Quilted Notions Pouch Pattern Release and SALE!


My Quilted Notions Pouch pattern is now available in the shop! These sweet little zakka style pouches can be made in two sizes, using 6" or 8" zippers. Showcase your favorite buttons, trims, and fabric scraps to make one-of-a-kind gifts!

 Retro Mama :: Quilted Notions Pouch sewing pattern

I recommend this pattern for intermediate stitchers as it requires a fair amount of hand sewing. Experience with zippers and quilting techniques is helpful but not required as I've stuffed the pattern with tons of photos and instructions. Templates are included to make the red and blue bags as shown, but there are infinite possibilities for patchwork, quilting, and embellishments! I've also included info on different zippers and trims, as well as metric conversions.

Finished sizes

Medium pouch: 4-1/2"H x 5-1/2"W (11.4 cm x 14 cm)
Small pouch: 3-1/2"H x 4-1/4"W (8.9 cm x 10.8 cm)

 adorable zipper pouch

 adorable zipper pouch

 retro mama zipper pouch

 retro mama adorable little zakka pouches

 retro mama zipper pouch sewing pattern

 sewing pattern zipper pouch

 retro mama zipper pouch sewing pattern

 zipper pouch sewing pattern

Let's start off the year of stitching with a sale! Everything in my shop is marked down 20% until January 20, 2018! 

Happy Stitching!

Mermaid Doll Sewing Pattern


My newest doll pattern is here! Swimming into my shop is this sweet mermaid doll PDF sewing pattern. I made a trio of mermaid friends and I love how different they look just by switching up the prints and hair accessories!

 Love this mermaid doll sewing pattern from Retro Mama!

The pattern includes tons of step-by-step photos (over 40 of them!) in addition to thorough written instructions. Glossary and tips sections help guide you through all the techniques to help you create beautiful, professional looking dolls.

 super cute mermaid sewing pattern by Retro Mama

 super cute mermaid doll sewing pattern by Retro Mama

 gorgeous mermaid doll by Retro Mama

There are so many ways to customize your doll--her hair and curvy tail are reversible (a straight tail option is included as well), I've included instructions to make two different felt flowers and a starfish process crown, and you can mix and match swimsuit, peplum, tail and fin fabrics to your heart's content!

 mermaid doll sewing pattern from Retro Mama

 mermaid doll sewing pattern from Retro Mama

 Mermaid doll sewing pattern

 Retro Mama mermaid princess doll

 Retro Mama mermaid doll sewing pattern

 Mermaid Doll PDF sewing pattern by Retro Mama


Ready to dive into mermaid-making? The pattern is very straight-foward, but if you have never made a doll before then you might find it to be a bit challenging. I recommend this pattern for intermediate to advanced stitchers, as it requires several skills, including appliqué, hand embroidery, and lots of curvy stitching.

Last but not least, you may sell what you sew! Please refer to the shop listing for how home stitchers may sell items made from my patterns.

Additionally, now through the month of September, 20% of all mermaid sales will be donated to charities that will help animals affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@retro_mama) with your Retro Mama mermaid pics!

Happy Doll Making,

Arbor Blossom Blog Hop


 Arbor Blossom Blog Tour
Oh gosh the cuteness. My head started spinning with possibilities when the lovely and talented Nadra Ridgeway asked me to take part in a blog hop for her new Arbor Blossom fabric line. The gorgeous colors, the darling florals, sigh. Thank you my friend, this is such a treat! If you're not already following Nadra on Instagram, I encourage you to do so for a daily dose of inspiration and quilty gorgeousness.

 Arbor Blossom fabric

Always hunting for perfect minty green fabrics, I felt like a kid in a candy shop when I saw just how many green prints were in this fabric line. In need of a new hot pad for my teapot, I knew a Granny Smith version of my Easy as Pie apple potholder was in my future.

 Scrap Happy Sewing apple potholder

 Scrap Happy Sewing apple potholder

 Scrap Happy Sewing apple potholder
:: apple potholder pattern from my book ::

And because you can never have too much fabric fruit around, I made a new pear pincushion as well. I keep several handmade pincushions throughout my sewing room, though instead of pins, they are stuck full of threaded embroidery needles--so convenient!

 cute pear pincushion

 cute pear pincushion
:: pear pincushion pattern from my shop ::

For my third project, I just had to make a zipper pouch with this amazing red floral print. I love using little notions as decorations, and I think this bag will be perfect for storing small sewing accessories. I started out with my sewing kit template and tinkered with it until I had a bag in the shape I wanted.

 cute little zipper pouch

 cute little zipper pouch

 cute little zipper pouch

A peek at the inside

 cute little zipper pouch

For more Arbor Blossom projects, follow along with the blog hop all week!

6.12 Heidi Staples fabricmutt.blogspot.com @fabricmutt
6.13 Kim Kruzich retro-mama.blogspot.com @retro_mama
6.14 LeAnne Ballard everydaycelebrate.blogspot.com @everydaycelebrations
6.15 Allison Jensen woodberryway.com @woodberry_way
6.16 Veronica AM vividfelicity.wordpress.com @vividfelicity
6.17 Nadra Ridgeway ellisandhiggs.com @ellisandhiggs

 Arbor Blossom Blog Hop

Arbor Blossom is available now, so no need to wait to get sewing!

Happy Stitching,

Made for Baby Blog Tour


 Retro Mama | Made for Baby Blog Tour
What a treat it is to be a part of this blog hop! Ayda Algin’s new book, Made for Baby: Cute Sewn Gifts, is another wonderful addition to Tuva Publishing’s list of sewing titles. Gingham-themed and full of cute and useful projects, I found lots of inspiration in the beautiful styling and appealing fabric selections that capture Ayda’s style perfectly.

I don’t have any babies to stitch for at the moment (and my own “babies” are now *gulp* a teenager and pre-teen), but several of the baskets and organizer projects would be handy for any age or room. A helpful techniques section and diagrams throughout guide you through the trickier steps.

There was a little blank spot on the wall by my desk crying for a mail holder so I stitched up the House Wall Organizer. I have a bit of a thing for a cute house motif and using up scraps, so this project was right up my alley.

 house organizer

I put together a selection of brand new prints and older favorites paired with linen to match with the house ornaments already adorning my sewing room. Though time consuming, hand stitching the clamshells and applique was extremely satisfying.

 house organizer

 house organizer

The flower buttons were sitting right on top of the pile in my button jar, just waiting to be picked for this project!

 flower buttons

I couldn’t resist adding a house number from a favorite seed package print as a final detail.

 house organizer

Right at home

 house organzier

For more inspiration, be sure to visit the other stops on the hop, and enter to win some goodies on Ayda’s blog (entries close June 12).

Ayda Algin
Jemima Flendt
Sarah Edgar
Lisa Cox
Ange Hamilton
Lauren Wright
Melissa LeRay
Minki Kim
Faith Essenburg
Kristin Esser
Lauren Guthrie
Bridgette McNay
Torie Jayne
Constanca Cabral
Stacy Olson
Caroline Husle
Nadra Ridgeway
Wynn Tan
Sedef Imer
Lauren Nash
Jennie Pickett
Amy Sinibaldi
Kim Kruzich
Elea Lutz
Samantha Dorn
Ayda Algin

Happy Stitching!