Time just keeps flying by, doesn’t it? We’re halfway through July already. It doesn’t seem real. Progress on the outdoor space here at Casa P is coming along though, and that’s a good thing. However, it means far less sewing and crafting on the weekends. But not to worry, I’m making up for it with this free pattern. Click on the picture to load the pdf file or find it under Freebies. You’ll also find it over at WeLoveFrenchKnots along with an interview I did with Bari J, whose kind words just made my day. Happy stitching!
Because Market is “MARKET!”, it’s very hard to get lots of pictures. When you get a chance to wander, you forget the camera. Or if you remember the camera, the booth you want photos of is filled with people. So my pictures are all of the little environment where I hung out–the Free Spirit section. And I must say, it’s a great place to be. Unfortunately, I did not get to hang out on this wonderful patchwork couch done up in various Free Spirit designer collections.
However, I did get the chance to see what happens to my sample sewing once it gets into Free Spirit’s hands. The star burst quilt on the left is one of my sewing assignments. Erin McMorris’ new line in flannel–so soft. I’ll share more photos of that in another post. As you might suspect, there are some Melissa P touches on there.
The two Multi-Tasker Totes, six Ruthie Clutches and the two pairs of slippers all came out of my sewing machine. It was fun to see them in their “natural habitat”.
And of course, very energizing to walk by Kaffe and Brandon’s booth.
Across the way from Jane’s booth was Anna Maria Horner’s booth. Anna never disappoints. Her booth was gorgeous. And her darling assistant, Pierette, was fun to chat with when things slowed down. I did take several opportunities to sit on that couch.
A booth that is guaranteed to see a lot of foot traffic–Amy Butler’s. Perfectly appointed and thoughtfully designed.
But this year she shared some of her space with her husband, David. His first fabric line is going to take the fabric world by storm, I think. I’m very excited to see how this infusion of masculine energy turns things upside down. Muted and dark, these prints have great potential for lifestyle projects of all kinds. Especially if you have men and boys to sew for.
But it’s the people at Market who make the experience so fun. Above, it’s Susan, myself and Jane in Jane’s booth. And below, myself, Anna and Pierette. I enjoyed all the hours spent with them.
You know what I love about Mod Podge? Well, one thing, anyway. It’s always there waiting for you, ready to go at a moment’s notice. I also love the easy clean up, its nontoxic nature and the fun factor of working with something so simple.
To make these little plastic dog tags for kids (or kids-at-heart), you will need the following items:
- Fabric Mod Podge
- Plastic dog tags (I found these at Joann’s in the kid’s summer craft section)
- Fabric scraps
- Card stock (optional)
Apply the Mod Podge to the right side of your fabric scraps. Remember to do this on wax paper or aluminum foil to keep your work surface clean. Allow to dry. Using the template included with the tags, trace onto the wrong side of your fabric taking care to center any design element you wish to highlight. Cut out the piece and apply to the tag with more Mod Podge.
Use card stock for the insert on the second tag of the pair. Stamp or write the pertinent information on the card stock before inserting into the tag.
Put both tags on the ring and you are ready to go. Send your kids off to camp with easy identifiers for their bags and belongings. Or put them on your own bags for a whimsical touch. Make it your key chain or use them to easily identify various keys for things around your home–garage, shed, etc. It’s completely up to you.