Gift Guide for Sewers : What to Get Someone who Sews

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December is one of my favorite times of year. I have a huge fondness for Christmas lights and glitter. I love unwrapping the special decorations I’ve inherited from family members, some no longer here, and find special places for them in the house. It’s a great time to feel wrapped in family, even this year our first Christmas after a move has taken us further away physically.

To celebrate our new tall ceilings in our living space my husband brought home a 15′ Tree. In case you were wondering that is a massive tree. I was half expecting wild life to come sprinting out when he dragged it in to the house.

But for today how about we talk about the things to put UNDER the tree. I’m sharing a small round up of lovely things to gift to the sewer in your life (or links to pass to others if that’s you!)

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Panda Socks, Crazy Critter Socks

Crazy Critter Socks

There are things I never thought that I would sew. Socks and underwear make the list. Having already broken down several times on the underwear front fighting the socks seemed a lost cause.

Crazy Critter Socks

If you’re going to sew socks go big, right? I made up a pair of Crazy Critter socks for both of my girls. (affiliate link) My oldest immediately started making additional animal demands. Luckily the pattern comes with a wide assortment.

Crazy Critter Socks

Crazy Critter Socks

The pattern suggests a muslin. Do that! Feet are funny. I found the length recommendation to be spot on, but width of feet varies. Especially little round baby feet. I also found they are particularly sensitive to the type of knit so be aware you may have to change up your sizing with your fabric selection.

Crazy Critter Socks

We took the kids on a pretty long hike and they did stay up- which I was worried about. I’m still on mission to find the best sock material, but I’m having fun doing it. Have you ever sewn up sock?

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Covered Buttons – A Fun Accent

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I really enjoy sewing with print fabrics.  Adding buttons can be a challenge.  Finding the color that looks just right is not always easy.  With Rachel’s little one turning a year old, I have just  begun to sew things for her.  Recently I finished a Button Up Jumper in a 12 month size.

Button Up Jumper OUSM Designs

My stash includes several cuts of fun printed corduroy.  The one I choose was what I had left over from a jacket I had made for Ms M.  Read all about that jacket HERE.

After going through my three button boxes, I opted for covered buttons. If you have  never made one, I suggest giving it a go!  They are not difficult to make and I think they make the garment look professional.  They do not require a lot of fabric, and there are always small scraps left that are only going in the trash.  Why not make use of them?
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Felt With Love Purses, One Thimble Issue 13

Felt with Love Purses One Thimble Issue 13

Today we are sharing a pattern from the latest issue of One Thimble. One Thimble is a quarterly sewing e-magazine. It features both clothing patterns for women, children, and home. Issue 13 has just released.

Felt with Love Purses One Thimble Issue 13

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Video: Sewing an Infinity Scarf

Hey Guys! I’m sharing something a little different with you today. I’ve just released my first class over on Skillshare, a video tutorial platform.

I walk through a project with you and give you some tips for those just getting started. It’s 20 minutes that we can sew together! Want to get a peek?

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Finishing a Quilt or Five….

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When Rachel and I were at the Sew Pro conference in Chicago last month, we met some great people.  The first day it seemed everyone we ran into was a quilter, had a quilting blog or sold quilts.  Although that is not our main focus, I have always loved quilting.  When the conversation went to unfinished quilts, I was more than a bit embarrassed to say that I have 5 quilts in process and another 5 that I have fabric for but have not started. [click to continue…]

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Chalkboard Wall : Sewing Room Inspiration

How to paint a chalkboard wall for your sewing room (or anywhere else)

As a sewer I spend a decent amount of time dreaming of that ideal sewing room. I have a Pinterest board– I’m sure I’m not alone. After the rather painful fabric room purge, if you missed it you can see my tips on your own destash here, I was ready for a clean start in my sewing space.

I’m lucky enough to have a room in our new home dedicated to office and sewing needs. I’m still toggling how it’s all going to get organized, but it allowed me the opportunity for something I’ve wanted for awhile. I big huge giant chalkboard wall.

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DIY Halloween Costume Tutorials

Halloween Costume Tutorial List

It’s October already!  If you are anything like us, you are just starting to think about Halloween costumes.  One of the problems we have had in the past are children that keep changing their minds about what they want to be.  Of course Rachel and I have both slaved over costumes in the past and then sometimes you just need to go to the local big box store and pick one up for $5.99.  The trick is to know that it’s ok to do that sometimes too.

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Baby’s First Cecilia Tee, free 12 month pattern

Free Pattern: Cecilia Tee 12 month- 8 years

Long sleeve tee time! Fall is my favorite time of year. The weather is perfect for long sleeves tees, the air smells great, and the leaves start changing colors.

This fall we are celebrating a first birthday. Along with that baby got her first Cecilia tee. I wanted something bright and fun to match the kid to snap some first birthday pictures in.

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The Great Fabric Destash : How to Purge Your Fabric Stash

Destash Fabric in 3 (somewhat) painless steps

When I was pregnant with my third kiddo I decided it was time to start purging my stash. I was going to lose some space to baby, and I was starting to feel like I had too much just- stuff. It was time to destash fabric. Not long after she was born we learned we would be moving across country and the purge became more important. Did I really want to pack and move all this?

I thought it would be easy. I didn’t think there was really THAT much. I started by sewing my small stack of unfinished projects and making an effort to use fabric I owned while establishing a no buy rule. I honestly thought given that I had some lead time that would be enough.

Then I couldn’t find my Kam Snap. I was sure I knew where it was- but it wasn’t there. And the resulting search left me near panic attack. It seemed the deeper I looked the more stuff emerged. Half finished projects that stopped fitting a child two years ago. Fabric I didn’t remember. Fabric I didn’t like. Tissue pattern pieces without patterns. PDF pieces unlabeled with sizes or designer names. Rolls of ribbon, balls of elastic, bags of scraps to be saved for scrap projects. More bags of scraps……

I got serious about my purge. Here’s how you can too.

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