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Easy Cricut

Today I had hoped to share a third project from the upcoming Jalie Galaxie bag series (you can see two versions, the Mars and Pluton from earlier posts this week), but instead of sewing, Easton and I worked on his poster project for school. While this isn’t necessarily blog-worthy, I did want to point out how easy the Cricut is to use because he did most of the work with a few directions:

 

So if you’re on the fence about getting a cutting machine because you’re concerned about how difficult it is to run, don’t be. Sure, there’s a bit of a learning curve for some of the more difficult techniques (i.e. the “knockout method” where a picture is inserted into text) that you may see on some crafting groups, but there’s plenty of videos to walk you through those… but for the basics – easy! Plus, your school projects (or scrapbooking pages, t-shirts, etc.) look very “professional” when you’re finished – as Easton said, “Where has this been all my life?”

With that said, I’m headed to the kitchen to prep for Thanksgiving. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

 

Pluton

Yesterday I shared a sneak peek of an upcoming Jalie pattern, Galaxie, so how about another? This time it’s a fun little gift wrapping bag, the Pluton! This a cute little wrap bag that can be made in one or two fabrics (for great contrast) that is ideal for holding those odd shaped packages under the tree. Also included with this style are two other versions, the Neptune (which it the perfect size for loaf pans, making it a great way to deliver neighbors homemade breads), and the Mercure (wine\champagne size).

Getting excited for this release? Then be sure to take advantage of Jalie’s Black Friday coupon for the Galaxie 1! Use the Coupon Code: 50OFF2017 to save 50% on this pattern (valid from November 24th, 00:01 Eastern Time to Nov. 27 23:59 Eastern Time). This pattern will be available in pdf ONLY.

 

Mars

If you’re a long time reader of this blog, then you already know that Jalie is one of my all-time favorite pattern companies. So I’m very excited to let you know that they will have a new pattern out just in time for Black Friday\Cyber Monday – Galaxie! This collection of bags, wraps, and pouches are perfect for holiday gift giving (or wrapping) and sew up in no time. I had the opportunity to test them out and will show some of them to you this week!

 

I love a great box bag, so it only stands to reason that the first project I show you is Mars. This is a multi-piece, lined, zippered pouch that is perfect for stashing sewing goodies, toiletries, and more. What’s so important about it being multi-piece? You can use a directional\one-way print and half of your bag won’t be upside down (I used a directional fabric in the above photo). The Mars sewed up quickly and the zipper is very easy to install – even if you’ve never put one in before. Plus, it’s he perfect size for stashing sewing notions…. which means that this bag is MINE!

Steelers Nation

Do you ever get stuck on sewing something up and find yourself making a lot of that item? I do…. and it’s pajamas right now. I found myself making another pair for Easton, this time a Pittsburgh Steelers set.

For the pants, I (once again) used Peek-a-boo Pattern’s Pajama Party Pants. This seems to be my current “go to” pajama pant pattern as it sews up super quick and Easton loves the way they feel. The shirt is purchased and I added a Steelers SVG that I found on Etsy and cut it with my Cricut. Admittedly, the logo has some issues (that you can’t see from this distance), but I will say, it doesn’t look as professional as what you would buy in a store (and the blue is all wrong, too). I’m hoping that if I work with this file again, it looks a little better than what this turned out.

Overall, I’m super pleased with this pair and I vow not to make pajamas for awhile!

Linky Thursday

You will definitely turn heads this holiday when you show up in this gorgeous Bergenia Jumpsuit. I love the fact it’s not a dress, too!

There are a lot of advent calendar project floating around the internet, but this one, by far, is my favorite.

Looking for Thanksgiving table decor? This Give Thanks table runner will definitely impress.

Sew your little one a new robe for Christmas morning. Then stitch up a matching one for their favorite stuffed animal.

I stumbled across this metal framed purse tutorial today which reminded me of how much fun it was to make. You can check out my version here.

It’s getting cold outside which means it’s winter accessory season. If you’re child hates hats, be sure to check out this ear warmer tutorial. Don’t forget the mittens while you’re at it!

When Turbie Twists first came out, I gave them as stocking stuffers. Now I can just make my own.

These are some of the cutest Santa Hats that I’ve seen.

Get ready for Christmas by sewing up new stockings for over the mantel.

Change up the look of your favorite chair or bedroom with one of these decorative bolsters.

Sample Pack

Spoonflower recently had their fatquarter sale, which means I did my annual “Christmas tea towel purchase”. This time I also added a fabric swatch set to my order because I have a difficult time figuring out what I need for projects (by the way, they added velvet). I am also going to attempt to do my own print (our dog on fabric) so I can make a few  personalized gifts for the kids this year….. we’ll see how that turns out. LOL

Keep your eyes peeled for the tea towel sew up – while it’s not very exciting, I do love putting them together and they make such fun gifts!

Pioneer Woman

Admittedly, I didn’t get as much accomplished last week as what I had intended. I did work on a few projects that I’ll get to show soon, but in the mean time I’ll share this: my picture of Easton and I with the Pioneer Woman.

We went to Ree Drummond’s book signing last week (which was insanely large) where I wore the floral and stripe raglan that I made last year. The whole experience inspired Easton to want to take up cooking and even requested his own (autographed) cookbook as well. Of course, I obliged because if he really does take up cooking, I’d be thrilled.

Now it’s back to the sewing room this week to work on a few top secret projects and attempt to sew down some fabrics that have been coming in. I’m on the hunt for long cardigan pattern that I can use with some sweater knits this year – I’m up for suggestions if anyone has one!

Linky Thursday

Got scraps? These tartan fabric pouches are a fun way to use them up!

Dolls and Daydreams are one of my favorite stuffy pattern companies – you can try out one of their patterns for free while giving back to the community too (FYI this post is from 2013 so the original doll drive is finished, but this pattern still makes a great gift for toy drives and mitten trees).

Looking for stocking stuffers? These sleep masks make great gifts!

Enter to win a copy of Crafty Little Things to Sew and a bundle of Daydream Fabric.

Make the holidays more personal by sewing one of these handmade recipe tea towels for your hostess.

Is your car in need of some organization? This caddy has a pocket for all the necessities and serves as a waste bin, too! Need something for your purse too? Check out this free organizer pattern on Craftsy!

This fun top is perfect dressed up for the holidays or down for a more casual look.

If your little girl is in need of more American Girl style accessories for her doll, don’t miss this easy sleeping bag tutorial.

Even if you’re not a quilter, this dresden pillow project should be easy to stitch together – and with showstopping results, too!

Raglan tees have to be my favorite style of shirt. Now you can sew up one for your child with this free pattern (sizes 2-14).

Fabrics In

I’m not going to lie. When this fabric order came in, I did say to myself, “What did I do?” But then I fondled all my goodies and realized that I have lots of plans… now let’s hope I can make all those plans a reality!

So this is my latest order from So Sew English Fabrics. It’s a mix of sweater knits, French terry, double brushed poly, and a cool distressed camo knit. A majority of them I know what I want to do with (except the distressed camo and I’m open to ideas on that one) so it’s really just a matter of buckling down and working on them. I’m torn between starting the football print (I also bought a football vinyl for the Cricut to make something for it) or using the sweater knits for a new shirt that was inspired by this photo.

Another Rebel

I still have a few items in my “cut projects” pile, so in an effort to dwindle it down (and finally get to wear what I’ve been daydreaming about), I grabbed another one from the pile. This time I opted for the George & Ginger Rebel Choker in a double brushed poly camo print from SoSewEnglish.

I was very excited about this project initially. I had seen a similar top (but in a more distressed color print) and had wanted to recreate it. The end result? Meh. While I love my previous version, this one just doesn’t do it for me…. it may be all that brown (a color that I don’t wear that much) or just the print in general that doesn’t work. Either way, I’m a bit disappointed. I’ll wear it eventually, but it definitely isn’t a favorite.

As a side note, I did make a small change in this top. When I sewed the shoulder seam, I left 1/4″ on the inside edge of the back open so that when I attached the back collar, it nested nicely inside. This was something that I thought needed to be done in my first version of the top.