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Big Comfort! Big Impact Using A Cricut Maker 3 In Your Sewing

I will admit I am not a big paper or vinyl crafter. I have lofty ideas I will be one when I see great ideas and then they stay an idea! Lol 

Oh well I still get good use out of my Cricut machine by using it in various ways in my sewing. I first used it for this costume I made for a clients Halloween costume. You will find it on the leg wrap and the medallion on the skirt.

I also have also used the Cricut Maker for bag making. You can check out two of my free bag patterns in my Freebie Library that can be cut with an Cricut or electronic cutting machine. I just release the SImon Bucket Bag Pattern and you can find that for free in my library as well. Here is the blog post about it.

If you want to get this free bag pattern check out the Library at the top of the page, “Lovely’s Sewing Freebies”

If you have seen my embroidered skirt you know that I love a bold look! It makes a bold statement and it is just fun. So here is another one using my Cricut Maker 3. If you have not heard the Cricut Maker 3 can cut without a mat using their Smart Matierial and one is a Smart Iron on Vinyl. You can cut in long lengths, up to 12 Feet!!! Yup 12 feet!!!! If you want to learn more click on the picture of the Maker 3 below.


So of course large wall vinyl is probably what most people think of but I went straight to what clothing item I could make. I wanted something elegant with very little detail that gave me large blank canvas. I noticed this cute Caftan pattern from Simplicity. Did I just say a cute Caftan? Lol yup…. I am sure at some point my generation said we would never wear these and here we are. I think it is perfect for lounging around the house and they can still be very cute and presentable. Throw on some oversized earrings and a large bag and you can go run some errands while looking chic.

SImplicity 8911


So let’s talk about some things to keep in mind. One would be the limitations on the width, so you should think of something narrow or you could also do something that would cut separately that you can place all over the item but would still cut quickly. I wanted something to make an impact and this snake on a vine was it but here is where you can let your imagination run wild. I have a few more ideas in mind. So let’s think outside centering a design on a shirt. What are you going to make an incorporate large iron on vinyl onto?


I have a full review of Simplicity 8911 here on my patternreview.com profile but the short answer is that I love it and it is super easy to make.

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In Time For Christmas Gifts! Free PDF Purse Pattern-With SVG and Cricut DS File

Have you started sewing for Christmas yet? It’s right around the corner!

This sweet little bag will be a great gift for the stylish ladies and the fun teens on your list! This bag has so many options for customizing. The top and bottom and even the pleathers of handbag ring options.

I found some cute ones on Amazon I will post some links to a few and one of my testers used an adorable cat shaped ring. Your imagination is your limit as long as it is sized appropriate for the bag!!

This bag pattern also can be cut three ways!! I have included the tradition pdf pattern that you can print and cut on your home computer and tape together, an SVG file you can upload to any electronic cutting machine and a Cricut Design Space Project link that will open it directly in Design Space!!!

You can watch this quick video to help on putting it together but it is so easy and quick that you can make one for everyone on their list!

I have partnered with The Fabric Snob and used quilting cottons from their shop! They have a wide array!!! This was the Bosage Collection- Lush Rainforest and Shifting Fonds. You can grab a Snob Surprise Bag for some quilting cotton! Show your makes using hashtag #snobsurprise to be entered to win 💲500 in snob cash!https://www.thefabricsnob.com/products/snob-surprise-bags… Use code: Leah10 for 10% off your quilting cottons!

Also check back on my blog post about making clothing with Quilting Cotton and my tip sheet in my Freebie Library. You can find that post here.

See below on how to get my Lovely’s Freebies Library password so you can get this pattern and previous freebies and freebies to come! If you are on your cell phone the way to see it is to click on the title of this post and then it will be at the bottom of the blog post.

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SEWN Magazine Feature

SEWN Magazine April 2021 Issue COver

I work hard at most everything I do but sometimes great things just happen and I don’t know how I am so blessed. Earlier this year I was reached out to by SEWN Magazine! If you haven’t seen them then check them out. They have a modern take on a sewing magazine and every issue is packed with great sewing information and features talented makers showing of their skills. So when I was asked to make something for them I jumped at it. The prompt was a shirt dress! I love dresses so this was great. I often use shirt dresses as dusters as you can see here in my Southwestern girl post about my southwestern style duster. However shirt dresses can also be glammed up so I decided to show both sides. The first version was this large floral print quilting cotton sure to wow as a casual day piece and the second was this sext black stretch chiffon that I didn’t even put bottoms on and cinched in with a belt I made and added sexy gladiator sandals. This is the version that is perfect for date night.

I have made plenty of dusters so I wanted to use pattern I had not used before. I decided quickly on Designer Stitch’s Sedona. Funny thing is the last time I was in a magazine it was in a Designer Stitch pattern. You can check that out here! I used to test her patterns and they are great so I had high hopes and they did not disappoint. Excellent drafting and instructions. She does the placket different than I have ever seen it done but when you take your time it comes out so nice and is easier than the other ways I have done it. You can find her patterns here and her Facebook group is here.

The print floral fabric is from one of my favorite fabric stores The Fabric Snob but it was a pre order a while ago so it is no longer available. Sorry but do check out their fabric because they have a lot of great stuff. I used their fabric for my floral suit I made earlier this year. You can see that here.

Vogue 1716
Vogue 1716

Next I want to highlight my wonderful photographer that I work with on a lot of my photo shoots including the SEWN Magazine shoot. You can find her on Instagram here and here. I will add a gallery of some other shoots she has helped me with. Check her out if you are looking for a photographer in the Fort Worth Texas area.

  • Simplicity 8526 Sewing Pattern
  • Vogue 1716 Sewing Pattern
  • Greenstyle Creations Patterns Sewing Patterns

If you want more info and a full review on the Designer Stitch Sedona Pattern you can find my Sewing Pattern Review here.

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Clear Stadium Bag with Free Pattern and SVG

Three Clear Stadium Bags

So COVID is coming to an end! Well, at least that is what I am hoping for. I think we all are hoping the world gets back to normal soon. That means concerts and sporting events. Some of the sports venues now require only clear bags so I thought in preparation I would make a cute clear stadium bag pattern for you. No, you don’t have to just use it for stadium events. The free clear stadium bag pattern will be perfect for so many events this summer. It is so fun!

Don’t let how cute this bag is fool you. It is so easy to make and I have made a video to walk you through the process. You can check out the video on how to make the bag here.

You can readily find the PVC plastic and other materials I used and I will link some that I used.

Another reason I love working with PVC vinyl is to use vinyl cut on my cutting machine to add monograms or other personalization.I have also provided you some details on what materials I used. Enter your email below to get access to this and all my other free files.

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My Little Round Coin Purse​

My grandmother gave me two little coin purses when I was little and I loved them. I kept all my treasures in them. It is such a sweet memory. I still have one of them and it makes me sad that I can’t find the other one. 

As an adult I always organize my bags with smaller bags by different categories. Makeup, sunglasses, charging cables, pens, etc. It especially comes in handy when I am traveling. One day I was playing around with the idea of another little bag to put things like coins, sweetener packets, and my face mask in and loved the simplicity of this little circle zip purse. I can use fun vinyls clear and embossed, cork or even leather. I also put vinyl cut with my Cricut on the back of some to label what is in each one. You could also add a monogram or add decoration by embroidering the back before you make them.

Don’t worry this little purse is a great one for a beginner sewist/bag maker. It is made in just a couple of steps. I  suggest getting a purse zipper sometimes called a #5 which is wider than the normal dressmaker’s zipper. You can find them on Amazon. I will link to the shop where I get almost all of my Purse Zippers in lengths versus individual zips.

There are two sizes included. You can use the pdf pattern file and cut it with scissors or a rotary cutter or you can use the SVG file and cut it with an electronic cutting machine such as a Cricut or Silhouette. You can make a batch on the large 24 inch cricut matt to sell or to gift to a bridal party or for Christmas gifts.

Here is what you will need:

  • Vinyl, Cork, or Thin Leather: Small 6X6 inches or Large 8X8 inches
  • Purse Zipper/ #5: Small 6 inches long or Larger 8 inches long

This will be great for gifts for mom, sisters, teachers for all sorts of holidays. You could also put vinyl or embroidery on the  Piece A size to customize it. There are so many options.

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    Can you use Quilting Cotton to make clothes? Yes you can!!

    McCalls 7937 The Fabric Snob

    I have heard so many people wonder if you can use quilting cotton to make clothes. I am here to tell you, YES you can!!! And it is so much fun. There are so many fun prints that will spice up your wardrobe. However, there are a few things to remember when using quilting cotton for clothing. I thought I would walk you through some and also share a printable you can save as a reference when you are preparing for a quilting cotton project. It will be linked below. I have made a lot of clothing from quilting cotton from a floral suit to dresses and pants. Here is a look at some of them. I also will share a sneaky tip for softening stiff fabric at the end….so keep reading.


    Width of Fabric

    The biggest challenge people seem to have is that they forget that most quilting cotton is made in narrow widths such as 44/45 inches wide instead of 54 inches wide like a lot of fashion fabric. Did you know that these wider widths are a relatively new thing? Just take a look at some vintage sewing patterns and you will see more narrow widths. For example, this Vogue 1027 pattern has pattern layouts and lengths for 35-inch wide fabric.

    You can still get 48-inch wide fabric from Great Britain and 40 or 42 inch wide Indian Silks. So this tells us that garments absolutely can be sewn with narrow-width quilting cottons. Here is a conversion chart for different fabric widths I found on SEW4Home.

    If you have a pattern that calls for 2 yards of 54-inch wide fabric you will easily know you need 2 yards of 44-45 inch fabric, the standard width for quilt cotton. 

    McCalls 7937 The Fabric Snob Quilting Cotton For clothing
    Pattern: McCalls 7937 Fabric:The Fabric Snob


    So we know we will need a longer length of fabric usually but another thing to think about is wide pattern pieces may not fit in the width. For example, wide skirts such as circle skirts will not fit. You will need to find a different style skirt or piece fabric together. This may not be a look you are going for or nap and grain may not make it plausible. Some patterns will not have a layout for these narrow fabrics so you will need to figure out how to lay them out yourself. I will tell you a secret… I never use the pattern layouts anyway. Most of the time you will use more fabric than needed as they don’t always lay out patterns in the most economical way. It may take you some practice on how to do this. If you want me to write about how I go about this please leave a comment below. 


    Quality Counts

    If you get quilting cotton at a store such as Walmart, and I’m not being a snob here, but it is gonna be of lesser quality of fabric than you would if you get it from a better quality fabric supplier. And this goes for all fabrics, not just cotton. When you are a new sewist you may not realize the difference but as you start to work with different fabrics you will start to recognize the quality of fabric. When I returned to sewing a few years ago I made the mistake of making a dress from Walmart quilting cotton. The dress was a fail because I did not make it long enough but also the fabric was of poor quality. It faded quickly, it did not feel good against my skin, it did not press well and its drape was not the best look for the dress. We will talk more about drape later. These fabrics are fine if you want to make a test or practice piece but you will want to move on to better quality quilting cotton.

    Quilting cotton for clothing
    Embarrassing Make With Poor Quality Quilting Cotton

    I regularly buy from quilting shops online. I used The Fabric Snobs quilting cotton to make the floral suit in my above example, and my most recent project highlighted in this post can be found here. The pattern is McCalls 7937. 

    McCalls 7937 The Fabric Snob Quilting Cotton for clothing
    Pattern: McCalls 7937 Fabric:The Fabric Snob


    Check the Drape

    For different projects, you will want a different drape. The drape is the way fabric lays against your body. You have fabrics that are fluid like chiffon, moderate like cotton, or voluminous like wool. Cotton usually classifies as a moderate drape however, different weights and quality cotton will have different drapes. I have noticed that cheaper cotton has a more stiff voluminous drape while higher quality has a more fluid drape. What you want or need will mostly depend on the project however, I would contend that for most everyday casual wear you will want less stiff cotton. For example, the dress that I used Walmart cotton on stuck out poorly at the seams instead of laying nicely down. Poor quality will only get worse after you wash it. It is easy to test the drape of the fabric place a piece of fabric on top of your arm or another surface to see how it looks when it falls. 


    Laundering and Shrinkage

    I am sure even if you are a new sewist by now you have been told plenty of times to launder fabric before you sew it. Some people do this to get out harmful chemicals from dyes and the manufacturing process but all should do this to be sure that the fabric shrinks before you make a garment that will later possibly shrink and no longer fit after all your hard work. I will admit for some knits I will skip this step. I know, “do as I say not as I do”, however quilting cotton is a critical step. Cotton can shrink from 2-7%. Imagine making a form-fitting bodice before washing it and having it shrink. You may no longer fit into it. I have had that happen to me and it is heartbreaking after spending so much time making something. When pre laundering quilting cotton I always try to make it shrink as much as possible so I will wash on warm or hot and dry it in the dryer. 

    McCalls 7937 The Fabric Snob
    Bag Pattern: The Posh Bracelet Bag(Find it on my Etsy shop) Pants Pattern: McCalls 7937 Fabric:The Fabric Snob


    Now and then you will fall in love with a fabric that is too stiff and is not laying as nice as you would like. When you pre-launder your fabric put a can of Coke a Cola in the wash cycle. Yes, I know odd but it works. It won’t stain the fabric or anything else but it will help loosen the fibers slightly. If you want it to soften more you can soak it in coke before putting it in the washer. 

    Coca-Cola


    The quilting cotton used on the outfit featured in this post is from The Fabric Snob and can be found here! For a full review of the pattern check out my post in pattern review here.


    See the link below for my Top Tips on Using Quilting Cotton for Sewing Clothing below.

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      New to Sewing? How Do You Get Started Sewing?

      Are you new to sewing or have you been thinking about learning how to sew for years? You love the idea of making your own wardrobe pieces full of unique pieces, building up your basics, or making handbags that no one else has but you don’t know where or how to start. I love showing everyone my makes but I hear so many say they “wish” they could make things as I do. Well, I am here to tell you that you can!! Yes, there are some skills involved but when you get the basics you can make anything you want. So let’s get started building your skills.

      Recently I had a sewing day with my nieces and we had a lot of fun. One made some basketball shorts and the other a lovely dress. It was so fun to see them work and their makes come together. They were so proud at the end when they got to try on something that was just a few hours before was a piece of fabric.

      Sewing Tools
      If you are new to sewing or working with a new sewist be sure to have the proper tools. My nieces both had a great start to their sewing setup that Santa and their parents have started for them. They each had a machine and a sewing basket full of tools. My brother while he sometimes does not admit knows how to sew and grew up with my mom and grandmother sewing and knows the tools well. But I did notice a couple of things that would make their sewing journey easier and more productive. I figured I would outline the top ten sewing tools for new sewists as I am often asked about the basics to get started with sewing. You can find the list in my Sewing Freebie Library. You can get the password by following the link at the bottom of this post.

      Choose Beginner Patterns
      Next, pick the first patterns carefully. For a new sewist, I pick an elastic waist skirt, shorts or boxers, or a very simple knit dress. McCalls has a line of patterns to learn how to sew.

      Sewing Time
      Sewing takes time so give yourself plenty of it. Don’t rush to complete a project because you will make mistakes. Also as you are learning sew for a couple of hours and then take a break or come back to it the next day refreshed. Don’t wait until you get frustrated before you take a break..

      Space to Sew
      Sewing takes space. It takes space to spread the pattern out and cut it and cut fabric and sew it together. Give yourself a good amount of space. Kitchen tables work well to cut patterns and fabric. I have also worked on the floor before. While it is not ideal it will work. I still will use the floor every so often when I am making very large projects. Just make sure whatever surface or wherever you store your sewing is clean and dry.

      Patience My Friend
      The first step to work with a new sewist or to learn sewing yourself is to be patient. I always tell students that at the end of the day it’s just fabric. The world will not end if you make a mistake and we all will make mistakes. I have sewn for over 30 years and I still make mistakes. So be patient with yourself or the new sewist you are working with.

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