Tag Archives: Sewing

My Little Super Hero

9 Jul

Emma beans has been watching a super hero show called Word Girl and has completely fallen in love 🙂 After “flying” around the room and singing that she was a super hero I decided to ask her if she wanted some super girl hero swag. She looked at me like I was nuts! Then I said, “Emma would you like me to make you a super hero cape?” Her response?

001Giddy excitement 🙂 After looking at a few YouTube tutorials – I knew this was going to be a piece of cake!

004I measured my little girl, made a template with the sizes on it and got my materials out and ready!

005First step was to draw out the template on the material. Since this is just play clothes I wasn’t exact in my measuring or drawing.

007Before I cut out the second piece I made sure this was going to fit!\

008Perfection!

009After I cut out the second piece I ran it under the iron real quick (remember it doesn’t need to be perfect! It’s play clothes!)

010Next I took a piece of felt (since it doesn’t fray) and used a bowl to cut a circle.

011I hopped on the computer and printed out a letter e. I chose a lowercase because I thought it would look better with the curves of the circle! (Plus it’s easier to place in the middle!)

012I put my black felt under the letter e, pinned it, and cut it out. I removed the paper e and then hand stitched the felt e onto the circle. It might be easier to use the sewing machine instead of hand stitch but I was too lazy to change out the bobbin 😉

013Next I put the circle in the middle of the cape and did a quick sew line around the circle. Not perfect at all but again it’s play clothes!

014I put the two pieces back to back and did a quick sew all along the edges leaving a small part at the bottom to flip it inside out. Ran it under the iron real quick, and did a fun stitch at the bottom to seal that end in.

015Most people would sew all the way around for a finished look but this is supposed to be a quick easy project so just finishing of the end was good enough for me!

016Next I put snaps on the ends to keep the cape on. Obviously I butchered the first snap so I did a second 😉

017

I like the thick straps in front with the snap – something about string just drives me crazy!

018And Tada! We have a little super hero in our house! Emma is crazy in love with her cape 🙂 Her one disappoint was that she thought once she had a cape – she’d be able to fly!! Poor thing was a little flustered but she wouldn’t take it off all day!

 

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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

Bed Sheet Headband

19 Sep

One more bedsheet project for those of you who are needing ideas for all that fabric and extra pieces!!

What can you do with the elastic edges of a bedsheet?

Oh I can think of a few things 😉 But today I’ll just show you one of them!

I took the elastic piece and wrapped it around Emma’s head and measured it. I then pinned it and grabbed some thread. All it took was sewing the two pieces together and tada! A cute little headband for my cute little girl!

She loved it so much she decided she wanted to make one so I let her “help me” with a second one. After cutting of a small excess piece I decided I was going to make a little flower out of it and attach it to the headband. I’ll have pictures of that later 😉

Love that little girl 🙂 and her new headband!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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Playing Catch Up!

29 Apr

Hello There!

Hey everyone 🙂

Sadly there is not much change from the past few days around here except for the fact that it’s clean!! I’ve been spending the past few days getting this place back up to par as well as working on the studio to clean it up and get it ready for some massive crafting. I’ve also been working on inventory, listings, pictures and such. My etsy page is getting a huge makeover! I know I’ve been talking about it for a while but thank goodness I actually found the time to get it done 😉

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the new listings that are coming – but there are MUCH MUCH more already made waiting to be posted!

Lots of things to look forward too! Plus on the list of things to make are:

Pincushions

Pillows

Pacifier Clips

Bibs (I’m going to take another stab at them 😉 haha)

Keychains

Appliqued Onesies

Sewing Machine Cover

Apron

Fabric Containers

and much more. 

Looks like I need to get a little busy huh? I hope you all are looking forward to it as much as I am! I’m so happy to be dedicating more time to my etsy shop as well as my blog. It’s been a rough couple of months balancing time, money, and family but there’s never a perfect time to start living out your dreams. Thankfully I have such a supporting family to understand this desire I have and their efforts in pushing me to succeed at it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

The Perfect Finds!

28 Mar

After a day long trip of thrift store hunting I found some AWESOME finds! I also found some awesome places to go back for some more shopping as well as other’s I’ll probably skip unless I’m looking for something specific..

Check out my awesome finds:

My mother-in-law found this perfect bench for Emma at the Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift shop! It doesn’t need anything done to it and we’ve already put it to use a few times 😉

I found this desk at Unique in Falls Church! I’m going to sand it down, paint it or stain it, and paint the top of the desk with chalkboard paint! I’m so excited to see how this turns out!

Here is Emma’s new desk chair! It needs a few touch ups so we’ll be sanding and painting this one as well. It’s a little big for her but she can get in and out of it on her own so I think this will be something she grows with perfectly!

This was an impulse buy! It was only two bucks so I’m going to touch up the paint, lay a thin sheet of wood down in it and wrap that with fabric to make a cute tray to place things in!

Heck yes for cheap patterns! Especially home decor patterns! I hate spending a bunch of money on patterns not knowing whether I’m going to like them or change them 😉 This is a great way to try new patterns without feeling that guilt of paying too much! I also bought some awesome fabric by the bunch that you’ll see when I show off my work with these new patterns 😀

Hooray for two dollar batting! I spend a fortune on batting and usually buy it in bulk like this but you can’t beat less than 50 cents a yard!

So those were my awesome finds this weekend! The Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Shop in Purcellville is going to be my first trip each weekend from now on. That thrift store was AMAZING!

Stay tuned to see what I do with these perfect finds!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Tuesday Tutorial: Pencil Case!

27 Mar

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

This crafty tutorial comes from: ASpoonfulofSugar

How to Make a Pencil Case

With the new school year nearly upon us in Australia, I am making up a few easy zipperedpatchwork pencil cases. This is a great scrap buster project. The little zippered pouches can be used for all manner of things. Mine was sized to fit approx 6 pens; or a small pack of tissues; or a small notebook and pen; or a few cosmetics.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Love Always,

J

Feature Friday: Monetware!

24 Feb

Feature Friday Presents:

Monetware!

“I enjoy a number of craft-related hobbies, but as you can see my two favorite are papercrafts and jewelry making. After much urging from family and friends, I finally decided to make my items available on-line….and now I’m wondering why I didn’t do it sooner. :-)”

 

Lavender Button Bib Necklace and Earrings - Beads and Buttons Collection - Lavender Love        Tissue Cozy - Dark Blue Floral

Lavender Button Bib Neckla…      Tissue Cozy – Dark Blue Fl…

monetware                                       monetware

$25.00 USD                                     $3.50 USD

Red and Pink Friends Spiral Notebook with Pink Paper Flowers and Red Buttons - Buttons and Blossoms Journal        Post-It Notes Pad - Purple Argyle

Red and Pink Friends Spira…        Post-It Notes Pad – Purple…

monetware                                       monetware

$5.25 USD                                        $2.75 USD

Hand Knit Cup Cozy - Amethyst         Blue Glass Pearl and Shell Necklace and Earrings - Feeling a Little Blue

Hand Knit Cup Cozy – Ameth…     Blue Glass Pearl and Shell…

monetware                                        monetware

$6.00 USD                                        $20.00 USD

Greeting Card - Congrats - Sparkle Celeberation Dots - Cinnamon Stick, Brown, and Yellow        Lavender Knit Handwarmers

Greeting Card – Congrats -…         Lavender Knit Handwarmers

monetware                                       monetware

$3.25 USD                                        $9.00 USD

What got you interested in crafting?

When I was younger, my mother taught me how to sew. My grandmother introduced me to knitting by giving me a book on it even though she didn’t knit herself. Around the time I got married, I begin to experiment with some paper and floral crafts. (I was outraged by some of the prices for wedding favors, flowers, etc. and decided to see what I could do myself.) 

 

What has been your favorite project to make and why?

    

One of my favorite projects to make is the sticky notes pad. These make great, inexpensive gifts. Also, I am still very much a fan of writing notes (reminders for myself, a note for my husband, etc) and these make it convenient to always have something handy for leaving a quick note. 

 

What’s the secret behind your etsy name?

My husband calls me “Monet”. Also, “ware” is defined as “articles of merchandise or manufacture; goods.” Therefore, “monetware”. (About 7 years ago, I said to myself that if I ever had to sell my goods, I would use that name for my line of merchandise. Etsy presented the perfect opportunity to really play up the name for my shop.)

 

If you could open up a shop in your town what would you call it and what would it be like?

I would call it “Monetware”…(of course!) I would sell my merchandise, plus I would have a little section of the shop to serve tea and desserts. I would also offer customized services that would include event planning, etc.

 

What is the most challenging thing you have made?

That would probably have to be one of the necklaces from my “Beads & Buttons” Collection. It involves wire bending and layering of the buttons. Challenging, but some of my favorite pieces to date.

 

What are some of your goals you hope to achieve within the next year?

I would love to do more marketing in order to get more exposure, which would hopefully lead to more sales. I would also like to expand the products that I offer. I have a few new things I want to try…you’ll have to stay tuned to see.

 

What inspires you to be crafty?

One of the most enjoyable and satisfying feelings is to see others happy because they have received something they need, want, or didn’t know they needed or wanted. To be able to provide that “thing”, even if it is just a covered post-it notes pad….inspires me to continue to create and be crafty. It’s also very relaxing to sit for hours and make cards, jewelry, etc. 
What is your best quality when it comes to your crafts?

Being able to combine colors and patterns in a way that complements the particular item. (It’s funny, sometimes when it comes to matching up my clothes, I am at a loss…but there is usually no hesitation when it comes to my crafts!)

 

If you could have one thing to help your store what would it be?

More exposure for my products. Also, I am still working on taking better pictures so that the merchandise can be seen in the best possible way.

 

If you haven’t already stopped by Monetware – click the link now!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Love Always,

J

Tuesday Tutorial: Bottle Cap Trivet

24 Jan

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

This crafty tutorial comes from: sewtakeahike

 

Thanks for stopping by!
Love Always,
J

Tuesday Tutorials: Sewing Room Task Basket

3 Jan

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

This crafty tutorial comes from: sew4home

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Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Feature Friday: Thumbprintpatterns

21 Oct

Feature Friday Presents:

Thumbprintpatterns!

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.

Leather Flower PDF Pattern, Two SIzes, Hair Clip, Clothing pin, Applique, Accessory        Wristlet PDF Sewing Pattern, Thumbprint Patterns, Clutch, Purse, Wallet, Ebook, Tutorial

$5.50 USD                                        $7.95 USD

 Classic Girls Full Apron, Regency Era Inspired, pdf Sewing Pattern, Thumbprint Patterns, ebook       Two Style Lanyard Sewing PDF Pattern, Thumbprint Patterns, Standard and Quick Release

Classic Girls Full Apron, …             Two Style Lanyard Sewing P…

Thumbprintpa…                              Thumbprintpa…

 $7.95 USD                                       $3.85 USD

Pocketbook, Coupon wallet, Clutch Purse, PDF Sewing Pattern, Thumbprint Patterns

Pocketbook, Coupon wallet,…

$6.00 USD

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

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