New Fabric Has Arrived At My Shop

Nothing makes me more giddy than knowing the big brown truck is going to pull in my drive and deliver a box of new fabric. It is like Christmas at my house for that hour or two, while I lovingly look at each fabric, thinking about all the wonderful things I want to make. Then my husband usually brings me down from cloud 9 and reminds me that the fabric is for my Etsy shop not for my personal enjoyment. Well….at least not all of it. I mean I have to try some of it right. What kind of sales person would I be if I did not test the product out first.

The first of the fabric is from Art Gallery and it is the Arizona Collection from the extremely talented April Rhodes. I absolutely love every print in this collection and had such a hard time deciding which ones to purchase for my shop. ARZ-553-Agave-Field-500px ARZ-554-Triangle-Tokens-500px ARZ-552-Clay-Sundot-500px ARZ-551-Tomahawk-Stripe-500px ARZ-550-Desert-Blanket-500px ARZ-557-Arid-Horizon-500px

 

When this arrived I knew I was going to have to make a Staple Dress also by April Rhodes out of one of these fabrics. I ended up going with Desert Blanket. I absolutely love how it turned out. this is the perfect dress to wear this fall with tights or leggings.  To purchase this pattern go to http://april-rhodes.com . Not only is April an amazing fabric designer, but her patterns are fantastic… anyone can make them from the new sewer to and experienced one. I also ended up making a hip purse to take to Disney World with me out of Agave Fields, look for a tutorial on this hip purse soon. It was just the right size for all the must haves while walking around the park.

staple dress with arizona arizona purse1

 

The second line of fabric is also from Art Gallery it is Gleeful from Sew Caroline. I love how bright and cheery this fabric is. Check out her blog she has some excellent tutorials http://sewcaroline.com/.

GFL-385-Cheerful-Echo-500px GFL-384-Springs-Sun-500px GFL-383-Lively-Buds-500px GFL-382-After-the-Rain-500px GFL-380-Preppy-Fleurs-500px

You can find all these fabrics in my shop Sew On The Edge www.etsy.com/shop/SewOnTheEdge.

-Mandy

 

 

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My Obsession with the Sidekick Tote

With summer winding down I thought I would share with you my little obsession that I have had this summer with the Sidekick Tote from Noodle-head http://www.noodle-head.com/. It has been the perfect bag for throwing all my extra stuff that I seem to need in the summer. Plus I love the adjustable cross body strap for running around with the kids, going to the fair.. the list goes on and on.

This pattern is a great one for someone with basic sewing skills. Anna from noodle-head has great step by step directions that are easy to follow, along with pictures of each step. The one problem I did run into is that my two local big box craft stores did not carry the hardware for the adjustable strap. So that is something you might need to take into consideration and order off of Etsy or Amazon.

I think this tote calls for some fun fabric, so on two of them I used Birch Organic fabric in chevron and Girl Cruiser from the Avalon Collection which has been discontinued. Which just sucks lemons because the bikes are so cool. The third one was made out of After the Rain and Cheerful Echo from the Gleeful Limited Edition Collection, which you can get at my Etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/SewOnTheEdge.

side kick 2 sidekick 3 sidekick
Hope you are able to spend some time with family and friends this Labor Day weekend. We are heading to an area campgrounds with 6 other families. Should be a great time for us and the boys.

-Mandy

Preparing for the Tooth Fairy

My oldest just turned 6 last month and he is so excited because he finally has a loose tooth. I think that  he thought he was never going to lose one, most of his friends have lost teeth and I think he was feeling left out.

I have to be real honest I am glad that it has taken this long, because think  the whole process of loosing teeth is gross. I am not looking forward to that dangling dead tooth, they seem to want to wiggle every chance they get. Yuck!

So off to Pinterest I went looking for ideas for a Tooth Fairy Pillow.  I loved the idea of taking the picture of all the teeth they will lose and putting it on the pillow, so you can write the date next to the tooth. I am hoping this is a fail proof method for me to keep track of when the boys lose their teeth.   Because well…lets just say their baby books are not really up-to-date.  I mean if you count shoving the doctors report of their height and weight at their yearly check -up updating their baby book, then I am rocking it!

So here is what I came up with, the back pocket has the picture of the teeth with lines for writing the dates down. I used Riley Blake Chevron fabric in navy and orange.  And I love how it turned out.

tooth fairy pillow front pillow 2

I will post a tutorial on this tooth fairy pillow later on in the week with instructions on how to print the teeth on fabric!

Mandy