Free Pattern: Sew a Super Deluxe Drawstring Backpack!

Mary Earle-Sigler of the Daily Sew, has created a drawstring bag “that you could sew with little experience, with ease, that could be sewn in almost any type of fabric and possibly some you already own. A carry-all for any size, any gender, and could be made for any personality or in any style with theContinue reading “Free Pattern: Sew a Super Deluxe Drawstring Backpack!”

Gardening Fabric Print

Sunday was so warm, we could almost imagine working in the garden. Which reminds me … I recently uploaded my “Love Gardening” print to Spoonflower. I love the little swatch I ordered! I’ve been pinning ideas for projects I could make with the print. See my Pinterest board here. Since my sewing skills are nil, IContinue reading “Gardening Fabric Print”

Bananas for Monkeys

When I was little I wanted a pet monkey so badly. I told my mom, “Don’t worry, I’ll keep it in the closet when we go out.” As if that was the least of her worries. I doubt monkeys were on the approved pet list in my NYC suburb. The latest Spoonflower design challenge is “Year of theContinue reading “Bananas for Monkeys”

Designing Patterns – important things to remember.

If I knew what I was getting into, maybe I wouldn’t have been so enthusiastic about pursuing pattern design. Ha ha. I say this because I am realizing all the aspects that go into designing for fabric, gift wrap, and beyond. My head was spinning a bit this weekend, as all I took it allContinue reading “Designing Patterns – important things to remember.”

Toy Soldier Pattern

When I was a kid I watched the March of the Wooden Soldiers every year. Maybe that’s what inspired the design of my second holiday pattern. (The first was nutcrackers.) I’ve ordered the Toy Soldier pattern as gift wrap from Spoonflower and I can’t wait for it to arrive! This year I want to be especiallyContinue reading “Toy Soldier Pattern”

Nutcracker Pattern – and it’s available as fabric and gift wrap on Spoonflower!

I’m so excited to announce that this Nutcracker pattern is available on Spoonflower and can be ordered as fabric or gift wrap! I just received some Nutcracker fabric and I’m excited to make something with it for the holidays! You all know how passionate I’ve been about surface design this year! I’ve been wanting to takeContinue reading “Nutcracker Pattern – and it’s available as fabric and gift wrap on Spoonflower!”

Self imposed deadlines {and a leaf pattern}

I remember, way back in elementary school, staring a project early, but never finishing it until the night before it was due. I needed the deadline to motivate me to finish. All these years later I know the power deadlines have to motivate me. Now, I’m using this to my advantage. If I want to accomplish something I set a deadline. In myContinue reading “Self imposed deadlines {and a leaf pattern}”

How to create a repeating pattern in Photoshop {Feathers my pattern for September.}

Here is my pattern design for September. As you may have seen, I’ve been drawing and painting feathers all month, so it’s seemed appropriate to turn them into a pattern. I pieced this pattern together from my sketchbook (see below). I wanted this pattern to be much tighter than ones I’ve designed so far thisContinue reading “How to create a repeating pattern in Photoshop {Feathers my pattern for September.}”

Pattern of Ice Cream Cones … Mmmm

It’s very fitting that my pattern for August is ice cream cones. I’ve gotten into the habit of having ice cream almost every night this Summer! I created this pattern using the same process as last month’s pattern, Shells. I doodled the ice cream cones in my sketchbook, painted the backgrounds separately and then mashed themContinue reading “Pattern of Ice Cream Cones … Mmmm”

A pattern for July – Seashells

I really enjoyed creating this pattern. It brought me back to collecting shells as a kid and marveling at the patterns and colors. Oh wait, I still do that! This pattern started with doodles in my sketchbook. I drew a lot of shells! I have jarfuls on hand for reference. Then on watercolor paper I paintedContinue reading “A pattern for July – Seashells”