Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Room To Create: My Craft Room Feature


This week I'm making up for lost time by sewing as much as I can & getting creative instead of writing tutorials, but I do have something new to share...I'm in the premiere issue of Room To Create Magazine!


This magazine is all about places to craft & create and shares the crafty spaces and studios of several designers, as well as some favorite craft bloggers.  When I was originally approached about being featured I didn't know I'd be among such big names.  I'm very honored to be included!  My room has got a lovely spread that shares some great photos and how I've maximized my small space with strategic organizing.


It also showcases the lovely EZ View and Helen Sewing desks I bought from The Original Scrapbox and then customized for a unique Sew Can Do look.  


I've had them for over a year now and things still look this neat and organized.  I can't recommend them enough!!


And if you think that a dream craft room is out of your budget's reach, requires more space than you have, or is only for serious craft bloggers, check out my post sharing how I got my Small Space Dream Craft Room to come true (it's easier than you think).  See how I started with my original $85 Craft Room post and follow-up Craft Room tour too.  



It may not happen overnight, but I'm proof that it can happen, no matter where you start!



You can find this issue of Room To Create at Target, Barnes and Noble, Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby and many grocery stores through the end of March.




Sunday, February 22, 2015

Let's get Craftastic! It's the Craftastic Monday Link Party


Happy Craftastic Monday!  Are you getting your craft on this week?  I sure am - after all the setbacks last week I'm making up for lost time!  And to get everyone in the mood, I've got some extra features to share this week so check them out below!

If you're looking for ideas with knits, check out last week's post on Sewing Knits With A Twist, which shared my review of two unique clothing patterns: 

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Want more people to see your blog/shop & FB page?

Don't forget - after linking your latest project posts below, head over to the Sew Can Do Facebook page to join in the Craftastic Monday Mixer.  

Why link there?  Even more people will see your site/Facebook page, and you can find some new sites you might love at the same time.  It takes just seconds, so why not add yours? Who couldn't use a few more likes & views?!? 


How It Works:
Instead of a specific post, share your blog, crafty shop or Facebook page link on the Sew Can Do FB page.  More exposure for your crafty site every week!  Click HERE to go link up now!
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Now let's see some Craftastic picks..

I thought this sprinkle candle from Sewlicious Home Decor was super charming.  Would be fun to do in all sorts of other themes too:


Hey Let's Make Stuff shared this fun personalized Hollywood Walk of Fame (and free cut files to make it):


Sadie Seasongoods made these super cute mini book pendants:


So Much To Make shared how to make this stylish box-pleated bow skirt:


Wesens-Art showed how to turn some old packaging and fabric scraps into some charming little houses:


And Patchouli Moon Studio shared this adorable Curious George quilt:


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.  

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)!   
  
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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).
  • 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 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, February 20, 2015

Step into Spring with Terra's Treasures Manhattan Skirt Pattern


These Arctic-like temperatures are getting me seriously longing for spring.  I'm planning out more spring sewing projects to compensate for the current cold, so today I'm showcasing a great spring pattern from my lovely advertiser: Terra's Treasures, The Manhattan Skirt pattern.

The Manhattan Skirt paired with the Provincial Top.

This fun little skirt is cut on the bias for great movement and flow as it's worn.  It has some great details like being and option to do either a flap button or simple front. 

The Manhattan Skirt paired with the Main Street Tee.

The Manhattan Skirt pattern comes in sizes 6 months to 10 years, so it'll get lots of use as little girls grow.  Plus it's the ideal pattern for showcasing coordinating prints:


I've made several items with Terra's patterns over the years and they've always turned out looking beautiful and with a professional boutique quality you don't find in most PDF patterns.  You can even check out my reviews for each one for more details:


Terra's Treasures has patterns that:

     Large size ranges for each pattern so they can be used for years.

   Full color photos and easy to follow instructions suitable for beginners.

  - Great tips & tricks for sewing knits without a serger.   

 - Many that work for both boys & girls - no need to buy separate patterns!


Right now Terra's Treasures is offering a huge sale - 30% off ALL patterns now through 2/25. It's a great time to grab some new patterns, including the The Manhattan Skirt, and get those spring wardrobes going!




Terra's Treasures is a paying advertiser on Sew Can DoThe opinions are completely my own, based on my experiences.  For my complete disclosure policy, see HERE.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sewing Knits With A Twist: Suklaatwist Tunic & Ruusunnuppu Leggings


I really like sewing knit clothes.  The clothing wears well, rarely needs ironing, feels comfy and doesn't fray.  It does take a little getting used to (for some of my tips & tricks see here), but it's worth doing.  However, it can be tough to find patterns for looks beyond the basics, which is why I loved trying today's designs.   I used two patterns from the Ottobre Design 1/2010 magazine, the Suklaatwist Tunic and the Ruusunnuppu leggings.  They weren't actually paired together in the magazine, but I thought the twist look they both had would make a great outfit.


The sleeves on the tunic have this interesting swiveled shape which is achieved by adding a small facing, folding the cuff and then twisting the raw edges so the seams don't match up.


While the leggings have these adorable cascading folds on the sides:



I thought these colorful polka dot and bright turquoise solid knits had that European vibe that fits with Ottobre Design's patterns, but without the hefty imported fabric price tag of the fabrics they use in their magazine.  I found my interlock knits at Jo-Ann Stores a few months back and on sale.  



As I've said previously, I love the style of Ottobre Designs patterns and the huge range of sizes included in each magazine.  I've had this particular issue for years and have made several other things from it (including this tiny trench coat) again and again.  Yet, I frequently get frustrated with their somewhat ambiguous instructions and lack of photos of key steps or even of the finished items.  I was pleasantly surprised that these two patterns weren't as maddening as usual - and actually had a few helpful hints!   



One really handy tip the pattern used was gathering the skirt with clear elastic instead of having to do several basting rows and then cinching and adjusting the gathers by hand to make them even.


This is A LOT easier and quicker than the old baste & pull method.  And it makes for a perfectly even gather.  I'm totally going to do this on future items.


To get a smooth twin needle hem on the skirt I used some paper backed fusible tape to easily iron up the hem and give it some extra stability.  This really helps avoid the dreaded tunneling that happens so often when twin needling on knits (and it means lazies like me don't need to use pins either).  It also helps the hem stay crisp looking after washings.


I also decided to add some contrast color topstitching to the shoulders since they looked a little plain with the seam running all the way down the top of the sleeve.  I used a triple stitch so they'd be nice & thick and still stretch well:



My only gripe with the tunic was the neckline instructions.  It just said to finish the raw edge (aka serge or overcast) and make a casing.  It didn't say how far to fold it down. So I used past experience to figure out how big to make it so the elastic would fit through an there was still enough room to stitch it down.  Since my fabric wouldn't fray & I was using a regular machine, I just left the edge raw - it still lays nice and flat:



The Ruusunnuppu leggings (which, fyi, means rosebud in Finnish) were a little trickier to do than the tunic.  I was too busy trying to get things right to take photos while I was making them, but getting the cascading folds nice and even was a little challenging.  You're supposed to machine baste the folds and then stitch a dart, but it's not as simple as they make it sound.  You need the sides of each fold to be even as well as have them smoothly fold downward.   



I ended up pulling one side out and readjusting it a couple times before finally sewing it down.  It's one of those things that has to done perfectly or it looks totally wonky.  The little ribbon accent they recommend at the top is for more than just cute detail - it's meant to hide the top of the darts.  I love how cute they are and think with some more practice they'll get easier, but they definitely take a bit of skill to do.



I'm pretty pleased with the final results and like how the tunic can be worn alone or with tights for more looks.  It's any season style is ideal too - I absolutely plan to make more of these.  My daughter also loves this outfit. She even started posing, unprompted, when I whipped out the camera:



Such a little ham!





Sunday, February 15, 2015

Come Share Your Crafts At The Craftastic Monday Link Party


Are you ready for a good & crafty week?  I sure am.  We spent a good chunk of the below zero temperatures on Valentine's Day without electricity (or heat) thanks our power company's appallingly poor power lines.  Just on our side of the street was out and right when I'd planned to use a little free time to craft.  To say it was frustrating - and extremely cold - is an understatement.  I really hope this week is better!!!

On a positive note, case you missed it, last week I shared my tips & tricks for making perfect heat transfers and the tutorial for my Fairy Tale Romance Flocked Shirt:



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Get more people seeing your blog/shop & its FB page!

Don't forget - after linking your latest project posts below, head over to the Sew Can Do Facebook page to join in the Craftastic Monday Mixer.  

It's an easy way to have even more people see your site, or its FB page, and find some new sites you might love at the same time.  It takes just seconds, so why not add yours? Who couldn't use a few more likes & views?!? 


How It Works:
Instead of a specific post, share your blog, crafty shop or Facebook page link on the Sew Can Do FB page.  More exposure for your crafty site every week!  Click HERE to go link up now!
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Now let's see some Craftastic picks..

absolutely loved this beautiful hand stitched true love pillow from Busy Being Jennifer 


Lou Lou Girls shared this tasty pomegranate lemon cupcake recipe:


Crafty Lumberjacks made these super cute snail mail valentines:


The Cookie Puzzle made these clever chocolate dipped strawberry-style cookies: 


And Cook Clean Craft shared a few helpful tips on how to sew better by using your senses:


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.  

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)!   
  
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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).
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post or blog somewhere.  The 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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