Monthly Archives: September 2019

Quick Projects

This past week I’ve been stitching up some projects that I’m not quite able to show you yet. This week doesn’t look much different, but in between all the chaos, I’ve been working on a few smaller items.

One that I’ve been wanting to work on for weeks in a shirt to wear to Easton’s soccer games. If you follow my Instagram, you’ll see that most weekends are full of sports and I try to support the team by wearing gear. When I ordered through their store, I assumed that it would be getting chilly and only got myself a sweatshirt. What a mistake – last weekend it was 90! So, before Saturday’s game, I made myself a tee with my Cricut and a logo that I snagged from their website. It turned out so well, even Bret didn’t know I made it myself.

I am pretty sure it would have been less expensive to buy a shirt than what it was to make one, but this was great in a pinch. Plus I have the logo save just in case I need to whip up one for Taylor when she visits. In the mean time, I think I’ll add Easton’s jersey number to the back of the tee.

Linky Thursday

Fall is officially here! If you’re ready to start decorating, be sure to check out these adorable patchwork pumpkins!

Not pants, but not shorts either: they’re culottes! Learn how to make a pair that’s perfect for autumn wardrobes.

It’s nice to see that there is an increase in adaptive clothing tutorials on the internet, like this video tutorial for a wheelchair sweatshirt.

This fabric basket tote would make an adorable bag to carry to a farmer’s market this weekend.

A different take on a favorite purse style: An asymmetrical cross body bag.

I love these Cosmetic Pods (video tutorial, but you can find the paper pattern here)!

Who doesn’t love a great t-shirt pattern? This one from A Life Sew Savory is free!

It may be too cool outside to garden, but you can bring the fun indoors when you make this cute, plantable felt garden box.

Enter to win one of five sewing machine LED light kits.

This Halloween Placemat tutorial will bring a little whimsy to your table this season.

Bundle

I’m not going to lie, I’m a sucker for fabric “mystery bundles”. Not only are they (typically) a great bargain, but they tend to get me out of my comfort zone and make me use some different fabrics\prints\colors. I had a urge to pick one up recently and fortunately, got in on a sale. So that means I had to do it, right? My fabric arrived and I couldn’t be more excited!

Chey’s Leftovers from So Sew English fabrics

I wound up picking Chey’s Leftovers from So Sew English fabrics, an 8-10 yard mystery bundle that was guaranteed to have at least 1 yard cuts. Inside I got: a black stripe modal spandex (yay, more shirts!), a brown-ish (although it looks mauve in the photo) single sweater knit, a floral knit that could possibly be a single brush poly, a black modal jersey, and a rayon spandex animal print.

Now to start planning what I might want to do with all of these. I’m so excited to put them to good use!

Another Union

Hot off the sewing machine (and by hot, I mean 10 minutes ago!), another Union St. Tee by Hey June Handmade and paired up with my Jalie Cocoon Cardigan.

I’ve very pleased with how the tee turned out – I’m glad I went with the larger size because I’m certain that the bust would have been too tight otherwise. My only regret is that I made this in short sleeves…. not only is is chilly out today and longer sleeves would feel more appropriate, but I also keep seeing people making adorable long sleeve, stripe tees and now I “need” one too! I’m guessing I’ll need to make another one soon!

Up Next: Stripes

Remember that Pinterest pin I linked to last week? Well, I decided that my new cardigan needed a stripe shirt to go with it too.

I ordered a navy stripe modal spandex from So Sew English to recreate this look and decided on using Hey June Handmade Union Street tee for the pattern. Unfortunately, when we moved, I pretty much purged all my printed patterns, so I’m having to reprint, tape, and cut out this one out again…. I’ve also forgotten what size that I originally made (I’m almost in between two sizes) so I’ve opted to go with the larger one, just to be safe.

Alexis Cocoon Cardi

As much as I’ve been enjoying the weather, I think it’s safe to say that I’m ready for some fall sewing. I couldn’t resist any longer and decided that it was time time to pull out those autumn fabrics and get sewing.

For my first fall make, I pulled out Jalie’s Cocoon Cardigan and used SoSewEnglish’s olive Alexis double brushed poly (this colorway is currently sold out). I was inspired to sew this after seeing someone talking about this Pinterest Pin… adorable! Plus it’s a color that I don’t normally wear which is perfect as I’m trying very hard to get away from having so many of the same fabrics\styles\colors in my closet.

It’s been awhile since I’ve sewn the Cocoon Cardigan and I forgot how incredibly easy and fast it is to sew up. I literally had this one cut out and sewn in an afternoon! Talk about an instant gratification pattern!

Linky Thursday

This bath caddy is perfect for dorm life, but would make a great gift for new moms and grads too!

The fit and flare dress is the perfect transition piece into fall (and looks easy to sew too)!

Found a shirt, but it’s a tad too small? Learn how to add fabric wedges to make it more flattering.

If you’re looking to dwindle down your knit fabric scraps, you’ll definitely want to check out this sock tutorial.

This mermaid tail tutorial is a fun addition to any little girl’s dress up collection or pair it up with a mermaid tote bag and you have a great Halloween costume!

I recently saw an ad for fun pillowcases. I was so tempted to get them as stocking stuffers this year, but then thought why buy them when I can make my own? This is a great tutorial to start with.

Kimonos are a great way to layer your clothing for the changing season and look trendy doing it.

I love making toiletry bags as gifts. I like that this one has a slightly different shape than what I’ve been sewing.

Why use an ordinary binder when you can make your own padded version (with plenty of pocket space too)?

It’s getting chilly at night and if you’re taking in the Friday Night Lights action, you’ll probably want a few of these hand warmers to take the edge off.

The Anna Pouch would make a cute clutch, but is the perfect size for stashing makeup as well.

Bar Stools

This must be the week of new chair covers because I now have 2 bar stools at my kitchen island. This is the Hanriksdal Bar Stool from IKEA (which matches the chairs of the same name that I made for my kitchen) – the cover for this one was made by taking apart a premade version that I got in the store. Unfortunately, this didn’t come together as well as the chair version – it is extremely “fitted” and it was a real struggle to get the velcro to attach to the underside of the chair without a lot of tugging (I am guessing the side needs to be extended just a smidge). It does look great on, though so I can’t complain unless I ever have to wash these… then I’m guessing the shrinkage may cause issues.

Speaking of washing covers, I did have to launder one of my chair covers over the weekend – I did have bit of shrinkage with the fabric (I did not prewash it), but I think that it was just enough to make for a better fit. FYI if you decide to buy this fabric for yourself.

With all the chairs (finally) finished, I’m ready to move on to window treatments. I think it’s time to start surfing the internet for ideas!

Outdoor Covers

Last week I mentioned that I started work on some outdoor seat covers for a friend – and over the weekend she was able to use them!

I am thrilled that everything fits and even more excited to see that she had matching pillows (not shown) on her outdoor love seat that matched with the fabric she selected!

Also shown in the picture is a footstool that will replace the existing one shown in the photo. I had just enough to eeek this one out – all she has to do is stuff and stitch the opening shut!

Linky Thursday

I love (the idea of) keeping organized. Fabric bins are my favorite way to store loose items so they’re out of sight, but easy to find. Plus these bins are pretty fun to make, too.

Jar openers are a staple in my kitchen although I never thought to make one until I saw this tutorial.

It’s still in the 90’s here, so I’m still in the mood for summer… like this adorable Hawaiian shirt quilt.

The second Malificent movie comes out soon and if you have someone wanting to dress up like her for Halloween, you’ll definitely want to check out this Glowing Staff tutorial.

Enter to win tickets to the Fall Mod Bee – an online quilting convention. There’s lots of cute project to be made!

Don’t dress up for Halloween? How about wearing a fun apron instead. This version is so adorable!

Sewing ruffles can be frustrating. Learn how to make them like a pro and add them to your next garment.

If you walk into my house, it’s quite evident that I love pillows. These plump tufted pillows are no exception (and it helps they’re made with cuddle fabric).

If the nights are getting cooler where you are, chances are you need something to cozy up with on the couch. Check out this tutorial for a fleece blanket with binding and this easy cheater quilt.

You won’t have to worry about tangled cords with this tech cord and accessory roll up pouch.