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One of my projects last week became a labor of love…. and I can’t wait to (eventually) show it off. In the mean time, I can give you a sneak peek as to part of it – tassels!

I can’t remember the last time I made a tassel – mostly because I don’t make a lot of home decor projects that call for them. However, for this article, I made a lot. In fact, I forgot how easy they are to make and how much interest they add to what you’re creating. Not to mention the fact that you can make them in just about any color you desire! I’m sure these super colorful versions would be difficult to find in the store.


Rounding out the last of the “Halloween” sewing…. (more) leggings! Earlier last month I had ordered this fun cardigan from Amazon (beware, it does run extremely small), but felt like I needed something else to go with it – why not leggings? So on my last order from SoSewEnglish fabrics, I threw in a yard of the aqua floral skulls double brushed poly – which seemed to have the right vibe for the crochet inset of the cardi.

As for the pattern, I used my all time favorite legging, Jalie 2920. They sewed up well and fit perfect, plus the fabric feels exactly like something Lularoe would sell…. but for much less. In fact, the whole outfit cost as much as what one pair of leggings would be from LLR! Bargain!

Linky Thursday

Are stuffed animals taking over your house? This tutorial for a stuffed animal chair solves the storage problems and gives you child another seat in the house.

Upcycle food wrappers (chip bags, candy wrappers, etc.) into fun accessories.

Need more material? Then be sure to enter to win this $50 gift certificate to Gardensong Fabrics.

Looking for a softie that’s just a little bit different? Then be sure to check out this pattern for Miss Matilda Gosling.

This little girl’s (sleeveless) dress is perfect for the holidays (sizes 1-8).

It seems like there’s never enough sewing for guys which is why this fleece scarf with a zippered pocket is such a great pattern.

Baby it’s cold outside, but your hands can stay toasty warm with this hand warmer tutorial.

If you’re started to plan for hostess gifts this holiday season, then you don’t want to miss this pretty (and easy) wine gift bag tutorial.

It’s Always Autumn is always showing ways to change the look of her free Classic T pattern. This time it’s a fun peplum.

Knotted pillows have become popular again – I’ve even seen them in Walmart this year. Now you can make your own in your favorite fabric.

With as many unicorns that I saw this Halloween, it’s safe to say that the unicorn is the “animal of the year.” Celebrate it by making a fun pillow.

This hooded vest isn’t just trendy to wear, it can be made in 10 minutes.

Have you started thinking about stocking stuffers and teacher gifts yet? Everyone loves these vintage ribbon key chains.

Hot Dog!

This year, Easton decided that he wanted to be the Snapchat Dancing Hot Dog for Halloween – which meant that I didn’t have to sew a costume this year….. Except that Easton decided he needed to look “more authentic” and wanted a shirt and pants that matched the hot dog in some way. So, I headed to the store to find something that “matched”, the closest I came was a tan rayonish knit from Joann’s.

Let me start off by saying the material itself was horrible. It easily ran, was thin, and only had 2 way stretch (although Joann’s rarely sell’s anything with 4-way), but I didn’t have time to buy anything online that was better and it’s just something that will be worn for a night. I wound up using two Jalie patterns for the shirt and tights – the Nico for the top (because I had this one already out from the other day)  and 2920 for the bottoms.

Since the fabric didn’t have a 4 way stretch, I added about 3″ to the length of the tights…. this wasn’t quite enough as they hiked up quite a bit as he wore them. I also didn’t consider that the would also need a slightly higher rise as well, so the fit dipped down a bit too much in the back. (The shirt, however, worked just fine). Overall, Easton liked the look under his costume, but hated the tights. He also looked a bit strange when he took the hotdog suit off – like he was ready to go streaking. But it worked for the night and everyone was happy. But the real lesson? Never, ever use a 2 way stretch for leggings even if you add some length.

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! As you may have noticed, I didn’t have to do a lot of sewing for Halloween this year. So I decided that I needed to sew some Halloween “themed” things instead!

First up, a shirt for Easton to wear today at school. This is yet another Nico (I have lost count how many I’ve made so far), stashed white jersey, and a skeleton Doodle fabric from Joann’s. As much as I complain about the Doodle line of fabric (they have great designs, but the fabric generally has poor recovery and stretches out of shape easily) this one isn’t bad and sewed up nicely.

Emoji Pajamas

Last week I showed off a shirt that I had made for Easton’s Red Ribbon Week at school, but because I had to do these very last minute, I never showed off the finished pajama pants…. So here they are this week!

Once again I used Peek-a-boo Pattern’s freebie, the Pajama Party Pants.  I paired this up with an emoji print from Joann’s – if you really like these, ignore the fact that it says online only… I found it in my store so it’s worth giving yours a try. I can’t say too much more about this pattern that hasn’t already been said in previous versions, but once again, the pants sewed up quickly and the fit is great. This may be his favorite pair so far – he even had slippers to match!

The Giving Tree

Somehow, I got so busy on Wednesday that I forgot to blog. How does that happen? What I wanted to share with you is my latest project for Creative Machine Embroidery magazine November\December 2017 issue): Gift Card Holders that double as ornaments (or tags). You can grab your free templates to make this project until December 31, so there’s lots of time to whip these up for the holidays. In fact, they’re so easy to make you can sew up a handful in no time.

No embroidery machine? No problem! The templates are designed to be cut by hand (only the embellishments are sewn with embroidery) so they can easily be finished on any type of machine. Be sure to grab you copy now!

Linky Thursday

If you’re needing a new bag for work or school, this Relaxed Shoulder Bag has tech pockets and handles too!

I wish some of these Halloween costume tutorials didn’t come out so late… because I love this Circus Clown and Bear Piggyback idea. Maybe next year.

The holidays are rapidly approaching and if you’re looking for a hostess gift to give, look no further than this pretty half apron.

Have jeans that no longer fit? Upcycle the pockets into a cute Advent Calendar! This one can be no sew, too!

I usually see these reusable bowl covers in the summer, but they would be great for holiday potlucks too – just change up the fabric.

This cute little bag is labeled for shopping, but could be used for just about anything.

Capes are a fast way to bring life to a costume. This Bat Cape is perfect – especially if you’re channeling the Adam West Batman this year.

If your little girl loves skirts, but your temperatures are dropping, you’ll love this Legging\Skirt pattern combo.

Say goodbye to yoga pants and hello to joggers. Learn how to transform your pants into the latest athleisure fashion trend.

Much of WobiSobi’s shirt tutorials are no sew, but they always have interesting details. Like her latest project the Weaved Back Tank.

Perfect for fall decorating, an easy (just 15 minutes!) Monogram Pumpkin.

Sleep Emoji

This week is Red Ribbon week, which means that every day has a theme. Coming up? Pajama day. I realized that we really didn’t have a lot of pajamas that fit any more (aside from the Jingle All the Way set that I just made, but it seems a bit early for Christmas), so I decided to make some. This year’s reading theme is emoji’s so I thought it might be fun to do a pair in some fabric that I had stumbled across at Joann’s. While it’s in the wash, I decided to make a shirt, then I realized how hard it was to find the sleep emoji online. After a search on Etsy, I finally found one – although after purchasing it, was totally disappointed as to how it was designed. Since the face layers couldn’t be separated, I wound up having to cut out part of the white background layer so that I could make the eyes dark while still keeping the “ZZZ” white. Normally it might not be a big deal but the yellow is just translucent enough you can see the cut part behind it. I’m sure no one will notice but me, but I’m still disappointed. At least the white glows and looks cool!

Bit of Embroidery

This weekend was filled with “secret project” sewing. So while I can’t show you the entire project I’m working on, I can give you a peek.

This particular design is Urban Threads Sporty Soccer Crest. I love it for it’s bold hues, which oddly enough, are very similar to Easton’s own club colors. It stitched out beautifully which makes me love it even more!

On today’s agenda…. tracing a few patterns. Bleh.