Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Lullabelle Blog Tour and Giveaway

Hi there! Welcome to many of you who are visiting from Dodi's blog tour. It has been so fun following along the Lulabelle tour here and here. I am excited to be the next stop! I have loved working with Dodi's new fabrics and I know the winner of her amazing GIVEAWAY will also love them!
I love this line so much because it reminds me of my little 4 year old girl. She loves everything navy and pink! As do I. She was my inspiration in this bag and the fabrics were just the icing on the cake.
I used the Lulabelle Main Navy for the body of the bag.
the Lulabelle Scallops in Navy for the side scrunches (the same technique used in my Poppins bag) and for the lining I wanted to soften up the bag a big, so I chose the Lulabelle Petal Pink.
The leather was a personal touch.
If you've been following me on Instagram then you know my new obsession with faux-leather. :)
And as stated above, you don't want to miss out on the great giveaway that Dodi s offering this week! Simply go to and leave a comment to with Lulabelle fat quarters


Check out Lulabelle on Instagram @sashgal to win 5, 1/2 yard pieces of Lulabelle! Rules will be posted there on her feed. Contests will end at 12:00 PM Saturday the 14th with Riley Blake doing a wrap up for the tour! Winners will be chosen after the close of the tour. Best of luck!

Next stop on the blog tour: Striped Swallow Designs

Friday, August 28, 2015

Leather Shore Bags

 So...we've been working really hard over here. I am so excited to introduce our new faux-leather Shore bags! These will be listed in my shop on Tuesday September 1. So make sure you check back!
These are very similar to the original Shore bags, with a few minor changes. There will be 2 pockets inside, instead of one, plus the original 1 pocket on the outside.
 The leather handles are so soft and comfy, even better than the cotton handles and the bag is so lightweight, yet still durable. There will be limited quantities of each bag. Oh, I hope you love them as much as I do!

P.S. A little secret...we will be sending a free gift with the first few orders. There will be more info on this in days to come on our Instagram page. So come follow us there and stay up to date on all of our exciting news!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Spring Patterns 2015

I am so excited (and so behind) to introduce my new spring patterns! These are the patterns that I showed at quilt market this year. My first pattern is called Bounce. This pattern is one that looks complex, but is in fact, not very difficult. The squares are put together diagonally allowing for that "bounce" affect with each block. Finished quilt is about 72" x 72".
Fabrics on cover are Year of the Ninja by Riley Blake Designs.

My second pattern is Oh Betsy 2! This bag is similar to the original Oh Betsy bag in the way that it is built, but as far as style goes, it has it's own personality. The cut out on the top is so great because it allows the bag to lay on your hip comfortably! There is one pocket on the inside and it's so stylish with it's hook and ring closure. I get compliments on mine all the time.
Fabrics on cover are Halle by Riley Blake Designs.

Pocket-full is a very simple build of a bag and quick and easy to put together. The name of this bag does actually come from that bag, as it is FULL of pockets! 10 to be exact--6 outside, 2 large inside and 2 pencil pockets. And as always, a magnetic snap closure!
Fabric on cover is La Vie Boheme by the Quilted Fish.

Ribbons is a quilt you've seen before and now I finally have the pattern!
All of my testers confirmed that this was quick and easy to assemble, so I feel fairly safe saying that out loud. ;) This quilt is mostly built of flying geese and then a few others along the way. Like I said, simple! It measures 54" x 54" approximately when finished. The perfect throw!
Fabric on cover is The Cottage Garden by the Quilted Fish (I see a theme here).

I have had lots of requests for this one and it was in fact our top seller at quilt market (by like 3 patterns...haha). This is a smaller "fun-size" version of The Shore Bag. I call it "The Smaller Shore Bag"--catchy eh? This is an exact replica of the larger bag...only smaller. I'm not really sure what else to say, except maybe, it's adorable and fun! :)
Fabrics on Cover are Basics by Riley Blake Designs.

And then....Urban Chic! This quilt speaks for itself. But just in case it doesn't, I have to say that this is a fun quilt! So fun to put together and can be done one block at a time. Lots of half square triangles! And the blocks are quite large, about 24" x 24". Finished quilt is about 72" x 72".
Fabrics on cover are mostly solids by Riley Blake Designs.
So, that's it! I hope you love them! They were a lot of work, but so so fun! Also, if you happen to take the time to make any of these patterns, always feel free to post pics and share (you can tag me on @tinyseamstress) or even email them directly to me! I love, love, love seeing your work!

Monday, April 13, 2015

McCalls Spring Patterns M7138

Things have been so crazy, that I struggle to find time to ever sit down and blog, even about the good stuff! Like these fun patterns for McCalls! These bags are exclusives for McCalls and I'm so excited about them. The zippers are so simple to install and add such a fun touch to an otherwise ordinary bag. If you look closely at the bag above, you'll notice that the handles even have a zipper between them, allowing you to zip them up to make 1 handle. How fun is that?
The smaller shoulder bag has smaller details, such as the little bows on the strap and the fun boxed bottom, so it stays standing when you set it down. And then for extra storage there is a tiny zipper pocket in the flap for like coins or a small set of keys.
I used Soft and Stable in the base of the larger bag and I loved how it really added a lot of strength to the bag without taking away from it's lightweight style.
This purple bag shows the bow a little better in the handle. Aren't they fun?! You can find this pattern #M7138 at Joanns, Hobby Lobby, a few Walmarts, Hancocks, McCalls online shop and of course they are listed in my shop! Thanks so much for all of your support in the past, I hope you continue to enjoy these fun patterns!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Qualegal keeps your business organized

I have been so lucky in my business endeavors to have a brother who can help me manage all of my legal documents and questions along the way. But I know that there are so many people out there running a small business, trying to keep up with all of their legal paperwork and fees, and falling behind because they can't keep up or they can't keep organized with everything and don't know what is required. Especially because when we sign up to do a fun little business (like pattern design), the paperwork isn't at all what we're signing up to do! Am I right? 
     My brother Troy (a corporate attorney) recently started a new website for small companies where you can keep all of your business documents, minutes, contracts, and even your company roles, authorizations and investor information up to date in one place. Forget the messy paperwork and make your business hassle free.  
     For example, when we made Tiny Seamstress into Tiny Seamstress LLC, all I had to do was log onto Qualegal to gather all of my important information. I also keep my business contracts with other companies uploaded on my Qualegal site, so whenever I need them they are available.
     Earlier this year a small postcard arrived from my state needing some information about my business. While I knew the information was somewhere in my office, I wasn't entirely sure where. I was so excited when I remembered that I had already downloaded that info onto my page and I was able to get everything I needed for the state without digging through a single file! True story.
     It's a great online minute book for small businesses, it keeps all of your legal records organized (you know, the most important part of business), it walks you through how to keep your minutes, gives you the forms you need and helps you do your required annual meetings, and there is contact info available to you for any questions you need answered along the way.
     I think as far as small businesses go, I'm about as small as they come (absolutely no pun intended) and even I need my documents organized! So check it out. Go see what the fuss is all about. I promise you won't be disappointed! 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Rejection, it's for everyone.

I remember a creative writing course I took in college where authors came in to talk about their careers. Jack Weyland came in and spoke about submitting your work and then facing rejection. He had a 4" binder that he dropped right there on the table in front of us (smack!) and he said, "These are all of the rejection letters I've received." I remember my eyes growing big as I pondered the years of writing he must have submitted to be awarded such a novel of rejections. And that was basically all he said in his speech other than reading a few of the letters aloud.

On January 1, 2015, I decided to be brave in a whole lot of aspects and I was going to get everything I've ever wanted for myself this year. This plan was in perfect motion, until a couple of weeks ago when I began experiencing all sorts of rejection. My whole world felt as though it had all gone to crap and I sat huddled up in a little ball sobbing next to my husband, complaining about all of the things I want being ridiculously hard to get.

My sob session goes back as far as 1996 when I decided that I just wanted to grow. I simply wanted a few inches and there was only ONE way to get that. I couldn't have it easy like the rest of high school where they just wake up one morning 6" taller. Nope! I had to have my legs lengthened by a stretching method discovered in RUSSIA. Where they surgically break every single bone with a hammer and chisel and then they drill 12" pins through one side of your leg and right out the other for the whole world to see. And then magically three years later I'm 6" taller! Whyyy does life have to be so hard??? (Jason loves that I always bring my hardships back to the one event that I feel was so absolutely unfair in life.)

So now when I want something, I feel that I have every right to lay my plan out and say, "OK, everything else is hard (like carrying children, reaching the salad dressing in the grocery aisle, shoe shopping etc.) so THIS one little thing that I want should be easy! But it never is. It really never is. And the easier I want it to be, the harder it is!

Rejection. The almost-worst thing in life. It's for every size. Every flavor. Every style. Every color. Every temperament. Ev-er-y-one. It's like a bad cough medicine. Every four hours you know it's coming and even if you hold your breath, you still find yourself jumping up and down in the bathroom, squinting your eyes and spitting out every last drop that lingers in your mouth. You can't escape it because you need it and you have to have it, even though you don't want it. It will never get easier, but maybe it gets better because you learn that the faster you take it, the faster you'll forget about it. Choke down the cough syrup so you can enjoy the next four hours.

Fast forward a couple of weeks, I'm back on my feet, and things are looking up, except when they're not. ;) I think rejection is necessary. It makes you decide just how much you want something and gives you a reason to power through. Take note, that even the amazing people in the world like Jack Weyland are faced with rejection. It is indeed for everyone.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

These Three

With Valentine's Day approaching I can't help but think of all the people I love.
Three of which are the greatest blessing of all! I love my kids even though they
are growing up SO fast and giving me no warning at all.
 Ruger 9 years old

 Sawyer 7 years old

Remi 3 years old

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Black Friday Sale

Monday, September 29, 2014

Find Your Lula 2014

     This past year has been say the least. Business has been rough, my mind has been lost and all of my creativity has felt incomplete. This has rubbed off into my personal life as well. I won't go into details, because I'm sure it's happened to all of you in one way or another. I didn't know what to do. I would walk circles in my studio not knowing where to start, or if any of it was even worth it. Especially when comparing myself to other designers, I felt like I couldn't make the cut (BTW, don't EVER do that!).
     Last year I had thought a lot about attending Lula, but I didn't. Because it cost money. I felt like that was selfish. Then again, this year I thought the same thing. But my husband (the good man that he is) said, "You should go!" And I said, "OK!"
     I packed my bags and headed to Park City. I knew a few of the people from Quilt Market, but not very well and I was mortified. You know, like first day of high school mortified. What if everyone thinks I'm a loser and doesn't talk to me? What if I have to eat by myself? What if I don't catch on in class and they all roll their eyes at me? What if Pink Fig thinks my business is lame or what if the shop owners stop buying my patterns because I'm so crazy? SELFISH THOUGHTS!
     So about 15 minutes into the retreat I realized that this just wasn't going to be scary at all. This was a very safe place, where we could express our emotions and our struggles and everyone pitched in to lift us up. Everyone had stories JUST LIKE MINE! They had fears and struggles just like I did and we together as a team were there for each other. We built each other up and at the same time we had teachers who were so incredibly SELFLESS with their skills and taught us so many secrets and talents that we really need for our careers. We had cooks and staff there to make sure we were eating so well and keeping our minds and bodies alert and happy! There were designers, authors, a magazine owner, and Amanda Herring who were there to lead us and guide us! They helped us find a new beginning for our paths and now via the internet we are all able to keep in touch and continue to feel inspired and be supportive!
     I have to blog about this, not just to tell you all about it, but to remind myself next year, to go again! THIS WAS SO WORTH IT! Don't just go for the amazing gifts/swag (because OH MY WORD...THE SWAG!!!) or the fancy dining or the great classes, go for the lifetime of new friendships, the support, love, and inspiration from others just like YOU! Just go to find yourself all over again.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Photography 101

This past week I spent a few days at an event called Find Your Lula. I attended this event in hopes of learning a few skills. Never could I have possibly have imagined all the greatness that I gained in such a short amount of time. I established life long friendships, a new found confidence in myself, a love for creativity and people, as well as many other things which I will touch on in another post.
One of the courses taught at Lula was photography. I learned so much in just a few short days with Kristen. I still have a ways to go, but I am so grateful for all she taught me.
 Does my shadow make me look tall? ;)
If you are looking for a life changing experience or maybe even just a reboot, check out Lula! You won't be disappointed!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Remington's Room

 I have had a few requests (and by few, I mean like 3) to show Remi's room with the Petals d├ęcor. I don't have a complete photo of the room because it's not all finished and in fact these photos actually show it more "along the way" to completion because I'm not sure when I will actually finish it. I started the flower about 2 years ago and have modified it several times. But now I feel like it is perfect and my best critic (Remi) loves it hanging in her bedroom! We actually have a few now, but these photos are only showing the one.
 At one point, I made a quilt to match as's a lot of fun with the petals and ruffles in the middle, but I didn't include it in the pattern because I ran out of time. So...maybe next year? ;)
 One thing that I love so much about Remi, is that I never have to bribe her to smile for the camera. She is so willing all the time. She's bit younger in these photos. Her hair is a lot longer now, but her eyes and smile are still the same!
Once I finally decided on where to put the crib, I was able to finalize some decorations. I used all THREE templates in my pattern to make various sizes of baskets and wall petals for her. She just thinks this is the best thing ever and loves looking at her flower every night.
We were very careful with hanging the flower and made sure it was SUPER secure! I like that it's simple and enchanting all in one. Not over the top like a lot of little girl rooms. That's really how we like things around here. I was even able to find all of the polka dot fabric for super cheap (with coupon) at Hobby Lobby! The other fabrics are of course Lila Tuller by Riley Blake Designs.
We still have a lot to do with the rest of the room but I think this is a pretty good start! :)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Spring Collection 2014

I've learned that showing my new patterns only gets more and more intimidating every season! I don't know why, but it really does. I would hope it would get easier, but I suppose easy is just wimps right? ;) Without realizing it, I noticed that many of my patterns came together as inspiration from  the interests of my children. While it may not appear so, these patterns are completely inspiration from the world around me. So with that said here they are...
Happy Day describes itself in the title. This sweet novelty has become a close favorite to my some of my others. This was sketched on one of the brighter days here in our cold, winter town and on that day I felt such bliss and happiness! April Showers by Bonnie and Camille really gives it a fun look! AND it only uses 2 fat quarters per square!
Baby Mine began as just a quick project. I was certain that it's simplicity wouldn't be attractive to others, but on a whim I introduced it on my IG account (@tinyseamstress) and realized it was more than I gave it credit for and I was super excited to finally get some Madhuri by Quilted Fish in my hands to whip one up! That sweet quilt is coming home with mama after market!
Savvy is pretty snazzy don't you think? I was soooo intimidated to take on this project, but was so thrilled when it finally turned out SIX bags later! I know what you're thinking...holy crap! The zippers are my favorite part, because when they unzip your bag extends THREE inches on each side! And there are so many options with this bag...lots of pocket choices and various handle lengths, etc. And DO NOT be intimidated by those zippers. I am not a zipper person and I can safely say that these are pretty simple to install! I call these bags the Amy & Amanda bags because the fabrics are designed by 2 of my very favorite designers in the whole world. The top bag is Sweet Harmony by Amy Hamberlin and the bottom bag is Lula Magnolia by Amanda Herring.
Frozen is one that came straight from the kiddos! I left that darn theater seeing snowflakes for the next 3 weeks and then on top of that I live in ice central and so this fun design was created. A few of my sweet testers used fabrics with various prints on them and they are super adorable as well! I'll have to share some of those later to give you some other perspectives. This quilt is a perfect twin size. These fabrics are just a mix of Moda solids. And I won't lie, it's  fun one to make!
Petals is my favorite design this season. I feel like it's a great way to celebrate the little girl in my life. Initially I designed the flowers to hang on the ceiling in Remi's room (photos to come), but then the idea went a little further with the basket and garlands. I don't know about you, but I think this would be a really cute "enchanted" birthday party theme for a little girl!
And just as a bonus, that basket has been used as her Easter basket for the last 2 years and she just loves it. She carries it for weeks after, until I sneak it away for the next year. This pattern is SUPER simple and pretty quick to make, so don't be intimidated at all! It's made with fusible fleece, fabric, and a little bit of cardboard...crazy right? I've worked on it for 2 years to get it as simple as possible and I think you're just going to love it! Most of the fabrics are Sweet Harmony by Amy Hamberlin.
Planes is another "child obsessed" inspired quilt. My boys love planes! Also a very simple design and quick to put together. No sashing or borders, just blocks and a few of your favorite fabrics! It's a little bigger than a baby quilt and is perfect for that little man in your life to drag around the house. :)
Fabrics are Speedster by Riley Blake Designs.
Patterns will be listed in my shop sometime this week after all of my printing and folding and stuffing is complete! I'll keep you posted! But for now...thanks for your patience. I am just returning from market and can hardly keep my eyes open! :) 

Photography by my sweet friend Beth Feigner.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Grateful for rain and sunshine.

      About a week ago I was visiting with some friends and our children were running around all crazy. A little girl walked up to me and said, "Why are you little?" I looked at her and smiled and before I answered, her sweet Grandma said, "Remember what Tiffany told you last time you asked that?" I couldn't help but just giggle at her tender spirit and those big eyes staring back at me. I replied, "I'm little because Heavenly Father made me that way! Just the way he made you. We're all different aren't we?"
     She smiled and said, "yes" and then she was off doing something else. I went home smiling thinking about her and I was so proud that she had the courage to ask such an intriguing question and even more proud that she was satisfied with the answer. Over the years people (old and young) have always asked me why I'm little. I used to say stuff about mutated genes, or "my dad was over 40" or "I was just the leftovers in my super tall family!" But then one day, my nephew asked my brother why I was so much smaller than him and he said, "Because that's the way Heavenly Father made her!"
     "That's it!" I thought. That's my answer and it's 100% the truth.
     Several weeks ago my sweet Sawyer came home from school and said, "I don't like it when people call me little!" I thought to myself, "Ok...don't screw this up! This is your mommy moment!" 
     I asked him, "What do you tell them?"
     He said, "I don't say anything. I just don't answer."
     I explained to him that maybe he could just say, "That's the way Heavenly Father made me."
     He said what he always says, "That's a good idea."
     He hasn't brought it up since, but he does walk up to the table, hold his chin up high and say, "Look mom!"
     I just reply, "OH my! Look how tall you are Sawyer!" He just walks away with a big grin on his face.
     I remember as a child these same struggles. I remember not liking school because every. single. day. people had the same short jokes and they would say them and laugh just like they did the day before. And I would smile and walk away or I'd say something super sarcastic that probably wasn't very Christ-like. While I am a confident person, I too, like everyone else in the world am scarred from things like this and I know this will happen with my children as well, but I am going to prevent them from it as much as I can.
     When Sawyer was born and we found out that he had Achondroplasia, I became depressed and suffered for a long time with an extreme amount of guilt for passing this on to my child. Which would probably explain the age gap between him and Remi. But while I was raising Sawyer, something truly miraculous happened, something that made my testimony grow immensely. For the first time, I was able to truly see my sweet babies the way our Heavenly Father sees me, and this allowed me to love myself and forgive myself for passing on this genetic disorder to all three of my children. Yep, I said all THREE.
     Ruger is 8 years old and the same height as me, so no he doesn't have Achondroplasia. But he is hearing impaired (which we found out at the same time as Sawyer's diagnosis) and this hearing loss stems from me having Achondroplasia. Crazy right? You'd never ever think that, but I guess it's somewhat common in children with little mommies and daddies. This also put me in full swing post-partum. Thankfully I was able to overcome this somewhat quickly.
     As my boys grew, I fell in love so deeply with both of them. They have these sweet sweet personalities. They welcome everyone with open arms, they are well behaved and they have so much fun. There was one week where my husband and I said, "hey maybe we should try for another baby!" and then the next week we said, "no it's still too much." This is a point in life where we can truly say that we were not in control of our destiny because shortly after we discovered that we were expecting a little girl.
     I remember being so disappointed to discover that my doctor was no longer delivering babies and that I'd have to go to another. After seeing my new doctor a couple of times and talking with him, I remember him asking me a question (and I think I've told this story before), "Do you plan to have more kids after this?" I said, "I don't know if we're up to it. You see, I tend to pass on my physical genes to my children causing them to have struggles and I just don't know if I can handle any more of that."
    He looked me in the eye and said, "Let me tell you something. I have six children. One of which is autistic, one has diabetes, and the list goes on. All of our children come with trials and I promise you that being little isn't the most difficult thing they could have to deal with!"
     His words pierced me so strongly, my heart sank and awakened all at once. The reality that all of my children were going to have a trial no matter what made me sad, but his support and reassurance that it wasn't my fault brought such warmth and love to my heart. How could this doctor be so sensitive and know exactly what to say? This was a pivotal turning point in my life. And thank goodness because it was shortly after that we discovered I was having another little baby...GIRL!         Perhaps this was just the Lord's way of wrapping up my little family with a bow or maybe not. But I do know that no matter what the world thinks of my family, I know and am completely able to love these children of mine, whole heartedly. Though it's been a hard road emotionally, it has been made very clear to me that I have three children that other's would give anything to have. Children that are tender and truly sweet, that love one another, get along, treat their mother with kindness, and bring home more of the neighborhood than I can handle with their good looks and charm. I am blessed beyond measure to be raising these truly OUTstanding children and I am blessed to be different and not blend in with the crowd...the Lord knows exactly what we need in this life to grow and I'm so grateful He gave me the trials I have, I wouldn't trade them for anything!
     President Dieter F. Uchtdorf said in our latest General Conference, "How often do we wait to see the rainbow without thanking God for the rain?" Though my trials may not be like others, I am grateful they are my own and I am grateful my Heavenly Father is taking care of me and helping me through the rain. He is my light and makes every day possible...rain and all.
     I know that there are storms that lay ahead for this family, but I also know there are rainbows yet to come. So for now, I'm going to enjoy the sunshine and stay prepared for the rain, by building my relationship with my Heavenly Father and make certain that my sweet babies know how blessed I truly feel to have them in my life. They are my light and my life and the answer to so many of my prayers!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

McCall's Spring Patterns


      Lately I've been sewing like mad and using my seam ripper more than ever! Oh my! I can't believe the use I've made of that little sharp tool. Perhaps it's my new distraction with watching DWTS while I sew. I am a Full House guru, so when Candace Cameron Bure came on the show, I was doomed from the start of the season. Let's just pray I can work out all my kinks before market in exactly 43 days! How is that possible? How is it so soon???
      Anyway, so amongst all of this chaos in the Jenkins' home, little sparks of happiness make their way into my life! For example, our new spring release in McCall patterns! Can you believe we made page 2 in the look book! Eeeek!!!
     I am so impressed with the photos and their brilliance in the layout. They never cease to amaze me. Anyway, I just wanted to drop in with our good news and say hello! I suppose I should get back to pattern writing and edits and seam ripping. Those things won't take care of themselves. Happy Sewing!