Monthly Archives: June 2016

Sewing from your stash

Stash. Anyone who sews has a stash. Since moving on to a boat I have started to sew from my stash more. I have all of this beautiful fabric already so I need to make things with it! I had a very productive day yesterday.


After getting caught up on custom orders I was able to work on two new patterns that I had purchased. One of them was released YESTERDAY and I already sewed it up!

I already had the fabrics cut out for some Annex Double Zip Box Pouches. When making one, you might as well make one in each size right? I absolutely love double zip pouches. Sew Sweetness has the Filigree Double Zip Pouch that I love. But I think I like the Annex better! This makes an awesome pouch for pencils and pens, keep your highlighters on the other side. And it has a little carry handle on one end.

 

small pouch with Ticklish by Moda

I did not make any adjustments to the pattern. These are also great for sewing up scraps of fabric. I’m a sucker for scrap packs from Hawthorne Threads and always have to add one to my cart when ordering something else. The large and medium pouches were made using fabrics I got in a scrap pack.

 

large pouch with Skoleope by Art Gallery

 

medium pouch in Nesting Blooms by Art Gallery

 

This pattern was quick and easy. I had the fabric already cut but had them all sewn before lunch yesterday by doing it assembly line style. The small would be perfect for tossing in a backpack for a pencil case. The medium is a little longer but shorter than the large and the large is deeper and taller.


I’m always making my great nieces clothes but yesterday I made something for my great nephew. He just turned one and will soon start noticing if he’s left out on Auntie M Mail Day at their house.

Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop released the cutest quickest romper yesterday. The Lil’ Rascal Romper. It has two sleeve options. Dolman sleeve, which I think is adorable for girls, and tank top! It also comes with shorts or pants length options and using fold over elastic or cotton lycra for the neck and arm bands.


I made Jameson the tank version in shorts length. I wish they lived closer so I could see it on him sooner! No snaps, Velcro or any other kind of closure. Slip on and off through the neck hole. The pattern testers all said that diaper changes and potty breaks were a breeze because of the easy on and off.
Now off to work on some cute summer outfits for the nieces with some awesome flip flop fabric, find it here, and I also had some necklaces made to match this fabric for them since they love their necklaces from Tickled Pink Designs. Here’s a little sneak peek at that fabric ?. This necklace is named “Toes in the Sand.” I don’t see it listed on her website yet but you can always message her through her Facebook Page! My nieces wear one of her necklaces every day and LOVE them.


Happy Friday! Feel free to comment with your favorite scrap busting projects! I could always use more! My goal is to see through at least two of the tubs of fabric before the end of the year. So I better get to sewing.

 

Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend patterns and designers that I love and hope you do too.

Ultimate Baby Shower MUST SEW List

Ever have a block when trying to decide what to make for your friend who is expecting? I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite items to make for just such an occasion! Below is my Ultimate Baby Shower Must Sew List!

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This gem showed up in my news feed yesterday. She’s been wearing that body suit for three months now!

Every new mom puts the 30 pack of white onsies on the registry…but wouldn’t a custom body suit be cuter? Also, scrolling through Facebook and seeing pictures of that new little one wearing something you made…it is one of the best feelings.

Another day, another custom outfit by Marvelous Auntie M for this sweetheart.

Another day, another custom outfit by Marvelous Auntie M for this sweetheart.

Peek A Boo Pattern Shop is my go to source for sewing all things baby! Her patterns are easy to follow and beginner friendly if you are new to sewing with knits.

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This is probably my most favorite and special thing that I’ve made. It truly was the Best Day Ever when my friend Amber adopted this precious baby boy.

Here is my list of must sew items for that new baby:

  1. Lullaby Line Body Suit. Need I say more. Custom onsies mean no more embarrassing “she’s wearing the same outfit” moments.
  2. Lullaby Line Baby Gown. So quick to sew up and so sweet with the optional fold over mitts.
  3. Lullaby Line Hat.
  4. Lullaby Line Mitts. Use scraps from your Lullaby Line Gown to whip up a matching hat and mitts! Keep those little faces scratch free!
  5. Lullaby Line Kimono Kid top. This adorable top makes for easy on and off with the diagonal snap front.
  6. Does It All Diaper Bag. The name says it all. This bag features TEN pockets! A pocket for everything!
  7. Does It All Diaper Clutch. Just order a little bit extra fabric and make one to match the diaper bag! This is a changing pad that also has a pocket for diapers and wipes.
  8. Tinkle Tee Pees are a free pattern from Peek a Boo Pattern Shop with a tutorial here. Must have for the new #boymom.
  9. Bandana Drool Bibs. Another free pattern and tutorial from Peek a Boo Pattern Shop.
  10. Maxaloones by Max and Meena. Grow with me pants = clothes that fit longer! Size one fits 6 months up to 3 years! Easily add a skirt for a girlier look.
  11. Aragon bag by Sew Sweetness. This bag makes a great diaper bag.
  12. Filigree Double Zip Pouch also by Sew Sweetness. You can line this with PUL and it’s waterproof! Makes a great quick change bag keeping diapers/wipes on one side and a clean change of clothes in the other.
  13. Maggie’s Stay On Booties by Beautiful Pie Shop. No more worrying about losing socks or baby having cold feet!

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14. Custom burp rags. Because spit happens.

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15. Quilts and blankets because you can never have too many blankets! I currently have 6 quilts handy at all times.

Here are some more sweet photos that made me smile when they showed up in my newsfeed:

Sweet little guy in his grow with me pants. Another special outfit for his first time meeting family and friends after arriving home.

Sweet little guy in his grow with me pants. Another special outfit for his first time meeting family and friends after arriving home.

Two years later and she still uses her quilt that I made!

Two years later and she still uses her quilt that I made!

I made this little guy a rag quilt that just so happened to match his nursery!

I made this little guy a rag quilt that just so happened to match his nursery!

Little ladies man!

Little ladies man!

Faux chenille blankets are perfect for sitting on at the park!

Faux chenille blankets are perfect for sitting on at the park!

Cuddled up in the winter time in his favorite blanket.

Cuddled up in the winter time in his favorite blanket.

Almost two years later and she still loves her faux chenille blanket I made!

Almost two years later and she still loves her faux chenille blanket I made!

If you need a fabric source for knit fabric, check out Peek A Boo Fabric Shop! They have great quality solids, Art Gallery, Riley Blake, Birch Organics, custom fabric and more!

And if you don’t sew yet…you can always message me for a custom listing!

 

Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend patterns and designers that I love and hope you do too.

A collar for Winnie

This past Saturday we rescued the sweetest dog from a nearby animal shelter. All she needed was a bath, a hair cut, some love and of course a pretty new leash and collar so I thought I would take this chance to do a leash and dog collar tutorial. I used some scraps left over from another project using Moda Ticklish which I think was perfect for this pretty little set.

Let’s start with the leash. All you need are the following:

2 yards of 1″ cotton webbing – you can find this in the notions aisle or there may also be some additional colors by the ribbon by the yard. That is where I found mine at Joann’s.

3″ x WOF strip of quilting cotton

1″ x 72″ SF101 (fusible woven interfacing) – this is a great way to use up scraps!

2.25 yards of 1/8″ ribbon (this is helpful when turning the skinny fabric tubes)

1″ swivel clip

Matching thread

Elmers school glue

Fray Check

Wonder Clips

  1. Cut your 3″ strip of fabric in to two 1.5″ strips and sew them together at one short end to make one long strip. Center your SF101 and fuse it to the fabric. This would also be a good time to apply Fray Check to the ends of your webbing to help keep them from coming unraveled. IMG_2551
  2. Sew the 1/8″ ribbon strip to the center of your long fabric strip with a tackdown stitch at the top then fold the fabric strip in half lengthwise with right sides together and sew with 1/4″ seam allowance. You may find it helpful to use Wonder Clips to hold the fabric strip together as you sew making sure that the ribbon stays out of the seam allowance.IMG_2530
  3. After you have sewn down the length of the fabric strip you need to turn the tube right side out. This is where the thin ribbon helps. Push the top (the end on which the ribbon is sewn) inside and pull on the ribbon to help turn the tube right side out. This may seem tricky at first but I’ve found the skinny ribbon method to be the best one for me. Check out this tutorial from Sew Mama Sew for a photo step by step of this method.
  4. Once you’ve turned your tube right side out, apply fray check to the ends and press it well with the seam going down the center then glue baste it to the webbing. Put your cotton webbing on your ironing board and grab your Elmer’s school glue. Put a thin line of glue going down the middle of the webbing and put your fabric tube right side up on the webbing. Doing a small section at a time, set the glue by ironing the fabric to the webbing. Make sure your webbing is cotton! Polyester webbing will melt and gunk up your iron! Use Wonder Clips to hold the fabric strip in place while you finish glue basting.IMG_2556IMG_2554
  5. Use a zig zag stitch to sew the fabric to the webbing.IMG_2557
  6. Get your swivel clip and slip the webbing through the opening folding it up 1.5″. Use a zig zag stitch to sew the edge of the webbing down then make a box stitch for reinforcement.IMG_2571
  7. Fold the other end of the webbing over 11 inches towards the wrong side and use a zig zag stitch to hold in place then a box stitch for reinforcement to create the handle.IMG_2572

Now for the collar. The following will make a 5/8″ wide collar that will fit up to a 20 pound dog. You will need to adjust your measurements if making a collar for a larger dog.IMG_2540

Strip of fabric 1.75″ wide by 21.5″ long. (to make a wider collar just take your desired width, multiply that times 2 and add 1/2″ for your seam allowance so a 1″ collar would need a strip of fabric 2.5″ wide)

2 strips of SF101 (fusible woven interfacing) 1.75″ by 21.5″

Old collar for the hardware or you can purchase dog collar hardware kits on Etsy. I used an old collar so I don’t have a shop I can recommend for the hardware.

Wonder Clips

1 yard 1/8″ wide ribbon for turning the fabric tube

Matching thread

  1. Fuse the two layers of SF101 to your fabric strip.
  2. Find the center of the fabric strip and sew the ribbon to one short end.IMG_2545
  3. Fold the fabric lengthwise with right sides together and sew down the side using 1/4″ seam allowance making sure the ribbon does not get caught in your stitching.
  4. Turn the fabric strip right side out and press with the seam going down the center.
  5. Top stitch down both long sides using a longer stitch length (I used a 3.5 length).
  6. Time to put it all together. This part can get tricky so having an old collar to look at helps to make sure you get the buckles, adjuster, d-ring and such all in the right place. I took pictures of the collar I disassembled to reference back to while putting the new one together. I used a piece of the ribbon to get the path that I needed to take when assembling.IMG_2528IMG_2527

 

Now strap that collar around your dogs neck, attach the leash and take that puppy for a walk to test it out and show off their awesome handmade collar and leash! I’m pretty sure Winnie loves that all of her accessories match now. Even the poop bag dispenser that I had already made. *Confession, I may have chosen the fabric for the leash and collar because it matched the poop bag dispenser but I think it turned out gorgeous.

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