Thursday, February 7, 2019

Mini Yarn Wreath Pattern Weights



Hi there sewing friends!  I wanted to pop in and show you how to dress up one of my favorite sewing notions. Pattern weights!! These are simple 3/4'' washers that I picked up from Home Depot to use as pattern weights. I thought it would be fun to make them pretty to give a little gift to my mom on her birthday. I've shared how to make Mini Yarn Wreath Pattern Weights  in the past as part of National Sewing Month with The Sewing Loft but I thought it would be fun to share here again too.   I think they are the perfect gift for a fellow sewist, don't you?


Do you use pattern weights? My whole life I've used good old table knives as pattern weights but these are much cuter. And I don't have to wash them and put them back in the utensil drawer when I'm done. These little cuties are so easy to make!

It's fun to play around with different colors of yarn and bits of felt. I think the purple one is my favorite! Want to make some?  I'll show you how.  It's easy!!

Start with 3/4'' washers from the Home Depot. I think they cost me a little over 50 cents each.  They are about 2 1/2'' wide.

Cut 3 lengths of yarn about 45'' long. Wrapping 3 at a time makes the wrapping go faster.  Stick the ends on the back of the washer with a dab of hot glue.  Wrap the yarn evenly and squish it together as you go. Finish it off with another dab of hot glue right where you started and trim away the extra yarn.

On some of them I added bits of felt for even more cuteness. I just glued on the felt bits and then wrapped an additional length of yarn around them. Love the argyle look!



They work out great!  


Once and a while I find that I need a little more weight so I just stack up two pattern weights as needed.


I packaged them up for my Mom in a little paper mache box from my local craft store! 

...and tied it up with a little ribbon!

A great little gift to add to your list :) Now I need to dress up my own. If you make a set of pattern weights like these, I'd love to see them!
 Happy Sewing!




Saturday, January 19, 2019

Quilty Penelope Bag PDF Pattern

Hello sewing friends. I just listed a pattern for sale in my Etsy shop! It's the Quilty Penelope Bag. Recognize it? The silhouette of this bag is one that I've been making to sell for years. I put a little quilt love on the side panels and shared it in the Patchwork Posse online Quilt Guild. Now I'm excited because I get to bring it home and offer it to all of you. You can find it in my Etsy shop. But first let me tell you a little bit more about it...

The handbag has a variable star block built into the side panels, giving it a pop of color and a cute way to show off your love of quilting. The star panel is great for using up some of your scraps or for playing around with your new favorite fabrics. You can also substitute an 8”, or larger, orphan block to the center panel for a completely different look.



 The Quilty Penelope Bag is perfect for carrying all your essentials, plus a few extras. It’s small enough that it won’t weigh down your shoulder, but roomy enough to hold what you need. 

There are pockets on the inside and a simple magnetic snap closure. The comfortable fabric strap stays on your shoulder and easily slips on with one hand. 

If you make one I'd love to see it! Show it off on Instagram at #QuiltyPenelopebag and tag me @bluesusanmakes.


Happy Sewing!

Monday, December 10, 2018

New PDF Pattern! The Gingerbread Man Puppet & Softie



Hello sewing friends! Today is a pretty exciting day for me. I am officially releasing a new pattern for sale. It's a PDF pattern to make a Gingerbread Man Puppet or Softie toy. Take a look and tell me what you think. 

You can use this pattern to make a cute softie toy or put a puppet pocket on it to make playing with him a little more fun. Leave him unstuffed (pictured below on the right) to make him easier to move or stuff him fat (pictured left) so he's nice and snuggly.


A few years ago I made a bunch of these little Gingerbread men to give with a Gingerbread Man book to all the families on our Christmas list. They turned out so cute I thought it would be fun to share how to make one with you all.   It makes the perfect, simple handmade family gift.


This PDF Pattern is written for the beginner sewist and includes 10 pages of detailed photos, instructions, and printable pattern sheets to make it easy for you to make this cute little guy. That means YOU can make this! I sewed him up out of polar fleece but any medium weight knit fabric will do. 

Here's a little peek at the back. He turns into a puppet with a simple pocket which makes it easy for little hands to slip in and run around the house with while the Gingerbread man escapes from everyone who is trying to eat him. "Run, run, as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man"

This is an exciting day for you too because for the next couple of days this pattern is available in my Etsy shop at half price. If you hurry you can snag one.  And don't worry these are quick to sew and there is plenty of time to make one before Christmas. :)  If you make one I'd love to see it. Share it on Instagram with #gingerbreadmanpuppetpattern and tag me @bluesusanmakes.

Happy Sewing!



Thursday, October 11, 2018

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Costume Tutorial for Fabric.com

Hi sewing friends! We are busy getting ready for Halloween over here. I love Halloween! It may be my favorite holiday. I just love all the extra costume sewing I get to do.  Today I'm here to show you a new tutorial I have up on the Fabric.com blog. It's a DIY Rainbow Unicorn Costume tutorial just in time for you to make it for Halloween. It has been a while since I've created a new tutorial so I jumped at the chance to do another costume for Fabric.com this year.  I am super excited about how it turned out!


And isn't my little model the cutest!! With this tutorial you get to make all the accessories to turn a plain white shirt and leggings into a little girls' Rainbow Unicorn dreams come true. The pattern is sized to fit about a 2-4T. A five year old could probably get away with it as well. (my little model here is almost 5). I mean who doesn't want to dress up as a unicorn at that age. 


The tutorial includes instructions and patterns to make a Hood, Skirt, and Hoof cuffs.

The hooves might be my favorite. I love how they repeat the Gold on the horn and really finish off the costume.

For the skirt and the mane I used this amazing tulle. It's new at Fabric.com and comes in a ton of different colors.

The cuffs are made with the awesome gold lame and for the hood I used some Activewear spandex knit.  Both of these fabrics were very easy to sew. 

If you use this tutorial I'd love to see how it turns out!!
Happy Halloween Sewing!!

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!

For more sewing tips check out these posts...



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