Interview – Audrey Mann and Diane Brinton – The Cloth Parcel

I sat down to chat with Audrey Mann and Diane Brinton, they are the mother/daughter design team known as The Cloth Parcel. They design sewing AND quilting patterns. Their Little King quilt is in the Quilting Medley bundle, which is available until May 12th.

They also have two patterns in the Totes and Toys bundle that is available until May 18th – the Nancy Book Bag and the Essential Diaper Clutch.

Keep it thimble!

Totes and Toys Sewing Bundle

The next bundle on Pattern Chest has launched! I had the pleasure of working with these designers – The Cloth Parcel, Sew Fun Patterns, Sweet Briar Sisters, Cozy Nest Design, and Kandou Crafts – to create a sewing bundle that includes a variety of totes, bags, organizers, and toys!

Need something to organize your sewing projects? Sew up the Kato Drawstring Bag and a few Zippered Pouches in a variety of sizes. Need something to carry your books to and from, try the Nancy Book Bag. If you’re looking for a stylish carry-all, the Boho Shoulder Bag is perfect. For something with more pizzazz, the Cozy Cake Backpack makes a statement, and there are also directions for making it into a pillow. Looking for an easy way to organize small things like legos and dice, check out Play Then Store Away, this is a clever and easy way to avoid stepping on them in the middle of the night.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a baby or child, we’ve got you covered!  The Dalton the Dragon softie is a fun toy for the dragon lover in your life. The Baby Puzzle Ball is the perfect size to keep little hands busy and makes a great baby shower gift!  Another great gift idea for babies is the Essential Diaper Clutch – and this can also double as a way to carry any hand-sewing projects with you!

This bundle is only available until May 18th, so visit to get them added to your sewing library today!

Quilting Medley Pattern Bundle

Woohoo! The Quilting Medley Bundle just launched on Pattern Chest. I had the pleasure of working with several designers to put this pattern bundle together: Quiltoni, The Cloth Parcel, Inquiring Quilter, Devoted Quilter, Shannon Fraser Designs, Amarar Creacions, and Sew Fun (aka By the Yard).

Pattern Chest is a new site where you can purchase specially-priced pattern bundles for a limited time! The Quilting Medley Bundle includes a varied assortment of quilt patterns of many kinds — from classic to modern to Cthulhu — and of all sizes, including baby quilts, quilt throws, and bed quilts for a very low price! The bundle include patterns that normally retail for $94, you can get the entire bundle as a drastically reduced price.

Show some support for indie pattern designers by checking out the bundle and telling someone about it! I am sure all of you know some quilters out there who’d love to get some high quality patterns at a great price!

And each purchase helps support Direct Relief, a non-profit that works in the U.S. and internationally to equip doctors and nurses with life-saving medical resources to care for the world’s most vulnerable people.

Find out more here:

–Keep it thimble!

Calling all Pattern Designers

I have some exciting news to share about Keep It Thimble….

Calling all pattern designers! I’m super excited to announce that I am launching a pattern bundle site that sells time-limited collections of .PDF patterns, in the manner of Humble Bundle and similar sites. I’m looking for contributors — independent pattern designers and small publishers who want to reach a new audience for their sewing, quilting, appliqué, knitting, crochet, and cosplay patterns.

I’m partnering with the Bundle of Holding (, a long-established site that sells tabletop roleplaying game ebooks. Since 2013 the Bundle of Holding has presented more than 400 offers comprising 3,000+ titles from over 235 small RPG publishers; 60,000 gamers have purchased 300,000 bundles. The site has raised more than US$645,000 for dozens of charities.

Like the Bundle of Holding, each offer on my pattern site presents a curated collection of DRM-free .PDFs. The customer pays a set minimum price to get the “starter” pattern bundle and can opt to pay more that the current threshold (average) price to receive an additional collection of “bonus” patterns. A typical offer runs for three weeks.

If you would like more information about participating in this, please email me at keepitthimble at gmail dot com.

Keep it thimble!

Still here!

Hello friends! I’m participating in a 31 day blog challenge that starts today. I’m posting every day in December in the hopes of getting back into the habit of making patterns, tutorials, and sharing fun things related to sewing.

Over the past four years I’ve made some quilts, bags, stuffed toys, wool applique hangings, and learned to Zentangle. I also mastered my Cameo Silhouette and have been making personalized cups and other items.

Tomorrow, I’ll post some pictures of some of the things I’ve made recently.

Happy 2016!

Happy New year!

Wow, can’t believe it has been over a year since I posted something!    I’ve been busy sewing and doing projects, but just haven’t had the time to take pictures and put together the posts.  I plan to start posting a bit in 2016.

no more fabric

I signed up for a UFO challenge at my local quilt shop and I hope to complete ten UFOs by March 31!  I think I have a good chance of getting 8 completely done, and two will just have some progress made.  Will post a list of the projects in the next few days so you can can see what I’ve been up to this past year.

Keep it thimble!


Cute Felt Cat

I love the books by Aranzi Aranzo.  Fittingly, their books are called “The Cute Book,” “The Cuter Book,” “Cute Stuff” and so on.  This is one of their patterns from “Cute Dolls.”


Pretty easy to make and only about 3″ high.  I made this from craft felt and it took about 30 minutes from start to finish.  The pieces are a bit small, so I enlarged the pattern by 15% to make it easier.

These would make really cute ornaments or package decoration!  You could also glue a pin on the back so it could be a cute fashion accessory!

Keep it thimble!

Tutorial: Crafting a Mushroom Meadow

My son is crazy about mushrooms.  Last year for Christmas he wanted a book titled Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians (of course he got it!).  He came up with this fun little mushroom craft that requires very few supplies.


Supplies Needed:

  • 1″ Wooden spools or knobs (one for each mushroom)
  • Fabric scraps to make 2 1/2″ circles
  • Thread
  • Glue
  • Markers

He rooted through my scrap basket and selected about 11 different fabrics that looked like mushroom tops.  Batiks work well for this, as do tone on tone prints.  He also found that the reverse side of the fabric would sometimes work.

Next, cut out a 2 1/2″ circle from each fabric scrap.  Using a needle and thread, sew a running stitch about 1/3″ in from the edge.  Gather the circle and add a small bit of stuffing. When making the first one (pictured above) we placed the wooden spool instead the gathered circle and pulled the thread tight, and tied it off.  This was pretty awkward and too some time to get the thread tight enough.  For the other ones, we gathered up the circle, stuffed it, tied it off, and then glued the “puff” on top of the wooden spool.  That worked much better and was even cuter!


Once the mushroom is dry, use a green marker to draw a bit of grass at the bottom.  If you like, add a smiley face!


I cut out a piece of green felt for the meadow and gave him a plastic Crystal Light container for storage.  Viola!  A portable mushroom meadow!

Keep it thimble!

September is National Sewing Month!

NSM_300x250This has been a busy summer and now it’s National Sewing Month.  Even though I haven’t posted for quite some time, I’ve been able to finish some projects.  I will be posting them throughout the month so you can see what I’ve been doing.

What projects have you been working on this summer?  What projects do you plan to make this fall?

Keep it thimble!

Peek-A-Boo Drawstring Pouch


I found the tutorial for these drawstring pouches at Twinkle and Twine.  They are so cute and very easy to make.  I made six in one afternoon, I could have made more, but ran out of vinyl for the windows.  The tutorial has great directions, even for beginners.

I plan to make these with other cut-out shapes for different occasions – a baby rattle, christmas tree, cupcake, and so on.  I’m even going to make one with a thimble, of course!

Keep it Thimble!