Monthly Archives: November 2010

Link Thursday

If a Pillow Pet is high on your child’s Christmas list, then you might want to think about making your own version.
I’m totally intrigued by Kraft Paper (the material that looks like paper, but behaves like fabric) – and here’s a quick tutorial on how to put this material to use!
Anyone else excited for the new Harry Potter movie this weekend? I plan on wearing my Dark Mark Illusion scarf – learn how to make yours here (and if I’m able to find all the ingredients, I’ll be making my own butterbeer as well!).
Enter your Last Minute Handmade Holiday Gift into this contest for a chance to win a prize pack from Bernina, OESD, Bernatex, and more!
I definitely want a set of these Beribboned Estate Sale Pearls.
Looking for a way to stay cozy this winter? Enter to win a set of Brassy Apple scarf patterns!
Win a copy of MixTape magazine.
Learn how to add a removable faux fur collar to your coat.
As much as I love the idea of Jelly Rolls, I never know what to do with them. If you’ve got a quilt idea that you’d like to share using Jelly Rolls, you could be featured in an upcoming book and be eligible to win one of 3 ‘special prizes’.
How to sew a full skirt.
I’m in cute overload – learn how to make adorable mushroom pincushions.
Sew, Mama, Sew! is doing their “Gifts for____” series this month…. so far, I want to make everything – for myself!

Wonder Woman

If you’ve ever participated in a (Craftster) swap with me, you know that I send really early. I tend to do this for a number of reasons:

  • I hate deadlines looming over my head – it tends to cause me lots anxiety (grouchiness, lack of sleep, etc.) when something is unfinished and the due date is almost near. I don’t like the stress.
  • You never know what’s going to happen. I always have the fear that ‘something’ will happen that will prevent me from being able to finish (like I’ll get sick and won’t be able to craft, etc.) or the project I’m working on will take far longer than expected to complete. This kind of relates to my first reason…. “anxiety”.
  • I’m more creative when the swap first starts. Swaps tend to give me the creative nudge I need to sew up a storm.

Since I’ve been done for awhile, I’ve been waiting for my partner’s packages to arrive. Yesterday, my Wists package was delivered and look what was inside:

An awesome Wonder Woman poppet!!!!!! I’ve had this on my wish list for some time, but never attempted to make one (doll making just isn’t my forte) and have never been paired (before now) with anyone who made dolls. I am so thrilled – now I just need a ‘safe’ place to put Wonder Woman where Easton won’t play with her. Also included in the package was a fun Wonder Woman bag and cuffs.

Tracing And Snacks

Probably one of the least exciting posts has to do with the prep work before sewing. In this case, it’s tracing off a pattern and washing denim (several times). Last night I traced off all the pieces to Hot Pattern’s Classix Nouveau Dressy Jean and washed my fabric 3 times to make sure it was soft and shrunk up enough so I didn’t end up with capris later on down the road. I would have traced off this dress from the latest Ottobre Woman as well, but I ran out of Easy Pattern tracing cloth – which means I have to make another trip to Joann’s this week.
I’m also finishing up my crafted item for the International Snack Swap…. for a change I am not sewing anything, but ‘painting’ something instead. I’ll be posting the completed item tomorrow when it’s done.
What is everyone else up to this week?

So, What’s Next?

With some of my larger crafty swaps coming to a close, I’m now able to focus in on some ‘holiday sewing’. I sat down last night and made a list of all the things I wanted to make and realized it was HUGE. While I’m sure I won’t be able to make everything, I’m sure going to try. Here’s my list at the moment:

  • Jalie 2805 in a white burnout fabric that I recently purchased. If it wasn’t for the fact that I currently have black thread in my serger, I might have already made this one already.
  • Hot Patterns’s Classix Nouveau Dressy Jean . If I get really ambitious, I’d love to make Jalie’s Stretch Jeans and compare the two.
  • Amy Butler’s Blossom Bag – I think I realize that this is one of those ‘long weekend’ projects and have procrastinated working on this one because I just haven’t had the time to devote to it. Also on my list is her new pattern, Reversible Sunday Sling Bag.
  • Jayhawk Tommy Boxers – I already have the lettering on all 3 shorts complete…..
  • A hoodie for Taylor. I have yet to decide on a pattern or style, but would love to have one (or two) to place under the tree….. I even have fabric ready to go for this one.
  • Melly & Me’s Rudy – This pattern looks incredibly simple to construct although I need to buy the fabrics for this one. I’ll definitely be making two before Christmas.
  • Miscellaneous ChristmasBirthday gifts – While I’m not making a lot of gifts this year, I do plan on making a few aprons and a Happy Stacker Ring toy.

Now the real question is, what do I start first?

Christmas All Wrapped Up

The best part about a Christmas Swap is that it get’s me in the mood for the holidays. Between all the holiday themed creations, glittery bows and paper, and just the spirit of giving, I can’t wait for Christmas to get here. The last thing I did this week was gather up all the projects I made for my partner, round up some purchased items, and set out to wrap them all:

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Mad As A Hatter

Usually when I join a swap, I make a list of projects that I intend on making and stick with it. However, there are times I see something that screams my partner so much that I have to change my plans and go with something completely different. This is what happened with my last Stocking Swap project.

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Linky Thursday

Buntings are an easy way to brighten up any room. The latest project at the Sewing Republic shows you how.
Call me a gaming geek, but I really want to make this plush Kirby. Maybe I’ll make one for my brother-in-law who sports the same name.
Remember that book that I mentioned last week that made me want to take up crochet? Now you can learn how to make the cupcake scarf – don’t blink though, this video goes really fast.
Feeling ready to start making holiday decorations? Start off with these cute felt trees and a pretty holiday garland (while you’re there, be sure to enter in a garland kit giveaway).
Snuggies are still hot. Learn how to make your own – just in time for gift giving.
They call it a Springy Bucket, but I think it would work for any season!
Renew life into your bike by making it a new seat!
Keep your little one warm with a handmade neckwarmer or scarf.

Love fabric, but afraid to buy it online? The new episode of Sew Forth is up and deals with this very topic!
Need a new bag? Here’s a link to 10 free tote bag patterns and tutorials.

Scrunchie

Let me start off by saying, there are no pictures of today’s project….. yet. Bret is in the process of building a new computer so our ‘main’ computer that houses a bulk of my photos is currently out of commission. Once it’s up and running, I’ll be sure to post it because the end results are pretty cute. What am I talking about? Why another item for my Christmas Stocking partner!

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