Monthly Archives: January 2015


I have a couple of friends that have decided to become Jamberry Nail consultants. Aside from doing a few online parties, they occasionally do vendor eventsshows… and miniature riceheating bags are apparently ‘a thing’ (for a lot of these wraps you have to heat up the product before applying. You can heat these little bags up for 20-30 seconds, they stay warm, and look cute!). Two ladies asked me to make 100 bags – and like a crazy lady, I agreed!



This was a great little scrapbuster project, but took far more time that what I thought it would (now looking back 100 is a lot!) and they used a lot of rice (somewhere between 8.5-9 lbs. of rice). I’m anxious to see how these work out and which bags seem to draw the most interest. I haven’t even delivered these yet and I’m already getting interest for more – so keep an eye out for these in the future. I’m thinking they might even make great little hand warmers, too!

Linky Thursday

Looking for a fun way to keep your little one warm they taking a nap or watching a movie? This mermaid tail blanket definitely fits the bill! Looking for something a bit more practical (or just for the boys)? Try this toddler sleeping bag, instead.

Speaking of blankets, this swaddle tutorial claims to be the best wrap around.

Totoro. Enough said.

Do you know someone who’s new to sewing, but doesn’t have enough beginner friendly patterns to start with? This envelope pillow is a great way to introduce them to their machine. Are they ready for something a little more advanced? Try this Posy Strip Pillow instead.

Winter is Coming (or already here), so why not make a new wrap to keep warm?

A fashionable bag to keep your tablet protected.

Learn how to make a lined jacket from a top.

Make a pair of cozy mittens for everyone in the family.

I’m not sure that I would classify this as a dress, but made in a really lightweight, drapy material, this tutorial could make a good swimsuit cover.

Upcycyle an old towel and your favorite fabrics to create a bathmat for your tub or shower.

I’m not usually one for tissue covers, but this quilted version is a cute project (scroll down the entry for the instructions).

While there is no sewing involved in this project, I can’t resist pointed out this great, padded letter tutorial.

Memory Pillow

01-memoryOn occasion, there is a project or two that just jumps out at me and motivates me to make it. Recently a friend had posted a memory pillow on social media and asked where she could have one made out of a shirt of her son’s who past away in a car accident… I immediately offered to make her one.

While the construction wasn’t complicated (or take that long for that matter), getting the text the right configuration (so that it wasn’t too long, etc.) was a booger (come to find out, the inspiration pillow she saw was the best way after all!)! Overall, I’m pretty happy with the finished pillow, but most of all I’m happy that I was able to give a friend something that makes them remember their son every time they look at it.

Zebra Layette

01-layetteSewing for a girl – something that I haven’t been able to do in a long time! A friend is expecting very soon so this gave me an excuse to whip up a quick little layette set: an embellished onesie, burp rag, and top knot hat.

For this set, I used a remnant knit that I had in my stash to make a coordinating zebra print gift set (by the way, this is a ‘theme’ she is using for her baby, even her high chair is zebra!). I started with a purchased onesie, a bit of fusible web, an iron-on flower, and a satin stitch to embellish the bodysuit. For the hat, I used Prudent Baby’s free pattern. And last but, not least, a diaper was transformed into a burp cloth. One note about the burp cloth, because I was using a knit (and a very thin one at that), I opted to interface the material before stitching it down to the diaper – this made for a much firmer feel, but it was substantially easier to work with – I’d highly recommend doing that if you opt to use a stretch material with this project.

Guitar Raglan

01-slamWith everyone beginning to feel better around here, I was finally able to sneak into the sewing room for a few hours this weekend and work on a project. Since I knew that I was pressed for time, I went with something that I knew would be a quick sew: a Grand Slam raglan shirt for Easton.

I had pre-ordered a Die Laitnerei Black Guitar print from Emrose Designs and was anxious to put it to good use. While I really like this material (good, not too juvenile, boy prints are difficult to find, IMHO), it’s a bit much to use for a long sleeved shirt. Fortunately, I had a bit of green knit that matched very closely to the green in the guitar print and opted to use that for the body of the shirt and just use the Die Laitnerei for the sleeve and a pocket.

Speaking of the pocket, it’s massive. I think it works because it helps tie in the print to the front of the shirt, but if I make it again, I’m shrinking it down. My other complaint is that there is no placement line for the pocket either… I waited until the shirt was almost entire constructed and had Easton try it on before I figured out where I wanted it. Overall, a quick sew and Easton loved the results – in fact, he’s wearing it to school today!




01-laceWith all the sickness going on around here, I haven’t accomplished much sewing, but I did finally have a chance to finish an embroidery project… a bit of freestanding lace.

I am always fascinated with how these turn out using a machine – I really need to find more uses for this type of design! Now to put this one to work… you’ll be seeing this very soon in an upcoming tutorial!

Linky Thursday

Frozen was one of the hottest themed toys this Christmas. If your little one still hasn’t had enough, here’s 4 movie themed plush you can sew yourself!

Get ready for Valentine’s Day in your kitchen by sewing up a pair of these fun, heart-shaped oven mitts or a heart hotpad.

Show them you’ve been hit by Cupid’s arrow this Valentine’s Day by whipping up this fun pillow.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to expand your sewing knowledge, then you’ll definitely want to check out this tutorial on how to insert an invisible zipper into French seams.

Your little one is sure to keep their mittens on when they’re in fun, sea animal shapes.

Who needs Toms when you can make your own adorable shoes! Now where’s the adult version?

If you got cosmetics this holiday, chances are you’ll need a new bag to put them in. This video tutorial shows you how to sew up a pretty, pleated pouch (try saying that 5 times real fast!).

Stop stepping on Legos (or other toys) in the middle of the night! Stitch up one of these playmats and cinch them up before bed.

These purse sized first-aid kits are a great way to keep bandages neat and clean and always at your fingertips!

Baby, it’s cold outside! So why not make a detachable fur collar to add to your coat?

Got buttons? This tote tutorial shows you how to put a rainbow of colors to use and how to quickly stitch them up using your machine.

After seeing this tutorial for sewing a hippo shaped plush (you’ll probably need to have the site translated), I can’t get the “Hungry, Hungry Hippos” jingle out of my head!



This is what’s been floating around my house since the day after Christmas… The Flu. One by one, he’s been picking off family members and it’s been nasty. With Easton (almost) on the mend and now Bret down (Taylor bounced back quickly), I haven’t been able to tackle many projects – although I did attempt to work on a design for WeAllSew yesterday only to discover that I had run out of supplies.

Two things I discovered:

  • If I drive really fast, I can make it to my nearest Joann’s in under 15 minutes. Perfect for when you realize you need something and the store closes in 25.
  • 4 layers of Sulky Solvy is not the same as 1 layer of Sulky Ultra Solvy.

01-magazineAs for sewing, I think I just need to tackle some of the quick & easy, TNT (tried and true) patterns that I have materials for… not only will I be scratching a few of those off my ‘to do list’, I can feel like I’m accomplishing something even though I don’t have a lot of time to sew. I’m also going to see about getting the current issue of Kotiliesi Käsityö – Named posted a few photos on Facebook of the patterns that they have in this issue and I’m pretty sure that I need to make all the casual wear. 

Back to the Drawing Board

01-trifectaRecently, my daughter made a request for me to make a shirt: a long sleeved, raglan style tee with camo fabric for the body, “leather sleeves”, and a tiny pocket. No problem, right? I purchased a yard of camouflage kit and figured that I would use the remnant stretch pleather from my Wallis pant for the rest. As for the pattern, Kitchycoo’s Trifecta Top seemed like a perfect match (and it gave me the perfect excuse to finally try it out).

After taping everything together, tracing off the pieces I need, and making a few adjustments, I discovered….. I don’t have enough pleather for the sleeves. Boo. I am trying to avoid spending a small fortune on a piece of stretch pleather because I am fairly certain she’s only going to wear this a few times and am leaning toward this one from Girl Charlee – anyone have any experience with it? Speaking of Girl Charlee, did anyone get a December Bundle from them? I was so very tempted and would love to see what everyone got!

The Oslo

01-oslodoneSewing for 2015 is officially underway with the completion of my first project of the year – The Oslo Cardigan! This was a great way to start – not only was it a fun and easy sew, the fit is great and the fabric was fabulous to work with.

This was my first experience with a pattern from Seamwork Magazine and I have to say, I’m totally impressed. All the patterns are geared toward the beginner (there’s not a lot of pieces to work with, predominately straight seams, and detailed instructionsillustrations to help with each step) and can be sewn in two hours or less but still with fashionable results. Keep in mind that these projects take 2 hours or less to sew – that doesn’t include putting the PDF together – which probably took me as long or longer than the actual cardigan construction.

Speaking of construction, I did make a few changes. First off, I skipped the buttons . The material I chose is fairly lightweight and somewhat ‘airy’ so I didn’t think that it would support them well. It doesn’t call for it in the instructions, but if you do decide to add buttons to your cardigan, I would recommend adding a bit of interfacing to the wrong side of the material before you attach the collar piece to give the fabric a bit more support and keep the buttonhole from stretching out of shape. Secondly, I waited to sew down the hem until I attached the collar piece to the jacket: When sewing the collar, I folded up the hem (covering the collar), stitched, then folded back the hem and stitched it in place. This made a very smooth, professional looking finish to the cardigan – the tip is very much appreciated Melissa!