Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Crafty Little Things to Sew: Reversible Chair Cushions

Hi Sewing friends! Today I get to be a part of the Crafty Little Things to Sew Blog Hop. Have you seen this book yet? It's the newest book by Caroline Critchfield-Fairbanks and the bloggers of SewCanShe. I get to give you a peek into it today and give you a chance to win a copy too. To enter just follow the instructions at the bottom of this post.
 

This book is full of cute little projects you can sew up in an afternoon. I love a quick sew, don't you?!
There are a few projects that I'm just itching to make. Like this Quilty First Aid Kit! I think my daughter needs this to keep all her meds, skin creams and ointments organized as she heads out to college next year.

The Two-in-one Lunch Tote and Placemat and the Spacious Spa Caddy look handy and super cute. 

 
I designed a project for the book too. It's called the Casual Coupon Pouch. I'm a little bit of a lazy couponer. I love a good deal but I don't have time to go to the extremes and find ALL the good deals. So I thought it would be nice to have a pretty little pouch that I could throw in my bag to store coupons and receipts so they don't clutter up my wallet, which is usually what happens. It looks like an ordinary pouch but there are dividers inside to help keep things nice and tidy.


Okay one more thing if you are still with me. I was lucky enough to get a chance to sew up a project from the book TODAY! I made cushions for my kitchen chairs using the Reversible Barstool Cushion pattern.

I was so excited to see this pattern because I've been wanting to make cushions for my new little table in my dining nook.
I made this table using a tutorial by Delia's Hairpin Coffee Table Tutorial.
Houndstooth decorator fabric from Fabric.com
While the pattern makes a reversible cushion that is so cute for mixing prints I decided to just use one fabric for the top, bottom, and piping. This little cushion is taking me one step closer to realizing my dreams of decorating my home in Joanna Gaines' style (LOL!). I think I need one with fun prints for my sewing seat though.

Since I didn't have a button cover kit on hand I just tacked the center down in 4 places to quilt it a little. I just love how they turned out. I wasn't sure how the piping would go but I just followed the instructions and it came out perfectly. Love!

I hope you'll check out this Crafty Little Things to Sew and to win a free copy please enter the giveaway by leaving a comment on this post. For an extra entry follow me on Instagram @bluesusanmakes and leave a comment there. There are also other stops on the Blog Hop you won't want to miss. Happy Sewing!






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Friday, October 20, 2017

Hooded Bat Cape and Halloween Costume inspiration

Hello sewing friends! Now is about the time I begin my Halloween costume sewing frenzy. Are you making Halloween costumes this year too? Probably all of you already on top of it, right? I hope you had a chance to see my DIY Hooded Bat Cape post over on the Fabric.com Blog last week.  You totally have time to make this before Halloween! Throw a pair of Batman PJs under it and your costume is ready.

  I had so much fun remaking this cape. It is a design I made years ago for my first son and it has been a favorite dress up for all my boys through the years. It was getting a little tattered so I thought this littlest boy could use a new one. I love taking a little time to make costumes that are used over and over for dress-up. I'm sure this one will be just as loved as the other one has. Plus, this fabric!!  I got to choose from a bunch of knits for this project for Fabric.com. They sent me some samples and I was so excited to find this one. It screams "I'm Batman". Its Polyester/Spandex jersey knit with a matte finish. It has a little sheen to it and it looks like lightweight stretchy vinyl. So Cool! You can also sew this cape with a medium weight 100% Polyester knit or a Scuba knit. They totally work too.

Anyhow, here are a few more photos from when my older boys were younger of ways we turned this simple cape into a full costume using PJs or a simple Batman shirt and belt with yellow felt wrapped around it.


And here is one last Batman photo. This is my favorite picture of  the recent photo shoot. That's an everyday Batman right there. Complete with Star Wars Yoda Crocs :)


If you are looking for a little more Halloween Costume inspiration check out these other posts from the archives


Tips for making Aragorn and Jack Sparrow


A post about how to make Hulk Muscles Mini tutorial


And How to DIY a cute Superman

Happy making Halloween!

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Monday, September 18, 2017

National Sewing Month - Giveaway



Hello Sewing friends! As you may have already heard, September is National Sewing Month and my friends at C&T Publishing are celebrating all month long with sewing tips and tutorials on their blog. Today I get to share a tip about how I clean one of my favorite sewing tools, the self healing cutting mat. I use my mat to cut everything and fibers are always getting stuck in it. Does this happen to you too? If so, click on over for my quick tip on how to easily clean your mat.  AND there's a giveaway!

You'll also get the chance to win an eBook copy of my book Just for You: Selfish Sewing with Your Favorite SewCanShe Bloggers.  Go Enter!



Happy Cleaning!

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

DIY Diaper Bag Tutorial for Fabric.com


Hello Sewing friends! I hope you had a chance to catch my DIY Diaper Bag tutorial up on the Fabric.com blog. You can hop over there to check it out the full tutorial but first let me give a little preview here.

This project was sponsored by Fabric.com and this post contains affiliate links

This diaper bag is not quite full sized (more on the small to medium size) but it still has all kinds of awesome pockets. My favorite ones are on the outside. I love bags with pockets like these. I stash my phone and keys there so they are easy to grab. There is room for more than just a water bottle in there.

There is an easy to install separating zipper to keep everything in place. 

Open it up and you'll find lots of pockets. 2 large, 2 medium, and a even a zipper pocket to stash the things you don't want to lose.

Here's what it looks like all stuffed with the essentials.

The straps are long enough to easily throw over your shoulder one handed. But honestly I would just leave this one in the car on outings. It has a nice big base so its stays standing up pretty easily. 
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I love this fabric print too. To me it just screams spring. It's an Amy Butler print called Harriet's Kitchen Sugar from the Cameo line. Amy Butler is the queen of large scale florals. Here's a tip, when you are using a large scale floral when making a bag order at least 1 1/2 times the fabric you are going to need (maybe more) so you have enough to fussy cut and match your panels. I only started with a yard for this project and wasn't quite enough to get the flowers placed where I wanted them.  For the lining I used a coordinating print from her True colors line called Wallflower in Marine. For the handles and base I used Essex Linen by Robert Kaufman. It is my go-to fabric when I need a neutral for a bag.

Anyway, I hope you like it! I hope you sew one and let me see it when you do, I'd love to see it.



Sunday, April 2, 2017

Hopping into Spring

Are you in the mood for a little stitching? Easter will be here before you know it. Sometimes it's fun to have a holiday project at your finger tips when you have a minute to stitch. I have a free Happy Easter embroidery pattern over on Craftsy that you might want to check out.


It is very simple and a great project for a kid or a beginner at embroidery. It also comes with instructions on how to frame it with fabric to make a pretty Easter wall hanging.


Happy Stitching!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Printable Fantasy Dragon Valentine's Cards


My niece Melinda is 13 and has been obsessed with dragons ever since I can remember. She reads about them, collects them, and loves to draw them. She came up with some fun ideas drew these amazing printable Valentine's cards.

 Aren't they clever?



I've listed them in my Etsy shop for her as a downloadable PDF file. Download it once and print as many as you like. 


Check them out and let me know what you think.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Sweetly Gathered Round Hangbag

Hi sewing friends. Are you joining me for the Just for You Sewalong? We are sewing our way through the monthly chapters of Just for You: Selfish Sewing with Your Favorite SewCanShe Bloggers.  We just finished out January and I have a project share with you. Here's my Sweetly Gathered Round Hangbag!

This pattern from the book is designed by Delia Randall of Delia Creates. I love the style of it. And isn't this fabric dreamy? It's called Sinister Swarm Rayon Challis by Anna Maria Horner. The lining is Sunprint Arrows by Allison Glass.


These flexible handle hoops are made from brown faux-leather and they took A LOT of practice to make.

If you're making your handles too here are a few things I learned...
Make a practice handle! I can't stress this enough. I personally never want to spend more time on a project than I have to. But for this project your first handle will be a mess and your 2nd handle will look WAY better. You don't have to buy a third length of cording for your practice handle, just cut along your stitches and remove the vinyl from your 1st handle and use it for your third.

Be careful not to turn the edges under too much. This is easy to do. If you turn them under more than the recommended 1/4in there isn't enough room to sew, even with a zipper foot

Grease your vinyl with a swipe of sewing machine oil (usually comes with your machine). Spread a very thin layer on top of the vinyl along your sewing path. Wipe it off with a paper towel when you're done. I was so so amazed at what a difference this made. I think every machine handles sewing on vinyl differently. My last machine would always skip stitches on vinyl, this one just can't feed it through. But with the addition of just a little oil for lubrication it seriously sewed so much easier. See the difference in the photo below. These are my 2nd and 3rd handles I used the same stitch length on each of these handles. I cut the vinyl off the messy looking one and sewed up a new improved one to match. So, yes, I sewed 4 handles.

I haven't had a lot of sewing time over the last couple years, I just constantly get tugged and interrupted with all these kids running around and trying to be ready for the next part of our day. But, I'm determined to take more time to do the thing I love this year,sewing!.  So in order to accomplish this project I decided to break it down into doable steps and list them. I just worked on one part of the bag each night I got a chance to sit and sew. Sometimes I just got to sew 10 minutes at a time. "Baby steps" is my new sewing mantra. :) I can finish a project if I just do it in baby steps, even if I don't meet my deadline.


Anyway, I sure think it's pretty.


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