Saturday, August 29, 2009

Make some hooded beach towels with my free pattern!

So guess what's on sale!?!?!? Beach towels! The other day we were at wally world and I just had to let the kids all pick one. After they went to bed I cut and sewed and mixed them all up. I've been wanting to try my hand at making hooded towels for a while now.

When I got up at 6 the next morning to sneak out of the house for my morning walk, I nearly died from fright at this strange shape coming out of the hallway. It was my four year old Chloe wandering around in her hooded towel! Who knows how long she had been up already...

Then I typed it up all nice in a little eBook for my readers. Have fun with this fast and easy project! Just click here to download the e-book.

To give credit where it is due, I took some ideas from the hooded towel tutorial on And then I fiddled with it to make it special for my kids, of course!

Monday, August 24, 2009

My Maxi-Dress is on!!!

This is so exciting to me because the folks at YCMT have such strict criteria for the ebooks they promote, and a pretty thorough testing process for all the patterns - they had 3 separate testers make mine and give me feedback! To have made it through is a huge deal to me and I am thrilled to be listed among all the talented authors on that site. I have a 'library' full of patterns in my YCMT account and every one of them is fantastic.

And for anyone who hasn't met her - that's my cute little sister Kat in almost all the pictures. Thanks so much for all your help sis, now your pictures are all over the web!

Sunday, August 23, 2009


I'm starting this blog so that I can write about and post pictures of things I'm working on in my life as carolinafair. Who is that? Well, the other day I was sitting at my sewing machine while the kids were napping (or pretending to be napping) and I got this old familiar feeling that reminded me of sewing as a little girl, as a teenager, and as a college student. I remembered making dolls and doll clothes, my first pair of knickers (okay, my only pair - who would wear those now?), parachute pants (I'm laughing inside now), curtains for our first house... And I started thinking where is that girl? Somewhere along the way she turned thirty and then there were kids and laundry and lunches to make and the sewing machine got dusty.

But then I heard someone I really admire talk about creating things and how the desire to do so is in us already, and it's not a bad thing. So sometimes those lunches are going to be made after 11:00 p.m., and the laundry will become a mountain, and the kids will get to see me create again. When I find the time, pictures and patterns will show up here (I hope).

So that is carolinafair. She is the girl inside who doesn't have an age. She makes things and fixes things so they can be loved again. She hates store-bought patterns because they never fit right. She wants to write patterns that people can use and then love their creations. And she usually comes out when I sit down at my sewing machine.
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