Jun 28, 2017

Swimsuit Cover-Up Pattern Hack

 It is summer! We do not have a pool but living in the Pacific Northwest we do have waterfalls! My family loves to hike and so I thought it would be fun to bring a little Tropical Burst into the PNW forest for my stop on Lulu & Celeste, Sprouting JubeJube Productions Swimsuit Edition Tour.

What I am going to show you today is how to adapt Petite Stitchery & Co.'s Jasper Vest into a knit swimsuit cover-up. The first you will need to do I to purchase the Jasper Vest. The Jasper vest is an over-sized outwear piece that has sleek body curve lines. The suggested fabrics are Faux Fur, Sherrpa, Fleece, Denim, Canvas, or Duck Cloth for the outer shell and Cotton or Linen for the lining. Here is what it looks like sew as is....

To go from winter to summer the first thing that I changed was the recommended fabrics. I am in love with Bari J's Tropical Burst print in knit and have been waiting for the perfect project to use it. This was it. The Jasper Vest is a pattern where the inside of the garment is just as important as the outside and so I knew I needed to line it with a second knit. I gave my daughter 3 options of Art Gallery Solid Color Knits that blend beautifully with this print. She chose the Turquoise.

The next thing that needed to be done was to make the vest longer. The Jasper Vest, sewn as is, falls at the top of my daughter rear. That does not really make for much of a swimsuit cover-up so I pin a measuring tape to the finished vest (or if you have no made it before the top of the rear) and just picked how much I wanted to extend it. At this point I knew that I was going to create fringe so I choose to extend the pattern by 12".

The Jasper Vest pattern made adding length very simple because it provided extension lines on the pattern. I simple cut in between these lines and added a 12" piece of paper to extend the length. On any pattern piece that had curves I redrew the curves to take into account the length extension. Once I had done this to all the pattern pieces I cut out my fabric, serged it all together (following the pattern instructions) to get an outer shell and the inner shell. I wanted to make the cover-up with a fringed boarder so at this point I set the pattern instructions down and did my own thing.

I wanted the armholes to be sewn RST and was in a hurry so I simply cut the back bodice of the outer shell up the center so that I would not have to think about how to pull everything out nicely. Then I sewed the armholes and attached the outer shell to the lining at the upper collar by sewing RST. That is it. The rest I left opened.

To create the fringe I just started cutting. This was really hard and scary I wont lie! But I just went slowly. I had my daughter stand with it on while I cut so I knew how high to cut the fringe and I just kept cutting! To keep the layers together I braided a few of the fringe strips here and there. I absolutely LOVE how this came out!!!!

I made a quick Braided Belt with knit scraps that matched and called it good. I now have requests from my daughters, and a friend, to make more so I know there will be more of these in the future. I hope that I have inspired you to try something new this summer.

Be sure to check out all the other stops on the tour for more inspiration and play along with us for great daily prizes and grand prizes. This whole thing was put on by the lovely ladies of Lulu & Celeste, Sprouting JubeJube Productions so be sure to say Hi to them too.

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Jun 27, 2017

Braided Belt Tutorial for Sew Americana 2017

I am excited to be able to participate in the Sew Americana tour yet again this year. I love the 4th of July and getting the chance to teach my family about our country, our rights, our freedoms, and how amazing fireworks are! The last few years I have been working on my table decor by making festive utensil holders, napkins, place-mats, and buntings!This year I wanted to do something different and make my kids something fun to wear for the Fourth. The problem is that my girls are now tweens and they do not really want the fun, cutesy little outfits.  They want to celebrate and dress up in the traditional red, white, & blue...but it also needs to be something they can feel 'grown-up' in. The Poppy Pleated Skirt, by Petite Stitchery & Co, is the perfect match of fun & playful yet sophisticated & 'grown-up' enough for their wants.  The Poppy skirt comes in three different lengths, short (which I made here), midi (calf length), and maxi (ankle length). The three length allow you to change up the look and feel of the skirt very easily.

The Poppy Skirt also has optional belt loops which are a great detail for older girls. We love belts in our family and I thought that this would be a great way to tie in the blue without being over the top. I choose to use a medium gingham in red, by Riley Blake found in the SHOP. It is the perfect nod to Americana. I absolutely love how the skirt, belt, and colors turned out! 

Today I am going to show you how I made the Braided Belt, so that you can play around and make your own. To create this belt you will need the following:

               * (6) 2"x 44" strips of a woven fabric - 
                               I used 4 blue (Manuscript from Paperie by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics)
                               and 2 white (Parchment Triangles by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics)
               * Basic Sewing tools such as; fabric scissors, tube turner (or safety pin), iron, sewing                               machine, cordinating threads (I love Aurifill- just saying)

Step 1: Cut out all your strips at 2"x 44" (WOF)

Step 2: Match up your pairs. You need three pairs with two strips in each.

Step 3: Place two of the strips, RST, and stitch them. 
Press this seam open and repeat for the remaining pairs.

Step 4: Fold the fabric RST, matching the long raw edges. 
Stitch the raw edges in place being sure to leave the short 
raw edges un-stitched - this will be the turning point.

Step 5: Using a turning tool, turn each tube right side out and press the seams to one side.

Step 6: I left a 7" section of each strip dangling and then used a safety pin to pin the three strips to each other. Then you simple braid the woven strips. Continue to braid until you have a 7"-10" (same length as your start point) bit of each strip that is not braided.

Step 7: Tack the braid in place by running a few sets of stitches across all three layers on both sides of the belt. I also closed up each tube by pressing in the short raw edges. This is only necessary if you are using a woven fabric. (Come see tomorrows posts for a peak at the knit version of this belt!)
That's it you are done!

Thanks for joining me on this quick little tutorial that will add the perfect detail to your next Petite Stitchery & Co Poppy Skirt! We hope that you all have a safe, fun, and wonderful 4th of July! 

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Jun 2, 2017

Homemade Boy's St. Judes Fighter Tee

Hey all! Today I get to talk a little about fighting for a cause and I will share with you a fantastic way that you can fight while doing something you love...sewing! I think that every person has a battle that they are or will have to fight. These battles can be emotional, physical, financial, or a crazy combo. Battles are part of life. My family has been in many battles and I know that there will be more to come. Sometimes in life I get so focused on my family and our battles that I forget there is a whole world beyond us- all fighting something. It makes me feel normal to understand this but it also breaks my heart. I do not want people to suffer and to be faced with hard things. I want to help as many as I can. Yet, I am one person. One wife & mother, running a family, raising children, fighting the battles that come to my front door. What can I possibly to do help beyond my sphere?

Do you ever feel like this? That there is only so much that you can do and that you are fighting to keep control of your own life so how can you possible be of service to others? Does it break your heart like it breaks mine?

I am blessed to be surrounded by amazing friends who find fantastic ways to help others and provide me a way to jump in on the fun! Today, I am going to tell you about Kelly from Handmade Boy and what she is doing to help others fight the medical battles they are faced with. She has just produced her first PDF Pattern and she did it with a cause and purpose. She is going to be a runner in the St. Judes Run this year. As a runner she raises money to help with research for childhood illnesses! I hate to run! But I love to sew! So the great part of all this is that all the proceeds from her pattern, The Fighter Tee, will be donated to this cause! So Kelly can do her things and run and I can do my thing and sew (by the way Kelly is an amazing seamstress too) and we both can be doing a small part to help children and their families. You can participate too! It is simple...BUY THE PATTERN! Thats it!

May 3, 2017


It is getting close to Mother's Day and we are having a great sale on our entire SHOP to celebrate! All you need is the coupon code YAY30 for 30% off! Here is a sneak peek at a few of the new items in the shop for you to choose from. You MUST come over to our Facebook group Phat Quarters Fabrics and join in the fun we are having all week. Daily prizes, little videos, chit-chat, and sewing make my world go round. You can also find an amazing GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this page. 
So scroll through, see what is new and enter to win! 

Did you know that Cloud 9 Fabrics has great quality knits? This adorable line is called Sidewalk, by Rae Hoekstra, and it is perfect for the little people in your life! Tomorrow you can come back here and see what Jennifer of Kuttie Couture created with the Pink Flamingos. It is adorable!

This summer I have a goal of making small pool side bags for my girls. They are big enough to carry their own goggles, towels, sunscreen, and such and give my poor mommy arms a break. I am going to modify the FREE Holly Bag by Petite Stitchery & Co to make fabric loops for these amazing Lecien Jelly Handles! I think that these large, bright, and durable handles will be the perfect accessory! 

And with what fabric will I be making the bags from...uhmmm...well.... Island Girl by Lewis & Irene of course!! It is my new favorite summer fabric line! These little surfer girls, the vibrant colors, the turtles & hibiscus flowers, the feel of the fabric....its a no brainer for me!

We are starting to run low on Monalunas Simple Life line and now is the time to get your favorite print.

Enter the MOM's DAY GIVEAWAY here!

Apr 24, 2017

Sew Much Fun Blog Hop: Save Your Knit Scraps

I am so excited to be a part of and see all the great tips on the Sew Much Fun Blog Hop: Save Your Scraps! I am a saver and sometimes it maybe a bit overkill. But I also have 5 kids who love to hoard my scraps like little fabric hungry squirrels. They make all sorts of random crafts, trinkets, and clothing for their toys with the bits of fabric I do not use. Today I am going to give you a quick tip on saving knit selvages and long strips.

I love working with knit fabrics and great knit prints are everywhere right now! Right before I start to cut out a project I make sure that I am placing the pattern pieces so that there is a small strip by the selvage. After I am done cutting out my pattern I make sure that I go through and cut ant stripes that are at least 15" long. These long strings of knit are the best!
I used them for all the little details on my projects. They make great ties on joggers.

Can be used in patterns like Petite Stitchery & Co's Tansy Pants for cool ties.

We have also used them as shoelaces and to tie around fabrics that are headed out of the shop and into your hands. They work great for ribbons on gifts and they look so pretty in a jar for storage. So before you get rid of what you think is scrap fabric...find the long strings and put them to good use! I hope you enjoyed this quick tip and check out the other post to see more fabrics saving tips!

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