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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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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Study Pillow

Study Pillow sewing patter from Project Teen

One of my favorite projects from Project Teen is the Study Pillow sewing pattern.  One day I watched as my daughter lugged a pillow, books, pens, iPhone, headphones and some snacks outside so that she could go study. She had the hardest time getting everything out there without dropping it all, and I remember thinking to myself… 

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Guide to PreCut Fabrics and Common Quilting Terms

Free online guide to Pre-Cut Fabrics, and handy sewing reference guide

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   Do you ever read a sewing or quilting pattern and feel like you… 

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Project Teen Book Tour and Gift Tag Blog Hop

Project Teen Book by Melissa Mortenson - 21 Projects to Sew that Teens and Tweens will actually LOVE!

Hi Everyone! I’m so excited, because this week is the “Book Tour” for “Project Teen: Handmade Gifts Your Teen Will Love“!  I’ve loved sharing with you a little bit about the book and some of my inspiration while writing it, and now I’m excited for you to see what others have to say about the… 

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Witches Silhouette Halloween Pillow Pattern

"Witches Silhouette" A Halloween Pillow Pattern from polkadotchair.com

This month I’m very excited to be participating in the Sew Crazy Challenge with Amber over at Crazy Little Projects. For the challenge I designed this simple Witches Silhouette Halloween pillow. I love decorating with black and white at Halloween and thought that this would be a fun addition to my Ghastly Halloween pillows from… 

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