Friday, May 18, 2012

Ladybug Skinnies

I have a goal this year to make one Seasonal Skinny per month.  I started in March (shamrocks) and made one for April (Easter egg).  I am a little late in finishing up May, but this is my favorite one so far!

These skinnies would probably make great table runners, but I hang mine on the wall.

Start with a few scraps of fabric, sew them together and cut out the shape.

A little Heat 'n Bond, some zig-zag stitching around the edges and voila!

Ladybugs make me smile!  :-)

In addition to the one I made for myself (on the right, red binding), I'm making a 2nd skinny every month, too.  I'm planning to give those (once I have a whole year's worth complete) to a good friend of mine as a gift.

This is (clearly) not a ladybug.  This was my 2nd Easter Egg skinny from April.  The top was done but it needed a backing and a binding.  Finally finished it!

I have 3 months done so far for each set of skinnies.  Ice cream cones are on tap for June!


Happy to cross two more things (#9 and #10) off my project list for the May Small Project Sew Along:

Completed items:
1. Complete H2H quilt - link here
2. Complete Laura's quilt - link here

3. Make pillow to match Laura's quilt - link here
5. Make 3 small memory (t-shirt) wall hangings (1 done, 2 not started) - link here
6. Make 3 small memory (t-shirt) Mickey pillows - link here
7. Make a green mug rug in time for Mother's Day  - link here
9. Finish April Seasonal Skinny (flimsy is complete) - DONE!
10. Complete 2 ladybug Seasonal Skinnies for May - DONE!
12. Make a portable sewing kit / bag / holder / something-or-other link here

Not started or in progress:
4. Finish quilt for Sujay (flimsy is complete)
8. Make a pink mug rug just because I want to
11. Cut fabric for summer hexie project
13. Start (and finish) embroidery for "The Forever Project"
14. Complete "Om" block for "The Forever Project"
15. Make or find a simple pattern for a tote / beach bag
16. Make a year-end gift for my kindergartener's teacher
17. Make a year-end gift for my 3rd grader's teacher
18. Make a birthday gift for kindergartener's BFF
19. Make a "surprise" for my 11 running partners + myself
20. Make an Unruly letters pillow for Kim
21. Update my running scrapbook (no sewing involved!)
22. Figure out a plan of attack for the "Unless" quilt

Linking up with: 

Confessions of a Fabric Addict for "Whoop Whoop Friday"
Sew Many Ways for "Find a Friend Friday"
AmyLouWho for "Sew and Tell" (no link up this week)
Pieceful Life for "Show Off Friday" 

I'm looking forward to seeing what you've worked on this week!

~*~ May your day be full of Love and Ladybug Hugs ~*~


  1. These are so darn cute!!!! Love the name, skinnies : )

    1. Thanks! There are so many options (patterns) available... choices for every month / season / holiday. They don't take long to put together and they're a great way to use up scraps!

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    1. Thanks, Wendy, and thanks for stopping by!

  3. They are fabulous! I adore ladybirds, it's unseasonably cold here in the UK at the moment but every time the sun comes out our garden is full of them sunning themselves.

    1. Thanks, Kim! I make a *lot* of ladybugs! :-)

  4. I too am a ladybug fan and I absolutely LOVE your ladybug skinny!
    I just doodled ladybugs on my nieces name (in song) and would love to make my buggy a quilt too

    1. Thank you, Bobbie! I have so many ladybug patterns... every time I see one, I can't resist buying it!

  5. What a great goal - 12 seasonal quilts. That is a very cute ladybug quilt. Like the Easter egg on too!

  6. Whoop whoop - just stopping in to have a look and LOVE your lady bugs/lady birds!! Amy from

    1. Thanks so much, Amy! I think I like "ladybird" better than "ladybug." Sounds so much prettier! :-)

  7. Your skinnies are adorable! What a great idea. I LOVE ladybugs!! So cute.

    1. Thanks, Deborah! Ladybugs are my absolute favorite :-)

  8. Okay, um WOW!!! You certainly are speeding through your May list Kat!!! ... These skinnies are gorgeous!! Love the ladybugs!!!

    1. Thanks, Larissa! Of course, I'm saving the hardest / most time-consuming things on my list for last... so we'll see how well I can keep up for the rest of the month!

  9. Wow! I LOVE your tablerunners/wallhangings! Esp. the ladybugs as I just had a special order recently to make a ladybug purse for a lady who collects anything w/ladybugs! LOL

    I found you through Sew Many Ways linky party and hope you'll come over for a visit as well.


    1. Thanks so much, Tanya. Ladybugs seem to be very popular these days. I'd love to see the purse you make!

  10. Oh, I love your skinnies!! What a great idea! Whoop whoop!!

    1. Thanks, Sarah. And as always, thanks for hosting the Friday linky party for us!!

  11. I LOVE your ladybugs, what a beautiful job you did! My kindergarten daughter just had a ladybug party for her 6th birthday, so I still have ladybugs on the brain (but that's okay because I love them).

    Visiting from Sew Many Ways :)


  12. Those ladybugs are absolutely lovely - did you have a pattern?


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