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!

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Sew Fab e-Pattern Sale is ON!!

Welcome to the Fall and Winter 2013

Sew Fab e-pattern Sale Event!

Last February was the first ever Sew Fab e-pattern Sale and it was so successful and was so well received that Jenny Yarbrough of The Southern Institute, the creator and administrator of the sale, decided to have more! This sale is bigger and better than the first, with plenty of patterns to get you through the fall and winter (if you live on this side of the hemisphere), and a few warm weather patterns thrown in for those of you who live on the other side of the world. You’ll also find more gender neutral patterns for those of you who are sewing for boys. And what about you? Of course there are a few women’s patterns thrown in for some selfish sewing too!

Over the past several weeks a lot of behind the scenes planning has taken place to bring you this newest bundle of ePatterns from many of the top established and up and coming online sewing pattern designers. The result is a bundle of 26 PDF sewing patterns that you’re going to love!

For one week only, twenty-six pattern designers have come together to bring you 26 of their best PDF patterns, valued together at well over $2oo.oo, for the incredible price of $29.95!!! That’s over 80% off of the combined retail value! Plus you can enter to win a dream of a giveaway with several prize packages from some of your favorite online fabric shops!

For less than $30.00 you will have a library of resources that you can use over and over again.

The designers that have joined this sale are experts in their craft. Each designer has contributed one of their favorite patterns to create a bundle that is sure to please! Whether you are sewing for your own family or making gifts for others, these are patterns that you will love to use.

If you’ve never sewn with a PDF pattern before, let me tell you how great it is! After downloading your pattern instructions and your pattern, you will print out the pattern itself, creating pattern tiles, if you will. Simply tape the tiles together to create the full pattern! At that point you can cut out the size that you need and pin the paper pattern directly to your fabric, or you can trace the pattern size that you need onto sewing paper or tracing paper and cut it out, saving the paper pattern for later when you need to sew another size. Pdf patterns are so convenient because you can print them out as many times as you need!

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Sew Ready to Play Bean Bag Toss with Little Kids Grow

Wow! I can’t believe another week has gone by full of great games! Today I’m so happy to have my friend Shannon from Little Kids Grow! She’s really amazing! I mean, she has six kids and they are all smiling at the same time! She is an excellent seamstress. You’ve got to check out some of the outfits she’s made for her kids like this one for the twins and this great knock off! We’ve had fun getting to know each other over this last year and I look forward to more fun time with Shannon!

Welcome Shannon!

We’re always looking for games that the entire family can play. We love card games like “UNO”, but cards and small game pieces have a tendency to disappear in our house, and we have yet to find a board game that can accommodate our large family AND the age range of 5 to 13. Then I remembered the “Bean Bag Toss” from my childhood, and I knew I’d found my game.

The kids and I brain stormed for awhile to figure out how we could update the game. The bean bags were a “no brainer” because I probably have enough scrap fabric in my stash to create bags for a whole football team, but we couldn’t figure out what to toss the bean bags into. One of their favorite characters is Wow Wow Wubbzy, a yellow, square-shaped, ummm, I’m not quite sure what he is exactly, but we thought it would be fun to create him out of a cardboard box and cut out the eyes and nose to toss the bags through. Bean Bags Fabric Stash

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The girls and I made the bean bags out of 5″ x 5″ squares of fabric and black-eyed peas. With the right sides of the fabric facing, I sewed around three sides of the square, leaving one side open. Then we filled the bags half way with the peas and double folded the ends over and sewed them shut. Nothing fancy, just something to keep the peas from falling out.

Bean Bag Toss 5 x 5 squares black eyed peas

Bean Bag toss stacks

While we were working on the bags, the boys cut out a piece of poster board to match the width and length of the bottom of the cardboard box. We covered the poster board with a yellow polyester satin fabric that I had in my stash. I drew the eyes and nose and my oldest drew the mouth out of poster board and colored it. Once the eyes and nose were cut out of the covered poster board, we attached the poster board to the bottom of the box, traced the holes and cut them out. Finally, we attached the mouth.

Bean Bag Toss Wow Wow WubbzyThis was a great group project for our family. The kids are excited about playing with something that they made with their own hands, and I’m so proud of their creativity and team work.

Bean Bag toss throw trioThank you, Louise, for the opportunity to share our project.

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 Fab e-Pattern Sale Coming Soon!

Coming next week…

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For one week only, twenty-six pattern designers will be joining together to combine their best PDF sewing patterns (valued together at over $200.00) and selling them to you for the incredible price of $29.95! That’s over 80% off of the combined retail value!

Grab the bundle when it goes on sale next week and you’ll be all set to sew for school and the coming holiday season! You’ll have to wait until next week to see which patterns are included in this fall’s bundle, but I can tell you right now that you won’t be disappointed!

See you bright and early on Monday morning!

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

Sew Ready to Play Etch A Sketch with Michele Made Me

Today’s guest is Michele from Michele Made Me! One of my lovely sponsors! And one amazing crafter/sew-er/quilter! One day I am going to make a hexagon quilt as amazing as hers! Michele and I have been getting to know each other over the last few years through commenting on each other’s blogs. Then we finally got to ‘meet’ with a video chat a few months back and that was great. (if you want to know more about me, check it out!)  It’s amazing how many friends can be made, all over the world, through this blogging thing! If you haven’t been to Michele’s blog, you really are missing out on tons of great projects!

Welcome Michele!

Hey I’m Feelin’ Crafters. How you doin’? My name is Michele and I come from a tiny place of craftiness  known as Michele Made Me. I’m most thrilled to be here and “I’m sew ready to play“! How ’bout you?

Actually, I have to say. I pert near scratched a hole in my head tryin’ to figure out which game to choose. But all that scratching was not in vain because, in time, Etch-A-Sketch came to me in a red, white and grey blaze of glory. I love Etch-A-Sketch. Who doesn’t, eh? Have you taken a gander at some of the amazing art that people have created with this clever clever plaything. Seriously. Google it. It’s rad, man.

So I decided to make a cute, comfy, wearable vest as an homage to the Etch-A-Sketch!

But here’s the thing. I’d made a couple vests back in the day. Like, 18 years ago. And wouldn’t you know it, I still had the pattern (Butterick #4055 Fast and Easy Classics) from 1995. Hey, it’s perfectly usable and nice… So I decided to go with it. Consequently, today’s post is not really a tutorial because I did not create the pattern. No, today’s post is more of an “account of my vesty process”. Hope that works for ya, eh?

Alrighty.

This very simple vest pattern has only two pieces, the front and the back, and it is lined. For ease of “sketching” and for added warmth, I decided to add a second lining of flannel which means that I cut each pattern piece out twice each in lining (red), flannel (white) and main fabric (grey). That’s right. That’s six pieces each of both front and back patterns!

After individually sewing, trimming and pressing the darts in all front and back pieces, I layered and pinned together each flannel piece to its corresponding main fabric piece. I sewed together the backs as shown below to the right.

Here’s where it gets exciting!

At this point, I used my old machine fitted with a darning foot to “Etch-A-Sketch” (AKA free-motion quilt) my design on the grey vest pieces in black thread. I kept it simple. I was going for subtle. But no one says you have to. You could create a very detailed design (as people have with their Etch-A-Sketches) and make a truly one-of-a-kind, never-seen-anything-like-it vest for yourself. It’s important to keep in mind that any part of your design that is close to the edge of your pieces will disappear within the seam allowances.

So now it’s just a matter of joining everything together as per the pattern instructions, trimming and clipping your seams, turning the good side out, and stitching it shut. Oh ya, and I added a couple of white buttons to really bring to mind the Etch-A-Sketch.

So there you have it: the simple and pretty Etch-A-Vest!

Now given that Butterick #4055 is 18 years old, it’s as likely as not that you’ll be able to get your hands on a copy. But if you get a hankering to make your own Etch-A-Vest, I did locate a couple similar vest patterns that are available online:

Also, I happened across THIS list of 25 free vest patterns compiled by Craft Stew just in case you’re some sort of vest-a-holic or just want to sew vests for all your peeps. Go to it!

Come on by Michele Made Me for a touch of craft anytime. Check out my tutorials page why doncha? And thanks so much for allowing me to share this space with you today, Louise! It’s been a delight!

Sew Ready to Play Chinese Checkers with A Quilter’s Table

I’ve been a member of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild for some time now, but just this year we (I didn’t actually have anything to do with it, so I should say they…) got organized and instead of just having sew-in’s we also have monthly meetings. One meeting I was there and didn’t really know anyone. Then this woman, Debbie from A Quilter’s Table, sat down next to me. Of course we ended up chatting and shared blog addresses, etc. I got home and of course looked up her blog and was realized that she’s HUGE! And she makes amazing quilts! I love her Half Triangle do. Good quilt. But you’ve got to check out this one called Common Affection… It’s amazing!!! Since that first meeting, Debbie and I have become fun friends here in Seattle!

Welcome Debbie!

When I heard about Louise’s Get Ready to Play series, I was really intrigued, as I come from a long line of game-players! After mulling over all sorts of possibilities, I finally settled on Chinese Checkers, a much-loved and often played game in our family.

And since I’m primarily a quilter, I made a quilt! Here’s how!

Supplies needed for quilt top:

1 1/2 yards background fabric

1/3 yard each of 4 focus fabrics

Cut all fabrics in 4″ strips across width of fabric.

Using a 60-degree triangle ruler, begin at one end of each strip and cut triangles with the 4″ mark along bottom of strip, and top of ruler even with the top edge.

Continue cutting triangles across each strip, rotating the ruler with each new cut. (I got 14 triangles out of each strip.)

Continue until you have cut all the triangles you will need:

203 background triangles

18 triangles of one color (the teal in my case)

15 triangles of each of 3 colors

Lay out all your triangles to make the Chinese Checkers pattern. The side edges will look jagged at this point and will be trimmed off after quilting.

The piecing for triangles is done in diagonal rows, not horizontal.

And here is the finished quilt top!

Unfortunately, this is where I leave off like many patterns do . . . “Quilt and finish as desired.” Your quilt top is now ready to be basted, quilted, sides trimmed (with your ruler 1/4″ from edge of accent triangles), and bound. Here is my finished quilt, which is baby-quilt sized at 36×45″.

Thanks, Louise, for letting me sew and play! It’s been great fun. And if any of you readers enjoy quilting, other random sewing, and a bit of table talk, feel free to join me at A Quilter’s Table. See you there!

Check out A Quilter’s Table tomorrow for more details of quilting instruction!

Everything Blue Giveaway Winner!

Holy Smokes! I know who likes free fabric!!! My readers! WOW, guys! What a great giveaway! The Clothworks Everything Blue Fabric Bundle giveaway was a hit!

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And thanks again to Clothworks for the awesome giveaway! Thank you!

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!!