Monday, April 30, 2012

Bumblebee Pocket Tutorial

Last week, I made this sweet little hoodie pullover for Cai for KCWC!
When I made it, I honestly did not even think about entering it into the Project Run & Play weekly Earth Day challenge. I know that's going to make those of you who are really seriously sewing along for that challenge frustrated, but I have purposefully steered clear of that site, because it scares me to death! No lie! Even though, I do admit, I hope to one day get to participate!

Wait... some of you have NO clue what Project Run & Play is...Let's back up... PR&P is a fun little online sewing competition where blog sewists are chosen as designers to come up with weekly outfits each season, kind of like the show Project Runway that it is based off of! Each week, they have people sewing along for fun with the designers and you can enter your outfits and could possibly win gift cards if your outfit is chosen by the judges!

I do follow Project Run & Play, because I LOOOOOVE seeing what the weekly designers come up with for each challenge! I finally decided to "JUST DO IT!" {Think Nike inspirational commercial here}Stop being a wimp, and enter my design into the flickr pool after I made it, because I couldn't ignore that it fit perfectly!

The goal was to use green-friendly materials or upcycle other objects to make them new. For this hoodie, the majority was made from Cai's pop's old black knit shirt, and then the rest were fabric remnants that were leftover from other past sewing projects. And then, let's *bee* honest... the bee in the pocket was definitely giving this hoodie an earth friendly vibe!
Well, my friends, I WON!!! I won a $25 gift card to and I'm SO very grateful to the judges for loving my design! There were some amazing items in that flickr pool, too, so I definitely feel honored!

In honor of the fact that this week I am going to FINALLY explore my Ikea stash that they sent me to try & review, I thought this was the perfect way to start off... with the Taking Home My Baby Bumblbee Pocket Tutorial! Adding a little something to a rather normal pocket can *bee* fun... sorry I just  can't help myself with those puns!

You need: 
-some fabric with some kind of character big enough on it, like the bee
-1/4 yard of a different fabric
-embroidery floss/needle (optional)
-stuffing out of an old stuffed animal or pillow
 I chose Ikea's Evalena fabric for this project. They sent me 2 yards, so expect to see this again! I really love this fabric. It is home decor weight and is super cute!
 I chose a bee towards the side of the fabric and cut around him.
 Then, I used another remnant I had to put underneath and cut around both.
 After I cut them both out, then I put them right sides together and pinned.
 Then, I made some bias tape that would attach to the bee and the pocket.
 Cut out a 2 x 14 inch strip of fabric.
 Fold it in half and sew a 1/4 '' straight stitch down the open side.
 Cut threads and attach a safety pin. Then thread the safety pin through itself to the other side and turn right side out.
 Fold one end in on itself. The other end doesn't matter, because it will be sewn into the bee's insides.
 Sew to close the end of the side you tucked under so it looks finished. This is the side you will attach to your pocket seam.
 Stick the bias strip into the inside of the bee and line it up along one seam, so that it gets sewn along the outer edge as you go around the bee. You want to make sure that the raw edge lines up with the raw edge of the bee fabric. Pin in place.
 Now, sew all the way around your bee or other stuffie 1/4''. When you get to the part where your bias is sticking out stop and tuck it completely inside the bee. Leave an opening 1.5 - 2 inches so you can turn the bee right sides out. Then, turn right sides out, pushing out all areas with a chopstick or scissors and grab some embroidery floss and if you want to add some back stitching along the outside, now is the time. I'm not going to explain how to do that, because honestly, I'm not very good at it, but there are great websites like Wild Olive that can help.
 As you are going around, you can close up your little opening, just make sure to actually STUFF your stuffie first.
 Once that is finished, attach your finished bias cord to a pocket. You can sew it into a seam or use the pocket facing and sew it onto that. That's what I did!
 And you've got yourself a little pocket stuffie perfect for a fun discovery!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Oliver + S Sailboat Shorts {Final KCWC}

I'm absolutely finished with KCWC! It pushed me past my limit this time, but I kept pushing on and feel like I finished well. I think this KCWC definitely helped teach myself a lot of great sewing skills, but the most important one is that I do NOT want to be a blogger that tries to pump this much stuff out on a regular basis. I'm ready to take a BREAK!
My last item I sewed almost simultaneously with Naomi's skirt out at the pool. I just had a little bit left and I finished that this morning before church. In time for Cai to wear them to church! He was so cute in them! The waistband along the back of his shorts is wonky and rode too low, so I will have to fix it, but for now, they are fine. The only change to the pattern I did was to make them shorts not pants and mostly because I didn't want to fool with figuring out the side vents!
 I guess he likes them!
The buttons are from my Nana's stash, as well. I thought these popped and were kind of a fun marbley element to some normal seersucker, although teal seersucker is pretty cool, in my opinion!

I'm done. For awhile. Really.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Oliver + S Sailboat Skirt {KCWC Day 5&6}

Yesterday, I got over my mid-KCWC slump by sewing by the pool. Yep, you heard me. I took my sewing machine and everything else for this project over to my mother-in-laws and set up shop outside. I spent close to 3 hours sewing in my bathing suit, enjoying the weather and family. Don't worry, I did get in the pool and enjoy the sunshine, too. I guess some people read by the pool... I sew?!
 I had on my list to make Cai the Oliver + S Sailboat Pants in teal seersucker. They are about halfway sewed, because I wanted to get this skirt done for me sweet niece, also. I don't get to sew for girls very often, so I really enjoyed putting this little skirt together. However, sewing two items at the same time took longer than I expected, so I only actually finished this one for Naomi!
The fabric is Amy Butler and I've had it in my stash for quite some time! The buttons are from my Nana's stash that she gave me! Thanks, Nana for donating me all your sewing supplies!! Love you!
These buttons make me smile. I had Hannah go through my Nana's box of buttons and we made this choice together! I love the shimmery edges and they must be vintage-y, because the cardboard package said 29 cents on them! They went perfectly and pulled out the pale yellows.
The back has elastic and a kick pleat. My first for both of these. I really love the flat front, but the practical elastic along the back!
My husband is tired of KCWC. He's ready to change the rules, Miss Elsie Marley. haha! He's ready to make this a month long event where we spend ONE week sewing ONE garment the entire month. That would be less stressful, eh? I'm practcially done (might try to finish Cai's pants tomorrow, but trying to enjoy the weekend with the family first!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Taking Home My Baby Bumblebee {KCWC Day 3&4}

"Taking home my baby bumblebee won't my mama be so proud of me..."

I must admit... I LOVE how this project turned out! I used the Oliver + S Nature Walk Pullover pattern in a size 2T. I wish I had made a 3T, but thankfully it fits him! Last night I was completely unsure if it would fit him and I really worked hard on it for Days 3 & 4 of the KCWC challenge. I know this project would have taken me a lot longer had I not had the KCWC fire under my bum!

Fabrics: The black knit is from Cai's Pop's closet! Using this old shirt allowed me to keep the existing sleeves and just downsize them to fit Cai. The gray and white stripe is leftover from the Euro Sham I made for our bedroom and I had JUST ENOUGH to do this project. I wanted pops of color in this garment, so I used some teal cotton for the pocket lining and the hood lining. The bumblebee is made from some of the fabric that Ikea sent me to try out and review, which I will do next week! The black and white polka dot fabric is from Hobby Lobby, just a remnant I had lying around. His undershirt is from Target. I did not make that or the pants. We need to work on getting this boy some more summer shoes. Camo crocks didn't really make the cut for me, but his foot has grown so fast his others don't quite fit anymore!
Skills Aquired: Whew! It was a LOT of work for a little hoodie. I mean, what child pattern should have over 16 pieces to cut out and sew together? I did add a little bit of extra work adding the lined hoodie, but when I tried putting both the stripe collar and just a plain teal color onto the shirt's neckline, I couldn't get over how it made it look like an 80's bowling shirt, so I had to go with a hoodie for a more modern look! Overall, I just gained some patience with this project, because it was so involved and when I woke up this morning, I realized I had sewn one sleeve on inside out and maybe staying up to sew isn't quite as productive as one would hope!
Making a pullover like this for a 19 month old, I kept thinking...but WHAT is he going to put in his pockets. I mean I doubt his hands will go in there... I have really  been waiting for the right timing to sew with some of the items that Ikea sent me, so when looking over that fabric stash, it just hit me like bolt of lighting! How cute would it be to do a bumblebee?! I'll do a tutorial next week on how I made him, but I did pretty much handstitch him with some of my floss leftover from test embroidering Rachael's project. I know she will be proud!
 He loved making the discovery that there was a bee in his pocket, to which I started singing...

"Taking home my baby bumblebee, won't my mama be so proud of me!"

How's your stamina going for KCWC? I'm getting a little burned out, but I still have a couple more things to get done!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cai's Cute Embroidered Shirts!

Yesterday, I revealed Cai's Cute Play Clothes that I accomplished over the weekend for KCWC: Days 1 & 2. While it looks like a lot of work, it really came together fast, because I upcycled some old t-shirts for the pants, using existing hems, and used some hand-me-down t-shirts for the embroidery patterns.

The funny thing about being able to embroider, is that I honestly hardly ever embroider items for my OWN family! That's one reason why I love KCWC! It makes you focus on your OWN project list and knock things off each day! 

So, finally, my own sweet boy got some embroidered play clothes just for him! The teal shirt is a little big on him, but I know he will grow into it!
Pattern: Both machine appliques, the Airplane and Fabric Letter are from Planet Applique. I designed the name fonts in my Pacesetter software, so that "Micaiah" would be under the airplane (white) and across the seersucker M (blue).
Skills Acquired: While I have done plenty of machine applique's it's always tricky to embroider on jersey, so I had a few hiccups. I really need to get some stabilizer for the backs of the shirts and maybe should have used another sheet underneath.

Fabric: Teal Seersucker and a Plaid fabric that had every color in this play clothes collection, which was already in my stash. I used 6 different kinds of embroidery thread in this embroidery project.
So, there you go! There's Cai's Cute New Play Clothes for you! Be sure to check out the flickr pool, which has some pretty amazing stuff in there already!

How was your Day 2!? Fun!?

{KCWC} My Favs! Day 1!

Anyone else getting a little overwhelmed by the amazing talent within the elsie marley flickr pool? I mean it feels like there are TONS more people making fabulous stuff. I'm kind of like a crazy cheerleader in there commenting on everything, because it is all so GOOD! Seriously!

Check these out and try not to gawk too long. (click on the image to be taken to their blog)

mon petit lyons

sewing for four
cirque du bebe

JCasa Handmade
This last one makes me laugh! How cute! Gotta make some for Cai's big boy underpants in the coming months!
Really... I think I could just keep going. Like I said. A LOT of talent! Hope you enjoyed this Day 1 round up! Seriously!? Day 1 and there's all that and more!? WOW! Pretty sure I could just sit on the sidelines and be the cheerleader the rest of the week...that would kind of be fun... right?

Monday, April 23, 2012

Cai's Cute Play Clothes!

Check out Cai's cute new play clothes! I got a tad bit of a head start this weekend, because today (Monday) and tomorrow are rather busy for me, and my hour of sewing would not have been able to happen! I cut out the pattern for these shorts and pants on Friday night, which was seriously simple because it is just two pieces, then I sewed some on Sunday afternoon, and these are the result!

{I have to admit that I did NOT sew together the two t-shirts, but I didn't buy them either. Both of them were plain shirts that came in a hand-me-down pile from my neighbor, so I don't know if that is cheating for KCWC, but I did design and embroider the machine appliques for them, as well as, all the cutting and thread changing that's required with machine applique!}
Pants Pattern: Oliver + S Nature Walk Knit Pants in size 3T. I adapted the pants pattern to make the shorts, which basically just means don't make them as long. :)
Fabric: I upcycled two of my husband's old jersey knit t-shirts for the dark teal pants and the white shorts. These came together so fast, because I used the existing hem of the shirt, so I wouldn't have to hem them. The lime green pants are interlock fabric from Creative Machine Sewing Center here in Cola, and I also made Naomi some ruffle butt leggings from this fabric, if you recognize it!

Skills Aquired: These pants definitely got me over any fear of knits that I had. I like working with interlock a little better, just because it's easier to deal with and Jersey roles, but jersey feels so nice on and really wasn't bad! I used a ball point needle and just my regular foot on these (but I assume a walking foot would have been wonderful). I played around with my blind hem foot and stitch, but ended up just hemming them normally in the end with a triple stretch stitch. I used a triple stretch stitch and the stretch stitches on my sewing machine for the first time and really felt like they made the project easy!
Since we play all day, it's important to me to have sensible and comfy clothes for my sweet boy's diaper butt!
I'll talk a little more in depth about these two t-shirts tomorrow as a post, but what I love about all these pieces is that they are completely interchangeable! If one shirt gets dirty, then I can grab the other, or if one pants get leaked on, I can grab another!

Have you gotten much accomplished yet?