Uno by Sew Inspired

I can’t believe that the series is already coming to an end!!! How did September fly by? AHHH! Today’s guest is a real life in person friend of mine from our local quilting guild! Vicki blogs over at Sew Inspired and makes amazing pieces. I’m in love with her new moths project! And you’ve got to see her rhino quilt. One day she’s going to teach me how to do free motion quilting beciase she’s a PRO at it! Until then, let’s check out her project!

Welcome Vicki!
Thanks, Louise, for inviting me to participate in Sew Ready to Play! I enjoyed looking through all the past years’ projects while I was brainstorming what I wanted to make. I ended up deciding to make a case for our new Uno cards. My dad bought a few games to play with my kids when he and my mom visited us this summer, and the Uno card box isn’t holding up that well. So I put together an easy fabric card case that can hold our Uno cards without tearing, complete with a pocket on the back to hold the instruction sheet. Here’s how you can make your own.
Materials needed:
1 fat quarter of fabric (do you like my corndog fabric??)
9″ x 18″ of moderately heavy interfacing (I prefer sew-in interfacing, but you can use fusible if you want)
1.5″ of hook and loop fasteners
Thread

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Step 1: Cutting. From the fabric, cut two 7.5″ x 12″ rectangles for the main pouch, and one 5 ¼” x 8 ½” rectangle for the pocket. From interfacing, cut one 7.5″ x 12″ rectangle and one 5 ¼” x 4 1/8″ rectangle.
Step 2: To make the pocket, fold the 5 ¼” x 8 ½” rectangle in half with right sides together, then place the interfacing on top of the folded fabric rectangle. Pin. Using a ¼” seam allowance, sew the three sides of the rectangle, leaving an opening so you can turn the pocket right side out.
Step 3: Trim the corners on the pocket piece.
Step 4: Turn right side out. Poke corners out and press, with the edges of the opening folded in. Edgestitch close to the fold edge of the pocket.
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Step 5: Layer the two large fabric rectangles right sides together and place interfacing on top. Pin and sew ½” from edge, leaving an opening so you can turn it right side out.
Step 6: Trim corners. Trim interfacing to about ¼” wide.
Step 7: Turn right side out, poke out the corners, press. Make sure the edges of the opening are folded in.
Step 8: The opening with edges folded in is at the bottom. Place pocket (hemmed edge on top) on main pouch piece 4″ up from the bottom edge. Pin in place.
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Step 9: Edgestitch pocket in place, about 1/8″ from edge of pocket. Backstitch at both top corners to reinforce the pocket. Make sure your instruction sheet fits in pocket.
Step 10: Pin hook part of hook and loop tape to the main pouch piece, centered and about 1 ¼” up from the bottom edge. Also, sew 1/8″ from bottom edge to close the opening left from turning.
Step 11: Zigzag hook tape in place, backstitch to secure.
Step 12: Fold bottom edge of pouch up 4″ and stitch sides in place. Backstitch at top corners. My seams are about 3/16″ here. Topstitch around edges of the top flap.
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Step 13: Pin the loop part of the hook and loop tape to the top edge of the pouch so it will fasten correctly. Also, make sure the cards fit in the pouch.
Step 14: Zigzag loop tape in place.
All done, congratulations! I’d love to see pictures if you make a card pouch with this tutorial!

Hungry Hungry Hippo with Frances Suzanne

Today’s guests are more new friends from my days with Project Run and Play! I can’t wait to meet these follow Alabamians one day! The ladies at Frances Suzanne make the most precious clothes for their nieces! Amazing work! To me it reminds me of the south and the clothes I grew up in.  I am so jealous about how beautiful all their piping is! They also run a really fun series on their blog, Flip This Pattern. I love seeing what everyone creates from the different patterns! Be sure to check them out!

Welcome Ashley and Emily!

Hi, I’m Feelin’ Crafty Readers!! We are thrilled to be joining you in the “Sew Ready to Play” series, and are thankful Louise challenged us to once again get those creative juices flowing….while producing a garment, based on a theme. In case you aren’t aware of us {or what we do}, we are two sisters that sew for our other sister’s children – three girls, ages almost 4 to newborn. And, if you like what you see….we welcome you to follow along on our many sewing adventures as we work to create some unique and special garments for our nieces.

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A few months ago, we introduced EA and CL to the “Hungry, Hungry Hippo” game….a LOUD, childhood favorite of ours. Yes, the original game…from our childhood. You’ve got to love those colors, don’t you?!?! Well, CL FELL IN LOVE with it! As in, she asks for it whenever she comes to visit…

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Ground rules have been established: There is absolutely no playing of the game when anyone is asleep in the house, and all marbles must be accounted for upon completion of the game. Oh, and to start the game we all throw our hands in the air to get started {keeping it fair for anyone trying to get a “head start!”}.

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After YEARS of game play, we have ALL our marbles {literally, not figuratively}…..save one. Pretty impressive, huh?? Still, to incorporate that little trivia fact into our dress, the green hippo is sans one marble button. Technically, it might have been because Jo-Anns had no more button “marbles” left after we passed through a few weeks ago, and they hadn’t restocked yet. BUT, the story sounds so much better :).

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So, about the dress…. We began with the Oliver and S, Roller Skate Dress {size 18-24 mo}: A COMPLETELY “flippable” dress {sewn once before with minor flips}, but for this one we left it practically as-is and detailed instead.

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“Color-blocked” piping was added around the neck and sleeve edges. While we LOVE adding piping to garments, we had never tried a “color-blocked” affect. Super easy, and super satisfying!!

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“How easy?” you might ask. SIMPLE!! Follow the directions below to make your own color-blocked piping. Choose your colors, choose your width….and you have yet another way to make a garment completely unique…

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We then reverse appliqued four “Hungry, Hungry Hippos” along the hem of the dress {using this tutorial}….mimicking the game board, and positioned in the same order. Each hippo had a little top-stitching detail added, as well as two button eyes for good measure.

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Then, five button “marbles” were added beside each one – with the first “marble” being placed on an additional black tab. Again, just like the game board!

What did CL think?? First…she thought they were owls {??? Monkeys maybe…but OWLS???}!! Just keeping it real, people :).

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But after further inspection, she noticed the “marbles” and then recognized the dress as the “Hippo Game” dress. YAHOO, and SUCCESS in our books!!!

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Our only regret: not being able to incorporate the hippos’ names within our design. Classic, huh? We especially find humor in the pink hippo’s name: Harry!!!

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Currently, we are bucking for CL to be the “Hungry, Hungry Hippo” game board for Halloween. What do you think? Would it pass inspection in your neighborhood??

Queen of Hearts by Cook Clean Craft

Today, my quest needs no real introduction because she’s one of the founding Sew Ready to Play participants! She’s Narelle from Cook Clean Craft. She’s always up for playing and has had fun games every year! One thing I love about blogging is getting to know people all over. I remember when her ‘Queen of […]

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Picnic Party with Froo & Boo

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I can’t believe this month has totally flown by! Behind the scenes I have been busy as a bee and one thing I’ve been working on is a 6th birthday party…  And our next guest has also been party planning for a 6th birthday, but was still able to put together an adorable project for us! Irene […]

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Cash Cab with The Shaffer Sisters

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I love the Shaffer Sisters! One day I hope to meet them for real! They seem like so much fun and I love how they all craft together! They joined in on the fun last year with a fantastic dress and I’m so excited to have them back this year. I don’t remember how we […]

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Name That Tune! A Boombox Pillow Tutorial

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Today it’s me here at Sew Ready to Play! I don’t think I need to introduce myself, do I? So we’ll skip that part and move right in to my project! We’re all pretty excited about how this one turned out! I’ve been wanting to make this for a while. Maybe 2 years now… So when […]

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Puzzles with Filles a Maman

Today’s guest is another amazing designer, Mel of Filles a Maman!  You’ve seen her pattern work around this here blog a couple of times. She is the pattern designer behind the Rose Skirt and the Mimi Top! Be sure to check out her other awesome patterns in her etsy shop! She has been such fun to work […]

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Dominos with Simple Simon and Company

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Today I’m so excited to welcome liZ, one of the two, from Simple Simon and Company! The ladies behind one of my favorite blogs! I’ve read for so much beautiful inspiration for those times I decide to sew for the nieces. There’s just a real elegance going on over there! I’m sure I’ve said it […]

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Chutes and Ladders Superhero Edition by Begin With B

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And today it’s another Project Run and Play star joining us today!! Today’s guest is Jacqueline from Begin with B! If you didn’t follow along for our season of PRP, you should check out her projects here! they were fanatstic! We bonded pretty fast since we live in the same city! And we’ve been trying […]

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Balderdash by Paisley Roots

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Today I’m excited to introduce Karly from Paisley Roots. Yep, she was another amazing contestant in Season 8 of Project Run and Play. And yes, she won! She makes some beautiful clothes for her kiddos! They are probably some of the best dressed kiddos around! She also has a pattern line, Paisley Roots Design,  and […]

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