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!!!
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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!

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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!!

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!

The 10 Minute Bow Tie- A Tutorial

I loved the bow tie I made the kiddo back at Easter and I said I’d show you how I did it! So now I will!

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The kiddo loved his, but was playing with the first one I made him. And lost it at church that morning. So he asked if I could make another one. Of course I could! He needed it! That’s when I realized it really only took me about 10 minutes!

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First, You’ll need hair clips, fabric, hot glue, pinking shears and cutting supplies.

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Secondly, cut the pieces. You’ll need one piece for the bow that’s  10.5 x 4 inches. And another piece that’s  5 x 2 inches for the middle, tie, part.

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Step 3, sew both pieces together, right sides together, along the long side.

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Step 4, Turn the pieces right side out and iron with the seam centered on the back.

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Step 5, Pinch the bow fabric together in the front and I like to put a little hot glue here to hold the folds together.

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Step 6, Fold the bow fabric together with the ends overlapping about 1/4 inch or so.

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Step 7, Hot glue the hair clip and one end of the tie fabric together on the back.

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Step 8, Pull the tie fabric tight around the front. Make sure the tie is situated how you want it to be.

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Step 9, Add another spot of hot glue on or right past the hair clip. Pull the tie fabric through and secure it.

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Step 10, Trim the extra fabric with the pinking shears. And you’re ready to go!

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Ok… Me and my red hair that’s turning white WAY to early didn’t really wear the bow tie… But it could be a hair bow too!

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Kids Clothes week is coming up, so be sure to add a bow tie to your list!

 

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!

 

 

Long Beach Board Shorts

Or should I call them Orange Beach Board Shorts? Obviously they fit in perfectly on any beach! I’m in love with this Long Beach Board Short pattern from Terra’s Treasures.

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It was one of the patterns in the Sew Fab Sale and I’m loving it! And so is the kiddo! I wanted them to actually be swim shorts and not just shorts that look like swim shorts, so I started looking for boys swimsuit material. It’s not so easy to find! I did find some at this place called The Fabric Fairy, but it was kinda expensive for my first try at this… Sometimes it’s hard to spend 20 or so on fabric for a swim suit that I can get already made for 8 or 10 at Old Navy, etc… I love handmade more, but sometimes….

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So I started looking at thrift shops. Then I just happened to find a solid pair of blue and a printed pair that matched perfected! On sale for 5 bucks for the two! Then I wanted the contrast and found another pair of adult swim trunks for 1 dollar!! I did use adult swim trunks for the fabric. And if you want to, be sure to find a pair without all the pockets! My blue pair I had to be very careful with how I cute the adult pair to have enough fabric.

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The pattern is super easy to put together. It helps if you aren’t chatting with a long time best friend that you haven’t seen in a year though. I did sew together the back part upside down the first time adn I couldn’t figure out what in the world was wrong the pattern! Of course, it wasn’t me!!! Then I realized, HA! it was me! And of course, I had finished the seam allowances and everything before I figured it out….

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Then I got back on track and I love it. I would totally make short short out of it too. As in not actual swim shorts.

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And check out that piping! Sorry, for the booty shot, but it was the best picture of the piping I had. It was my first time doing real piping. I used a nylon cord for quicker drying. This one is for my Aunt! I’ve been talking to her about doing piping for years. She keeps telling me how wonderful it is and how you’ll get hooked. She was right!

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And I also added in the swim suit undies. I cut these out of one of my pairs (yes, thoroughly washed, multiple times!) The pattern doesn’t give directions for this piece, but I just sized it based on my sons other bathing suits and then tucked it up under the fold of the wait before I sewed that piece down.

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I also reused the ties from the other shorts for the tie on this pair. The directions call for ribbon or bias tape. So I just used the ties ans sewed them on some elastic.

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And the kiddo loves them!

 

The Rose Skirt by Filles a Maman

I’ve been having fun sewing for my nieces! For an only child (me) I sure to have a bunch of nieces! Ok, they technically aren’t, but by love they are! I can’t wait to show you the adorable little Rose Skirt I made for one of my Florida girls!

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I loved this little pattern and it was so easy! I mean like probably an hour easy!

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I though it was cute when I saw it online, but then when I saw the pattern I got a bit scared… The pleats threw fear in my face! But I went ahead and decided to go for it. And boy was I wrong! Um… super simple!

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And it seemed to be super comfy on the little lady as well! The knit I used is super soft on the inside! I forget know where I got the popsiclie fabric, which was also well received. The top and bottom bands were an old shirt.

 

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The pattern has instruction for both with pockets and without. I originally planned for pockets. Here’s the deal. Before we went on vacation I was working away and trying to deny that there was something wrong with my sewing machine. When I finally gave into the truth I stopped sewing. Then I decided to cut all my projects that I wanted to sew and I’d take the fabric with me. So for this one I cut it for without pockets just in case. But I also cut the pockets out too. But I had them the contrast color. Then when I set to putting it together, I didn’t think I’d like the pockets the contrast color so I left them out!

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The little lady had a good time in this skirt! We played super heros, went to the beach and made sand cupcakes and even taught her to fish in it! She was pretty good at the whole casting thing!!

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I loved seeing the skirt get worn and enjoyed! Now if we could only all go back to the beach together!

If you have a little girl and want an adorable skirt that is super easy to make… The Rose Skirt is your answer! It’s even adorable just hanging on the hanger! Thanks Mel for letting me try it out!

 

 

I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!

Happy Easter!

I hope everyone had a happy Easter! We did! A nice relaxing day and some Easter egg hunting!

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At the last minute we decided to join some friends at their church and I realized the kiddo didn’t really have anything to wear… So what does any crafty mom do? I sewed up some pants, made a bow tie and did some shopping!

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I have been meaning to make the kiddo another pair of Surfer Slacks. I was sewing something else and as I was ironing my eye struck the seersucker on my shelf. So I put two and two together and out came a seersucker surfer slack!

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I think I mentioned before, but the knit elastic waist is a huge hit with the kiddo! I love that you can dress them up or dress them down.

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Then I needed a spring sweater. Um… Has anyone been shopping for a spring sweater for boys lately? I went to 5 stores. Nothing. Absolutely Nothing. So I switched gears when I saw this little jacket at Old Navy. Totally ended up hitting the spot!

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So I finished the pants, the kiddo went to bed and I knew a bow tie would tie it all together… So, a quick little sew and some hot glue… And you have a bow tie! I’ll make a quick tutorial to show ASAP!

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He loved it! Having everyone he saw tell him how handsome he looked helped! He didn’t take it off all day!

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After the egg hunts, I asked if he wanted to take off his jacket and he said no. Then he did, but I found it on the floor and not in his closet where he was supposed to put it. He didn’t put it away, because he wanted to wear it to do our late afternoon dog walk!

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We had fun getting dressed up and enjoying the sun on our lovely Easter Sunday! Hope you did too!

Surfer Slacks Redo

KCW is over, but I have one more project that I made! Well, I should say, that I updated!

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This is my last project for KCW and my mending bag is pretty much done!

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About a year ago I made the Surfer Slacks by See Kate Sew. Love the pattern! Aren’t these pants cute?

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They were much cuter when they actually fit! Unlike the pj’s he wanted super long, these he didn’t care that they were about two inches too short.

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But I had to take them away to figure out what to do with them!

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Shorts! Perfect!

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My son loves comfy pants, but, like I’ve said before I have to make cute comfy pants or he’d wear sweat pants every day! And these still fit just fine everywhere except the length, so I hated to put them in the garage sale pile or something like that…

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I just had to throw in this picture because it totally makes me laugh. It looks like he’s trying to escape from my photoshoot!!

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What did you get done for KCW? Everything you were planning on? Anything?

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