Mini Moy Baby Gift Roundup

Baby Quilt 2

When I found out my brother and sister-in-law were expecting a baby, I couldn’t wait to get started on making gifts for them. Their Pinterest board was full of woodland creature themed decor so I went onto Fabric.com and searched for “woodland creature fabric” and loaded up my cart with everything that I thought might look good together. Then I edited it down and the above photo features what I finally decided on.

I’m not really a quilter. The only other quilt I’ve ever made was a crazy quilt back in sewing class sophomore year of high school. So this may not be the most conventional way to choose fabrics for a quilt, but it is the lazy (and too excited to get started) woman’s way of choosing quilting fabric. The fabrics I chose were:

  • Dear Stella For Fox Sake Mixed Animals Peyote
  • Art Gallery Hello Bear Buck Forest Silver
  • Art Gallery Hello Bear Oh, Hello Fog
  • Dear Stella Cold Comfort Woodland Dreams Multi
  • Michael Miller House of Hoppington Frolic Fog
  • Dear Stella Stay Wild Animal Vignettes White
  • Cotton + Steel Magic Forst Squirrels Neutral
  • Dear Stella Stay Wild Fox Bunny Floral Skylight

Baby Quilt 7

I brought my quilt top to Gotham Quilts in NYC for them to do the quilting on their long arm machine because, again, I was too lazy and excited to get it done.

I love the fabric I used for the backing of this quilt. I originally ordered it from Miss Matatabi last Black Friday with intentions of making a Fen Dress out of it. But once I received it in the mail, I felt like it was too perfect to make a baby blanket out of and stashed it away. Little did I know my brother and sister-in-law would be making their announcement only a few months later!

I was actually working on this very quilt the day our downstairs neighbor (who played loud music at all times of the day) came storming up to our apartment and told me I “couldn’t” have my sewing machine anymore. We moved out a month later. So I guess this baby has already changed our lives for the better!

 

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My sister-in-law had pinned a Boppy Pillow slip cover from Etsy with fabric I recognized from JoAnn. So I offered to make it because I knew it would be much cheaper if I did. Then I realized that that fabric was sold out on their website but I think this Robert Kaufman fabric is much cuter anyway. I used a pattern I found online to make it but I can’t find where I got it from for the life of me! Luckily there’s so many tutorials on how to make these online if you just search “boppy pillow cover pattern.” For some reason, I just can’t locate the exact pattern I used. I do remember the blog post stated that it would need to be fit and adjusted to the pillow so I had it sent to my apartment so that I could fit my new cover over it instead of having it sent directly to the mom and dad-to-be.

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One of the images on my sister-in-law’s Pinterest board had the most beautiful embroidery hoops with different animals on them. I am not the best at drawing, so I ordered a kit to make these hoops from TataSol on Etsy. I’m very bad at checking dimensions on things before I order them. So I was surprised at how small these were when I received them in the mail (about 2″ in diameter) but I think being so tiny makes them even more adorable.

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And last but not least, a pair of hand knit socks for the my sister-in-law because the mom-to-be deserves a homemade gift as well! She is doing most of the heavy lifting, after all! (Sorry, brother!) These are my own two feet modelling the socks because there was a knit-along going on for this sock pattern (the basecamp socks by Kaylee Lockhart) hosted by Fancy Tiger Crafts and I wanted to share them before it ended on September 25th. The best part is that the pattern is free on their website!

 

And there you have it! I was glad to have these projects to keep me busy while we anticipate the arrival of my future niece or nephew. Thankfully, work will be busy for the next couple of months to distract me because time always goes seems to go so much slower when you’re excited about something!

Striped Chambray Tamarack Jacket

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I had had my eye on the Tamarack Jacket by Grainline Studio for a while because I still wore my old North Face fleece jacket from college when the weather turned cool in the Fall and I wanted something more adult looking. Thankfully Jen Beeman, the owner of Grainline Studio, announced a new sew-along for this pattern to give me the push I needed to finally make it. The quilting took me the longest and my lining seized up a little bit underneath in the process, so I think next time I make this jacket I’ll cut the lining pieces out slightly larger than the outer fabric.

It all still worked out in the end though. Look how pretty this fabric by Kelly Ventura for Windham Fabrics is?! I love her artwork so much and was so excited to come across this fabric at Michael Levine Fabrics on our vacation to California. While the quilting was the most time consuming part of this project, the welt pockets were the most difficult. I can’t believe in all my years of sewing, I’ve never done a welt pocket! They came out alright though. On my first attempt, I hadn’t sewn far enough past the welt and had to go back and stitch a little further so my corners are a little awkward. Next time I need to double check my markings! I think my they were off on my lining since it had seized up during the quilting process.

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We had the perfect weather for this jacket a couple of weeks ago when we went to Greenwood Gardens to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I love the snaps that I had installed by Nancy at Steinlauf & Stoller. They look so professionally done and I didn’t have to run the risk of ruining my new jacket in the last hour! Better yet, Nancy kept complimenting my jacket when I brought it to her which made me feel really good. I bet she looks at things like this all day so she probably knows her stuff, right? I also followed some tips I read on Instagram before making my jacket and made the sleeves a little longer so I could cuff them and show off that beautiful lining fabric.

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And here I am flashing you! Underneath I am wearing another one of Grainline Studio’s great patterns, the Linden Sweatshirt. I think I have about a half dozen of them because I’m so obsessed. Next time I make this jacket, I’ll probably use flannel to line it for more warmth. While I love this one, it’s already gotten a little too cold where I live to wear it so it’ll probably be more of a Spring jacket.

Even though I’ve finished my jacket, I’m still loving following the hashtag for the sew-along. Search #TamarackSociety to see some other amazing Tamarack Jackets!

(And if you want some of that chambray fabric for yourself, I bought mine in the NY Garment District but I came across some on sale at Miss Matatabi as well!)

Restyle Exchange 2018

This is one of the last projects I worked on in our old apartment. I was afraid to take part in the Restyle Exchange 2018 at first but once I received these garments from Rosy Retrospection, I became so excited.

Before she sent me her items, Rosy messaged me three different sets of options through Instagram messaging and I chose this one because I was drawn to that beautiful eyelet fabric.

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I knew the skirt would provide me with a lot of fabric to work with so I started by detaching it from the bodice. I then cut out an Ogden Cami by True Bias, making sure to avoid any holes or stains.

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I had some Robert Kaufman jersey fabric leftover in my stash from a T-shirt I had made for a friend’s birthday and used it to underline the cami. Rosy said one of her favorite colors was gray so I thought it would be a good match. I didn’t want her to have to wear another camisole under it in case the eyelet on its own was too revealing for her.

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The blue lace at the bottom was a last minute, unplanned addition to this garment. I had used the original hem of the skirt for the cami to save myself from having to hem it myself, not realizing I had sewn one side backwards. Since both sides of the fabric look pretty much the same, I decided to mask this mistake by adding some blue stretchy lace I had in my stash along the bottom. Problem solved! You can’t even tell the wrong side of the fabric from the right side…or at least I think you can’t…which is how I made the mistake in the first place… *Shrug*

After I finished the cami, I realized that I didn’t want the bodice to go to waste since it had so much potential. I cut the button placket off the blouse and attached it to the backside of the bodice, now making the back the front. I also removed the flounce from the blouse and added it to the bottom of the bodice. According to her measurements, this bodice seemed like it would be too snug on Rosy. So I added a panel to the center back of what I am calling a vest, out of the same gray jersey fabric I used to underline the cami. I wish I had made it just a little bit wider because it was still too snug on Rosy. Luckily, I still had some more scraps of this fabric leftover and sent some to Rosy so she can hopefully re-work this garment to suit her in the future. 20180511_165858.jpg

Overall, I’m pretty happy with how my re-fashions came out and am excited to try more in the future!

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I had a feeling the vest might still be a little snug on Rosie so I wrote her a note suggesting it might look cool if left open on top of the cami. What do you think?

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This is a picture of Rosy wearing the Ogden Cami. I think it looks great on her. The Ogden is currently my go-to pattern to make for other people. I’ve made about 5 at this point, and none of them were for me. You can always rely on a good ol’ Ogden cami to show people you care.

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This is Rosy wearing the “vest.” I’m kicking myself a little for not making that center back panel just an inch or two wider. Then I probably wouldn’t have needed to do any gathering on the peplum, which would have made more sense instead of those tiny, slight gathers. D’oh!

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One day while killing some time in H&M during my break at work, I noticed this blouse on the rack that reminded me of the “vest” I made for Rosy. So I’m glad it was at least on trend if nothing else!

And lastly here is the adorable blouse I received from Sew Love Mary.

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After!

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So Many Scout Tees, So Little Motivation to Take Pictures For Me Made May

Every May, I get so excited for Me Made May because I love the sewing inspiration it provides. This year I pledged to wear at least three me made garments a week without any repeats. The wearing of the garments is the easy part, the taking pictures of myself wearing them is not! The month started off well enough by wearing this black Scout Tee I made out of Anna Maria Horner fabric. I was dressing the show at work that night and needed to be in dark clothes which is exactly the reason I made this top. The only picture I managed to take was a sneaky selfie in one of the dressing rooms while no one else was there.

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I continued to take sneaky selfies at work until I became too annoyed and embarassed with it. I took three shots of this outfit before anyone else arrived at work and would run into the wardrobe room in between each one because I kept hearing one of the cleaning staff nearby.  This is a hemlock tee by Grainline Studio that I added lace to at the shoulders and a lace patch pocket.img_20180508_094325

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Oh, look! Another Scout Tee. How exciting.

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Finally, some good weather and a photographer! It seemed to rain every day I had off in the month of May. This is another Scout Tee hacked into a dress with a drawstring waist.

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And here is yet another Scout Tee I wore during the month of May. I pretty much got through half my pledge wearing Scout Tees because I have so many of them and they’re such a great basic. I do wish I had more me-made pants in my wardrobe. I love my Seamwork Moji pants and I wear them all the time but in my pledge to wear 3 me-made garments a week without any repeats, this did not help. Once we’re in our new apartment, I plan on making another pair. Maybe a woven pair of Hudson pants too.

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And this is my favorite Scout Tee that I’ve made out of all of them. It’s the only one I have with the cuffed sleeve from the expansion pack they just released for the pattern and I wish these sleeves were on all of my other ones. It’s so much more comfortable and fits me better. I love the Scout Tee but with all of these new sleeve options, I think I am going to kiss the original cap sleeve goodbye. This adorable linen fabric is made by Anna Sui and I got it from Mood Fabrics.

In summary, I love Me Made May and looking at everyone else’s pictures on Instagram. I just hate taking them! In her interview with Love to Sew podcast, Sozo Blog said it’s not about taking pictures anyway. It’s more about holding up to your pledge. So there you have it! I did hold up to my pledge and am going to focus on making more pants in the near future.

A Tour Around the Walls of Our Studio Apartment (Because the Rest of It Is Too Messy to Show)

For the past two years (four for Kevin), we have lived in a tiny studio apartment in Queens. While we’ve made many happy memories here, the time has come for us to move on to a much nicer, roomier apartment in New Jersey. Since I spent the past two years trying to make this place feel like a home only to have to take it all down in a few weeks and pack it up, I thought it’d be nice to take you on a tour around the walls of our apartment to commemorate all of the work that went into it.

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This is the first thing on the wall to the right when you enter our apartment. I made these for our wedding after I saw something similar on Pinterest. But I ordered these online and did what I usually do and forgot to check the measurements before I clicked “Purchase.” They were way too big for what I originally intended them for, so I just slapped them on the wall.

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This is the first corner to the right when you enter our apartment. It used to be where I photographed all of the clothes I make until I realized I got better light on a different wall. Kevin had me hang this wreath that I made (and love) in the corner so he wouldn’t have to look at it all the time. It’s too girly for him. Understandable. The thing I’m most excited for about our new apartment is that I won’t have to sleep up against the wall anymore!

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That’s Bex. She was a Christmas gift from Kevin a couple of years ago because he knows how much I love cows.

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This is my sewing nook right after I got this cute little end table from a small shop called Vegala in Clark, NJ. It never looked this neat again.

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This is my favorite chalkboard from our wedding. I got the frame for $5 at a flea market and then had Home Depot cut a piece of wood to fit inside and painted it over with chalkboard paint. Then I stapled it in.

 

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This is the bottom of the end table we found out on the side of the road a few years ago and repainted. It was very useful for holding a lot of kitchen utensils and food but the top it way too messy to show. The bottom is too, actually. This is a staged photo from a while ago to show off some jars I was making at the time to give to my friends. I’m really hoping we can find a place for this table in our new apartment.

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I made this valance for the kitchen window using a pack of scrap fabric from Ikea.

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The kitchen never looked so good as when I used it to show off these flowers that I took out of the trash at work. I love the Gilmore Girls themed sign by Inspired Findings.

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I made these throw pillows because I hated the ones that came with the couch Kevin bought. I tried to use Kevin approved fabric but I think I’ll make some new covers for these once we move.

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This is the wall right above our television. I painted this canvas using a stencil from Off the Beaten Canvas on Etsy. There were actually a couple of times where I sat down on the couch, looked up at this sign, and thought, “this home really is kind of sweet.” But not anymore. Time to get the heck out of here! The goat is from Lockwood Shop, my favorite small business in all of Queens.

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This is the wall behind our computer desk. I had been wanting a calendar hung from a clipboard and found one at Target for only $3!

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This sign from our wedding has been hanging to the side of our computer desk. It’s a great reminder for when our wedding anniversary is and a fun place to showcase some of our favorite Polaroid photos.

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This “Restroom” sign on the door of our bathroom was just funny to me and the “Soap & Water” sign is something I saw on Pinterest and bought because looking at pictures on Pinterest  just really makes me want to buy things.

 

And that’s all for this tiny apartment. Here’s to making memories in our new home!

Caitlin’s Bridal Accessories

I can’t believe my friend Caitlin got married almost two years ago already. I was so honored when she asked me to be a bridesmaid and was even more excited when she let me make her veil and sash.

The above collage features all the inspiration photos she sent me. I loved the short, layered look of what she was going for and couldn’t wait to get started. However, I hate cutting tulle because it’s always so hard to get a straight edge on it so I was thrilled when I came across a ready made veil at A.C. Moore for only a few dollars that already had the look that Caitlin wanted. I had Caitlin take a measurement of how long she wanted it and since the veil I had bought was a little too long I shortened it from the top because I didn’t want to lose the nice pearlized edge. I also knew the embellishments would be covering the top edge so this cut down a lot of work on having to fight with my serger and finish off the raw edge of the tulle myself. All the loose rhinestones I used were Swarovski and the rhinestone leaf shaped trim came from M & J Trimming. I think the feathers came from a trimming shop in the garment district that has since closed.

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I was pretty pleased with how it turned out and thought it looked great in Caitlin’s hair on the day of.

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I also made a sash for Caitlin. I found a really inexpensive kit on Etsy from the shop Amazing Appliques where all I pretty much had to do was sew an applique to some pre-cut satin ribbon. In the pictures of her dress Caitlin had sent me, her dress looked white, but according to the shop it was ivory. So I ordered a kit with ivory ribbon and it didn’t look exactly how I had hoped but I went for it anyway. I backed the applique with some felt before applying it to the ribbon because I was afraid it would be too flimsy without it. After it was done, I mailed it off to Caitlin, still afraid that the color of the ribbon was wrong. Luckily, Caitlin loved it. And I think the color of the ribbon compliments her blonde hair.

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This is me helping her into her dress on the big day.

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Isn’t she stunning?! I think her photographer (Captiva Photography) did such a great job.

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.

Christmas Gifts 2017

Back in April, I decided I was going to try and make as many Christmas gifts as I could. My husband had been out of work since February and I was already panicking about how expensive gifts usually are because I am a worrier and like to make the worst of things. It was a lot of work and I was nervous giving homemade clothes as gifts, but these projects were a helpful distraction during a stressful time. Also, I made most of the clothes out of knit fabric so that a perfect fit wasn’t as important (I spent a lot of time stalking pictures of my family on Facebook to try to guess what sizes to use for them.) Here is a roundup of the patterns I used and where the fabrics are from:

Purl Soho Turtles

The very first, and simplest projects, I finished were these turtles for our 6 and 8 year old nieces. I used this free pattern from Purl Soho. The floral fabrics I used for the shells are scraps from old projects and the linen fabric for the head and top of the legs is from JoAnn. The felted wool for the underside is from the Etsy shop Benzie Design. I was relieved to find out that turtles are one of our 6 year old niece’s current favorite animals. My brother-in-law seemed to like these too. I might make one for him with some scraps of Star Wars fabric I have.

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This is a Fen Top by Fancy Tiger Crafts for my sister. The flannel fabric is Robert Kaufman purchased from Craftsy. This is the only garment I made out of woven fabric because I have already made a longer sleeved version for my sister and I know it fit her. This was originally going to have longer sleeves as well but I kind of liked the way this one looked with short sleeves after I had started working on it.

Carol's One Hour Top

This is another top from Fancy Tiger Crafts for my mother-in-law. It’s a free pattern called the One Hour Top and the french terry knit fabric is from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. It’s an easy pattern that goes together really quickly but the sizing seems really big.

 

Yes, these are matching shirts. And they were for my brother and sister-in-law. I made the Seamwork Eugene shirt, leaving out the placket, for my brother first using this white and grey heathered french terry knit from Koshtex and scrap grey ribbing for the bands and pocket. When I was done, I realized I had enough leftover to make the cropped version of the Linden Sweatshirt from Grainline Studio along with some leftover coral french terry knit fabric, also from Koshtex. I wasn’t sure who I should make this for at first, but my sister-in-law is probably the only one in our family who would have any interest in matching my brother.

This tie from Sew Over it London made out of some scrap Robert Kaufman chambray was for my dad. We wrapped this up along with some lottery tickets because I can’t let a gift-giving occasion go by without giving my dad some hope that he’ll become a millionaire. The grey top is for my mom and I used the Hemlock Tee pattern by Grainline Studio, which is free if you sign up for their newsletter. The knit fabric is from Fabric Warehouse in Rahway, NJ.

Jessica Martin's Ryan Top

This is a Ryan Top by Whitney Deal for my sister-in-law. I had some of that white knit fabric left from another project and thought it was so pretty and had enough to get the yokes out of it for this top. The purple french terry is from fabric.com. The pattern calls for woven fabric, but the first one I made was hard to pull over my head so I decided to try making it out of a knit this time.

Kathryn's Toaster Sweater

This is the last project I made. After my sister saw me wearing the first Toaster Sweater 2 by Sew House 7 I made, she said she liked. So I asked her if she wanted one and she said yes. I also asked her what color she wanted and she said black. So here is my sister’s black Toaster Sweater 2. After Christmas, she texted me to say she wore it work and then to bed for three nights straight because it was so comfy. And I have to agree. I love wearing mine also and I think this pattern is one of my favorites ever. Maybe I’ll just make one for everyone next Christmas because they’re so easy to make and they are toasty just like the name says.

 

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Here are all the gifts wrapped up and ready to go. That floral tote bag is also a homemade gift for my mother-in-law holding all of the things we got for her inside. Luckily, my husband started a new job in November so we bought some gifts for everyone just in case they hated the homemade stuff. Halfway through, I remembered sewing doesn’t really save that much money because patterns and quality fabric are kind of expensive. But it was nice being able to give everyone something other than a bunch of stuff we ordered from Amazon at the last minute and supporting small businesses like these pattern designers and fabric shops instead. So who knows if I’ll make everyone homemade gifts again next year. But at least I can say I did it once.

 

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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An Army of Emerys

Over a year ago, I decided to start making some special occasion dresses because 2017 was very busy with weddings and wedding related events for us. I hadn’t made a dress for myself for a special occasion since senior prom because I decided to make sewing my career and for a while it was hard to want to sew for fun at home. Thanks to TrishStitched, I now love indie patterns and the online sewing community but am lazy when it comes to cutting and assembling PDFs so I called on Christine Haynes’ Emery Dress (yay sleeves and a high neckline!) to get me through and just stuck with this one pattern. For all of these dresses, I cut a straight size 4 and then took out 2″ from the top and tapered to 1″ at the waist in the center back. I like to call them my little army because this pattern really pulled through in getting me through all of these special events!

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I made this first dress for my friend Larry’s wedding in October. At first, Larry’s cake was supposed to be gold and navy and I wanted to match the cake because cake is delicious and who doesn’t want to dress up to match a pretty cake? So I bought this Rifle Paper Co. Fabric from Cotton + Steel…and then when I got to the reception the cake was a different color. White, I think? Doesn’t matter. I still really liked wearing this dress and it was a really beautiful day watching one of my best friend’s marry the man of his dreams.

(Pictured above are some details from the wedding but not too many because I’m awful at remembering to take pictures. Everything was so beautiful and there was a live band that really got people dancing.)

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This Emery dress is also made out of a Rifle Paper Co. print for Cotton + Steel. A couple of months before Larry’s wedding, I realized I might need a dress for his rehearsal dinner. So I made this dress but without sleeves because I was a little short on fabric since I only bought two yards to make the free shipping requirement from Fabric.com when I was purchasing fabric for other projects I was sure I wanted to make. But I love tea, so anything with tea related paraphernalia on it is A-OK with me. It also fit the Beauty and the Beast theme of my friend Rose’s bridal shower the month before Larry’s wedding!

(Pictured above are some of the gorgeous details from the shower. Her bridesmaids really did a fantastic job! (And if you look closely, you’ll notice that my chalkboards got some more time in the spotlight at this shower as well!)

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I made this dress over the summer for a wedding we attended on Labor Day and then took it out again to wear for Rose’s rehearsal dinner just this past Saturday. I decided to try the half sleeved version for this one and then thought it looked weird on me so I gathered the bottoms just a little bit to 1/4″ bands to bring them in a little rather than cutting them shorter. I probably should’ve just made a casing and inserted elastic because the bands were just a little too tight but I always get a lot of compliments when I wear this dress so whatever. (If you look closely, you’ll notice my shoes are soaking wet from the snow that was falling the night of the rehearsal dinner!)

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This final dress was made for Rose’s wedding. I liked the look of the metallic fabric from that first dress in this post so much I decided I wanted another metallic dress for Rose’s wedding. So I just went ahead and ordered the first thing I liked from Mood Fabrics. Then it came in the mail…and it was SHINY! I guess the first dress was a lot more subtle because the metallic is just printed on but this one was woven with gold lamé. So I was nervous I’d look like I was trying to upstage the bride and bought this cardigan to wear over it to try to tone down the shininess of it (and also because it’d probably be cold out and it was!) But since it was around Christmas time, there were a lot of women wearing shiny dresses also so I had nothing to worry about! The front neckline was a little poofy because this fabric was a little difficult to work with and I guess something funny happened when I ironed it or cut it out. I really should have scooped it out a little bit but, again, I’m lazy so I left it and I swear it was fine if I threw my shoulders all the way back. I just panicked when Kevin took this picture because I’m awkward and at the last second decided to just pose with my hands in my pockets as I usually do in these dresses.

So here are some tiny pictures to prove that the neckline was fine if my shoulders were back. I swear! Also, doesn’t Rose look GORGEOUS in that center picture?!

Above are just some of the beautiful details from this wedding. It was probably the most gorgeous wedding I have ever been to and there was SO much food! I was really hating my dress towards the end of the night because I could hardly breathe after all the food I stuffed in my face!

So there it is, 2017 wedding season is officially complete and it was such an honor and joy to be a part of so many of my best friends’ big days!