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Closet Case Patterns’ Ebony Tee – Pattern Review

A pattern review of the Closet Case Patterns Ebony Tee

As a part of the Ease into Motherhood sewing series, I wrote about how sewing changed after my second child. and tried out the Closet Case Patterns Ebony T-shirt! Writing the post reminded me that it had been months and months since I’d sewn anything for myself. I bounced from pregnant to nursing my first to pregnant and then to nursing my second, with my weight fluctuating back and forth from 30 pounds over “normal” to 15 pounds below. The last time I sewed something after my second kid, it was a huge flop after I actually edited the photos and looked at them; fabric choices and fit was way off. I vowed to wait until she’d weaned, and then got caught up in other projects. Now I finally feel like I’m more or less at a new normal and ready to make things for myself again!

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Paper Pieced Christmas Tree Sewing Pattern

Check out this paper pieced Christmas tree! A modern Christmas quilt sewing pattern, it's a great first paper piecing pattern to try and uses up the smallest of scraps.

Paper piecing is so much fun, and I’m getting a jump on holiday sewing with this paper pieced Christmas tree! Most traditional holiday decor isn’t my style but I love how the geometric lines and crisp edges of this design looks when it is sewn up. A completed block measures 12″ square and I’m planning on making it into a pillow set with my paper pieced reindeer from another Quiet Play pattern, see it here!

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Christmas Baby Blocks Sewing Pattern

A new Swoodson Says pattern is releasing! Available only in the Christmas in July pattern bundle until this thursday (more details about the bundle here, it’s a good one!); this is the perfect pattern to sew by the dozens. The design lends itself well to using up fabric scraps and the appliques are unique while remaining easy to sew on. Babies and toddlers will love throwing, stacking, and squishing these soft blocks; they’d fit perfectly in a stocking!

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DIY Canvas Tote Bag

See this DIY canvas tote bag that I sewed up in an afternoon - it even has metal rivets! The pre-drilled leather handles make it super easy and look professional. Perfect tote bag to sew for beginners.

The last bag I sewed up was a gigantic carpet bag, and I use it all the time for road trips and library hauls. I’d been thinking about finding something smaller for myself, and tried this diy canvas tote bag kit out for size. I am happy with how it turned out but decided it was the perfect gift for a friend, so I guess I’ll need to make more.

Stitchcraft Marketing arranged for Crosscut Sewing Co. to send me a tote bag kit and fabric to try out and share – but as longtime readers know I am always honest and all opinions are my own! This is made from a free pattern on their blog, that I link towards the end of this post.

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