While I am always excited and proud of the projects I put out, there are a few that I totally fall in love with at the end. My 4 Corners Convertible Tote, which appears in this month’s Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine is one those projects.
First off, let me say, you don’t have to have an embroidery machine to make this project. I tried to write it in a way so that if you don’t have access to an embroidery machine or have a piece of material that you really wanted to use for the flap, you could easily substitute it (you could also make the bag in a leather and it would be fabulous as well).
So what do I like so much about this bag? Mostly that it looks very complicated, but is so easy to make (if you make it and think otherwise, please let me know, though!). The embroidery designs do not require rehooping and are actually pieced together and embellished with ribbon to make a larger design AND the sewing isn’t difficult (especially for a bag), either. The final product can be carried in a variety of ways, too: as a backpack, sling bag, tote, or like a briefcase by using the grab handle on the top.
Now what are you waiting for? Go out there and pick up this issue! And as always, if you wind up making this one, let me see pictures of your final project!
While surfing around last week, I saw that Striped Swallow had released a new pattern set. I wasn’t too keen on the joggers, but I totally fell in love with the Highlander Dolman – it’s one of those patterns that looks fairly ‘ordinary’ in the front, but has a great back…. so of course, I snagged it. I’m trying very hard to make sure that I use the patterns that I get in a more timely manner, so yesterday, I decided to sew it up.
After a lot digging through the stash, I finally settled on the double brushed poly coordinate set that I recently purchased from Knitpop. As for the pattern itself, it was very straightforward and easy to sew. I’m not a fan of how the bindings were attached to this shirt (back strap, t-band, & neckline), but that is totally a matter of (my) preference. The overall fit is great too. I was a bit concerned seeing how large the back cutout was (I went with the larger of the two so it would show off the floral design of the fabric better), but the top doesn’t want to slip out of place and it does look very dramatic when worn. I would definitely recommend using a fabric with great drape (which is listed in the pattern instructions) – anything stiff or heavy for the body of the top would look unflattering in the end.
Now that this is done, I’ve decided I need to make a matching leggings with the rest of my floral double brushed poly. Stay tuned for a complete look next week!
Not only can you download the latest issue of Blossom for free, but on page 141, you can get a code for a free Amy Butler pattern as well!
Sew a new pair! The Celeste is a pretty new bikini pattern from Ohhh Lulu.
Protect your laptop with a padded sleeve. This one even has slots for pens, too.
Not only are these baskets a hearty size for storage, they fold up flat when not in use, too.
Never have your headband slip out of place with my latest tutorial at WeAllSew (just in case you missed yesterday’s post).
Change out your purse for something new like this Lauren Handbag.
So many aprons look alike, but this Empire Waist version is a slightly different take (with a fun, fabric flower embellishment).
Have a little girl that loved Trolls? Learn how to make a fun headband inspired by the movie.
The slouchy tee is perfect for lounging around on the weekend or for an easy to wear casual look.
Admittedly, I am not good with plants, but I could definitely keep this cute cactus pincushion alive!
Whip up a color blocked, cowl neck, raglan hoodie (the site will need to be translated) and stay cozy this weekend.
Learn how to make a beautiful, loose fitting raglan top.
Tired of headbands that constantly falls out of place? Looking for an accessory that can match your wardrobe? Then head over to BERNINA’s WeAllSew for my latest tutorial – a non-slip headband!
This headband can be worn in a variety of ways – thick, thin, over your ears, even as a cowl. Plus is very simple to make, is great for scraps of fabric, and is perfect for beginners! Never pay for those expensive, designer bands ever again – just make your own!
Easton decided, last minute, that he needed a shirt for Valentine’s Day. His idea? “Just use your machine!”
Finding a boy design that wasn’t too juvenile was quite a challenge, but I found this “Love Rocks” SVG on Etsy and decided to use it. I didn’t figure that I had enough time to trace off a new shirt and stitch one up, so I used a pre-purchased tee, removed the sleeves, and used a guitar remnant that I had in my stash. I also had to improvise on vinyl since I was running low – I used a silver for the guitar, red for (one of) the hearts and the writing in white glow-in-the-dark. Overall I’m not wild about the way it came out – I visualized it much differently )before I had to settle for what I had on hand) and there were several mistakes that were made, but Easton thought it was pretty cool, so I’m good with that.
I also made another card…. I couldn’t resist. I saw this pinup style design and knew that I had to make it. I made a few changes and had a chance to try my hand at some glittered paper (which I love).
And that wraps up this round of holiday crafting. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. I hope you enjoy your day!
After finishing up several deadlines, I had a strong desire to do some selfish sewing, but I had also purchased a Valentine Box Card kit for the Cricut and knew I needed to do that before the holiday too. So, I opted to make cards….. All Day Long. And I really loved doing it! In fact after making Valentine’s for the family, I decided that I would make a birthday one for a friend, too.
These little guys are a lot of fun to make – and a lot easier than what you would think. Basically the machine cuts out all the elements you need and you glue them down, adding some embellishments and bits of accent paper as you go. Once you’re finished, you can fold them down, flat and slide them into an envelope.
Now I realize I don’t have nearly enough paper stashed to make more of these, but I definitely think that I will buy a few more box card sets – I really had fun working on them and I think they look impressive when popped open…. although I wonder if they wind up being cheaper in the long run than store bought?
When the creative juices get flowing it’s hard to make them stop…. Yesterday was spent working on an upcoming project that will be featured on WeAllSew very soon. I’m very excited about this one because I’ve been thinking about this project for quite some time now and it’s great to see it finally see it become a reality. Even better is the fact that it’s one of those ‘quick and easy’ projects we all love and is perfect for beginners too. Now to take some ‘action shots’ with this one and it will be wrapped up!
To reward myself for finishing up all the deadlines I had this month, I wound up purchasing Striped Swallow’s Highlander Dolman pattern – I was totally drawn in by it’s awesome back. Hopefully, I’ll get to sewing this one up very soon…. and also getting my Bag of the Month Club project cut! What’s on your agenda this weekend?
Looking for a totally unique bag to make this Valentine’s? Then be sure to check out this tutorial for the Glitter Lips Case.
Keep you iPhone upright while you watch your favorite show or surf the web with this awesome iPhone Case and Stand.
If you’re in need of a quick gift to sew, but are limited on fabric, then be sure to check out this Tote & Apron tutorial that is made from only 1 yard!
This Teddy Bear Heart Pocket Pillow is a sweet gift to give someone you love this Valentine’s Day.
Fleece doesn’t have to be used just for clothes and accessories, you can make fun home decor items too, like this ‘chenille’ heart pillow. Perfect for Valentine’s Day.
If you love the look of vintage clothing, then you’ll definitely want to stop by The Sewing Rabbit for this 1940’s Keyhole Dress tutorial (note: you’ll need to already have a basic bodice sloper to make this one).
Melly Sews has a series of fabric flowers this week including tutorials for a felt Peony, Rose, and Ranunculus.
You don’t need paper or plastic when you bring your own reusable fabric grocery bags to the store.
Transform baby’s rompers into a snuggly teddy keepsake.
Cork is becoming a very popular sewing medium. Want to try out this material for yourself, but on a smaller scale than a bag or purse? Then this cork phone case is just for you!
Stay on trend while feeling comfortable with a pair of joggers.
Everyone loves a good floor poof. My favorite at the moment is the interesting drum shaped one from A Beautiful Mess.
I’ve been fairly quiet this week about my current sewing project(s), so you’re probably wondering what’s new from my machine? This.
Alright, admittedly, it doesn’t look like much – the photo is purposely disguised and cropped so you can’t see exactly what it is, but I can tell you that they are easy-to-sew and will appear with an companion article in the Oct\Nov. issue of Sew News later on this year. Now that fabric? Not so easy to sew at all. While I loved the heathered sknit (Joann’s version of a sweater knit, I believe) that had a bit of lurex (shiny thread) woven through it, it was really a booger to work with (even though it had good stretch and recovery when I fiddled with it at the store). Pair that up with the fact that I had to make several prototypes with it before finally getting everything right, and I think it’s safe to say that I’m really tired of looking at this material!
I will say that Taylor totally approved of the final items. In fact, she asked if she could wear it to school that morning. So, I’m feeling fairly confident about the look of my final design since she’s my meter or what’s still fashionable and cool. Now, what to sew up next?
It seems like social media has been talking a lot about leggings made by a company called LuLaRoe. For those that aren’t familiar with the brand, LuLaRoe creates clothing in a super comfortable double brushed poly (and in limited run prints – some that are quite fun). I have never worn anything in this material before, but understood it was quite similar to not wearing anything at all. What? Super comfy “pants” that come in funky prints? I’m sold. That’s right, after several months of seeing people talking about these leggings, I caved and bought a pair so I could check them out myself…. then I turned around and bought two more!
What I found most surprising is that this material is uber stretchy – a pair of one size leggings fits sizes 0-12 (they also have a tall and curvy brand, but I am not sure the exact size range of those). I know that I have ‘thicker thighs’, but I as able to wear these without the design stretching out of shape (or becoming thin)… and boy are the comfortable.
With my newfound love for this material, it only makes sense that I break down and purchase some for myself, right? On Friday I saw that Knitpop was having a bundle sale – and this is what I got…. 4 yards of yummy double brushed poly. So how does this compare to the material on the LuLaRoe leggings? The Knitpop fabric actually feels smoother and slightly thicker – like a better quality fabric. Now to give this material a whirl and see how it sews up…. if I could only decide what pattern to use with them!