It’s summer and my girls and I are in full swing! It’s been a blast this past couple weeks and I’ve really enjoyed having them home! I had purchased the Stitch Love book by Mollie Johanson over a year ago and Natalie had picked out the guinea pig project right away. Of course it ended up getting put on the back burner for way too long. She did end up making a few things all on her own such as the fireflies and the Precious Possum project.
When she asked again about me helping her with the guinea pig project I had run out of excuses. Our local Hancock Fabrics is going out of business (so sad about that as I love digging through their bargain fashion fabrics) and that’s where to go for fleece! So we went and bought all our supplies – at a pretty good deal, plus picked up some more ‘essentials’. haha. Once we got home she went straight to it and got the templates cut out. She was able to mostly made it herself, I would start the first few stitches and then she continued on. I did end up sewing on the tongue because it was a little trickier, but other than that she did really well. She would ask for help now and then and I think that it ended up being the perfect project for her to try. Challenging enough to learn new skills, but nothing so difficult that she couldn’t follow through and finish. Natalie is super proud of it and her official name is Meadow.
We’re planning on helping Emily make one soon. Emily started a turtle tissue cozy that I hope we’ll get finished. I’d definitely recommend this book. My daughters both loved so many of the projects when we first flipped through. And I think it’s perfect for their ages, plus fun for me to help! I hadn’t ever made a plush animal before and I think the construction of it was super fun. We’ll be trying more for sure!
Pattern: Guinea Pig from Stitch Love by Mollie Johanson (Wild Olive)
Hope you all had a lovely weekend. I taught my Maker’s Tote pattern at my local quilt shop, Olive Juice Quilts. It was a fun little group and I always enjoy seeing what different fabric combinations everyone comes up with. They were a great mix of local folks as well as some from Minneapolis and Chicago, so it was fun to hear how they traveled to Onalaska. I think we all agreed that having a built in shopping hour would have come in handy – next time! Olive Juice has such a great mix of fabrics, all the new stuff as well as a huge selection of different substrates. If you’re ever in the area, you definitely need to stop in.
So as I was making the step outs for class I also made a new tote and took some videos (I had my girls be my audience and it was the best ever because I hate talking to myself on video, haha). The Maker’s Tote is an intermediate skill level pattern, but it’s nothing too complicated, so if you have an adventurous spirit – you can definitely do it. For one of the students in class, it was her first time making a bag, and she did great!
The reason for the video is that I wanted to have an extra resource for those who are up for the challenge, but maybe feel they aren’t quite ready to go it alone, or those who prefer a video learning format. I took the trickier parts and did videos of those steps, including any additional tips and tricks I could think of. I definitely want anyone who tries any of my patterns to be able to be successful, so I hope these extras will help. While they aren’t a full sew along, I hope it’ll be a helping hand you might need. Check out the video here. I do have the comments in the video disabled, so if you have questions feel free to ask them here or email me. Trust me when I say this isn’t a fancy video (including points where it looks like I’m going to sew my fingers – it’s definitely the camera angle! eek!), but hopefully it gets the point across.
Maker’s Tote Tips – Video
Pattern: Maker’s Tote (size small shown)
Fabric: Miss Matatabi on etsy (she also has a new online shop as well),
Robert Kaufman Gingham and Yarn Dyed Essex
Zippers: Wawak.com and zipit on etsy
Hope your summer is going great!
We had picked out the Mini Colfax and the Mini Southport Dress patterns (the mini versions – she does women’s versions for both as well) a few weeks ago. I had high hopes to make them for Natalie’s birthday and our friends’ wedding. So we didn’t really end up wearing them for either event, but it was fun to try nonetheless. It’s nice to have some sort of reason to make something, at least I don’t have as much of a chance to pass it off for yet another day.
I’m so happy how excited Emily was about her Mini Southport Dress! She did ask me almost every day when the dress would be done. We ended up picking the size 8, even though according to her chest measurements it was going to be roomy. I think the style of the dress makes it really flexible to go up a size or so and still look great. Plus it’ll hopefully fit well into fall (paired with a cardigan or leggings). Before you think I just magically picked the right size, I did get about halfway through another size and realized that it was going to be too small for Emily. I didn’t let it stop me for long! I quickly cut out the new size and pieces and finished it right up. I think the smaller size I’ll end up finishing and giving to my niece. It’s probably worth mentioning that holding up the bodice pieces on your child might be helpful. Even if it’s just for a rough estimate.
We love this dress! So summery! I will be making more – they come together super quick and look so put together.
Pattern: Mini Southport Dress by True Bias
Fabric: Leah Duncan Morning Walk in voile
Hope you’re having a great start to summer. I’m hoping to get the sew along going in a week or so. It’ll be casual and relaxed, but hopefully fun!