If you’ve been wondering how to make a doll sleeping bag, I have a patchwork twist on a simple bias-bound rectangle. This is an easy english paper pieced tutorial that just uses a few hexies, so it is perfect if you want to try EPP and have something done in a weekend instead of over a few months. I was excited to try out the new Juxtaposey fabric line, designed by Betz White for Riley Blake Designs, and they graciously sent me some to play with! It lent itself perfectly to EPP and I can’t get enough of those cute little animals.
If you’ve admired EPP (english paper piecing) projects from afar, I have a great beginner tutorial to make a simple pincushion! Maker Mountain Fabrics sponsored this post, which means she sent me the fabrics in addition to compensation for creating the tutorial. This pincushion only takes 17 hexies, and while I think calling it a one-night project might be a stretch, you can definitely do it in a weekend. EPP is done by hand, which makes it a great hobby for parents who are running after small children. Similar to embroidery, you can stop and start a million times without messing anything up or losing your place, which I love! All of these hexies were sewn with a minimum of one child hanging on my arm, and they loved playing with the placement of each design. The last EPP project I had on the blog was a while ago, but my son still uses this tote bag all the time.
Before I had kids, I worked in the social services field. I helped plan events and programming in a few different roles, so I am familiar with silent auctions. People tend to donate tickets, gift cards, wine, and massages. I always loved the “date night” or “family game night” baskets that sometimes popped up, so when I saw a local shelter was looking for auction donations I challenged myself to get creative. This is what I came up with – a “Start A New Hobby” basket with everything someone would need to try out English Paper Piecing! EPP is hand sewing and very beginner friendly – no sewing machine required and perfect to do on the couch or in the car line at school pickup.
I might have already told this story somewhere, but Diane from Crafty Pod is a gem. Back in 2013, when I decided to pour more energy and effort into blogging, I saw her tweet about a plastic canvas blog hop. I had no idea what plastic canvas was, or really what a blog hop entailed, but I tweeted back and signed up! She didn’t ask for how many followers I had, or make me promise to X Y or Z, just welcomed me aboard. I made some cute little animal ears, that I’m still proud of, and had such a good time; it was a fabulous “welcome” into the creative blogging community.
So, I’m excited to be a part of the EPP borders blog tour for her newest book, “All Points Patchwork: English Paper Piecing beyond the Hexagon for Quilts & Small Projects”! I made an English Paper Pieced (EPP) border and sewed it on to a little denim tote bag, for my son to use as a library bag.