Monthly Archives: October 2021

Linky Thursday

Looking for some last minute Halloween ideas? How about a very cool bleached skeleton tee\tank? An easy pumpkin for adults (perfect for trick or treating)? Or a witch hat with a brim that won’t droop? Looking for something to decorate with? There’s still plenty of time to whip up this mini Halloween kitten quilt.

With the temperatures getting colder, chances sewing will turn to warmer fabrics. If you’re interested in sewing up some faux furs this winter, you’ll definitely want to read this article before starting.

I’ve seen a lot of pencil case tutorials, but found this one to be pretty original (it has compartments).

If you save your fabric scraps, but are unsure how to use them – I stumbled across this project for filling a kickboxing bag. Now that’s a lot of scraps!

Who said matching shirts had to be tees? The Carya Shirt isn’t just a versatile button up, but it’s unisex too.

If you’re looking ahead to holiday sewing, these reusable bags are perfect for gift giving.

Enter to win a fat quarter bundle of Heather Ross’ Trixie.

I’m a sucker for cosmetic rolls and bag. This brush roll would make a great stocking stuffer (this manicure kit is pretty fabulous too).

This tunic is super cute and perfect for those cool mornings.

Squid Game (Day 2)

Capping off my Halloween crafting: A Squid Game Hoodie

Since Easton had said that a few of his classes were cold AND since I didn’t have a matching track jacket to go with his costume, I decided to go with the next best thing – a hoodie. I opted to go with white since it “matched” the white stripe on the pants, but believe it or not, PLAIN white hoodies are hard to come by. Thankfully, Amazon had one for next day delivery! Once it was delivered this afternoon (yes, this is hot off the press), I used my Cricut and black\pink vinyl to create the Squid Game Logo (in Korean).

And with that, I’m going to call Halloween crafting complete. I may try to squeeze in a few embroidery projects, but at the rate I’m moving on completing items lately, I’m not holding myself to it.

Player 457

Middle school is tough. You still want to do all the fun things that you did when you were little, but sometimes it just doesn’t seem as “cool” as what it used to be. Take Halloween for example. We love it around here, but some kids think it’s juvenile… so when you school announces you get to wear costumes, what could you wear?

We actually went to the Halloween store and there wasn’t anything that caught Easton’s eye… so I suggested Squid Game… and he perked up. Unfortunately the show is so new that there isn’t a lot of readily available merchandise and finding green fabric that works for a track suit (that would arrive on time to sew one up) was almost as difficult. So, I did the next best thing – I ordered some pants that I thought would work and decided to make a shirt (Jalie’s Nico) to match.

The pants just arrived yesterday so I immediately went out to buy material that would coordinate along with some iron-on vinyl. This morning, I stitched up a raglan tee, used my Cricut to cut out the numbers (Cricut Sans is a very close match to the show’s, just a bit thinner), and made a matching mask (per Easton’s request, his school has a mask mandate).

Considering how fast the store shipped the pants and how long it took the post office to deliver it, I’m doubly glad that I decided not to attempt to buy material and sew something up. Although, I’m disappointed there isn’t a matching jacket to go with this look. Easton has said how cold his school gets so I may purchase a hoodie with a Squid Game logo for him to throw on later in the day if he gets chilly.

What A Mess

I may do a lot of embroidery, but there are times when a few projects just don’t work out no matter what I do. This is one of those times.

I’ve been working on some vaccine card holders and as you can see the top works great, the bottom? Not at all (I did have one that looked more decent that this, but I think it’s because it is black and the threads are harder to see). I have tried everything I could think of: different stabilizers, different needle, different backing (except the clear, which is the constant throughout this project), new needle, slower speed, putting tissue paper down to prevent vinyl drag. As you can see nothing has worked… so it’s time to throw in the towel on this one because I’m pretty sure the culprit is the clear vinyl.

If I decide to come back to this, I may just do the tops on the embroidery machine and complete the bottom on a standard machine – I think I may have better success that way. In the mean time, I need to work on something that is less frustrating – I’ve put too much energy into it without any results!

Linky Thursday

It looks more like it’s channeling spring than fall, but I really love how beautiful the Adenia Bodysuit is.

Planning on a Friendsgiving this holiday? Get started making hostess gifts with these free SVG files (for cutting machiens). This panel pocket apron and (matching) accessories would be pretty awesome too!

Enter to win a Trixie (Heather Ross) fat quarter bundle.

Lounge in style this weekend with a pair of these Pillowcase PJs. Looking for something a bit warmer? Try these pants instead.

Flannel doesn’t just have to be for shirts. Stitch up an Autumn Flannel Tote Bag to carry around all your necessities.

I love this Cotton Notebook Cover. Unfortunately, it has terrible reviews so make it at your own risk. With that said, I may (eventually) try to figure it out and make one for myself (and revamp it for a new tutorial in the future).

This Halloween sock gnome can be made in 20 minutes – so it’s the perfect last minute decoration!

The Janice pencil skirt has a great side ruching detail (and I love that the post includes several different fabrics\colors for inspiration too).

Give the book reader something special this Christmas, like this great reading pillow.

This craft project bag has lots of pockets and a hidden drawstring closure to keep all your items secure.

Last minute costume request? This cloak sews up in 20 minutes.

Sneak Peek

This week has been devoted to stitching up a pattern for testing – stick a fork in me, I’m done! It’s always a lot of work, but I love lending a helping hand to my favorite designers…. plus this project gave me an excuse to use some fancy zippers and pulls (and fabric too) and now I have a great _______ until the pattern is released (my guess is that you can expect it sometime late next month).

So, while I can’t show you the entire project, I can give you a little sneak peek. I will also say that this project is creative & original, uses several types of hardware (but should be easy to find), and could definitely be unisex if made in the right materials.

I can’t wait to show this off to you soon!

Runner

Halloween is right around the corner and I’m finding myself trying to finish up some of those last minute projects that I’ve been meaning to get to. This weekend, I finally stitched up a “holiday” table runner.

Our kitchen table is very long (93″), so finding coverings that will work with that length is pretty difficult. I had no real plans on adding anything to the table, but I stumbled across this retro cat\owl\pumpkin print and couldn’t resist buying it since it seemed to coordinate with the rest of my decorations so well.

Since this is a pretty basic rectangle, I didn’t use a pattern – I simply cut (2) strips of the print fabric 10 1/2″ wide, cut black strips 2 1/2″ wide, and sewed them on either side. I backed it with back fabric and topstitched all around. I like the end result, but I’m not sure anyone else in the house noticed that it was there. LOL

Miscellaneous

While I may do a lot of embroidery, I find that I tend to buy a lot of “single” style designs. So this week I’ve been trying my hand at some different types of embroidery projects, mostly “in-the-hoop” style projects (that are not key fobs or bookmarks, which seem to be my favorites, but who needs that many of those?).

Here’s a small sample of what I’ve been working on. First up, a Crime Scene wrist band style key fob. Overall super cute and fun, but it’s very stiff and slightly larger than the key fob hardware. I’m thinking about trying my hand at this one using a nylon webbing instead of vinyl and skipping the backing all together.

I also tried out a door hanger style design as well. This one is relatively small because of my hoop size (5 x 7), however I think it would work as a doorknob hanger. I just need some ribbon to finish this one off.

I also played around with some of the settings on my machine in an attempt to get nicer stitching when I apply backing. I “think” I may have solved my issue of periodic thread bubbling on the backside, but I’ll need to test this out again when I use some trickier vinyl (I’m looking at you white vinyl) for the underside.

Linky Thursday

I’ve been seeing a lot of (awesome) custom Converse shoes lately. Since this isn’t a project that I think I want to tackle, I may have to settle for serged shoelaces.

Halloween is a few weeks away. If you’ve been thinking about going as a witch here’s a few hats to get you started: This version from Fabric.com & Hot Patterns has a witch hat and fascinator options, this fast and easy version is perfect for last minute costumes as well as this one (and I love the embellishments).

I’ve been very into color blocking lately – so this work dress is something that caught my eye this week.

Looking to get away from clothes or bagmaking? This Summer Snowflake quilt is the perfect project.

Not only is the Bellas coat unisex, but it looks warm for this winter (and stylish too). Looking to make it even trendier? Finish it off with a faux fur collar wrap.

Learn how to sew a flat front gathered skirt.

With a potential shortage of toys this year, it sounds like handmade gifts are the perfect substitution. Any little girl would love this doll carrier backpack (it reminds me of the American Doll versions).

Dress up as Frankenstein without all the makeup with this fun “hat” version of the costume.

Need a quick costume for work, school, or just a get together. This Batty (cape) could work out nicely (ears not included).

Enter to win a $30 gift certificate to The Fabric Fairy!

Gather up any late garden produce with this harvest apron.

Up Next

Some days go as planned, others, don’t. Yesterday was one of those days.

On the upside, I made my way to the fabric store to pick up a coordinating canvas fabric for a pattern I’ll be testing. The downside? That’s as far as I got into any projects as I spent the rest of the afternoon\evening at the emergency vet.

Everything is fine now, but he happened to find a chocolate bar yesterday and ate it – wrapper and all. I didn’t even know he found one, but happened across a corner of the package that he left behind. Fortunately, I was able to get him to the vet in time for treatment and that the candy he ate wasn’t solid (it was filled with cookie butter) so he didn’t get as much dark chocolate as a regular bar. Thank goodness he’s fine today, but he gave me a heart attack yesterday and a whole wallet lighter.

And now that things have returned to normal…. back to sewing.