Create & Celebrate

on June 30 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 22 Comments

You’ve been busy! If you emailed a Create & Celebrate contribution and don’t see it below, it’ll post later this week. Fun!

  • Kim shares her tutorial for a wristlet and adds that it’s, “…Just big enough to hold a couple of diapers and a hard-case package of wipes!” See more on Kim’s Blessed Roots blog.
  • Wendy has a new tutorial for making a purse zipper on her blog, the corvidarium. Enjoy!
  • Stephanie from was inspired by a project she saw in our last Create & Celebrate post. She made a halter jumper and writes that she then, “Came up with this!…”

  • Andrea from These precious things writes, “I made these fun shirts using American flags from Target’s dollar spot. I thought it turned out cute, and it was super quick! Just thought I’d pass it a long as a July project…for the 4th!” There’s still time!…

  • suesue just started a new blog, lagniappe, and took pictures of her process as she relined a beautiful vintage purse. Check out that embroidery!
  • Over at Needles ‘n’ Notions, Tina made an iPod cover for her son’s Nano. She writes, “We worked on the design together and I did the sewing. He is thrilled with his new case, especially because it’s one of a kind!”
  • Sara writes, “Every week on my blog I have ‘Win-It Wednesday’ where I give away a crafty/sewing project that I’ve made the week before. Usually, Win-It Wednesday follows a ‘Throwback Thursday’ where I dig an old tutorial from the archives (usually another blog) and make it. Then I give it away the next week. For example, yesterday I gave away a tea-towel apron that was made from a tutorial on Sew Liberated’s blog. The week before, I gave away a headband (from Foofanangle) and the week before that, keychains (from Creative Little Daisy’s tutorial). My blog is at If you click on the Win-It Wednesday category, you’ll see them all.” Sounds like you should head over to win something this Wednesday!
  • Linda from lindamade created this beautiful shirt for herself. She adds, “I haven’t had much time for personal sewing lately, so I felt really accomplished. It’s Simplicity 4859 made with double gauze Nani Iro fabric.” What a great weekend accomplishment!
  • Michelle created her first quilt! She writes that she made it, “…For a little girl who’s mama passed away two years ago. The quilt is made from her mama Susan’s clothing (all except the backing). I blogged it here.” You can see more pictures on Michelle’s The Fabricated Goddess blog; it’s sure to be a well-loved quilt.
  • Melissa from Fehr Trade writes, “I made this Porsche dress recently out of an old duvet cover from eBay and a 1950s Simplicity pattern. So that’s the ‘create,’ and in terms of ‘celebrate,’ I just got engaged on Thursday!” Yippee! Congratulations, Melissa!
  • Julia shares her tutorial for embellishing a towel (a fun Father’s Day present). Find the link via Julia’s MarmaladeKiss blog.
  • Kristen finished a quilt for her second daughter, due August 1. She mixed handprinted fabrics, kona solids and white linen/cotton (along with other prints). Kristen writes, “To showcase all the animal prints, I used a log cabin pattern with the prints as the center. I am really proud of how this quilt is coming along. It is my largest quilt to date, and I managed to keep the seams relatively straight! The colors were perfect for the prints and I like the combination of solids, large scale prints, and small prints. Also, this is the first quilt I am having quilted by a professional long-arm quilter! I just sent it out, and I cannot wait to get it back.” See more on her Unraveled blog. We’re sure Baby will love it!
  • Lisa made a lap quilt for a friend’s high school graduate to take to college. She writes, “I wasn’t sure at first about the fabric combos, but I really like how it turned out. I’ve attached a photo with a corner folded over so you can see the back too.” See more on Lisa’s encouraging creativity blog.
  • Camille writes, “This is a lot more about the celebrate than the create, but I’m so proud of my first ever hand made plushie doll. His name is Zak and he’s a plushie version of a cartoon character from Children Kids. I studied The Black Apple’s pattern for dolls and then made my own based on her principles. People love the doll and I’ve had 10 requests for more. This is definitely an illustration of the idea that a novice can have fun sewing!”
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22 Responses to Create & Celebrate

  1. Sarah says:

    Oh, I love all of the finished projects and the tutorials!

  2. Camille says:

    HEATHER – The answer is a safety pin and patience. That’s what arms and legs are made of 🙂 I fasten the pin to the sewn end (that would be the foot or the hand) and then push it down inside the limb. Pull the fabric up over the pin so it starts to turn out. Just use the pin to push and pull the fabric until it’s right side out.

  3. hey, thank you for the link, some lovely work on show here, am very impressed with the doll too!

  4. Kelli says:

    Everybody’s projects are so beautiful! They’re a GREAT respite from the boredom of my job…lol. Thank you all for sharing!

  5. Heather says:

    CAMILLE~ How did you trun the arms ad not gouge out your own eyes?? 😉 I recently made a stuffie horse for my DD from a drawing she made and the legs about KILLED me.

  6. Mean Mommy says:

    I LOVE Zak! He’s so stinkin’ cute!

  7. McHats says:

    cute cute cute

  8. Alejandra says:

    wow, i like that little jumper for my baby.

  9. andrea says:

    Thanks for including my link! I love all of these ideas, this blog is great!!

  10. Heide says:

    That toddler halter is hilarious! Love it.

  11. Jessica says:

    Zak is so adorable!!!

  12. Heather V says:

    I’m loveing all of the great links here!!

  13. Margie says:

    Wow Such wonderful projects! I really enjoy all the great ideas!!
    I’m so inspired by you ladies.

  14. Stacy says:

    Oh, I loved the post from Maria about the different stitches your sewing maching can do. I am one of the guilty ones who have never used any of the specialty stitches on my machine eventhough I have owned and used it for 10 years! Maybe this would be a good idea for SMS to use for a month of sewing? We could sew things that highlight the different stitches. Just a thought. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  15. BethieB says:

    Wow, enough reading to keep me busy for the rest of the summer! lol Can’t wait to read through them all and add to the every growing project list. What an awesome blog!

  16. Tonya says:

    I’m already inspired and have bookmarked many!

  17. Elaine says:

    What a lot of wonderful ideas. So many generous, creative people in blogland. I love it!

  18. Libby says:

    Love all the ideas. I’m really needing to make a sewing machine cover. And the doll is awesome.

  19. Great links! Thanks!

  20. meg says:

    these are all lovely. I’ve already got some fabric in mind for that cute halter jumper number.

  21. Fern says:

    Thanks for linking to my tutorials, I’m really glad you guys enjoyed them! 😀

  22. Shelly says:

    wow ladies… everything looks awesome! Makes me want to post some of my finished projects, even though I am always stuck in a trial and error circle. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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