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Holiday sewing with 5 out of 4 Patterns Luna and Shenanigans Mash-up

Most of my holiday sewing consists of gifts. My great nieces LOVE to twirl. So I did a Little Luna/Shenanigans mash up so that they could twirl to their hearts content. Both are 5 out of 4 patterns and the Little Luna is even free with a coupon code found in the Facebook Group!

floral skirt 1This mash up is so easy and who doesn’t love a skirt with built in shorts? I used the skirt and waistband from the Little Luna and the shorts are the three inch shorts from the Girl’s Shenanigans pattern. I left the gusset out of the shorts and cut them on the lower waist cut line.

polka dot skirt 1No modeled photos to show you because these are Christmas presents but I know my nieces will absolutely love them! These skirts have maximum twirl so the built in shorts will make sure that they can twirl and stay modest.

floral skirt 2I used 95% cotton 5% lycra for the skirt, waistband and shorts. I got the floral stripe fabric here, the solid fabric here and the polka dots here. It looks like she is sold out of this polka dot but she has lots more to choose from!

polka dot skirt 2My favorite Christmas cookies from when I was young were cookies that looked like candy canes. They are made with almond extract. I haven’t made them in probably 10 years but I couldn’t help but whip up a batch to give you guys a picture to drool over.

candy cane cookiesCandy Cane Cookies:

1 cup soft shortening (at least half butter)

1 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 tsp almond extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups sifted flour

1 tsp salt

Red food coloring (I used 10 drops)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together thoroughly the shortening, confectioner’s sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla extract. Sift together the flour and salt and stir in. Divide dough in to halves. Blend red food coloring into 1/2 of the dough. Cover and chill dough for 30 minutes, or until easy to handle. Roll teaspoonfuls of dough in to strips 4 inches long. Place one white and one red strip side by side, press together lightly and twist in to candy cane shape. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9-10 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet.

Variation: Substitute 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 tsp peppermint extract for vanilla and almond extracts. While warm, sprinkle with mixture of crushed peppermint candies and sugar.

Now for the fun part! Who wants to win a 5 out of 4 Pattern? All you have to do is comment with which pattern you would want and who you would make it for (yourself, children, spouse, parent, friend…) I’ll leave this open through midnight on the 7th and winner will be emailed on the 8th! I’ll use random dot org to draw a random winner.

Make sure you check out the rest of the stops on this tour throughout the week for more yummy cookie recipes and chances to win a free pattern!

Blog Tour Schedule

December 1 – Marvelous Auntie M | ah baby! Custom Design

December 2 – Elli & Nels in Stitches | Sewn at Seams

December 3 – Pattern Revolution

December 4 – My Heart Will Sew On | Fabulous Home Sewn

December 5 – Wonderfully Handmade |Randoms by Rydz

December 6 – Sewing with D| Octaves of Color

December 7 – Turtle Birdies

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 a small commission. Regardless, I only recommend patterns and designers that I love and hope you do too.

Snazzy Slouch

For this bag tour, I chose the Snazzy Slouch. I had a couple of reasons for wanting to sew this one up. The first is that I love the idea of the interior zipper pocket divider. The second is that it is the perfect pattern for showcasing a favorite fabric on the exterior pockets.

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My first love is quilts. I love picking out the fabrics, piecing them, quilting them and the way they feel. While flipping through one of my many quilting magazines, I came across this string pieced log cabin quilt as you go block. The pattern in the magazine was for a throw size quilt and made 6.5″ square blocks. It’s easy enough to alter the size by just adding more strips around the exterior. To make the exterior pockets, I made four 8.5″ square blocks and sewed two together.

ss 4

I love how the quilted blocks look on the Snazzy Slouch. I used Kona solids for the exterior fabric and solid sections of the quilt blocks. If you don’t have cotton quilt batting, you could always make the quilt blocks for this bag using fusible fleece. I didn’t press the quilt block as I was making it, I just finger pressed the seams and then gave it a good press once the block was complete.

ss 2 ss 8ss 3ss 5ss 6ss 7  Are you done drooling yet? If so, I have a special treat for you! Two people will be able to win a copy of the Snazzy Slouch pattern! All you have to do is comment with the fabric line and designer used on the lining and quilt blocks. That’s simple enough, right? Correct answers won’t be published until the winners are drawn/announced on 11/21.

There are also some other awesome prizes up for grabs via the rafflecopter below and even some coupon codes for you! Make sure you check out the sponsors and the rest of the stops on this tour for other fabulous bags and the chance to win more patterns!

 

 


Tour Discounts

  • ChrisW Designs is taking 20% off all patterns until end of day (Australian Central Standard Time) November 21. Code GlobalBlogTour17 (applied automatically with this link. Buy without fear: If you purchase during the tour and then win a pattern, your purchase price will be refunded.
  • Handbag Hardware Australia (aff link) is offering a 10% discount for the duration of the tour. Use code: CWD10. (Excludes interfacing and Emmaline Bling.)
  • Bobbin Girl has a 10% discount using code BLOGTOUR17. (Not to be combined with any other discount or rewards points.)
  • Gold Star Tool is taking 15% off for our tour readers. Use code chriswdesigns.
  • Zipit (aff link) is also offering a 10% discount on shop items. Use code ChrisWDesigns.

Giveaway

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Tour Schedule

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Thursday, November 16


Friday, November 17


Saturday, November 18


Tuesday, November 21

  • Giveaway winners announced on all the blogs:

ChrisW Blog, Glitter in my Coffee, Michelle’s Creations, Flying by the Seam of my Pants, Serial Bagmakers, Tiger in a Tornado, Vanaehsa, Judith Stitches and More, Doctora Botones, Sewsewilse, Suck It Up Buttercup, Vicky Myers Creations, Marvelous Auntie M, inspinration, Fée bricolo, Trisha’s Craft Corner


I was provided a free copy of this pattern for this blog post.

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.