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Instant Gratification Projects and Pin It, Sew It!

This weekend we celebrated my Daughters 3rd birthday. I can't believe how fast these 3 years have gone and I am so so thankful to be called mommy and I love my little Gwenyth so much! I wanted something cute to wear to her little birthday gathering and came across the cutest skirt. 

Since I begin sewing I have been following Maureen Cracknell Handmade. Maureen is a very talented woman and has inspired me so much in my sewing adventures. Just a few days ago she posted a tutorial for a really cute drawstring skirt. I often pin tutorials I see and never get around to making them, but after my recent shorts project for shorts on line I have had clothing sewing fever. So this tutorial not only got pinned, but I decided to actually make it!

Well let me tell you, I love instant gratification projects like this! The skirt took me less than an hour and was very fun to make. I decided to make my appliqué a little flower similar the flowers in the print fabric. Everything came together real quick, but I did make one slight mistake :) My print fabric is upside down, Whoops. I didn't even notice it till later, but hey it looks right from my point of view. Once I was done I decided to work on my new hand quilting skills and added some embroidery to my flower.

After this project it got me thinking. I really want to commit to making more of the simple, instant gratification, practical projects I'm always pinning on Pinterest. It is so rewarding when your done and usually these items are the most practical items. I decided to create a Pinterest board called Pin It, Sew It! and it will be a place for me to collect items I SERIOUSLY plan on making. I am going to try and commit myself to making a few of these items each month. I figure its time to stop pining and start sewing!

  • Sewing Machine Cover
  • Sewing Caddy
  • New Diaper Bag
  • Grab and Go Traveler Bag
  • Grocery Bag Holder

I Challenge you! Pin It, Sew It!

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So do you want to join me? I challenge you, pick an item you have pinned that is simple, practical, and an instant gratifier make it sometime this month (July) and at the end of the month we can all share our accomplishments in a linky party. If it turns out to be a helpful success than we may just make it an ongoing monthly linky party to help us continue to conquer those pins!

Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop

Today I am linking up with Plum and June's Let's Get Acquainted Monday Link Up. If you are a blogger and haven't been following the Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop than you are seriously missing out. All the hard work Beth has put into the hop is helping so many of us out and it is sure to help you too! Each week we get to meet four new bloggers, get advise from other bloggers, and have a chance to win awesome prizes. It's quite fantastic!

Hope you all have a wonderful Monday! :)


p.s. Have you heard about the Totally Groovy QAL yet? I'd love for you to join me, come check it and and enter to win a $75 GC to Fat Quarter Shop and a Groove Quilt Pattern!

Alyssa Lichner

Alyssa Lichner

Creator of Pile O' Fabric

Alyssa Lichner is a graphic designer turned avid sewist. She writes modern quilting tutorials and shares techniques and inspiration on her blog, Pile O’ Fabric. Alyssa has a passion for exploring different techniques and applying them to modern designs. She is thankful to have the opportunity to share these techniques, through her tutorials, patterns, and classes with quilters around the world. She always encourages her readers and students to challenge themselves to try new things and to approach quilting with a fearless attitude.