Sew Ready to Play Sequence for Kids with Go To Sew

Today’s guest is Andrea from The Train to Crazy and the lovely woman behind Go To Sew! I’m hoping you’ve been to the Go To Sew website, since I guest post there once a month… I ‘met’ Andrea the end of last year (I think it was) when she first asked me to be a contributor for Go To Sew. And over the year I’ve loved getting to know her better through the blogs and IG! She comes up with some great things! Like the toothbrush holder idea I made…  So if you haven’t checked out her blogs, be sure do to so, after you read her adorable skirt tutorial below!

Welcome Andrea!

I love using everyday objects, books and games as inspiration for creating. I thought this challenge would be so easy but I kept coming up blank when trying to decide about my project. I didn’t want to make it too literal or too basic. Though, perhaps I ended up doing both! I chose the game, Sequence for Kids, because my kids LOVE it. The box is worn and torn and we’re lucky to have nearly all our game pieces. This is a very fun game for all ages.

Sequence Skirt by GoToSew.com

sequence

I love the primary colors in this game. I was inspired by the circle game pieces to create some modern “art” on a piece of clothing for my four year old. I used my super simple skirt tutorial and added some “cheaters appliqúe”. (Please forgive the wrinkles! We’ve moved and haven’t unpacked the iron yet.)

sequence skirt (3 of 3)

super simple "cheaters appliqúe"

sequence skirt (1 of 3)

I call this “cheaters” because when you don’t adhere your fabric securely (with something sticky) then you’re risking your fabric or your appliqúe pieces shifting or puckering. But, I’m a big fan of getting things done quickly so you’ll often find me cheating! I have to admit, I went a bit too fast on this one! But I wasn’t going for a perfect garment but a fun skirt for a four year old so we’re totally satisfied with this!

sequence skirt (2 of 3)

Nothing beats a fun board game with siblings.

sequence (2 of 8)

sequence (4 of 8)

sequence (8 of 8)

Ready to make your own simple skirt?

how to make a simple skirt by gotosew.com

Thanks for having me, Louise!

And thank you, Andrea!!

Sew Ready to Play Backgammon with The Long Thread

I have some good and bad news… We’ll start with the bad… I’m sad to say, but today is the last day of the series… ahhhh… Enough about that! The good news… We have a great guest, Ellen from The Long Thread!! Ellen has a fantastic blog, fantastic fabrics and a great book, 1, 2, 3 Sew! I was lucky enough  to win a copy of this really cool book and I have to say it does have some great projects in it! I’ve been a fan of Ellen’s work for some time now and throughly enjoy reading her blog. You can only imagine how stoked I was to find my Magnetic Bookmark listed among her Top 100 Tutorials of 2011. Wow! :) Yes, I was blushing! If you haven’t checked out her blog before now, you must! Well, after you read this…

And Welcome, Ellen!!!

Thanks to Louise for inviting me to be part of her clever Sew Ready to Play series! Today I’ve made a skirt inspired by the playful geometry of a backgammon board, which makes me want to actually get the game and teach my kids to play. I remember playing as a kid and think I loved the board as much as the game. This simple elastic waist skirt fits sizes 4-6, but could easily be adjusted to other sizes, even for adults! Use the triangle template to make patchwork for a quilt, a tote bag or placemats. If you want to be more faithful to the backgammon design, you could use two solid shades of fabric for the triangles and even make two bands of triangles facing one another.

 
This skirt was made with my new fabric collection for the Japanese company, Kokka, which will be available in stores in early 2013. Here I used this linen/cotton blend with a lightweight gray chambray cotton. This graphic skirt is perfect for fall paired with tights and boots, but light enough to wear year-round. Happy sewing!
Click here for the directions!
And you can check out another version of the skirt at Moda Bake Shop!
BIO:
Ellen Luckett Baker is author of The Long Thread, where she writes about her adventures with sewing, crafting, and kids. Her book 1, 2, 3 Sew was recently published by Chronicle Books and her follow-up book, 1, 2, 3 Quilt, will be released Fall 2013. She has designed two fabric collections; the first for Moda, which is in stores now and the second for Kokka, which will be available in early 2013. Ellen lives in Atlanta with her husband, two daughters, and a growing number of pets.

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