Summit Pack, Day 1

Last week I mentioned that I was getting ready to sew up a new bag pattern, The Summit Pack. So where am I with this project? Cutting. Lots and lots of cutting (and fusing):

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While the photo doesn’t make it look too horrible, there are lots of pieces to be cut out – including several layers of interfacing for each exterior and lining piece. In all, it took me an entire day (probably really a very long afternoon) to get everything cut and fused together.  WHEW!

One thing that I will mention is that how you cut is very important to this bag. Since it has an asymmetrical shape, the lining and the exterior should be mirrored – so be sure to follow the directions on each pattern piece as to how (and how many times) you need to lay out your pattern on your fabric. Also included in the instructions is a handy chart that you can follow to make sure that you’re cutting the correct pieces (and number) from each fabric and interfacing. I found this to be a good reference tool to make sure that I’ve got everything prepped to make this bag!

 

Sew It All Vol. 10

08-sewitallSew It All Vol. 10 hits newsstands next week, but you can get a sneak peek at my projects inside this issue now!

You can learn how to create a fun, lined, laser cut neoprene skirt that is designed to fit your specific measurements. there is a lot of math involved, but it’s basically a ‘plug in’ worksheet that will help you with cutting your material. No neoprene? No problem! The instructions will work with any fabric type.

The boho trend is still running strong. Stay on top of this fall’s fashion fun by making yourself a long vest. With just a few measurements and an hour sewing time, you’ll have a great new look for yourself.

Lastly, learn how to create a simple valance that can spruce up any room of your house (or dorm room)! This project requires just a few measurements and is great for beginners too!

If you’re interested in recreating these looks for yourself and are needing fabric resources, both the neoprene and sweater knit are from Gorgeous Fabrics. She currently doesn’t have any laser cut neoprene in stock, but you can still snag the material for the vest (she also has several other colors that are very similar in the clearance section for 60% off too). The valence material is from the Parson Gray Vagabond collection.

Linky Thursday

I’m in bag making mode! If you haven’t checked out my kid-sized messenger tutorial, be sure to stop by BERNINA’s WeAllSew to get the instructions.

Need a bag that’s sized for adults instead? I am in love with this weekender style bag that sports lots of pockets!

Get ready for weekend sleepovers (or day care naps) with one of these cozy flannel sacks and matching pillowcase.

I love little pouches, but I always have a concern that I’ll lose my cards\ID if the wallet is open. This tiny zippered card pouch is the perfect solution!

This twisted handled purse claims it is an anti-pickpocketing purse, making it perfect to carry on vacations (or for this year’s holiday shopping).

Have you saved tiny scraps of your favorite fabrics, just waiting for the right pattern to use with them? Look no further than this pretty pincushion.

One of my favorite sweatshirts last year had a cowl neck. This year, I’m looking to make some more. I might just start with this free tutorial.

Hooded towels make great baby shower gifts and can be quick and easy to make. Here are two variations to make you own: This one has a triangle hood, while this one has a more rounded shape (like the kind you might see on a hoodie jacket).

Keep your ear buds neatly tucked away in this cute little citrus pouch.

Need a dress that’s easy to make and easier to wear? Check out this tutorial for the ‘easy tee’ dress.

Learn how to make a casual, contrast tee with an option to use a pattern or draft your own.

It’s not too late to jump in on the romper trend this season. Check out this version sized from XS-XL here.

Looking for a large plush to sew? Try out this adorable Nessie tutorial.

Kid’s Messenger Bag

08-messengerLooking for more back-to-school sewing ideas? Be sure to check out my latest tutorial at WeAllSew that’s featured today – A Kid’s Messenger Bag!

I found that messenger bags are hard to find in a size that’s appropriate for a child… so I decided to make my own! My version is large enough to hold 2, 1″ 3-ring binders, but still small enough that it doesn’t over-power their shorter stature. It also features a divided back pocket (to stash last minute items in as they head out the door) and an adjustable strap so just about anyone can wear it.

Simple Sashiko

08sashikoThe word “Sashiko” means “little stabs” when translated from Japanese. Traditionally, these little stabs were used to reinforce (and even darning) upcycled indigo fabrics that were then used to make heavy coats. Today, we use the same techniques to create modern quilts, accessories, and home decor. Last week I received Simple Sashiko in the mail and had the opportunity to check out the projects inside.

Let me start off by saying that hand sewing is not my forte. In fact, I’m downright horrible, but there is a good explaination of how to achieve each stitch type (and knots) for every project so I am fairly confident that I could achieve similar results if I tried. Also included are the detailed instructions to how you create each stitch pattern… this has to be the most fascinating part of the book as I never thought about the process of making continuous, intricate geometric patterns before.

Besides the instruction on sashiko itself, there are also 8 projects included in the book that showcases your work. These include wall hangings, sampler pillows, totes, and home decor items like placemats and coasters.

Up Next: The Summit Pack

Oh Instagram, you are an enabler. I recently saw someone sew up the Summit Pack by Cloudspitter Designs and decided that I had to make one too. This bag is a sling style (designed to be worn on your back) and is very reminiscent of KAVU rope bags that Taylor started using last year…. now I’m getting my own.

I headed to the store to pick up some notions and lining material for a test run of this pattern. I have to admit, I’m not wild about my zipper selection…. why can’t stores have decent zippers other than tan and black?

Pattern: Summit Pack by Cloud Splitter Designs:
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Fabrics:
Amy Butler‘s Daisy Shine from the True Colors collection:
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Hot Pink Kona Cotton from Joann’s:
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Floral Green quilting cotton from Joann’s:
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Total Cost:

Pattern….. $6.00
Fabric……. $8.23
Notions…. $11.27 (+stash)

Total $25.50

Linky Thursday

Learn how to create a personalized binder for back to school. While you’re there, be sure to enter to win a new BERNINA 450 Serger!

Everyone loves cute clothes that are comfy to wear…. like the Salina (the easy romper).

Does your machine foot pedal constantly move around the floor? Keep it put with one of these non-slip pads.

Looking for a new bag that’s perfect for fall? Be sure to check out this Lilac Mini Messenger.

I adore these composition notebook covers – they’re a pretty way to jot down notes or sewing ideas and a perfect for taking on-the-go!

Cooking in the kitchen is even prettier when you whip up one of these vintage-style Sweetheart Aprons.

Sunglass cases don’t have to be boring. Whip up one of these heart shaped versions instead.

Learn how to change up your favorite raglan tee pattern with this fun gathered front tutorial.

These easy to make play tents make for a great reading nook area.

If you plan on packing lunches this year, then you may want to check out this tutorial for reusable snack bags.

This boho baby romper would make a great baby gift or a pretty outfit for pictures.

Learn how to stitch up a dragon stuffie (you’ll probably need to translate the site).

Give your little girl a unique bag for back to school with this fun, toddler sized cat backpack.

Summer may be winding down, but there’s still plenty of time to whip up one of these easy beach cover-ups.

Back to School

08-backtoschoolUnbelieveable. Summer is officially over. Easton started back to school this morning…. I can’t believe it’s time already.

This, of course, means several things:

  • Clean up the sewing room. Seriously, my room has been neglected. After several large projects this past few months, it is a hot mess. I am sure this is a day long endeavour.
  • Get the house back in order. It has been sadly neglected over the summer.
  • Do that selfish sewing. I have a growing list of things I want to work on…. plus a few “top secret” projects in the works.
  • Work on those Craftsy classes. I am pretty sure I say this every year and fall behind, but I really want to try to finish some of them

Once I’m done with the first two on my list, it’s time to get to work on my Girl Charlee Bolt fabrics that arrived yesterday.

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Not only did I get another cute bag with my fabric, but there was a cute little ruler and a handy stretch guide on a card. I selected a wide range of prints from a pretty floral and the popular feather print to a Christmas ‘stripe’. I don’t have any specific plans for any of them at the moment, but I’m hoping to brainstorm while I’m cleaning.

Just a Peek

08-mauradersThis past week I have been working on a top secret sewing project. While I can’t show you the entire item, I can give you a glimpse at the Marauder’s Map fabric and pleather I used….

While the Marauder’s Map was beautiful to sew on, the pleather, not so much. I had a difficult time finding a leather look that worked with this color scheme so I settled on a pleather\vinyl that was in the costume section of the store. It had a good hand and a nice texture on the front, but when it came to sewing, it was a mixed bag of problems. What sort of issues? Well, you couldn’t finger press and crease the seam and ironing (even on a low temp with a press cloth) was a bit dangerous because you could feel\see it melting. No matter what size\type needle you used, the pleather wanted to scrape off around the thread when sewing (so the white backing would try to pop through or the vinyl coating would just scrape off). Since pinning would leave permanent marks, I opted to used Wonder Clips, but those too left permanent pressure marks on the material (very quick and careful ironing melted them off). Needless to say, I did find some strategies to work around the issues, but it was a curse-laden sewing session to get them figured out. The moral of the story? Skip the cheap costume pleather and go for the good stuff!

 

Epic Cosplay Costumes

08-cosplayGetting dressed up as your favorite superhero or gaming character isn’t just for kids on Halloween any more. With the growing popularity of comic book conventions (or ‘cons’), cosplay has become a big business. However, sewing a costume doesn’t have to be difficult. I received Epic Cosplay Costumes in the mail the other day and discovered, it can be downright easy.

Inside are 17 different elements found in many popular character costumes and the instructions on how to complete them (and even modify them for a slightly different look). These include: capes, armor, corsets, gloves, and boot covers. For a majority of these projects, you’ll be expected to draft your own pieces as patterns are not included. There are also ideas for pulling your look together (i.e. how to look like Sailor Moon or Link from Legend of Zelda), how to buy, style, and wear wigs, and what to expect at a Con (I love the tip on making sure to shower daily to avoid Con Funk – THIS is important for some folks!). As for me, I am anxious to try my hand at making the gloves and boot covers.

Overall this is a good book that introduces you to creating your own Cosplay look. Do not expect them to be elaborate designs like the ones featured on the SDCC website. However it is a good starting point for embellishment and customization of your character. Most of all, have fun with it – that’s what cosplay is all about!