Monday, December 5, 2011

Easy Ottoman Cover - Take Two

I painted our living room a really light grey which meant new pillows and a new cover for the ottoman!

I found a great vinyl table cloth with the perfect grey print and decided to give it a try! I didn't have any problems with sewing the vinyl. It works perfectly for our living room....easy to wipe up our daily messes ; )

You can find my original ottoman tutorial HERE.

{ Amy }

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Our Advent Calendar

Here is the advent calendar I made last year (excuse the has been in a box all year!) Each pocket has an activity for the day. K loved it last year, it was the first thing he did every morning! The activites include crafts, baking, fun in the snow, and acts of service.

It was very easy to make...just a little time consuming. The pockets were cut out with pinking shears and sewn onto the triangular tree. I had planned on printing the numbers onto iron-on transfer paper, but ran out of time again this year. So paper numbers it is! (number printable was found HERE)

 I printed off THIS list of advent activities and added my own as well.

Elfie is very excited about the advent calendar too ; )

What do you do to celebrate advent? Do you have an advent calendar?


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bedding Makeover

I recently made some new pillows for our bedroom. It all started with this vintage yellow duvet I found at the thrift store. I am loving all things yellow lately!

To make these pillow covers, I layered two strips of ruffles and then sewed a strip of bias tape down the middle. I made this bias tape using my bias tape maker...making it single fold (so just putting it through and ironing once). If you want more instructions let me know and I can put together a little tutorial for you!

I also made some pillowcases for our body pillows out of a vintage sheet. I used the top of the sheet to include the pretty trim. I love how bright and sunny the bed looks now!

I have a couple more projects to finish and the room is done. I am working on some art to hang on one wall and need to find the perfect fabric to hang as a headboard. Isn't this a fantastic idea?!? An easy, inexpensive way to make a headboard... and a great way to showcase your favourite fabric!

Photo from British Homes & Gardens via Apartment 132

{ Amy }

Monday, November 28, 2011

Adventures in Jersey

I recently bought a used serger, circa late 1980's. She is a little beauty I call Janice (as in Janice Dickinson...was at her peak in the eighties but still kickin' it! Ha ha!) We are still getting to know each other, but getting along quite nicely so far. I love how fast it sews and how nicely it finishes seams...projets are getting finished much quicker!

I found some super soft & stretchy yellow Jersey on clearance and have been experimenting. I drafted a couple patterns and though they need a little tweaking, I love the results! The drape of this Jersey is beautiful.

I made this vest for my Sister-in-law's Birthday. I love how it drapes and the lace inset in the back. I think I will be making one for myself now! If I do make another, I will put together a tutorial.

My Sis-in-law happens to be a very talented artist! You can check out her art on Etsy at Sonneblomstudio and her inspirational blog HERE.

A little update on me...I am finally getting a LOT more sleep!  Hurray!  That means I will be posting a lot more now...stay tuned!


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sewn Paper Book Cover {Tutorial}

I recently joined a Mom's Bible study group and wanted a new Bible cover for the occasion. I made this one out of 12x12 scrapbook paper. I have a collection of pretty scrapbook paper that I never use because I don't scrapbook. I just can't help myself when I see it in the many gorgeous patterns ; ) I figured I would put some of my pretty paper to good use!

2 -12x12 scrapbook papers (depending on the size if your book)
Sewing machine

First measure the height of your book + 1/2 inch and cut your papers. Next measure the width of the spine of the book you wish to cover.

You will overlap the two pages to the width of your spine and sew together from top to bottom. I used a zig zag stitch.

Now line it up with the spine and fold your paper over the front and back covers and crease. You will sew the fold down by sewing all along the top and bottom. When sewing, I stayed as close to the edge of the paper as I could.

I am now staring down my bookcase dreaming of it filled with pretty coordinating books ; )


Friday, October 14, 2011

Seeing Stripes {KCWC}

Here are a couple shirts I made for the boys. It is amazing how much you can get done in an hour of uninterrupted sewing! I want to add elbow patches to all their cute!


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Petite Pants {KCWC}

I made the boys a few pairs of pants this week. K's pants are both upcycled from our donate pile. The plaid pair was made from Daddy's old shorts. I kept the pockets and used the existing waistband. The green pair was made from a pair of my (very) old pants.

For both pairs I did a flat front and adjustable waist. I sewed in a wide satin ribbon to the inside waistband and attached two buttons. I found maternity elastic in the craft section at Walmart...seriously how did I not know about this stuff?!? I could have really used this when I was pregnant!

Here are some great tutorials for upcycling pants. Give it a try...I guarantee it will be faster and easier than you think!

The pants I made for D are my own pattern. I love the cute on a waddling toddler!

I finished some cute shirts tonight that I will share with you tomorrow!


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Kids Clothing Tutorials

In honour of KCWC, I thought I would share some of the tutorials I have "pinned".  (If you don't know what  "pinning" is...head over to Pinterest NOW & sign up!!)  

Monday, October 10, 2011

Adventures in Pattern Making

I have recently begun attempting to draft my own patterns. I generally sew my own designs, but I have never actually drawn out the patterns I come up with. Here is a vest pattern I am working on. This one for D is the first I have made. It turned out a bit big on him, but I like the style. I am making one for K next and want to add a lining to his. son is pushing a pink doll stroller.  It is actually one of the most fought over toys at our house!

Today is the first day of the Kids Clothes Week Challenge. Are you participating?? Come on and get sewing...just one hour a day of sewing for kids!  I worked on some upcycled pants for K today. What have you been working on lately?


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Kids Clothes Week: Fall

The Fall edition of Kids Clothes Week Challenge is coming up...mark your calendars and join in on the fun! I am excited for this round and determined to see it through this time. 


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Falling for Fall

Fall is by far my favourite season. I met my husband in the Fall and it always brings back feelings of new love and new beginnings.

I always seem to forget about knitting in the summer. I lose touch with my needles...but as soon as I feel a cool breeze, I am drawn to them once again. The nights have been cool here lately and I have enjoyed curling up on the couch with my knitting. My goal for this winter is to knit each of my boys a sweater. The kids' sweaters don't phase me...but knitting one for hubby seems daunting! He is much bigger and much pickier ; )

 Child's Placket-Neck Pullover for D (pattern is free on Ravelry)
Cabled Cardigan with Shawl Collar for K (from Sirdar's Nursery Knits)

{ Amy }