Monday, September 1, 2014

Baby T-Shirt for Craft Book Month

Today, I'm excited to share my project for Craft Book Month at Craft Buds. Since it's the beginning of September, you have plenty of time to join us and create a project from any craft book for a chance to win some awesome prizes!

Fabric Photo Blocks

The project I made is from the new book "Little One-Yard Wonders" by Patricia Hoskins and Rebecca Yaker (Storey Publishing). This book is all about sewing for babies and kids.

I'm so honored to have contributed a project to this book, which is pictured above. My Fabric Photo Blocks are soft toys I designed to hold photos of family and friends (or even flash cards), and I used a cheater print of Wonderland by MoMo. I also had a project in the previous "One-Yard Wonders" book, which was my Hugh Manatee.

Long Beach Tee

When I saw this cute Long Beach Tee in the new book, I immediately wanted to sew it for Elliot. This dinosaur jersey fabric is a print I picked up on a clearance rack locally when he was itty bitty. I followed my favorite method for transferring a sewing pattern with freezer paper and got to work!

Long Beach Tee

I chose the 12-18 months size, thinking it would be really big on him. In reality, it fits just about right (he's 7 months), but I had to increase the size of the neck hole a TON. I know my boy has a big head, but the neck is really too small for my taste.

Long Beach Tee

I altered the pattern so the hole was not only larger, but made sure that it dropped down deeper in the front than the back. (The pattern keeps the front and back of the shirt exactly the same.) I also cut a contrasting neckband from a pair of pajama pants I was going to toss out. Win!

Long Beach Tee

The total time it took me to sew the shirt was under 1 hour. Granted, I had to pre-wash my fabric, find/trace the pattern, and cut out fabric and make some alterations. But I would definitely make this pattern again, now that I have it all ready to go! This would be a great project for repurposing old T-shirts and keeping them in the family.

I made another project from the book, so I'll be back to share that next Monday!

Craft Book Month

September marks the 4th Annual Craft Book Month at Craft Buds! This year, we're excited to celebrate all month long with a blog hop of inspiring craft book projects and LOTS of giveaways for sewing along with a sewing, knitting, cookbook or other craft book of YOUR CHOICE.

If you are a craft book hoarder, you are not alone. Several years ago, I had an urge to dust off my craft books, unfold those crisp pattern sheets and put those patterns to good use by actually making some projects. :)

2014 Craft Book Month Blog Hop!

I've teamed up with some fabulous bloggers who will be showing off their projects made from craft books, all month long!

Monday 9/1: Fabric Mutt / Lindsay Sews
Tuesday 9/2: Rae Gun Ramblings / Craftside
Wednesday 9/3: The Feisty Redhead / The Fabric Studio
Thursday 9/4: Marci Girl Designs / Small Town Stitcher
Friday 9/5: LRstitched / A Prairie Sunrise

Monday 9/8: Hopeful Threads / sewVery
Tuesday 9/9: 13 Spools / Lisa Liza Lou
Wednesday 9/10: Stitch This! / My Sewcial Hour
Thursday 9/11: The Littlest Thistle / Fabric Seeds
Friday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / Clover + Violet

Monday 9/15: Inspire Me Grey / amylouwho

Link Up

9/1-9/30: Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from your blog or Flickr account, and enter to win prizes. To participate in the month-long contest, just link up any project you've made from a pattern in a craft book. That easy! You'll tell us a little about the book, the project, how you personalized it, etc. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October, 1!


1) One entry per person. 
2) Your craft book project must have been completed in 2014.  
3) Create a new blog post, instagram, or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2014 or later) and link or refer back to Craft Book Month at Craft Buds (#craftbookmonth for instagram) in your post or photo description. Make sure to list the craft book you used and provide a link if possible.  
4) All winners chosen via Some prizes available to international winners, so please join us!


Visit Craft Buds and link up your craft book project during the window of Sept 1-30 and you'll automatically be entered to win some fantastic prizes from the Craft Book Month sponsors!

Craft Book Month at Craft Buds

Monday, August 18, 2014

Craft Book Month, Fabric Dyeing + Bee Blocks

Well, it happened! My little boy learned to crawl. I'm so proud of him, and everyone tells me "you won't be able to turn your back on him" or "your life will never be the same." So far, so good!

Hand-Dyed Fabric Workshop

This weekend, I had the awesome opportunity to dye fabric and learn all about the process with the Music City Modern Quilt Guild. My friend Jayne and her daughter Britt taught the workshop, complete with handouts, buckets, dye bottles, stir sticks, rubber gloves... you name it! You can see more pictures of the workshop at Twiggy and Opal.

Since I can't seem to kick my love affair with yellow and turquoise, I dyed these. I love the rich, deep teal and yellow! Now, I just need to give it a final spin through the wash and decide what to make. We're all supposed to bring our fabrics to the next meeting (sewn or unsewn), and I'd hate to be the only slacker to show up with my fabric rolled up in a ball. :)

August Bee Blocks

I picked up a bag of fabric scraps at The Fabric Studio last week, and wouldn't you know it that it contained just the right colors for my August do. Good Stitches blocks for Toni?! I used the Crossed Block tutorial by Ellen at The Long Thread. I'm obsessed with this block, and can't wait to try it again.

Craft Book Month

Behind the scenes, I've been putting together the details for our 4th Annual Craft Book Month at Craft Buds, which will kick of the first week of September. Yay!

If you haven't heard of CBM, it's an event my friend Mary and I put together to celebrate craft books and encourage people to actually make a project from their crafty library. I can't believe it's been 4 years! Every year, I'm so inspired by what all of you decide to create. I'm tossing around ideas for my own project, and I think I'm going to make something from this book.

If you'd like to join in on the fun, there's an inspirational blog hop and a sew along that happens all month long (with prizes!). So, hit the bookstore or your local library and grab some books for inspiration!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Coasters for Fresh Quilts Magazine

Thank you all so much for your kind comments on my last post. It means more to me than you know!

I'm getting ready to hit the road for vacation, but wanted to share a quick post on a project I sewed for a magazine. I shared a sneak peek of the issue on Instagram last week.

Coasters for Fresh Quilts Mag

These little coasters were stitched up for the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of Fresh Quilts. If you are looking for a quick gift that you can make from charm squares or scraps, this project comes together quickly and adds lots of "cute" to your space.

My favorite part about these coasters is that I didn't think too much about the quilting lines or try to make them perfect. I love how the slightly irregular centers contrast with the perfectly cut colored circles. In fact, I think I may whip up some more to go with our new baby-friendly coffee table!

I haven't seen the issue yet, but it's on newsstands right now. Also, my friend Jayne made the cover with her pillows (bottom right corner).

Have a wonderful weekend! I'll be back soon to share more about the project I stitched up for Ann Kelle.


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