Linky Thursday

If you’re headed to the Farmer’s Market this weekend, you’ll definitely want to bring you own, pretty produce bags to bring home your haul. Looking for something a bit more simple? This version looks quick to whip up! And don’t forget to bring a new tote to haul home your goods!

Enter to win a $25 gift certificate to the Fabric Fairy!

Freda has been a popular icon for ages, but lately she’s been creeping into home decor as well – like this fun pillow by Pillar Box Blue.

Whip up a kid’s apron with just a fat quarter.

If you save your scraps, you’ll definitely want to check out this article on how to use them 25 different ways!

There is probably no way my dog is wearing a tie, but it sure would make for a cute photo. Prefer a bow tie look? There’s a video tutorial for that!

Sling bags have become one of my favorite purse styles of late. This one looks fun to make! Looking for something more conventional? Be sure to check out the Oriole Bag (with a great video tutorial that goes along with it).

Pugs aren’t just adorable in real life, they make cute softies, too.

Interested in making your own tee from an existing shirt? This tutorial will show you how.

Clara Capri

School is less than a month away so I’ve decided that it’s time to start thinking ahead to fall. High on my list of “must sews” are some new capris – they’re just enough pant to cover your legs to keep warm, yet short enough to look appropriate if the temperature heats up, Ha! Honestly, I just really wanted to sew a pair of Claras for myself in that length.

I used a remnant athletic knit that I had in my stash to whip up this pair. Once again this came together well, but I did overstretch my elastic too much this time around so it doesn’t look as nice “flat”. Now when are temperatures cooling off so I can wear these?

Mimosa Basics

Sometimes you just need to sew up a good, “basic” top that goes with everything. That was my idea behind my latest make, the Mimosa. This time around (you can see my previous version here) I decided to go the short sleeved (non-rolled) version without a pocket in a basic black rayon blend…. and I love it so much!

Aside from the fact that this fabric easily wrinkles, it does have a great drape and this top is so easy to wear (and flattering too). I think I may make another in a solid white because I think it will look fabulous with jeans this fall. With that said, I don’t care for this shirt (as it is) with leggings – it just doesn’t cover enough of my rear end… so if I plan on using this for a tunic style design with leggings, I may just opt to increase the length by several inches and see how that turns out.

Links for the Weekend

Missed out on the Build-a-Bear chaos yesterday? Make your own bears instead with one of these free patterns: A traditional bear, Joyful bear, and a Hug Me bear.

Remember scrunchies? Well, they’re back. Make your own with this easy tutorial or add a bow for a twist on the classic version.

This women’s boxy top is perfect for a cool, casual, summer look.

Looking for an eye catching quilt to stitch up this summer? Enter to win this Ombre Waterfall pattern – complete with your choice of fabrics too!

If you avoid making pants because of fit issues, be sure to read this article that address some alterations.

Use your cutting machine to make one of these fun, fruit purses – perfect for summer!

I always talk about making those awesome rag rugs and never do… so I thought about trying braided placemats (and still never did), so now I’m thinking trivets!

This is no ordinary girl’s skirt. Not only does it have pompoms, but it’s reversible too!

Add a personal touch to dollar store items with this easy tutorial for sprucing up hot pads and oven mitts – perfect for those quick hostess gifts.

Hideout Hoodie

Normally, today would be a Linky Thursday post. But it’s also a new pattern release day, so I had to share (Linky Thursday will appear tomorrow, instead)! I had the opportunity to test the Hideout Hoodie and finally get to show you my version.

I wound up sewing a size 12 (the largest of the kids sizing) with long sleeves, hood, and pockets. I used an Adventure Time fabric that I had purchased several years ago that I’ve been hoarding and luckily found a coordinating solid in my stash as well. Since I went with a solid body, I decided that I really needed to add some sort of graphic to it, so I used my Cricut to make a logo for the front (as a side note, it took me almost as long to make the SVG as what it did to make the shirt!).

As for construction, this hoodie went together super quick (in an afternoon) and I love the mini pockets on the side of this tee. The fit is spot on for Easton as well – he can even wear a shirt underneath it without it being too tight. But the best part is that Easton LOVES this. In fact, he wore this two days straight (until I made him put it in the dirty clothes) in 100+ degree temps…. I guess I’ll be needing to make a few more of these before school starts.

Summer Lemons

A few weeks ago, a pile of fabrics fell over in my stash closet…. and I realized that I probably need to work on sewing it all down.  So, I decided that one of the first ones that needed to be used was the material that most reminded me of summer – lemons.

My original intent was to make a dress for the wedding we attended last week, but given all the other activities we had going on, this project was pushed aside… but I still need a dresses for some other upcoming events. What did I decide on? Seamwork’s Gabrielle with a modified back so that the yoke does not tie. So far, I’ve printed off the pattern, redrafted the yoke, and cut the fabric. With some very careful pattern piece placement, I managed to use up 2 yards (I was a little concerned at first how that was going to work) but was unable to do any pattern matching. Let’s hope that works out in the end.

Happily Ever After

The past week seems to have been a busy one around here. We celebrated my husband’s birthday, I put the finishing touches on a fun Creative Machine Embroidery project (it will be available next year), we shot off fireworks for the 4th of July, I stitched up a tester garment for Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop, made some gifts for a double wedding, and attended said wedding. Yes, you read that right, double wedding.

So, since the wedding is over, I can show what I made: Initial wine glasses and personalized picture frames. Both are really difficult to see in the photo – the glasses are etched. Something I seriously considered doing with the frames as well, but I wasn’t sure how a thin font would turn out, so I opted for an interesting holographic vinyl instead. I paired this up with some cute little bottles of champagne, another frame, and one of those word blocks that say “Happy Ever After”.

Linky Thursday

I never would have guessed that a pool noodle could be such a cozy sleeping buddy. Check out these Land Noodles to see for yourself.

Looking for a small getaway bag or just a cute new purse? This Sunday “My Way” Bag may just fit the bill.

The gathered bell sleeves on this girl’s dress is such an eye catching detail.

Tired of all the skimpy, short shorts? Try walking shorts instead!

Enter to win this Sugglebug University pattern giveaway and you’ll be set making some seriously adorable kid’s toys.

Summer is in full swing which means that bumps and bruises aren’t too far behind. These Ouch Pouches are an adorable way to keep you mini med kits on hand for scraped knees.

If you find yourself spending lots of time on the ball fields this summer, then you’ll definitely want to check out this tablet case.

I’m pretty sure I’ve shared this Spring Blouse before, but it’s so cute and perfect for summer that I really need to just sit down and make one!

Add a bit of interest to your skirts with this scalloped hem tutorial.

Looking for a quick mother\daughter apron pattern? This cross back version is the perfect solution

I didn’t know I needed a Mer-Kitty plush until I saw this free pattern.

Scrub Hat

Last week I had mentioned that Taylor wanted me to start making scrub hats. After searching online, I found one pattern that matched the style she was after. Since this project didn’t look particularly difficult, I decided to go ahead and try it out… so here’s a little summary for those that might be interested in trying this out for themselves:

First off, let me say that this is this guy’s only pattern. I am guessing that he reverse engineered a commercial scrub hat to come up with this pattern because the instructions seem to be written by someone who doesn’t have a lot of experience sewing. This pattern really isn’t complicated to put together, so it works out fine, but I would suggest reading over the directions first, just to make sure you have a handle on the directions (A good example is the crown is placed on the fold.  This isn’t listed on the pattern piece and if you didn’t read through the instructions you would wind cutting out the piece wrong). Overall, things came together well, but I did figure out how to make this look a bit neater and reduce some of the steps some – mostly inserting the elastic on the top of the cap before sewing it to the crown. This not only looks nicer, but also keeps that elastic in place better than doing it at the end.

As for the fit, Taylor thought it was a bit too tall and would like to see about an 1″ shaved off of it…. so, it looks as if I’ll have to redraft the pieces a bit to make this happen. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to get to that this week and make a second version.

Clara Shorts

After making a few Clara’s for my mom, I decided that I wanted to make a few more for myself. I decided to try a completely different version this time around, the shorts. Sadly, this did not work out too well for me. Why? Two words: Thick Thighs.

This style hits mid thigh – which is exactly where my legs are the fullest. Even though my fabric had plenty of stretch, they still feel tight at the seam… plus I think the style only accentuates that my legs resemble Arnold Schwarzenegger’s in Conan the Barbarian. I will say that these do look pretty adorable paired up with the Dolman Tee that I recently made (as you can see, I never did figure out how to embellish it).