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It’s Time: A Going Out of Business Sale

Let’s start with the sale details!

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My 41 traditional PDF patterns will all be on sale for $2.50 each through Friday, 12/2 at 11:59 p.m. eastern. You’ll also be able to purchase my whole collection of 41 PDF patterns, plus the out-of-print Emmy Dress & Top patterns, for a special price of $75. That’s a total of 43 patterns, making them less than $1.75 each!

My 16-pattern Go Fish PDF Collection will also be on sale for $16 through Friday, 12/2 at 11:59 p.m. eastern. (These patterns will no longer be available as individual PDF patterns.)

No other discounts apply! If you have difficulty using my main site on a mobile device, try my Etsy shop instead.

If you’re not familiar with my PDF patterns, you can read more about them here: Fishsticks Designs PDF Patterns

For a limited time, you’ll still be able to purchase my traditional patterns in paper form through your local quilt shop, and I plan to continue distributing my Go Fish paper patterns through local quilt shops for the foreseeable future.

Now a little about the why …

This little business that I started almost ten years ago grew so fast, and it felt like a perfect fit for me. So many things have changed over the years, though. The PDF pattern business has grown up in the last decade, and so many talented new designers have come on board. You sewists have so many choices now! Because of the life changes that we’ve experienced over the last two years, I have so little time to devote to my business … I just can’t keep up. (Honestly. I had planned to start this sale on Black Friday, then Cyber Monday, and now it’s nearly Tuesday.)

My sewing friends who have kept up with me know that we accepted a fostercare placement of two siblings nearly two years ago, and the youngest was diagnosed a few months later with a complex medical condition. They’re a part of our family now, and we anticipate adopting them in the coming months. (I’m excited that I’ll get to share them with you for real!) I’ll admit that I’m a little bit sad about walking away, and I hope that I’ll be able to start fresh again someday when life settles down a bit. Right now, I need to make family my priority.

Don’t think I’m disappearing, though! I’m still sewing, and I’m hoping that without the stress of my pattern business, I’ll be able to share more on my blog. Some changes will be coming here soon, too!

Black Friday Sale 2015

Happy Black Friday! Enjoy 40% off of all Fishsticks Designs PDF Patterns in the Main Shop and Fishsticks Designs at Etsy. (If you’re mobile, the Etsy shop loads a bit easier.) Sale runs through midnight eastern tonight. Sale prices in the main store will show when you add a pattern to your cart. Happy sewing!

Big & Little Boxers for $5 on the Friday Fiver!

My time off is drawing to a close, and I’m excited to share what I’ve been up to. That will have to wait until Monday, though. Today, I have something exciting for you – boxer patterns for $5! With the return of the busy back-to-school days of fall, now is the time to start filling those dresser drawers, and what boy from preschool to high school wouldn’t be excited about a drawer full of comfortable, one-of-a-kind boxers? Both the Oh, Boy Boxers pattern (kid sizes 2 to 14) and the Essential Boxer Shorts (adult sizes small to xlarge) are available for $5 on the Friday Fiver over at Crafterhours. This deal is only available for 24 hours, so run right on over to get all the details: The Friday Fiver. Continue reading

A Fostering Update & Some Time Off

Life often takes unexpected turns. If you’ve been following me on Instagram then you know that we accepted a fostercare placement of a brother and sister in January. When they were placed, we were told that neither had any special needs. That’s often how things happen. You just don’t know in the beginning. Since these two came to us, though, they’ve both been classified as medical foster children.
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Quick Handmade Gift Ideas Using Go Fish Patterns

Do you love giving handmade gifts for Christmas? I do, too! But, who wants to spend the whole holiday season in their craft room sewing? Quick-sew projects that result in gifts the recipient will use and enjoy are the best! My Go Fish Patterns are some of the quickest around, and at a cost of only $4.25 each, they’re inexpensive, too! I thought I would take a bit of time to sew up a few Go Fish projects and share some gift ideas with you! Most of these combine a little something store-bought with something handmade. You don’t have to add extras, of course, but sometimes those little things round out a gift quite nicely.First up, check out those Grab ‘n Go Drawstring Bags in the title image above! Santa Sacks seem to be the “in thing” this year, and you can sew your own in no time at all! Use one to carry gifts to a party, or sew up one for each of your children to leave for Santa to fill on Christmas Eve. Drawstring bags make great reusable gift bags, too, and it’s really simple to change the dimensions to make whatever size you need!
Since we’re already chatting about drawstring bags, they’re a gift that can work for many people on your list! Fill a pretty flowered drawstring bag with yarn and knitting needles for your daughter, or sew one using a transportation print to fill with Hot Wheels cars for your grandson. We have this silly annual Nerf gun battle on Christmas morning at our house, and I’ve learned that little drawstring bags are perfect for keeping track of those little foam darts! Once you start making these bags, you’ll start finding tons of uses for them.
A teen or college-age niece would be thrilled to receive a handmade Wherever You Go Wallet with a gas card or even cash tucked inside! Choose a fabric that fits her personality, and maybe add a matching key fob using my free tutorial, too.
Pack a Fun-to-Go Kids Tote with activity books, little toys and snacks instead of filling a stocking, and you’ll have a gift that can be used all year long.
Give a set of Time to Go Shopping Sacks with a grocery store gift card for a practical and environmentally friendly gift. Don’t feel like you have to use traditional fabric on these like I did! One of my customers sewed Spiderman grocery sacks for her mom who loves comic book superheroes. It’s way more fun to shop when your bags make you smile!Sew a Beauty to Go Clutch and fill it with new makeup brushes, add your favorite facial wash and perhaps a gift card from your favorite independent beauty consultant or your local cosmetic store. (Support small business owners whenever you can!)Potholders are a fairly traditional handmade gift, and you can really never have too many. What couple wouldn’t enjoy a gift basket that includes a set of Momma’s Go To Potholders, along with utensils and mixes for their favorite foods? You could even add a Go Bake Something Apron … or a matching set of aprons for husband and wife?
The Fold & Go Art Kit with crayons and new coloring books is a quick and useful gift for preschool through elementary. You could even substitute mini colored pencils or mini washable markers.
Finally, the quickest sew in my Go Fish series – the On-the-Go Travel Pillow! This one could easily become your go-to night-before-the-party project. Add a couple of age-appropriate books and this makes a great gift! These are new books, but be sure to check your local used bookstore to build up a stash. Ours carries Little Golden Books for $.50 each! Oh, and these pillows don’t just work for little ones, even teens need a place to rest their heads on trips and at sleepovers. Just choose a fabric that personalizes it for the receiver!

Now all you need to do is go buy your Go Fish patterns, find the perfect fabrics and set aside a little bit of time for sewing! I would love to see what you sew! Add a link in the comments, or come join us in the Fishsticks Designs Sewing Group to share!

Four New Go Fish Patterns … and a Go Fish Sale!

Ready to do a little Christmas-is-almost-here sewing? I’ve got four new quick-as-a-flash Go Fish patterns ready for you to sew! And, because now is the time to get those holiday sewing lists moving along, I’m running a choose-your-own-six-pack sale on all of my Go Fish patterns for one week!
To take advantage of the sale, just choose any six Go Fish Patterns, add them to your cart in the Fishsticks Designs Pattern Shop or Fishsticks Designs at Etsy, then use the code DYO6Pack to receive the discount. (Etsy is the best choice if you’re mobile.)

On to the new pattern introductions!
First up is the Beauty to Go Clutch. This little organizer is perfect for keeping your cosmetics and cosmetic brushes organized and ready to take along with you!
The Beauty to Go Clutch opens to reveal a zippered compartment, as well as a divided pocket for brushes.
Once everything is packed away, it rolls up and fastens with a magnetic snap to keep everything neatly in place.
The Grab & Go Drawstring Bag pattern includes instructions to sew three different size bags – a project size, a storage size and a laundry size bag.These bags go together really fast, and they’re useful for so many things. From gift giving to taking along sporting equipment and yarn crafting to Lego storage, you’ll find this bag incredibly handy to have around!
Potholders are practical and thoughtful gifts for all sorts of occasions, and having a quick and simple one in your pattern arsenal is must! Momma’s Go-to Potholders and Oven Mitts pattern is just the one to keep handy.
This generously-sized potholder features a large front pocket that allows it to double as an oven mitt.Sew it up with a pretty fabric, and it’ll add some beauty to your kitchen, too.
Finally, the Going for a Stroll Hands-free Tote! This pattern is one that was requested by several shop owners when I was at the Checker Distributors’ Open House in August, and I’m so happy with how it turned out!
The Hands-free Tote is filled with pockets for storing your essentials, and it’s designed to work with a walker, a stroller or a wheelchair.
The tote features straps that can be sewn on in the center of the bag to button over a full handle, or they can be attached to the sides so that they can fasten over double handles.
You can find all four new patterns available now in my main pattern store, my Etsy shop and on Craftsy! I’ll be back on early next week with some ideas for using my Go Fish patterns for Christmas gifts that will be loved by everyone on your list.

Sale Sale Sale – The Kids Are Back in School!

Now that our kids are back in school, whether you’re back on a regular homeschool schedule like us or you wave goodbye to that big yellow school bus in the mornings, it’s easier to fit in time to sew! Now is a great time to stock up on the patterns that you need for fall and winter sewing with a 40% discount code!! Use the code: SEWINGTIME in the Fishsticks Designs Pattern Shop or the Fishsticks Store at Etsy through midnight eastern on Thursday, 8/21. (This code is not stackable with the Buy 4/Get 1 special.)

Spring 2014 Go Fish Patterns

I introduced the Go Fish Series last fall, and I’m thrilled that all of you seem to enjoy these “instant gratification” projects as much as I do! They’re definitely my favorite type of sewing. In case you’re not familiar with them, these quick-to-finish projects are also eco-friendly with no pattern pieces to print. You just measure and cut using your quilting mat and rotary cutter following the included measurements or instructions. They are easy projects, but they aren’t completely “no frills” projects. Each one has something new to learn or a way to challenge yourself if you’re still learning. They are great for beginners, though! These little patterns are available as PDFs on my site and as tri-fold sewing cards in your favorite local quilt shop. Both are priced at $4.25 each.

For just one week, in celebration of the release of these six new Go Fish Patterns, I’m offering a six-pack bundle of the PDF versions of all six new GF patterns for just $15. That’s more than a 40% discount, and it’s only available for one week! You can find it right here: The Spring 2014 Go Fish Six Pack. Also, don’t miss your chance to win all six of the newest Go Fish patterns by commenting on yesterday’s Quilt Market post! (If you buy the six pack and then win them, I’ll be happy to send you a refund!)

Without further ado, here they are!
First on the list is the Go Figure Tech Bag. This bag has a zippered top, and it’s padded with fusible fleece to give a bit of extra protection to your electronic devices. This pattern is designed to fit any device from e-reader size to laptop size with customized measurements. The instructions for measuring and figuring are really simple — I promise!
Next up is the Time to Go Shopping Sack. I’ll admit that I really wrote this pattern for myself! I love having pretty reusable grocery bags to use for shopping, but I’d never found a pattern that was just what I wanted. These bags are super roomy with wide handles.The gusset allows them to lay flat for easy storage and open up to a full 4″ wide for holding big boxes. They’re also finished with a french seam at the bottom to keep your produce and canned goods safely inside!
The It All Goes Here Sewing Organizer is perfect for keeping things right where you need them while you’re at your sewing table. (It also folds up nicely with your sewing notions in the pockets in case your sewing space is one that comes and goes with breakfast and dinner!) This organizer has four large pockets and four small pockets to hold your trimming scissors, seam ripper, screw driver … whatever you need on hand.There’s a small loop on one side that you can use to tie a pair of scissors where they won’t walk away.And, my favorite feature of the Sewing Organizer is this little magnetic pin holder! I love that I have far fewer pins landing on the floor these days. The magnet is removable so the whole organizer can be thrown into the wash whenever it needs to be.The Wherever You Go Wallet is quick and easy to sew, but it still offers plenty of storage and organization space. It has a zippered top, a flap closure with a snap and four credit-card sized pockets.
The Going to Lunch Bag is sized just right for grown-ups and kids alike, and it’s the perfect take-along for lunch at school, work or a day at the zoo!The roll-down top stays open on it’s own when rolled up to make filling the bag easy, and when it’s packed and ready, it rolls down and fastens easily for both adults and children alike. You can make it with your choice of fabrics and interfacing to add insulation or water resistance, too.
Finally, the You Go, Girl! Backpack is the perfect carry-along for teens and preteens. The tie-on straps are my favorite feature of this bag. They add a bit of modern detail and fun, and they make it much faster to sew than if you were adding hardware. This backpack also features an elasticized top and a fold-over flap with a magnetic snap closure.

Getting Set Up for Market … and a Quick Sale!

It’s been a really long time since I had a sale, and I think it’s time for a new one!  Now would be a great time to stock up on PDF patterns for summer vacation sewing!

I’ve been busy the last few days in this place …… transforming this …… into something fun! I can’t wait to share it with you, but you’ll have to wait until Monday. (If you follow me on Instagram, though, you just might see a few sneak peeks: Fishsticks on Instagram.)

While you wait to see what new things I have in store, enjoy 40% off of all of my current PDF patterns for the next 24 hours (through 10 a.m. eastern on Saturday, May 17). Just use the code MARKET in both my main store: Fishsticks Pattern Shop or my Etsy store: Fishsticks on Etsy.

In case you haven’t heard, I’m almost finished updating all of my PDF patterns to include options for printing the traditional nested version,individual sizes and options,or a full-size pattern.You can read more about the update here: Pattern Updates are on the Way and check to see what patterns are finished and which are scheduled here: 2014 PDF Pattern Updates. If you purchase a pattern that is not yet updated, you will receive the update free-of-charge automatically when it is finished.

Note: The Buy 4/Get 1 Promotion does not work with this coupon code.

Happy Valentine’s Day Flash Sale!

Happy Valentine’s Day! My customers are such a joy to me everyday. Today, I’d like to celebrate you! Use the code BEMINE all day today to take 35% off of all orders of both paper and PDF patterns in my main pattern store: Fishsticks Designs Patterns and my Etsy store: Fishsticks @ Etsy! (The code is set to expire at midnight eastern.)

I hope you all have a fabulous day filled with love!

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