Noodlehead http://www.noodle-head.com noodlehead sewing patterns and tutorials Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:21:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Yarn Bowl and a Lovely Stack http://www.noodle-head.com/2014/09/yarn-bowl-and-a-lovely-stack.html http://www.noodle-head.com/2014/09/yarn-bowl-and-a-lovely-stack.html#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:21:27 +0000 http://www.noodle-head.com/?p=5314 A few weeks ago we took a family staycation and ended up at a local pottery painting place. We took forever to pick what we wanted to paint. I finally chose this yarn bowl that I spotted at the last minute! I’ve always wanted a yarn bowl, they’re always so pretty. Then came the challenge […]

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A few weeks ago we took a family staycation and ended up at a local pottery painting place. We took forever to pick what we wanted to paint. I finally chose this yarn bowl that I spotted at the last minute! I’ve always wanted a yarn bowl, they’re always so pretty. Then came the challenge as to what to actually paint on this bowl, so I decided to keep it simple and neutral. We got to pick up our pieces last week after they had been fired. It was so fun to see what they looked like! Like unwrapping a little present (even though we knew what was inside). It’s amazing to see their transformation.

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My friend Holly makes these really cool needle gauges and I’m ready to put it to work.

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I’m excited to start knitting something after taking the summer inadvertently off, so now that it’s getting cooler here I’m getting the itch again. I was so close to finishing my first sweater when I ran out of matching yarn, still trying to decide what to do about that. Maybe a short-sleeved sweater? I dunno.

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Lastly, the kind folks at Robert Kaufman sent me this super pretty stack of their new Kona colors! I never get stacks of fabric with so many choices like this, so it’s fun just to look at! I’ll use it though, promise. And if you’ve made it this far, I’m working on another free pattern for Robert Kaufman for one of their new lines debuting at Quilt Market. I know you’ll love it!

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Oh, and I’ll pick the winner of the Gramercy Fabric bundle giveaway and share it in my next post! It was super fun times reading through what prints you liked and what you might make with Gramercy! It’s good stuff!

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Gramercy Envelope Clutch and Fabric Giveaway! http://www.noodle-head.com/2014/09/gramercy-envelope-clutch-and-fabric-giveaway.html http://www.noodle-head.com/2014/09/gramercy-envelope-clutch-and-fabric-giveaway.html#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:42:48 +0000 http://www.noodle-head.com/?p=5219 [This giveaway is now closed, thank you to all who entered!] Happy Friday everyone! I couldn’t be more excited about this fabric today! It’s the newest collection by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics called Gramercy. Leah is one of my many favorite designers, ever since her first collection Maya, I’ve been diligently following along. […]

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[This giveaway is now closed, thank you to all who entered!]

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Happy Friday everyone! I couldn’t be more excited about this fabric today! It’s the newest collection by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics called Gramercy. Leah is one of my many favorite designers, ever since her first collection Maya, I’ve been diligently following along. I secretly hoard the prints and may just happen to have extra cuts I stash away just so I can use some right away and still have some more for just that perfect project.  You do that too, right?!

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I used my Envelope Clutch pattern in the large size (there are two sizes, yay!). I’ve been working on re-vamping the Envelope Clutch pattern to be in tip-top shape and will be re-releasing the pattern soon (and with a fun little discount to kick things off). So please hang in there, it should be all set in about a week and I’ll let you know when it’s ready.

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I forgot how much I love this clutch and when it’s finished it just feels so awesome and professional. One of my very favorite things is handmade piping, and I love the finished look! I’ve got my tutorial here that makes it a little easier! Handmade piping is one of those things that might be a pain when you’re making it, but in the end it’s so worth the extra time and effort!

Did I mention this size fits and ipad mini (and probably a lot of other smaller tablets!)? When I made the pattern the minis weren’t out yet so I think it’s a happy coincidence. And on that note, I have instructions for making this fit a regular ipad, too, just in case you’re wondering.

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Okay, enough about me! How about some fabric?! I’m excited that Leah offered a half yard bundle (that’s 8 half yard cuts!!!) as a giveaway to one lucky reader!

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To Enter:

  • one winner will be chosen
  • Just leave a comment! Leah and I are curious, what’s your favorite print in the collection? Or what would you make with Gramercy?
  • Open to US entries only please!
  • Giveaway ends Sunday, September 14th at 10pm (central time).

Oh, and I’m not sure about you, but I’m always drooling over the awesomeness in Leah’s shop! I’ll take that gorgeous cuff (you know I love me some brass jewelry) and a pillow cover please! haha

ps, if you’re looking for Art Gallery Fabrics near you, they’ve got a great little store locator on the Art Gallery Fabrics website here. How handy!

A couple of my fave online shops that have it as well:
Pink Castle Fabrics
Hawthorne Threads

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Happy Social Tote http://www.noodle-head.com/2014/09/happy-social-tote.html http://www.noodle-head.com/2014/09/happy-social-tote.html#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:13:15 +0000 http://www.noodle-head.com/?p=5118 Thank you so much for your kind and supportive comments from my last post about my upcoming book. I’m so excited to share it with you all and show a bit more about it! So stay tuned… All that aside, I’ve been missing blogging! It’s made me realize how much I love just creating and then […]

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Thank you so much for your kind and supportive comments from my last post about my upcoming book. I’m so excited to share it with you all and show a bit more about it! So stay tuned…

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All that aside, I’ve been missing blogging! It’s made me realize how much I love just creating and then sharing it with you and hearing about how you’ve made one too, or how you can’t wait to try a new technique or pattern, or what you’re up to next. The sewing community is just so so supportive in that way and I’m enjoying every last drop!

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So I dove into some WIPs and dug out this Social Tote that had been started a while back and never finished. I’ve made it sort of a goal of mine to use up my most hoarded and favorite fabrics more often, so this project was pulled with that goal in mind. I just love the challenge of this pattern. It’s funny, even though I designed it (and feel incredibly grateful that Carolyn asked me to collaborate with her), it still challenges me.

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I like to follow along with the directions and it had been a while since my last, so I had to pay careful attention! I also double checked all my pieces about a hundred times or so. I was convinced I forgot to cut something out. No missing pieces, but I did happen to forget the interfacing on the handles even though it was sitting right there in front of me! Oh well, next time, right?

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I’m not sure if I’m keeping this one or spreading the love. I have someone in mind for it, but I’ll let it sit on my cutting table a bit longer until I can part ways.

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Anyway, hope you’re having a great start to the week! I’m so excited about fall!

Pattern: Social Tote (designed by me in collaboration with Carolyn Friedlander)
Fabrics: Timber & Leaf by Sarah Watts (lining), Heather Ross West Hill (exterior)

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Handmade Style

40 yards of interfacing

20 zippers

24 pockets

oodles of hardware

bits of leather

spools of thread

lots of batting

23 projects

one billion hours in the making…

Okay, so I might be exaggerating the hours in the making, but it’s time! I wrote a book. I’ve been dreaming of the day I could write this post. For a good long while. It’s such a strange feeling to be able to really say it. This announcement also kind of feels a bit like ripping off a band-aid. I can’t keep it a secret forever! I’m thrilled, but also scared at the same time. I feel like I’m exposing the deepest most personal part of myself, my creativity, for the whole world to see. I hope you love it and want to make all the projects, I’ll be talking more about it all soon. It’s schedule to be released in February 2015, published by Lucky Spool! I’m super pumped to be among a group of amazing and talented sewists! You can read a few more details about the book on the Lucky Spool book page here.

Meanwhile, you can pop over and pre-order it on Amazon! How crazy is that?!

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around here http://www.noodle-head.com/2014/08/aroundhere.html http://www.noodle-head.com/2014/08/aroundhere.html#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:59:24 +0000 http://www.noodle-head.com/?p=4651 Hope you found your way here today, over the weekend the blog was transferred to its new place here on WordPress. I’m still unpacking and dusting, but overall I’m super happy with the new site and all it’s fun new toys! There are still a few things to be finished, but it’s been great to finally […]

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Hope you found your way here today, over the weekend the blog was transferred to its new place here on WordPress. I’m still unpacking and dusting, but overall I’m super happy with the new site and all it’s fun new toys! There are still a few things to be finished, but it’s been great to finally commit to the switch! It was a scary transition for me, after 5 years on blogger, man, it sure makes you realize how you get used to your surroundings. But, there are lots more exciting things coming up, so I’m glad I took the plunge now.

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I’m still sewing! I promise. I’ve had these rail fence blocks all ready to go since the beginning of June and I’m determined to get them made into a quilt.

I’ve been busy collecting all the denim.denim

And even scored some cool stuff at an estate sale or two! estatesale hang

Hope you’re having a great summer! We still have a few weeks before school starts, so we’re trying to pack in the fun.

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Gingham Poolside Tote http://www.noodle-head.com/2014/08/gingham-poolside-tote.html http://www.noodle-head.com/2014/08/gingham-poolside-tote.html#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:46:31 +0000 http://natalievioletgraham.com/?p=4553     Can’t help it! I am in love with this bag. I’ve been waiting to use the large gingham for so long! I’m excited to take this bag to the pool finally. Always have to wait until I get pictures before it goes anywhere – just in case!     This version uses the […]

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Can’t help it! I am in love with this bag. I’ve been waiting to use the large gingham for so long! I’m excited to take this bag to the pool finally. Always have to wait until I get pictures before it goes anywhere – just in case!

 

 

This version uses the gingham on the outside, a layer of batting, and layer of cotton canvas all quilted together. In the pattern I give several different options on interfacing depending on how you like you finished bag. I am really really pleased how it turned out. It stands up on it’s own! This is a great option for those of you who want a sturdy bag that stands up when empty and still uses interfacing with natural fiber content.

 

The inside is some hoarded Suzuko Koseki that I nabbed at Jones & Vandermeer a while back. I kind of have a thing for that shop and want to keep it all to myself. It’s a great shop with tons of Liberty to choose from, too!

Have you made a Poolside Tote yet? I can’t wait to pop in and check out the flickr group! If you have pics you want to share add them there or use #poolsidetote on Instagram.

Pattern: Poolside Tote (by me)

Fabric: Gingham by Robert Kaufman

 

We’ve been park pros this summer! Note tounge held out in concentration.

 

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Black + White 241 Tote http://www.noodle-head.com/2014/08/black-white-241-tote.html http://www.noodle-head.com/2014/08/black-white-241-tote.html#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:44:16 +0000 http://natalievioletgraham.com/?p=4550 I’m feeling pretty smug about his 241 Tote. I succumbed to Leslie‘s japanese fabric destash a month or so ago and snagged this large scale black and white print. Of course I thought that it would sit waiting for the perfect project for a while, but it didn’t! I pulled it out for making steps […]

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I’m feeling pretty smug about his 241 Tote. I succumbed to Leslie‘s japanese fabric destash a month or so ago and snagged this large scale black and white print. Of course I thought that it would sit waiting for the perfect project for a while, but it didn’t! I pulled it out for making steps outs for my class at the Sewcial Lounge in Madison, WI a couple weeks ago. I ended up picking coordinates pretty quickly and away I cut!

 

I had a great time teaching this tote and the women in the class all did so amazing! I always love seeing all the different fabric choices that everyone picks out. That’s the most fun part, right?!

I might even just keep this one for myself, maybe.  It’s just the perfect summer size!

Pattern: 241 Tote (by me)

Fabrics: Mystery scrap, Robert Kaufman Essex yarn dye, Botantics by Carolyn Friedlander (lining)

 

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City Gym Shorts http://www.noodle-head.com/2014/07/city-gym-shorts.html http://www.noodle-head.com/2014/07/city-gym-shorts.html#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 http://natalievioletgraham.com/city-gym-shorts/ Surely you know I am low on stock in the shorts department of my wardrobe.  My double gauze Essential Shorts haven’t gotten worn a ton yet, but there’s still plenty of summer left! But my kids go through shorts like crazy too! I always am having a hard time finding shorts that fit my youngest, […]

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Surely you know I am low on stock in the shorts department of my wardrobe.  My double gauze Essential Shorts haven’t gotten worn a ton yet, but there’s still plenty of summer left! But my kids go through shorts like crazy too! I always am having a hard time finding shorts that fit my youngest, Emily. She’s got a tiny waist and it’s just awesome that I can make a pair of shorts that she can feel really comfortable in. Plus you gotta have a cute pair to help show off all your summer time battle wounds. So here we are scrapes, bruises, and all.

 

This post is part of the Shorts on a Line series. Just another fun reason to whip up something new! Last year I made Emily a pair of french terry shorts and she loves them and has worn them a ton. We even had to go in this summer and make the elastic just a smidge bigger, she grew! Lucky that’s so easy to do when you make clothes yourself.

I couldn’t resist trying Purl Bee’s new City Gym Shorts pattern. I hope to make some for myself, too! For now my girls each got to pick out fabrics they loved and can sport them around! I’ve had the Riley Blake raindrops fabric FOREVER! I love using it finally. I also busted into the precious Les Amis foxes.

They fit and they love them, double win. The only thing I changed was to add some topstitching along the crotch and front/back rises. I know how my kids beat things up, so hopefully this will give the shorts a little more durability. I also added some edgestitching along the top edge of the waistband casing, to help the elastic from rolling over on itself.

(Oh, and just a little tip. If you plan on making a bunch, I find it comes in handy to write down the other measurements for the waistband and bias tape, etc. right on the pattern. That way, I don’t have to look it back up when I go to make more.)

Anyway, I’m super glad to have sewn these up, and happier to say they won’t be the last!!!

Pattern: City Gym Shorts (free tutorial/pattern from Purl Bee)
Fabrics: Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets, Robert Kaufman Chambray, Robert Kaufman Carolina 1/8” Gingham, Riley Blake Raindrops, Les Amis foxes by Patty Sloniger.
Sizes: 4/5 and 8/9

I always appreciate it when you take time out of your busy schedules to stop by! Thank you!

This post is part of the Shorts on the Line sewalong.  Shorts on the Line 2014 is sponsored by: Britex FabricsHawthorne Threadsmiss matatabi, and Soak Wash.  Hosted by imagine gnatssmall + friendly, and Kollabora.

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Purple Super Tote http://www.noodle-head.com/2014/07/purple-super-tote.html http://www.noodle-head.com/2014/07/purple-super-tote.html#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:51:00 +0000 http://natalievioletgraham.com/purple-super-tote/ I had a great time teaching the Super Tote pattern at my local quilt shop the other day. Plus it’s a great opportunity to use the step-outs to actually turn into a usable bag! Bonus points. I had gotten this pretty canvas weight fabric from Miss Matatabi along with a few other prints. I’ve always […]

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I had a great time teaching the Super Tote pattern at my local quilt shop the other day. Plus it’s a great opportunity to use the step-outs to actually turn into a usable bag! Bonus points.

I had gotten this pretty canvas weight fabric from Miss Matatabi along with a few other prints. I’ve always loved how white ink looks on linen, so it was a no-brainer choice for me.

I didn’t do anything too crazy with this one. Again, I used the ‘wrong’ side of my favorite denim for the gusset and handle pieces. I love how it’ll be super durable and will wear well. I’m always interested in playing around with different interfacing and fabric combinations. To me it’s just fun to experiment and try new combinations. And of course another reason to make another bag. Luckily I think I’ve found a home for this one. I hope my friend likes it. eeek!

See you soon!

Pattern: Super Tote Pattern (by me!)
Fabric: Japanese Fabric Linen Blend from Miss Matatabi, lining is Catnap by Lizzy House with a splash of Jeni’s Deamin Vintage

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stitched pillow and happy friday! http://www.noodle-head.com/2014/07/stitched-pillow-and-happy-friday.html http://www.noodle-head.com/2014/07/stitched-pillow-and-happy-friday.html#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:36:00 +0000 http://natalievioletgraham.com/stitched-pillow-and-happy-friday/ I’ve been secretly flashing this pillow on instagram for a long time. I was kind of hoping it would encourage me to finish it finally, and I think it did the trick! This pillow was started when I taught at Camp Stitchalot last December. I figured I could use a little hand work project to […]

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I’ve been secretly flashing this pillow on instagram for a long time. I was kind of hoping it would encourage me to finish it finally, and I think it did the trick!

This pillow was started when I taught at Camp Stitchalot last December. I figured I could use a little hand work project to work on off and on. In this case it was mostly ‘off’, but I’m glad to say it’s done! I love the look of a long accent pillow on a bed and when I spotted this wool blend I knew it would make a most happy pillow. Of course I think of it as being maybe a seasonal thing, like a fall/winter pillow.  But finishing it in July seems pretty great, so it’s on the bed now!
I just did a simple ‘plus’ shaped stitch and experimented a few ways before settling on the fastest method. I ended up marking vertical guide lines on the pillow using my tailor’s chalk about 4-5 rows at a time. First did the vertical part of the stitch and then went back and completed the pluses after all the vertical rows were done. Of course you’d probably think that I might be so clever and already know that this would work the fastest, but no, I didn’t. So experimenting it was!
Anyway, I’m glad it’s finished. Imperfect and finished. Can’t get much better than that!
Lastly! Crafterhours is kickin’ it crazy today and invited me over to be part of their Friday Fiver deal! If you haven’t heard of it yet, they put together a great deal every Friday. Yep! So if you want to snag a copy of my Divided Basket Pattern for fiver (or $5.00) jump on over to their blog to get the discount code. Psst! The code is only good for 24 hours, that’s part of the deal! Hurrah!
Happy Friday!

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