Monthly Archives: October 2010

Hello Kitty For The DS

One of the best things about Wists is that you can keep track of all the projects you want to make and design a wish list of everything you can’t. This way, when a great Wists swap rolls around on Craftster, you’re prepared. My partner for my latest swap had over 200 items to choose from so picking projects has been easy so far. The first item I decided on was making a DS casepurse for her – I chose a Hello Kitty print since she had a lot of items with this them on her list as well. The entire bag is padded, not just to give it some support, but to protect the DS when she’s carrying it around. There’s an inside pocket for games and accessories with a velcro closure to prevent losing items from the bag. The bag also has a velcro closure as well – I was afraid using a magnet snap (even though they say it’s safe) might damage something… it’s just better to be safe than sorry.

Just Call Me Martha

This weekend, I was very ‘domestic’: I cooked several labor intensive meals, tackled the mountain of laundry that had accumulated, and even took in some sewing. I did everything but….. blog (sorry about that). Now that I’m done, my sewing room looks like something out of Breakfast at Tiffanys – there are ‘little black dress’ aprons all over.

Although all of them are sewn the same, one has a bit more ‘bling’ than the others. The buyer had requested it have a bit more ‘umph’ to it – so I used an iron-on rhinestone trim that I had purchased from Although I like the end effect, I’m not sure how the trim will hold up in the end since there are a few rhinestones already missing. Now, it’s time to concentrate on Halloween sewing – there’s only 13 more days left!


Rounding out my Week of Baby Onesies swap is my final shirt – a dinosaur tee (you may recognize this fabric from Kwik Sew 3034) made using Jalie 2918. This fabric is one of my favorites not just because it screams ‘boy” but also because it is one of the softest, beefiest, and easier to sew materials I’ve worked with…. too bad Joann’s doesn’t have more like this one.
After sewing up a few more aprons, I’m moving onto Halloween and more swap items. I joined a Wists Swap, have been paired up, and have selected several fun things to make. I’m also hoping to make some larger items for my Christmas Swap partner next week. If all goes well, I’m making one for myself too.

Linky Thursday

Gourds you don’t have to worry about rotting: Sew New’s Pumpkin Patch (as featured in their latest issue) and Schlosser Designs fabric pumpkins.
Getting chilly? Sew up some Pocket Hand Warmers to keep your fingers toasty!
Cake Pops – I must win this book!
You don’t have to rake these leaves…. Wool felt potholders to dress up your table.
Learn how to create a ‘scrappy pumpkin’ t-shirt using Transfer Artist Paper.
A cute “Spooky Letter Garland” to dress up your mantle.
I’m terrible at hand sewing. If you’re like me, here’s a few tips that could help get you started.
Make a superhero mask for your little one.
I’m usually not much for scarflettes, but I LOVE this version. Not only is it super easy, but I adore those extra large buttons.
Shy away from working with velvet? Linda Lee has a few tips to sew this material successfully.
Win a $25 gift certificate to put toward fabric!
Visit Sew, Mama, Sew for a slew of giveaways this week including a Deluxe Baby and Newborn Gift Set, Pea Pod carrier, and free reversible baby bonnet tutorial.
Budding ballerina? Make her a tutu – this version is quick and easy.

Raglan Hoodie

I have a confession – I LOVE this raglan pattern. I decided to make a second version, this one using some very cool ‘tattoo flame’ fabric that I had bought last year from The Fabric Fairy and some stashed black interlock. I kept all elements of the shirt the same, but added a lapped, unlined, rounded hood to the shirt (also included in the pattern) instead of a neckband. Since it looked kind of bare, I decided to add a fun, tattooed flame design to the front of the shirt. I’m absolutely thrilled with how this version turned out and can’t wait to make more!

The Floral Stripe

Along with some of the other aprons I’ve made lately, this floral, pleated stripe is destined for a new home. After having put aside this pattern for awhile and then working with it again, I’ve realized that I still have a bit of tweeking to do with it, but if all goes well, I’ll have a pattern up for sale around the holidays (crossing fingers).


Has it really been 20 years since Bret and I graduated from high school? Even though it doesn’t feel like that much time has passed, it really is time for our high school reunion…. this weekend. So, in honor of the ‘big event’, I’ll leave you with a shot of us 20 years ago. And yes, that is a green lame prom dress – talk about dated!


There’s something so feminine about a pretty little flounce. These aprons (sold to one of my favorite local businesses) not only have a feminine flounce, but are completely adjustable as the neck and back tie are made from one single strap…. and I’m pretty keen on the fabrics too.

Linky Thursday

Win a spot in Betz White’s Felt & Stitch Holiday (online) Workshop!
Don’t forget to enter my Aranzi Aronzo The Cuter Book giveaway – the contest is open until October 10.
Show off your Halloween costumes, food, and crafted decorations and you could win some crafty prize packages courtesy of Craft! Just want to enter costume contests? Then hop on over to Craftster’s (I’m always impressed with their entries)! is giving away a book a day until October 15. Read here for more details.
While steampunk isn’t entirely new, it’s fashion is growing in popularity. What to know more about how to create this look for yourself (or even get a bit of insight as to what steampunk is) in this article.
I definitely could use one of these weighted pincushion organizers for my sewing room. The question is, would Easton leave it alone?
Love embroidery? Then be sure to stop by and enter to win a copy of Stitch Sampler.

Make a Halloween Fantasy Mask to go with your costume this year.
Win a copy of Style Stitches (then hop on over here for a sew-along)!
Win a copy of Simply Sublime Gifts – I’m crossing my fingers to win this one, I’ve had it on my Amazon wish list for ages!
Simple, yet elegant looking Holiday Ribbon Wreath – perfect for any door.
Win copies of C&T Publishing’s October releases.
Change your avatar at Craftstylish, then leave a comment on this thread for your chance to win a copy of Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts en Provance.
Make your own cute little fabric flowers. I’d love to make a bunch of these and attach them to a purse.
Win a copy of Tina Givens’ latest book, Sew Tina!: 30 Cute Projects & Adorable Decor Items for kids.