Do you know my Granny?



Well, you should know my Granny. Her name was Geneva Nezelene Day, but she went by Nez. Granny was a generous, fiesty woman who loved to feed people, listen to Bluegrass Gospel, and to quilt. She was not afraid to create and she used what she had. She was humble, loving, and I miss her.

I’ve wanted to name a pattern after her for a while now. Once I decided to work up this one, I knew it was the one to bear her name. I think she would carry it, but you never know. She was a little finicky.


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Granny’s Pocketbook is a quilt-as-you-go purse with an adjustable strap that can be worn as a shoulder bag or a cross-body bag. It has one large quilted pocket on the front and 2-4 pockets on the inside. The bag closes with a magnetic snap.

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The back is a solid piece of fabric which can be quilted however you like.

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The final measurements of the bag are 13″ x 13″.


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I chose to make the underside of the strap a little patchy instead of a solid piece. I think it adds a nice pop of color. The strap is about 58″ in length and can be shortened to about 26″.

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Go ahead and quilt the crap out of your bag. It really changes the look. ūüôā

The Granny’s Pocketbook sewing pattern is available as an instant download PDF in my Etsy shop. Run on over and check it out.

As always, I love to see what you make. Feel free to post pics on my Facebook page.

Tomorrow I’ll be posting about a beautiful fabric line that I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I’m participating in Bonnie of Going Home to Roost’s blog tour for Sweet as Honey, her new fabric line. So, you’uns better come back.


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From the archives

I’m not sure if I can actually say it’s from the archives since Schoolhouse Patterns is only one year old. Nevertheless, I wanted to give you a little reminder that I have a free pattern for you to make a little something for your valentines, big and small.

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I wrote The Mini Tote pattern back when my company was still Pattern Patti. It’s now a free pattern which you can find here. You can find the applique files for the designs above¬†here.

These totes would make great gifts for your little ones, teachers, and friends. Fill them with sweets and treats and make someone squeal.


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New Pattern! The Super Cameron Tote.

Hi all,

I have something very important to share with you. I wanted you to know that I have a new pattern listed in my Etsy shop. It’s The Super Cameron Tote. That may not seem like important news, so let me explain.

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This is Cameron. Super Cameron. Cameron is my cousin’s son. He is 7 years old and was born with a life threatening heart defect. He is on the heart transplant list and is number one, next in line for a new heart.

While Cameron and his mom, dad and brother are waiting for his new heart, my family is raising money to help them when the time comes. Cameron’s family is going to need help with travel expenses as well as loss of income for his mom.

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Among the fundraisers that my family is planning are a benefit dance and a huge garage sale. To publicize these events, the family walked in an Oktoberfest parade yesterday. They were outfitted in Super Cameron t-shirts, masks and a giant cape. I don’t live in the same town that they live in and can’t really participate in the fundraising efforts, but I’ve got a way that you and I can help.

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I’ve designed a sewing pattern to help Cameron’s family. It’s called the Super Cameron Tote. It’s a simple tote bag with a flowing cape on the back and a few applique options for the front. ¬†I was thinking it would be a great bag for trick or treating, a library bag or a diaper bag. The Super Cameron Tote sewing pattern is available as an instant download in my Etsy shop. All of the profits from the sale of this pattern will go to Cameron and his family. So, we need to get the word out. We need to post and like and pin.

Now, if you are not in the market for a tote bag sewing pattern but would still like to help, you can visit Cameron’s YouCaring page and make a donation. You can also keep up with Cameron and his status on Cameron’s Hope Facebook page.¬†Here’s a¬†little story¬†about Cameron and the cape that he is wearing in the picture above. Watch the video. It’s so sweet.

Thanks for listening and have a great week.



Fun update for ya!

mini messenger squareUnder the advisement of my 10 year old daughter, I have made a change to one of my earlier patterns, The Mini Messenger. I created this bag for my girls to use on a family vacation that we took several years ago. I wasn’t really interested in carrying their spending money with me the entire trip, but I knew they might put a purse down and leave it in the store. I wanted them to have a simple cross body, messenger style bag that they could wear. The Mini Messenger is perfect for that.

Recently, my youngest asked me to create one for her American Girl Doll. What a great idea.¬†kit standing logoHere’s Kit, modeling her very own (Super) Mini Messenger Bag. It’s so cute and is a quick sew.¬†mini micro square pdf logoWhat little girl wouldn’t be thrilled with this combo.

Now, if you make them, I want to see. Please post pics of your Mini Messenger Bags on the Schoolhouse Patterns Facebook page.

Just in case you were wondering, Kit is wearing a pair of denim shorts that my 10 year old made from the AG Sleepover Set pajama pants pattern (seen below).

kit standingThis is her own interpretation of the pattern. She simply shortened the pants and cuffed them. She’s quite the innovator. The shirt is also from that pattern.

If you have purchased this pattern in the past and would like an updated copy, leave a comment and let me know. Be sure to leave your email address so I can get it to you.

Later folks.



New to the family



Time to introduce two new patterns to ya.

the secretaryFirst, The Secretary. This bag comes in 3 sizes and has pockets inside and a ruffle on the front. The small bag is great for little girls, the medium bag is perfect for your everyday purse and the large bag would make a great library or knitting bag. The medium bag is pictured below. You can find the sewing pattern for this fabulous bag in the shop.

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the varsity messengerThe Varsity Messenger. This is a cross body bag with 2 pockets on the inside. It’s just the right size for an iPad. The finished size is 10.5″ x 10.5″ and the strap is 26″ from the shoulder to the bag. You can find the Varsity Messenger Bag sewing pattern in the shop.

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If you build it…

they will come, right? Hmmm.

Like my new Facebook page. Follow me on Twitter, Pinterest¬†and Instagram.¬†Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

Obligatory photo to follow this sentence. Enjoy.

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Grandpa, sister, Granny and myself. Orlando, FL. 1978ish. Funny, my hair looks like that again.



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On January 1, 2013, Schoolhouse Patterns was born. Schoolhouse Patterns is a sewing pattern design company dedicated to creating sewing patterns that make pretty, simple, and useful items.¬†You might see some things that look familiar. If so, that’s because they’ve been around before. Schoolhouse Patterns (SHP) used to be Pattern Patti. I’ve carried several of Pattern Patti’s patterns over to SHP. I’ve kept some the same patterns. I’ve added different sizes to some patterns. I’ve combined some patterns. I’ve retired some patterns.¬†¬†I’ve written new patterns and I’m writing more.

Why the name change? Well,¬†Pattern Patti started out as an Etsy retailer and evolved into a pattern designing company that sells out there in the world as well as online. For some time, I have felt that the name Pattern Patti didn’t really represent what I want my pattern company to be. I want to encourage new sewers and teach some basic skills with sewing patterns for cool stuff. The new name captures that vibe much better.

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So, I’m pleased to introduce you to Schoolhouse Patterns. Sewing is Always in Session. There is a new Facebook page, a new Twitter account, ¬†and the Etsy shop has had a makeover. Please check them out and like and follow to your heart’s content.

There is also a new mailing list for Schoolhouse Pattern News. You can sign up here. Please sign up so I can keep you in the know.

So, what can you expect at SHP? I’m planning many things. There will be 101 Mondays. On occasional Mondays, I’m not going to commit to every Monday, there will be posts about some sewing skills or techniques that I have learned and found useful over the years. There will be Free Pattern Fridays.¬†¬†On occasional Fridays, again, I’m not committing, there will be posts that introduce free patterns from SHP. In between those days, there might be pictures of new projects, food, kids, your creations, introductions to existing patterns and who knows what else.

Thanks for stopping by. Please come again.