Halloween Home Decor

After seeing my last round of (adult themed) towels, my oldest decided that she needed some for her apartment… I was happy to oblige.

Linky Thursday

Looking to make some pj pants, but tired of printing patterns? This tutorial will show you how to make them without touching your computer.

Tiny things are always cute and this mini (and I mean mini) bag is simply adorable!

If you’re looking to redecorate your kitchen\dining area, this valance is a fast way to spruce up a room. Then finish it off with coordinating non-slip chair pads.\

I have nowhere to wear this dress, but the Tacca is simply stunning.

Get nostalgic when you make this Tetris themed tablet case.

The evenings are getting chillier and cool weather dressing will soon be upon us. Looking for a quick or beginner project to add to your wardrobe? Then be sure to check out this fleece fringed scarf. Looking for something you can snuggle up with instead? Then try making this fleece blanket with satin edges instead.

I’ve noticed that the Halloween fabrics are flying off the shelves – which means it’s never too early to start sewing up those treat bags for handing out on Halloween night.

With school back to in-person, I’ve been seeing lots of people looking for these pillow bed tutorials – it’s great for rest time in preschool and kindergarten.

Give new life to a tired tee with this t-shirt to cami upcycle.

Off-Shoulder

The past month has been full of school activities, sports, and weekend fun (yay for some bits of normalcy!). With all the hubbub, I’ve found that I have a lot less time for projects – which means I have a bunch of half finished makes on my table!

One project that I’ve been wanting to tackle for quite some time is a solid black jumpsuit. I decided to give Ellie & Mac’s Off-Shoulder Romper again (you can see my previous version here), but unfortunately had to start from scratch because after I finished my first one, I decided that I probably wouldn’t make another romper so similar (apparently, I was wrong!)

I managed to assemble a new pattern and construct the top – here’s my stopping point. Next up the pockets and bottoms. I’m excited to see this one put together and styling it.

Sheer Madness

Are you ready for one more project from the Fall 2021 issue of Creative Machine Embroidery? This time around it’s a fun, sheer scarf!

This article teaches you how to create an oversized (extra long) scarf, gives you several finishing options, and tips on how to embroidery with chiffon. It’s a fast little project and a great looking accessory!

Linky Thursday

Everyone loves a good cardigan, but the best thing about this one is that it can be worn a variety of ways.

If you have a gymnast in your home, you’ll definitely want to check out this free leotard pattern.

It’s not quite fall yet which means there’s still plenty of warm, sunny days ahead. Learn how to create this bucket hat to give yourself some shade.

Corn Hole is always a fun backyard activity. Stitch yourself up some custom bags with this easy tutorial.

This convertible hip pack looks like a fun project to stitch up and teaches some new techniques for working with leather along the way.

Keep your groceries from rolling around in the car with this zippered top grocery bag tutorial.

While this isn’t a sewing tutorial, I thought it was a good article on figuring out tension issues with your machine.

Get your Halloween costume ready by stitching up this fun mini top hat.

The evenings are getting cooler. Time to bundle up with (sherpa blacked flannel) cozy blankets.

Looking for a great hostess gift? These tea towels with jumbo ruffles would be welcome in any home.

Halloween Tees

I spent the morning pressing Halloween tees:

I’m always interested to see how designs change when placed on different colors. For example, I did several “Camp Crystal Lake” shirts and they all look very different on different bases. After they were all finished, I determined “oxblood black” (which doesn’t look like black at all, it’s more like an eggplant). I also tried my hand at a few bleached tees (the Pennywise & Hocus Pocus tees on the left, the Hocus Pocus in the middle, and the Edward Scissorhands on the right)… which might be my new favorite technique! Even though the red tee didn’t turn out as I expected, it still looks very cool once the design was transferred onto it. I may pick up some spray dyes and try my hand at making an easy ombre look in future tees.

Have You Seen?

The latest issue of Creative Machine Embroidery magazine is hitting newsstands – which means I can finally show you one of the projects inside:

This Aztec print waxed canvas tote! I really loved working on this project – I found the waxed canvas easy to work with and I love that the colors are fall-ish but still feel so vibrant. In fact, I loved working with the waxed canvas so much, I recently purchased more (in a different colorway) to make another bag.

One thing I should mention – if you opt for the yellow, you may find it a bit translucent. I believe that between the light color and the waxing process, that you can see darker colored material, etc. behind it. Something to keep in mind when you looking for a lining for this project!

Linky Thursday

I love this little minky baby toy! Talk about soft and cuddly!

Know someone who loves cats? Whip them up this fun cat shaped pouch.

Making you own loungewear is so easy. Give it a try with this free jumpsuit pattern.

Keep your wardrobe organized with this free closet organizer pattern.

This jacket is labeled “cosplay”, but it definitely has the perfect bones for everyday wear.

If it’s too cold for a shorts romper, you’ll definitely want to check out this long romper – it’s perfect for midseason dressing (and so flattering too!).

Looking for a new LBD? Be sure to check out this easy kimono short sleeved dress.

This clutch uses decorative stitching to add interest, but the best part is that it’s such a generous size.

Keep your vaccination records (or other important small documents) safe and handdy with this easy holder.

Quilted catchall storage bins are a great way to use up scraps and decrease clutter!

Loulouxe

It has been ridiculously hot and humid lately… and, unfortunately, I’ve been finding myself outside a lot (between Easton’s golf tournaments & soccer, it’s unavoidable). I got tired of wearing shorts so I decided to pull out my favorite Loulouxe skirt… and I forgot how much I loved it. So much so, I decided to make myself another:

For this version, I picked out a Tatian floral athletic knit that I had purchased from Fabric.com awhile ago. This fabric was originally destined to become a pair of leggings, but the solid I had purchased (which became the shorts portion of this pattern) didn’t match that well so it’s been sitting in my stash for “just the right project (or matching fabric)”.

Let me just say how much I love this pattern! The fit is spot on, the pattern is easy to construct (it looks far more complicated than what it truly is AND there’s no hems!), it has pockets (which is very important because I need a place to put my keys), and it is perfect for “chub rub” (with Easton’s golf tournaments we tend to walk the course behind him – there is nothing worse then your thighs sticking and\or rubbing together while walking in extreme heat and humidity). The only downfall to this pattern is that the pocket is too small for my phone (in hindsight, I could have easily modify this by cutting the pocket wider).

It the temperatures keep up like this, chances are you may see one or two more of these posted. That probably also means I need more athletic knit, too!

Hand Towels for Adults

The Nosy Pepper recently had a big sale, so I used that opportunity to stock up on some designs. Which included these fun, slightly adult sayings that were perfect for hand towels:

While I love these collectively, (in hindsight) I wish that I had used a slightly less fluffy towel so that the wording on the left stood out more. Even though I used a “topper” so that the stitches didn’t sink into the fibers, I found that the lettering is just too small to as noticeable in all that shag. My favorite of the bunch is the middle – I (once again) used glow in the dark thread so that the poison and skull glow in the dark… I thought it might be a fun little surprise for someone if they wander into the bathroom late at night. LOL