Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Clemson Quilt

I've had this little baby in the back of my mind for a while, and I'm so happy it's DONE!
I took a little break from my scrapbusting crusade, and made a quilt for us to enjoy.
A nod to our favorite family tradition: The Clemson Quilt
This quilt actually took a lot of planning, from the math to actually putting the paw together, to the fabrics I wanted to use.
I used Riley Blake's Ombre in Orange for the paw. I wanted the paw to have some dimension, so I didn't want just solid orange. The ombre gives it a sweet mosaic look.

I had an IMPOSSIBLE time finding orange and white striped fabric for the binding, but finally ran across this 2" stripe by Riley Blake. I was worried it would be too wide, but now I love the dramatic "dashes" of color it adds to the border.

The quilting was an overall meandering pattern on the paw and white background.

And for a little contrast, I threw some straight lines on the border pieces.

The backing is this really cool tree bark pattern in Gray. It's from Hobby Lobby. I wanted the back to be pretty neutral, so this worked out great.

This quilt is pretty large, perfect for snuggling with BOTH babies on the couch (if I can get them to sit together).

I love love love it and can't wait to take it tailgating this year. It will keep us warm, and be a great picnic blanket for the kids to eat on too!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mattie Sewing

Ya'll are really loving the Mattie Diaper Pattern !! It has been downloaded over 500 times since it was published late last year. I hope that means lots of super cute and fluffy bums out there.

If you haven't tried it yet... the pattern includes FOUR sizes: Newborn, small, medium, and large. Enough sizes to fit your baby until potty training!
Best of all...it's FREE. No reason not to try it out right?
Download it for FREE HERE at Craftsy

Sunday, April 20, 2014

{Tutorial} Workout Tank from Oversized Shirt

Does anyone else think it's unfair to get all psyched up for a good race, go to pick up your race packet, and find an unflattering, oversized shirt in your bag? Sure, they look great on the guys, and if they're just t-shirts, they fit okay. But a lot of races are going to tech shirts (yay!) and they are unisex fit. Translation.... good work out shirt that you can't wear because you're a small-framed girl and it fits like a potato sack.
Here's what these shirts usually look like on me...
(Yes...it's my tiniest human, so it's a little exaggerated. But you get the point.)

So I took it upon myself to turn this unwearable reminder of my super-fun race into something I COULD wear!
The phrase "been there, done that, got the t-shirt" doesn't mean much if you never wear the shirt. So I'm adding to my workout wardrobe with my race shirts... and making them fit.
-Basic sewing skills
-Oversized t-shirt
-Racerback tank top for measurement
To begin, lay your good tank top over your shirt to see just how much you'll be removing. Yikes.

Using scissors, cut the arms off the shirt. No need to use a seam ripper, just cut them off.

Carefully cut, angling the armholes towards the neck. This will make a narrower shoulder.

Flip the shirt over to the back. Cut a semicircle from the shoulder to the bottom of the armhole. This will give you a racerback cut to your shirt. Try to preserve the sponsors if you can. It makes the shirt look like it came that way!

Turn your shirt inside out and pin down the sides, marking how much you should be taking off the width. If you like a loose fitting shirt you can skip this, but I like mine fitted.

Sew a seam up the line of your pins to take the shirt in. Try the shirt on before cutting off excess fabric.

To finish the armholes, simply roll the raw edge under and sew it down. These tech fabrics don't usually fray, so you can skip doing a complete rolled hem.

Throw on your NEW, nicely fitting workout shirt and hit the road!

I can finally show off my half-marathon shirt. It was an accomplishment...I want to wear it!

Friday, April 18, 2014

HUGE Craftsy Sale

There is so much more hopping your way this weekend! Craftsy is giving up to 75% off of all fabric, yarn and project kits!

This sale is only during Easter weekend (Friday 4/18 - Monday 4/21 at 11:59pm MDT), so be sure to jump on it quick or you will miss it.
Craftsy has a HUGE selection of the craft supplies you need to make some adorable things this Spring. Don't miss out on this sale!!


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