Linky Thursday

Give mom something special this Mother’s Day: Create a memory pillow from a tee or button-down shirt.

These mother\daughter shorts are perfect lounging around on Mother’s Day.

Have the coolest sleeping bag at the party with this shark sleep sack (video) tutorial.

I have always been fascinated by art quilts. Learn how to take a photo and re-create it with fabric with this great article. I may have to try this over the summer.

If you love the look of coiled-rope baskets then you’ll love this tote bag tutorial – what a great look to take to the beach or pool!

I’ve been sewing a lot of Peek-a-boo patterns lately. If you’re interested in trying some out for yourself without the monetary commitment, here’s a chance to get two free kids patterns just by signing up for their newsletter.

Stay cozy on chilly nights while still looking fashionable when you stitch up this easy square top.

The most adorable pot holders you will ever make – happy campers!

Remember those ‘yep’ monsters on Sesame Street? Now you can recreate them into some awesome looking (knit) hanging bags!

I keep thinking that if I make enough car trash bags that my daughter’s vehicle will stay clean…..

If your mom loves make up, stitch her up a quick brush caddy for Mother’s Day. Already has one? Why not make a roll-up sewing supply case instead?

Skip the hoodies and put your little girl in one of these adorable circle cardigans. (This tutorial is currently sized for 18 months, but can be easily be resized).

You don’t have to do yoga to make these pants.

This Wanderlust Rucksack makes me want to strap it on and go on a summer adventure.

Last Minute Stitching

There is nothing like a bit of last minute gift making to get the heart racing in the morning…..

05-embroideryToday is Easton’s last night of religious education for the year and I wanted to give his teacher something nice to thank her for all her hard work (anyone who can keep a group of 1st graders in line deserves something, for sure!). So, I purchased this design from Embroidery Library (which was inspired by Christa Short’s cute etsy shop projects) and am stitching it onto a towel (my goal is two towels before class) before I head off to Easton’s field trip this morning…. talk about last minute!

I also have a few gifts that I would like to make for some of Taylor’s instructors\coaches that she’s had for the past 4 years that have really impacted her life – cross your fingers that I can squeeze those in as we approach the hectic ‘end of year schedule’!

Saving & Sewing

05-minecraftfacesI think a lot of us go into sewing thinking that after the initial costs of buying a machine(s) and basic supplies that we’ll save money by sewing our own clothing. This may be true until you discover….. ‘custom’ print fabrics. Unlike Spoonflower, these are groups that have ’rounds’ of fabric designs that are pre-ordered, printed (generally overseas), then shipped when ready (anywhere from 5 weeks – several months from initially ordering). I’ve found that these materials run anywhere from $18-25\yard – way more than what I would typically pay for novelty knits, but honestly, I can’t help myself lately. I mean cinnamon roll fabric, Minecraft, Star Wars damask? Who could resist?

So, I may not be saving any money lately, but I can honestly say that I will be stitching up some very original garments in the near future!

Still A Perfect Pear

PEARYesterday’s Linky Thursday and the pear shaped purse, got me to thinking how much I loved creating fruit shaped projects . About 8 years ago (and definitely my early days in pattern drafting), I set out to make a pear shaped pincushion…. about 50 trials later I actually had a workable design (the pattern can now be found in the 2007 issue of Sew New’s Holidays). Afterwards, I made dozens of these guys because they were a quick and fun sew… so guess what I have today? A new pear! I have no idea what to do with this one except it will look pretty on a shelf (I have lots of pincushions going at the moment).

Want a new fruit shaped pincushion for yourself? Since the pear shaped one is much more difficult to attain – how about the Big Apple Pincushion that I created for WeAllSew?

Linky Thursday

Ready to stitch up some summer dresses? This easy swing style design is a great place to start!

Enter to win a serger, sewing supplies, and fabric too with this fabulous Mother’s Day Giveaway.

This sporty backpack is perfect for a trip to the gym or just for heading out the door for a day’s adventures.

Celebrate the release of new emojis with a fun little clutch.

Tired of those ugly, plastic checkbook covers? Why not make your own fabric version, instead?

Teacher appreciation day is right around the corner. Give your favorite instructor a little something special with a handmade tea bag holder (and a cute little tag that says “Thank you for being a TEA-rific teacher!).

I am a sucker for tutorials for plush fruit. That’s why this pear coin purse is definitely high on my list of ‘must sews’. Looking for something a bit more practical? Check out these fun, fruit slice purses.

A pretty little needle book you can wear.

Get your little one ready for summer when you stitch up the sweetest little baby dress (0-3 month only).

Keep your sewing room organized with a pretty little caddy. You’ll never guess the base of this project!

Whip yourself up a new purse over the weekend with this faux leather bucket bag.

Reverse

04-appliqueWhat new project won out for ‘next to be sewn’? A (hopefully) fun pattern hack for the Sewing Collective! The final project won’t be revealed for several weeks, but I can say I really enjoyed using a reverse applique technique – something I rarely get to do (and now that I have, I really want to make a ‘modern quilt circles’ style throw). Now to put a few finishing touches on this and set up a pretty ‘photo shoot’ before I deciding on another project. But first, maybe I need to find a few more reasons to work with some reverse applique?

 

 

Blackthorn

04-embroideryYesterday’s adventure in sewing included a bit more embroidery. I have to admit, it was refreshing to work with ‘light stitching’ instead of something that is very dense (2-4 hours of work to 12 minutes!). Now to put the finishing touches on this pattern and instructions and I can officially call this ‘in the can.’

What to sew next? Since the weather will eventually warm up, I’m gearing up for some spring sewing. High on my list of ‘must sews’ are: Jalie 3352 – a long sleeved dolman in an open weave fabric (I’ve wanted to do this since last year, but procrastinated because the fabric is VERY open), Sewaholic’s Davie Dress (I am in the process of putting this PDF together as we speak), a mystery project for Betz White’s sewing collective (I can’t wait to use the fun fabrics I have picked out for this one), Jalie 3353 – a cocoon cardigan (because I have suddenly taken to wearing fun cardi’s instead of hoodies this year), and, of course, more undies (and maybe even see how the cami sews up this time). Plus the new Seamwork Magazine will be out in just a few days and I’m anxious to see what they have in store this month (while I LOVED the first few, I’ve been a bit underwhelmed with the last two issues and haven’t made anything from them). WHEW, and that’s just my ‘starter’ list! What’s on your list of ‘must sews’?

 

Uptown Undies

Who says fun undies have to be just for the kids? After last week’s Jalie Boxer Brief sew, I decided it was my turn.

Even though I have numerous designers and styles of underwear patterns, I couldn’t resist trying something new – the kind of panties that do not use elastic. I came very close to buying Kitschy Koo’s Barrie Boy Cut Briefs when it was released, but I finally broke down in buying this style when I saw Peek-a-Boo’s Uptown Undies…. because it came with a camisole pattern too! My conclusion? I love them!

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I don’t normally post photos of me modeling the finished underwear, but I had to show the fit – just the right rise and not too tight in the waist\hips\legs (now let’s see how they wear\wash up). As for sewing – this pattern couldn’t be easier and is constructed just like most other underwear patterns, however, there is considerably less ‘stretching’ of the main fabric (as opposed to some others that I’ve sewn) since the leg and waist bands are almost the same size as the opening themselves. Definitely plan on seeing more of these very soon!

I didn’t bother making the camisole this time around, but think I may give it a go the next time I stitch it up. Just by glancing at the instructions and pattern itself, the cami looks very easy to sew and should also be a quick stitch (plus I also like the fact that it has a built-in shelf bra with optional bra cups so it can easily become a bra top).

Links for the Weekend

This weekend is National Pretzel Day, celebrate by stitching up one of these fun, pretzel pillows!

Speaking of pillows – have you seen these fun, water blobs for summer?

Have a little girl that loves mermaids? Then she’ll definitely love this pretty, mermaid skirt – the best part about it? It whips up in 30 minutes! Looking for more of a costume? This video tutorial will show you how.

Mother’s Day (in the US) is just a few weeks away. Get a jump start on your gift by stitching up one of these keepsake portrait pillows.

Always wondering what to do with all those scraps you’ve been saving? Make some ruffled oven mitts.

Give stale bread new life. Make bread dough flower rings (this looks really interesting, I’m definitely going to have to try it!).

Making dinner time even more fun: An eye spy placemat. I think everyone in the family should get one of these!

Last year I made a stacking ring toy for my nephew and he loved it. Now you can make your own with this free tutorial.

Learn how to transform a purchased bag into a custom camera bag just by adding inserts. Then whip up a scrappy (camera) strap and make the perfect gift!

Not only is this bucket bag a pretty way to stash you goodies, it has lots of pocket room too!

Teacher appreciation week is right around the corner. Show your child’s instructor(s) some love with this sweet coin purse.

Add your own personal touch to your garden when you stitch up a custom garden flag.

When you travel, it’s important to have your liquids in clear bags. Who says that yours can’t be pretty too? Learn how to sew up these TSA style pouches for your next trip.

Wondering what to do with a lone clip on earring? Transform it into a pretty bracelet in less than 15 minutes.

Speak your mind on a custom chalkcloth pillow.

Birthday Briefs

04-birthdayNormally on a Thursday, I’m posting “Linky Thursday” but seeing that the morning is almost over, I thought it might be best to save all the great projects until tomorrow. You see, I was a bit distracted this morning…. this guy turned 7 (he is sporting his new Captain America hoodie with a built in mask – note to self: this is a totally cool idea, I need to figure this out and add this to my next kid hoodie project).

I did manage to finish up a project too: Jalie 3242, the boxer briefs. I have no idea why I never made this style before – not only were there only 2 pieces to this pattern, but it was an incredibly easy and fast to sew. In fact, it was such a fun sew, I made 2 pair to test out some different fabrics: one pair with 2-way stretch (the mustachio print) and one pair with 4-way. I’m anxious to see what he thinks are most comfortable, but in the mean time, I think I’m going to have to test out the briefs pattern, too! Here are the finished pairs – aren’t they adorable?

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