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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Day 13: Jack-o-Lantern Faces Cut Files

It's Day 13 of our free projects!  I hate to say it, but this one wraps up our 13 Days of Halloween series.  And what better way to do it than with a twist on one of the most popular Halloween traditions there is?!  I'm going to turn you over to Nikki for this fabulous project: 

So who’s up for another fun halloween project today?! Today we have some fun face cut files to use on pumpkins, shirts, bags, etc. These cut files are made to be used on Cricut Explore and Silhouette Cameo machines. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Day 12: Shoe Covers for Costumes

It's Day 12 and we're getting close to the end!  But don't worry yet; we have an awesome costume tutorial for you today! This one comes to use from Stephanie, and it's the perfect finishing touch for so many different characters. 

Aren't they perfect?!  This little pirate is totally adorable and his "boots" are super snazzy.  With our free tutorial, you can make these shoe covers for any costume and in any size!  It's easy to customize them. The shoe covers are made of felt and they simply slide on over the shoes, where they're held in place with elastic on the bottoms.  They're just like the cool boots that come with storebought costumes, except even better because you're going to make them! Here's Stephanie to get us started: 

Materials Needed:

  • ½ - 1 yard of Felt
  • Scissors or Rotary Cutter
  • Cutting Mat if using Rotary Cutter
  • Ruler
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine and/or Serger
  • 3/4” Elastic

Monday, October 17, 2016

Day 11: Thread Art Pumpkin

It's Day 11 and we have another FREE decorating project for you! This one is from Tiffany A. and it's totally fun! 

How cool is that?!  These thread art decorations are a pretty big deal right now, partly because they look awesome and partly because they're so fun to make.  It won't require your sewing machine at all, but you do get to use thread... and a hammer!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Weekly Wound Up

There's a lot of sewing going on in our groups, have you noticed?! Between cooler weather sewing and costume creations, you are busy busy! We are too, with new patterns and free projects galore. At the end of the week it's always fun to see how much more we have for you. Let's take a look! 

New Releases

Our first pattern release is perfect for Fall and all year round!  Jillian’s A-Line Snap Dress is a classic style with loads of options and we bet you can’t make just one! Choose from welt pockets (elegant), gathered bow pockets (adorable), or a bow belt with wide belt loops (trendy) – all the versions are super cute! Jillian’s may be partially lined or fully lined; the full lining makes the dress fully reversible! All versions have straps with snaps at the shoulders, the classic A-line shape, and easy instructions for a tidy hemline on a curve. Jillian’s can be made with woven cottons, corduroy, denim, flannel, faux fur, or anything else you choose! The perfect fit allows Jillian’s to be worn on its own during the warm months or layered for cooler weather. Jillian's is available in Baby sizes (NB to 18/24 months) and Girl sizes (2-14)! 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Day 10: Fall Felt Pumpkins

It's Day 10 and time for another free project! We've been sharing lots of costume tutorials this week, so how about we do a fun decoration now? This tutorial comes to us from Shannon B. and I personally can't wait to try it out!

How cute are these felt pumpkins?!  They have a unique whimsical look to them, plus they're Fall themed rather than just Halloween, so they can be displayed from now and all the way on to Thanksgiving!  Even better!  

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Day 9: Vampire Paci

It's already Day 9. Can you believe it?!  We're having so much fun that the time is flying by. For today's free project we have Leah here with an accessory that's perfect for babies!

How adorable is this?  Your baby won't even realize that his/her beloved pacifier is part of his/her costume! We all know how fun it is to try to steal baby's pacifier to get that perfect photo. Well now there's no reason to take it out!  Baby's even better with it in.  Here's Leah with the tutorial: 

Day 8: Mummy Costume

It's Day 8 and time for another great costume tutorial!  Yesterday we showed you how to make a big ol' pumpkin costume.  Today we're going to stick with the traditional Halloween theme again. Are you ready for it? 

You can't have Halloween without at least one mummy at the party, right?  My kiddo wanted to be a mummy this year, and while part of me thought, "Hey great, I'll just show up at the school with a big roll of gauze when it's time for the parade", I also realized how much better it would be for my son and his teacher (any myself, to be honest), if his costume was all self-contained and easy to put on and off all by himself!  Really, there's no comparison when you think about it that way.  So today you're going to learn how to make a mummy costume that is just as easy to wear as any other costume.  It can be taken on and off and on and off, without any stressing over potty breaks and such. 

We also love that the strips are all sewn right into the seams so they stay in place. Plus they can be all hang-y and creepy without falling off.  Super cool!    Let's get started. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Day 7: Pumpkin Costume

It's Day 7 and time for another free tutorial!  This one comes to you from... myself!  My kiddo wanted to be a "fat pumpkin" for Halloween this year.  He kept emphasizing that it needed to be a fat pumpkin, not just any pumpkin. A really, really fat pumpkin.  So ladies and gentlemen, today we give you...

A very fat pumpkin costume!  

My boy didn't leave my side the entire time and he's beyond happy with his costume. If you want to make a pumpkin costume like this, you're about to learn how! Yours doesn't need to be this wide, of course. And this tutorial can be used for other poofy costumes as well. In fact I first used this technique a couple years ago when my older son wanted to be the blue Angry Bird. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Day 6: Spooky Bag Upcycled from a T-Shirt

Are you ready for another week of Halloween freebies?! It's Day 6 and today we have Nikki here to teach us a project that is not only useful and fun, but also basically free to make! Here's Nikki! 

 Today we want to show you an awesome way to upcycle those old t-shirts we all have hanging in our closet into bags! These make perfect trick or treat bags, gym clothes bags, or even grocery bags! We like to wear our clothes until they look like they need to have been thrown away about 40 washes ago in our house. Haha! I’m sure some of you can relate to that. Anyway, I had to find a way to upcycle some of our favorite t-shirts so we could keep using them. My kids even use these to carry art supplies in for road trips. 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Weekly Wound Up

There's a lot of craziness going on in our country right now, between politics and natural disasters and creepy fads that don't deserve naming.  I hope we can all take a break for a few minutes here to relax, take a deep breath, and enjoy looking at some fun hobby projects for awhile. How does that sound? I'm in!  We have a bunch of new releases this week, plus FIVE new free projects. 

New Releases

First up this week is a few new baby patterns! Kit's Knit Hat for babies is simply adorable! It's perfect for bringing baby home or even on up into the toddler years. You'll find it on the website for FREE! 

Baby Kyle’s pattern is also new and totally adorable. It includes a bodysuit and gown, both super comfy and perfectly fitting for newborns on up to toddlers! They feature cross-over bindings at the neck for easy on/off, as well as bindings at the bottom edges and sleeves. The bodysuit has snaps at the bottom, and the gown is extra long to keep baby cozy. And you’re going to love the sleeves! You can choose from short sleeves, regular long sleeves, and long sleeves with hand coverings. (Even in the big sizes!) They are much easier to make than you might think! Baby Kyle’s is a fun sew and we bet you can’t make just one. Also perfect for baby gifts.