Monthly Archives: October 2019

Linky Thursday

Temperatures are dropping so it’s time to start getting your cold weather gear ready – like this easy pocket infinity scarf (great for stashing essentials when you’re on the go) and bow style ear warmers.

I like how this wine bag uses carabiner clips as handles.

After our last trip out of town, I’ve decided that I really need to break down and make a travel curling\flat iron case.

This mini backpack coin purse isn’t just adorable, it’s a quick sew too (in an hour).

Need a larger purse? Check out this tutorial for My Big Fat Gorgeous Handbag.

Kaffe Fassett fabrics are always so gorgeous – now you can enter to win a fat quarter bundle of his classic fabrics.

This fall leaf mini quilt is so pretty and it uses my favorite technique – applique! Add a few of these pumpkins (or this fun Kawaii version) and your fall table is set!

Crib sheets are so easy to make and a great way to sew your own coordinating bedding set.

After tonight, it’s officially ok to start decorating for Christmas, right? At least I can start sewing for it. This felt tree ornament is an easy project that can start getting you in the mood!

Have more time for holiday sewing? How about sewing up this pocket advent calendar or Christmas tree wall hanging?

Getting Ready for Halloween

I wound up making Halloween costumes after all. Well, sort of.

It’s spirit week at Easton’s school and tomorrow they allow everyone to dress up. With Easton being new this year (both to the district and to middle school), he wasn’t sure how many people would actually wear a costume, so he didn’t wan’t to go “all out”…. instead we went with the simplest thing possible – a costume shirt. I wound up buying him a colorful shirt and added the “m” from the M&Ms candy to the front. Since this was so easy, I decided to go ahead and make one for all of us, because group costumes are even more fun!

Camp Crystal Lake

I was looking for a quick, instant gratification project so I thought I would make Easton a tee that could be worn on Halloween (something that wasn’t overly “themed” because he’s a tween and that could be “embarrassing”… or so I’ve been told). I found this fun, Camp Crystal Lake SVG on Etsy and immediately bought it. Unfortunately, it was layered – I really wanted the eyes to be cut out so I thought I could do it myself. Easy, right? Apparently, I’ve lost all my Cricut skills because it took me an hour to try to get this to look right! At least I saved my work so if I ever need to make another one I’m set. In the mean time, Easton has a new shirt… and I found out they get to wear costumes on Halloween for spirit week so he didn’t need this tee after all.

Weekend Report

This weekend we went to see Mean Girls the Musical (I highly recommend seeing it if you get the chance, it was a lot of fun), made and decorated some Halloween treats (however, I do not recommend this kit… while it is fun, it is not tasty), and did…. nothing else!

It’s been a LONG time since we didn’t have anything pressing to do (alright I have some deadlines, but I figured they could wait a day or two at least) and spending a day (mostly) in pajamas was pretty awesome. Now that it’s Monday, it’s back to work – I’ve even started a list to help keep me on track! What’s on your agenda this week?

Linky Thursday

If you’re getting tired of setting up your large ironing board, learn how to create one from a tv tray.

Pass out candy with a pretty DIY fabric bowl. You can either download a paper pattern or if you have a Cricut Maker, get the SVG and really make this one easy!

Have an Aladdin fan? Now they can dress up like the magic carpet with this easy tutorial.

This boho style is a fun, casual take on the little black dress.

It has pockets! Learn how to sew this simple skirt – with pockets!

The holidays are right around the corner, so it’s not too early to start whipping up hostess gifts like these stay put kitchen towels.

This fabric book cover would make a great gift or just a pretty way to cover a boring looking journal.

Mini fabric bags are a great way to hand out special treats. This version is a simple sack that is tied with ribbon while this tutorial has a drawstring closure.

Make a statement with this two tone leather and suede fold over clutch.

Learn how to make a cat, bat, and pumpkin pillow just in time for Halloween decorating.

Poppies

For the past 3 days, I’ve been working on a rather large embroidery project. While I really love the design(s), I think it’s safe to say that I’m tired of looking at all this red – it’s time to move onto something new! Unfortunately, I think it’s more red flowers, because I picked up this print recently and have been thinking of turning it into a hoodie. Maybe I should make some sweatshirts that Easton requested first – at least that would give me a slight break!

Sumblimation

I saw people making\selling fun, Hocus Pocus\Mean Girls mash up tees and decided that I needed one. Our ink jet printer is still packed away so making my own transfer wasn’t really an option, so I decided to turn to Etsy and buy one… however, instead of an “iron-on”, I decided to try a sublimation print instead.

This was my first real experience with this method and it might be my last. To begin with, you need a light colored t-shirt (preferably white) with a high polyester content for this to work. That sounds fine, but I really struggled to find some reasonably priced ones – these work, but are quite thin. Secondly, you really need a heat press for these to transfer as you need to get the temperature to 400 degrees. The easy press that I own only goes 360, which was enough to make them work, but wasn’t large enough to press the entire image all at once. Lastly, is the care: no bleach, wash inside out, and preferably no fabric softener. I can handle the first two, but I’m not sure I can skip using the fabric softener unless I’m washing a new batch of fabric.

With all that said, the end result looks fantastic, but I may stick with vinyl for future shirts. However, I did see that there are screen printed heat transfers available for some more complex images and I would definitely consider giving those a whirl in the future to compare.

Under Wraps

Halloween is just 2 weeks away, but there’s still plenty of time to whip up some cute decorations! My latest tutorial for WeAllSew can help you with that – the Under Wraps Mummy Slipcover!

The great thing about this project is that there’s no wrong way to make this – no matter how you “wrap” your mummy and no matter where you place the eyes, you’re bound to have a fun pillow. Since this is a slipcover, it’s easy to change out your look once the holiday is over (and it’s easy to store too since it won’t take up much room). Be sure to show me your creations when you try this tutorial out for yourself!

Spooky Cat

Easton is at that age where trick-or-treating isn’t quite for him anymore. Since I got to skip out on making a costume this year, I decided he at least needed a shirt or two instead.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough material leftover from my mummy shirt to make him one of his own, so I went back out and purchased a different print – this one with tiny glow in the dark eyes. I used my trusty Nico pattern to sew this one up and added the “Spooky Cat” SVG from Cricut Access to make an iron-on decal. I was worried that this wasn’t cool enough, but he really liked it when I showed it to him so hopefully he will wear this one outside of the house.

It’s Beginning to Look Like Halloween

I love Halloween. So, when I stumbled across this fun, spooky-eye mummy wrap fabric (that glows in the dark, too), I couldn’t resist buying it…. even though it’s from Joann’s Doodle line. What’s wrong with Doodles? While they are seriously adorable, they generally have poor stretch and recovery, shrink quite a bit after washing (so always buy more than you need) and only come in a 2-way stretch as well. This particular print (or their Doodles this year in general) seems to have a bit more spandex than previous years (a bit, not much) which seems to have helped, but you can expect that this fabric will stretch easily when sewing if you’re not careful.

Clearly all those issues didn’t stop me from making my new Halloween themed shirt because here is my latest Marie-Claude raglan in my Doodle fabric. I was inspired to make this after seeing LuLaRoe’s Halloween line and some of the fun and funky baseball tees they released… and I love it (and I love it even more when the lights go out and the eyes glow)! I’m just sorry that I didn’t buy more because I keep seeing people making entire outfits from these as a very comfortable costume and they are pretty awesome.

Now, if anyone from Joann is reading this, PLEASE consider using a better quality fabric for these prints (and a 4-way stretch would be nice, too). I would definitely pay more for a better material.