Stroopwafel & Crown

I was so wrong. I really thought today that I would be posting a Linky Thursday, but instead, I am still sitting in my pajamas, drinking coffee and eating Stroopwafels. Bret has been traveling a lot lately, so while he was gone he was nice enough to stop by a Trader Joes for some seasonal goodies.

Even though the links won’t happen this week (I promise I’ll be more on the ball next week), I will show you a part of my latest project which involves Crown Royal bags. I am currently cutting them up and turning them into a whole piece of fabric to make a pair of shorts for Taylor’s roommate’s fiancee. Beware, this project will give you neck pain and carpel tunnel:

 

Holiday Leggings

Normally I would be posting about Linky Thursday, but I got way toofar behind this morning and decided to skip it today (stay tuned for Linky Goodness tomorrow instead). Instead, I bring you my latest sewing creations: Holiday Leggings.

Originally, I had planned on picking up a few pairs of LuLaRoe (I know, I can easily make them myself for half the cost, but I have a weakness for some of their prints), but there wasn’t a lot of designs that called to me (and the ones that did got snagged up very quickly). So, I wound up buying a few, fun fabrics from SoSewEnglish and paired it up with Jalie 2920 (by the way, this pattern will soon be discontinued so if you don’t have a paper copy and want one, this may be you last chance). Taylor claimed the reindeer\snowman stripe and the trees are all mine. Now I just need to find some good shirts to wear with these!

More Ornaments

Apparently this is the week of ornaments…. my latest is a Rae Dunn inspired set. I’ll be honest, I didn’t know who Rae Dunn was, but a lot of folks on Facebook groups were making these (and apparently Etsy is going crazy with them too) and I thought they were too adorable to not try myself.

To make these, it seems as if most people use the The Skinny font, upload it to Inkscape, and then import it into the Cricut software. I’m not very familiar with that program and couldn’t ever get it to look quite right when I moved it to Cricut so I just scrapped the whole idea and used a font that was already on Cricut. To get the “skinny” look I just unlocked the sizing ration and pulled it down until I liked the way it looked – it was a whole lot easier, in my opinion, and the font is a bit thicker and easier to work with.

Making the lettering was the easy part, applying the lettering was not. I discovered that putting a rectangular item on a round object is not fun. I made some snips into the transfer tape that seemed to help, but overall it seemed to be a lot of work that took much longer than what I expected. I added a bow to the top of each ornament, and put them all into a bucket that I embellished and called it good! I have no idea what I am doing with these (they may become a teacher gift), but I felt compelled to give this project a try…. next year I may just buy the original because it’s a lot less stress.

Unicorn Ornaments

I had no intention on making a bunch of ornaments this year, but one of the Facebook groups I belong to posted some fun ideas and somehow I couldn’t resist the urge to make them. The first of the bunch? Unicorns.

I sort of took the easy way out on this one – I used white bulbs (a lot of people glitter the inside of clear bulbs) and purchased paper mini flowers) to create my version. You know what wasn’t easy? Gluing everything down. I am guessing most people used hot glue, but I was afraid that over time it just wouldn’t hold well so I decided to use E6000. While this glue has fantastic long-term hold, everything just wanted to slide right off until it dried enough that it was tacky. Needless to say, it was a bit messy, but the end results are worth it. Aside from the one I kept myself and one that I’m giving to my niece, I have no idea who’s getting the rest of these, but I suppose I have them on hand for some quick gift giving!

Distressed

About a month or so ago, I picked up this fun distressed knit  (it looks like a sweatshirt, but really is more of a thick knit) – it was too fun to pass up, but I had no idea what to do with it…. until I was in a store and saw a cool sweatshirt made from a similar fabric. The distressed look is apparently a “thing” because even Bloomingdale’s has something similar (but with a hefty price tag) so I decided to create my own.

Once again I whipped out Jalie 3355, using the basic sweatshirt pattern with a kangaroo pocket. I used the same material for the neckline and sleeve\hem bands, but quickly discovered that the fabric didn’t really have great stretch for these areas. I really wanted to avoid an overstretched\too gathered look and definitely didn’t want to fight with the fabric inserting the bands, so I wound up re-cutting these areas to add some length (basically making them close to the same measurement as the sleeve\waist). And I LOVE the end result! It’s comfortable to wear and I love it so much more than the Bloomingdale’s version. Plus my version cost $18!

Linky Thursday

You know what makes sewing around the holidays even better? Fun freebies! There are several independent pattern companies that are running 12 Days of Christmas promotions:  Patterns For Pirates (emoji pillows, camera straps, and cut files for sizing tags and this great head warmer tutorial that transforms a headband into a hat!) and Winter Wear Designs (get a free Cross Hem Tee when you enter code 12DAYSDAY2 at checkout, plus cute cut files to embellish tees and more). Plus don’t forget Ornament Week at Flamingo Toes.

Win a bundle of Cotton & Steel fabric!

Stay warm and look fashionable with this faux fur collar wrap. Before you leave the site be sure to enter to win a huge Sulky Thread and Stablizer giveaway.

Packing for the holidays? Whip up one of these fun duffel bags.

Gifting pajamas this Christmas. Keep it cozier by making a new robe, too. Want to make the package even more special? Make matching pillowcases too (make it two different ways).

Keep the kitchen festive with these Merry & Bright towels.

If my post the other day about Jimmy’s Jammies got you in the mood to make dog clothes, then you won’t want to miss this tutorial for an Upcycled Dog Sweater (XS-S sizes only).

 

 

Jimmy Jammies Take 2

Last week I had blogged about making a pair of Christmas pajamas for our dog, Jimmy. Just in case you missed the post, I should probably let you know that I don’t normally dress up our dog, but it’s a tradition to give pajamas on Christmas Eve and everyone wanted him to get in on the fun since this is his first Christmas with us.

What you are looking at, is Version 2: a slightly shortened neck band and the body lengthened about 1″. This fit is much better this time around and he’s no longer stepping out of the back legs. He doesn’t seem to mind wearing this one around so we’ll see how Christmas morning goes with this on!

Winging It

Easton’s classroom adopted a child from the Angel Tree this year. Unfortunately, funds came in a little short, so I decided to donate an item that was on her wishlist: A purse. Since this was a very last minute sew, I didn’t have a change to sew up something too complex – so I winged it. I wound up making an 11 x 13 crossbody (the strap is adjustable so it can also be worn on the shoulder, too) with a zippered closure, and a fun emoji print.

Overall it’s pretty basic, but I think it will work. I also found a pretty pouch at the Target dollar spot and embellished it with her name (using vinyl and my Cricut) and added a few bath bombs inside. Unfortunately, I didn’t snap a photo of that one, but you get the idea! Now it’s back to the sewing room – I have so many plans and not enough time!

Posh Top

One of the fun things that I got to work on last week was the latest release from George & Ginger, The Posh Top. This is a fun little style that features a high(er) neckline, color blocked trim along the collarbone (in hindsight I should have tried for  bolder color to make it stand out), and fabulous gathered sleeves… it’s a great looks for the holidays! Plus for today only (Friday, December 1), you can get 25% off your total purchase by using code YEARTWO at checkout.

As for fabrics, I made this version in a Nicole Miller print that I snagged from Joann’s last summer (it had an Asian sort of feel to it which is perfect for the cheongsam type design that this top has)  – it is a heavier weight rayon-poly type blend that is perfect for this top (firmer stretch fabrics will give the gathering on the sleeve a lot more structure and won’t make it flop over).

Linky Thursday

While on the hunt to find a cute girl’s purse pattern, I stumbled across this pretty Koi bag from the Sewing Rabbit, this cute little zippered bag, a fast one-hour bag, a sweet tiny bag, and a great zippered pouch that’s meant to be given as a hostess gift…. and now I have bag fever.

If one of your traditions is to give the kids new pajamas at Christmas, don’t forget to add a robe this year with this free tutorial from Fleece Fun.

Enter to win 3 yards of Simple Life fabrics!

Looking for a quick no-sew project that makes a great stocking stuffer? Two words. Cord Wraps.

If you have campers in your life, you need to make them one of these adorable felt mini hoop ornaments.

Traveling? Then you NEED to check out this quilted travel duffel and sits atop your rolling bag.

I’ve been seeing lots of Scandinavian Gnomes out there lately… this tutorial is even no-sew!

In the right fabrics (think stretch velvet), this midi dress would make the perfect party attire. This J Crew inspired scalloped dress is also very eye catching.

It’s not even cold here, but I want to make slouchy beanies and fleecy hats so badly!