Thursday, September 13, 2012

PR&P: Bias Remix

Week one of Project Run and Play season five is here!
 This week's challenge was to remix No Big Dill's Very Biased Skirt.
I decided to make a little button-up top with flutter sleeves paired with Box Pleat Shorts (tutorial here).
 I drafted the pattern for the top, and made the base from white muslin. Then I covered the front of the shirt with strips of two different fabrics cut on the bias. The bias strips are from white lining fabric and the other is a sheer sparkly fabric.
 The shorts are made from a blue linen blend with a fabric covered button (my favorite detail!)
There's a cute little pocket in the back from the same fabric as the button (Chevron in Aqua- Riley Blake Fabric)
I'll admit, I was a little stumped on this one when I first heard the season's themes. But I am really pleased with how it turned out.
Check out the Project Run and Play Flickr group to see everybody's outfits. There's a lot of fun creative women in the group! I can't wait until tomorrow to see the real competitor's outfits!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Chevron Quilt: Finished!

The chevron quilt is done! I am in shock that I actually finished a quilt! My first quilt!

 To finish the quilt, I cut strips and strips of the red polka dot fabric.
 Then sewed them together into one long strip.
and pinned them along the edge of the quilt, and hand sewed the entire thing.
I actually LOVED hand sewing the binding. The process takes a lot longer than if I had run it through my sewing machine, but I really liked how it looked hand stitched, and I enjoyed watching movies while I stitched my binding. It's very satisfying. I might hand stitch an entire quilt next time.
 and there it is!
The quilt turned out fantastic, and I am very proud of it. The best part was tonight as I put Christine to bed in her crib I was folding up the quilt getting ready to put it away and Christine asked to sleep with "new quilt". Her sweet little request made me so happy. 

Friday, September 7, 2012

More Box Pleat Shorts

I was so excited this morning to see in my inbox two pairs of Box Pleat Shorts!

These adorable shorts were made by Andrea (who has a fantastic flickr stream full of inspiration). I just LOVE the pockets she added to the back, and her fabric choice is perfect!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ironing Board Cover

....and I'm back! Okay, I flew back to Texas last week, but I just put away the suitcases into the closet yesterday. Why does it take me so long to unpack??

I actually made this beauty the week before I left, but I was too busy packing to get the photos up.
When I made my very first tutorial on how to make a pencil skirt, I shot of photo of my ironing board to show the "iron the facing" step. I did not realize until then that my ironing board cover was DISGUSTING. How could I have a pretty blog if my photos are of nasty ironing boards? I needed a new cover fast!
I used this ironing board cover tutorial to help me out. I was able to sew it up really quick, and it looks great! Now, I love pulling out my ironing board! Seriously, I could stare at this pretty fabric all day.

You may recognize the fabric from my Peplum Shorts tutorial! haha

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Chevron Quilt Progress: Week 7

This week I did the actual quilting of my quilt! This was my very first time to machine stitch a quilt (I've only hand-tied a quilt before). I was really surprised how easy and smooth everything went.
I started by putting on a brand new needle and my walking foot (I bought this walking foot and it works great). The walking foot looks totally intimidating and it takes a couple of minutes to figure out how to attach the foot to the sewing machine. But it's definitely worth the investment, because the walking foot pulls the quilt through smoothly without the fabric shifting.
Next, I used safety pins to pin the quilt layers together (Quilt top + batting + bottom fabric)
Then I had to decide where to stitch. I was debating between stitching right in the middle of the white chevrons, "in the ditch" (on the seams), or 1/4" from the patterned chevrons. I decided to go with the last one.
I read that it's important to start sewing the quilt in the middle, then work your ways out. So I rolled up one side of the quilt (to get it to fit in the arm of the sewing machine) and sewed a row, then I unrolled a little bit and sewed another row, repeating until I reached the bottom.

Sewing was actually really simple. The trickiest part was having to pivot over every chevron. To pivot, just leave your needle down, lift up the presser foot, and turn the quilt.
When I finished sewing, I trimmed the excess back fabric and the batting so everything was the same size.
And now the only thing left to do is the binding! So exciting!
I am going out of town next week, so there won't be any update next week. But the following Saturday, I will hopefully be sharing a finished quilt!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tutorial: Simple Pincushion

For the sewing service activity we needed at least 12 pincushions to distribute pins across the room. So I whipped these up really quick using a bunch of scrap fabric. Seriously, these are the simplest ever pincushions.
1. Cut two rectangles of the same size and sew along the edges, leaving a gap to turn it inside out.
2. Clip the corners
3. Turn inside out
4. Push the corners out with a dull pencil and fill with stuffing (any will work, I used polyester fiberfil)
5. Sew opening closed with a ladder stitch
and your pincushion is ready to be filled with pins!

linking up with:
Tip Junkie handmade projects

Monday, August 6, 2012

Kitchen Towels for Charity

I mentioned a while ago that I was asked to help the relief society (ladies church group) with a service sewing project. They wanted to do a simple project and they wanted it to be for a service. I contacted the local hospitals, Ronald McDonald House, and Women's Shelter to see what type of things they were in need of. It came down to pillow cases for the children's hospital or dish towels for the women's shelter. I thought learning to embellish dish towels would be something the ladies might be more interested in. So I went with that.

I started with the idea to make these pretty ruffled towels from Craftaholics Anonymous but the more I talked with other women who owned sewing machines who were coming, the more I realized this was too ambitious of a sewing project to tackle (some of the women were just learning how to use their sewing machines). So I got online looking for simpler ways to embellish kitchen towels, and I found this simple tutorial at Craftiness is Not Optional. It's not as ruffly (and I love me some ruffles), but it was much easier to teach.
We also needed a non-sewing project, so I found this great tutorial on Houzz for painting flour sack towels. I bought fabric medium and mixed it with acrylic craft paint. This was cheaper than buying fabric paint, plus gave us better color choices.

I think everyone had a fun time decorating the towels. When everything was finished we brought the towels to the local Women's shelter. I hope that the women there enjoy their new towels.

If anyone is looking for a fun service project to do, this worked out really well.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Chevron Quilt Progress: Week Six

Big progress this week! 
First, I cut the grey fabric into strips and added them to the top of the quilt to make it longer. I am much happier with the size now.  With all the rows completed, I sewed all of the rows together.
 To give me an almost finished quilt top!
 After that I cut off the edges.
 And now I have a completely finished quilt top.
The next step is to quilt it, and I am really nervous for that part. I want to machine stitch it and I have never done that before. I have read up on it, and watched lots of video tutorials to machine stitch a quilt. I'll let you know how it goes next week!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Favorites from Shorts Week

With the announcement of the first place winner today, Shorts on the Line is over. With over a hundred shorts, there were many sewers who deserved to win. Here are my favorites, who I think deserved a prize.
Ruffled Shorts by la inglesita. These ruffle shorts almost won the reader's choice. I have already pinned the tutorial from Homemade by Jill that she used to make these.
What I liked:  I love the girly ruffle along the side, the fabric choice, and the coordinating top.
Apricot Bloomers by Rowan and Oak. These shorts won 1st prize, and she deserved it. When I saw these in the flickr group I though "Oh crap, there goes my chance at winning!" She used the bubble shorts pattern from Ottobre Summer 2012. I am slightly tempted to buy the issue from ebay for $20
What I liked: The color, the pleats on the top, the adorable pockets, and the lace poking out of the pockets and along the bottom.
Puppet Show Shorts by Wee Share Blog Made from an Oliver + S pattern
What I liked: the pleated pockets with bias tape, and the fabric choice.
The Japanese Pattern Book Shorts by Sew Country Chick. These shorts make me want to buy several Japanese sewing books (although I am completely intimidated at the thought of having only pictures and diagrams to figure out the sewing).
What I liked: I love the gingham print and the playful yet dramatic volume of the shorts. 
Tomboy Shorts by Little Weaver Women Can you tell that I like grey shorts?
What I liked: the flat front, gathered legs, and the pockets with the fabulous yellow pom pom trim
Pocket Shorts by Elegance & Elephants I was shocked that these didn't win. This was another "Oh crap, there goes my chance at those prizes."
What I liked: this is a self-drafted pattern, made from knit, and in a fabulous color. So impressive!

the Box Pleat Shorts by Zuzzy. I mean, how fabulous is Zuzzy? (ha ha ha!)