Monthly Archives: April 2019

Gilded Pineapple

It’s safe to say I’m on an embroidery kick. I visited Embroidery Library last week and picked up a number of designs that caught my interest – so now I want to make all the things! With that said, here is my latest make:

Unfortunately the design sort of got lost in the pattern in this photo, but it does pop a bit more in person since this entire pineapple is made with metallic thread. I plan on making a few plain white ones next (because the design will really pop), but had my heart set on this towel because it was one that my husband’s grandmother had given to me before she died (she was an avid machine embroiderer). I thought it might be nice to give Taylor a little something she can remember her great grandma by every time she uses it in her new apartment.

Signs

This weekend, I did something completely different. I made a porch sign. Granted this was done at a store with friends – so half the work was done by someone else (and I didn’t even have to deal with the mess). Here are our results:

Essentially these are created with a Cricut machine, vinyl, and paint – so they’re totally doable yourself (but hanging out with friends and no mess is sometimes so much better). The Keeper of the Plains (it’s a statue in Wichita and has become a symbol for our city) sign was definitely more difficult and we all wound up pitching in to get everything down and lined up correctly. We also learned some interesting tricks about painting values and how to make things appear brighter next to certain hues.

Overall this was a fun little project – I’m glad that I went with something fairly simple to start with because there was a lot of cursing when dealing with that Keeper. All my sign needs is a nice clear coat and it’ll be ready to be put outside!

Knock-off

I went to a sporting goods store the other day and saw the cutest Nike top. It was a tank with the Nike logo with flower all around it (with coordinating shorts too) and I wanted it so badly. Unfortunately, it wasn’t in my size so I went home empty handed.

After thinking about it for awhile, I decided that I would do my own version using a purchased top, my Cricut (I used an SVG logo that I found on the internet – it’s free if you search around), and printed vinyl (Cricut brand’s strong iron on in a floral print). Overall I’m happy with the end results, but the Cricut floral vinyl that I had purchased isn’t a thick as other iron ons so the white background isn’t as bright as it is on the roll (the black sort of bleeds through). I think if I do this again, I may try a different brand of printed heat transfer vinyls.

On a completely unrelated note, I thought I would share with you my fun and crazy purchase… a “painted” portrait of my dog. I saw an ad for Crown and Paw (darn those targeted Facebook ads have me pegged), and really couldn’t resist buying one. The results are pretty fantastic. I currently have this up in my basement – I’m sure anyone passing by will wind up doing a double take… it’s completely unexpected!

Linky Thursday

Upcycle your old denim jeans into something remarkable, like this denim poof, chevron rug, picnic blanket, or door stop.

With the weather turning warmer, Farmer’s Markets are in full swing. Bring home your goodies with this fabulous Feed Sack Bag. The best part is, you don’t even need a feed sack to make it – the print they used is from Spoonflower!

Get ready for summer vacation by sewing up a Handy Travel Case. Its the perfect place for stashing money, passports, and all your essentials.

In just 3 weeks, schools around here will be letting out for the year. Get a jump start on summer boredom and use up fabric scraps by making this easy to sew memory game.

Head out of town in style with this cute overnight bag.

I love that these pencil cases open so wide so you can see everything inside.

Transform old shipping boxes into pretty fabric containers.

Skip the pins and use pattern weights instead. Learn how to make your own here.

These cute little zippered card pouches are perfect for stashing loyalty cards or just carrying the essentials when you’re wanting to head out of the house without a purse. Need something bigger? Here’s a tutorial for a full size wallet.

Enter to win a bundle of Woolies Flannel.

Coupon Book

Today, Easton turns 11. This year he didn’t ask for much (seriously, he asked for a new blanket, a book, and “maybe a game”), so I tried to get creative and made him a “Coupon Book” full of activities we can do once we get to Columbus.

I am not a seasoned Cricut user, so this project was fairly ambitious. While the tear off coupons are a template, I decided that the actual coupons would use logos from the actual places along with text. Overall, it turned out well, but I did learn a few this along the way so if I ever attempt this again, I might have better results. One of the biggest? Proofread – I noticed that I left out an “S” in his name on the cover! Maybe he won’t notice because it’s so busy (another note to self: don’t use patterned paper behind cutouts – it makes it too hard to read)… I know I didn’t until I posted this picture!

Signage

Normally, I’m a fairly prolific sewist. But as you may have noticed, the posts over the last few months have been fairly spotty. The main reason? We’ve been getting ready for this. Yes, that’s right, we’re ready for our next adventure and moving to Columbus, Ohio.

Our house is now up for sale (if you’re interested, we have a great school district, wonderful neighbors, and a great view in the backyard), so I imagine that things may be spotty until everything is finalized. In the mean time, I have a few projects in the works and LOTS of ideas!

Linky Thursday

Learn how to make a pretty lace slip in under an hour.

Easter may be this weekend, but there’s still plenty of time to whip up some festive items. Like this beautiful, quilted basket or this fun bunny basket. Need a faster project? Try this little bunny bag or carrot treat bag instead.

Decorating for the holiday is always fun, but don’t forget the table! These colorful egg shaped placemats will definitely make a statement!

Keep your night stand clutter free when you make one of these bedside organizers.

Rompers are definitely on trend this season. Make your own version with this free pattern.

Treat yourself to a spa day at home. Learn how to make a scented headband, neck wrap, and eye pillow. This would make a fabulous gift set for Mother’s Day, too! While you’re visiting the site, be sure to enter their Tax Day contest to be entered to win a cute tote stuffed with yards of fabric!

This wrap skirt is so easy, you don’t even need a pattern to make it!

Give your tee a new look by adding a contrast shoulder.

Embroidery

If you follow me on Instagram, chances are you already saw the springy embroidery that I’ve been working on. If not, well, here it is!

Urban Thread’s Las Flores design with Mettler thread

I can’t show you the entire project, yet, but do promise that it will be revealed soon along with a few tips on working with napped fabrics. For this design, I wound up using Urban Thread’s Las Flores (corner) in a variety of Mettler Threads that played off the colors in the print that I had used…. so I changed up the thread colors pretty substantially. I do love the end result, which is a bit more muted and a fun play on spring hues.

Now I’ve been bitten by the embroidery bug again and have the urge to work on a more substantial stitching project, but am not sure what. Maybe that quilt topper that I’ve been dreaming of for several year?

Bundle

I know I had vowed not to buy fabric unless I had a plan to use it immediately, but I’ve been doing a lot of work getting the house ready to sell (DEEP cleaning, painting, etc.) and I felt as if I needed retail therapy a reward. I decided to go for one of SoSewEnglish’s mystery boxes (it was 50%, making the fabric $3.75\yard). It arrived last week – here’s what was inside:

There was a black (the lighting skewed how dark it really is) RPL knit, a cotton floral print, a rayonish floral, and a purple cotton blend. I can never have too much black in my stash so this was a welcome knit (eventually I may use it to try out the Bayside Romper – I especially love the mesh modification they used for the “cover”). The black floral will become the South Shore Romper (because this is apparently romper season in my sewing room) while the red floral may become the Tulip Dress (I feel as if it needs to become a tropical type dress and this pattern sort of screamed “put a flower in your hair and wear me without sleeves”). As for the purple… I have no clue. It has a fall-ish hue to it so I’m not sure that I’m ready to sew it up for spring\summer… I may just use it as an accent piece to something else…. I’ll have to mull this one over!

Embellished Kicks

The Spring\Summer issue of Creative Machine Embroidery is hitting newsstands and inside is one of my latest articles on creating these fun sneakers! (I also created a kid’s version too)

No embroidery machine? No problem! You still can create this look by adding pre-embroidered designs and patches to your shoes. Grab your copy today and find out the details on making your own.