Monthly Archives: September 2017

Linky Thursday

The Luise tunic is the perfect top to wear with leggings this fall.

I don’t do a lot of quilting, but this Woodland Raccoon pattern makes me want to take it up.

Whip up a new purse this weekend with this bucket bag tutorial. You can see part 1 and part 2 here.

The Lego Ninjago movie comes out next week which means I’ll probably be making this pillowcase next.

Speaking of quilting, if you’re getting ready to make one for the holidays be sure to check out this fussy cut ornament block – too cute!

These mini sport shorts look fast to whip up and are perfect for some last minute summer sewing.

Give your sweatshirt patterns a face lift by adding a crossover hem to your next one.

New baby? Whip up a soft and comfy reversible knit blanket (and now I want to try the stretch thread that’s designed for knits).

Make yourself a dolman top in an hour.

Llamas (and alpacas) seem to be the new “fox.” Love the trend? Then make yourself a cute applique in-the-hoop style wall hanging or this pincushion for your sewing room.

Make yourself your own pillow pet.

If you plan on making your own jeans, you’ll want to learn how to make them trendier by distressing them like a pro.

Beloved Knock-offs

Have you ever seen Beloved shirts? Basically they are a website that sells “all over” printed shirts, hoodies, “onesies”, and even swimsuits…. and they are always in crazy prints (you can even custom print your own designs). Easton loved some of their jackets so much that he’s been asking for them for quite awhile, but I was inspired to make my own version after seeing some interesting fabric preorders.

Way back in January, I ordered a hamburger print French Terry from Pink Zeppelin Boutique. Since it was a pre-order it didn’t arrive until April and between the weather getting warmer and other projects taking precedence, I didn’t get to Easton’s project until now. This week, I started cutting out his funky jacket and opted to use Peek-a-boo Pattern’s High Five Hoodie for the base.  I’ve opted to go up a size larger than what he needs so that he doesn’t outgrow it and if he decides to layer his clothes, it’s not too tight, either. Since I have made this pattern before, I went back and looked at my notes and made a few modifications to the ribbing size this time around.

But what’s bonus is the fact that I ordered way too much fabric (I probably could have gotten by with 1 yard?) so I had just enough left over to make something for myself – a sweatshirt! For this, I wound up cutting out Jalie 3355 for the body and used some coordinating (color) trim for all the bands. Can I tell you how excited I am for this? Here’s more details on all the projects, as well as costs:

Pattern(s): Jalie 3355 and Peek-a-boo Pattern’s High Five Hoodie

Hamburger print French terry from Pink Zeppelin Boutique

Pattern….. stash
Fabric……. $48.52
Notions…. $2.50

Total $51.02

Those Cheeks

When I pre-ordered Bob’s Burger’s fabric from Silver Fox (by the way, there is a second, holiday themed pre-order going on right now), I couldn’t resist getting a couple of “panty panels”.

For my first pair, I used Jalie 3242 and the “Those Cheeks” panel…. and I’m in love. I’ve used this pattern numerous times so I knew that I would have a good fit, the only thing that I did differently is making sure that the design was below the waistband stitching, but still high enough that it hit below the curve of my bottom.

I have a second panel from this round that I was holding onto because I was going to try to eek out enough of the design to make a shirt, but after this pair, I may have to make another!

Bench Seat

Admittedly, this is a project that doesn’t photograph well, but I’m posting it anyway. You see, late this summer my mother-in-law asked if I would make her a cushion for a chest that she inherited. She placed it in her living room and decided that it might make for a good (extra) seating area for the holidays…. but it’s not very comfortable and they didn’t want it scratched. We went to the store, she picked out the fabric she wanted, and then it sat on my “to do pile” ever since. That is, until this weekend.

There’s not much else to say about this project. I didn’t use a pattern (I just winged it) and used a Velcro closure across the long edge so she can easily put the foam padding inside and wash the whole thing if necessary.  I wound up having enough material left over to make two matching pillow slipcovers – just don’t look at the backside because I had to have the fabric going a different direction so I could squeeze in enough fabric to do this!

Rebel Choker

I’ve been fortunate enough to test out some patterns this year for George & Ginger. One that I was hoping that I would get to do was the Rebel Choker Tee, I wasn’t selected this time so as soon as it was released, I knew I had to buy it (plus if you join the release party Facebook page you got an additional 10% off the sale price).

I wound up using one of my new double brushed poly fabrics from So Sew English for this version – and might I add, it is wonderful to work with! As for the pattern, it sewed up well. However, my only (sewing) complaint is that I wish that there was an overhang on the back of the shirt that allowed for the “choker” portion\neckband to be attached. I think it would have given it a cleaner look, but it still looks fine on.

As for the fit, overall it’s good. My choker is a bit looser on me than what I would have liked and the length is a bit too long for shorts (although I have found most of G&G shirts are generally too long), but I like it! Since it’s such a distinctive style, I probably won’t make too many more of these, but I may squeeze in a 3/4 or long sleeved version later on in the season.


Linky Thursday

Today is the last day to grab the (girl’s) Holly Cardigan for free!

Get into the boho trend with this tiered dress (with trim) tutorial. Want to bring the boho trend into your home? Learn how to upcycle jeans into fun sari and pompom trimmed pillows.

I can see using this leather ottoman poof as I lounge by the fire this winter.

Know a Disney fan? They’ll love this round Mini inspired makeup bag!

Last week I posted about the washable coloring book. If that peeked your interest than you’ll definitely want to win this Penned Pals fat quarter bundle.

It’s probably too late for me, but maybe this article on how to organize your fabric stash may help you find your favorites easier.

If you have someone off at college, then you’ll love this mesh laundry bag tutorial.

Taking your lunch doesn’t have to be boring. Make your own insulated lunch bag.

No reason to heat up your kitchen this summer making baked potatoes. You can easily stitch up this potato bag to use in the microwave instead. FYI, my Joann’s has an end cap devoted to this, with packaged batting that is perfect to use along with fun (food themed) prints to use.

Make heading back to school easier for your little ones with this adorable backpack bear.

Get ready for fall by making pretty prairie point pumpkins.

Learn how to create an easy Wonder Woman costume for girls.


I hope that everyone had an enjoyable holiday, yesterday. I spent some of my day watching Craftsy videos from their free streaming day and realized…. most of these classes are really long! Needless to say, I didn’t get to binge watch as much as I had hoped I would. I am guessing this is just a sneak peek as to how their monthly subscription price might work next year.

I also got the chance to meet up with some gal pals this weekend too – which means that I can finally show off this cute little outfit that I made for a friend. The digital cut file is from Peek-a-boo Pattern shop – I used the entire design on the hooded romper, but singled out the snuggle for the burp rag (I also made a second, Harry Potter themed burp rag but that didn’t seem to fit in the theme of the photo nearly as well).


Sewing with Sweater Knits

The latest issue of Sew News is hitting newsstands and in it, is my article on sewing with one of my favorite fabrics – sweater knits! Not only do I discuss some of the more popular styles of these fabrics, but how to work with them, and show you an easy to sew project for creating a knit hat and scarf. One word of caution, there is a misprint on the webpage – it should read “Chose a heavier weight material for a stiffer scarf and fitted hat”…. not lighter weight.

I also provided some samples as well that I can’t wait to get back and wear for fall! The first is the Astoria sweater made in a Girl Charlee Hacci knit. This has to be one of my all time favorite sweater fabrics that I have ever used – it was great to handle, it feels nice, and I adore the print.

The second sample is another great Seamwork pattern, the Oslo which I made in a Nicole Miller sweater knit (from Joann’s). While this fabric looks to be sold out online, if you can get your hands on some, it’s a pretty fabric. Beware, though, while it is a sweater knit, it’s “layered” – there is a layer of sweater with a black, sweater lace overlay bonded to it which makes it a bit tricky to sew. It is also a print with a distinct pattern to it, so be sure to buy enough to pattern match!