Monthly Archives: March 2018

Linky Thursday

Not only with this machine cover keep your sewing machine dust free, it’s reversible so you can change up the decor any time you feel like it.

Easter is this weekend. There’s no better way to spruce up your kitchen than with one of these cute Ruffle Bunny Appliqued Towels.

Love vintage patterns? This Wiki catalogs a variety of brands and eras for you to pour over. From what I can tell there are no actual patterns on this site, but if I’m wrong, be sure to let me know where to find them!

Sewing for baby is always fun, but these knee patch pants are even better (FYI these are cut with the Cricut Maker, but you could easily cut this yourself with her free downlodable pattern).

Speaking of cutting machines. This is a great article on how to cut vinyl (2 different ways) without one!

This bunny outfit is so much cuter than what Ralphie had to wear in A Christmas Story.

DIY Fluffies has some of the most adorable plush. Enter to win 2 of their kits and make some for yourself!

I recently saw someone sporting a beautiful “bow tie” even clutch and thought how elegant it looked. This week, I stumbled across this tutorial. My own version may have to happen.

There are a lot of bag patterns out there, but so few of them are for men. However, this messenger is designed for guys in mind.

This kimono wrap is so light an airy because it’s made from scarves.

Mini zippered pouches would make excellent basket stuffers – they work for the older kids too!

Camo Sweatshirt

Do you ever find yourself going back to the same pattern, even though you have a wide selection to chose from? I think Jalie 3355 is my “go-to pattern” for Easton… although this one wasn’t easy. I barely had enough material to make this – it took a lot of creative placement (and tracing the pattern onto the fabric so that I was positive everything would fit), and a slightly uneven hem band (when folded in half, I was able to even it up) to pull this sweatshirt off. But, it was worth it. I like the way it turned out and it feels cozy – so hopefully Easton feels the same. Now, it’s onto my own make with the same fabric!

And the Winner is…

In my (internal) debate as to which hoodie to make, I finally decided on Ottobre. What won me over? For starters, I know that Ottobre patterns have always fit me well (although it’s been quite some time since I’ve purchased a magazine). Plus, I knew that I only wanted a zip up hoodie design so I was wasting my money with Do It Better Yourself’s version. To top it off, the Ottobre was under $5.

So, yesterday, I downloaded Ottobre’s pattern, taped it together, then realized that I still need to trace off the pattern in my size. I hadn’t realized that when you purchase their digital patterns that they look just like the fold out sheets (road map style) in the magazines. I also forgot (until after I traced everything off) that seam allowances weren’t included, DOH! It was a good thing I realized this before I started cutting. Speaking of cutting, I also decided on a fabric: So Sew English’s distressed knit camo. I purchased this fabric shortly after I made my distressed tee late last year (I loved the way my finished tee looked and felt that I couldn’t resist getting this one too) and have been hanging onto it for “just the right project”.

Needless to say that between the taping, tracing, and cutting this is all I accomplished yesterday. I do have enough camo fabric left over that I think I can (strategically) squeeze a shirt for Easton out of it – I plan on seeing what I can do with it this morning.

Back from a Break

So I probably should have declared last week (spring break) a “blogging holiday” because I am pretty sure that I didn’t walk once into my sewing room. Now that I’m recharged (maybe that’s the wrong word, because I’m still feeling pretty tired from vacation), I’m ready to tackle all those projects that I’ve had rolling around inside my brain. First up? Sweatshirts and hoodies.

It’s still chilly here and I’m thinking my wardrobe to could with some new items to layer in. I have been itching to make a zip-up hoodie for myself for awhile, but discovered that I don’t really have a simple pattern for women (I do have Jalie’s zip front version, but it’s “pieced” and I’m really just looking for a straight-forward design). I started searching and realized – there just aren’t a lot of patterns out there  like what I’m looking for, but I did stumble across this version from Ottobre and this one from Do it Better Yourself Club (which also has lots of options, but I’ll be honest, I’m probably going to only make the long sleeved zip-up version). I’m still mulling over which one I’ll try.

Linky Thursday

Sloths are even cuter in plush form. Looking for something more in line with the upcoming holiday? This stuffed bunny looks so soft and snuggly.

Grab your free Sienna drawstring top when you use code SINCLAIR22 at checkout.

Win a bundle of 12 Journey poplin fabrics (fat quarter size).

Unicorns are everywhere these days so why not embellish a hoodie and let your little girl dress up like one?

Personalize your next baby gift when you stitch up a set of knit baby hats and receiving blankets.

Fabric bowls and trays are definitely making their way around the internet again. This week are two new versions this one for a 30 minute bowl and this one for a quilted tray.

These cute little patchwork coasters are a great way to use up scraps and look fun to sew, too.

I’ve noticed that twist tops are making a comeback. Sew your own with this free pattern.

We spent 4 hours at an arcade yesterday and gave myself a cramp in my neck from playing so much Pac-Man…. I really could have used one of these DIY Microwavable Heating Pads.

Need a more adult version of an Easter basket? This one sews up in about a hour or upcycle fabric into this pretty braided version.

Spring Break

While most people are running to sandy beaches for spring break, we started ours off by going to the mountains (hence the lack of updating yesterday as we has 0 service where we were staying) – we even saw the most snow (about 5″ yesterday morning) that we’ve seen in years.

Needless to say, I haven’t touched anything sewing related in days, except the package that arrived with my Coral\Mint Bull French Terry Bundle (it appears that there is still one left), but hope to tackle some of those projects that I’ve been hoping to get to for weeks – although I’m not sure what to sew first. Even though it’s the first day of spring, it still doesn’t feel like it (temperature wise, although my allergies say otherwise)!

Mug Me

Since I’m pattern testing this week and can’t show you what I’m sewing (yet), I thought I would share another Cricut project.  One of my friends decided to throw her husband a suprise 40th birthday party and I needed a quick gift. I grabbed a beer mug from Dollar Tree (by the way, Dollar Tree has some of the largest, heaviest beer mugs – and they’re only $1 each), used my Cricut to create a stencil, and etched his name onto the glass using etching cream. Boom! Great gift for a guy (and he loved it) or even St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Linky Thursday

Even if you don’t like eating Peeps, you have to admit that they sure do make for cute stuffies. Make your bunny or chick Peep plush this year to fill your baskets…. and don’t forget one for your pet.

Love plaid? This fabric giveaway is just for you!

This cute little snack bag has bunny ears.

Show off the love for your favorite candy with this cool candy wrapper key fob tutorial.

This tote isn’t just sturdy, it has great hardware and lots of pockets.

Fluffmonger is quickly becomming a new favorite plush site. Not only did they post an adorable corgi pattern a few months ago, but now they have a cat and guinea pig too.

I have a “thing” for rope baskets and this dyed version for Easter is calling my name!

Eventually warm(er) weather will arrive and we’ll all be sheading those heavy clothes and trading them in for shorts. Get ready for the heat wave witht his cute women’s romper.

This spring tee has great color blocking and is a FREE pattern.

St. Patrick’s Day is this Saturday. Whipping up one of these felt leprachauns might keep you from getting pinched (wouldn’t this make an adorable pin?).

Plan on seeing Sherlock Gnomes next weekend? Get your kids ready for the show by stitching up character plush.

Last week our winds were CRAZY strong (65 mph gusts for 2 days) and I needed something to keep the hair out of my face when I went outside. This top knot bow head wrap looks like a cute solution.

This project pouch is great for keeping organized or carrying all your supplies for classes.

Playing

Yesterday I had “big” plans to get at least one sewing project done, but instead got wrapped up in doing “creative” things (i.e. trial and error) with my embroidery machine and got nothing…. and by wrapped up, I mean I played all day.  It was fun, but now I’m ready to go back to “regular” sewing project as I think I have finally decided on fabrics for the Aspen…. I’ve also been eyeing this bundle, which would also look fabulous in this pattern too. Decisions, decisions!

 

Anniversary Basket

My in-laws will soon be celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary and I needed a gift. I find anniversarys the hardest because by this point in time, the couple has pretty much everything they need. So, I went with something fun. After an extensive search on Pinterest for some ideas, I came up with a couples shirt (I created the “Married Since” in Cricut’s Design Space using the Varsity Font so it looks like a “team” shirt), a set of mugs (using a purchased SVG – I loved the way the design looked as if it was painted on), some local coffee (they specialize in chocolate, but their Wichita State Wu’s Brew is tasty and fun – not to mention they are playing this week in the NCAA tournament), and a little “love.” sign that can be put on a shelf (purchased).