Ann T-Top

If you subscribe to Gorgeous Fabric‘s newsletter, you may have seen a link to a FREE StyleARC Ann T-Top pattern (yes, free!) a few weeks ago. Of course, I immediately snagged it up and am thinking this needs to be one of my first projects for fall. I am still ‘on the fence’ about what color I should go with, but am thinking I will use this pretty Rosy Glow rayon jersey – not just because I like the color, but because it feels so soft! The details for this project are below:

Pattern: StyleARC‘s Ann T-Top
08-ann

Fabric: Rayon Jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics
08-rosey

Total Cost:

Pattern….. FREE
Fabric……. $11.20
Notions…. STASH

Total Cost $11.20

Back 2 School

08-kidsschoolToday is the day! Today it’s back to school - the first day of 1st grade for Easton and the last year of high school for Taylor. While I’ll miss my children dearly, I am excited to catch up on everything around here…. and of course get back to some serious sewing! Today, however, is also the day that I clean the sewing room. As much as I would like to hop on my machine, I’ve reached the point that I can no longer find things (like seam rippers, scissors, small pattern pieces) and the only way I can enjoy stitching something up is if I’ve eliminated the clutter.

How do you sew? Do you like to keep a tidy room, sew through the clutter, or occasionally clean when your piles are too much to bear?

Kid Friendly (Earbud) Pouch

08-budpouchEarbud pouches are a great way to keep your headphones clean, neat, and tidy. Unfortunately, most are too small for tiny hands…plus let’s face it, most kids aren’t going to take the time to neatly coil the cords and zippers are just a potential disaster waiting to happen (I can foresee ‘cutting the wires’ with the zipper if you leave any part of the ear bud hanging out of the pouch because they’re in too big of a hurry to stuff it all inside). With that said, I decided to come up with a ‘Kid Friendly’ ear bud pouch: large enough to fit a pair headphones and an easy Velcro closure. It also features a separate lining from the exterior (which means the sewing sounds\looks crazy, but stick with me because it will work in the end!). Here’s how to make your own:

Materials:
Fabric scraps for exterior and lining (each should measure at least 6 x 10″)
1″ piece of Velcro

Cutting:
From exterior fabric
Cut 1, 5 1/2 x 6″ rectangle
Cut 1, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2″ rectangle

From lining fabric
Cut 1, 5 1/2 x 6″ rectangle
Cut 1, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2″ rectangle

Sewing: (all seams 1/4″)
1. If you are planning on embroidering a name, design, etc. on your pouch be sure to do this now before you start sewing.

2. With right sides together, sew the top edge of the 5 1/2 x 3 1/2″ exterior and lining rectangles together (if you have a one-way design, name, or design, be sure that your material is facing the correct way!). This will be your front pouch.

3. Turn right side out and press finished edge (topstitch if desired).

4. Open up front pouch, separating the exterior fabric from the lining. Center Velcro across the top of the exterior pouch piece, close to finished edge, and sew in place.

08-step4

5. Keeping pouch sections open and with right sides together, place exterior pouch section on top of exterior flap piece (the 5 1/2 x 6″ rectangle). You will find that the lining section will hang over the flap piece just slightly. Sew from the top of the pouch seam, down the side, across the bottom, and back up the side (stopping at top seam).

08-step5

6. Repeat step #5 with the lining. Your end result will be the front pouch sandwiched between the exterior and lining flaps (which remain unsewn at the top).

08-step6

7. Sew second piece of Velcro to the right side of lining. Velcro should be centered, 3/8″ down from top, raw edge of lining.

08-step7

8. With right sides together, place lining and exterior unsewn flap edges together and sew, leaving a 2″ opening for turning on top edge.

9. Clip the corners of all pieces and turn right side out through opening on top edge. Poke corners out with a chopstick or point turner if necessary.

10 Stuff lining into pouch and press. Slipstitch opening closed or topstitch top edge with sewing machine.

08-pouchdone

 

Fill your finished pouch with earbuds or keep it for yourself – it’s the perfect size for business cards, small jewelry, and more!

Secret Sewing

I have good news and bad news. The bad news is: I don’t have the “kid friendly” earbud pouch tutorial today. Apparently, I underestimated the time it would take for me to finish up my other commitments and start getting the kids ready for back to school (shopping, shopping, shopping!). The good news? I’m working on it over the weekend, so it will be ready to go on Monday!

Speaking of those other commitments…. I’ve been busily sewing away on several pattern testing items! While I can’t show you what exactly I’m working on, I can say that you’re going to love them! This grouping gave me the opportunity to work with fall fabrics and snap a few fun photos to put up on the blog when they are released!

Linky Thursday

Love bags? Swoon patterns is giving away their first ever pattern, the Ethel Tote for free!

The Barbara Dress is a pretty retro style design that’s a snap to sew.

Enroll in Craftsy’s free mini class and learn some Bag-Making Basics and make a reversible tote and zippered bag in the process!

Vintage style headbands are the perfect way to use up scraps and look great wearing it.

Be entered to win 20 fat quarters just by uploading a recent project to Instagram and tagging @stitchcraftcreate.

Whether it’s for a birthday or just pretend play, these crowns are perfect for boys or girls.

Stack your baskets when you’re not filling them with goodies with a Matryoshka Bin tutorial.

If you are looking for quiet activities to keep you child busy, look no further than these Eye Spy Bags (shameless plug)! Need little trinkets to fill them? I just saw that Tiny Things Are Cute has just restocked their Jar O Loot (there’s plenty inside these jars to make several eye spy bags or one GIANT one)!

Celebrate Shark Week by creating a fitting pencil case.

Be back to school ready and sew up a fun t-shirt ruffle skirt.

This cactus isn’t just a fun decorative piece, it can serve as a pincushion too! Looking for something a bit more functional?  Try this wrist style version instead.

The Perfect Capris

08-capriSeveral weeks ago I made a pair of skinny legged trousers that I lovingly named “Cheater Pants” because they were so ridiculously easy to make. While the fit was pretty good after several tweaks, I thought there was still some room for improvement (mostly the fit in the lower seat, maybe a slightly different crotch curve?)…. or that I needed to try using a different material with this pattern. Good thing I didn’t make any modifications before moving on to my next pair because these are absolutely perfect!

The change in material (a bit stiffer, less stretch sateen twill) seems to make a difference in the way this pair fits and I have to admit, they look darn good. I also opted to use the ‘regular size’ waistband with this version and although I’m not a fan as to where it sits on me (above the belly button), they would be a great option if you were looking for some tummy control (think very firm spandex, but not quite powermesh) with your capris.

*Note to self: Press those side seams better, they look horrible in this photo!

Ear Bud Pouch for Kids

08-budpouchOne of the items on my youngest’s school supply list was ear buds (for computer lab). After unwrapping them out of their package, he immediately starts playing with them, swinging them around and, in general, making them a tangled mess – I could foresee bad things happening to these ear buds before the school year is over. In an effort to keep them clean (because I imagine they will be put into some sort of ‘cubby’ system with the rest of his supplies), easier to find, and less tangled, I decided he needed a pouch to hold them.

The one thing about so many ear bud tutorials\patterns is that they are not designed with kids in mind. They are too small for tiny fingers to manipulate stuffing dangling cords into, kids will either never zip up the pouch or will ‘cut into’ the ear bud wires trying close it, and many of those pouches are designed to fit ear bud cords that have been wrapped around themselves (to keep them neat an untangled) – which kids will never do (my teenager doesn’t do this either). So, I made my own. I let Easton select two fabrics for his pouch (he picked flames and skulls), used the built in alphabet on my machine to embroider his name on the front, and attached Velcro for the closure. The finished size is 5 x 3″ when closed – the perfect size for ear buds that will never be wrapped and big enough for small hands to manipulate…. now let’s just hope he doesn’t lose that pouch (which is why his name is on the front!).

Anyone else need a quick to whip up ear bud pouch for their kids (or even yourself)? I was thinking of creating a tutorial and putting it on the blog soon…..

Summer’s Almost Over

08-schoolSummer is just about over…. in a week, my children will be heading back to school and for the first time in over 6 years I’ll have the whole house (alright, most of the house since my husband works from home) to myself. While I’ll miss the kids tremendously, I’ve been daydreaming about the things I might accomplish this year. In fact, I’ve made a list:

  • Finish those Craftsy classes. I have yet to complete one and I’d really love to recreate my favorite pair of jeans, learn to drape, etc.
  • Devote a bit more time to taking better quality photos for the blog… because who doesn’t like pretty pictures?
  • Redesign the website…. it’s just time for an overhaul\makeover.
  • Write, write, write! I have lots of tutorials and articles that have been brewing in my head. It’s time to set to work and put them down on paper (er, computer).
  • Catch up with my pattern stash. I have numerous patterns that I wanted to have sewn up this summer and never quite got to them.
  • Learn Adobe Illustrator. This is the program most designers use for creating sewing patterns. There have been several classes available lately (although I haven’t made the commitment to sign up for one, yet… maybe after I finish one of those Craftsy classes?)
  • I have been telling myself that I would like to start designing my own pattern line for a few years now. I’d love to develop that more… or write a book.
  • Tackle those home projects…. maybe even throw in a home dec. project (my least favorite sort of sewing) or two.

I’d love to hear what’s on your list! What do you hope to accomplish over the school year?

Auditioning

07-jacket4I may or may not have done something crazy…. I decided to ‘audition’ for Project Run and Play season 10. For those that aren’t familiar with the site, this blog hosts Project Runway style challenges each week to competitors who design their own clothing items for children. The garments are then judged by a panel and then voting is open up to the public. It’s a fun process to watch, but I’ve never decided to take the plunge until now…. I’m thinking that because Easton will be in school full time, I’ll have a more time for something this big.

In just a few short hours, the finalists will be announced and voting will begin as to who the next competitor will be… I hope you’ll bop over there at 10 (MST) and see if you see my name and give me a vote – we’ve got to represent some boys clothes in this competition! (If you’re curious what garment I submitted, I went with the Imagine Jacket. While this isn’t my own pattern, it is a good representation of my sewing, it’s very recent, and has decent photography).

Linky Thursday

Need a quick checkbook cover makeover? This is the tutorial for you!

Could your sewing room\area use a cutting table? Here’s how to make the greatest one of all time.

Are leg warmers going to be in again this year?

Every once and awhile, I get the urge to make a quilt. Since I’m not really a ‘quilter’ I just never know how to use some of the precuts – The latest pattern from Fat Quarter Shop uses a fat quarter bundle to make a gorgeous quilt (and has a video tutorial, too)!

The name for this little girl’s dress tutorial is called The Paper Bag…. it looks nothing like one, it’s just simply adorable!

When I was pregnant with my youngest, I invested in a GIANT body pillow that looked a lot like the one in this tutorial. If you know someone who is pregnant or are pregnant yourself, I highly recommend making one for yourself!

Everyone needs a great back for traveling. This one can be worn cross-body style and has lots of wrap around pockets for storage.

Have a student getting ready to go to college? Make them a laundry bag (with pockets for storing change for the machines) to send them off to school.

PomPoms are a very trendy ‘accessory’ right now, learn how to make fruit shaped ones with this tutorial.

Everyone loves easy-to-sew projects. Here’s a tutorial on how to whip up a skirt in 30 minutes. Or, spend a few extra minutes sewing an make a fun eyelet skirt that makes a great transitional piece for fall.