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Fabric Weekend Giveaway AKA Win Tons of Awesome Sewing Stuff



I’ve got a big recap of Fabric Weekend coming up later today but before I get to that I wanted to share the fun giveaway that we’re having! The sponsors of our awesome weekend have supplied a bunch of great sewing goodies for us to share with you. And as a perk it’s super easy to enter.

One GRAND PRIZE winner!

Brother 1034D serger! (donated by

Four lucky winners will receive $150 in prizes!

$50 to

$50 to

$50 for a class at


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Contest Rules:

Giveaway open internationally to contestants 18 years or older. Contestants must enter their email address to be added to the and email newsletters to win. All prizes are awarded in the form of gift certificates. Winners responsible for paying shipping. Gift certificate value of serger is $210. Contest open from June 11, 2013 through June 20, 2013 EST. Winners will be notified within 24 hours of winning. Winners have 48 hours to claim their reward. New winners will be chosen if prizes are unclaimed. Winners will be emailed their rewards within 7 days of claiming their prize.

ONE ENTRY per person. This contest is being held on multiple blogs. Please enter only once. You will be counted only once.

LA Fabric Weekend 2013 and Jo-Ann GNO

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I am about to get on a plane to head to California for a weekend full of fun fabric shopping and friends. I am so so excited. I’ve been to the Los Angeles Fabric District ages ago by myself (on public transit) but having the opportunity to hang out and shop with over 20 of my favorite creative blogger buddies, you just can’t imagine how much I’ve been looking forward to this weekend! Andrea from The Train to Crazy and Go To Patterns and Justine from Sew Country Chick have been setting us up with some great sponsors and shops to visit.

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Michael Levine is a staple in the Los Angeles Fabric District. They have a main store, the upholstry fabric store and the Loft where you can buy fabric by the pound, I’ve heard of people walking out with bags and bags of goodness. Thankfully they have a great online store as well since I’m only taking 2 suitcases. Their online brand is and you’ll love it.

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Thank you to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for sponsoring Fabric Weekend 2013. With all the fabric options I’ve had through the years Jo-Ann is still my go to place since I know I can find exactly what I need.


While I’m there Jessica from The Sewing Rabbit is going to be hosting another Girl’s Night Out. I was lucky enough to attend the one here in Utah that corresponded with Sewing Summit last year and it was a blast! Delicious dinner, good conversation, and meeting other like minded creative folk.

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And for those of you Project Runway fans we get to visit Mood Fabrics. I hear that they have a new and improved store in Los Angeles that is stocked full of great apparel fabric. And they have an online shop too so you don’t have to feel left out!

Wish me luck and check in with my Instagram or Twitter I’ll try to post some peeks into the weekend when I can! Check out everyone elses’s pictures too by viewing the hashtag #fabricweekend2013. And check back in tomorrow when I’ll finally be sharing my mermaid pants tutorial!


150$ Fabric and Craft Supply Giveaway

 cthe daily sew giveaway - 150$ to The Ribbon Retreat

It’s been something of a giveaway week so why not keep it going? If you follow me on facebook, which I hope you do, you’ve probably seen me share some posts from The Daily Sew. If you’re not familiar with the page it’s a super awesome resource for all things sewing related. It’s full of great sewing tutorials, inspiration, and chatter. In addition to being a great source of information and ideas it’s become a really neat community where you can find other crafty folk. Definitely check out The Daily Sew.

All that introduction is to say that today The Daily Sew and The Ribbon Retreat (shop) have gotten together for fabulous giveaway. If you’ve never visited The Ribbon Retreat they have tons of great fabrics and other craft supplies.

If you haven’t entered the other giveaways make sure you do that too! I’ve gotten together with 18 other bloggers for a Summer Stash Giveaway and we’re all giving away a TON of craft supplies. 19 prize packs of crafty goodness and 19 winners.

And in honor of the opening of The Fault In Our Stars in movie theaters I’m also giving away a TFIOS iron-on as well as a copy of the book. Oh man it’s so good guys. If you haven’t read it yet you need to! Enter to win my The Fault In Our Stars Giveaway.

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Good luck and hope you have a great weekend!

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Sew Our Stash Challenge AKA I’m a Fabric Hoarder

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My name is Marissa and I am a fabric hoarder. It’s true, I have a crazy amount of fabric. You know I just went on the wonderful Fabric Weekend in La with so many of my wonderful sewing blogger friends and while there Bev from Flamingo Toes and I decided we needed to get our tushes in gear and actually make stuff for ourselves with our fabric. We were hanging out with these girls all wearing things they’d made and it was awesome.

Sew Our Stash challenge hosted by Rae Gun Ramblings and Flamingo Toes

So to keep each other accountable and because we suspect that you probably have the same problem, we’re challenging ourselves to “Sew Our Stash”. At the end of each month we’ll be showing off what we sewed up. If you are a fellow fabric addict you are welcome to join along. If you post about it I’d love you to leave a link to your post in the comments of the Sew Our Stash posts so I can stop by and see your creations. And for those of you who aren’t bloggers don’t fret we’ll be hashtagging on instagram, facebook, and twitter so join in by using #sewourstash.

Fabric Stash

And in case you didn’t believe me about my fabric collecting problem I have a wee bit of photographic evidence I’d like to share. Neat freaks be warned the following images may be disturbing. Yes that is a 5X5 Ikea Expedit shelf all filled with fabric save for 2 slots that have patterns and three bolts tall stacks of fabric next too it.

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This is what I pulled out of my suitcases, umm today, that I acquired at Fabric Weekend 2013. If you don’t quite get the scale that filled two full size suitcases. All my roommates took the time to nicely fold their goodies but I figured it’s all gotta be washed anyways so I just shoved it all in.

Fabric Stash

And finally I decided to walk around my house and take pictures of all the various places that my fabric resides. Now it is true that I do have a sewing business and a lot of this is for that but there’s also a bunch that I bought before my Etsy days and fabrics that I wouldn’t use for the baby clothes. Here are the spots where you can find fabric in my house: the whole back wall of my work room pretty much floor to ceiling, under my cutting table (as pictured up top), two big garbage bags in the basement, along the side of my workroom behind my 2nd sewing station, behind the dress forms, more stray bolts in the basement, yes another expedit full in the basement, on the bench right by my front door, and yeah in my trunk. Seriously this is how things are today it’s madness. Just keeping it real.

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So it is clear that I need this challenge. We’d love for you to play along if you want to feel free to grab a button and spread the word. If you share any pictures of you sewing your stash on the interweb be sure to take them with #sewourstash Come on you know you’ve got fabric that is destined for awesomeness! Be sure to check back in the last Thursday of every month for our Sew Our Stash show and tell

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Favorite Spots for Fabric Shopping in LA

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As I’ve already mentioned (here and here) I had the extreme pleasure of traveling to California for a wonderful weekend of shopping and friendship. During our fabric weekend a bunch (over 20) sewing bloggers got together traveled from all over and hung out and and shopped for fabric together in Los Angeles. It was seriously amazing. In the blog world it’s fun getting to know other people who live far away with similar interest and that’s all great and fine online but when you get to meet them in person and not just that, really hang out and get some good quality time together there is just something truly special about that. And even better if you can bond over shared interest like fabric hoarding, oh I mean shopping. So I’m super excited to share my favorite spots for fabric shopping in La!

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Michael Levine, Inc.
“Everything In Fabrics & Notions”
920 Maple Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: 213-622-6259

One of my all time favorite stops was Michael Levine. This place is like a mecca for fabric lovers. They have all sorts of fabrics from quilting cottons to leather. You name it they’ve got it and the place is HUGE. They have so many amazing fabrics it was fun just to walk up and down the isles. After a wonderful lunch hosted by the store we got to tour the warehouses and saw rolls and rolls of fabric that is waiting to be cataloged and posted to their website (yes lucky for those of us who live far away they have an online fabric shop). See that cute man with the box? That’s Larry. He pulled this Valentino box out and we were all a bit confused then he told us to “touch it” and we all TOTALLY got it haha it was awesome! Apparently when they sell Valentino fabric they wrap it and ship it in these fancy (and pet-able) boxes. The store is giant and I had so much fun going through all the fabric and the people who run it are some of nicest individuals ever. I purchased my first Echino, drooled over the Liberty of London, and picked  up a bunch of other great pieces.

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the Loft
Fabric sold by the pound!
Located on the 2nd floor above the Home Decor Store
917 Maple Ave.
Los Angeles, CA.  90015

Across the street they have another shop that has barrels and barrels of fabric sold by the pound. It was so fun digging through and finding hidden treasures. I was able to find all kinds of awesome knits that I am so excited to put to good use. Seriously there was something so enjoyable about going through all the tubs of fabric. See the goodies I got?

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After a good chunk at Michael Levine we hit the streets. If you’ve never been to the fabric district downtown there are rows and rows of stores selling fabric and notions and really any sewing supply you could dream of. And everything is priced really well. Pretty much go to Michael Levine check their stuff out and then walk in any direction and you’re bound to find even more fabric goodness. One of my favorite images of the whole weekend was when our van got back to the hotel and we spread our bags of fabric out. It was an awesome fabric pile and this was just ONE of the cars full of the girls that went with us.

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Since Mood (yes that Mood) has a shop in LA we made a stop there. Everything was a bit pricier than I’m used to spending but the the selection was terrific. There was a wall full of printed knits that I helped myself to and I may have snagged a bit of silk that is the prettiest fabric ever. No I’ve never sewn with silk before, yes I’m totally nervous of screwing it up, but I’m also really excited.

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Isn’t our group so cute! Thanks to Jess for the picture.

Justine (Sew Country Chick) – Jen (icandy) – Stef (Girl Inspired) – Mie (Sewing Like Mad) – Miriam (Mad Mim) – Melissa (I Still Love You) – Andrea (Train to Crazy) – Me – Sabra (Sew a Straight Line) – Bev (Flamingo Toes)

Jessica (Sewing Rabbit this cute photo is hers!) – Melissa (Melly Sews) – Caila (Caila Made) – Cherie (You and Mie) – Abby (Sew Much Ado)

Leanne (Elle Apparel)- Merrick (Merrick’s Art) – Marigold (Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!) – Christina not pictured (2 Little Hooligans)

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Here are some shots of us shopping around. It really was a sewing girls heaven. I just loved walking up and down the rows of fabric shops but some notable places we popped into included Golden Cutting and Sewing Supply, which had a great selection of notions and sewing tidbits. For example, giant spools of elastic tread, zippers galore, and I got a bendy ruler for pattern drafting. A few of us also went to SAS Fabrics in Hawthore and found some gems there as well. I scored some really cool white and gold spandex that I’m have so many ideas for. Tell me your mind is spinning right now.

 Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft,     # 1798
2115 W Commonwealth Ave
Alhambra, CA 91803-1403

(This is the closest location to the fabric district but check out their website for a location near you!)

And of course even with all these fun hidden gems of shops it’s nice to know that there is always a Joann Fabric close by. Joann is my go to fabric shop I seriously have to restrict myself to only going a few times a week. But I can always trust Joann to have the staples that I use every day and even some fun and interesting fabrics as well.

To say I had fun would be a vast understatement. I didn’t even share the fun of visiting FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) seeing their amazing student projects, the project trends for upcoming seasons and their droolable textiles room which had fabrics made out of all kinds of crazy materials. And I didn’t get to mention all the delicious meals we had (although check out pictures from our Girls Night Out here). Or the fun book talk we had over drinks and dessert (and for me calamari because as you know I’m a fried food fiend) one night. I’ll have to put pictures up on Instagram because I just can’t fit all the wonderfulness here. Thank you so much to Andrea, Bev, and Justine for putting in so much hard work to give us such a fabulous time that I will cherish forever!

And not only did we get a great experience (and many many pounds of fabric to play with) but we have a fun giveaway jam packed full of awesome sewing supplies. To enter click here.

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Bow Hair Clip Tutorial and Weekend Happenings

I’m somewhat a hoarder of craft supplies. When I went to make these clips I fond 3 rolls of velvet ribbon that I had purchased for something like this or headbands years ago. ummm yeah. I really like how my little clip came out and even more that it took literally minutes from start to finish. It would be so cute on little heads too.

All you do is cut a length of ribbon and fold it to make the bow loops. Glue when you like the length (I used about 3 inches). Next wrap some more ribbon around the looped piece and glue to cover up the seam. Then glue it onto a hair clip and you’re good to go. Don’t be surprised if you see me with these in every color :)

And there’s a lot going on this weekend I’ve got a giveaway for a $50 Amazon voucher and there is Oh My Crafts’ Summer Sale see the great deals, get a 20% off coupon and see what I got here..

My cute friend Marigold from Hideous Dreadful Stinky had started a brand new link party with Foy from Garden. Cook. Write. Repeat. Go over and link up!


Finally for the rest of you fabric addicts, Rach from Family Ever After is closing up her awesome Sewlebrity Crush Series, which I was honored to be a part of, with a 100$ giveaway to The Fat Quarter Shop. Check out the tutorial round up and enter to win!

Four Tops to Make Out of Woven Fabric

So I did it again -totally flaked on Made By Rae’s Spring Top Sewalong. Yeah yeah there technically is still a week to go left but hmm we’ll see maybe. But whether I get something done this week or not. I finally feel like I’m on top of my Rae Gun work load. It’s been over a year of working towards this goal but I’m finally feeling comfortable with working only a few hours during the weekends. yeah I know other people actually take weekends, I don’t think that will ever be me but the past few weekends I’ve hung out with friends, gardened, went to movies, attended kiddo birthday parties all guilt-free and all without having to stay up late sewing to make up for it. So I hoping that I can start making more stuff for me because I kind of have a hoard of fabric that I’d love to use. Here are some tops that would be a great place for me to start.

The one above is a sleeved sorbetto top by la inglesita who tweaked the a free pattern from coletterie.

I’ve got so many pieces of fabric that would be perfect for this simple woven tank. This one is by Leila at Where the Orchids Grow and she used the popular downloadable Wiksten Tank pattern.

Karen of montanachic made this darling bias bound top. I love the simplicity of it. It looks super easy to wear.

I LOVE how flickr user anotherdayforever tweaked Rae’s Spring Top pattern. I’ve always been drawn to that top but was really unsure of the ruffly flutter sleeves. I like these so much better.

After recovering my fabric boxes I kinda organized my stash so I have a box of “use for something for me soon” fabrics that I think would be great for all of these. Hopefully I’ll have some to show to you all soon.

This is my favorite fabric at the moment


Well here are some more pics from our photo shoot day this is in both stores and I’ve been adding more to my web store including some little knickers (boy or girl appropriate) and a listing for chose your color ruffle bums. Happy Friday, I’m so ready for the weekend!

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The Weekend Finds


The the music maker and I took a trip down the freeway to go thrifting (he looks for records to sample)and fabric searching. He found the exact sample used on his new favorite CD panacea. (I don’t know how he can recognize single drumb beats and teeny loops but I guess that’s what happens when you spend most of your life chopping up, rearranging, combinding and creating music). Any way, I had no luck with fabric that day but I did find these two cookbooks. Everything in them looks great, and what’s even better they are full of sauces. The music maker loves his sauces, if there is something wrong with a dish his comment is “I think it would be better with a sauce”. The next day (in attempt to free myself from the grasp of the etsy forums, I went to our local fabric shops and as you can see I went on a buying spree. I’ve decided this is the year we will have a respectable tree skirt, not just a blanket drapped over the plastic base.

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A Weekend’s work


So a friend of mine is having me make a flower girl dress for a wedding her little girl is going to be in. Here is the test dress (made for fitting before we use pricier fabric). It’s fun to try and do something new that I haven’t really done before.

As my husband continued his journey with Zelda (on our newly acquired wii),in addition to this cute little dress I finished the weekend with a dress of my own (well it’s actually waiting to be hemed too, pictures of that will come later).

I also tested a new take-a-long baby blanket/changing pad with water resistent bottom. I’ll be mailing it to my sister to see how she likes it and if she has any suggestions to make it better.

Hope everyone else had a great weekend too

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