Sunday, October 30, 2011

Beginner Sewing Series- Part 3

Yay!  My beginner sewing series is complete!  I just finished editing and posting Part 3.  In this third part of the series I show you how to sew up the pants, creating a waistband casing, insert and secure the elastic and even how to hem the pants! This is the perfect beginner project.

If you have been following along you should now be able to make a really cute pair of pajama/lounging pants all by yourself from start to finish.  If you have not and are interested in getting your own copy of Simplicity 2290 pattern, it can be purchased HERE.

To watch the entire series simply click HERE to watch all three parts from start to finish.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Beginner Sewing Series: Part 2- Simplicity 2290

If you are following my new Beginner Sewing Series then you will be happy to know that Part 2 has been posted!  We have been working with Simplicity Pattern #2290 from their new Learn to Sew line of simple commercial sewing patterns. You will learn how to make a cute pair of simple elastic waist pants from start to finish.  The pattern is for child/ teen and teen/adult sizes.

If you'd like to follow along and need to get your own pattern you can purchase it HERE.

Many of you have emailed me asking for a tutorial on how to read & understand commercial sewing patterns.  So, I have delivered!  I know the terminology and diagrams can be intimidating especially for beginners so I hope the videos in this series will help clarify most of it for you!

In Part 2 of this series I explain how to prepare your fabric and tissue paper pattern piece, how to arrange the pattern on your fabric for pinning and cutting.  Part 3 will be posted later this week and will cover how to sew the pants up, creating the waistband casing, inserting elastic for waistband and hemming the pants. Look out for the post on that coming soon.

If you are just now learning about this series--- click here to read about & watch Part 1. 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fall garden anyone?

We have been super busy moving into the new farmhouse... well, maybe not "we."  It's been more like my DH moving everything by himself little by little.  Poor guy!  He gets to spend his four weeks of paternity leave moving his little family into our new place

I have been bonding with our new little girl.. isn't she a doll?! Nursing is going as perfect as can be and last week at her two week checkup she was in the 85% for height and 88% for weight. Gotta give thanks for a healthy and thriving baby!

As my husband does the big heavy moving I decided to start on our first Fall Garden.  Up until now all I've ever done is grow in some containers earlier this summer.  So, this is my first take on an actual garden where I have a ton of space!  This is so exciting for all of us... 2 year old DS included.

We purchased an organic Fall garden kit from Comet Farm just a few miles up from where our place is.  The kit came with 32 plants of all kinds of yummies!-- Cabbage, broccoli, kale, spinach, calendula, bok choy, etc.  We also got seed packets for things like peas, carrots, turnips, swiss chard, etc.

I came home and decided to try my hand at building some garden beds from cedar. 

After building two I decided to try some free-standing raised bed rows... a lot easier, less strain on my back and they are free! My favorite part was I was able to mound them up with DD in tow.

I planted 64 white onions (from sets) across two of those beds today... and we'll see what more I can get done tomorrow.

Are you starting a fall garden?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

How to Make a Wallet from Plastic Bags- Life Reimagined Project

With all the exciting things going on in my life these past few weeks I almost forgot to blog about my latest sewing tutorial... oops!

I created this tutorial after being contacted by YouTube and AARP to participate in their newly launched LifeReimagined Project.

The LifeReimagined Project is basically a network of peers and mentors who will support each other on their path towards exploring the "what's next in life?"  A place where you can meet and interact with others who are looking to do something different with their lives.  Whether it's pursuing a passion you've always had or maybe you're someone who is looking for a totally new career path and would like to explore your options.

This tutorial was created to get you thinking about "reimagining" your life similar to how I reimagine a few plastic bags and give them new life as a fully functional (and eco-firendly) tri-fold wallet in this video tutorial. 

So many of you have contacted me to tell me how my tutorials have helped you launch your own small at-home business that I thought this LifeReimagined Project would be just perfect to introduce to my readers.  Check out the videos and stories posted at LifeReimagined Project and be inspired to do something new or different with your life.. perhaps take your passion for crafting to the next level!

Who knows?! Maybe some of you will consider swapping your professional degrees for a camera to post crafting videos on YouTube full time... like I did!

Wanna learn how to make your own plastic bag wallet?
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