Friday, November 22, 2013

Petals Cosmetic Bag Tutorial

In case you missed my tutorial on Craftsnob for the Petals Cosmetic bag, here it is again!

If you haven't visited Craftsnob, don't wait another minute (well, download this pattern first, then go)!!  Sara has a ton of wonderful tutorials and tips for just about every project imaginable!

Petals Cosmetic Bag

Finished size 9x6x1"
·         1- 9" zipper
·         40" 1/2" prepared double fold bias tape (for instructions on how to make own bias tape, go here)
·         Basic sewing supplies

Download pattern template.
·         4  @ 10x6 1/2"  from main fabric (2 for exterior and 2 for lining)
·         2 from accent fabric using pattern piece
·         2 from accent fabric using pattern piece - reversed (flip pattern over and trace)
·         2  @ 10x6 1/2" from medium-weight interfacing

Interface exterior fabric panels following manufacturer's instructions
Use 1/4" for seam allowance

Basic Instructions: For detailed, printable instructions,  click here.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Cozy Nest now at Lil Blue Boo!

Yeah, some of my patterns are now being sold through Lil Blue Boo (  If you haven't been there, be sure to check it out.  LBB carries digital art and photography tools in addition to sewing patterns.  Lil Blue Boo has a great line of children's clothing patterns.

Be sure to stop by the blog  - it is stuffed with all sorts of free tutorials and downloads.  And, while you're there, read about the lady behind the blog, Ashley, and how her life's journey has lead her to her daily mantra and way of living;  to "Choose Joy" everyday.

Ashley even has  "Choose Joy" necklaces and and bracelets:

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

On Sale this month!

Last month's $5 sale was a hit!  Let's do that again.  On sale this month - through July 31st is our:

"Pajama Puppy"  Pajama Keeper & Pillow 

This sweet faced pillow will be an instant hit with the child in your life! Made with cozy felt or fleece, it has a roomy, zippered inner pocket that keeps pajamas or other treasures neatly put away. Best of all, this puppy never needs to be house-broken!

18 pages of easy to follow instructions and pattern pieces sized to print on on standard sized paper. Material lists for the 3 color ways pictured here.

PDF download available through the Cozy Nest websiteCraftsy and Etsy.  

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Free - Dry Erase Hanger Note Tutorial!

Are you forgetful???  I'm sure your not, but these little dry erase notes may come in handy for those forgetful ones you live with!

Hang on the doorknob of the front door for a quick reminder right before leaving the house. Or, try one in the car on the rear view mirror.  Driving is usually when I  remember all I have forgotten! 

These notes are designed to carry a mini-dry erase pen, and there is a little pocket in the back for tucking a spare house key or some emergency money.  So much more earth friendly than those yellow notes (you know the ones!) - just wipe off the old message and use over and over again!   And, there are four different designs to choose from:

So, here' what you do:

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

How to Make a Magnetic Key Fob! Hang your keys in your purse!

 Picture the scene:  You are leaving the store loaded down with bags and the hungry, tired, toddler  on your hip has lost his patience.  You are happy to see the haven of your vehicle just yards ahead because your right biceps quakes under the weight of the extra-large Tide bottle and bag of groceries that swings from your pinkie.  Finally, you reach your car, but your happiness is short-lived - where are the key???  In the bottom of your purse, of course!  Never neatly on top!  You put your child and groceries on the ground and your purse on the hood. With one eye on the child, you rifle through the bag pushing aside old crayons, the broken watch you still haven't had  fixed, and you wonder what a lone sock is doing in there.  It starts to rain hail and the child starts to cry.  Where are those keys!! your mind screams.  In your frenzy, your hand grazes the snap of your wallet, releasing a flurry of reward cards and expired coupons. You do eventually find the keys, in the deep abyss that is your purse, but not before snapping off the fingernail of your right index finger (the hardest to grow - and just when all 10 where almost the same length).  Don't let this happen to you!  

Make a magnetic key fob and hang your keys on the inside of your purse!  Your keys will hang serenely, as if floating, on the side wall of your purse waiting to be gently plucked whenever they are needed.  

This tutorial will show you how to make a magnetic key fob and to install how a snap for the fob to hang from.  These instructions illustrate installing the snap while you are in the process of making the purse.  You can install a snap in a ready-made or already finished bag, just open the lining,  follow the same steps, and sew up the lining when done. 
So. here's what you do: 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

$5 sales this month!

Want some great patterns for $5?  This month you can get some pretty great pdf patterns (including my new one - Bobbin Garden!)  from ending June 25.

Also, I have my "Play, Than Store Away" pattern on sale for $5 until the end of June.  Don't miss this if you have kids who love any type of toy with a million small pieces!

play then store away pattern

Make toy clean-up fast, fun and easy with this 2-in-1 play mat and storage tote! After play, just zip up the corners and convert to a tote. A two-handle design makes for easy carrying and fabrics can be coordinated with any decor. Pattern includes nine pages of concise, step-by-step instructions, graphics, and full-size pattern piece that can be printed on standard-size printer paper. Two sizes included:
Tote: 9w x 12d x 7h”
Mat: 24x27”
Tote: 12w x 12d x 7h”
Mat: 27 x 27”

Now available for purchase at Cozy Nest DesignCraftsy, Etsy,  and For  wholesale through The Pattern Peddlers and me.

Happy Stitching! sarah

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Happy Day!
YEAH, my new pattern is finally done! and I love, love, love it though it almost drove me to the brink of insanity (I'll explain in a minute)!

Introducing Bobbin Blooms, cheerful flowers that hold your bobbins and their unruly threads in check! These three quick, easy, and scrap-friendly projects will brighten your sewing room and keep you organized. The perfect gift for any sewing enthusiast! Best of all, these blooms never need watering! Three projects to choose from:

Topiary in 2 sizes
Magnet Board
Thread Catcher (with weight)

Now available for purchase at Cozy Nest Design, Craftsy, Etsy, and For wholesale through The Pattern Peddlers and me.

When I first came up with this idea I just knew it would be quick and easy to produce the pattern, after all, it's a simple idea, right? But look at how many flowers I made to finally come up with the exact right pattern:

Many times I thought of giving up, believe me!  I am sending this to quilt market in a few months and need a really nice sample but the idea of making one more flower gives me hives at this point!  Anyone out there want to make a  sample for, well maybe in a month or two I will have gotten over my allergy.

Anyway, I hope you love the idea!  Happy stitching!