3.02.2015

Easy Oven Mitt TUTORIAL

My little 6 year old boy has been very interested in helping make dinner lately.  My husband and I love having him help out.  I could see him one day being a very creative little chef.  To support his growing interest, I offered to make him some oven mitts just his size. To make a pattern, I just traced his hand and then added a good 1.5 inches all around.  Obviously you can make them any size, the instructions are the same.
 For ONE mitt you will need 2 exterior pieces that are mirrored, 2 pieces of insulating fabric (I used Insul-Bright) and 2 pieces of a lining fabric (I used a lightweight cotton). You will also need about 1/2 yard of double fold bias tape.

With right sides together, sew each set along the outside edge leaving the wrist part open (1/4 inch seam allowance).  Trim the edge.
 Turn ONLY the exterior fabric piece so that it is right side out.  Slip the insulating piece inside the exterior piece and the lining piece (wrong side out) into the insulating piece.  I did it this way so that there wouldn't be any seams hanging out on the inside of the mitt.

When you get all the pieces tucked in, trim the edge so it's nice and even.

Pin the bias tape to the raw edges being careful to get all 3 layers sandwiched in and overlapping the ends of the bias tape. 
Sew around.  I use a wide zigzag stitch so that I'm sure I've got all the layers sewn in.  I also sew on the inside as you can see in the picture.  It's much easier than trying to sew from the outside.
The little guy was really happy with his new mitts.  He looks kind of dazed here because he was trying really hard to hold still for one picture.  The next 5 pictures were of him doing his karate moves in his new mitts.  Gotta love that 6 year old boy energy.

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.