Monthly Archives: April 2021

Scoop the Poop

Earlier I had talked about some fun sewing supplies I picked up, but now I can show you what I did with some of them!

Today my dog waste bag holder tutorial is featured on Bernina’s We All Sew website and they use these fun little vinyls that I recently picked up on Etsy (while Etsy has a ton of cute faux leathers and vinyl, I shopped here as she had the most adorable dog designs and the perfect scale for this size project.).

This little box bags fit most standard size dog waste bag rolls and have a handy little clip that you can attach to a leash, their vest or even a beltloop or bag. I also added some fun zippers (and zipper pulls) to these, but you’ll have to check out the tutorial to get a better look those since it’s not something that’s easily seen from these photos. This project is perfect for using those smaller vinyl scraps (I was able to squeeze out a bag using a “fat half’ sheet – it’s tight, but doable) and sews up in less than an hour!

Linky Thursday

With the weather warming up, I’m starting to wear more t shirts – which means I probably could use some more. Like this adorable Tulip Tee. Need it smaller? There’s one for kids too!

It looks like the pools will be OPEN this year! Now to make some boardshorts.

Enter to win 3 DIY Fluffies patterns.

I love this Party in a Box gift set – learn how to make neck pillows, coozies, a bunting and then add your favorite snacks!

Making items for baby is so much fun and always well received – like this awesome textural blanket.

These drawstring backpacks are so easy to make and they make a great gift for guys.

Tired of the same t-shirt patterns? The on a roll tee has an interesting neckline and a couple of sleeve lengths to change it up, too.

This little pouch is supposed to be for pencils, but I love it’s longer shape and think it would work for just about anything!

These fabric balls are perfect for indoor play, baby gifts, or your favorite furry friend.

Elliot Romper

I’m going to start off by saying: The Elliot Romper is not something that I would normally sew. But over the past year, my wardrobe choices have definitely leaned toward ultra casual and comfortable and so I thought I would give this pattern a whirl…. and I’m not sorry I did.

I’m going to start off by saying: The Elliot Romper is not something that I would normally sew. But over the past year, my wardrobe choices have definitely leaned toward ultra casual and comfortable and so I thought I would give this pattern a whirl…. and I’m not sorry I did.

This was my first time sewing with a Petite Stitchery pattern so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I will say that I’m not a fan of their PDF – this pattern seemed “jumbled” to me (the page numbers didn’t line up like I expected in the rows) and I had to reference the pattern guide quite a bit. Since I haven’t worked this company before, I’m not sure if it’s just this pattern or they are all like this.

As far as the construction process goes, I thought that the directions were good. The pocket is constructed differently that what I had expected and the instruction were easy to follow (and lots of photos to help you along the way too). The pieces also went together well and was a pretty easy sew, overall. There is a lot of binding to work with, so do allot your self enough time for that – even thought it looks like a quick sew, I felt like the binding took a whole afternoon.

What really surprised me about this pattern was the fit. I sort of expected that this might look baggy and unflattering, but it’s really not the case. I think because the neckline is lower and the sides are open, you can see that you have a shape underneath the romper – the fact that it fits nicely around the hips helps too. I wouldn’t call this a fitted romper by any means, but it definitely keeps your shape. I also think that the bandeau helps with this a lot. It is very fitted (in fact I probably could have comfortably gone up one size) and gives you modesty, but isn’t baggy so you lose your form.

I should probably point out a few things I did along the way and\or would do differently next time. First off, my intention was not so sew a solid romper. I had really wanted to make this in a fun print, I just didn’t have anything on hand that had a good, 4-way stretch except for a black bamboo French Terry. This particular fabric is a little beefier than other French Terry fabrics that I’ve been working with and found that it doesn’t work as well for binding. While it has plenty of stretch, it just doesn’t have the “drape” that I would have like to have seen on along the arm\back areas. I would highly recommend using a lighter weight material with good stretch and recovery for any of the bindings. Lastly, I started off making my romper with long pants. It looked cute, but decided that with warmer weather approaching (it’s going to be in the 80s today, woohoo!) I might get more use out of a capri length… so I shortened it. Once I took the length off, I had immediate regrets. Not only did the capri hit me in an odd place, the material wanted to ride up and I knew it would never stay in place… so, I added a cuff. Now it’s perfect!

Supply Haul

A bunch of new supplies and fabric (finally) arrived – between mix-ups and the post office holding some of my packages hostage, it seems like I’ve been waiting awhile. Of course, I neglected to snap a photo of the fabric before I threw it into the wash, but I did get some vinyls in there:

As you can see, I’ve decided to take up making my own zippers (the zipper tape I bought got cropped out of the picture). I think in the long run it will be less expensive and definitely more personalized. I wound up snagging some “basic” pulls along with several “themed” styles (like Wonder Woman). One thing that I like about these are the weight, they are definitely beefier that what you can get in stores. The glitter piping? Those were a whim purchase, but I’m sorry that I didn’t order more…. it’s FABULOUS! Photos do not do the sparkle justice.

But what I’m currently most excited about is my own version of a Baja Poncho hoodie (I suppose I’m being nostalgic about this since this was quite the rage when I was in college). For my version, I picked up So Sew English’s Men’s Oceanside Hoodie and this textured stripe double knit. Not only is this fabric is nice and thick, but incredibly soft – I’m pretty sure those ponchos in my college days were woven out of burlap. LOL

Rory Cropped

Between spring break, the holiday, and soccer, I didn’t get much sewing in last week…. but I did manage to make a second Rory. This time around I kept the deep V, but made a long sleeve, banded crop size, instead. It’s not love. It’s super cute, but I’m just not feeling the crop, even with high waisted pants. I also feel like the “v” is plunging more in this top – not because it’s any different than the last top I made, but because I’m attempting to change the way I wear it… by pulling it down more in the front. Consequently, I’m going to be gifting this one to my daughter. She wears a lot of cropped styles and this would look great on her. I think I’ll just stick to standard sizing on this pattern.

Linky Thursday

Learn how to sew this convertible backpack – it’s even large enough to fit a MacBook!

This little bunny basket is a fun way to gift treats this year. Not sure what to fill it with? How about my all time favorite Easter project, marshmallow bunny peep plush.

Enter to win a fat quarter bundle of Enchanted by Valorie Wells.

Make a statement with Mood Sewciety’s free pattern, the Moonflower Dress.

A bit of faux leather, a scrap of fleece, and a bit of sewing is all it takes to make this sunglass case.

Rainbows make any project happier. Learn how to sew up a cute, rainbow themed zipper pouch .

Learn how to hack a hoodie to make a 1/4 zip jacket.

This clutch bag is just the right size to carry the essentials.

I don’t make a lot of quilts, but the Passiflora Quilt is so bright and cheery I wouldn’t mind sewing this one up (this is part 7 of the sew along).