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Sew the Rainbow: Orange for March

I don’t know about you, but I have been waiting for this seemingly endless Winter to make an exit, so that we can enjoy beautiful Spring days.  Last year, our family enjoyed hiking and biking during the Spring and Summer months.  This month’s Sew the Rainbow project, was inspired by these outdoor activities.

By the way, my Irish family may be cringing a bit that I am featuring the color orange for March, instead of green, but alas, orange was the next color in line.

The Project:  A Drawstring Backpack

The Inspiration:  Getting excited for a morning hike with the family!

The Material:

The Result:  A handy backpack ready to be filled with a water bottle, bug spray, and a few snacks




J the cute model
J the cute model


I love this orange fabric and I’m excited that I could make something fun and functional.

Next month’s project will be Yellow.  I am open to suggestions and inspiration – comment or email if you have something that you’d like to see!

Thanks for following along with the Sew the Rainbow project.

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Sew the Rainbow: Red for January

A few days ago I announced a new series on the PeetSwea site:  Sew the Rainbow.  Today, I’m sharing the first of twelve projects that I will complete this year.

For January, we’ve gone red!

The Project:  A fleece lap duvet

The Inspiration:  A tutorial shared by Finch Sewing Studio

The Material:  Soft and Comfy Dot Fabric in Red, with Cream Rose Cotton Batting

The Result: My new favorite blanket for snuggling on the couch!


And it looks like someone else may like it too…


Tell me what you think!  This project was super easy and fun – I hope that it inspires you to sew along.117

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New Series: Sew the Rainbow

When I organized my fabric stash a few weeks ago, I noticed that I favor certain colors over others.  My stack of blue, green, aqua, black and yellow, is much larger than my collection of pink, purple and red.  While some of this is due to trends and customer preferences in my shop, I think that it is mostly due to habit.

While browsing for fabric yesterday afternoon, I decided that I need to branch out a bit and give all the colors an equal opportunity to be sewn.  Over the next year, I’m going to Sew the Rainbow.  I will make something new each month in a different color, and will share with you here on the blog.  It may be something for my home, a new product for the shop, or even a surprise gift for a friend.

In addition to the blog, you can follow along on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and Pinterest, where I’ll use the hashtag #sewtherainbow.  If I’m feeling particularly saucy, I’ll also work to post other handmade lovelies in the color in the month, for you to enjoy.

Here is the schedule that I’ve laid out for the year:

  • January – Red
  • February – Pink
  • March – Orange
  • April – Yellow
  • May – Green
  • June – Aqua
  • July – Blue
  • August – Indigo
  • September – Violet
  • October – Gray
  • November – Black
  • December – White

Let’s make it a party!  If you’re interested in joining in to Sew the Rainbow, leave a comment so I’ll know to keep an eye out for your handmade lovelies.  There’s no minimum number of colors or deadlines to keep – just have fun and use the tag #sewtherainbow

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