2 new patterns every month

by Dana on July 1, 2015

How much do you love sewing patterns??
How often are you asking for new ones?
How many cute fabrics do you have, just waiting for the right project?
the Sew What Club
join the Sew What Club
Guys, this is really exciting.
There’s a new sewing pattern club called the SEW WHAT CLUB, and it’s a fun new way to get the newest patterns from your favorite designers right in your in inbox every month—patterns that you can’t get anywhere else.

sewing patterns every month
The club is made of a fantastic group of designers, and a fantastic group of sewers—like YOU.  I’m excited we can all be part of it.

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Here’s it works:
• Sign up for the club.
• Choose either children’s or women’s pattern….or you can do both!
• Every month with the children’s pattern option you will be sent two downloadable PDF patterns, one on the first of the month and one on the fifteenth. One pattern is from Kelly Crawford of Sewing In No Mans Land and the other pattern is from a featured guest designer (like myself or one of the fantastic women from the websites above).
• Every month with the women’s pattern option, you will be sent an exclusive pattern created by either Kelly or one of the guest designers (sizing information is available on the website)

womens sewing patterns every month

I’m dying over that dress on Kelly.  Isn’t she stunning?
And that fabric??
And that pattern?!
I might need the women’s patterns along with the kids.

Okay.  Ready to sew?
To celebrate the launch of the club, membership rates are on special discount for the first week. SCORE.
its the Sew What Club
So head over and join the club.
Who said life gives you lemons?….it’s raining patterns!
join the Club for new patterns every month



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Remember when I talked about making a new art table for the Studio?
And you wondered which color I would choose?
Okay.  You already knew what I would do….
Formica table
But at one point the Studio looked like this:

And we brought in some IKEA shelves to build the “legs” of the table….

And the Formica® Brand contacted me to see if I wanted to work on a project with them?  For their new Formica® Laminate Jonathan Adler collection?

And I was all like, whaaaaat?  YES.
(Sorry.  I’ll just recap the play-by-play, in case you didn’t read my other post)

And it was like a blogging matchmaker put us together—because I had been thinking about a laminate table top for my studio for a year!  And then Formica® Brand sent me free samples of the product?  And I had to choose my favorite one….

My table is done!
How to make your own craft table
And it’s orange.  And I totally love it.
DIY craft table
Here’s the Before and After:
before and after DIY Craft table
The original table-top was a hollow construction door.  And now it’s a glossy, fitted surface.
I wasn’t sure how the glossy finish would look in the room but I LOVE it—the kids can’t even draw on it!  The marker lines just wipe off!  That is HUGE, and fantastic.

And so is the fit.
The table sits right on top, like the lid of a gift box.

We had a cabinet maker come to the house and measure for the table top.
Then he made the table of MDF in his shop, and covered it with Formica® Laminate—in Orange Lacquered Linen, and brought it back to my house.

I seriously love it!
how to make a Craft Table
I replaced the metal legs on the cabinets with caster wheels—and the jury’s still out on that.   They look kind of “messy” to me.  But I love the mobility.  We’ll see how that part goes.

….and we’ll see what I do with the chairs.  Cause you know I love oilcloth.

For now we’re all enjoying the new look….with fresh projects and art designs.

So….are you loving laminate now?
It’s so much fun!
And so is the Formica® Laminate Chic Your Space Contest, which is currently live and runs through the end of June.  Just visit Formica Group on Facebook for a chance to win a $10,000 makeover with Formica® Laminate! Hurry!—the contest ends 6/30.
And while you’re at it, want to enjoy a new Formica® Laminate counter top as well?  Today we’re giving away a $100 Lowe’s gift card to get your project started!
To enter for a chance to win, just let me know what you think of the new table.
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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older (or nineteen (19) years of age or older in Alabama and Nebraska). Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 2 business days to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.
The Official Rules are available here.
This sweepstakes runs from 6/22/2015 – 7/15/2015
Be sure to visit The Formica® Brand’s page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ posts!


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I’m a little obsessed with making pencil skirts right now.
I mean.
They are.  The easiest skirts to make!
(sorry for the dramatics)
knit pencil skirt tutorial
20 minute knit pencil skirt

But I’m not kidding!
20 minutes….DONE.
I need to keep churning these suckers out.
And you should too.  (Get the full Pencil Skirt Tutorial HERE)
A couple changes I made this time around:
I used 2-inch wide elastic (rather than 1-inch)…which I was on-the-fence about at first (because elastic widths are an important use for brain bandwidth).  But I thought the 2-inch would be too wide and almost too tight at the top.  Instead, I totally love it!
simple pencil skirt tutorial
It actually holds me in better.
Which seems funny to note.  But I love clothing that helps me “suck it in”….like the denim shorts I wear all summer long.  Who knows, maybe I would have loved wearing a corset back in the day?  Of course corsets didn’t have 5% spandex thrown in.
I’ll stick to my shorts.
And pencil skirts.

Okay, the second change is that I used a cover stitch for the waistband and the hem.
YES!  This was my first time using a cover stitch machine!…which might sound foreign to some of you. A cover stitch is similar to an overlock stitch on a serger, but it has two parallel straight stitches on one side, and overlock stitch on the other side.  It’s that stitch you see at the bottom of every T-shirt hemline, on swim suits, on skirts, pants, etc.  It’s everywhere!  You’ve probably seen a thousand times without even realizing it.
how to sew a pencil skirt

And I got to try out the fancy coverstitching at Baby Lock Sewing Headquarters this week!
I’ve been working with them for about a year now (maybe you remember the yards and yards of ruffled streamers I sewed for their even last year?).   Well they invited a group of bloggers, sewers, and brand partners out to their facility in St Louis again, so we could learn more about their machines, eat cupcakes with friends, and share ideas with each other.

Which means….I got to hang out with Katy Dill, Kate, Melissa, Stef, and the Simple Simon girls for 2 days!

It’s such a treat to meet blogging friends in real life (like when I met Rae and Deborah)

Of course I love putting a voice with their writing style….but what I love more is hearing the laugh that goes along, and finding out which dry shampoo brand Kate loves (rather than the cheap Suave stuff I’ve been using), and listening to Liz and Elizabeth tell the funniest life stories while we sit eating pancakes at Denny’s at midnight.  You find out how poised and detail-oriented Katy is (okay, you already knew that).  But really, she has the most soothing, calm voice.  I sound like I’m vomiting conversation next to her.  Melissa is funny and witty and knows so much about so many things.  And Stef has the most amazing hair!  She’s just adorable and so smart.

Okay, I’ll stop rambling.
And share my favorite part of the event….
Every year Liz and Elizabeth host a sew-along called Skirting the Issue, where anyone can make skirts during July/August, mail them in, and the skirts are donated to foster care children.  It’s such a cool project and such an easy way to give.  Because how hard is it to make skirt??  20 minutes.

So they brought the project to the Baby Lock event and asked if we would help by sewing skirts together, right there in the same room.

Riley Blake fabrics donated yards of knit fabrics and we started sewing.  We focused on making skirts for teenage girls.  So we sewed knit pencil skirts, hoping that each girl could have a new outfit for the first day of school.
And in about an hour the group had sewn 60 skirts!  60!
It was a humbling sight to see all those skirts hanging on the wall.
If you want more info about how you can help with Skirting the Issue, head over to Simple Simon (the event hasn’t started yet for this year—I believe it starts in July.  But that link will give you info on how it all works).
Thank you Baby Lock and thank you friends for a wonderful two days.

And thank you for Riley Blake for all the extra fabric (we were also able to make our own skirts during open-sew time)  I’ll think of it as my souvenir skirt.
simple pencil skirt on MADE


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How to make + sew Piping!

by Dana on June 2, 2015

Okay guys.  Today is the day.
Today we’re making Piping!
How to make and use Piping

What is piping??
It’s not for decorating a cake.
Well, some piping is.
But we’re talking fabric piping.   It’s that fun 3D trim you see around the edges of a pillow, on seat cushions, around a bag or purse, and on so many garments.  It’s sort of the sister to Bias Tape (which I’ve professed my love for time and time again).   And because there’s rope (or cording) sewn inside, it gives that special pop of color or contrast to your project.
Piping tutorial
Now you can always buy it at the store (in some solid colors).  BUT, you can easily make your own!  In whatever fabric you want!

You just need a little of this:
How to make and use Piping tutorial
And probably this:
Piping tutorial and video
And then you’ll be piping every pocket, bag, and First Day Dress placket that’s asking for it.
Piping tutorial and video

how to make Piping tutorial

Ready to make some?
Just hit play below and enjoy!

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