Create & Celebrate

on April 7 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 11 Comments

  • Karen shares, “I am celebrating the creation of the first bag I’ve made that I designed myself (imperfect though it might be!). I’ve blogged my whole process so that others can learn from my mistakes and maybe get inspired to dive in and make their own bag designs. The blog link, including photos of my creation’s first day out in the world, is here: Turn and Press. Also, my Flickr group Learning to Sew is starting our second Simul-Sew next week for the month of April. The group voted to work on a useful bag, most likely a tote bag (the vote on the final pattern ends on Friday). The discussion is here.”
  • Sarah writes about an important fundraiser she’s doing: “My dad passed away from cancer last year, and I’m doing our local Relay for Life in his memory and to help save others. I’m almost halfway to my fundraising goal and I was hoping the wonderful craft blog community could help me get closer!” Visit Sarah’s My Spare Time blog for more information.
  • Tara from Design on Post just completed an outfit for her daughter. She writes about her inspiration for the color combination and about the finished product on her blog.
  • Anna says she’s written some great tutorials lately. Her favorite shows how to recover an old lamp using the existing shade as a pattern. Find the tutorial here and much more via Anna’s Marmadaisy blog.
  • Amy from Red Fish Circle is an illustrator and designs fabric. She’s having a free fabric giveaway on her blog so click in for all of the details. Very fun!
  • Lissa from Australia and Fabricologist Anonymous writes, “My WOW is I tided up my sewing corner… My other WOW was, when I tidied up my sewing table and put all my needlebooks and pincushions together, well I was surprised to say the least AND I found the elusive ‘good scissors’… I think the evil scissors hid them! I have been busy sewing up a storm, and haven’t stopped at all this week… I have just finished three stitcheries and lordy knows what else this past week…” Visit Lissa’s blog to find out what she’s up to lately!
  • Kerri writes, “I just finished up a new skirt made from a yard of Alexander Henry’s Leap Frog fabric that I bought from Sew, Mama, Sew! I love the way it turned out and thought I’d show it off. I think I need more, an apron made out of this fabric might get me in the kitchen more.” See skirt details and more on Kerri Made!
  • Joy doesn’t have a blog but she certainly has a sewing success to share with everyone! Her daughter Julia (11) had a Girl Scout reenactment weekend to attend recently. As Julia prepared to spend the weekend living as a girl would have lived in 1740, Joy created this fantastic outfit (she adds Julia wasn’t wearing the green t-shirt or capris pants underneath for the weekend, as she was in this photo!). Joy writes, “I’ve always done small, simple sewing projects so the chemise, skirt and reversible vest have been a lot of work. They turned out much better than I expected and I had a ball doing it! I didn’t know I could sew this well!… I learned how to sew in home ec in junior and senior high (four years of home ec!) but that was in the late 70’s/early 80’s. I’ve only made pillows, simple curtains and a couple of Halloween costumes so I didn’t know if I could pull this off or not. This newfound sewing surge started with the Bend the Rules sewing book I read about on Sew Mama Sew! I started with some baby bibs and the baby quilt. Now I’m going to get a better sewing machine and get going!” Fantastic work, Joy!
  • Becca from Refrigerator Art writes, “I started getting ‘back’ into sewing a little less than a year ago. A coworker is getting married, and I decided to put my sewing to the test and sew her a bridal shower gift. I decided on a coordinating set of apron, oven mitt, and casserole tote in her favorite colors–pink and green. For each project I traced a similar item of my own (ex. apron) or read other craft bloggers’ ideas (Savvy Seams for the oven mitt and Sewing Mamas for the casserole tote). I have posted about it on my blog in several places as I worked through each project. We had her bridal shower at work today, and she LOVED them! My coworkers raved over them too. It was such a blessing
    and thrill to be able to give something I made with her so particularly in mind. I can’t wait for the next gift-giving occasion now!” Learn more about Becca’s process in her posts about the reversible apron, working on the casserole tote and finished oven mitt, the completed casserole tote and sites she used for patterns and inspiration for the projects.
  • Stacy from Stacy Sews would like you to know that she and Kris from Monkey Foot Designs are holding their first ever sew-along with prizes. She writes, “We’ve both had Amy Butler’s Sophia Carry-All in our pattern stash for quite some time, but still haven’t sewn them up. We decided coordinating a sew along would be a great way to not just motivate ourselves, but also anyone else who wanted to make this bag! We thought we would add to the fun by selecting a winner at the end of the sew along (April 30) and awarding them with a prize! We started a Flickr group where everyone could ask questions, share ‘in progress photos’, etc.” For more information visit Stacy’s Entry and/or the Monkey Foot Designs Entry.
  • Micki’s daughter persuaded her to complete a recent project. She writes, “My four year old daughter found a panel for a quiet book and insisted it was a blanket. Who am I to deny her? I had never sewn any type of quilt before. It isn’t perfect, but it made her happy! The pictures on the book panel translated very well into squares for this patchwork quilt! I even recycled an old flannel receiving blanket for the backing!” Learn more on Micki’s Confessions of an ADD Housewife blog.
  • You might remember Zanne and LuckyStitches from our profile in October. Zanne wrote in to tell us about a new project. She says, “I wanted to let everyone know that at LuckyStitches this month we are making Eco-Quilts for all the kids’ classes. We are looking for other kids (any geographical location) to sew along with (even virtually). The quilts are made from found materials. I asked each one to bring in a bag of old clothes, bed linens or anything made of fabric that isn’t used anymore. We set aside the items that we want to work with and everything else goes to the center of the “swap” table. Items are grabbed and cut into strips for quilt making. Our goal is to not let anything go to waste, we are saving ALL the scraps, and the following project will be about using the scraps. We don’t want anything to go back into the landfill. Also, we are hoping to not spend any money on the project. The batting would be an old flannel sheet or blanket, same goes for the back. The thread should be from the stash. After seeing how many buy items from places that don’t support our environment, as well as learning that dyes in fabric are toxic, this project will get the kids thinking about how to re-purpose items so their usability is not diminished. We will be displaying our quilts at the local library over the summer and would love to share images from other quilting kids who are inspired by the same cause. I’ve started blogging about it. I’m still forming the story and will blog about it weekly, and hopefully we can find other kids who want to sew with us.” Do you know a kid who would like to join in?!

These tutorials and links were all submitted to us at Sew,Mama,Sew! For information on how to share your own Create & Celebrate items, visit this post. Please note that entries must be non-commercial.

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11 Responses to Create & Celebrate

  1. LadySnow says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful links for inspiration! I needed that. 😀

  2. Carrie says:

    What a great idea Zanne! Give my girl a few years and she’ll be sewing right along with you.

  3. Christine says:

    I enjoy seeing everyone’s work. So cute and helpful tutorials.

  4. Amy says:

    I love Kerri’s frog skirt! What a fun skirt for summer 🙂


  5. Libby says:

    So many wonderful creations. They really do inspire you.

  6. LisaC says:

    I really appreciated being able to see other people’s projects. I really hate sewing with patterns and like to invent my own stuff. It is good to see there are others out there doing it too!

  7. Elaine says:

    Thank you so much for posting my little tutorial. I am humbled to included among so many great sites. And your site does indeed always inspire and encourage.

  8. Jenaveve says:

    Wow, discovering this site could not have come at a better time. This is better than using google! You have all the latest and greatest in a unique summary with really specific descriptions, whether it’s about crafting, clothing or anything else; saving us the time searching for inspiration and knowledge. Thank you so much for this!

  9. Amy W says:

    “Seams” everyone has been so busy turning out wonderful things! I can’t wait until I can get my sewing table cleaned off….I know my machine is on there somewhere!

  10. k8sm0m says:

    I can not begin o tell you how much i have been inspired and encouraged by the creativity and amazing talent displayed here at SMS – thank you for all the hanrdwork to make this blog happen. it is a joy and an escape from the drudgery of my day.

  11. Alma Wilson says:

    I love this site!!!! So encouraging to hear stories of sewing success! Makes me want to try sewing again at age 67!

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