I made “some” pillow covers

Yup, I sure made some alright.  I went on a sewing binge recently.  That tends to be how I roll.  I don’t make any for weeks and weeks and then churn out 20.  I figure it’s easier to cut and cut and cut, and then sew and sew and sew.


These are currently available in my Etsy shop.  My favourites have yet to be listed, I’ll show them next.  Reds and aquas will play a feature role!

Pretty flowers

Picnic Bouquet Pillow Cover 16x16

I love this fabric. It’s delightful, nostalgic, and graceful.

This is what Heather Bailey writes about her own Nicey Jane fabric collection:

The collection tells the story of small-town girl, Nicey Jane. Nicey heads to the city on Friday nights to swing dance with her beau — but not before hanging the laundry to dry & enjoying an afternoon picnic on the farm.

So sweet!

This pillow cover can be purchased online in my Etsy shop here:

Lilibeth’s Garden

Handmade pillow covers

I’ve enthusiastically entered into the world of pillow covers, not for me mind you, but for my Etsy shop, Lilibeth’s Garden. I especially adore patchwork and collecting vintage bed linens. I’m having way too much fun making them to restrict them to personal decor. I love my home business and am grateful beyond words to be able to do what I do.

Here are a few of my latest pillows, the first one being my most favourite!:

Cheerful Quilted Pillow Cover

Scrumptious Vintage Pillow Cover

vintage patchwork 18" pillow cover

Vintage Patchwork Pillow Cover

You can find these and more pillow covers at my shop found here:

Lilibeth’s Garden

Little Cherry Blossoms Bag is FINALLY here!

See the bag in my banner up there? That’s my original Cherry Blossom bag. It lives out on the west coast with it’s owner. Over the past year, that very simple little bag has introduced me to many sweet knitters who have shared their affection for it through the loveliest comments.

Moments ago, I clicked on the “Export Directly as PDF” in OpenOffice.org Writer, where my draft has been in-process for the past 5 days. She’s done. Okay, so I had to quit my part time job as a drug store cosmetician to finally get that goal accomplished, but it was worth it.

The original bag was smaller than this pattern version. Still, this is not your cavernous bag of today. If you like to travel light, are looking for a super fast knit, need a gift for your bestie, or want a “just for fun” handbag, then I present to you the “Little Cherry Blossoms Bag” pattern.

The original was made from some New Zealand wool I had in my stash. It took many prototypes to convert it to Cascade 220 but I finally nailed it on about try #4. Yes, I’m picky.

This ecru one below ended up being a little taller by adding a couple of extra rows to the body of the bag. It also has an extended-version of the original embroidery design.

Taller Ecru Version

PDF Pattern includes 10 pages of very detailed instructions and photos for every step of the process. Embroidery instructions are also included, plus my favorite tips in laying out your design on the bag.

Approximate finished size: 9″ wide, 5 ½” high at mid-point, and it’s depth in the base is about 5 ½”

Difficulty level: enthusiastic beginner

- 2 skeins/440 yards of Cascade 220 Wool (color #9460 “Dune Heather”)
– Size US 10 ½” / 6.5mm circular needle, 24″ long (give or take an inch)
– Size US 10 ½” / 6.5mm double-pointed needles for doing strap, but not necessary
– One size US K 10 ½” / 6.5mm crochet hook

You can purchase this pattern for $6.00 at Etsy here:

Little Cherry Blossoms Bag – PDF PATTERN at Etsy.com

Or, if you’re a member of Ravelry, you can purchase it there:

The Little Cherry Blossoms Bag at Ravelry