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!

Modernista Homemade Swap- Again!

Another swap. I’m addicted. What can I say?? And after this one, even more so!

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This round of the Modernista Homemade Swap was for the bedroom. Each round has been for a different room in the house, the dining room, kitchen, sewing room, living room. My partner wanted pillowcases for her main item and a fabric storage box or bowl was her idea for the little item. Her colors were bright and she’s seems to be a bit like me with her love of bright greens and blues! Yea!

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So I made the pillowcases. Remember these? You can get the whole French seam pillowcase tutorial here.

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Then…. My lovely sponsor and blogging pal, Michele from Michele Made Me, made these exquisite fabric bowls on her blog with a wonderful tutorial (huge round of applause from me right here) to go along with it. As soon as I saw the bowl, I knew I had to make it for my partner!

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There’s some machine sewing and some hand sewing. I used to say I don’t hand sew anything. I now stand corrected. I LOVE hand sewing. Why switch after all these years??? I just realized I can take it with me! Hello! Looooove it! (If you watch Dragon Tales, I am sure you can here Weesie singing LOOOOVE it!)

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The bowl is super easy to make. You’ve got to try it. Can you tell I like it? I only took a hundred pictures of it! I think everyone is getting one from me for Christmas! 🙂 shhhh…. Actually, both of these projects were easy and addictive!

And on to what I received!!

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This is one of my favorite pictures from my wedding. And it’s also the picture I gave to my secret partner as a color inspiration board.

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I was a bit surprised to open the package! Actually a LOT surprised! Talk about secret! My partner, Graycefulily, didn’t post any progress pictures on the flickr group so I was not expecting this. It’s perfect!

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I said I wanted a pillow cover or something for my room. And for my little I needed a little glasses case! Love them both! And I love my little extra goodies too! And now I’m inspired to start working on my husband’s Christmas present quilt that I was supposed to have done by now!

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The quilting on my pillow cover is very cool! And I love that she threw in a little hand stitching.

Now you can probably tell why I’m addicted to these things!

 

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Thank you’s and Welcome’s to our Sponsors!

After KCW last week, I had to take a break yesterday from writing! I didn’t stop making, I just didn’t write. Actually I finished a quilt! Woooo Whoooo! But you’ll just have to wait on the edge of your seats to see that one!

Today I want to take a minute to introduce a couple of new sponsors!

First up…

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Michele from Michele Made Me! I’ve been following Michele’s blog for some time now. Her quilting is to die for! And am just amazed at what she can turn recyclables into!  And be sure to check out her shop for great ideas to do with your recycling! I can’t wait to share a project we’ve been working on here at our house!

Our Next New Friend:

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West Seattle Fabric Shop! If you are a local, and you haven’t seen the shop yet, you need to! It’s so cute and the owner, Monica, is just a ball of energy! I can spend way to much time there just checkin’ everything out and chatting up a storm! Stay tuned next week for an exciting giveaway and more news from this great shop!

And we have another New Friend:

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Sewing Parts Online! Oh, my goodness! If you need something for your sewing machine, I am pretty sure this place will have it! They have everything! I recently found out that I’m loving using different feet for my machine and they have tons! You’ll have to check them out! And say tuned for another exciting giveaway this month from Sewing Parts Online! I’ll give you a hint… It’s a BRIGHT idea!

And a wonderful Thank you to our existing sponsors!

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And the awesome Kids Clothes pattern maker, Dear My Kids!