Monday, August 27, 2018

Elliot's First Quilt

Elliot's first quilt

You know those fabric scraps that you keep around because you feel bad throwing them away? Recently, our quilt guild did a scrap swap, and I ended up with all of the extras in my big tote.

This week at church, our kids were learning about upcycling and I remembered the infamous bag of scraps. I explained to the kids that they could make new items out of them. A special guest, the owner of Liz Alig (fair trade fashion) came and talked to the kids about the impact of empowering women in poverty to sew clothing.

The class was intended for older kids, but Elliot (4 1/2 years) was at my side. He picked out a few scraps of truck fabric to take home. And then he kept taking more, and more, and more! He couldn't wait to get all the stringy scraps home and make a "bed" for his doggy and monkey. Most of these scraps were tiny (selvages!), but I did manage to find some decent size pieces.

I trimmed the fabric into squares and rectangles, and helped with the arrangement, but he picked all of the fabrics himself, helped me piece them into a top, and helped with the straight-line quilting.

 Elliot's first quilt

Sewing with kids isn't always glamorous or tantrum-free. But today it was pretty sweet. He loves his new stuffed animal quilt and it fits right in with the monkey shorts and stuffed animal sleeping bags we've made together.

Happy sewing!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Grill Master Apron: Machine Embroidery for Totally Stitchin' Magazine

Summertime is for grilling, and I recently had the chance to do some custom machine embroidery on this grilling apron. Isn't it fun?!

Grilling Apron

Instead of sewing my own apron, I bought this apron from Amazon so I could start embroidering right away. Plus, I loved the bright blue color! I used Madeira thread in white and silver.

Grilling Apron

I stitched it all on my Baby Lock Destiny II. I love how you can "fast forward" or "rewind" your stitches (and see it all on screen!) in case you need to go back and try something again.

You can also check out my Home Sweet Home mini quilt (a free mini quilt pattern I designed with the Destiny's scanner and IQ designer).
Totally Stitchin Grill Master 2

The project instructions and embroidery file are available as a FREE download in the summer edition of Totally Stitchin', Baby Lock's online magazine. Check out the preview, and if you like what you see, just put in your e-mail for access to the whole magazine!


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Stuffed Animal Sleeping Bags: "I Sew for Fun" Blog Hop

Stuffed Animal Sleeping Bags When I showed Elliot my new book about sewing with kids, "I Sew for Fun" by Nancy Zieman, he immediately picked what project he wanted us to sew! The Stuffed Animal Sleeping Bag is a beginner-level project that sews up quickly with cotton fabric (I used these cute superheroes from Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman) and a little fusible fleece or scrap batting.

I made the size in the book (pictured in the center) and also created another larger size by multiplying all dimensions by 1.25 (pictured right).

Sewing with Kids

Ever since Elliot was born, I've enjoyed sewing things for him! That usually involves him being involved in some way, often sitting on my lap and guiding the fabric through the machine. I've taken these chances to explain to him how to use the sewing machine (which buttons to push and how to keep your fingers away from the needle).

He just recently turned 4 years old, and has been helping me with craft and sewing projects since age 2 or 3!

Sewing Tools for Kids

The inspirational Nancy Zieman, who enjoyed sewing with her granddaughters, worked in collaboration with Clover to create the new line of I Sew For Fun (ISFF) sewing notions. You can see them all here. These tools, like the Sew Safe Presser Foot, make sewing with kids even safer and more fun!

The book suggests helping kids to make their own sewing box, which I love. For now, I've dedicated one drawer of my sewing desk to Elliot's new sewing kit.

Stuffed Animal Sleeping Bags

We both loved using the retractable seam ripper and blue fabric marker on our project. There are also some cute purple and green Wonder Clips and a magnetic pin dish with a cover and a little tunnel so it's easy to grab heart-shaped sewing pins. So smart!

The I Sew For Fun book includes 20 sewing and quilting projects plus a DVD. If you are looking for tips on sewing with kids, check out this 26-minute episode of Sewing With Nancy.

Stuffed Animal Sleeping Bags

The I Sew For Fun Blog Hop will take place February 5-10, 2018! Here's the schedule:

Tuesday, February 6
Fabric Mutt
Diary of a Quilter

Wednesday, February 7
Amy’s Creative Side

Stuffed Animal Sleeping Bags

Did you sew with an adult as a kid? What were your earliest sewing memories and what did you make?

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