Monthly Archives: November 2012

Change of Plans

This weekend I had plans on whipping up one of my latest e-pattern purchases, Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop’s Classic Footed Pajamas. Easton had expressed an interest in wearing a pair and combined with a pattern and fleece sale, I thought I had nothing to lose…. that is until the other day when we went shopping and he insisted on me buying a pair of Woody footed pjs (shown on the left, I tried to take a picture of him in them, but he refused) – he wore them for about 5 minutes, attempted to adjust how they fit (he kept trying to pull them tighter around him so I’m guessing he likes snug pajamas), told me how much he dislikes the giant zipper, and wanted them off. I have to admit, I’m disappointed that this throws a wrench in my sewing plans, but at least he discovered he didn’t like them before I spend hours trying to sew a pair up. I’m now left with a yard+ of shark print fleece that I’m not sure what I’ll do with…. I’m contemplating turning them into pajamas after all – just a pair of pants and then finding some coordinating jersey to make a raglan top. Anyone else have a favorite project that they like to use fleece with?

Linky Thursday

Is it cold where you are? Keep your tootsies warm while you work with this foot warmer tutorial – so cleaver!

It’s a scarf, it’s a hood, it’s a Fur Snood!

These Bound Edge Tea towels would make a perfect Christmas or hostess gift this holiday season.

No one will ever guess that this cozy shirt vest started as (two) t-shirt.

Spoonflower may call this a bolster pillow, but I think it looks like a fancy body pillow that I’d totally like to snuggle with!

This sweet little Owl Softie would make a perfect stocking stuffer.

No matter what your age, you can make a Red Riding Hood cape – great to wear when on your way to Grandmother’s house.

Those impressive ornament garlands are easier to make than what you might think.

Perfect for a spa themed gift basket – a pretty ruffled towel wrap.

A fun take on your traditional hoodie.

If you’re in need of a new bag, look no further than the Pleated Tote.

Perfect for stashing all sorts of activities, this bag is designed just for kids!

Win an adorable, nautical fabric bundle from FabricWorm.

If the cold weather is keeping your little ones indoors and they need to burn off some energy, try making one of these indoor hopscotch mats (it’s listed as no -sew, but you could definitely modify it to use a machine).

Holiday Pears

I am still on my instant gratification project kick right now (that is what happens when there is a lack of sewing for almost a week) with my latest being…. Pears! It’s been ages since I whipped these up (they appeared in the Sew News Holiday 2007 issue) and I forgot how easy and fun they are to sew. They also coordinate with my Christmas decor (I have quite a few sugared fruits along my mantel) when I use just the right fabric (sticking with solids – one of the velveteens even has a gold scroll throughout it). Now that that’s out of my system, I think I’m ready to focus in on some projects on my ‘to do’ list! How about you all? What is everyone else working on?

The Swap Package

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you already know that I have a soft spot for swaps. Not only do they give me an opportunity to make some unique projects (they are, in fact, a great source of inspiration for some of my tutorials) and receive some fabulous items in return (often things that I could never create myself), but my kids love when packages arrive. Both Taylor and Easton were home when my Christmas Stocking package arrived and as you can tell by their faces, they had an awesome time helping me open everything….. and claiming ‘dibs’ on things they wanted.

Not only was my stocking filled lots of candies and treats, but there was a ton of sewing supplies as well (Velcro in a variety of colors, buttons, a new seam ripper, a Coats & Clark box of thread, sewing labels, a DIY coaster set with a 4 1/2″ ruler, a fantastic handmade strawberry shortcake pincushion in a vintage glass, and a set of Ginger scissors in it’s own cozy)! But my absolutely favorite item of the bunch (alright, the scissors and pincushion are a close second)? This amazing snowman! Not only did she do an amazing job painting this guy (the photo just doesn’t capture how awesome it is, the snow even ‘sparkles’), but she cast it herself! It is currently sitting on my mantel so that everyone can admire it.

Disco Pants

Even though (almost) everyone was on vacation last week (no running everyone around to practices and games, no big school events, etc.), I found that I got very little time in for sewing. By Sunday, I was in dire need of “sewing therapy” and decided I needed to stitch up an “instant gratification project.”

I’ve noticed that clothing is extremely shimmery lately (sequins, sparkles, rhinestones, etc. and not just for tops!), therefore, I decided that I needed to sparkle too. So I dug around my stash and pulled out a blacksilver poly lurex (it’s very much like a stretch liquid lame) that I’ve been holding onto for almost two years – waiting for just the right project. I went with KwikSew 3636 – leggings in 3 different styles and two different fits (close and very close fitting). Even though I’ve sewn this pattern up before, this was the first time I used it on myself. I went with view B in a medium, close fit style… and wound up making a few changes after it was all sewn up. First off, the rise in these leggings are HUGE – I wound up cutting off 1 1/2″ and the waistband is still right below my navel. After a brief test fit, I also found that the fit was a little loose around the legs, especially the calves. This could be in part that the fabric is incredibly stretchy, but also because I could have gone down a size in these areas. To remedy this, I wound up taking this area in another 1/4″ (basically using 1/2″ seam allowances instead of 1/4″). The rest of the leggings went together without a hitch and I think the end result is pretty fun, although a bit on the disco side. I’m sure that I won’t have the opportunity to wear them often, but watch out world when I do!

Project Details:

Pattern: KwikSew 3636

SilverBlack Poly Lurex from Sew Much

Materials & Cost:

Happy Holiday

I hope everyone had a very wonderful Thanksgiving! I spent the past few days cooking and eating (I even took in a bit of shopping as well and I can say that I like the cyber kind so much better than the crowds)! Today I’m relaxing, eating leftovers, and checking out the great deals at some of my favorite online fabric and pattern stores. Then this weekend, I’m focusing in on some projects that I’ve had my heart set on. What is everyone else doing this weekend?

Surprise! It’s (Early) Linky Thursday!

I am guessing that a majority of folks that live in the US will be busy preparingeatingtraveling for Thanksgiving on Thursday so I thought that it might be best to post all the fun a day early! Enjoy & Happy Thanksgiving!:

Still needing a few gift giving ideas? This manicure kit or first aid kit (I love the sucker) would definitely be well received!

Even an ugly tie will look adorable when it’s transformed into a cute clutch.

I’m sure I’ve said it before, but I love raglan style tops. Most tutorials are for the kids, but this one is just for us!

Upcycle a tee and a bit of fabricscarf into a new cowl neck top.

I love a tote with LOTS of pockets – this one doesn’t just have lots of them, the end result looks very professional.

A quick and easy way to stay warm – a wool poncho.

If you have superhero capes on your holiday sewing list, be sure to embellish them with one of these fantastic logos.

I sew on a boring office chair. I think I need to give it some new life by giving it a makeover.

Don’t forget teachers when you’re sewing this holiday. This coin purse will make a perfect gift (especially when filled with a gift card)!

Scarves are such an easy way to accessorize. Check out these easy DIY versions: A ruffled chiffon version, a fun, floral fleece, or a jersey infinity scarf that could almost double as a necklace.

Mail a slice of cake. This has nothing to do with sewing, but it’s such a fun idea I couldn’t resist sharing.

The Petal Pusher

If you’ve picked up your latest copy of Sew News (DecJan 2013), you’ll want to turn to page 48 to see my latest project for this issue! The Petal Pusher shrug was a fun, Project Runway-esque garment to make (I worked a lot on a dress form and think I turned out something fairly trendyunique), but is definitely not something you can whip up in a few hours (there are lots of petal embellishments to attach). You’ll also want to invest in some Best Press or liquid starch to keep your petals from curling too much. Want to dress this style up for evening? Make a matching tank to wear underneath (I can definitely see this as a holiday garment)! Hope you enjoy this article and definitely let me know if you sew this one up!

The Neoprene Experience

I was amazed when I opened my mailbox on Friday – my neoprene koozie blanks had arrived! I was so excited to give them a try that I spent the weekend embroidering and stitching them up…. Here’s my thoughts on working with this material: Piece of Cake! I discovered neoprene is easy to sew, doesn’t require ‘special’ feet or needles, and because it doesn’t ravel, you can just use a small zig-zag stitch to sew pieces together! For the embroidery I used the embroidery unit on my machine, but you could easily use a standard machine to embellish the neoprene (such as adding an applique a letter for a personalized koozie, attaching trim for a ‘floozie koozie’, or even just adding a bit of fun fabric). Now I’m kicking myself for not buying a few wine coolersinsulators so that I’d have a largermore elaborate surface to embroider on!

For those that are interested in sewing your own koozies, I bought my blanks from Sewphisticated Stitcher (I’m not affiliated, etc., just a happy customer) – they seem to have a wide range of colors and styles… (and if you click on “Holiday Door Buster Sales” on their site, you can get 10% off your online purchase).

Santa Applique

With a number of people saying they were already sending out their Christmas Stocking swap packages, I thought it was best if I finish up mine. For my last project, I purchased a fun ‘crafty themed mug’ at Joann’s, stuffed it was hot drink goodies, and decided to make a mug rug. Since my partner’s favorite colors are the redaquawhite combination I opted to go with that, but quickly realized that I didn’t have enough coordinating fabrics to do a patchwork so I decided to go with a ‘whole cloth’ look and an applique. After a bit of searching I went with these guys (but transformed him from an ornament into an applique) – I’m hoping I can find a cute button or embellishment that I can add to give him some dimension after I’m done quilting the rug. Today, I plan to fire up the BSR and do some free motion quilting – I’m so excited, it’s a foot that I don’t get to play with often enough!