10 Places to use the Ursula Hanging Baskets

2 Ursula Hanging Baskets

2 Ursula Hanging Baskets

When I first designed the Ursula Hanging Basket I had a couple of uses in mind, including catching my cutting scraps and sorting mittens ( see The Ursula Hanging Basket Story). But since then I've received so many new ideas from you! Here is my very incomplete, ever changing list of places to use Ursula Baskets and things to put in them:

3 Ursula Hanging Baskets

3 Ursula Hanging Baskets

1. Hang in your mud room to sort mittens

2. Hang from your closet door to hold socks and accessories

3. Hang in a nursery for diapers and changing table supplies

4. Use in a dorm room for personal storage

5. Hang from your bathroom door for toiletries

6. Hang near a cabin door to hold everyone's swimming/sking/camping accessories

7. Hang 2 or 3 in your sewing room to sort interfacing, trims, yarn, etc.

8. Hang 1 off of your cutting table to catch fabric scraps

Ursula Hanging Basket

Ursula Hanging Basket on table

9. Hang in your office for sorting papers

10. Hang 4 or 5 horizontally on a playroon wall to store small toys and art supplies

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How to Make a Louisa Garden Tablecloth

Louisa Garden Quilted Tablecloth

The Louisa Garden Quilted Tablecloth

I made a Summer tablecloth for my kitchen table using the Louisa Garden Quilt Pattern. My table is 36'' round so I started in the center and added rows of hexagons to the tablecloth until I had the diameter I wanted. If you have a larger table you can simply add more rows to this pattern. The tablecloth received a lot of attention at a couple of recent shows so I wanted to share the pattern with you. It starts with the Louisa Garden Quilt Pattern available at my Etsy shop. Download the free Louisa Garden Tablecloth directions here.

Louisa Garden Tablecloth

The Louisa Garden Tablecloth

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The Ursula Hanging Basket Story

Ursula Hanging Basket on wall

Ursula Hanging Baskets on wall

Necessity is the mother of invention as the saying goes. I came up with the design for the Ursula Hanging Basket because I was tired of my sewing room floor being the catch-all for my cutting scraps and thought there has to be a better way. I wanted a large basket that I could attach to the edge of my table so that I could sweep all of my fabric scraps into it. I used an oval quilting hoop as the frame for the basket and a quilter's clamp (found in the quilting notions department) to hold the basket to my table and I made a weighted heart using curtain weights (you could use BBs or anything else small and heavy) so that the basket hangs straight. And then I thought to myself "why stop there"? So I tried buttoning 2 baskets together and hung them on a wall. I'm in the process of remodeling my mudroom and wanted a place to throw and sort mittens, caps, scarves, etc. This was the perfect solution!

Visit my Etsy shop to buy an Ursula Hanging Basket Pattern .

Ursula Hanging Basket

Ursula Hanging Basket on table

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Shades of Gray Backpack

Sonja Backpack-to-Bag in shades of gray

Shades of Gray Backpack

Maybe you're not a brightly colored backpack sort of person. Perhaps you're looking for something a little bit more sophisticated. Here's a different spin on the usual Hemma Design bright & cheery look. I wanted a Sonja Backpack (or bag) that I can wear with my black winter coat and was totally inspired by Japanese yarn-dye fabrics in shades of black and gray. I threw in some metallic cream (I think it might be Downton Abbey fabric from Andover) and viola! A sophisticated, quilted backpack.

Categories: backpack, patterns

Anya Apron Dress Custom Details

embroidery detail

Anya Apron Dress embroidery detail

You can add your own special details to the Anya Apron Dress with ribbon or embroidery.

Use a machine embroidery stitch in a contrasting thread color on the front stitching line (above). I used a small scalloped stitch that looks like it could be hand embroidery.

Or sew 1/8'' grosgrain ribbon in a contrasting color along the stitching line, tacking the ends on the wrong side (below).

ribbon detail

Anya Apron Dress ribbon detail

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Louisa Garden Baby Quilt


Louisa Garden Quilt in Sundborn Garden fabric
We love the Louisa Garden Baby Quilt made out of our "sundborn garden" fabric collection from Red Rooster Fabrics. Get the fabric requirements for the Sundborn Louisa Garden Baby Quilt.



Categories: sewing tips & techniques, patterns

Stabilizer, Interfacing, & Batting

It's always an interesting challenge giving accessories shape and structure when sewing them out of fabric. I can't claim to have tried every product out there so I hesitate to put specific brand name materials on my patterns. The names of the products seem to change somewhat and you may know of something that works even better.

That being said, people ask me on a regular basis what I use on specific patterns. So here's the lowdown:

Marta Studio Bin Pattern: Pellon Extra Firm Stabilizer ( I have also seen this labeled Extra or Ultra Firm Craft Stabilizer). This is a sew-in product, but you can also use the fusible option for added stability. Do not iron it in, just follow the instructions as written. 16 ounce polyester batting: this is a heavier, thicker batting that when quilted gives you a nice, firm lining. Find it by the roll or ask for a heavier, thicker poly batting.

Sigrid Oilcloth Market Bag Pattern: Same Pellon Extra Firm Craft Stabilizer as Marta or you can also use a stiff piece of buckram.

Eva Sewing Basket Pattern: Pellon Double-Sided Fusible Ultra Firm Stabilizer. This is tha same as the sew-in version, but you can iron fabric to both sides. Very handy for shaping the handle on Eva. Fusible heavy weight interfacing: this is the same stuff you would use on garment construction; used to give thickness to the pockets.

Ilsa & Lilla Handlebar Basket Patterns: Pellon Extra Firm Stabilizer ( I have also seen this labeled Extra or Ultra Firm Craft Stabilizer). This is a sew-in product, but you can also use the fusible option for added stability. Do not iron it in, just follow the instructions as written.

Britta Hoopster Basket Pattern: I use a thick, lofty poly batting to give the Britta Basket some "puff" and shape. If you can find 12 oz. poly batting by the roll I would recommend using it. Otherwise, brands like Fairfield, Hobbs, and Mountain Mist all make lofty poly batting. I used a regular non-fusible Pellon interfacing for the featherweight interfacing.

Ingrid Convertible Canisters Pattern: I like a fusible fleece such as Pellon Thermolam Plus for this project. If you want to use a non-fusible fleece and baste it you can also do that. Some other batting ideas to try would be basting cotton batting or Annie's Soft & Stable.

Louisa Garden Quilt Pattern: As you might have noticed I like projects with some "puff" and thickness to them so I used 2 layers of 80/20 batting for the Louisa Garden Quilt. When the flowers are quilted around the center it makes the petals really pop out.

Sonja Backpack-to-Bag Pattern: I made this pattern with 2 options for interfacing because I know it's not always easy to find some products or you may already have some on hand that you want to use. You can use either 2-layers of Pellon Thermolan Plus fusible fleece or 1-layer of ByAnnie's Soft & Stable (www.byannie.com).

Categories: sewing tips & techniques, patterns

Oilcloth and Glue


I like to "baste" my oilcloth projects together with glue before sewing. This is helpful because you don't want to put pin holes in your oilcloth and you don't want to rip out mistakes because it will also leave holes.

I admit I haven't tried every fabric glue out there, but I have found that some work better than others on oilcloth. I like Fabri-TacTM because it's tacky and dries pretty quickly. I have found that white, tacky fabric glues do not work or take up to 24 hours to dry.

Only use a scant amount of glue. You only need enough to hold your pieces together until you sew it. Too much glue will make the oilcloth soft and bubbly, and when dry, lumpy. The glue will not hold your project together permanently, so remember to sew it!

If you're sewing simple, straight seams it's not neccessary to glue pieces together. Use small binding clips (available in the quilting notions department) to hold the pieces together.

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Make Fabric Covered Straps for the Sigrid Oilcloth Market Bag

Sigrid Oilcloth Market Bag Fabric Handles Detail

Sigrid Oilcloth Market Bag Fabric Handles Detail

Can't find the perfect color of webbing for straps on your Sigrid Oilcloth Market Bag? You can cover the webbing with the same fabric as the cotton binding!


Sigrid Oilcloth Market Bag Fabric Handles Detail

How to make fabric covered straps for Sigrid Oilcloth Market Bag

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Consider the Embroidered Running Stitch

How to Embroider a Running Stitch

An easy way to add a simple, yet decorative embroidery to your project is to use a running stitch. We used it on the Annika Market Bag pocket embroidery - closely spaced stitches for the stem & leaves and more widely spaced stitches for the pocket outline. The petals are done in the lazy daisy stitch.

Annika Market Bag Pocket

photo by Erin Nicole Johnson

Embroidered Running stitch

Embroidery Running stitch Instructions

Use 2 strands of #8 purl cotton or 1 strand of #5 purl cotton.

Working from right to left:

Step 1 Come up at 1.

Step 2 Insert needle at 2 and come at up at 3.

Step 3 Continue moving ahead keeping stitches uniform and even.


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