Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Monogrammed T-shirt

I love embroidery! You would think that it would get old being able to monogram anything to my hearts content. You might think all of my clothes, pillows, towels, etc. are monogrammed. I monogram mostly for others. Today is a selfish sewing day and I am going to monogram this t-shirt. It is a cute shirt that has a message on the back but no lapel design, so I am going to monogram the front.
I have these dots that help with the placement of the design. They are called target stickers I received them in the Perfect Placement Kit I received for Christmas as a gift. Honestly, at first I thought I would never use the kit at all but it has been an extremely helpful tool!
The kit comes with...

  • 11 Perfect Placement templates for linens
  • 4 Perfect Placement plastic templates for wearables
  • 30 Target Stickers
  • a CD tutorial guide

I have found that when embroidering a knit shirt you need to use heavier stabilizer. I used Pellon 808 or 809. There are probably better choices but this is what I had on hand. I also did not have any sticky spray so I used double sided tape above and below the design.
After I placed my shirt on top of the hoop,  I took off the sticker and let the machine start to embroider.
I always use a baste stitch around the design to hold the fabric to the hoop.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Peek A Boo Mittens

Peekaboo Mitts pattern by Abi Gregorio is a wonderful knitting project that takes just a little bit of time and scrap yarn. I used the magic loop method to make these peekaboo mittens. This is a good first project to learn how to use this method of knitting. Instead of double pointed needles,  I use the one long circular needle. I use this method on sleeves, socks and now mittens. This yarn looks like candy to me! Perfect for my 9 year old.
I made a pair for myself too in stormy grey. I enjoyed being able to make something quickly, usually I am slow when it comes to knitting. These make great gifts for anyone. If you need to make a larger size choose a heavier weight yarn. 
Peek a boo mittens
Well, I am off to make some more mittens! Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Bag Fix

Monogram heaven
I bought this designer inspired foldable bag at Sew For Less. It is one of my favorite ready to wear bags. I bought it purely to monogram it in July of 2014.
Here are a few others that would be fun to monogram....
Amazon.com: NNEE® Water Resistance Nylon Tote Bag & Multiple Pocket Design
Amazon.com: Ecosusi Fashion Water Repellent Nylon Tote Shoulder Beach Bag Blue
I wore it out!! See the bottom of the nylon bag, all four corners had holes. Once it made it to this state, I couldn't continue using it. Until today, I pulled it out and decided to fix it. Every December 31, just like most people I suspect, I go through my closets and clothes. Looking through everything, I make a choice to keep, throw way or give to Good Will. I did not want to throw it way, I couldn't giving it to Good Will since I had monogrammed it. So I decided to fix it! This is a very basic bag. It does not have a lining.
I flipped it inside out and sewed across the two side corners.
The grey stitch line about an 1" from the edge fixed the holes in the bag.
TaDa! No more holes and it has life again! What pieces in your closet need a second chance?

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Smile Love Laugh Embroidery File

Today we are sharing an embroidery file of Smile Love Laugh. It is alined to the center of your hoop. You can use this design up to 3 times in the same hoop for 3 key fobs. It measures (9/16)"X 6 (7/8)" so it can fit inside a 5"X7" hoop. Step by step instructions for the key fob is here
Available in the following formats: 
Sometimes it is the simplest message that mean the most. These key fobs are a great gift to family and friends. Please let me know if you are able to use this fun embroidery design!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Coco Shirt from Tilly and the Buttons

Coco Shirt with funnel neck
After sewing garments for myself last summer and loving every minute of selfish sewing, I have discovered how much I love to wear clothes that are especially made for me. I feel more comfortable in garments I sew. I choose to wear my handmade wardrobe pieces more than store bought clothes because they fit better which makes me feel more confident. The Coco sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons is so versatile. You can make a cute top or dress using this easy pattern. There are also different options for the collar, either boat neck or funnel roll. I had trouble deciding, so I made both a dress with the boat neck collar and a top with the funnel neck collar. I love 3/4 sleeves, so I kept that the same. After making the dress in a size 3 (35" bust size), I realized that it was a little to big. I made the Coco shirt in a size 2 (Bust 33") and it was the perfect fit for my 34" bust! The Coco shirt is definitely another wardrobe staple in my closet. I can wear it with skinny jeans, black pants or a pencil skirt. The only draw back is with a funnel neck line only cardigan sweaters or jackets work to layer. I truly love this pattern I am sure you will see more Coco garments in the future.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Sew Cool Machine for Kids

Miss K has been sewing since she was born. She would sleep as I held her in my arms sewing, so she is use to the humming of the sewing machine. Here is a picture of her decked out in Sew Spoiled Bags.
Born Bag Lady
Now she creates her own bags and clothes for her American Girl dolls. We will show off more of her talents later this year. She is so much better than I am. She received the Sew Cool machine for Christmas and we have been sewing up a ton of pillows and felt cuteness. Here is a short video with the machine at work.
It has 3 needles at the top and 3 needles coming out from the bottom, so it is really acting as a felting machine. There is a needle guard so fingers do not get in the way. The kits make for easy sewing. You don't even have to cut the projects out with scissors when you buy a Sew Cool Kit. The machine comes with fabric and pattern templates and they are a little more intense to figure out and put together. We did some research and you can use any felt fabric not just the fabric they provide, even though that is what is stated all over the packaging. The machine takes 4 AA batteries to operate. So far, we are impressed even though she know how to sew with a real sewing machine she found this to be fun because the projects are made quickly.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

How to Wash Your Down Coat

One of the warmest coats you will ever own is a down coat. The goose down feathers are warm and so soft. I found this coat several years ago at the Eddie Bauer outlet for $35. I have worn it for the past 5 or 6 years and I have never washed it. If you think about that, that is seriously gross! With colds, kids and dirt it is disgusting and needs a good bath. Now that I know how easy it is to wash, I will probably wash it more often.
This is the label, just to show you it is a goose down jacket
wash instructions
Here is the instructions in the coat. You will notice that it first suggests to dry clean it.
If you look further you will see the Machine wash instructions...

  1. Use warm water 
  2. Delicate cycle 
  3. Separately in a large washer
  4. Use mild detergent (Down Cleaner is the best)
  5. Rinse twice 
This is what my washing machine looked like when I programmed all of the settings in. I even saved the custom program incase we need it again. You could use this for sleeping bags too.
Tennis balls
Last but not less you need to use the the lowest heat setting on your dryer. Place 3 tennis balls wrapped in socks to get the down clumps out. It took awhile to get everything dry and fluffy. My goose down jacket is rejuvenate with new life. It smells better and looks wonderful too.
Wash your down coats!!!