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!


Flower Power Table Runner

Flower Power Table Runner

I just released two new patterns in time for fall market and they are now available so I wanted to share with you some pictures of them.  I’ve very excited about my new table runner.  It is an idea I have had for awhile and am so glad to have finally finalized the pattern.

Below is the Flower Power Table Runner a retro-modern splash of color for your table.  It has an easy to piece background and appliqued flowers.  I designed in first in solids, as shown in Kona cottons:

Flower Power Table Runner

But then I really wanted to make it work for prints because then I know someone could buy it and make it out of a wide variety of fabrics.  I created a simplified background to help the prints work together instead of all that sibling rivalry fighting for attention.  I am so pleased with the result.  Just two high contrast solids/blenders and three coordinating prints and you are ready to go.  And it’s fat quarter friendly, too.

Here is a version that was in the Andover booth at fall market, in their funky Moon Flowers collection:

Flower Power Table Runner in Andover's Moon Flower collection

For  a completely different look, check it out in Benartex Contempo collection Palm Springs, due out in February.  I just have the quilt top because (dang it!) I forgot to take a picture of the finished runner before I brought it to market!


Hope you like the new table runner.  Ask for it at your local quilt shop or order directly from me at the Around the Bobbin website.

Next up, the Olivia Bag…

Happy Sewing!


Is your purse looking like a garbage dump?

Is your purse looking like a garbage dump?

It has been waaaaay too long since I sat down to write a post. And, I am so excited to say I  have two new patterns that released last week– my first table runner pattern and a new cross-body bag.  You can take a peek at the  Flower Power Table Runner and The Olivia Bag  on my website.  More on that soon!

Back to the topic at hand. Does your purse look like a garbage dump? You know, it starts out okay. You make a brand new purse, with all those great pockets, one for your phone, one for your keys, one for a pen or two, a pocket for your sunglasses. That should take care of it, right?

And it does for awhile. But over time is another matter . . . .

So, what clutters it the most?

For me, it’s kleenex, receipts, and shopping lists and other notes.  How about you?

This post is first of a “series” of posts covering small projects you can make to make the inside of your purse look as amazing as the outside.

First on the list is a kleenex holder. I initially was going to design a little kleenex holder but I found a tutorial on the web that is just amazing and exactly what I wanted so I started just sewing!

Kleenex holder

Kleenex holder

This tissue holder tutorial  is from Barb – I don’t know Barb, but I love her Halloween and Christmas kleenex holders and her instructions are easy to follow. This is a quick project, great for gifts.

***UPDATE*** Please note that I changed Barb’s directions a bit to make the tissue holder you see in the picture.  I used a 5-1/2″ x 8″ piece of fabric for the interior and a 5-1/2″  x 7″ piece of fabric for the exterior.


Being cheap frugal at our house–and for convenience–I just grabbed 10 tissues and folded them myself. Easy!

Kleenex Holder - pile of tissues

Kleenex Holder – pile of tissues

Just fold the kleenex tissue in half along the crease, then fold two more times.

Fold kleenex

Fold kleenex

Next up will be a tutorial for a receipt holder to keep all those holiday receipts from taking over your purse.

Receipt case

Receipt case

Leave a comment about what makes your purse messy. I would love to hear from you.

Happy Sewing!


Spring Market in July


It’s mid-July, and I thought it was high time to post a picture or two from spring market in Portland before …. yeah, well, before it’s fall market!!!

It was a really fun trip out there, and there is so much to see and take in.   So many beautiful fabrics and projects.  It really is overwhelming, exhausting, and fun at the same time.

I did get a chance to browse the aisles a bit on Sunday, but I was in my booth for the most part, and as so often happens, I get caught up in the day and later realize that I forgot to take pictures!  I wanted to at least share a picture of my booth, so here are purses all hung up and ready for the show to start: 


Marilyn Foreman of Quilt Moments and I had booths next to each other. Here’s a picture I snapped of her and her friend Lou Ann in Marilyn’s booth. It’s not a perfectly posed picture, but you can see a few of her amazing quilts!


That’s if for now. Next up, a tuturial …it will be soon…..yes, soon. 🙂