2.24.2015

Trying to Beat the Winter Blues

 I'm chalking my lack of blogging here lately to a bad case of the winter blues.  I'm a snow lover and usually winter doesn't bother me much.  It's the cold that been getting me down and has really affected my motivation. 
 The kids were on February break this past week and we took our usual ski trip to northern Vermont.  I decided to pack some yarn and a knitting pattern to try to keep myself busy.  It's been years since I've knit anything.  I knit a lot when my kids were babies, but in recent years have gotten more hooked on instant gratification of a simple sewing project.
 But sewing isn't very portable and knitting is.  And, I'm hooked again.  I made the blue hat first and it ended up a little big for my child sized head.  The second one is a perfect fit and sooooo warm.  Just what I need.
 So here's what I've been up to the past month.  I'm throwing this picture from January in to remind myself of when we were happy about the snow.  We had so much fun this day. 
 Now, we can no longer see our bushes or our front stairs.

I treated myself to a Silhouette Portrait and have been having fun playing around with it. It's really amazing how much you can do with this little machine and I'm still a total newbie.
I'm a huge fan of Brindille and Twig patterns and tried out a new to me romper pattern.  I cannot tell you how cute this outfit is in real life. 
 So now you're caught up on the last month.  I'm hoping that Spring is around the corner and I can snap out of my funk.
I leave you with a photo I snapped today at work.  This made me smile.  I guess if the ducks can handle it, so can I.

1.30.2015

Color Blocked Perfect Little Lunch Bag

Today I'm going to show you how to add a contrasting bottom to my Perfect Little Lunch Bag pattern. There's more than one way to do this.  I chose this method because I didn't want the fabric to get too bulky at the bottom.  There are already a lot of layers with the insulation, lining, and interfaced exterior.  This is really easy to do and is a cute variation on this already cute lunch bag.
From your contrasting fabric, cut 2 pieces that are 6 x 15 inches.
 Use the pattern piece to figure out how much of the main fabric you need to sew to the contrasting band to make the height tall enough.  You might notice that I have folded my pattern piece down at the top.  That's one thing I love about this pattern, the size is really flexible.  You can get different sizes by trimming the top off a little bit.
 With right sides together, sew the the contrast and main piece together along the long edge.  Press the seam allowance toward the contrast band and topstitch on the right side.
 Cut the bag shape using your pattern piece and continue with the rest of the instructions.
 Take a little extra time matching up the sides and you'll have a great looking lunch bag!
 Ready to try it out?  Get your pattern HERE.

1.23.2015

New Cutting Tool // New Cutting Technique

 I just recently started following the Brindille and Twig blog because I love their patterns so much.  A recent post sent me to this video which is a basic tutorial on fabric cutting.  The takeaway for me was less about the layout and more about the tool.  I've never attempted to use a rotary cutter to cut anything but straight lines.  Typically I lay my pattern out, trace with marker, then cut with scissors.  
 Since the video made it look so easy, I picked up a small rotary cutter for under $20 and decided to give it a try.  I will tell you, I will never go back!  Not only does this take less time, but it is so much more accurate.
 So fun and exciting to learn something new.