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Linky Thursday

Yesterday was the first official day of summer in the states. Get ready for the heat wave with this breezy racer back tank.

If you’ve been hunting for a beach bag that’s easy to sew but still looks impressive to wear, stop by Sew4Home’s latest tutorial for a beach duffel backpack.

Add more seating to your patio space with this pretty outdoor poof.

This top combines two of the biggest trends in sewing: flutter sleeve and off the shoulder.

Looking for a great way to keep the kids entertained during your 4th celebration? Check out this fun star bean bag toss game.

This fantail kimono makes a beautiful evening top to wear out or would make a wonderful gift to someone this summer.

Traveling soon? This perfect luggage tag tutorial is a great way to mark your bag.

This spring poncho tutorial makes sewing a new top for girls a snap!

A 10 minute toiletry bag? I’m in!

The hand towel that never falls off the rack.

Sign up for the Melly Sews newsletter and you’ll receive the pattern to make this pretty sundress.

Looking for something fun to do with the kids this summer? Try Kool-aid dying. This handy chart will help you find your perfect colors to combine for unique shades.

Wales Soccer

This week, Easton is participating in a British Soccer Camp. When I picked him up, he started off saying he needed a red shirt for tomorrow for his team color….. but I needed to use my “machine” (Cricut) to put Wales on it….. and his name…. and his number (from his spring\fall club)….. “Just make it look like a jersey”.

After a quick trip to the craft store to pick up a shirt and vinyl, I came home and made Easton a “jersey” for today. The image is from the internet (it is the actual Wales soccer logo) while the banner and lettering is from the Design Space Studio.

For a quick tee, I’m fairly pleased with the results…. especially because I was able to weld the banner and Wales lettering fairly quickly and without needing to look up how to do it on a tutorial!


Glitter Vinyl Embroidery

Once again, I’m working on some projects that I can’t reveal yet…. however, it’s probably alright to give you a sneak peek, right?

I’ve had glitter vinyl sitting in my stash for quite some time (I have a strong desire to make cool purses with this fabric), but still haven’t taken the plunge. Last week, I decided that I needed to stop eyeing the vinyl and just work with it….. so I started by embroidering it. I attempted to do some research on how to stitch it up, but really didn’t find much so I went with a heavy weight cutaway stabilizer, a new needle, a lightly stitched design, and the ‘hoopless method’ – basically treating it like a (real) leather.

The results? Awesome! I honestly think this is the way the way to go if you decide to work with glitter vinyl. Definitely use a lightly stitched design because I can see anything too heavy will eventually rip up the material (even the design that I used has a lot of running stitches that continually stitched over and over may be a bit much in some areas). Now that I’ve tackled this, I definitely will try it again…. I have 3 more colors in my stash to play with!

Picnic Dress

I can finally show you some pattern testing that I’ve been involved in now that it’s live! George & Ginger released their Picnic Dress pattern today (you can grab one for $4 until midnight tonight 6/16) – I loved mine so much that I made it twice!

This pattern for stretch knits (I made mine in a double knit from Needle Nook Fabrics) and features 3 sleeve lengths (as well as a sleeveless version) as well as a gather bodice and skirt – so it’s very flattering for all figures.

Sewing this one went quickly and came together beautifully. I do suggest that you sew slowly  and carefully when you reach the gathers, as it is very bulky and many people noted that theirs seemed to struggle with this part (my machine didn’t have any issues, though). It was definitely a fun sew – which is why I made it twice (plus I really, really wanted a sleeveless dress in this print for summer).


Linky Thursday

May the 4th may be over, but you can easily make it Star Wars day, everyday with these fabulous droid pillows.

This beach maxi dress isn’t just perfect for hitting the sand, it would look great for an evening out too.

If you’ve been looking for a good coverup for after the pool, be sure to check out this fun, hooded version. Need an accessory to go with it? Be sure to check out this oversized beach bag!

This generously sized hobo bag doesn’t just look great, it’s easy to sew too.

If you haven’t tried waxed canvas yet, this travel bag is a good excuse to give it a try.

Keep your  bag tidy (or just make it easier to switch between purses) with this 10 pocket purse organizer.

Get your home ready for the 4th of July with this patriotic ruffled pillow.

Protect your tablet with a pretty, quilted iPad case.

This knotted shopper is a pretty way to head to the farmer’s market or just a way to jazz up your daily shopping routine.

If your summer is full of chauffeuring kids between activities, then you’ll love this Tote with Many Pockets – it’s great for stashing projects, devices, snacks and more! After you check out the tutorial, be sure to enter this week’s fabulous fabric giveaway.

Make coasters in just 10 minutes.


Modern Cutwork

Be sure to stop by newsstands this month for the latest issue of Creative Machine Embroidery magazine. In this issue I have an article on how to create the cutwork blouse that you see on the cover. I really liked working on this one, it has such a summery vibe to it. In fact, I liked it so much, I made a second version in blue with different (geometric) designs and longer sleeves – it’s amazing how a ‘theme’ change can change the mood of your blouse!

Also in this issue is a stylish beach wrap. You may remember the pattern from one that I created several years ago for Sew It All magazine. However, this time around I used a fabulous gauze (instead of a knit) and embellished one long edge with sea themed embroidery. The result is a very light and airy cover up that feels fantastic (trust me, I tried it out before I sent it on). Never worked with gauze before? Don’t worry there’s plenty of tips to help you – it’s a lot easier than you think!


Somehow 20 (yes, 20, I know, I’m in shock too) years have flown by and it’s this girl’s birthday today.

This year Taylor requested that I make her cake (don’t judge, I’m not a skilled decorator) and decided that we should recreate the same photo that we took when she was 4. The result? Awesome.

In addition to baking, I also sat down and made a pair of shorts for her. When she saw the cover for Sew Caroline’s Weekend Style, she fell in love with the Saturday Morning Shorts – how could I resist not whipping up a pair for her birthday?

While the shorts turned out adorable, I will admit had a few issues with this pattern. First off, I never could find the seam allowance – I’m sure it was in the book somewhere, I just never could find it. After skimming a few parts of the book (specifically the part about French seams), I figured that it must be 1/2″ and went with that.

Secondly, the printing for the front of the shorts was missing several sizes. I haven’t seen errata for this book, so I am assuming it was a printing error on my part(?) although the back pattern printed off just fine. Fortunately, the size I needed was one of the ones that did print so I didn’t investigate further (yet) as to what the issue was.

Lastly, I had no idea how much elastic to cut for the size I made. The expectation is that you’ll measure yourself and cut accordingly, but since this was a gift (and I didn’t measure Taylor beforehand so that this would be a surprise), I had no idea…. so I winged it. Hopefully they fit.

Aside from these issues, this was a super quick and easy pair of shorts to make….. I’m kind of wishing I had a pair myself, now!


Links for the Weekend

Need a quick gift for dad this Father’s Day? Stitch them up the perfect apron or try my classic BBQ apron.

Rompers are hot again this year. Make your own version with this free pattern & video tutorial (you may need to translate the page, though).

Put those fabric scraps to good use and whip up a few of these fabric platters or this charm pack notebook cover.

If one of your Father’s Day traditions is giving dad a tie, be sure to check out this tutorial on how to make a bow tie for men.

It’s sundress month again at Melly Sews – stop by each day in the month of June and check out all the fabulous patterns\tutorials for women and girls like this pretty lounge dress.

If you have a large railing this bunting tutorial is the perfect way to show your patriotic pride this 4th of July. No railing but still want to show your patriotism? Then be sure to check out this great table runner.

Need a new suit? This easy bikini isn’t just free, it looks to sew up fast (btw, does anyone else have problems with viewing the SewMamaSew site besides me?). If you’re looking for more coverage, try this one piece version instead (only comes in a size 10).

For those that are in the military or have served, this pillow is a special way to display their uniform.

Stop by SewCanShe to learn how to make this springy daisy mini quilt plus enter to win a fabric bundle! While you’re there, you can also enter to win to plush toy kits as well.

Shorts for girls don’t have to be short to be cute. Check out this simple ruffled version that’s great for summer playing.

This divided fabric basket is perfect for road trips or just keeping your car organized throughout the year.

New SVG Shop

I know. Today is Thursday (last week I totally forgot because of the holiday), which means that normally I would run my Linky Thursday post (don’t worry, I’ll be back tomorrow with all the great links!). However, today,  Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop launched their new Digital Design Shop and to celebrate they are running a “Buy 3, Get 1 Free” sale…. PLUS I get to show you all the cool designs that I tested for her!

My favorite of the bunch had to be Fabric Addict (for obvious reasons) which I made in a glitter vinyl and placed on a purchased tank (I also saw this on a bag and thought it was fabulous too). I also made an adorable onesie for a baby shower using the Worth the Wait SVG…. and then couldn’t resist using it again with a metallic HTV on a pair of undies (think funny bachelorette gifts). Being a soccer mom, I also had to try out the Soccer Mom design. Since we spend a lot of time outdoors, I put this on a visor in Easton’s team colors. Lastly, in preparation for Father’s Day, I made a Grill Master beer mug…. I suppose now I’ll have to gift this with a few beers as well.



Around here, June is “Birthday Month”… not only is it Father’s Day, but we have 5 birthdays (and one that is on July 1st) to celebrate too. I don’t always make gifts for the occasion, but this year I decided to whip up a few to make them a bit more special:

First off I embellished 3 tumblers: One for my niece (I absolutely love this font on these bottles) and nephew and one for Taylor with the WSU Wushock (her name is also on the back). The Woo was definitely the hardest to work on with me needing 3 attempts before finally liking the way it turned out.

I also made a pool bag for my niece. I purchased a cute tote from Michaels and added the Aloha Summer SVG (free this week) to one side. Unfortunately, it somehow turned out wrinkled in the end – I am guessing I used such high heat for so long that it stretched the fabric some. I didn’t even attempt to fix it because I’m pretty sure if I did, I’d ruin the whole thing.

Lastly, I made a coffee tin (and stuffed it with goodies) for my mom who requested a new coffee pot this year (she hate the Keurig I got her for Christmas so I bought her a “regular” one too).

I’ll probably make one more tumbler before I’m done as I have another nephew’s birthday and still haven’t decided what to do for it. Thank goodness it’s a few weeks away before I have to decide!