Monthly Archives: January 2013

Linky Thursday

Wait! Before you throw out that old sweatshirt, consider making it into a fantastic skirt!

Need a ‘grab and go’ type purse? The Sling Bag by Morning by Morning not only has large pockets, but a cute, leather handle detail that will set this hobo apart from others. Looking for more leather handled bags? Check out this one from WeAllSew.

The Sweet Audrey – a dress so adorable, I’m wishing I had my own version!

If working out is on your list of resolutions, you’ll need some new workout gear. This racerback tank is great to work up a sweat in, plus it’s a quick and easy project to sew!

I think that this sweet woodland cottage pincushion could easily double as a Christmas ornament around the holidays!

Add a little bling to your wardrobe and make yourself a Simple Sparkle Top (you’ll need a favorite pattern to create this look, though).

I recently saw the most adorable baby gift set: A cardigan onesie with matching bow ties. Now you can make it yourself with this fun tutorial for a baby cardi.

Christmas may be over, but the weather is still perfect for a new Flannel Nightgown.

Make and send Aaron Sewing Cabinets 2 pillowcases (which is sent to charity) and you’ll be entered to win a fun, new sewing chair!

You’ll always be able to identify your keys after you make a Chip Bag Shrinky key chain (a fun project to do with your kids).

Keep your car clean with this pretty front seat trash bag.

Have scraps? Gather them up and make this fabulous organizer.

Shark Pants

When I started cleaning my sewing room, I realized one of the easiest ways to do it was to sew down some of the piles accumulating on my tables. I decided to start with the bulkiest first. You see, quite some time ago, Easton expressed an interested in footed pajamas – so I immediately purchased Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop’s version along with enough materials to make a pair. Before I had a chance to make them, Easton convinced me to buy him a ready-to-wear version…. and he hated the style. Needless to say, the fabric I selected sat on my table ever since. Because I couldn’t come up with another use for this material, I decided to go ahead and sew up a different style of pajamas – the Goodnight Sweetheart Pajamas from Sewing for Boys – with some radically different changes. You see, this pattern is really designed to have a turned up cuff and be made with something like a flannel so I can’t really speak as to how they sewed up, but I can say they fit well (I cut a size 2/3 since Easton is a very slim build)… and he seems to enjoy this version much better than a footed version!

Project Details:

Pattern: Goodnight Sweetheart Pajamas from, Sewing for Boys

Fabric:
Shark printed fleece from Joann’s

Materials & Cost:
Pattern……..Book Stash
Fabric………$6.86
Notions……..$0.50
Total……….$7.36

We’re Back!

After several days with the site being down, I’m happy that it’s back again…. I was going through blogging withdrawal! What do you do when you can’t write? You head over to your Facebook page and post lots of fun links (think Linky Thursday, but Facebook Style) – I highly recommend stopping by if you have some time (even if you’re not a member of Facebook, you can still view the page and see the content). In the mean time, I’m gearing up to write tomorrow post – it’s back to business on Wednesday (yay)!

We’re Back

After several days with the site being down, I’m happy that it’s back again…. I was going through blogging withdrawal! What do you do when you can’t write? You head over to your Facebook page and post lots of fun links (think Linky Thursday, but Facebook Style) – I highly recommend stopping by if you have some time (even if you’re not a member of Facebook, you can still view the page and see the content). In the mean time, I’m gearing up to write tomorrow post – it’s back to business on Wednesday (yay)!

Coastal Cuiser

With the decorations down, house cleaned, and laundry washed & folded, I was finally able to sit down in the sewing room and work on my first project of 2013: the Coastal Cruiser. This project took a bit more time that what I anticipated – I didn’t account for all the cutting and ‘quilting’ of the pillow itself, but it was well worth it because I love the end result.

The PDF was very straightforward – a good set of instructions even for a beginner although they do assume that you have some sewing background. I decided to use an applique stitch on my machine instead of straight stitching because I thought it looked neater and will keep the fabric from fraying so badly over time. However, when it came to quilting I did sew 1/2″ lines across the front and back of the pillow (I used the seam guide attachment to keep everything even, it’s a handy tool to have for your machine!), although I did not quilt over the applique design itself. I’ve decided that if I wind up making a second pillow, I’m going to have to use the BSR attachment for the background areas – it’s a perfect excuse to perfect my free motion quilting! The only complaint that I had with this project is a possible error that I found in the cutting directions: The instructions calls for the background and backing fabrics to be cut one side, but they are later referred to 1″ shorter. The fusible fleece has a similar problem (one is cut 18 x 8″), but it actually need to be 18 x 10″.

Overall, a great (free) pattern, beginner friendly, and perfect excuse to test out some quilting skills. I see more of these in my future (mostly because both kids have ‘claimed’ it as theirs)!

Linky Thursday

If you’re wanting to start off the new year with fresh equipment, then you’ll want to check out this Sew Fun Pincushion while you’re there, be sure to check out this tutorial for a Padded Gadget Cover – prefect for those Christmas tablets!

Want to become a sewing star? SewItAll is doing a casting call (contest) for one lucky person to appear on an upcoming episode!

Owls are still wildly popular. Keep up with the trend with one of these fleece stuffies! (Although I’m very partial to this cute little fish)

I love this Polka Dot Pintuck Skirt – it might just be perfect for spring!

Messy chef? This clever apron sports a detachable hand towel for easy washing.

These cute penguins make a perfect toy to cuddle with on a cold day.

The pattern may not be free, but the tutorial for repurposing old purses into baby shoes is, and it’s brilliant!

Spring is right around the corner which means the kids will soon be spending more time outside. Make a handy, portable First-Aid Kit to carry all your essentials with you!

Start the new year off with a new messenger, like this one from OCD.

Turn a shower curtain into a padded bench seat.

This dress may be labeled as a nursing pattern, but I can definitely see anyone wearing this wrapped design.

You may not have to sew these zippered bracelets, but they are definitely “sewing themed”!

Gertie’s New Book

When Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing first came out, I was on the fence about buying it – mostly because my style is far from ‘vintage’. However, after reading a few reviews and seeing several garments made from the book, I decided to add it to my ‘wishlist’… Thankfully, Santa delivered!

The first portion of the book is well written, gives good advice on fitting and tailoring, and discusses ‘essential techniques’ (a variety of hand stitches, buttonholes, zippers, and seam finishes), but I found that this book is not quite as ‘couture’ as stated in the title. Yes, there are elements that are considered couture that you may incorporate into your finished garment, but I wouldn’t necessarily compare it to a Chanel jacket. What I liked best about this section of the book (aside from the information) is the relaxed tone of the writing – I feel like I’m in a class versus reading a technical manual… you get the same great information without having to decipher technical lingo.

The best part of these types of books are the patterns inside. Gertie’s book contains 10 different designs, some with variations to each style to create a different look. Although the patterns are considered ‘vintage’, they have a modern feel that I’m even attracted to. I can’t speak as to how they sew up yet, but from glancing at some of the directions, many of the designs should be easy to stitch up. Be prepared, however, the patterns overlap some when tracing -although not as badly as what you might find in a Burda or Ottobre magazine. There are also no line drawings included, just the finished garment on the model, so be prepared to examine each design closely if you rely on the technical drawings to determine if you’re likely to sew something up.

The Bottom Line: A good book to have on the bookshelf, good information and cute patterns, just don’t expect your garment to be ‘true’ couture.

New Project, New Year

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful evening and I wish you a prosperous, joyous, and sew productive 2013!

Aside from marathon Lego building, I spent part of yesterday at a local quilt shop. Since I can’t seem to find Tula Pink’s Salt Water locally (I need just a handful of fat quarters to make the Coastal Cruiser pillow), I decided to do the next best thing – shop at a $1 fat quarter sale and match up my own set! While the selection had already been pretty picked over, I did manage to find enough fabrics to make one, blue pillow. Consequently, the Coastal Cruiser will be my first project of 2013 – provided I get a long enough stretch from helping Easton build Lego City for me to hop into my sewing room! What will be your first project of the new year?

Project Details:

Pattern: Coastal Cruiser Pillow by Tula Pink

Fabric:
Assortment of fat quarter from Hen Feathers

Materials & Cost:
Pattern……..Free
Fabric………$7.51
Notions……..$1.49 & Stash
Total……….$9.00