Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Easy To Make Loop Trim Fleece Blanket


Let's start the year off with an easy project!  Something anyone can whip up fast.  Since the weather has turned wintery, let's make a cuddly Loop Trim Fleece Blanket!



There are lots of fleece blanket styles out there, so I set out to do something a little different, but still fairly easy.  Just some straight stitch sewing and you've got this fun loopy-trimmed blanket:



I think the trim gives it a more polished finish that cut ties or just seamed edges.



And guess what?  It's SUPER easy thanks to using loop yarn!



Materials:
- 1-1.5 yards of fleece fabric (depending on size desired)*
- Skein of loop yarn (Bernat EZ Blanket, Lion Off the Hook or Red Heart Loop-It)
- Small bowl or plate
- Hand sewing needle, heavy duty needle, rotary cutter/shears, pins
Optional: Walking foot

* The faith-themed fleece was from my shop.  It sold out fast, but I still have some other pretty faith fleece prints still available here.

Decide on the size of blanket desired and cut the fleece front & back accordingly.  I wanted to make a little throw to put over the car seat when outside, so I did a 30 in x 30 in square.



Take a small plate or bowl and use its shape to round off the corners with a rotary cutter:



Starting at the middle of one side of the front piece's right side, begin pinning the loop yarn, loops facing inward, with the flat edge right against the edge of the fabric.  Do this all the way around, overlapping about an inch when back at the beginning.  



Baste the yarn in place with a .25 in seam allowance.  Using a walking foot makes this a little easier since it keeps layers from shifting.  



With right sides facing, place the other piece of blanket fabric on top and pin together.  Stitch all the way around, leaving a 3 inch gap on one side for turning.



Turn right side out and hand stitch closed.





Sunday, January 13, 2019

Share Your Creations At The Craftastic Monday Link Party


Hey Crafties!  With the holidays over and "normal" days returning, I'm really longing for more sewing & crafting in my life, how about you?  Come show us what recipes, DIY, sewing, knitting/crocheting, jewelry making and other creative goodies you've been making.  Link them all up below!

Last week I kicked off the first of several giveaways this month: TWO issues of Ottobre Design Woman Fashion Pattern Magazine.  Enter HERE for a chance to win them both!  

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Now let's see the latest Craftastic Picks!

Doodle Buddies did an amazing upcycle transformation on a broken frame to create this beautiful Hope sign: 


Haekelfieber shared her free pattern for this sweet crochet bear lovey blankie.  My littlest guy would love one of these.


Paper Seedlings created this sweet little floral easel calendar:


Sew Historically shared this recipe for Victorian quince jelly candy using just 3 ingredients:


If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news. 

 
Want a Chance to 
Be Featured Next Week?  

Link back to the party somewhere on your blog.
I can't feature your post if you don't share the party.  
  
I also feature these projects on Sew Can Do's Craftastic Picks Pinterest board 
AND share each of them on Twitter too for even MORE exposure for YOUR blog!

Follow me there to see more great projects (and see if yours is one of them)!   

On Twitter: 
On Pinterest: Sew Can Do

Ready to link up your crafty creations?
 
Party rules are simple: 
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to shops, link parties or other people's work).  Add the link to your specific post. Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post, party page or blog somewhere.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!



   

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Ottobre Design Pattern Magazine Giveaway!


Since it's still the season of giving, I've decided to do a few giveaways early in the year for my crafty friends.  Today's giveaway is all about the patterns!

I have two mint condition Ottobre Design women's pattern magazines from my personal collection that will go to one lucky winner.  For anyone unfamiliar with Ottobre Design, these thick magazines are entirely patterns - big pull out full size traceable patterns and all the directions for them plus lots of beauty shots of the finished items.  Their European designs are timeless and flattering for all shapes.  Each issue contains over 20 individual women's fashion patterns in sizes 4-22 (eu 34-52).


There are all these designs in the Autumn/Winter 2009 issue:


And all these in the Spring/Summer 2010:


Lots of timeless looks to sew up!  The winner will receive both pattern magazines.  Given the ridiculously high cost of shipping these days, I have do have to limit the giveaway to US only.


Good Luck Everyone!


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Sunday, January 6, 2019

First Craftastic Monday Link Party of 2019!


Welcome to the first Craftastic Link Party of 2019!  It's hard to believe the new year is already almost a week old.  I've spent most of it in pajamas thanks to a ridiculously persistent cold, but I'm hoping it'll be gone soon so I can get to my first projects of 2019.  Let's start things on an inspirational note by seeing what lovely crafts you've been creating.  Link them all up below!
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Let's see the first Craftastic Picks of 2019!

Anika's DIY Life created this DIY magnetic chalkboard kitchen organizer:


Simply Summer Street shared her favorite makes of 2018, which including this fabulous knitted scarf:



Sparkle Living had this tasty lemon, parsley & tomato salad with quinoa pasta:


Busy Being Jennifer shared these free printable winter plaid planner stickers:


If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news. 

 
Want a Chance to 
Be Featured Next Week?  

Link back to the party somewhere on your blog.
I can't feature your post if you don't share the party.  
  
I also feature these projects on Sew Can Do's Craftastic Picks Pinterest board 
AND share each of them on Twitter too for even MORE exposure for YOUR blog!

Follow me there to see more great projects (and see if yours is one of them)!   

On Twitter: 
On Pinterest: Sew Can Do

Ready to link up your crafty creations?
 
Party rules are simple: 
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to shops, link parties or other people's work).  Add the link to your specific post. Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post, party page or blog somewhere.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!



   

    An InLinkz Link-up
   

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Best of 2018 Craft Tutorials


Happy New Year!  Here's to 2019 being full of good things and new ideas.  In over 10 years of this blog, I don't think I've ever done a best of the year round-up.  Probably because I'm always wiped out at the close of one year/start of another, but I'm starting a new year with a new approach, so here goes! 

Of all the posts of 2018, tutorials were the clear reader favorite.  I'd planned to do more, but running my new shop, having a baby & a serious accident with my daughter all kept me out of the craft room much more often so I had to scale back making things.  It definitely changed my perspective on a lot of things, so I'm much choosier about what I spend time on and projects have to be really special and/or useful for me these days.

Let's have a look at Sew Can Do's best tutorials of 2018!

My Peeking Pockets Tote Bag was the number 1 tutorial with readers.  I think it's probably my favorite too.  I use this bag all the time and it's different from most standard tote bag designs, yet just as easy to make.


Free download patterns were also really popular, like my 3 in 1 Infinity Bib Pattern:


These stylish little bibs have been really handy in real life with a baby.  I love when projects turn out to be very useful and these are for sure.  Being cute doesn't hurt either!


Our Sewing Themed Birthday Party was another post that was shown big love and was really fun for me to put together:


As was the Giant Thread Spool Storage Canister that I made as a prop and now use in my craft room: 


My 3-D Fabric Cornucopia, which was I designed for Team Timeless, was also a festive favorite.  


I also looked back at what's been my most popular winter tutorial of all time and it was this gem: The Indoor Snowball Fight Set.


This was such a fun project to make and even though they're all older, my kids STILL play with this every year - they even drag it out in the summer!


I'm looking forward to a near year with new tutorials to share, more projects & products to try and more crafty giveaways to make 2019 the very best year yet. 

Happy New Year!
  

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Share Your Best of 2018 Craftastic Monday Link Party


2018 is almost over!  I hope everyone who celebrated had a blessed and Merry Christmas. My new year's plans are to just take things easy thanks to an after-holiday virus knocking me out for past few days.  Getting dressed has been my biggest achievement most days. Since looking at pretty things online is about all I can muster, I'd love if you'd give us all some crafty eye candy and link up all your favorite projects of 2018.  Link as many as you want.  Let's end this year with some great crafts!

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Now let's see the 
Last Craftastic Picks of 2018!

Homecooking Memories shared the recipe for these shimmery no bake New Year's Eve haystack treats.  I love the sparkly edible stars!



Our Clover House made this festive DIY Christmas sign:



Second Chances By Susan had an incredible sewing transformation by turning a shapeless oversized dress into this lovely number:



Sew Historically shared how to make these fun Christmas dog toys from fabric scraps.  I'll be honest, we don't have dogs, but my kids would love these:


If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news. 

 
Want a Chance to 
Be Featured Next Week?  

Link back to the party somewhere on your blog.
I can't feature your post if you don't share the party.  
  
I also feature these projects on Sew Can Do's Craftastic Picks Pinterest board 
AND share each of them on Twitter too for even MORE exposure for YOUR blog!

Follow me there to see more great projects (and see if yours is one of them)!   

On Twitter: 
On Pinterest: Sew Can Do

Ready to link up your crafty creations?
 
Party rules are simple: 
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to shops, link parties or other people's work).  Add the link to your specific post. Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post, party page or blog somewhere.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!

Have a safe & Happy New Year!



   

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