Monthly Archives: March 2017

Hoppy Easter Buckets

After a weekend soccer tournament (and probably the coldest games we’ve ever had), I was too exhausted to actually sew anything. I did decide to finally go ahead and make Taylor and Easton’s Easter baskets – thinking it would be a quick project to whip up. I may have been wrong.

I had purchased these buckets at Dollar Tree – they were quite the hot item so the only colors they had left was green. Since I loved the shape of them, I decided I could make it work (unfortunately, I had settled on purples for the vinyl so now they were inspired by the Joker).

For Easton’s I used a metallic vinyl and an Easter egg image from Design Space. Thankfully, everything went on well and easily.  For Taylor’s I used a free image from Love SVG and a glitter vinyl. I had heard people complain about glitter vinyl, but never understood…. until now. Not only was it difficult to weed (this image has a lot of intricate details, too), but getting it to remove from the paper and onto the bucket was next to impossible.

Now it’s back to sewing…. I figure I had better be productive this week since spring break kicks off next Monday and I’m fairly certain that nothing else will be accomplished (unless we have weather like we did this weekend and then we’re just staying in).

Piping

I started on another “secret” project this week. In my mind, this one was going to whip up fairly quickly, but I wound up making a few changes along the way and added a few elements so it’s taken a bit longer to put together. One of those elements? Piping.

Originally, I was going to skip adding this element all together, but ‘slept on it’ and realized, it was needed. Buying pre-made piping is ridiculously expensive ($15\yard for the size I wanted, but not the color…. and I needed 6 yards!), so I wound up making my own. I know, making piping is easy….. and now that it’s finished, I’m glad I went for it. Now to complete this project – I’m totally excited to use it, too.

You know what else I’m excited about? NEW Jalie patterns! They have been previewing their new releases on their Facebook page for a couple of weeks and I’ve been dying to get them ever since. Today they opened up pre-orders and I ordered about half of them…. I figure I have about 2 weeks for them to release and be shipped to my house to decide what I’m making first (I am seriously leaning toward the Marie-Claude Raglan Pullover or the Charlie Bomber Jacket, though).

Linky Thursday

Check out this month’s mini quilt and enter to win a Riley Blake jelly roll too.

This lace up sweatshirt is almost exactly like the ones they sell at Victoria’s Secret.

Have you made this cool Backseat Refreshment Station, but now your car is a little messy? Now you can keep your back seat neat and tidy with this Backseat Saver.

These stirrup leggings are perfect for yoga…. or just because.

Skip the Easter basket this year and make a reversible bag\purse for kids instead.

Raglan shirts are one of my favorite styles, but this free pattern is just for toddlers.

Another fun and colorful table runner just in time for Easter.

Grab a sock and make one of these cute little elephants.

Got scraps? Use them to make up this easy mini waist pack.

This sweet little basket makes great Easter decor or fill it with a few of these zippered fabric eggs that can be loaded with surprises.

If allergies (or a cold) are getting the best of you. Make one of these handy travel tissue holders to attach to your bag (or even use as a key ring).

Too many kid’s supplies taking over a space? Whip up this handy craft organizer just for them! Then after you’re finished, use some of your left over materials to make this cute art smock.

Don’t toss those old jeans, make them into cute dog toys, instead!

More Box Cards

I have a rather large project coming up on Friday that I know I need to work on, so I’ve been a bit hesitant to start something new because they might overlap – I try not to start two projects at the same time because I find one ultimately never gets finished. So, instead, I decided to sit down and make cards.

I have to admit, I’m totally addicted to making box cards…. my only regret is that I wish I had more papers and a embellishments (like rhinestones) on hand so that they had a lot more selection (I could easily find myself becoming a paper hoarder, though). All in all, these were a fun way to spend an afternoon and I have some interesting cards to give out when the occasion rises. Now, I think it’s time to concentrate on some Easter baskets!

Milano Dolman

I initially started out working on the Lace Up Workout pants that I kept mentioning last week…. then I put the pattern together and started reading the directions. Between not finding what size I need to cut to the instructions never indicating the size of the facings, I decided that this was probably not going to be a project I enjoyed working on so I scrapped it. Thankfully, Hot Patterns released their Milano Dolman, so I was able to work on that instead.

I didn’t think that the top on the dressform looked as good as what it does on, so I took a quick bathroom selfie (I did have my husband take pictures, but somehow they all wound up crooked). This pattern was very easy to sew and came together beautifully. It does have A LOT OF EASE so choose your material wisely (in fact, you could probably go down at least one size and it not effect how this one fits) – it is very important that you fabric is fluid and has a lot of drape. Just as in the illustration, the neckline is rather large and I have to admit, I like it slightly off center (like I’m channeling the 80’s Flashdance shirts). The finished length is rather long as well (more along the line of tunic length, which hits me around the upper to mid thigh) and is designed to be pulled up along the hip with the excess slouched (which is why a drapey fabric is very important). I think this works great for the large band, but I think I would have to shorten the length if I went with the shirt band hem.

Overall, I like it – it’s comfy to wear and looks great with a pair of leggings. However, I can’t see myself sewing up a ton of these (if I did it again, I might try one size smaller) and as much as I would love to see this in a stripe, I would never want to match all those pieces (both the front and back have side panels).

Linky Thursday (on Friday)

The perfect project for weekend sewing – an adorable Swing Dress that can be worn as a tunic, too.

Trips to the farmer’s market are right around the corner and this basket tote would be the perfect way to carry your purchases.

Tired of the same old pencil pouches? This one has a unique shape (and looks fun to sew, too). Looking for something more traditional? This one is easy to sew and has a drawstring closure.

Get ready for Easter with a cute and colorful table runner or this shabby chic style burlap and ruffles version.

The hardest part of working with knits is adding the hem. Learn all the ways to finish your knit garment with this handy tutorial.

Need to pack a hot (curling or flat) iron? This tutorial is perfect for toting styling tools that have just been unplugged…. then you can pack that into your new overnight duffle or a fabulous weekender bag.

Sometimes the best ideas come to you when you’re not at your desk. This Sketchbook Cover is perfect for taking your materials on the go.

These baskets are not only easy to make, but perfect for Easter too! When you’re done, use your scraps to make this fun, patchwork bunny.

Whether you’re making a quilt or stitching a garment, one of the important parts of  sewing is coordinating colors. Find out what colors harmonize with each other with this great color wheel tutorial (and free printable).

There is no sewing involved in this project, but it’s so cute, I couldn’t help but share it. Woodland (stenciled) Onesies – complete with a tail on the back!

This diaper clutch looks super stylish and is waterproof, to boot!

Vienna Top & Tunic

I know, I know, it’s Thursday. Which means that you would normally be seeing a Linky Thursday post from me. However, instead, I have to show you the pattern that I had an opportunity to test out that was released today – The Vienna Top & Tunic! (have no fear, I won’t forget about Linky Thursday, it will just be posted tomorrow instead).

The Vienna is the adult version of Peek-a-boo Pattern’s very popular girl’s pattern, The Violet. Like the girl’s version, the Vienna has contrasting side panels (so it looks very flattering on everyone) with optional pockets… but who wouldn’t love the pockets? It also has a variety of sleeve lengths (short, elbow, 3/4, and long), can be made into a shirt or tunic, and fits sizes XS-XXXL and even has a maternity add on pack. Grab your Vienna today for 15% off  the normal pattern price!

Last Cold Shoulder

If I thought seaming the fabric I mentioned yesterday, little did I know the hemming would be even harder! But, struggles aside, my anniversary top is done…. and I love it!

Even though the material was a booger to work with, it does feel great when you wear it and it has a really nice drape. The fit is perfect, but once again, the top was way too long. I had originally kept the hem length, thinking that a longer, tunic size might work out ok, but once again it was way too much and wound up taking 2″ off the bottom edge.

Now, I need a warm, spring-like day to wear this (and the new wedges I picked up, too)! If you’re interesting in picking up this pattern (or any of the other George & Ginger designs) they are currently 50% off (using the coupon code DANIELLE) with all proceeds going to benefit the designer of Other Side of the Rainbow fabrics who lost her husband yesterday.

With that said, I think this will (finally) be my last cold shoulder top for awhile!