Quick Pillow Slipcover

When you’re pressed for sewing time, even the littlest project seems like a major accomplishment.

One of Taylor’s (future) roommates had made her own headboard for her room and wanted a coordinating pillow (with pompoms) to go with it and asked if I could make one. The pillow she had originally purchased was super puffy and had a piping so the final dimensions were somewhere between 15 -16″ (depending on where you measured and how much poof was in the area you were measuring) – so I split the difference and made this slipcover 15 1/2″.

I’m not going to lie, it was nice to whip up something quickly. I think I need more instant gratification projects this summer!

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These packing cubes are a great way to keep your luggage organized while traveling.

This bucket bag is perfect for jaunts out of the house and has great features like purse feet and fun snap straps.

The Alcoy Dress is a quick sew that will take you from summer through fall.

Not enough light when sewing? Then enter to win an LED light kit.

The Undercover Maker Mat (for under your sewing machine), is one of the largest versions with lots of pockets that I’ve seen.

This easy beach dress looks great and doesn’t even require a pattern.

Stay cool with this cute (and quick to sew) Sewing Bee Sleeveless Shell Top.

Alpacas seem to be the new foxes…. so why not whip up a trendy softie?

If you missed my cooling scarf tutorial from earlier this week, then be sure to check it out – it’s a must have for scorching days like today!

It may be sweltering outside, but it’s July, which means that Christmas Crafting is in full swing! Whip up pretty Victorian stockings for your chimney or a Tiny Stocking Bunting.

I love duffel bags – they usually a great size, hold lots of stuff, and are easy to make. Plus this one is FREE!

Mamarazzi

I’ve found that making shirts for boys to be difficult. Not because of the lack of sewing patterns (although there are a ton more for girls) or fitting issues, but because there just doesn’t seem to be a many fabric or themes that are good for guys…. especially older ones.

I recently got to test another cutting file (for the Cricut) for Peek-a-boo Patterns. This one was for the #Mamarazzi Bundle which I was thrilled to get to try because it seemed like a fun “matching” shirt that I could make for Easton and I that wasn’t too childish and didn’t scream “Look we match!”

For our versions, I used holographic glitter vinyl (with regular HTV vinyl for the “Can’t Escape The” lettering and the camera on Easton’s tee). Let me say, it was a pain in the rear. I found that my household iron was not really hot enough (or enough pressure) to get it to stick well and I realized that I really NEED a heat press. Otherwise, I I love the way this turned out (especially Easton’s which I think looks the most commercial).

Indigo Halter

It’s July, which means 2 things:

One, I’m about over summer… It’s hot and it’s not necessarily my favorite season to sew for. Two, I realized that I am way behind on the things that I did plan on sewing – like a new swimsuit.

While I have several patterns that I wanted to try, what I really wanted this year was a halter style top. In hindsight, I probably could have modified a pattern than I already had, but why reinvent the wheel when there is already the perfect pattern out there? So, this weekend I picked up Swim Style’s Indigo.

While I don’t plan on using the bottoms, the top perfectly fit my needs – plus it had a really cute tie back. The instructions were great and everything came together without a hitch. Now about the fit – it is a slim (for lack of a better word) fit across the sides. After looking at commercial swim halter tops, I realized that is just how they typically look. While it works ok for the most part for me, I found that it is really necessary to pull the strings tightly around my neck so that it pulls the top more snugly across the bottom and the sides which will reduce side boob slips. I think that using the clasps would reduce this greatly, but, honestly, it wouldn’t look as cute. I also omitted the bra cups from both versions – I didn’t think it was necessary (I may eat my words later) and made me feel the top feel more snug (but not in a good way).

This didn’t stop me from making this top twice though. As soon as Taylor saw me making the top she asked if she could “model” this one for me (which is code word for “This will be mine”), so I wound up giving her the first version (shown on the left) and I made a second one (shown on the right). I will say that the second time around I was more careful with design placement and used a slightly different elastic (firmer) which seemed to help the fit some as well.

 

Cooling Scarf

As we dive into the dog days of summer, chances are you’ll want to beat the heat. My latest tutorial for BERNINA’s WeAllSew is live and it’s the perfect DIY to take the edge off…. a cooling scarf!

Not only is this project inexpensive, but it’s safe to use with kids (and even pets) and works unbelievably well. The secret? Polymer beads. This product is the magic that is used in most disposable diapers (but you can find yours in the floral department) – so it’s very absorbent and stays that way for quite some time. That means that when soaked in cold water they retain the chill for several hours. Best of all, these can be made in under an hour – so everyone can have one before your next adventure.

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Stay cool and look fashionable with this pretty swing tee.

This travel case is small enough to hold a toothbrush and paste and stands upright too! Have leftover fabric? Make a matching makeup case – this one only takes 20 minutes.

These waterproof seat covers are perfect for keeping your seats clean and dry after a day at the pool.

There are only 172 days until Christmas, so it’s never too early to start sewing those decorations – like new stockings.

If you have a Cricut then you’ll definitely want to download this “Sewers Gonna Sew” SVG cut file.

Have an embroidery machine? Enter to win this an All Access Club book and Anita Goodesigns CD.

Pom-poms are a hot notion in sewing this summer. So why not whip up this fun poncho that’s perfect for the beach or pool. Then make an easy towel wrap for the kids.

Who needs sleeves when you can make tanks & muscle shirts for boys this summer.

Have a denim top that’s just hanging in your closet collecting dust? Then learn how to transform it into a cute summer dress.

Protect your device with a new laptop sleeve (it’s applique too).

The Sincerely Rylee Dress

The past few weeks I had the opportunity to test out another fun George & Ginger pattern – The Sincerely Rylee Dress….. and this pattern can be yours for FREE! Just visit the George & Ginger and Sincerely Rylee Facebook fan pages and grab your codes to enter during checkout (HINT: the codes can be found in the pinned post at the top of each page).

A little about this dress: it’s a boho style top or dress (which comes in a maxi and dress length) with an absolutely adorable keyhole back. Unlike most of the dresses I have made recently, this one is designed for wovens. When picking out material for this one, keep in mind that there are several tiers to this dress so it’s important to select a fabric that is lightweight and has great drape (I made mine in Sincerely Rylee’s Brooklyn).

Sewing this up was easy. However, don’t expect to whip this up quickly – there is a lot of gathering to do and if you’re doing this by hand it does take awhile…. but the results are worth it. In fact, Taylor loved the finished look so much she “volunteered” to model for this one…. and never returned the dress.

4th Tee

Happy 4th to everyone in the US! I’m not one to make a lot of clothing for the holiday, but aftering seeing this “patriotic lip” image online, I couldn’t help but by some sparkle heat transfer vinyl and make one myself!

While this wasn’t a terribly difficult shirt to layer, I definitely wished I had a heat press – I did notice that the shirt stretched\shrunk slightly so the layers don’t quite match up the way they were intended. Overall, it looks fine, but not perfect.

And now, it’s time to shoot off some fireworks and enjoy the day! Happy holidays, everyone!

Hot Pants

I have come to the conclusion that I am not good about blogging in the summer. Apparently, I need to get myself more organized and blog the night before so posts are ready to go in the morning. So, starting next week, I’m hoping to be back on a more regular schedule and do just that!

With that said, I did head into the sewing room and make not one, but two pairs of Heat Wave Hot Pants.  This was slightly unintentional as I just planned on making a pair for myself, but Taylor saw them and wanted some too:

Somehow I managed to eeek out 2 pairs of shorts from 1 yard of fabric (the pattern matching looks much better with the first pair, though) – only because I made my first pair without pockets and used the thinner waistband.

But what I’m sure you’re most interested in is how did they sew up. This was a surprisingly easy pattern to sew and went together quickly. The fit was great for both of us too, especially in the thigh area (which I was afraid would be too tight because we both have thicker thighs)…. I am guessing that most people will have good results because they are made with a stretch, though. I also like that these shorts are higher waisted as well – it definitely makes for a more flattering pant – the downside? You will probably want a more fitting top to go with it.

Consequently, I am thinking of making a bodysuit to go with this one… I am super hesitant to do this because I haven’t worn one since I was in college and ugh, who wants to see me in that? However, I have seen lots of people with that combination and it looks great so I may break down and do it….. if I chicken out, I have decided that I’ll make the Cross my Heart Cami instead….. or do both. Either way, look for final fit photos once I am done!

Rivets

I love bag hardware. They’re shiny and can really elevate the overall look of your finished purse. So why did it take me so long to finally use rivets?

This is the second time I’ve used them in a project and am in love. It saves me from having to sew closely to D-rings and add an extra design element to my bag. While I can’t show you the final project, here’s a sneak peek of how those rivets look with a lobster claw clasp.

I purchased mine from Emmaline bags, which has a huge variety of colors and sizes. If you don’t already have one, I would also suggest getting a punch tool as well – it makes it a lot easier to install the rivets, especially if you’re working with heavy layers or thick fabrics.