Wednesday, January 17, 2018

sewing nine in 2018

On Instagram I posted my #2018makenine
Nine items of clothing that I want to sew this year. One of my sewing goals for this year includes one selfish sewing project a month. I would love to do more than that but I'm going to shoot for at least one a month. I don't have to do a clothing item each month it can be any other project as well.

The clothes I have my eye on include lots of pockets!
1. McCalls #7544
2. The Cleo Skirt by Made By Rae (some IG inspiration)
3. Tea house dress (some IG inspiration)
4. Lark Tee by Grain line studio
5. The Penny Dress (pattern found here)
6. Deer creek dress (pattern here) I already have this pattern ready so this may be the first one I sew.
7. Wrap dress, McCalls #7534
8. Chambrey Midi skirt, copy from a store I like 
9. The Forsythe dress(By French Navy

What are you sewing goals for the new year?

Pinners CA tickets are on sale now

This year Pinners Conference is adding a new city to their lineup, San Diego, CA.
It will be April 13-14, 2018
Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego, CA
Fri 10am - 8pm | Sat 9am - 7pm

Tickets are on sale now and you can get a discount on your entrance when you use promo code: EDEENUT
I'll be teaching two sewing classes and hope you'll join me!
One class will be Pillow covers with an envelope style back on Friday.
The second class in on Saturday and we will be making a set of rope coasters.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fourth of July flag craft for kids to paint

With it fast approaching the end of June, the Fourth of July will be here before you know it.
I rarely do decorating in advance and crafts with kids are basically unheard of around these parts. But I saw a brief craft that looked easy and perfect for my youngest to do on his own, with just a bit of prep work from me.

Holiday decorations have become less important for me to stock up on and keep. Over the years, and maybe after moving, I realized why store these holiday boxes with decorations in that are only used once a year? You pull them out for a month and put them on a table to collect dust and then put them back in the box to store for another year. With the exception of Christmas, I have maybe one decoration that I keep for the big holidays. Now with Christmas, I have drastically reduced the amount of decorations I put up. I have gotten rid of a lot of what I used to have, but I LOVE Christmas! I still do have a few boxes of Christmas decorations and I pull it all out and enjoy December like it's the best time of the year that it is!

For the other holidays, I've decided how easy it is to just decorate simple and inexpensively, if at all, and then when the holiday is over, it's just perfectly fine to toss the stuff instead of storing it in a box.

A small craft with my children is the best way to satisfy this way of thinking. Next year we will use the same mentality, simple and toss, with nothing to store. Maybe some think this is wasteful, but when it's time spent with kids, and a simple craft, it's perfect for us who like to be a minimalist.

So shall we? Get out your tape and paint and to get in the Patriotic mood! With you imagination you can do this for any holiday as you are free to change up the taped image to paint over.

Items needed:
-Kraft Paper Roll (or any art paper you have on hand!) 
-Washi Tape (or painters tape)
-Craft paint and brushes
(I really just used what we had on hand, the blue was finger paint, and the white and red were from my craft stash.)

1- To begin, I prepared the craft paper for any over painting, by taping scrap paper to the back that would catch any paint along the edges, keeping it off the table.

For the image on the front, I used a roll of Japanese Washi tape. This is a decorative masking type of tape. It easily peels off without adhering to the paper and ripping it and it is thin. If you have painters tape. I would also recommend that. It's thicker so you may need a larger paper to fit your disign on though. I'm not sure if regular masking tape would peel off as smooth, but it's worth a shot if that's all you have on hand!

2- Use your imagination and tape the USA and STAR with tape. I use small pieces at a time, if needed. Ripping them to small lengths that would fit around each corner and point. Use your fingernail to rub the tape down securely, you do not want paint to seep under the edges. I just eyeballed this and you can tell that it is far from perfect, but I wouldn't have it any other way!

3- Divide the paper in three sections. I used a pencil to draw a line for my son to use as a guide.
Start by painting the middle section. This way the middle section will dry first. After it dries, you can then paint the other two sections above and below the center. You will only have to wait for one drying time this way, instead of two.

4- After the entire paper is dried, slowly peel the tape off. Go slow on this step to avoid ripping the paper. It's okay if the corners curl up when dry. To display our painting, I put rolled tape on the back corners and stuck it to an existing framed art we had on our entry table.

This was such a quick project, my son did it while I made dinner. When he was waiting for the paint to dry, he helped me with dinner. If the craft took any longer, I don't think that he or I would have ever had the patience to finish it!

The cute pom poms are from my friend Sarah at Apricot Polkadot. I hot glued them to skinny dowels and stuck them in the vase with white beans.
and the red white and blue paper garlands on the mirror are available in my shop.
My shop is on vacation for a week and will reopen June 29th.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

plus quilt finish

December 2016 has come and gone and I am just now getting my last gift sent out to my sister, now that it's June... Yes, a few months behind. But it was worth the wait I'm sure of it.
Each year, my family rotates between siblings and gets them a gift. My sister lived in Arizona in December and she knew they were moving to Utah soon where quilts come in handy. That's part of my excuse for sending it late. I figured it would be one less thing for them to pack. The other part of my excuse is... I just didn't finish it on time to send with the rest of her gift.

I love a quilt design that doesn't take a lot of thought. It was just squares and rectangles and when put together they become pluses. The gray and blue/ green colors are a perfect match for my sisters house and I love the way they turned out!

In order to make the quilt easy to complete at home myself, I wanted it just large enough to be able to self bast on the dining room table. I added the leafs in the table which made it just wide enough to spray baste.
This 505 SprayI use is the most amazing thing! I spray basted the quilt back in December. Then it sat rolled up until June. I was pleasantly surprised when I pulled it out to quilt and it was all still nicely sandwiched together.

Straight line quilting was really quick. And the minky fabric on the backside is just so soft!
The binding is a blue chevron print and after washing and drying, it is ready for Utah winters and couch snuggling!
Final size 60" x 75" Each square has a final size of 5".

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

sewing with knits, elasic waist summer skirt

An addition to Me Made May 2017 is this knit skirt. I'm starting to branch out from my lounge pants and wearing more clothes that are presentable this month because my foot is allowing me to leave the house more (even though my shoe still makes my foot puff up like a Dr. exam glove).

This skirt has an elastic waist and it's cut with a slight flare towards the bottom so it's not a pencil skirt. The waist uses 2" wide elastic in a separate casing and it's pretty comfy.
I had originally bought this fabric from Hawthorn Threads to use as a short summer skirt and I'm really enjoying it today as the temps are rising!

It's kind of a purplish / navy blue fabric with a turquoise and a light teal design on it. I hadn't thought about what tops I would wear with this when I bought the fabric. I've since realized, I don't have many tops that actually look good with it. This white shirt is a safe match so it'll get a lot of wear.
The sides were not quite matched up seeing how it wasn't a straight cut, but flared out a bit. I at least got the lines of the design even and matched up from from to back.

Shirt- Target
Skirt- Me Made, knit from Hawthorn Threads
Earrings- Nickel and Suede
Bracelet- SoSoBella 
Watch- Fossil (from my husband 16 years ago, my then fiance :)