Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lua Testers' Tour: Day 9

Day 9 of the Lua Testers' Tour, and we have some very special creations again. Ana Sofia went for a gorgeous mint fabric, Catelyn made five sleep sacks (is making Lua's addictive?), and Mieke picked the perfect piping and buttons for her fabric. Thank you so much, ladies, for all your help and advice!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lua Testers' Tour: Day 8

This is day 8 of the Lua Testers' Tour, and I'm so proud to be able to show you 4 more amazing creations from my testers. Today's stop seems to be all about fabric, with sleep sacks made in great fabric combo's, in fabric from one of my favorite brands (Nani Iro!), and even one in a handstamped fabric!

Thank you so much, Annick, Ashley, Tasha, and Natalie for all your help and creativity!

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Improvisational Pleating: The CONTEST!

I was totally overwhelmed by the enthusiastic reactions to my Improvisational Pleating Tutorial a few weeks ago. Roughly speaking, the responses could be divided into two types:
A. "I love those pleats!"
B. "I love those fabrics!"

I just had to something with your enthusiasm, and the combination of A and B logically led to: a contest in which you use the pleats, and win the fabrics!

It will be a relaxed little contest with plenty of time to sew, and very few rules.

The Rules:
- You apply one of the three improvisational pleating techniques, or invent your own (it has to be improvisational though - no measuring :-))
- If you have a blog, you can blog about it whenever you like in the coming weeks. Include the button above in your post(s), and link up to this page, so that your readers know you are participating.
- On May 21*, I will open a link party where you can upload a picture of your creation, and to which you can send people over to vote for you.
- On May 26, the contest closes and two winners will be announced: (1) the creation with the most votes, and (2) my own favorite from the creations made from a StraightGrain pattern (free or paying).

The Non-rules:
- You can use whatever fabric and pattern you like.
- You can make whatever you like: a garment, a bag, a blanket, a sleep sack, a pillow cover, ...
- You can send in as many creations as a you like.
- It is an international contest.
- You do not need to have a blog to participate. (You will need a www address to partipate in the Link Party, but this can also be your FB page, flickr account...)

The prizes
- The always generous people of Birch are giving away 3 yards of Flight voiles of your choice. This awesome prize will go to the creation with the most votes.
- I will also chip in with a surprise pack of voile fabrics - I will announce later which ones, but I can tell you already that they will be really nice :-) They will go to my own favorite creation made from a StraightGrain pattern.

That is all there is to it... Now pleat it! :-)

*The reason why I do not open a link party right away is that then, the earliest uploads might get away with the most votes. I want to give everyone an equal chance to win, including those of you who do not have a lot of time to sew.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Lua Testers' Tour: Day 7

Many, many, many cute babies in today's stop of the Lua Testers' Tour! A big thank you to Heather, Karoline, Nele, and Patricia for their invaluable tips and help!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lua Testers' Tour: Day 6

We're over halfway the Lua Tester's Tour, and I have four new sleep sacks to show off. A huge thank you to Hanne, ReginaSarah, and Sofie - you were amazing testers!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Lua Pattern Tour: Day 5

Cuteness alert! Day 5 of the Lua Testers' Tour, and we have three completely different but equally beautiful sleep sacks. A huge thank you to ElsHeidi, and Jo!

Please click the pics below to see more!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Lua Testers' Tour day 4

Round 4, with four more gorgeous Lua's. Thank you AprilEva, Marleen, and Mònica, for your feedback, inspiration, and great taste!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Soft baby booklet tutorial (+ GIVE-AWAY)

As most of you may know, Birch includes beautiful cheater quilt fabrics in about each of its fabric lines. Did you also know that you can make much more with them than simply cheater quilts? 

Click here to find out how you can turn a piece of cheater quilt fabric into a soft baby booklet. Make it a super quick baby shower gift, or go for a fun toy full of activities for baby.

Would you like to give it a try yourself? I have some Everyday Party cheater quilt fabric left, and I'm giving it away together with a bunch of other supplies you need for making a booklet (batting, ribbons, a squeaker, lace, faux sheepskin).

You can win by leaving a comment below, and/or following me via Facebook. Simply use the Rafflecopter widget below. The contest closes in one week. Good luck!

Enter the give-away here

Lua Testers' Tour day 3

Four more fingerlickingly beautiful Lua's today. A big big thank you to testers Esther, Julie (aka Julija!), Joyce, and Melissa!

Please click on the pictures below to see more.


Tutorial: Colorblocked sleep sack

Today, I'm also over at iCandy, where I'm participating in a series which is right up my alley: DIY Babies! If I remember well, iCandy was the first Big Blog where I had a guest post as a beginning blogger, so it feels very special to be back there.

I'm sharing a tutorial for making a colorblocked sleep sack (using the Lua, but it works for other patterns too). The color combination I used was inspired by this beautiful quilt by Ashley from Film in the Fridge.

Did you notice that Jen and Autie are also hosting an amazing give -away? It is running for 9 more days, so if you live in the US, take your chance!