A few weeks ago I asked some of my “blogging buddies” to create a few small sewing projects using Derby Day Fabrics. I absolute LOVE the projects they came up with. They shared so many things to sew! From adorable mini quilts, dress patterns, travel sewing kits and more. Each one of these simple sewing projects is perfect for a bit of weekend sewing!
Small Sewing Projects (and a few mini quilts too!)
The Kentucky Derby is the first Saturday of May every year. In honor of the Derby this year, and since I had a Derby-inspired fabric line in stores, I thought it would be fun to do a little mini Instagram tour featuring some ideas of things to sew with the fabrics. I design fabric, but am also a HUGE fan of so many styles of fabric, and constantly find myself looking for ideas of what to sew when I pick up a few prints from a new line of fabric. I hope that this post gives you lots of ideas and inspiration!
Ideas for Things to Sew:
Since the blog tour took place on Instagram, I’m embedding their posts here so you can be sure to check out each of their Insta accounts. I’m also including a few extra photos of the projects for you to see for more ideas.
The thing that I love about this little “mini” tour is that each person came up with such a different take on what to make. Each project really showed off their personalities and style. I mentioned before, that all of these make for fun weekend sewing projects. So if you’ve got some free time to spend with your machine this weekend… I’m just sayin that you might want to give some of them a try!
“Must Make” Mini Quilts:
First up we have Christopher of the Tattooed Quilter. I first met Chris a little over a year ago at QuiltCon, since then I’ve discovered his fun, bright and modern take on quilting and have become a huge fan!
Christoper created a mini quilt using the pinks from the Derby line and mixed it in with a gorgeous solid turquoise from Riley Blake Designs. I did add a “pop” of turquoise to the line but now I wish I’d added more.
I absolute LOVE the way the bright pink and the turquoise work together. It gives the line such a funny, summery and fresh feel. Christoper makes a lot of mini quilts and each one is a unique piece, almost like a mini work of art. If you visit his blog or his feed you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Christopher’s second line with Riley Blake Designs, called Hello Baby just hit store shelves! He also has a line of sewing and quilting notions, including the black cutting mat and magnetic pin bowl in the photo above. Personally, I need to get one of those black cutting mats, it’s reversible, black on one side and white on the other, GENIUS!
Dress Patterns for Girls:
Elea Lutz, created this ADORABLE children’s apron for the tour. She’s sharing all of the details of the apron on her blog. I love how she created a horse applique for the front of the apron. She even added a bit of yarn for the mane. My girls would have absolutely LOVED that extra touch when they were smaller. You can grab all of the details about the apron, on her blog HERE.
Elea is also a fellow Riley Blake Designer, her most recent line was called Hello Dolly and is absolutely ADORABLE! I created this doll using her line, you can read about the doll and find out how to get the pattern HERE.
I’ve followed Kate of See Kate Sew for a long time. It’s funny, I know her in “real life” but also love following along with her and her family on Instagram. The first thing I thought when I saw the romper that she posted for the tour was “oh, her baby is getting so big!” Isn’t it funny when things like that happen?
Kate stitched up this adorable Boho romper that is perfect for summer. She lives not too far away from me and the summers have a tendency to be hot and humid. The romper she created is perfect for those long summer days. I think my favorite feature might be the big bow on the back!
Kate’s new fabric line, Kiss Me Kate hits stores this summer. It’s inspired by all things girly and I’m in LOVE. She’s sharing a free tutorial to make the leather-bottomed zip pouches using the line on her blog, you can check it out here.
Travel Sewing Kits to Make:
So when I think of the #kentuckyderby, I think of big hats with big bows??… and big bows always make me think of the #sewposhsupplycase by Kim @robotmomsews. So, when I got the chance to sew with some gorgeous #derbydayfabrics from Melissa @polkadotchair and @rileyblakedesigns, I knew right away that I wanted to make one. And yes… I made a bow out of bow fabric. ?The needlebook is from Kim @retro_mama book #scraphappysewing. It was fun to include that cute selvedge as an embellishment and do some more fussycutting. Swipe all the way through to see closeups of these my little trio of #derbyday makes. #fussycuttingfun #fabricismyfun #iloverileyblake #rileyblakedesigns #needlebook #retromamapattern #cuteselvedge #ilikebigbowsandicannotlie #minidresdenpinnie #sewingcase #sewing #quiltyobsession
When I saw that Deidre of Quilty Obsession made I gasped a little bit. That bow is to die for! For her project, she stitched up a fun travel sewing kit, complete with supply case and needle book.
Also, can we talk about the fussy cutting on that dresden block pin cushion?? So good! When I designed the line I purposely put in lots of little details for people that like to fussy cut their fabrics. I love that she noticed that. I mean she even fussy cut the tiny dresden blades!
She has an etsy shop where she sells a lot of the things that she makes. I already bought the needle book for myself, so you can’t have that! But there are lots of other amazing things for sale. To get all of the info about the case and needle book she made just hop on over to her Instagram account.
Travel Accessories to Make:
We’re headed out on a girls’ road trip this weekend for our last cheer competition for the season. I made these shoe and makeup bags from @polkadotchair new @rileyblakedesigns fabric line Derby Days!! I think I’ll make myself a few when we get back since I sort of like to live the derby life year round ? #derbydayfabrics #derbydaycrafts #sewing #fabric #derbydayfashion #kyderby @kentuckyderby #roadtrip #travelbag #cheercompetition #theusfinals #thisisit
I’ve always LOVED everything that Stacy at She’s Kinda Crafty makes. A few years ago she made a Kentucky Derby wreath that I immediately added to my “to make” list. With the fabric, I sent her she stitched up a great set of travel bags. She included sizes for both shoes and makeup.
Handmade Doll Ideas:
I “met” Ashley of Practically Penelope when she used some of my Wonderland fabrics to create the most ADORABLE stuffed bunnies and lambs last year. For the blog tour, she created dolls all dressed up and ready to go to the Derby! I absolutely love the tulle that she used for the skirts on the dolls.
She has a shop where she sells the handmade dolls. You can check it out HERE.
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