Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Featured on Homespun

What a fun surprise to receive an email from Homespun magazine today, letting me know that my fabric tree artwork is featured in their February 2016 issue!

You may remember that I created this artwork with my son's kindergarten class for their elementary school's auction. Here's the original blog post.

Many thanks to the editors at Homespun magazine, Australia’s leading monthly craft publication, for including my project.

Images courtesy of Homespun magazine

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Wristlet Pouches

I am excited about these cute pouches. They are super stylish and feature a removable wrist band to make them easy to carry around. They measure 6 x 9 inches, the perfect size to stash essentials like your phone, make-up and even a small wallet.

My goal with these wristlet pouches was to make them high quality and durable. The zipper is metal. The outside fabric is canvas, with a dash of natural linen. The inside is lined with a modern cotton, and the whole thing is interfaced. They feel sturdy.

They are priced at $34 which makes them a perfect holiday gift for sisters, teachers, best friends and yourself!

These wristlet pouches will be available at the Holiday Arts + Crafts Open House on November 21-22 in Seattle. I will list whatever is left on Etsy after that weekend!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Holiday Arts + Crafts Open House 2015

Hello friends!

I will be participating in the Holiday Arts + Crafts Open House in Seattle again this year. The event is 2 days long: Saturday and Sunday, November 21 and 22. Save the date and come on by! Entry is free and you can enjoy live music, as well as drinks and treats, while you browse the wonderful selection of unique handmade items.

I've been busy at the sewing machine, cranking out customer favorites like fabric buckets and pot holders and creating new designs like long table runners, tote bags and stylish diapers-and-wipes clutches. I can't wait to show you all! (And for those of you far from Seattle, I'll be listing all my leftover stock on Etsy after that weekend, with still plenty of time for holiday shopping.)

Here is the postcard for the event so you can see the details and the vendor line-up. The Holiday Open House is exquisitely curated and I for one can't wait to shop!! You are sure to find special handmade gifts for your loved ones --or yourself.

See you then!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Fat Quarters: Book Review and Giveaway!

I designed and wrote two projects for the book Fat Quarters: Small Fabrics, More Than 50 Big Ideas. This new title is published by Lark Crafts and comes out on March 17, tomorrow!

I'm excited to share a little bit about the book and my projects with you today. Bonus: Lark Crafts has offered one copy to give away to a lucky reader! So read through the post for your chance to win this book.

Fat Quarters is a lovely collection of simple projects featuring small cuts of fabric (called fat quarters, for you sewing novices). You'll find patterns for home wares, toys, accessories, quilts and more, organized in sections. There is a nice refresher section at the beginning which provides an overview of techniques, and a template section at the end.

I embraced the challenge of working with fat quarters and tried to maximize the results for the small investment in fabric. In the pattern for Circle Hot Pot Pads, I provide two variations for making these round pot holders. Each version uses just two fat quarters. You can make a coordinating pair of hot pads (blue), or two identical ones (red).

Circle Hot Pot Pads by Jenny Bartoy

I loved creating the Fabric Baskets project. With just three fat quarters, you can create a set of two coordinating nesting baskets, perfect for knick knacks or bathroom basics. These would make a great baby gift to use in the nursery for diapers and baby lotion.

Fabric Baskets by Jenny Bartoy

I don't think I'll ever get over the joy of seeing my name in print. I'm a little giddy.

Fat Quarters is full of creative ideas from a variety of prolific and talented designers. I loved seeing familiar names like Maureen Cracknell and Shannon Cook in the book. (Please excuse the craptacular quality of these photos -- it is pouring rain here in the Puget Sound, and there is no satisfying amount of daylight to be found!)

Sewing Caddy by Maureen Cracknell

Cool Tablet Case by Shannon Cook

Projects vary in difficulty from beginner to intermediate. There are some fun and more complex patchwork projects in the book, including a few favorites of mine pictured below. I might have to try these out!

Striped Stripes Pillow by Malka Dubrawsky

Cross Roads Lap Quilt

With 50 patterns amongst its pages, Fat Quarters is a solid collection of projects in a contemporary style, that would make a great gift for a beginning sewist and a nice addition to any craft library. Who wouldn't like to make a dent in their stash of fat quarters?


Lark Crafts is giving away one copy of Fat Quarters to a lucky reader!

** How to enter **

  • Please leave a comment on this blog post. If you need inspiration, tell me about a favorite project you've sewn with fat quarters. (One entry per person, please.)
  • Make sure to include an email address if it's not included in your Blogger profile.
  • This giveaway is open until Sunday, March 22 at 8PM PST, at which point I will choose a random winner and will contact them by email.
  • This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Apologies to my international friends.
  • $19.95 value. Void where prohibited

Good luck!

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated. The winner is Jennet, congratulations! Look for an email from me shortly.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Weighted Items for Calm and Focus

My 7-year-old attends a fabulous elementary school in Seattle. Queen Anne Elementary follows a Creative Curriculum and embraces Social Emotional Learning as an essential part of kids' education.

A few months ago, I was approached by QAE's Social Emotional Learning Committee to create weighted items for use in the classroom. The pressure of these heavy bags is very soothing for anyone with sensory struggles, stress and anxiety, or simply a case of the wiggles.

I made a variety of weighted lap bags and weighted shoulder pads for use by the kiddos as tools for calm and focus. You can see a few examples in the picture above, in our school colors of purple and orange. You can read more details on the school's SEL blog here: "Tools for Calm and Focus"

I'd be happy to take custom requests for these. I think they belong in every home. Both my kids and I have enjoyed trying these out while I was working on them. They feel great!

These weighted items consist of an heavy-duty cotton insert filled with rice (3-6 lbs, depending on size) and double-stitched all around, inserted into a cover made from either muslin (100% cotton), flannel (100% cotton), or polar fleece (100% polyester). The cover is removable and washable, with a Velcro opening.

If you're interested in a custom weighted lap or shoulder bag, please contact me at jennybartoy {AT} gmail {DOT} com.

Photos by Meg Ferris

Monday, January 12, 2015


I have been making table runners for years now and am often asked, "Do you make placemats too?". Well, I didn't --until now! I recently completed 3 sets of placemats and they are available in my Etsy shop. Several more are cut and waiting to be sewn.

These placemats feature a combination of natural linen and a cotton print. The juxtaposed fabric blocks contrast in texture and color for a modern look. Sparse quilting lines through a thick inner layer of cotton batting provide a soft cushion for dishes and silverware.

They come in a set of 4, at a cost of $60 ($15 each) in the Placemats section of my Etsy shop. I am happy to create custom placemats with a fabric of your choice, or to make placemats to match a table runner. Contact me at jennybartoy {AT} gmail {DOT} com to get the process started.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Ornament Experiments

Embroidery is such a soothing craft activity and, bonus: it is portable. I had much fun experimenting with stitching this holiday season and decided to create a few ornaments out of small embroidery hoops. This is a trend I've noticed for a few years on Pinterest and Etsy, you simply loop a ribbon in the hoop clasp and boom, you've got an ornament!

I decided to use my go-to material, linen, as the background and to create simple snowflake patterns. I found some gorgeous (and ahem, pricy) metallic embroidery floss at my local fabric store, in both silver and gold. I also used white and a vibrant red. The ribbon for hanging is satin rattail in coordinating colors.

I sold a bunch of these ornaments at the Holiday Arts & Crafts Open House, but a few more are available in my Etsy shop. I'll definitely make more of these next year!