I was flipping through Fabric-by-Fabric One Yard Wonders by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins when I saw a project that I knew would be really fun for me to sew up: The Retro Bag. It has cute pleats in the front, and it seemed pretty easy to sew together.
Summer is almost here, and with summer, we all need some lighter loungewear to use around the house. If you're the type of person who has DIY running through their veins (join the club!), you might want to take a look at these awesome patterns. When it comes to pajamas, I've all but given up on trying to find a pre-made pair that will fit me. I'm 5'10" tall, and let me tell you, that makes finding a set of pajamas nearly impossible. I was fortunate enough to have been chosen to model the beautiful kimono robe and the Sleep Well pajamas at our latest photo shoot. Talk about comfort!
The kimono was so light and airy, I would have worn it all day if they had let me. Despite being a lighterweight fabric, if you're wearing a lined garment like this, Matsuri will keep you nice and warm.
And now on to my favorite part of the day...the Sleep Well pajamas. I will say that the pajama bottoms had to be lengthened from what they call for in the pattern, but that's the beauty of DIY, right? I love this pajama set so much! The top is absolutely beautiful, and the bottoms were so soft. If you need a quick gift for someone, these patterns are a great idea. Or hey, Mother's Day is coming up -- what's better than spending the day lounging in homemade pajamas?! My mom's birthday is on Monday, and since she doesn't take enough time out for herself, I am giving her both of these great items to encourage her to spend some time relaxing. Trust me, once you're in these guys, you're relaxation comes a lot easier. Ha!
Matsuri is such a soft and wearable fabric that I have been telling everyone they need to stock up. I hope you like these patterns as much as I do! I especially love the free pricetag on the kimono pattern -- you can't beat that!
I absolutely love my Matsuri collection
and I knew instantly that I wanted to make a quilt in this collection,
specifically as a present for my mother. This year is her 65th birthday
and I wanted to give her a special gift. I know I’m a very lucky girl
to be able to be in the position that I am, where I can create fabrics
and then actually use them, so this will really mean so much to her!
The Saltbox Village collection depicts a cozy look and feel of life in the country.
is a blend of the beautiful, comfortable and practical.
Characteristically, it is reminiscent of life in rural America complete
with people, households and farming culture. The Saltbox Village focal, Hometowne, is all of this including a twang of Americana.
I'm such a sucker for a new bag pattern. The Three Sheep Tote, made from Saltbox Village, was really a fun one. The tote combines both some simple embroidery with fussy-cut pieces to make a good sized bag that will be handy for toting projects to quilt group, or back and forth to work.
The embroidery worked up fairly fast, and Mari's directions to complete the bag are just super. I might suggest adding a pocket to the inside - I just think bags need pockets!