Stash-Busting Blog Hop!

retro mama

I am so thrilled to be your stop today on the Stash Busting Blog Hop!   Kim from Retro Mama has written a new book, Scrap Happy Sewing, and it seriously could not be cuter.


Scraps are my favorite and I am so drawn to the zakka style of sewing.   This book, though not labeled ‘zakka’, definitely has that feel.  Bright scraps mixed with linens and the sweetest patterns that will make you smile.    I think you will love it as much as I do!

I chose to make the scrappy apple hotpad and it’s one of those finishes that you keep looking at and grinning.   (Please tell me I’m not the only one who gets smiley over finished projects??)   It is just so cute and a very quick make.


Definitely recommend adding this book to your library!   I am towards the end of the line, but there have been many lovely stops below that share a few of the other projects in the book.    I always love seeing the projects sewn up outside of the book!

Thu 2nd  – Retro Mama

Tue 7th  – SCC

Wed 8th  – S.O.T.A.K Handmade

Thu 9th  – Fabricworm

Fri 10th  – Clover & Violet

Mon 13th  - Robot Mom Sews

Tue 14th  – Vivid Felicity

Wed 15th  – Cut To Pieces

Thu 16th  – Straight Grain

Fri 17th  – Sew Take A Hike

Mon 20th  – Vintage Grey

Tue 21st  – Miss Print

Wed 22nd  – Pink Penguin

Thu 23rd  – Hello Creative Family

Fri 24th  – Follow the White Bunny

Sun 26th  – Cynthia Shaffer

Mon 27th  – A Bright Corner

Tue 28th  – Sew Justine Sew

Wed 29th  – LRstitched

Thu 30th  – Pieced Brain


F&W has so kindly offered to give away one eBook copy of Scrap Happy Sewing to one of you, so you can go ahead and get to making! Just leave a comment on this post to enter.  I’ll choose a winner on Monday May 4.

(F&W is giving away a hard copy of the book and some fabric, so you might want to click over and enter here!)



Beth - I could use some busting of the stash! My craft room is about to explode!

Katy(LethargicLass) - I love your apple! I don’t know why but I am always drawn to fruit items in a house lol

Ellen M. - Thanks for sharing your project with us. I’d love to try the pillows on the cover of the book!

Judy - I’m a scrappy convert! I find I love the look and it’s really making me use what I have.

Felicity - What a sweet project (yes, I grin at them too) and the book looks gorgeous. I’ve got a lot (A LOT) of scraps looking for projects so the timing is perfect! Thanks for the giveaway!

caroll d - I love using my scraps. Looks like a great book,

Trina Peterson - Love your hotpad, Lindsey! Gonna have to get this book. Hope you are feeling well in your last couple weeks!

Shanel - Oh I have SO many scraps, I could really use this book. Thank you for the opportunity at a chance to win!

Loretta Freville - So cute! I’m sure this book would inspire me to use up my scraps !

bekki - You did a lovely job of your hotpad. i get smiley with finished projects too, its the funnest part if making for me.

mirka - What a cute looking book. :)

Jacy Magers - This book looks awesome! Thanks for the chance to win!

Veronica - What a great looking book. I’m always looking for good ideas on how to use up my scraps. I love your apple hot pad. It’s so cute!

Vicki H - I love finding new ways to use my scraps.

Sue - Soooo cute!

Linda Z - I just love the apply hot pad especially the small core with seeds. It would fun to try these projects.

Katie Cohagen - Yay for new quilting books! I love seeing new ways to use up my scraps!

Lisa Marie - This looks like a book full of fun projects! That apple hot pad is great.

barbara woods - great book would love to have it.

Marsha - So cute!

Nesta - Your apple hotpad is so pretty, love how you have used the text print. I can understand why it makes you smile to look at it!

Ramona - This book looks so fun! I have lots of scraps to use too!

Jacqueline Traun - How cute is your apple hot pad? I would love the opportunity to make something from this book as well!! Thanks for the giveaway!! Fingers crossed!! :)

Cindy Gillis - I really want to make the hot pad and the sewing kit!! Both are too cute.

Judith Morgan - Love small projects, your Apple is just the one.

Diane B - Hi Lindsey, How wonderful–the best for last and it’s
Really nice to meet you.
Finally bought a small piece of linen for a bag and a needle book as I’ve only sewn clothing w/linen in the past. I’m with you: a finished project just keeps me grinning for hours! Thanks for sharing your Apple hotpad, it tis’ cute!

LINDA - HI,very neat projects!
Thanks for your inspiration!

Sandy K - Your apple hot pad turned out so cute. I have many scraps to use up, they seem to multiply when I’m not in the room.

craftygramma - You do beautiful work!

Would love to have this book in any form.


Robot Mom Sews - I absolutely love your hot pad! It’s so cute!!

Tamie - I’m always looking for new ways to use my scraps.

Alli - Your apple potholder is so cute! I want it in my kitchen! :)

Judy Forkner - Such cute apple potholder!

Jo - I’ve enjoyed this blog hop – great projects sewn in lovely fabrics. Finished projects are definitely a cause for celebration

Marlies Koning - Thanks for the giveaway. Scrappy projects are my favorite.

Sarah J. - I am loving all the cute projects I’m seeing from this book- thanks for the chance to win!

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Tutorial | Peppermint Candy Mug Rug


I have a fun tutorial to share today as a part of the Merry Mug Rug Blog Hop!


This little peppermint mug rug is quick to make and pretty festive too, if I do say so.:)


You can find the downloadable pdf below:

Peppermint Candy Tutorial




Be sure to visit Ellison Lane if you haven’t yet, there are giveaways open along with many more Merry Mug Rug tutorials!




Jennifer @ Ellison Lane - Thank you sweet friend for your fabulous tutorial and adorable mug rug. I so appreciate your being part of the hop and sharing this with all of us! Merry Christmas!

Christmas Mug Rug Tutorials - Ellison Lane - […] Then head over to Lindsey’s at LR Stitched. […]

diane stanley - this si so very cute, Lindsey.

Merry Christmas Mug Rugs - Ellison Lane - […] LR Stitched – Peppermint Mug Rug […]

Christmas Mug Rugs! - Ellison Lane - […] LR Stitched – Peppermint Mug Rug […]

Christmas Tree Mug Rug! - Ellison Lane - […] LR Stitched – Peppermint Mug Rug […]

Christmas Mug Rug Tutorial - Ellison Lane - […] LR Stitched – Peppermint Mug Rug […]

Terrri - Love the round mug rug

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Stitch It Swap

Jennifer and I just wrapped up a fun swap called Stitch It | Zippy Pouches.    My pouch has been received so I wanted to share what I made!

My partner loved low volume with pops of black, arrows, Anna Maria Horner and Alison Glass.

I squeezed all of that in one and made what I call the Broken Arrow Zippy!


I used this pattern for the paper pieced arrows.    I printed the pattern at 45% to get mini arrows and made each one as a whole arrow.

Part way through I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I should cut them in half.  *gasp*

Usually when I get a gut feeling, I hem and haw forever.   Which I did.    I folded them up and took pictures to ‘see’ what it might look like if I cut them in half.

Then I decided I hated it.   Then I decided I loved it.   And then I told myself to shut it and just went for it!

Go with your gut, I find it usually works out the best!

I sewed it up into a basic zippy pouch and topped it off with a gold tassel from my tutorial here.

We each stuffed our pouches with office supplies and I forgot to take a picture of what was inside.

I included some washi tape, a bundle of Cotton + Steel fabric scraps, a notebook, thread and one of my favorite pens.

I hope my partner loved everything, it was a lot of fun to make for her!

I received my pouch last Friday and totally lucked out!   Vanessa from LBG Studio was my secret partner and she sent me an amazing package!

Everything was so me and I just love the pouch!

I told her I had been eying this pouch tutorial and I am so excited to have one of my own!   The pattern is a free tutorial from Craft Passion found here.

I’m not sure yet if there will be a round two of Stitch It Swap, but I’ll be sure to let you know!  It’s a lot of fun!

Join in the flickr group or check #stitchitswap on social media for what’s happening!

xo LR


P.S.  I’m trying to get back in the blogging swing of things.  I’ve become a sucker for Instagram.  Are you on IG?  I’m LRstitched there if you want to follow along with my day to day.:)

Carla - I adore your pouch! It’s just perfect. Yes I’m on IG but I enjoy reading blogs still

Susan the farm quilter - Love the pouch you made and the one you received!! Good gut feeling to cut them in half!!! No twitter or IG for me, blogs only!

Laurie - Wow- I really love the pouch you made and the pouch you received. I need that arrow pattern for sure!

Karen Ann - I adore your arrow pouch and love that you cut them in half. Cute!!

Pamela Graham - Awesome!

Erin - This pattern is no longer available on craftsy (I am guessing due to the VAT mess) do you by any chance know who sells it?

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Tutorial | Leather Tassel Keychain


I have a new tutorial for you today for making these fun leather tassels.   Quick, easy and addicting to make!

You can download the PDF tutorial by clicking on the link below.




You can find the leather used in my tutorial in my Etsy shop.






YLeoSabrina_LemonDropper - Don’t mind me, I’m just now finding your blog and squealing at all the amazingness. #newfangirl!

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Craft Book Month :: Quilt Lab

As you can probably tell by looking around, I’ve been on a little sewing hiatus.

I had a couple of big projects this year that have wiped out my sewing energy.    Does that ever happen to you?

Something about a deadline gets me motivated so I jumped on board to participate in Craft Book Month.

Today I am sharing with you what I’ve made!  (Yay, I sewed something!!)

The book that I want to feature for Craft Book Month this year is Quilt Lab by Alexandra (Ali) Winston.

I love this book so much.   Not only is it beautiful to look at, but it’s smart too.   If you are a science failure like me, this will make you feel like a smarty pants!  Making quilts is totally science, y’all!

Ali breaks the book down into rectangles, angles and circles.  There is also a section of small projects and helpful tips, shortcuts and a lesson on geometry.

The projects are modern and unique and each one teaches you something too.   Definitely something for everyone!

I chose to make the School Tote which takes one of the larger projects,  States of Matter, and shrinks it down to a mini quilt that you turn into a bag.


I had some Field Day from Allison Glass and this pattern was perfect for showcasing the pretty and bold prints!

The bag goes together easily.   The most challenging part is the binding of the outer seams.    I was dreading this part, but it really adds a nice touch to the bag.    It also allows the bag to be reversible too!   I like a twofer.

The pattern has you make both of the mini quilt designs and feature one on the front and one of the back, but I decided to just keep it simple.   I did one of the designs on the front and did a plain back with an added pocket.    I also made some metallic leather straps instead of using the webbing.    Love the fancy feel they add!

If you love craft books, I highly recommend picking this one up!



Craft Book Month 2012 – My review of Sew Up A Home Makeover

Craft Book Month 2013 – My review of Hoop La!


There are lots of other reviews happening in September and giveaways too.  Read below for the details!


September marks the 4th Annual Craft Book Month at Craft Buds! This year, we’re excited to celebrate all month long with a blog hop of your inspiring craft book projects and LOTS of giveaways for sewing along with a sewing, knitting, cookbook or other craft book of YOUR CHOICE.

If you are a craft book hoarder, you are not alone. Several years ago, I had an urge to dust off my craft books, unfold those crisp pattern sheets and put those patterns to good use by actually making some projects.

2014 Craft Book Month Blog Hop!

I’ve teamed up with some fabulous bloggers who will be showing off their projects made from craft books, all month long!

Monday 9/1: Fabric MuttLindsay Sews

Tuesday 9/2: Rae Gun Ramblings / Craftside

Wednesday 9/3: The Feisty RedheadThe Fabric Studio

Thursday 9/4:  Marci Girl Designs / Small Town Stitcher

Friday 9/5: LRstitched / A Prairie Sunrise

Monday 9/8: Hopeful Threads / sewVery

Tuesday 9/9: 13 Spools / Lisa Liza Lou

Wednesday 9/10: Stitch This! / My Sewcial Hour

Thursday 9/11: The Littlest Thistle / Fabric Seeds

Friday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / Clover + Violet

Monday 9/15: Inspire Me Grey / amylouwho

Link Up

9/1-9/30: Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from your blog, your Flickr or (NEW THIS YEAR) Instagram, and enter to win prizes. Please hashtag your posts #craftbookmonth so we can find them!
Note: Even if you share on instagram, please also come back and link the instagram URL in the linkup tool below to be eligible for prizes!
You may link up any project you’ve made from a pattern in a craft book. That easy! You’ll tell us a little about the book, the project, how you personalized it, etc. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October, 1!


1) One entry per person. 

2) Your craft book project must have been completed in 2014. 

3) Create a new blog post, instagram or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2014 or later) and link back to Craft Buds/Craft Book Month in your post or photo description. In your post or photo description, make sure to list the craft book you used and provide a link if possible.

4) All winners chosen via Some prizes available to international winners, so please join us!


Visit Craft Buds and link up your craft book project during the window of Sept 1-30 and you’ll automatically be entered to win some fantastic prizes from the Craft Book Month sponsors!

Katy - Very nice, and love the touch of bling on the handles :)

Kristy - Gorgeous bag!

Shirley - Saw this on IG and fell in love! It’s so awesome and you did a great job on it!

Stephanie - Quilted bags aren’t normally my forte but I love this! Gorgeous.

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