Friday, August 26, 2016

Awesome Autumn Crafting Supplies from Sugar Pink Boutique

Fall craft time is upon us, so it's time to start gathering those special supplies.  One of my favorite places to get goodies for projects is Sugar Pink Boutique, so today let's treat ourselves to some craft supply eye candy!

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Sugar Pink Boutique has all sorts of lovely things: ribbons, trims, garland, glass glitter, twine, beads, faux flowers & more.  And it's become even simpler to find exactly what you want (or to stumble upon something gorgeous you didn't even know about), thanks to a new Autumn category.  It's sorted for the season, by color, to make it quick & easy to find the perfect gear:

Here are some favorite finds for crafts & ideas for using them:

Perfect for decorating wreaths, mantels, beautifying kid's bedrooms or adding a special touch to party decor, these Candylights Apple Harvest Strand look just as stunning unlit as they do lit up.  These lovely light stands are hand-dipped in colorful, frosting-like silicone that make everything look sweeter.  I've been using them for years and still feel like an excited kid every time I pull them out.  

There are special seasonal supply bundles too - like this Autumn and Halloween Scrapbook Grab Bag.  Full of stickers, card stock, confetti, buttons and more, it'll have all your paper craft plans covered for the season, in just one go:

This Autumn Harvest Grosgrain Ribbon offers a modern mix of Fall colors for stunning hair bows, cards and basket trimming:

The Crisp Brown and Autumn Orange Maple Leaf Satin Trim is a personal favorite of mine.  Not only does it dress up packages, scrapbooks and artwork, but by cutting the leaves apart they can be used as confetti or to add extra texture to small projects.  

I've used them for easy Fall-themed hair clips:

The Orange Satin Pumpkin Ribbon is another fun design that can be used the same way:

Apple Harvest Basket Berry Beads can be used to make festive bracelets and necklaces. They're also eye-catching embellishment for other projects like wine glass charms & candlesticks or simply added as vase filler:

For extra embellishment, there's Pumpkin Orange German Glass Glitter.  Made with real silver, it will develop a patina over time and has a texture and beauty you can't get with the commonly found kinds.  Pretty up some pumpkins, paper crafts or dip some Mason jars for an amazing look.

There are loads of other great items too and the quality is so much nicer than what's found in big box stores.  Sugar Pink Boutique items always arrive quickly and beautifully packaged, so every order feels like a crafty treat.  Happy Fall Crafting!

This is a sponsored post, for which I received compensation.  The opinions are completely my own, based on my honest experience with the items referenced and items I have purchased myself from this sponsor.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Free Pattern Finds: DIY Shortie Pajamas + Ginger Shorties Pattern

It's time for another edition of my new monthly feature: Free Pattern Finds.  It's a simple concept - I share details on free patterns I've found and add my experience trying them out. No sponsored or biased reviews, no blog tour that's really just an advertorial to buy a pattern.  These are patterns that don't cost a thing, so you can go grab 'em yourself for FREE!   

Today is actually sort of a 2 for 1 pattern freebie.  The first part is the Ginger Shorties Pattern by Sew Like My Mom.  

Pattern Details: Versatile knit shorts with a wide waistband in sizes 12months-8yrs. Simple enough for a beginner and no serger required.  I made these with some pink terry remnants I had leftover from making my own shorts:

I really love this pattern.  It's incredibly quick to sew up and uses very little fabric - such a great way to use up those precious knit scraps or make the most of pricey prints.

Those pink shorts have been put through their paces this summer with running around and being tugged on & off, yet they still look as fresh as the day I made them.  I LOVE that.

And now for the second pattern part: 
DIY Shortie Pajamas!

I combined the Ginger Shorties with my own top pattern to make the perfect DIY shortie pajama set.

Pattern Details: I modified a shirt pattern I made for these poo-themed pajamas a few months back.  I used my Lots of Looks DIY Pattern as the base shape and just did short sleeves and no hem band instead.  

In that original post I showed how to take a shirt from the closet and use it to draft a handy top (or dress or nightgown) pattern.

I used grey rib knit for the waistband on the pj shorts, but the great thing with Ginger Shorties pattern is that you can also use the main knit fabric and it works just as well.  Just one addition was I added 2 inch wide elastic to the band.  The pattern didn't call for it, but it would have been way too floppy without it on my slim waisted girl:

I finally cut into some of my ridiculous collection Ooga Booga knits to make this little set.  I didn't make them snug in the hopes they can been worn through next summer too:

I'd been saving hoarding this fabric for way too long and am glad to make it useful (she even wanted to keep wearing them after the photo shoot):

As my kids get bigger it's getting harder and harder to find cute knit pajamas that are cotton.  For some stupid reason a lot of stores switch to that horrible cheap polyester that's laden with flame retardant chemicals or charge upwards of $35 for a small selection of cotton versions like my DIY'd sets.  With this simple combo, it's fairly fast and much cheaper to do my own.  Nite-nite!

Got a freebie pattern find you love? Share it in the comments so we can all try it out!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Craftastic Monday Link Party

Happy Monday!  Have you been getting your craft on?  Come show us what new & fun things you've been making by linking below.

Last week I shared my Sewing For Older Boys: Where To Find Patterns and a few personal pattern favorites:  

It's time to announce the winners of the Space Saver Backpack Pattern Giveaway:

Stacie P.
Diane B.
Christine H.

Congratulations Ladies & I can't wait to see the backpacks you make with my pattern:)

For everyone else, my 
Space Saver Backpack Pattern is 
just $5 during the back-to-school season,
so grab it now!  

Now let's see some Craftastic picks..

Second Chances By Susan did an amazing up cycle transformation outfit and jewelry you've got to see.  The necklace is made from shower curtain hooks!

Home Cooking Memories had a great recipe for easy breakfast roll-ups:

The Simple Craft Diaries did an adorable "what will it bee?" themed baby shower:

The Lost Apron showed turn a photo book into a handy jewelry storage spot:

Table for Seven made some yummy chocolate banana applesauce cake:

and Upcycled Design Lab transformed a bunch of of holiday-themed gift bags into fun Disney silhouettes:


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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sewing Clothing for Older Boys: Where To Find Patterns

When I first started blogging my 2 boys were still just toddling around.  There seemed to be no shortage of cute things to make for them to wear.  Now that they're nearly 11yrs & 14yrs it's become slim pickings. So I thought today I'd do a little spotlight on what is available to sew for bigger boys and where you can find them.

I was inspired to do this post when I started planning out a list of things to make my kiddies for this Fall.  When I looked at my list I had pages of patterns to make for my almost 7yr old daughter.  Tons of choice in my stash.  But I noticed my guys had sized out of a lot of patterns I had been counting on and looking at the pattern books at the store, it was shocking how few things there were for tween & teen boys.  Even the popular "Sewing for Boys" blog round-ups I've seen tend to forget boys over the age of 8 years.  They do get older people!  Part of why I sew clothes for my kids is that it's already tough to find stuff we like that's pre-made and now it's a become a challenge to find sewing patterns!

Here are some big boy patterns I've actually tried myself, 
that turn out nice and aren't a total bear to sew.  Read on!

Big 4 Patterns: There aren't tons of options, but there are a few that are decent.  I recently grabbed McCalls 7379 for .99 cents on sale and I'm pleased with how it's sewn up.  There are a lot of raglan patterns out there, but some just can't seem to get the neckline right, but this one is perfect - even when I used a rib velour for the neck & sleeves:

It goes up to a size 14 and includes pants and a tank top as well as the raglan shirt, so good bang for the buck (or for the change as it ended up!).  

Indie Patterns: There tend to be slightly more picks with indie pattern makers if you search for them.  The Offbeat Oxford Shirt Pattern by New Horizons has a hip style and is a way to use quilting cotton for big boys.  Ironically there are usually more older-boy approved prints available in quilting cotton these days, but clothing patterns to use them are a bit rarer.  This one goes from 12mos up to 14yrs, so it'll last for a good while:

Ottobe Design Pattern Magazines: These tend to provide more options for up to about 11yrs and then a handful for the bigger boys, but a lot of their older kid patterns can be super complicated.  I'm kind of a lazy sewer and don't want to have to spend weeks completing one thing or tearing my hair out because there are too many tricky techniques involved.  A 11-14 yr old boy probably isn't going to appreciate you pulled several all nighters to make him a single item.  One coat I liked at first glance actually had 15 pattern pieces, plus the lining!  Long story short, it didn't get made.  Their patterns also give the bare minimum instructions and zero step illustrations, so keep that in mind.  

Good news though, I have had great success with their Rudolph Pajama Pattern (in issue 6/2009) and that goes up to 170cm or 15yrs.  The way it's pieced also makes it easy to mix those precious knit prints (which can get $$ when you need several yards for a growing boy!) with some less expensive solids. It's also nice change from the basic loose pajama pant, made from flannel or fleece, which is one of the few available-everywhere patterns for boys.

Out of Print Patterns: There are some real winners out there, but finding them is a little more work.  Simplicity 5362 is great because it goes right up to adult (covers the whole family!), includes both zip-up hoodie + pants, and works with both wovens and heavy knits/fleece.  I modified the hoodie when my middle guy was a littler smaller to make this giraffe coat, but with a different fabric (and no animal add-ons), this shape still works great for older kids.  I'm planning to make him a new one this season, so stay tuned for that.

Kwik Sew 2745 is another awesome pattern.  This is ideal for fleece or other heavy-weight knits.  It goes up to size 14.  I've used it many times and the v-neck option always looks great.

Drafting Your Own: this is always an option.  I do it a lot for my daughter.  For some basic looks you can use something out of the closet to trace and then add allowances.  I probably should do that more, but since they grow so darn fast, my laziness makes me prefer to just use the next size in a pre-made pattern.  This especially applies for tops, which can look a bit off or homemade-y if you don't get the neckline or shoulder just right. 

Do you have some favorite patterns for the bigger boys?  Why do you think pattern makers seem to neglect the boys?  Share your thoughts & pattern finds below!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Craftastic Monday Link Party & Giveaway News!

Welcome my crafty friends.  It's time for another Craftastic Monday Link Up.  My craft room is a mess of fabric, patterns, project parts and the like right now...and I couldn't be happier! It feels good to be making things.  I can't wait to see what goodies you've got to show us - link 'em up below and give us a peek!

Last week I shared my DIY Exotic Sunroom Back Porch Makeover:  

I shared all my thrifty secrets for taking things from drab to fab on the cheap;)

It's time to announce the winner of the floral Fabric Bundle Giveaway:

Renee from Southern Gal Thoughts!

Congratulations Renee & enjoy that fabric.  Also a big thank you to Timeless Treasures for providing this fabric 

And, don't forget, today's the last day for my pattern giveaway.  
3 winners will get my brand new Space Saver Backpack Pattern.  
It's open worldwide, so get those entries in HERE!

Now let's see some Craftastic picks..

Our Peaceful Planet shared a free printable for this "anti-bad vibe" shield using some foam board:

Sew Craft Crochet made a great tutorial for these cute crochet cat coasters:

Frau Tschi Tschi offered this free amigurumi bear pattern (the hood is totally functional too!):

Sugaridoo showed how frame a cross stitch project the quick & easy way: 

PA Country Crafts made this lovely '50s retro dress from a thrifted sheet and kept it real about it was to sew up a tricky big 4 pattern:

and The Crafting Nook served up a tasty recipe for Chili Salsa

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