Post Apocalyptic Recycled outfit revealed…and a giveaway! AND a sewalong!

Today is the day!! My entry for the sewing challenge is up on the Top Stitcher blog. Head on over to read what post apocalyptic story I came up with and get the details of the outfit…and to vote!

If you are coming here from Top Stitchers, Welcome!


I had way too much fun with this prompt, and consequently took an epic amount of photos.


I started with these items, plus a few others. 1 man’s stained white t-shirt, recycled bottle grocery bags, part of a patio umbrella, tyvek mailers, a holey sweatshirt with the ribbing in tact, the legs of a black pair of jeans, strips of leather cut from old boots, and part of a flannel bed sheet. The whole outfit is made from recycled materials, and only notions (such as zippers and grommets) that I already had.








Patterns used:

Shirt- Skipper top pattern by Sew Much Ado

Blank Slate Pattern’s Clean slate pants pattern *affiliate link*

Moto Jacket pattern by Jennuine Design *affiliate link*

Here is what is in it for you:

Just enter with the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win one of these awesome prize packages!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


AND if you are so inclined, you can sew along with any of the fun prompts this season!

Be sure to head over to Top Stitcher to vote!

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

On our shelves this week is a brand new book (to us):


Darien and the lost paints of Telinoria

by Jeanna Kunce

 Falafel and I are reading this one together. We haven’t done that in a while, but since the weather is starting to change, I find myself wanting to cozy up with her and a good book.

We have only read the first two chapters, so far, but I am hooked!

What is on YOUR shelves this week?



If you subscribe to our newsletter, you know this already. When our Falafel gets overwhelmed, or excited, or want to use a strong word, she uses one that she made up.


We have all adopted this as our go-to word for just about anything. From “Poof. We are out of ice cream“, to “POOF!” said loudly after tripping on a shoe that was left out.

I do have to tell you that once you start, it is hard to stop! It makes everything a little more fun to say.

Wishing you a Poof-filled Saturday!

On-our-shelves Sunday: Book Review

This week, I have the privilege of reviewing this book:


The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction

by Christine Haynes

This book is a fantastic resource for all levels of sewists! With really clear photographs (which my visual mind needs) and a well-written narrative, it walks you through everything from installing zippers to sewing pintucks and darts.

The book is broken up into different sections: Tools of the trade, Working with patterns, Construction, Shaping a garment, and Finishing touches. Each section is chock-full of information pertaining to the title.

I am thrilled to have this in my sewing library. I know it will be referenced a lot!

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a review. As always, all opinions are mine mine mine.

Teach the One 2 Sew: Pillowcase

Over at Simple Simon &Co, they are hosting a series dedicated to teaching people to sew.


It began with the thought “What if everyone in the whole online sewing community taught just one person to sew?“.

What a beautiful thought.

I have had friends come up to me in past years and ask if I ever gave lessons. Why not? I guess I have always felt like I didn’t know enough, or I wasn’t qualified. Which now that I look back on it, was silly. Someone always knows more than you, but someone also always knows less. I could teach what I know, and that could be enough to help someone on their way to sewing.

So I decided to ask one of my friends if she wanted to have a lesson with me, with nothing expected in return (except for me to be able to photograph her and her project:). She was excited to learn!

She came over with a pillow that she has wanted to make a case for. It had been sitting there for quite a few months because she didn’t know where to start. I could totally help with that!


This is my friend Julie. She hasn’t touched a sewing machine since she was 16 in Home Ec class. She made this cover with an envelope closure for her pillow. She rocks!


We had such a good time. I am ecstatic to light a passion for sewing in someone else. Imagine the possibilities if everyone did this.

Who have you taught today?

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Happy Friday everyone! Wait. It is Friday, right?