Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Something for Me

This post is a ridiculous long time in coming!

I have loved these beautiful circle skirts by Rosie over at Rosie's Whimsy on Etsy.

*Picture from her Etsy store here is link to buy this skirt! http://www.etsy.com/listing/47994994/rosies-whimsy-circle-skirt-short-custom


Rosie was so sweet to post this awesome tutorial on her blog to make your own circle skirt! http://rosieswhimsy.com/rosies-whimsy-circle-skirt-tutorial/

I printed the tutorial and put it in my "need to make this" binder. Which is getting quite large with me actually  accomplishing very few things from it! I am positive no other sewers I know have this problem. ;)


Then, I was in my local quilt shop. A giant quilt shop, and they had the poppy collection in fresh from Laura Gunn for Michael Miller Fabrics (now you know how long it took me to post this, I made the skirt right after these prints were for sale, retail.). Well, I was instantly in love with this line once it debuted, just like Lantern Bloom and so I had to get some of it. Right. Then. And. There.


And I decided to be selfish and spoil myself with a Rosie skirt done up in some of Laura's poppies.

And you know what, I LOVE it!

I actually decided to cut the poppy print at an angle and then added a pretty little white layer under it. It has a dainty dotted flower print that is just marvelous.


I also made another one up that I thought I might sell locally but couldn't part with it. It is of some upcycled jean bottoms and pieced fat quarters from the Make Life Collection by Sweetwater for Moda.

The Beautiful photos of the double layered skirt in Laura Gunn's prints are by my fabulous sister! Check out her blog and website at http://mhamptonphotography.blogspot.com/

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Fat Quarter Fun! A Tool Belt Tutorial

Every month I get a free fat quarter from my local quilt shop.  It's part of one of those programs.  You know?  You sign up and you get a free pattern and fat quarter every month, 2 in your birth month + 10% off of your purchases.

Typically when I run errands I take my son because I like to spend his nap time and bed times working.  This means that he usually picks out my free fat quarter every month.  It's like a candy store to him (I'm training him young!).  Since he is obsessed with all things car/engine/tire/train related, it usually ends up being a car print.


I decided to put together a little "tool belt" for him with this one.  And I whipped it up with just one fat Quarter and about 20 minutes.  Here is the tutorial just. for. you. :D  Have FUN!


Materials:

  • 1 Fat Quarter
  • Thread
  • Fabric Chalk/Pen/Pencil
  • Rotary Cutter and Mat
  • Ruler



Step 1.   Fold your fat quarter in half so that it measures 11" x 18". 

Step 2.   Measure and cut 2 - 2" strips off of the 18" side of the fat quarter.  Set aside.  Your folded Fat Quarter should now be 12" x 11"




Step 3: The Waist Tie:  Take your two inch strips and sew them together into one long strip.  I prefer to do this diagonally for a stronger seam.




Fold the shorter, 2" ends of the strip in about 1/2" wrong sides together creating a "hem".  Press.

Fold the entire strip in half lengthwise and press.  Unfold and press in the sides to meet at the middle press line.   Then fold in half again.  All your edges should now be folded in and "hemmed".

Sew along all the edges of the strip.  I added an extra row in the middle to spiff it up. :)



                                       

 







Step 4. Open up the remaining portion of your fat quarter and fold in the longer sides 1/2". Press. 




Step 5. Measure out 2 inches from the center fold line,  Fold wrong sides together along this line and press. 

 Step 6.  Now take the 2 inches not folded and fold it over so that the raw edges touch each other.  Press.  Fold at the point where the raw edges touch each other, so that the raw edges are inside and hidden.  This is creating the top of the tool belt. 



Step 7.  Unfold all of step 6.  Take your waist tie from Step 3 and place it between the raw edges and roll the strap up in the folds.  



 Step 8. Sew the strap into the folds by sewing along all four edges at a 1/4" Inseam.  Continue and edgestich along the entire outer edge of the folded fat quarter. Turn the fat quarter so that the bulk of the strap line is on the bottom. 



Step 9.  Fold up the bottom of the fat quarter so that there is about 1.5"-3" from the bottom of the strap line.  Press.  


Step 10. Draw lines for the pockets.  I drew two 2" pockets and two 4" pockets.   Sew from the bottom toward the top along the lines.  Then sew along the edge and bottom to finish the end pockets.  






Tada!  Now you have a toddler tool belt that even adults are envious of! ;) 
Have fun!








Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sewing for Fun

After I finish a large custom job or a pattern, I like to take a night and sew up something fast and fun!

Using this super CUTE material that I bought for my son (a little man who LOVES cars and 'Cars' the movie) :http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=08a85b6a-77e8-4417-beb5-f38723e4f141

and this pattern that I found in my stash (I think it was a gift from my mom at some point):


I put together this sweet little outfit.  Which I have since had to hide as soon as it gets dirty because my little man insists on wearing it ALL. THE. TIME. :)  Makes me happy though...how long will he enjoy his handmade clothing?













P.S.   I am hoping to have a tutorial up in the next few days that uses just a fat quarter!
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