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the slouchy backpack sewing pattern (7)

though i’ve peppered their names throughout several blog posts over the last few months, it dawned on me this morning that i’ve never really taken the time to introduce to you my new pattern line! the bonnie christine pattern line consists of 6 patterns that my mom, maxie makes, and i have collaborated on creating for sewist’s and creatives of all kinds. over the next several weeks, i want to introduce each pattern so that i can tell you more about the inspirations behind them and share with you the photos and samples we’ve made of them.

working with my mom on this project has been so fun and exciting! maxie has been sewing for over 50 years and has owned a beautiful quilt shop for the past 10 years called A Stitch in Time. She has written hundreds of patterns and has had several published and distributed around the world. when i have an idea for a pattern, i toss the idea to her and she begins working on a concept and pattern. once we’re happy with it, we make several samples and i begin illustrating the pattern. then comes the fun part – photographing the projects and debuting the pattern!

the first pattern i want to share with you today is called the slouchy backpack. it’s a beginner-to-intermediate friendly project that can easily be made in an afternoon. the slouchy straps make this  back-hugging backpack super comfy to wear or throw over your shoulder. you can mix and match fabrics for the straps, flap, lining and pocket, or keep them all the same for a stream-lined look (we used both winged and sweet as honey for the ones shown here). with a cinch pull and pocket inside, it makes a great hands-free purse for school or a run to town.  

we created the slouchy backpack because i love having a hands free bag to do all my errand running with. it’s especially helpful while juggling a baby!

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though i’ll be sharing more about each of them in detail over the next few weeks, you can see all of our patterns here (they are available in both PDF and hard copy formats).

wholesale info: we are also happy to set up wholesale accounts for shops and resellers! if you’re interested, please email me for more info. we look forward to working with you!

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30 winged projects

December 19, 2014

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30 winged projects - get ready to be inspired!

the blog tour for my winged fabric collection ended yesterday and everyone’s projects were spectacular! from origami butterflies and ribbon boxes to fabric tape and hero capes – it was so fun to see everyone’s projects! most of the projects are posted alongside a tutorial or pattern, so i hope you’ll dive in to the links below and get inspired to start crafting. several of the projects don’t even require a sewing machine!

i want to send a huge thank you to each of the lovely ladies who participated. you are all so talented and creative and i was honored to have you on the winged blog tour. it’s a very special feeling to see something made with my fabrics and you all went above and beyond with your projects. i’m grateful for each of you and so inspired by your creativity! love, bonnie

here’s a recap of all 30 of the projects!

1) Erin Stewart | Poppy Quinn
2) Whitney Surane | Madly Wish
3) Erica Jackman | Kitchen Table Quilting
4) Bonnie Christine (that’s me!) | Going Home to Roost
5) Michelle Wooderson
6) Lee Monroe | May Chappell 
7) Jennifer Harrison | Hopeful Homemaker
8) Jessica Stewart | Snicker Doodle Stew
9) Teresa Behr | Dandelion Drift
10) Jennie & Clara | Clover & Violet
11) Tara Larson | Rad&Happy
12) Rossie Hutchinson
13) Amber Carrillo | One Shabby Chick
14) Katie Convertino
15) Caroline Hulse | Sew Caroline
16) Holly Hughes Reid | Holly Gets Quilty
17) Karen Davis | Celebrate Life with Us
18) Jo Avery | My Bear Paw
19) Corey Yoder | Little Miss Shabby
20) Kelley MacDonald | The City and Us
21) Brooke Crook | Oliver’s Fancy
22) Rachael McKeeman | The Floral Suitcase
23) Brandi Blowers | BNB Designs
24) Edith Minne | Renaissance Ribbons
25) April San Pedro | I am Artisan
26) Heather Andrus & Megan Jimenez | Quilt Story
27) Sarah Wilson | Crinkle Love
28) Jera Brandvig | Quilting in the Rain
29)  Gwen | Tillalili, LLC
30) Maria Hennlein | Villastoff

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today is my day to join in the winged blog tour! i’m sharing one of my favorite projects with you, the roll ‘n go. it’s a catch-all strap that can be used to tote a blanket, yoga mat, small stack of wood or anything else that can be rolled!

it only takes 1/4 yard of fabric and goes together in just about an hour, so it’s a great beginner project to undertake. the pattern uses a technique that i’ve never seen done before. in short, it makes finishing all the edges of the straps a cinch! no turning tubes or folding over bulky edges. it’s a technique that you’ll be able to use anytime you need to finish the edges of a strap (think leashes, collars, camera straps and more!).

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it’s truly a lovely (and quick!) way to carry your yoga mat as well. throw it over your shoulder, head off to class in style and forget having a large bag to deal with. BONUS – it can even be used as a strap during class to help you stretch! the loops at the end are perfect ‘handles’ for your feet and hands.

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be sure to check out erica’s single herringbone pillow tutorial from yesterday, and visit michelle wooderson’s blog tomorrow for her project. you can follow the entire tour by watching for the daily links HERE.

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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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