Drawstring Backpack Pattern and Windows 10

DSCF4796Drawstring Backpack Pattern

Whew! What a ride!

Where to start…? Uhm, let me start with the free Windows 10 upgrade, which turned out to be not so free. Sigh…I have a Windows 7 laptop. When Windows 8 came out I had heard so many terrible things about it that it never appealed to me. But wait…Microsoft finally came out with a new, (supposedly) better upgrade that is free for 7s and 8s. Yep, the hype got me. I wanted it. So I reserved my copy and when it became available I clicked the button. A few hours later my organized world fell apart.

It was new, pretty and exciting to see when the new screen finally came up…and then…nothing. No cursor. Hmm…I rebooted several times and finally the cursor appeared, but the touch pad/mouse didn’t work. That little cursor just sat there in the middle of the screen and mocked me. Yes, I had a few curse words for that cursor. Using my phone to contact my online tech guru, we tried to figure it out. Uh…, big problem…no mouse to navigate. The wireless mouses (mice?) we had did not work so I purchased a mouse with a USB cord. That was the first ch-ching of my free upgrade, but it worked.

Had something been disconnected? Was the driver good? Did the driver need an update? Nope, nope and nope. We tried everything. By the next day I decided to give up. I had deadlines that were “whooshing” by. I decided to restore back to Win 7. Yay! Not so much. After the restore Windows Explorer crashed whenever I tried to do anything.

I was done. I sent it out to be fixed (ch-ching) and Middle Kid let me borrow an extra laptop that he had. Now borrowing a laptop is not like borrowing a car. You can’t just get in and drive. Out came my book of passwords to just be able to access the important sites I needed to use. Missing programs was another problem. Thankfully the kid didn’t mind mom adding them. But it was taking time. A lot of time.

DSCF4796Back to the Drawstring Backpack. Before the Win 10 debacle, I had made my pattern, made the bag, taken photos of the steps and written out my notes. Nothing was polished and some info was being held hostage on my computer. Long story short…too late! I finally submitted it to my editor on my deadline date.

So if you have made it through my Windows 10 whining session, you must really want to make this backpack. Well, I hope you do. This bag is so handy and with kids heading back to school it will be a perfect carry-all for their new school supplies.

You can find the tutorial and printable pattern here.


Quilted Laptop Bag Pattern

1-6-DSCF4310-001Quilted Laptop Bag

This is another sewing pattern I have published on Love to Know.

I made this bag using an old cutter quilt, but I wrote the pattern for any quilted fabric. You can purchase quilted fabric by the yard or upcycle other old textiles, such as quilted bedspreads.

This laptop bag pattern also includes information on adjusting the size to custom fit your laptop.


Mary Jane Fleece Slippers Tutorial and Pattern

5-DSCF4336Mary Jane Fleece Slippers

Another LoveToKnow tutorial and pattern.

Nice comfy warm slippers…Wait! What? Hm…, you probably think I’ve lost my mind. It’s July! It’s hot! Wearing comfy, warm slippers is probably the last thing you want to do. I get that. I don’t want to wear them now either, BUT if you’re going to be stuck inside during a good portion of broiling hot summer days, why not get a head start on a few Christmas gifts?

Does your family get new jammies every Christmas? How about making them slippers to match?

These slippers can be stitched up in less than an hour and my printable pattern has instructions on how to adjust for different sizes.

1-DSCF4313I used scraps of fleece left over from other projects, but you could also use an old sweatshirt. Another great repurpose-recycle-restyle idea is to use some of those fleece blankets that you always seem to buy every year on Black Friday. Please tell me I am not the only one who does that. I don’t know about you, but those things breed like bunnies in my house. 😉

Click on any of the highlighted text in this post to take you to the slipper tutorial.


A New Gig and A-Line Skirt Tutorial

2-DSCF4376You may have noticed I have been a bit scarce lately, but I had a good reason. I have added a new gig to my writer resume. I am now a contributing writer for LoveToKnow.com.

I’ve been in the trial process for about a month, learning the ins and outs of their system, working with great editors and contributing tutorials with printable patterns.

Printable patterns are a new aspect to my designing. Most publishers I have written for are not set up to create printable PDF patterns for their readers. This has made designing quite a challenge, but I adapted and it became my norm. My norm has now changed. LTK has a wonderful image specialist who has made my sketches and chicken scratches look so tidy and professional. I am thrilled that many of the designs I have created can now finally be published because the missing piece (a pattern) can now be printed by the reader.

I have wanted to announce this new opportunity since I began the trial, but I really wanted to make sure I didn’t blow the trial so I decided to wait. I finished my last trial article this last week and shortly thereafter received the fabulous news that I had passed.

So…without further ado, here is one of my LTK trial articles.

1-DSCF4380A-Line Skirt Pattern

This skirt has an elastic waistband and can be stitched up very quickly. It will be a great addition to your summer wardrobe.


Shabby-Antiqued Cupboard

7-DSCF4396Shabby-Antiqued Cupboard

1-DSCF4040This cupboard was a find my youngest son brought home to me.

2-DSCF4042It had fabulous bones, but it was very blah. Just perfect for a restyle.

3-DSCF4230I started with a layer of light green paint, then continued with several coats of white.

4-DSCF4384I sanded it into yummy, shabby chic submission. I knew I would be sanded it after painting, but I had no idea if the green paint would be visible in the end. It was, but you have to look very, very close.

5-DSCF4385Not satisfied with the amount of green actually showing, I painted a green medallion on top and to the front of each door.

6-DSCF4391I completed the cupboard with an antiqued finish.