Monthly Archives: May 2016

Teachers Change the World

05-teachersThis week has been Teacher’s Appreciation week at Easton’s school. This year the principal asked that each day small tokens of appreciation were to be given to the teachers (writing their teacher notes, bringing their favorite drink, buying items off their classroom wishlist, etc.). Since I generally do an ‘end-of-year’ gift on the last day of school, I always struggle to find something small for this week….. until I decided to do towels!

I opted to embroider this Teachers Change the World design onto colorful tea towels. Sadly, I’m not thrilled with my end result. Since I didn’t have the ‘exact’ colors listed in the color change sheet, I decided to do it myself – a lot of times this works out well…. this time, not so much (it’s just not a smooth transition from one color to the next). I also didn’t use a heavy enough stabilizer for this design and had places where my bobbin thread showed through. Next year I vow I won’t be so rushed to work on a project that I’ll have time to get all my supplies together beforehand!

Linky Thursday

Get the “Write On” digital pattern for free just by taking this quick, 10 minute survey.  Plus be entered to win a $500 gift certificate to the ShopSewItAll store!

Looking to sew for the man in your life? Then be sure to check out this free classic tee pattern.

This drawstring mesh soccer bag looks all to familiar in our house. Now you don’t have to buy one at a sporting goods store, you can make it yourself

Keep mom looking sharp in the kitchen this Mother’s Day (wait, Mom’s shouldn’t be cooking!) with a pretty new apron. Both of these uses recycled materials so it’s environmentally conscious too! This one upcycyles a man’s shirt, while this one is made using a leg from a pair of jeans.

Speaking of upcycling, check out this adorable tote made from a denim shirt.

Need a new outfit by the weekend? This wrap maxi skirt is the perfect solution.

It’s teacher appreciation week which means that I’m on the hunt for quick and unique gifts to make teachers….. like this key fob that also holds a pack of gum!

Double gauze always has such a wonderful feel. Can you imagine those in a pair of pajamas? Now you don’t have to imagine with this free tutorial!

Dress it up or down. Either way this pleated shirt will go with just about everything.

Betz White is celebrating 10 years of blogging by bringing you fun projects all month long!  Today’s post is hosted by Bari J and has instructions for an adorable embellished tea towel.

Looking to wear more dresses this summer, but don’t have a lot of time? Be sure to check out this gathered waist dress,  this light and airy dress (that whips up in 30 minutes) -you may find that you will have to translate this site for more information, or a fun criss-cross sundress.

One of my favorite styles of bags to make is the messenger. This one looks quick to whip up.

Custom Sash

05-dreamkillerOne of the best things about sewing is that every once in awhile, I get to make something ‘different’. Last weekend, my friend’s daughter called me up and asked if I could make her a sash as a gag gift for her favorite teacher. She had checked a few online stores, but not only were custom sashes expensive, but the turn around time was pretty slow…. so of course, I said ‘yes’.

I’m going to admit, I took the really easy way out of this. I purchased wide (3″) satin ribbon (found in the ‘bridal isle’ of the store) and used iron-on lettering to make this project. I cut a length ribbon on the diagonal and used a french seam to finish it off. Then I ironed on the wording that she requested (“dream killer”). In  hindsight, I wish I had a solid lettering to make this so it was easier to read – unfortunately they didn’t have a font style that worked (most were way too thin) so I went with the zebra print. This whole project took a total of 30 minutes to make, teaching me that I never have to buy a store bought sash for a fun event ever again!

New Hardware

05-hardwareIn an attempt to elevate my bag making, I decided I needed some new hardware. In addition to all the other fun add-ons, this time I went with…. rivets! I’ve been seeing a lot of these used around handles and I’m thinking that if I’m making my own, I might as well make them look professional.

Of course while I was shopping, I had to thrown in a  few extras (plus the hole punch and setter tools for the rivets) so my latest hardware haul is pretty extensive. I’ve got several Bag of the Month purses to catch up on and I’m hoping that I can tackle those (with my new goodies) in the coming month.

Another Sanibel Update

05-sanibelWhen it comes to the Sanibel Romper project, I feel as if things are moving at a snail’s pace. In part this is due to all the ‘details’ of the project (pockets, collars & stands, cuffs with plackets) and just life in general that has kept me out of the sewing room.

The most recent additions to this project are the back & yoke, pockets, and collar & stand. I also started work on the sleeves (but haven’t attached them yet) and added the placket to them. It took me quite a while to work on the sleeve placket because it was a completely different technique to insert it than what I’ve ever done before… I think it worked out well, and looks very nice in the end, but I’m not convinced it’s any easier than how I’ve done plackets in the past. I’m anxious to get back to this today so I can finish up the bodice completely and start on the ‘shorts’ section of this project.

Speaking of rompers…. I was excited to see the latest patterns for Seamwork yesterday because one of them was a quick to sew romper! If this turns out well, I think I may give that one a whirl as well as the Perry dress – so may projects to try, so little time!