Small Books.

My latest pattern is called Small Books. It includes the Little Artist Drawing Case, Quilted Brag Book, and Mini Patchfolio. 

Little Artist Drawing Case

As my kids used their Little Artist Drawing Cases that I made earlier this year, a design flaw became apparent:  the crayons fell out when they turned their cases upside down.  Not good, especially at the germy doctor’s office where they have to crawl under chairs to pick them up.  I’ve added a crayon flap to remedy this.  The above fabric is clearanced ($5 for 2, folks!) PBTeen pillowcases.

Quilted Brag Book

I was having trouble with the Quilted Brag Book initially because I was using soft vinyl (the kind on a roll) for the photo pockets.  The vinyl was giving me problems because it kept sticking to the pictures and making funky-looking sticky spots.  Then I discovered vinyl plastic sheets (also seen here).  It’s perfect  for this project.  Although it wasn’t  created for this use, it’s sewable, durable and doesn’t stick to the pictures.  Fabric is the last of my pink Joel Dewberry.

Mini Patchfolio

And while the above Mini Patchfolio photo might look a bit familar.  I just want to point out to the more discriminating that I used a nicer pen.  :o)

This baby is a 16-page booklet with 8 pattern sheets – my largest pattern ever, weighing in at 5 ounces.

Huge, HUGE thanks to Melanie for sewing through these patterns for me.  She has a great eye for details and caught things I didn’t notice.  And also to Cindy for sewing through the Mini Patchfolio with me late into the night last month.  I couldn’t do it without you guys!

It’s available in the shop.

29 Responses to “Small Books.”


  1. 1 Brynne November 30, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    Hooray! I missed this the first time around. Since there’s no way in the world I’d finish them in time for Christmas, these will be my end of the year teacher gifts. Thanks for publishing the patterns.

  2. 2 Sue B November 30, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    I think this is a brilliant pattern. Nicely done!

  3. 3 beki November 30, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    Wow, Linda, you’re an inspiration!

  4. 4 Sherri November 30, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    Yay! I’ve been waiting since your last release of the mini patchfolio! And you are early too! I was expecting it to be released at the end of December. Thanks!!!

  5. 5 jessica November 30, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    i love these! i’ve subscribed to your blog for a long time, but just noticed today you are also a texan!

  6. 6 kathy November 30, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    Congratulations Linda, I love the combination of designs you bundled into this pattern. I think it’s going to be a huge success!

  7. 7 Melanie November 30, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    Sew fun! That’s what I say. I am very glad I could help. You’re terrific. As soon as I got your email I had to go and change my blog so that anyone who may visit via your website won’t think I’m crazy. (Shh…don’t tell them that I really am a little crazy…it’ll be our secret!)

  8. 8 Beth November 30, 2007 at 6:24 pm

    I love, love, love the fabric in the Little Artist Drawing Case!

  9. 9 Chrissie November 30, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    Great solution to the crayons-falling-out problem! When we discovered that problem using ours, I initially thought about adding elastic to the crayon holders … but I never tried it. Your idea is much simpler and easier to use for little hands :)

  10. 10 thedomesticdiva December 1, 2007 at 7:51 am

    Brilliant idea to keep the crayons/pencils from falling out. I had always wondered why other patterns didn’t fix this problem. Great solution!

    With friendship,
    Lisa

  11. 11 Kristi December 1, 2007 at 8:23 am

    Okay, I just ordered one. I hope I can figure it out! I usually open a pattern and try to find a video on you tube because I am so dependent that way!! I hope to receive it soon and make some great Christmas gifts! Thank you so much for making this!

  12. 12 Sue December 1, 2007 at 9:03 am

    Love this pattern! New granddaughter born yesterday and guess who needs a brag book! Can’t wait to make these things, they are great!

  13. 13 Sam (Samantha) December 1, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    The pen is MUCH better! ROFLOL! Your pattern looks great. I’m definitely going to have to have it. :-)

  14. 14 ninanewton December 1, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    What an adorable little set! So glad I found you . . . . you are an inspiration! I have been writing eBook patterns for YouCanMakeThis.com for children’s clothing, but she is always looking for more ideas for patterns. Check it out if you have time. I am also writing a book proposal for Threads magazine, so I am excited to hear that your submission was accepted to Fiber & Stitch. I’ll go check it out! Congratulations! Nina

  15. 15 Pieces December 1, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    Looks fabulous! Those pillowcases are quite a steal! I found some on the site that I wanted to order but the shipping was going to be so costly I forced myself to back away from the computer. :-)

  16. 16 Tina December 2, 2007 at 11:45 pm

    Fabulous job on the Little Artist Drawing Case.

  17. 17 sarahk December 3, 2007 at 10:11 am

    I bought the mini patchfolio alone and I love it! I’ve made 4 for Christmas gifts. My heart sunk when I saw you weren’t offering just the brag book, so I ordered the Fibre and Stich issue and whipped up 7 of them over the weekend. Thanks so much for the great patterns!

  18. 18 Wendi December 3, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    I don’t know why, but I can never see the pics on your blog anymore. All I get is little red X’s. I could see the picture of the craft show you attended, but that’s it.
    I miss all of the inspiration!

  19. 19 southerngirlmusings December 3, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    Great pattern and great solution to stop fall out. :)

  20. 20 Cheryl December 4, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    I have to say this is one great pattern. I ordered it the minute I saw that it was for sale and now I have to comment on the super fast shipping…I mean the thing got here what seemed like over night. This pattern is well written and I recommend it to all of you ladies out there who admire Linda’s creations.

  21. 21 Sue December 5, 2007 at 11:54 am

    Linda I love this pattern, my first from you and I know there will be more. I am having a blast, posted a couple on flickr. Such quick delivery I was amazed and the directions are so well done!

  22. 22 Chara Michele December 5, 2007 at 11:59 am

    Looks like a wonderful pattern set!

  23. 24 amy December 7, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    Love this and the color combo! Sounds like you had a fun time with the homeschoolers. Way to go.

  24. 25 sheree December 11, 2007 at 1:19 am

    LOve the new design–smart, smart! And what a lovely logo–very cool that you incorporated some personal elements into it. Good luck with the new patterns and congrats on being published!

  25. 26 danielle December 12, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    I have just discovered your blog and I instantly loved your combinations off fabric and colors!! Good luck with everything you make :)
    Added you to my blog links!

  26. 28 Jenny February 19, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    This is so supercute that I just had to order it…. I’ll be anxious to get it and “test drive” the instructions. (I’m bad at written directions- more of a “show-and-tell” girl, myself.) I’ll be blogging about it soon at http://www.CraftTestDummies.com!


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An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, crafting is my apple. It's what I do to maintain my sanity while taking care of my family. I homeschool my three boys, ages 10, 11, and 12), am a quilter, a bagaholic, and a pattern designer.
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