Monthly Archives: February 2017

Box Cards

After finishing up several deadlines, I had a strong desire to do some selfish sewing, but I had also purchased a Valentine Box Card kit for the Cricut and knew I needed to do that before the holiday too. So, I opted to make cards….. All Day Long. And I really loved doing it! In fact after making Valentine’s for the family, I decided that I would make a birthday one for a friend, too.

These little guys are a lot of fun to make – and a lot easier than what you would think. Basically the machine cuts out all the elements you need and you glue them down, adding some embellishments and bits of accent paper as you go. Once you’re finished, you can fold them down, flat and slide them into an envelope.

Now I realize I don’t have nearly enough paper stashed to make more of these, but I definitely think that I will buy a few more box card sets – I really had fun working on them and I think they look impressive when popped open…. although I wonder if they wind up being cheaper in the long run than store bought?

Mystery Project

When the creative juices get flowing it’s hard to make them stop…. Yesterday was spent working on an upcoming project that will be featured on WeAllSew very soon. I’m very excited about this one because I’ve been thinking about this project for quite some time now and it’s great to see it finally see it become a reality. Even better is the fact that it’s one of those ‘quick and easy’ projects we all love and is perfect for beginners too. Now to take some ‘action shots’ with this one and it will be wrapped up!

To reward myself for finishing up all the deadlines I had this month, I wound up purchasing Striped Swallow’s Highlander Dolman pattern – I was totally drawn in by it’s awesome back. Hopefully, I’ll get to sewing this one up very soon…. and also getting my Bag of the Month Club project cut! What’s on your agenda this weekend?

Linky Thursday

Looking for a totally unique bag to make this Valentine’s? Then be sure to check out this tutorial for the Glitter Lips Case.

Keep you iPhone upright while you watch your favorite show or surf the web with this awesome iPhone Case and Stand.

If you’re in need of a quick gift to sew, but are limited on fabric, then be sure to check out this Tote & Apron tutorial that is made from only 1 yard!

This Teddy Bear Heart Pocket Pillow is a sweet gift to give someone you love this Valentine’s Day.

Fleece doesn’t have to be used just for clothes and accessories, you can make fun home decor items too, like this ‘chenille’ heart pillow. Perfect for Valentine’s Day.

If you love the look of vintage clothing, then you’ll definitely want to stop by The Sewing Rabbit for this 1940’s Keyhole Dress tutorial (note: you’ll need to already have a basic bodice sloper to make this one).

Melly Sews has a series of fabric flowers this week including tutorials for a felt Peony, Rose, and Ranunculus.

You don’t need paper or plastic when you bring your own reusable fabric grocery bags to the store.

Transform baby’s rompers into a snuggly teddy keepsake.

Cork is becoming a very popular sewing medium. Want to try out this material for yourself, but on a smaller scale than a bag or purse? Then this cork phone case is just for you!

Stay on trend while feeling comfortable with a pair of joggers.

Everyone loves a good floor poof. My favorite at the moment is the interesting drum shaped one from A Beautiful Mess.

Mystery

I’ve been fairly quiet this week about my current sewing project(s), so you’re probably wondering what’s new from my machine? This.

Alright, admittedly, it doesn’t look like much – the photo is purposely disguised and cropped so you can’t see exactly what it is, but I can tell you that they are easy-to-sew and will appear with an companion article in the Oct\Nov. issue of Sew News later on this year. Now that fabric? Not so easy to sew at all. While I loved the heathered sknit  (Joann’s version of a sweater knit, I believe) that had a bit of lurex (shiny thread) woven through it, it was really a booger to work with (even though it had good stretch and recovery when I fiddled with it at the store). Pair that up with the fact that I had to make several prototypes with it before finally getting everything right, and I think it’s safe to say that I’m really tired of looking at this material!

I will say that Taylor totally approved of the final items. In fact, she asked if she could wear it to school that morning. So, I’m feeling fairly confident about the look of my final design since she’s my meter or what’s still fashionable and cool. Now, what to sew up next?

Double Brushed Poly

It seems like social media has been talking a lot about leggings made by a company called LuLaRoe. For those that aren’t familiar with the brand, LuLaRoe creates clothing in a super comfortable double brushed poly (and in limited run prints – some that are quite fun). I have never worn anything in this material before, but understood it was quite similar to not wearing anything at all. What? Super comfy “pants” that come in funky prints? I’m sold. That’s right, after several months of seeing people talking about these leggings, I caved and bought a pair so I could check them out myself…. then I turned around and bought two more!

What I found most surprising is that this material is uber stretchy – a pair of one size leggings fits sizes 0-12 (they also have a tall and curvy brand, but I am not sure the exact size range of those). I know that I have ‘thicker thighs’, but I as able to wear these without the design stretching out of shape (or becoming thin)… and boy are the comfortable.

With my newfound love for this material, it only makes sense that I break down and purchase some for myself, right? On Friday I saw that Knitpop was having a bundle sale – and this is what I got…. 4 yards of yummy double brushed poly. So how does this compare to the material on the LuLaRoe leggings? The Knitpop fabric actually feels smoother and slightly thicker – like a better quality fabric. Now to give this material a whirl and see how it sews up…. if I could only decide what pattern to use with them!

I’m not usually one that jumps on crafty ‘bandwagon trends’, but this time, I couldn’t help myself. While I have been admiring people’s glittered stem wine glasses for quite some time, I never had any intention of making any for myself – they looked like a lot of work. However, while browsing at a store last week, I discovered the perfect birthday present for a friend of mine: a portable wine glass (the kind that collapses into your purse), cute wine glass gift containers, and wine themed coasters. That’s when I knew I had to make some.

 

So, I purchased several inexpensive wine glasses, Mod Podge, super fine glitter, and Triple Thick (for the sealant). After the whole process of applying the glitter, drying, sealing etc. I was sort of disappointed that most of the shine had been diminished by the layer of Triple Thick, plus some places were a bit clumpy where it had ‘pooled’ while drying.

Since the Mod Podge I am using is dishwasher safe, I thought that I would give it a go, using it as the sealant instead…. the only caveat to this is that it takes 28 days to cure before you can get it wet. 28 DAYS! Sadly, it didn’t do any better than the Triple Thick in keeping the glitter brilliant. However, I do think that the gold looks much better than the blue, so maybe the key is to use light colored glitters with this product instead. Now I have to wait 28 days to tell you if it actually holds up in the dishwasher. I’ll keep you posted.

You can check out the results for yourself with the photo on the left. The Triple Thick glasses are on the left, while the Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge is on the right. My last alternative to coating these guys is using a resin on them and admittedly I stink at resin (if you are a long, long time follower of this blog, you may remember my attempts at resin jewelry or you can use the search bar and type ‘resin’ and see what I mean) so I’m not sure how many more glasses I will attempt (I may just stick with gold if I do).

Friday

Pretty much the entire day yesterday was devoted to writing an upcoming article for Sew News (by the way, did you see the Sporty Crop Pants in the latest issue? I am thinking I really need to make a pair of those). Some days the words flow freely and others I keep editing myself until I think it finally has the right feel…. yesterday was a struggle. Of course I have some distractions as well….

You may have caught the post that our sweet little Jynx passed away shortly after we got her. According to the vet she was probably exposed to parvo prior to us bringing her home and hadn’t had enough immunity from vaccinations to ward it off. Unfortunately, parvo is quite a hearty virus and has the ability to live in the environment for years – which meant that we should either wait a substantial amount of time before getting another puppy or think about adopting an older dog (who was fully vaccinated and less susceptible to contracting the virus). We hadn’t anticipated getting another dog until after summer was over, but suddenly ‘the stars aligned perfectly’ and we wound up adopting this little guy….. Meet Jimmy, an 8 month oldish rat terrier (mix?), who aside for a slight ‘doggie cold’ is perfectly healthy and vaccinated (that’s not to say he couldn’t contract parvo, but the outcome would be more favorable if he did…. plus we’re keeping him out of the ‘contaminated’ part of the yard for the next 6-7 months). He is definitely a loving little guy who likes lots of attention and loves walks (which means that I am going to be getting into shape weather I like it or not).

To top it off, the new Bag of the Month Club purse was released the other day and I’ve been racking my brain as to what I want to do to with it. I am attempting to use some of the fabrics I’ve been stashing in my sewing room for ages which means I’ve spent a good hour or two looking for materials that might work together. As of right now, I’m leaning toward an Amy Butler August Fields print with a coordinating solid that I happened to find on Fabric.com when I originally bought the material. My only hesitation is that the material is much thicker than recommended (more along the line of a home decor weight) and once again, I have to order zippers.

What has everyone else been up to this week?

Linky Thursday

Happy Groundhog Day! Celebrate by making your own groundhog plush (and shadow).

Remember that free hoodie pattern I talked about last week? Now you can make a pair of matching sweatpants to go with it!

This Chinese New Year is the year of the rooster. Celebrate by making one of these fun, Lucky Chickens (they would also be fun for Easter, too).

Tired of carrying bulky purses? Slip you ID into this handy credit card key ring, instead.

This wool hat doesn’t just keep you warm, it’s reversible too!

Get ready for your next trip with this handy car caddy.

Looking for something different to wear this Valentine’s? How about this “broken heart” shirt or this super cute sequin heart elbow patches?

Don’t forget the men in you life when you sew – they would probably love to receive this color blocked raglan hoodie (site will need to be translated). Need something lighter weight? Try this raglan tee shirt pattern instead.

When I saw this dragon scarf, I didn’t think of the movie Spirited Away…. all I could think of is making one from Game of Thrones.

Cold out? Snuggle up with a cozy fleece owl.

If you’ve been thinking about making a new bag or have plans for an upcoming trip, be sure to check out this great cargo duffle.

Win a fabulous plush kit from DIY Fluffies. In the mean time you can check out a few of her free patterns here.

This reading pillow has a handy storage pocket to stash your book when you’re done for the night.

Clover…. FINALLY Finished

From what I’ve seen in the Bag of the Month Club Facebook group, you either loved making the Clover Convertible Bag, or you hated it. I would fall in the latter group.

Let me start off by saying that the Clover is a very professional looking bag (aside from my numerous sewing flaws). It has a lot of interesting details, tons of pockets (and storage, including a train case at the bottom of the bag), and lots of potential for embellishment. Best of all, I like that you can carry it like a handbag, shoulder bag, or wear it as a backpack.

And that’s about where the love ends… Not only is this bag somewhat expensive to make (mine ran about $100 to make, although I did use some more expensive, custom material for the exterior and had originally decided on vinyl), it is difficult to sew as well. The instructions are very detailed and mostly easy to follow (the wording did throw me off some which caused me to misinterpret a few steps), but sewing through all that bulk is frustrating. I can honestly say that my machine did not like working through parts of this project – in fact the D-Ring tabs on the bottom of the bag hand to be entirely hand cranked on the machine and then secured with E-6000 to make sure it didn’t fall off while I was wearing it. There is also a lot of interfacing\fleece\Peltex to contend with – pair that up with several rounded bottoms and I can honestly say that my sewing on this one is a bit rough. In fact, it was so bulky and frustrating that after attaching the bottom of the traincase to the bag, I decided to just skip binding the edges and decided to leave them raw…. I don’t care that they don’t look pretty, I was just thrilled that it was DONE!

With that said, I am thrilled that I finally got to try out rivets in my sewing (which I highly recommend and was surprised at how easy they are to attach) and  I did learn some new, fun tricks along the way, but overall, this was not a fun sew for me. However, don’t let this stop you from trying it out for yourself because there are plenty of others that enjoyed making this one, just be aware that there is a lot of bulk that you’re going to have to contend with.

Today is the first day of February which means there’s a new bag release at Bag of the Month, this time by Sew Sweetness. I’ve worked with her patterns before and anticipate a lot smoother sailing on this one…. now to decide what fabrics to use!