Artisan in Training

As we sat in the bathroom the other night before her bath, I pulled the gazillion bobby pins out of Big Girl’s hair (we’d had a couple of Halloween activities and I’d put her hair in an updo), tossing them on the counter.  She stood before me playing with them and the plastic toy dinosaur that came with her fast food dinner.

I looked down to see this.

To most, it would appear as the dinosaur was playing the drums.

With a huge smile on her face, she turned her head to look at me and proclaimed, “look, mom!  It’s knitting.”

:)

Frequent Shopper Program

Did you know that Fabric.com has a frequent shopper program?  Much to my embarrassment, I didn’t realize it until just minutes ago.  Oops!

At Fabric.com, we are committed to guaranteeing you get more “fabric for your buck”. One way we do this is by giving you Frequent Shopper Points, redeemable for Discount Coupons, every time you make a purchase with us. Here’s how it works:

  • Only Registered Customers can accumulate and redeem Frequent Shopper point, so if you are not a registered customer, click here and register
  • Once you have become a Registered Customer, your Frequent Shopper points will be automatically accumulated for you. You don’t have to do anything else to start earning points.
  • For every $2.00 of product that you purchase at fabric.com, you will earn 1 Frequent Shopper point. (Points are not earned for shipping charges or taxes. Points are based on actual expenditures, after applying any discount coupons or gift certificates that you may be using on an order.)
  • To see how many points you have accumulated at any time, simply log-in using the user name and password you created when you registered, then click on the Profile tab. You will see the number of points currently in your account at the bottom of that tab.
  • Our current points redemption table is as follow:
    300 points – $5.00 coupon 500 points – $10.00 coupon 950 points – $25.00 coupon 1500 points – $50.00 coupon
  • To redeem Frequent Shopper points you must be logged in. If you have earned enough points to redeem a discount coupon, the value of the coupon(s) that you have enough points for will be displayed in a drop down menu. Select the value of the gift coupon you would like to order and submit your request. Very soon thereafter, you will receive an e-mail (at the e-mail address you used in your registration) containing the coupon code you can use to redeem your certificate. If for any reason you lose that e-mail, you can always go to the “Coupons” tab in the My Account section and view your available coupons.
  • If you do not receive an e-mail back and you feel you have entered your e-mail address correctly please feel free to contact us.
  • If you feel you have less points than you should have, you may have accumulated points if you have ordered under different e-mail addresses than the one you have registered with. If this has happened please contact us and we will be happy to combine your points under the registered e-mail address.

We hope you like this program as much as we think you will and that you will tell all of your friends about yet another reason why it pays to shop at www.fabric.com.

Fabric.com is one of my favorite online places to buy fabric.  They typically have great deals, very competitive prices, continuously changing specials and all domestic orders over $35 ship for free.  Which is why I tend to shop there as often as I do.

And why I apparently have some Frequent Shopper points to redeem!  :)

Pattern Testing — Pink Ribbon Ruffle Scarf

Denise over at Whimsy Couture is once again, gearing up for the launch of ANOTHER great pattern.  This ruffle scarf is super easy to sew and she’s donating proceeds to help breast cancer research!

As always, I love testing for her.  She’s hoping to have the pattern available for purchase sometime tomorrow.  When it’s purchasable I’ll make sure to let you know!

Saturday Pattern Sharing 10/22/11

The more time I spend in the kitchen, the more I find myself wearing more and more aprons.  I’d like to say I’m just trying to be more fashionable as I grow up but I don’t think that’s completely the case (my one apron says, “beef — it’s what’s for dinner”).  Perhaps I make more of a mess as I get older.  Or maybe I’m just getting tired of trying to remove spots/stains from the clothing of three other people in the house and I don’t want to remove grease stains from my own.  (Ding, ding, ding!! We have a winner!!)

No matter the reason, I’m always on the lookout for cute functional patterns for aprons.  I think this one for the Hostess Apron over on Sew4Home would make a fun project for yourself or others on your gift list this holiday.  I’m not sure if I’d make one with The Grinch on it, but you’re free to do whatever you wish.  😉

Sew4Home's The Hostess Apron Comeback Series #4

Happy Sewing!

How to Install a Zipper

I’ll admit that zippers scare me.  The thought of having to put them in an item I’m sewing makes me sweat a little and even contemplate changing the design to avoid it (I’ve done a handful or so, I just hate doing them).  There are a couple of projects I want to do for the kids for Christmas and I think I really need to just get over my fear and tackle it head on.

Ashley over at make it and love it posted a great tutorial last week about installing zippers.  Maybe using her method would help ease my fears.

Happy Sewing!

Changing Pad Cover Tutorial

If your house is anything like ours, after each child we seem to have a plethora of receiving blankets stuffed in drawers and closets.  We love them for the itty-bitty stage when you can lay baby on a blanket on the floor and the baby actually stays ON the blanket.  They’re easy to wash if baby spits up and will help preserve more cherished blankets.  But as baby grows and becomes mobile, those same blankets that were so well used at one point sit untouched.  I hate tossing anything that is still functional, (especially when it’s good usable fabric!) but in a crowded house I need all the space I can get.

So instead, I came up with a great way to re-purpose them into something functional!

1.  Gather the receiving blankets you want to use.  I’ve found there are two sizes — the small ones aren’t big enough to cover one side of my changing pad so I have to use the larger ones.  I think the large ones are about 40″ x 30″.  You can use either the flannel or the cotton and if you’re lucky you’ll have 2 of the same pattern so both sides match.  :)  If your receiving blankets aren’t big enough to cover one side of your changing pad you can always sew them together in a patchwork sort of fashion to get fabric pieces large enough.

2.  Measure the changing pad.  You’ll need all three dimensions — length, width and height.  If you have a contoured changing pad (where the sides are higher than the center) make sure to measure at the highest point.

3.  Calculate the size of the fabric pieces to cut.  Since my fabric wasn’t big enough to cut a single piece, I had to cut 2 (one for each side) and sew them together.  To determine the width of the fabric add the width and the height together, adding an extra 1″ for seam allowance.  

To determine the length of the fabric add the length and the height together, adding an extra 1″ for the seam allowance.


The 4th photo shows how to calculate the dimensions for a single piece.  If you have a contoured changing pad, add an extra 1″ or so to the width to account for the uneven surface.
4.  Cut your fabric piece(s).

5.  Right sides of fabric facing, sew along 3 of the sides.  When you’re finished it will look like a pillowcase.  I used my serger to keep the raw edges from fraying.  If you don’t have a serger you can use a zigzag stitch instead.

6.  Sew along the the open edge to keep it from fraying.

7.  Fold the edge down 1/2″ toward the wrong side of the fabric and iron.

8.  Reach inside, grab the bottom seam and pull, turning right side out.

9.  Topstitch 1/4″ from the edge of the opening.  This will sew that edge down that you folded under.  If you don’t want to finish the edge you could just fold the raw edge under twice and then topstitch instead.

10.  Slip the finished cover over your changing pad.

11. (Optional)  Add Velcro, snaps or buttons to close the opening.  I left it just the way it was for quicker removal in messy situations.

AND YOU’RE DONE!

 

This project has been approved and endorsed by the small one in the Stitch To Stitch household.  If you’re not taking photos to write a tutorial, you should be able to complete this project in under 30 minutes.  Easily.  Maybe even 15 if you’re not distracted by small children, your cell phone or Facebook.

Happy Sewing!


Pattern Testing

As I’ve said before, I adore the patterns done by Denise at Whimsy Couture.  Love, love, LOVE them.  So when she posts a request for pattern testers I jump at the chance to get my hands on a new pattern of hers!

Just as I was posting about sewing a rain jacket for myself, she put a shout-out on her Facebook page looking for testers to work on a new pattern for a reversible hooded girls’ jacket.  I thought this was the perfect opportunity to try my hand at a rain jacket for Big Girl.  Instead of making it reversible I’d use a water-resistant fabric (such as oil cloth or laminated cotton) for the outer fabric and something soft and comfy for the interior lining.

Brilliant idea!

As soon as I heard a confirmation from Denise, we headed to the fabric store to see what we could scrounge up locally.  And on sale of course.  I rarely step foot into Joann’s without one of their signature 40% off coupons.  😉

With only a little guidance from me, I let Big Girl pick out the fabrics — I’ve learned this increases the chances of her wearing the item significantly — and then some coordinating buttons to compliment the front.

This is what we came up with!

oilcloth rainjacket by stitch to stitch

Girls' Rain Jacket

Bright colors to cheer up rainy days

lined rain jacket by stitch to stitch

Incredibly soft and warm minky lining

3 Coordinating Buttons

Good for throwing snowballs!

Absolutely perfect for your favorite little girl.

I’m still undecided as to whether I’ll list this exact jacket in the store or not.  Truthfully, it was difficult to sew and the cost of fabrics wasn’t cheap (even on sale I spent almost $20 just on materials); so the sale cost would need to reflect that.  Which could very well price myself right out of any possible sales.

I need to do some more thinking and see what kind of variations I can come up with that would make my costs lower and my frustration minimal.

On another note — this was a fantastic pattern and I highly recommend purchasing it.  When it’s available for sale I’ll pass along the info.

Saturday Pattern Sharing 10/8/11

Ruffle Fabric is a huge craze right now!  You can see it being used in a myriad of ways on Etsy — including the petti ruffle romper and the ruffle bubble romper in the Stitch To Stitch shop.

So when I find free tutorials like this Ruffle Fabric Skirt for WOMEN it makes me giddy! 

Now I just need to figure out if I can pull this look off or if I’m too wide through the waist/hips for it.  Hmmm…

Happy Sewing!