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30 Minute Christmas Coasters by The Nosy Pepper

Star Coaster Tutorial by The Nosy Pepper | JaimeSews

Hello JaimeSews readers!  I’m Cyndi and I blog over at The Nosy Pepper, I’m super excited to show you a super quick and easy scrap friendly project that is perfect for Christmas. When Jaime asked me to guest post a Christmas post, I was a bit nervous, as I’m mostly a bag sewer.   Since I realize that few people are going to want a Holiday themed bag, I decided to do something much quicker and easier. So, in comes the 30 minute Christmas Coasters! These are so simple to make and use such little fabric, you could make several sets in no time.I think I’m going to make several more to have on hand for all those last minute gifts you end up needing.

1/4 yard (or less) of felt
Fat quarter of quilting weight cotton (you can more than 4 coasters out of 1 FQ, you can use scraps to mix and match!
Contrasting thread ( I used a gold thread but any contrasting will do)
Pinking Shears
Embroidery scissors or other small scissors
Water soluble pen or Frixion Pen
Find a round object that is slightly larger than the finished size you like ( I had a bowl that was about 5 inches in diameter that was perfect). Trace 6 circles from the felt and 4 from the fabric.
There are two different types of coasters,the first kind, I just put the fabric against the felt (wrong sides facing) and stitched around the circumference of the circle using a 1/2″ seam. Then, simply stitch in a zig zag fashion to make the shape of a tree. Lastly, use your pinking shears to trim your seam allowance around the circle to 1/4″. Easy Peasy! For all you quilters out there, you could do any design, stockings, ornaments, santa hats etc.


For the second kind (and my favorite). You will need 2 pieces of felt and 1 piece of fabric. Put your fabric and felt together like before, with wrong sides facing. Next take a 2nd piece of felt an draw a design that will give you plenty of space to cut around (I chose a star, but you could make an ornament, or a stocking if you like). Place that piece of felt on top of the cotton (you should have one piece on top of the felt and one on the bottom). Stitch around the circle with a 1/2″ seam allowance and then stitch directly on stop of the design you just drew.

With a seam ripper carefully (very carefully…you only want to cut the felt on top and not into the fabric beneath it) make a rip in the felt then use your scissors to cut as close to the stitches as you can.


Then like before, take your pinking shears and trim the seam allowance to 1/4″. That’s it! You can mix and match both styles like I did, or just pick your favorite!


Thanks so much for having me Jaime! I had so much fun making these!



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The Professional Tote 2.0

If you’re local, and you follow F&M Fabrics on Facebook, you saw them post a few weeks back some beautiful Italian Faux Leather that recently came in. This one in particular caught my eye and I thought it’d make a great Professional Tote (pattern here).

Professional Tote | JaimeSews

I first made The Professional Tote a decade ago when I worked at a quilt shop. It goes together pretty quickly and has lots of useful pockets. Starting on the outside front, there is a pocket just behind that chrome colored accent you can slide papers into. Then for a little more security, there’s the zipper pocket just below. Both are the width of the center portion of the bag between the straps.
Professional Tote | JaimeSews

The back has a big pocket across the entire width.Professional Tote | JaimeSews

With a magnetic closure.Professional Tote | JaimeSews

Then there’s the wonderful side pockets ideal for holding beverages.Professional Tote | JaimeSews

The top has a big zipper…Professional Tote | JaimeSews

Which opens to pockets galore on the inside – pen pockets, a d-ring for your keys, a large center zipper pocket, along with a line of pockets on the other side. (sorry for the blurry pic cause the inside really is amazing!)Professional Tote | JaimeSews

This bag would be great for many uses. If it looks familiar to you, you may remember I made this same pattern from laminates for my daughter’s diaper bag (You can get a little bit better look at the inside pockets here).

Professional Tote Diaper Bag | Jaime Johnson

I highly recommend The Professional Tote pattern as, you can see, it’s something I make over and over again. It is not specifically intended to be used as a diaper bag, but I think it makes a great gift for a new mom! Using the new Italian Faux Leathers at F&M Fabrics will help you achieve a more purse-like look for a diaper bag. You could also use their utility fabrics to make it more masculine. The bag measures 18″Wide x 15″ Tall x 5″ Deep.

F&M Fabrics is located at 2954 Niles St, Bakersfield CA. Give them a call at (661) 873-9566.

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The Josephine (Christmas) Dress

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Well, I know that Christmas is over and the New Year is here, but I wanted to share with you today the Christmas Dress I made for my daughter this year.

When we found out we were having a girl almost 3 years ago, I was a little freaked out. I was always a tom-boy and wasn’t sure how I’d handle relating to a girl when I had always been one of the boys, so to say. Well, it has truly been a blessing to have our little miss Elise. And I’m here to tell you, while she loves the color pink, she is definitely a girl I can relate to and admire.

Josephine Christmas Dress | JaimeSews

You see, she refused to have her picture taken until there was a sword in her hand. WARRIOR PRINCESS! YESSSsssssss! Ok, on to the dress. This is yet another FooFooThreads dress. (Click here to see the fancy FooFooThreads dress I made for her Halloween Costume.) You know I’m a former tom-boy when I say, if I could, I would dress her in a FooFooThreads dress every day. I can’t get over the cuteness. But my very favorite part is that while it is beautiful, it is equally practical.


The front looks well fitted, but the back is completely elasticized. This is awesome for several reasons: 1) No closure (zipper, buttons/buttonholes) to sew. 2) Elastic means comfort. What woman doesn’t want to look amazing and be comfortable at the same time ?! 3) She can wear it much longer since there is so much give. In fact, since Halloween, she’s requested to wear her Pretty Pretty Pink Princess dress several times in dress up and it still fits even though it is a size down in the bodice from this dress. 4) It’s SOoooo easy – all you do is hand wind a bobbin with elastic thread and sew rows back and forth at an equal distance. The closer together your rows, the more it gathers and if you need a little more, a shot with a steam iron pulls it up even more. Seriously. Elastic thread in the bobbin, sew, and it magically gathers EASY! As I did for the Halloween dress, I made her size in the bodice, but a size 5 in the length. I wanted it to be ankle length and it’s perfect – she can run around with ease, but it has the formality of the length. Since it’s made from cotton, it’s easy to wash & wear.

sadsword(Are you done yet? )  Anyway, here are all the details:

Pattern: Josephine Dress from FooFooThreads

Main Fabric: Christmas Peace by Windham Fabrics

Sash, Red & Gold Ruffle Fabrics: From F&M Fabrics locally

Elastic Thread: Wawak Sewing

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Friendship Star Batik Quilt

I really enjoy the variety of projects that sewing affords. I like to sew a garment, then a quilt, then a pillow and then start the process all over again. Then there are other specialties in the world of home decor sewing, bridal & special occasion, tailoring and more. I had the itch to make a quilt recently and there in my stash was this quilt “kit” all ready to sew up. I used to work in a quilt store and while others would buy any fabric to add to their “stash”, I had to have a purpose in my purchase so I would buy fabric for a specific quilt, package it all together and wait for a time when I could work on it. For this one, I had the help of my friend, Lynn at the Creamsicle Cat – to pick out the fabrics and to lend her expert hand at the Long Arm Quilting. The help of a friend couldn’t be more appropriate since this quilt is a Friendship Star pattern! Here’s a pic of the quilt the day I received it back from Lynn.

Friendship Star | JaimeSews

I love the bold colors and the way the spiral movement of the quilting pattern makes it feel like the stars are spinning. The back is a thick, soft & fluffy pink minky that takes on the quilting motif beautifully.Friendship Star | JaimeSews

Batiks are wonderful to work with, since due to the dying process the colors and pattern are unique and in their unwashed state, they are crisp and easy to sew. But it just gets better after each wash as they keep their bold colors, but soften up more and more. This quilt measures 51″ x 69″, slightly smaller than a twin or useful as a larger lap quilt. It’s available in my shop so check it out and make sure to click above to check out Lynn’s blog too!

Friendship Star | JaimeSews

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THREE Handmade Holiday Sales

Hi there friends! Are you stuffed to the brim with Thanksgiving goodness? Now it’s time to burn it all off with some holiday shopping and/or sewing! I have 3 Handmade Holiday Sales to share with you so here goes! (This post contains affiliate links)

1. From now till December 15th I will be offering
Free Shipping
in my shop on all ready-to-ship items!

JaimeSews | Handmade Children's Clothing & Quilts

2. A new sale I just heard about is going on at Blank Slate Patterns. Their patterns, usually $7.95 each are on sale today only for 2 for $10!

Blank Slate Patter Black Friday Sale

Believe me, you are not going to have a hard time finding two to purchase! I used the Coastal Cargos pattern to make pants for a Fall Clothing Swap and loved them so much, I had to make another pair for my son. Great fit and great instructions. I picked up a few patterns I have been eyeing!

Blank Slate Patterns Coastal Cargos | JaimeSews

3. Lastly, I want to remind you about the Peek-A-Boo pattern sale going on now through Midnight tomorrow! Just click the picture below to start shoping!

Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop Holiday Sale!

Wednesday I showed you my son’s Downton Duffle Coat made with one of the newer Peek-a-boo Patterns. Today I’m going to show you my daughter’s Hang Out Hoodie made from a soft pink knit and a black slub knit I pulled from my stash. Pardon the mismatched outfit – it was a good!-you’re-up-from-your-nap-now-try-this-on moment, also as evidenced by her sleepy-face. 🙂 This pattern went together in a flash. It’s comfy and easy to wear – no screaming from the child when I put it on her so you know that’s a bonus!

Hangout Hoodie | JaimeSews And don’t forget that the Happy Camper Pattern I used to make my son’s Super Hero Happy Camper Jacket is ALSO a Peek-A-Boo Pattern!

Super Happy Camper | JaimeSews

So have some fun shopping this weekend and I’ll see you Monday!

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Huge Pattern Sale & New Coat

Hi all! I’m beyond excited to show you what I quite literally just pulled off the sewing machine. This is definitely up there in the top coolest patterns I’ve used – it’s the Downton Duffle Coat by Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop. (Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for the details on their HUGE sale!) This post includes affiliate links.

Downton Duffle Coat | JaimeSewsM_Back




This pattern went together like a dream. Have you ever made something with sleeves and the danged sleeve won’t fit right and you’re fighting it the whole way around? This sleeve fits PERFECTLY in the arms-eye. I couldn’t believe how wonderfully it fit. The design features look so professional, but couldn’t be easier. I had never made toggle closures before so that was a bit of a challenge, but I love the effect. So here are the details:

Pattern: Downton Duffle Coat by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop

Main Fabric: Wool Blend Suiting Mini Plaid Green from – Can you believe it was $2.95/yard!? There are several colors at the price, so check it out!

Lining: Dark Green Polyester Twill Quilted Fabric found on (I can’t believe I didn’t snap a picture of it – it made a great lining)

Toggle Buttons: SuppliesSundries on Etsy

The Camo Fleece, Green Vinyl and the cording for the toggles all came from F&M Fabrics locally.

If you love the Downton Duffle, you can pick it up on a great sale, going on now through Midnight on Saturday, November 30th. Just Click the image below to browse all the wonderful patterns available.

Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop Holiday Sale!

I’ll come back Friday to show you another Peek-A-Boo Pattern I’ve used. In the meantime, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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OK Craft Fair in Review

Well I survived! And had a great time! This past weekend I was honored to be included in a 50+ vendor craft fair. Unfortunately, I only got one, partial, bad, cell phone photo of my booth:

JaimeSews Craft Fair Booth

And I didn’t even get the part with the Dress Up Station housing all my clothes! For shame! I wanted to share with you some of the items that I didn’t have a chance to post to my Etsy Shop, and let you know what’s still available if you’d like to get some handmade Christmas gifts for anyone on your list.

As you can see, front and center in my booth photo, I had a great time making 6 different Pajama Eaters (Pattern by Sew Fearless). The first to go was the Super PJ Eater:

Super PJ Eater | JaimeSews

Then the Airplane Eater (not pictured) and the Cowboy Eater were next:

Cowboy PJ Eater | JaimeSews

A little girl and her family came and snatched up the Collage PJ Eater with a bow:

excuse the TERRIBLE picture
excuse the TERRIBLE picture

I still have one available I hope to post to the shop this week.

Another item I have available is the Winter Holidays Lucy Tunic, available in sizes 12-18 months and 4T here in my shop. This 100% reversible tunic has classic in design, but is made modern with whimsical Christmas and Valentine’s prints. Both sides feature in-seam pockets and pleated cap sleeves. Buy a Christmas Tunic and you have Valentine’s covered too! Works great with a long sleeved shirt and jeans – comfy and festive.

Christmas Lucy Tunic | JaimeSews Valentine's Lucy Tunic | JaimeSewsHoliday Lucy Tunic | JaimeSewsHoliday Lucy Tunic | JaimeSews

Thanks to everyone who came by my booth to say hi – it really encouraged me to see some familiar faces! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving – there is so, so much to be thankful for! We’ll see you next week!

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Olive Knolls Craft Fair

Olive Knolls Craft Fair

Every Saturday before Thanksgiving there is a 50+ vendor Craft Fair at Olive Knolls Church in Bakersfield, CA. It is by far one of the best craft fairs (if not the best) in town and if you follow me on facebook or instagram, you know I’ve been sewing like a crazy woman in preparation! Unfortunately, due to my sewing frenzy, I don’t have any better pictures than the few ipad pics I’ve snapped, so definitely plan to come on out to see it all in person! It’s at 6201 Fruitvale Ave from 8am – 2pm complete with pancake breakfast and/or soup or salad lunch (to benefit the school’s Washington DC trip) and a coffee bar (to benefit Olive Knolls Women’s Retreat)! Here’s what I’ve been working on:

To go along with the Super Happy Camper, I made a new pair of Coastal Cargos.

Coastal Cargos | JaimeSews

Here are a few pajama eaters, with hopes to make a few more this week

Pajama Eaters | JaimeSews Pajama Eaters | JaimeSews

Some Christmas Table Runners (In addition to the one in my shop)

Christmas Table Runner | JaimeSews Christmas Table Runner | JaimeSews

The Lucy Tunic (pattern by ShwinDesigns) in sizes 12 months to size 5. This pic shows it unfinished, but the Lucy Tunic is reversible with this Christmas Print on one side and a Valentine’s Print on the other – two shirts in one!

Lucy Tunic | JaimeSews

And fresh off the Longarm, a Batik Friendship Star Quilt

Batik Friendship Star Quilt | JaimeSews

With a minky backingBatik Friendship Star Quilt | JaimeSews

These are just the newest items I’ve been working on. I’ll also be bringing everything now active in my Etsy Shop and I’m so excited to be sharing a booth with Sarah Botts from Peanut Button. I will have special prices just for the craft fair so you won’t want to miss it!! Even part of my display will be up for grabs!

Craftiness Is Not Optional’s Dress Up Storage

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Super Hero Happy Camper

I am so excited to share with you my newest project available for sale here in my Etsy shop. It is definitely a one of a kind item!! It all started when I was browsing Etsy for fabric (when I had no business doing so) and I saw the Robert Kaufman Heroes PanelImmediately I thought  – that would make a great shirt. I have plans to make the Maxwell Shirt from ShwinDesigns, but the pockets and detailing of that shirt pattern weren’t quite right for this panel. My sister in law mentioned it might make a great hoodie. I loved that idea but I was afraid a hood might cover up the newspaper print I planned to feature on the back. Then Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop came out with their Happy Camper pattern {affiliate link} and I knew immediately it would be perfect.

This is what I get when I ask for a “serious” face – haha




I washed the panel and started making decisions about what I wanted where (with some input from my model). After carefully cutting the panel apart, I started placing the various elements on the pattern pieces to see where I needed to add fabric to make it work. The front features the two super heroes at the base with the BANG and POW! pieces sewn together on an angle.


Each seam is professionally finished and topstitched.


My model chose two more pieces from the panel to be featured on each sleeve. These are appliqued on to the sleeve just above the city-scape. The sleeve hem is gathered by elastic to keep the cold out.


As mentioned, the back features the newspaper article from The Hero’s Herald with a full color photo & “Super Hero Saves the Day!” headline.


In-seam pockets of anti-pill fleece keep your little guy warm.


The jacket was designed so there are no exposed seams inside – Just the warmth and comfort of anti-pill fleece fully lining the body and sleeves.


This would make the perfect One of a Kind gift for your Happy Camper size 6/12 months up to size 12 years. These are made to order so please allow for construction time and shipping.

Model is wearing the Perfect Cargo Pants also available in my shop here. The Pattern, Blank Slate Coastal Cargos, is available here {affiliate link}.

Thanks for reading and see you next week!

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Free Owl Ornament Instructions from Burda

Owl Ornament

Is this not the most adorable thing? I know Owls and woodland creatures are popular right now, and I’ve fallen for them hook, line and sinker! If you click on the picture above, you can download the pattern instructions for free – I know I plan to make at least one for one of my friends/family…Who will it be?!

This weekend I am running my first 5k. I’ve been sick this week with a head cold (perfect, right?) so I’m hoping I’m on the upswing since this is a trail run. While I’ve been training, it’s been mostly on a treadmill or flat asphalt so I’m a bit nervous anyway…then add cold. 🙁 I’ll let you know how it goes later this weekend or early next week.

Then next weekend, I’ll be heading over to my friend Lynn’s house to quilt the giant Santa quilt. I’m hoping we can do it so I can pull the back around for the binding, but we’ll see. I did that on my husband’s quilt and it looks nice enough (the stitching line provides a “ridge” on the back side and the front looks like tradiational binding), while eliminating the need to buy another fabric.

Are you sewing for Christmas? I’ve started cutting out my son’s quilt on my lunches. Today I’m debating if I should keep going at it or cuddle up in my car with my blanket and a book, since I’m not feeling well and wondering if I can realistically get it done in time for Christmas anyway…We’ll see what wins out – guilt or the cold. Hahahaha.