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!!!!

hi!

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!

Welcome, Jenn!

 

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!

Alpha Bandits Wiggity Bang Games

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!

 

Alpha Bandits 1

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.

 

Alpha Bandits 4

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

 

Alpha Bandits Hoodie Collage

  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!

 

Alpha Bandits 2

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!

 

Alpha Bandits 3

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!

Sew Ready to Play Season 4

Can you believe it’s already back to school time? Which means it’s also Sew Ready to Play time again!!! And we’re on Season 4! I can’t believe it!!!

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Just in case you haven’t heard… The ‘game’ is a series of sewing projects inspired by your favorite games!! It can be anything from kids clothes to adult clothes, stuffies to a handmade version of the game. I have a tendency to make handmade versions of the game, like pick up sticks and memory. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with this year! It’s always so fun to see what games people play and what those games inspire. Be sure to check out all the tutorials from the past years here.

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

 

Happy New Year!

I hope yall all had a wonderful New Years Eve! We have a tradition of always going to Tacoma’s zoo and seeing the zoolights, so that’s what we did! Do you have a favorite NYE tradition???

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I thought I’d welcome in 2014 with a look back at my favorite projects from 2013! I’ve been reading a lot of other blogs and it seems like I’m not the only one that gets into a mood thinking that I didn’t create too much… But once you sit and look at your whole blog from the past year, I’m reminded that I made A LOT! Yeah!

And my favorites are….

The crazy colorful outfit the kiddo and I made in January for the Project Run and Play Sew Along.

The I Love You Jacket I made for the kiddo in February.

The Super Hero Cape t-shirt tutorial (you’ll see a superhero theme throughout this year!) I made for the kiddo and Go To Sew in March!

One of my all time favorite projects was the Fox Skirt in April (for my friend April’s daughter!).

The wonky star quilt I made, with the help of my Nurture Circle, in May.

The low volume, ‘Lone Star’ pillowcase I made for a swap partner in June.

The little overalls I designed for a friend’s son adoption in July.

I really loved how this needle book turned out that I made for another swap in August.

The Flash costume in September! I didn’t blog about it until October, but technically I made it in September….

And the Hulk Costume in October!

The kiddo and I really loved our melted bead necklaces we made in November.

And last but not least, I loved our Jack and Jill pj’s I made in December!

What was your favorite project that you made last year??? Or do you have a favorite that I made? I’d love to hear about it!!

Sew Ready to Play Wrap Up!

Another wonderful season of Sew Ready to Play has come to an end! It’s sad, but true. I just have to give a wonderful shout out to all my guests and a HUGE thank you for participating!

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Just in case you missed a day, let me remind me you of all the great projects!

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Pick up Sticks by Yours Truly

Twister by Narelle from Cook Clean Craft

Lego Indiana Jones by Ari from Max-California

Sequence for Kids by Andrea from The Train to Crazy

Chinese Checkers by Debbie from A Quilter’s Table

Etch-a-Sketch by Michele from Michele Made Me

High Ho Cherry-O by Al from Shaffer Sister’s

Checkers by Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts

Bean Bag Toss by Shannon from Little Kids Grow

Three Little Pigs by Anneliese from The Aesthetic Nest

OK, so now, after seeing all these fantastic projects, what’s your favorite game? And what would you make?

Thanks again everyone for making another great season of Sew Ready to Play!

Sew Ready to Play Three Little Pigs with the Aesthetic Nest

I can’t believe another season of Sew Ready to Play is coming ot an end! Today’s guest is Anneliese  from the Aesthetic Nest where she blogs about the beautiful clothes she makes for her girls. She also knits and throws really beautiful parties! When I first found her I remember thinking about what beautiful style she has! The clothes she makes her girls look like they came from a high end boutique. Just fantastic! She also recently launched her own pattern line, Wee Muses Sewing Patterns, starting with the The Bateau Neck Top.

Welcome Annaliese!

Thank you, Louise, for inviting me to participate in this series. I always love a good challenge! My girls are young enough, and I guess I am impatient enough, that we don’t spend a lot of time with board games. Unless you count pulling out the pieces and using them for more imaginative play. We opt instead for coloring, crafts, legos and other things that involve creating or moving around.

But we love word games, songs and rhymes. Especially if they involve bouncing or tickling. “This Little Piggy Went to Market” is one of my favorite. Perhaps because I have played it on my babies’ toes when they were so young they were still learning to smile. And because crying “wee, wee, wee all the way home…” with a tickle still elicits loud laughs.

So I opted to sew something inspired by this English rhyme. I started with this gorgeous “Nursery Versery” linen fabric by Heather Ross for Kokka and a pattern I think of as classic and childlike.

But I wanted to come up with something more, and something to share, so I sewed a quilted Little Piggy Pouch complete with piggy appliques. Heather Ross’s illustrations of these five little piggies are so cute!

This is kind of a scrappy bag with a little bit of batting and some zigzag finished, exposed seam allowances. I put four little piggies on the front–the one who goes to market, the one who stays home, the one who has roast beef, and the one who has none–and the last little piggy, who cried “wee wee wee all the way home” on the back.

I thought Tess could recite the rhyme and point to the piggies on her bag and then play like the little pig and run him home…

…to the inside of the bag.

My Tess loves carrying bags of all types. This Little Piggy Pouch is a fun shape into which she can stick her arm hunting for treasures…

…like lollipops from her mother….

But it also would work to carry her small earnings to market, or for collecting things she finds on her way.

 Scale it down a bit and it would be a great pencil pouch too! Here’s the how-to.

THIS LITTLE PIGGY POUCH TUTORIAL

You’ll need:

  • 1/3 yard of two fabrics, one for the outside of the pouch and one for the inside (or fat quarters would work if the print is oriented the way you’d like it)
  • 1/3 yard of cotton quilt batting
  • 2 yards of 1/2″ single fold bias tape (purchased or made–this is used for the strap)
  • coordinating thread

The pouch is constructed with a back piece that folds over the front to form the flap. Cut out:

  • a back piece measuring 5.5″ wide and 12″ tall (cut 1 from your outer fabric, 1 from your inside fabric, and one from your batting)
  • a front piece measuring 5.5″ wide and 9.25″ tall (cut 1 from your outer fabric, 1 from your inside fabric, and one from your batting)

If you want to make this pencil-pouch sized, cut the back piece 4.5″ wide x 10.75″ tall and the front piece 4.5″wide x 8″ tall)

Round off the corners from the top edge of the back pieces. Fold them in half lengthwise and trim off the corners at once to make them symmetrical.

Create a stack of back pieces and a stack of front pieces in this order:

  • on top (facing you), the right side of the outer fabric
  • cotton batting
  • on the bottom, wrong side of the inner fabric

So you are sandwiching the cotton batting between the outer and inner fabrics with the wrong sides of these fabrics against the batting.

Stitch these stacks together by sewing around all sides using a .5″ seam allowance.

If you are using appliques now is the time to stitch them on.

I pinned on the appliques and used a zigzag stitch around the edges.

The batting gives these a nice bit of dimension.

Now zigzag stitch around the edges of your back and front pieces. I used the widest zigzag possible but not too tight as I wanted some of the raw edges to show.

Pin the front to the back “inside” fabric together, aligning the sides and bottom edge.

Stitch the bottom and sides together with a .5″ seam allowance.

To add the strap, take your 2 yards of bias tape and fold it in half to double it, with the folded edges against each other. It will now be 1 yard long. Zigzag stitch the entire length to finish it.

Now overlap the ends under the pouch flap. Place this right above the top of the front of the pouch. Be sure the loop of the strap isn’t twisted. Use a zigzag stitch to attach the strap to the pouch by sewing over the strap from one side of the pouch to the other.

Sew a buttonhole on the bottom of the front flap and sew on your favorite button.

Now you have a Little Piggy Pouch!

Sew Ready to Play Checkers with Sugar Bee Crafts

Today my special guest is Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts! I’ve been following her blog for a long long time. I can’t even remember how I found out about it, but it doesn’t matter how. It matters that it’s very cool, with all sorts of sewing and craft projects. And some of my favorite sewing projects she does are her Halloween costumes! It’s not one costume here or there! It’s the whole family dressed as a theme! Love it! I can’t wait to see what they are planning for this Halloween! But in the meantime…..

Welcome Mandy!!

Hi Everyone!  I’m Mandy and I blog over at the super-cool blog, Sugar Bee Crafts – come see me over there!  I enjoy all things crafty, including sewing and games so of course I jumped at the chance to be a part of this series that puts the two together.  I tried to think of the most popular game at our house, which by far is checkers.  They all LOVE it!  And so I dreamed up the Checkers Skirt:

This would be super-easy to make if you had some large checkered fabric on hand.  But I didn’t.  It still wasn’t hard – let me walk you through it.

First I cut the black and the white fabric into 4 inch strips:

And I sewed them back together, alternating colors, like so:

Then, I turned those sewed strips on their side and again cut 4 inch strips, as shown:

Then I sewed those strips back together, being sure to stagger the black and white to make the checkerboard effect.  I cut off any excess to make a large rectangle and then sewed the short ends together (right sides together) to make a big tube/skirt form.

I made a casing at the top and inserted elastic:

And I serged (you could zig zag) the bottom hem and then covered it with some cute red lace as a fun accent:

For the pocket that plays off of a round checkerpiece, I cut 2 circles (just trace something you have sitting around, like a lid)

Then I sewed those two circles with right sides together, leaving an opening that is an inch or two wide.  Clip all around the seam to help it lay flatter, then turn the circle right-side out through the hole.

Sew it to the skirt, leaving the top of the circle unattached so that it will function as a pocket.

I love how it came out!!  Simple, but really makes a statement, and has a definite shout-out to our love of checkers!

Hope to see you over at Sugar Bee Crafts!

Craft Blogger

Sew Ready to Play Hi Ho Cherry-O with the Shaffer Sisters!

Hi Ho Cherry-O! I had totally forgotten about this game! It’s a good one, though. I’m going ot have to add to my kiddo’s Christmas list!

The last week of Sew Ready to Play is being kicked off by the lovely Al of the Shaffer Sisters! I was introduced to the sisters blog earlier this year when I almost participated in their series Make for Mom, but ended up not being able to participate in that round! But when I started checking the blog out I knew I had seen these ladies around the blogging world! Their pieces are fantastic! You’ve got to check out this adorable little suit!  Totally inspiring for me to make more clothes for my kiddo!

Welcome Al!

Hello Sew Ready to Play readers. I hope that today we might be able to inspire you as so many of the other participants have. My name is Al and I am the youngest member of the Shaffer Sisters. We are budget oriented and between the three of us we have 9 kids. We try to sew pieces in their wardrobes that we wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise and love to make delicious food.

I came here today to share something with you that was inspired with my three year old daughter in mind. Ty is outgoing, fun, and the ray of sunshine in my life. She loves games, but her favorite is Hi Ho Cherry-O because it is hands on and requires counting. The purpose of the game is to get all your cherries picked from the tree and into the bucket. As you’re filling the bucket a bird or dog may take your cherries or the bucket may get knocked over.

When Louise invited us to participate, I was so excited because I knew I had to run with a Hi Ho Cherry-O theme. I decided to use red, yellow, and blue for my base colors because they showed up throughout the game and brought back flashbacks to childhood and primary colors. It took days before I came up with the design of Hi Lo Cherry-O, but even still it was modified all the way up to the very end. Like my sister Jo says, “Never, never, never quit until it’s a masterpiece.”

My second to last design for this involved stamping and dying, but didn’t bring the bold on a budget look I love. What was supposed to be dyed a bright royal blue ended a light periwinkle. The cherry stamped fabric ended up looking more like a summer camp project than a clean, beautiful textile. In a state of emergency I sent a text to my sister, Scary, in the middle of the night and the next morning drove to her home to get moral support and a fresh twist on my design.

I had already designed and tested my pattern pieces for this dress when I made the Starburst dress, but I don’t really like to make the same thing more than once. So here I am with a modified pattern of the high-low dress. I turned the sleeves into side yokes and used a button enclosure in the front instead of a zipper in the back.  I color blocked the bodice of the dress in the shape of a bird’s head.

After the previous fabric fiasco I went through our fabric stash and selected a white-on-white polka dot fabric and picked up a royal blue cotton from JoAnn’s. Once the front of the dress was together, I took advantage of Scary’s background in embroidery and her willing and helping hands. After I sketched out the desired image on the fabric, Scary got to work placing a bird’s beak with two cherries hanging out of its mouth. She used a satin stitch which goes fairly quickly and can leave a big impact.

Running away from the photo-shoot to the nearest tree.
Apparently High Low Dresses are great for climbing trees too.

After I had the image on, I was only a few steps from completion and success. What do you think? If you’ve ever played the game Hi Ho Cherry-O it’s not hard to see the connection of the game to this Hi Lo Cherry-O Dress. Once she outgrows it I will pull this dress aside and put it in the pile of figurative jewels to someday fill her hope chest.

With Love,

Al

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