Linky Thursday

Need a last minute Valentine’s gift? Both the P4P and Dog Under My Desk‘s takes on the heart pouch would make a great gift (or just a cute way to stash a gift). If you have a bit more time to spare, check out this beautiful patchwork heart pillow.

Enter to win a Valentine’s Day fabric and thread bundle.

Want to know one of the easiest ways to make a little girl’s skirt? Use a scarf. This tutorial teaches you how.

When my oldest was a baby, she would cry every time I would strap her into her car seat with a coat on. This fleece lined poncho fixes all that – it’s perfect for babies and toddlers who are strapped in, but still need warmth.

Learn how to make gloves (and not the kind you wear for winter!).

This Slim Cross-body Shoulder Pouch keeps all the esentials handy, but keeping you hands free at the same time.

Enter to win a Babylock Flourish II embroidery machine.

Spring break will soon be upon us. If you’re planning a road tip for your vacation, you’ll definitely want to whip up one of these car seat organizers.

Keep yourself tidy in the kitchen when you whip on a modern pocket apron.

Lunch box looking a bit rough by now? Learn how to sew a new, insulated version.

Learn how to transform a tee into a one shoulder, ruffle tank.

What a Mess

This week, we are replacing the flooring (mostly carpeting) in our house. While I knew it would quite the upheaval (i.e. lots of stuff moving around, no sewing, etc.), I was not prepared for this.

Needless to say, it might be a few days before I get back into the sewing room (and put everything back as well). I keep telling myself that the bright side of all this is pretty, new carpet!

Fawns

I’ve had these little fawns sitting in my fabric stash for ages (so long I don’t even remember how long ago that I purchased it). Initially, I had good intentions of making it into a hoodie or sweatshirt, but never could find a ribbing that might work with it.

When I did the sewing stash purge last month, I had a hard time parting with this material, so I rolled it up and put it on a shelf. That is until I realized that our winter was never going to end and maybe I needed something new in my wardrobe.

Fawns on gray sweatshirt fleece

So, I’m finally putting this material to use by making Jalie 3355 – a hooded sweatshirt with a kangaroo pocket. I gave up the notion that I would ever find a coordinating ribbing (it’s an odd bluish\gray colorway) so I’m using self-fabric for this one and hoping for the best. But what is really awesome is the fact that this project only cost $13.99… not bad for a cute little coverup (let’s hope it’s warm)!

Snow Day

Well, we finally got our snow day today…. although it’s more like an ice day because we have no snow on the ground and the roads are just really slick. None the less, it’s a great day to stay in pajamas, cut some patterns, and whip up something new! I’m torn between stitching up a sweatshirt\hoodie (before I packed away my remaining fabrics, I did pull a few sweatshirt fabrics) because it seems like winter is never leaving us, but at the same time I am so sick of winter that I would love to start making clothing for spring (although I really want a cute fabric combo to use for the Discoverer Tee, so I may have to shop first).

What do I think will really happen? I’ll print off a pattern then get distracted by binge watching a show\movie with Easton and drinking hot chocolate that I never get back to it. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow!

Lucky Girl Dinos

Did you ever see the movie One Fine Day? At one point Michelle Pfeiffer spills coffee on her shirt and winds up having to wear her son’s dinosaur tee as a top. Ever since then I have want a dinosaur top…. now I have one.

Ellie & Mac’s Lucky Girl (women’s)

I had picked up this print for Easton about a year ago and he wasn’t thrilled about it. So when trying to pick out fabric for my Lucky Girl top, I decided to give this a try…. and it’s so cute (not as awesome as the tiny dinosaurs in the movie, but equally as fun)!

This was also my first go with an Ellie & Mac pattern and I have to say that I’m thrilled with the outcome. The fit is good, the pattern pieces came together well, and the instructions were great. In fact I like it so much I plan on making another top (in a more traditional fabric) AND I picked up the Discoverer Tee pattern (I love the contrast yoke) too.

Baby Blanket

After realizing the initial flannel that I had selected clashed with my baby print fabric, I spend an afternoon searching around for a suitable backing. I found several that I liked, but all of them had a very “boyish” fee to them so I finally settled on a red cotton print (I had really hoped for flannel).

As you can see, even the dog likes this! I also made a coordinating burp rag out of the left over fabric so that she would have a coordinating set.

I still had enough of the knit (monster) fabric left over so I set out to make a pair of knit baby leggings. I wound up using this pattern and then had to scrap everything because the INSTRUCTIONS ARE WRONG. The tutorial has you sewing the front pieces together first (when it should be one front and one back). I knew this sounded wrong initially but I was caught up watching\listening to a show at the same time that I was working that I never gave it another thought. Oh well, at least I have a nice little package that is coming together nicely even without the pants!

Linky Thursday

Looking for a great way to preserve family recipes? These vintage style potholders and tea towels make great gifts and keep your favorites at your fingertips.

Enter to win a $30 gift certificate to The Fabric Fairy. While you’re visiting the site, be sure to check out their tutorial for the Perfect DIY Wallet (it even has straps!).

Keep your tootsies warm with this free slipper pattern.

Learn how to transform a placemat into a cute, zippered pouch.

These Valentine’s Drawstring Bonnet Baskets are a great way to give gifts this holiday or just to keep around for storage.

Getting tired of hauling out the ironing board every time you sew? This mobile pressing station is a great alternative!

Create a one-of-a-kind pet collar with this easy tutorial.

Shying away from slippery fabrics? These tips will get you motivated to start sewing with them!

Breathe new life into an old sweater by transforming it into a cardigan.

You can always see what’s inside your bag if you make one of these Wide Open Pouches (or this Windowed Zip Bag!)

Keep your Kitchen Aid covered with this easy tutorial.

I’ve seen a lot of pet tee pees recently. I’m not sure if my dog would like it, but I’m pretty sure my son would.

Up Next

Yesterday I saw a lot of posts for Ellie & Mac’s new release, (Women’s) Lucky Girl.

This is a pattern company that I hadn’t tried before so I was a bit hesitant on buying this, but after seeing it promoted throughout the day, I caved. I figured it was only $3.85, so what did I have to lose… plus those sleeves (which is very reminiscent of the Mimosa, but with a different hemline and raglan sleeves).

Now to figure out what in the world I’m using for fabric and make this one up. It’s supposed to warm up this weekend and I’m thinking that this might be a great top to wear out!

Baby Gear

I had (briefly) mentioned that my brother-in-law was going to have a baby this spring. I figured with a shower coming up soon, I had better get started planning on what I was going to make. Up first? A knotted hat and matching burp cloth.

Top Knot Hat and matching burp cloth

When I went through my stash earlier this month, I had pulled several fabrics that I thought might make fun baby gifts. My first selection was a “hipster baby” print… then after looking at it, realized it probably doesn’t fit my brother-in-law’s style very well (he’s pretty anti-hipster and prefers to identify himself with the punk subculture), so I moved onto a white, tonal giraffe print. After starting to cut and work with this fabric for awhile, I scrapped it as well (it was in a knit bundle) because it was just too thin (and sheer… that’s not going to hold up in baby wear). Lastly I pulled out my final option, the Ooga Booga print. I had always loved this print (also from a knit bundle), but never found the right project for it… until now.

So, I set out to make the Top Knot hat from Pretty Prudent and a matching burp cloth. While the hat turned out great, I don’t really recommend making a decorative strip in knit for a burp rag (cloth diaper) as it just doesn’t behave very well. I had also planned on making a coordinating blanket, but the fabric I selected clashed terribly. I am trying to make this print look a bit more feminine\gender neutral, and in doing so, I picked a flannel backing that had too much pink in it. While the other colors matched well, that pink looked horrible with the red on the front. So, it’s back to the drawing board on what to use on that front.

Sweatery Sweatshirt

With a bit of finagling and some creative placement, I decided that I had just enough sweater knit left to squeeze out a long sleeve top. I opted to go with Jalie 3355 – even though it’s designed to be a sweatshirt, I’ve seen plenty of sweatery tops in this style lately that I was confident it would work out alright. And here you have it, the Sweatery Sweatshirt:

Jalie 3355 in a floral sweater knit from SoSewEnglish Fabrics

The only modification that I had to make with this is cutting the hem band in two pieces (leaving a seam allowance at each end). Otherwise, I sewed this one straight out of the package and wore it out last night (with a pair of jeans and some fuzzy boots). I’m pretty pleased with the end result – it’s definitely different than anything else I own, which is a nice change of pace!