I’ve been buying pdf patterns online for several years now as opposed to buying from the big box stores. These patterns are designed by small business owners who sell their designs online. I have found some wonderful designs that I hope to one day make all of although I’m sure some of the patterns will never be completed. Instead they will sit on my computer taking up space or rest in my basement in a roll that was printed with the intentions of making it, but actually attaching it to fabric and sewing the item created will never be seen.
Luckily for me, the Magnolia Tee designed by Sonia Estep Designs (SED) will not be one of those forgotten patterns. I actually just bought this one last week. Instead of waiting for the pattern to be printed by a big company and mailed to me, I decided to print on 8 1/2 x 11 printer paper, tape it together, grade the pattern to fit my size, cut it out and sew it. This process took a couple days, but today I was able to cut it out on the fabric and sew it together. I could not be happier with the way this shirt turned out.
I made it out of some rib knit that I bought probably two years ago. It’s been so long since I bought the fabric that I have forgotten where I bought it as well as how long ago that purchase was and definitely don’t remember the company I bought it from. Although the neckband is a little big, the rest of the shirt is perfect. I will probably be wearing this shirt for several days in a row as it so comfortable. I done the 3/4 length sleeves as my house is cooler than most and I’m not really a fan of long sleeves as they usually make me hot, so the compromise was to do 3/4 instead.
Look at this beautiful creation. The shorts in this picture is the Iris shorts also designed by SED.
I just finished up my first Begonia Backpack, a pattern by Blue Calla Patterns. It was easy to make and one of my favorite patterns now. I can’t wait to make several more for the grandkids. I already have the fabric for one granddaughter. Just need to purchase for a couple more grandkids once I figure out the design I want to go with.
The first pic shows the fabric I choose which I purchased from JudysFabStash on Etsy. The blue faux leather was purchased from BurlapFabriccom on Etsy. Both shipped in a matter of days and I was more than happy with the service provided by both companies.
This pic shows the pattern pieces cut out, which is very easy to do. The instructions are easy to read and follow.
The following pics show the front and back. I love the pockets, which give you plenty of room for a phone, keys and more. I can’t wait to start using this back every day. I will be changing out the straps once I get some paracord as I don’t really like the fabric straps.
What’s your favorite backpack pattern? Have you ever made a pattern from Blue Calla?
A few months back I made my first jelly roll rug in an oval shape and got real excited about the possibilities of this type of rug and wanted to try my hand at another version. I had two rugs in my kitchen that blended into the new floor as they were just about the same color so I knew this was the area I wanted to put my new rugs. The plan was to make two of the same color and design, a slice rug. It wasn’t until after I completed the first one and put it on the floor that I got the epiphany that I should have made one rectangular rug as opposed to two slice rugs, but at this point it was too late.
The first step in this process was to decide how to lay out my 2 1/2″ strips that would create my design. I purchased my supplies from Missouri Quilt, which included two jelly roll bundles and batting that included enough strips to create my two slice rugs and still have a few strips left to do another small rug or maybe a couple of pillows.
Each rug would take 29 strips. I got my idea from Shabby Fabrics after watching some of her videos on YouTube.
A closer look at each strip.
Once I figured out my design, I cut each strip the length I needed based on the pattern I got from Shabby Fabrics, then it was time to clip the fabric strips to the batting. This is the most time consuming part, in my opinion. Depending on how many binder clips you have, you might have to sew some of the strips, then come back and clip some more until you are all done.
Once you have them all sewn together they will look something like this. I used the video to get my stitch length and other tips and would highly recommend watching this video as it will provide much better instructions than I can provide.
Once I had all the batting and strips sewn, it was time to sew all the strips together to make the rug. This is the fun part as you see your design take shape. As recommended in the video I sewed several rows together, steamed them and then connected them until I had them all together like this.
Once you have them all sewn together, you will use the pattern to cut off all the excess and get the following look.
At this point, the only thing left is to add the binding to the half circle part as the top does not need binding.
The finished product in my kitchen. Now it’s time to get started on the second one.
I finished the second rug for in front of my sink. It is made with the exact same pattern as the first one with the only exception being the binding.
They look so good together. Now on to make a pillow using the leftover strips.
I came across a great pattern for shorts by Sonia Estep Designs. The pattern is called Iris Shorts. They are easy to make and you can add the pockets or not. I prefer pockets which is one of the main reasons I wanted to make these. The pattern comes in 3 different lengths, 3″, 5″ and 8″. I made mine in the 5″ length and was satisfied, but will probably make the next pair 8″ as when I sit down they appear too short for my taste.
The pattern comes in 17 different sizes so getting the right fit is very possible for all sizes and shapes. In addition, the designer gives tips on how to do several adjustments to make them fit you perfectly. I was never able to pull off any of those adjustments and after my first couple of tries in making this pattern I actually give up for a couple months, but that was my inability to accept that they didn’t need to be perfect. Plus my body was going through many changes as I was on a weight loss program and my body was constantly changing. Happy to say I lost 45 pounds during that process. Now that I’m maintaining my weight loss I wanted to try making these again and I am so glad that i did. I love these shorts and looking forward to making some more.
As I’m posting this I realized I didn’t really get a pick of the waistband which is the best part of these. They are made out of stretch knit fabric and are very comfortable. I don’t like tight fitting shorts, so these are right up my alley.
I would recommend them even to a beginner seamstress as they really are easy to make and there are videos and suggestions on how to make them available on the internet. In addition, the instructions are easy to follow. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions as I would be more than happy to help you if I can.
On June 7th I ordered a new sewing machine. One that I had been eyeing for quiet some time, but never had the courage to purchase. Circumstances finally give me the incentive to purchase, but unfortunately it would be several weeks before it would be delivered as they were out of stock thanks to the pandemic.
In choosing what type of machine I wanted I knew I wanted something heavy duty as I wanted to sew bags and my current machine wasn’t equipped to handle heavy duty stuff. The machine was supposed to be delivered on the 27th of July, but I got lucky and received it a few days early. I let it sit in the box for almost a week before I finally unboxed it.
The unboxing begins….
It included bobbins, needles, several sewing feet and other various accessories.
The hard cover is nice to help keep out dust and dirt.
The top has a section built in to store the sewing feet and needles and also has a tray to hold other accessories. The sewing guide is also an added bonus as a quick reference as to not always have to pull the instruction manual out.
I’m looking forward to sewing many projects in the near future as I have already purchased fabric and supplies for several projects even after destashing my supplies over the past few months.
Please share what type of machine you have and what you love about it.