Linky Thursday

Needing a showstopping set of wings for you Halloween costume this year? Look no further than this tutorial.

You can still show your support for your favorite football team even when you’re tailgating by whipping up one of these Sports Team Aprons.

Struggling to find time to sew? This printable card set can help you best organize your time to make you more productive.

I have to admit, I have never thought of sewing a wig for a Halloween costume, but this idea is brilliant!

It’s finally starting to feel like fall which means it’s almost scarf season! Learn how to make a fabulous infinity scarf in just 15 minutes.

I am a sucker for great bags and this satchel for men looks pretty fabulous.

Need a new pair? This panty tutorial will teach you how to make a pretty, new version from one of your ‘well loved’ sets.

Halloween doesn’t have to be scary! Instead whip up one of these adorable black cat trick-or-treat bags.

OOOOh, comfy pants, how I love you in the fall and winter. Here’s two pairs you won’t want to miss: Burda Style’s trendy Harem Pants (I love all the draping) and a great pair of basic yoga pants.

Giant floor pillows are perfect for lounging around while reading or watching tv.

Keep your jewelry neat and easy to find with one of these handy hanging organizers.

Color Blocking & MicroSuede

One more knock-off tee complete (Well, almost. I still have hems to place, more on that in a minute)! This time I used Papercut Pattern’s Enis Tee to create a color blocked version – minus the hem and sleeve bands. I also added a suede pocket (I wish I would have looked at my inspiration photo and noticed the pocket was completely square) and elbow patches.


As for the pocket, I just used an existing pattern piece that was already out (the pocket from the Bristol Button Up) so that I wouldn’t make it too small or too big. As for the elbow patches, I just winged it! I noticed that they were relatively large in the inspiration photo, so I created a template and scaled it down until it was the size I thought looked most like the photo. I attached the sleeve to the shirt first, pinned the sleeve and side seam in place, tried it on and pinned the patch in the position I wanted. Now all I have left are the hems – one drawback to omitting the sleeve bands (which is a design option in the instructions), is that the sleeves are really short without them (or I have much longer arms that what I realized) – you really need to add at least an 1″ to compensate for the lack of the band. Consequently, I’m going to have to make this area a narrow hem. Boo. Otherwise, I really like the way this one turned out. I may have to do more color blocking in some future shirts!

Pattern: Enis Tee by Papercut Patterns:

Burgandy Red Solid Cotton Spandex Knit from Girl Charlee
Papyrus Rayon Spandex from Joann’s
Tobacco Solid Microsuede from Joann’s
Total Cost:

Pattern….. stash
Fabric……. $22.41
Notions…. stash

Total $22.41

Floral & Stripe Raglan

10-floralstripeLast week I mentioned that I was looking to ‘knock-off’ a few shirts that I had seen at a local boutique store. To kick off my inspired sewing, I opted to sew up the raglan stripe\floral knit tee.

For this one, I used Peek-a-boo Pattern shop’s Rainier Raglan pattern – this one has a more relaxed fit and a wider neckband than some of the other versions I own so this one seemed most like the tee I originally saw. For the body of the shirt, I used a black and white jersey strip that I had been hoarding stashing from Gorgeous Fabrics and for the sleeves, I used the floral jersey from April’s Girl Charlee’s Knit Fix bag.

Since I’ve reviewed this pattern before, I’ll skip the low down on how it sewed up, but will say that this was easily put together and fits perfectly. I’m very happy with the end result! Here’s the breakdown of the cost of this one – keep in mind that the original tee in the store was $35.

Pattern: Rainier Raglan by Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop:

Black & White stripe jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics
Small roses on black jersey from Girl Charlie Fabrics

Total Cost:

Pattern….. stash
Fabric……. $21.20
Notions…. stash

Total $21.20

Linky Thursday

Need something elegant yet comfortable to wear and still easy to make? Look no further than this triangle drape dress.

This adorable Snow White apron isn’t just for the kitchen, it makes great pretend play gear too.

Halloween doesn’t have to be scary. Sew up a whimsical black cat pillowcase that has a vintage feel.

Needing a new wallet? This laminated version looks sturdy and holds lots of cards.

It’s getting cold outside! You can still keep your ears toast with one of these earwarmer headbands.

This is no ordinary Trick-or-Treat bag, it opens up fully so you can easily see your candy inside.

A good cape can be essential to many Halloween costumes. Learn how to make a hooded version here.

A fun twist on a classic pencil skirt: a faux wrap.

Learn how to sew a luxurious, enclosed envelope flap pillowcase.

Don’t let your suitcase crush your clothes, make your own garment bag and keep them neat.

Learn how to make leggings for any age\size (video at bottom of page).

These harem pants are comfy and styles – and best of all free.

I’ve seen all sorts of plush, but never a fabric moth. This one is beautiful.


10-insirationA few weeks ago, I went with Taylor to a cute little local boutique and fell in love with lots of stuff… I could have gone mad shopping! While I picked up a few things, there were several tops that I figured that I could make myself for a lot less (oddly enough we noticed that in some shirts, the larger the size, the price increased as well) and vowed that when I was done with my to do list, that those would become my first ‘selfish sewing projects’.

Consequently, up next is a top inspired by the photo on the left. I’m actually going with a different color scheme which is similar to one they had in the store – a mauve and cream with a suede pocket and elbow patches. I intend on 10-stripefloralusing the Ensis Tee pattern for the base of this project and make a few modifications to make it look more like the photo.

I also plan to sew up a fun raglan that mixes florals and stripes. Oddly enough I love this combination together, although I never would have pictured putting them together, myself. As a bonus, I have a great stripe on hand as well as a beautiful floral. For this one, I plan on using the Rainier Raglan pattern since it has a slightly looser fit and a larger neckband that is similar to the photo on the right.

Hopefully I’ll get both of these sewn up in time for the weekend. It’s finally getting chilly around here and I’m looking forward to getting to wear a fall wardrobe!


A Pinterest-y Project

Instead of sewing, I determined that I needed to start getting ready for Halloween. Besides decorating the house, I decided to tackle a cute Pintrest-y project for the front porch – painted pumpkin planters. I started with 4, $1 trick-or-treat pumpkins and a bit of spray paint.


pumpkin2I opted for the Rust-oleum Universal paint since it not only has a primer, but adheres to plastics as well (plus that spray nozzle\trigger is a bonus) – it’s a bit more expensive than other types of paint, but I figured it would work the best. I ripped out the handle and painted away…. One can should cover 4 pumpkins. However, I decided that my bright blue gnome needed a new shade and painted him too, leaving one pumpkin 1/2 finished. So….. I cracked out the remaining crackle paint that I had (remains from painting a frame for the burlap memory board in the July\August issue of CME).

Unfortunately, the photo doesn’t do them justice – they are much cuter in person. The bronze pumpkins match some metal bronze pumpkin walkway lights I bought years ago and the crackle finish looks like stone. Both paints did very well with coverage and have held up in the rain so far. Best of all? This entire project cost me about $12 (including the mums which were on clearance for .50 each)! Bring on Halloween!

3 Simple Shirts

Last week I mentioned my new machine that I bought to help me embellish shirts… and this weekend I put it to work making a few custom requests from my oldest:


Alright, I’ll admit, this was too easy, but I love it! I did discover that the iron on vinyl film isn’t just expensive, there’s not very much on the roll either (it took 1 1/2 rolls to do these three). Consequently, I decided to order (at Katie‘s suggestion) some from an online retailer who sells various heat-press vinyls, films, etc. by the yard… I even broke down and purchased some glow-in-the-dark material, too. In the meantime, it’s back to some selfish sewing this week (and a few crafty projects too)!

New Toy

Thanks to Katie and all the inspirational t-shirts she’s been designing, I have added a new ‘toy’ to my sewing arsenal – a Cricut Explore Air Express. This little machine is too cool – not only does it do the traditional papercutting, but it does the iron-on vinyl as well. Since it arrived the other day, I decided that I needed to give it a test run and made Easton a Halloween t-shirt:


Agh, I love this thing! So far, it’s easy to use and the results look very professional. Taylor already has some projects for me to work on over the weekend so stay tuned for those next week!


Linky Thursday

This may be one of the cutest t-shirt recycles, ever! Transform your old shirt into a doggie tee!

Get a jump start on winter with this pull-through scarf and fur trimmed glove set.

Learn how to take Melly’s free Blanc Tee pattern and hack it into a cute high low ruffled hem top.

Right on trend for fall, a maxi length cardigan.

The mornings are finally getting cooler. Warm up with a cozy, long-sleeve raglan sweatshirt.

Keep the chill off you at your favorite game with this easy throw stadium blanket.

A great tutorial on how to add a turtleneck to any tee pattern.

I just discovered a slew of Tina Givens clothing patterns (for free), just by signing up for her website.

Looking for a new bag this fall? Go hands-free with this crossbody style. This one is even easier and made from a kitchen towel!

These women’s boxer shorts are perfect for lounging around the house on the weekends.

This free, fitted knit dress make the perfect LBD.

If you’re busy canning your garden’s treasures and love to give them as gifts, be sure to wrap them up with a pretty little gift bag that’s perfectly sized for your jars.

Satin & Rhinestones

10-zipperYesterday, I labored over a satan satin project for hours. While it started off fun, by the end of the day I not only remembered why I hate satin so much, but I discovered I don’t like working with a 5/8″ seam allowance, either. The end result should be killer, but I may have pulled all my hair out by then.

Today’s agenda? Finishing up the satan satin project and shortening a gorgeous rhinestone zipper…. after Googling how to do it, I discovered it’s very similar to pulling out the teeth of metal zippers (with nipper pliers), but with a bit more effort (i.e. get the husband to do it). My only complaint about the zipper is that it doesn’t come in a lot of different colors – so I had to go with one that is highly contrasting. (but still better than white which didn’t look as nice on the cream fabric, IMHO).