Snail Trail Sleepsack for Hugo

We are big fans of the sleepsack around here. All three of my children needed a good snug swaddle to sleep for any decent amount of time. Plus our doctor mentioned multiple times at Hugo’s early checkups that we should NOT use a basic blanket to swaddle, that instead we should always use the velcro swaddler, so there you go. They’ve gotten plenty of use by our clan. So this free snuggler pattern from Lotta Jansdotter‘s Simple Sewing for Baby book on Make magazine’s site (that first link goes to something called a Craft podcast, but the free pattern is there…yeah, I’m confused by that too) seemed like the perfect way to pair some of the plain white Fanfare flannel I had in my stash with some new Lotus Pond snails!

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The snuggler is easy to use, it’s just a matter of folding the two outer flaps over each other; your baby’s legs go in the pouch portion at the bottom.

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Snail Trail Sleepsack

Snail Trail Sleepsack

I should note that I didn’t find the free pattern to be completely intuitive; I had some issues piecing the pattern pages together (an issue that would, admittedly, have been a non-issue if I had actually purchased the book rather than downloading the free version…you get what you pay for am I right??) and the instructions took us a few thinks to get right, but once it was together it made total sense and I think the design is totally adorable. So there’s that for my 2-cent review. Most importantly, Hugo will sleep in it, so clearly he likes it too!

This snail fabric is one of the prints from my new line of fabrics for Cloud9, Lotus Pond! To see all the posts from our Lotus Pond Extravaganza, click HERE.

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Lotus Pond Extravaganza

We are winding down on the Lotus Pond projects! Here’s Very Shannon modeling her amazing Ruby Dress. So springy and pretty, and I love the print combo!

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We’ve certainly been having lots of fun with Lotus Pond around here! If you’ve made any Lotus Pond stuff of your own, we’d LOVE to see your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #lotuspondfabric or in the Lotus Pond Flickr Pool! More photos are sure to crop up in future roundups too, so stay tuned for more inspiration.

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More Lotus Pond Extravaganza

I’m back with a few more links to gorgeous Lotus Pond projects!

Gail of Probably Actually made reversible bucket hats for her kiddos.

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Tara of Girl Like the Sea made an amazing, randomly pieced picnic blanket using a drop cloth as a template and backing. Awesome idea!

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Kristin of Skirt as Top made this adorable Lulu Dress for her daughter. I love the knit top/woven skirt combo!

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Katy of I’m a Ginger Monkey had a sad sewing machine SNAFU last weekend, so she only has a Work in Progress to share at this juncture. Oh Katy! Our thoughts are with you and Bernie for a swift recovery and happy reunion.

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Jessica over at A Little Gray got her kids all decked out in Lotus Pond duds, then had a super awesome photo shoot.

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We’re having lots of fun with Lotus Pond around here! If you’ve made any Lotus Pond stuff of your own, we’d LOVE to see your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #lotuspondfabric or in the Lotus Pond Flickr Pool!

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Shops that carry Lotus Pond

Hey Hey! Here’s the list of shops that carry Lotus Pond if you need to stock up. Thanks to the folks at Cloud9 for the letting us know where they’ve shipped!
A STITCH IN TIME – Franklin, NC
ALEWIVES FABRICS – Nobleboro, ME
CATHY’S SEW + VAC – Chico, CA
CITY CRAFT – Dallas, TX and online
CITY QUILTER – New York, NY
CRIMSON TATE – Indianapolis, IN and online
DRY GOODS DESIGNS – Seattle, WA and online
ECO|ARMOIRE – Dallas, TX
FABRIC CORNER – Arlington, MA
FABRIC WORM – Paso Robles, CA and online
FABRICATE – Boulder, CO
FANCIFUL FABRICS – Fort Worth, TX and online
FANCY TIGER – Denver, CO
FINCH SEWING STUDIO – Leesburg, VA and online
FRESH MODERN FABRIC – Bluffton, OH and online
GATHER HERE – Cambridge, MA and online
GENTLER TIMES STITCHING – Naperville, IL and online
HANDCRAFT WORKSHOP – Philadelphia, PA
HARTS FABRIC – Santa Cruz, CA and online
HEARTS TO HOLLY – Charlevoix, MI and online
LITTLE MISS SEW IT ALL – East Moriches, NY
LOLA PINK FABRICS – Lafayette, LA and online
M IS FOR MAKEonline in the UK!
MARIENHOFFGAARDENonline in Denmark
MODERN DOMESTIC – Portland, OR
NANCY’S SEWING BASKET – Seattle, WA
OWL & DRUM – Tulsa, OK and online
PIEDMONT FABRICS Oakland, CA
PINK CASTLE FABRICS – Ann Arbor, MI and online
PINS & NEEDLES – Cleveland, OH
ROCK PAPER SCISSORS – Montclair, NJ
SEW LA – Los Angeles, CA
SEW MODERN – Los Angeles, CA and online
SEW TO SPEAK – Columbus, OH
SEWN STUDIO – Cincinnati, OH
SPOOL OF THREADVancouver, BC
STONEMOUNTAIN & DAUGHTER – Berkeley, CA
THE VILLAGE HABERDASHERYLondon, UK and online
THIMBLE PLEASURES – Chapel Hill, NC
THREAD – Tuscumbia, AL

If you’re already sewing with some Lotus Pond of your own, please JOIN US! and share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #lotuspondfabric or in the Lotus Pond Flickr Pool!

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Lotus Pond Extravaganza

Let’s take a peek at what some of my sewing pals are making with Lotus Pond!

Cherie of You & Mie is Lounging in Lotus Pond.

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Deborah of Whip Stitch made a Tunic and Shorts outfit for her daughter.

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Jess made the most adorable Geranium Dress mashup with a circle skirt for her daughter over on Craftiness is not Optional.

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Lotus Pond + Green Bee Frog Romper

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When Green Bee Patterns (the design + sewing collaboration of my friends Alexia and Michelle Abegg) first signed up as a Made By Rae sponsor earlier this year, we immediately started dreaming of some uber-cute ensembles out of Lotus Pond fabric with the Green Bee Patterns. Jess did most of the sewing since I was (am) still on a bit of a maternity break and she did a fantastic job!! I adore the little bit of green diamond print that she used for the facings and waistband casing. It’s just as pretty on the inside as outside. My contribution was to add these awesome red buttons for a fun pop of color:

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Here are Jess’ notes on the pattern:

Hey all! Isn’t this just about the cutest thing? I have fond memories of a couple of rompers that I had when I was right around Clementine’s age (probably hand-me-downs from Rae, come to think of it!), and I wish I could get them back. I know at least one of them was made from terry cloth for true five year-old comfort.

This pattern is the Sally Romper and Dress. Based on Clementine’s measurements, we decided to trace the pattern pieces for View A using the size 4 lines for width and the size 5 lines for length. This worked really well, and was not a difficult adjustment. I’m not the *most* experienced sewist, so this was a nice lesson in simple pattern modification.

The pattern is clear and well-written, with a nice big sheet of instructions that I just pinned to the wall in front of my sewing machine for reference. Sewing a romper is basically like sewing a blouse and a pair of shorts, then stitching them together. All those steps seemed a little daunting at first, but each one is manageable and well-illustrated. I’d put this in the intermediate skill level for sewing.

My favorite features of this pattern are the the side-seam pockets on the shorts, and the button-up front. I think this would be adorable with contrasting waist band and shorts cuffs…maybe next time!

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And then it was ready for Clementine to take it for a spin!!!

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(Please don’t pin photos of Clementine. Thanks!)

We’re having lots of fun with Lotus Pond around here! If you’ve made any Lotus Pond stuff of your own, we’d LOVE to see your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #lotuspondfabric or in the Lotus Pond Flickr Pool!

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Lotus Pond is all around!

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Thought I’d share some Lotus Pond projects that have been popping up on the web and in social media!

Top Left: Heidi posted a glasses case tutorial over on her blog, Fabric Mutt.
Top Right: My friend Anna of Noodlehead made a sweet Road Trip Case for Cloud9′s booth at Quilt Market last week.

Bottom Left: Did you know that Michelle at Cloud9 has designed a free pattern for the Ebbing Quilt, featuring Lotus Pond?
Bottom Right: Kirsten via IG made a gorgeous 241 Tote (also a Noodlehead design).

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Lotus Drop Tank Dress

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Hey look it’s a new tank dress for ME! sewn with Lotus Pond (the orange print is called “Lotus Drop”) and a stretchy grey heather knit jersey. I made up the tank pattern and then just gathered the skirt (two rectangles with pockets cut into the sides) to the bottom of the tank. Want a handy tip for this? Use elastic thread in the bobbin when attaching the skirt to the top — this helps prevent the knit from getting all stretched out. You could even do this with a store-bought tank and a couple yards of fabric.

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Sometimes I have to pinch myself that I get to sew with my own fabric designs. Wheee! Can’t wait to see what everyone else is making with their Lotus Pond!! (add to Instagram with tag #lotuspondfabric or to the Lotus Pond Flickr Pool!!!)

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Lotus Pond is Here!

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Folks! It’s finally here! My new collection for Cloud9 Fabrics started shipping to fabric stores all over just a couple of weeks ago. Lotus Pond is made up of 12 prints in quilting cotton, and hooo boy am I ever in love with it. One of the things that makes me so happy to work with Cloud9 is that all of their fabrics are certified organic. All of them!

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I am super duper thrilled with how Lotus Pond turned out!! The colors are so vibrant, and the cotton is lovely and soft and smooth. As you know, I’m more of a garment sewist than a quilter, and I’m very happy to report that this quilting cotton serves very well for garments, especially children’s wear. It’s light enough for warm weather tops or dresses, but I think it’ll be sturdy enough to whip up a few shoulder bags or purses.

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Stay tuned over the next couple weeks…I have a LOTUS POND EXTRAVAGANZA in the works, so you can see how a bunch of my blogging buddies have been inspired by the frogs and lily pads and snails!!!

If you’ve already snatched up some Lotus Pond of your own, please JOIN US! and share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #lotuspondfabric or in the Lotus Pond Flickr Pool!

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