Monday, September 18, 2017

National Sewing Month - Giveaway

Hello Sewing friends! As you may have already heard, September is National Sewing Month and my friends at C&T Publishing are celebrating all month long with sewing tips and tutorials on their blog. Today I get to share a tip about how I clean one of my favorite sewing tools, the self healing cutting mat. I use my mat to cut everything and fibers are always getting stuck in it. Does this happen to you too? If so, click on over for my quick tip on how to easily clean your mat.  AND there's a giveaway!

You'll also get the chance to win an eBook copy of my book Just for You: Selfish Sewing with Your Favorite SewCanShe Bloggers.  Go Enter!

Happy Cleaning!

For more sewing tips check out these posts...

Like my style? Check out my Blue Susan Etsy Shop where you'll find beautiful handbags and easy-to-read PDF sewing patterns for sale.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

DIY Diaper Bag Tutorial for

Hello Sewing friends! I hope you had a chance to catch my DIY Diaper Bag tutorial up on the blog. You can hop over there to check it out the full tutorial but first let me give a little preview here.

This project was sponsored by and this post contains affiliate links

This diaper bag is not quite full sized (more on the small to medium size) but it still has all kinds of awesome pockets. My favorite ones are on the outside. I love bags with pockets like these. I stash my phone and keys there so they are easy to grab. There is room for more than just a water bottle in there.

There is an easy to install separating zipper to keep everything in place. 

Open it up and you'll find lots of pockets. 2 large, 2 medium, and a even a zipper pocket to stash the things you don't want to lose.

Here's what it looks like all stuffed with the essentials.

The straps are long enough to easily throw over your shoulder one handed. But honestly I would just leave this one in the car on outings. It has a nice big base so its stays standing up pretty easily. 
I love this fabric print too. To me it just screams spring. It's an Amy Butler print called Harriet's Kitchen Sugar from the Cameo line. Amy Butler is the queen of large scale florals. Here's a tip, when you are using a large scale floral when making a bag order at least 1 1/2 times the fabric you are going to need (maybe more) so you have enough to fussy cut and match your panels. I only started with a yard for this project and wasn't quite enough to get the flowers placed where I wanted them.  For the lining I used a coordinating print from her True colors line called Wallflower in Marine. For the handles and base I used Essex Linen by Robert Kaufman. It is my go-to fabric when I need a neutral for a bag.

Anyway, I hope you like it! I hope you sew one and let me see it when you do, I'd love to see it.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Hopping into Spring

Are you in the mood for a little stitching? Easter will be here before you know it. Sometimes it's fun to have a holiday project at your finger tips when you have a minute to stitch. I have a free Happy Easter embroidery pattern over on Craftsy that you might want to check out.

It is very simple and a great project for a kid or a beginner at embroidery. It also comes with instructions on how to frame it with fabric to make a pretty Easter wall hanging.

Happy Stitching!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Printable Fantasy Dragon Valentine's Cards

My niece Melinda is 13 and has been obsessed with dragons ever since I can remember. She reads about them, collects them, and loves to draw them. She came up with some fun ideas drew these amazing printable Valentine's cards.

 Aren't they clever?

I've listed them in my Etsy shop for her as a downloadable PDF file. Download it once and print as many as you like. 

Check them out and let me know what you think.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Sweetly Gathered Round Hangbag

Hi sewing friends. Are you joining me for the Just for You Sewalong? We are sewing our way through the monthly chapters of Just for You: Selfish Sewing with Your Favorite SewCanShe Bloggers.  We just finished out January and I have a project share with you. Here's my Sweetly Gathered Round Hangbag!

This pattern from the book is designed by Delia Randall of Delia Creates. I love the style of it. And isn't this fabric dreamy? It's called Sinister Swarm Rayon Challis by Anna Maria Horner. The lining is Sunprint Arrows by Allison Glass.

These flexible handle hoops are made from brown faux-leather and they took A LOT of practice to make.

If you're making your handles too here are a few things I learned...
Make a practice handle! I can't stress this enough. I personally never want to spend more time on a project than I have to. But for this project your first handle will be a mess and your 2nd handle will look WAY better. You don't have to buy a third length of cording for your practice handle, just cut along your stitches and remove the vinyl from your 1st handle and use it for your third.

Be careful not to turn the edges under too much. This is easy to do. If you turn them under more than the recommended 1/4in there isn't enough room to sew, even with a zipper foot

Grease your vinyl with a swipe of sewing machine oil (usually comes with your machine). Spread a very thin layer on top of the vinyl along your sewing path. Wipe it off with a paper towel when you're done. I was so so amazed at what a difference this made. I think every machine handles sewing on vinyl differently. My last machine would always skip stitches on vinyl, this one just can't feed it through. But with the addition of just a little oil for lubrication it seriously sewed so much easier. See the difference in the photo below. These are my 2nd and 3rd handles I used the same stitch length on each of these handles. I cut the vinyl off the messy looking one and sewed up a new improved one to match. So, yes, I sewed 4 handles.

I haven't had a lot of sewing time over the last couple years, I just constantly get tugged and interrupted with all these kids running around and trying to be ready for the next part of our day. But, I'm determined to take more time to do the thing I love this year,sewing!.  So in order to accomplish this project I decided to break it down into doable steps and list them. I just worked on one part of the bag each night I got a chance to sit and sew. Sometimes I just got to sew 10 minutes at a time. "Baby steps" is my new sewing mantra. :) I can finish a project if I just do it in baby steps, even if I don't meet my deadline.

Anyway, I sure think it's pretty.

Come join our Facebook page and see what everyone else is making, Grab a book and sew along!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Pullover Toddler Bib Tutorial

Hi Sewing friends! A little while ago I sewed up some fun colorful bibs for my 2 year old and promised a tutorial to show you how I made them. Well today I'm sharing my Pullover Toddler Bib tutorial over on the blog.  They sent me the cutest fabrics to work with. When Tom saw me sewing with it he immediately pointed to the 3 little pigs and said "Look, piggies, mom".  Please click on over and check it out and let me know what you think. If you make some I would love to see, just tag me on Instagram @bluesusanmakes #pullovertoddlerbib, or send me an email.

This Tutorial is a variation on my original Pullover Bib tutorial found HERE.

Happy Sewing!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Just for You Sewalong

Hello! It's January so Happy New Year!!! I'm so excited for this new year. I've had a couple of slow sewing years and I'm excited to sew more this year now that my baby is 2! He's 2 and I kind of can't believe it. My kids went back to school today so I'm back to blogging too.

Let's talk about New Year's re'sew'lutions. :)  Are YOU making any?

We are kicking off the yearly Just for You Sewalong this month and I wanted to pop in and make sure you knew all the details about it so you could join in the fun. Each month we will be sewing our way through pages of my book Just for You: Selfish Sewing with your Favorite SewCanShe Bloggers. (affliliate limk) We've rounded up amazing projects from some seriously talented contributors. The book is perfect for meeting all your sewing goals. It is organized into monthly chapters, with 2 projects to sew each month.  Choose to sew your favorite or go all out and make them all. Each project comes with an opportunity to learn a new skill or sew with a different type of fabric. Come show off your projects in our Just for You Sewalong Facebook Group. We have over 2000 members and would love to have you join us.  We love to cheer each other on.

In honor of our January kickoff you can purchase a signed copy from my Etsy shop for $18 plus Free Media Mail shipping. This price will be good through the end of January so get one while you can.

If you haven't had a chance to check out our book yet it has beautiful magazine like photos and helpful step by step photos that make the projects easy to sew. Check out what we are sewing in January.

 The Sweetly Gathered Round handbag is a lovely lightweight bag with no interfacing, a set in zipper pocket and comfortable flexible hoop handles you can sew yourself. The Chevron Shrug is cute and comfy and just perfect for throwing over your favorite t-shirt.  I'm working on gathering my fabrics for these projects and will be posting my fabric choices on the Sewalong FB page soon.

Come join us. Let's have some fun!