It’s been so much fun to read along with each stop of the Hack that Tote! blog tour. I’ve loved seeing what each of the talented folks who’ve taken part have done to tweak the bags from the book to suit their needs. A big “thank you” to these wonderful folks for being a part (be sure to check out each to see what they’ve whipped up and enter their giveaway): 9/27 C&T 9/28 Sue O’Very 9/29 Gen Q Teri Lucas  9/30 Patty Murphy 10/1 Vanessa… Read more »

After more than two years of working on back-to-back books, I’ve been a little burned out on sewing because I have to. Nothing takes the enjoyment out of something for me quite like the feeling that it’s work. And, while I do have some things to sew for Hack That Tote!, I am pretty giddy about having little sewing-by-obligation on my plate for the near future. It’s rather liberating, but also a little intimidating. I am far more productive when… Read more »

When I’m short on sewing time, I tend to gravitate to knit patterns. They typically are fast to cut and sew, which means I can get something finished — or close to it — in a small amount of time. I’ve been tinkering with a self drafted leggings pattern for a while now and was eager to get it right. Don’t get me wrong: It’s not a particularly difficult task. I just tend to half heartedly do my measurements or… Read more »

My daughter starts sixth grade today. I’m not quite sure how that happened. Part of me thinks she should still be toddling about on chubby baby legs and taking naps. She’s mostly excited about starting her middle school adventures (and maybe a tiny bit nervous) and I decided some mama made clothing was in order. A photo posted by Mary Abreu (@thatcraftaddict) on Aug 6, 2016 at 8:56am PDT I have tons of odd pieces of knit jersey in my… Read more »

I’ve been trying to sew more for myself lately. It’s sometimes a challenge, carving out time to sew, and I sometimes feel guilty for sewing for me instead of sewing for work. Honestly, if I don’t make time to sew for fun, sewing just becomes all work and that’s a total bummer. A photo posted by Mary Abreu (@thatcraftaddict) on Jul 30, 2016 at 8:09am PDT   Intown Quilters had a major sale on Kokka fabrics, so I picked up… Read more »

My favorite ever pair of pajama pants are some jersey knit ones with Santas all over them, purchased at Old Navy years ago. So many years ago that I don’t even remember when I bought them. They are so soft and comfortable, I pretty much wear them around the house all year long in spite of the seasonal fabric. We stocked some cute Christmas knit fabrics from Riley Blake at the shop and Sarah suggested making a pair of knit… Read more »

I always feel compelled to sew something to wear at Quilt Market. I’m not quite sure why that is, but I’m inevitably sitting at the sewing machine a few days before I leave, trying to make a new garment for the occasion. May’s Quilt Market in Minneapolis was no exception. I’d had the Out & About Dress from Sew Caroline on my list for a while, and the fabric was already washed and ready to cut. Because this was my… Read more »

While at International Quilt Market in Minneapolis last month, I fell in love with the Coachella Shorts sample hanging in the Checker Distributors booth. I knew they’d be perfect for Miss L and with summer coming up, I put them at the top of my “must sew” list. The pattern is by Striped Swallow Designs and features a curved hem accented with trim. It’s sized for girls 6 months-12 years and uses just a small amount of fabric — like,… Read more »