Spring Wardrobe Challenge: Lilac Moto Jacket

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Today I have a review of project number two in my Spring Wardrobe Challenge. You can check out my first project, here, and if you’re interested, you can read about the pieces I had planned here. You’ll find that I switched this project up a bit. I had originally intended on using a BurdaStyle pattern, but I wanted a style that looked a little more similar to my inspiration, pictured below.

c/o Old Navy

It took a little bit of searching, because as a mom of twins, I needed something that could come together fast. Finally, after scouring the internet I came upon Kwik Sew’s pattern #3764. What an exciting find, as it looks so similar to the Old Navy jacket. I was so excited that I went ahead and ordered the pdf version so I could get started ASAP!

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However, I loved making this pattern! The directions were so clear to follow, and as the jacket isn’t fully lined I was able to finish it in a day! I also liked that the sizing was done in S-M-L-XL vs. numerical sizing. This took a little of the guesswork out of picking the correct size based on my measurements; plus as I’m still carrying postpartum weight, it should allow for more wear out of the jacket, as my size fluctuates.

Keep scrolling for my full project summary.

Project Summary:

Inspiration: Old Navy Sueded Knit Moto Jacket

Pattern: Kwik Sew K3764, View B

Fabric: Dusty Grey Microsuede from Fashion Fabrics Club, 2 yards

Notions: Coats Fashion Metal Separating Zipper, 22 inches

Heat n Bond Fusible Interfacing, 2 yards

Thread & 90/14 needle

Total cost: About $35.00

Time Commitment: I’d say if you worked nonstop it would take half a day max.

Size & Fit: My measurements currently are about 36-35-40. I made the medium. It fit a little snug in the waist, but really well everywhere else.

Modifications: None, but I do want to try mixing and matching some features from View A to View B, like adding pockets!

Difficulty: Experienced Beginner

Helpful Hints: While making View B, the pattern directs you back to View A directions at times. I accidentally skipped sewing the fused lining on, and had to do it later. Luckily, this wasn’t a huge issue at all. But just something to pay attention to as you work!

Make Again?: YES! I’d love to make a lace version like this, or a fleece one like this.

Links to Love: 20 Favorite Etsy Fabric Shops

We have had a busy week over here! And it’s just getting started. We have a PCS move upcoming; and we’ve been spending some time prepping for it. So, today I have a short; but useful, blog post about my favorite fabric shops on Etsy.

Living in a somewhat remote location; it can be difficult to get access to a good variety of fabric. Therefore, I’ve relied on Etsy a lot to satisfy my fabric needs! Scroll down for the complete list!

Shops Featuring a Variety of Fabrics & Notions

Designer/Boutique Fabric Shops

Single Specialty Shops

Hopefully, this list helps you find a new favorite fabric shop of your own!

Happy Crafting!

Love, Erin

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How to Make an Infinity Bib for your Little One

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I am so excited about today’s tutorial! My twins are getting bigger…bigger babies means more of everything; like spit-up for example. And these bibs are perfect for catching it. Not only that, but they also make a charming fashion statement! (Not like babies need to, but let’s be honest, it’s more for our enjoyment anyway.) Besides, I’d say it’s okay to style your baby when it also involves a level of practicality, which these bibs do.

Another great thing about these, is they come together so quickly. You could whip up a whole batch as a gift in a single afternoon. So find some adorable fabric and get to crafting! Scroll down for pattern and tutorial!

Infinity Scarf Bib Tutorial

Supplies:

  • 1/2 yard fabric of choice (I made mine using Art Gallery Knits from TwoDreamsFabricShop on Etsy – you can try a variety of different fabrics)
  • Matching thread
  • KAM Snaps (from Amazon*; you could also use velcro)
  • Pencil, scissors/rotary cutter
  • Infinity Scarf Bib Pattern

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Step 1: Cut out & Prepare pattern pieces

To get the best fit when sewing together; cut one pattern piece out with the fabric right side up, and one wrong side up. On the right side of the fabric, mark your KAM snap placements.

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Step 2: Sew The Bib Together

Sew together using a 3/8″ seam allowance; leaving about a 2-2.5″ opening where shown by the dotted line on the pattern. Trim your seam allowance and notch the curves.

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Step 3: Press and Finish

Turn the bib inside out and press. Fold in the open seam and topstitch to close. It’s up to you if you want to topstitch all the way around…I couldn’t decide which look I liked better, but the bib lays fine either way. Following the KAM snap directions, attach your snaps. (Not in the picture on snap is face up the other face down…if using velcro place one on the opposite side)

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See! Quick and easy. As a disclaimer, the KAM snaps clip together pretty well, so be sure to supervise your baby while wearing. Also, these fit snugly, so they will get easier to put on as your baby grows and their neck stretches.

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Happy Crafting!

Love, Erin

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Spring Daisy Pattern Weights; Free Crochet Tutorial

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Has anyone else been guilty of using whatever they can find around the house to use as pattern weights? For awhile, I was using wrenches from my husband’s toolbox. Oops. With the more sewing I have been doing lately, I figured it was time to invest in some actual pattern weights. And since I have a crafting blog, why not make some of my own? I think these turned out pretty cute and would make a great gift for the sewist friend in your life! Scroll down for the tutorial!

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Supplies*:

    • 3 colors of worsted weight yarn (I used Caron Simply Soft)
    • 2 large washers (per weight) (I used 3/4″ x 2″ washers from Home Depot)
    • Size H crochet hook
    • Yarn Needle

Abbreviations:

sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
slst = slip stitch
ch = chain
ch-2 sp = chain 2 space

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Step 1: Crochet your base color around the washer

Put two washers together. Measure out 5 arm spans of yarn. Fold in half. (So you’ll be doubling up thread for this part) Start almost as if you were crocheting a magic circle to begin. Ch 1 and proceed to crochet 18 sc through the middle and around the washers. Slst to finish in first sc. Weave in ends.

As you work, push the tops of the stitches in towards the center. This is where you’ll attach the daisy to the pattern weights.

Step 2: Crochet the daisy petals

Round 1: Start with magic circle and crochet 10 sc, slst in first sc to join.

Round 2: Ch 2. Skip a stitch, sc in the next stitch. Repeat 4 times. The 5th time, slst in first ch-2 sp.

Round 3: Ch 1. In same ch-2 sp, *sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc, slst, ch-1. Repeat from * in each ch sp. Slst to the top of the first ch 1 to finish.

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STEP 3: Crochet BObble Center

As you can see in the picture above, you will guide your hook through the first stitch of the magic circle and pull your yarn through, working in front of the petals.

Round 1: Ch 3. 7 dc in first st. Join with slst to first dc.

Round 2: Sc in each stitch. Slst to first sc to join. Finish. Leave a long tail to attach the bobble to the flower.

Step 4: Attach bobble; weave in ends

Stuff the bobble with the initial tail to help retain its shape. With the longer tail, attach the bobble by weaving in ends on the underside of the flower. Weave in all other ends

Step 5: Attach daisy to Pattern WEights Base

Cut a stretch of yarn in your base color. Attach the daisy to the base by coming up and around the posts of the single crochets from step 2-round 2 and weaving through the stitches on the base. Weave in ends once finished.

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Hope these bring a little spring to your sewing projects!

Happy Crafting!

Love, Erin

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Links to Love: Free T-Shirt Yarn Patterns

Now that you’re a pro at making your own t-shirt yarn (see my tutorial) here are several links to love that let you use up your new stash!

Jewelry

Bags

Wearables

Home Decor

I hope you have a great weekend! Take some time for yourself and get going on one of these great patterns.

Happy Crafting!

Love, Erin

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Make a Pacifier Clip; Practically Perfect for a Teething Baby

My twin girls are getting big enough now where I thought,  “Pacifier clips would really come in handy!” Instead of trying to find where all the pacifiers wander off to when they’re REALLY needed, a clip would be so much more helpful for keeping track; especially with two!

I was inspired to make these clips from jersey yarn after finding these from Madeline’s Box. Saray Crafts has a similar tutorial, which you can watch here.

I note in the title of this post that this pacifier clip is “practically perfect” for a teething baby. The great thing about it is that it is soft, so if baby chews on it the worst that will happen is you’ll have a soggy pacifier clip. Therefore, this clip is easily handwashed.

Scroll down for video tutorial!

Jersey Yarn Pacifier Clip

Materials:

  • Jersey yarn (get the tutorial to make your own, here)
  • Pacifier clip (found mine on Amazon)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler/Measuring Tape
  • Pacifier

https://youtu.be/rcpK1SNu5QU

Video Tutorial tips

When starting the fingerknitting, leave about a 7″ tail from the end. This will give you enough length to tie a looped knot at the end.

Continue knitting until your braid measures 7″ long.

After you finish knitting and cast off, cut the braid from the skein but leave about 7″ at the end; again to tie a looped knot.

Also, after cast off pull gently from both ends; this will help even the braid out.

Happy Crafting!

Love, Erin

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How to Make Your Own Jersey Yarn

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In anticipation of a DIY project for baby coming on Wednesday; today I have a tutorial on how to make jersey fabric yarn. The great thing about jersey (or T-shirt) yarn is its versatility. It can be used for anything from home decor projects to jewelry. With this tutorial you can customize your creations even more by choosing jersey knit fabric in any color or print you’d like! Scroll down for the tutorial!

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Step 1: Prepare your fabric

Cut the selvedge edge from your fabric. Fold your fabric in half widthwise; right sides together, and sew the edges together to make a tube. (Tip: if you are using a fabric with a print on it; fold lengthwise and check that the sides when folded turn in like the picture below…otherwise the print on your yarn will be inside out!) You can use a sewing machine or a serger.

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*see how the edges curl away from the right side of the fabric?

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Step 2: Fold the fabric

Fold your fabric in half widthwise (or lengthwise) again, leaving the seamed edge 1/2″ from the top edge.

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Step 3: Begin to Cut the Strips

With a straight edge; cut 1″ strips. (You can also leave a 1″ space from the fold to the top edge and cut your strips at 2″ for a little thicker yarn.) Start at the folded edge and continue until you reach the seamed edge. You will cut the seamed edge but do not continue past that. Continue to the end, trim any extra fabric.

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Step 4: Finish Cutting Continuous Strip

(1) Unfold the strips. (2) Begin cutting diagonally from strip to strip as pictured. (This is important as it’s what gets you your continuous strip of yarn.)

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Step 5: Stretch Strip

Move along the length of the strip and pull so the edges start to curl in.

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Step 6: pull along the entire length of the yarn

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Step 7: Roll up your Jersey Yarn

Finish up by wrapping your yarn into a ball.

So go find some jersey knit fabric and get to making! Check back on Wednesday & Friday for more ways to use your handmade jersey yarn!

Happy Crafting!

Love, Erin

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Urban Outfitters Inspired Wire Jewelry Organizer

After crafting jewelry this week, I thought, “I need a jewelry organizer!” I found the one pictured below on Urban Outfitters’ website. What I loved about it is that it opens you up to so many different crafting possibilities. What word or phrase would you choose for your jewelry organizer? What color would you paint it? How might you display it on your wall? But first, I had to figure out where I could find the wire. I searched for a little bit. I found craft wire at places like Joann’s and online through different Etsy shops…but they were all too thin. I thought maybe wire from a hardware store? But then thought it might be too stiff to mold the words easily.

c/o Urban Outfitters

I finally found sculpture wire on Amazon. It turned out to be perfect for making this jewelry organizer! Scroll down for full tutorial!

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“Fancy” Wire Jewelry organizer

Supplies:

  • Word/phrase template (here’s the link to mine)
  • Sculpture/Armature Wire (I used 20 ft-1/8″ gauge; and had more than enough)
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Spray Paint
  • Tape

Step 1:

Tape your template to a flat surface.

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Step 2:

Use your pliers to make a hook at the end of your wire.

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Step 3:

Begin molding the wire to the shape of the letters. The wire is very flexible, so work with it to get it to hold the position you want.

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Step 4:

Continue molding the letters, holding the initial letters steady. Use your pliers to bend the wire as needed.

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Step 6:

Once you finish, use your pliers to make a hook at the other end.

Step 7:

Spray paint your desired color and let dry.

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Step 8:

Hang your finished organizer and display your favorite jewelry!

Happy Crafting!

Love, Erin

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Make a Cheerful Tassel Necklace for Spring

Here’s my first finished project of my spring wardrobe challenge! You can find more info about that here. This necklace came together really fast and I loved how it turned out. The bright colors make me so ready for spring, and the fringe is so on trend, I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of this necklace this season. I’m hoping to eventually get my hands on some silk thread for making my fringe, because I think it’ll be a little swingier than the embroidery floss…BUT the embroidery floss has so many great colors and is much more readily available that it still works well for this project.

Beaded Tassel Necklace

Supplies:

  • Glass Beads
  • Embroidery Floss
  • 2″ Eye Pins
  • Jump Rings
  • 30″ Chain
  • Sharp scissors
  • Round nose pliers
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Super glue

Step 1: Make Tassel

Leave sleeves on embroidery floss and cut entire skein in half. Take a thread from the half you’re not using. If needed, use a yarn needle to thread it through the loop. Tie the thread in a double knot on top of the looped floss. Dab knot with tiny bit of glue to secure and trim ends when dry. Take another scrap bit of thread and tie around the neck of the tassel. Wrap the ends a couple times and tie a knot again. Secure with glue and trim ends. Open jump ring and slip under tied thread on top.

Step 2: Thread Beads on Pin

Thread 4 beads onto Eye Pins. Use Round Nose Pliers to loop straight end. (You will need another set of pliers to steady the eye pin) Wrap extra at the end around itself.

Step 3: Assemble NecklaCe

Attach jump ring from tassel to loop on eye pin. Attach another jump ring to the opposite loop. Secure this jump ring to chain.

Fun & Easy Rainbow Earrings for St. Patrick’s Day

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My family heritage is Irish, so we’ve always enjoyed celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. These rainbow earrings are a quick and easy accessory to make; too bad there’s no pot of gold when you’re finished. Scroll down for the tutorial on how to make both; pick your favorite to rock on March 17th!

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Rainbow Earrings

Supplies

For Fringe Hoops:

  • Embroidery floss (1 each of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple)
  • Hoop Earrings
  • Scissors
  • Super Glue

For Pom Pom Earrings:

  • Yarn in rainbow colors (I used Lion Brand’s Bon Bons)
  • Small Clover Pom Pom Maker (optional, you can use the method that works best for you)
  • Earring Findings (Long Bars from DesigninyourHeart on Etsy, Studs with ring from Joann’s)
  • Jump Rings
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Needle and Thread

Rainbow Fringe Hoops

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Step 1: Loosely wrap thread around your hand; 4 times. Trim from skein.

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Step 2: Tie a Cow Hitch Knot to attach to hoop.

Lay looped thread under hoop, bring bottom up and through the top, pull tight.

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Step 3: Continue Steps 1 & 2 with each color.

When you finish, position the group of loops on the hoop so when the earring is worn the tassels hang at the bottom.

Step 4: Place a dot of glue on the back of each knot.

Step 5: Repeat with other hoop.

Pay attention to knotting on the opposite side of the hoop so when you wear your earrings the pattern will look the same; both on the right and left. For example, you don’t want red to be facing out on one side and purple on the other, plus you want the back of the knots to face into you so they’re hidden.

Step 6: Trim tassels to desired length; use fingers to rub strands to separate individual strands for better fringe.

Rainbow Pom Pom Earrings

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Step 1: Wrap yarn around arches according to Pom Pom Maker directions.

I started one side, first red, then orange, then yellow; wrapping each about 30-40 times. On the other side, I started purple, then blue, then green.

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Step 2: Fold in wrapped arches and trim.

Step 3: Use a scrap piece of yarn to tie around threads.

This step gave me a little trouble. I found if I wrapped once and tied, I couldn’t get it tied tight enough to make a Pom Pom. I instead wrapped and crossed the ends around the Pom Pom 3 times, then I tied a double knot.

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Step 4: Trim yarn down until your Pom Pom is desired size.

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Step 5: Attach Pom Pom to Large Bar findings.

Cut long piece of thread and fold in half. Thread both ends through eye of needle. Push needle up through the middle of the Pom Pom but don’t pull tight yet. Thread needle through loop at bottom, then push the needle up through the middle of the Pom Pom again and pull tight. Pull one end of the thread out of the needle; thread the remaining end through the large bar finding. Take both ends of the thread and tie them tightly in a knot; securing the end of the long bar up to the Pom Pom.

Step 6: Attach jump ring to stud, then stud to the other end of the large bar.

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And just like that, you have two fashion forward ways to show your St. Patrick’s Day spirit this year!

Happy Crafting!

Love, Erin

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