Monthly Archives: July 2019

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This week I submitted a project to WeAllSew (keep an eye out for it soon, but I’ll be sure to mention it here when it goes live). It’s a fun little back to school sew that has several different styles of pockets (which is all I can say about it now) and should be useful all year long!

This was a fairly lengthy set of instructions that I wrote out, so I “rewarded” myself with fabric and a couple of patterns (the TAMI hoodie and Athena Tank). However, as of today, I’m also giving serious consideration to buying the Pietra Shorts… because I need more cute and comfy shorts! Of course the Cielo may make it’s way into my bag as well, especially after seeing this video of them paired up together.

But, even with all these purchases, my next project will likely be the Denver Backpack. Unfortunately, my favorite purse died last week (the lining got stuck in the zipper – it’s still functional, but broken) so it’s time to start thinking about a new one. I purchased this Alexander Henry print the other day at Joann and am trying to find a way to make it work with this pattern. Not only is the print large, but directional. This is an “issue” since the backpack folds over at the top, something is going to be sideways (or upside down) at some point. I spent an hour toying with placement ideas, then spent another 30 minutes looking at people’s bags online to see how they dealt with it. I’d really like this to work since I think it might be a fun bag to tote around at Halloween… alright, every day.

Muscle Up

With the height of summer here, I’ve really been wanting to expand my tank wardrobe. I had my eye on Greenstyle’s Muscle Up Tank since it’s release and finally broke down and bought it… then made it last week:

Construction on this one was very easy, so if you’re thinking this is your style definitely give it a go. As a bonus, it’s also unisex, so if you have a guy in your life that likes muscle style shirts, it’s great for that too. With that said, I’m not sure how much I love it. It could be the fabric (I settled on this one because it had good drape and the right type of stretch) or just the way this fits (it has very wide arm holes so you’re forced to wear a sports bra with it), but either way I feel like it’s “just ok”. I do like the concept of this tank, but it’s just not quite working for me.

Links for the Weekend

Yesterday I left to run a few errands, thinking I would post Linky Thursday when I returned…. somehow I came back late afternoon and never got started. So, here’s a belated post with lots of project links to get you ready for the weekend!

Need a quick project to help your man look dapper this weekend? This tutorial will teach you how to sew a bow tie.

Coordinate your office or desk with DIY mouse pads.

There’s only a few days left for Christmas in July. Need a quick project? How about these cute dress form ornaments or this fun paper pieced holiday mini mat?

Buntings are the easiest way to add a splash of color to your home or party. Learn how to make quilted pennants here.

This monster ear bud case is so cute, I might have to find an excuse to carry one in my purse… like for loose change.

Need a quick look for the weekend? Whip up a draped skirt.

Enter to win the SewCanShe sewing course.\

With fall right around the corner, I’ve been seeing lots of ads for footed blankets. Why buy one when you can make your own?

If you need a bit more organization in your life, you’ll want to check out this hanging pocket organizer tutorial.

Love to read at night, but can’t get comfortable in bed? This pillow looks fabulous!

25 lbs. of peaches sounds like a lot, and it is… especially when it comes to processing them for different purposes. Apparently I didn’t take this into consideration when I bough the half bushel because I’ve been making my way through them for DAYS. However, I will say that I made a batch of peach hot sauce yesterday and it is, by far, the tastiest thing I’ve made with them (next to the stuffed french toast). After freezing several gallon size bags of peaches, I’m finally done (with the exception of about 6 I saved to eat the rest of this week). Now, with that behind me, it’s time to get back to sewing.

I mentioned yesterday that I plan on starting the Muscle Up Tank and finally settled on a fabric: a navy gray basket weave knit. It’s not love, but it’s one of the few athletic looking knits (without being a heavyweight fabric or a shiny poly) that has 4 way stretch. I think it will work for my trial run of this pattern.

Peaches & Muscles

Sometimes those targeted Facebook ads get things right. Late last week, I went to The Peach Truck tour. Since I’m not from around this area, I had no idea how big of a deal this was… but somehow I came home with 25 lbs of peaches, a bag of pecans, and a recipe book! All the peaches are just about at their peak ripeness, so I’ve been swimming in fruit and trying to capitalize on all their peachy goodness.

Thus far I’ve tried making peach bourbon BBQ sauce, peach butter, peach vinegar, and freezer jam (all from the recipe book so no links to the recipes). Today I’m giving the hot sauce a whirl and probably freezing a few because I’ve eaten way too many since I’ve purchased them!

In between all the peachiness, I decided that it’s been too hot for sleeves and broke down and brought Greenstyle’s Muscle Up Tank pattern. I was drawn to the fact that this version had a hood, which really changes up the look of a standard tank. I’m hoping that in between all this cooking, I find the time to get this one started!

Cascade Tee

How many outfits can you make with 2 yards of fabric? Apparently my record is 4.

When I picked up this double brushed poly, I didn’t realize how much I would love it. I started by making a Discoverer Tee, followed by a pair of Logger shorties (these have become sleep bottoms because they are too short to wear outside the house), a Valencia Tee, and now a Cascade Tee. That’s 4 projects from 2 yards of material – it’s new record for me!

So, back to the Cascade – I picked up this pattern on a whim when buying a New Horizon’s bundle – it was the ruffles that sold me on this top. With some creative cutting, I had just enough material to make this top… and it’s perfect. The fit is great, the ruffles are fun, and best of all it’s sleeveless… because it’s darn hot outside. I found the instructions were well written, so putting this top together was easy. In fact, it was so easy, I’m thinking about making another one (sans ruffles, because you can only have so many distinctive tops) today!

Linky Thursday

Looking for a new purse? This minimalist tote is a fun way to carry all your necessities of try your hand at the pretty Kennedy – it’s perfect for statement fabrics. Just ready to get a jump start sewing for fall? Make this suede backpack instead.

If your little one (or even tween) is in need of headbands, you’ll want to give this little bow version a try.

A heat wave it hitting most of the US right now, stay cool with a handmade cooling pad or cooling neck wrap.

Hit the beach this weekend with a brand new mesh bag.

Enter to win a Memories Quilt Kit from Bear Creek Quilting Company.

Learn how to make the perfect summer jumpsuit.

Keep your change handy with this cute star shaped Stela coin purse.

These Boucherouite Boxes won’t just help keep you organized, they’ll add a lot of interest to your area too!

Make laundry more fun with these shark close pin bags (plus it’s the perfect way to kick off Shark Week)!

Make the most of Christmas in July and whip up some of these stuffed fat quarter trees.

It may be too hot outside to wear fleece, but have you ever thought about decorating with it?

Sporty Piko

As excited as I was to sew up the Sporty Piko, my result was just as disappointing. I knew going in that this top was a very relaxed fit – I just didn’t realize how “relaxed” it would be…. it’s HUGE.

The photo on the left is the initial fit of the top. For reference, this is a size small and you can easily see how over-sized it is. Between the color and the fit, I felt like I was wearing a hospital gown….

In an effort to salvage this tee, I decided to shave 1 1/2″- 1 3/4″ off each side (I kept the initial fit of the sleeve because I was afraid I would make it too tight) and I think that the end result is much better. It’s still loose, but not sack-like. However, I’m still not in love with the end result… this pattern still needs some work. I may consider giving the Sporty Piko a try again in the fall (in at least one size down) because I love the idea of creating a PomPom Jersey with a team logo across the back, but I’ll have to rethink how I may want to go about sewing it up.

Prime Day

It’s one of the most anticipated shopping days of the year – Amazon Prime day. Yes, I’ve already visited. I’ve even scoured the sewing\crafting deals (admittedly I only picked up the 3 pack of Cricut mats… for $12, I couldn’t pass that up because I always need new mats).

Probably the question you’re asking, “Is there anything worth buying today?”. Honestly, you can probably save your money in the crafting department – sure there was some good prices on thread (but they were brands I’ve never heard of), carrying cases (most were open totes), and an occasional machine (mostly minis, but this bag closing machine was interesting) here and there, but nothing that jumped at me. However, if you need some notions, you might be in luck:

There seems to be lots of elastics (most are 1″ or larger) in bulk: this 10 yard 1″ black and white bundle for $6.30, 10 yards of black and white buttonhole elastic (great for kids pants) for $6.79, and 100 yards (yes 100) of fold over elastic in 20 different colors for $21.59.

There also seemed to be a lot of zippers (beware not all sizes and styles are included in the sales) like this 40 piece, 22″ zipper set for $12.79. There’s no comment about what brand and you’ll probably get an assortment of colors, but if you’re willing to gamble, it’s a great deal!

WonderClips are also on sale (I love these for bag making, bulky fabrics, or with items that can’t be pinned). If you don’t already own some, I highly recommend this set of 150 for $11.99.

There were also several ruler sets listed (they were probably all the same retailer, though). This one had a variety of shapes (although I’m not sure this is from a sewing company because the names of some of the rulers don’t seem “standard”) for $13.43, but beware, from what I’ve read, they’re almost all metric.

Need buttons? I found this set of 100, 1″ wood buttons for $6.92. I’m not sure how I would use the, but they look pretty.

Linky Thursday

I think wrap tops are one of the most flattering looks on all body types. Now you can transform that look into a pretty maxi dress.

Not sure what to do with those fun panels you see in stores. Learn how to transform them into a quilt.

Keep your little girl cool this summer and make her some adorable tanks! This pattern has a huge range of sizes, too (3-16)! Pair it up with a no-math circle skirt (sizes 2-12) and you’ve got a great summer wardrobe!

Have a Cricut maker? Learn how to cut felt like a pro.

Encourage them to read more this summer by making your little one a personalized pocket pillow – great for stashing books when they’re not using them. (video tutorial)

It’s been so busy around here that I forgot it was July… until I started seeing a bunch of Christmas projects popping. If you’re started your Christmas in July sewing, you’ll definitely want to check out these cute stockings and gift bag tutorials.

Enter to win this gorgeous Angela Damman bag.

Head to your next farmer’s market with this fun patchwork tote (link to pattern in tutorial, only available for 3 more days).

This Arial Tote looks easy to sew and has a fun braided handle. While you’re visiting the site, don’t forget to enter to win a huge bundle of 1/2 yard cuts of Michael Miller’s Fairy Frost.

You know those cool makeup pouches that have floating glitter on the outside? Now you can make them yourself. This same process would work great for back to school pencil pouches too!

Last week I made a flutter sleeve top, but you can add that design element to your favorite tee with this tutorial.