Monthly Archives: August 2009

One Day You’re In…..

With 3 hours of Project Runway on last night, it’s safe to say that I didn’t make it into the sewing room last night. Instead, I traced and cut fabric for the 3 Graces Cowl Neck Top. I’m jumping ahead and making this my next project, as we have a party to go to and I’d like to be able to wear it then.
With that said, I’m sure you’re asking yourself, “What about that Summer Blouse”….. well, it’s almost finished. I just have to tack the front opening together (why it’s made like this I have no idea)! So, the ‘big reveal’ should be ready for tomorrow.
Now, let’s get back to Project Runway – what did you think of the shows? Any predictions on the possible winner this season? What was up with Jeffrey’s mustache? Let’s dish!

Linky Thursday

Even though I don’t know how to crochet, just looking through the projects in Crochet Adorned makes me want to learn how! Win this book for yourself – check out this entry by CraftStylish as well as Naughty Secretary’s giveaway.
Now you can whip up your own wig this Halloween. This video explains how to make yarn hair falls . Personally I like pieKnits’ dreadlock version better. [link via Whip Up]
Moda’s Bake Shop always has the cutest tutorials. Their latest? An adorable, personalized pillow.
Forget the monokini, I want a showgirl outfit!
Need some Halloween inspiration? Take some notes from the folks who attend Comic Con 2009 – they always have the most elaborate looks.
Someone got really creative with their refashioning – here’s a tutorial to upcycle a bra straps into headbands. [link via Craft]
If you’ve been thinking about taking up quilting, be sure to read how to properly square up your quilt blocks before you start your next project!
Win a copy of Hat Heads – what a fun looking book!
Just in time for back to school – a DIY video on making an oversized book bag. If you’re looking for something smaller, try Weekend Designer’s Messenger Bag.
Still haven’t tried Weekend Sewing
yet? Then here’s one more chance to try out a project from the book, for free!
With school starting back up again, that means it’s time for jeans shopping. More than likely a few pairs will need some hemming. Here’s how to do it in 3 easy steps – and keep the original hem in place! [link via Craft]
A [new to me] household trick on removing stubborn stains.

Sewing Making A Comeback

How do you know we’re in the middle of a recession? Sewing machine sales have soared 500% – selling two every minute! It’s good to see that our hobby is growing in popularity – 2.21 million strong. Now let’s see a revival of some great sewing magazines, publication of Patrones in English, and a boom in book titles! Any other requests?
By the way, is anyone else excited about Project Runway‘s return tomorrow? Anyone want to take a guess at who will be the first to leave and who the winner might be?

The Happie Hippie

With all the back to school excitement at our house, I neglected to mention that I made my way to Hancock Fabrics over the weekend. My original intention was to stock up on notions (I was in desperate need of ‘basic’ thread colors), but came home with something extra…. a little bit of “Happy Hippie” fabric. I had seen this in the store previously and I found myself drawn to it – this print reminds me of the fabrics VS Pink uses for their pajama bottoms that I love so much. Now it was sitting on the ‘clearance’ table so I couldn’t resist – I picked up 2 1/2 yards. At some point I plan on sewing several pairs… if I could only finish my Summer Blouse – as it is, the poor thing only has one sleeve.
By the way, I wanted to thank you all for your comments and reviews on the Summer Blouse – I had wanted to send everyone an email back, but got sidetracked. I’ve found them very helpful!!!

Back To School And A Contest

Summer is officially over. Taylor started back to school today – no more days at the pool (they’re closed weekdays now), ‘sleeping in’ (as much as Easton lets us), and late, lazy evenings. The one good thing? We get a routine again – which means I should start becoming more productive in the sewing room!
While we’re on the subject of productivity, I should mention that I managed to whip up one more project over the weekend, but I’m saving it’s unveiling for later as it will soon be a new tutorial for The Sewing Republic. Speaking of, did you see that they are holding a fabulous contest with Craftster? The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to eQuilter and $25 gift certificate to Craftster – for all the details, be sure to check out this entry. Good Luck!

Yes, More Box Bags


There have been several projects that have been sitting on my ‘to do list’ for a few weeks and I finally found the time yesterday to get one of them finished…. box bags. You may remember that I made quite a few of these as Christmas gifts last year, but this time I’m doing a bit more with them – teaching a local class! I’ve created a tutorial, using all the techniques and modifications that I’ve been using to make them and sewed up some in store samples as well. I even made an extra for Taylor to put her hair supplies in (the policy is hair needs to be up in a ponytail and no jewelry) for when she has cheer practice after school….. which starts tomorrow! Seriously, where did the summer go?

What’s In My Shopping Cart?

I know awhile back I said I (probably) wasn’t going to order Bend the Rules with Fabric because I just didn’t see myself getting a lot of use out of the book – well, I’m eating my words. It seems as if there has been a huge gap in the number of sewing books that have come out and I’m in need of a ‘fix’. Sure there are magazines available (I loved the latest issue of CraftStylish, by the way), but it’s just not the same. So the other night, I pre-ordered a few books.
In addition to Bend the Rules Fabric, I also snagged Chic Sweats. If it’s anything like T-Shirt Makeovers, I ought to be able to recon several sweatshirts into something fabulous! I also put into my cart, The Gourmet Slow Cooker: Volume II, Regional Comfort-Food Classics. I’m really in need of some good slow cooker recipes – with Taylor having practice until 5:15 most nights, I would love to have a hot, home-cooked dinner ready to go after I pick her up. I have the first book in the series and really like it – although, some of the ingredients are sometimes difficult to find.
Now I can’t wait for my goodies to arrive! Amazon is great about getting most titles in early, so I’m crossing my fingers that these books come in very soon!

Laundry Day Bag

One of the worst things about going away to college (or living on your own) is having to do your own laundry. One way to make it better? Sewing up a super cute laundry bag to tote your dirties! My latest tutorial for The Sewing Republic is up and is for a two-tone laundry bag with a drawstring closure and exterior zippered pocket – perfect for storing your quarters…. and your iPod!
As always, I’d love to hear what you think about this tutorial and would love to see pictures of your finished projects!

Linky Thurdsay

Hot Patterns and Fabric.com have teamed together and released two free pattern downloads: The Sumatra Bag and Shining Star Vest! While you’re there, be sure to check out A Short History of Hot Patterns.
If you’ve always wanted to sew up one of U-Handbag’s purses, here’s your chance to do it for free! Lisa is offering up her Everyday Glam Bag as a PDF on her site.
SewStylish has announced a Fall Fashion Challenge where you make a designer inspired garment. The grand prize winner takes home an embroidery machine, Ottlite lamp and more!
Weekend Designer puts out two tutorials just for the guys: The Hoodie Vest and Club Jacket.
Repurpose a table cloth into a dress.
A tutorial for an easy knit chemo cap. Melissa, you look great in yours – I’m going to have to send you some cool skull knit fabric for your next one!
This skirt (tutorial) would look perfect for a little girl’s first day of school. [link via Whip Up]
It’s not the latest episode, but I couldn’t help but point it out – CraftSanity’s Recycled T-shirt Pot Holders. I used to love to make potholders as a kid… in fact, my mom still has some of them.
If you’re still in the thick of summer, you might want to sew yourself up one of these chilling neck ties. While you’re there, be sure to check out The Small Object‘s free downloads this week! [link via Craft]
Another way to put your fabric to good use – Wrapagami! Want to know how? Enter here for your chance to win the book.
jcaroline is giving away a market bag!
Instructables and Converse have teamed up to get you back to school in style. Read here for the details on how you could win!
While The Boat Tote looks deceivingly simple, it’s really made with (some awesome Japanese) polyurethane coated cotton!

Wishing For Winter

Last night, I put the finishing touches on a new tutorial for The Sewing Republic. Of course I can’t say much about it until the actual project has gone live, but I will say that it is very easy to sew (although it will take you a bit of time to complete) and will keep you snuggly this winter.

Now I bet you can’t wait for those snowflakes to arrive!