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stitch with style mag!

I’m in it!  I love this magazine.  This issue is filled with all sorts of goodies and many from bloggers you might already know.  Charise from Charise Creates and Sara from Sew Sweetness just to name a couple!  I feel really lucky that my project got accepted.  It feels like so long ago though, so it’s good to be able to share it here!

My contribution is the Modern Grommet Clutch.  If you’ve been along with me on this crazy ride you know that I love grommets and throw it on a clutch, perfect!

I used a Robert Kaufman Chambray on the exterior and some Anna Maria Horner Pastry Line Voile for the front sash.  A print by Helen Dardik for the lining.  It’s even got a cute little pocket inside for your library card or some lip balm.  I really like the quilted chambray, it’s got such a great texture.

I gave myself a little pat on the back when I realized my outfit coordinated so well with the clutch today!

You can purchase your own copy of the magazine at Pink Chalk Fabrics, or try hunting it down at your favorite sewing shops!  It’s even got full size sheets of pattern pieces for you (including pattern pieces for my clutch)!

Have a great weekend!

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another scoop top

Scoop Top, it rocks.  I made another!  This time I had gotten a super soft knit from Girl Charlee.  It’s dreamy.

Pretty much the same as last time.  I love how quick this shirt is to sew.  I kind of feel spoiled with knits. I finished this one morning and wore it the rest of the day, just like last time.  Now it’s been washed and I’m ready to wear it again!

Instead of hemming the sleeves this time I just added another band, similar to how the neckline is finished.

Gotta love it!

Hope you had a great weekend.  It’s been rain rain rain for days here, come on sun!

Tutorial: Scoop Top by Skirt as Top
Fabric: Girl Charlee

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my leggings!

I’m so pumped about these leggings.  I followed Miranda’s (One Little Minute) tutorial for self drafted leggings and made my very own pair. I had gotten this black’white print from a while back and figured I might as well cut into it.  I love them!

I did end up re-measuring myself though because apparently I didn’t quite measure as accurately as I could the first time.  So this next round that I plan on making I adjusted the overall length and rise a bit.

If you’re at all uncertain of knits this would be a great project to start with.  And if you’re shopping for fabric, just check the material content of an existing pair of leggings you have (or even go check out what a pair at the store is made of).  I got a bunch of this Laguna Stretch Cotton Jersey (it’s 95% cotton 5% Lycra, same content of the store bought ones I had).

I know it might seems ridiculous to sew a pair of leggings when they’re only $10 or so at Target, but when you make them yourself, they’ll be made to fit your body!  So if you have really long legs, or larger calves, or you like them to not feel like they’re showing your butt when you bend over, this is your answer.

Have a great long weekend!!!
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magnetic snap tutorial

I remember what it was like inserting my first magnetic snap.  I was sweating bullets!  It’s one of those last steps when making a tote or bag or other project.  All I could think of was how was I going to fix it once I messed it up?!  But you know what, all the worry was really over nothing.  Anyway, I’ll show you how to insert a magnetic snap, no sweat, promise.

+ Supplies +

  • sharp scissors
  • some kind of fabric marking tool (I used a water soluble pen)
  • scraps of fusible interfacing

+ Interfacing +
One of the little tricks I’ve come up with for myself is having those little scraps of fusible interfacing ready to go.  Whenever I’m cutting interfacing and I have a few smaller pieces, I’ll take the time and cut them into little 2″ squares.  I stuff those squares in a baggie with my magnetic snaps so the next time I’m ready to insert a snap – it’s ready to go!  Most frequently I keep Pellon SF101 (a fusible woven) and Pellon 81F (a fusible fleece) and I use them in combination.

You’ll have two pronged pieces and two washers per magnetic snap.

+ Size/Type +
Now I should mention that you’ll want to make sure you have the appropriate size magnetic snap for your project.  Most patterns/tutorials call for a certain size.  I do like to use a smaller 15mm size snap for pockets.  Some even have a lighter magnetic strength which is nice if you’re sick of trying to pry open a pocket for the millionth time.  I also really like working with a sew in magnet (which is sandwiched between exterior/lining layers), they seem to hold things together nicely, but at the same time are really easy to open.  I can save that for another post though if you’re interested.

+ Where to Shop +
I prefer to order my magnetic snaps on Etsy.  I feel like I get a way better deal than the big box craft stores (yes, even with a coupon) and have more options for sizes and even magnetic strengths.  My favorite shop is BeingBags,  I’ve always had good luck and they have a great selection of bag hardware. Usually you’ll need to buy more than you need for one project, but then I always like tucking in snaps when I’m sending sewing friends a package, share the love, right?!

So we’ll start of with a little project in progress.  For this example I’m using a front pocket from my Super Tote.  I’ve assembled the pocket (pocket exterior, piping, and pocket lining).

You’ll be inserting the magnetic snap between the exterior and lining pieces.  You won’t want the back of these magnetic snaps to show. Below is a picture of the wrong sides of the exterior and lining pieces opened up and all set to go.

Step 1:
Mark snap placement. Using whatever marking tool you’ve got around.  a pencil works great too.  Make a mark in both of those little rectangles.

Step 2:
Cut slits where you marked to insert prongs. Make sure to use a sharp scissors!  And try to cut as small of a slit as possible.  I’ve also seen where people make small buttonholes where the prongs will go.  If you’re worried about fraying you can always dab on a little Fray Check.

Step 3:
Insert snap.  Push prongs through the slits.  You can then take out the prongs and fuse on a layer of fusible interfacing.  It helps stabilize everything and holds up better for wear and tear.  I’ve fused on SF101 and then fusible fleece on top (gives the snap a little extra padding). You can either then push the prong back through the slits or snip through the interfacing carefully.

Push the prong back through.

Slide washer over prongs. Using the edge of your scissors blade, bend over the prongs.  I’ve seen where people bend them inwards too, I haven’t noticed a difference either way, so I usually just bend them outwards.

Step 4:
Fuse on more interfacing.  Yep!  Go ahead and take another scrap of SF101 and lay it over the top of everything and give it a good iron.

Step 5:
Repeat steps 1-4 for installing remaining half of snap on project. Marking placement, cutting, inserting prongs, interface, bend over prongs, adding more interfacing and that’s all!

You’re all set!  I love to sit and open and close snaps (and zippers) when I’m done, it’s so fun and feels like a pat on the back.  You did it!  And I should mention, if this kind of magnetic snap isn’t your cup of tea, there are some really cute sew in style snaps that I definitely want to try.  They seem like they’d make a really nice handmade touch to a project.  Okay, if you have any additional tips feel free to leave them in the comments.  ♥

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Super Tote Super Hearts

This Umbrella Prints fabric is one of the first I picked to make into a Super Tote.  I love this print, yeah, so what I have two chairs covered in the same print?!  I’ll match my house at least.  I love this tote so much.  Orange is one of my many favorite colors.

I did make a different lining for this version, but when I fished it all up I didn’t like it!  So I made a whole new lining.  Of course I saved the lining that I didn’t use and will make a different exterior soonish.  I’m so happy I switched it though.

 I also fully lined the front pocket on this one (an option in the pattern – instead of using a pocket facing), definitely recommend going this route if you’re just using quilting weight cottons.

I’ve been really excited to pop through the flickr group and find all sorts of finished pretties, you guys are always so productive!  Thank you so much for sharing.  Seriously, I get so distracted when I open up the group page, I love paging through what you made.

And I forgot to share this with the testers post, but my friend Carolyn made a Super Tote and was thoughtful enough to take time to send me her notes (even in the midst of all her Quilt Market preparing).  I love her version.  She included piping along her gusset which is so lovely.  ♥

Exterior: Chambray, Linen, Umbrella Prints
Lining: Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander, Julia Rothman for Windham Type (pockets)
Pattern: Super Tote

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