Monthly Archives: August 2019

Covers

If you’ve been to IKEA, chances are you’ve seen the Henriksdal chair somewhere in the store. I spent a great deal of time looking at new dining chairs, and this one kept catching my attention – not only are they comfortable, but they have so many possibilities when you change up the cover. So, I bought 6…. and 2 matching barstools.

The Henriksdal cover desconstructed

The covers for these chairs are pretty limited (besides, why buy them when you can make them?) so I decided that I would sew up my own. My first step was to take an existing cover and rip it apart -which you can see that I’ve done (and labeled) on the left. It’s really just 6 pieces, with lots of velcro (to attach to the chair), so I believe construction should be fairly straightforward.

My next step to to trace off the pieces, even them up (if needed, I’m not sure how “accurate” they are cut), add seam allowances, and come up with a plan for how I want to sew them together. I’m very excited about the idea of making some interchangeable covers – this could be fun for the holidays!

TAMI

After my little mishap last week with the TAMI hoodie hood, I’m glad that I was able to salvage this project because I really like the end result.

I wound up buying both the fabric and pattern after seeing someone make up a similar version on the SoSewEnglish Facebook page – I am attempting to branch out this fall and wear some fabric (and fabric combinations) that I normally wouldn’t go for… thankfully this did not disappoint.

Putting the TAMI hoodie was a little more work than a “standard” hoodie pattern – largely because I opted to insert the zipper and go for the double hood (both hoods are offset so it also gives it a different feel). Both were worth the extra effort because I don’t have anything else like this in my closet, so it will definitely stand out. I thought the fit was good too, but be sure to keep in mind this is a more fitted look, so if you’re wanting something looser, you’ll need to go up a size.

As for putting this together, I thought the instructions were good, but I clearly didn’t pay enough attention to them because I inserted both hoods the wrong way. I also have to admit, I didn’t insert the zipper quite the way it was written, I just liked the way I did mine better than the instructions.

I think it’s safe to say, you’ll be seeing a few more of these in my future. I really enjoyed sewing this one up and love that it has a different look than hoodie patterns I already own.

Oops!

Yesterday just wasn’t my day: an emergency vet visit (which turned out to be an allergic reaction to probably a spider or bee), got caught is a monsoon while shopping, a spilled box of crackers in the car (what a mess), and this…. I’m not sure what I was thinking when I attached the hoods to my TAMI hoodie, but I went to test fit it and couldn’t for the life of me figure out why half my face was covered (the hoods are already off-centered on purpose) until I realized my placement was just all off.

Fortunately this is fixable, so I’ll work on redoing the hood and finishing up this project later. I’m not sure I’m ready to tackle it even today!

Linky Thursday

This library tote would make an adorable back to school gift for teachers or just a cute bag to take to the library for those end of summer trips.

After cleaning and organizing my notions drawer this weekend, I decided that maybe I need a few of these mini notions bags.

Last week I shared my locker organizer tutorial at WeAllSew. If you’re pressed for time, but still looking for a locker project this caddy from Sew4Home sports several pockets and a white board.

This wrap skirt only has one seam and whips up in no time. Looking for pants instead? Give this wide legged version a try.

Enter to win a $30 gift certificate from The Fabric Fairy!

This change purse transforms into a shopping bag when needed. Brilliant!

Fall is right around the corner (and already here if you head into stores), get a jump start into the new season and whip up a few of these easy fabric pumpkins.

Have a special event that requires a show-stopping dress? This Todea Dress would definitely fit the bill.

This candy zipper pouch would make a great back to school project (plus, you need to eat the candy first before you can make it!).

Learn how to sew a shirt without a pattern.

Spend the last few days of summer outside and go on a picnic! These fabric placemats are the perfect accessory for the event.

Adding Color

Once again, I was inspired by artwork for my latest sewing project. Our living room currently has quite a bit of black and gray, so we decided to bring in color by adding a large Cosmo Dali canvas on the wall. In order to help bring it together, I purchased a few pillows and made a few of my own. The two you see here are what I used to cover 2 (purchased) pillows that didn’t make the cut: The faces print is from an IKEA print that I bought (and stashed) several years ago and the black and white (which will also be used for chair covers) is from a current IKEA print. Things are slowly coming together around here!

Octopus

One of the “perks” of moving is getting to decorate new spaces. I recently bought this canvas to put into a spare bathroom and decided that it needed some coordinating accessories too… and look what I found this great embroidery design from Urban Threads. I even had a Mettler Thread that matched (2506 Cerise)!

Unfortunately, this design uses a lot of thread. In fact, I started this design on Wednesday and wasn’t able to finish it until yesterday because I ran out of thread and had to order a replacement online. Fortunately, my Bernina will pick up where you left off, so I was able to finish this one up pretty quickly once my thread arrived. Totally worth the wait, though!

Notions

I went into my “notions drawer” to pull out a zipper and pulled out a hot mess. I’d like to say that moving shuffled everything around, but I really just let it get to the point that everything was so jumbled, I couldn’t find anything.

I wound up taking everything out (yes, all that came out of one drawer!) and after the dog finally decided he was tired of laying on it, I reorganized the drawer. Not only did I find a huge assortment of zippers, but I may not need to buy 1″ elastic, fold over elastic, or bias tape for a very long time. Shockingly, reorganizing took a ridiculous amount of time, so it ate into all my sewing time, but at least I can find what I need for my next project!

Locker Organizer

My latest project is live on We All Sew – this time around, I’m getting ready for back to school by showing you hove to make a Locker Organizer!

Lockers were something new for Easton last year. He did a fairly good job keeping it neat, but I came up with this idea because there were some “everyday essentials” that he needed to find quickly (because let’s face it, you don’t get very much time to go to your locker in between passing periods). The finished size of this project is 8 1/2 ” x  30 1/2″ (so it should fit most lockers) and is hung with magnetic bull clips (I purchased these from the office section at Walmart and they held beautifully without any sliding) . It’s loaded with pockets: There is a top pocket that is perfect for pens, pencils, etc., an expandable middle pocket that can hold bulky items (and phones), and a cargo netting pocket that’s large enough to hold folders and notebooks, but is see through so you always know what’s inside. I also created a pocket with a frame so that it can hold a favorite photo or small mirror.

This project will take you a bit more time to create, largely because there is a lot of measuring and cutting involved, but is worth it in the end! I had a lot of fun coming up with this one and I can’t wait to see your versions!

Linky Thursday

My latest tutorial on WeAllSew is live (more on that tomorrow)! Get ready for back to school by making your student a locker organizer.

Stay cool in this crazy heat by whipping up a pretty Summer Camisole. (pattern & video tutorial)

Get organized and sew up some of this fat-quarter friendly hanging storage baskets.

Headed to the farmer’s market this weekend? Don’t bring any ordinary bag, carry this cool Wave Pocket Market Tote.

This leather laptop sleeve isn’t just functional, it’s gorgeous too.

This is nor ordinary key fob! This one is zippered so you have a place to stash small items or money. (Video tutorial)

If you have a kid, chances are they’ll be on crutches at some point. I stumbled across this Crutch Pocket Tutorial, what a great idea!

Like it or not, fanny packs are back. Make one for yourself with this tutorial.

Have your child carry their lunch money in one of these adorable mini backpacks. Best of all, it uses fabric scraps AND can attach to their school back so it won’t get lost!