Linky Thursday

Who says wrist\ring pincushions have to be boring? This dolly version is simply adorable!

Download the instructions for the Discotech Clutch (I love the hardware on this one) and while you’re there, enter to win a copy of Windy City Bags OR the Building Better Bags class on Craftsy.

Baby it’s cold outside! But your hands will keep warm with some of these toasty hand warmers. Looking for something with a holiday theme instead? Try this Valentine version instead.

Sewing a skirt couldn’t be easier and fashionable with this Zip Skirt video tutorial.

This cell phone caddy keeps your phone and your cord(s) in one central location… no more lost phones!

This dress is definitely an adorable wardrobe builder for spring (site may need to be translated).

Learn how to make a zippered lunch “box” that repurposes some materials you may never would have thought to try!

Looking for a great teacher gift this Valentine’s Day? How about a sweet heart themed mug rug (and new cup filled with goodies)?

This Audrey Hepburn inspired wrap cape is a fun way to stay warm this winter.

A cosmetic bag so pretty, you may not want to put your makeup into it.

If you’re like me, chances are you have a ton of scraps. I’m always looking for new ways to sew them up and I’m totally attracted to these two projects: This fabric scrap bowl and a rag rug (no sewing involved for this one).

Vowed to stop using so many Ziplock bags this year? Then you’ll definitely want to sew up a few of these 15 minute snack bags.

Day Tripper

01-dolman1With Mother Nature showing a glimpse of spring last week by hosting some unseasonably warm temperatures, I decided that it was time to start pattern planning for the next season. Consequently, for this month’s  GoToPattern’s ambassador (affiliate link) sew up, I opted to stitch up Shwin Design’s Day Tripper Top.

This is a quick-to sew dolman style top that can be made in long or short sleeves (with optional epaulets for the short version), optional pockets, and 3 different lengths.  The fit is relaxed through the body with a fitted hip and the hem has a slight high\low design.

For my version, I used an Elliott Berman print that I’ve been hoarding for ages. Since I went with the short sleeves (and very, very careful placement) I was able to squeek out this top with only one yard of fabric (I used a coordinating solid for the epaulets, neck and waist bands which also helped to reduce the amount of print I needed). Putting the Day Tripper together was a breeze – I was able to stitch this up in an afternoon and all the pieces went together beautifully. I had initially cut out pockets, but decided last minute to skip that step because I was afraid that the material would bunch up too 01-dolmansleevemuch around my midriff… however now that it’s sewn, I’m sorry that I didn’t go ahead and add it in (because, POCKETS!).

My favorite part? The epaulets! They definitely set this top apart from the others that I currently have in my wardrobe, plus it gave me a good excuse to sort through my button stash and find something fun to use.

I’m sure you’ll be seeing a few more of these in the future from me…. as soon as Taylor saw this version she told me how cute it was (which means it will be missing from my closet soon)!

Valentine Preview

01-valentineValentine’s Day is right around the corner which means I’ve been working on an upcoming project for WeAllSew for the holiday. While I can’t show you the entire item I’ve been creating, I can show you a preview….

It’s little, perfect for gift giving, and should sew up in an afternoon. Hopefully you’ll enjoy sewing it up as much as I have working on it! Now to ‘polish’ up this project and get it ready for a Valentine’s release!

In the mean time, I’m taking a bit of prototype sewing break and working on a little something for me. Keep an eye out Monday for a new (to me) pattern that I’m stitching up for myself!


Linky Thursday

Show the world your work. Make your own labels for your next project.

The bean bag chair that only takes 30 minutes to make.

Don’t forget to craft for your pets! This fleece tug toy is a great way to use up scraps from your winter projects.

Keep all your cosmetic brushes in one place with this adorable organizer.

Organize your sewing space by whipping up one of these mug organizer caddies , a few fabric trays, and a maker mat for under your machine!

If hitting the gym was one of your New Year’s resolutions, then you’ll probably want to whip up a new duffle bag to take with you.

No nightstand? No problem! Learn how to create an easy bed pocket to store all your night time essentials.

Stop stepping on the back of your jeans. Learn how to put in a hem that looks just like the original with this quick video tutorial.

Get ready for spring by whipping up one of these easy fit and flare dresses.

Prototypes & Pattern Testing

01-skullsIntermixed between new projects, I’m attempting to write a few tutorials. This means one thing, it’s time to test out pattern(s), check my math, and make a few prototypes. Bleh. Some days things work swimmingly, others I find myself retooling the project until I can’t stand looking at it any more.

In the mean time, in the back of my head, I’m plotting new spring\summer projects. This year, I’ve decided I’m making a ‘geeky swimsuit’ and just purchased a blue Star Wars Sugar Skull print to accomplish that. I only bought 1 yard so I’m crossing my fingers I don’t change my mind on the pattern style(s) and wish I had ordered more (by the way, if you’re interested in ordering, there are only 3 days left to buy this and a few other designs).

And now…. it’s back to the drawing board.

Harley Quinn Tee

01-harleyshirtIt isn’t often that I work with fabric panels – I have a ton of tees already so the image on the fabric really has to really ‘call to me’. Such is the case of Harley Quinn. Not only do I love the character, the panel was stinkin’ cute so I knew I had to make something very “Harley-esque” (i.e. nothing you could ever find in a store). I opted to make a faux-layered tee using stripes for the long sleeves, remnant fabric from my Aires tights for the short sleeves\neckband, and Jalie 2805 for the pattern. I’m pretty sure Harley would approve of the end result.

Now the down side(s): I didn’t have enough material left over for short sleeves and had to go with a cap sleeve instead (I just think a short sleeve would have looked better). Also, the stripe doesn’t have a lot of stretch and is more snug than what I normally care to wear. Otherwise, this shirt is perfect… I’m keeping the (faux) layered look in mind for future shirts for myself.

The Aires

01-ariesSometimes it’s best when plans don’t work out the way we envision because what happens next turns out even better…

My latest project is a great example. After discovering that I didn’t have enough material to make my original project, I opted to ‘go back to the drawing board’ and try something different. This time, using Seamwork’s Aires…. and I think that the fabric combination(s) and pattern work perfectly together.

Once again, Seamwork has put together a wonderful pattern. Not only are there inserts that make these tights different than others, but there is also a crotch gusset for seam strength and a waistband pocket so you can easily store your keys, etc. while you’re working out. Construction went well: all the pieces came together easily and the fit is good. Although I will admit, the waistband is a bit too high for my taste (and a smidge too loose, although I suspect that is because I was in between sizes and opted to sew the larger because I was afraid my thighs would be too big for anything smaller). The next time around, I will probably lengthen these as well to make them full sized and not cropped.

Now the downside. I’m left with tiny, tiny pieces that I want to work into the fabric panel that I mentioned last week. I should have enough for 2 cap sleeves and a neckband if I am extremely careful with cutting…. I’ll be crossing my fingers I’m right!


Joking Matter

01-harleyOne of the downsides to ordering custom fabric is that you have to wait on your material to arrive for several months (alright the price can be a bit shocking at times too). Then, by the time it does arrive, you’ve gone through several ideas of how you’ll use it and then you’re totally confused as to how it will be put to use…. Such is the case of my latest custom print: Joking Matter. Not only did I order yardage, but a matching panel (for shirts) as well.

My idea was to make a pair of funky leggings with a matching t-shirt. However, upon washing everything and getting it ready to cut, I discovered I didn’t have nearly enough fabric to do what I wanted (in my mind, I thought 1 yard would cut it, but clearly I needed two)… so it’s back to the drawing board I go. I’m thinking the Aries from Seamwork’s latest issue might be a good compromise since it’s a cropped version that is cut into segments (so it won’t use as much material) and just using the leftover yardage for (capped) sleeves to a shirt and a solid black for the back of the shirt (I’m still up in the air as to what shirt pattern I want to use).

Linky Thursday

Quirky and novel purses are a hot accessory this year. Even though this faux puppy purse is meant for girls, it could definitely be worn to add a bit of funky fun to your outfit.

Learn how to create an owl with a neat stained glass look.

Star Wars is the highest grossing movie of all time. If you have a fan at your house you can share the love of the series by sewing up a fabulous Boba Fett pillow.

Hard on wallets? This Kraft Tex version is not only durable, but has a zipper pocket and several card slots.

Decided to take up quilting this year? Be sure to check out some of Amy Butler’s newest free patterns – so many beautiful throws and coverlets. Looking for something smaller and geared more towards kids? Be sure to check out Fat Quarter Shop’s latest video, Monkey Business.\

If you’re making gifts for Valentine’s Day this year, be sure to check out this adorable Children’s Carrying Case. This would also be fabulous for birthday gifts, too! Looking for something wearable? Check out this tutorial for a BOYS (yes, something for the guys even) Skull Heart embellished shirt or an easy bleach heart tee for the gals.

Show everyone your love of crafting by sporting one of these fun (temporary) Maker Tattoos.

If one of your resolutions this year was to find more ways to repurpose items, then start off your sewing with one of these Sweet Tooth pouches or a tablet cover made from recycled jeans!

Sew up an over-sized high-low sweater that isn’t just comfy, but will keep you cozy this winter.

Learn how to make a headband in 10 minutes. Then read how you can change up the design to add fun embellishments.

Feeling the urge to do some patchwork, but don’t want the commitment of a quilt? Make a speedy patchwork tote instead!