Monthly Archives: October 2011

Two New Sets

With the temperatures dropping at night, I’m very thrilled that Easton has at least two new sets of pajamas to wear. His favorite? The blue, ‘tattoo flash’ set… he couldn’t wait to wear them and I had a hard time getting them off of him. The shirts were very easy to put together and sewed up without a hitch. Now, it’s time to change up the serger thread and put together the last set!

Half Way There

After a very long week, I was happy to finally have an opportunity to sit in front of my sewing machine. It was just enough time to work on 2 pairs of the toddler sleep pants from Kwik Sew 3510 (I would have worked on the third set, but I need to change the thread in my serger before I sewing it). Since this is my third year working with this pajama, I’m not sure what to say that hasn’t already been said – it’s a great TNT (tried ‘n true) pattern!

I plan on spending part of my weekend finishing these up – it’s getting really chilly at night! What is everyone else working on?

Linky Thursday

Pre-ruffled fabric is everywhere now days (I admit I even have some stashed away). If you’re not sure what to do with yours, whey not try this ruffled tote?

As cute and easy as what this skirt tutorial is, those stripes give me a headache.

Feeling festive (for Halloween, that is)? Then make some of these bright bat pillows!

With the holiday’s approaching, you might be bringing a bottle of wine to the festivities. Carry it in style with you own quilted wine tote.

My stocking swap partner put this Loyalty Card Holder on her Christmas wish list. I’m thinking I might need to make one.

Win some Circa 52 fabrics!

Looking for a quick costume? Make a fun mask and put it on a stick (I see the mustaches going over really well at our house).

If you need a drink on the go, try stitching up a laminated snap on drink holder.

Two bags in one! Stitch up a reversible messenger bag.

I’ve been seeing yarn bowl in boutiques lately. I think I’ll try my hand at making my own.

In The Mail

If you’re a long time reader of this site you already know that I’m hopelessly addicted to craft swaps. Ever wonder what the attraction is to them? I thought that I would share some of my recent treasures that I’ve acquired in my most recent swaps. The first is a very cool skull tape measure with an handy seam ripper wristlet (because I always use mine). Also included in this swap as a yard of a fun tattoo print, buttons, and Minky.

Spell My Name Swap had you crafting the letters of your partner’s name. I really enjoyed this one quite a bit and was tempted to join when another one popped up a few weeks ago. Inside my package was a (S) Scully hat, (T) Twinkly blue bracelet, (A) Aqua Pendant, (C) Cup Cozy and Coaster, and (Y) Yellow Snitch Dishcloth. I have to admit, I haven’t had the heart to use the dishcloth because it’s just to fabulous to get dirty.

I was also paired up with an amazing jewelry maker in the Geezer (over 30) Swap. Inside this package was a huge assortment of necklaces – in fact there were so many, I couldn’t even include them all in the photo! I’ve had the opportunity to wear them all, but the Anthropology inspired word necklace has probably received the most complements.

My latest swap was the Return to Hogwarts swap. Inside were items inspired by the books and movies as well as my interests in characters, classes, etc. Not only did my partner knit up a wonderfully large scarf and Hermione hat (from the Prisoner of Azkaban), but there were other fun items like a Pygmy Puff, Extendable Ears, and a Weasley’s Wizard Weezies t-shirt.

Crowned Skulls

Sometimes I just need a fun, simple project to jump start my sewing marathon. This time around, I decided to work a bit on my Christmas Stocking partner’s package and made her a silk screened shirt. She’s really into skull prints so I opted to use this Simply Screen (pre-made, reusable screens) design. Instead of going with one image in the middle of the shirt, I repeated the image several times: twice in white ink, once in red foil. I’m pretty pleased with the results, but I wish I would have changed a few things… Because I’m working with a black shirt, I laid the ink on fairly thick – however, it still wasn’t thick enough because as it dried, some of the black of the shirt ‘bled’ through. I also feel the images should have been smooshed together a bit more so that they overlap.

You’ll probably be seeing this design a few more times – Easton has requested it on a shirt so I’m going to eventually make one up for him… I’m guessing he’ll want to help silkscreen too. He’s my budding crafter!

Cutting, and Cutting, and Cutting…

It’s been so long since I’ve done any ‘assembly line’ type sewing (making several of the same clothing item), I’ve actually forgotten how long all the ‘prep work’ takes. I actually thought I would spend some time behind my sewing machine this weekend, but instead, all I did was use my scissors. I am, however, ready to sew 3 pairs of pajamas and one long sleeved, boys’s Jalie 2918! Now I’m just crossing my fingers that someone decides to take a nap so I can get started… it’s getting chilly at night and he definitely needs some new sleepwear!

Costume Planning

For those that are longtime readers of this blog, it will come as no surprise that I have a ‘thing’ for Wonder Woman (you’ve got to admit, we would all love that invisible plane). In fact, I even found this cute, costumed Polly Pocket recently and had to snag it (proving that even at almost 40, I have not completely grown up)! So it will probably come as no surprise that I have wanted (for quite some time) to create a Wonder Woman costume. This year is looking like that year.

To create this look, I’m starting off with Simplicity 2067. It looks as if the design was modeled off the (canceled before it started) new series. While I’m skipping the pants and the shrug, the corset is the perfect shape, although it needs embellishing. Since I’m basing my look off the ’70’s version, I’m using a LARGE brief pattern, Kwik Sew 3881 (View A) and a fabulous fabric I found on eBay (the color isn’t exactly what I wanted, but it’s very close).

Hopefully, I’ll be able to find the time to put this look all together before Halloween arrives – it will even be a perfect complement to Easton’s look this year, Spiderman (I’m not making this one, he wants muscles and I’m not sure I can do that)! And for those of you wondering how die hard of a fan I am? Look at the AWESOME cake my family got me this year for my birthday!

Linky Thursday

Even though they probably aren’t the most practical of items, I have always wanted a dress form pincushion. Learn how to make your own here (and then scroll to the bottom of their post for a giveaway).

Still wondering what to make for Halloween this year? Why not dress you little guy (or even gal) as a Viking? This hat should get you started. Not really your speed? How about this (knitted) superhero hatmask?

If you’re needing a new clutch, but don’t have a pattern, why not give this one from Keyka Lou a try? Her patterns are also open-source, so you can also sell them so long as you credit her with the pattern.

Chewbacca can be cuddly.

This tutorial for a Draped Jersey Circle Top proves that cute shirts don’t have to be complicated to sew.

Transform a cashmere sweater into toddler mittens.

Looking for something to keep your child busy and quiet? This marble game might be the perfect solution (scroll to the bottom of the post for English instructions)!

There’s nothing cuter than a baby with an adorable hat on. This tutorial will show you how to make them.

If you’re looking for a way to decorate like you’ve been shopping at Pottery Barn, but are on a shoestring budget. Then you’ll want to try out this quick and easy candle transformation tutorial.

Turn a t-shirt into a pair of yoga pants. I wonder how the printed designs on shirts work with this?

Create a pumpkin patch that never goes rotten.

A Few Book Reviews

I normally like to think of myself as being a pretty productive person when it comes to sewing. However, you may have noticed that I haven’t been posting quite as many finished products lately. I’ve been doing a lot of ‘behind the scene’ sewing an writing for a future Sew News article. Consequently, I’m way behind on stitching up anything ‘fun’ for myself or anyone else. Fortunately, I finished everything up last night and am boxing it up as we speak! While I haven’t done a lot of ‘me’ sewing, I have done a lot of reading and am way behind on posting some book reviews. Here’s brief review of some of my latest reads:

As soon as I saw that there was a book called Sewing for Boys: 24 Projects to Create a Handmade Wardrobe I immediately put it on my wishlist. While there are a plethora of books devoted to girls, there are none that are just for the boys. This title has 24 different projects and clothing items for ages ranging from newborn to 7 years. While not everything is something that I would put on Easton (I just can’t see him in the suit), there’s lots of variety and plenty of items that I can’t wait to make… especially those jackets! While I haven’t sewn anything yet, most of the projects look easy enough for the beginner, although there are a few that I would say lean toward ‘intermediate’ (for example the On the town Jacket has welt pockets, but with excellent instructions). If you have a little guy in your life this book is definitely a must have!

Liberty Book of Home Sewing was another title that I was very excited to receive. I figured that if I paired up this book with their (more easily accessible) fabrics, I could have a whole Liberty of London home! Unfortunately, after receiving the book, I realized that I didn’t need this book to do it. Even though this book contains 25 projects, I wouldn’t say that any of them (aside from the Peacock Pincushion) are very original. Most of the projects are for a variety of pillow styles, a half apron, quilt, and a few bag styles (all of which are tote like) and could easily be found on the web or in a different home book. Unless you are a die-hard Liberty of London fan, I think you can skip this title. If you’re looking for a great ‘home’ book I’d suggest Amy Butler’s In StitchesSewing Craft Books) instead.

Thinking Christmas

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… why? Because partners were announced for Craftster’s Christmas Stocking Swap! This is my 6th year participating in this swap and is one of my all time favorites. Not only does it give me a chance to make some awesome items (often things that I’ve been looking for an excuse to make), but it’s a great way to get to know another fellow crafter. Once again, I am thrilled to be making another ‘unconventional’ stocking (last year I went with a burlesque themed package) and have been spending a lot of time looking up my partner’s interests. Consequently, I’ve decided to go with an owl (possibly a stocking, stuffie, pillow) and skull (bag, ornament) themed items. One of the first things I want to make is one of these ‘personal organizers’, although this Snuggly Owl is a close second.

Now my question is, where is a good resource to buy wool felt (like in an assorted bundlesampler)? I don’t need a lot of them material, just enough to make a few items.