среда, 19 мая 2010 г.

She sells seashells... - Free Pattern!

I am excited to say that I have my first free downloadable (is that a word?) pattern for you! Now, I know that this shirt is kind of girly...so if you have a boy, you could substitute the seashell for a cute crab or fish. Let's get started!

You will need:
A plain t-shirt that fits your little one: We bought this one at TJMaxx for $3 or $4.
A fun scrap of cotton fabric
A scrap of quilt batting
A fabric pen, or dressmaker's carbon paper
If doing the detailing by hand: embroidery floss, and embroidery needle
Or a machine that will do all of that for you :)
The free pattern

Print the pattern and cut out the seashell. Lay it on the cotton fabric and cut two seashells. Next cut one seashell out of the batting.

Make a little sandwich out of these pieces - fabric, batting, fabric. Pin them together. Trace the quilting design onto your fabric (the dotted lines on the pattern). Use your machine to "quilt" along these lines. You can use the regular stitch, just be sure all 3 layers are moving at the same time. Or, of course, you can hand quilt it. Some fun hand-quilting tips here.
Next, trace the words onto the shirt, using the carbon paper, or write your own using a fabric pen
Embroider the words.
Great embroidery tips here.

Place the seashell underneath the words. Use a blanket stitch, or a zig-zag stitch around the edge of the seashell to attach it to the t-shirt. Good job!

Now you have a fun new beachy t-shirt for your little one!

пятница, 14 мая 2010 г.

Hi ho, hi ho, I cook, I clean, I sew...

Here's what I have done today...

Made homemade applesauce:
This is so easy and healthy for your family. Since you cook the apples with the skin on, you retain all of the nutrients in the whole apple. Charlotte would eat the whole batch by herself if I would let her. Here is what you will need:

1bag Macintosh apples
1/4-1/2 cup of organic raw sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Large pot

Let the apples soak in cold water for a few minutes, then scrub the skin.
Chop the apples into quarters, not worrying about the core or seeds. Place them in a large pot.Put about an inch of water -no more, because the apples have a lot of water in them already. Cover the pot and cook the apples on low for about an hour.
Ladle about half of the cooked apples into the ricer - situated over a bowl. Work the cooked apples until all you are left with is a small amount of skin and seeds in the ricer.Empty that into the garbage and do the other half the same way. Once you have all of the applesauce in the bowl, add the sugar and cinnamon. Start with a 1/4cup of sugar and add the cinnamon.Taste it and then add more sugar/cinnamon to taste. Cover the bowl and refrigerate until you are ready to eat it. We like to eat it cold.

Cleaned our wedding rings:
In honor of my little sister's 1st wedding anniversary (which is tomorrow)- we cleaned our wedding rings. Super easy. Pour a small amount of plain ammonia into a small bowl. Drop your rings in and let them soak for a few minutes.Take a cleaning toothbrush and VERY gently brush the rings. Rinse off in cool water(plug the sink so they don't go down the drain). Your diamonds will sparkle like the day you were married! Happy Anniversary Joanna and Matt!
(photo taken by the talented Laura Hinely - laurahinelyphoto.wordpress.com)

Worked on my quilt:
My long term project is a queen sized quilt for our master bedroom. I am still in the piecing stage, but I am hoping to finish it while I am here at mom's. She has a quilting machine, and I am going to try my hand at machine quilting. I used 4 fabrics from Anna's Good Folks Collection, 1 fabric from Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane, and 1 fabric, that I can't remember the name of right now.
Busy day - busy weekend ahead, but filled with fun! Get ready for next week- it's beach week on sewhomegrown!! We'll be talking about skincare, yummy beachy foods, quick beach blanket, and more!! have a great weekend

вторник, 11 мая 2010 г.

French Press Cozy Tutorial

This Mother's Day I made my momma a French Press Cozy. If you don't know, French Press is the most pure way to make coffee. You boil the water and pour it over the grounds in the press. Then you let it steep for 4 minutes, and then press the grounds to the bottom of the pot. The only problem is that it does not stay hot very long. Mom is always wrapping a dish towel around hers to keep it warm. So...I made this French Press cozy- taking the idea of a tea pot cozy and stretching it to fit this size pot. Here is the tutorial for you to make your own!

Step 1:
(These measurements are for a 4 cup french press-if yours is larger or smaller, simply measure the height and circumference(including the handle) of your press).

Cut out six rectangles. Two for the outer fabric - 9 1/2" x 11". Two for the lining fabric - 9 1/2"x 13". Two for the insulation fabric - I used terry cloth(which would be a great repurpose for an old towel), but you could also use batting. The insulation should be 9 1/2" x 12".

Step 2:
Now is the time to do any embroidery or decoration that you would like on the outside of the fabric. I embroidered the word, "Energize". If you are insecure about your handwriting, you can go here and find some great free fonts - print out the word you want to use and trace it onto the fabric.

Stitch the outer fabric to the lining fabric, right sides together, along the bottom edge.

Press the lining so that an inch of it shows below the outer fabric- to create the band at the bottom of the cozy. The top edge of the lining and outer fabric should now be aligned.

Step 5:
Insert the insulation material between the lining and outer fabric. Pin it well.

Step 6:
Pin the front and back pieces together along one side, right sides together. Wrap it around your press, and pin it to fit the shape of the press. You will create a dome shape with the pins. When you are satisfied with the shape, slip it off the press and lay it flat. Trim 1/2" larger than where your pins are. This will allow for a 1/2" seam.

Step 7:
In order to keep the insulation material from sliding, I hand-quilted the front piece, and tacked the back piece (because I was getting lazy...). You may choose any quilting pattern you like - I followed the diamond pattern that was in my fabric (which comes from Anna Maria's Good Folks collection).

Step 8:
You're almost done! Put front and back pieces right sides together. Stitch together, using a 1/2" seam. Turn it right sides out.

Step 9: I ran some thin ribbon through a needle and created the loop on the top of the cozy. You could also make a loop out of your fabric, and stitch it in when you stitch the seam.

Now make a lovely pot of coffee, get a cookie or two. Sit back, relax, and admire your work. Well done!

суббота, 1 мая 2010 г.


We have finally made it to my Grandma's house in Tennessee. She lives on the top of a mountain in middle TN in a town called Altamont. She also owns 4 cabins featured here - so if you want a nice getaway, this is a great place to come :) This week I will be featuring all sorts of things about her that I love, including her best buttermilk biscuits, slow-cooked grits, vintage family quilts, hiking adventures, and many more things - I am so happy that I have time to blog and craft and be with my lovely family!!! The hard part is over! Everything is tucked away in storage, waiting to be unpacked in July when we finally land in Johnson City. Until then, we will be floating around between Grandma's, my parents, and Ryan's parents...which means built in baby-sitters and less housework for me!! So I am super excited to do lots of crafts and share them with you! Hope you are all having a lovely weekend.