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My Rift Tee Plus Knitting Project Bag Tutorial with Free Pattern!

I’ve never understood the point of short sleeved sweaters. Weren’t sweaters supposed to keep you warm? But then I came across Jacqueline Cieslak’s Rift Tee pattern and my life changed. I saw the sneak peaks on Instagram and I knew I had to make it. I had just made her Ursa Sweater and really enjoyed it. It had given me a little bit of difficulty at first because I didn’t understand the half brioche stitch but overall it was such an addicting project I couldn’t put it down. In comparison, the Rift Tee went much smoother for me and was a really easy project to complete fairly quickly. It contained a decent amount of stockinette stitching that kept me occupied on my commute to work for a few days, which is always nice. And knitting in the round is especially good for commute knitting. This sweater also doesn’t take much yarn which my wallet always appreciates. I bought two skeins of Amano Awa yarn in 1108- Cochineal and still had enough left over afterwards to make my nephew a hat. Whoo!

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Here I have it styled over a Metamorphic Dress by Sew Liberated to show it off. I actually entered this into Mockingbird Fiber Co’s Sweater Knit Along and won! It was a pretty general knit along, with entrants able to make any sweater of their choice in any yarn just as long as it was a finished object. I received my prize in the mail and it is the most gorgeous yarn!

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I also recently made a new project bag using this canvas fabric from Fabrics Wholesale Direct and the best part about it is that it’s waterproof! So I know whatever project I store in here will be safe.

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I carried it around for the first time paired with my Rift Tee and Ogden Cami Dress. It was the perfect outfit to roam around the NJ Sheep and Fiber Festival in during a warm, late summer’s day. Just a side note though, I thought I’d save myself the trouble of carrying my purse by throwing my wallet in my project bag and the shawl I had in there got snagged on it when I went to pay for some of the yarn I bought. I was so frustrated with myself but thankfully was able to fix the snag. Never again will I put my wallet in my project bag though. Anyways, I now understand the point of short sleeved sweaters!

 

The tutorial can be found here and the free pattern can be downloaded below:

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Paperbag Waist Skirt Tutorial

A couple weeks ago, I got together with my best sewing friends for a day of fabric shopping, lunch and ice cream. We also went to the farmer’s market and I tried a lame attempt at #posingwithproduce since the squash I bought matched my skirt. To make one of these skirts for yourself, you can find the tutorial I wrote for Fabric Wholesale Direct here.

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Fabric Covered Shoe Box

Saturday night I sat down to tape together a PDF sewing pattern and watch “Say Yes to the Dress.” Then I went into the junk closet for something and found a shoe box I had been saving because I thought it was good quality. I immediately switched over to crafting something out of said shoe box because my mind wanders a mile a minute and I can’t stick to one thing for very long. This led to me digging through my remnants of fabric and so on and so forth. In the end, all of this mad crafting resulted in this:

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(Please ignore the mess in the background. Shooting photos in a studio apartment is very hard.)

The supplies you need for this project are:

  • Sturdy shoe box
  • Fabric (Measure to make sure you have enough to cover your shoe box)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Chalk
  • Mod Podge
  • Trim (optional)

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Place the top (or bottom, depending on which end you are working on) of the box on the fabric, making sure there is enough on all ends to cover the sides, and trace. Then, measure the height of the sides and add about 1/2″ to those measurements to fold over the edges of the box. In the end, you should have a piece of fabric that looks like this:

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(Unfortunately this is where my process photos end because I got so excited to finish this I neglected taking photos of each step. So hopefully words will do for the rest of this post.)

I then applied a thin coat of Mod Podge to the center of the fabric where I outlined the top (or bottom) and then placed the box on top accordingly. Do your best to make sure there are no bubble or creases. Then I applied a thin coat of Mod Podge to all sides and placed the fabric on top, again doing my best to make sure there are no bubble or creases. (I used a brocade so I still wound up with a lot of bubbles because I think the fabric seized up but it added a nice texture to it overall so it still worked out.) When it comes to the corners, tuck the raw edges in to get a nice, clean finish.

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Wait a half hour to an hour for that coat to dry. Then apply a top coat over the fabric and let that dry. The last coat I applied was on the inside of the box, on top of the fabric I had folded over the edge. I decided not to fold the raw edges over on the inside because I didn’t want it to become too thick and not be able to get the top of the box over the bottom anymore. With Mod Podge coating the raw edge, it shouldn’t fray and since it’s on the inside no one will see it!

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I decided the box needed a little something more. So I added some lace from my stash by applying a thin coat of Mod Podge to the bottom edge of the box top and then placed the lace on top. I used clothes pins to keep the lace in place as it dried. Once that coat was dry, I applied a top coat over the lace.

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For now, I think I will use this to hold some odds and ends in. But this project could also come in handy if you need a card box for a wedding or a shower. Just add a slit to the top using an X-acto knife.

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Scrap Fabric Coaster Tutorial

I’m always looking for projects to make in an attempt to get rid of fabric scraps I don’t know what to do with. I feel so bad throwing fabric away because of it’s impact on the environment but haven’t been able to find a place that takes fabric scraps yet. So one day this past December, I came home from work early and an idea hit me. I decided to use some of the scraps (from what’s becoming a very overwhelming pile!) to make coasters as Christmas gifts this year. Here is how I made them.

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Supplies Needed:

  • Scrap fabric- (Ideally a stable woven of some kind. I used flannel to fit the winter season.)
  • 1/8″ thick sheet of cork (Tip- try to go to your local craft store if you can seeing as it’s about triple the price on Amazon to compensate for the free shipping that comes with Prime.)
  • Two circles to trace, one slightly smaller than the other. For my bigger circle, I used a container of dried cranberries that measures 4 3/4″ in diameter and for the smaller circle, I used the lid of a candle that measures 4″ in diameter.
  • Fabric scissors
  • Craft scissors
  • Chalk
  • Mod Podge
  • Cheap brush

 

  1. Iron your fabric (this will make it much easier to handle) and use the larger circle template to trace as many circles as you like, one circle for each coaster. Use your fabric scissors to cut them out.

 

2. Use your brush to apply a generous, but even amount, of Mod Podge to each circle and then press it onto your sheet of cork. Since the fabric was cut in the shape of a circle, the bias of the fabric may cause it to stretch and misshapen. Don’t worry about it though, this will be corrected later using the smaller circle template.

3. Let dry for 30 minutes. (The fabric absorbs the Mod Podge much more than paper would, which means more is needed and drying time is longer.)

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4. Apply generous, but even amount, of Mod Podge as a top coat. Let dry for one hour.

5. Cut out each circle.

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5. Use chalk to trace the smaller circle template onto the cork side of your coasters.

6. Cut coasters around new edge.

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This is what your coasters should look like when you’re all done! The only thing left is to get some ribbon and tie each set of coasters together to gift to a friend/family member or forget the ribbon altogether and keep them for yourself!

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I decided to include these in gifts for my Aunts and Uncles this Christmas along with a pretty mug from Anthropologie and some good ol’, classic Swiss Miss. I think they went over pretty well.

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