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My First Shibori: A DIY

This was my first Shibori and I loved it! And if you have to google Shibori, you are not alone. I did as well. Shibori is a Japanese tie dye method using indigo.

front two on line

Two of my pieces hanging on the clothes line. This is the square between two pieces of wood and the pinch and bind method.

I ordered an indigo tie dye kit off of Amazon and it included the blocks I used and also the rubber bands that I used in addition to the dye and rubber gloves. I used Kona prepared for dye quilting cotton. Having just under four yards, I cut it in to four equal pieces to try four different binding techniques. Since this was my first time trying this, I was curious as to how the different techniques would turn out.

all bundled up and dipped

Clockwise from top: Square between two pieces of wood, flag fold and pinch and bind.

For three of the pieces I did the accordion fold followed by the pinch and bind method, accoridion fold the opposite direction and securing between two squares of wood and flag folding. The fourth piece I got a broomstick (because I live on a boat and have to be resourceful sometimes) and wrapped half of the fabric around then scrunched it down then wrapped the remaining fabric around that and held in place with some cotton cording.

wrapped around stick

The culprit of my blue hand trying to squeeze the bottom of this piece in the bucket.

I followed the directions that came in the kit as far as setting up the dye vat and the process to get the dye in to the fabric. I dipped each of these in the vat twice letting them rest for 20 minutes between dips. More dips would create a deeper blue.

back two on line

These two are the flag fold on the left and the one that was wrapped around the broomstick on the right.

Above are what the other two finished pieces of fabric looked like. I love that this marina has a clothes line so that I could get good pics of these hanging up.

rubberband front

Here is the front of the pinch and bind with the slip pocket made from the squares.

For my project, I wanted to make a bag. The India hobo bag by Swoon was the perfect bag for these fabrics! Then I had to choose two of them to use. I chose the one that was banded between two squares of wood and the one I did the pinch and bind method on as they were the most colorful throughout. The result is a truly one of a kind bag.

rubberband back

Back featuring the pinch and bind version

I am IN LOVE with how this bag turned out. It is also a quick sew and completely reversible. I omitted the zippered pockets on this one. So don’t be afraid to try something new because you may just fall in love with the process! Just make sure you don’t dip your hand further down in the vat than your glove. You may end up with a blue hand like I currently have!

squares front

Front of the squares side featuring pinch and bind slip pocket.

squares back

Back of the squares side.

Make sure you check out the rest of the stops on this tour so that you can see what other fun things can be done with your custom shibori fabric!
Shibori Indigo Dye Week!

Monday 7/24

Sarah at Sewing with Sarah – Shibori Top

Stephanie at Swoodson Says – Shibori Kit Review

Tuesday 7/25

Katie at Creative Counselor – Shibori Shift Dress

Sara at Radiant Home Studio – Shibori Zipper Pouch

Wednesday 7/26

Vicky at Vicky Myers Creations – Shibori Scarf

Stephanie at Swoodson Says – Shibori Blanket

Thursday 7/27

Maryanna at Marvelous Auntie M – Shibori Bag

Ula at Lulu & Celester – Shibori Clutch

Friday 7/28

Laurel at My Heart Will Sew On – Shibori Maxi Skirt

Agy at Agy Textile Artist – Shibori with Mango Leaves

Stephanie at Swoodson Says – Shibori Curtains

Drop me a comment below for your chance to win an indigo tie dye kit and tell me what you would want to make!

Swimsuit Edition Blog Tour with Lulu and Celeste and Sprouting Jube Jube

I’m so happy to be hopping on the Lulu & Celeste, Sprouting Jube Jube swimwear blog tour! Swim fabric can seem scary. It’s slippery, it’s super stretchy, it’s slinky, it fits skin tight…you name it and it was a reason I had to fear it. I tackled my fear and made my first swimsuit this spring.

gigi front 1

But I sucked it up and sewed my first swimsuit a couple of months ago.  You know what, it wasn’t that scary!

gigi arms up

My first attempt at swim was the Gigi by Jalie Patterns. A bikini! It turned out awesome in my opinion. The top has great coverage as do the bottoms.

gigi back

I purchased my swim fabric and swim lining from Peek a Boo Pattern Shop. Solid navy and gold faux glitter were my fabrics of choice. They were a dream to work with. The hardest part for me was cutting the swim lining.

I must mention that I actually broke four needles on this swimsuit. Lesson learned. Next time I’ll buy bigger needles. I just used my all purpose foot and used wonder clips instead of pins.

swimsuit at hen and chickens

In fishing boat out by Hen and Chickens in Islamorada.

The Gigi has two cut options for the top, two strap options as well as two back options. The bottoms have two rise options. I did the low cut bottoms and the bandeau style top with wide straps and double closure back.

Since sewing this bathing suit, it has been swimming in the Gulf of Mexico and fishing and snorkeling in the Atlantic Ocean.

gigi in waves

My next swimsuit will be the Riptide Reversible Shorties by 5 out of 4 Patterns (pictured below) and I’ve yet to decide on a top. What are your favorite swim top patterns?

completed fabric a completed fabric b

Make sure to check out the rest of the stops on this blog tour. There are also some great prizes up for grabs! Check out the daily posts for daily Rafflecopter prizes and also the grand prize. Here are the details of all of the prizes:

Daily Prizes:

*These rafflecopters will close at 11:59pm the following day (so Monday’s closes Tuesday night at 11:59pm EST)** They open day of at 12am EST and close at 11:59 pm EST following day (it’s the way the free version of Rafflecopter is set up).


Monday: 1 pattern of choice from Call Ajaire + $20(USD) gift card to Peek-a-boo Patterns (for either patterns or fabric)


Tuesday: 5 out of 4 – 1 pattern of choice + Fabric Fairy $30 (USD)gift card


Wednesday: Gracious Threads – 1 pattern of choice + Raspberry Creek Fabrics– $50(USD) gift card


Thursday: Jalie – $20.00 (CAD) gift card + Imagine Gnats $40(USD) gift card


Friday: Rad patterns 2 patterns of choice + Water Tower Textiles $50 (CAD) gift card


Grand Prize:

Two ways to enter: Enter the Grand Prize Rafflecopter, and/or post a swimwear item you’ve sewn on Instagram. Readers can enter more than once on Instagram but must use a different photo/different sewn swim item per entry. (Ie. multiple photos of the same outfit only count as one entry). Items allowed: swimsuits and swim coverups for the entire family (women, men, children). To enter on IG: Post your photo and use the hashtag #TheSwimsuitEditionTour and tag @luluandceleste and @debzaleski in your post. Items can only have been sewn since the beginning of June 2017. Closes July 2nd 11:59pm EDT.
Prize: Phat Quarters $25(USD) gift card + Boo Designs $100(AUD) gift card + Sewing by Ti -$20(USD) gift card + Made by Jack’s Mum – swim pdf pattern bundle


Monday, June 26

Sprouting JubeJubeCall AjaireKutti CoutureTales of A TesterBellevi

Tuesday, June 27

Sprouting JubeJubeFABulous Home SewnSew and Tell ProjectTales From A Southern MomMy Heart Will Sew On

Wednesday, June 28

Lulu & CelesteAdventures With Bubba and BugMomma You Can Make ItMarvelous Auntie MPhat Quarters

Thursday, June 29

Lulu & CelesteFilles à Maman & JalieCrazy Crafty Haute MamaMeMade5 out of 4 PatternsRikiPrints Custom Knit Fabrics

Friday, June 30

Lulu & CelesteLittle Heart ThreadsRonda B. HandmadeBellevisewingbyti


a Rafflecopter giveaway


a Rafflecopter giveaway



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.

That’s Sew Americana

I have never sewn a holiday specific item of clothing for myself. But I saw this fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and jumped on the Sew Americana blog tour!

front looking down

I made the Essential Tank by Patterns for Pirates. With a pocket on the front because I love pockets! I just drew a square about the size that I wanted plus seam allowance, made the diagonals on the bottom, folded down the top and topstitched then put on the shirt using Wonder Tape to secure it while I sewed it on.

front smiling

I just drew a square about the size that I wanted plus seam allowance, made the diagonals on the bottom, folded down the top and topstitched then put on the shirt using Wonder Tape to secure it while I sewed it on.

laying on hood

What is more American than a girl in a red, white and blue tank sitting on top of a humvee? Maybe if I were eating a hot dog or holding a baseball?


sitting looking over shoulder

Anyway, the Essential Tank is a great pattern. Fit was spot on for me with no alterations other than the addition of the pocket. This was also my first time really combining two prints in to one piece of clothing for myself. I love the result!

sew americana sneak

Make sure you check out the rest of the stops on the tour this week!


Our Amazing “Sew Americana” Tour Lineup:

Monday, June 26: Wild & Wanderful | Handmade Boy | The Wholesome Mama | Marvelous Auntie M | Sew and Tell Project
Tuesday, June 27: EYMM | Middle River Studio | SewSophieLynn | Phat Quarters | Call Ajaire
Wednesday, June 28: Simple Life Pattern Company | Sewing By Ti | Auschick Sews | Nu Me Nu You | Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen
Thursday, June 29: Adventures with Bubba and Bug | Musings of a Seamstress | Elli and Nels | Spindle and Seams | Stylin’ Stacy
Friday, June 30: Very Blissful | Stitching and Making | Wild & Wanderful | On Wednesdays We Sew | Fairytale B&T

We would like to give a special thanks to our generous sponsors!
Love Notions | EYMM Modern Designs | Rebecca Page | Patterns for Pirates | Simple Life Pattern Company | Thread & Grain | Designs by Call Ajaire | Simply By Ti | Made for Mermaids | Petite Stichery & Co.


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.

One Thimble Issue 15 FHS Military Style Messenger Bag

For One Thimble Issue 15, I made the FHS Military Style Messenger Bag by FABulous Home Sewn. It’s not often that my husband will see a pattern sitting on the table and ask me “When are you going to make that one?” I take that back…he has NEVER said that about a pattern. I actually chose to review this pattern because I loved the look of it. The bonus is that he likes it too.

front of messenger bag

Front view of messenger bag being worn crossbody style

I chose a linen for the exterior and Kona quilting cotton for the lining. The pattern says you can use 2″ webbing or make your own strap from fabric. When making your own strap using fabric, you will need additional fabric for ones measuring 44″ wide. I did not see this mentioned in the pattern and as a result, I ended up having to buy an additional 1/4 yard of my exterior fabric to be able to complete the strap.

flap open

Flap open revealing pink lining

It is more purse size than messenger bag size so I would classify this as a crossbody purse. It could accommodate a tablet but not a computer. The cargo pocket on the flap is the perfect size for holding a mobile phone.

cargo pocket open

Reaching in the cargo pocket

This messenger bag is now my everyday bag. I love the look of this linen with the solid pink popping on the inside. The next one I make will have webbing for the straps and I will choose my fabrics according to the webbing colors available.

OT15 stand alone patterns

Check out the rest of the stops on the One Thimble Issue 15 blog tour here:
Pattern Revolution
Marvelous Auntie M

Max California
Pear Berry Lane

Idle Sunshine
Made by Sara

Tales of a Tester
Candice Ayala
Once Upon a Sewing Machine

Stitches by Laura
Sprouting Jube Jube
House of Estrela


Crazy, Craft Haute Mama
Adventures with Bubba and Bug
Lulu and Celeste