July 31, 2012

McCall's M6362 and GREAT News

I got started on the McCall's M6362 today! YAY!! It says easy on the package and so far that has been correct! ;) I'm thinking I ought to be able to finish it up tomorrow! :) I decided to go with the red jacquard since the back of the envelope suggested light weight fabrics and the views all show a light weight FLOWY fabric. LOL

Here's a look at the envelope.


I am making View A. OH, and by the way, that pattern is on clearance for $3 right now! Just click HERE! Yes, there I go being a pattern pusher, again! ;) LOL

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you my GREAT NEWS!!! I received an e-mail yesterday from AllFreeSewing.com and the editor liked the links that I sent in!! She asked for permission to link to my other projects! YAY!!!! AND I will be on the designer's page! WOOO HOOO!!! :) Isn't that AWESOME???? I love it!!!

I have been thinking about taking some design classes. That's my favorite part of sewing, taking an idea out of my head and making it come to life.  I don't know, though... Maybe when my youngest 2 kids are older.... School will be starting back soon and that will limit my time.

So, what are YOU working on???? I would LOVE to hear about it!!!

July 30, 2012

Baptism Day!

Yesterday was Baptism Day for Cailey and me. :) It was a wonderful, gorgeous day down by the coast. The girls and I walked down 150 steps to the beach. Of course we then had to walk 150 steps back UP!! Oh my goodness!!! LOL But it was an absolutely perfect day. I got to help with Cailey's  baptism and she got to help with mine. Then we had a picnic!

We we were actually baptized in a pool. The elderly members of the church can't walk down to the beach so they had a pool set up. :)

I wanna go back to the coast!! LOL

July 27, 2012

Shorts for Charity, New Fabric and a Rainbow

I have 3 pairs of shorts for charity all finished and one pair for c2. :) YAY!! I will be finishing up 1 more pair for charity and one more pair for c2 tonight! :)

I took a trip to Hancock's today since I was in the area... This is what I picked up for $20! ;)

I got 3 yards of this red jacquard! :) I used the yellow for the Retro Butterick  '56 5603.

I got a 1/2 yard of this AWESOME Steelers cotton to make a purse for FOOTBALL SEASON!! YAY!! Yes, I am a HUGE football fan! LOL And there was a purse that I was longing for last season. Now I can make my own and not pay $65! LOL

I <3 toile!! So when I saw this on sale I knew I had to grab a yard to make a purse or tote. :) Love yellow and blue together!

I found this in the remnants bin. It looked like just the thing to make d another bag. I got just over 1 1/2 yards for $2!

So that's the haul I got for $20. Not too shabby! ;)

And here is a picture of a rainbow we saw from our front yard this evening.

After I get the shorts finished up I am going to start cutting out the patter for this -


McCall's M6362. I think I'm still leaning toward madras.

Then after that I am planning to take on this -


Here is the fabric that I plan to use -

With a eyelet for the bolero! :) What do you think???

July 26, 2012

Stringtown Home Is So Cool!!!

If you've been following my blog this week then you know that I had the wonderful luck to do a guest post on Stringtown Home for Heather's Christmas in July! As if that wasn't amazing enough I won a prize!! I won 100 free prints from Shutterfly!! WOOOOO HOOOO!!! Everyone pop over to Stringtown Home and show Heather some love!!

Y'know, until I started a blog I never won ANYTHING! LOL In the 2 months that I have been blogging I have won 3 contests!! Isn't that crazy???

Oh, and my post is up on Stringtown Home today!! YIPPEEE!!! Thank you, Heather! You ROCK!!!

And because no blog post would be complete without pictures I have a couple of cat pics for you. LOL ;)

In other news, I THINK I fixed my sewing machine. I was able to fix the hems on the first pair of shorts for the  Hopeful Threads  sew along for Children In Families in Cambodia. I am hoping to get a couple more pairs done today. Not sure, though... I'm not quite feeling well. :/

July 25, 2012

The Trouble with My Sewing Machine GRRRRR!!!

I am about to have FITS!!!! ARGH!!! I have only gotten one pair of shorts done. Actually, you can't even call them done! Here is the issue!

This is what my sewing machine keeps doing. I'll think it's fixed but after a while it always goes back to that! I oil it every other day. I change the needles regularly. I have adjusted the tension...  I just don't know what else to do! OH! And I've tried 3 different types of bobbins!

Anyone have any thoughts??? I'm completely lost. SIGH....

In good news, my cousin LOVES her pj pants!! YAY!!! But dummy me forgot to take pics of them! LOL

July 24, 2012

Sewing for Charity - Part 3: The Skirts Tutorial

YAY!!! I have my skirts all done! I made 2 yellow and 2 purple in different sizes. I found some great crepe backed satin in the remnants bin at Hancock's!! So the 4 skirts cost a little over $4!!! Isn't that awesome?????

I made up a little tutorial for them although they are very simple and easy to make. ;)

I am thinking about adding some little bows to them so they won't so plain.

What I Used 

3 yards of crepe backed satin

2 yards of off white broadcloth (for lining)

1 1/2 yards of 1/2" elastic

Step 1 -

Remove the cat from the fabric, dust off and iron, AGAIN!!!!! SIGH........

Step 2 -

Cut your fabric to the width and length you need. This was about 42 wide by 28 long.

Step 3 -

Cut the lining the same width but 4" shorter. I like the lining to be s bit shorter than the skirt. It's just a personal preference. You can make it the same length if you like.

Step 4 -

Pin the top of the main fabric to the top of the lining and sew them together with a straight stitch.

Step 5 -

Fold over the top about a 1/2" and press.

Step 6 -

Fold up the bottom of the lining a 1/2" and press. Fold over again 1" and press.  Pin and sew the hem. Press again.

Step 7 -

Pin the sides together and sew the seam. Press the seam to one side.

Step 8 -

Fold the top over 1" and press. This will be your elastic casing. Pin and sew with a straight stitch making sure to leave and opening to insert the elastic.

Step 9 -

Pin both ends of the elastic and either hold on tightly to both ends or pin one end to the fabric.

Step 10 -

Sew the ends of the elastic together. I usually use a zigzag stitch if the elastic is above 1/4". Sew the opening closed.

Step 11 -

Fold over the bottom 3/4" and press. Fold over 1/2", press and hem!

Now turn right side out and press!

You're all done! :) Now you have made a simple skirt for charity! YAY!!!! :) Let me know if this was easy to follow or not!

You can find a local agency to give it to or you can send it along to Skirting the Issue at Project Run & Play.  They even have a sizing chart to help you out. :)

Tonight I will start sewing shorts for the  Hopeful Threads  sew along for Children In Families in Cambodia. I will put up a tutorial for the self patterned shorts but I think I will also be using the free Fishsticks Designs pattern for a couple of pairs.

Both sites have prizes that you can enter to win if you wish.

July 23, 2012

Christmas in July! A Book Cover Tutorial

I am very proud to be a part of Stringtown Home's Christmas in July! YAY!!!!! For my part I am going to show you how to make a cute book cover for a gift. :) They are very easy to make and you can customize them for your friends and relatives by the different fabrics and embellishments you use.

What you will need -

1/2 yard of main fabric (will make both covers)

1/2 yard of contrast fabric (will make both covers)

Any embellishments that you might want to add

Hot glue gun to add embellishments

Step 1 -

Take out a large book and use it as a guideline when cutting. When you cut leave about 3/4" at the top and bottom for seam allowance. The measurements are about 23" by 11".

Step 2 -

Make sure that your fabric will cover it just right, with the sides going over the cover of the book.

Step 3 -

Use the part you just cut as a pattern to cut your contrast fabric.

Step 4 -

Remove the cat from the fabric and dust off the cat fur.... SIGH.....

Step 5 -

Pin your main fabric to your contrast fabric, right sides together. Then sew the seam on 3 sides, leaving one end open.

LOL! You can see my messy pin cushion! I always end up with tangled threads in it!

Step 6 -

Turn right side out and press.

Step 7 -

Fold in the ends that you left open about a 1/4" and press.

Step 8 -

Top stitch along the top of the entire cover.

Step 9 -

Cut 2 pieces of your contrast fabric 10" long by 6" wide.

Step 10-

Fold over the side edges 1" and press. Fold down the middle and press. Top stitch down both sides.

Step 11-

Place your handles where you want them and pin, making sure NOT to pin the flap that is tucked inside the book.

Step 12-

Stitch your handle end on with it facing down toward where the spine of the book would be. Do that to all 4 ends.

Step 13 -

Fold the handle end over the part you just stitched and top-stitch it into place. Do that to all 4 ends.

Step 14-

Fold over the ends of the book cover and press. Pin in place and stitch just down the sides.


ALL DONE!!!! :)

Hmmm... Looks like my handles are a little off.. I'll have to fix that....

The small book covers are even easier. Follow the same steps but omit the handles. :)

So, what do you think?? Would they make good presents?

As always, let me know if the tutorial was easy to follow or not. And I am always happy to answer any questions! :)


And thank you to Heather!! This was so much FUN!! :) This was my first ever guest slot! :)