Sew Thankful Blog Tour

Welcome to the Sew Thankful Blog Tour hosted by Sewing by Ti! I’m in Canada, and our Thanksgiving was in October, but there is still SEW MUCH to be thankful for. Today, specifically, I’m thankful for a little girl who is celebrating her sixth birthday today. Elle Belle, we are SEW THANKFUL for you!

For this blog post I’m celebrating all things Elle! And Elle loves all things FOXES! At an activity once, the children were asked to draw what was in their heart. Elle drew a fox. Her collection of fox stuffies is mildly ridiculous. So, of course, I had to add to it!

I made her a cute pink and red fox stuffy using my embroidery machine. The in the hoop design is by Gracefully Geeky. And while I did call Elle, who was on a sleepover at her grandparents, to ask if foxes can be pink, I didn’t tell her why I was asking. UNFORTUNATELY, she has older siblings who gave her the birthday present fox the day before her birthday. UGH! She loves her fox, which she has named Lovey Fox!

FORTUNATELY, I had some cute Disney princess knit fabric that I’ve been hoarding for a few years, and I already had Love Notion’s Li’l LDT pattern printed out from Halloween costumes.

A quick, cute, adorable dress to the rescue! And this time nobody told her about it. Or I’d be sewing something up while everyone slept!

I really wanted to make the dress long sleeves because it is winter, but I had barely enough to squeak out what I was able to make. Short sleeves are just fine! And she LOVES it! Mom made birthday presents for the win! Elle, your family is SEW THANKFUL for you! Happy birthday!

Thanks for stopping by the blog. Check out what all the other bloggers on the tour are sew thankful for.

Week of November 6th:6: Sewing By Ti, 7: That’s Sew Lily, 8: Elli and Nels, 9: Jot Designs

Week of November 11th:
Week of November 18th:
Week of November 25th:
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Boys in Pajamas Blog Tour

Welcome to the Boys In Pajamas Blog Tour hosted by Made for Little Gents and sponsored by Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop. Amy of Peek-A-Boo Patterns is graciously offering a $20 pattern shop giveaway to blog readers. Enter the rafflecopter at the end of this post for your chance to win.

BOYS! They never sit still. Not even for pictures for their Mama’s blog posts. Get ready to enjoy some blurry photos. See that candy bracelet? Yeah, even bribery won’t buy clear photos from this boy.

For this tour I’ve sewn up the Happy Feet Pajamas and the Jack Frost Stocking Hat. And oh my gosh, you should see this boy sleeping with his little hat on. SO FREAKING CUTE. I’d squish him, but then this blog post would end here because my boy would be awake.

Cutting fabric time factored in, I think this ensemble took me all of two hours to make. The longest part was convincing my boy to pause Octonauts on my phone so I could double check instructions and seam allowances. Because messing with a four year old and his Octonauts is never easy.

I opted not to add a tassel or pom pom to the end of Jack’s Jack Frost Stocking Hat. I showed Jack the pictures and told him my plans and he was worried it would get in his eye with “those things hanging down.” Fair enough. Tassel and pom poms got the boot.

Hahahahahaha. Oh gosh.

I made the whole ensemble on my serger. The only step that needed the sewing machine was the very last elastic install step. Boom. Serger for the win!

More bribery! He’s got skittles and a recess cup now.

Jackson was pretty involved in the whole process. He picked his fabric. Monster trucks, I think they’re actually just off road vehicles, because Monster trucks are life! He handed me pins. He watched Netflix in the chair at the sewing machine and told me my serger was making the table wiggle and to stop. He also asked me no less than a million times if I was done yet and could I make him a Deadpool stuff toy next. Um….no… He likes being involved in the sewing process. Generally when I sew for him he sticks around the sewing room the entire time. Which makes it really nice that this was such a quick sew. Also, being three pieces, it meant I could give it to him a piece at a time to calm his patience a bit.

Boys in Pajamas: Blog Tour sponsored by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop, Hosted by Made for Little Gents

We’re all sewing up Peek-a-boo Pattern’s pajamas, and there are sew many to choose from! See some new ideas every day by following along with the tour below:

Fri. Nov. 2
Made for Little Gents (Intro to Tour)
Mon. Nov 5
Our Play Palace
Tues. Nov 6
Made for Little Gents
Wed. Nov 7
Phat Quarters Fabric
Thurs. Nov 8
Family of Makers
Fri. Nov 9
Elli & Nels in Stitches | Sewing Novice
Mon. Nov 12
My Sewing Roots | Momma Newey’s Makes
Tues. Nov 13
Manning the Machine | Custom Made by Laura
Wed. Nov 14
Sewing with D
Thurs. Nov 15
Seams Like Style | Ronda B. Handmade
Fri. Nov 16
Dreams and Stitches | Fils & Draps

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See!!! FREAKING CUTE!! Who wouldn’t want to squish him?!?!?!?!

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Halloween Blog Tour

Welcome to the DIY Halloween Costume Sewing Patterns Blog tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo! Make sure to swing by Seams Sew Lo to check out the Best Halloween Sewing Patterns Round Up.

I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts that we’re having a very DC Halloween over here. I showed off the accessories for my son’s Batman Beyond costume, and my daughter’s Raven of Teen Titans costume. Today, I’ll finish off Halloween sewing with my two remaining Halloween costume.

Let’s start with Elle’s jinx of Teen Titans inspired costume. In making Halloween costumes I was really going for pieces the kiddos could wear again. Not just for Halloween. And, with the exception of capes and accessories, I think we accomplished that.

She’s such a ham bone. I desperately searched my local stores for black and purple striped fabric suitable for leggings. I could find black and every other color expect purple. I’m still mildly crushed about it. The leggings pattern is the Clara by Jalie. It is so FAST to make. I used the elastic waist option instead of the wide waistband option. Which sped things up a tiny bit. There’s no front seam for added comfort, and a gusset for great fit. I did add a smidgen of length to them. Elle falls in the same measurements as River does, and while Elle doesn’t need the added length like River, I opted to add length to her leggings as well. Their wardrobe is combined, and now we don’t have to guess whose leggings are whose. Smart, right?

But seriously, she chose her own poses. The dress is the Li’l LDT by Love Notions. I made it in dress length with long sleeves. Easy peasy.

The capelet is a FREE pattern by Fleece Fun – The Red Riding Hood Cape. I omitted the hood, and added a casing for her ties to run through.

She’s pretty happy with her Jinx inspired costume.

Next up, our Harley Quinn inspired costume.

Here’s the thing. I wrote up these beautiful plans before cutting and sewing. I had everything planned out. And then I completely ignored my plans and now instead of having the legging the opposite color order of the top, they’re the same. Boo!

I’m fairly certain she still likes it anyway. The leggings are the same Jalie Clara leggings that I’ve used for all the other costumes. The only modifications are added length and I added a seam allowance to the front to split the colors.

The top is the Half Pipe by Ellie&Mac. No modifications required. Ooops. That’s a lie. I added a seam allowance to the neck binding so I could split the colors. And then I made the mistake of sewing the grey side of the fabric as the outside. Blah.

The mask is a retired design by Gracefully Geeky. Sorry!

Our fam jam is ready for Halloween. Well…. Batman Beyond still needs some wings. And I might remake the Harley Quinn leggings. Other than that, we’re ready to get our trick or treat on.

Are you ready to see all of the new Halloween costumes on the DIY Sewing Pattern Blog Tour? Me too!! Go ahead and follow along with us!

  • October 8th: Seams Sew Lo
  • October 9th: Momma Newey’s Makes
  • October 10th: Itsy Littles
  • October 11th: Aurora Designs
  • October 12th: Mijn 11jes &ik
  • October 13th: Seams Sew Lo
  • October 14th: My Golden Thimble
  • October 15th: Make It Sew With Bear and Pea
  • October 16th: Duchess and Hare
  • October 17th: A Rose Tinted World
  • October 18th: Cute. Sew. Make
  • October 19th: Custom Made by Laura
  • October 20th: My Golden Thimble
  • October 21st: Crafty Curly Couture
  • October 22nd: Malounami
  • October 23rd: Seams Sew Lo
  • October 24th: A Rose Tinted World
  • October 25th: GYCT Designs
  • October 26th: Crafting Through Time
  • October 27th: Aurora Design Fabrics
  • October 28th: Sew Couture by Kathy
  • October 29th: The Sewing Goatherd
  • October 30th: Manning the Machine
  • October 31st: Seams Sew Lo (Roundup)
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    My Monster Blog Tour

    Welcome to the My Monster Blog Tour hosted by Sewing by Ti.

    For this blog tour, I had three options to blog about. I’ve previously blogged about my son’s costume, well, his accessories anyway. That leaves me the three costumes of my girls. Hmmm. Who to choose? Who to choose? Who to choose?

    We’re having a very DC Halloween at our house. The boy is going as Batman Beyond. My third is going as Jinx of Teen Titans. Well, Jinx inspired. My oldest is going as Harley Quinn. And my second is going as Raven, also of Teen Titans.

    Let’s be honest though, some obvious modifications need to happen to this costume. I am NOT sending my girl to school in a tiny little body suit. Nope. Also, that would be super chilly to head out trick or treating in.

    We agreed to a turtle neck top with leggings. Much more practical for a nearly 8 year old. The leggings pattern is the Clara by Jalie. It is so FAST to make. I used the elastic waist option instead of the wide waistband option. Which sped things up a tiny bit. There’s no front seam for added comfort, and a gusset for great fit. I did add a smidgen of length to them. For River’s measurements she’s a smaller size than her inseam, so adding length was necessary for her.

    The turtle neck top is also by Jalie – the Marie Claude Raglan. My fabric for the top is really soft and a bit…. mmm… well, it doesn’t want to stay up as a turtle neck. Not like the other Marie-Claude that I made for another costume. It’s all good. I’ve never made a turtle neck before, so I was a bit intimidated. I should have known better than to be worried. Every Jalie pattern that I have ever made has turned out perfectly.

    The cute little belt was made with my embroidery machine. Just a bunch of circles and a piece of elastic to go around her waist. Easy. Boom!

    The cape is a FREE pattern by Fleece Fun – The Red Riding Hood Cape. Technically, Raven’s cape comes down to the ground. But, River is a touch accident prone. I decided a shorter cape would probably work best for her life. I was originally going to make another circle on my embroidery machine and use it as a closure for her cape. But the fabric is so delicate we went with ties instead.

    All in all, I think River’s a pretty damn cute Raven!

    Don’t forget to check out the rest of the blog tour!

    Monday, October 1st- Sewing By Ti (intro)
    2nd- Tales from a Southern Mom
    3rd- Shalini’s Sewing Space
    4th- Tenille’s Thread
    5th- Sewing By Ti

    Monday, October 8th- Back 40 Life
    9th- Family of Makers
    10th- Made for Little Gents
    11th- Big Fly Notions

    Sunday, October 14th- The Fairy Dust Bin
    17th- Sewing With D
    18th- 52 Week Sewing Challenge
    19th- Auschick Sews
    20th- Sew Cute Couture by Kathy

    Sunday, October 21st- The Bear and the Pear Atelier
    22nd- Seams Like Style
    23rd- Seams Sew Lo
    24th- My Heart Will Sew On
    25th- JOT Designs USA
    26th- My Sewing Roots
    27th- Manning the Machine

    Monday, October 29th- Frulle Mieke
    30th- Sew Like a Sloth
    31st- Sewing By Ti

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    Magnificent Wizards Blog Tour

    Welcome to the Magnificent Wizards Blog Tour hosted by Made for Little Gents. 🎶This is Halloween🎶 I don’t know why I’m singing that song, it has absolutely nothing to do with my makes for this tour at all. And maybe it’s a bit misleading to sing it. But. It is Halloween. So, I suppose it’s appropriate.

    BOOM! BATDOG! 🎶Nananananana BATDOG!🎶 Was that the appropriate amount of “nananananananas? No? Forgive me. Batdog isn’t my make for this tour. Well, not fully. He is a part of it. Also, my son says it isn’t Batdog, it’s Ace the BatHOUND, and I need to stop calling the dog BatDOG. On a side note, our dog is named Skaar, which is a Marvel character, and he’s going as a DC character for Halloween. Is that somehow sacrilegious? Will there be some sort of cosmic shift? A timeline paradox? Am I getting too nerdy? SWITCHING GEARS!

    BATMAN! BatBOY? Um…. Either, or! But Laura, isn’t Batman yellow? I’m glad you asked. Jack is BATMAN BEYOND! Seriously. Know your Batmans. Batmen? Why is this so difficult?!

    TA DA! Batman Beyond and his trusty sidekick Ace the Bathound. In reality, Jack’s costume isn’t fully done yet. We’ve just finished his accessories, minus his cape. He helped too! He was in charge of pressing the buttons on the embroidery machine. He LOVES helping with sewing projects, but he doesn’t get to that often. When it’s an embroidery machine job that involves pushing a few buttons, he finally gets to help.

    Ace is always on the look out. Bathound is sporting some bat wings made from a Bobbin for Appliqués design. They’re technically dragon wings. But, come on. Tell me they’re not totally cool, and that Skaar isn’t rocking them. See. You can’t. I made them on my 4×4 hoop, so they’re missing some of the detailing that the bigger sizes have. I don’t even care. They’re awesome. Bobbin for Appliqués has a TON of awesome wing designs.

    I think pillowcases make THE BEST trick or treat bags! Don’t you?! They hold a ton. And they’re no fuss, no muss. I had to throw a Batman mask on to a pillowcase for my mini dark knight vigilante. Oh! See that Trick or Treat door knob hanger? I made that too. Back in 2014! I cannot find it on E&Me Designs website to save my life.

    Jack’s mask (same design on the pillowcase treat bag) and cuffs are in the hoop designs by Gracefully Geeky. And I’m sorry to say, but they’re retired sets. I’m so sorry. There are a ton of great mask designs on the website though. AND, there’s currently a mask sale happening until the 15th. You can get 10 masks for $20! BOOYA!

    Have a happy and safe Halloween. The rest of Jack’s Batman Beyond costume is coming to a later blog post.

    Magnificent Wizards Blog Tour hosted by Made for Little Gents

    See what other bloggers are making boys for Halloween by following along on our Magnificent Wizards Blog Tour! Each link will be available the day of or after as posted below.

    Fri. Sept. 28 | Made for Little Gents (Intro to Magnificent Wizards Blog Tour)
    Mon. Oct. 1 | Angel Child Clothing
    Tues. Oct. 2 | Made for Little Gents
    Wed. Oct. 3 | Big Fly Notion
    Thurs. Oct. 4 | Tenille’s Thread
    Fri. Oct. 5 | Sewing Novice
    Mon. Oct. 8 | Paisley Roots
    Tues. Oct. 9 | Custom Made by Laura
    Wed. Oct. 10 | Fée bricolo
    Thurs. Oct. 17 | The Sewing Goatherd
    Fri. Oct. 12 | Manning the Machine

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    Sew Long Summer Blog Tour

    Technically, here in the Northern Hemisphere, the Autumn Equinox is on September 23. SEPTEMBER 23, MOTHER NATURE! So why is it that I can see my breathe when I’m outside? All my windows are now closed. I’ve added my fluffy duvet to my bed. And oh yes, the weather man is calling for SNOW four days this week. I’m not lying.

    SEPTEMBER 23, MOTHER NATURE! AUTUMN EQUINOX NOT WINTER! Ugh! I suppose the name of this blog tour truly is fitting. Welcome to the second day of the Sew Long Summer Blog Tour hosted by MAHLICADESIGNS and sponsored by Simply by Ti Fabrics and DG Patterns. Let’s have some fun! And maybe a smidgen more complaining about the frosty weather.

    Let’s talk some tour details first, shall we? Excellent. A nice group of sewing bloggers are going to share with you how we say “Sew Long Summer” and we’ll be asking you to join in with a Social Sew too.

    Sew Long Summer is all about getting those transitional wardrobe pieces ready; finishing up all those things we meant to make this summer; and well, basically whatever Sew Long Summer means to you.

    Share what you’ve been making to say “Sew Long Summer” to be entered into our random prize drawings.

    Continental US participants will be entered to win a $20 store credit from Simply by Ti Fabrics.

    All other participants will be entered to win a pattern of choice from DG Patterns.

    To enter, please tag your sewing project with #SewLongSewcial18 on Instagram or facebook. You can also leave a link in the comments on the mahlicadesigns intro post. Please limit your entries to items you’ve sewn between Sept 10th and Sept 28th 2018. Winners will be notified and announced shortly thereafter.

    We can’t wait to see what you’re making.

    PHEW! Got all that? Good! Sew, let’s move this blog tour along to the good stuff. See what I did there?

    Is he not the cutest thing you’ve seen all day long?! This is my nephew, Lincoln, making his debut on the Manning The Machine blog! Or…. Maybe it’s Harry Potter the early years! You’ll never know!

    See. Harry Potter. He’s even got his owl, Hedwig! Tell me he’s not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen in your whole entire life, I dare you.

    He was sooo over having his photo taken.

    Alright, you get it. He’s freaking cute. Let’s talk sewing for a smidgen. Did I mention yet that it’s freaking cold out? It is. Gotta keep the cute nephew, (I mean, Harry Potter), warm.

    For the Sew Long Summer Blog Tour I reached way deep into my pattern archives, and pulled out one by Kelly J Designs Patterns.

    I first made the Sweet Pea Sleep Sack, Jacket, and Vest Pattern four years ago for my Jackman when he was a wee babe. Lincoln is a smidgen older than Jack was then, and since the weather is turning, I felt it was time to revive the pattern.

    It’s also a ridiculously quick and easy pattern to make! I struggled through my tremor while sewing and it still only took me 75 minutes from flicking my sewing machine on, to turning my sewing room lights off. BOOYA! Who doesn’t love a quick sew!

    The pattern is currently $3.40 CAD in the Etsy shop. You can make this adorable sleep sack with a zipper or snaps! You can also make a jacket and vest with the pattern. I love multi purpose patterns!

    I should add a little Harry Potter decal to this sleep sack. Then it would be PERFECTION! What do you think of mini Mr Potter?

    The full tour includes these talented sewists, so I hope you’ll follow along this week.

    Sept. 10th Sewing A La Carte, Tenille’s Thread, A Custom Clothier, Made for Little Gents, Miss Marah Sewn

    Sept. 11th Manning the Machine (that’s me), mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Crafting Fiend

    Sept. 12th Auschick Sews, Aurora Design Fabrics, My Heart Will Sew On, Vicky Myers Creations

    Sept. 13th Flaxfield Sewing, Sewing with D, Musings of a Seamstress, Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier, Petite Font

    Sept. 14th Sewing à la Carte, Sewing by Ti, Stitches by Laura, Sewing with Sarah, My Sewing Roots

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    Boys in Summer Blog Tour

    Welcome to the final day of the Boys in Summer Blog Tour hosted by Made by Little Gents.

    I’m showing off The Discoverer Tee Unisex Pattern by Ellie&Mac done three different ways. Fabulous Home Sewn also blogged about this top during this tour. You can see her version by clicking here. As you can see, all four, (my three plus her one), are completely different. OH. P.S. All of Ellie&Mac is on sale for 35% off, as of the time of this posting. Save 35% off your entire order, excluding Wacky Wednesday deals.

    The pattern consists of five pieces – neckband, sleeve (cut 2), front bodice, back bodice, and bottom bodice (cut 2). With the number of pieces, you can easily play with your fabric choices to make the Discoverer Tee many different ways.

    For Jackson, I made a version where neckline, front bodice, and back bodice are the same fabric. The Jack Skellington top! He’s Jack. It’s Jack Skellington. It’s fun!

    This one has the front and back bodices in one fabric and the remainder of the pieces done in another. Monster trucks! He’s obsessed with monster trucks. “Hey bud, I’m going to sew for you.” “A monster truck shirt?” “Uh, sure. I can make that work.”

    This version is Jack’s favourite though. Front and back bodice are one fabric, neckband and sleeves are a second fabric, and bottom bodices are a third fabric.

    The Discoverer Tee is a pretty fun pattern! Don’t you think? It’s also REALLY easy to make. Super beginner friendly, in my opinion.

    I haven’t taken Jack’s measurements in a while. His old ones from November put him in a size 2T. I opted to make a size 3T for him, and I think it’s pretty darn perfect! The size range for the Discoverer Tee is from 12-18 months to size 14. And while I did make it for my man cub, it is a unisex pattern. Make it for your boys, make it for your girls!

    The boy is always so appreciative of the sewing I do for him. He’s also super impatient. He spends most of my sewing time playing in my sewing room, asking me every few minutes if I’m done yet.

    My second oldest daughter tried to convince me that the Jack Skellington top is too girly. She even tried it on, with a bit of a struggle. She’s seven, and while small for her age, she’s not a size 3T. What do you think? Too girly?

    He’s such a good little model!

    Which version is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!

    Boys in Summer Blog Tour: Part of the Sewing Blue Blog Tour series hosted by Made for Little Gents

    Looking for more summer boy inspiration? Follow along on the Boys in Summer Blog Tour hosted by Made by Little Gents by clicking through the links below.

    Fri. May 4
    Made for Little Gents (Intro to Boys in Summer Blog Tour)
    Mon. May 7
    Elli & Nels in Stitches
    Tues. May 8
    Our Play Palace | Made by Laura! | Beri Bee Designs
    Wed. May 9
    Made for Little Gents | Momma Newey’s Makes
    Thurs. May 10
    Phat Quarters | Dreams & Stitches
    Fri. May 11
    Stylin’ Stacy | Tenille’s Thread
    Mon. May 14
    Paisley Roots | Fabulous Home Sewn
    Tues. May 15
    Seams Like Style | Kathy’s Kwilts and More
    Wed. May 16
    Sewing with D | Auschick Sews | Seams Sew Lo
    Thurs. May 17
    My Sewing Roots | Sewing à la Carte | Middle River Studio
    Fri. May 18
    Lunatiek | Needles to Say | Manning The Machine

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    5oo4 Summer’s Coming Blog Tour

    Welcome to day 3 of the Summer’s Coming Blog Tour by 5 OUT OF 4 PATTERNS! #5oo4Summer

    ALSO!!!!! Read to the end for a giveaway! Yay!

    I love all of the graphics that were made for this blog tour. Maybe I can just use them to fill my blog post? They’re so colorful and bright and happy. And while summer is coming, and plants are now starting to grow, and trees have buds, the grass is still looking a little drab.

    See?! Look at all that brown grass! Repeat after me: “summer is coming, summer is coming, summer is coming.”

    I guess you didn’t really swing by to look at the grass though…. That would be a different kind of blog post for a different kind of blog.

    Let’s talk about 5oo4’s Resolution Bra and Tank, shall we? First – THE TANK! Two different necklines: regular and lower. I opted for the regular. Solid or contrast tank options. I obviously went for the solid. You can also have a bit of fun with the hemline: straight, curved, or banded. It’s very hard to tell, because stripes, but my Resolution Tank is actually banded. I added a smidgen of length to my tank as well. It drives me crazy when my tops are even 1/4″ too short. When I haven’t made a pattern before, I tend to add length. I’d rather something a bit too long than a smidge too short. BUT, for next time I won’t add that length.

    I want to get something right out in the open to start off with. This bra is itchy as HELL!! There’s a gold thread running through the stripes. Oh. My. Gosh! Is it ever obnoxious. These are the things I never think about when picking fabric. Fortunately, I’m a double sports bra kind of girl, so I can wear it as my outer layer, and it isn’t a big deal. I will say that fabric choice does matter depending on how supportive you want your Resolution Bra to be. There’s a whole post about picking supportive fabrics over at 5oo4’s blog.

    What I love about the sports bra! Right up there! Different length cut lines on the sports bra pattern piece. Because going over an A cup isn’t going to need as much length as going over a DD cup. YES! Thank you!

    Things I love about the Resolutions that I made: check that stripe matching! BOOM! Things I dislike about the Resolutions that I made: I took the lazy way out and bonded with FOE! Ugh. It just doesn’t lay as nice as binding. I should just take the FOE off and put a proper binding on. Wouldn’t you agree?

    Sizing is XXS-3XL. You can check out the size chart above. And unless you’re matching stripes, adding length, or whatnot, you’ll be able to make the tank in 1yd of fabric or less! That’s always a win!

    Thanks for stopping by the blog today! Use the code SUMMERSCOMING (doesn’t have to be in caps) for 30% off sitewide at 5oo4. Share all your fabulous 5oo4 makes in their Facebook group using the #5oo4Summer hashtag.

    And since you’re already clicking on all the things….. Check out the rest of the schedule?

    5 out of 4 Patterns Summer’s Coming Blog Tour Schedule

    May 7- The Sassy morning Seamripper | Just Delphine

    May 8- Sewing Novice | Octaves of Color

    May 9- Manning the Machine(you’re here) | Sweet Mama Sharon

    May 10- Sew Sew Ilse | That’s Sew Lily

    May 11- Wonderfully Handmade |The Sassy Seamripper

    I almost forgot!!! Giveaway!! Leave me a comment – what are you looking forward to this summer? I’ll use to grab a winner on May 12 at 9am MST. You’ll win a pattern of your choice from 5oo4. Boom! There ya go!


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    Spring Into Color (Sewing by Ti – Blog Tours)

    Welcome to another Sewing by Ti Blog Tour. SPRING INTO COLOR! This months’ theme is the Pantone Spring 2018 color chart.

    I don’t believe in color trends. I think you should wear whatever color you like. Says the girl with the purple hair! So, while my makes for this blog tour might not fit with the trendy colors of the season, my boy doesn’t seem to mind.

    My boy is going for surgery this spring. He’ll be staying overnight at the hospital, so I’ve been working on making him little items to make his hospital stay more comfortable. In my previous post I made up two modified versions of the Play Away pattern by Flosstyle. Something to keep him occupied during recovery.

    For this blog post, I’m sharing a couple more makes for his hospital visit. These are more to keep him comfortable as opposed to occupied.

    My friend, Robin, brought me this awesome dinosaur bone flanelette fabric. Jackson claimed it as his own and asked for a pillow made out of it. I had two different sized square pillow forms kicking around, so I whipped him up two envelope style cases for them. Obviously, he needed his name embroidered on one.

    Who doesn’t love an envelope style pillow cover?

    I followed Treasurie – My Childhood Treasure‘s tutorial on how to make a quick 10 minute envelope pillow cover. Quick. Simple. Easy. Actually 10 minutes. I think embroidering his name took longer than sewing the actual cover.

    I also have some cute little Peekaboo Love Monsters ready to head to the children’s hospital with Jackson too. He’s named them both Spitfire. I think one might be Daddy Spitfire, but he mostly just uses the name for both of them.

    These little Peekaboo Love Monsters are NOT a sewing pattern. They’re done completely on an embroidery machine. Well, except for hand stitching the hole that’s left for stuffing these little guys. The ITH design is by the amazing A Creative Medley. And guess what?!

    Peekaboo means, they’re kind of envelope style too! BOOM! The little one was done on a 4×4 hoop, and the bigger one was made on a 6×10 hoop. If you make to sell, charge a million dollars for the 4×4 guy. They’re so cute but the turning is a bit of a pain.

    Oooooh. My brain just processed that I have a big and a little pillow, and a big and a little Peekaboo Love Monster. PATTERNS! I love finding patterns. Don’t you?!

    Thanks so much for stopping by today! Leave me a comment. Hmmm, what kind of comment should you leave me today…. Let me know your favorite color from the Pantone Spring 2018 color chart OR let me know what else I should make for Jack’s hospital visit. Thanks again!

    Need more inspiration?

    Be sure to stop by the rest of the bloggers participating in this month’s tour!

    March 1st: Sewing By Ti- Intro
    2nd: Tenille’s Thread
    5th: Confessions of the Pink Obsessed
    6th: Sewn By Lone
    7th: Sewing By Ti, Stylin Stacy
    8th: EYMM
    9th: Stitched by Jennie
    10th: Elli and Nels
    11th: Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier
    12th: Very Blissful
    13th: My Heart Will Sew On
    14th: Sewing Blue
    15th: Seams Like Style
    16th: Kate Will Knit
    17th: Twinado Alley
    18th: Mermaids Den
    19th: My Sewing Roots
    20th: Our Play Palace
    21st: Kathys Kwilts and More
    22nd: The Fairy Dust Bin
    23rd: Oak Blue Designs
    24th: Aurora Designs Fabrics
    25th: Flaxfield Sewing
    26th: Seams Sew Lo
    27th: Ma Moose
    28th: Back 40 Life
    29th: Auschick Sews
    30th: Manning the Machine
    31st: Mermaids Den


    OMG, the bones glow in the freaking dark! I had no idea!!!!!

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    Breaking Ground Blog Tour

    Welcome to the Breaking Ground Blog Tour 2018. This week over 20 bloggers are joining together to break new ground by trying a pattern designer that is new to them, try new techniques, new styles, or whatever way they want to push themselves.

    I normally like to bring out the actual camera for blog tours, and not use my iPhone, however, our life has been running around between the children’s hospital, and blood work, and getting prescriptions, and doctor appointments that the iPhone was really the only way to go right now. So, this is my formal apology for the pretty basic photos. And if we’re being honest, the sewing this week was pretty basic too. I didn’t realize my life would be going from one appointment to the next this past little while. Ok. Now that we’ve established all that…. On with the show.

    How am I breaking ground this blog tour? I am trying out a new to me designer – Flosstyle. I’ve sewn up two MODIFIED versions of their Play Away pattern! Please note that I received this pattern compliments of Flosstyle.

    I was originally only going to sew up one of the four versions – Discover – for my nephew, but Jackson saw it and asked if I’d make him something too. I showed him the four different versions – Drive, Discover, Dolly, Draw – and of course he had to have Drive. His own little race track to tote around?! Heck yes!

    Do not look at my poopy stitching. I do NOT love sewing on vinyl! Maybe I need a Teflon foot, because my roller foot was NOT having it!

    Discover is a cute little version of the pattern. It makes me think of a little touch and feel book. The one side has three little circles with different fabric textures in each one. I choose minky, a sequins fabric, and ribbing. Soft, scratchy, and bumpy. There’s also a little section of different textured ribbons and elastics. The fabric behind that portion is swim, to add another textured element into the mix – slippery.

    The other side of Discover is pretty freaking awesome. Now, it’s suppose to be filled with either poly pellets or beads, but while mucking about in my sewing room I found this gold confetti and thought it would be fun to add to the discovery window. Note, it totally looks cool, but now the jingle bell in there is all clogged and doesn’t jingle. Meh, you live and learn. There’s all sorts of surprises hidden in the discovery window. What can you see? I see a little buggy boo’s face. I see the jungle bell. I see a the lion button. And a I see an alphabet bead. Don’t worry if you don’t see them all. I have an unfair advantage.

    I mentioned above that I did modify the Flosstyle Play Away. I also started off this blog tour mentioning that I’ve been to a zillion appointments. Ok. Well, the one supply I didn’t have on hand was a separating zipper in the right length. I COULD NOT go out again. Too frazzled. Too much anxiety. Too emotionally worn out from appointments. It wasn’t happening. It would have ended with me crying my eyes out either at a red light on the way to the fabric store or in the middle of the notions aisle once I’d arrived. Or both. Nope nope nope. I opted to skip the zipper and do an elastic and button closure on both versions of the Play Away that I made.

    I whipped the Drive version up for Jackson the night before we headed back to the children’s hospital. Here is where I admit my screw ups. Since I knew I wasn’t doing a zipper I just sandwiched the inner portion, vinyl, and shell together, without first attaching the vinyl to the inner portion first. And now my finished product looks a bit sloppy, in my opinion. The flannel used for the inner and shell have a bit of give and movement, whereas the vinyl doesn’t. Stitching the vinyl to the inner first would have eliminated some of the wrinkling that is happening now in the inner layer. Again, live and learn. But a freaking obnoxious outcome that I could have EASILY avoided. Gah!

    There’s four different inners for the Play Away – Drive, Discover, Dolly, Draw. There’s also four different shells – Flat pocket, pouch pocket, plain pocket, just straps. For Discover, I did just straps. For Drive, I did pouch pocket. I think Jackson and I discovered that you can squeeze six hot wheels into one pouch pocket, but it’s better to divide them up between the two.

    We’d love to see how you’re Breaking Ground this month. Share with us what you’re working on by using the hashtag #BreakingGround2018 across social media.

    Better yet, join the Sew Alongs & Sewing Contests facebook group to sew along with the Breaking Ground theme for the entire month of March. In the group you’ll find support and encouragement for your projects and fun themed challenges.

    The Full Tour includes all these creatives… we hope you’ll visit us each day:

    Monday March 12

    mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Sewing A La Carte, Little Heart Threads,The Sewing Scientist

    Tuesday March 13

    Musings of A Seamstress, A Custom Clothier, Octaves of Color, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sew Altered Style

    Wednesday March 14 

    Flaxfield Sewing, Chook n Duck, Tales of a Tester, Sewing By Ti, Sewing Vortex, Kathy’s Kwilts and More

    Thursday March 15 

    Very Blissful, Manning the Machine, Sew and Tell Project, Musings of a Seamstress, Stitches by Laura

    Friday March 16

    Lulu & Celeste, Tenille’s Thread, Sewing A La Carte, The Bear and Pea Atelier, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sprouting Jube Jube, Kathy’s Kwilts and More

    To make the tour even more fun, our Breaking Ground blog team member, Gail is offering 2 patterns of choice from her pattern shop Flosstyle to one lucky winner.

    Enter Here!

    As always, thanks for stopping by today.

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