Sewing Star Wars

I live in a household of Star Wars fanatics. I grew up a Trekkie, but am a Star Wars person by marriage and my kids insist that no other space story could ever be better than Star Wars. My husband reads the books, refers to the "canon" and eye rolls at the movies that mess up the story. 

Over the years, I have gifted him many Star Wars things, and I've even made a few (well, more than just a few, I realized after typing this out!) For example, I bought Star Wars fabric and made him a couple pillow cases. This is the method I use for pillow cases. And, I made some ornaments out of the ships on a certain fabric. Maybe when I dig the Christmas stuff out, I'll write a tutorial on that! I've even made my husband and son Obi Wan and Yoda costumes for Halloween! I used this pattern. I made Layla a Rey costume too and my son a Kylo Ren cloak, but today is one of those days when I just can't wade through photos to find all these old pictures, ha! Sorry. 

But there are so many good ideas out there for sewing Star Wars that I just had to write a post and link you to the best ones! These are all FREE and include tutorials and/or patterns. See below that photo collage for the links!

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  1. Storm Trooper doll on crafting-news.com. Ridiculously cute. 
  2. Bugaboo Studio's DIY Star Wars pillows
  3. Quiet Play's Star Wars quilt is so amazing. She has lots of free paper piecing patterns for Star Wars on Craftsy. I'm currently working on the At-At! So much fun, I can't wait to show you. 
  4. Free patterns for felt Star Wars ornaments on diygeekery. 
  5. Oh my goodness, Wild Olive's Chewbaca and Maz Kanata plushies are too cute. 
  6. R2-D2 apron by so-sew-easy.
  7. Pattern for a fleece Yoda costume on fleecefun.com.

Those are the best free Star Wars sewing patterns I've found on the web so far. Have I missed any?? Feel free to link us in the comments! 

Recently I checked out this book from the library and we all got a huge kick out of it. Especially the Jabba the Hut body pillow, soooooo funny. I actually made that crochet R2 hat for my nephew last year! 

Have you sewn anything Star Wars related? I want to hear about it! 

Cheers :) 

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Sew Inspo: Inaugural edition!

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Welcome to the first edition of Sew Inspo, where I link you to fab sewing inspiration/ideas/tutorials/resources that I've spotted around the web on any given week. (I'd love to tell you I'll be doing a new edition every week, but we'll see ... because, life is so time consuming, ha! 

I won't waste time yakking. Let's get started! 

If you've seen any other cool ideas around the web this week, be sure and let me know! 

Cheers :) 

Kids can sew owl softies!

My Monday class girls chose this cute owl softie from the book Sewing for Children to make this past week and they turned out so, so cute! I didn't manage to get a photo of my students' finished projects, but I did get some of the owls my kids and I made, after the fact. 

Here's mine. Because who wouldn't want to sew along while teaching this class, right?? I made mine a feathered headband. Should I call him Woodstock? Is it even ok for a bird to wear feathers??

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My girls almost always join in on sewing class, but my son tends to wait until after class to make the projects that appeal to him (just too many girls, I guess) and he cut his out and sewed it almost all on his own! And whenever one machine became unthreaded he would just switch to a different one, lol. Sewing is a good skill for boys to have too. 

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In the book this is a hand sewn project, but we did ours by machine. 

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We've made several things from this book over the years. It was one of the first kids' sewing books we got, long before I started teaching sewing. My kids were able to make many of the items without help when they were younger! I'd call this one worth buying. 

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How to Sew a Zipper Pouch -- a beginner friendly tutorial

I'm thrilled that our YouTube channel has reached (and now surpassed!) 500 subscribers! I know that's a drop in the bucket compared to many other channels, but we are so thankful for each person who found our content entertaining and useful enough to click that subscribe button. 

How to sew a zipper pouch, by Pin, Cut, Sew studio

How to sew a zipper pouch, by Pin, Cut, Sew studio

I have a new video tutorial up on the YouTube channel for you today, the first in our new Utah sewing studio! I've been asked to make a video on how to make basic zipper pouches and I've tried to make this as beginner friendly as possible. I had six kiddos sewing these up on Monday in my classes, so I know you can do it too ;) 

Enjoy! Be sure and subscribe if you haven't already and share with your sewing friends! 

Sewing and Ballet

My oldest daughter Natalie got her first pair of pointe shoes a few weeks ago. Kind of a big deal to a dancer!! My knowledge of dance is minimal, but I do know sewing and am fascinated by how the two relate to each other. 

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Pointe shoes are not something you go in a just pick up off a shelf. The fitting process takes some time and the ladies who helped us find the right shoes were meticulous and made the appointment so much fun. The shoes have to fit perfectly -- there is no buying a size to big so she can grow into them, since a dancer could get injured if they don't fit just right. 

Then you have to sew on the elastic and ribbons. I got the needle and thread out and directed her to YouTube and made her do that part herself ;) 

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She had her first pointe class on Thursday. I so wish I could have gone in there with my camera as all the girls learned to put their shoes on for the first time! But, that's not allowed. Booooooooo. 

Natalie also auditioned for the Nutcracker yesterday and got a part! She'll be a candy cane and she's so excited. I'm not sure how excited either of us will be when I drive her to rehearsals at 7 a.m. every Saturday morning, though, ha! As a seamstress, I love looking at costumes. Costume sewing (for Halloween) tops my list of favorite things to sew, but I know costumes for ballet are a whole 'nother thing. 

I have no idea what her candy cane costume will look like, but I'm enjoying looking at these beauties! Also, poor Clara's nightgown in this photo is a corset. Sounds comfy, haha. 

Sharni Spencer as a Mirliton and Jessica Fyfe as Clara in the Australian Ballet's Nutcracker. Photography by Jeff Busby

Sharni Spencer as a Mirliton and Jessica Fyfe as Clara in the Australian Ballet's Nutcracker. Photography by Jeff Busby

Mirlitons: Eloise Fryer and Jill Ogai in Sir Peter Wright's The Nutcracker. Photography Jeff Busby

Mirlitons: Eloise Fryer and Jill Ogai in Sir Peter Wright's The Nutcracker. Photography Jeff Busby

I love being involved in dance productions and sewing is the way I know how to do that.  I do have to join "a committee" for this Nutcracker production. Not sure what that entails. But if there's a costume committee, I'm there. Just don't give me the snack bar committee. Haha! 

While on the subject, out of curiosity, I was researching how pointe shoes are made and found this video. I love how the ballerina calls the makers artists and their craft an art form that enables their very livelihood. It really is a cool industry! And now I know why they cost so much, ha! 

During the hour of jazz she has on Thursday nights, I always go to the library nearby. I picked up a few kids' ballet books, including this one

Natalie read it and said it was really good, so I read it too. Did you know that the brothers responsible for bringing The Nutcracker to America were from small town Utah? It's super interesting. I got a kick out of this page, of course: 

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Cheers! 

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Recent (and a few not-as-recent) makes

I have some recently sewn things to share with you! I have quite the queue of sewing projects all the time. Some are for my local classes and many are things my family asks me to make for them (costume time is coming!!!), but I always try to fit selfish sewing projects in between the selfless ones. 

First up, a month or so ago, I made a lightweight cardigan out of a pretty rayon jersey. I do like this pattern and may use it again, but it doesn't beat out my favorite, which I'll get to later. I like the peplum on the back and it's nice to have several cardigans like this on hand as Summer turns to Fall (my first Fall in three years! So excited!!)

McCall's 6996

McCall's 6996

Next up, I made a dress recently from a 90's pattern I bought at a thrift store. The pattern cover was not cute. But it had a great detail in the back and I knew if I used a flowy fabric and made the skirt less full, it could be great.  Here's the pattern:

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And here's my dress: 

Vintage Simplicity 6392

Vintage Simplicity 6392

I didn't get a good photo of the back, sorry. But it's pretty, I love the cut out! And I didn't make the skirt quite as full as the pattern, I just cut the width of my rayon, placing the stripes vertically, then pleated it to fit the bodice. I also elasticized the waistline seam allowance. Someday in the future, I may shorten it, but for now, it's super comfy and I like it. 

Next, none of these pieces are things I've made super recently, but they tend to get a lot of rotation in my wardrobe and I've never shared any of them here, so I think it's time! 

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The cardigan is one of two Blackwood Cardigans I've made so far and I LOVE them. I have plans for a green one in a rib knit from Girl Charlee. I only buy Indy patterns if I feel like I'll get several makes out of them and this is definitely a favorite! 

The skirt is the Chi-Town skirt, another Indy pattern I've managed to get quite a bit of use out of! I think the denim is part of it's success, though, I happened to pick it up at my Hawaii Fabricmart and it's a good one. Wish I could get more! 

The tank was self-drafted from a ready-to-wear tank that shrunk to oblivion (eye roll). I like the print for Fall! 

As a side note, let's talk about shoes for a minute. I have a bit of scoliosis and discovered after buying my first pair of Chacos a couple years ago (I have some like these and some like these) that shoes make a HUGE difference in how my back and hips feel. I need firm soles, with good arch support. Chacos are my favorite and I plan to order a pair of Chaco boots pretty soon, since I have moved to a state where sandals are seasonal, haha. But I've been checking Savers for nice shoes that can get me into Fall. Good shoes are expensive and if you aren't sure they're going to work for your issues, it's hard to spend that kind of money to just try them out, ya know? Anyway, I found the Sperry Topsiders (similar pair here) in the photo above at my local Savers thrift store and they are GREAT! They were in super good condition, they're real leather, which means my feet neither sweat nor get cold in them and they have the proper arch support. 

If you are super picky about shoes or have back/foot issues, can you recommend some more brands I can try? I haven't needed winter shoes in three years, so help me find some stylish ones! 

 

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Tour my new sewing studio!

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Well, we have successfully moved from Hawaii to Utah, where we bought a house that we immediately had half of renovated. Thankfully, we had a truly wonderful contractor who treated our home as if it were his own and went above and beyond our expectations! One large room in the downstairs of our 1978 split level was tagged for my sewing studio. I have been so excited about bringing my sewing class business here to Utah and knew that a separate set-up would make things so much easier than using my dining room like I was doing in Hawaii. 

Anyway, without further ado, here is the end result! 

I upgraded the four mechanical Brother machines I had to six new computerized Project Runway Brother machines (affiliate link). They have already made my life so much easier!! A couple reasons: First, they have speed control, which is a no-brainer when teaching kids, I have learned. Second, they have certain features that prevent me from having to constantly rethread or unclog the thread. For example, if you try to sew without the presser foot being down, you'll get an error code. Also, I've already used the fancy stitches, the alphabet, the button-holer and and button foot and they all work like a dream! These machines cost $160 on Amazon and I highly recommend them! 

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I'm happy to say I've already put it to good use, not only sewing for myself and with the girls, but I've already held a couple classes here and this space was a dream to work in! 

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The large cutting table is something we got on Craigslist because it was part of a handmade set. My husband is using it's taller partner, but this thing was way too big for my dresser and I already have a dresser I like. So I painted it blue, added cool drawer pulls and had Casey put a new, larger top on it to serve as a perfect cutting table that also holds ALL of my fabric and then some! Casey even put it on castors so if we need this floor space for other uses, this can be pushed to the wall and sewing machine tables (which are from IKEA and were given to me) can be pushed to the other wall. The little stools were actually taller stools we already had, but aren't using. I asked Casey to cut them shorter and they're perfect and don't take up space like bulky chairs would. The curtains were ones I made for our bedroom two states/homes ago. Glad I kept them! 

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My personal sewing space is at the far end, along with the ironing station. I gave myself the mountain view, it's so pretty out that window. That wooden cabinet my father-in-law made me years ago and it holds notions and things. The retro metal desk was a side of the road rescue that I painted, also many years ago. 

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This vanity was a gift from my Dad, which made over for me one Christmas when I was young. I gave it a fresh coat of paint a couple years ago and I love it in this space now. Everyone needs a mirror in their sewing space! 

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I hope you've enjoyed the tour! I'm certainly enjoying the space. I already have more classes planned, so I'll soon have photos of it in use, I'm sure. 

Cheers! 

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Two Ways to Finish Seams

While most of my sewing stuff is still in boxes while we wait for the remodel to be done, I did manage to make a dress yesterday and it felt soooooo good to sew something! It's like therapy, for real. 

McCall's 2632

McCall's 2632

I used a very simple shift dress pattern that I knew the fit was perfect on (I had made a muslin of it in the past), McCall's 2632. It's out of print now, but here it is on Amazon. Here's the dress unbelted, but I like it a little better with a simple belt, as shown in the other photos. 

Unfortunately, I could not get my serger working! I'm hoping I just made a threading mistake and it didn't get banged up in the move, but I didn't want to spend too much time on it so I finished my inside seams the old-fashioned way. I thought I'd share with you how to do the same! 

If you are making clothing for yourself, or your kiddos, or your dolls and you don't want the seams to get tattered in the wash, here are two ways to finish them so they'll always look nice. 

First, a French Seam. Here's how to do it! 

1. Place your fabrics WRONG sides together and sew in a 1/4" seam. Trim this down to 1/8".

2. Press the tiny seam to one side. This will help you get a crisp edge when you then fold the piece RIGHT sides together, encasing the first raw edge inside. Sew in a 3/8" seam. 

Your seam will then look nice and pretty, with the raw edges tucked away, never to be seen again. This is how I finished my center back seam. 

French Seam

French Seam

For my side seams, I needed them to be pressed open because of the way the sleeves needed to be hemmed. So I simply sewed my 5/8" seam, then turned the raw edge of each seam allowance under and sewed a tiny hem. So it looks like this: 

Seam finishing

Seam finishing

You can see I didn't sew them down to the main fabric, I kept that out of the way as I turned the tiny hems under. A good press and it looks so neat on the inside! 

I had enough of this fabric to cut out a simple top too, so I'll be working on that next. And hopefully I'll get my serger working, but there's something satisfying about finishing the insides this way too! 

I know I'll get a lot of wear out of this dress. Today I found a belt of Natalie's lying around and put it on with it. 

Gracie wanted to be in all the photos, she's a camera hog. 

Cheers and Happy Sewing! 

How to sew finished seams, two ways, without a serger

How to sew finished seams, two ways, without a serger

A Little Llama Love

Oh my gosh, I was browsing the new Simplicity Fall line last night and just about died over this pattern. 

Simplicity Pattern 8441

Simplicity Pattern 8441

I mean, COME ON!! 

Simplicity Pattern 8441

Simplicity Pattern 8441

Llamas are everywhere right now and I am quite happy about the trend. They're just so darn silly looking. 

I had to make a curtain for my hallway closet because the door track broke. I went to Hobby Lobby and was soooo close to picking this duck cloth (I didn't, but just a little part of me wishes I had): 

Llama Drama

Llama Drama

How about the Lloyd and Lola quilt pattern by Elizabeth Hartman?? Unbelievably awesome. This would be so fun to make. 

Lloyd and Lola Quilt Pattern

Lloyd and Lola Quilt Pattern

For a simpler project though, how cute is this little llama key chain?? Free pattern and tutorial! 

Llama key chain tutorial on HobbyCraft

Llama key chain tutorial on HobbyCraft

Oh, and another mini quilt pattern. Hipster Llama. Amazing. 

Hipster Llama Pattern sold by Craftsy

Hipster Llama Pattern sold by Craftsy

Pattern by MaisieMooNZ on Etsy

Pattern by MaisieMooNZ on Etsy

Ok, I'll stop! But seriously, go make some llamas! They're such silly guys :D

Llama sewing pattern roundup on pincutsewstudio.com

Llama sewing pattern roundup on pincutsewstudio.com

How to Sew a Triangle Pouch

Hello, strangers! Ok, I know it's me who's been absent, but that's because we have moved across the ocean. Before we left, I filmed two tutorials, hoping I'd get to work on them during the travel. Our stuff arrives tomorrow, six weeks after getting packed up, and I just now finished the first video, ha! It's a good one, though! 

You may have seen these cute triangle pouches around. I tried a few tutorials, but none were quite right, so I perfected the method for myself and Natalie and I filmed the how-to. These are super easy! We made them for dance teacher gifts, Mother's Day gifts and some for ourselves too. 

We hope you enjoy! As referenced in the video, here are the sizes you'll need to cut your fabrics for the three different sizes of triangle pouches: 

Small: 4x7 for bag pieces and 2.5x6 for handle. 

Medium: 6x11 for bag pieces and 3x7 for handle.

Large: 8x15 for bag pieces and 3x9 for the handle. 

Also as referenced in the video, here is the link to my favorite zippers! They come in packages of various colors and are so much fun. 

Without further ado, here is our video! Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel and be sure and show us what you've made using our tutorials by tagging me on Instagram

In case you're wondering ...

If you don't know me in real life or follow me on Instagram, the reason for my silence here and on YouTube lately is because we are in the big middle of a military move from Hawaii to Utah. An overseas move is so complicated, y'all. But I find myself with a few free moments, which will hopefully be more frequent in the coming weeks than they have been in the past few! 

So, how does a sewing blogger blog when she cannot sew? She dreams about sewing, of course ;) 

We bought a house in Utah and it's a dream come true because it has an ideal space for the sewing studio! I plan to continue teaching sewing there, but doing it in our dining room/living room/kitchen island was not going to work for much longer. We need a designated space and this house has it. So excited! Here are a few photos of my space from our realtor:

It's a large room in a daylight basement, so there are large windows. I'm very excited about the windows! We need lots of light for sewing and to film tutorials for the YouTube channel.

So I've been browsing set-ups on Pinterest, of course. I even have a sewing room board. I don't want a crazy cluttered look, I really like a clean space, free of clutter, which may seem oxymoronic when it comes to a hobby that requires quite a bit of gear. 

I absolutely love this office/craft room reveal on Andrea's Notebook! These colors and the peg board and the textures. I get so much inspiration from this! 

Photo belongs to www.Andreasnotebook.com, click over for more details! 

Photo belongs to www.Andreasnotebook.com, click over for more details! 

Casey wants to build some kind of narrow desks for the machines, maybe even some folding ones like these

photo credit: https://superkitina.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/black-oveja-en-kireei/

photo credit: https://superkitina.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/black-oveja-en-kireei/

A recent edition of Mollie Makes magazine has instructions for building some hexagon shelves and Casey's already looked about big pieces of peg board. We love house projects, it's what we miss about home ownership, so we're just really excited about all we have planned! 

Can't wait to get in there start sewing! And teaching! And filming! 

 

How to make an emoji sleep mask. Free pattern!

We have a some long flights and accompanying jet lag in our near future and Kelby and I wanted some sleep masks. We thought emoji sleep masks would be super funny! Everyone needs a chuckle on a long flight, amiright?? Enjoy our video tutorial and you can print the free pattern below the video for both sizes of sleep masks! 

Here's your pattern! Just click to save and print :) 

10 Last-minute Easter sewing ideas

I love putting a little something handmade into my kids' Easter Baskets, but I haven't had a lot of time to think about it until now! So I got on Pinterest tonight and my goodness, there are some super cute ideas and a lot of them don't take much time at all. 

Easter sewing ideas

Easter sewing ideas

But first, just for grins, because I would't call this a last minute project, but my bunny basket I made last year is just too cute not to include in an Easter sewing post. This is an ancient McCall's pattern. It includes all holidays. I used to make these for gifts when I was a teenager and stash cute things in the basket. Aw :) I do think, even without the pattern, something similar to this would be easy to DIY for those who love getting crafty with felt and their glue gun. 

But, on to the list! 10 last minute things to sew for Easter 

1. Carrot Treat Bags. So cute! This is the one I'll probably whip up for my own kids. I think it would be fun for them to make for their friends too. 

2. Drawstring Bunny Bags. Equally adorable. 

3. Little Bunny Sachets, how cute. 

4. Last year I made these Hungry Bunnies for each of my kids. They're so cute and zippers used in creative ways are always fun! This one is Kelby's:

5. I made several of these patchwork Easter eggs many years ago. Here's a photo I scavenged up from my old blog! My photography skills have progressed. Haha. 

 6. Oh my goodness, a bunny bib!! So sweet. 

7. My kids would love these little love bunny softies. I think I may use this tutorial in a future sewing class. I think kids would enjoy making them even more than receiving them! 

8. This is the best bunny ears idea I've ever seen, I love it. I have a version of this brewing for next year's ballet bun accessory ;)

9. Some hair bows to match Easter dresses are always a good idea! Watch my video tutorial here. 

10. And of course, if you missed my felt Peeps bunnies tutorial, they're super fast and easy! You could make a bunch to dress up Easter baskets. 

If you have other last minute Easter sewing ideas, feel free to link us in the comments! Cheers :)

How to Make Cute Felt Peeps

Natalie and I love making hair accessories for her ballet class. I have made some super cute bun nets in the past, but I didn't have that kind of time before Easter! So instead, we decided on some kind of clips and thought these Peeps bunnies would be super cute. 

Felt Peeps tutorial

Felt Peeps tutorial

We spent some time before dance on Friday making them and they were so much fun, pretty fast and easy, and the girls all loved them when she handed them out at ballet that night. We remembered to take some photos along the way so we could share the how-to here with you. 

Peeps hair clips

Peeps hair clips

This is a great project to do with kids. Natalie did the tracing and cutting, I did the sewing, we tag teamed the gluing. 

Without further ado, here is the free pattern and instructions! Just click and save, then print. 

Felt peeps hair clip tutorial

Felt peeps hair clip tutorial

Here are some photos of the steps, in case you need more of a visual. 

felt peeps, free pattern

felt peeps, free pattern

felt peeps tutorial

felt peeps tutorial

felt peeps pattern

felt peeps pattern

felt Peeps hair clip tutorial

felt Peeps hair clip tutorial

felt Peeps hair clip tutorial

felt Peeps hair clip tutorial

felt Peeps hair clip tutorial

felt Peeps hair clip tutorial

The key to making the hair clips secure is that felt rectangle hot glued over the inside of the clip! You won't have detaching clips if you do it this way. I'd do the same thing if attaching a safety pin or anything else to the back instead. 

Natalie put the clips in an Easter basket to deliver them! Such a fun little project. If you make some, I'd love to see :)

felt peeps, free pattern

felt peeps, free pattern

Sock Monkey Tutorial!

I feel like I haven't checked in here in a little while, but things are really ramping up for us as our move approaches. We are an Army family, in case you didn't know that, and we are moving from Hawaii to Utah. Our movers come in 34 days, eek! We have about six weeks left on this beautiful island, but we know that Utah has just as much beauty and adventure.

So, we're currently attempting to buy a house from about 3,000 miles away. If you have bought a house site unseen, please share your positive experiences in the comments. If you have negative experiences, though, I'd probably rather not hear those, hahahaha!

I held my last sewing classes here last week and that was a sad bit of closure for me. I've loved teaching sewing here so much and will miss my students a ton. I'm so happy to have passed the sewing bug on to so many kids, though, and I can't wait to meet the students I'll have in Utah. Oh, our house, God willing, will have space for a sewing studio so that I no longer have to set up sewing camp in our dining room and pretty much take over the house every time. I can't wait for that! I hope to set up a great space to film videos for the YouTube channel too!

So, on to the new video! Oh my goodness, this might be my favorite video so far because these are so darn cute and cuddly. Target has so many adorable socks in the kids aisle (anyone find the Cat & Jack line just the best thing ever??) I think we will make lots of these for gifts in the future. We've already had requests.

Enjoy the tutorial! Pretty please, if you make one, show me! Tag me on Instagram @nikkischreiner or email me pics or something! I love to see. 

After making that video, we went to Target that very day to buy socks for more monkeys. Kelby's turned out super cute! 

We're still working on Natalie's, but it's going to be equally adorable. 

Layla named hers Stitches and she's been pretty much a permanent fixture in her hands since we made her :) 

Because loungewear should be pretty

I sewed a robe!! It's soooo pretty. I had a robe already. But it was a shade of gray that just looked terrible on me! So I had a pattern and ordered some knits from Girl Charlee just specifically to make a robe! 

I used McCall's 7516 and it went together pretty easily, The front and hood are one pattern piece, so the construction is different than anything I've made before, but worked great. 

I truly believe that women should feel pretty is everything we wear and that includes loungewear and p.j.'s! If you have to wear them, they might as well be cute. I have made some other loungewear patterns, but the one that I'm most happy to recommend is this chick boxer pattern by EvielaLuveDIY on Etsy.  I made three pair in one day and wear them all the time. Check out her shop because she has such beautiful patterns and kits! 

I've really been having to carve out time for personal sewing lately. I have several knits I'd like to sew up before we move in a couple months, but the to-do list is also starting to compound, so I'm trying to carve out and hour here and there to whip through some projects. It's a good thing I'm fast! 

 

 

How to Sew a Hair Bow

I'm just popping in to share my latest video tutorial with you! I know posting has been sparse, but we are getting ready to move from Hawaii to Salt Lake City (we are an ARMY family, in case that's not known by everyone), and the logistical to-do list is piling up as we get closer to that. 

I'm happy to share this tutorial with you all and hope to have a few more in the coming weeks! Enjoy and be sure and subscribe to our channel so you don't miss any new tutorials! Also, I am very active on Instagram and would love to connect with you over there. I LOVE Instagram stories, super fun. 

A little love to Australia

I have an online acquaintance down in Australia named Trixi and around October last year, she asked to interview me for a series of posts about sewing teachers! She posted that interview on her blog yesterday, which you can read for yourself if you want. She's doing a great job on the series about sewing teachers, so you should definitely subscribe to her blog. 

I feel so honored to be featured on someone else's blog, so I wanted to give Trixi a shoutout here in return.  I'm pretty sure I first became aware of Trixi's blog, Coloured Buttons, on Instagram. As a sewing teacher looking for ideas on patterns, projects and how other people do things, I found her website and Pinterest page to be a wealth of ideas! 

I quickly bought her ebook, Sew Together, Grow Together, and was thrilled with the ideas! Remember these adorable speech bubble magnets from one of my classes? That's Trixi's idea! 

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My daughter Layla really loves making little softies and has been inspired by this ebook many times over, it's so sweet. 

You can find the book here on Amazon

Please go check out Trixi's ideas, it's a feast for the eyes! Everything is just so fun and colorful. 

Here's where all you can find her: 

 

Trixi, thank you for inspiring the creativity in us all! :) 

The Maker's Tote: a pattern review

It had been a long time since I'd made a bag, much less two of the same pattern! I wanted to make a special gift for a friend, though and had pinned this Maker's Tote pattern by Noodlehead recently and I knew this was what I wanted to make. 

Luckily, my Hawaii fabric store sells a lot of Cotton & Steel prints! I picked out a few favorites and got to work. Here is how my first version, the larger option, turned out! 

I absolutely love it and what's more, I loved making it!! There was nothing frustrating about this pattern, everything fit together just like it was supposed to. This is pdf pattern and you don't even have to print and tape a bunch of pieces! She includes measurements for cutting, so you will need a rotary cutting set. And there is a template for rounding the corners. 

And the inside!! Let's admire these fab pockets, shall we??

So many great pockets! There's also a zipper pocket on the back exterior that I don't have a photo of. The purpose of this tote is obvious by the name, I think. I made my friend the large one because I think she'll use it mostly for larger projects, like quilts (it's that big!) She'll be able to tote projects around and work on them anywhere. 

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A few things to note. First, I added the little tab on the end of the zipper. The pattern calls for a separating zipper, but it's really not necessary that it separate, a normal zipper will work as long as it's long enough for the bag to still open fully. Second, the pattern calls for fusible flex foam in the interior. I don't have access to that here, didn't have time to order it, and I like to use what I have on hand anyway. I just used cotton batting. It worked fine, although I'm sure fusible flex foam is a great product. 

I made little zipper pulls from the selvedges because Cotton & Steel makes their selvedge edges too cute to scrap!  

Since I loved how this one turned out so much, I decided to get to work right away on one for myself! I chose the smaller version this time, because I want to use it for knitting and crochet projects, which are what I work out when I'm waiting at dance or golf. 

I chose another great Cotton & Steel print and then made it work with fabrics from my stash. I LOVE IT! I've used it quite a bit already and shamelessly showed it off to everyone I saw, ha! 

I used a few products making these that I think you'll find useful. (FYI these are affiliate links).

  • YYK handbag zippers. These zippers are the absolute best!!! They have come in handy time and time again and they come in beautiful colors. 
  • Babyville snap plyers and snaps. Another investment that has been well worth the money, I use these snaps on everything. Again, so many pretty colors. 
  • I can't say enough good things about sewing clips, they're so useful! Definitely used them a lot in this project. 
  • And here is that fusible flex foam that I didn't use this time, but would love to try next time.
sewing clips! 

sewing clips! 

That's all! I wasn't given this pattern or asked to review it, I just really love it! I know I'll try more Noodlehead patterns in the future because this one was such a delight to sew :) 

Oh look, I found a photo of that zipper pocket! A tad blurry, but that's ok. 

Cheers! Happy sewing :)

 

How to Sew a Scarf Shirt! A Video Tutorial

I'm so excited to have our next YouTube video tutorial up and running! Learn to make a cool shirt or cover-up out of a scarf. We plan to go to our thrift store for more scarves to play with because these are so fun and easy. 

Video Tutorial

Video Tutorial

We hope you enjoy! We are having so much fun making these videos and I hope you'll subscribe to our channel and share with your sewing friends. If you make a scarf shirt, please show me, somehow! Maybe tag me on Instagram?? I'd love it :) 

Here's the tutorial! Enjoy