Links for the Weekend

It’s not too late to enter to win my wistlest that was featured in the latest Creative Embroidery Magazine.

Corgis are already cute, but they’re even cutter when they’re made into a stuffie.

Have a sleepover in your\kids’ future? Then sew them up a custom sleeping bag.

It’s slouchy but still fashionable: The Batwing Sweater.

Why buy a shower cap when you can make your own fabulous version instead.

Need the occasional storage cube for organization, but don’t have the space to store it when not in use? This version folds flat so it can be easily put away!

Add a little glam to your wardrobe with this sparkle & shine infinity scarf.

Win a 5 yard bundle of fabrics from Ink & Arrow. While you’re there be sure to check out this cute Quilted Pillbox pouch.

Learn how to sew a girl’s midi dress…. without a pattern!

Perfect for wearing under dresses (or just because they’re super comfortable): Yoga Waistband Leggings (for girls)

Have a vintage print, but don’t want to cut into it just yet? Learn how to recreate it and sew it into a pretty pouch!

It’s A Giveaway!

Have you started your Tech Totes yet? If you haven’t gotten the latest issue of Creative Machine Embroidery yet, you probably missed it. Want your own, but don’t have time (or an embroidery machine) to make one? Now here’s your chance to win your own wristlet!

This is the same sleeve that is featured in current issue: It is made of a teal sparkle vinyl, embroidered with Urban Threads Preening Peacock design, has a removable strap and zippered closure, and measures 4 x 7″. While it will fit most phones, it will not fit some of the larger brands (especially not the iPhone Plus, X, Notes, etc. – at the time I designed this, these were not released yet). While I love this wallet, my new phone doesn’t fit – which means I’ll be making more soon. In the mean time, you can enjoy this one, just enter the Rafflecopter contest below. Contest runs until Monday, January 22 and can be entered daily! Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Cold Day

Last week we had a snow day because of the ice, today we have one because it’s too cold (as I write this, it currently “feels like” -16), and yesterday was a holiday. What does all this mean for sewing? That I’m not really getting much of anything accomplished!

I am doing some behind the scenes sewing that I can’t show you just yet – but this leads me today’s photo…. apparently I am crazy for this print. When it released, I wound up buying 3 different colorways and then bought it in an athletic\swim fabric as well. I can finally say that after yesterday, I’ve used it all! Granted I have some great scraps left over, but there aren’t yards of this print in my stash! Thank goodness I love it as much as what I did when I got it!

Skipper, The Comfiest Shirt

Without a doubt, this shirt is one of the comfiest that I own.

This week I managed to put together Seamwork’s latest pattern, Skipper, and paired it up with a wonderfully soft French Terry to make this shirt (which will probably become a wardrobe staple). This was a great “quick sew” – everything came together nicely (i.e. all the pieces lined up well) and the instructions were very straightforward (honestly, if you’ve made a knit shirt before, you can probably skip the instructions all together). In the end, I did wind up adding a pocket (even though I said that I hated how large it was) – about half way through sewing this up, I realized that adding a pocket added something extra to the shirt and help differentiate the front from the back without having to add a tag. I managed to blend in the pocket well enough that it doesn’t overtly stand out, but I know it’s there!

As for the fit, it’s very comfortable. This sweatshirt is meant to be a bit over-sized and boxy, but because my fabric has less structure than Seamwork’s models, mine has a bit of drape looks more flattering (IMHO) when worn. If it wasn’t a snow day yesterday, I would have gone out and tried to find fabric to make a pair of coordinating Shelly leggings so I had an entire outfit ready for the weekend (I’ll be honest, it’s so cold out today, I’m not sure I’ll even do it this afternoon).

Linky Thursday

After over a year without any snow, we FINALLY have a snow day! Granted it’s all ice, but still… NO SCHOOL! Have snow where you are and plan on playing outside? Whip up a pair of these convertible mittens before you go.

This ruffle & bows sham set would be perfect for a little girl’s room or a great way to redecorate a bedroom for spring.

Several times a year, I get on a kick of sewing underwear… it’s about that time again so I may start with Ohhh Lulu’s free Celeste. Once you’re ready to wash them up, thrown into your new mesh lingerie bag.

This reverse applique hexagon heart pillow isn’t just a beautiful decoration, it has lots of fun techniques involved too!

This morning I saw a fabulous paper pieced unicorn… and now I sort of want to give it a try (not a free pattern). Want to try this technique, but want to start with something free? How about this adorable Mr. Gnome?

Even American Girl (dolls) are getting in on the jogger’s trend.

Tired of all the thick headband tutorials making the rounds? Then you’ll definitely want to check out this knotted version instead – a cute alternative!

This little heart pouch is designed for earbuds, but would work great for gifting small trinkets too.

Love Batiks? Enter to win a giant bundle of Bali Watercolors!

Skipper

One of my goals for this year to to use my Seamwork subscription effectively – I would love to sew up at least one item each month from the current issue (admittedly, I get sidetracked by other projects and put a lot of them off). This month’s casual look is right up my alley and I’m hoping to give both of these a whirl. Up first, Skipper:

I didn’t have enough of the original material I had selected (which looks very similar to the one I’m planning on cutting into… apparently, I went through a floral stripe buying phase) so I went with this Coral Harper floral stripe French Terry from So Sew English fabrics. It’s much thinner than the pattern photos so I fully expect to get a different look since it will have a lot more drape. I’m also contemplating eliminating the pocket – it’s HUGE and I’m not sure I want to try to pattern match this print. I’d also love to find a great brushed navy athletic fabric (or even a coral!) for the Shelly so that I would have some coordinating leggings, but that may be asking for too much.

One More

You probably thought that you’d only get to see me once in the new Creative Machine Embroidery magazine this month (you can see my post from yesterday about my first article). Nope, you get a double dose with my second article were you can learn to make this fun raglan sleeved (woven) top!

Admittedly, this is a true labor of love with lots of hours of machine embroidery, but the effect is totally worth it because…. those sleeves! It’s a bit boho with a touch of Mexican-jacobean flair… I can’t wait for summer to arrive for me to get a chance to wear this myself!

Tech Totes

Got new devices this holiday? Then be sure to check out my latest article in January\February’s issue of Creative Machine Embroidery:  Tech Totes!

This article teaches you how to create (padded) sleeves for as large as your laptop to as small as your phone (keep in mind that it’s a one size fits most so be sure to check your device’s measurements before sewing). You certainly don’t need an embroidery machine for this one, but it does make your end product more fun!

Featured in this photo are my faux leather netbook\laptop sleeve (Finished size 15 x 11”) and the canvas tablet\reader case (Finished size 8 x 10″). The designs can be found at Urban Threads.

Hideaway

Whelp, that’s it. The first project of 2018 is officially in the books and it is… Striped Swallow’s Hideaway!

For this version I used a striped sweater knit that I had gotten in a bundle package from Sincerely Rylee a few months ago. I know, off the shoulder top in a sweater? Sounds crazy, but it’s so very cute on. I wound up making the long sleeved version of View A (which has a more tapered waist) and I have to admit, I really like the fit. It has somewhat of a batwing arm, but there isn’t so much bulk around the chest that it bunches up oddly and the slimmer waist of this version helps to make it more flattering. Overall, this top is a winner – I can’t wait for it to warm up a smidge this weekend so I can wear it out with a cute pair of boots!

Linky Thursday

It’s getting darker earlier which means that it may be more difficult to see while you’re sewing. Solve that problem by entering to win an LED light for your machine!

It may be cold outside, but this ice cream cone (pillow) won’t make you feel a chill.

This romantic lace overlay clutch would make a perfect date night accessory or Valentine’s day bag.

It’s all about quilting right now at WeAllSew – so this is a great time to grab 3 free patterns to make your own (and I love how colorful they are too).

Take your key fob sewing to the next level by adding a zipper (which creates a tiny space for stashing emergency cash).

Got a scarf for Christmas but have not intention of wearing it? Transform it into a batwing top instead.

Why buy expensive store-bought underwear when sewing your own is so easy?

If getting organized was one of your resolutions this year, then be sure to check out this Sofa Organizer that will keep all your remotes, etc. handy! Need something for your bedroom instead? Then try this bedside version instead.

These Scotty Dogs aren’t just cute, they serve as a doorstop, too.

Keep your cosmetic brushes organized and travel ready with this great organizer (plus there’s a video to help with construction!).

New Year’s is over so it’s time to start thinking about the next big holiday, Valentine’s! Whip up this fringed heart scarfheart shaped sachets, or fun felt fortune cookies just in time for February.