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Trying to get organised.



This week has demanded my attention to be ORGANISED.  When I am Organised, if the kids get sick or something doesn’t go to plan – I am able cope – but this week showed me, when I am juggling many things by the skin of my pants and then one of the kids are sick, then another and why don’t the other two join the boat too – everything heads down hill.  To the point I had to write a very embarrassing email to a lady – in which I had lost the names of her grandchildren she wanted appliqués to their Art Smocks :-(.  Thankfully this the last time it will happen as I have been organising my paperwork meticulously this weekend – partly to find the piece of paper I wrote my customer details on and secondly – so this NEVER happens again.  Ahhh !  It has been one of THOSE weeks.

Apart from this, in between I have met the deadlines of a couple of projects. Thankfully and just !!


Kylie from Little Moo Designs has created yet another stunning bag !!

sewnbyleanne_baybohobag_littlemoodesignsSince I made this bag I have LOVED it.  It fits everything, is COMFY, totally PRACTICAL  and I love the fact that it sits across the body.  This leaves my hands free to run after and grab my four year old when he is trying to escape !!  Thank you Kylie for another Great Bag !!  I saw this Aztec Denim Print in Spotlight as Kylie let me know the style of her new pattern – and instantly thought they would make a great match.  I decided on an Orange zip as I LOVE it as that special detail (plus my favourite colour is orange).

I have alos commenced my Block designs using Blossom Heart Quilts –  DIY Block Design Book.  It has been great.  I now have about 6 pages of Block designs I will share with you.  I am currently creating the tutorials and will announce the tutorial series next month !!  This will be my first – so it is rather exciting……. here is a sneak peek !


While I have been patiently awaiting the start of the Farmer’s Wife Quilt-a-long – I have also completed my Christmas project for the year – Jolly Mr Claus.

sewnbyleanne_jollymrclaus_organised_christmasJolly Mr Claus is a pattern from Melly and Me – and He is Adorable.  He met our Elf on the shelf last night 😉  And I am hoping he will keep the Elf in line this year !!  I will be taking PRE-ORDERS for Mr Claus from the 13th September – so watch this space !!

Ms Midge has also announced the Cotton and Steel #aussiecharmalong this week, so I have finally finished the Quilt top.  Here is a sneak peak !!  I won’t show you the entire Mini Quilt 34″x36″ until later in the month!


As you can imagine with all of this – life has been busy – I am still trying to keep up with the Blog-tember too!  Although I am a few days behind  🙁

Have a great week and Enjoy life !





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Craft, Craft, Craft galore in August…..


Craft has certainly taken pride of place in our home this month !!  I have been dabbling in non-quilting activities – such as creating my “One hour  and longer ……” Basket for Lil’ Pip Designs, pattern testing for Little Moo Designs, with yet another TWO patterns (Kylie is amazing with her designs), creating my children’s birthday cakes and making aprons as party favours for my daughter’ cupcake decorating party. The house has been filled with Glitter, Glue and Sugar.

But before I show you just how this month has got so busy – I must show you how perfectly the “One hour and longer…..”  Basket looks in my sewing space !!  It is just awesome <3 <3


I adore Quiet Play’s Paper Piecing Patterns.  This one has been on my to do list for a while.  It fits perfectly on top of my thread drawers !!  yep they are all filled with Aurifil threads !!  Thank you so much for the basket Jane – it is divine !!  Currently it holds my WIP Cotton and Steel Hexagons for the up and coming Charm Along.  More on this later though………..

Back to the craft……..

Here’s a look at the Frozen Ice Castle Attempt I made, with coloured toffee !!  I have stacked up a mountain of cupcakes and surrounded it with toffee shards !!  Not a bad attempt for my first attempt at making toffee – at least I didn’t ruin any saucepans !!



The Party Favour Aprons for the girls to wear, also became the craft activity too.  I have used a lightweight canvas on the front, and the back I used Michael Miller Fabrics new Colouring-in Range Panels.  Each panel is 60cms.  The width was perfect for each apron.  At a local craft store I found Fabric Pastels in a little box – so each girl had one to take home and finish the colouring in also !!




This Bombshell Bag is just one of the patterns I have made for Kylie from Little Moo Designs in the past couple of months.  I really enjoy pattern teasing for her.  The patterns are great – easy to read and follow and the best part is – the result is useful and practical !!


This bag is great as a little girls toiletry bag, a make up bag or simply for there bits and pieces.  I quite like this pink laminated cotton print with the black cats and their green bow ties !  I found it in  Gail B’s Patchwork,  I work casually for.

As well as all of this, I have been working behind-the-scenes on my computer, on something very exciting !!  Which I will be able to reveal early next year.  Sometimes it is so hard to keep a secret…… shhhhhhh!  I find computer work quite frustrating most of the time.  I get an idea in my head of how I want something to look, but then it takes ages to figure out how to create it on the computer.  I guess it is a skill within itself though……….

Apart from all of this, Quilting remains my favourite craft and I have a couple of WIP which I will show you later in the week……….


Leanne xx

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Origami Bag and Clutch – great pattern !

The Origami bag and clutch Pattern designed by Lil Moo Designs – has lots of style and versatility.



I was lucky enough to test this pattern for her !

I love the “Peek-a-boo”  triangle on each side and it gives the bag and clutch such a unique personality !  When I read the pattern, I instantly knew I had to use this Robert Kaufman Fox fabric by Andie Hanna.  The foxes fit perfectly ! The Denim suited the foxes perfectly also.

The Origami Bag

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The Pattern has great versatility.  You can use leather, cotton, velvet or vinyl -each fabric completely changing the look of the bag- depending where you are going !  The strap can be fabric (denim) as used here or dress it up with a chain !!  The options are endless !

The Origami bag fits a purse, keys, little diary (yes I still use a small paper diary lol!!), lip balm and phone !!  A great sensible size, where you can find things at the bottom of the bag 😉

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The Origami Clutch fits my phone, lipstick, tissues and $20.  Enough to take when going out at night with hubby.

As always Lil Moo Designs Pattern for the Origami Bag and Clutch is easy to follow, great sewing tips and produces and great result that you will use again and again !!

The pattern is available at Lil Moo Designs Pattern Shop  You won’t be disappointed !!

These bags are available in my Sewn by Leanne on Etsy from 15th June, 2015.

Enjoy your sewing.



Disclaimer:  I have written this post as I have patterned tested for Little Moo Designs and love the design and pattern.  I do NOT gain any finacial benefit from this post in anyway !

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The Maya Clutch Pattern is yet another beautiful, practical and easy-to-follow pattern by Little Moo Designs.



I have been lucky enough to test all Little Moo Designs Patterns, and with this one Kylie has absolutely produced a stunning result.

The Maya Clutch Pattern has all the essential components of a fantastic pattern

  • easy to follow
  • great list of requirements to refer to easily
  • beautifully practical for a beginner-intermediate sewer
  • can be made with a variety of fabrics – have a look at, Kylie has used Cotton fabrics, Leather and Vinyl to create her fabulous Maya Clutches !!

The Maya Clutch can be made with three variations:

  • no strap
  • wrist strap
  • shoulder strap (as shown in the photos)

This Gorgeous Maya Clutch has become my handbag for the past two weeks, and I have had numerous positive comments made about the design and the functionality.  It is the perfect clutch to fit your essentials in:

  • purse
  • car keys
  • diary / pen
  • phone





The back pocket of the Maya Clutch is large enough to fit a phone, pen or tissues in !

Thank you once again Kylie for your stunning talent in designing a gorgeous handbag !!  Very proud to show this one off !!

Leanne 🙂

PS.  This bag was created with Cloud 9 fabrics – aren’t they stunning too !!

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