Thursday, February 21, 2013

Take a Look At The New Top I Sewed This Week!

I worked on a new top this week.  I like this style on me, I think it is slimming.  I did some adjusting and sewed it out on a cheaper knit that I got at JoAnn's.  This was sort of my muslin.  If it didn't fit, then I wasn't out much money.  It did turn out cute and I liked my little knit material.  I turned the top and back yoke in the diagonal direction to give it a little more contrast.  What I wasn't thinking when I bought this material was that I would have to match it!  Something else I wasn't planning on.

It does still need one tiny adjustment, I noticed when I tried it on that it falls forward just a hair on my shoulders.  I will have to make that adjustment and then it will be ready for the really pretty red knit fabric that I am going to make another one out of.  This pattern is Vogue V8816 if anyone is interested in making this.  It is an unusual pattern and I had to stop and look it for the longest time to see how to adjust it.  I always have to take in the yoke because I am small across the shoulders.  I even called the company and they would not help me at all.  They said they don't tell how to make adjustments, and they told me to just make a muslin.  I thought they might give me a little guidance, but I guess not. 

Here is my cute little summer top!  Let me know what you think, and if you decide to make one, I can help you with any questions.  Thanks, Cindy

Monday, February 18, 2013

Finished My Shawl!


 
It is all finished and I am so much more happy with it now!  If you did not see my first post, my shawl just looked unfinished and kind of blah.  Everyone wrote to me and said I needed to crochet an edging around it.  Well, that is exactly what I did.  Here it is!



It made it larger all the way around and dressed it up a bit.  I would of preferred to be able to find some yarn that matched in the pink or blue color, but I could not match it at all.  The only thing I could find was the cream color.  I thought about ordering some more yarn but didn't really want to pay another $50.00!  Now I will really look like a grandma sitting with my shawl on!!  Thank you to everyone that wrote to me and gave me suggestions!!  I am glad to have the experts to rely on!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Kraft Paper Stamped Heart Pouches!

Do you have a young sewer at your home?  My daughter, Tara, posted this on her website and it would make a really cute project for a beginning sewer.  One of my younger grandaughters is always asking me to sew.  She is 6 and I think she could handle this project for her valentines for school.  I am going to have her just cut out squares and she could just sew straight on all four sides and attach stickers or stamps on top. 
These sweet little DIY Valentines can be filled with any number of treats for a fun surprise

My daughter's cooking website is as follows if you are interested! 
http://unsophisticook.com/

Trace Hearts on Kraft Paper
Start by folding a piece of brown kraft paper in half, or as an alternative, you could use brown paper grocery bags. Trace your desired number of heart shapes on the paper. I used a Wilton heart-shaped cookie cutter, but you could easily make your own template from a stiff piece of cardboard.
Paper Tube Heart Stamps
Using this paper tube stamping technique, I then stamped a heart design on each heart and allowed the prints to dry thoroughly before cutting them out. This is a great time to get the kids involved! My youngest son loved helping me stamp the hearts, and when we were finished, I gave him his own sheet of paper to continue stamping.
Avery Marking Labels
While I was waiting for the prints to dry, I decided that I wanted to switch out the strings on my tags. I used these inexpensive Avery marking labels, which could certainly be used as is, but I thought that the addition of the red and white baker's twine was a cute detail.
Sewing Kraft Paper Heart Pouches
Once you have the cut out hearts, it's time to start sewing. I used a machine for this step, following the instructions here, but you could also sew them by hand. I'd just recommend using a thimble to push the needle through the thick paper so as not to hurt your fingers.
Kraft Paper Heart Pouches MMs
I chose to fill our hearts with a small serving of Valentine's Day M&Ms, but you can fill them with any number of small items. I'm thinking about making some filled with hair elastics for my girls' gymnastics team. You'd be shocked at how fast they go through them!
Kraft Paper Heart Pouches
This is such a cute way to make your Valentines stand out from the crowd. I guarantee the kids will love tearing into them to see what surprise awaits them inside!
What little treat would you put inside one of these cute heart-shaped pouches