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Love Notions Celebration: Time to Cartwheel!

Hi Love Notions fans! I am so excited to be on the final day of the Love Notions Spectacular Blog Tour! I am honored to be blogging alongside some of my favorite ladies in the sewing blog land and I’ve enjoyed seeing the new ideas they are sharing with us! The mini-hack I am sharing with you today is so simple, but I hope it inspires you to look at the Cartwheel Collection at Love Notions! The Cartwheel Collection was actually one of my first PDF pattern purchases, and in a household with three girls it is a big hit! The Collection contains tee, dress, skirt, capri, shorts, and tunic. It is a great set for someone new to knits who wants to have a quick, simple, and cute sewing project! Last April, I tested the Summer Caye shorts and pants on my sweet little daughter (can you believe how much this kid has changed over the last 6 months?!). Since I used a plain tencel twill for the shorts, I really wanted a handmade shirt to complete the look. This was the first time I made a full-coverage back Cartwheel Tee! I have since made several and wanted to share the so simple and quick way I set up my pattern to do it. First, print your pattern. I love that Love Notions offers layered printing. I only have a black and white laser printer so it is so easy to just the print the sizes I am using! Cut out the Cartwheel Collection Tee/Dress Back Top piece. Next, find your Tee Back piece. You will need to flip your back piece so the text side is down and match it along the armscye on the Tee Back piece. There will be a small gap between your pattern pieces on the edge that is cut on the fold. Use a ruler to draw a line connecting the two pieces so the fold line is straight and even. Your modified pattern piece is ready!  You will cut out the rest of your pattern pieces as directed and start following the pattern tutorial at Step 3 on p. 6 of the Cartwheel Collection. I have now made several of these full-coverage back Cartwheel tees because they fit my daughter well, and they are very quick. This coral tee is my most recent one that I paired with the newly released Skater Skirt with sewn in Leggins’ (free!). Make sure you join the Love Notions Fan Group on Facebook to get the coupon codes to access the new skater skirt for free! This entire outfit took me less than two hours to sew! I am so thrilled with the new skater skirt (which includes instructions for sewing in the free Leggins’ pattern). I love that the Cartwheel Tee can complete just about any look so make sure you do some shopping at Love Notions during the big 50% off sale and create your own stylish combination for your kid, or check out the Love Notions women’s patterns and sew something special for yourself! Love Notions would like to thank all of the amazing bloggers on the tour. Please be sure to stop by and see what awesomeness was created! And don’t forget the guest bloggers participating each day on the Love Notions Blog!

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Kitty Cat Halloween Treat Bag

Halloween is just around the corner, and I’ve got a Kitty Cat Treat Bag for you today, with a super easy tutorial to make your own!

This bag can be made by a beginner, although it does involve sewing a strap and several curves. Don’t worry, you can do it! You’ll need about half a yard of your base fabric; that will be enough to cut your bag pieces, lining, and strap. You’ll also need some scraps to make the appliques for the front. I’ve made a spooky Halloween cat, but this shape easily lends itself to a Jack-o-Lantern or pumpkin, too! While you can just pin the applique pieces down, I highly recommend using some sort of double stick interfacing or tape to hold the pieces in place while you stitch. In addition, you’ll need pins, a sewing machine, thread (I used a contrasting color), about a half yard of lightweight interfacing, tailor’s chalk or a washaway marking pen, a flexible measureing tape, and two round templates (one with a diameter of 12-ish inches, and the other about 8 inches).

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Project Run & Play Week 4: Signature Style

The Sew and Tell Project team is absolutely thrilled to have won Week 3 with Emily’s amazing Zorro ensemble and make it to the 4th and final round of Project Run & Play. We have loved connecting with the other contestants, challenging ourselves, and working to bring great new ideas and inspiration to our little corner of blog land. Make sure you visit Project Run & Play right now to vote! Voting closes on Thursday October 6th at 8 PM MST.

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Coco Cay Tankini + a Swim Skirt Add-on Tutorial

Today I am delighted to share with you my contribution to the Swimsuit Sewing Challenge 2016!  I was hesitant at first, having never worked with swimsuit fabric, but I studied Eleri’s tips for sewing swimsuits and I’m SO glad I jumped in and gave it a try – I just found my new favorite thing to sew!  Finding swimsuits that fit my daughter and suit her style is difficult – but now we can work together to create comfortable, well-fitting swimsuits that work well for her active lifestyle.  No more trying to pick favorites from the catalogs, guessing at sizes, and hoping everything fits when the package arrives!  Fabric shopping is much more fun, right?

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Sew Americana: Sewing Independently

Independence.

noun 1. Also, independency. the state or quality of being independent. 2. freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others. 3. Archaic. a competency.

I’m so excited to be linking up with so many talented bloggers this week during the Sew Americana Blog Tour hosted by Wild and Wanderful! I love celebrating Independence Day with our family. We celebrate it small-town America style with parades, candy, and lots and lots of explosives. You will also see that Alisha and I share very similar tastes as we both used the same panel for our days on the tour. Make sure you check out Alisha’s darling boys from earlier in the week hereThe 4th of July panels, cotton lycra solids, and firework print were all ordered from Peek-a-Boo Fabric Shop. My look was created with Riley Blake white and navy stripes purchased from the Fabric Fairy.

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How to Make a Single-Layer Veil with a Beaded Edge

A handmade veil adds such a special touch to momentous occasions such weddings and first communions.  In addition to creating a special memento of the day, making a veil can also be much more cost-effective while allowing the lucky lady to have exactly what she envisioned.

For this project, I created a wrist length veil for a petite bride who wanted to wear it more towards the back of her head, as opposed to on top. We started with a 29″ length of tulle to achieve the right length for her hairstyle and stature.  Before actually making the real veil, I made up a quick veil, minus the comb, with a very visible rolled hem edge so she could see the exact cut of the tulle, for her to try on and play around with.  When working with brides, especially from a distance, this added step can be well worth it.  Tulle is relatively cheap so it is easy to play around with, but making the actual veil is a bit more time consuming. Keep in mind that a bulky wedding up-do can make a veil appear a lot shorter.

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Adding Applique to a Knit Shirt {How to Jazz up Your Kid’s Wardrobe}

Hello! Welcome to part 1 of my {How to Jazz up Your Kid’s Wardrobe} series! I’ll be posting periodically this summer and sharing some fun ways I’ve found to add some excitement to my boys’ clothes. My boys love characters from Star Wars to Ninja Turtles to Paw Patrol, but as you may know, finding character knit is expensive! Frankly, it’s out of my budget. Character woven is much more affordable; however, instead of just using it to make shirts like the Classic Oxford from Peekaboo Pattern Shop, I needed to think of ways to add it to the knit shirts my boys love. I love sewing with the solid cotton/lycra knits from Peekaboo Pattern Shop, but my kids get tired of just plain solid shirts. I’ve had to get creative!

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How to Sew a REAL bra into Your Fave Swimsuit Pattern

Hey guys!

As you heard on Tuesday with my Swimsuit Sewing Tricks and Tips for Beginners post, I made myself a fabulous swimsuit last week. Since the pattern released today (3/31) I can finally share my pictures and a special hack I made to make it perfect for me!

I am happy to report that testing the new Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop Bahama Mama Peplum Tankini and High Rise Bikini Bottoms went very well, and I ended up with a suit I love for a day at the pool, the lake, or just heading to the splash pad with my kids. I will share more about my new suit on Friday (4/1) since today I want to share my special bra hack for all the ladies eager to sew theirs up right away!

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Swimsuit Sewing Challenge 2016: Tips and Tricks for a Beginner

Hi Guys!

I hope you’re loving the newly-designed Sew and Tell Project! If you are still following us at The Show and Tell Project, come join us here! We are here to stay awhile. This post will be the first one in our Swimsuit Sewing Challenge 2016. Alisha, Genie, Emily, and I have all challenged each other to sew swimsuits for ourselves and/or our kids and we are hoping to inspire you to join us!

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