Wednesday, March 31, 2010
This stitchalong has been so much fun. This hand embroidery stuff is outside of my comfort zone. I never would have done this if it weren't a project put together in such a cool way. It's been neat to see other talented women's embroidery and I have discovered some groovy new blogs to follow through the project. Click over to the 39 squares blog and check it out!
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
So first, the stitchalong. I'm continuing my theme of the alphabet.
And now Delilah in her Alice Dress.
This is a good dress to run in!
Lay the 2 flowers on top of each other, and thread a needle with a looooooong piece of matching thread. I used embroidery thread.
Stitch an X right in the middle of the flowers, stitching them together. Don't cut the thread! You're going to keep stitching with it! (I suppose you could use hot glue instead of stitching if stitching isn't your thing)
Place the corner of the folded circle into one of the corners of the X on the flowers, and using the same thread, put a stitch through the corner, holding the circle to the flowers.
Almost finished! Next, using the same thread, stitch on a matching button. I thought I would use a white button, but after looking at it, I decided a red button looked nicer.
Once the button is nice and tightly on there, it was time to finally knot the thread and clip it off.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Their other free pattern, the Lazy Days Skirt, is super easy. If you can sew a straight line, you can make that skirt. The dress is a little more challenging (ok, challenging to me means I had to use pins. I don't like pins.) But really this dress is simple and the instructions so well written and clear. No buttons, no zippers, nothing too complicated.
Here is my first attempt. I really wanted to get a picture with my little model wearing it, but I am too impatient to wait!
This black/white / linen one is my favorite. That's Alice in Wonderland themed fabric. Yum! It has french words but the fabric is by Kokka of Japan. Kokka has SUCH amazing fabrics. I also made a matching hairbow. Pics of that and tutorial to follow!
And this last one, I think the fabric is by Robert Kaufman. D LOVES animals, so this is special to me. I think I should have used a solid for the yoke and straps though.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I had never made ruffles before. This was big! Following directions I have read on so many other blogs, I set my tension on my machine to the highest it would go, with a long basting stitch. It was awesome! As I sewed through the middle of the strips, the fabric came off the machine perfectly ruffled! I pinned it on, sewed through the middle (after I adjusted the tension and stitch back to normal) and Ta Dah! Some freezer paper stencil magic (my husband is whiz with that exacto knife!) and a Syracuse jersey/dress was ready to wear!
(Don't you take pictures of garments hanging from your microwave door? No? Oh...)
I think my ruffle should have been narrower, it's a bit heavy.
But not heavy enough to slow this kid down!
Ah, the secret to getting a toddler to be still for a few seconds to take a picture. Give her a cracker.
I made a new entry last night! I have two other entries, but I think this one is my favorite. Gosh, I like the wreath too....
(Here are my other two entries: Spring Ribbon Wreath and Decoupaged Vase)
SO quickly, here it is so i can submit it! (EDIT: Also entering in the CSI Project Challenge!)
Pretty Reverse Applique Kitchen Towels!
On with the tutorial! To make, purchase two contrasting kitchen towels from the Dollar Store. (I love Dollar Tree!)
Lay flat, and pin right sides together.
Sew around the outside seam, leaving a space for turning.
Clip the corners before turning to reduce bulk, and iron flat.
Turn, and top stitch around the outside edge. (This should also close the turn opening, but if you like, whipstitch that closed)
Draw circles with a water soluble marker on one side of the now two layered towel
Turn the towel over, and draw circles on the other color, on the opposite side from the other circles.
Stitch around all the circles. Then stitch lines across the circles, dissecting it like pieces of an orange. Don't worry about it being perfect. You should have stitched circles on both ends of your towel.
With small scissors, carefully cut away the fabric from each wedge of the orange, cutting only through the top layer of fabric.
Keep cutting through all the circles.
Wipe or spritz away your water soluble marker and figure out how to hang your pretty new towel!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Since then I have been on a felt food frenzy. My plan is to make a whole bunch and give all the food to Delilah when she gets a new play kitchen. I think this will be a second birthday present. I'm happy to present my progress so far! (Pics taken at night on my bed - very professional yes!)
This sandwich and chips followed this tutorial from Skip To My Lou. I really liked that this was a project to sew by hand, and I could work on these pieces a little at a time propped up in bed before zonking out. You could certainly follow the tutorial and sew on a machine if you like. I took some leftover embroidery stabilizer bits and sandwiched them between the felt for the potato chips, so they would be a little more stiff like a chip instead of floppy. This was a great start into the world of felt food making. The tutorial is SO clear and making each piece was satisfying.
I did add some details to the lettuce and tomato on the machine - can you see in these pics?
The banana and apple and pear are from patterns by LilyBeanMarket. The banana was sewn mostly on the machine, and I like it ok, but I think I prefer my felt food made by hand. The directions by the way, were fantastic. They sent me a disk with videos making the fruit. Awesome! For the apple and pear, alas, I didn't pay attention to the video, and just used the pattern pieces and sewed them by hand. But I probably SHOULD have paid attention to attaching the stems. I just winged it and I am concerned they aren't on there fast enough.
Then I made this carrot using an easy peasy tutorial here from I Make Stuff. I really like this carrot! I did make it mostly on the machine instead of by hand. Seriously, so easy and fast to make. And I think it is super cute.
Following the directions of the other more experienced sewers has given me enough confidence now to make my own! If you are interested in making felt food, the sandwich set and carrot tutorials are great (and free) and the LilyBean Market patterns really help a beginner. LilyBean has some links to some online tutorials so you can check out how clear and awesome they are. Honestly, their kits are a bargain - you get all the felt AND a DVD to play on your computer with complete directions. Course, you can also order felt food already made by them, and that's really tempting.
Next up I'm going to tackle strawberries and perhaps some cake slices. I'd love any advice or suggestions, please comment if you have any!