Leather Trimmed Zippered Pouch Tutorial

DIY Leather Trimmed Zippered Pouch by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

Today I’m excited to be sharing with you an idea for a simple zippered pouch perfect for holiday gift giving. Zip pouches are one of my all time favorite gifts to sew. They sew up quickly and you can easily personalize them to match the style of the recipient.  To add a professional touch to this… 

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Shop Small Book Special

Project Teen Sewing Book "Shop Small" specials

  ‘Tis the season to be Merry, but it also seems that,  ‘Tis the season to be shopping. I’ve shared a few Holiday specials and deals with you the last few days. I hope that you’ve found them helpful with your holiday gift giving.  I have one more to share with you then we are… 

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Derby Style Fabric

Derby Style Fabric Collection by Melissa Mortenson

  Hello, Happy Monday Morning to y’all!  Today it’s my turn for the Riley Blake Fabric Designer Blog Hop! If you came here from the previous stop,  Lori Whitlock‘s blog welcome!  I thought that I’d start by introducing myself. My name is Melissa Mortenson, I live in the Louisville Kentucky area with my husband and 2… 

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Dress Inspiration

Inside Vogue Patterns, Tracy Reese Craftsy Class

  This post is part of a series of posts sponsored by Craftsy. Watch for fun information and deals pop up here over the next few months about some online sewing classes-don’t worry, all opinions are, and will always be, 100% mine Last year I participated in an online sewing competition called Project Sewn.  I… 

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Riley Blake Designers Blog Hop and Holiday Gift Guides

Derby Style Fabric Collection by Melissa Mortenson

Happy Monday!! We woke up to snow! I am sooo not ready for this after last years “polar vortex”. The kids are all off of school today and I can’t think in my 20 years living in Kentucky of a time that we’ve ever had a snow day BEFORE Thanksgiving. I hope this is not… 

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DIY Personalized Tote Bag

DIY Monogrammed Tote Bag on polkadotchair.com

*A big thanks to Jo-Ann and Cricut for sending me the supplies to make today’s project! All opinions and hair brained ideas are 100% mine.. this post contains affiliate links**  I seem to pop into Jo-Ann’s once every couple of weeks. I always think that I have enough of what I need for a project… 

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Clementine Applique Quilt and Craftsy Class Giveaway

Inspired Modern Quilts Class on Craftsy

This post is part of a series of posts sponsored by Craftsy. Watch for fun information and deals pop up here over the next few months about some online sewing classes-don’t worry, all opinions are, and will always be, 100% mine   You may recall that I’ve been slowly working my way through several online… 

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Come Sew with Me!

Study Pillow Sewing Pattern- love the pockets!

  Hi Guys! Just want to pop in here and let you know that I’ll be teaching a class in Lexington, Kentucky this month.   We will be making the “Study Pillow” project from my book Project Teen. In the class I’ll walk you through step by step my applique process and how I insert piping… 

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Ariel Halloween Costume

DIY Ariel Halloween Costume

Sewing Halloween costumes for my kids has always been one of my all time favorite projects. I have always loved taking them to the store to flip through costume patterns, sometimes as early as August, then planning and scheming what costumes they would want that year. Even though I always tried to get an early… 

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