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Some Kind of Special

Leigh —  October 1, 2014 — 6 Comments

Homeschooling is still going strong, and we’ve been hitting the books like gang-busters these past couple of months. But even when things are going well, it’s nice to shake up the routine every now and then, to put the books away and declare it to be a different kind of school week.

This past week instead of working through math workbooks and word problems, we measured fabric and used our mad division skills to calculate where to cut. We practiced reading comprehension by pulling out a pattern and following instructions step by step.IMG_9731It was a good week.

Heck, anytime I pull out my sewing machine it’s a good week. Can I get an “Amen”? Continue Reading…

DSCN7973Last week there were promises made of a tutorial nature.  I know in the past, I have made these types of promises and haven’t delivered, but today is not that day!  I’ve got a cute chevron ruffled pillowcase tutorial I want to share with all my sewing buddies.

DSCN8071Last week for Edie’s slumber party, I made each of her guests a personalized pillowcase as their parting gifts. Get it?  Slumber party?  Pillowcase?  I thought it was a cute idea and fit in nicely with our whole sleeping, slumber party theme.  Edie was super excited about the idea of giving her friends such cute parting gifts, and I think she enjoyed passing them out to her friends almost as much as she enjoyed opening her own gifts…almost.

So she wouldn’t feel left out, I even made Edie one to match the new bedspread we gave her for her birthday. DSCN7972 Continue Reading…

Home Sweet Home

Leigh —  July 1, 2013 — Leave a comment

I’m taking a little break from posting about our trip today because…IMG_8530

We have officially put our house on the market!  When we came home from our vacation last week, we noticed our neighbors had put their house on the market while we were gone.  We were very excited to see that little “FOR SALE” sign in their yard because we really want to try and sell the house without a realtor, and we’re hoping that anyone who comes to look at the neighbor’s house will notice our house right next door.  I guess you could say we’re realtor mooches. Hey, all’s fair in love and realty!

So I spent a good part of last week cleaning up our junk so we could put one of those little signs in our yard as well.  And since the place is all put together and shiny, I thought today might be a good time for a tour.  I’ve wanted to do a house tour for a long time on the blog.  I always enjoy peeking into others homes.  I’m nosy that way, and I have a feeling that you’re nosy like me.

So welcome to my home…

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As a rule, I don’t post a lot of tutorials on this blog.  Most of the things I sew, I’m copying from  another online tutorial anyway, and I see no reason to re-invent the wheel when someone else has already done it.  But recently I was sewing a little pocket T-shirt for Edie, and when I searched online for some directions, there were none to be found. So I had to make it with no help from my internet buddies.

I thought it would be nice if I gave back to the internet since I’ve taken so many creative ideas from it.  So here you go, Internet, a pocket t-shirt tutorial.  You’re welcome.

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Have you seen these pocket t-shirts?  They are currently all the rage here in Trussville, AL.  From babies to teenagers, all the girls are wearing them.  Most people are making them with Chevron patterned fabric, and those are really cute too. But I try to sew from my scraps.  So I’ve just used what I had on hand.  However if you really want to be hip, that’s the fabric to use.

They are so easy to make.  From start to finish, it takes me about 30 minutes. I’ve already made several for Edie and some of her friends. (One of her friends brought me the Chevron fabric for the black shirt.)Pocket t-shirt

First thing, you are going to need is a plain t-shirt, a small scrap of material, and coordinating thread.  If you don’t have a monogramming machine, no worries.  I’ve made some with just plain pockets as well and they are really cute too!

STEP 1: Cut out a five inch square of material.

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 STEP 2: Fold down top of pocket about an inch, press it, and sew.

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 STEP 3:  (If you just want to sew on a pocket without a monogram, you can skip this step.)  Now you need to monogram your pocket.  You want the monogram to be about 2.5 inches in height.   Fold your pocket in half and find the middle.  I like for my monogram to come a little above the top of the pocket seam.  With a fabric pen, I marked the top, middle, and bottom of where I wanted to stitch the monogram.  Leave a little extra room on the bottom because you will need it when you fold your pocket in the next step.DSCN6982STEP 4: Next, heat up your iron again because you are going to need it! I don’t have a pattern for folding my pockets.  I just fold and iron until it looks right to me.  First, iron the sides down.  You might have to cut a little of the excess off the sides, and that’s okay.  You want about a half inch seam allowance on each side so you can attach it to the t-shirt.

To make the point at the bottom, find the middle.  That’s where you want the point to be.  Fold each corner up with a slight angle and iron.  Again, I just play with it until it has a pocket shape to it.  For a guide, I took one of my son’s store bought pocket T-shirts and looked at that to shape my pocket.DSCN6971STEP 5: Now you are ready to sew the pocket onto the t-shirt! First, I had my daughter try on the t-shirt so I could pin where it needed to go.  I don’t trust myself to eyeball it.  That’s how pockets end up in armpits! Then I pinned it down and sewed the left, bottom, and right sides of the pocket.  I used about 1/8th of an inch seam because it gives it a more finished look.DSCN6973

Here’s the finished result:DSCN6985If you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comments and I’ll be happy to help!

The Sewing Bug

Leigh —  October 19, 2012 — Leave a comment

So  I haven’t mentioned the Summer Bucket List in quite some time, and I have two reasons for that.  One, the weather has cooled down and our long lazy days spent poolside have been replaced with schooling and running from one scheduled activity to the next.   I’m no longer looking for fun ways to fill our days because our days have a way of filling up on their own.  And two, I’d kind of forgotten about it.

I did mark off a lot of the ideas on the list, some of which I didn’t even update here on the blog.  In fact, I’m still marking some off even though it’s no longer a goal.  For example, recently Edie and I made a nightgown together, an idea I had inspired by the summer bucket list.

It originally started out that Edie and I were going to complete a sewing project together.  And the more I mulled over the idea of sewing with my girl, the more I accepted that she’s just not ready to sit behind a sewing machine.  It was a good thought, and perhaps it will be a 2013 Summer Bucket List item.  But Edie sewing right now is just not a good idea. There’s a lot of sharp objects involved in sewing with the scissors and needles and all, and there’s just too much that could go wrong.  I have a feeling that if her first sewing experience ended with either losing a pinky or sewing her hand to a pillow, it’s going to spoil her desire to sew in the future.  As I’ve learned, you really need to love sewing before you stitch an appendage to a garment so that you’ll stick with it. (No pun intended!)

So I decided to wait a bit, but that doesn’t mean that she can’t sit beside me while I explain to her everything I’m doing.

So that’s what we did.  We talked about different fabrics and how we use them for different things.  We discussed all the different kinds of stitches a machine can sew and why we sometimes use a serger verses a regular sewing machine.  It was step in the right sewing direction.

She wants to learn, and she wants me to teach her.  And I will, one day, but for now, I enjoyed having her next to me, keeping me company while I worked on this project.

When I bought this material, I was still thinking that she might actually sew some on this nightgown.  So I totally bought it with her in mind.  On my own, I would never have picked out something so animal print-ish, but I was trying to find something she might pick out for herself.

It’s just your average pillowcase dress, but made out of a knit fabric.  It was inspired by this pinterest idea.

Edie loves it.  It’s her go-to nightgown these days and the first one she wears after the laundry’s been done.  Even though technically she didn’t sew a single stitch, she still feels like she was a part of the project, and that’s made her love this nightgown even more.

And yesterday when we were talking about her upcoming birthday, she said a sewing machine was at the top of her wish list.  Oh yea, she’s been bitten by the bug.