Thursday, December 12, 2013

Get Ready for Christmas by Giving to Charity: DIY Family Giving Spree on Nestle




Hi Friends! Only 13 days until Christmas! Is your home ready for the influx of fun new things? Get ready for Christmas this year by gathering up used toys and other items around the house in good condition and give them to a charity or local family in need. Get the whole family involved and start a fun new tradition--a Family Giving Spree! Use the free printable and how-to over on the Nestle site to make your giving easy and fun.

Head on over to check it out!

Disclaimer: I was hired by Nestle to share ideas for using their line of holiday candies this year. And it was such a fun opportunity! I'd let people pay me and give me free chocolate to write crafty posts for them again in a heartbeat.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

5 Minute Craft: DIY Grand Neighbor Gifts on Nestle




Hi Friends! Looking for a fast, easy, and super charming little gift to give to your  neighbors this year? I'm over on Nestle sharing this fun idea for DIY Grand Neighbor Gifts. They literally take about 5 minutes to prep. If you can operate a printer to print off your tags and cut string, you can handle this. :)

Head on over to check it out!

Disclaimer: I was hired by Nestle to share ideas for using their line of holiday candies this year. And it was such a fun opportunity! I'd let people pay me and give me free chocolate to write crafty posts for them again in a heartbeat.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Book Signing! Simple Sewing at Sew to Speak this Saturday!


  • What: Katie Lewis, author of Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners will be signing copies of her new book! 
  • Where: Sew to Speak -- 4610 N High Street, Columbus, OH (See their website HERE)
  • Date: This Saturday, Dec. 14th
  • Time: noon-3pm

Hi friends! I'm delighted to invite you all to a cozy little book signing at my favorite fabric store of all time: Sew to Speak! If you've never been to Sew to Speak, you are in for a real treat! It's one of my favorite shops to visit in all of Columbus. It has a great variety of awesome fabric and notions and the friendliest staff. I'll be there with my trusty Sharpie marker signing copies of my book and chatting it up with all of you! New sewing books + a fun cut of fabric or two is sure to win the heart of any sewing enthusiast on your list this Christmas. So come on in and find some goodies! 

I hope to see you there on Saturday!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Mary from Molly Flanders


Good evening friends and welcome to our LAST STOP EVER on the blog tour for my new book, Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners!! Woot woooooot! I couldn't be more pleased that our very last stop is with Mary from her wonderful blog Molly Flanders Makerie. Mary is a local here in Columbus, Ohio and since she works at my favorite little local fabric store, Sew to Speak, I've had the pleasure of running into Mary several times.

Aside from being one of the sweetest people I've ever met in real life, her quilting (and sewing skills in general) are amazing. I love her style and sense of color. And the top stitching. Oh the top stitching! Mary's famous around here for her gorgeous hand stitching on her quilts and other projects and for good reason. I was so excited when I saw the projects she made from my book and saw that she had included her signature hand stitching on her projects. Head on over to Mary's post to see the wonderful journal and book covers she made and--bonus!--a pencil pouch too!

And while you're there be sure to enter to for a chance to win a free copy of the book! This is the last giveaway on the blog tour!

Thanks so much to everyone for following along throughout the Simple Sewing blog tour! I'll be doing an official re-cap soon with links to all of the wonderful projects featured in the tour, but in the mean time, feel free to browse the Simple Sewing tag on my blog for all the posts.

Happy Friday! And happy sewing!

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Rachel from Family Ever After


Hi friends! Guess what?! Today is the very last day of the blog tour for my new book, Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners! We have two stops on the tour today and it's especially fun for me because they are both amazing local girls! First up is Rachel from Family Ever After. I got to meet Rachel for the first time a few months ago and it was so fun. For the blog tour today she made this adorable Memory Game from the book with a couple small changes. Head on over to her post to check it all out!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Cherie from You and Mie


Good afternoon friends! Our next stop on the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners today is Cherie from You and Mie. Cherie made the Memory Game from the book, but instead of using several different kinds of fabric to match, she showcased all the fun little animals from this one print. Such a fun idea! Head on over to read her post and enter for another chance to win a free copy of the book!

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts


Our next stop today on the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners is Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts! Mandy made these sweet little hand warmers to replace the disposable ones you can buy at the store. I'm all for making and reusing whenever we can! Head on over to Mandy's post to read more about them and enter for a chance to win a free copy of the book!

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Adrianna from Crafterhours


Our next stop on the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners is the wonderful Adrianna from Crafterhours! She was really supposed to post yesterday but I'm pretty sure she was making up excuses so she could just lounge around her house all day and eat bonbons she was in a fight with the internet, so she's gracing us with her presence today instead. No worries. She may be a day late, but she's certainly not a dollar short. Or at least her project isn't. Whatevs. Pregnancy is getting the better of me and my brain no longer works, let alone the rest of my body. 33 weeks isn't too soon to have a baby, right? 

Anywayyyyy... Adrianna used the basic Sunglasses Case from the book and turned it into this amazing gold pleather wonder. I think we all need one. Or ten. Go check it out!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Sabra from Sew A Straight Line


Our next stop on the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners is Sabra from Sew A Straight Line! Sabra let her 5 year old son choose a project from the book to make for his little sister for Christmas and together they made this little baby doll pillow and blanket. How sweet is that?! I love a good 5-year-old-boy-sewing-for-his-little-sister story. It kind of melts my heart. :) Head on over to Sabra's post to read about the great experience she had sewing with her cute son, see more of the finished project, and enter for a chance to win a free copy of the book!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: April from April Rhodes


Hey-o! Our next stop on the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners is the lovely April Rhodes! No doubt you're familiar with April after the smashing success of her Staple Dress pattern earlier this year and, since then, her many other fabulous patterns.

Lucky for me, April is a local here in Columbus, OH and I get to run into her and her cute mom at their wonderful brick and mortar fabric shop, Sew to Speak. Both April and her mom Anita were wonderfully supportive throughout the book writing process (not to mention they let me come into the shop and stare at the shelves of fabric like a crazy person over and over again and pretended like it was a perfectly normal thing to do) and it's so fun to have April as part of the book tour now!

Head on over to April's post to see how she used the Simple Bows from the book and changed them into this awesome piece. Can you tell what it is? :)

Bonus: 10 points to the first person who can spot April in the book and tell me what page she's on!

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Shannon from Very Shannon


Good morning! And welcome back to the last week of the blog tour for my new book Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners. Our next stop on the tour is with Shannon from luvinthemommyhood, soon to be Very Shannon. (She's in the middle of a site re-design. We've all been there.) :)

Aside from being an awesome seamstress, Shannon also recently released her own book, Journey, which looks like a treasure trove of knitting patterns. Oh how I wish I knew how to read knitting patterns! It's on my list of things to learn.

Head on over to Shannon's post to read more about this wonderful Fabric Basket she made from the book!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Ellen from The Long Thread


Next up on the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Project for Beginners is the fabulous Ellen from The Long Thread. I've followed Ellen's blog for many years and I love all of the projects she shares there. Ellen is also known for her wonderful fabric lines (such as the one pictured above) and her books 1, 2, 3 Sew and her brand new book 1, 2, 3 Quilt. Aside from all that, Ellen is a super kind and talented lady and I'm so honored to have her join in the blog tour for my new book!

Head on over to Ellen's post to see which of the projects she altered to make these little goodies. Any guesses? :)

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Emily from Everyday Art


Our next stop on the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners is Emily from Everyday Art! Emily used the instructions for the Pencil Pouch in the book and modified it to turn it into this awesome case for her crochet supplies! It holds crochet hooks, scissors, and a needle! I really need to make one of these for myself. Such a great idea! Head on over to Emily's post for all the details and a chance to win a free copy of the book!

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Kate from See Kate Sew


It's our last week of the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners! Today through Friday we'll have several of your favorite bloggers sharing their versions of projects from the book and giving away a free copy. Be sure to check them all out for great ideas and lots of chances to win!

Our first stop on the tour today is the wonderful Kate from See Kate Sew. I've loved Kate's blog for years and I especially love her knack for choosing awesome floral prints for so many of her projects. And she is the creator of so many wonderful patterns! She just released her new Penelope Peplum for women and it is adorable. I feel like there have been so many great patterns for women that have come out while I've been pregnant and I can't wait to be a normal size so I can sew up all these goodies for myself!

But, anyway, back to the book. Head on over to Kate's post to see the fun heat pack she made, her great ideas for using Simple Sewing as a BUY + DIY gift, and a chance to win a copy of the book for yourself!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Totally Unrealistic Christmas Wish List


Despite being happily married for the past (almost) 6 years, my husband panics every time Christmas rolls around. Apparently I'm hard to shop for. This has been confirmed by all of my in-laws, including my sister in law that I talk to multiple times a week. They know me well and love me lots, but hate to buy me things because they know that, secretly, deep down, I'm really picky. I'd like to say they're wrong and I'm happy with anything, but, well, what can I say? I know what I like. I just don't like telling people to buy me stuff.

Last year Bryan and I finally started Christmas wish list Pinterest boards with links to stuff we like, but since mine for this year is looking a little sparse, he's been pressing for more ideas. The problem is, I really haven't been able to think of many things I'm dying to have.

I only have a month and a half left (!!) of being pregnant, so I'm not interested in investing in more maternity clothes at this point. And since I haven't been able to wear 99% of my wardrobe for the past several months (and because I very much hope to lose baby weight and get in shape), I don't feel compelled to ask for regular-size clothes either. Maybe by next Christmas I'll be a normal, stable (super skinny hot momma) size, but that's next year, not this year.

And since I just finished my book and it's out happily living on your shelves now, I'm at one of those weird points in my career/creative life where I don't have really big, specific goals to focus on and need stuff for. I might feel more driven to focus on a bunch of new exciting things if I weren't about to have a baby, but, under the circumstances, I've been mentally prepping myself to not have any creative or business ambitions until next spring at the very soonest. (Though, spoiler alert: there is a pattern in the works that I'm aiming to release sometime in the spring of 2014. We shall see. I'm making zero promises as it all depends on how this whole having-a-newborn-thing goes. In the past four years I have totally forgotten everything about how to take care of babies.)

All of this considered, I finally sat down this evening and hand-wrote a list for Bryan of things I'd love to find under the tree on Christmas morning--most of which are free or cheap and require more slave labor on his part than anything else, but which I would genuinely appreciate and enjoy. But because the imagination knows no bounds, I've also decided to compile a list of totally unrealistic Christmas wishes.

Behold: ...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Kristin from Skirt As Top


Holla! Our last stop on the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners this week is Kristin from Skirt As Top! (Don't worry, we'll have one more week of the blog tour + giveaways all of next week as well, but we're taking the rest of this week off for Thanksgiving. Or Hanukkah. Or both.) :)

Kristin's younger sister has been wanting to learn how to sew, so Kristin made her do all the work gave her a fun sewing lesson by helping her make the Basic Tote Bag from the book! That's what big sisters are for, right? Making you do all the work and claiming there's teaching going on at the same time? ;) Seriously though, you've got to head over to Kristin's post and see how awesome this bag is. It's all shiny and fashionable and stuff. And Kristin's younger sister makes it look like a hot new accessory instead of a plain old grocery bag or something. I must learn her stylish ways. While you're there, be sure to enter the giveaway to win a free copy of the book for yourself!

Happy Wednesday! And Happy Thanksgiving/Hanukkah tomorrow! Whatever holiday you're celebrating, I just hope there's some delicious food involved. :)

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Caila from Caila Made


Good afternoon friends! Our next stop on the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners is the lovely Caila from Caila Made! Caila is sharing oodles of gorgeous bean bag eye candy and talking about which kinds of beans were her favorite to fill up the bean bags with. I confess, I hadn't really thought much about different kinds of beans/lentils when I was writing this project for the book, so it was fun for me to read her analysis. I'm going to give her favorite a try next time! Head on over to her post to read all about it, enter to win a copy of the book, and look at all the pretty bean bags she made as stocking stuffers for her kids this year. Such a great idea!

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Taylor from Taylor Made


Tomorrow's Thanksgiving! Are you ready? Food all made? Table all set? Haha, we're not even close to ready, but my mother-in-law drove in yesterday, so I think we're at least covered in the amazing food department. :) But if you're still looking for a little something to add to your Thanksgiving table this year, check out these festive Place Mats that Taylor from Taylor Made made for our next stop on the blog tour! (That was a lot of "Taylors" and "made." Hope we got that straight.) :) 

She stayed true to the super easy instructions in my new book, Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners, but I love that the fabric she chose will look great for all of the upcoming holidays--Thanksgiving, Christmas, even New Years! Head on over to her post to check it out!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

5 Instagram-friendly Christmas Cards

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Instagram. I don't need to tell you to be in love with it because I know you already are. And I know you have a ton of Instagram-quality pictures at your disposal. So why not skip hiring the professional photographer this year, make it easy on yourself, and just use the pictures you already have?

I was recently asked to review the new collection of Minted Holiday Cards on their website and I was delighted to see so many Instagram-friendly photo cards available. Because, seriously, if I can save myself the hassle of making my husband and kid pose for a professional photo, I'm gonna do it. You know I'm all about easy.

So, for your browsing pleasure, I've rounded up my top 5 favorite Instagram-friendly holiday cards from Minted's new line. Behold!

Disclaimer: I was asked by Minted to write an honest review of the website for their holiday cards and I am being compensated for my totally awesome writing and linking-to-photos-online skills. Don't hate. I like free stuff. But I also genuinely like these cards. But I've also never held one in person. But still. They look great. And nobody made me say that. ...

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Shannon from Googiemomma


Confession time. When Shannon from Googiemomma emailed me the above teaser picture for me to use here on the blog, I totally thought she had made these projects herself. So I was delightfully surprised when I went over to read her post this morning and found out it was actually her kids who made this camera and these fun hand warmers! What the what?!

Aside from giving a really helpful and thorough review of the book and showing off some great projects she and her kids made, I especially love Shannon's post because she talks about how well Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners works as a fun textbook for moms who want to teach their kids how to sew.

I have to add my own two cents here and agree with Shannon about how easily the book transfers from being a fun book of projects to use for yourself to being a textbook to help others learn from. ...

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Delia from Delia Creates


Are you ready for your morning dose of cuteness overload? Because Delia from Delia Creates is our next stop on the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners and she is here to deliver! I'd say it's almost too much cuteness for one post, but, well, how could you ever really have too much of this rad Baby Doll Blanket + Pillow, this totally adorable little handmade dolly, and sweet sweet little Natalie?

(Answer: you can never have too much of those things.)

I especially love the way Delia kept the project simple and easy, but added some fun new touches of her own to make the finished project really personal and fun. This is a primo example of a great way to use the projects from Simple Sewing as meaningful Christmas gifts (or really, gifts any time of the year). Head on over to her post to check it out and enter to win a free copy of the book!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Deborah from Whipstitch


Brrr! It's been cold here these past couple days! Even being super pregnant, I've still been freezing. And that is saying something. Luckily our next stop on the blog tour is the famous Deborah from Whipstitch and she's sharing a jumbo version of the coziest little hand warmers from my new book, Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners. The flannels she chose are oh-so-scrumptious! I kind of just want to reach through the screen and steal them from her. (Did I just say that out loud?) Head on over to Deborah's post to read all about them! And try not to make fun of her for needing jumbo hand warmers in 60 degree weather. Cough-it's-in-the-30's-today-here-cough-cough. :)

Thanks so much for sharing your mad skillz with us Deborah!

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Emily from Emmmylizzzy


Happy Monday friends! As you can see, the blog tour train is here and it's next stop is over at Emmmylizzzy! Emily made these adorable bean bags from my new book, Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners and they are to die for! Head on over to her blog and check them out! And for a regular dose of Emmmylizzzy goodness, follow her on IG! Her feed is one of my personal faves.

And while you're checking out the adorable beanbags over on Emily's blog, be sure to enter for another chance to win a free copy of the book for yourself! It's full of fast and easy ideas for making Christmas gifts. Or give the book as a gift itself! Happy sewing!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Candy Cones Tutorial


These fun little Candy Cones are a great way to share your favorite holiday candies and they're so quick and easy to sew. Make several to share with friends, school teachers, or add them to your children's stockings! So many fun ways to give your favorite goodies!

I originally wrote this post for part of the Bake, Craft, Sew series on Skip to my Lou. Now I'm bringing it home.



Get the full how-to below! ...

Friday, November 22, 2013

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Shauna from Shwin & Shwin


Alright, raise your hands if you're in the Jude fan club. I mean, look at this kid! What a little stud! He's going to be breaking hearts for sure (that is, if he isn't already). :) I'm delighted to have his mom, Shauna from Shwin & Shwin, as our next stop on the blog tour for my new book, Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners.

Aside from the awesome pieces she just released as part of the latest installation of the Pattern Anthology, Shauna continues to impress me with all the wonderful creations she makes and her growing line of sewing patterns. Her kids are so lucky! I totally wish someone made me rad new custom clothes all the time.

And, clearly, her cute kids must be keeping a close eye on mom because today she's talking about how much they love cameras--especially the cute Play Cameras she made from the book! Head on over to her post for the blog tour and check out all 3 fun versions tailored to her kids' personalities! While you're there, be sure to enter for a chance to win a copy of the book!

Happy Friday!

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings


Our next guest on the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners is Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings! Aside from loving Ender's Game and Harry Potter as much (ok, probably more) than I do, I love Marissa because she is also just as excited about Christmas as I am! Marissa is the first in the blog tour to share the Felt Nativity Puppets from the book and I am so glad she did!

A little back story on this nativity set: ...

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Pretty Prudent


Good afternoon friends! Our next stop on the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners is over at Pretty Prudent! Head on over to their post for a peek inside the book and a chance to win a free copy!

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Rachael from Imagine Gnats


Good morning friends! Our next stop on the blog tour for my new book Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners is Rachael from Imagine Gnats! Rachael is such a fun lady! We got to meet this past summer when she organized a fun little get together for some of us bloggers local to Columbus, OH. We all met up at the museum with our kids and had a blast chatting and talking shop while our kids ran around crazy got to know each other. :) It was so fun!

And because I've had the privilege of meeting Rachael and her sweet girls, I'm extra excited to tell you that Rachael didn't actually make the Pencil Pouch she's showing off today... her daughter Kahlin did! I really can't tell you how warm and fuzzy I feel every time I see kids sewing projects from my book. Head on over and check out Rachael's post to see more and enter to win a free copy of the book! Thanks Rachael and Kahlin!

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Also, just FYI,some of the giveaway winners have been announced! Each giveaway runs for 1 week, so if you entered a giveaway on my blog or another blog who posted more than a week ago, the winners have been announced and notified by email. Thanks so much for all of you who are participating in the giveaways! There are two fresh ones to enter today and several more on the way!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Jessica from A Little Gray


I'm totally bananas for our next stop on the blog tour (oh yes I did just use that pun) because look at that awesome Lunch Sack! This beauty was made by the lovely Jessica from A Little Gray using the instructions from my new book, Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners. I love her fabric choices here and, of course, the fun banana applique she added to the front of the bag. Head on over to her post for more details and for another chance to win a free copy of the book!

Happy Wednesday!

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Andrea from The Train to Crazy


Good morning! Our next stop on the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners is Andrea from The Train to Crazy! I got to meet Andrea in person a couple of times this summer after she and her cute family moved here and she is so fun!

No doubt you've seen all of her fabulous patterns over at Go To Patterns and the recent addition of her latest collaboration on the Pattern Anthology. How those ladies create and market that many patterns with so many cool variations multiple times a year is totally beyond me. They are all kinds of cool.

Today Andrea is showing off two fun Play Cameras and a set of Pocket Hand Warmers she made from my book. Head on over to her post to check it out and enter to win a free copy of the book!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Disney from Ruffles & Stuff


Good evening friends! Our next stop on the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners is Disney from Ruffles & Stuff! Aside from being a totally adorable person and making super charming things, I'm especially excited to have Disney as part of the tour because she and I have had fun emailing back and forth throughout the year about writing sewing books. Did you know she's working on a sewing book of her own? I'm super excited to see it when it comes out next year! In the mean time, head on over and check out Disney's post and see just how bright and cheerful this little Pom Pom Garland looks in her daughter's room. Don't forget to enter to win a free copy of the book while you're there! Thanks so much Disney!

BONUS: Want an extra chance to win a copy of the book? Dana from MADE is giving away 3 copies of the book as part of her giveTHANKSaway event. Go HERE to enter! And while you're there, be sure to browse all of the other awesome giveaways she has going on. So many great things!

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Maggie from Smashed Peas and Carrots


Uh-oh guys. Know what I did? I fell asleep on the couch. Haha. Olivia talked me into sitting down to watch "Snow White" with her and it got the better of me. These past few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind and, what with being 31 weeks pregnant and all, I'm kind of at that point where if I stop to sit down for more than 5 minutes I end up falling asleep. Ruh roh. I tell you what, though, that nap sure felt good! The only downside is that now I'm a wee bit behind on featuring all of the bloggers particpating in the blog tour for my new book, Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners. So instead of being all responsible and timely we're just gonna have to take this par-tay into the evening. Sound good?!

Our next stop in the tour par-tay is Maggie from Smashed Peas and Carrots! Maggie made a gorgeous Reversible Bib and I love the way the snap and tag really take this bib to the next level. Be sure to pop on over and check it out!

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Kirstin from Kojo Designs


Woot woot! Our next stop on the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners is Kirstin from Kojo Designs! Kirstin made one of my favorite projects for this chilly time of year: Pocket Hand Warmers! Just pop these little bundles in the microwave for a minute or two, drop them in your coat pockets, and enjoy cozy warm hands on all your winter outings. And didn't Kirstin do an amazing job? She confessed in her post that she's only been sewing for... wait. I'm not going to tell you how many years. You'll have to go see for yourself! ;)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Jessica from Happy Together


Good evening! Our next stop on the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners is Jessica from Happy Together. I've been reading Jessica's blog since long before I started sharing my own projects and tutorials and I'm thrilled to have her as our next stop on the tour. Head on over to check out her post on this sweet new Tooth Fairy Pillow she made for her daughter! Love that tiny little bear! Such a great idea to tuck fun little toys inside, too, instead of just coins. Thanks Jessica!

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: An from Straight Grain


Welcome back! Ready for another chance to win a free copy of my new book? The next stop on our blog tour is An from Straight Grain! She made a Basic Tote Bag and made things even simpler (and, if I may say so, even more sophisticated) by swapping out the fabric handles for these rad leather ones. Head on over to her post to check it out!

And while you're there, be sure to scroll down and see some adorable pictures of her brand new baby! I'm all about brand new babies right now. And I love what she says about how Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners is not only great for beginners, but also for more advanced sewers looking for a quick and easy sew. You know, like in case you just had a baby and you haven't got a lot of time on your hands. :)

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Jenny from The Southern Institute


Hello and good morning Simple Sewing fans! Our first stop on the blog tour this week is the fabulous Jenny from The Southern Institute! Aside from being the organizer behind the popular Sew Fab pattern sales, and creator of Chopstix Patterns, Jenny is also just a really nice and super talented lady and I'm honored to have her as part of the tour.

Jenny made the simple and snugly Baby Blanket from my new book Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners for her brand new nephew. Aren't those toes the cutest? Just wait till you see the rest of him. Err... I mean, of the blanket. :) Head on over to Jenny's post for her review of the book, a chance to win a free copy, and more peeks at her blanket and sweet new nephew! Thanks Jenny!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Jess from Craftiness Is Not Optional


Yay! Helloooo Friday! Is anybody else totally ready for the weekend?! I know I am. But not before I tell you that our last stop on the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners this week is none other than the friendly and fabulous Jess from Craftiness Is Not Optional. Jess and I go way back in the blogging world. Like, back to when I used to use the flash on my camera. (eeek.) There was even that one time when we got to meet in person and I was looking so awesome with a sad, sad Olivia. Good times, good times.

Today Jess is sharing the super adorable Play Camera that she and the Sadester made together! I love the perky color combos Sadie chose for her camera and her sweet little kid hands in this picture kind of kill me. Isn't she just the cutest? (Don't tell Charlotte and Ava I said that.) Head on over and check out Jess' post for all the details on their fun camera and lots more cute pictures.

And this has nothing to do with my book, really, but I just have to tell you a little something about Jess. She has been making loads of awesome shirts and dresses for her girls for years and I think I can speak for the entire sewing community when I say that we are so glad she has finally started selling her own patterns! You can see them all here on her site. Also, because Jess and I are like this (you know, that thing you do with your fingers to show you're tight), Jess sent me an advance copy of her latest pattern in the works and it is jaaaaawsome! Get excited, my friends. Get real excited.

Ok the end. It's time to go enjoy the weekend and par-tay like it's 1999.

And check out Jess' post! Thanks Jess!!

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Polly from Pieces by Polly


I'm super excited to introduce our next stop on the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners because... it's my sister Polly! Polly of Pieces by Polly is my big sister and she has mad sewing skills. Like, BAM. Super mad sewing skills.

Today she's sharing two projects from the book on her blog. First up are these awesome Bean Bags that she helped her cute kiddos (i.e. my cute nieces and nephew) make. Second, how cute is my 8 year-old niece (who's named Katie!) with the Glasses Case she sewed all by herself?! Be sure to check out both posts on Polly's blog and enter for a chance to win a free copy of the book!

Also, because she's my sister and I just have to brag about her, also be sure to check out Polly's new quilt pattern, Hexies by Halves here in her shop! Maybe if I'm really good she'll make me one for our baby on the way.  She's also been on a bit of a Harry Potter kick lately and has several Harry Potter themed necklaces and Christmas ornaments in the shop right now. Gotta love HP.

Thanks so much for sharing all the fun projects today, Polly! Sure love seeing those cute kiddos sewing with my book! Warms my little auntie heart. :)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: LiEr from Ikat Bag


It's time for the next stop on our blog tour! Next up is the awesome LiEr from Ikat Bag. LiEr's blog has a special place in my heart because, aside from being a sewing rock star, she makes the most amazing cardboard creations. If you haven't beheld the awesomeness that is her cardboard projects and tutorials, you're seriously missing out.

The other thing I love about LiEr's blog is that she is so fantastically thorough. And her post for the blog tour today is no exception! LiEr created not one, but four versions of the basic Lunch Sack from my book, Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners. In her post she gives a full tutorial on how to add the handle/closure you see in the photo above as well as how the bag looks in four very different kinds of fabric. So awesome!

And for those of you who have been looking for a full list of projects included in the book, LiEr also included a photo of the table of contents in her review of the book. And I'm so glad she did! It was one of those things I didn't even think about including in my own look inside the book, but obviously it's a really helpful thing to know before you buy. (Duh, me!) :)

Head on over to her post to check it all out and enter for another chance to win a free copy of the book! Thanks LiEr!

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Melissa from Happy Quilting


Umm, would you believe that an 8 year old made this all by herself?! Well you should because it's totally true! Our next stop on the blog tour is Melissa from Happy Quilting. Or, more accurately, Melissa's 8 year old daughter who made this rad Fabric Basket from my book Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners. Can you believe it?! Head on over to Melissa's post to see the cutest picture of her daughter with her finished project! Way to go Jessi! I am so impressed!

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Abby from Sew Much Ado


Good morning friends! I'm so excited to have as our next stop on the tour, the wonderful Abby from Sew Much Ado. Abby and I go way back in the blogging world from when I helped her test one of her first patterns, the Ruby Lou Doll. (Psst! One of the many Ruby Lou's I've made over the years even ended up on the front cover of my book! See Abby's post today for a close-up.) If you know a little girl in need of a new dolly this Christmas, I highly recommend her Ruby Lou pattern. It's a fast, easy sew that turns out a great doll. (I should know. I've made at least 10.) Abby has since come out with several more fantastic patterns and is such a bright soul to interact with in the online world. Maybe someday we'll make it official and meet in person. That would be so fun!

Today Abby's sharing her Scrap Flag Garland that she made from my new book, Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners. Head on over to her blog to check it out! And while you're there be sure to enter for another chance to win a free copy of the book!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Christie from A Lemon Squeezy Home


Welcome back friends! Are you ready for stop #2 on the Simple Sewing blog tour? Prepare yourselves for another dose of awesome. Christie from A Lemon Squeezy Home is sharing two awesome Simple Bows (love that gold!) and a Reversible Bib.

She even shares her secrets on making the bows in different sizes and adding a catch-all pocket to the bib. What what?! So awesome Christie! Be sure to check it out over on her blog! And, of course, while you're there be sure to enter for another chance to win a free copy of Simple Sewing: 30 Fast & Easy Projects for Beginners!

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Megan from Quilt Story


Hip hip hooray! It's blog tour time! We sent copies of my new book, Simple Sewing: 30 Fast & Easy Projects for Beginners, to over 30 of your favorite bloggers and asked them to make a project from the book and give a review. So from now until Dec. 6th (Mon-Fri), I'll be showcasing the projects and reviews from 2-3 bloggers each day! And every one of them is giving away a free copy of the book! It's going to be a Simple Sewing palooza!

I'm pleased to have as our first stop on the tour today, Megan from Quilt Story! Megan made 2 Reversible Bibs and they look so sweet on her little girl. I've totally been in a holiday mood lately and I'm especially loving the Christmas bib. Head on over to Quilt Story to see more! Psst! You'll also get another chance to enter to win a free copy of the book!

Come back later today for the next stop on the tour!

Happy sewing!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

MY BOOK!! -- Simple Sewing: 30 Fast & Easy Projects for Beginners -- Blog Tour Kick Off + A Giveaway!



IT'S FINALLY HERE!!! Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners by Katie Lewis! Oh snap!--that's my name IN PRINT friends! (happy squeal!)

After hearing me dream, despair, whine, brag, and sneak peeks of my book all year long, I am so happy to finally be able to share it with you! And just in time for the holidays! Hooray!


Lunch Napkins -- page 125

Scrap Flag Garland -- page 71

Knot Headband -- page 35
psst! That's the lovely April Rhodes!


I started writing Simple Sewing about two years ago. In the photo above, the notebook on the left is the original, hand-written copy of what is now Simple Sewing. That little notebook represents countless hours of work down in my little basement studio, dreaming up projects, testing prototypes, and making notes about what to change and how to make things better. There are notes and doodles for somewhere around 70+ projects in that little notebook. Only the very best 30 made it into the finished book.



I love this picture. In the background you can see my hand-written instructions for the Bean Bags (page 161), in the foreground you can see the final project printed in the book. This, my friends, is quite literally a dream come true.



Any book that makes it all the way to publication is a labor of love, not just from the author, but from family, friends, editors, designers, and more, and this book is no exception. It's no exaggeration to say that I really couldn't have done this without my wonderful husband, Bryan. He tested projects for the book. He spent his spring break at home playing with our daughter while I worked my booty off taking step-by-step photos and editing until the wee hours of the night. He helped me keep going when I felt like giving up. But most of all, he never doubted I could do it and he always always treated my book with as much respect as his own career. I love you, Bry. I love you a whole whole lot. Marriage is the absolute best.

Ahem. Sorry to get all mushy. But when you have a husband as awesome as mine you've just gotta brag about him sometimes. :)


Basic Tote Bag -- page 25

And while we're still in bragging mode, I have to take a minute to brag about Suzanne Gipson who took all of the beautiful cover photos for the book. She put up with me and my silly whims and her photos complete this book in a truly beautiful way. Thank you Suzanne!

Okay, enough already. Let's talk about the book!

It has two main parts. The first part of the book, called "Before You Begin," is full of photos and helpful instructions for navigating your basic sewing supplies. The rest of the book is 6 chapters chock-full of super fun and simple projects that are easy for anyone to complete.

Ready for a look inside?! Let's do it! ...