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announcing winged!

May 6, 2014

winged fabric collection by bonnie christine

it’s here it’s here! i’m thrilled to announce my brand new fabric collection with art gallery fabrics called winged. i’ve been so anxious to share it with you!

ever since i was a young girl, i’ve always delighted in seeing the first butterfly of each spring season. it’s such a special moment to me. it represents new life, change, a new season, warmth, possibilities. winged was inspired by this first spring sighting and the delights of waking up to the birds chirping outside my window. it represents a season’s fresh beginnings and the dawn of a new day.

i also believe that if we have enough courage to spread our wings, we can fulfill our biggest dreams. here’s to letting all our imaginations fly free!

p.s. i’ll be debuting winged at the international quilt market in pittsburgh may 16th-18th. winged will begin shipping in june. check your local quilt shop for availability or this link for online shops. :)

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free sewing patterns from bonnie christine

i’m excited to share a free sewing pattern i made for you today! have you ever used mug rug? i use one every day! it’s one of those things that you don’t think you need until you finally have one and then you think, ‘how did i ever live without this?!’. i keep mine right next to my workspace and that’s where my coffee and tea lives every day. not only does it have it’s very own space on my desk, but it also gives my mug a silent landing spot. since bear is usually napping nearby, this is so helpful! i’ve too many times woke him by slamming my mug down on the table. not any more!

honeycomb mug home
every mug needs place of rest, a designated spot to call its own!

the details:

* patterns are a collaboration between fabric designer bonnie christine and pattern maker maxine ramey,      also known as maxie makes – a creative mother-daughter team!
* pdf pattern is a free instant download, ready to print on regular 8.5 x 11″ paper
* includes printable pattern pieces. no scaling necessary, just tape and go!
* fabrics used in this pattern are from my fabric line, sweet as honey.

COPYRIGHT: pattern is copyright bonnie christine | maxie makes 2014. all rights reserved. for personal use only. you may not reproduce without written permission. however, we would love for you to sell any items you make using this pattern. please convo if you have any questions. thank you!

for more patterns, visit sweet bonnie christine.

to download:

click HERE to view the pattern on issuu. to download the PDF + printable pattern pieces, click on ‘share’ below the publication and then select ‘download’. print on regular 8.5 x 11″ paper. have fun!

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diy baby leggings

October 24, 2013

DIY baby leggings - from socks! (2)

with cooler weather quickly approaching, i decided to get bear some baby leggings. after looking around a bit (and realizing how pricey they are), i thought, ‘hey, i bet i can make those!’. after a little research online, i decided to try my hand at making a few pairs (ok, several pairs). i couldn’t be happier with the results! they’re easy to  make, stay on great and keep my little man’s legs warm. (they’re especially nice for cloth diapering when pants looks big and bulky over the diaper!)

sidenote: they also work great as arm warmers for adults!

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you can imagine how elated i was to find these woodsy socks in the men’s section at target (i think i let out a squeal). aren’t they great?!

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and of course, i couldn’t resist these. :)

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step 1: gather your supplies. you’ll need a pair of mens socks or women’s knee high socks, a pair of scissors and a sewing machine with thread.

step 2: cut the straight sections out from the sock (refer to the diagram). you’ll keep the two long sections and discard the heel and toe.

step 3: to make the cuff, cut about 1/2″ off from the length of the 2nd straight section.

step 4: turn this section right sides together and stitch along the side.

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step 5: turn the two cuffs right sides out.

step 6: fold these two sections inside themselves (they should be right sides out all around now).

step 7: turn the top of the sock inside out. insert the cuff into the bottom of the sock.

step 8: push the cuffs all the way in so all the raw edges are lined up.

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step 9: place the 3 layers of raw edges under your sewing foot and beging to stitch.

step 10: continue sewing until you’ve completed the circle.

step 11: now turn the sock right sides out.

step 12: marvel at your new baby legs!

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as you can see, i made several pairs. the ones above are all made from men’s socks (found at target) and are great for the newborn – 6  month old baby.

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these are all made from women’s knee high socks and will be great for an older baby, say 6-18 months. they also work great as arm warmers for momma!

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as you can see, bear loves them! :)

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diy rope changing basket

September 30, 2013

after falling in love with this baby changing basket (and not being able to find one like it anywhere), i decided to just make my own version! using a clothesline and this method, i whipped this guy together in an afternoon. though i’m sure bear will grow out of it eventually, i’m so happy to use it in these early months. it’s soft and cozy and fits him perfectly!

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supplies:

- clothesline (i used 200 feet for this basket)
- sewing machine
- colored polyester thread
- 2″ foam for ‘mattress’ (available at craft stores)
- soft wool for cover (i used one of my husband’s old sweaters!)
- organic sherpa for linings (optional)

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begin by sewing two sides of clothesline rope together with a zig zag stitch into a long oval shape. this defines the entire shape of your basket (i.e. if you were making a round bowl, you’d start this in an exact circle).

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continue sewing around and around (and around and around) adding one layer of rope as you go.

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the most important part of this step is to try to keep the bottom of your basket laying flat as you sew it together. this gets harder and harder the larger it gets, but is an essential step in order to keep you basket laying flat.

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once you’ve made the entire flat bottom and you’re ready to turn up the edges to make the sides, take the entire piece of flat bottom you’ve created and tilt it upwards as you sew. (head on over to this post to see a good picture of this, i’m sorry i couldn’t manage to take one the project was so huge!). continue to sew until you’ve run out of rope, then back stitch thoroughly to secure the end.

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next, simply lay a piece of tissue paper inside the basket and make yourself a ‘pattern’ for the mattress pad. trace it onto the foam and cut around it. here, i’ve used one of my husband’s old wool sweaters to make a cover for it, but you could also use any fabric or wool to make the cover using the same pattern you used to cut out the foam pad. if you like, leave an envelope closure on the back for easy washing.

though this is completely optional, i also made a few mattress liners out of organic sherpa fleece. using the same pattern you made for the mattress, cut out two ovals and serge around the edges.

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and voila! the perfect little nest for your wee one. of course, you can also use this same method for non-baby related items, like large baskets, small bowls, coasters, trivets and more!

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the perfect whatever bag - a free pattern! (5)

hello, friends! my wonderful mother and i have been working on a special little pattern to share with you. we call it the perfect ‘whatever’ bag, because it’s perfect for.. well.. whatever! it’s easy to make and super comfortable to wear. i also love that it features several rows of pretty ribbons, which are always fun to pick out for a project. we used 3 pieces from my reminisce fabric line (sweet nostalgia antique, wonderment teaberry & freshly picked sherbert) which you can find for purchase here and here.

to download the pattern: click on the image above to download the printable pdf pattern.

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reminisce by bonnie christine for art gallery fabrics

hello, lovelies! though i’ve shared my latest fabric collection reminisce with you before, today i want to highlight one of my favorite projects from the collection: the sentimentalities quilt. my mom, maxine ramey and i worked together to design it and she pieced and quilted it for me.

sen·ti·men·tal·i·ties

1. The quality or condition of being excessively or affectedly sentimental.
2. A sentimental idea or an expression of it.

reminisce by bonnie christine for art gallery fabrics

it’s also a free downloadable pattern! you can download the pdf pattern right here from art gallery fabrics. the dresdon plate in the middle is easier than it looks (i promise!) and you’ll have the quilt top together in no time.

sentimentalities quilt fabric requirements

above are the fabric requirements for the quilt and coordinating sku numbers. if you’re interested in grabbing some of the fabric, you can either check your local fabric store for availability or purchase it online from hawthorne threads. the sentimentalities quilt finishes out to be 66″ x 66″. it’s the perfect size to throw on a bed or curl up under on the couch!

reminisce by bonnie christine for art gallery fabrics

reminisce by bonnie christine for art gallery fabrics

reminisce by bonnie christine for art gallery fabrics

reminisce by bonnie christine for art gallery fabrics

reminisce by bonnie christine for art gallery fabrics

fabric collection: reminisce by bonnie christine (that’s me!)
photography by art gallery fabrics
photo shoot features the lovely laura grosso

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today i shall create

March 5, 2012

create

today i shall create – sewing kit

today i shall create… something. what will you create?

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win an inroning board cover!

September 1, 2011

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giveaway

happy september, friends! as i hinted at yesterday, we’re starting off september with a bang. i am so excited to share with you that the lovely gals from city chic country mouse are sponsoring a giveaway for one of their adorable ironing board covers! you might remember that i ordered one from them a little over a year ago, and it is still one of my most favorite features in my sewing nook. just think how one of these beauties could spruce up a drab laundry room or bring a splash of color to your sewing area!

here’s how you enter:

visit city chic country mouse and pick out your favorite ironing board cover. come back here and share with us which one is your favorite, and maybe why it would bring a little extra joy to your ironing. one comment per person, please. giveaway will end on thursday, september 8th at midnight pst. one winner will be drawn randomly and announced on the following friday. good luck!

want to learn more about city chic country mouse? visit their blog, like them on facebook and read their sweet mother daughter story on the storque!

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