Sewing Rope Baskets

Remember the change purses I made for teacher gifts? I never had the chance to show you the rope baskets I made for the end of the year teacher gifts. Now that things have quieted down, I can finally do that.

Sewing Rope Bowls

Sewing Rope Baskets

Sewing Rope Bowls

Sewing Rope Bowls

Sewing Rope Bowls

Sewing Rope Bowls

I absolutely adore making these. It is incredibly cathartic. You can see more of these here, here, and here. They make great gifts and you can create any size you want. I think my favorite kind, though, are made with found or recycled rope. Especially if they are stained. It adds such a cool look. So for this batch, I purposely spray painted them with watered down acrylic paint (like I used in my spray paint tutorial). For some of the baskets, I even used blue thread. Ultimately, I think I prefer the white thread, though.

I think for the next batch, I would like to try to make really large ones. Doesn’t that sound like fun?!

What is your most fun sewing project?

Recovered Case

Recovered Case using the old case as a pattern

Recovered Case

Recovered Case using the old case as a pattern

Recovered Case using the old case as a pattern

Recovered Case using the old case as a pattern

Recovered Case using the old case as a pattern

Recovered Case using the old case as a pattern

Recovered Case using the old case as a pattern

I wish I took a photo of the original cover. It was pretty thrashed. Lots of tears, and the fabric was brittle. Honestly, I wasn’t sure I could do this. You’ll have to use your imagination.  A friend of mine runs a non-profit music program for kids, regardless of income. It is pretty wonderful. She has a few of these cases that are extremely worn, and she gave me one to play with. I wanted to see if I could recover it, and you know what? I can!

It is far from perfect, being the first one I ever did, but it totally works, and it looks a heck of a lot better than it did. I completely seam ripped (carefully) the old cover off, and removed all the hardware, and then used the old case as a pattern, adding a half inch seam allowance all around. The best part is, I managed to save the zipper and the straps, and reuse them. It is difficult to find a 52″ zipper, so I am thrilled to be able to use the old one.

One case saved from the landfill! I can’t wait to do more.

Make Dad a Tie: Happy Father’s Day!

Make Dad a Tie with a Free pattern

Make Dad a Tie

I must start by telling you that my husband generally doesn’t wear ties. He doesn’t need one for work, and we rarely go to events that require them. BUT I couldn’t resist making him one this year after seeing all the brilliant ties out there being made. Ha!  Plus, it is tradition, right? Give Dad a tie. Or in this case, Make Dad a Tie.

Make Dad a Tie with a Free pattern

I found a FREE pattern over on Craftsy by Sweet Shop Sewing.  I made the feather print tie first, using this pattern. Only, it came out too small. It would definitely fit a little boy.

Make Dad a Tie with a Free pattern

So I gave it another try. This time I used Four Corners Circles Fabric and stripe gray sparkle fabric by liZ and Elizabeth from Simple Simon. I lurve this fabric.

Make Dad a Tie with a Free pattern

I used the same pattern, only I lengthened the back piece to match the front piece. It worked out to be 58 inches long, which is perfect for my 5’11” guy.

Make Dad a Tie with a Free pattern

Insert your favorite Dad, and you are done!

Make Dad a Tie with a Free pattern

Now he is prepared for any occasion that requires a bit of fancying up.

Make Dad a Tie with a Free pattern

Happy Father’s Day to all you fantastic Dad’s out there! You are so needed in this world, and you are loved.

More Zippered Change Purses

zippered changed purses made with a FREE pattern

Zippered Change Purses

Remember the change purse I made for our friend’s graduation? Well, I thought they would make great teacher gifts, too, so I quickly whipped more of these up to give away, yesterday!

zippered changed purses made with a FREE pattern

I adore this fabric. It is all colorful and happy. We all need more happy, don’t you think?

zippered changed purses made with a FREE pattern

I am also thrilled that I had enough of this pigeon fabric to make another wallet. That bird makes me giggle.

zippered changed purses made with a FREE pattern

If you are looking for Noodlehead’s FREE pattern, click here.

 I cannot believe this school year is over. I think we are all more than ready for Summer.

What have YOU made for teacher gifts this year?

 

Upcycled Quick Sew Tween outfit

upcycled quick sew tween outfit by falafel and the bee

Upcycled Quick Sew Tween outfit

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know how I feel about upcycling. If you are new here, you can see some more upcycled projects by clicking on the category “Upcycling” under the banner on top of this page. You’ll get the idea that me and upcycling, we are close.

upcycled quick sew tween outfit by falafel and the bee

That means that people give me things. All the time. I end up with linens and worn clothing and all sorts of things that people don’t want anymore, because they know I will do something with them. And you know what? I love that.

upcycled quick sew tween outfit by falafel and the bee

This outfit was made from a small square lace tablecloth, and some mysterious heavier-weight fabric (maybe drapes) that was in my stash. I have no idea of what it was in it’s past life, but it was perfect for the skirt.

upcycled quick sew tween outfit by falafel and the bee

I will start with that shawl shirt. It was so simple, it took literally minutes to make. I turned the square diagonally so it looked like a diamond. I then folded it so the top point met the bottom point. I cut a small semicircle out of the center. Then I hemmed it. I also sewed a straight line from the bottom up to her armpit, on each side. That is it. Because it is lace, it stretched a bit when she put it on, which she loves.

upcycled quick sew tween outfit by falafel and the bee

As an aside, let me tell you that I am still blinking at the fact that my youngest is now a tween and we are all finished with Elementary school.

upcycled quick sew tween outfit by falafel and the bee

Because this girl of mine is now going on to Intermediate school, she is very appropriately more picky about what I make her, more specifically, about what she will actually wear.

upcycled quick sew tween outfit by falafel and the bee

The skirt was a bit of an experiment. I just finished thumbing through Sewing Happiness by Sanae Ishida *affiliate link* and the origami pillows caught my eye. I could not stop think about making a garment with this technique!

upcycled quick sew tween outfit by falafel and the bee

I just spread out the front panel of the skirt (much larger than it would have to be to account for the shrinking from the pintucks) and started to fold and sew. It was actually a whole lot of fun. I just sewed it up as a simple skirt (like here, here, and here,)with a casing for the elastic in the waistband.

upcycled quick sew tween outfit by falafel and the bee

I made this outfit, and she instantly put it on, and then wore it to the graduation party we attended over the weekend. I’d call that a success.

upcycled quick sew tween outfit by falafel and the bee

What have YOU made today?

 

Graduation gift idea

I was hemming and hawing trying to come up with a graduation gift idea, when it hit me:

"Give them what they want" graduation gift: AKA Cash

Graduation Gift Idea? Um, Cash. Duh.

I didn’t just want to hand our dear friend money, though. We have known this young lady since she was teeny tiny. She is like family to us. It felt unceremonial to just hand her a bill. So I made her a small change purse using Noodlehead’s FREE pattern. It was quick and easy, and used up some scraps (which I love).

"Give them what they want" graduation gift: AKA Cash

I have made tons of zippered coin purses before, but I love Anna’s version because it adds a little more fancy to it with that handy pocket and pretty closure. BTW, no one asked me to review this pattern, I just was looking for a quick and easy (yet fancy) pattern.

"Give them what they want" graduation gift: AKA Cash

I only had a few small pieces of this Pigeon Fabric, which I adore, and used here for a bowtie and here for some boxers.

"Give them what they want" graduation gift: AKA Cash

The front pocket is large enough for a business card, and the whole thing can attach to some keys.

"Give them what they want" graduation gift: AKA Cash

Very practical for someone who is college-bound!

"Give them what they want" graduation gift: AKA Cash

These would make an excellent end- of-the-school-year gift as well! I think I will have to make a few for teachers this week.

What do YOU give graduating seniors?

Making a tablecloth for a patio table with an umbrella

I made another Instructable! This time it shows how to make a tablecloth with a hole in the center for an outdoor umbrella to go through.

DIY tablecloth with a hole for an umbrella Tutorial

We have this beat up old plastic table that really doesn’t come clean anymore, so I needed a cover for it that would allow us to still use the umbrella.This is a super quick and easy project. It actually took longer to write the tutorial than it did to make it (and I even made the tablecloth from an old bedsheet).

Head over and make a tablecloth or two.

30 Days of Sundresses: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

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I am so thrilled to be a part of 30 Days of Sundresses this year! This series has been going on since 2012 and it has always included such talented sewists. Tons of free patterns and tutorials, just for you! I am honored to share my fabric splatter paint tutorial with you today.

  30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

First, gather up your supplies:

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

acrylic paints (however many colors you would like to use)

empty spray bottles

white sheet/ or fabric

water

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

To prepare the paint, you squirt some of the acrylic paint into the spray bottle. I did about a tablespoon. Then add about a cup of water to that. Shake to mix.Test it on scrap fabric. The more you dilute it, the better.

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

Hang your sheet up somewhere you don’t mind getting painty. Add one child/person who would love to get messy (wearing clothes you don’t care about getting messy). Spray!

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

My daughter went a little heavy in parts, which made the fabric stiff. If you can, limit how much spraying goes on. Letting the white shine through is a good thing. I also had her do a second piece, and I watered down the paint even more, which helps too (not shown).

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

Plan on getting covered in paint (which, according to her, is the best part!).

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

After it completely dries, throw the whole sheet in the dryer for a few minutes to heat set your paint. If you need to soften it up a bit, you can then machine wash it with a 1/2 cup of baking soda. Then dry again.

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

Sew up one of your favorite sundress patterns using your new fabric! For the bottom of this dress, I used the very watered down painted sheet. I like how it looks like the top is running.

  30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

Now your girl can sport fabric designs she actually made!

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

Thank you for stopping by! If you decide to give this a try, please show me what you make!

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

If you haven’t been, yet, head over to Melly Sews to check out some of the other tutorials.

Handmade Boots

Handmade Boots for problem feet

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen these already. If not, let me fill you in on the sheer size and girth of my feets. THEY ARE HUGE. A force, dare I say, to be reckoned with. I wear a women’s size 9, with a 6E width. That means there are exactly two styles of shoes they come in, and they are both made for diabetic men. I also have large extremely painful bunions which require me to wear toe separators. So there’s that.

Handmade Boots for problem feet

The next natural step was to attempt to make my own shoes. I used a fabulous pattern by Shoelogy (one of her many), but had to alter it. This pair is the first I made, and I need to change a few things about my alterations. The first being the whole Muppet look. Not really working. This is not the pattern’s fault. At. All. I need to tweak the shape a bit to accomodate the duck-feet shaped appendages that I now have, without looking duck-feet shaped.

Tricky.

Handmade Boots for problem feet

The bright side: Look at that top-stitching!

Handmade Boots for problem feet

I will not be defeeted. Ha! There will be another pair in my future, so look out world. I will be stylin’.

*I did recieve a copy of this pattern, so graciously, but all my opinions are full of honest honesty. If you want to make your own shoes, check out shoeology!

Where you can find my tutorial today: Hemming a Circle Skirt

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You can find me today over at Sew Mama Sew sharing my tutorial for hemming a circle skirt! I have it down, now, and actually enjoy hemming them!

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Plus it gave me an excuse to make another one of these. I used the Amaryllis Dress (affiliate link) by Blank Slate Patterns (like the one I made here).

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I love this pattern so much. And that fabric? I found it on clearance, for $5/yard! This pattern takes a surprising amount of fabric, so getting it at that price was so helpful. circlepreview4m

If you would like to learn how to hem a circle skirt (or curved hem), hop on over to Sew Mama Sew!

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 Happy Tuesday!

I am going to be reminding myself what day it is all day today. Ha!