Monthly Archives: December 2019

New Year

It’s hard to believe that tomorrow kicks off a new year, not to mention decade! Normally today’s post would be a recap of my projects throughout the year, but with the move, I gave up trying to keep track somewhere about May of this year. Needless to say, my productivity was relatively low for awhile, but I still managed to sew some fun items. Here’s some of my favorites:

This locker organizer (which also works as a hanging organizer in any room) was one of my favorites at WeAllSew this year. It gave me the opportunity to use some different techniques (fabric frames, expandable pockets, and bindings) and fabrics, plus Easton really loves using it.

This mummy pillow was also a lot of fun to create as well, but any time I can use glow in the dark thread, it’s a plus!

I’m not normally one for home decor sewing, but I actually had fun making these covers for IKEA’s Henriksdal chairs. I spent several weeks making test patterns, chair covers, and eventually bar stools for our new kitchen. It was quite an undertaking, but I love the end results. Plus, we’ve had to wash 3 chair covers already because of TERRIBLE spills – consequently, these may be the best things I’ve made all year. In fact, I may always have chairs with covers on them so long as I have kids. The best thing about this project is that I can always change the look of my dining area, although I’m not motivated enough to make all those chair covers right away!

It probably comes as no surprise when I say, Jalie is one of my favorite pattern companies. Their men’s shirt pattern has been one that has gotten a lot of use, but this Cruise It version has to be one of my all time favorites.

After getting a panel that was too small to use whole, I opted to color block it to make this version…. no all future shirts may be color blocked!

I did a fair amount if writing last year for Creative Machine Embroidery magazine so it’s hard to pin down a favorite. While the velvet Amalfi is definitely one that I love, these embellished Converse may win for the year because I got the most use out of them once they were returned. Plus, you can’t beat teal Chucks with tiny pineapples all over them.

Also making the list of favorite projects is Seamwork magazine’s Oslo. I whipped this cardigan up as a last minute travel\girl’s night out project and I’ve found myself wearing it a ton since.

Between the fact that it’s black (which is apparently a favorite color, plus it goes with everything) and that it feels a lot warmer than what you’d expect, I’ve gotten a lot of use out of it since I made it last month. I’m also a fan of how this particular version drapes, but still find myself fiddling with the collar constantly because the fabric likes to slide around on itself. As for the dino shirt, I haven’t had a chance to wear it again, but it may get a lot more use this spring when the weather is warmer.

Lastly, there are the hoodies (and a few sweatshirts tossed in for good measure). I found myself making quite a few this year (and have plans for several more next year too). My favorite patterns by far had to be Jalie’s sweatshirt\hoodie and New Horizon’s TAMI Revolution Double Hoodie as both of them started becoming standby’s for french terry.

It’s a Mystery

I wound up buying another So Sew English mystery bundle… this time it was a “Total Mystery” package, full of 5-8 yards of any kind of fabric (for $15, how could I resist?). On the right is what I got:

The black is a cotton knit. It is a nice fabric, but only has 2 way stretch.

The teal strip is a brushed rayon or a single brushed poly. It has a great drape and will probably be destined for a top when I find the “right” pattern.

The bottom is the coveted elephant print! While I probably wouldn’t normally purchase this for myself, I’m still glad I got it because it really is fun. I think this would make an excellent romper this summer.

Overall, this was a great bundle – especially for the price! I would definitely do this again!

Linky Thursday

Scarves not quite your look? This cowl is a great alternative, but this one has slightly different take on the style.

I remember making rag quilts years ago (oh the hand cramps from all that cutting). This tutorial is a great project to do with the kids.

This potholder may be labeled as Christmas, but with the right fabrics, could be used for any occasion or holiday.

Ready to redecorate? Learn how to transform placemats into pillows.

Ditch the dingy ironing board cover and make yourself a new one.

Enter to win one of 5 LED sewing machine lights.

This gnome mug rug is too cute and doesn’t scream Christmas, so it can be used all winter long!

A kimono is a great way to dress up or down an outfit depending on how you wear it. Best of all it’s easy to make!

If you’re like me, you have a ton of plastic bags under your kitchen sink. Now you have reason to dig them out – transform them into a fused tote and bucket hat.

Still need a last minute gift? These fingerless mittens are a quick sew and perfect for just about anyone!

Gnome For The Holidays

When SoSewEnglish released this Gnomies fabric, I knew I needed it (for something), but I waited too long to snag some (a day) and never got any. So, when they released it again (in French Terry), I waited by the computer at the release time and put it in my cart. I was determined to sew it up before Christmas, and here it is, as Jalie 3355 (and paired up with an Ohio State scarf that I decided to make for myself too).

Since this is a French terry, I had really hoped to make it more sweatshirt like and less like a tunic, but the material is so thin, that it drapes more like a top. I even had plans on adding the kangaroo pocket, but it just didn’t quite look right. None the less, this top is ultra soft and snuggly and perfect for Christmas Eve! Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah everyone!

More Hidden Pockets

It’s safe to say, I’m on a roll. I made more hidden pocket infinity scarves!

I used more of the Snuggle Flannel from Joann’s to make each of these – although the red\black\white plaid is noticeably softer. As for the pockets, well, each one is made with Alexander Henry’s Wrangler’s print – fussy cut so everyone gets a little beefcake when they open their pocket (I made these for friends, Taylor, and myself so I know no one will be mortified when they open it).

Once I was finished, I made labels (I also did this for the teacher’s as well) so everyone knew it was more than just a scarf.

Hidden Pocket

I honestly had no intentions of making a lot of Christmas gifts this year, but I kept seeing posts about Made for Mermaids Hidden Pocket Infinity Scarf again this year and I caved. So I decided that I would make gifts for Easton’s teachers – they’ve done a great job getting him excited about school and making not just the transition to middle school, but a whole new district, great….. and now I want one too.

Since moving to Columbus I have learned that you need The Ohio State University Gear. Like a lot. So, I picked up some very cozy flannel from Joann’s that resembled Ohio State’s colors and some OSU collegiate cotton (for the pocket) and set to work. Since the flannel wasn’t as wide (45″) I wasn’t able to make the scarf quite as wide as the instructions (I cut the fabric in half so I could get 2 scarves out of 2 yards of material), but it’s plenty thick enough when it’s being worn. I used my Cricut to make some cute packaging (and so they also knew it had a pocket) and sent Easton off to school with them this morning. While he’s at school, I’ve decided I’m making more. I may be addicted.

Linky Thursday

Hanukkah begins this weekend. Get ready for the holiday by making a flame-free, fabric menorah and quick and easy gift bags.

You’ll want to grab these freebies from Winter Wear designs before they’re taken off the site at the end of the year: Unicorn\Dragon pillow, Women’s Neck Tie Top, and the girl’s color up tunic.

Looking to give some self care gifts, but pressed for time? This bow tie neck pillow, lavender llama hot\cold plush, and scented eye pillows are quick projects to sew and perfect for home spa days.

Stash your holiday decorations in style with this big boxy storage tote.

Need some last minute stocking stuffers or teachers gifts? These lip balm key chains a perfect for just about anyone.

Not sure what to do with outgrown clothes besides donating them? Why not transform them instead? Upcycle them into holiday ornaments, turn them into a quiet book, or use them to make a pieced tee or dress.

Enter to win a box of thread and a bundle of fabric!

It’s safe to say that Baby Yoda is a popular character this year. Get in on the fun and learn how to make your little one a Baby Yoda costume.

Velvet Amalfi

Are you looking for the perfect holiday dress? Then run, don’t walk, to your nearest book\craft store and pick up the latest issue of Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine. Inside you’ll find another article (this easy hat project can also be found in this issue too) by me on how to sew and embroider on velvet. Then use that knowledge to make this gorgeous Amalfi dress (those flutter sleeves are my favorite). You won’t be sorry – this project looks even more beautiful in person.

If you’re wanting to create this exact look for yourself, I purchased the velvet from Sincerely Rylee Fabrics… and they still have some! Not only was it reasonably priced, but it was beautiful to work with too. Plus it has some stretch – making it great for other projects as well.

Leopard Christmas

When my oldest was here for Thanksgiving, we took in a bit of shopping and she convinced me I needed a pair of leopard print shoes (she wasn’t wrong). Of course what’s a new pair of shoes without a new outfit (or in this case, top) to go with it?

I have been itching to try screenprint transfers for awhile now and I thought this image was the perfect excuse to try it. The application was easy and required less heat than sublimation designs, but I’m wondering how it will wash up over time in comparison to printed vinyls that you can use with your Cricut machine.

For those that are interested, the design came from Southern Styles (you can find the exact transfer here) and the tee came from Jiffy Shirts.

Fobs

Last week, after picking up the baby Yoda embroidery designs, I discovered several other sites that piqued my interest. One of them was Cactus Embroidery. Not only did they have a huge assortment of “geeky” designs, but they had interesting in the hoop style project, bookmarks, and key fobs.

While I’ve done a few in the hoop projects before, I’ve never tried a fob (in fact, up until then, I hadn’t seen designs for these), but I couldn’t resist trying some from her snack collection. I started with the Cheez-It box because we go through these crackers like mad (not kidding, at least a box a week). I used a sparkle red vinyl that I had on hand and instead of using a snap, I attached a key ring and rivet. AND I LOVE IT. What a cool project – now I want to make more, but really need to find a source for scrap vinyl in an assortment of colors… when that happens everyone I know is getting these type of key rings!