Blog Tour | One Thimble Issue 14

I can’t believe its already time for a new One Thimble issue!!  Seems like just yesterday I shared Issue 13 (maybe because it was one of the last few posts i’ve written… man that was a long holiday break, huh? sorry!)
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I feel like I say it every issue but Jen and the contributors really knocked it out of the park!  Inside of Issue 14 you’ll find 10 full patterns, 6  awesome tutorials, 4 cool techniques to try, articles about your handmade business and a partridge in a pear tree… haha just kidding about the partridge but the rest is no joke!   OH… and if you get your issue before 2/13, you’ll get an early bird bonus!


These issues are so chalk full of information that printing them would be insanely expensive, so One Thimble is neatly packed into an E-Zine that you can easily swipe/scroll through on your table or pc and the patterns are all provided in PDF form so you can just print what you need.  It’s GENIUS!  and it keeps the price at only $25 AUD (for us girls in the US its under $20!!)

I’m dying to try the fabric covered snaps, and make a belt… do you know how hard it is to find toddler belts???
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I whipped up the romper from Thread Faction for my little guy and seriously I see about 100 more of these for our summer months!   I had planned a tee under it but he had a mind of his own this morning so we went with it… SO. IN. LOVE.
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I used an organic cotton interlock from Birch Fabrics, it was the perfect weight and so soft!  I also found some vintage buttons in the stash from my grandmother that were exactly what it needed.  These straps are non-functioning, but really easy to get on/off.  This goes from a 2T to 10 so I might try to convince miss opinionated 9 to try one too, if i’m lucky, lol
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I also made one of the Hottie Covers.  I thought i’d move away from my norm and try this piecing, its so fun!! I’d have to say I think he likes it.  AND If you’re thinking to yourself, “We don’t even own a hot water bottle for that”…  never fear, I have a solution that i’ll be sharing later this week!
I used some knit scraps that were laying around and fleece but this would also be a great project to upcycle some old sweaters.

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Want to see more inspiration from this issue??  Check out the other blogs on our tour, there are some fabulous items to share!

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Blog Tour | Boys Can Wear Pink – Season 3

In a time where gender roles seem to still be so prominent, its nice to see that my efforts as a parent to let him be who he wants to be are paying off.  He seamlessly goes from playing with his trains and trucks to superheroes to dolls.  I’m sure it doesn’t hurt that he has a big sister… of course all her dolls and toys seem so sparkly and exciting (since they are supposed to be off limits) compared to his.  It’s really not uncommon to find him playing with her American Girls while she isn’t looking.

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It’s hard to believe this is the 3rd year I’m getting to participate in such an awesome movement.   With age comes independence and choices and this kid is starting to know what he wants, what he likes.  If you ask him to pick a color, he’d probably say purple, which is really just about as good as getting him in pink in my book. Lucky for me, he’s an easy kid… pockets and hoods.  That’s all he really cares about when i’m sewing for him.

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So pockets and a hood is what he got!  We used the nest pattern from New Horizons, the 11th Hour Gear collection.  Seriously folks this pattern has it all!  It includes a top, 2 styles of bottoms (joggers and lounge pants) and comes in sizes 3-6m all the way to big kid 16.

I lined the pockets with the pink beetles and also added it for the cuff of his joggers (although a little harder to see).  Can you tell he’s gearing up for baseball season?  He swings just about anything… maybe that’s just a boy thing?

 

Seriously though, photographing a 2.5 year old???  Most of our pictures looked like that… always on the go!  Believe it or not, I got a few standing still but we just couldn’t lose that shovel, haha!

Our fabric choice this year is from Znok Designs, pink for sure, but look at all those bugs!  I had planned on using it for Ryleigh but honestly I’m loving it for him!

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For the hoodie I went with a German patter from a company called Rockerbuben.  The Mini Flo.  Euro patterns can have a learning curve for sure but with the help of Google translate and a little bit of experience they can be really awesome!

I’d been looking for a new hoodie pattern (you know to add to the 20 that I already have, haha!)  This one stood out to me, I loved the colorblocking and the little insert in the hood, so fun!

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He was SO determined to get this sucker picked up with the shovel, LOL

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Apparently he wasn’t the only one who really wanted that sucker either… hahahaha!  Meet our monster goldendoodle,  Lilo!  I don’t think I’ve shared much since we got her, but my guess is she will find her way in to our pics here and there.

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Thanks for stopping by to check out our look during this season of Boys Can Wear Pink, its so fun to share with everyone!  But…. You know what makes this blog tour even better? (yes, I know its hard to believe thats possible) — PRIZES!!

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Pattern of choice from Titchy Threads
$15 shop credit from Sofilantjes
Pattern of choice from Twig + Tale
Pattern of choice from Pickle Toes Patterns
Pattern of choice from stitchART
Mystery pack of fabric and three yard pre-order credit from Piccadilly (bundles excluded)

Be sure to follow along with the rest of our tour, there are so many amazing kiddos that are are excited to share!

Monday: Handmade Boy, Paisley Roots, Phat Quarters, Wild & Wanderful, Max California,

Blog Tour – One Thimble E-zine Issue 13

My how time flies!!  I can’t believe its already release day for a new issue of One Thimble!   I’m hoping by now some of you have bought past issues and have been able to enjoy first hand all the awesomeness that lies in those virtual pages.  This issue is no different!
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What you can expect when you get your issue –

  • 258 pages filled with informative articles, tips and pattern pieces
  • 10… yes, TEN patterns!
  • Active hyperlinks throughout, making it super simple to jump to exactly what you want read or a visit to a shop being advertised (can’t get that with that ‘ol paper magazine!)
  • 3 extra tutorials with directions/cut instructions

PLUS!!!  If you purchase before 11/14 you can get an EARLY BIRD BONUS!  A gorgeous printable 2017 calendar featuring vintage Singer sewing machines.

How much you ask?  While you could expect to drop a pretty penny on such valuable information, each issue is only $25 AUD (at the current conversion thats less than $20 USD)  That works out for us Stateside folks at under $2/pattern!!

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Reading through this issue, I was excited to see an article from Kristie Gilbert of Boo! Designs about sewing with knits.  Knits are my passion for sure and so many people are afraid of trying them.  She has some great ideas and work-around tips for everyone to give knits a shot!  Boo! Designs also has a lovely swim pattern included… stay tuned next week for my pictures of that sewn up!

There are also some fantastic tips about working with and choosing leathers as your medium.  This is the perfect time to try sewing with leather, especially since there is a beautiful clutch pattern included!

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Sakuro Clutch by Little Moo Designs

I also love reading up on the business related articles, making Facebook and Pinterest work more effectively for my own business is always welcome information!

How about a holiday gift guide??  A collection of items you can make for all your fiends and family from issues past… oh yes its there!!  And if you need to give anyone ideas for gifts for you… what about a One Thimble subscription??  Its a gift that keeps giving!

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There is so much more to read but I can’t give away all the good stuff right???  You will have to pick up your own copy to check out the rest!

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Yes… thats really the best picture we got, haha!  Darn 8 yr olds and their attitudes…

Now, I know your thinking… but you said there were 10 patterns and all we’ve heard about are articles…. the wait is over!  I had this fun donut fabric hanging around and it was beyond PERFECT for Danny Donut.  Danny Donut is one of 3 free motion appliques in this issue.  This one is great if you have never done free motion before, as it can really be done as traditional applique as well.

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Danny Donut Kawii Applique by Cut Sew Love

I used the donut fabric on a pair of Orbis Harem Skinny Pants from Sofilantjes.  We went with a cropped version, and no pockets (per miss things request)

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I love the angled button placard, what a fun detail!

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Ryleigh was so proud of the phrase she came up with on her shirt we’d love to share with everyone… how about a free cut file to add the same text to your Danny Donut??   Click HERE to download.

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There is SO SO much more to share from this issue and all the insanely talented ladies below are going to be adding some things in along our tour over the next week so be sure to check in with them all!

11/10 Pattern Revolution, Beri Bee Designs, The Sew and Tell Project, SewSophieLynn

11/11 Create 3.5, GAAFMACHINE

11/12 Tales of a Tester, Little Cumquat, Call Ajaire

11/13 Happy Okapi, Sunflower Seams, Stitches by Laura

11/14 Made by Sara, Candice Ayala, Filles a Maman

11/15 House of Estrela, Snickerdoodle Stew, Swoodson Says

11/16 The Lady and the Gents, Lulu & Celeste, Pear Berry Lane

11/17 Finn’s Door, Blue Wren Handmade, Once Upon a Sewing Machine, Just Add Fabric

CraftingCon | My Wannabe Wizard

I am so excited to finally get to share with you all!  This is my first entry as a contestant for CraftingCon and with this month’s theme of Harry Potter it could not have been more perfect!

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Our whole family is obsessed with Harry Potter.  My husband and I were dating when the movies started coming out and it was a tradition that we see then on opening day with each new release.  I still will argue that the books were 100 times better 🙂

Now that Ryleigh is older, its been so fun to share the Potter Love with her!  She’s been reading the books and we have a Harry marathon at least once a month.  Reid has even gotten into watching with us!!

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We had such a blast creating our look!  (I say we because of course I had Ryleigh’s expert advice!)  As a contestant, the challenged is to sew/craft a look for the theme without making a costume.  To see more of what I made for our entry head over to the CraftingCon blog for the full post.

 

Pattern Review | Made for Mermaids Rowan Raglan

I had the pleasure of sewing up a few versions of the Rowan Raglan and i’m excited to finally be able to share.  I’m totally a sucker for being able to buy 1 pattern and use it for both kiddos AND have it fit both well.  I’m happy to report that this is one unisex pattern that I will most definitely be using again!

Read all about the multitude of options and get some inspiration from a few of the other reviewers on today’s Pattern Revolution blog.

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Blog Tour – One Thimble E-zine Issue #12

Can you believe its that time again already??  The newest issue of One Thimble has hit the virtual stands and its amazing! (as if we had any doubts, right?!)

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I have a few things i’ve been making from this and i’m going to share one of them today.   I was in a little fender bender this weekend and its slowed my sewing down a little so I do apologize.  Stay tuned for this sweet little number still to come!!

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But while you wait, I have been dying to share these pictures of the Thread Faction #111 Dress.  I’ll be honest, I’m pretty sure this is my first Thread Faction pattern and all I can say is WOW!   I really love the simplicity of the #111 dress.  Oh and don’t let the word simplicity fool you though… there is nothing plain about this dress.  I can see endless possibilities to add your own twist or style to it, making it so super special.

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Here in the midwest we have hot fall weather pretty frequently, so I moved on from bright summer colors and paired up this gorgeous geometric fox print (from Sweet N Charmed Fabrics) with a drape-y tan slub knit.   We are loving it for back to school and it will be perfect as it cools down too, layered with long sleeves and leggings.

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The pattern comes in sizes 2-10 and features a fully lined bodice.  Its a great pattern for intermediate beginners who already have some basic sewing skills.  The skirt is actually gathered with clear elastic which is a great technique to learn if you haven’t tried it before.

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Afraid to commit to the whole magazine?  You could always just buy single patterns but lets do some math…. The Thread Faction dress i’ve shared today is $8.00 … the other patterns range from $6-$15 and include everything from accessories to a woman’s skirt.   For $25 you get 10 … yes TEN patterns, plus over 20 articles with tons of tips and tricks of the trade.  No brainer right?!?!    Or you could go ahead and just buy the 3 or so you want and spend $30… your choice! 😉

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So go check it out, find some amazing inspiration and come back and share what you loved.   Leave a comment with your favorite pattern for a chance to win a free yard of fabric from my stash!

Also don’t forget to follow along the rest of our tour for more lovely items from this issue!

 
 
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And just to leave you with one final shot… it wouldn’t be a photo shoot with this crazy girl if we didn’t have at least one wackadoodle pose, haha!
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Tuesdays are for Teaching – Kids Sewing Series

Whew! Back on track!  School started last week and I think things are going to get back to normal routines around here, including our weekly date in the studio.  I actually LOVE having her come hang for a few hours and its been really nice to share something i’m so passionate about (and have her actually be interested).

Today she helped me test a pattern i’m working on that i’ll be sharing in the next few days I hope.  This is one that i’m planning to use in a few kids workshops this fall, I can’t wait!!

She was excited to put her newly found cutting skills to work.

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And her lesson on ironing… I always make sure the steam is turned off (and she knows how to double check)  but she’s doing great at keeping her fingers out of the way.

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Now for the fun part!!  She has been BEGGING me to learn about all of the cool stitches her Sparrow has.  There are 197 stitches!!!  This is including the alphabet with capital and lowercase letters, multiple button hole stitches and even an eyelet stitch!  We started off just playing, and trying out different ones so she could learn how to change them.

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Then we read up about how to use the memory so she could spell her name and gave that a practice run.

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She was so amazed at how it worked.  One tip when doing these decorative stitches, it does help to have either a thicker fabric or to use an interfacing.  I noticed the practice runs were a little puckered so we added interfacing to the good piece.

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I also used an erasable marker to make some lines as a guide since she was doing first and last name.  My favorite pens to use for this are FriXion from Pilot, they come off with a quick ironing like magic!

She decided on a flower chain to top stitch her name plaque on and did a great job of pivoting around those corners!

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Finished stitching together her final seams and voila!!

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My little writer has a journal cover.

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Tuesdays are for Teaching | Kids Sewing Series Day 4

I have a confession to make… running a series through the summer has proved so much harder than I thought!  Between camps, sports, vacations and just summer fun, we are a tad behind.  I truly hope you are all sticking with us because there is still so much Ry wants to learn and I’m excited to be able to share with you everyone.

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This week she asked if she could learn how to use a rotary cutter.  So while we may not be sewing this week, I can’t tell you the last time I cut out a pattern with scissors.  She sees that and  want who am I to say no to her wanting to learn more?

A few things I noticed that would make this lesson easier and I do think that i’ll invest in a few more tools to help her.  Starting with a smaller ruler would be best.  The ones I use most often are 24″ and I think it was a bit much for her to hold in place easily.

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We talked ALOT about safety, where to place your hand on the ruler and how to hold the cutter.  This was a bit of a challenge since Ry is left handed and i’m right handed but that’s the one nice part about using a rotary cutter is its universal.  The second item I think we will be adding at our next shopping trip is a ruler grip.  I think that would be a fabulous tool for a young learner and the perfect way to help keep fingers out of the blades path.

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She cut LOTS and LOTS of strips, of all different widths.  I think next week I’ll let her work on cutting along pattern lines instead of the ruler and then she has a sewing project in mind.

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Next week we are back to sewing with a cool back to school project and tutorial!!  See you then!!

 

Blog Tour | Acorn Valley by Patty Young

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Well hello!!!  Its mid week and I know that means its time for a pick me up, how about you??  I know pretty fabrics always work for me… want a peek at something new??   This Acorn Valley line from Patty Young is sure to make you swoon, I promise!

This gorgeous new line designed for Riley Blake should be hitting your fabric store shelves soon.  With 5 beautiful prints in 3 different colorways, available in both knit and flannel, there is sure to be something (or like me lots of somethings) that you’ll need.

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After deciding to sew up the Melanie Dress from Modkid I chose the Main print in green, the Leafy Chevron in teal and the Bloom Dot in red.

These fabrics (as with any of the Riley Blake knits) were a dream to work with.  They wash up nice and soft and retain their shape when sewn and worn.

I’m ashamed to admit this is our first sew of the Melanie dress.  Holy cow I love it!!  So did my daughter, so I see a few more of these as we work on our fall school wardrobe.  With 3 sleeve lengths, its perfect for every season.

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I did make a few adjustments, because i’m down an iron right now (yes I know, a seamstress with no iron… blasphemy!! haha!)   Instead of the binding on the pockets I just added a simple band at the top, same with the neckline.  I was able to manage the hem without one so, yay!!!  Cause I might have been running out of ideas!

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This girl was so silly, she just would not stand still… we were definitely working out some sillies from our day.  Even better when a friend walked by and was making her laugh harder.

 

Needless to say we had a good time… and that’s what’s important!!    Now… don’t stop reading just yet, honestly the most important stuff is still coming and you will not want to miss what I have to share!!

First…. a giveaway, we all love those right???

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Are you just loving the Acorn Valley line??  Want to win some flannels??  Patty has graciously offered to give away a box of one yard cuts!!  You can ENTER HERE!!!

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Also be sure to follow along on the rest of the tour, we are just getting started!!  There will be tons of inspiration for the Acorn Valley line as well as Modkid patterns.

Monday 7/11: Riley Blake & Modkid

Friday 7/15: Coral & Co. & Pearberry Lane

Monday 7/18: Sweet KM & 2 Little Hooligans

Thursday 7/21: Flamingo Toes & Quilting Gallery

Friday 7/22: Ameroonie Designs

 

Saving the best for last…. a DISCOUNT!!   Ready to make your own Melanie dress????

You can use the code AcornValley2016 to get 25% off your entire purchase in the Modkid Etsy Store!!  Coupon is valid the full length of our tour, so until July 22nd at midnight EST.

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