Cake: The Tee

06-pocketsLike many of you, I’m a sucker for great details. It might be an interesting back to a top, great lines in a pant, or in this case, tiny little micro pockets on a shirt. What am I talking about? Sewing Cake’s latest (and free!) pattern, The Tee!

Not only does this pattern have some great features and tips (I’ll talk about those in a second), but it’s easy to sew making it a great beginner project…. plus, did I mention it has tiny pockets?

06-caketeeProbably the one thing that sets this tee pattern apart from others is that it’s ‘customized’ to your measurements before you even cut into you size. Basically you’re taking your measurements, plugging them into the pattern pieces, then ‘drafting’ the shape\size of your top (I use the term drafting loosely as it’s set up to just connect the dots to the size\length needed). The other feature that I loved (obviously) are those tiny pockets! I didn’t just like how they’re stacked together perfectly, I LOVED how they were constructed: There’s a template for ironing, folks! Brilliant! More patterns should do this because it really makes for crisp clean pocket folds (she also has a great tip for keeping your pockets from stretching out of shape when sewing – skip the pins and spray baste).

I have to say that I love my finished tee. I did make it a smidge too long (I thought I wanted longer until I was finished), but I tend to scrunch it up when I wear it so it works out well. The fit is perfect and I think that the fabrics give it a fun, retro vibe (unfortunately, my photos are a bit on the dark side today). I can definitely see making this one again (and again, and again)!

New Baby

06-babyWith all the family that was born in June, it only stands to reason that the newest member of the family should be born this month as well! My brother-in-law’s son was delivered a few days ago, so I thought that my brother-in-law needed some baby gear that he wasn’t ashamed to be seen with. In addition to the burp rags that I had made several weeks ago, I whipped up a Ramones onesie and a Prudent Baby one knot hat (in a cool tribal flame print).  I have to admit, baby gifts are one of my favorite things to make – I can’t wait to see our new little guy modeling these goodies!

Mani Pouches

When I first posted about the Snappy Mani Pouch a few weeks ago, I knew this was going to be something that I would eventually make for a gift. Little did I know I would like it so much, I would sew it twice!

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06-mani2Initially, I thought this project would be rather time consuming so I only set out to make one – I was surprised to find that I could easily complete a pouch in just over an hour! The great thing about sewing these up is that they are great for using remnants from other projects and I had all of the notions on hand (I also went with a Velcro closure instead of a snap).

The instructions were easy to follow and all the pieces came together without a hitch. Best of all the end result looked very professional so I’m definitely keeping this project in mind the next time I need to make gifts (I’m thinking this might be perfect for Christmas). I loaded my finished mani-pouches with pretty toe separators, polish, a mini emery board, and clippers plus a mini book on nail art ideas.

The Bottom Line: I highly recommend this pattern! It’s easy to sew, even for beginners and the end result looks as good as what you would buy in any store. Best of all? It’s FREE!

Linky Thursday

Get your kids to carry their own towel to the beach\pool and wear it home with this fun Hooded Beach Towel Backpack.

What’s better than a cute box tote? Making it reversible so it’s two bags in one!

Did you see my latest tutorial at WeAllSew? Don’t miss the instructions to make your own Double Oven Mitts!

I don’t normally decorate for the 4th of July, but I’m thinking that I definitely needing a Chevron Flag Pillow Cover.

I’m not just attracted to the stripes on this top, but I love the style as well (you may need to translate for the full instructions).

Pillowcase dresses are not just for little girls any more.

Let your little one’s tooth sail away with this tooth fairy pillow.

Perfect for holiday photos or just getting your little girl dressed for the 4th of July – The Star Spangled Skort.

Love the idea of 30 days of sundresses? Your (grand)daughter can participate too – start off by sewing this adorable sewVery Sunny Dress.

Make your little one a cute new romper (currently for 6 mo. sizing). Looking for a knit romper with a bit more size range? This free pattern goes up 12 months.

Sewing a skirt couldn’t be easier. This tutorial shows you how… without a pattern!

Turn your free Colette Pattern’s Sobretto tank into a stylish top with this tutorial and free sleeve pattern.

Sign up for The Pattern Studio’s mailing list and you’ll receive a free skirt pattern.

This swimsuit cover up is just for girls (but I secretly want one for me).

Stacking Ring Toy Showdown

My nephew turned one this month. In addition to a matching\shirt bib set, I decided that I wanted to make him a special toy. Originally, I had set out to make Heather Bailey’s Happy Stacker. I had made this particular pattern almost 6 years ago and was thrilled with my end results. However after pulling fabrics for the Happy Stacker and then re-reading the instructions, I remembered how long it took me to make this toy and I realized I just didn’t have the time to finish it it before the party.  Still wanting a stacking toy, I set out to look for an alternative pattern and came up with this Ring Stacker Soft Toy from YouCanMakeThis. That’s right it’s a stacking toy showdown! (For reference the photo on the left is the Happy Stacker, the photo on the right is the Ring Stacker Soft Toy):

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This particular pattern was much easier to sew. In fact, I was able to have a completed toy from start to finish in just a long afternoon. However, it’s no Happy Stacker. The most noticeable difference is the finished size of the toy – the Happy Stacker was almost as big as Easton at 5 months, while the Stacker Toy is substantially smaller. This also means that the ring size is also smaller, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing since I think that they are probably a little easier for smaller hands to hold. The Happy Stacker also has options for embellishments (such as ‘taggie’ type ribbons that hang off the rings), where the Stacker Toy does not (although, I think that you could easily add them to the pattern if you wanted to). The biggest difference (in my opinion)? The ‘quality’ of your finished product. I think that the Happy Stacker looks very professional – something that you could easily find in a baby boutique. The Ring Stacking toy, while looks fine, just doesn’t look as ‘polished’ – it’s not to say that I wouldn’t sew it up again, it’s just doesn’t have the same ‘wow’ factor as the Happy Stacker.

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Mug Rug

06-mugrugIn our family, June means birthdays. Lots, and lots, and lots of birthdays. That also means that in June, I sew a lot of presents! Consequently, the rest of this week will be devoted to some of the gifts that were sewn up for everyone! First up, my mom.

She, much like me, loves to drink her morning coffee in fun mugs. I stumbled across a ‘tattoo mom’ cup a few weeks ago (for those that are interested, I found it at World Market) and had to pick it up for her… of course, she needed a mug rug to go with it! I wound up using Urban Threads embroidery design for the center of the rug that was a pretty close to the design on the cup. To keep things interesting, I skipped the square shape of most mug rugs and went with a circle – I suppose that means it’s more of a coaster than a rug…..  Afterward, I added a scrap of low-loft batting, backing, and a bit of binding to finish it off.

Double Oven Mitts

06-doublegloveIf you haven’t stopped by Bernina’s WeAllSew lately, you’ll definitely want to drop by to see my latest project – the Double Oven Mitts. Not only will this glove protect your hands from burns, but your arms as well…. making it perfect for serving large casseroles, handling large\heavy pots, and getting those holiday turkeys and roast out of the oven! When you’re finished using your gloves, just hang them over the handle of your oven door so there’s never any need to search for them. These gloves whip up in no time, so they’re great for hostess gift giving, bridal shower gifts, or just to make a handful of them so you can change them out with the seasons\holidays!

A Few More Projects

Last week I blogged about a tie pattern that would appear in Sew It All Volume 8, but neglected to mention two other articles that would be included in there as well. Sew It All was awesome enough to send me photos of my projects the other day and I couldn’t wait to share them:

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The first photo is from the article,  “Great Lengths” which describes how you can make a customized hi-low skirt. I had so much fun with this one that I made several, including one with a ruffled flounce. The second is entitled “Fluff & Fold” - if you look closely, you may recognize this from my appearance on SewItAll TV where I demonstrate how to make a blanket that folds itself up into a decorative pillow (you can skip the embroidery if you don’t have a machine or time to work on it). Be sure to pick up your copy of Sew It All next week (June 17) and be sure to let me know what you sew up!

Linky Thursday

Enter to win a copy of the new release, Little One-Yard Wonders.

Not only are these pillows cute, one is very functional too – it acts as a book pillow when you’re ready to cuddle up at night.

These flounced leggings are so cute, every little girl will want one (or two, or three)! Too hot for leggings? How about a pair of ruffled Cabana Shorts instead?

Father’s Day is this Sunday. If you’re still struggling what to make this year, how about whipping up an easy BBQ apron? Then when you’re done, you can make a fun, ruffled half apron for yourself!

I have to admit, I really like the bags that Sew4Home designs for their blog. This Safari Duffle is a great example of a fabulous, free bag pattern (and would make a good gift for dad, too)!

You can wear Sew Caroline’s Boat Club Dress for a day out or as a beach cover up – either way you’ll look adorable.

5 ways to turn zippers into jewelry. My favorite is the braided cuff.

My kids are always asking for fish (we can’t seem to keep them alive for long). I think next time they ask, I’ll give them Penny the Fish.

Learn how to draft yourself an easy to wear\easy to sew summer dress with contrast yoke.

One of the cutest cover ups\hooded towels that’s perfect for the pool or beach this summer.

Make your own strawberry pincushion.

Back to school may be a ways away, but it’s never too early to start making cool supply holders – like this fantastic marker pouch.

Make boo-boos go away faster with one of these monster hot\cold pack (page will need to be translated).

 

 

Win Little One-Yard Wonders

06-oneyardWhat can you make with one yard of fabric? You’ll have 101 different projects to chose from in the new title, Little One-Yard Wonders: Irresistible Clothes, Toys, and Accessories You Can Make for Babies and Kids… including my project, The Ultimate Gamer’s Tote!

This third book in the series has projects specifically for the younger set (from babies to younger children). It includes patterns ranging from fabulous clothing and accessories to home decor and toys – there’s a something for everyone inside… yes, even the tweens! It’s a great go-to book if you’re looking to create something for a baby shower, gift-giving holidays\birthdays, or just looking for something special to sew up for the child in your life.

In addition to the step-by-step (illustrated) instructions for each project, Little One-Yard Wonders also includes necessary pattern pieces that are tucked away in a bound-in envelope so you’ll never be searching for lost patterns again! Now about that Ultimate Gamer’s Tote:

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My project is for the older children\tweens – a perfectly sized tote (with a wrist strap) designed for portable gaming systems. It fits all current and past hand-held devices (DS, Vita, PSP, and even Leapster Leapfrog), has pockets for up to 8 game cartridges, is padded to protect your electronics, and has an easy open\close Velcro closure. It’s a great project for all skill levels and whips up in an afternoon!

Want to check out this project and 100 more? Enter to win a copy of Little One-Yard Wonders (sorry, only US residents this time around). This contest runs from June 11 to midnight June 18, 2014 and you can enter daily. Good luck!

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