Friday, November 30, 2018

Cute Tote Bag-Easy to Make

Hi Everyone!

I have been a seamstress and quilter for a long time, since I was 7 years old.

Well, I would love to share my pattern and instructions for this very cute and fun tote bag. Enjoy! Please show pictures in the comments area! I would love to see what you made!

Thanks. Denise

Make a Zippered Bag with Buttons

Fall Zippered Bag with Buttons by Denise Clason
             Zippered bag measurements are 10"×10" bag.
Fall Zippered Bag with Buttons by Denise Clason

  • *(5) Coordinating Fat Quarter (FQ) Prints or use scraps, minimum 10” x 10”
  • *1 bag “Button Tote Bag Assortment” buy from Just another Button Co.
  • *(2) 10” x 10” scraps of cotton batting, Warm & Company
  • *Multi-Color Machine Quilting Thread, to match fabrics, Coats & Clark
  • *10” Polyester Zipper, Coats & Clark
  • *Rotary Cutting Tools, Olfa
  • *Temporary Spray Adhesive, Odif  505
  • *Fray Check, Dritz
  • *1/8” wide 12” strand cording to match fabric

Supplies for zippered bag:

1/4” foot, zipper foot, multi-purpose foot, scissors, sewing machine, iron
All seam allowances are 1/4”.

Cutting Instructions for Zippered Bag:

From each FQ, cut (1) 2 1/2” x 10” strip (front of bag)
From one FQ, cut (1) 10” square (back)
From one FQ, cut (2) 10” squares (lining)
From cotton batting, cut (2) 10” squares
Fall Zippered Bag with Buttons by Denise Clason
All seam allowances are 1/4”.
1.  With 1/4” foot, sew each 10” strip ride sides together (RST), along 10” side, Press
zippered bag
2. Layer backing (face down), batting, lining (face up) Spray Temporary Spray Adhesive between layers. Repeat with front and lining.
 3. With darning foot and feed dogs lowered, quilt bag using loopy design. Repeat with backing layers. Use matching lining thread in bobbin.
  1. Trim Front bag approximately 10” x 10” and then trim Back bag the same size.
 Fall Zippered Bag with Buttons by Denise Clason
5. Position various buttons to front bag, in random places. Sew with machine or by hand. I used my machine and the variegated thread, it changed with the color of each button! Apply Fray Check to back of each button to secure.
Fall Zippered Bag with Buttons by Denise Clason
6. With Zipper foot, sew zipper RST onto front of bag along top raw edge.
7. Sew zipper RST to back of back. Use pins if necessary.
8. With the Multi-purpose foot, zig-zag along zipper edge.
9. Turn bag over to Right side and topstitch along zipper edge.
Fall Zippered Bag with Buttons by Denise Clason
10. Upzip zipper! (for turning right side out) With 1/4” foot, and RST, sew bag along all three sides. Backstitch at each end. Zig-zag along seam allowances.
Fall Zippered Bag with Buttons by Denise Clason
11. At corners of bag, match up side seam with bag bottom seam, pin on either side of seam. Check inside of bag to make sure they line up. Sew a seam, approximately 1 1/4”, from tip of corner . Backstitch at each end. Zig-zag and trim. Turn bag RSO.
Fall Zippered Bag with Buttons by Denise Clason
12. Thread cord through zipper pull and tie a knot. Thread cord through three different buttons and tie a knot. Trim cording even. Apply Fray Check to ends. Enjoy!
Fall Zippered Bag with Buttons by Denise Clason
Denise Clason has been an artist/designer for over 35 years, selling her creative and beautiful designs to friends and teachers at an early age.  She continues to design and has  been published and licensed in the craft, decorative painting, sewing and quilting industries.  Along the way she has designed product for several manufacturers.  Denise is the author of 9 books. Her latest book, “Sewing Vintage Aprons” was published by All American Crafts”, released June 2011. Another two books were published by Krause Publication’s, “New Country Quilting,” released Spring 2005 and “Quilted Bags & Totes,” released Fall 2006. Denise is a Designer Member of The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA).  Please contact her at or visit her website & blog: She would love to hear from you!
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Denise Clason at Quilt Market

Hi Everyone!

I Love attending Quilt Markets. These are for many companies, such as Authors, Fabric, Suppliers, Designers, Magazines, etc. There are very many things to do! There are many companies who usually work with Designers (like me).

There are so many things to do at Quilt Markets!  Meeting other creative designers who design fabric, patterns, books, etc. Many other things to do at a Quilt Market!

This picture was taken about 6 years ago. 2012

While I was attending quilt market. I was so lucky to get my picture taken with so many great woman, who attend.

Here is me with Eleanor Burns. I really enjoyed taking a picture with her. She had so many designs, patterns, books, and shows what she performed for Television!

I'm having fun talking with her, in her booth, at the market. It was part of my great day. I also saw her at lunch...we talked again! She's a lot of fun!

There are so many great things to do at these markets. I really love to sew and quilt. I've been doing that since I was about age 8 years old.  I finally talked my mother into using the old sewing machine. She finally bough me a sewing machine, with more stitches than straight stitch. I was 12 years old when she helped me with that!

It is a lot of fun, to see so many talented women and men, at these quilt markets!

There will be another Quilt Market, this Fall, in Houston, Texas!

Have a great and fun time, when sewing and quilting this month!


Monday, April 9, 2018

Miss Sadie 18" Doll

Hi Everyone!

I'm anxious to tell you about my Miss Sadie Doll. She is a very cute and fun to play with an 18" doll. She has a quilt and a pillow. Show her as a display, or give her as a gift to a friend or your child or family!

She is very quick to make doll. Miss Sadie is stitched, stuffed with stuffing and sewn together. I used a skinny sized permanent pin to make her eye dots. I used blushing powder to give her some cheeks! I've been very blessed when Miss Sadie was shown in a craft magazine. She is really adorable!!

Miss Sadie Doll pattern, would be in a 6" x 9" sized clear package to buy for $7.99. It would cost you $2.00 for shipping.

I'm also selling Miss Sadie in a pdf pattern. She would get sent to you in an email. NO shipping is required.

     *Miss Sadie Doll---$8.99 + $2.00 shipping = $10.99

     *Miss Sadie Doll---$8.99 = email pattern, buying

This is a picture of Miss Sadie, in a magazine.

I took this photo, see her quilt and pillow, also in pattern.

Please be happy to have Miss Sadie! She is a lot of fun to make and play with! I used a lot of buttons for her shoes, and elastic for her pants. Her hair is from a package at a craft store. There are several types to use. She have some curly hair. Her fun hat is very easy to make, too. Thank you! Have great sewing fun!


Friday, January 20, 2017

New Year ~ 2017

Hi everyone!

I'm sorry it has taken me so long to get something put onto this blog! I have been getting better in the past year and feeling good now!

I will share with you, that I love using a good thread. My favorite thread is by Aurifil Thread!! Have you heard of it? I'm sure most of you have heard of it.

This thread is their larger spools and great for a lot of sewing or quilting!

This smaller threads are for smaller sewing. Enjoy them much!

Find these AURIfil threads from a local quilt fabric store or online.

Tell me how you are to good thread and colors to work with?

have a great day! I'm working on a lot of old projects, today, that need to be finished.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Sorting Fabric, Surprises!

Hi everyone,

I had been sewing a lot lately and pulling fabric from my stash, and guess what studio got messy and full of "put away" stacks! I got tired of my cutting table looking messy, so, I pulled out my red fabric to re-insert the red that I pulled, PLUS, put away some new red fabric.

I don't have the before picture of the shelf, but, I do have the AFTER picture. I was going to "crop" the images, then I thought I would show you what my studio looks like at the same time.

#fabricstash #deniseclason
This shows a completed redo cabinet. started with the reds. 
I sort my fabrics from darkest to lightest. I did put my woven fabric first. I try to put the different shades together, such as red/red, red/oranges, red/pinks, etc. Then I put the red/whites last. You will see that I have tubs on the shelf above my cabinets, I keep things in those that I don't use very often. Such as Gallery Glass Paint for stained glass effects. Love this product!

The clothes rack that you see was made by my husband, I needed somewhere to hang things in my studio, which doesn't have a closet. I also keep large items in that corner, such as a mannequin, quilt stands, etc.
#fabricstash #deniseclason
This cabinet shows my yellows, blacks and tans. I redid my yellow stash.

I really need to work on my black stash. I wasn't too worried about my tans. I will probably do those, just because. I love finding fabric that I've forgotten about and PLUS, I get inspired to work on a new design.

Above, are more bins which contain some quilt kits, batiks, wooden pieces which are unfinished from painting conventions I've attended. As you can see, I do have a collection of paint on my back wall, below the fabric cabinets. My husband made these for me. I have four of them and a longer rack, which is the size of two of the smaller squares. (not in picture) It was quite expensive, and these racks my husband made were a lot less expensive and I LOVE them!

The cutting table is an organized MESS. I really need a bigger studio. Mine is only 9 x 9'. So, I have to store things very well, plus, I have a 4' x 2' sewing table and the same sized desk for my computer/printer, etc. I have a lot in here and love my space!

Now, that you've seen the pictures, I wanted to talk about the surprises I found. I found unusual things like a woven towel that I made for a book, but, never used. A few pieces of sewn together fabrics, like something for a window valance. Some cotton clothes that I thought would work great for a quilt, etc.

Do you find unusual things in your stash? Maybe a baby toy, or kitty or dog toy? I'd love to hear! 

Please leave a comment of something you've found while cleaning your sewing room! This can get interesting!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Valentine's Mug Rug!

Hi Everyone!

I'm reposting this, from January 2015, just in time for you for Valentines!

I mentioned in a few posts back that I would be posting about the Heart Mug Rug I made for a blog follower.

I have the e-pattern available, just in time for Valentines Day! Make one for your friends! They make the perfect gift for someone you love and care about and someone who loves hearts. These Mug Rugs are perfect for placing  a favorite cup of hot cocoa, or coffee along with a treat!

It is a very quick project, so, you will have enough time to make several for friends (Valentine) in your family!

 Buy the Heart Mug Rug e-pattern, only $3.99!

heart mug rug, valentines day, little quilt
Finished Heart/Valentine's Mug Rug approx. 8-1/2" x 11"

valentines day, mug rug, heart mug rug, valentines mug rug
Now, you can sit and enjoy your favorite beverage and dessert!
                        Buy the Heart Mug Rug e-pattern, only $3.99!

Have a GREAT Valentine's Day!

ps. Please respect the ©copyright laws and only make these for personal use and/or gifts. Thank you.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Creating and Organizing Passwords

Hi Everyone,

I've been cleaning up my many, many passwords this week. is taking me longer than I ever thought it would. 

How do you keep track of your passwords?... because there must be a better way than having a word document. I have 5 pages of passwords! That seems crazy to me. They are categorized by topic, which makes it a little easier to find the one I'm looking for. BUT, there must be a better way!

What is very interesting is, many of the websites are no longer letting me log in with the email/passwords that I have on record. The only thing I can figure out is that they have updated their website and changed the perimeters of the log-in information needed. 

Many of those that didn't let me log in, I deleted on my password sheet...I didn't go to those pages enough to realize I couldn't log in anyway, right?? (trying to simplify at the same time.)

I did find this great page at freebie finding mom, it offers a FREE download for keeping your passwords in one place.
Isn't this great! I would need a lot of pages to add all of my passwords! haha

How to create a STRONG password. 

www.deniseclason.comThe best advice for creating a secure password is to make it long and to use a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and possibly symbols. 
Also avoid using any personal information (names, meaningful dates, postal codes, addresses) that could have been found by the hacker.
It's also very important to use different passwords for different accounts. Re-using the same passwords allows hackers to breach only one account to access all of your online information. To help with more security, you can create a two-step authentication. 
I hope I was able to get you thinking about how to protect yourself on the internet. Strong passwords are VERY important! Especially for any accounts that have to do with using your bank accounts and personal information.

Good Luck, and please share any ideas or tips that may help others, in the comments, below!

have a great day!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2016 New Year Resolutions!

Hello Everyone!

I just LOVE the beginning of a NEW YEAR! How about you? I feel like I get to have a new start. Like a "redo" if you want to name it. I feel like whatever I planned to do the previous year and didn't accomplish, is washed away, and now I can redo what I didn't do.

I have some great goals this year. Here are a few of mine:

1. Spiritual well-being-Read uplifting books and meditate
2. Exercise and work on my health. Walk more and eat cleaner. (one of the most popular resolutions, don't you think?)
3. Build my business-Design more and add more patterns to my shop.
4. Create ART! This is something I've wanted to do for a long time and this is the year I'll be doing it. No more putting it off!
5. BLOG MORE! I've missed all of you!
6. Finish my UFOs (unfinished objects)

Okay, now that I've shared some important goals for my new 2016 year, I'd love to hear some of your goals! I've got a print out for you to get started on your goals. Click on image to print and then start setting your goals!

1. Make a comment and share the goals you've set for this year
2. Add your name to my mailing list

#new year resolutions

Okay everyone, let's rock this year and get our goals accomplished. 

xoxo Denise
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

New Mug Rug Patterns Available!

Hi Everyone,

I've been sooo excited this past week! I've been working on some of my mug rug designs and getting them ready for you to purchase! Let me introduce the Mug Rugs I designed for The Quilter Magazine a year ago.

mug rug, denise clason, quilt, christmas tree
Joy Mug Rug 8-1/2" x 11"  

snowman, mug rug, denise clason, quilt
Snowman Mug Rug 8-1/2" x 11"
They are so cute together, you'll want to buy them both! They also make GREAT gifts, and it is NEVER, too early to get started on those! (There are only 48 weeks left  until Christmas!) I know, I know....It always sounds closer when you say it in weeks, am I right?

Be sure to make them, buy them, in my Craftsy Store. They are PDF's and are delivered by email. So, there are no shipping costs!  GREAT prices!
BUY them in my Craftsy Store!

I also have some "Insul-bright" to use for the batting. 
It has a "heat barrier" to protect your surfaces, where you place the Mug Rug on a table! 

Look for more patterns! I make a very cute Valentines Mug Rug, Enjoy!


Monday, November 9, 2015

Table Runner & Napkin Ring Pattern

Hi Everyone! (I'm reposting this, because it is PERFECT for the holidays!) Previous post, showing the Fall Runner I made!

I have a very talented daughter, named Erin Winfree! She designed a beautiful table runner for an online magazine and I wanted to share it with you. [I am a proud mama!] She picked out the fabrics from my stash and away she went! She figured out a pattern for any skill level! AND it turned out beautiful!.... as you can see:

This is THE perfect runner for Thanksgiving! Very Fall looking and you still have time to make a few for your friends, too...and Christmas gifts!

Erin Winfree's Table runner, napkin rings
Runner is 17" x 47"

She used Warm & Co. Insul-bright for the batting, so that when a hot pan sits on top, it will protect the table top! Isn't that genius!? The pattern also comes with a napkin-ring pattern. 

Erin Winfree's Table Runner and Napkin rings
Table runner and napkin ring
Erin Winfree's napkin ring

This can be made many times in different seasonal colors! Easy to make and machine quilt! Enjoy! I have!

If you are interested in a pattern packet with all of the instructions and the Illustrations, please click the link below:

$7.99 (Paper pattern, only)
$6.99 (E-Pattern)
$16.99 (Paper Pattern and 1 yd Insul-brite)
Have Fun Quilting, XOXO


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