Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Fun Floral Fabric Giveaway!


For the past week I was been down for the count thanks to a summer virus.  The humid 90+ degree weather hasn't been helping.  I felt so lousy that just getting dressed was a real achievement.  Which means my crafting plans got delayed.  Boo.  Yet, my craft time loss means it's a good time to giveaway some fabric instead!  

How about this lovely floral fabric bundle?



It includes all six of these colorful Tribeca Floral fat quarters by Timeless Treasures. Perfect for sunny, summertime projects - bags, placemats, quilting, hats...loads of good stuff.



My summer sniffles, could turn into your lucky fabric day!  


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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Share Your Projects at the Craftastic Monday Link Party


Happy Monday my fellow crafties.  Come show us what clever creations you've been making at this week's Craftastic Monday Link Party.  Recipes, DIY, Sewing, Knitting, Jewelry - any crafts are welcome!

Last week I shared my latest Free Pattern Find - the Girl's Izzy Top.  Get all the info and where to download it HERE:


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Now let's see some Craftastic picks..

Butterflies and Baubles shared this amazing sewing armoire - the features inside are just awesome:



Busy Being Jennifer created this useful & cute DIY needle minder tutorial:


The Scrap Shoppe had this lovely outdoor succulent wall art:


Vikalpah made these amazing DIY knobs using polymer clay:


Craft Klatch had a how-to for making these clay & resin s'mores coasters:


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 to be Featured?  
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 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!

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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Promote your blog/shop for FREE:  Join in the Craftastic Facebook Mixer!

Give your YOUR site/Facebook page a little boost. Crafty blogs AND shops are welcome.  It takes just seconds and gives you a chance to get more page likes & followers.  It's a great way to discover new sites to love too.  You can even add crafty giveaways 


How It Works:
Head over to the Craftastic Mixer post on Sew Can Do's FB page.  Instead of a specific post, share your main blog, crafty shop or Facebook page link in the comments there.  It means even more exposure for your crafty site every week!  Click HERE to go link up now!



   

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Free Pattern Finds: Girl's Izzy Top 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 in my internet travels 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.  Some are be recent releases I've discovered, others (like today's) are oldies, but goodies.  Either way these are patterns that don't cost a thing, so you can go grab 'em yourself for FREE!    



Today's pattern is one that's been kicking around the internet for a while, but was first-try for me, the Izzy Top by Climbing the Willow.



Pattern details: This girl's top covers sizes 18 months to 12 yrs.  It seems pretty true to size.  It has a curved yoke, cute swing style and gathered front.  It's meant for wovens.  



I used these colorful Elephants on Purple and coordinating Sketch semi-solid cottons by Timeless Treasures.  The vibrant colors really work well with the proportions of this top.  I love when patterns that make it easy to put several prints together.  I just had a heck of a time trying to get the fold marks ironed out of my fabric - they did not want to budge! 



I seriously love the colorful elephants of this fabric though:



I liked that this top was almost fully lined for a nice crisp look inside & out:  



It has a simple back closure tab that can be done with a button or snap:




I went the easy route and did a bright flower shaped snap:



I also liked how well the neckline sits.  So often they can gape or slip off shoulder when they're on the wide side, but this one was just right.



It's also an easy sew, so a good pattern for beginners.  It can even be lengthened a bit to make a loose fitting dress.  We paired ours with another free shorts pattern I'll be sharing shortly.



The Izzy Top pattern definitely gets a thumbs up from me.  Got a freebie pattern find you love? Share it in the comments so we can all try it out!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

It's Time For The Craftastic Monday Link Party!


Hello craft lovers.  Welcome to a new Craftastic Monday Link Party.  Come show us what clever creations you've been making!  

Last week I shared our fun Coloring Book Jeans project:


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Now let's see some Craftastic picks..

KBB Crafts & Stitches shared this cute veggie farmer's market tote:


Titi Crafty had these yummy caprese stuffed tomatoes:


Condo Blues turned some bottle caps into a mosaic chair:


A Dish of Daily Life had this tasty recipe for homemade giardiniera:


Strawberry Butterscotch whipped up a bunch of cute doll shorts:


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 to be Featured?  
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 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!

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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Promote your blog/shop for FREE:  Join in the Craftastic Facebook Mixer!

Give your YOUR site/Facebook page a little boost. Crafty blogs AND shops are welcome.  It takes just seconds and gives you a chance to get more page likes & followers.  It's a great way to discover new sites to love too.  You can even add crafty giveaways 


How It Works:
Head over to the Craftastic Mixer post on Sew Can Do's FB page.  Instead of a specific post, share your main blog, crafty shop or Facebook page link in the comments there.  It means even more exposure for your crafty site every week!  Click HERE to go link up now!



   

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Coloring Book Jeans


Coloring as a hobby for both kids and adults has become a big thing.  Everywhere you shop these days, there are elaborate coloring books, markers and pencils for sale.  Why not use this trend to pretty up some summer jeans?


I found these floral print white jeans on the clearance rack at Target a while back.  They were meant to be worn as-is.  They were even a size too big for my little miss when I bought them, but I didn't care.  I saw the potential for a coloring collaboration.  


My daughter loves drawing and coloring, so this seemed like a fun project to do together. The flowers look just like they do in some of those fancy coloring books:


I already had some Tulip fabric markers I'd gotten for another project many moons ago.  I don't know if them not being new was the issue, the tip size or just the brand, but they colored really streaky from the word go.  Like you could see every stroke as a line - not good for filling in.  And the aqua blue came out practically navy, so the colors were off too. I stopped after the first couple flowers. 


I ended up buying these and they worked a lot better.  I also used them to color over the few not-so-hot ones I'd already done and they covered up the yuck pretty well.  Of course by the time we colored the entire pants, the markers were starting to give out.  We gave them quite a work out!  


I hate to admit it, but I was a little worried about how these would turn out (memories of all over the place scribbles her brothers used to do when coloring on other projects).  I wanted us to have fun doing these, but I also wanted them to be wearable and not look like she had accident with markers.  


She did a great job staying in the lines and liked the idea of making each flower type a specific color.  Doing one color at a time made that easier for both of us.  There were a lot of blossoms to do!


It was a lot of fun to work one something together for a change, instead of me huddled in my craft room and calling her when something is finished. Plus, she was so proud she "made" these pants. 


If you want to do something similar, but can't find pants like these, there are some by the yard fabrics that are black & white line prints sold as coloring fabric and some cheap t-shirts like this one meant to be used the same way.  We scored this one for $5 at Jo-Ann Stores: 


Now I'm kind of wishing I had a pair of pants like this for me too.  Are you a coloring fan?  What fun crafts have you colored? Share 'em in the comments.




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