Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thanks to all!!!

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Last year, this time, I'd been working on the first six pattern ideas I had floating around in my head for months.  I had already put a lot of time into the project.  It was a huge learning curve for me and there were so many times I just wanted to give up.  And, besides, I thought, what if no one liked them when I was done, anyway?  What if I became an Etsy reject?  Oh, the pain...

But, here we are a year later, and I think I can say Ruby Jean's Closet has had some level of success.  Not just because sales have been good, but because it has been fun.

I have "met" some of the nicest people.  I can't wait to check my email each day.  I never know what I will find but it's always something good - a new customer, a sweet comment, or a shared picture or two.  I love getting questions from beginners as well as advice from seasoned sewers.  I love what I do.

I have decided, sewers are just nice people. I want to say thanks to all of you. I can not tell you how much your support and words of encouragement have meant to me.

From the beginning I planned to share my Ruby Jean Paper Doll.  I just hadn't gotten around to it before now.  The plan was to share a series of printables throughout the year - just to say thank you.  I'm working on some note cards, birthday cards and invitations, Valentine cards, additional paper doll sets, etc.  Here's the first paper doll set for your little girls (or the little girl in all of us) Ruby Jean!

And here is the link to the image...
Just right click on the image and pick "save as" to save to your computer.  Print on cardstock.

Thanks a bunch!
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Turning Tubes...

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For the longest time I avoided patterns that required turning long, narrow, tubes of fabric.  Sashes made me sweat and I had more than a few nightmares while turning skinny straps. 

Then I discovered tube turners!  

Where had they been all my life?  These simple little tools are wonder workers.  Now, tubes are fun.  Did I say that?  Yes....I did.  TUBES ARE FUN!

First, here's a great little YouTube demo...

I give it "two thumbs up"!

And here's where you can find them...

 I purchased the smaller sizes and made my own larger ones, using PVC pipe and wooden dowels.  

You will not know how you lived without them!!!
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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Quick and Easy Christmas Gift for the Boys...

Pin It I made several of these Take-a-long throws, an Anthro knock-off, for the guys on our Christmas list last year.  They were really quick and easy and I loved that I was able to custom fit them, making a really big one for a really big and really, REALLY tall family member.  And, there was the sort of small one for a special eight year old, too!

What an unlikely combo...
1. A full/queen blanket from Dollar General (it was big enough to make 2 throws)
    OR enough fleece to make the size you want.
2. Four or 5 thrifted plaid mens shirts.  I made 4 throws and still had some 
    scraps left.
3. Three large dog collars from Dollar Tree.

Let's get started...

I chose a full/queen size blanket.  One blanket was large enough to make two good sized throws.  Fleece would work just as well.


Stitch the strips together randomly. 

Now, for the carrying straps...

There you have it! I can't wait to 
try one "for the girls"!

Scroll to the bottom of the blog to see where I party!

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

20% off Sunny Flower Dress Pattern...

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...with coupon code "Christmas".  Good until Tuesday night, Nov. 6, 10pm CST.

The Sunny Flower Pillowcase Dress pattern makes a cute little poinsettia dress for Christmas.  I found all three fabrics at JoAnn's, on sale, in one trip.  Lucky me!  The body of the dress is a lightweight suiting fabric.  It's the perfect weight and I love how "flow-y" it looks.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Weekend Pinning Party Pattern Giveaway...

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Pre-release Pattern Giveaway! It's so easy...

1. Go to the pattern shop at

2. Pin 6 of your favorite Ruby Jean patterns to your Pinterest account.

3. Email me at and let me know you've pinned and...

4. Receive your PDF pattern with it super easy instructions in your inbox!

That's it! This pattern makes great Christmas gifts for all the girlfriends... Come join the fun!
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Twist & Shout Skort - New Release!!!

Pin It I'm the proud Momma of a new release...

Find this baby here...
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Monday, October 1, 2012

5 Pattern Giveaway!

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Ruby Jean's Closet is giving away patterns on Facebook
Check it out...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Waltzing release!

Pin It The Matilda Dress pattern was just released....just in time for fall!  Here are some cutie-patootie pictures including some wonderful pictures testers sent me.  I'm in love....

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

2 Pattern Combo

Pin It I've put together a 2 Pattern Combo listing because the Vintage Rose Skirt was just too dang cute with the Sweet Cheeks Top....

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

New Release! Vintage Rose Skirt!

Pin It Take Ruby Jean's 30 Minute Skirt Pattern, add a shabby chic applique and what do you get?  Our Vintage Rose Skirt!  Of course it'll take a little extra time to sew the applique but it's a small price to pay for such a big impact.  The skirt itself still takes just 30 minutes to sew and it comes with directions for upcycling a shirt to make it as well!  It has a flat front and an elasticized waist in the back for fit and comfort.  It's simply a-line silhouette and quick and easy construction make it the perfect canvas for all your creative ideas! 

There are several applique methods to choose from including a couple of super easy options. With some basic sewing skills, beginners are going to love this pattern.  It’s super easy!  It’s a great pattern for all levels of experience -- especially new sewers!  The tutorial includes page after page of pictures with detailed instructions.  Pin It