Sewing for a Cause

Sitting down at my sewing machine and finishing up a project is good for my soul; it helps me to recenter, to relax. It’s even more fulfilling when I can sit down and create items for other people. A close friend of one my husband’s aunt is battling breast cancer, and medical bills are becoming a huge financial strain on her and her husband. His aunt and another friend are organizing a fundraising event to raise money for medical expenses. When I saw mention of a fundraiser on Facebook I knew I needed to make something for the silent auction!

With the fundraising being held for a breast cancer patient, I wanted to create something that had pink in it, yet didn’t have an overwhelming theme. Something that could appeal to a wide range of people at the fundraiser while still showing support. Off to Pinterest I went to look for some ideas…

I knew I wanted pink, and wanted to incorporate a heart; maybe a patchwork pillow cover would be a good idea. I quickly came across a tutorial over at imagine gnats for a patchwork heart pillow cover and it was exactly what I wanted! (Funny too how a couple of days later Rachael contacted me about helping her sew up some of her new knits.)

Now armed with an idea I set off to get the project started.

First off, I had to draft the heart freehand. Which is NOT my forte.

IMG_3231Then I scrounged through my fabric, to realize that I didn’t have 3-4 pink prints that would blend together well enough for the project. Thankfully a quick search on Etsy and I found a pink/white fat quarter set that was exactly what I had in mind. A simple grey/white geometric from my stash would help add a neutral touch to the pillow.

Rachael’s direction were simple to follow and the QAYG — quilt as you go — method adds a fun touch to the patchwork.

Stitch To Stitch QAYGAn envelope style back meant no zippers to sew in, yet the recipient can easily to remove the cover for laundering.

Stitch To Stitch Patchwork Heart PillowI absolutely love how it turned out — pink without being in-your-face pink! It was also really fun to work on sewing something that wasn’t an item to wear.

Amanda at Stitch To Stitch

New Items for Spring

Life is still chaotic here in the Stitch To Stitch household — just when I think that I’m getting it under control, something else goes haywire and I end up learning how to rejuggle everything to make it work again.

I’d found myself getting into a good groove a few weeks ago:  computer work and photos in the morning, sewing when the kids were all napping in the afternoon and after they went to bed at night.  Then my toddler decided she no longer needed to nap (and instead try to tear my sewing room apart if I tried to let her play while I worked) and the baby only wants me to rock him to sleep until I can safely transfer him to bed at 9:30pm or so.  Which means my sewing time has been drastically cut short again.

Just as I hit my stride, I managed to get some new things up and listed in the shop and they’re doing really well so far.

Girls Yellow White and Grey Chevron Dress with Removable Flower

Girls Pink and White Chevron Peasant Dress with removable sash

 

There are more things in the works, so keep your eyes open! 

Don’t forget you can always follow shop updates over on my Facebook page if you want to stay up to date with what’s going on.  Thanks to the wonders of a smartphone, I’m much more active over there.

Amanda at Stitch To Stitch

Friday De-Stash 5/4/12

In order to make room for new fabric, I need to use up what I have!  So I’m making fun new creations and dropping the price *DRASTICALLY*.  It’s a win-win for both of us!

Today’s de-stash deal is this great twirl skirt made with black ruffle fabric, on sale for $18 (shipping included). Click on the photo to go directly to the Etsy listing.  This is a perfect piece for every girl’s wardrobe!

Girls Black Ruffle Skirt (sizes 6m to 9/10)

Pushing Creativity

I’m continuing to be super busy with orders (which I love), but squeezing in some side projects any time I can!

The big project today was working on some creative diapering solutions for a neighbor.  Her little boy is in a cast to help correct infantile scoliosis and they are struggling with how to diaper him to keep the cast clean/dry.  We’ve come up with some initial ideas and I’m hoping we can get something that works without needing too many revisions!  I’m excited to find a way to help make this journey a little easier for them.  :)

On the business front, I’m dreaming up new ideas for the ruffle rompers that have been selling so well!  Last week I bought some gorgeous dupioni silk in cream/ivory that I can’t wait to play with. 

Happy sewing!

New Shop Items

There are some super cute new rompers listed for sale over at Stitch To Stitch! When you look on Etsy you can see pages, upon pages, upon pages of the ruffled petti rompers.  But there isn’t much (if anything!) available that takes a similar design and uses fabulous printed fabrics to create the ruffles.  So I figured I needed to step in and try to fill that void.

These are the two that I have finished and are ready for sale.

Girls Brown Pink & Grey Floral Ruffle Romper -- available in newborn to size 6

The more delicate nature of this romper combines super cute fabrics from the Daisy Cottage fabric line by Riley Blake.  It’s alternated with lace in pink, white and grey for a soft look.  All sewn onto a super soft tee-shirt knit base for all day comfort.

Girls Pink Blue Yellow and White Floral Ruffle Romper -- available in newborn to size 6

The bright, bold colors of this romper is vastly different in taste from the more muted tones of the first.  Fabric from the Kumari Garden line is used for the print, alternating with rows of power mesh (a product similar to tulle, but much, much softer and stretchier).  This gorgeous pairing of colors creates a one of a kind look.

In the next couple of weeks I’d like to add on with other fabrics and styles — right now something vintage-ish has my brain spinning.  Maybe rows of ruffled dupioni silk and delicate lace in a creamy ivory?  Maybe another set of fun colors for the upcoming 4th of July holiday?

A huge thank you to Kamieo Photography for the amazing products shots.

Friday De-Stash 3/16/12

In order to make room for new fabric, I need to use up what I have!  So I’m making fun new creations and dropping the price *DRASTICALLY*.  It’s a win-win for both of us!

Today’s de-stash deal is this pair of breezy, wide-legged ruffle capris, on sale for $13 (shipping included). Click on the photo to go directly to the Etsy listing.

Girls White Black and Citron Ruffled Capris -- sizes 6m to 5T

 

Work in Progress

I’m juggling many things right now — a couple of items off to photographers for product shots, a list a mile long for new items, open orders to fill and upcoming Friday DeStash items.  It has me incredibly busy and it’s a balancing act to keep up with all of it.  I would love to completely immerse myself in creating new items but (obviously) filling shop orders is what pays the fabric bills.  :)  So I’m trying to continuously work in a new item after I fill a couple of orders.  Right now it’s working but my new item list doesn’t seem to be shrinking at all.

This is one of my new creations.

I’ve had fantastic luck selling the Girls Petti Ruffle Rompers, using the pre-made Ruffle Fabric.  But I wanted to introduce something similar in style that was still really different from the things available on Etsy.  This romper has a knit base (super soft, lightweight, t-shirt material) with layers of ruffled designer cotton and fun powermesh (kind of like tulle but softer and stretchy), accented with lace halter ties. 

I love, love, love how it turned out!  I’m going to do another one in a softer color palette with designer cottons and lace instead — then both are off to one of my wonderful photographers. 

Happy Sewing!

 

Friday De-Stash 3/9/12

In order to make room for new fabric, I need to use up what I have!  So I’m making fun new creations and dropping the price *DRASTICALLY*.  It’s a win-win for both of us!

Today’s de-stash deal is this pretty peasant top, on sale for $16 (shipping included). Click on the photo to go directly to the Etsy listing.

Girls Pink and Grey Floral Peasant Top (sizes 6m to 7/8)

 

Friday De-Stash 3/2/12

In order to make room for new fabric, I need to use up what I have!  So I’m making fun new creations and dropping the price *DRASTICALLY*.  It’s a win-win for both of us!

Today’s de-stash deal is this adorable ruffled skirt, on sale for $18 (shipping included).  I only have enough fabric to make 3 of them so get one while you can!  Click on the photo to go directly to the Etsy listing.

Girls Pink and Green Geometric Ruffled Skirt -- sizes 12m to 5t