Sewing Pattern for Fabric Wallet

Recently added to my Etsy shop is a new sewing pattern I designed for a fabric wallet. I actually began making these wallets a couple of years ago and finally got around to writing up the pattern and adding it to my shop. The recent Pandemic has given me more time for sewing and working on new patterns.

Outside of wallet, closed – pattern from Kimberlees Korner

The wallet is full size and has a zipper coin area, paper money area and many slots for credit cards. There is a larger rear pocket behind the coin pocket that may be big enough for some sizes of cellphones. This is really a wallet though – not a something for holding your phone. The wallet stays closed with a strip of velcro.

photo of inside of wallet – coin zipper area, paper money area and 2 card slots – pattern from Kimberlees Korner

This pattern would be for an intermediate level sewer. You need to be familiar with working with zippers and applying binding. Also required is a sewing machine that is capable of sewing through multiple layers as some parts are quite thick with the layers of the wallet fabric and the interfacing.

You can read more about the pattern or purchase it on Etsy. Click on highlighted text to take you to the pattern.

Categories: Sewing


Easy Knitting Pattern using Bernat Blanket Yarn

This is a free knitting pattern using Bernat Blanket Yarn. I recently designed this pattern after buying the yarn back in January when it was on sale at Joann’s. The yarn is the Color Pooling version but any Bernat Blanket yarn that recommends a size US 11 needle will work. It is an easy to knit pattern using only knit and purl stitches.

Bernat Blanket Free Knitting Pattern

I really like the way the blanket turned out although I do not really see the “color pooling” as the yarn showed on the package the yarn came with. I chose this color because the blanket was a gift for my oldest son and his favorite football team is the Atlanta Falcons. The yarn is super soft and easy to knit with. It is hard to photograph though, in my opinion, so sorry if it is hard to see the actual whole blanket or the stitch pattern. It has knit and purl rows and a garter stitch border around the edges – below is a closer photo but again it is hard to see the actual pattern – it looks better in person than a photo.

You can click above to download the written pattern if you want to save it or print it. I will also include the pattern below:

Supplies needed: 4 skeins of Bernat Blanket Yarn

Size US 11 circular knitting needles with a 36 or 40 inch long cable

Cast on 92 stitches (approximately 2 sts per inch gauge)

Knit the first 4 rows then pattern as follows:

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: K4, purl to last 4 sts, k4

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: K4, purl to last 4 sts, k4

Row 5: K4, purl to last 4 sts, k4

Row 6: Knit

Repeat the 6 row pattern until you have used up most of all 4 skeins of yarn – leave enough yarn to Knit 4 more rows then bind off.

Bernat blanket free knitting pattern

The finished blanket will have a right side and a wrong side for the stitch pattern but it looks nice from either side. It measures approximately 58 inches wide and 54 inches long. If you want it a little longer you can either get another skein of yarn and knit it longer or you can have it less wide by subtracting 4 to 6 stitches and then you can knit it longer.

I hope you enjoy the pattern.

Leisure Arts Knitting Book Review

Recently I was contacted by Leisure Arts and asked to review some of their new knitting books. These books are new releases and available for purchase from Leisure Arts.

The first book is called Slow Fashion Made Fast by Alexandra Tavel. This book contains 12 different knitting projects all made with super bulky #6 weight yarn. There are a wide variety of projects in this book. All projects are rated easy so even beginner knitters should be able to complete these patterns. You will find a chunky basket, a cowl, scarves, a shrug, a poncho, a wall hanging, a blanket and a cute and easy to knit bag. I really liked the bag – called the Slouchy Tote – and have started knitting that pattern in the last week. I was happy to find some yarn in my stash that would work for this pattern – it is the Lion brand Wool Ease, Thick and Quick.

Slow Fashion Made Fast - 12 Thick & Quick Knit Projects

Below is a photo of the bag I have started. The whole thing is knit in the round so there is no seam. It is knit with big needles, size US 15, so it works up very quickly. If you click on the photo above, titled Slow Fashion Made Fast, it will take you to the Leisure Arts page and you can view a better photo of the finished bag.

Beginning of Chunky Slouchy Tote Bag

The other book I was asked to review is called Casual Weekend Knits by Andi Javori. This book is filled with 25 various projects. There are various cowls, scarves, ponchos, hats and a couple of bags and some boot cuffs you can make from this book. If you click on the image below it will take you to a view of the book at Leisure Arts and more details of the projects that are in this book.

Casual Weekend Knits - 25 Go Anywhere Knit Projects

Most of the knitting projects in Casual Weekends Knits are knit with a #4 weight yarn. There are a few that call for bulky or super bulky but the majority of them are medium weight. There is a cute knit headband in the book seen in the below photo that I will probably start as my next project after finishing my slouchy bag.

Casual Weekend Knits - 25 Go Anywhere Knit Projects

I feel like both of these books are a great addition to any knitters library. They both offer a wide variety of projects that would be great to get started on for gifts for this holiday season.

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Categories: Books Knitting


Knitting Book Review on Warm Up With Scarves and Cowls from Leisure Arts

I was recently given the opportunity to review the knitting book Warm Up With Scarves and Cowls from Leisure Arts publications.  This book contains 9 fun and fairly easy knitting projects for scarves and cowls.

knit scarves & cowls

One of the scarves that caught my eye in this book was the Short Row Scarf – which is pictured on the left above.  I recently bought some of the Jeans yarn from Lion brand yarn and decided it would be perfect for this project.  Below is a photo of the scarf I have started with the Short Row Pattern.

Short Row Scarf in 2 colors from Kimberlees Korner

The short row scarf is a great project for an intermediate knitter.  It is worked in garter stitch – all knit.   It is helpful for teaching you how to wrap and turn and do shaping which is useful in many other more advanced knitting projects.  I would think even an advanced beginner could knit this scarf.

knit scarves & cowls

The other scarf that I really like in this book is the one pictured above.  It is call the Triangle Scarf and is knit with 3 different yarns – 2 solid color yarns and one multi color.  I may attempt this scarf as my next knitting project from this book.

knit scarves & cowls

There are also a couple of pretty lace cowls in the book and another cowl called the Mosaic Cowl which is in the photo above.  The book is titled Warm Up With Scarves and Cowls but there are several projects in it that are lightweight enough that you could knit them for spring or summer weather.

You can click on any of the highlighted text or the photos to take you to the Leisure Arts website to order this book.  I think you will really like all the projects it has – there are beginner and intermediate knitting patterns in this book.

I hope you enjoyed reading and learning more about this book.


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Stripe It Your Way Crochet Book Review

Recently I was given the opportunity from Leisure Arts to review a copy of the book Stripe It Your Way Crochet for Home & Fashion by Kristi Simpson.  This book is a new publication from Leisure Arts.

crochet for home & fashion

Stripe It Your Way Crochet is for all levels of crocheters.  All of the projects in the book are an easy level so a person who is just beginning to crochet should be able to complete these projects and an advanced crocheter will enjoy working on something simple and quick to complete.

The projects in this book are for fashion accessories and for home decor items.  All of the projects use medium weight yarn and a size H, I, J or M hook.  I love the look of the various stripe patterns the designer has used with each of the projects.

crochet for home & fashion

One of the projects that caught my attention was the Star Blanket.  I have always wanted to crochet a motif style blanket and after seeing this pattern I decided I would make this one.  So far it is coming along, I am using my own color scheme with Hobby Lobby, I Love This Yarn in 5 different colors.  The blanket will look great in our living room when I finish it.  The pattern seems to work up quickly and is easy to follow.  You have to pay attention to the color changes though at the appropriate times as per the directions in the pattern.

Below is a photo of my version of the Star Blanket that I have completed so far.  I am on the third color out of five for the blanket.

Star Blanket in stripe pattern partially finished crocheted by Kimberlee

The Lacy Wrap is another project in the book I may start after finishing the Star Blanket.  This wrap is crocheted with an openwork type of stitch and features a border of flower fringe on the ends.  I think it will be a great spring or summer project.

crochet for home & fashion

If you like to crochet with medium weight yarn and enjoy striped patterns I think you will love this book.  You can click Here or on any of the Stripe It Your Way Crochet photos above to take you to the Leisure Arts site where you can order your copy of this crochet book.  *The links are affiliate links but all opinions in this blog post are my own.


Weekend Knits Knitting Super Bundle

The Ultimate “Weekend Knits” Knitting Pattern Super Bundle

If there are a few things I know about myself, it’s that I like to stay busy and I’m a knitting fanatic.  I like to keep things moving whether it’s work, socializing, or projects.
Sometimes, I need to slow down, and there is nothing more appealing after a busy week than the thought of a cozy weekend in.
But that doesn’t mean I want to just veg out and do nothing.  One of my favorite things about weekends in is that I get some time to devote to my knitting projects.
I love big, intricate lace sweaters and cozy throws, but they take time, and with my busy schedule, sometimes it takes months to finish them.
That’s why I’m so excited to introduce The Ultimate “Weekend Knits” Bundle.
The folks at Ideal Me have worked hard to curate over 30+ patterns in this bundle. They have been hand-picked by top Etsy designers and knitting bloggers, and each pattern is specifically designed to be completed within a weekend.
The patterns range from sweaters and blankets to hats and cowls, and each pattern is both gorgeous and simple enough to knock in a weekend of solid knitting.
Now through March 6th, you can get all 30+ “Weekend Knits” knitting patterns worth over $200 for over 90% off…but make sure to take advantage of this deal now because once the sale is over, the bundle is never coming back.
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Erland Mittens by Katrine of Katrine H. Designs
Deluxe Double Brim Hat by Mollie of White Owl Crochet Co.
Roseaux Turban Headband by Teresa of DeBrosse NYC
Bulky Etta Hat by Nicole of Miskunn
Juniper Beanie by Rebecca of RKC Handmade
Alaskan Knot Headband by Mollie of White Owl Crochet Co.
Bit Of Honey Beanie by Ashley of Toasty Tribes Handmade
Little Hearts Fair Isle Beanie by Destiny of Knifty Knittings
Malabrigo Headband by Katrine of Katrine H. Designs
Odenton Hat by Josie of Peony Knits
Cozy Campfire Beanie by Nicole of Woolfield
Cable Twist Headband by Caroline of Richmond Hill Knits
Vintage Knit Bonnet by Becca of Blue Ginger Yarn Co.
Carol Slouchy Hat by Marie of Muki Crafts
Moira Beanie by Angie of Whistle & Wool
Twisted Coil Headband by Chelsea of Hook and Knot Studios
Chamberlain Throw by Teresa of DeBrosse NYC
Easy Knit Baby Blanket by Becca of Blue Ginger Yarn Co.
Easy Knit Cardigan by Jessica of Mama In A Stitch
Easy Knit Hooded Cowl by Tammy of Posh Patterns
Chesapeake Scarf by Josie of Peony Knits
Simple Knot Sweater by Ashleigh of Sewrella
Huggle Hood by Jess of Make and Do Crew
Lace Ripple Scarf by Kimberlee of Kimberlee’s Korner
Drop Stitch Infinity Scarf by Tammy of Posh Patterns
Bohemia Wrap Shawl by Lilia of Lilia Craft Party
Jordan Hooded Cowl by Marie of Muki Crafts
Armor Hooded Scarf by Alexandra of Two of Wands
Super Bulky Leg Warmers by Jennifer of Bromefields
Easy Ombre Tablet Covers by Jennifer of Ladyship Designs
Sheep Coasters and Table Mat by Denny of iKnit Designs
Farmer’s Market Tote by Alexandra of Two of Wands
Aran Cable Booties by Caroline of Matilda’s Meadow
Cable Knit Boot Cuffs by Jennifer of Bromefields
Easy Knit Phone Case by Natalya of Natalya1905
Beginner Boot Cuffs by Caroline of Richmond Hill Knits
Knit Sheep Door Stop by Denny of iKnit Designs
Easy Knit Pants by Becca of Blue Ginger Yarn Co.
Simple Knit Pillow Covers by Jennifer of Ladyship Designs

With this bundle, you can create so many awesome knitting projects that are perfect for gifts or as a quick project to knock out on the weekend.
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The “Weekend Knits” Knitting Pattern Super Bundle has over $200 worth of resources and you get it all for 90% off retail because we all need a little more “me” time.
With this “Weekend Knits” Super Bundle You’ll Get Everything You Need To:
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Who’s ready for a weekend in?


Red Polka Dot Bathing Suit

I recently finished sewing this red polka dot bathing suit.  This is one of the many sewing projects I wanted to complete this summer.   red polka dot bathing suit made by Kimberlee

The pattern I used to make this bathing suit is a vintage pattern that I bought last summer from an Etsy seller.  If you go on Etsy and type in the search “bathing suit pattern” you can find lots of sellers that have patterns.  It seems like it is hard to find a pattern in the store these days – I guess it is not popular to sew your own bathing suit anymore.  I actually prefer to sew my own bathing suit as I can get the fit the way I want it.  I will admit sometimes you have to make the pattern a couple of times before it is exactly how you want it but the result is worth it – a good fit and a bathing suit that will last for several years, most likely.

vintage sewing pattern for bathing suit - Kimberlees Korner

The pattern was made back in 1973 according to the pattern information.  As you can see it was only a dollar back then.  I think I paid around $6 or $8 for it on Etsy.  I have made version 2, in the right hand corner, three times now.  I made one last summer and had to make a few adjustments to it and I made two this summer.  I recently finished a turquoise bathing suit in addition to the red polka dot bathing suit.

The fabric I bought for this bathing suit was from Spandex World.  I also bought it last year at the end of summer so it was on clearance.  The fabric I used for the lining was panty spandex from Sew Sassy.  I think it only cost me about $15 to $20 to make this red polka dot bathing suit and that includes the elastic and back closure.

red polka dot bathing suit back view - Kimberlees Korner

Some tips for sewing your own bathing suit:

  • Use decent quality swimwear fabric and purchase a little extra in case you need to make another top or bottom with adjustments to your pattern
  • Be familiar with sewing on stretchy fabrics that have spandex or lycra in them
  • Line the top and the bottom for best results – you can use swimwear lining or panty spandex
  • Use a stretch sewing machine needle size 75/11
  • Use a narrow zigzag stitch for topstitching the elastic as it will stretch more

Places to order supplies for making your own bathing suit:

  • Spandex World – lots of swimwear fabric at reasonable prices
  • Etsy – for swimwear fabric and bathing suit patterns, also the back closures
  • Sew Sassy – good quality elastic that is reasonably priced, plastic back closures, swimwear lining and thin foam cup inserts for the top

red polka dot bathing suit made by Kimberlee

What sewing projects have you been working on lately?  Let me know in the comments.

– Kimberlee

Cotton Knit Tunic

It is the beginning of August and very hot here in Texas.  Since the weather is warmer I try and knit with lighter yarns that are made of cotton.  Knitting with wool or chunky yarn is not very appealing to me when the temperatures get above 90 degrees.

I recently finished this design for a cotton knit tunic.  It is knit with a yarn from Hobby Lobby called I Love This Cotton – perfect for lighter weight summer projects.

Cotton Knit Tunic made by Kimberlee from Kimberlees Korner

This cotton knit tunic features a drop stitch pattern in the lower half and a scoop neckline.  It can be worn as a tank top or with a shirt underneath as a vest when the weather is cooler.

Neckline close up of cotton knit tunic from Kimberlees Korner

In the above photo you can see a close up of the scoop neckline design which features a garter stitch edging.

The Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton yarn works well for this knit tunic pattern.  I think other 100% cotton yarns would also work well that are a medium weight.  I will probably be knitting another one soon in a cotton and acrylic yarn blend that I have in my stash from Knit Picks yarn company.

Cotton Knit Sweater from Kimberlees Korner

The pattern for this knit sweater is available in my etsy shop or on craftsy.

What knitting projects have you finished this summer?


Dashes Knit Sweater

The Dashes Knit Sweater is a knitting pattern I recently designed.  This sweater features a textured stitch pattern, short sleeves and a scoop neckline.

Dashes Knit Sweater Pattern from Kimberlees Korner

The yarn used to knit this sweater is from the Plymouth yarn company.  It is called Monte Donegal Hand Dyed yarn.  The yarn is a blend of Alpaca, Merino Wool, Acrylic and Rayon.  It is not super soft but it is comfortable against the skin and has a nice drape for a sweater.  Other cotton or acrylic weight yarns would also work well for this sweater in my opinion – maybe even a Noro yarn.

Back of Dashes Knit Sweater from Kimberlees Korner

The sweater is knit with a size US 7 knitting needle.  I used circular knitting needles but straight could also be used – although once you get to the sleeve area you may want circular needles to accommodate the larger stitch count.

Side, Sleeve View of Dashes Knit Sweater from Kimberlees Korner

This sweater is knit in two pieces and then sewn together.  If you are familiar with knit and purl stitches, casting on stitches in a project and seaming knit pieces together then you can complete this sweater.

Swatch of Dashes Knit Stitch from Kimberlees Korner

The photo above is a close up view of the stitch pattern.  It is easier to see what it looks like on this solid color yarn than the Monte Donegal yarn I knit the sweater with.  The pattern is a four row repeat and very easy to follow.

To learn more about the pattern you can visit my Etsy shop.  I will also have it available on Craftsy and Ravlery and here on my website.

I am currently designing another short sleeve sweater pattern in a cotton yarn that will be coming soon to my Etsy shop and website.

Have a great day!




New Workouts For Spring 2017

I have been doing some new workouts for Spring 2017 and wanted to share them on my blog.  The workouts are called Classical Stretch, by Miranda Esmonde-White.   They are broadcast on many PBS stations but I had never heard of these workouts until a friend from church recently told me about them.

Aging Backwards book

I found out my local library had the book Aging Backwards by Miranda Esmonde-White and I checked it out.  The first half of the book is about aging and a lot of information on your muscles and cells and joints and how they age.  The book goes into a lot of detail on the Eccentrics, or Classical Stretch, exercise program and how she developed it and why.  It explains how and why exercising and doing the right type of full body exercises can make you feel better, prevent injuries and keep us young even in our old age.  The second half of the book are the exercises with photos and explanations on how to do them.

Classical Stretch season 10 dvd

After checking the book out I decided to order one of her dvd sets.  They are around $65.00 for a set of 4 dvd’s with a complete season of Classical Stretch.  I ordered season 10 – Strength and Flexibility.  It is one of the more recent seasons.  You can go on to the website and when you click on store on the left side there are options that you can plug in like your age and fitness level and it will give you suggestions on what workouts are best for your level.  The strength and flexibility one came up as one for me so I chose it.

So far I have done about half of the workouts out of the 30 workouts on the dvds.  Each workout is approximately 23 minutes long.  I really thought they were going to be too easy for me since I workout regularly – like 5 or 6 days a week – using some pretty hard workouts sometimes.  But, I have been pleasantly surprised that the workouts are not what I expected.  They are easier than my Cathe Friedrich and P90X3 workouts but they seem to work and they are lengthening and strengthening my body – especially my waist and my hips.

I have never done Tai Chi but I believe the exercises are part Tai Chi (as she mentions that the stances are in a couple of the workouts) part stretching, moving yoga and pilates all combined.  At least that is how I describe it.  I have been using the workouts about 3 days per week and some days I actually do 2 of them since they are shorter than what I normally do – if I do 2 workouts then it is about 46 minutes and I really feel a total body conditioning.

classical stretch workout back of dvd season 10

The workouts are all done in bare feet with just your body weight and minimal to no equipment.  They are divided into All Standing, All Barre, or All Floor.  When you do the All Standing it is just your body weight.  If it is a Barre workout you need a chair.  The floor workouts it is nice to have an exercise mat and she also uses some risers with a few exercises that look like large yoga blocks but she also says you can use a phone book or an encyclopedia.

I would recommend these workouts to anyone who is looking to get an overall total body workout, improve their posture and get more toned.  I think the workout dvd’s I bought are possibly for a more experienced exerciser but I believe there are many others that are suitable for beginners.

So, I have now incorporated Classical Stretch into my weekly workout schedule – at least 3 times per week.  The other 2 or 3 days that I workout I am still doing my Cathe workouts doing cardio or weights or a combination of both using her Strong and Sweaty series and Low Impact Series.

What workouts have you recently tried?

Have a great week!