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).

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!

Serendipity dress

Normally, I would have had three guest posts in one week. Crazy! But then coincidence and confusion struck, and so now I have three guest posts in one day. Oooooh yeah.

The first place where you can find me today is here, where I'll be sharing my second creation as a Miss Matatabi Maker. And where I'll be teaching you the important life lesson that laziness is the key to success. You're welcome.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lua Pattern Tour day 2

Day 2 of our Lua Testers' Tour, and we have 4 more gorgeous sleep sacks.
Thank you so much to Julie, Annelies, Kate, and Jenny!

Please click on the pictures below to see more.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lua Testers' Tour day 1

Starting today, the 40 amazing women who tested the Lua Pattern for me, are showing off their creations in a little testers' tour. This basically means that, in the next 10 days, you'll discover awesome bloggers, get great fabric ideas, and see some supercute babies and toddlers!

Kicking off the series are Lindsy, Elisa, Lieselot, and Deanna. Thank you so much for all the detailed feedback I received from you!

Please click the teaser pics below to find out more about these creations!

Pattern launch: Lua Sleep sack

After many trial versions, changes of plans, an extensive testing round, and more changes and tweaks, I can finally announce the launch of my sleep sack pattern.

I named it Lua, which is Portuguese for moon. I made the first design over 6 months ago, when I was looking for a sleep sack pattern to make a baby shower gift, but could only find patterns for sleep sacks which close in the front. As I owned some store-bought sleep sack which close at the side, I knew how practical they are, and how great to show off beautiful fabrics. Drawing such a pattern myself was a logical step.

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The sleepsack closes with an invisible zipper at the side, and straps at the shoulders. This pattern comes in three sizes (0-6m // 6m-1y // 1-2y) and has the following options:
- with or without decorative piping in the front
- straps closing towards the front or back

The pattern comes with very detailed instructions, which teach you a number of techniques which will be useful for other projects as well (e.g., inserting a blind zipper with lining; adding piping; safely sewing on buttons).

Here are some more features of the pattern:
- very quick and easy project (ideal baby shower gift)
- very economical in use of fabric
- tested and improved by 40 testers
- digital patterns, smartly designed to cover just 11 pages
- easy-to-follow sewing instructions with full-color annotated pictures of each step
- detailed information about printing and assembling the patterns, yardage needed, materials needed, cutting diagrams, and sizing
all measurements are provided in inches/yards and in centimeters

- can be printed on both letter size and A4 paper

The pattern will be sold for $6, but the code LUALAUNCH gives you a $1 discount. You can buy it on my pattern page; or by clicking the little shopping cart icon below.

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A huge thank you to all 40 of my wonderful testers. Some people have called me crazy for working with so many testers again, but literally each single one of them has contributed to making the pattern and instructions as perfect as they could get. 
It was such a thrill to see all their beautiful versions, and all the special fabrics they used. I will be showing them off in the testers' pattern tour which starts tomorrow. I promise you: you will not want to miss this!

Monday, April 7, 2014

From my (grand)mother to me

Today, you can find me over at As It Seams, where Victoria is running a fabulous series called 'From My Mother to Me".

If you would like to get some sewing tips and tricks from someone with around 70 (!) years of experience, you will have to click here.

Make sure to also check out the other contributions over the next weeks. Thank you so much for having me, Victoria!