Garden Dreamer Knits

Yesterday was a busy day around these parts. Several packages showed up with beautiful fabric in them and quite a bit of fabric headed out to all you lovely sewers. I just wanted to take a moment and let you know about some of the fabric I got in.

Garden Dreamer by Maureen Cracknell. Currently I only brought in knits but if there is a woven you are looking to get in feel free to shoot me a message and I can have ordered asap for you. Now onto the fabric.

“Botanical dreams come to life with sweet bouquets and dainty blooms splashed with luminous color. The child-like wonder of verdant flower fields is highlighted with sky blue, coral pinks, and dusty jade as garden memories linger.”

Of course Maureen and all of her talented friends have already started making pieces using this gorgeous line of fabric and you can check most of them out on instagram just search #gardendreamerfabrics. Here are some of Maureen’s projects she has been working on with her wovens.

Her QAYG stockings are just amazing! If you don’t know what QAYG is you can check out Maureen’s craftsy class. It’s great for all levels of learners. You learn how to quilt as you go and use up every single scrap piece of fabric while your working with it. I have taken this course a while back and it has come in handy when I want to whip up quick quilted gifts.

Here is another on of her QAYG pieces and this time its her herringbone quilt. Don’t you just love this fabric. I am feeling all warm and ready for spring already.

This line has been printed by Art Gallery Fabrics using 100% premium PiMA fabrics. I have been sewing with AGF for quite some time and have now been selling for almost 2 years and there attention to detail and quality is incredible. Plus they have an amazing designers who create current on trend pieces that can be used for baby, home, apparel and more.

And now here is the entire collection which one is your favorite?

Don’t you just wish you could have them all? I know I do. Loving these prints head on over to my shop and get yourself some Garden Dreamer knits today or let me know which other prints you would like to see in the shop.

Looking for some great patterns that would suit these knits. Check out the Megan Nielsen Briar Top in either the adult or kids version. The Megan Nielsen Leggings would be great with these knits too! Or how about sew up some lovely dresses the Moneta and Myrtle work well for AGF knit fabrics.

So have fun shopping and let me know how do you like sewing with Art Gallery knits? Which Garden Dreamer print is your fav? Oh yea and because it’s the holiday season I am throwing in a lovely gift with every purchase of $75 or more from now till Christmas.

Happy Sewing.


Washing Fabric

Washing kids clothes should be simple. That’s why I like to sew with fabrics that aren’t fussy so you can wash with ease and they lower impact on the environment too. Generally, all of the fabrics I try to use both for myself personally and in my shops can be washed in cold water with phosphate free detergent, tumbled dry with low heat or hung to dry outside in the shade.

Many of the fabrics in my shop are organic cotton and will soften wonderfully over time so no need for chemical softeners! The low impact dyes are friendlier to our planet though they will fade slightly over time. If you like the softened vintage look of the colours great! Keep washing as usual. If you like vibrant brand spanking new colours I have some tips to help keep them that way and withstand repeated washing.

If you have been sewing for any amount of time, you’re likely familiar with the dilemma of whether or not to prewash your fabric. In addition to getting any shrinkage out of the way before sewing, pre-washing is great way to set colours and minimize bleeding. Prewashing can be achieved with normal wash settings, with or without detergent and tumble dry on low or medium heat. As for ironing, it’s really not necessary to press most fabrics if you pull them out immediately and give a good shake and lay or fold flat. I even find taking my stuff out before completely dried saves me ironing. Although if you are adamant about crisp clothes it’s fine to use regular cotton settings with steam. I usually have my iron set to the hottest setting (cotton or linen) for everything without issues.


Keep in mind it does help to use more water (or wash in smaller loads). More water means clothing has more room to slosh around, less friction and the wash cycle will be gentler on natural fibers. Turning clothes inside out also helps. Below are a few more tricks to extend the vibrancy of printed fabrics.

Salt: Save the expensive pink Himalayan salt for cooking iodized table salt will do. The chloride in salt will help seal the colour to prevent fading. You can use this method with new fabric or finished garments to help retain their color. Keep a jar of salt next to your washer and toss in a spoonful with the rinse cycle. Some even say that salt can actually help restore the brightness of dull pieces.

Cold water: Washing your fabric in cold water not only keeps money in your pocket but it can also aid in preserving bright colours.

Vinegar: Not only are your fabrics not going to fade but you are also going to get a clean washer. Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle. The vinegar with freshen up the fabric and help the colors maintain their vibrancy. Before the first wash you can also soak your dark fabrics in water mixed with 1/2 cup of vinegar and a couple teaspoons of salt to help set the dyes.

Baking soda: Oh this stuff is magical and cheap! With so many uses throughout the house you’ll wonder why you had a cupboard filled with chemicals and artificial scented cleaners. I keep a box of baking soda in every bathroom as well as a jug of vinegar. So add a box to your laundry room. Add 1/2 cup to your wash cycle and give it a spin and help your fabrics maintain their brightness. For stains wet the garment with cold water and sprinkle the soda directly onto stained areas. Wait a couple hours and gently rub baking soda into the garment with more water and then throw in the wash as usual. When I tried this the whites in the print appeared bright as new!

Alcohol: DOES NOT WORK! Whiskey belongs in an Old Fashioned and not on your kids’ clothes! We heard from somewhere that alcohol is the secret to removing stains, well, they were wrong! It didn’t do anything. There may be times when it works or on certains types of fabric but I tried on my son’s shirt and it did actually remove the stain but it removed the colour and print as well it looks almost like a bleach spot. I may still try this trick but honestly why waste good alcohol.


Who knew that simple household basics could be so useful in the laundry room.So have a look through your cabinets and toss away (carefully) those harsh chemicals and stock up on some jugs of vinegar and boxes of baking soda and put some money back in the bank.

What kind of environmentally products do you use in your house? Any other laundry or stain removal tricks please feel free to share.



Be My Handwarmers

My boys spend a lot of time outside and often come in with chilly feet and hands and handwarmers are such a great thing to give them so that they can warm up in a jiff. You can toss these little guys in their pockets or in their gloves as they make their way to school. Or in their boots after they get off the ice as we often do with our boys.
Since February hosts Valentine’s Day I thought it would be extra special to give our diy a love theme. You can make and give to loved ones or just keep for yourself around the house. This is such a quick and easy diy that you can even involve your kids. I know my oldest liked cutting out my patterns and putting the different hearts together, while my youngest helped me funnel the rice in.

On top of these being great for warming hands they can also be really good for cooling too. Make a few extra and toss them in the freezer for when you need a little cooling action. They are perfect for kids as they don’t get as cold as an ice pack and are more engaging so chances are they might leave the cold pack on longer. This craft can also be turned into many other things, such as closet or herbal satchets to use around your home, decorations, beanbags and probably lots more, but today I am going to show you how to make heart handwarmers.

This project can be done with or without a sewing machine. I stitched mine on my machine but you can handstitch your hearts for that added love.

What you’ll need:

fat quarters, charms, scraps of 100% cotton



pattern (get it here)

other sewing notions-needles, pins, pinking shears


  1. Print out the pattern and cut out your hearts how you see fit. You can cut your heart fabric pieces out using pinking shears to cut back on the fraying and to give a fun finish or leave as is and they will fray over time.
  2. Place small heart on one big heart and stitch down with ¼” seam. You can pin your small heart to your big one or in my case I use a glue stick and tack the middle down–just don’t put too much near the outside edge as you don’t want to gum up your needle.
  3. Place 2 big hearts wrong sides together and start on one of the straight edges to stitch ¼” around, leaving a 1”-2” opening. You can use a zig-zag stitch or a shorter stitch length. Make sure to backstitch at starting and finishing points.
  4. Fill your heart up half to three-quarters full with rice.
  5. Close up opening with a little gluestick or pins and stitch your opening closed either by hand or machine. Remember to make sure the rice doesn’t get close to your needle or you may break the needle.
  6. Heat up in your microwave for 20-30 seconds for warm results or store in your freezer for a cooling option.


**Make sure your handwarmers aren’t too hot before handing to little ones. And ALWAYS adult supervision is advised at all times.**

Thanks so much for stopping by! Feel free to post pics of your finished handwarmers. Or if you turned your heart handwarmers into something else let us know – we would love to hear your ideas. 🙂



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