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Finished Projects

Alright. Last week was a whirlwind of birthday sewing and school work. I managed to make three jolly roger raglans for my nephew and two nieces. We went to my niece’s birthday party last Friday, she likes the movie Nightmare Before Christmas, so I tracked down fabric to make her this inspired hoodie. I think it turned out pretty well. She loved it and that’s all that matters.

Next I made one for my other niece. It wasn’t her birthday but since hers is in June and that isn’t hoodie weather…I went ahead and made it anyway. She’s our little firecracker. So, she got ninja unicorns and stars for her hoodie. I also found her fabric in a buy/sell/trade group so it wasn’t easy to find. I love the ninja unicorns though. They’re adorable.

I love being able to customize these for each kid. The inset pockets are my favorite part of this. I did mine a bit different from the pattern and they work out well. My kids love theirs.

The last one was fabric from Joann fabrics. This was for my youngest nephew. He just turned 5! This fabric is the doodle line at Joann Fabrics and is pretty reasonably priced. It was very easy to work with and didn’t roll as much as the cotton lycra I’ve used, which was useful when cutting. The blue fabric though- amazing. It’s a thicker feeling fabric and seriously nice to sew.

Sadly, he didn’t get thumbholes like my nieces. He does have the inset pockets at least. The fabric was a tad thinner than the cotton lycra and my machine kept eating the seam allowance. If I make another from doodle fabric, I may have to get hem tape or a thin stabilizer just to add some weight while sewing cuffs. I absolutely adore the Jolly Roger from Patterns for Pirates. There are so many sizes offered in the pattern and it is so customizable. I now need to make myself a hoodie using the Wonder Woman fabric I have been stashing for a rainy day.

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Teach Me Tuesday (on a Thursday)

I know, I know! It’s not Tuesday. I made these on Tuesday but they were for Valentine’s Day so I delayed in posting. Let’s get to it!

Hanging cell phone holders- easy gift for my kids. I winged these from a picture I saw on Pinterest. Now, you have to take in to account the size of your phone when making these. The giant washers- Walmart. I got these probably two years ago and never used them, they’re meant to hold a shower curtain. Genius. If I make these again, I have a few changes I will make, the seams were a bit bulky because I used scrap interfacing I had lying around so it’s thick- which adds a lot of bulk in the seams.

The basic shape is a rectangle. I cut mine 11″ x 7″ (height x width) and the pockets were about 6″ x 7″. For this, I cut two of each and only interfaced one side of each. Then I sewed up the pocket and attached it to the front side of the interfaced rectangle, sewing around the three outer edges. After that, I placed the last rectangle on top of the one with the pocket- right sides together. I sewed around with 1/4″ seam leaving about 3″ open above the pocket so I could turn it afterwards.

Once I had them turned, I ironed them to get them nice and smooth. To close the opening from turning, I top stitched around the entire thing with a 1/8″ seam. The next part was attaching the grommets.

The grommets came with a template. So, I found the center of each piece, lined up the template and traced the circle. Next step seems obvious- right? Cut out the circle.

Line up the grommet, then slip the top on and push it shut. Super easy!

These took me less than an hour to make. I do have modifications I’d like to make for future pockets, and that one seam on TheRebel’s is bugging me. It’s ok though! They liked them and we attached them by command hook to the side of their beds. The phones go in the pocket charging port sticking out. It keeps them from losing their phone and offers a convenient place to charge their phone.

Video tutorial anyone? Sloth wants to learn to make videos, so two birds, one stone!

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Works in Progress

I manage to get myself into a time crunch all the time. It’s ok though, I seem to work well under pressure! Next week I have birthdays to celebrate and the current state of my gifts- fabric! No worries though, I got this. I’m making two Jolly Roger Raglans from Patterns for Pirates as well as a fun birthday shirt for my nephew. I don’t have to worry about spoilers because they’re too young for social media.

I’ve also got my own Relaxed Raglan that I’m itching to sew and a pair of pants. Did I mention I’m a full time grad student too? I have several papers and discussion boards, a few tests and a million pages of reading. Still- no worries.

I’ll be sure to post completed pictures. Here’s just a sample of the fun fabrics I have managed to hoard. They were hard to come by and are all thanks to Facebook buy/sell/trade groups and eBay.

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House Shirts

When I posted about the wizard hats I made, I promised to share our house shirts as well. Clearly, I need to write things down, because I forgot! My kids have loved Harry Potter for years, we’ve had several themed Potter parties, family movie nights, and the ultimate experience at Universal Orlando. We are Potterheads. Being sorted in to our houses has resulted in a lot of family squabbling…TheRebel was a long time Gryffindor, and when she joined Pottermore she found out she was actually a Slytherin. So, that called for a change of her house colors. Sloth discovered that while he always considered himself a Hufflepuff, he was sorted in to Gryffindor. I am and always will be a Hufflepuff. Hubs has varied a few times on Gryffindor or Hufflepuff, but the latest sorting quiz placed him with me.

This made for quite an interesting dynamic at the park. The cast members were so great about not only recognizing our girl on her birthday, but also our hats and shirts. We got many, many comments on her being the only Slytherin in a house of Puffs! One cast member went above and beyond. We were in Ollivander’s when he struck up a conversation with hubs. He loved our hats and when he was told I made them, he was speechless. He pointed at our shirts and hubs nodded that I had made those too. He then noticed TheRebel’s birthday pin and escorted us to the front of the line to ride Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts. Seriously, we felt like celebrities. It was just one of the amazing experiences we had in the Wizarding World. If you love Harry Potter and you get a chance to go- do it! You will not be disappointed.

Now, on to the shirts. These were not fancy shirts. I wanted a shirt for everyone that basically said what house they were in and had the mascot/ crest. I also decided that I would put everyone’s year on the shirt. Everyone knows that eleven year olds are first years, so that is what Sloth had on his shirt. TheRebel is a third year and hubs and I were alumni. That little detail just made out shirts a little more unique. I bought myself and TheRebel shirts at Target. Florida is hot and humid, so these were lightweight shirts, hers a green, mine a mustard yellow (which I LOVE). Hubs and Sloth I bought plain mens t-shirts, grey and black; although Sloth also got a yellow shirt because I felt the black one might have been a touch small.

I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 and its associated software to design my shirts. The house crests I actually found on Etsy and purchased the cut files. I also purchased a Harry Potter inspired font. Then it was a simple matter of designing my shirt and setting it up to be cut. My sister in law had a heat press she let me borrow (which is now boarding with us for a while because she is awesome and is letting me use it, YAY!) which I used to stick the vinyl to my shirts. I pre-washed all my shirts before adding vinyl. I also chose to use Siser EasyWeed Heat Transfer Vinyl over others, it has produced very consistent results for me. I haven’t had any issues with my designs peeling up even with some smaller design elements. I credit this to the great settings indicated on the Siser website and the use of the heat press.

If you use a Cricut or heat transfer vinyl, I highly suggest Siser. It’s fantastic and so far has met all my expectations. I made these shirts at the end of September and they are worn fairly often. This method of t-shirt making is hands down easier than my previous method of freezer paper stencils and paint. You can follow the links below the pictures if you want to purchase the items I recommend.


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