Friday, September 27, 2013

Windham Fabrics blog has a Giveaway

Not too long ago I sewed up this Playtime Dress with Briar Rose fabric... well, I have some good news for you today...

Would you like the opportunity to win the Oliver + S Playtime Dress sewing pattern? And some Briar Rose fabric? If yes, then head on over to the Windham Fabrics Blog to enter the giveaway (by Friday October 4th).

Just thought you might like to know because who doesn't like free stuff!?!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tooth Fairy Pillow

 Back to school for my 3 kids means back to my sewing machine for me!

My 'baby' is about to loose her first baby tooth, so creating a tooth fairy pillow became priority and moved to the top of the sewing list.

The pattern/tutorial is from this Tooth Fairy Pillow blog post. I used white wool felt, black and pink embroidery floss, and fiber fill stuffing. Instead of hand sewing I decided to sew it up using the sewing machine.

There is a little pocket in the back to place the tooth :)

This project was easy peasy lemon squeezy as my girl would say.

Happy weekend!
PS My husband who was born and raised in France calls it the Tooth Mouse… what do you call it Tooth Fairy or Tooth Mouse?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Plaid Dress

 Plaid Dress Free Pattern and Tutorial

The Plaid Dress is a sleeveless drop waist dress with a circle skirt. It has a v-neck back with an invisible zipper and a hook and eye closure. It is fully lined with bias binding on the skirt/bodice seam for a nice finishing touch.
 What you need:

 What you do: (All seam allowances are .5 inch)
  • Cut out the bodice pieces in the plaid fabric.

  •  Cut out the bodice pieces in the lining fabric. Also cut 1 yard of bias tape, 1.75 inches wide for the 1 inch bias tape maker.
  •  With right sides together sew the bodice together at the shoulder seams, cut seams down to .25 inch, and press seams open. Repeat this for the bodice lining. With right sides together sew the 2 bodices together around the neckline, then along the 2 armholes.
  •  Trim seam allowances down to .25 inch, clip curves, then turn right side out and press.
  •  Sew the side seams.
  •  Install the invisible zipper, hand sew the lining to the invisible zipper tape, and attach the hook and eye above the invisible zipper.
  •  Cut out the circle skirt (10 inches in length or you could make it longer or shorter) in the lining fabric. Lay the lining circle skirt on top of the plaid fabric with right sides together, pin around the circle, then cut out. Sew these pieces together and clip edges all around.
  •  Turn the circle skirt right side out and press.
  •  With right sides together sew the circle skirt to the bodice.
  •  Sew the bias tape around the skirt/bodice seam. All done!
The plaid fabric I used was Plaiditudes Collection Fabric- Cotton Heather, Pink, Grey & Magenta from JoAnn, it's super soft and was an absolute dream to work with. And I thought the gray with white polka skirt lining would make a playful addition.

Have fun sewing your plaid dress!

Felt Cat Ears Tutorial

 Felt cat ears for pretend play, dress-up, costumes. These are simple to sew felt ears that slide onto a headband. A super quick and easy project, too.

What you need:
  • Paper and pencil to make a template
  • Wool felt in 2 different colors
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Headband (I used a fabric covered headband)

 What you do:
  • With paper and pencil draw the 2 templates shown in the photo. The big ear piece is approximately 2.5 inches wide and 5.25 inches tall. The little ear piece is approximately 1.75 inches wide and 1 7/8 inches tall.
  • Use those paper templates to cut out 2 big ear pieces and 2 little ear pieces out of the wool felt.
  •  Fold a big ear piece in half, place a little ear piece on top.
  • At the sewing machine topstitch around the little ear piece.
  • Repeat for the 2nd ear.
  • Slide the cat ears onto the headband.
Purrfect for the little kitty cat lover in your life :)



Thank you for taking the time to visit here.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Sew Cool for the Tween Scene Guest Post


Today I am visiting the Sew Cool for the Tween Scene blog. Major Moma and Sally just started that blog in August covering everything about pre-teen sewing patterns and ideas. A brand new fun blog, so if you have an 8-12 year old, go check it out!

You can click here to see my post about some of the clothing I have sewn for my tween son and some tips/ideas/resources, too.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Fall 13 Ideas House

 {This is not my house}

Taking a break today from blogging about sewing and sharing something that is found in my area and is unique. One of the things that I like about reading blogs is that I get exposed to certain places/events that I would never be able to go to because I can't travel to it. I enjoy it when bloggers share a photo tour. So that is what I'm doing here today...

I just visited the Bachman's Fall 2013 Ideas House. It is located in an historic (early 1920s) family home in Minneapolis. It's such a wonderful destination for design inspiration. Three times per year they completely repaint, refurnish and redecorate the house with creative ideas in home d├ęcor and entertaining, using their signature mix of vintage and new pieces.

Would you like to visit some of the previous ones? Spring 13, Holiday 12, Fall 12, Spring 12, Holiday 11, Summer 11, Spring 11, Holiday 10, Summer 10, and Spring 10

Enjoy the photo tour!

On the porch... a fairy garden in a vintage suitcase.
 Sunflower place settings.

 In the living room... candles and potted plants above the fireplace.
 LED lanterns hanging in the fireplace.
 Stuffed pumpkins made out of velvet fabric.
 Flea market wall shelves and trays hung as wall art.
 In the sunroom... game table set up with Scrabble Gardening Edition, Scrabble letters as placecard holders, metal mesh painted white and used as tablecloth, pillows tied to chairs with scarves.
 Vintage foil wallpaper for runner on console table which serves as a mini bar.
 In the dining room... buffet wall painted gold with 1950s vintage roller, metal vase filled with clear string lights and trimmed with burlap ribbon, buffet carved detail highlighted with black paint.

 Pear place settings.
 In the kitchen... outdoor arch canopy as pot and pan rack.
 Floating cookbook shelves serve as spice racks.
 Metal ironing board frame as message center with clock and calendar magnets.
 This is my favorite photo, tiny porcelain Scandinavian woven heart pockets for succulent planters (hanging on the wall in the bathroom).
 In the master bedroom... vintage screen doors repurposed as headboard, window valance made from silk and metal flowers.
 Wire baskets hung inside frames as wall decor, outdoor garden bench painted black.
 Jewelry holder assembled from painted clay containers.
 In the men's office... suede jacket and belts used as valance covers.
 Belts as decorative accent on the desk chair.
 Floor lamp accessorized with golf clubs.
 In the even planner workshop... harvest table decorated with squirrels and acorns.
 Fall vineyard wedding theme with mini glass greenhouse wedding card holder on top of vintage suitcase.

 In the guest bedroom... bank teller window as headboard.
 Wooden ironing boards used as shelving unit.
 Going outside... in the potting shed... football man-cave, kitchen towels as curtains, galvanized trough as ceiling light.
 In the garage... Thanksgiving celebration.
 Painted vintage frames as placemats.

 Blessing tree from ribbon and burlap leaves.
 Fairy garden in a dresser drawer!
 I did buy one item that was used in the Ideas House, some cotton ribbon tape measure. Not sure what I'm going to use it for yet, but I couldn't resist buying it.
The Fall 13 Ideas House is open September 12th - October 6th, 2013 and the Holiday 13 Ideas House will be November 7th - December 15th, 2013.