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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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Project Update!

Alright. Minor setback- I was out of ink and couldn’t print my pattern. I finally printed it Sunday and put it all together. Easy peasy pattern to assemble, straightforward instructions. If you want to take the plunge sewing clothes, I highly recommend Patterns for Pirates.

I cut out, pinned, sewed, and serged this raglan in under three hours. I always go a little slow the first time I make anything, so the next time it should go much more quickly. I am just sorry I only had one yard of the Doctor Who fabric. It was a dream to sew. The gray fabric from Boho Fabrics is so super soft.

So here it is in all its Whovian glory…TheRebel in her Doctor Who themed relaxed raglan. She loves the fit, the funnel hood, the inset pockets- all of it.

Ok, teenagers are only so patient. TheRebel protested photos so these will do for now.

She likes the loose fit, so I didn’t grade down to a small although I could have. Thankfully she chooses comfort over “in fashion” which makes things easy for me. She has inset pockets on both sides which is where I deviated from the pattern a little. I stitched the pocket to the band and they’re not attached to the front of the shirt. Mine are standalone pockets instead of formed from the shirt and pocket pattern. I may add a buttonhole later for her earbuds.

The funnel hood is nice and deep. When worn down it makes for a very cozy cowl. She even has thumbholes on the cuffs- it is the very one thing she asked for. Whatcha think? If you make clothes for yourself or your family, do you have any favorite pattern designers?

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A Project is Brewing

My grandma gave me one of her old sergers a few years ago. I was terrified to use it because there are so many spools of string and it was just intimidating. I took it to a local sewing shop and had them clean it and service it; then I moved to Alaska and never used it. No kidding.

In December I discovered Patterns for Pirates on Facebook and spent an unhealthy amount of time thinking yeah, I could make that! I pulled out Grandma’s serger and bought a pattern. Putting the pattern together was super easy, the best part is that I can just print the parts I need and not waste too much paper. I also found two great knits at Joann fabrics to experiment with before ordering any fancy fabric. (Fancy meaning costs more than $6-$7 a yard.) My first attempt drove me crazy because I broke a thread…and proceeded to spend two hours searching for the instructions to rethread the machine. A frustrating day later I did get it threaded, tension adjusted properly, and stitching correctly. Hallelujah!! I ended up making a pretty comfortable cardigan. It isn’t perfect, but it is cozy and I realized it was pretty straightforward.

Now, I have found some of my “fancy” fabric, it’s actually Doctor Who themed fabric for my oldest. I also purchased some plain gray terry fabric from Boho Fabrics. That is my project for this week. Originally I was going to sew it this weekend, however, half of my family is sick. Instead it has been a weekend of soups, tea, oils, diffusing, and sleep. So, I’ll make it this week.

What are we making?! The relaxed raglan from Patterns for Pirates with add-ons. We are adding a crossover hood, kangaroo pocket and thumb holes. The body of the hoodie will be Doctor Who fabric while the sleeves and inner lining of the hood will be gray. TheRebel and I are pretty excited to see how it turns out. Check back here for results!