Playing with . . . Silhouette Cameo Cutter

Happy New Year!

One of the things I’ve been up to is playing with my new Silhouette Cameo.  So many  fun possibilities so I’m just getting started here.  I downloaded the flower image and added my daughter’s name (on the right).  After the cameo cut it out, I removed the pieces you see on the left and ironed them in place.

I’m not sure what I will make with it yet, but it was fun to just mess around with it.


I also downloaded this shape.  Then I saved just the outline of it and cut out the outlined piece in the lime. I am going to turn this into a little billfold or case.  Stay tuned for the final product!


The Silhouette is just so much fun.   This could get just seriously addicting 🙂

I would love to hear about your favorite Silhouette projects.

Linking up with WIP Wednesdays @ Freshly Pieced

Happy Sewing,


And the winners are . . .


Hi!  It’s time to announce the winners of the Giveaway .  The winners were picked by using the random sequence generator (how techie!) at

The 3 winners are . . .  Lisa Marie, Stacy Alfanso, and Rikki.

They will each receipt downloadable pdfs of my 3 most recent patterns–the Bridget Handbag, the Flower Power Table Runner and the Olivia Bag.

Congratulations winners!  I will be emailing you later today to confirm your email address and then sending your patterns!

To all of you, thank you so much for stopping by and for all your fun comments. It was so much fun to read what everybody liked for purse styles.

Please stop by tomorrow for a tutorial on sewing a receipt holder for all those holiday receipts as you do your Christmas or other shopping!

Happing Sewing!


Giveaway Update

giveaway_2013_Dec9205-205x205Hi!  It’s a chilly day here in Minnesota—brrrr!  I know some of you think it’s always cold here, and today I believe it.

This is just a quick note that I noticed on the Sew, Mama, Sew website that we are asked to leave open our giveaways until 5 PM PST so I am extending it until 11 PM CST to give everyone plenty of time to participate, especially since I started late!

Thanks for coming by and thanks for all the fun comments!  I will announce the winners later tonight 🙂



Giveaway Day

Giveaway Day


Hi, Welcome to the Around the Bobbin blog.  Today is Giveaway Day!  As part of the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day, I’m giving away my 3 newest patterns to 3 winners!  I’m a little late to the party here, but better late than never!  You still have 3 days left to participate.

Three winners will each win these 3 patterns in PDF format:


Here’s a close-up of the bags and table runner:

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Bridget Handbag

Flower Power Table Runner

Flower Power Table Runner

Olivia Bag

Olivia Bag


First entry: Leave me a comment with your favorite kind of bag–cross-body, satchel, clutch, shoulder bag, etc. (Please include your email address so that I can contact you if you win).

Second bonus entry: Simply follow me on facebook or sign up to follow my blog and leave a second comment saying that you did.


  • The giveaway is for my 3 most recent patterns in PDF format: The Olivia Bag, The Flower Power Table Runner and Trivet and the Bridget Handbag
  • I will choose 3 winners using a random number generator
  • Giveaway ends Dec. 13th at 6 p.m.  11 p.m. CST
  • PDF patterns will be e-mailed to the winners
  • International participants are welcome to enter

If you are not familiar with Around the Bobbin patterns, please take a look at my website.

Good luck and thank you so much for stopping by!


#Giving Tuesday

#Giving Tuesday


I know this is a sewing blog, but with Black Friday and Cyber Monday just behind us I wanted to pass along Giving Tuesday and a little plug for a charity I really believe in.

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is in our backyard practically here in Minnesota and almost everyone I know has been over to their site to pack food.  FMSC uses volunteers to pack healthy meals to send overseas to those who need it.  I like what they do and how they go about what they do.

The money raised on Giving Tuesday will be used to rebuild the Philippines from the devastation from Typhoon Haiwayn.

Don’t take my word for it.  Go check out the FMSC website  to learn more.

Have a great day,


Introducing the Olivia Bag

I just have to tell you about the other pattern I released this month, the Olivia Bag.  Shown in Art Gallery (surprise, surprise – I’ve never met an Art Gallery fabric I didn’t just fall all over ga ga about. ).  I love their fabrics. The large Olivia Bag is shown in Luxe in Bloom and the Mini Olivia is in Carnaby Street.

TheOliviaBag.ATB-134 from Around the Bobbin

The Olivia Bag is a quick project. As with a lot of purse making, the prep of cutting out and interfacing the pieces is about half the time. But on this one, the sewing doesn’t take very long at all.  I’m done in a couple hours, and I am not a fast sewer (ask anyone–I get easily distracted and tempted to keep changing the pattern for fun).  Anyway, my point is that this one is a quick sew, but it doesn’t skimp on the details like a center pleat and horizontal stitching along the lower bag (more pictures below will highlight that).

I wanted to share some pictures of the Olivia Bag.  The pattern includes two sizes.  My daughter–Olivia– is wearing the Mini-Olivia size in the picture above, and you can see in the picture that the Olivia Bag is quite a bit bigger than the Mini Olivia. The Mini Olivia is made from just two fat quarters and it’s the perfect size for your phone, some keys and your i.d./cash.  Just the essentials and it doesn’t weigh you down.  Actually, you forget you’re wearing it!

Here’s a fun, retro version in the Vintage Scrapbook collection from Benartex’ Contempo line, shown in their booth at fall quilt market in red retro phone fabric!

Contempo booth at fall market 2013 - Olivia Bag

Here’s a close-up of the larger size in the blue retro phone fabric from the same collection:

Olivia Bag in Vintage Scrapbook (Contempo)

Here is the larger size  in Andover’s Moon Flowers collection:

Olivia Bag in Andover's Moon Flower collection

And, to show you one more look, I just finished these samples in Hot off the Press, the funky new batik collection from Fresh Water Designs designed by Stephanie Prescott.  These are …. hot off the press, still warm from my iron!:


I like this picture because it shows the stitching along the lower band, which adds a nice finishing touch to the bag.  The lower part of the bag is interfaced with Soft-and-Stable, which gives a nice structure to the bag.  I like to use Soft-and-Stable when I want the stitching to take center stage–in this case, the foam center of the soft-and-stable is the  perfect stabilizer behind the scenes to make the lines of stitching pop.

So, now you’ve met Olivia.  The bag anyway. You didn’t see too much of the girl behind the bag, but my daughter Olivia is particularly awesome!

Happy Sewing!