Handmade Happy Birthday

 

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Over the weekend, we had a birthday party to go to.  The mom didn’t want presents brought because they have tons of toys and would have lots of family at the event…. but really, who can show up to a party empty handed? Instead of bringing toys, I brought something handmade. I made personalized pillows! To speed up the sewing process (this was a last-minute gift idea – poor planning on my part), I skipped the patchwork border and used the same material as what I used for the names\back instead. I’ll have to remember that shortcut again because I was able to whip up these two pillows in about 3 hours (from cutting to stuffing) – making these a fun, last minute gift idea!

8 Days A Week

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Just a little preview of the fun patterns that I had an opportunity to test: The new Pattern Anthology Collection, 8 Days A Week, is open for presale! This collection concentrates on pieces that can be mixed and matched for different looks including a great knit shirt, 3 pants styles, a jacket, and dress\peplum shirt. I’ll be showing you my version starting Monday, but you can start sewing yours over the weekend!

Linky Thursday

If you Monday’s post, be sure to check out all the fabulous National Sewing Month giveaways that are going on.

This flying squirrel softie isn’t just cute, it makes me want to see how far I can make it airborne (note to self, do not make this for my son as he will repeatedly test this theory out in the house).

A great look for fall: The Peasant Top.

Learn how to make a Modernista Tote Bag - the straps are made with the newmaterial, kraft•tex™ (I have got to try it!).

Has your child given up on school lunches? Learn how to make your own lunch bag for them here.

Enter to win a Camelot Fabrics bundle and two cones of Aurifil thread (must be a member of Facebook).

This mesh shower caddy is perfect for travel or students living in the dorms.

What little girl doesn’t want to be Elsa for Halloween this year? Learn how to make a Frozen inspired dress.

I’m a sucker for cute little pouches. I love the shape and bright zips used with this one.

There’s a lot of hand sewing in this Owl Plush tutorial, but I think you could easily substitute them with machine stitches. Looking for something a bit more intricate? How about this gorgeous sock owl instead?

Create an easy knit skirt in about an hour.

I’m sort of obsessed with fabric wallets lately. This version looks cute, but still simple to sew.

Keep the dust off your machine and still keep it stylish in your sewing room with this pretty machine cover.

Planning a Harry Potter Halloween? This roundup of fantastic tutorials will help you look your best.

 

 

Aghh!

09-screamThis is the face you make when it’s time for your machine to be serviced.

I found that my bobbin timing was off yesterday and I was due for a cleaning so it’s time to take my precious machine in to the shop….. yes, a week without my baby and my table is already looking empty.

So, what do you do instead? Apparently, I bake. Yesterday was massive quantities of pumpkin and banana bread – today might be monster cookies! Have not fear, tough, I still have lots of projects to share the coming week – the new Pattern Anthology collection (for women) is about to be released so I will finally be able to share what I’ve been working on…. and I can’t wait! In the mean time, you can win a copy of their last collection for women, Just Add Jeans.

Boo!

09-ghostThere are times when I am so inspired to make a project that I have to stop everything I’m doing and bring it to life. Such is the case of Urban Threads’ Ghost Baroque designs. Not only did I buy the pack but devised (several) projects in my head, and searched around at several stores for supplies (yay coupons). I’ve managed to stitch out a few ghosts and intend on ‘testing out’ several others today….. I’m just crossing my fingers that it turns out like the mental image I have in my head.

My next goal? Either to find a massive cone of glow in the dark thread or purchase a black light to make these designs ‘pop’!

National Sewing Month

As many of you already know, September is National Sewing Month. What’s a perfect way to celebrate? Winning prizes, of course! Here’s a few contests, prize draws, and giveaways that you can enter today (I am sure I missed a few as well so if you know of something that didn’t make the list be sure to send me a message!):

Win a Bernina backpack filled with goodies.

Pin you favorite inspirational fall sewing pieces for a chance to win fabric, McCalls patterns, and fashion accessories!

You’ll be able to make appliques in a flash if you win this Sizzix cutter.

Win a cute box full of fabric, notions, and more.

Enter to win one of three, one year subscriptions to Threads Magazine.

Love vintage? There’s great prize packages to be won!

Win a copy of Quilt as You Go.

Enter to win a Singer 4443 machine.

Enter this contest for a chance to win a Bernina 215, a Sizzix, thread books and more!

Win a colorful fabric bundle – perfect for small projects and quilts.

A prize perfect for quilters: batting, DVDs, thread and more!

Enter to win a copy of Sewing School and share the love of sewing with a young one in your life.

I’m Batman

20140831_112313~2Yesterday, the Pink Lake Pullover was released so I can finally show you the tester version that I made for Easton!

For my rendition,I went with an anti-pill fleece for the body of the jacket and a fun Kawaii superhero print interlock for the sleeve cuffs (I went with a ‘standard cuff’ not the thumb hole version), pocket, and inside collar pieces. The pullover went together quickly (think long afternoon) and the fit was spot on… but best of all Easton loved the final look (although the day we took photos it was 98 degrees out and he was HOT – unlike today’s high of 60 where he was pretty comfortable in it).

I can definitely see more of these jackets in our future: it doesn’t take a lot of material and sews up so fast, there’s no excuse not to!

Linky Thursday

Not only can this pincushion go with you when you travel, but it has a handy storage place for your thread and notions!

In a little over a week, fall will officially begin. Kick off the season with a new handbag.

This simple peasant dress is a perfect look for fall.

If you made Melly Sew’s boxers from last week’s Linky Thursday, then you’ll definitely want to check out the companion Bias Trim Tank Top that goes with it.

I am going to admit that I had no idea chickens could wear ‘clothes’ (although I didn’t know you could give chickens baths until our state fair this year either). Learn why you would put a chicken in an apron and learn how to make one. I need to forward this on to some people I know.

Stitch up a pretty ruched sleeve top – a perfect transitional piece for fall!

Too hot and need a cool pillow? Too cold and need a plush warm cushion to sleep on? This pillow has you covered.

Is your make up in need of a new bag? Create a handled version with laminate lining or a simpler version with a fun shape (or both) to stash your necessities.

Get ready for Halloween with this Witchy hat!

When I see this softie, I want to sing to myself, “You are my sunshine”. This ‘taggie’ style toy does too.

I may live in these comfy lounge pants all winter long.

Prototypes

09-waddersTypically, I have a million sewing project ideas rambling around in my head at one time. Every once in awhile, I pull one out and bring it to life. Unfortunately as much as I mull over the construction in my head, I wind up making a prototype of my concept to make sure it ‘works out’. Much like a muslin, I make a mock-up (or three or four) for the tutorials I write to make sure that everything is the right size\shape\look I’m after – however, unlike a muslin a lot of the prototypes come out wadders.

Yesterday was a prototype kind of day. I’m so close to having this one down and am very, very excited to see it pull together. I also learned that silky bobbin thread is a bad idea for embroidery with my machine… what a waste of money!

 

Vintage Bomber Color Blocked

09-bomberToday I am…. spending my morning cutting out a second Zee’s Tee.  After rummaging through numerous t-shirts (and discovering that either the logo is too large for the style I want to make, I have no solid fabrics that would match the shirt design, or the shirt is much too small for the pattern piece) I finally settle on a Vintage Bomber print that I’ve been holding onto for quite some time.

I have to admit, I’m really unsure how this style is going to turn out – as much as I love color blocking, I feel like I’m not adept and mashing up materials that would work together well. Worst case scenario? Easton has a new sleep shirt to wear to bed!