Tag Archives: Needlework

Spending Time, Not Money.

19 Nov

If you don’t know me at all – I’ll ago ahead and let you know that I’m 4’11, around 95 pounds, and 24 years old. Finding clothes that fit me but don’t make me look 15 like this picture below does – is DIFFICULT! A few weeks ago I went through all of my clothes and decided to get rid of all the things I haven’t worn in a while.

This jacket was one of them. The reason I wanted to get rid of? The sleeves were ridiculously too long, which doesn’t help my height factor at all. Other than that, I love this jacket! Would I ever find one that fit me perfectly? Probably not. So instead of getting rid of it, I decided to fix it myself:

First things first, I turned it inside out, flipped the sleeve over to the length I like (A little longer than my wrist but not past my nuckles) and left a quarter of an inch of length for stitching. Pinning this by yourself is not an easy task so it’s nice to have someone handy around to help you with. I didn’t, so I just looked like a goof doing it myself 😉

Then it was time to sew! I used my favorite X stitch to make it as durable as possible. It took me all of 2 minutes per sleeve.

My one suggestion to you is NEVER to cut it until you try it on and are happy with the length. Since I like things on the longer side this seemed perfect for me.

Then I took my scissors and started cutting right at the seam of my  new stitch. Be careful not to cut the stitching or cut through the second layer of fabric. I took my time with this part since I am super clumsy (if I don’t teach you anything, please just remember – impatience is not your friend with scissors!!!).

Once it’s cut all the way around it will look like this (inside out). Then you are done! Fixing clothes is not hard and now I can keep this jacket instead of buying another one that still wouldn’t fit me right 😉

Saving money but spending a little time. Since I have a pile high of clothes I decided to edit instead of trash – this will be come a weekly post. Looking forward to showing you what I’ve got planned for next Monday! It involves an old knitted shirt:

I’m pretty sure this isn’t in style anymore – but I wore it all through high school, and sadly up until now 😛

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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Tuesday Tutorial: Fleece Alphabet Pillows

29 Nov

Welcome to Tuesday Tutorials – where I find awesome easy tutorials for you – now go get crafty ;)  

This crafty tutorial comes from: craftynest.com

DIY fleece alphabet pillows

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Feature Friday: Thumbprintpatterns

21 Oct

Feature Friday Presents:

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Sewing is a passion of my mom and me.. What comes first is our family and faith. Then we have time to sew. Our minds are always working on some new project to create and share with our family and friends.

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What got you interested in crafting?

I am a mom of four wonderful kids and wife to a creative, talented and loving husband. Sewing and crafting comes very naturally to me. There are many crafting and creative people in my family. My Mom got me started in crafting and I have been hooked ever since. My first craft was when I was 6 years old! I have been sewing for about 14 years. I sew almost everyday and I am always creating something. I have had a purse business that were all my own designs, for about 4 years now and I also do custom sewing projects. I have two items I make in a uniform shop located where I live too!

What’s the secret behind your etsy name? 

The name for my shop came about when I was thinking of a fun name for my store. I was trying to think of a name that would mean something oto me and my mom. She makes these awesome thumbprint cookies with nut and jelly in the middle. So I thought it would make a great name! Since having my fourth baby, I have been teaching sewing lesson for the last two years. I love to help people to learn to sew. I love it and I want to share that passion with other people. So as a natural instinct to help and create, out came my store on ETSY called Thumbprint Patterns. I currently have four patterns in my store.

What inspires you to be crafty?

Inspiration for me comes from necessity. I make things to help solve a problem or make a new version of something I need or really like. The first pattern I made for my shop came from there not being one for my daughter that looked just like the one I made for myself. So I made my first garment pattern from scratch and I totally loved it.

What goals do you have for your store?

I hope to grow my collection of patterns over the next few years. I would love to have 10 patterns in each category ranging from beginner to advanced patterns. The types of patterns will vary also, having everything from dress patterns, home decor, and craft patterns. I am currently working on a pattern for kitchen table place mats, Christmas Stocking, and a new style of purse.

My husband is an art teacher and we hope to open a store someday. We want to have lessons for art sewing and crafting.

Having a home based business is a wonderful blessing for my growing family. I get to create and be home to help them.

If you haven’t already checked out Thumbprintpatterns store – go ahead and check out here!

Thanks for coming!

Love Always,

J

Daily Life: Stitch & B*tch

31 Jul

Today was my first stitch & b*tch! I was completely nervous about jumping in to a group of knitters & crocheters that had been meeting together and being the newbie. Well I’m so glad that I went! I met some amazing people and they are making me want to do projects I never thought I could.. but with their help I think I might just be able to!!

Here are a few projects I have in my “hope to do list”:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super excited! Which one would you like to see me do?

Love Always,

J

Crafts: It’s Do or Die Baby!

14 Jun

I’m a little bit disappointed in myself. You would think with all this free time I have I would be crafting up a storm but instead it’s taking me ages to get anything accomplished. I have gotten a little work done with my embroidery but I really haven’t spent as much time on it as I thought I would.

I’ve only got five more days to do or die here! I’m going to start pulling out all the things that I’ve been putting off and start busting my butt to get them done. I’m going to try to finish one project a day. Five projects in five days. This is the beginning of my challenge. Let’s make it happen 😉

Love Always,

J

Crafts: Embroidery Part One

12 Jun

In-between my lists of projects to do for everyone else I have been slowly but surely working on this one! It’s my first embroidery project and of course I always pick a super hard one 😉

I picked out a pattern I liked

Traced it out on some fabric

Picked out my yarn colors

And got to work!!!

Of course instead of doing an outline embroidery style – I thought it would look so much cooler if it was filled in!! This is probably why I’ve only gotten this far on it 😉

So far I am absolutely loving it and when I’m finished I plan on using it as the fabric for my nook cover 😀 I probably won’t be making many of these unless they are special requested because they are so time-consuming. But I am definitely going to make a few with just the outlines. It’s a fun way to add a creative touch to some plain fabric and I love the handmade look to it!

The pictures are a little dimmed since it wasn’t natural light so next time I take a picture I’ll be sure to do it out in the sun so you can see how bright and fun it is!

Who knows, maybe I’ll actually stick to it and get it done this week?!

We’ll see!!

Love Always,

J

Crafts: Monogramming Baby Bibs

18 May

I managed to finish all the baby bibs in one sitting!! I considered doing embroidery but since it’s fairly new to me I stuck with cross-stitching. I think they turned out pretty well! Hopefully baby M’s Mommy loves them too.

I’m not going to lie. It was SUPER fun! This is something that I would seriously be willing to do for anyone .. at any time! It doesn’t take long at all and once you get started you don’t want to stop! I could probably do about 20 of these in one sitting. This is my new obsession!

I put the pictures in most favorite to least favorite. Just because I used a different pattern in each of them except the first two and those two were my favorite. The first bib was my favorite for sure and it shows the monogramming really well.

Does anyone know where I can bulk order bibs online? Haha. I might be in trouble here..

Love Always,

J

Crafts: A Family Affair

17 May

Thanks to my sister I have a few fun new projects to tackle! Her boyfriends sister is expecting a little baby boy so I got to go shopping for some bibs and I’m going to cross-stitch or embroider the letter M on them for the new baby boy. Since plain bibs are impossible to find, I found some a pack with some cute patterns on them and am hoping that the thread I picked will go well. These are my favorite projects to do, the ones that actually go to someone who can enjoy them! It’s fun to make projects for no one in particular but I love personalized gifts and can only imagine the excitement of someone else getting something just for them.

I’ll be taking pictures of the progress so you can see!

She also has another project for me! Turning a duvet cover into curtains!! Should be super easy and super fun!!!

I have a feeling I might get addicted to these things 😀

Love Always,

J

Crafts: Monogramming Round 2

15 May

After posting my first cross-stitching success I decided to bust my butt and finish the T! I had the top half done and pushed myself to finish it tonight 😀

It actually turned out a lot better than the P. Probably because I am getting the hang of it but I still want to try a smaller waste canvas size!

Another thought I had after finishing this one was just doing an outline instead of fulling it in and then trying a different type of stitching. I’m not sure if there are actually different ways to stitch but I’ve got some ideas in my head that I think would be cute 😀

Hopefully more to come soon!

Love Always,

J

Crafts: Monogramming Madness!

15 May

Hooray! I finished my first cross-stitching letter and .. I am not that great at it! But practice makes perfect so I am making a T next 😀

I am really happy I stuck with my idea even though everyone gave me funny faces when I suggested my plan! I think once I get better at cross-stitching it will be a super cute way to finish off my frames.

I also think I need to add a layer of stiffener to the back of it so it doesn’t pucker the fabric as much. I was a little worried when I had the idea that it would make the frames that much more expensive but it turns out cross-stitching is super cheap! Once you have the needles and hoop the waste canvas is $1.00 for 12″ by 8″ (which makes three frames worth for me) and the thread is like 60 cents each. One pack of thread did this entire P. I’m also thinking about getting a smaller size waste canvas so the little purple fabric doesn’t show through as much in between the stitches.

Let me know what you think!

Love Always,

J

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