This may be one of the cutest t-shirt recycles, ever! Transform your old shirt into a doggie tee!
Get a jump start on winter with this pull-through scarf and fur trimmed glove set.
Learn how to take Melly’s free Blanc Tee pattern and hack it into a cute high low ruffled hem top.
Right on trend for fall, a maxi length cardigan.
The mornings are finally getting cooler. Warm up with a cozy, long-sleeve raglan sweatshirt.
Keep the chill off you at your favorite game with this easy throw stadium blanket.
A great tutorial on how to add a turtleneck to any tee pattern.
I just discovered a slew of Tina Givens clothing patterns (for free), just by signing up for her website.
Looking for a new bag this fall? Go hands-free with this crossbody style. This one is even easier and made from a kitchen towel!
These women’s boxer shorts are perfect for lounging around the house on the weekends.
This free, fitted knit dress make the perfect LBD.
If you’re busy canning your garden’s treasures and love to give them as gifts, be sure to wrap them up with a pretty little gift bag that’s perfectly sized for your jars.
Yesterday, I labored over a
satan satin project for hours. While it started off fun, by the end of the day I not only remembered why I hate satin so much, but I discovered I don’t like working with a 5/8″ seam allowance, either. The end result should be killer, but I may have pulled all my hair out by then.
Today’s agenda? Finishing up the
satan satin project and shortening a gorgeous rhinestone zipper…. after Googling how to do it, I discovered it’s very similar to pulling out the teeth of metal zippers (with nipper pliers), but with a bit more effort (i.e. get the husband to do it). My only complaint about the zipper is that it doesn’t come in a lot of different colors – so I had to go with one that is highly contrasting. (but still better than white which didn’t look as nice on the cream fabric, IMHO).
Once again another weekend flew by and no sewing was accomplished. I did attend a fun craft night – in hindsight, I probably should have taken a bunch of patterns to cut out and prep for sewing, but instead I brought a Halloween house to paint. Unfortunately, we spent more time talking and eating than crafting so my painting is only about 15% finished (so it’s probably better that I didn’t bring sewing after all, right?).
This week, I’m putting the finishing touches on two, very large projects…. then it’s back to selfish sewing! I’ve been mentally preparing my fall wardrobe, so I have several projects that I want to begin next week and a quick-and-easy tutorial planned for this site. What is everyone else working on this week?
If you are a frequent reader of this blog or follow me on Instagram, you know that I love adult coloring books (come to think of it, for the past several years, I’ve bought a new one for myself on my birthday). They’re a great stress reliever and a good activity to do in front of the tv or with the kids (I share!).
One of my latest acquisitions is Bouffants & Broken Hearts – a quirky, pop art book filled with 70 pages of fashion, food, and, of course, bouffants. You may recognize the distinct style from the artist Kendra Dandy who has collaborated with retailers such as Anthropologie and has her own fabric line printed by Robert Kaufman. So what are you waiting for? Grab your colored pencils and get to work!
This may be the cutest project I’ve seen this week – GIANT crayons. I love how they tie in with a popular children’s book series.
Love pencils better? This adorable pencil shaped pencil case isn’t just huge, it has great details (I may keep this in mind for teacher gifts this Christmas and stuff them with goodies!).
Get your sewing room ready for Halloween with these fun zombie pincushions.
Who doesn’t love donuts? This one is giant and calorie free (and makes an adorable pillow)!
Making your own cloth napkins not only reduces waste, but they look great and easier to mae than what you’d expect!
Not sure how to store extra rolls of toilet paper? Sew up a handy fabric holder.
Skip those plastic tortilla warmers, now you can sew your own!
Fall is in the air, keep the chill off little one’s heads with this cute Baby Bunny Beanie (say that 5x real fast!).
Learn how to make a trendy, crushed velvet dress that’s perfect for fall.
With all the ‘secret sewing’ that I’ve been doing, I don’t have a lot of personal projects to show at the moment. So, instead, let’s talk about all the new books coming out!
First up, one of my favorite websites Sew4Home is releasing their first title, Bags and Totes. This book contains 10 different sizes and styles of carryalls – from a pretty bow clutch and a vintage book bag (probably my favorite of the group) to a trendy cinch-top bag (also a favorite) and yoga mat sling bag.
I’ve always loved the bags that they’ve featured on their site and this book is no exception (I am guessing that several of these may have appeared on their site at one time and have since been taken down because they are published). Best of all, all the projects included in this title are considered easy to sew making it great for beginners and\or a quicker project for more advanced seamstresses). The instructions are detailed and there are plenty of illustrations to help you complete your finished tote – plus there’s a section that deals with closures\hardware and basic tips and techniques. One warning though, there are also no pattern pieces included in this book so be sure to get those rotary cutters and rulers ready to measure!
FYI – there is also an e-book available of this title and is currently on sale at the Interweave store.
I glitch in WordPress last week kept me from being able to post on Friday. So now that everything seems to be operating normally, I can finally show you another sneak peek at what I’ve been working on….. cutwork!
I did a lot of playing around with design combinations, etc. until I got the ones that I liked and so far the results have been a lot of fun….. I just wish there were more ‘open’ areas in some of the ones that I’m working on. Since I’m on a roll with cutwork, I may eventually pick up the Rose & Bone embroidery design and use it for something Halloweenish, but since I have more ideas than time, we’ll see if that happens soon! In the mean time, I picked up a rhinestone zipper and need it shortened. I managed to find one video on how to do this, but didn’t know if anyone out there had experience themselves shortening one?
In case you missed the announcement yesterday, I have a new tutorial up at WeAllSew for copying your favorite tee-shirt (plus tips on working with knit fabrics).
Emmaline Bags released a new, free pattern yesterday – Miss Maggie’s Handbag. A great way to showcase bold prints and fancy hardware!
Maxi cardigans\vests are a hot look this season. Learn how to make this trendy coverup with this easy tutorial (I love the sheer back to this one too).
These clear vinyl pouches are perfect for stashing makeup, tools, and school supplies and allow you to see what’s inside.
It’s officially fall, which means it’s time to start decorating for the new season. Why not whip up a few of these fun pumpkin stacks?
I don’t have a piano, but I love how pretty this patchwork cushion brightens up a room.
If you’re not making your own jeans, chances are you may have gap-osis in the waist…. learn how to fix this problem so you have the perfect fitting jeans.
The Christopher Bag is a cute look for fall and I love the ‘rain slicker latch’ closures.
Tired of waiting for potatoes to cook in the oven? Make a few of these microwave potato bags and you’ll have your spuds in minutes.
Join the iThinkSew website and get the Yoana Clutch for free.
Could this stubby squid be any cuter?
You didn’t have to wait long…. the teaser I showed you on Monday is LIVE today on WeAllSew! Now you can learn how to copy your favorite tee to make a whole wardrobe of your favorite shirt.
Not only will you learn how to trace a pattern without taking the original shirt apart, but there’s lots of knit tips included too. It’s easier than you think! Plus you can get started by using items you have around the house (skip the tracing cloth, wax paper is the way to go). Have fun and be sure to show me pictures of your new tees!
It’s been quite some time since I’ve worked with a pattern magazine, but I recently received the Fall\Winter 16\17 issue of My Image magazine in the mail and may just have to get started using them again! This issue included 16 different styles ranging is size from xs-3xl (plus the link to 3 different, digital PDF patterns for a dress, trousers, and purse): 5 dresses (including one that can also be made into a top and a shirt style blouse dress), 2 skirts, 3 Jackets\coats\cardigans, 4 tops\sweaters, and 2 pairs of pants. You can scroll through all the designs included in the issue with this link. All the pattern pieces are included in the magazine and need to be traced off before cutting into your fabric – it’s important to note that, like other pattern magazines, seam allowances are not included! The instructions are straightforward and come in English, Dutch, German, French and Spanish and there are very few illustrations included – something to keep in mind if you’re a new seamstress. Although they aren’t rated, patterns look to range in difficulty of beginner to more advanced.
The company was also nice enough to ship me a copy of their latest B Trendy issue as well – a magazine devoted to kids sewing. Included in this issue are 20 different looks for boys, girls and teens and are sized for 9\12month olds to around 13 (there are also 3 digital patterns that you can pick up for free for a vest, tunic, and purse). I may have to give this one a try as well – there were several things that were sized for Easton that I think he might like.
If you plan on picking up either of these issues (or both) be sure to use the coupon code STACYSEWS at checkout to get 25% off your order! In the mean time, keep an eye out for my version of a few of these patterns in the coming months – eventually it will be fall and I need some new looks!