All posts tagged: Grandma Fabric

Sleepy Shorts

I took Alisa’s advice yesterday… :) I didn’t know what to sew and she said make what you need most in your closet. Simple advice and yet so true! And what do I need most right now!? Pajama shorts! A simple project but much needed! I took Ruthie’s lead and used my McCALL’S M6848 pattern – view D. I had just enough of this blue gingham fabric from my grandma stash to make these. They’re super comfy – I’ll definitely be making more! Until next time,

Handmade Gift Exchange

Sometimes I complain to myself because I can’t think of something to make for someone I know. Well, that mentality was turned upside down when I started brainstorming what to make for a complete stranger! Seriously. Never realized how easy I had it. :) I entered the Summer Handmade Gift Exchange put on by Craftaholics Anonymous. The only clues I had about my gift exchange partner were that she likes coffee and the color orange. Here’s what I came up with: Bow Clutch, with orange accents of course (made from this tutorial that I’ve been gawking at on my “Things To Sew” Pinterest board for some time). The outer fabric is actually from a thrifted shower curtain that happens to be the same shower curtain I have hanging in my bathroom. Can you tell I like the pattern!? :) You can’t really tell from the pictures, but the lighter color has a bit of shimmer to it. Also used it for the ABC bag I made last year. The inner fabric is a cotton I had from my grandma …

4th of July Table Runner

This was another fabric from my grandma stash. I knew when I picked it out I’d use it to make some kind of 4th of July decoration… but wasn’t sure what until I found this Pleated and Pressed Table Runner tutorial. It’s not a fabric I would typically pick out, but I thought it would be appropriate for something quilted. Here are a few more pics of the finished product:   It was a fun pattern; the pleats were a bit of a pain but not bad after working with a few (I ended up taping them down as I sewed like the tutorial recommended) but overall pretty simple to make! I’d like to make another at some point… maybe in a solid color for everyday. The backing on this one is a piece of a blue sheet that I picked up from goodwill and I ended up using regular fleece instead of batting because that’s what I had on hand. Overall cost ~$3. (SP35) We’re supposed to have a BBQ at our house on the 4th …

A to Z Brand Inspiration Challenge & A is for Anthropologie Splitback Tee

So here’s my problem. Back when I started knitting and crocheting, I would go into stores and refuse to buy myself any knit or crochet items. “I could make that!” I would always tell myself… why would I buy it for $$$such and such. To be fair, the majority of the time I wouldn’t actually get around to making things for myself… so I’d refuse to buy things, but I wouldn’t end up making them either. It’s just the principle. So now my problem has grown. Now that I’m sewing, I go into stores and say “I could make that!” about everything! I’m afraid I’m never going to be able to buy clothes again. :/ Obviously I can’t make everything I see… I’m just not that talented yet… but still… With that thought in mind and while searching the blogsphere for sewing inspiration, I found a good number of A to Z challenges (I especially like the Sew All 26 challenge at No Big Dill)… but seeing that that challenge just ended, and I’m not …

Slouchy Contrast Shoulder Tee and SoulPancake

I’ve been looking for a pattern of some kind to use this fabric with since I got it. It’s another one of my grandma stash fabrics. It’s very retro (as most of the fabrics from her are) :) but I think it’s fun. I used this pattern/tutorial – which is meant for lighter weight material, but I think it still came out okay. (SP27) Oh, and I meant to put this in it’s own post, but then I made a shirt… so they get to go together… I got caught on YouTube today after watching a Kid President video (“Letter To A Person On Their First Day Here”) which led me to some of his other videos which then led me to SoulPancake which apparently is full of some really awesome things. I don’t know how I haven’t come across it before. I rarely get on YouTube, but when I do I end up watching these mindless videos that are usually funny, yes, but not particularly meaningful. Gotta say… this stuff is good. Definitely a good …