exactly in half, so each half measures 3 1/2″ lengthwise.

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3. Sew a neutral strip on top and bottom of each set of colored strips leaving a 1/2″ overhang on both sides. (If you are making the jumbo pillow version, leave a 2″ overhang on each side.)

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 4. On one corner of the spool, draw how you would like your spool to be shaped and cut around that shape.

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5. Fold the spool piece with the cutout top over sideways and in half to use as a pattern and cut out all 4 sides of your spool piece.

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6. Lay your shaped spool piece on top of your second spool piece*,  right sides together, matching up seams. Pin. 
*No need to cut around second piece until after you have sewn them together.

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7. Sew around entire spool leaving a small opening about 1 1/2″ on top, or about 5″ for the jumbo pillow. (You can mark the opening before sewing for easy reference, as seen above.) Trim. Clip curves. Turn right side out and press.

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8. Stuff to desired amount. Using a ladder stitch, stitch the opening closed. (Click HERE for an excellent tutorial on the ladder stitch.)

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Now step back and enjoy it! 

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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 #spoolsoftie. I would love to see what you make!

xoxo, Bridgette