hackthattotecoverHack that Tote! Mix & Match Elements to Create Your Perfect Bag

Stash Books, an imprint of C&T Publishing
September 2016

Totes, transformed! A visual guide to making every type of bag

One pattern … infinite looks! With simple tweaks, you can reinvent the basic tote 11 ways, sewing useful projects like a backpack, messenger bag, laundry duffle, and stylish cross-body purse. Create your perfect carryall by adding pockets, leather handles, fabric straps and tabs, O-rings, snap hooks, purse frames, and more for endless variety. A fabric and interfacing guide helps beginners and more experienced sewists choose the right materials every time. Just measure, mark, and cut—no printed patterns needed!

• Alter a basic tote 11 ways! Switch up the size, shape, pockets, straps, drawstrings, zippers, and hardware to create bags for many uses
• Expert tips on choosing the right fabric and interfacing for sturdy bags that look amazing
• Easy, dimensional cutting instructions for fast, professional results


modernstyleforgirlsModern Style for Girls: Sew a Boutique Wardrobe
Stash Books, an imprint of C&T Publishing
October 2015

Give your favorite girls the gift of endless wardrobe options!

Best-selling author Mary Abreu is back with a book that will shut down the dreaded words, “I have nothing to wear!” from young girls. Starting with three basic pieces—a top/dress, skirt, and pants—you’ll learn how to modify simple patterns and rectangles to make twelve classic garments: four tops/dresses, four shorts/pants, and four skirts. Technique instructions teach you how to gather, create waistband casings, and insert zippers. Advice on choosing fabrics and adding embellishments is also included. With this handy guide, you can help your girls develop a style all their own.

• Add collars, change armholes, and add ruffles to basic garments to create updated takes on existing pieces
• Clear techniques will guide you on how to finish seam allowances, insert zippers, hem, and add unique embellishments
• Help your girls create an entirely new wardrobe of classic pieces to mix and match in any way they want.

CoverLittle Girls, Big Style: Sew a Boutique Wardrobe From 4 Easy Patterns
Stash Books, an imprint of C&T Publishing
November 2010

Give Your Girl Some Twirl!

• Every day is dress-up day-mix and match 4 basic patterns into hundreds of adorable outfits
• Complete instructions on all the basics-finishing seams, gathering, topstitching, hemming, shirring, and more
• Beginner-friendly approach to sewing “boutique” clothing for girls
• Make it your own with your favorite fabrics and embellishments

With 23 projects in sizes 2-6, you can create a closet full of clothes for any little girl in your life. Everything you need to learn is here, from the basic sewing to the stylish finishing. It’s all about handmade!



9781118131954_cover.inddSewn Hats
by Carla Hegeman Crim
July 2012

35 hat patterns for every age, gender, and fashion sense

Sewn Hats is a collaboration of hat designs from 29 of the industry’s most-loved fabric designers, pattern designers, and bloggers. The collection features a variety of hat patterns for all genders, sizes, ages, and fashion sense. Seamstresses will find options in a vast array of styles that use a wide variety of fabric types, from felt to silk, corduroy to cotton, and everything in between.


Expertly edited by top designer Carla Hegeman Crim, the designer and blogger behind The Scientific Seamstress, Sewn Hats is sure to offer inspiration for all home seamstresses. Contributors include:

  • Patty Young (MODKID Designs)
  • Kaari Meng (French General)
  • Joanna Figueroa (Fig Tree & Co.)
  • Kathy Mack (Pink Chalk Studio)
  • Dolin O’Shea (Lulu Bliss)
  • Lisa Carroccio (Domestic Diva’s Disasters)
  • Alexia Marcelle Abegg (Green Bee Patterns)
  • Heather Niziolek (Goosie Girl)
  • Melissa Stramel (Lilac Lane)
  • Jaime Morrison Curtis and Jacinda Boneau (Prudent Baby)
  • Karen LePage (One Girl Circus)
  • Jennifer Hagedorn (Tie Dye Diva Designs)
  • Shelly Figueroa (Figgy’s Patterns)
  • Bonnie Shaffer (Hats with a Past)
  • Jessica Christian (Craftiness is Not Optional)
  • Bari J. Ackerman (Bari J.)
  • Mary Abreu (Confessions of a Craft Addict)
  • Jennifer Paganelli (Sis Boom)
  • Irene Rodegerdts (Mushroom Villagers)
  • Anneliese S. (Aesthetic Nest)
  • Linda and Scott Hansen (Miss Mabel Studio and Blue Nickel Studios)
  • Betz White (
  • Kim Christopherson (
  • Melissa Averinos (
  • Val Pillow & Anne Maxfield (Pillow & Maxfield)

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  3. Oh goodness! I narrowed my favorites down to two: the floor pillow in yellow (our living room doesn’t have nearly enough room/seating, and this would help!) and the remix (gray) blanket (it’s a perfect fit for our bedroom). I’d have a hard time choosing!

  4. Thanks, Kevin! These are taken from the South rim (and what a beautiful rim it was!). We arrived about twenty minutes before sunrise after a four-hour drive from landing at the Las Vegas airport at 11:30pm, then left around 3pm to drive back. It was actually a spontaneous venture, and definitely short-lived, but I’m still so happy we did it. Can’t wait to go back someday!

  5. J’ai lu le règlement rapidement et il semble y avoir comme thème la protection des locataires les plus pauvres, soit celles et ceux qui ne peuvent prévoir racheter une des nouvelles copropriétés. Ça fait beaucoup de sens. Mais, il faut aussi lire les exceptions : les locateurs ayant des loyers plus dispendieux pourront néanmoins faire la conversion (75 % des baux qui coûtent 1,5 x le loyer médian établi par la SHQ).

  6. yep ive got mommybrain ive just rewatched u vid to check and u gave the measure so sorry i didnt see the tape measure so it didnt register ha ha still interested to know biggest ever though. im 24 weeks plus3 with twins and 42 inches around  so i cant imagine how big ill get whay hay x

  7. « Les crétins font perdre les matchs… »Sauf Ribéry !Beh… Ouais, quoi, sauf Ribéry. :confused:————————-Juvenal | le 14 janvier 2010 à 23:43« …mens sana in corpore sano », j’avais compris (appris) ça !Mais l’histoire des tutsis, je n’ai pas compris !

  8. я полностью согласна………. учителю очень тяжело работать в 2 смены она же не робот и у нее семья свои дети

  9. hola andres hoy grabe el juego y me unciono bien y todo pero al pasar unos 10 minutos de juego aparece el error de disco sucio, ya perdi el dvd o ay alguna forma de hacerlo funcionar? lo grabe tal cual como sale en el tutorial y lo puse el parche y todo y nose porque saldra ese error bueno igual gracias por el tutorial espero que me puedas ayudar

  10. I won the LOTTO… ! A MILLION IN CA$H ..! WOO … ! HOO ….! YES …! WONDERFUL …!But I lost the ticket in wild celebration that followed… Never got the ca$hThats the best way to describe this DISASTER … Oh the HUMANITY …!THINGS ! That COULD HAVE been,GREAT & STUPENDOUS and made the camera man and his subject, a household name … Unfortunately when amateurism mixed with downright stupidity and the simpleminded unlucky team up to make a short single subject film, well, ah …. hmmm .. ah …How should I put this….?These are the results.

  11. Mick,Just read this – shows how long it’s been since I visited my blog or had anything new to add to it. Found this among all sorts of spam and sex ads – wonderful. Obviously we all survived the big storm. I agree with your sentiments. You can reach me directly at Paul.

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  13. ^ Actually, most of the time was spent in legal dealings, over which studio was going to release it. Once the rights fell to Warner Brothers, the film actually got slapped together pretty quickly, (even faster than a Star Wars film I might add.)And the decision to make a third movie was never part of the original deal! It was just a greedy afterthought. So saying that this trilogy was hand-crafted with love and individualistic attention and care like grandma’s homemade cookies is the biggest lie I’ve heard all day.

  14. beautifully about the traveling and I always loved to be a traveler, because he has no destination and has a lot to experience and observe. I feel traveling expands my worldYes, the stories are something strange and everyone has a story to say to turn our traveling interesting. My wishes on the 200th post! 🙂

  15. *phone rings on set*Ratner: “Hello?”Damone: “Hey, Rat.”Ratner: “Yeah?”Damone: “First of all Rat, you never let on how much you like a girl.”Ratner: “Huh?”Damone: “You are a wuss: part wimp, and part pussy. ”Ratner: “…”Damone: “This Mark?”Ratner: “No, Brett.”*phone hangs up*

  16. , the anti-Carly. No photo-ops with Bono or jet-setting with the rich and famous. Mark’s facility with even the most arcane details of HP business operations was truly impressive even in the first few weeks in a way that was reminiscent of the founders. I personally hope that he doesn’t bear any culpability for the recent boardroom drama. The board must resolve their differences very quickly and get to business or the few remaining instincts for greatness that this Silicon Valley icon has may fade away and be lost to American business for good. I could never forgive them.

  17. Great example, Jonathan. I don’t read a great deal of poetry, but this one stuck with me–I think it’s the impact of the Lady’s fatal choice to finally look out the window. It’s a sad tale, but a perfect demonstration of how a window might play a pivotal role in a story!

  18. I had a totally bigoted moment that day, which I’m not proud of. I saw some guys with turbans standing outside their Tasti-D-Lite franchise, and smiling, and I was like, “those muslims have some nerve smiling in public.”

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  24. Hi Larry,sorry for posting my question again. I thought the answer to Chakaphan would be adressed to me…I’m wondering that my question is so rarely beeing discussed. I think it’s the normal way to present related table-entrys to the master-entry in form of its value rather than its ID.i hope you find the code (in your head or archive )by the way, the new threaded-layout for the post’s (missing the # of the entry) is a bit of confusing.

  25. This one is a particular example:Thanks, you are probably right. The Sub-Saharan "admixture" in Kurds is probably indicative of a shared genetic component, that is why I wrote "is an ancient phenomenon reflecting gene flow between the Near East and Africa" However, have about 2% Sub-Saharan admixture, and Arabs are known to have more, so I wouldn't be surprised if, when the relevant African populations are sampled, Kurds also turn out to have African admixture in that order.

  26. It's wonderful that you got this to work. I read the Pinstrosity blog and just last week she was showing what happens when this particular craft goes horribly, horribly wrong. Like try to burn the house down wrong. That was enough to turn me off this one forever, but I'm glad someone can make it work.

  27. Ari & Lina thank you so much for putting this blog & these videos together! "Women of a certain age" are so much more comfortable with who they are and know how to have fun! Seems like younger women are so focused on what they look to other people around them that they have no self confidence!Keep up the great work!

  28. I have been looking for a sewing magazine for the holidays and this looks AWESOME! We do the white elephant Christmas at my extended families home because there are so may of us and I always make a handmade gift for them to steal from each other! The cover looks really great and I NEED (lol) this book to make the perfect gift!!!!!

  29. I've never made the fried poppers. That sounds delicious….even though it's not very healthy! I usually make jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese, wrapped in bacon and baked. I could eat those all day long…mmmmm……Thanks for sharing the recipe! The next time I have a get-together, I'll have to try it!

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  31. Robin,That I recall, I never took a public stand one way or another on the Garner motion, per se. I will say, now, that I am sympathetic to the view that the IMB BoT should not go beyond what is written in the BF&M in their criteria for determining who are and who are not viable candidates for missionary service. I am sure I have voiced that much earlier.I have, on various occasions, voiced my disagreement, or “caveat,” with the practice of “closed communion,” which, as I understand it, is advocated in the BF&M. As far as the rest of the BF&M is concerned, including the other points on the Lord’s Supper and Baptism, I am in agreement.

  32. Nej, ændrer ikke navn… fordi selvom jeg bliver gift vil der altid være selvstændige, Miss Jeanett som jo ikke ændrer sig bare fordi jeg fÃ¥r papir pÃ¥ min kærlighed Desuden tager jeg heller ikke kærestens navn, sÃ¥ pÃ¥ den mÃ¥de ændres ingenting.Og mange kan sagtens drømme selvom man kun er 16 Jeg har drømt om min kjole siden jeg var 8-10 Ã¥r!

  33. he keeps on? projecting his smile infront of the camera.. so PLASTIC parang OROCAN… he just keep on smiling to show the public that he’s not affected by all the evidence Winnie Monsod and Igan have….. what a SHAME!!! suicide is just to good for you…

  34. Finally, what is called “Modern” civilization, the Renaissance and all that follows it, is almost wholly Italian – painting, music, the recovery of Platonic philosophy, etc.The “recovery” of Platonic sophistry was actually a setback.The Reformation, calculus, Gothic architecture, moveable type, strong nation-states … How many of Shakespeare’s plays take place in Italy?Which Italian wrote Shakespeare’s plays?

  35. The Sovereign Man must do a whole lot of spying; it locks up my computer for minutes at a time. "That’s why I fundamentally believe that today is one of the most exciting times to be alive since the French Revolution. And we’re just getting warmed up."And Simon thinks this a good thing.

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