I’m Back!

If you’re a long-time follower of this blog then you know that approximately 6 month’s ago my original site “went down” for several weeks so this wordpress site was born! It’s taken quite awhile, but all the original content, everything from this site, comments, photos, etc. have finally been moved back over to StacySew.com and is now operating correctly! I hope you’ll join me as we make the move back!

Linky Thursday on Friday

Darn it – the holiday threw me off again and I forgot what day of the week it was… Consequently, it’s Linky Thursday on Friday!

Winter break is over and it’s time to head back to school. If your little guy or gal get to nap\rest during the day, you won’t want to miss this cute nap mat…. wait, maybe we should all make one adult size!

Eventually, the snow will melt and temps will turn warm again. Protect your little ones head and get twice the use with this reversible sun hat pattern.

Did you get a new laptop for Christmas? Slip it into a leather trimmed case to take it on the go. Need something bigger? This messenger would be a great alternative.

Baby it’s cold outside. Keep warm and look cool with a hooded cowl: the howl.

If I knew how to crochet, I’d totally make this sewing machine

Keep your jewelry organized when you travel, store, or just to keep organized with this jewelry roll tutorial.

If part of new year’s resolutions is to keep organized, this divided organizer bucked would be a great start… I think my daughter may need one for her car! Need something that goes together quicker? Try this 10 minute felt box version, instead!

Need a new machine (or know someone who does)? Husqvarna Viking is giving away a machine just for telling them the most unusual thing you’ve sewn or place you’ve sew in (you’ll have to like their Facebook page first to enter).

Everyone needs a place to retreat or a quiet place to read. This fort table cover would make a great kid’s version that can be thrown over a table and stored when not in use.

First Project of 2014

I always struggle with the first project of the year. It seems like there are so many things that have made it on my ‘to do list’ that I’m never sure what I’d like to accomplish first… and I feel as if the first project sets the tone for the entire year. So, after much deliberation, I settled on Style ARC’s Heidi Hooded Cardi. My original intent was to sew this one up in a glittery sweater knit, but just wasn’t feeling it yesterday and searched the stash for something different. That’s when I found a snowy printed sweater knit that I purchased over 2 years ago at Hancock Fabrics (I had originally inteded this to become an Ottobre coat\jacket, but never found a lining that I cared for). My only fear is that this particular fabric is much heavier than the pattern intended – so I’m hoping that I don’t look too bulky when wearing it.

Now that I’ve decided on a project, it’s time to cut the pattern, wash the fabric, and do the worst part…. cutting the material and pattern matching! Here’s the details of 2014 Cardi Project:

Pattern: Style ARC Heidi Hooded Cardi
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Fabric: “Snow” sweater knit from Hancock Fabrics
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Total Cost:
Pattern….$12.94
Fabric….$26.98
Notions….stash

Total….$39.92

Year End Wrap Up

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe holiday and that 2014 starts off without a hitch!

01-projects I tend not to make resolutions (especially when it comes to sewing) because I just don’t seem to keep them (although this year, I am striving to get back to doing more pattern reviews. I’ve been very lax over the past year and a half). I do, however, keep a journal of all the projects that I’ve completed throughout the year. As I sit her contemplating what my first items of 2014 might be, I thought I’d go through what I’ve worked on in 2013. Here’s what I discovered:

I completed 127 sewn items and have 21 that are in various stages of completion. In my defense, 19 of them are box bags that were stepped out for my Sew It All taping. At some point I will finish them, but I’m not sure what to do with so many bags! Next year I intend to keep track of embroidered items as well.

My favorite patterns still tend to be independent companies: I sewed with Jalie the most, although I also threw in Style ARC, Dog Under My Desk, Betz White, Tula Pink, Oliver + S, and Closet Case Files into the mix as well as a few books.

If there wasn’t a pattern for what I was after, I found myself making my own – I was shocked to see that was 72 items (many of them were ‘multiples’ of the same project)!

Some of my favorite projects of the year were: my Monster Tote at WeAllSew, Jalie’s Drop Pocket Cardigan, the Bombshell swimsuit, and Style Arc’s Marie Jacket (sadly, my finished photo is on the ‘old site’ and isn’t available at the moment).

Speaking of the ‘old site’, we’ll be working to revive all it’s contents this year – hopefully it will be up and running soon (I didn’t realize how often I refer to older items until it was gone)!

Finishing Out The Year With…

12-glow The last project of 2013 has been completed! Much like Rudolph, you could even say this one…. glows! It’s hard to capture how awesome this thread is… if it wasn’t so expensive, I’d use it more often (I’m thinking pillow cases, pj embellishments, etc.). Now if I could find a stretch jersey material that had the same properties (for those that are interested, there is a luminous waterproof material that would make great outerwear)!

With the last project in the can, it makes me want to know – what has been your final item of the year?

Last of the Holiday Gifts

Apparently, the holidays throw my sense of the week off because I completely forgot about Linky Thursday and Friday’s post all together! Even though we have the New Year thrown in the mix this week, I’m pretty sure I’m back on track and am ready to show you the last of the holiday sewing… well, embroidery!

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If you embroider, you may recognize that these are all Urban Threads designs…. they are, without a doubt, my favorite company (not affiliated, just a huge fan). The first is a Merry Monster candy cane holder\ornament that’s holding a sriracha candy cane (yes, it’s very hot). Next up, a Calligraphic Christmas kitchen towel (for my mom. I’m 99% sure she won’t use it because it’s too pretty, but I love giving everyone something handmade for the holidays). Lastly there’s my all time favorite, the Yeti. I wound up making them little stuffies instead of ornaments and did 3 total in no time!

Holiday Hustle & Bustle

12-tree I hope that everyone had a very, merry Christmas yesterday. We spent the day opening and playing with presents, eating, napping, playing games, watching movies… whew! Of course I didn’t touch the sewing room, but I did do a few more ‘last minute’ gifts right before the holiday – the first of which was a stocking for my daughter’s boyfriend:
12-stocking He love hunting so we went with a “Real Tree” camo print twill (because we were told at the moss print isn’t as cool) from Joann’s with a bright ‘safety orange’ lining and cuff. I personalized it with his name in a brown ‘twist’ embroidery floss so that it looked camouflaged a bit as well. I think that I’ve made so many stocking this year that this one came together the quickest – within an hour!

I have a few more last minute items that I stitched up that I’m saving for tomorrow – I got a new laptop and still need to install a few programs so I can edit photos, etc.). What did everyone else get this Christmas? Anyone get new machines or sewing supplies?

Skull King Minaudiere

12-skullfront Talk about a last minute gift! Even though I had bought this “Skull King” purse frame back in November (from the etsy seller, BAGSupplier), I never got around to working on it until…. last night! Thankfully, this clutch comes together fairly quickly – just a bit of glue, pretty fabric ‘scraps’ and about 30-45 minutes (there are several tutorials out there, this one a good one).

12-skullinside While I kept the exterior pretty and “feminine”, I couldn’t resist adding a “fun” interior that seemed to match the frame quite well. I have to admit, I’m having a hard time parting with this gift – the only thing holding me back is that it’s small… my phone (an LG G2, barely fits in there so there’s little room for anything else). It is perfect for my daughter’s little iPhone and a holiday evening out! I can also tell you, I’ll definitely be making more of these in the future – they’re easy, pretty, and scrap fabric friendly!

Campfire Plush

I now understand why this Land of Nod campfire set is $70… it’s a lot of work to make yourself. Not that I would have shelled out $70 for a plush campfire set, but the thought was very tempting as I was rushing to finish this present before Christmas. Here’s my final version (you can click on the photo for a larger view):

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I wound up making another log (4 total) and 2 ‘flames’ to complete this plush. I really think I could have used more rocks, but of all the plush they are a booger to make and I just couldn’t bring myself to stitch up another one (I have 12 or 13 total). All in all, I’m thrilled with the way it turned out and I think Easton will be too – especially when it’s paired up with this fort set. Now I wish I would have kept notes as I made this one up – I think it would have been a great pattern for others, too!

Gifts for Others

09-bag1 Remember my totally awesome, Bigger on the Inside backpack that I made just in time for school to start this year? My son’s teacher liked it so much that I decided to give her one as a Christmas present this year (and filled with some lotion as well)! At the time, she said she wanted something similar to take on field trips – a bag that was easy to wear, fill up, and get to all the necessities kindergartners might need…. I think she’ll get a lot of use out of it (something tells me that future teachers will see this and want one too).

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I also spent some time in the kitchen making ‘in the jar’ gifts. I have had almost a dozen jars stashed away for two years that I haven’t done much with so I thought this would be a great way to use them. One thing I learned? These gifts, as cute as they are, are a lot of work (and spring for the wide mouth jars if you can too). I settled on a Cowboy Cookie recipe and omitted the nuts – partly because I’m paranoid of nut allergies, but also because I just couldn’t cram anything else into the jar! After all the ingredients were piled in, I topped it off with a cow print fabric, gingham ribbon, a DIY printed label (I love these things!), and instructions on how to put it all together tied up with twine. I’m really happy with how they turned out, but now my kitchen is in dire need of a clean up – apparently I’m a messy crafter!

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