Mother’s Day may be over, but it’s never too late to give someone (or yourself) a spa day gift set that includes a pretty towel wrap. My latest tutorial is up at WeAllSew and it’s so easy you can make several of these in a day! You can even personalize it with pretty embellishments or a monogram.
This also makes a great gift for anyone going off to college next year too. Pair it up with a fun shower cap and you’ve got yourself a complete set!
I’d love to see how you use this tutorial so don’t forget to share your versions with me!
I wound up making two of these towels – I plan on finding some pineapple hand soap and making shirts that read “Teach like a pineapple. Stand tall, wear a crown, and are sweet on the inside” for an end of year gift for Easton’s teachers. You all know how I love a themed gift!
I was getting ready to post a photo of my latest project and realized that I can’t… at least not yet. So instead I’ll have to just show you a sneak peek… pretty embroidery on luxurious velvet!
I had so many directions I wanted to go with this project that I wound up fiddling with placement(s) for the better part of a week. In the end, I edited down a lot of what I originally intended because it just wound up being “too much”. When Taylor came over the other day and saw it, she had noted she really liked it (well, hinted she would like to wear it) so I’m glad I settled on the direction I did… approval from a picky clothing person is always a good indicator if my judgement was correct.
I also need to say that I ADORE the Bernina 590. The pinpoint placement has got to be my all time favorite feature of any machine – it really helps make sure that everything is exactly where you want it (which is especially useful when you’re aiming for symmetry). I could have used this feature for a few projects that gave me hooping headaches!
With that said, I’m ready to send this beauty off. Fortunately, I have enough of this fabric left over to do something else – I’m thinking a pair of stretch velvet joggers!
Rubik’s cubes are seeing a resurgence (E’s school actually has a competitive team for puzzle cubes). If you have a fan in your household, you’ll definitely want to make one of these fun, puzzle cube footstools.
This scrappy coaster set is a great way to use up scraps and definitely screams spring with these colors!
I am fairly certain winter is never leaving, but I am so ready for warmer weather. It was cold and rainy yesterday so to channel that summer feeling I decided to embroider this beautiful Flower Flamingo in Watercolor design. 90 minutes (of stitching time) and 34 color changes later, I had this gorgeous thing come off my machine. I plan on using it as a hand towel in the guest bathroom although I’m secretly hoping no one uses it because I don’t want it getting messed up. I’m not the only one who thinks these things, right?
It’s safe to say I’m on an embroidery kick. I visited Embroidery Library last week and picked up a number of designs that caught my interest – so now I want to make all the things! With that said, here is my latest make:
Unfortunately the design sort of got lost in the pattern in this photo, but it does pop a bit more in person since this entire pineapple is made with metallic thread. I plan on making a few plain white ones next (because the design will really pop), but had my heart set on this towel because it was one that my husband’s grandmother had given to me before she died (she was an avid machine embroiderer). I thought it might be nice to give Taylor a little something she can remember her great grandma by every time she uses it in her new apartment.
This weekend, I did something completely different. I made a porch sign. Granted this was done at a store with friends – so half the work was done by someone else (and I didn’t even have to deal with the mess). Here are our results:
Essentially these are created with a Cricut machine, vinyl, and paint – so they’re totally doable yourself (but hanging out with friends and no mess is sometimes so much better). The Keeper of the Plains (it’s a statue in Wichita and has become a symbol for our city) sign was definitely more difficult and we all wound up pitching in to get everything down and lined up correctly. We also learned some interesting tricks about painting values and how to make things appear brighter next to certain hues.
Overall this was a fun little project – I’m glad that I went with something fairly simple to start with because there was a lot of cursing when dealing with that Keeper. All my sign needs is a nice clear coat and it’ll be ready to be put outside!
I went to a sporting goods store the other day and saw the cutest Nike top. It was a tank with the Nike logo with flower all around it (with coordinating shorts too) and I wanted it so badly. Unfortunately, it wasn’t in my size so I went home empty handed.
After thinking about it for awhile, I decided that I would do my own version using a purchased top, my Cricut (I used an SVG logo that I found on the internet – it’s free if you search around), and printed vinyl (Cricut brand’s strong iron on in a floral print). Overall I’m happy with the end results, but the Cricut floral vinyl that I had purchased isn’t a thick as other iron ons so the white background isn’t as bright as it is on the roll (the black sort of bleeds through). I think if I do this again, I may try a different brand of printed heat transfer vinyls.
On a completely unrelated note, I thought I would share with you my fun and crazy purchase… a “painted” portrait of my dog. I saw an ad for Crown and Paw (darn those targeted Facebook ads have me pegged), and really couldn’t resist buying one. The results are pretty fantastic. I currently have this up in my basement – I’m sure anyone passing by will wind up doing a double take… it’s completely unexpected!
With the weather turning warmer, Farmer’s Markets are in full swing. Bring home your goodies with this fabulous Feed Sack Bag. The best part is, you don’t even need a feed sack to make it – the print they used is from Spoonflower!
Get ready for summer vacation by sewing up a Handy Travel Case. Its the perfect place for stashing money, passports, and all your essentials.
In just 3 weeks, schools around here will be letting out for the year. Get a jump start on summer boredom and use up fabric scraps by making this easy to sew memory game.