Rice Bag Warmer With Sunflower Cover

I use rice bag warmers a lot.  They are so easy to pop in the microwave for some instant warmth. In the winter time I often put one down by my feet when I go to sleep.  I’ll warm one up to put on my lap when I’m grading papers.  If I have a sore throat, there is nothing like falling  asleep with a nice warm rice bag on my chest.  So I decided to get creative and make a rice bag cover.

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Quilted in the center, this one looked like a sunflower.  The warm rice bag slips in the back of the flower and latches shut.  If there is any interest, I might put this together into a PDF pattern, so please let me know if you’re interested!

Stay warm!

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Hello Hello Hello!

KokkaIf you’ve ever been to Sample Spree at Quilt Market, you know that all common sense goes out the window when it comes to purchases made.  So although I’ve never had a desire to use jelly rolls, it’s no surprise  I picked up my first jelly rolls at sample spree this year.  All those colors packaged so cutely together really caught my eye and it turns out they are a lot of fun to play with!

My first projects were with the Lecien strips.  Some careful patchwork applique, some quilting, and lots of sewing later and I have some cushions.

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I really love how they turned out.  The precut strips made it easy to pair fabrics.

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Some zigzag stitching made for some fun quilting.

Remember the rubber stamps I had made? Hello stamp I used the same “hello” that I had written for the stamps and enlarged them for the cushions.  I always like when a project is personal from start to finish.

Just a couple of days until Christmas.  I still have a couple of small things I’d like to make for family when we see them next week.


 Until then, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!


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Christmas Tie Wreath

There is something about December that gets my crafty hands busy.  Decoration ideas that I’ve had over the past year now have an excuse to take form.  This tie wreath is one of them.  We had an old clock that didn’t work anymore.  The number plate became a spinner that my son needed for a lesson in statistics.  That left the round wire rim – so naked and plain that I almost gave it to Goodwill.  Then December hit and the strips that I had made into bunting last year had a chance to serve a second purpose.


The view from the halfway point: Peanut napped on the strips while my fingers worked.


And the final wreath: 2 layers of 2 colors of silk and 2 weights of linen.  I love this combo – not too festive, but just dressy enough for the holidays.

Nap Pillow Case

This soft, luxurious, pink and gray beauty is for a little 3 year-old girl at church.  I brought some soft minky swatches for her to see last week and and she picked the pink and gray chevron.

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I looked through all my ribbon and couldn’t find any gray, then found this frayed band from an old shirt of mine.  You see, most of our old clothes get donated to Goodwill, but I keep a basket in the sewing room of clothes that have potential to be worked into a sewing project.

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I couldn’t have frayed it any better myself.  Actually, I couldn’t have frayed it nicely at all since I don’t have fraying skills.

I wasn’t able to find the 20″ x 14″ pillow form so purchased a standard pillow for $2.50 and cut it down to size.  I can’t say I’m in love with the fiberfill of a $2.50 pillow, but it does make me wonder why buying fiberfill in a bag is $5.

Anyhow, there you have it – my first travel-sized pillowcase.  Small, quick project that can be completed in an evening.  Love projects like that.

The Sunday Dress Up Bag Sewing Pattern

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May I introduce my new sewing pattern?  The Sunday Dress Up Bag.

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This bag has been a long time coming.  But happily, it is out just in time for Christmas!


This bag would make a great gift for a young lady.

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Or make easy-to-sew-up party favor bags.

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The photoshoot was fun.  This beautiful young lady goes to my church.
She is my children’s church class and her dad is one fantastic photographer.

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He shot this one of me trying to get the bag angle just right.  There was a lot of running into the frame, making minor adjustments and running out of the frame before she moved to much.l2 small

I hope you enjoy the pattern as much as I enjoyed writing it.  Happy Sewing!

The Sunday Dress Up Bag pattern can be found in my shop here.

Houston Quilt Market 2015

Three fun days of seeing the latest and greatest in fabric and quilting!  Quilt Market is always inspiring and fun, but this year I went to assist Revel Designs with her booth.


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I’ve also started posting pictures on Instagram. Find me: @craftapple

The book that never was.

Believe it or not, I have a new pattern in the works!  It’s been a long time coming.  About 5 years ago I was casually approached about writing a sewing project book.  I declined at the time, because I knew I would go nuts trying to fit it in.  Then, a couple of years ago I got it in my head that I really could write a book.  So I spent a lot of time sewing samples, trying to get projects together and finalized.  I started writing a book proposal.  But you know what?  I was SO wrong.  I can barely put out one pattern at a time.  What made me think I could put out a book?  So I stalled out and felt creatively frozen for a few months.  Oh well.  Live and learn.

So my next pattern is a favorite from my book that never was.  It’s cute.  I’m happy with how it’s coming together.  It should release in the next month.  I’m happy to be feeling that pre-release excitement!

Here is a shot from the photoshoot.  We were all done shooting and I thought my sweet model might enjoy some shots with a bunch of balloons.  Here’s to all of us busy people who manage to do a little something that we love on the side.


Photo credit: John Benitez Photography, john-benitez.com


Craft Apple

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 11, 12, and 13), am a quilter, a bagaholic, and a pattern designer.
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