Wednesday, November 9, 2011 | By: Laurie

Fresh out of the Briar Patch!

Brer Rabbit has been busy working in the Briar Patch on 45 NEW designs! Fresh out of the Briar Patch is a newly created, and very unique type of machine embroidery. Brer Rabbit thinks you will love to use these on your upcoming Christmas projects! There are sew many possibilities for use with this new design set!
Bobbin Work Machine Embroidery!
It looks like hand embroidery!
There are 45 designs in the entire set, or you can purchase in sets of 15 designs! 
If you go to my website you can see 
clear pictures of each design!
Each set includes a full color step-by-step eBook of instructions on how to create this unique form of machine embroidery!

Visit Brer Rabbit Designs to Order!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 | By: Laurie

New Smocking Plates!

Brer Rabbit has been working very hard all summer, which explains his absence from blogging all summer! He is pleased to announce that there are now FIVE new Smocking Plates fresh out of the Briar Patch from Brer Rabbit Designs!
Flutter-by Butterflies is a delightful smocking design featuring bullion butterflies!
This design requires knowledge of the bullion stitch.
Lindsay Kay is a beautiful smocking plate that lends itself well to a bishop, bonnet or smocked yoke. It features lots of bullion roses all along the lower edge of the geometrics! Knowledge of the bullion stitch is recommended.
Lovely Little Ladybugs is another delightful smocking design featuring bullion ladybugs following a vine with lazy-daisy leaves. This design lends itself well to both a bishop and straight yoke. Knowledge of the bullion stitch is recommended.
Precious Rosebuds is a pretty little design that is perfect for a sweet baby bonnet or for just a few rows of smocking on a waistline or smocked yoke dress. The entire design is easy enough for the beginner smocker! The flowerettes can also be made as bullion roses if desired, tho instructions for the bullions are not shown.

Sunday, May 1, 2011 | By: Laurie

A Little Russian Prince & Princess & how you can help our friends in the South!

A Little Russian Prince and Princess!

Clapping hands.....
...dancing feet and overflowing with JOY!
The pictures of these two precious children just make me smile every time I look at them, as well as every time I see them in person! I see two adorable children and a mom and dad whose cup runneth over, bubbling in happiness. I think about how all their lives have changed in such a remarkable way. It never ceases to blow me away! You see, these two children are biological siblings, who lived in separate orphanages, or child homes in Russia. They never, ever had even met each other, until the glorious day they all became a forever family! It's an incredible story of adoption that not only brings joy to the Hunter family, but it reached the National News and brought joy to others!  Their adoption story has touched many lives and it continues to touch lives, as other families seek adoption and are encouraged by reading other adoption story. You can read their beautiful story HERE.
The little Russian Prince and Princess stole my heart even before I saw pictures of them! As an adoption shower was planned at church, I began to think about what to make for two children who never had anything of their very own. They never had a Mom and Dad who tended to their every need. They didn't have family and friends who showered them with gifts at their birth. They didn't have grandparents, aunts, uncles & cousins who proudly showed them off to friends and even strangers. It was now time to start giving these children a good dose of what they never had. It was time for a Mom, Dad, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends to shower them with LVE!
I really wanted to make something special, because they deserved "special". I began with a long journey of finding just the right fabric to make a special dress for a special little princess! You can't even imagine my excitement when I found some fabric with Russian Matryoshka, or Russian Nesting Dolls, on it!!! I didn't even care that I had to send away to Japan to get it! :) 
Is this not the cutest fabric?!
Brer Rabbit wishes he could get his paws 
on a whole bolt of it!
This original smocking plate with two different views,
will be available soon from Brer Rabbit Designs!
Once the dress was made, I was inspired to create a pattern that I named after the little Russian Prince and Princess! 
"Bennett & Celia's Cardigans"

Celia's Cardigan includes the 
Matryoshka Nesting Doll applique!
the back of the cardigan has adorable inverted pleats!
Bennett's Cardigan is modeled after a classic Barn Jacket. With featherweight brown corduroy on the collar and patch pockets, and a plaid cotton lining, it makes the perfect Spring or Fall jacket for a boy! 

Bennett & Celia's Cardigan is an ePattern available from Brer Rabbit Designs and can also be purchased at Fairytale Frocks and Lollipops! In fact, if you purchase this or any of my patterns from FF&L TODAY you can directly help our friends in the South who have been devestated by tornados! 
Brer Rabbit appreciates anything you can do to help our friends in the South!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 | By: Laurie

'lil britches' for easter!

Easter is past, but the garments we put so much work and time into will last forever....well, at least the pictures will! If you are a newsletter subscriber, then you were the first to see these darling girls in their Brer Rabbit Designs 'lil britches. Their mom, Kelly was a recent winner in a giveaway on this blog when the new pattern was released.

Aren't they darling?!

Kelly wrote me a very sweet note saying:


I made matching Easter egg hunting outfits for my two daughters using your 'lil britches pattern that I won in the giveaway.  I love them!  The pattern in one of my new favorites.  Thanks so much!  I'm sending pictures, but their action shots during the egg hunt. There was no time to pose, they were on a mission! :)

Thank you Kelly, for sharing the pictures of 

your darling girls in their 'lil britches!

And thanks too for allowing me to share them!

This is the pattern for 'lil britches and it's one of Brer Rabbit's best selling ePatterns! You can purchase it HERE or from Fairytale Frocks and Lollipops! This is a very versatile pattern, with so many different ways to create something unique! This is the perfect pattern for Spring and Summer! I would love to share your pictures on my blog too! 

I hope you enjoyed this ePattern review! I will have another one to share with you soon - I'll give you a hint - it's a multi-view top to go with 'lil britches!

In closing, I want to share with you my grandsons. I made both their garments for Easter. Look for a new pattern soon from Brer Rabbit Designs, for the one-piece smocked short-all and the smocking design too!

Thursday, April 14, 2011 | By: Laurie

Baby Bunny Feet

Sleeping babies are just tooo sweet! This is my precious grandson, who was born last October. I bought this little doll bed and made the baby bunny slippers just for this photograph! It couldn't have turned out cuter!
These sweet bunny slippers were made with white polar fleece 
on the outside and baby blue gingham on the inside. 
If you are a long-time follower of mine, you will remember my original bunny slippers design, which was featured, along with all my in-the-hoop baby booties in Sew Beautiful Magazine, several years ago.

The original design was created using plush felt.
The face is a vintage bunny face embroidered
in-the-hoop with the booties!
Recently, Brer Rabbit has been working on making new baby bootie designs and he's designed a new pair of bunny slippers with a touch of Shabby Chic!

I used ivory chenille on the outside and Lecien-
The floral fabric was purchased from Fairytale Frocks & Lollipops!

The back side of the slippers folds down
revealing the beauty of inside floral print!
This design, along with a few more will be available soon at Brer Rabbit Designs. I have to make another pair and take step-by-step pictures so that I can create a pdf-instruction file to go along with the embroidery file. I will try hard to get that accomplished A.S.A.P. I hope you like them - please leave a comment! Also, be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter so that you can be the first to know when new designs are available for purchase!

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Sunday, March 27, 2011 | By: Laurie

Baby Sling Winner!

Brer Rabbit with the help of has picked a winner of the BRD Baby sling!
Congratulations to:

Kimberly said...
I follow your blog. I'm loving this vintage owl print.
kirbycolby at gmail dot com

Kimberly, I will be sending you an email on Monday to get your snail mail address! Thanks for following Brer Rabbit Designs!

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Thursday, March 10, 2011 | By: Laurie

the BRD Baby Sling

Brer Rabbit Designs will soon have a new ePattern! 
the BRD Baby Sling!
Babies love the calming effect they get when they are snuggled up to mom. This sling promotes bonding and helps to calm baby. 
The sling is reversible, giving you two different looks. It can be used in five different carrying positions and has a convenient built-in pocket on both sides. 

One of the best features of this sling is that there are no buckles or rings to attach or adjust. This sling easily slips over your head and comfortably rests on your shoulder. 
This design also makes it easy and discreet to breast-feed your baby.  
The seams are flat-felled, making it professional, strong and durable. This is a very strong seam that will not come apart or fray. You can feel confident that your baby is safe and snug.
There is even an optional built-in soft pad that especially is useful for when the sling is used for older babies!
I even made a special label for my baby sling!
The ePattern for the BRD Baby Sling will soon be available in two sizes in one pattern. Meanwhile, how would you like to win this sling in a giveaway?
Here's How to Win:
  • Be a follower of Brer Rabbit's Blog & leave a comment
  • Follow me on Twitter and/or leave a comment that you are a follower
  • Blog about the giveaway & leave a link to your blog post
  • Tweet about the giveaway (include @SewNso in your tweet)
  • Join Brer Rabbit Designs Facebook page & leave a comment here that you like Brer Rabbit Designs Facebook page.
  • Mention the giveaway on Facebook & a link it to my facebook page
You MUST leave your comments here in order to be entered to win. Please do not post on my facebook page(s) for me to enter you - you MUST enter yourself.

Be sure to come back and leave a SEPARATE comment for each thing you do. Also please post your email address in your comment 
so that I can easily contact the winner.

It makes my life so much easier :)
I will randomly select a winner on March 27th!
Good Luck!

*the giveaway sling is a size s/m