Monthly Archives: July 2017

Harbor Knot Tank

While surfing on Instagram, Taylor stumbled across a photo and asked if I could make her a similar tank to the one she saw. It instantly reminded me of the Harbor Knot, so I bought it (One thing I should mention is that the tank is an add-on to the Harbor Knot Tee – you’ll need to buy both to make this top because the knot portion of the instructions is included in the tee only).

For the fabric, I wound up using a tie dye rayon spandex that I had picked up earlier in the year from Joann – it has a great drape and very soft hand and seemed perfect for this project.

As for the pattern, this one is rated Advanced Beginner. I might tend to agree, although I struggled to figure out the knot portion of the instructions, initially. Thankfully, there is a video tutorial (the link is included in the PDF) on how to put this section together that cleared things up (I found the photos helpful up to the sewing the knot section and then couldn’t make out what to do). And the fit? I like it. It may be a tad longer than what I anticipated, but I think it works since the know hikes it up quite a bit on the side. Do beware that the underarms are a little on the low side so you may have to make an adjustment here if you find that your bra peeks through some.

Overall a totally different take on a traditional racerback tank. I feel like once you get the gist of how the knot is constructed, sewing this one will go pretty quickly too. Keep your eyes peeled for another version and I think I need one too!

Name Brand?

When your child makes a request, sometimes you have to stop what you’re doing and fulfil it…. especially when they get you the materials you need to do it!

Last week, we had seen a vender who was selling “name brand” clothing with unusual and interesting graphics. I came to the realization that she was probably making knock off items. After a quick search on the internet, I realized I could take some of the same images and do something similar myself. Taylor didn’t want anything too crazy so I started off by making a simple adidas logo in a basic color (watch out, next time it’ll be rainbow)….. Of course, Jimmy had to help out (maybe he needs a matching doggie version?)

Linky Thursday

Get ready for cool weather with a fabulou pair of tapered track pants.

This girl’s circle ruffled dress is perfect for back to school or just to wear as a cute summer look.

Know someone who’s moving to a dorm and could use more storage? This Bedside Caddy is perfect for storing remotes, magazines, etc. when you’re up late at night.

A great way to use up those jelly rolls you see in quilt stores (or just use up scraps you have on hand): a cute, patchy crossbody bag. While you’re there, don’t forget to enter to win this week’s giveaway for a Haiku 2 fat quarter bundle.

I’m pretty sure that if I show these mini emoji pillows to my son, he’ll have me make all of them.

Spruce up your sewing room with this fun, “Stitch Happens” pillow (Cricut cutting file included).

Protect your makeup brushes with this great roll up case.

Get ready for back to school with this 3 ring binder pencil pouch.

If you are making your own jeans or just want to give new life to your current pair, then you’ll definitely want to read this article on how to distress denim.

International travel doesn’t have to be boring when you have a pretty passport wallet to carry.

Transform a men’s tee into a cute women’s tunic.

Bring on the Rain

Besides the fact that it’s just darn hot out and that our yard is burning up (and us too!), I am really wishing that it would rain so I have the perfect excuse to stay inside and sew because up on the printer today is the Cross My Heart Cami pattern and I’m itching to make this before summer is over and this look goes out of style.

In addition to that, Taylor has also requested that I make the Harbor Knot tank for her and my mother-in-law picked out fabric for a bench seat that I’m making for her, too. Come on rain, I need you!

Trophy Head

The weekend came and went too fast and the only project I have to show for it is a decoupage deer head….

Since Taylor is moving soon, she has been spending lots of time in craft stores looking for decoration ideas. While strolling through the paper mache isle, we stumbled across this great looking deer head and I suggested we cover it in pretty tissue paper (my idea was a floral, but Taylor liked this geometric print instead).

As for ‘construction’, we painted a white base coat, slathered it in Mod Podge (hard coat), applied tissue paper, and coated it again. Believe it or not, I was able to cover the entire head in one sheet of tissue paper. Next we’ll mount it on a rustic wood piece and call it done.

Now, back to the sewing machine….. I hope!

Fabric In

When I can’t sew, I find myself dreaming up ideas and then buy lots of fabric….. as you can tell, this is the bind I’m in.

This is my latest order from Knitpop – a serape knit, several florals, and black and knit solid. I had the idea that I needed some pretty floral tees (and maybe a romper) like I’ve been seeing in stores lately. I did manage to wash all of this up and prep it for my ideas, but that’s about as far as I’ve been able to get….. so I ordered several yards of fun prints from SoSewEnglish (my first time ordering, but it that has yet to ship it out). I also had some Peek-a-boo fabric (pre-order, although they are all in her shop right now) arrive the other day as well – these prints were ordered quite awhile ago and are specifically for Easton for back-to-school fun tees.

Linky Thursday

Get ready for back to school and make this adorable unicorn backpack (cut file for the Cricut included too)…. then make a matching  crayon case!

But wait! There’s more unicorn goodness to be had when you make this unicorn neck pillow and super cute plush.

Join the Ellie & Mac Facebook group to get the code for the new Trendy Halter pattern.

I have discovered that you can never have too many shorts when you have a boy (so why not make your own?) – they just get sweaty and dirty too fast!

A few years ago, I went on a binge of making casserole carriers for everyone – I couldn’t help it, they were fun to make! So I have a certain fondness when I find new ones to try out.

One of my favorite custom fabric designers is branching out and making her own patterns. Today she releases a few designs, including a free version (at the time of posting, the free pattern wasn’t available yet, but here is the information on how to get yours).

Change up the look of a classic pencil skirt by adding a big bow.

This button front tank not only keeps you cool this summer, but looks stylish too.

It’s apron week at Sew4Home. There’s all sorts of styles for everyone so far, but this version is perfect for men and is the simplest of the group.

I’ve always been intrigued by the “quilt as you go” method. Try out this technique and make a pretty jewelry case, too.

Win this seahorse mug rug set.

Looking for a great grab-and-go style this summer? Learn how to make an easy tee shirt dress.

New Bottoms

We have about a month left before the pools close around here (it’s still hot as heck, but they are close during the week because schools are back in session) which means it’s still not too late for a new suit!

I didn’t care for the bottoms that came with the Indigo Halter pattern, so I decided to crack open Jalie’s GIGI bikini and use the basic, lower waist bottom instead. I love it! Now I can’t wait to try the whole pattern! But for now, it’s time to test this new suit out in the water.

Bling Slides

Sometimes I make things and they have absolutely nothing to do with sewing. Most recently, I saw a pair of bling Nike slides and decided that I needed some, but could easily make them myself….. and now I realize why they are $90. My version isn’t half as awesome as theirs.

So, some things I learned from this:

Use small rhinestones. Mine were 5mm (which was the smallest available at the time) and I think I could have easily gone down one or two more. Swarovski crystals would have been much nicer and shinier, too (but definitely more expensive).

Use VERY SMALL seed pearls for the base of the shoe. I thought the ones that I got were tiny, but they are not tiny enough – they let a lot of the shoe base show through.

Speaking of shoe bases…. white would be best. That will give you a lot of fudge room and make the pearls look fuller.

I thought the easiest route was to place the larger beads down first, then apply the seed pearls. This was way too difficult and left some spots bare around the larger pearls. Instead apply a layer of the seed beads and then place everything else on top.

Use fresh glue. I started with an old tube of E6000 that was very thick and had lots of clumping issues. Once I got a new tube, it was much easier to spread (but much, much messier).

Quick Pillow Slipcover

When you’re pressed for sewing time, even the littlest project seems like a major accomplishment.

One of Taylor’s (future) roommates had made her own headboard for her room and wanted a coordinating pillow (with pompoms) to go with it and asked if I could make one. The pillow she had originally purchased was super puffy and had a piping so the final dimensions were somewhere between 15 -16″ (depending on where you measured and how much poof was in the area you were measuring) – so I split the difference and made this slipcover 15 1/2″.

I’m not going to lie, it was nice to whip up something quickly. I think I need more instant gratification projects this summer!