Friday, January 20, 2017

It's PUL-Palooza! Tutorial Round-up & Pattern Giveaway

Wet wintertime around here has us using a lot of my PUL fabric projects on a regular basis. It seems like a good time to do a round-up of some of those handy, waterproof tutorials AND giveaway a few copies of my perfect-for-PUL Patterns too.

The useful, waterproof, breathable quality of PUL (polyester fabric with a polyurethane lamination) is well known for cloth diapers and training pants, but it's also good for loads of other projects you can make yourself. 

For keeping warm and dry on snowy days, PUL rocks for things like these insulated snow mittens.  Get the FREE pattern for these HERE.

It's excellent for making snow pants too.  Use my DIY Snow Pants tutorial to make some in less than an hour and for way less than the store bought equivalent.

It makes for awesome wet bags for diapers, laundry & swimwear.  Get the how-to for some HERE.

It's ideal for big bags too.  My Wonderfully Waterproof Tote tutorial works well as a diaper bag, travel tote or beach bag:

PUL is great for food storage too, like reusable sandwich bags.  These are super simple to make with small PUL pieces:

Or try making some snack sacks.  See how to make both kinds of bags HERE.  

If you're looking for some of these fabrics, I've added a few favorite PUL prints from my stash to my Etsy shop:

Now let's do a giveaway for a Pair of PDF Patterns for PUL fabric!  

My popular Sanity Saving Training Pants Pattern:

and my Space Saver Backpack Pattern:

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Yonderland Love: Our Parvuli Plush Toy

Amongst my DIY toy creations for this past Christmas was this fluffy little friend.  Honestly, it's hands down been my favorite plush to make to date: one of the Parvuli from Yonderland.

If you're not familiar with Yonderland, and you like awesome things, you need to discover it it asap.  It's a fantasy themed tv series from the UK that features fun characters, an alternative world and puppets.  It's considered a family show, so it's amusing & clever for adults and still entertaining for kids.  And no this isn't a paid/sponsored post to pimp it to you (although I'd totally jump at the chance to work with the peeps from Yonderland).  My kids LOVE it, as do my husband and I.  Santa brought them the new series 3 on dvd, so it seemed only fitting that I'd would make something inspired by  the show to go with it.  Of course I had all the supplies on hand, because I'm completely ridiculous craft gear hoarder. These adorable, furry creatures with the syrupy voices and high pitched songs seemed the ideal choice and a great way to use some of my massive plastic eye & faux fur collection. 

Now, if I want to get technical, I suppose I should call this little guy a Parvulus since Parvuli is plural and I've only made one so far (it means children in Latin btw).  My 11 yr old is learning Latin since he's crazy about ancient history, so we should probably be accurate from an educational standpoint, but I'm going to keep referring to it with the group name everyone knows here, so the grammar police can arrest me after this post.

I can't tell who's having more fun with him - me or the kids.  The amusing vignette options are infinite.  It's like having a bit of the show in my house, which feels surreal.  Parvuli hobbies include chillin' in the kitchen with some cake and a Sudoku:

Singing while looking cute, just like in the show:

and dreaming about "The Chosen One" aka Debbie:

I made him with faux fur, fleece, felt and polyfil, so he's as close to the real deal as I could get DIY'ing and is still durable enough for the kids while playing. Of course, I literally waited until 4 days before Christmas to even think about how draft my pattern and figure out how to put it together, but within 48hrs I had him totally done.  It's weird, but I almost can't believe I made him, it's as if he just popped out of a cupboard rather than me sewing him together. Maybe some Yonderland magic was involved, who knows?  

Before anyone asks, I don't/won't make these to sell.  Sorry:(  I was asked this A LOT when I did my handmade BoxTroll plush, as that was another great screen story that had no real merchandise, so searches brought lots of people here.  The positive feedback is great and always appreciated.  I don't ever want to sound rude about it, because it's crazy flattering when someone offers to buy what I've made.  I'm just trying to being proactive on this one to cut down time spent on individual replies.  I feel sad & a little guilty saying no to fellow fans, but there's a good reason. 

Why say no?  The Yonderland crew owns the rights to their creations.  While I'm a big fan and loved making this creature for my own kiddies, it wouldn't be cool to make money off the show's name & character concept without their permission.  I'm not doing a Parvuli-specific tutorial for the same reason.  I don't want people to start selling them using my design.  I had enough trouble with a jerk Chinese company stealing my BoxTroll photos to try to scam "sell" their products, so I'm trying to keep that kind of drama to a minimum, but still be able to share projects I loved making here.  Hence my copyright all over the place in my photos even though I hate how that looks.   

With that being said, let's get back to the cuteness, shall we?  Amusingly, I made this guy for my 14yr old (so getting a plush toy present wouldn't be babyish, but cool thanks to the awesome show), but in true Negatus (the show's semi-villain), I-takes-what-I-want-style, my 7yr old daughter promptly snatched him for herself and literally won't let him go.  Between that and the plural grammar issue, I feel like I need to make more now.  And figure out how to make some other characters.  The in-house pretending options would be unlimited!      

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Craftastic Monday Link Party

Happy Monday Crafty Friends!  Come be inspired by fellow crafters and share your latest & greatest crafty creations by linking up below.

Last week I shared the Mommy & Me Leggings I made (one of which is a Free Pattern Find) + DIY Matching Top:

I also launched a brand new giveaway for this geek-themed fabric bundle HERE:

And announced the newest weekly fabric de-stash additions now available in my Etsy shop:

Now for some Craftastic Picks..

KBB Crafts & Stitches did this amazing cross stitch peacock purse.  So gorgeous:

Refresh Living shared this amazing family made DIY spice rack from test tubes:

Do Design Yourself turned a plain old cabinet into a styled mid-century treasure with a few easy additions:

Hudson's Holidays created this cute yarn kitty doll:

The Crafty Blog Stalker shared how to do some easy handmade rings:

Frau Tschi-Tschi offered up this fun free pattern for a whimsical amigurumi hippo:

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 Here?  

Remember to link back to the party somewhere.
I can't feature your link if you don't share the party in some way.  

I've seen some amazing projects to feature, but couldn't find any link page or button anywhere on those blogs!   

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)!   
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 giveaways, shops, link parties or other people's work).  Add the link to your specific post (not the main page of your blog).  Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post or blog somewhere.  Party pages are fine.  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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Friday, January 13, 2017

Geek Fabric Giveaway & Friday Fabric For Sale Additions!

Want to start the new year off with a chance to win these fun fabrics? 

Last Friday I announced my 2017 resolution to clear up my fabric stash and offer up some fabric gems for sale in my shop each week and for free in sporadic giveaways.  Today I'm kicking off the first stash-busting giveaway for these awesome geek-themed prints:

They're from the coveted & hard to find Geeks Gone Wild collection by Timeless Treasures.  I did a bunch of fun geeky office supplies with some awhile back:

This giveaway bundle includes a 3/4yd cut of this print:

A slightly bigger than 3/8 yd cut of this black & white Space Invaders:

And a slightly bigger than 1/4yd cut of the same print in this vibrant aqua & lime color way:

There's enough to make the items from my office set, including the insulation cup cosy (my previous tutorial can be found here):

And I've also added a bunch of other geeky and whimsical fabrics to my Etsy shop HERE:

Now, ready for a chance to win this geeky fabric bundle?  

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mommy & Me Leggings, a Free Pattern Find & DIY Matching Top

This winter I'm getting totally into making & wearing fun prints.  Nothing helps get rid of the dullness of the cold & clouds like putting on something that makes you feel good inside and out.  It's even better when you can do it together!

I think this may even be the first "Mommy & me" outfits I've ever made.  My daughter really likes the idea of us wearing matching things, so making them was a lot of fun and pretty quick since leggings are a simple sew.

And with a DIY'd matching top we've got a complete look going on:

I'd bought a yard and a half of this awesome reindeer cotton lycra knit when it first was released (it's Golden Dreams by Sahara Fabrics BTW).  I'd planned to make a shirt with it, but making leggings for both of us ended up being a better idea.  The combination of gold, yellow, black and white in the print means we can wear them with lots of different wintery tops and sweaters too.

To make my pair I used McCalls 6173.  They were quick to make and fit pretty well.  I just lowered the rise about 5/8 inches out of personal preference.    

Ready for the FREE pattern part?  This is where I share details on a free pattern I've found and add my experience trying it out. 

For my daughter's pair I used the Classic Leggings Pattern from Naptime Creations.  It covers sizes 18 months - 12 yrs and is super easy to use.  I've tried and bought a number of girl's legging patterns, but none was just right.  This one is ideal for the rise, fit, waistband width and, most importantly, the leg holes.  Big gold star.  I was just a couple of inches short to make hers full length, so I ended up using some of the scrap fabric to make cuffs that gave us just the right amount of length and with the busy print you can't even tell. 

At the last minute I decided a wanted to upscale the basic black long sleeved t-shirt I had for my daughter.  I searched for reindeer embroidery files and found this pretty one (it's called Inky Christmas Reindeer) that was pretty close in style to the fabric design. It stitched beautifully thanks to my new best friend, my Brother PE-770 embroidery machine.  I used gold embroidery thread to really make it really pop: 

Throw in the felt hippy hat we got her for Christmas and my little miss has a total wintertime chic look going on:

The shirt & leggings look so nice together - like an outfit I'd bought in a boutique instead of something I made myself for a lot less.  The shirt alone was only about $5 total, which makes my thrifty self proud.  I feel a DIY leggings & top addiction coming on for 2017.  And I'm planning to share all my machine embroidery know-how in a series of upcoming posts so you can do 'em too and get in on the fun!  


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