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!

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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.

Oct 23, 2016

Cancer Sucks

How do you write a post about travesty that is Childhood Cancer? I am a mother of five children and I have not had to hear the phrase, 'I'm sorry, your child has cancer' and I hope & pray I never will. So who am I to even attempt to write to the world about this? Let me tell you. I am a Child of God. I am a Human. I am a Mother, a wife, sister, and a friend. I know cancer from a different angle and that is my point today. WE ALL KNOW CANCER from one angle or another. What we need to do then is recognize that it is a deadly disease and we need to fight and support those who know it on a much more personal level! There are many ways that you can support those who are facing this trial of life. Prayer, compassion, freezer meals, money, a warm smile, caroling, cards & letters, any small simple act of joy that extends to them a feeling of love from you. This is one of the reasons that I joined up with the lovely ladies behind Bloggers for Pediatric Cancer Warriors.
I moved to Vancouver, Washington almost 6 years ago. I knew no one! I was sitting with my kids in a local park one morning and beautiful woman with two small children walked up to play. There was something immediately different about this family. The one young boy ran to park with all the enthusiasm of a young child. The woman and her second child moved differently. She walked slowly and held tight to a cute little boy wearing a face-mask on his sweet bald head.
Today little Alex runs through life with the same enthusiasm I saw from his brother on the first day we meet! Chrissy (his mother) and I have become good friends and it warms my heart to see her smile as she joyfully watches her two boys thrive. Alex and his family have been able to preserver and are now giving that back to children and families that are fighting the battle every day! Chrissy remains in contact with the many children and their families who are still fighting. Her family is involved with many fundraisers and she often goes in and creates amazing henna tattoos to bring beauty back into these children lives. She is an inspiration to me, to fight a good fight, to never give up, and to always give back!
A while back I saw this video about designers bringing joy to children with cancer through fabric and I told Chrissy I wanted to do something similar. She told me that one of the things that bothered little Alex was that he had to wear a face mask all the time. Alex was very young during his fight and Chrissy said that it was a struggle to have him keep it on. A week or so later I saw the invitation to join this tour and I jumped at the chance. Chrissy and I are working to make face masks from knit fabric to give to our local warriors. This is one of the areas where you can help right now. For every yard of knit that we sell in our shop, from now till the end of October, we will match a 1/2 yard dedicated to face masks. We will then get a group of ladies together and sew up some new, soft, vibrant, and fun face masks to take to our local warriors. We really feel like these masks will help make them feel special and loved! So spread the word!
You can also help by participating and sharing the word about the Auction that we have put together. You can join the Facebook group for the Auction here. All the items up for sale are in the photos and the bidding will begin at 8:00 AM EST on Oct. 27th and close on Oct. 28th at Midnight EST. Remember to join the BPCW Auction Group for more details. In the meantime here is a sneak peek at what I will have up for Auction.

Further still you can donate any amount through American Childhood Cancer Organization or ACCO by clicking on the link; Donation from Bloggers for Pediatric Cancer Warriors . Our goal is to raise $500 and we truly believe that with your help we can do this! Be sure to enter the Giveaway as our thanks to you and visit the rest of the stops on the tour.
Blog Tour for “Go Gold©” Auction
Benefiting the American Childhood Cancer Organization

19th The Adventures of Bubba and Bug and Troops To Tots Giveaway is 5 copies of “Wild Things” by Molly Goodall
Giveaway is 6 month subscription to Seamwork Magazine
Giveaway is $20 gift certificate to PhatQuarters and pattern stash
Giveaway is $50 gift certificate to Pattern Review
Giveaway is $20 gift certificate to UpCraft Club

Giveaway is the book “Building Block Dress” by Lisel Gibson of Oliver & S.
GO GOLD® is the registered trademark of the American Childhood Cancer Organization

Oct 21, 2016

a Facebook Group, a PDF Pattern Company, & an Auction!

Things have been moving and changing around here! We have a lot of fun and exciting things to share with you. Let's start off with a new Facebook Group where we can share our many creations using fabrics found in our shop! We will have games, contests, coupon codes, and create great and uplifting friendships!!! I am so excited for this new step and I hope that you will join our group by following this link PHAT QUARTERS or finding us on Facebook at Phat Quarters Fabric. We will start off the fun with Pre-Sale Orders, coupons codes, giveaways and more. So head over now!

Next I want to introduce Petite Stitchery & Company with you. It is a great new adventure that I am taking with Ashley Harrmann and Laura Scaramella. We are so excited to bring together our talents and creativity and be able to present season collections of PDF Patterns for your sewing enjoyment. Our first collection will be releasing soon! We are sharing sneak peeks with you on our Facebook group Petite Stitchery and you can read more about our new company at our site Petite Stitchery & Co.

Lastly I want to get some hype going for a great Auction that I am taking part in on Oct. 27-28th. There are a million people & a million reasons why I am taking part in Bloggers for Pediatric Cancer Warrior's Blog Tour & Auction. There have been some amazing women working behind the scenes to make this happen and I am excited to be a part of it. I will post more on Monday, but today I want to give you info and a peek at what I will have up for auction. To learn more about how you can donate outside of the Auction CLICK HERE. To join in the Auction fun CLICK HERE.

Oct 4, 2016

Halloween Bag-a-palooza...the treats!

Well hello again world! Time has played a trick on me...HOW can it be October already!?!?! Today I had plans of showing you a Tween version of a Pillow Treat Bag for those of you with older kids who still enjoy the fun and excitement of Halloween - I still do! And yet, time caught me by surprise and I do not have a a bag to show you. However I have never turned down a child on Halloween and so I will not leave you empty handed on my front porch! Head over to these amazing blogs all week long for inspiring ideas & tutorials for Halloween goodie bags and keep reading to see how to fill your goodie bag.

What good is a goodie bag without any treats!?!?! Enjoy a bit of eye candy and fill up your goodie bag with something far sweater than fabric!!! Take this coupon code and head over to Phat Quarters and fill up for the next 24 hours. All you have to do is type in TREAT30 at checkout to receive 30% off your entire pruchase! Let's also see who is brave enough to enter an oh so spooky giveaway. One lucky trick-or-treater will win a Halloween Fabric Bundle from my shop. Bring it on October!
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