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.


About manningthemachine

I'm Laura. Mama to four, and wife to one awesome guy. I'm ever so slightly sarcastic. Just a little bit. I like to quote movies, but since our house is managed by little people, most of those quotes come from kiddie shows. At least my husband generally gets the references. It makes me feel less awkward. I took sewing lessons starting at the age of 8, through the Kids Can Sew program. I took lessons for four or five years. Then I became a snotty teen and decided sewing was lame. I've repented of my ways, and enjoy sewing for my little ones. And sometimes other people. And almost never for myself. Oh hey. My blog name. "Manning The Machine." I think it's probably only funny if you know me in real life. And even then, maybe it is only funny to me. My last name is Manning. This is a blog about my sewing. Manning The (Sewing) Machine. Do you get it? Do you? No. That's fine. I think it's funny even if you don't.
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2 Responses to Breaking Ground Blog Tour

  1. What a great make. This is such an awesome pattern and so practical for kids.


  2. Pingback: Spring Into Color (Sewing by Ti – Blog Tours) | Manning The Machine

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