Hello again! Yes it has been awhile since you have seen me. I needed a blog break! I was feeling like my blog had no focus or purpose and that I was churning out projects for the sole purpose of blogging. I love to create, and I wanted to simply do that…create. No blog fodder just me and my machine and my hoards of fabric!
I had always thought of my blog as primarily a sewing blog, with the odd craft, birthday party, recipe, and educational post mixed in. Looking at my stats, I realize that my most popular posts are not my sewing ones, but the children’s educational printables, and the birthday party and craft posts. I am glad that my viewers like these posts, but in a way it was a little disappointing for me.
So what do I want for my blog? I would love for it to be a place to simply inspire creativity. Post pictures of the beautiful things that influence my own creativity and the projects that come from that inspiration. Maybe something like Helen Philipps - simplistic but lovely.
So that being said, here are some of the creations that I have been working on lately, and some of my favorite inspirations.
A vintage inspired pattern – the Tinny Dress pattern by Straightgrain Patterns was featured several months ago on the blog Frances Suzanne as part of their “Flip This Pattern” Series. I would have loved to participate in my own “pattern flip” but could not find the time. I purchased the pattern anyways and have now made a couple variations of this dress that I just adore!
This variation of the Tinny Dress featured a peter pan collar, notched cuffs, and a gathered skirt. The Olivia fabric from Wyndham is so precious!
I made another variation of this dress, which I dubbed “The Minnie Tinny”…This version was made in classic Minnie Mouse white and pink polka dot fabric. It featured an asymmetrical collar, tulip sleeves with piping, piping around the waist, a Minnie Mouse applique on the front of the bodice, and a second skirt underneath which had eyelet material around the bottom hem for a Minnie look. This dress was a gift for a friend who was taking a trip to Disney World.
Isn’t this a gorgeous pattern? The instructions that come with it are easy to follow. If you have never put a zipper in a dress before, there are some great steps in this pattern that will have you sewing zippers like a pro! Plus there are so many variations included that you could sew this pattern again and again, and come out with a different dress each time.
I had some scraps of fabric left over from the Ninja Quilt that I made my son several months back. I decided that he needed a boy-ish throw pillow, so I created this:
The Ninja Throwing Star pillow. Warning: You should know that making a pillow shaped as a throwing star will result in a large amount of pillow throwing. I cut several 3 1/2″ squares, arranged them how I wanted, and some squares were cut in half to make triangles.
I sewed them all together in a design, like so. Then I created a second one, that was opposite (mirrored image) for the back of the pillow.
Then I quilted each of the pillow sides on a piece of medium loft cotton batting. Lastly, I placed the front and back right sides together, sewed them, left a hole for turning, and then stuffed it with batting and stitched the hole shut.
Book crush – For Christmas I received my very own copy of Patchwork Please! by Ayumi Takahashi. This book has so many beautiful and practical projects to make. I love sitting down to look at all of the gorgeous pictures.
There are some great tips on paper piecing, choosing fabric and colours for your project. The hardest part is deciding what I will make first…the apron…no the baby quilt…
If you are an avid sewing blog reader, chances are you will already know about this…but oh my goodness have you seen this amazing little online magazine? Stylo Magazine is brand new. It is all about handmade style for kids and I am completely in love with it! So many great ideas, interviews – and put together by all of my absolute favorite bloggers. Go have a look!
Well that’s it for today, thanks for stopping by!