Tackle it Tuesday #145: Designing patterns with Courtney

by JenaW

This week we are welcoming Courtney from her blog, Sister to Sister and You can Make this, her online shop. Even though Courtney is a talented seamstress and designer, she considers her most important jobs in the world to be: a wife and a mother to three precious girls. Not to mention, those little gals are ages 3 and under! Everything she does stems from that.

Courtney is also a designer and some of her patterns can be found here. She loves to sew and is a self proclaimed fabric-holic. She uses her blog as a way to enrich her life and the lives of those around her.

Designing Patterns

I have been working on a sewing pattern for awhile now for 3 different blankets for babies, affectionately called “lovies”.

I have completed two of them (a Penguin and a Panda), but I am stuck on the third, maybe you can help me with this: I have also had trouble with a “name” or “theme” for these Black and White Friends and would LOVE your help!

Some of you (like myself not too long ago!) may not understand just how much is involved in writing an ePattern.

    Here are a few of the main steps involved in this Tackle:

  1. Designing (drawing) the actual pattern.
  2. Scanning the pattern onto the PC.
  3. Testing the Pattern.
  4. Taking step by step pictures.
  5. Editing and resizing all the pictures.
  6. Writing the instructions.
  7. Designing a Cover Page. (Still need to finish this!)
  8. Finally, putting it all together in a PDF file.

Can you guess what it is going to be? A Cuddly Polar Bear!

Please stop by Sister To Sister and let me know what YOU think the is eBook should be called! If your idea is chosen you will in a FREE copy of the eBook!

The Organizing Mommy (Jena W) says: Wow! I am impressed! I’ve always wanted to design and publish my own patterns, and this was soooo helpful. Those are so cute! This week I was tackling organizing my recipes/ cookbooks. It isn’t completely done, but if you would like to know how I did it, check it out on my blog, organized everyday.

Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

The project can be little or big – whatever you want. Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done. (It doesn’t even have to be housework… just whatever is on your To Do list.)

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Happy tackling ladies…

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1 The Happy Housewife February 24, 2009 at 7:38 am

That is really cute! I do some designing too, but nothing too complex! Where do you find the time?


2 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls February 24, 2009 at 8:16 am

That is awesome – I am in such awe of those of you who can figure out your own patterns like that! :)


3 Trish February 24, 2009 at 8:58 am

What a cute project! I have thought many times about joining in the tackling fun and finally did it today. :)


4 Lisa February 24, 2009 at 11:02 am

Cute polar bear! A friend made a teddy bear cake for our baby shower yesterday, which was my tackle this week.


5 Maddy February 24, 2009 at 11:02 am

I’d say a polar bear, a panda and a penguin work together beautifully. What a talented woman you are. Now I shall nip along and check out the e-book.


6 Katie February 24, 2009 at 11:03 am

Great Job Courtney! Your projects are so cute, and congrats on your guest tackle:)


7 Lisa February 24, 2009 at 11:34 am

Oh that is SO CUTE! Fabulous job!


8 Jill Scott February 24, 2009 at 11:54 am

Thanks again for hosting this. It’s been awhile since I’ve participated, but I’m trying to get back to it.


9 Lolli February 24, 2009 at 11:55 am

What a cute project!!
I tackled something a little different today–priorities!


10 casual friday everyday February 24, 2009 at 11:55 am

What fun! And seems like you have some nice talent there too.



11 PhoenixTheBloggingMama February 24, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Oh wow what an awesome project! Thanks for sharing it! :)


12 Sarah February 24, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Very creative and cute!


13 Kristi February 25, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Very cute! Inspiring, since I have a LOT of sewing to do…
Today I put off the sewing and disinfected some toys!


14 TriangleMommies March 3, 2009 at 11:53 pm

VERY Cute!! Great job!!


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