Monthly Archives: June 2014

A Few More Projects

Last week I blogged about a tie pattern that would appear in Sew It All Volume 8, but neglected to mention two other articles that would be included in there as well. Sew It All was awesome enough to send me photos of my projects the other day and I couldn’t wait to share them:



The first photo is from the article,  “Great Lengths” which describes how you can make a customized hi-low skirt. I had so much fun with this one that I made several, including one with a ruffled flounce. The second is entitled “Fluff & Fold” – if you look closely, you may recognize this from my appearance on SewItAll TV where I demonstrate how to make a blanket that folds itself up into a decorative pillow (you can skip the embroidery if you don’t have a machine or time to work on it). Be sure to pick up your copy of Sew It All next week (June 17) and be sure to let me know what you sew up!

Linky Thursday

Enter to win a copy of the new release, Little One-Yard Wonders.

Not only are these pillows cute, one is very functional too – it acts as a book pillow when you’re ready to cuddle up at night.

These flounced leggings are so cute, every little girl will want one (or two, or three)! Too hot for leggings? How about a pair of ruffled Cabana Shorts instead?

Father’s Day is this Sunday. If you’re still struggling what to make this year, how about whipping up an easy BBQ apron? Then when you’re done, you can make a fun, ruffled half apron for yourself!

I have to admit, I really like the bags that Sew4Home designs for their blog. This Safari Duffle is a great example of a fabulous, free bag pattern (and would make a good gift for dad, too)!

You can wear Sew Caroline’s Boat Club Dress for a day out or as a beach cover up – either way you’ll look adorable.

5 ways to turn zippers into jewelry. My favorite is the braided cuff.

My kids are always asking for fish (we can’t seem to keep them alive for long). I think next time they ask, I’ll give them Penny the Fish.

Learn how to draft yourself an easy to weareasy to sew summer dress with contrast yoke.

One of the cutest cover upshooded towels that’s perfect for the pool or beach this summer.

Make your own strawberry pincushion.

Back to school may be a ways away, but it’s never too early to start making cool supply holders – like this fantastic marker pouch.

Make boo-boos go away faster with one of these monster hotcold pack (page will need to be translated).



Win Little One-Yard Wonders

06-oneyardWhat can you make with one yard of fabric? You’ll have 101 different projects to chose from in the new title, Little One-Yard Wonders: Irresistible Clothes, Toys, and Accessories You Can Make for Babies and Kids… including my project, The Ultimate Gamer’s Tote!

This third book in the series has projects specifically for the younger set (from babies to younger children). It includes patterns ranging from fabulous clothing and accessories to home decor and toys – there’s a something for everyone inside… yes, even the tweens! It’s a great go-to book if you’re looking to create something for a baby shower, gift-giving holidaysbirthdays, or just looking for something special to sew up for the child in your life.

In addition to the step-by-step (illustrated) instructions for each project, Little One-Yard Wonders also includes necessary pattern pieces that are tucked away in a bound-in envelope so you’ll never be searching for lost patterns again! Now about that Ultimate Gamer’s Tote:

06-totePhoto by Julie Toy

My project is for the older childrentweens – a perfectly sized tote (with a wrist strap) designed for portable gaming systems. It fits all current and past hand-held devices (DS, Vita, PSP, and even Leapster Leapfrog), has pockets for up to 8 game cartridges, is padded to protect your electronics, and has an easy openclose Velcro closure. It’s a great project for all skill levels and whips up in an afternoon!

Want to check out this project and 100 more? Enter to win a copy of Little One-Yard Wonders (sorry, only US residents this time around). This contest runs from June 11 to midnight June 18, 2014 and you can enter daily. Good luck!

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DIY Laminate Fail

06-bib1My nephew will be celebrating a big first birthday this weekend and I decided that he needed some personalized gifts. I thought it might be fun to make him a bib that he could wear while he was eating his ‘mess cake’ and opted to go for Peek-a-Boo pattern’s Ultimate Baby Bib. I liked this particular pattern because it’s large enough for a toddler, catches crumbs, and is easily wiped clean. Since I wanted to customize my fabric (I was doing some embroidery with a 1st birthday logo and name) I decided to skip the purchased laminate and ‘make my own’ by using an iron on vinyl on my material…. this was a mistake. Do not be fooled that using this product will make your fabric anything close to the laminate you can buy in stores. What I ended up with was a crinkly, stiff hot mess. You can see for yourself (although the picture really doesn’t do it justice as to how bad it really is) by looking at the photo on the left. Terrible. Consequently, I went back to the drawing board. I decided to use a “Happy Birthday” material to make a (large) cloth bib and use the machine embroidery design on a matching t-shirt. The results? Much better as you can see: 06-bib2 The moral of the story? Stay away from the iron-on vinyl. 


06-prefontaineAbout a month ago, I started seeing a few bloggers test sewing Prefontaine shorts for women. As soon as I saw them, I knew, I had to have that pattern! I was very excited to see that it was included in the most recent Pattern Parcel group (as the bonus pattern). I immediately purchased the group and printed off the pattern.

For my first pair I went with a Hawaiian print and purchased bias tape (easy!). I also wanted to be sure that my shorts had plenty of ease so I cut out one size up than what my measurements fell into….. and I discovered I didn’t need to do that. Thankfully the way the pattern is designed, you have a bit of room to adjust the width of the shorts before you permanently stitch them together so I wound up taking in most of the ease to essentially make it the size I should have cut in the first place (if that made sense). Lesson learned: These shorts run ‘true to size’ – the next pair are what I should have used in the first place!

As for the pattern itself, it’s extremely easy to sew. I did skip the weltpatch pockets on the back of the shorts so it came together very quickly (next round I’m going for the welt) and using purchased bias tape made it go a lot faster as well since I didn’t have to make my own. Overall, a great pattern for beginners, just be sure to take your time applying the binding so it goes on evenly. I intend on make NUMEROUS Prefontaine shorts this summer to wear – they’re just my style and super comfy to wear!


06-sewitallHopefully this week (or last, depending on your PBS schedule) you had a chance to see my second episode on Sew It All where I teach everyone to make Plankets…. or Quillows…. or fun blankets that fold into pillows when you’re finished using them! These are great for households that have tons of blankets lying around (we’re definitely guilty), dorm room decor, and make great gifts for everyone in the family.

The front of each pillow pocket has some fun embroidery work (optional, of course) and I give some tips and tricks for using fleece and fur with your machine plus teach you how your finished blanket. If you didn’t get to check out the program you can still download the instructions and make your own Blanket Pillows.

Linky Thursday

My son lost his first tooth a few days ago. Guess what that means? I got to finally whip out this tooth fairy pillow and put it to good use!

A cocoon style cardigan doesn’t have to be hard to create. In fact, this video will teach you how to make yours.

If your need more sundresses in this life, be sure to check out this super easy Texas Summer version by Melly Sews.

Beach blankets just got cooler. The underside ‘pockets’ in this one can be weighted down with sand so it doesn’t blow away.

Dress up your next pillowcase dress with this fun pom pom version.

Don’t know what to make for Dad this Father’s Day? Why not a cool sofa caddy to keep all those remotes handy?

I need more friends to start having girls, just so I can sew up this adorable baby romper.

Looking for a sweet tank for little girls’? Look no further than Pattern Revolution’s Petite Pan Top.

Mix and match your fabric fabrics in a 4 Quarter’s Skirt.

Whoooo says sachets have to be boring? These owl versions (get it, whoooo?) are totally cute!

Whip up a new maxi skirt this weekend – with pockets!



It’s A Tie

06-tieI am so excited that I can finally share with you one of my projects that I have worked on – men’s (skinny) ties! I worked on this pattern and made several fun (and a few ‘business’ style) versions for my upcoming article in Sew It All Vol. 8…  I’m hoping I took the fear out of sewing one for yourself or significant other by using easy to find materials and fun prints!

Even though the magazine doesn’t arrive on newstands until June 17, you can go ahead and prep your pattern now so you’re ready to sew in a few days – stitching up a tie is much easier than you think! Be sure to send me photos of your new neckwear – I love to see what you all create!

Another Pneuma

I couldn’t resist making another Pneuma Tank (especially since my daughter took off with my first version). This time I used a white jersey for the sports bra, black strapping, and a fun ‘newsprint’ jersey for the tank. I also fixed my miscut with the bra and found hat it came together much better this time – plus the strapping fits better and tank drapes nicer (although it still looks wider than the model’s on the website, IMHO).



I’m thinking I need to make one more of these in a solid color for myself before I put this pattern away for awhile. It’s very comfortable and fun to wear plus I’ve gotten quite a few compliments on it already! I can’t wait to try the Ooh La Leggings to pair up with this one – definitely a fun combination!

Border Print Dolman

05-dolman3Apparently last week I was so traumatized by my dental appointment that I had totally forgotten to put up a Friday post. Consequently this week, I have lots of fun projects to share!

First up – another great Jalie dolman (you can see my previous versions here and here)! This particular top uses a border print fabric which I think really changes the look up of this shirt quite a bit. It was inspired by a photo shoot that Jalie had done for their covers – I loved this print so much that I had to ask where they purchased it from (you can find the retailer on ebay).

Once again this one was put together quickly and wears beautifully. I’m hoping to make the sweatpants (a ‘dressy’ version) and a flared skirt soon to pair up with this top… and yes, I want to make another dolman (this time in an open weave material).