Feb 21, 2017

Sling-shot Target for Monaluna's Simple Life Blog Tour

One of the things my family loves to do is be outdoors. We love to hike and play in the woods. My boys have slingshots that they will bring along to 'hunt' with. When we decided to have a boy theme for this tour I knew that I wanted to do something other than clothing and the Bear Family fabric was a perfect match for the slingshot. So, I made a Target Stand for my little men and used the fabric to create targets! This was a very fast and easy project and I am very excited to share it with you as my stop on the Monaluna Simple Life Blog Tour.

To make the targets you will need the following supplies:
3 Fat Quarters
1 sheet of Phoomph
a D-ring
a heavy duty Hole-punch
a long ruler
a Rotary cutter
basic sewing supplies
Step 1: Using a long ruler and the rotary cutter, cut the sheet of Phoomph in half so that you have 2 pieces that are 6" x 9"

Step 2: Cut a 6" x 18" strip off of one fat quarter. Then you will cut this strip in half so that you have (2) 6" x 9" pieces. (I am using Bear Family for one target and Nature's Walk for a second)

Step 3: The fun thing about Phoomph is that it has a sticky layer on each side so attaching the fabric to the Phoomph is as simple as rolling it on! So peel the paper off of one side of the Phoomph.

Step 4: Roll up your fabric piece (it's just easier to do it like this) and then roll it out onto the Phoomph. Press it down firmly with your hand and then repeat Steps 3-4 for the other side.

Step 5: Find the center of your target and use a pin to mark a point about 0.75"-1" below the edge. Sadly the placement of my fabric put this right in the head of one of the bears...then again I am turing them into target practice so I guess it's fair game.... HA HAHAH...did you cathc that? I crack myself up!

Step 6: Using a heavy duty hole punch, like the Cropidille, punch a hole through the Phoomph target. This is where you will attach the target to the D-ring. Now you have complete one target. I did make two targets. Now you could stop right here, punch a hole in the top of it and be good, because lets face it boys don't care about the details. Sadly though I do so...

Step 7: So I needed to make some bias tape. I used the Herringbone to make my bias tape. There are a ton of great tutorials on how to do this, so I wont re-invent the wheel today.

Step 8: Now that I had some really cool bias tape all I needed to do is attach it to the perimeter of the target. Now I have an amazing target made from all organic animals (BWAAHAHHAAA!!! I just can't help it!)

Now you can be creative and hang your new target anywhere, but my hubbie and I also like to build things so we made a clever little Target stand. You can do this in a variety of ways. The important thing is the the cross bar of the stand needs to be smaller that your D-ring and the height of the cross bar needs to be at least 12" off the ground. We used some wood pieces that we had on had and a small wooden dowel.

Target Stand: Cut a piece of 2x4 into (4) 14" pieces. Add a hinge to the top of two of the pieces then repeat this for the other pieces. Attach a dowel holder (totally NOT the official word) to the top of each pair. Inset your dowl. The fun thing about this is that the boys can take it apart and assemble it on their own. It is also nice for storage!
I have pans to make a simple drawstring bag to store all the wood pieces and the targets, so hopefully I can get that done this week. Now the next time we go out into the woods, or on a rainy day, my boys can practice their sling-shot skills. Maybe one day they will even become good enough to catch a real bear or deer for a Sunday roast, until then they will be occupied and happy and I can see beautiful Monaluna fabric which makes me smile!
I had a blast thinking outside the box with this project and my boys are can't stop playing hunting. I hope you enjoyed this fun project. If hunting is not your thing, don't stress, there are plenty more stops on this tour with many more amazing boy themed projects that are just perfect for this new fabric line.

Monday:   Wild and Wanderful
Thursday: Ruby Rue Creations
Don't forget to enter the giveaway so that you can create something with Monaluna's Simple Life fabric! You can also find some of these prints in our shop so head over to get your now!

To celebrate the release of Simple Life by Monaluna, we are also hosting a GIVEAWAY!!! There will be 3 prizes and 3 winners so be sure to enter!

Feb 19, 2017

Monaluna's Simple Life Blog Tour


Welcome to Monaluna's Simple Life Blog Tour!

I'm Kelly from Handmade Boy. I'm honored to be helping Gemia with this tour. We thought it would be so fun to have a tour featuring some great BOY MAKES from the fabulous new line of fabric, Simple Life by Monaluna. This unique woodland line contains 9 Scandinavian influenced prints in a simple, yet beautiful, color pallet of blues, reds, and warm whites. You can read more about the inspiration behind the line over at Monaluna. These prints are being offered on canvas, lawn, and poplin! You will be able to find some of these great prints, as well as other Monaluna fabrics, in the Phat Quarters shop!

Today we want to give you a sneak peek at all the boy blogging brilliantness on this tour! You are going to love all the outfits and projects that these amazing bloggers have come up with!

On Monday we have Katy from Wild and Wanderful and her adorable son Louis. Katy makes her little guy the cutest stuff and she did it again using this great Bear Family from Simple Life. Blue is definitely his color and he wears it well!

On Tuesday we will be featuring Gemia and Phat Quarters. Thinking out of the box and outdoors, she created a quick and easy project to keep the little men in her life busy and on target!

Tami from Sew Sophie Lynn will also be sharing her creation. I would have never thought to use this great Herringbone poplin for a shirt! Love it!! Tami has a great sense of style when creating clothes for her sons.

Wednesday I'll be over on my blog Handmade Boy sharing the quilt I made Thomas using Bear Family, Nature Walk and Herringbone.

Roxanne from Crafty Like a Rox made her sweet little guy the cutest shirt using Bear Family and Herringbone. She will show it off on Wednesday as well. His sweet eyes get me every time I see a picture of him.

Ruby Rue Creations's Kasey made her son, the best sleeping bag from the Bear Family fabric for Thursday's stop on the tour. I'm so jealous! Maybe I can get her to make me one, too!

Friday we will be wrapping up the tour with Paisley Roots and  Sprouting JuJube.
Karly from Paisley Roots used her newest pattern the Thyme Vest for One Thimble with the One Point Canvas and Bear Family. It's like they were made for each other!

Deb from Sprouting JuJube is quilting up a fantastic Yellow Brick Road quilt with each print from the Simple Life Fabric line.

To celebrate the release of Simple Life by Monaluna, we are also hosting a GIVEAWAY!!! There will be 3 prizes and 3 winners so be sure to enter!

Prize 1: Half Yard bundle of the Simple Life fabric line
Prize 2: $25 gift certificate to Phat Quarters Fabrics
Prize 3: 3 half yards of Simple Life fabric

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday:   Wild and Wanderful
Thursday: Ruby Rue Creations

Feb 6, 2017

Spring Cardigan for Boys Can Wear Pink Season 3

It is time for one of my favorite tours! Boys Can Wear Pink!!!! This year however my main fabric is not pink. For the Boys Can Wear Pink -season 3, I am replacing the pink with print. Just as boys can wear pink, should wear pink (it's a great color) and do wear pink; I think that boys should be able to wear a 'girly' print just because they like it!

I love the fact that there are creative strong men who are having an impact on the sewing world like Matthew Boudreaux from Mister Domestic & Rob Appell of Man Sewing. I have had the opportunity to sit with and listen to Walter Bravo of Art Gallery Fabrics and Bryon from Lewis & Irene Fabrics, as they talk about the inspiration behind their companies, the joy of working with family & friends, and stories behind the prints that you see on fabric. I love that these men have found their passion and joy in this industry. My oldest son loves all the fabrics that come and go from my shop. He gets so excited over pink flamingos, sea monsters, flowers, plaids, solids....all of it! I am so grateful that we live in a time and day where his excitement in fabric can be celebrated.

When my little man helped me open a box of fabrics from Birch Fabrics he immediately fell in love with the sweet little pink bunnies that are bounding all over Bunny Hop from Hidden Garden. He pretty much begs me to make him something from every bolt that comes into the shop so I passed it off and just what he says. The next morning he asked again if I would make him something with it and my daughter turned to him and said, no that is a girl fabric. Well people, that did it! I wanted him to know that if he loves a fabric, any fabric, that is his choice and he should not feel bad for it.

Yes, there are sweet little pink bunnies on this print. Yes, there are flowers on this print. Yes, there are butterflies on this print. Yes, I cut that fabric off the bolt in front of him and told him to go wash it and pick out a pattern! Yes! My amazing, happy, confident little man is wearing pink bunnies on a navy background with white flowers and butterflies and YES!!! He is as happy as could be!

We decided that a cardigan would be perfect for spring and perfect for this Bunny Hop knit. While most might pair this print with a rosy pink or turquoise for a more feminine  look, I choose Art Gallery Fabrics Sahara Sun knit. I used Pattern for Pirates Cpt. Mack's Cardigan. This was a very fast and rewarding project. I even sped up the process by keeping my pockets and elbow patches raw. I know that my little man will be wearing this over and over again, proudly showing his classmates and teachers his 'sweet little bunnies'. Come celebrate with us and participate in the daily giveaway! There are many grate tour sponsors this year and today sponsors will make you smile! Be sure to follow along on all the stops and celebrate a boy being a boy wearing what makes him happy!

Boys Pattern Bundle from Love Notions Patterns
Pattern of choice from Pollywoggles
Pattern of choice from Cole’s Corner and Creations
Pattern of choice from Snuggle My Baby Patterns
Pattern of choice from Sisboom
$25 gift certificate from Hawthorne Threads

Dec 22, 2016

Ugly Christmas Sweater - Peppermint

The Peppermint Dress is my newest pattern for Petite Stitchery & Co! I love how fun and playful it is! My girls are having a lot of fun with this new new dress. I like how the style of the dress can change so much based on the fabric that you choose. Today I want to show you the how to up-cycle and old ugly Christmas sweater into a fantastic new Peppermint dress as part of Petite Stitchery & Co's Stylish Ugly Sweater Blog Tour! Such a fun idea right!!!
I took this men's XL sweater that I found at a local second hand store and carefully cut up the side seam and removed each sleeve. One tip that I would give for up-cycling is to be very precise in how you cut your original garment. You can lose a lot of fabric by cutting in the wrong spots. A side seam is a great place to start. Once you have your pattern pieces laid out on the original garment you can see how to manipulate it further to get the most fabric out of it. You still must pay heed to your stretch and grain-lines however or you will get a very wonky finished garment. I also like to save the work when possible so I used the old sleeve for my new sleeve and did not have to cut or make cuffs which saved me a good 10 minutes of work!
From here is was super easy to finish the dress. i simple followed the pattern directions. I did use new fabric for the lining and ruffles. I also made the new Tinsel Cowl Scarf with the left over knit I used for the ruffles. 
We adore how this turned out. It is a very fun a playful look for my almost 10 year old! I think it is a perfect combination of Holiday cheer, ugly Christmas sweater, and Petite Stitchery & Co Style! 
Thanks for visiting Phat Quarters today. Don't forget to head over to the shop and grab some fabric for your next project! Merry Christmas!

Tuesday  12/20 

Wednesday  12/21

Thursday  12/22

Nov 18, 2016

All Things Fringed

Do you love all things fringed right now? I know I love this trend and I love all the amazing ideas and inspiration that is floating around the sewing world right now. Over at Petite Stitchery & Co. we run a series called "Make it Mine." It is all about how you can take a PDF pattern and put your own personal spin on it. You have got to head over and see what three of our favorite testers did to the Fawn Leggings & the Rosemary Crop Sweater! It is fun, fast, & completely on trend. We are going to have a great big Black Friday Sale in our fabric shop next week AND we are running a Pre-Sale in our Facebook Group so come join the fun! See you there.

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