I figured that if I was going to make more Bernie keychains, that I had better get to it before the memes got old.
For round of tags and keyrings, I used String Theory’s Mitten Man snap\fob and the Mittens Dangle embroidery designs. In both cases, it is recommended to use a very heavyweight stabilizer because the stitching is so dense. While the fobs weren’t terrible, let me tell you those mitten dangles were (somewhat) problematic. The stitching on these are VERY dense – so much so, I was worried about how the final stitching would turn out when I added the backing. While they did fine, I think that the underside turned out horribly…. and these were (somewhat) difficult to cut. I’m guessing it was a combination of the vinyl (I used marine which is thick in itself and the double stabilizer that gave me the issue. I also found that the end result was so thick that I wound up using a black sharpie on the edges so you couldn’t see the stabilizer layers on the sides.
Was it worth the effort? Yes! These are ADORABLE (and the mitten dangles really complete the look). Would I do it again? No. Not only is everyone getting burned out on the Bernie memes, these really were time consuming to make.
Now it’s time to get back to some regularly scheduled sewing projects. I have been plotting all the things I want to sew up and need to make them happen!
I’ve purchased a few “time sensitive” (i.e. Valentine’s Day, more Bernie mitten’s designs, etc.) that need to be stitched out before the holiday (or we start getting tired of seeing the Bernie memes) passes. So, yesterday I decided to tackle a couple of embroidery designs.
First up, “Baby Green” (aka Baby Yoda, Grogu, or The Child) as a Valentine’s Day bookmark. First off, I need a new shade of green. This one is really green and with those little heart antennae, he looks like a Martian. Secondly, the (inside) ears suck. This is the third set of these type of designs and the right ear always shreds the vinyl. These were so bad that I wound up having to put a fusible stabilizer behind it so that when it came time to do the black outline, it didn’t jam up my machine, or completely ruin the bookmark. They turned out ok and are still giftable (they are for my kids), but I really need to figure out what is happening there.
My second project is a fun, Punk’s Not Dead keychain. This was bought on a whim because it reminded me of my brother-in-law who plays bass in a punk band in his spare time.
I channeled my inner Carol Baskin and made a new lounge set. Admittedly, there is a lot of print going on, even for me. But, it’s loungewear and won’t really make it out of the house so I’m totally embracing it. I present to you, my finished athleisure: Made for Mermaid’s Sporty Piko top and Seamwork’s Mel Joggers, all in a taupe, French Terry leopard print from SoSewEnglish fabrics (the black French terry used for the cuffs, neckband, and waistbands are also from SoSewEnglish).
If you’re interested in reading more about my version of Seamwork’s Mel, you can check out this post from a few weeks ago. Today, I want to talk a little bit about the Sporty Piko. For starters, this is not my first time working with this pattern. In fact, I was really disappointed in my first attempt, but decided to give it a second chance because I’ve seen it used so many times in loungewear recently. Knowing that my first shirt was so large when I used my regular size, I opted to go down one size for this version. The end result was still loose, but more fitted that what I was after for loungewear. I think I could have cut in between sizes and gotten the look I was after this time, but his sizing might be better for “everyday” tees instead – something to play around with if I made this pattern again.
Overall this is a super comfy set, but the next time I stitch this up, I’ll opt to use a coordinating solid to break up the design some.
Even if you didn’t vote for Bernie during the primaries, you have to appreciate the memes that have featured him after the inauguration. I’ve enjoyed them so much that when Off With Their Threads came out with a Bernie Mittens Grumpy Chic snap tab design, I couldn’t resist buying it. I even stitched some out immediately!
I wound up using some fun glitter vinyl and stitched one in a “basic” blue (all from MyPunkBroidery) to create a couple of keychains and a bag tag. I’ve been very pleased with the quality and consistency of their vinyls – they have all stitched up beautifully. Eventually, I have to try some of their vinyls in a purse and see how they sew with a standard machine.
Hip bags are the perfect way to stash essentials when on a walk, hiking, or just out with the dog. Make one for yourself and find out how great they are!
Looking to use up scraps or have a great collection of fabrics you want to show off? Then be sure to check out this lumbar patchwork pillow.
The Super Bowl is just weeks away. If you’re planning to serve chili on the big day, then you’ll probably want to stitch up a few of these bowl cozys. Thinking cheese dip instead? Then don’t forget about making some tortilla warmers.
Looking for some cute ways to give Valentine’s gifts this year? Why not stitch up one of these mini treat bags? They’re perfect for presenting snack or gift cards!
I’ve been a longtime fan of Maiden Jane’s t-shirt quilts. She and her talented daughter (I bought even bought a cityscape pillow and a couple of dopps bags this Christmas) have paired up for a great sewing giveaway. This is a Facebook only giveaway, so you’ll need an account and follow the instructions to enter.
The mail has finally caught up with all my packages – so rounding out the mail yesterday was this bundle (along with an adorable penguin print and hounds tooth kitty design that arrived a few days ago. Both currently in the wash) from Blended Threads.
I am planning on doing a hoodie with the stripes and panels. Although, for the life of me, I can’t find the pattern that I originally had in mind for this so I may just go with Peek-a-boo Pattern’s Aspen – these stripes definitely need to be highlighted! The “inked” print is an athletic knit and will likely become some sort of leggings since they are on the beefier side and I’m not sure how that would work as a top. I can’t wait to sew all of these up!
Sometimes we all just want to work on a project without having to start from scratch. T-shirt refashions are great “instant gratification” project and my article in the Spring issue of Creative Machine Embroidery magazine can give you the inspiration to get you started!
For this article I show you how to embellish tees by adding sleeve details, pocket embroidery (both on the pocket and those fun “peek-a-boo” designs that poke out from the top, and creating a cutwork piece along the shoulder and neckline. All of these projects can be created in an afternoon and are super fun to wear. Be sure to check out this issue on newssstands now and let me know what you think!
Some of the fabrics that I had pre-ordered last year are finally starting to trickle in – like this fabulous Blocked Retro French Terry from Blended Threads.
This was one of my first experiences buying form Blended Threads and I was not disappointed (it did take FOREVER for the fabric to get here, but that had more to do with Canadian and US postal services running slow)! This French Terry is some of the beefiest that I’ve worked with, but it still has great stretch and a luxurious feel on the exterior…. I immediately had regrets that I did not buy more. I knew that when I bought this that I wanted to make some sort of retro shirt (maybe even a sweatshirt) so I decided to mash up my concept together to make this – a modified Jalie 3355 sweatshirt. I used the body of the shirt “as is”, but lengthened the bands (the cuffs by 2″, the waistband by 9″) so that they fitted more like a shirt in these areas.
Unfortunately, I could have used another 1/2 yard of this fabric so that I could have matched the sleeve stripes to the shirt, but I think I like the placement of them as they are. Overall, I’m just in love with the end result of this shirt – it reminds me of the Kodak stripes, but muted. Hence, this shirt will forever be named, The Kodak Sweatshirt.