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Turkey Time

In recent years, I’ve tried to do something “interesting” for Thanksgiving. It might be wind up turkey (toy) races, turkey hats, card\board games, or holiday crackers. This year, I’ve opted for something different: crazy shirts and adult Mad Libs.

I got the idea for these shirts after seeing a Facebook ad and originally thought that I could try to make this design for myself. Fortunately, lots of other people saw these and decided to make cut files so I didn’t have to do all that work myself! The down side to this DIY? These tees are way more time consuming that what you would think – not only did it take awhile to cut with the machine (45 minutes or so), but weeding the excess vinyl also took an entire morning (a simpler design that eliminated the bottom text would go much faster).

Did it save me money? You bet ‘cha! About half the price of what I would have paid online for these (and if you have a larger quantity to make, it would definitely save you a lot more!), making it totally worth the effort! If you’re interested in doing these for yourself, I purchased the tees through Jiffy Shirts (I ordered Fruit of the Loom brand) and got the SVG here (which, at the time of posting, is FREE).

Linky Thursday

Looking for a functional gift you can bring your hostess over the holidays? Why not give my double oven mitt tutorial a try?

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

Embellish plain wristletts (or maybe even mittens) with this quick primer on embroidering on knits.

Like it or not “fanny packs” are back. This belt bag may be the nicest style I’ve seen yet.

If you’re Christmas list includes lots of stocking stuffers or teacher’s gifts, then you’ll want something quick to sew, like mug rugs. This easy binding version is a great option to use Christmas prints, but I love the idea of scented mug rugs too.

Keep your jewelry neat and tidy and always at your fingertips with this hanging organizer.

Stitch up the cutest glasses case.

Get your holiday table ready with this reversible table runner. Coordinate your look with these self binding cloth napkins.

Turkey Tees

Yesterday was sort of a snow day for us (at least a late start) so something inside me wanted to bake and cook all day. Consequently, I put off the projects I had lined up to do today – one of them: Thanksgiving Shirts. I honestly thought I would have plenty of time to work on these this morning, but after starting one vinyl transfer, I realized, this may take all day.

Not only do each one of these take quite a bit of time to cut (maybe 30-40 minutes), but there’s lots of weeding going on as well (I dread working on the bottom text). Thank goodness I decided to start these now and not the night before Thanksgiving! Hopefully I’ll have a final reveal on Friday for you!

Change of Plans

Sometimes I get a picture in my mind about how I think a project should look and, for one reason or another, it turns into something completely different. This one is a great example… When I first came up with the concept for this article, I though I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Unfortunately, after an exhaustive search, I never could find embroidery designs that match my original idea so I sat on this project for days, pondering what I wanted to try next. After testing a few embroidery designs (one was scrapped because I realized that it felt too similar to something I had done several years ago), I finally had a “light bulb moment” to try a totally different concept… and now this may be one of my favorite projects of the year. In fact, I like this one so much, I’m considering seeing if the fabric store has some of the same material so I can make myself one to wear now (this project won’t appear until summer of 2020)!

With this article finished, I’m now free to do a lot more personal projects – of which I have a growing list. Between some fun family shirts for Thanksgiving, a warmish pullover (to wear when the weather is milder), pajama pants for Easton (who would live in pajamas on the weekend if I didn’t make him change), a bag that I have cut out and ready to go, and some warmer weather tops, I think I have my work cut out for me…. now which one should I start first?

Linky Thursday

Several years ago, I went through a casserole carrier sewing binge (I am pretty sure EVERYONE got one for Christmas). After seeing this one, I see another one on the horizon (and this quilted version is pretty awesome too).

This puppy pillow project would make a great Christmas gift and I love that it fits standard sized pillows.

I actually decorated for Thanksgiving this year. I wish I would have seen these pretty felt pillows and banner before I got started.

The Secretary Blouse is the perfect project for the office or an evening out.

We are supposed to have snow in the forecast today, so this flannel quilt is looking pretty appealing right now.

Who doesn’t love a good raglan? This one is just for the kids.

I’ve seen several people putting up their Christmas trees already. If you’re itching to start decorating, you may want to check out this paper pieced tree skirt. Can’t get enough paper piecing? Then you’ll want to grab the instructions for this North Star quilt.

Enter to win a copy of Crafty Things to Sew and a fat quarter bundle.

Keep books, magazine, glasses and remotes at the ready with this Sweet Dreams Bedside Caddy.

Pop Art

My latest project has been so fun, but unfortunately, I can’t show it to you (at least not yet). But what I can show you is the fun fabric I decided to use. Andy Warhol’s Tomato Soup print!

I love pop art, so when I saw this print appear YEARS ago online, I snagged a bunch. I’ve periodically parted with pieces of it for various projects, but decided that this one was “worthy” of a yard or two. Best of all, I have more left over for other projects as well.

TAMI Reboot

When I made my original TAMI hoodie, Taylor sent me a message saying how much she liked it. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough material left over to re-create the exact top, but I did save my remnants just in case I found another use for them…. good thing I did because I had just enough to make this version for her instead.

I wound up buying this great quilted knit from So Sew English and it paired up perfectly with the rest of these prints. Fortunately, with some creative cutting, I had just enough to make this top with a standard hood. And even better, I managed to match the stripes on the zipper guard with the stripes on the sleeves without really trying!

As for the fit, the quilted knit makes this version feel more snug – something to keep in mind if you buy this material for yourself. Otherwise, it’s perfect. I can’t wait to give it to her!

Valencia for Fall

Bret will periodically go through a box in his office (this is the one part of the house that I left unpacking up to him… which is why there are still boxes) and pull out a few surprises. This week, the surprise was my sewing machine manuals and a few PDF patterns that I had worked on shortly before the move…. one of the was the Valencia!

I had actually been looking for this pattern over the summer and thought that I had thrown out. As much as I wanted to make this again, I didn’t want to have to re-tape and cut the pattern out either, so I was thrilled I had everything ready to go. Thankfully, I had saved some scraps from my Jalie Coocoon Cardigan and Hey June Union St. Tee projects to put this shirt together – my only regret is that I didn’t have enough to make this a long sleeved, but I think this will work under a cozy cardigan.

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Temperatures are dropping so it’s time to start getting your cold weather gear ready – like this easy pocket infinity scarf (great for stashing essentials when you’re on the go) and bow style ear warmers.

I like how this wine bag uses carabiner clips as handles.

After our last trip out of town, I’ve decided that I really need to break down and make a travel curling\flat iron case.

This mini backpack coin purse isn’t just adorable, it’s a quick sew too (in an hour).

Need a larger purse? Check out this tutorial for My Big Fat Gorgeous Handbag.

Kaffe Fassett fabrics are always so gorgeous – now you can enter to win a fat quarter bundle of his classic fabrics.

This fall leaf mini quilt is so pretty and it uses my favorite technique – applique! Add a few of these pumpkins (or this fun Kawaii version) and your fall table is set!

Crib sheets are so easy to make and a great way to sew your own coordinating bedding set.

After tonight, it’s officially ok to start decorating for Christmas, right? At least I can start sewing for it. This felt tree ornament is an easy project that can start getting you in the mood!

Have more time for holiday sewing? How about sewing up this pocket advent calendar or Christmas tree wall hanging?

Getting Ready for Halloween

I wound up making Halloween costumes after all. Well, sort of.

It’s spirit week at Easton’s school and tomorrow they allow everyone to dress up. With Easton being new this year (both to the district and to middle school), he wasn’t sure how many people would actually wear a costume, so he didn’t wan’t to go “all out”…. instead we went with the simplest thing possible – a costume shirt. I wound up buying him a colorful shirt and added the “m” from the M&Ms candy to the front. Since this was so easy, I decided to go ahead and make one for all of us, because group costumes are even more fun!