Wednesday, December 10, 2014

How to Make an Infinity Wrap Top

I made this top last night and enjoyed wearing it today. I took a shortcut and raided my stash of thrift store shirts for the back and sleeves, but you could certainly also make this from scratch.

 I have been liking mixing knits with these woven shirts, below is another one where I made a raglan sleeve knit top and cut the front and collar from mens shirts. I will post a better photo of it on my mannequin, so you can see the front details. 

I know a lot of you want the free tutorial for making the infinity wrap sweater as shown at the left. Just click this link, Infinity Wrap Top,  and it will take you to the 2 page PDF file on Google Drive.  

I just wrote up what I did, so you may have to tweak it a bit to fit you. 

If you share on Pinterest or anywhere, please share this page and not the direct link to the file. Someday, when I have help, I may choose to publish this in pattern form with sizes and everything. You may not use my PDF to write it up yourself or share the instructions in another format, but feel free to make as many tops as you like and even sell them. I love it when I can help another seamstress make money from her handiwork.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Overnight Bag User Feedback

Recent feedback on the departure satchel. The first one is from a gal who ordered the bag from me and uses it everyday.
 The second is from a gal who recently made her own from the PDF sewing pattern. I love to hear from you and see your bags when you post photos on Craftsy.  There is still time - through the 21st of December - to enter photos of your finished items to my Flickr group for a chance to win free patterns for a year.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Office Chair Slip Covering Made Easy

I asked Alice to sew up the chair pattern for me. I wanted someone who had never made an office chair cover to test Simplicity 1335 for me. It came out perfectly - I love it. The fabric is home decor weight cotton from Westminster Fibers, Dream Right by Deena Designs. The only change you need to watch out for in that pattern pack is that they don't teach the proper hem. They say "apply bias tape." It should say, Apply bias tape to fabric edge with right sides together, then fold to wrong side and stitch in place for a narrow, 1/2" hem. Click here if you need to run out and get that office chair, I do highly recommend it. This slip cover will fit it perfectly. If you are covering a similar chair, I would recommend doing a muslin for fitting first.
You can see my apron from Simplicity 1241 in the background, I love it in the Moonshine fabric by Tula Pink.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Merry Christmas to Me

  I got this awesome deal AND another $70 off by applying for the Amazon credit card. Sweet! Look forward to seeing amazing photos from me with my new telephoto lens like these I found on Flickr.

Mandarin drake  Cornucopia of sunnies 

I wanted to share because it's an amazing deal and some of you might be looking at cameras for Christmas. I love Amazon! 

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Online Quilt Festival Large Quilts

I love the idea behind AmysCreativeSide Bloggers Quilt Festival. There are so many beautiful quilts posted there. I hope you will check them out. This quilt started as a drawing for me, a doodle really. Let me see if I can find a picture of it.
That is a page of my doodles. I kept coming back to this woven looking design and liking that is wasn't all uniform. I bought myself The EQ program to see if it could help me turn my drawing into a quilt. It didn't. I ended up writing the pattern by hand. My little 3" x 3" sketch became a 87" x 74" quilt. I also made 2 other quilts in the process of documenting the pattern. I think it is a great one to make something more manly, but the girly version makes me happy on the wall at the head of my bed.


 Check out all of the cool quilts and click through to meet their makers.
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