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Holiday crafts part 1

The kid noticed this snuggle mat kit at JoAnn. It was pretty fun, except working with the minky and thick batting was kind of annoying. The instructions didn't have anything about finishing the edges of the blanket overlay, so I used fold over elastic instead of trying to hem minky. He loves this and wants to take it to parents night out for when they watch a movie.

Super cute window cling set from Cricut Design Space.

Advent calendar tree, design download from Jennifer Maker. Holiday themed paper pad from Michael's.

Glitter tree pillow. There's a similar project in Design Space, but it's an exclusive I don't have access to, so I hacked another tree image up.

Fall sews...underthings and sweaters

M4M Bridgette bralette and Victoria cheekies in double galoon stretch lace from Surge fabrics online. M4M off shoulder Stella in baby French Terry from Sly Fox.

Stitch Upon a Time Calista curvy bra and Scrundies in cotton Lycra from JoAnn.

Halloween sews

Finally bought some RockerBye cotton/Lycra after admiring it for a while. Most of the prints they run have a very distinctive and white cartoony creatures on vibrant backgrounds.
 I got a panty panel set that was a fat third of each of 2 panels and one coordinate (in this case the coordinate repeated 3 times). I made 3 panties and had enough for a pair of kid boxers with the scraps.  The 2 panels from the set are on the backs and not pictured here as they are naughty, lol.
I got another set with kid panels and coordinate to make the "Boo" shirt.
I also purchased a kid bat panel and yard of coordinate separately and I made a hoodie. I saw a lot of Max & Meena Mega Max raglans with ears and wings in the RockerBye group, but I didn't feel like buying a new pattern just for that, so these wings are self-drafted.
I have a yard of zombies and a yard of brains I haven't cut into yet. But those are for me, and I'm willing to wear them year round, lol.

Knitting FOs: Liguria Hat, Dahlia Cardigan, Solstice Hoodie

Liguria...finally my first brioche project! I did a cowl version first but had enough yarn left over to do a hat. Yarn Love DK weight

No-pattern socks in Western Sky Knits MCN

Dahlia Cardigan in Silky Wool

Solstice Hoodie in Sweet Georgia DK and Neighborhood Fiber Studio DK

Halloween cookies & Cricut crafts

Cookies using the Lila Loa recipe, cookie boxes sized up from the treat boxes in Design Space, cards all modified from Design Space.

Window clings, fall paper flowers, Victorian hearse and coffin from Design Space, Haunted House from Happy Hauntings cartridge (not a "project" in Design Space, but the image is in there. I used Distress Ink on the brick and wood papers for the haunted house, and silver Gelato crayon on the black paper of the hearse. I love how they turned out!

Cricut crafts

Lots of paper crafts lately! 5 out of 7 or 8 birthday cards I've made recently and some Halloween window clings.
The unicorn, crab, and R2D2 were pieced together from elements in Design Space. The Boo and Groot cards were pre-designed in Design Space.

The window clings were interesting... I ordered a multi color pack of a different brand and they were very different thicknesses. The orange and black needed to be cut on a setting for thicker materials like glitter HTV. The white was much thinner. I don't know if the official Cricut brand is more consistent.

Star Wars sews: Sweetheart/Cassie and Halla Stardust

I made the Halla Stardust tunic length color blocked top first, as a possibility for using with the more expensive/limited stormtrooper fabric. First I made the size 22, but I took it all apart and recut as a 20. It's pretty good now, but 18 with a FBA and grading out at waist would probably be better. I'm lazy though. I found out that Halla uses a 2" difference between upper bust and full bust for all sizes (like traditional paper patterns). I love that P4P and M4M draft for a bigger difference in the larger sizes. It seems like that would work for much more people. (But if you are plus size with a smaller bust, Halla might be perfect for you!) I am curious about trying more options in the Stardust, but will try it in cheap fabric first. I may also go back and take in the hips to get more of an hourglass shape in the center panel. The color blocking lines are straight, but it's designed to have negative ease in the bust and hips to make the lines curve on the body.

Star Wars hoodie, Cassie dress

Finally cut into the Leia CL from JoAnn that I bought 4 yards of months ago. Pattern for Pirates Slim Fit Raglan tunic length with funnel crossover hood and thumbhole cuffs from add on pack. Sleeve accent hack from a tutorial found in the So Sew English group. Basically you trace a set in sleeve cap onto the raglan pattern piece and cut it. I used the Sweetheart sleeve.

3T Jolly Roger Raglan with funnel hood and 18M with regular hood and ruffle for gifts.

Made for Mermaids Cassie short sleeve cold shoulder dress with pockets. Stripes and lemons both single brushed poly from So Sew English. I already made a Sweet Tee and some undies with the leftover stripes.

Sewing roundup- Endurance Bra, Phee Panty Party, 5K Tank

This is the Greenstyle Endurance Bra. I'm pleased that I didn't have any problems with the construction and the finishing looks nice, but it doesn't fit. There was an error in the sizing chart that led me to size up. I'm still wobbling on what cup size to make for my 2nd pair, but it should go a lot faster now that I know what I'm doing. This was my first time working with cut & sew bra foam and fold-over elastic. I was also holding my breath over getting the zipper installed through all those layers, but I had no problems. This project and my recent swimsuit project inspired me to add a new sewing machine to my flock, the EverSewn Sparrow 30!

I'm so pleased with it so far. My old Janome couldn't adjust stitch length or width. The Sparrow has lots of stretch stitches for construction and topstitching. I've used the automatic buttonholes several times already, and used the darning function to fix holes in Sean's blankies. It also has adjustable …

Boho Babydoll/Pencil Skirt, Tie Back Tank

I've had my serger for just over a year and here's a new version of the first thing I made ..the Pirate Pencil Skirt in Scuba from JoAnn. The top is the Boho Babydoll (also from P4P) in rayon/spandex from JoAnn. It's a little wrinkled from traveling, but I love it.

Tie Back Tank from Greenstyle Creations in some thin athletic knit from JoAnn. I skipped hemming the bottom and opening edges and just did the bands. I had some issues with this fabric when I hemmed it for my Moxi shorts.

Isabel/circle skirt tentacle dress

I ordered a 58" Pulpo round and a 36" Pulpo round about a year ago from Rikipedia custom fabrics. The "fun rounds" are circular or square panels with a border print all around. My original plan was the Sweetheart dress from Patterns for Pirates, which is a circle skirt with a fitred bodice. Then I realized the 36" round wasn't big enough for both front and back bodice (or sleeves) and I didn't know what solid to use. I was also worried about making the bodice too small. The printed cotton/lycra is thick with strong recovery. I needed to go up a size in the Sweet Tee, but a lot of people told me they didn't need to size up in the Sweetheart. I sized up for a Sweetheart in ponte (an even thicker fabric) and it was a little big. I also didn't love the neckline, even after lowering it.

I decided to order a yard of "mini linear" Pulpo so I'd have enough fabric for whatever I decided on. It has small tentacles pointing in from each sel…

Siren Swim Top/Hello Sailor bottoms

Swimsuit patterns from Patterns for Pirates...Siren Swim Top and Hello Sailor bottoms. Both using blue solid swim knit and lining from JoAnn, and inner lining of power net from Phee Fabrics in the fronts only. Flounce on top is a leotard-type knit from JoAnn. I'll update when I know how it holds up in the pool.
I chose the drawstring-sided skirt option for the bottoms and the front (pointed) and back flounce option for the top (with straight straps). I didn't use boning or cups in the top. It is very supportive with the power net and custom length straps. (Not enough for running/jumping, but plenty for the pool.) I want to make some no-flounce tops for sleep bras.
This is one of the 2 or 3 more advanced projects I've done lately. There is lots of basting of layers and inner elastic before it comes together. I wasn't sure how my sewing machine was going to handle the slippery fabric. I don't have a walking foot and I can't adjust the presser foot tension. I als…

Moxi Shorts

I've had my eye on the Greenstyle Moxi Shorts for a long time. There was a sew along in the Fabric Fairy group a couple of weeks ago, so I went for it! I used Fabric Fairy stretch woven for the shorts and bias binding, a thin athletic knit from JoAnn for the compression shorts, and the thick Superflex knit from JoAnn for the waistband. The only modification I made was to make the waistband pieces 1" taller to make them more like the Super G waistband. This is the size 14 with a size 16 waistband. I need to take them apart and make the waistband a little smaller. The SAL videos are at
They were incredibly helpful! I'm always nervous about any kind of binding attachment/topstitching/anything that can't be done on a serger. I did have a bit of a hard time hemming the compression shorts. The fabric is a less stable knit than what I usually use.

Kid sews- Joggers, Shorts, and Sequin Pouch

Another sequin shaker pouch, this one with a party hat corgi. Gabriel's reversible shorts (CKC) with Everest/Skye on one side and Stitch on the other. Baby Bear Joggers (P4P) in anchor Doodles and Paw Patrol fabric left over from tank backs. From 1 yard, I got 2 tank backs, 1 full length joggers front, 1 shorts length jogger front, and 1 pair of boxers (all 4T size).

Cricut Crafts- Odd Squad Party Decorations

My son turned 4 and wanted an Odd Squad Party (his favorite show right now, on PBS). There's not a lot of decorations/merch readily available, so I made all the decorations myself with my Cricut.

Banner- holographic cardstock attached to pre-cut banner flags

Large insignia signs- cardstock

3D jackalope head- cardstock. This is a free project in Design Space and I found an assembly instructions video on YouTube.

Spiral decorations and confetti- party foil. This is non adhesive and fairly inexpensive. Making custom confetti is so much fun! The spiral shapes are in Design Space.

Scientist T-shirt- Siser Easyweed HTV. Badge made from print-and-cut gold smooth cardstock (decorated with metallic silver and bronze markers) and a backing piece of cardstock and pin back.

Goodie bags- adhesive foil decorations on bag containing print-and-cut sticker sheets and print-and-cut mathroom fortune teller (used heavy copy paper because the scoring stylus was tearing regular paper).

Cupcake toppers…

Spoxxy Tank, more Super Gs

The SUAT (designer of Bunzies) gathered back athletic tank (Spoxxy) was retired right when I found out about it. I was super bummed because the Bella Flowy Tank is my favorite RTW option that a lot of screen printing companies offer, and Spoxxy was the closest pattern I'd seen.  Well, the Spoxxy was just rereleased! I thought I'd leave off the band to make it just like the flowy tank, but I decided to do one with the band and try it. I'm super pleased with it. I used clear elastic to do the gathering of the back. It was a little tricky because the clips have a tendency to pop off, but it was less frustrating than gathering with thread and having it break. There's another method where you zigzag stitch over dental floss. I might try that for another project.  Another pair of Greenstyle Super G capris. These are mostly the multi supplex with heavy supplex accents, finishing off the last of my bundle fabric from Zenith & Quasar.
Shirt decorated with metallic and holo…

Diamondback Socks, Paw Patrol Tanks, and more

DiamondbackSocks in Manos Alegria. I tried this pattern in the color way I ended up using for Posey, but it didn't quite work. I went back and bought this one (Locura Fluo) so I could use the pattern.

Fabric scrap Bunzies and Pirate Booty boxer briefs. We made matching kid and Dad Rubick's cube t-shirts with heat transfer vinyl cut on the Cricut Maker.

 5K tank from Elliedactyl in special Paw Patrol panel and coordinating print from Embotts. There's a code to get the pattern free in the Elliedactyl group on Facebook. The fabric is sold out, FYI.

Zigzagular and Posey Socks

ZigzagularSocks (added one extra twisted stitch column to motif) in White Birch Fiber Arts "Nothing Says 'Screw You' Like a Rainbow" I bought this same yarn at Stitches 2017 but Sean claimed it for a hat. I got it again this year and finally have my rainbow socks.

Sort ofPosey, but stockinette stitch instead of garter and one colorway instead of two and seaming instead of joining the sole. Also ribbing instead of picot edge. Manos Alegria in Carnaval.

Sweetheart Peplum top and Xpress Tank

Sweetheart Peplum top-
I'm working up to making a dress with a circle skirt for a really special "round" of fabric from Rikipedia. I'm trying to decide what bodice style to make. I assumed I'd make the Sweetheart, but I wanted to try it in something else to check the fit since I think I to size up in custom C/L after what happened with my last Sweet Tee. But of course I don't have any custom CL I want to risk on an experiment, lol. I had some Refined Ponte from JoAnn and realized that the peplum top version would go great with the pencil skirts I never wear because I don't know what to wear them with. Some people said to size up with this fabric too. I had some extra room in shoulders, sleeves, and under the bust, so I'd probably want to go back to my regular size and do a FBA to one size up. I also lowered the neckline quite a bit. Overall it's more of a success than I thought it was going to be before I hemmed it. I didn't realize I needed …

Spring Basics- Free Spirit Tank and Mashup

Free Spirit Tank with sleeves and armscye traced from the Sweetheart dress pattern.

Cut on the "dress" line then hemmed to hang evenly. More of a tunic length. Super comfy in the DTY knit.

Full back FST with narrower a-line much as I could fit on the fabric I had left over from the leggings. Between crop and shirt length, simply serged around the bottom edge. I couldn't get a great looking rolled edge with the thread I had available in a good color.

Cricut Knife Blade Crafts

The knife blade for the Cricut Maker is finally available! I used the Cricut brand 2mm chipboard for this Paw Patrol sign and a faceplate for one of Bryan's electronics projects. This is sealed and painted chipboard with adhesive vinyl for the white paw pads. The chipboard pieces took about 8-10 minutes each to cut. It took about 20 passes. You should stay nearby in case you need to clear debris from in front of the blade. I've also done test cuts ok craft foam and the results look amazing.

Knitting FO: Liguria Brioche Cowl

After 12 years of knitting, my first brioche knitting project. It's so smooshy! (And really not difficult at all.) This is Yarn Love Amy March DK yarn from Stitches West 2016. The original Liguria pattern is a hat. I cast on twice the number of stitches (med size) for a cowl. I had some yarn left over, maybe enough for a less slouchy hat, a child hat, or a child cowl.

Spring basics- Nina, Pegs, Bunzies

Feeling inspired to use some of the fabrics I stashed after Black Friday sales. The floral DBP (So Sew English) became a Nina and Bunzies. The pink DBP (also SSE) became Peg Legs (as always, with the contour waistband from the add-on pack) to wear with the Nina (and a Free Spirit Tank in progress). The grey brushed DTY poly from Knitpop is becoming a Free Spirit Tank dress with armscye and sleeves from the Sweetheart dress. (Similar mashup tutorial here.) I made Bunzies with the leftovers. I love this DTY fabric but I'm not sure where to currently get more.