Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Busy Busy.... Check out the Lap Top case i made using Amy Butlers Pattern

I have been super busy, spending a lot of time at Hip Stitch.  I also have been trying to keep up with requested sewing projects...

Here is one I will share with you...I was up until 11:30 last night sewing it.  It was a total of a 7 hour project!!!  Needless to say...i won't be making one of these again! :)

Btw...the used pattern will be for sale this week at the shop if you want to come and buy it CHEAP and try this one yourself!

The best feature on the whole thing is the Kokeshi Applique Doll I embroidered on the outside main panel!!!

 Here is a close up of her!!! She is sooo soo pretty!  Be on the Look out for MORE projects to come using these CUTE Kokeshi Dolls!
All Closed up. 
Top Flap Opened
Bottom Opened
Left Flap Opened
 The entire carrier opened.  Of course I had MY laptop upside down...der!  
 THE END!!!  
After 7 hours of LABOR...shouldn't I have come out with a baby or something??  Just sayin....

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to stop by and comment on my blog!

I have hopefully created a widget that will work!! LOL! 

The Winner is...

cackers526 said...
I sure wish I could come to your store in person to look at all your cute stuff. I love what you have shown us. Hope you have lots and lots of posts. Merry Christmas....

YOU have won $25 in Sew Humble BUCKS!  You can spend it any way you like with me!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

ACCUQUILT vs WESTMINSTER SIZZIX CUTTER i have had the Accuquilt for a while.  

Well a few months ago Westminster Fibers and Sizzix joined forces and created a Die Cutting system as well.  

Well i got the BRILLIANT idea that MAYBE just MAYBE the dies for the Sizzix cutter would work for my Accuquilt.  NOT!  im so disappointed... the Sizzix is too thick...

So now I have a sizzix die...and nothing to use it on.


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Another Project finished and its not even 10am yet!

OK so i have some small peices of Chalkcloth left...and was trying to think of something to do with them.  So i combined TWO of my FAVORITE items i make....
My Tic Tac Toe Bags and...

My Chalk Mats....


You can't see it too well in this picture but the fabric in between the chalk cloth has been quilted. 

 It tri-folds and is ready to go!  I can make these in ANY fabric that i have.  You can also add personalization and have it monogrammed!

Artist of the Month At HIP STITCH!!

Hey there...well its MY month!  I am going to be the featured artist of the month at Hip Stitch for December.  This means all my hand made goodies will be on display and up for sale!  This is also a GREAT time to come in and make any SPECIAL CUSTOM orders you are wanting.  Come Early to Ensure Holiday Delivery Time!  

Here are just a few things I whipped up yesterday to add to the STASH going in!

Reusable Holiday Gift Tags or Ornaments

I hope to have more done in different shapes sizes and colors.  We'll see how the day goes!!

Boys Chalk Cloth Mats featuring some AWESOME fabrics.  Shooting Rockets, Fun Cars, and Fire Trucks!

And lets not forget about the girls!  Chalk mats featuring ONLY the Chic Fabrics your little girl will LOVE!  Matryoshka Dolls, FAB Retro Shopping Gals, and the Glamorous Shoppers of Europe!

For the Gardener in your Family. These GLOVES ARE AMAZING!! Great quality Leather gloves accented by only the Cutest Heavy Weight Fabrics!  These make wonderful stocking stuffers too!     

So C'mon by and say Hi.  I'll be at the Shop ALLLL day tomorrow with My Embroidery Machine in hand.  Mondays are MONOGRAM MADNESS MONDAYS!  Bring in your holiday gift and get it personalized!

Thursday, December 2, 2010


It IS the Season of Giving!!!  Soooo I want to give something away.  Now b/c many of my friends aren't sewers, and then again...maybe not everyone has kids so they wouldnt' like a kiddy gift what i am giving away

$25 gift certificate with Sew Humble Beginnings!

You can use it to buy fabric, notions, gifts, etc.  OR you can use it to buy something READY MADE or Custom made!!!


So Please Leave a comment...Something Holidayish and CHEERY!!!  You will be entered into my drawing.  

I will use that google selector thing....(can you tell i know what im doing?! LOL )  anyway...i will use the random selector thingie...and IT will pick the winner!!!

Deadline for Entry is Wednesday December 8, 2010 at 10pm Mountain Time

Holiday Season is HERE

I want to invite you all to come out to Hip Stitch.  We have soo many new items arriving EVERY day!  

I also want to welcome you to get in those custom Christmas Presents ordered!

I will be the featured artist of the month in the shop. Stop by say hi, have a cuppa, and lets talk holidays, kids, fabric...whatever your heart desires!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Black Friday at Hip Stitch!!!

Black Friday Sale at Hip Stitch

tape measure
Measure Up Your Savings this Friday!
Dear Crystal,

We are so excited to be offering our VERY FIRST BLACK FRIDAY SALE!!!  No waiting out in the cold at 2 am.  Go do your morning bargain hunting, eat a good lunch, then stop by the Hip Stitch for treats and DEALS!

We will be open SPECIAL hours 1pm-5pm.

Win a 2 Night Stay at Villas De Santa Fe

2br floorplan
Come in and be entered for a 2 night stay in a lovely resort in Santa Fe.  ONE entry just for coming in the door!!  The more you buy, the more entries you get!  ONE additional entry for EVERY $20 you spend.  Drawing will be held at 5pm. (need not be present to win)

This 2 Bedroom accommodation has one king in the master bedroom and two doubles in the guest bedroom. Gas fireplace, 2 bathrooms, living room, kitchen and more!  Just a few minutes walk from center city!

Dates for the 2 Night Stay: 7Dec-9Dec
2BR sleeps 8

Our Price: FREE
Valued at over $300.00!!

Also On Sale....

You asked for them...WE GOT THEM! 
25mm and 40mm Acrylic Snap Grommets!!!

plastic grommets
In a RAINBOW of colors to choose from.  You are going to go loopy for our NEW GROMMETS!  Will be available starting BLACK FRIDAY!

Our Price:  25mm $3.00  40mm $4.00  pack of 2

Fray Stoppa

Fray Stoppa

Our Price: $1.50
List Price: $3.45

101 Quilt Basting Spray

101 spray

Our Price: $3.00
List Price: $10.60

Magnetic Snap Closures

magnetic snaps

Our Price: $1.00
List Price: $2.00

3/4" Metal Grommets

grommets metal
Pack of 10

Our Price: $2.00
List Price: $4.00

1/2 off Dritz Notions


Our Price: $.90-$5.00
List Price: $1.80-$10.00

Free Button Cards

One Free Button card with every $20 Spent! LOTS to choose from!

Our Price: $FREE
List Price:  $2.00

So Bring your Mom, Sister, Friend or Official Purse Holder and come spend Black Friday Afternoon with Hip Stitch!

We are located at :
505-821-2739 E-mail us:
7001 San Antonio NE, Suite P Albuquerque, New Mexico  87109

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Come be Hip

Hip Stitch is hosting a craft fair THIS SATURDAY!!
We also have the CUTEST Stuffed Sewing Machines EVER in the Shop!!  What a great gift for a child, yourself, or that sewer you know who has EVERYTHING! There are several colors available!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Robert Kaufman has an ITOUCH/I PHONE APP!


Monday, November 8, 2010

First Official Day at the Shop! Its soo fun!

Ok so i have officially "invaded".  We worked soo hard this weekend and rearranged the store and made room for all my goodies to co-habitate with Suzanne of Hip Stitch's goodies!!

Here are some Before and After pics!  Enjoy!  AND stop by and see us! 

Here is my car being loaded up with alllll my bolted fabrics heading to Hip Stitch

Wyatt is packed in there!! 
Before...Front Entry

AFTER...the Lounge
Left Side of Shop...we moved the Counter

Left side of shop...some items have been added to the wall.  The cart is our SWEET SHOPPE  FULL of all kinds of goodies.  Ric Rac, Piping, Pre-Cuts, Buttons, Zippers and MORE

Back of store where our the New Cutting Table is FULLL of New Fabrics!  and the counter was moved to the back...
Fabric Wall before. 

New fabric wall in the background, with the FEATURED ARTIST TABLE in front!  Each month there will be a local featured artist!  Stop by and find some Awesome Goodies to snag up!

Featured artist table and a Cabinet FULL of African and Samoan Fabrics.  VERY UNIQUE!  

Before Lounge:  Now where the counter is. 

Before looking out the front of the shop.  

I'll have to add an AFTER picture...forgot to take one from this angle on the AFTER...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Moving In....

A couple weeks ago I met the sweetest fabric shop owner, Suzanne.  I instantly fell in love with her quaint and ever hip shop! moving in!  I am lugging all these wonderful items that have FOREVER and not so forever been taking up space in my house and putting them in an environment that welcomes them!! LOL

I will still have my website available to you 24/7!  But this just gives those in the local area a place to physically walk into to see all the delights i have to offer.


I will post some before and after soon as we get it alll REVAMPED this weekend!  I'm so excited and I can't wait to see everyone come in and say hi!

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Sorry Gals...i have been MIA!!

I finally got my website in good enough condition to open its Virtual Doors!
I have added soo many great priced FABRICS at some AMAZING prices!

I have also added some of my own Hand Made Items.

My creative juices are flowing again so stay tuned for some good tutorials, Guest Bloggers and many new items.. I promise i won't stay gone as long this time.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Such a lucky Girl!

I went to the mailbox today...expecting the USUAL...bills, junk mail, etc.  BUT...NO!!! I had a WONDEFUL suprise from a WONDERFUL friend! 

Mrs. Joanne Harris Suprised me with this LITTLE BEAUTY!

Now which window will she get to hang in??!!  UGH the choices!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tutorial: Make a Table Cover with Skirting ... MY FIRST TUTE!!

This tutorial will work for just about ANY size table.  My tables are 5ft foldable tables. First I started with a TWIN flat or TWIN fitted sheet.  I got mine at WALMART for $3.00!  Lay this sheet on top of your table.
Use your hand as a guide or USE weights of some sort to keep the sheet from moving around while you trace.  My tables edge had two raised edges.  I used the BOTTOM one to give myself a seam allowance.
Use Chalk to RUB along the EDGE of your table.  This will serve as your cutting/ sewing guide line. 
After you have marked your whole table top on the sheet.  Take it to your serger (if you don't have one thats can still just use this line as a cutting line) Your marking will probably have a curved edge but i just eyeballed it and squared it off with my serger.
For the Skirting.  I used a FULL FLAT sheet.  Take your sheet bottom SHORT side and fold in 1/2 to find the middle...make a little cut.
Now go to the TOP side fold it in 1/2 and find the center and cut through the "cuff" portion of the sheet just  until you get past the seam.
Now grab one side in one hand and the other side in the other hand and RIPPPPPPPPPP.  Your two slit should match up REALLY close!  TRUST ME the little snip at the top and the bottom HELP!

Why did i use sheets??!!  1. CHEAP  the twin was $3. and the full was $6.  So a table cover for less than $10!!!!  2.  NO HEMMING NEEDED!!! you will use the already finished seams/hems as your hems! 
You should now have two LONG pieces of fabric from your FULL SHEET.  IRON those pieces.  Now based on how TALL your table will MARK from the FINISHED seam along the LONG part of the fabric.  I measured 30".  This let my fabric just touch the floor.  Once you have your marking (i just did dashes about every 10" down the length of the fabric) take it to the serger and serge along those dashes.  Do this for both pieces.   TAKE YOUR SHORT SIDE that was the BOTTOM of the sheet.  Match it up with the other strip, and sew.  NOW YOU HAVE A REALLLLLY LONG piece. 
Lay your TWIN piece of fabric back on your table top.  Find your SEAM of your LONG LONG strip (made from the FULL sheet).  LAY it in the CENTER of the LONG side of your table (mine was easy to find b/c my table folds. you may have to measure to find yours)  Lay it with RIGHT sides together ontop of the cut TWIN sheet.
Now you are going to pin pin pin.  Just follow around the whole table pinning as you go.  I mitered the corners, which comes out pretty good once turned around.  (if you have a great way to do this please share)
More pinning.  Once you reach the back will be able to OVERLAP the LARGE CUFF (that was the TOP part of the FULL sheet)  This will give you a flap on the back of the table that you can open up and store stuff underneath and still have it hidden at your craft fairs.
Once you have it pinned all around the table.  Remove it from the table and take it to the sewing machine.  I used a 1/4" seam allowance and just straight stitched ALL the way around.
Remove ALL your pins.  Take it to the table and fold the skirting down around it.  TADA!!!  you have an EASY table cover!  And you can make it in WHATEVER colors/ patters you like!  WALMARTS cheap sheets WERE PERFECT!!!  They have some BEAUITUFL COLORS too!  

 You can get REALLY creative and add Applique to the Front of the Skirting or all the way around.  Ric Rac...WHATEVER your heart desires! 

Sit and Sew

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