Saturday, October 30, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Trick-or-treat?


I saw these cute candy corn trick or treat bags over at the purl bee the other day.  They are just too cute and so easy to make.  (The kids have been carrying them around all day - I think they were a hit.)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Scarves and Neck Warmers

It's cold and rainy here.   This was the perfect little project to do.  A neck warmer and reverse applique scarf for my daughter.  (Tutorial from Anna of Noodlehead found here.)



For my son, I left off the fringe on the scarf (simply because I didn't have a piece of the plaid fleece that was long enough).  I added a car reverse applique for this one.



Thanks Anna for a great little project!  My kids love them!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Simple Recycle

My son loves this shark t-shirt his grandparents brought back from Hawaii a couple years ago, but it's now too small on him (and has a hole in the arm). 


Instead of passing the shirt on to little sister, we decided to take the shark off and applique it onto a new shirt.
 

With a little sewing help (from Connor), we had a new shirt


and one very happy little boy.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Ghosts of Halloweens Past

Halloween is just around the corner.  I think it's especially fun with little kids. 

Connor, my little monkey,  in 2007

But what's more fun is looking at past years photos and seeing how the little ones have grown.

Gwyneth as a butterfly in 2008, homemade costume
 
"Bob the Builder" stopping to talk to a butterfly, 2008.

The butterfly is growing up, 2009.
Connor as a dragon, homemade costume, 2009.
 
The dragon's backside.

Oh, and some really good past pumpkins.....

Pumpkin Cake

The Black Pearl
Luckily this year, we're recycling costumes.  Connor's dragon costume still fits (which is great, because that took a while to make) and Gwyneth wants to be a monkey.  Score!  Nothing new to make this year.  (Well, of course I do want to make a couple of these.)


But this means I can spend more time working on this.....


Rapunzel Button

 Just over a week away!  So excited to share with you what I've been doing!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Knit Cowl


Here's a little knit cowl I threw together today.  There seem to be a lot of cowls out there in the blogging world lately.  I thought I'd share how I made mine.

If you've never sewn with knits, fear not!  They are super easy and fun to work with.  They're totally forgiving and as soon as you make one thing, you'll be in love!

A few notes:

I used my serger, but you can also use a zig-zag stitch on a sewing machine.  Remember: Because of the stretch of the knit, you can't use a standard straight stitch.  Your stitches will break when your fabric is stretched.  Some sewing machines have special straight stitches designed for knits which allow for stretch.  (When in doubt, check your sewing machine manual.)

For a simple project like this, I left my stitches on the outside, to give it character.  You could just as easily hide them on the inside.


Cut 3 pieces of knit (I used interlock knits), 36" long by 6.5" high (the stretch should be in the direction of the length, so that when stretched, the pieces become longer, not wider.)  These can be the same fabric or different prints.  If you want your cowl a bit smaller than shown in the photo above, cut it 30" long instead of 36".


Place two pieces together (wrong sides facing).  Stitch along the length of the fabric.  Open the fabric to lay flat.


Add the third strip (wrong sides together again) and stitch along the length of the fabric.  Open to lay flat.


Now fold the fabric so that the first piece is laying on the third piece (wrong sides together).  Sew along the length of the fabric.  Now you should have a fabric tube.


Lay it out flat.



Flip one end of the fabric tube over so you create a twist in the fabric.


Fold the fabric in half (keeping the twist in).


Sew raw edges together.  (Shown open below).


Now you have created a loop.


And you're done!


Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Last Minute Boy Gift

My kids are getting to the age where they're being invited to a lot of birthday parties.  Here's a last minute gift I made for neighbor's son - a great zippered pouch perfect for holding any treasure. 


I filled this one with a few cars and some candy.  He seemed to like it. 


I didn't use a pattern or tutorial.  I just cut a rectangle out of some spare fabric, cut some lining to match, grabbed a zipper from my stash and set to work.  To wrap it up, I simply placed the items inside and tied a ribbon around it for an eco-friendly wrapping! 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Success or Failure??

 

I decided to try to make a top for myself.  No pattern.  Just wing it.  Always a risk.  It's a tunic length top with 3/4 length sleeves with a folded cuff.  The bottom print is a jersey knit.  The top tan is an interlock knit.  The tan knit ends right under the bust. 


The flowers are made with the same jersey knit on the bottom which conveniently covers a minor flaw.  It fits well, however, the tan color is horrible on me!  What was I thinking??  I'm very pale, and with the tan color I just look sick.  Hmmm...... I don't see me wearing this in the future.  So, it fits, but blachhhh.  I think this might be a failure since I'll probably never wear it.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Pleated Clutch


I've had this idea for a pleated clutch in my head for a while.  I thought that Lemon Squeezy Home's Purse Week was a great reason to try it out.  I think it needs a little work, but it looks pretty good for a first attempt.


I made the clutch with an imitation leather (vinyl).  The lining is Amy Butler's Lotus.  It has a magnetic snap closure.  The back of the clutch has no pleats (as seen in the photo below).


I think I'll have to modify it a bit and try it again.  What do you think?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER


I haven't made these cookies in a while.  I forgot how good they are.  These cookies are the best!  EVER!  They have a perfect hint of molasses from the brown sugar and they stay soft for days.  I thought I'd share the recipe with you.  These are the cookies my mom used to make with me and my brother.  They're even better when you've got two great helpers. 



So here's the recipe.

2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
12 oz. chocolate chips

Sift first three ingredients together and set aside.  Combine butter and sugars and beat until creamy.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Add dry ingredients to this bowl.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Drop by large tablespoonfuls (or use a little ice cream scoop for even sized cookies) onto an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake for 10 - 12 minutes at 350 degrees F until lightly golden brown.  Enjoy!! 

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Announcing Far Far Away Week!!

I'm so excited to announce Far Far Away Week!  Beginning November 1st I'll be featuring projects inspired by and made with Heather Ross' beautiful Far Far Away Fabrics.  I'll have some guests, some new tutorials, and some giveaways!  Oh, and I've set up a flickr group so you can share what you make too!

So grab a button (below or on the side) and join the fun! 


Rapunzel Button





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Roses Button


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Unicorn Button


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Go Far Far Away with Punkin Patterns


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Friday, October 1, 2010

Spiffy Hat and Pants


This spiffy hat and pants (so named by my 5 year old son) were upcycled from a single pair of pants.  It was pretty tricky cutting the material for the smaller pants and the hat.  But I managed to just fit them all in.


For the pants, I just used my son's pj pants as a pattern.  I also carefully removed the back pockets from the larger pants to used as side leg pockets on the smaller version.  The pockets are really hard to see in the photos.


The hat is from the little cap from Leila and Ben.  I love how it turned out - especially with the matching pants!

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