C’mon Get Happy

I’ve had that goofy song by Pharrell Williams running through my head all week. The Happy Song — it’s so, … um … happy haha. (Did you know they call that an earworm when a song gets stuck in your head like that?)  Google the Happy Song if you need an earworm too — it’s fun!

Anyway, the reason for all this Happy is the arrival of Surprise!, the fun line of fabric from Riley Blake.  I ordered it way back in February and I was really excited to see it at spring quilt market. And now it’s here and I’ve been having fun playing and making some gifts — because a fabric that says Happy Birthday on it is perfect for gifts.

Thimbleanna: Happy Birthday Pillowcase

I started with pillow cases. Sooo easy! And I included a little Happy Birthday Tag-It in the seamline. Next up, I want to make You Go Girl’s cute crochet-edged pillowcases with the pink Happy Birthday print. 

Thimbleanna: Happy Birthday Pillowcase

Then, I decided I wanted to make some little giftbags.  (I might be a little obsessed.  Like many of you, I love fabrics with words on them and the colors in these prints sent me over the edge LOL.)

Thimbleanna: Happy Birthday Giftbag

Each gift bag took a basically a fat quarter (split between a cute print and the Happy Birthday print) for the bag and a fat quarter for the lining, with a scrap for the binding.

Thimbleanna: Happy Birthday Giftbag

I threw in a little Happy Birthday Tag-it on the gift bag too (’cause they’re like Lay’s potato chips — you can’t stop!).

Thimbleanna: Happy Birthday Giftbag

Anyway, it’s been fun playing and I have a ton of other ideas for this fabric too.  Wouldn’t a pincushion or sewing accessories for your sewing buddies be cute on their birthday?  You’ve probably already guessed that I have fat quarter packs and some yardage in my little shop.  You can make a LOT of those gift bags with a fat quarter pack (free pdf pattern comes with the fat quarter pack). 

Thimbleanna: Surprise by Bo Bunny

(And speaking of the shop, if you missed the first order of the little Better Buddy Sewing Cases, they’re restocked and lime green is even an option now too.)

Ok, off to fondle happy fabric.  Have a great weekend — it’s almost here!

24 Thoughts on “C’mon Get Happy

  1. Don’t they make fun fabrics!? Cute fabrics and even cuter gifts!

  2. I love those bags :) I love the Happy song to and you will catch up bopping my body around in my chair while I am sewing if I hear it or dancing in the kitchen – you can’t help but move when you hear it.

  3. brigita on June 19, 2014 at 8:58 am said:

    okay so now i’m HAPPY too and singing right along with you and have that song stuck in my head! I think i’ll buy one of those little cases, a fat quarter pack and some yardage and get some pillow cases done for the unborn grandchildren hope chest. I also think I’d better get back to work so i can afford my fabric addiction. thanks for being the best little fabric pimp in town!
    :waves madly

  4. Gorgeous!! What a great idea for the gift bags, a present outside a present!! xx

  5. Back from a blogging/blog reading hiatus and I LOVE these! So cute! :) And thank you for the “happy” earworm! ;) Hugs to you!

  6. What gorgeous fabrics – I shall have to keep a lookout for them arriving here!! I love the gift bags ……. and I’m singing happy in my head! (if you had ever heard me sing, you would know why I’m not singing out loud!!)

  7. The fabrics are fabulous – and definitely Happy! :oD

  8. Jody on June 19, 2014 at 7:16 pm said:

    CUTE fabrics. I love the gift bags. You’re so smart!

  9. What pretty, happy fabrics in that range, just perfect for summer.

    I love your gift bags, such a cool idea. I can see me needing to make some very soon!


  10. ok these are just adorable! I may need to make those pillowcases for the nieces this year for their birthdays. . I love those gift bags.
    your just so creative. presentation to me is just as important as the present choice. I love these.

  11. oh and thanks I am going to be hearing that song in my head all day now :)

  12. Oooohhhh…. so CUTE Anna!! I wished I had the time to make everyone around me a handmade gifts! Where does all your energy come from anyway? LOL

    I love the colors and the pattern :)
    Wish it was MY birthday ;)

  13. Hi Anna, I love the fun, colorful fabrics. A bit of whimsy in them and these gift bags are adorable.

    Love the new look on your blog too.

    Hope you have a wonderful weeend,


  14. That would be “weekend”.

  15. That really is the happiest fabric ever and I just love your pillow cases and gift bags. Good song too!

  16. Love those pillowcases and the fabric is awesome , so bright and cheerful. Hope you are well xx

  17. Cute! Cute! Cute!! I need some of that yardage for pillowcases myself. I have an 8 year old. I have that Earworm all.the.time!

  18. Happy, happy, so, so happy. Definitely need to make some pillowcases with crochet edging. Thanks for the shout-out, btw. Going to go see if I can dig that ear worm out now.

  19. I am so impressed with how easy you just whip up one gift after another. I love the pillowcases!

  20. what cute gift bags! over the top festive and fun.
    I need to get a good pattern and make some pillowcases. yours are super fun

  21. That really is such a happy fabric range!! Gorgeous pillow cases!! and I love your gift bags, how clever and fun. You’ve got me humming the Happy song now.

  22. brigita on June 27, 2014 at 1:13 am said:

    so.. on another note, how hard was it to do the mitered corners on the wedding quilt? and i seem to remember you did the monogram by using a projector or am i more insane than usual? and the bride’s initial is first in the monogram? so why did you do Rob’s first? You just liked it better that way? he’s YOURS and YOU were making the quilt? haha. I always thought the boy should go first… but apparently i was wrong. k’s nanny babies are having some bdays soon and i’m making them hbday pillow cases. they’re going to love me WAY more than their grandmas!
    okay off to bed with this old girl
    :waves madly

  23. Looks like fun, and definitely happy!

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