Monthly Archives: December 2010

Year End Wrap Up

One of my ‘resolutions’ from last year was to keep a journal of all the projects that I’ve worked on throughout the year. Even though I have a sidebar with may of my projects, not everything makes it there (although there’s generally an entry on my blog). So what was I up to in 2010?
In 2010, I made a grand total of 109 items:

I plan on doing this again next year – I think it’s amazing to be able to see everything at a glance and look back at how much I’ve accomplished in one year… even with a toddler ‘assisting’ me with everything!
So what’s on the table for 2011? Lot’s more projects, a new site design (brace yourself, it’s a dramatic, new look), giveaways, and more tutorials! I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Years eve and I’ll see you in 2011!

Linky Thursday

Still needing a dress to ring in 2011? Here’s some tips on sewing a fabulous last-minute frock or try out Fabric.com’s latest pattern.
Stop using those cardboard wraps around your coffee and create your own one-of-a-kind Hot Drink Wrap!
They may be too late for Christmas gifts, but everyone loves a zippered wallet!
I’m a sucker for a covered notebook, but this mini oil cloth version might very well be my favorite.
Having a few guests over tomorrow night? Whip up a few of these coasters to set your champagne on.
Turn an old sweater into a potluck dish cozy.
Yes, I’m a geek and yes, I want to make this bag.
Next time you’re at the store, pick up a roll of Glad Press ‘n Seal – a brilliant way to make your own patterns from your favorite clothing!
I think these Singed Fabric Flowers are beautiful and elegant. Plus it means I can work with an open flame.

Dalliance Gloves

I present to you the last completed project of 2011 (I’m attempting to be realistic)… the Dalliance Gloves. I’m not really much of a fingerless glovearm warmer type of person, but the details of this pattern made me want to give it a try. My scarf swap was a perfect excuse to try it out, too since I was making an accessory to match my Scoodie.
Besides the design itself, I liked the idea that the Dalliance Gloves could be made in a woven or a knit material. Since I was going for a ‘matched set’ look, I decided on using the rest of the boucle and flannel to make this pattern. Consequently, I had to ‘size’ my gloves for a woven material – I measured my own hand and was slightly larger that a medium so to be on the safe side, I cut and sewed a large for my partner. Most of the pieces have to be cut on the bias so it ‘stretches’ a bit when you put them on, unfortunately, I found that there’s just not enough stretch there for them to fit well – while I could put my hand though just fine, I had Taylor try them on and she struggled. I’m not sure if the sizing runs small or I did something ‘wrong’ (cut wrong, printed it off too small, etc.), but I’m guessing that my poor partner won’t be able to wear them. Other than the ‘fit’ issue, the end result looks good although is a bit bulky because of my fabric choice. Next time I guess I’ll try the knit version and see how it turns out.

Scoodie

Call it swap anxiety, but I decided that the t-shirt scarf might not be ‘enough’ for my Scarf Swap (I since this one time wise might not take as long as what knitting one would)… so I made a second one to send with it. This time I went with a scoodie! I debated back and forth with myself as to making a pattern myself or using a pattern. I settled on this one from Just Tutorials because I liked the hood shape. I wound up using a purplepink boucle for the exterior (note to self: cutting boucle fabric on a newly vacuumed floor is a bad idea if you want to keep your room clean) and a cute skull and crossbones flannel for the lining. Overall, the pattern was easy to put together (just a few pieces to tape), easy to sew (although I thought of an easier way to make this project with fewer pieces), and actually looks cute on (I was a bit on the fence about how I liked Scoodies until I made this one). You may be seeing more of these in the future – just not in boucle. Now I remember why I don’t sew more with this material – messy, messy, messy!

T-Shirt Scarf

Well thanks to an upgrade by Movable Type, I’ve been unable to post for awhile. Thankfully Bret was able to figure it out for me and I can now write again. Good thing too, I have a new project to share… the T-Shirt Scarf! This one was extremely easy to sew and definitely fun. Basically, I used 9 shirts, cut them into 11×11″ squares, and sewed them together. I did the same with the back of the shirt and sewed the fronts and back together.
I think if I try this one again, I’ll do a two things differently:

  • I’ll use kids shirts – this will make a thinner version of the scarf (you really need it to be 11×11 to get most of your images fully onto your scarf when using adult shirts) and allow you to use more designs as well.
  • I’ll rotate the images at the ‘halfway’ point of the scarf (in the scarf above, all the shirts are going the same direction) so that when you wear the scarf, both edges are ‘right side up’.

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas

There is nothing like a weight being lifted off your shoulders – last night I managed to cross off all my sewing ‘to do’s’ (despite the fact that I had way too much help from a two-year old). Unfortunately, there’s not much to show (lot’s of hemming and mending) unless you want to see more LBD aprons. Now that my ‘sweat shop’ is closed, I’m free to work in the kitchen today. On the agenda, Bourbon Black Bottom Pie – a recipe that I don’t make very often, but is highly requested, especially around the holidays. We’ll also be whipping up some cookies for Santa and making Ham Hocks and Navy Beans to warm us up after church tonight.
Since we’re on the subject of cookingbaking, I thought I would mention that I did finally make Christmas Crack earlier in the week… and it was a hit! No one even suspected that crackers were what gave this treat it’s crisp. Although I thought it was pretty good, I think I’d prefer to waste my empty calories into eating the black bottom pie.
I’m sure that everyone is hurrying around preparing for guests, doing last minute shopping, wrapping gifts, etc. so I’ll wrap this post up. But before I do, I want to thank each and every one of you for visiting me every day, sharing my projects and yours, and just being a part of my life. I am very thankful for such a wonderful international sewing community! Have a very merry Christmas to those that celebrate and I’ll ‘see’ you all on Sunday!

Linky Thursday

I’m always on the lookout for projects for men. Here’s one on how to make a cuff watch.
We are entering the last days of Sew News’ 12 days of giveaways. Hurry to enter to win a copy of The Gentle Are of Quiltmaking or if you’re running late – refresh the page for today’s new freebie!
Design a bag and win a Janome sewing machine! This one is only open to UK residents – anyone want to let me borrow their house for a few months?
Looking for last minute gifts for the sewer? We All Sew has a 3 part gift guide to help you out. Prefer to make it yourself. Learn howwhat you can make last minute.
Because I’m in ‘scarf sewing’ mode – the Figure 8 Scarf!
Great tip on how to store your quilting rulers – I may have to give this a whirl because at the moment I’m using a holder specifically designed for OmniGrid rulers and am running out of room. Be sure to leave a comment while you’re reading and you’ll be entered to win this week’s set of fat quarters.
Alright, I think everyone and their brother has linked to Not Martha’s Christmas tree mobile and I can’t help it either – it’s that awesome. Maybe in about 10 years I’ll be able to put one up, at the moment it wouldn’t survive the night.
Cute gift wrapping ideas. Too bad I spent last night wrapping presents already.
Have some stuffers, but no stocking? Make this Christmas Stocking with Ruffle for your fireplace (or door).
Taylor is obsessed with playing the game, Angry Birds. Too bad I stumbled across these Angry Birds plush tutorials too late for Christmas: Yellow Bird, plush pig and blue bird, and Angry Red Bird.
I adore this holiday babydoll dress, learn how to make it yourself!

Brave Shopper

Somehow, I managed to muster up enough courage to brave the fabric store today (it’s located in a mall) so that I can get enough supplies for some last minute apron order sewing. Apparently, most of the city must have had the same idea because not only was it busy, but there were a lot of empty shelves (totally unlike my Joann’s). Aside from ‘business sewing’, what else will I be up to the next few days:
Wrapping. Lots and lots of wrapping. I’d love to try my hand at Furoshiki (link via We All Sew), but I think the kids like the sound of tearing paper better. Maybe in a few years.
Finishing up my t-shirt scarf. So far, the front and the back are pieced, I just need to ‘put them together’.
Work on some Dalliance Gloves. There is something about this pattern I really love – and I’m not even a wrist warmer type of person. The best part is, you can use them with woven or knit fabric which is perfect since my scarf swap partner will probably be getting a set.

Slow Sewing

I am officially in vacation mode. Taylor is out of school until next year and we’ve already visited family for the holidays (and done gift exchanges) so my Christmas sewing is finished (I have a few things I’d like to make, but they can wait until later if I can’t get to them). Consequently, sewing around here is going slow… the most I’ve accomplished in washing all the shirts for this scarf, making a template (I figured if I was cutting out a lot of shirts an 11×11 template was the way to go), and cutting out the squares for sewing. I’ve decided that if I make one for myself I may make a skinnier version (possibly cutting 6×6 inch squares) using children’s shirts – that way you keep the entire design of the shirt intact, but have a thinner look to the wrap…. sounds like a good project for the new year!

Scarves In The Works

Well, I went and did it again. I joined another swap… of course, I couldn’t pass this one up because it’s all about scarfs (I am using the cold weather as the perfect excuse). Not only does this give me the perfect excuse to make this scarf, but I am thinking of playing around with a second style as well (I kind of have some crafter’s guilt about how long it takes to to knit a scarf vs sewing one so I’ve decided I’ll stitch up two). Since partners have already been announced, I couldn’t wait to get my material’s together so I’ve already headed to my local Goodwill in search of some awesome shirts to reconstruct…. stay tuned for the final results this week!