November 3 ~ Passion for Clothes
|We love clothes, and we love making clothing that’s just right. The perfect fabric, the perfect fit… Made for us! (Or made for the people we love.) If you have a passion for clothes we know you’ll love today’s tutorials!
Don’t forget to comment to win today. You could tell us about your recent clothing sewing successes or your favorite Etsy shop for clothes… Anything goes!
|The Pretty Blouse
Remember The Pretty Blouse from Amanda of The Modern Marigold? She created this tutorial for us here at Sew, Mama, Sew!; we like how it gives such different looks depending on your fabric choices…
Shannon from Luvinthemommyhood shows you how to make this darling Autumn Tunic!
Jess from Craftiness is not Optional shows you how to draft your own pattern (or download a 2T/3T pattern) for this super-cute Junebug Dress.
Nicole from Cola Cola Island says her Plaid-Tastic Top bow makes her happy. She was inspired by a shirt she saw to make her own, and then she generously shows us how to do it too!
Make a Scrappy Skirt with Melissa fromThe Polkadot Chair!
|Skirt & Ruffle Leggings
These Skirt & Ruffle Leggings from Ashley of Make It and Love It are super-easy, soft and fun. What more could you ask for?!
Liz from Cotton & Curls makes box pleats look easy in her tutorial for this pretty Paperbag Skirt.
Elisabeth’s Elastic-Waist Skirt from Growing Home is easy enough to be the third or fourth thing you’ve ever sewn (Elisabeth is sure of it!).
Bag a Day
There are so many beautiful bags to love out there… We’re sharing one bag tutorial every day this month for you to sew and give.
Ellen’s Rope Bag from The Long Thread is so easy and chic. You’ll want to make several to show off your favorite fabrics. (If you can bear it, you can give some of those away as gifts this season!)
|Toddler Marimekko Skirt
Thumb & Pinky creates handmade children’s clothing from beautiful fabrics ranging from Marimekko to handmade African prints. We think the skirts are especially fantastic, like this Toddler Marimekko Skirt.
Here are just a few fabrics perfect for some of today’s projects. Click on the fabric images to visit the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop:
|Dena’s choice||Beth’s choice||Liz’s choice|
|Gingerbread Bundts with Cinnamon Glaze
Bria from These Peas are Hollow shares her Gingerbread Bundts with Cinnamon Glaze recipe. She writes, “The aroma from these cakes is absolutely heavenly, if ‘coziness’ had a smell, this would probably be it. Spicy and rich but not too sweet, I think these cakes would be an absolute crowd-pleaser for Thanksgiving or other fall gatherings.” Yum!
Download these free Jam Labels from Sibylle at Funkytime, decorate your jars and make your neighbors happy with some homemade jam this holiday season!
Tweet #handmadeholidays this week for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!
Comment on today’s post for a chance to win one of these books!
The Burdastyle Sewing Handbook (US Winners Only)
Author: Nora Abousteit, Alison Kelly, BurdaStyle
Publisher: Potter Craft
The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook is the most comprehensive, hip and creative guide to learning to sew clothes with style. With more than 430,000 members around the world, BurdaStyle is the largest online community of sewing enthusiasts, fashion designers and DIYers. In their first book, BurdaStyle celebrates this vibrant, global community as they teach readers everything they need to know to design and sew an entire wardrobe of fashion-forward looks using the five fully customizable sewing patterns enclosed with the book. Filled with gorgeous photography, step-by-step instruction and contributions by 78 designers from 22 countries, The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook will be the go-to guide for every fashion sewer.
Author: Aimee Ray
Publisher: Lark Crafts
This follow-up to the best-selling Doodle Stitching offers fans expanded and updated basics, 400+ easy embroidery motifs on the page and on a CD sealed in the back of the book, 17 projects, and lots of added inspiration. More than a dozen categories include Alphabet, Asian Chic, Baby, Celebrations, Embellishments, Fruits & Veggies, Space, Trees, Flowers, Winged Wonders, and Woodland Creatures, and each section includes one motif stitched by the author.
Author: Lexie Barnes
Publisher: Storey Books
Want to bring a new look to a tired room without spending a fortune? Designer Lexie Barnes shows you how to personalize your living space in just a few hours, with 50 fresh, fun, pattern-free sewing projects. Transform a living room with a custom-designed slipcover and coordinated pillows. Redecorate a bedroom in a weekend by sewing up a headboard cover, a lampshade, and matching window treatments. Learn how easy and inexpensive it can be to change the look of a child’s room as she grows from a baby to a kid to a teenager. With dramatic before-and-after examples, beautifully styled photography, and a fun “you-can-do-it” attitude, Sew Up a Home Makeover is a creative resource that you’ll return to every time you’re ready for a new look.
Authors: Shelley Wicks, Jeanne Large
Publisher: Martingale & Co.
Decorate your home throughout the snowy season with 10 folk-art quilts and accessories! Choose from lap quilts, wall quilts, pillows, and table runners, all featuring favorite wintertime motifs. With easy projects and step-by-step instructions, and a little fun with giant rickrack, you’ll be finished before the first holiday party!
* Projects feature fusible appliqué and easy wool appliqué stitched by hand or machine.
* Themes include stockings, stars, trees, holly, and even reindeer.
* Decorating tips throughout the book offer fresh ideas for your home.
Craft Activism (US Winners Only)
Author: Joan Tapper & Gale Zucker
Publisher: Potter Craft
Join the Handmade Movement! We make to give. We make to share. We make to connect with others. Crafters all over the world are using their hands and hearts to make a statement, change the world, and build community.
Craft Activism is an inspiring celebration of this growing movement. Inside, dozens of superstars of this grassroots phenomenon share their experiences, tips, and advice on living, teaching, and promoting a more meaningful DIY lifestyle. Learn to craft for your cause, connect with other crafters, think green, organize a fair, host an online exchange, create yarn graffiti, and more.
We respect the copyright of all crafters. All photos are used with permission from the artist.
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