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 with and I just love her sense of design.

Welcome Mel!!!

I’m so happy to be a part of Louise Wackerman’s Sew Ready to Play series. My house is full of toys, for sure, as I have 3 girls. Most are pink, but anyway, they tend to hang around. I saw an opportunity to do something useful and fun. I was inspired by the outrageous amount of puzzles that we own. We love to do puzzles, but it is frustrating to realize that there is a missing piece because the box is broken. Because of this, I created the Puzzle Pouch.

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The pattern is available here: Puzzle pouch

Print the pattern at 100%, without scaling. Check the 1 inch square on the first page to make sure that your printer is correct.

Assemble the pattern following the layout.

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You will need a 6 in zipper and a 2.5 in X 2.5 in square of clear vinyl.

Don’t worry if you have never sewn vinyle, I will show you how!

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1-Cut 2 pieces to make the shell and 2 more to make the lining.

casse tete tuto-032-Cut in half 1 piece of the shell and 1 of the lining.

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3) Sew the zipper of half of the fabric with the right side of the zipper facing the right side of the fabric.
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4-Sew a half lining over the zipper.casse tete tuto-065-Turn to the right side and topstitch along the zipper at 1/8 in.

casse tete tuto-076-Place the other part of the zipper on the right side of the fabric and sew. The right side of the zipper should be facing the right side of the fabric.casse tete tuto-087) Sew the lining over the zipper and turn to the right side.

casse tete tuto-098-Topstitch the zipper at 1/8 in. casse tete tuto-109-Install the vinyl pocket with pins.

casse tete tuto-1110-Place small pieces of paper (o,5 in large) over the vinyle to be able to sew the pocket. My granddmother was using tissues. If you don’t do this, the vinyl will stick on your feet and you will have some issues to sew a nice straight line. Otherwise, you can use a leather or walking foot. casse tete tuto-12

11-Sew over the paper on the sides and on the bottom of the pocket.

casse tete tuto-1312-Remove the paper.

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13-Open the zipper. Place the fabric (green) right sides together and the lining wrong sides together with the fabric, making a sandwich.

casse tete tuto-1514-Sew all around the puzzle shape at 3/8 in.

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15-Cut the corners and snip the rounded corners to be able to turn the pouch properly.

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16-Turn to the right side and press. Be careful not to press the vinyl.

Fill it with your treasures.

Enjoy!

Mel xx

Dominos with Simple Simon and Company

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 before, but my all time favorite project from their blog is the Audrey Cape! So pretty and so simple to make!
Welcome liZ!!!
Hello!
I’m liZ (one of the two Elizabeth’s) from over at Simple Simon and Company and we are so happy to be joining Louise again this year for her Sew Ready to Play series!
I had visions this year of what I was going to make….and I was in love with my plan…and then real life happened, plans were changed, and Grace ended up choosing what we made for the final project.
Which I still like…but people….I’m telling you my other idea was awesomeness…so I guess Louise will just have to invite us back again next year :)
Anyways, back story aside, the outfit we put together today for Sew Ready to Play is a Domino inspired look.
Our kids are into playing Dominos right now.  (So much so that we made them a giant set for Christmas last year.)  And Grace thought this giant polka dot fabric that I had in my stash was perfect for a Domino skirt.
The skirt we made is a simple colored blocked skirt with an elastic waistband and then she paired it with her favorite leggings (from Target, not handmade), a hand-me-down T-shirt, and a black blazer from last year.
She was pretty proud of the styling.  Her whole outfit was black and white….and it has the dots on the skirt….and the stripe on her leggings….and the solid on her blazer….
This is how she looked when she wore it to school this morning.
And I can’t argue with that face.
She loved her “Domino Clothes”.
Thanks Louise for inviting us to your series.  It’s just so much fun!  We love it!
-liZ

Chutes and Ladders Superhero Edition by Begin With B

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 to get together ever since…. One day soon…. Jacqueline sews for her three boys and runs runs runs with them! I love watching thier escapes on IG!

Welcome Jacqueline!!!!

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Oh games….I LOVE games. I have many childhood memories playing games with my family, especially my grandmother. To this day my boys will ask to get a game out and I get excited. Mouse Trap, Don’t Break the Ice, Chutes and Ladders, and Rock, Paper, Scissors are the most frequent requests. So when I had to pick one- it was hard!

I almost went with Mouse Trap but we don’t ever actually play the game. We set up the crazy contraption, we crank, hit the stop sign and watch the marbles roll to drop the trap. But as far as the actual game….I have no idea how to play! We never did as kids either- the contraption was the biggest draw.

Decided to go with Chutes and Ladders instead. Our version isn’t the old school one though- it’s superhero. Mae picked it out long before he was old enough to be into superheroes. Long before he started introducing himself as Captain America or Batman. But it is easily one of the most played games we own.

What I love about this game it is always so much more than just the superheroes climbing ladders and sliding chutes. Every time we play it turns into these heroes hoping onto toy firetrucks and rushing to a fire. Or driving the crane truck to rescue the mice stuck under the trap. The game pieces become alive for our boys and the game board is left behind.  I wanted to create something that would extend this play even further but be wearable everyday.

With the Dark Knight image in my mind I set to work to create a tee that was not a costume but would still allow Mae to pretend. I started with a black burnout knit that I ironed a knit interfacing onto the backside. This allows sewing to go much more smoothly and gives the knit (which is so thin!) a bit more weight.

Next I created a half batman drawn on freezer paper- to make sure that both sides were symmetrical. I then ironed the freezer paper onto the knit/interfacing piece and then cut. At this point you should have a sandwich with interfacing, then knit, then freezer paper- all in the shape of batman. Tear off the freezer paper and you’re ready to move to the tee.

Before sewing I used wonder tape to attach the points- knowing they would be finicky under the feed dogs of my machine. Then sewed with a zigzag around the the edges- working slowly.

This shirt is much loved. It has gone through the wash a few times already and the appliqué has held up great. And of course a few other tees have been requested.

Thanks so much for having me!!

Balderdash by Paisley Roots

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 just issued her second pattern, the All Spice Dress. I’m waiting to see what she comes up with for boy patterns….Hint hint…

Welcome, Karly!

Hey! I’m Karly from Paisly Roots and I’m so excited to be over here talking about my families favorite game. Balderdash.
The game is for people 12 and up so my kids haven’t quite gotten the grasp of it.
If you’ve never played it before I will give you a run down.
There are 5 different categories:
WORDS – what is the definition of this word?
PEOPLE – what is this person known for?
INITIALS – what do they stand for?
MOVIES – what is the basic story line?
LAWS – complete the law!
 
There’s one person that will be in charge each round and that person decides which category they want the round to be. Once the category is chosen the word on the front gets read out and everyone then has to write out some lie that sounds believable and pass it to the person in charge.
They all get mixed up and read and then everyone goes around choosing which they think is the correct one.

We adore this game and have so much fun with it! Unlike Monopoly where fights would constantly ensue, this game just makes us laugh and laugh and is played at every family gathering.

Seriously, the things we come up with…..

So now onto our shirts. I used the Tinley Tee pattern to make both. For Zoe’s I used a purple knit sheet to match the game colors and used Freezer Stenciling with fabric paint. For Aevaries, I wanted to try and show a little on how the game is played. We chose the initials and had fun coming up with acronyms for it. I used a pencil that I dipped in fabric paint to then draw out the words, since there was no way I was going to cut all of them out in a stencil! Aevarie also added a little extra to hers (aka: hearts and smiley face).
It wont take long for these guys to have this game down like pro’s.
Thank you so much Louise for having us along!

Here’s the list of amazing creators that are playing along this year!  Be sure to join us often!!!

Sept 5th- Jenn from A Jennuine Life

Sept 8th- Karly from Paisley Roots

Sept 10th- Jacqueline from Begin with B

Sept 12th- liZ from Simple Simon and Co

Sept 15th- Melanie from Filles a Maman

Sept 17th- Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Sept 19th- One of the lovely Shaffer Sisters

Sept 22nd- Irene from Froo and Boo

Sept 24th- Narelle from Cook, Clean, Craft

Sept 26th- Ashley and Emily from Frances Suzanne

Sept 29th- Vicki from Sew Inspired

 

Alpha Bandits by A Jennuine Life

First up, to start the Sew Ready to Play series off is my new blogging pal, Jenn from A Jennuine Life! You might remember her from her amazing Project Run and Play (which is kicking off again, too!) outfits! You’ll notice a theme this season… I got the group back together for this series, so you know it will be awesome! If you don’t know Jenn, you’ll have to check out her blog and her beautiful new pattern line, Jennuine Design!

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Hey there, I’m Feelin’ Crafty readers! I’m Jenn and I share my sewing and other adventures at A Jennuine Life. Today I’m bringing you a quick project and an amazing new game – Alpha Bandits!

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I’ve got a little secret – I haven’t actually played this game. But I know it’s going to be amazing because it was created by my brother in law and his game company, Wiggity Bang Games! They recently held a successful Kickstarter campaign and are in the process of producing the game.

As written in a review on Board Game Geek, “Alpha Bandits is a fast-paced word-building game featuring double-sided letter tiles. Players race to score the most points by building words of three or more letters. Each letter tile has a blue side and a red side. Players can mix and match colors when forming their words to receive different types of score bonuses. The game is played in rounds, with scores being based on the letters played at the end of each round. This sounds simple, but beware of the Alpha Bandits! These sneaky tiles allow players to block, swap, flip, grab, or even end the round early for the win! Each game also contains a few rare “Gemstone” tiles that are worth extra points and may be used as any letter in the alphabet, making them very valuable indeed!”

It’s for ages 12 and up, but I know my nephew Jack who is in third grade plays, so I’m planning to begin playing with Arden as soon as our copy arrives!

 

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My interpretation of the game was to make a hoodie with the bandit eyes applique’d onto the hood. I’d love to tell you that I made the hoodie – and had planned to, but we’re in the process of moving and I’m flying solo at home right now and had to get realistic about the time I had available.

 

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I have a quick tute to show how I did the easy applique for the eyes:

 

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  1. Gather supplies – hoodie, materials for applique, and double-sided fusible webbing; I used Heat n’ Bond.
  2. Trace the shapes onto the paper side of the fusible webbing. If your design is not symmetrical, be sure to trace it in reverse as this will become the backside of your applique.
  3. Cut out the shapes.
  4. Peel the backing off the shapes and fuse them to the garment following the instructions on the fusible webbing. With matching thread, sew around the edge of the shape. I used a straight stitch for the whites of the eyes.
  5. Repeat Step 4 for the second shape. I used a narrow zig-zag for the pupils.
  6. Step back and admire your fun embellished hoodie!

 

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My five year old daughter Arden took a little time warming up to the photo shoot, but once she got into character as a bandit she really pulled out all the stops!

 

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If you think your family would like to check out Alpha Bandits, you can pre-order a copy at Wiggity Bang Games. Games are expected to delivery November 2014, so in plenty of time for the holidays!

FLIP This Pattern- Time to Vote!

Did you see the full post of my outfit yesterday? If not I have it here, but today I need you to VOTE for my look! Please! Voting is going on today and Saturday. That’s it, just two days!

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Like I said yesterday, I was super excited to participate in the series, but I was super excited once I saw the pattern. In case you don’t know the pattern, it’s the Charlie Top from Zonen 09. And it looks like this:

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It’s a lined, knit shirt, basically. The front and back is lined. The pattern also comes with long and short sleeves. Very easy and fun pattern! So I took it from the above look, to the coat and hoodie look below… Check it out!

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I ended up doing two ‘Flips’. I thought and thought about it and I couldn’t come up with ANYTHING! Honestly, I was having a super hard time coming up with anything other than the super cool shirt. But that wasn’t really a flip, now was it? So I got to sewing, anyway. I decided that if I started sewing something that I’d be inspired.

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So, the first ‘Flip’ Is a hoodie. From the front, it looks pretty much like the original pattern, huh?  I really do love this pattern. It was super simple and I love that it’s lined.

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But from the back, it’s obviously a hoodie! My son loves hoodies and he likes them big, so I made it a bit over-sized. I think he likes to pretend that he’s The Emperor from Star Wars!

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I drafted a hoodie pattern while keeping the bottom of the hoodie the same collar pattern piece of the actual pattern. And then it came to me….

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A coat! A little blazer like coat. The kiddo has such a good time getting dressed up at Easter, maybe he’d like a another little blazer to wear around! (He can really get into the serious model look!)

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For this one I used the pattern, I just cut two top pieces and overlapped them about an inch or so. I obviously used woven fabric instead of knits. And the kiddo and I designed some stitch patterns around the front. If you follow my blog, you know that I always use snaps… I was really going to use buttons on this project. I had just gotten my machine fixed so it would do the buttons, but it ends up they gave me a wrong foot. AHHH! So I’ll always be known as the snap lady!

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I got this fancy Japanese denim to use for my jacket, but once I got it home, I didn’t like it. I wanted more of a khaki. But what d’ya know! I just happened to have a pair of khaki pants on my shelf to repurpose. Perfect! I used the hem of the pants for the hem of coat!

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We had a good time picking out the fabric together and detailing the stitches! We also named it the ‘Bubble’ top, because it’s not quite polka dots. More like bubbles… And the coat lining is word bubbles… Get it! We think we’re pretty clever, me and my kiddo!

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I had fun with it! If you’ve made it here, you read the whole thing! And that’s awesome! Now, don’t forget to vote! Thanks again for voting!!

 

 

FLIP this Pattern!

Have you been following the Flip This Pattern series over at Francis Suzanne???

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If you remember, I met these wonderful gals during our stint on Project Run and Play! I was honored when they invited me to participate in their fun series! And then when I saw the patterns, I knew exactly which one I wanted to do!

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Be sure to click on over and check out my FLIP!

 

 

‘Gator Quilt Blog Hop- Crafty Shenanigans Sneak Peak

I can’t believe we’re already nearing the end of the ‘Gator quilt Blog Hop!! Today is our last guest…. Sad but true! Yall will just have to start making them so I can show off reader’s talents!

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Today’s guest is Amy from Crafty Shenanigans! Amy says that she’s a chocoholic living in London England.  When she tried paper piecing for the first time( think it was 2011) she cried (real crocodile tears) out of frustration but persevered and now LOVE LOVE LOVE paper piecing.  The more complex the better for her now! And it shows!

Amy and I first met in a swap! Those flickr swaps that I love doing!  I was her swap partner…  The funny thing was, in this swap she wasn’t my first partner. I had someone else for a like a day, but there was a pet allergy involved and they switched me to be Amy’s partner instead. BUT.. I had been a flickr follower of her’s before that. At first, I was trying to figure a way to not be her partner. Totally intimidated!  I was like, but what am I going to make for her??? she’s awesome!! I was totally nervous!!!

Be sure to check out Amy’s blog for more on her ‘Gator! You’ve got to get a better look at how perfect her fabric and quilting is!

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June 10th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

June 11th- A Quilter’s Table

June 13th- Marci Girl Designs

June 14th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty- showing off other Testers work!

June 15th- Made By Amanda Rose

June 16th- Wombat Quilts

June 17th- Wips and Tuts

June 18th- Shaffer Sisters

June 19th- Crafty Shenanigans

June 20th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

‘Gator Quilt Blog Hop- Shaffer Sisters Sneak Peek

OK! I am still just amazed at the creativity I get to surround myself with with my bloggy friends! What did people do before the internet??? I feel so lucky to know all these amazing talents! And here’s some more amazingness with the ‘Gator quilt!!

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Today’s guest is Al from The Shaffer Sister’s blog! If I had sisters, I hope we’d be crafty together like these sisters! A little bit about Al…

For as long as I can remember, those that truly love me have called me Al or other variations of Al; Al the Pal, Alfred, and Albert (Einstein- I love physics) have all been nicknames. Not super girly I know, but my ideal escape would be to go play basketball until I am sweaty and the muscles in my legs are so tired they are twitching. My best description of myself would be to say that I am a cross between super particular and easy going. The particular side of me demands perfection and control (mostly manifest in my projects- that’s why I enjoy quilts). The easy going side of me thrives to be around people (especially when you can get to know someone one-on-one). Luckily, being a mom of 2 kids (and expecting an addition of one next month) and the wife of a student that struggles with school has helped me learn to channel my need for control in ways that everyone can enjoy.

 

I love yesterday’s quilt and Al’s today! My Dad and I used to always say this to each other when I was a little kid!  I can’t wait to see this  ‘Gator in more detail! Be sure to check out Al’s blog for more on her ‘Gator!

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June 10th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

June 11th- A Quilter’s Table

June 13th- Marci Girl Designs

June 14th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty- showing off other Testers work!

June 15th- Made By Amanda Rose

June 16th- Wombat Quilts

June 17th- Wips and Tuts

June 18th- Shaffer Sisters

June 19th- Crafty Shenanigans

June 20th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

‘Gator Quilt Blog Hop- Wips and Tuts Sneak Peek

Ready for more ‘Gator quilting! ?!

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Today’s guest is Christine from Wips and Tuts! Christina just started quilting less than a year ago making quilts as gifts. This is what she had to say about paper piecing, ‘When I initially had trouble quilting, I turned to paper piecing, and it was a saving grace for me. I love how the blocks turn out (almost) perfect every time, and the possibilities are endless…more than you could accomplish with rotary cutting.’ Exactly, my friend!!!

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I love how so many have so many different ideas for the eyes! I love the look of these! Christina also love incorporating words into her quilting, so I love how she added the Later to the ‘Gator. Does this mean I’ll have to do a Crocodile next??? hmmmm…. Be sure to check out Christina’s blog for more info on her experience with the ‘Gator!

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June 10th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

June 11th- A Quilter’s Table

June 13th- Marci Girl Designs

June 14th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty- showing off other Testers work!

June 15th- Made By Amanda Rose

June 16th- Wombat Quilts

June 17th- Wips and Tuts

June 18th- Shaffer Sisters

June 19th- Crafty Shenanigans

June 20th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

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