Thursday, April 18, 2013

sew exciting

My cute cousin, Cat, made it to the top three in Sew-Vivor!!!  As she rightly deserves :)  But she really pulled out all the stops on this last and final challenge:

Head on over to her blog for more details on this darling outfit.  And then, go vote!  *B

Friday, April 5, 2013

call her Cat


My cute cousin is quite the seamstress!  I wish I had half her patience and vision...  Check out all of her adorable projects on her blog.  And then go vote for her in the Sew-Vivor Sewing Competition at Family Ever After.  Good luck, Cat!  *B

Thursday, April 4, 2013

birthday banner

Birthdays are a big deal around here!  I want to make sure everyone feels special on their special day.  To me, birthdays are just as important (if not more so) than any other holiday.  So I started thinking, if I decorate my house for every other holiday, why don't I decorate when it's someone's birthday?  Nowadays we put up decorations for an entire month when it's someone's birthday.  We even have a countdown!  But there's nothing better than a banner to really make it special ;)

I wanted everything to match, so I cut up some coordinating scrapbook paper I had leftover from the centerpieces and countdown blocks I already made.  Then I used some twine and a simple zig-zag stitch to chain them together.  I love how it turned out!  And now we're ready to celebrate proper.  *B

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

be prepared

My husband is the new Cubmaster, and my son will be starting scouts soon.  Which means I'd better get comfortable sewing on patches!  I came across this great tip/trick on Pinterest, and I thought I'd pass it along...  When sewing on your rank numbers, sew them together before sewing them onto the shirt.  I used a simple zig-zag stitch and a matching thread.  Do not put wrong/right sides together; lay the numbers side by side.  When it came time to sew the patches to the shirt, I found that using double sided tape worked the best to hold them in place while I sewed around the outside.  Just place a piece of tape on the wrong side of the badge before placing it on the shirt (or sash).

I have to admit, I thought throwing a few patches on would be super simple.  Let's just say that I have my work cut out for me!  I hope to get a little more comfortable with the process, because I've got years of scouting ahead of me.  I might just have my boys sew their own patches on by hand!  *B