Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Crafty Little Things Blog Hop & Giveaway


Way back near the beginning of 2014, my friend Caroline asked me if I'd be willing to contribute a project to her next book.  Crafty Little Things to Sew is finally hitting stores this month, and I couldn't be happier to see it in print at last!


When I came up with the idea for my Patchwork Calculator Tablet Case, I was actually thinking that it would be a fun place to stash my daughters' math flashcards. The pattern was loosely based on the look of a calculator, mostly because I thought it would be a great way to include lots of colorful patchwork for the "buttons." My first version used a rainbow of geometric prints and a number scrap for the "screen" set against a solid black background. I quilted all of the colored pieces just inside each shape. I love to use a pouch this size for a sketchbook and drawing materials -- so perfect for inspiration on-the-go!


For my second attempt, I wanted something more whimsical. I switched out the black background for a more organic looking brown print, used a text print for the "screen," and carefully fussy cut 16 squares from Heather Ross fabrics in shades of white, pink, yellow, and orange. This time I quilted around the squares and rectangle instead of inside them. As you can see, it really makes a wonderful case for a Kindle or tablet with room to spare for a few more items if you want to carry the pouch instead of a purse.


This project makes a great gift, and it's a quick finish too. You can easily put one together in an afternoon. Caroline's book is full of these sorts of projects, which are from a wonderful array of talented designers, and it's why I love the book so much. There's nothing I enjoy more than fast, fun, useful sewing!

I'm giving away a copy of Crafty Little Things to Sew to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment below to be entered in the drawing. You can get extra entries by tagging friends on my Instagram post (@fabricmutt) too! Just be sure to leave an email address in your comment if you're a no-reply blogger so that I can get in touch with you if you win. I'll be picking a winner on Thursday.

**GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED. CONGRATS, KATHLEEN!**

Be sure to follow the other bloggers on the tour. There are so many fabulous projects coming up!

67 comments:

  1. So far I have seen 2 completed items from this book and I want both! Don't know if I can wait to see if I win this or just go get it!

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  2. So cute - fussy cutting at it's best! :)

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  3. Your project and the book look so fun!

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  4. Fun!!!! My Nook could use a carrier

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  5. that is so cute! I need the tutorial :)

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  6. Looks a lovely book and I'd make one of these pouches to keep my kindle in.

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  7. The title alone on this book makes me want to dig in and find projects to sew! I'm a crafty one and love little projects that make a big impact! duchick at gmail dot com

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  8. Congratulations, such a cool pattern. Thanks for running a giveaway to share it!

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  9. Om! What a cute makes! This book is already on my wish list. Thanks for the chance!

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  10. Very cool pattern! Thanks for sharing!!

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  11. Wow, nice pouches and pattern. Book looks fantastic, thanks!

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  12. Very cute pouch! I promised myself that I would never take my tablet out of the house without a case. I dropped my last one and broke the power button. Expensive mistake! Everyone needs a case!

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  13. Sweet! The grandkids would love the calculator pouch.

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  14. Awesome pouches ... love the black one! I need to make this for my tablet.

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  15. How fun! I love both versions of your pouch!

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  16. Cute pouch. I thinks my granddaughter would like this.

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  17. Your projects are adorable! Thanks for the giveaway. Would love to win Caroline's new book! maryjopoole at aol dot com

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  18. Love your pouch! You're so creative! Would love to win this cool book~ thank you for the chance! :)

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  19. This would make great Christmas presents. I need to get this.

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  20. Couldn't ask for a better project book for Christmas! I love to be able to use things I make and get great satisfaction when given to friends and family for Birthdays and Christmas.

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  21. Both your versions are lovely. I enjoy projects like these that are able to be finished in a short amount of time, even when life is at its busiest!

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  22. I love the make small projects for Christmas. This would be the perfect book. Thanks for the giveaway. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  23. So cute and perfect timing for holiday gift giving! Thanks for the chance to win ;c) shopgirl7232 at yahoo dot com

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  24. What a cute project. I have a little nephew this would be perfect for with the flash card idea.

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  25. As a retired librarian, I ADORE the Heather Ross calculator!! I am also a sucker for 'cases'! Susan

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  26. Your project is fantastic.Congratulations .

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  27. Very fun! The book sounds like it has nice small projects-right up my alley.

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  28. Love your pouches! I've got to get this fun book

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  29. Very very cute. I love it hope to win.

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  30. Love the calculator pouch, so cute and clever! Thank you for this great giveaway!! Looks like a fun book!

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  31. What a cute idea. Your vision to the completed pouch is spectacular. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  32. I would love to win that book "Crafty Little Things". Maybe I could accomplish a few little things! bobnanmol@yahoo.com Nancy

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  33. Thanks for sharing your great project. This book looks like a "winner".

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  34. Oh, these kinds of projects are right up my alley! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  35. So cute! Looks like a lovely book! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. What a cute, cute pouch, both of them! You always make such adorable and fun things. I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  37. Love the little "calculator" bag. Such a clever idea. lanaku@msn.com

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  38. I love both projects. I hope I win.

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  39. I love to sew small things as gifts. This looks like a book that I need to add to my personal library.

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  40. Great giveaway. I love your project.

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  41. These are SEW cute!!!! IMHO, I think every THING needs a place of its own. My DD called things like this, "sleeping bags" for every day household items!!!

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  42. I like the size of your little bag! Just right for a tablet and a few other items. I can see that these would make great gifts.
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  43. i love these kind of sewing projects; quick, easy, and lots of bang for the buck.

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  44. Congratulations on having a project in the book.

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  45. I am always looking for projects for gifts. I love this project and look forward to seeing more.

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  46. Your cases are adorable! Thanks for the chance (rcoyle at olemiss dot edu)

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  47. What a clever idea for a project! Thanks for showing tow different ideas for the pattern. I will have to check out this book.

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  48. i think this case would be fun as a travel project case. I'm sure my cross stitch hoop would fit in that, and another for all my tatting shuttles, and one for....

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  49. What a darling project. I'm starting to craft for Christmas, and this would certainly have a place on my list.

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  50. The book looks great. thanks for the giveaway!

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  51. I really like the one you made in black. It really shows off the fabric choices you used.

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  52. I also like the black one, and it would be a wonderful gift for my school-aged grandies! Thank you!

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  53. Very cute project and cool book! Enjoy your day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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    1. All the projects look like perfect gifts! I love the calculator zippy pouch!!

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  55. So many great ideas just in time to get ready for Christmas

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  56. Great book! I can't wait to read it!

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  57. The book looks like many good projects--congrats on your publication!
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