Mittens full of clouds

I love thrummed mittens! If you’ve never heard of or made thrummed mittens they are mittens with little bits of wool knit into the stitches. It makes the insides of the mittens insanely warm and give the outsides this rustic look that I love.

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The inside of a thrummed mitten I was working on a few years ago.

A few years ago I made thrummed mittens for everyone. Both boys and my husband and even my Grandma received mittens that Christmas (Grandma mitten in the picture). I had what I thought would be enough left over roving to make myself a pair of mittens and put it up and moved onto other things.

At the beginning of December, I was standing at the bus stop with the kids really wishing I had some thick warm mittens. I finally had a reason to make my mittens and pulled the roving and wool out to get started. It quickly became apparent that I was running out of roving too fast. But still, I knit on.

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I was able to knit one whole mitten without a thumb and half of the second before I ran out of roving. I ordered more from WoolGathering they didn’t have the exact colors I had before but I found something close enough that I am happy with it. If buying roving for thrummed mittens make sure to use 100% wool because you want it to felt inside. I am using the pattern Thrummed Mittens which is a great pattern because you get all the sizes in one pattern from child to men’s size. So these mittens are now in a holding pattern waiting for the roving to arrive.

Clownfish Blanket that almost broke me.

My youngest is obsessed with Nemo. We have Nemo toys, bedding, clothes…his love for that little clownfish is strong. I knew I wanted to make him a clownfish blanket and I first came across this knitted version here. It was perfect! I planned on making it for Christmas but like most things, it kept getting put on the back burner and suddenly it was November and time had run out to knit him a blanket.

I quickly came up the idea that I would just sew one. How hard could it be to just wing a pattern and get this done? Harder than I thought. I quickly sketched out what I wanted it to look like. Took some quick measurements of my kid and started my adventure.

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I ended up cutting the black part of the stripes and sewing them into tubes. Each stripe had two black stripes and of course, I put stripes on the back because I am full of crazy so I had 12 tubes that I had to turn right side out. All I had to turn these tubes was a safety pin…that’s it. I ended up with blisters on my thumb and I have since learned that they make a handy little tool that makes turning tubes right side out much easier. Wish I would have know that earlier. 20171207_134349.jpg

I made the back slighter larger than the front because I originally planned to cut a slit in the back to make it easier to get into and out of. I never actually got around to cutting the slit and I figured when my son gets a little bigger and it gets harder to use than I will cut it because honestly, I was sick of sewing this toward the end.

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This is a picture of all the fins (tiny and regular) and the tail. I had the hardest time attaching the tail to the body of the blanket. I am sure there was probably an easier way to do it but I did it the way that ended up snapping two sewing needles so I am guessing it was the wrong way. I did get it attached though.

 

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Not the best picture but he loves it. He’s swimming in the picture as I am sure you can tell. It was the very first present he opened on Christmas day and he instantly had to crawl inside of it to test it out. I wish the stripes looked better but he really doesn’t care about that. He now sleeps with his fishy blanket every night and that always makes a sewing mama’s heart melt. Worth it.

 

Christmas Pajamas in the Nick of Time

I always make everyone some new pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve. I have only been doing that for a couple of years but it’s one of those traditions that I really enjoy. Now that the boys are older, I let them pick out their own fabric and buttons and sometimes you can end up with a pretty silly looking garment but they love it so I try to bite my tongue when they pick things that do not look good together.

This year I decided to try out a new pattern. The eldest boy wanted a button up shirt for his pajama top and I couldn’t find one I liked through the big pattern companies that would actually fit him and his little brother. After searching I found a nice indie company that had sizes that would fit my eldest and youngest, matching pajamas! So I went with the company Sew A Little Seam. The pattern I used was the  Holiday Night Pajamas the chest sizes go from 19” to 30” which was great because it was exactly what I needed. It also had piping which I thought added that extra something special. I’ve never done piping so I was excited to try it out.

I went with flannel for the pajamas and both boys picked out camouflage colored flannel. One had a lighter green background and the other had a dark olive green background. I picked a nice green color for the piping. I made sure I bought a half yard extra of each color because I always like to overestimate what I might need. Somehow this time that didn’t work out and I was to short on fabric! Luckily I had bought the contrast fabric because I ended up using it to cut the remaining pieces that I wasn’t able to cut for the main fabric print. So I had to sacrifice my piping which made me so sad. I know it’s silly but I was really looking forward to the piping. Here’s what the pajama tops looked like with the contrast fabrics. 20171222_193045.jpg

You can see how much fabric I was missing. All the solid green was supposed to be camouflaged fabric. I don’t think it turned out terribly or anything I just can’t believe how short I was on fabric. I couldn’t find my receipt to see how much I bought to make sure it was cut correctly but from now on with flannel, I am buying a yard extra…just in case. Next year the pajamas must have piping!

I also added these iron-on tags to the back of each pair of pants. The boys are constantly putting their momma made items on backward so I am hoping that these tags stop that. This is actually a free template from Patterns for Pirates she has tons of great patterns on her site and I love the Jolly Roger Raglan for the boys. That is my go-to t-shirt pattern for them. Anyways, the template can be found here I used a friends Cricut machine to cut these out but I believe you can use a printer to make these too. In case you are wondering all the orange marking on everything is actually Crayola super washable markers. I use them to mark up all my sewing patterns and I haven’t sewn a fabric yet that they didn’t wash out of. 20171224_145533.jpg

Here are my boys modeling their finished pajamas on Christmas Eve. The blue buttons were picked by each boy. I know they look silly but what can you do.

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New Year’s Resolutions

I am not usually big into New Year’s resolutions especially ones that are of the life-changing variety: lose weight, stop smoking, no sugar. These are usually short-lived and to me just pointless to make. My resolutions are usually of the crafting or family life variety: make more things, going on a family trip, paint the house. So not really a resolution per se but a goal for myself for the year. I always try to make the next year better than the last, which I am sure most people do. Anyways, my 2018 crafting goals are:

  1. Sew my first bra. I’ve been meaning to do this forever. I bought a kit and a craftsy class and the only thing really holding me back is fear of messing up terribly. I just need to keep reminding myself that it’s only fabric and I can always buy a new kit.
  2. Knit me a sweater. I’ve also been putting this off for a while being of the plus size variety that thought of putting all the time into knitting a sweater and not having it fit at the end is really putting me off. I did make myself a cardigan last year and loved it but it did turn out bigger than I thought it would. Gauge measurement is always a must…need to remember that too.
  3. Sew some leggings. I’ve been sewing with knits for a while. Mostly for the boys if we are going, to be honest. I love sewing with knits but hardly make anything for myself. I have really been wanting leggings. I have the Pattern for Pirates legging pattern which is free on their website (along with other goodies).
  4. Get more comfortable with other fabrics. I knit with cotton wovens and knits and that’s about it. I would love to make something silky or flowy and I bought some double gauze fabric I have no clue what to do with but would love to use up.
  5. Paint something. I use to paint all the time but painting has really taken a back burner lately. I have all these canvases that stare at me every time I go in my closet. I would love to have a minute to just be able to paint something.

That’s really all I can think of. Basically, I want to test out some new skills and try things I’ve been too nervous or scared to try. I really need to get over the fear of “ruining” fabric by sewing something up with it and having it not be perfect. Do you have any crafting goals for the new year? Post them down below.

Finished the Car Seat Poncho!

This pattern was a really quick sew. I was able to sew it all together in one night with both kids running around so that in itself gives this pattern a gold star in my book. Just in case you don’t want to go back to the first post the tutorial I used for my car seat poncho can be found on this blog right here!

In the original tutorial, she used a linen front and a fleece inside. Since I didn’t do that I just cut two circles of the exact same size. I pinned my circles so that the right sides were facing each other. I sewed around the whole outside of my circle with a straight stitch and then went back over and did a zigzag a little below the straight stitch. That extra zigzag stitch probably wasn’t necessary but my kids always seem to be super rough on things so I did it as an extra precaution. Yes, my pins are vertical and not horizontal but I never sew over pins so it’s just there to hold fabric.

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After sewing the outside I cut the hole in the middle for the hood I flipped the whole thing right side out again with all the seams on the inside. Then I sewed a straight stitch around the bottom edge of the circle to give it a more finished look. I took the two 18 inch squares that I had cut for the hood and folded them in half and I used a pattern piece I already had cut out last year for some child size fleece robes. I used a size 7 I believe. I folded the fabric in half and put the back edge of the hood pattern piece on the fold. That would be the side closes to the sewing machine. I cut around the pattern piece but didn’t cut through the fold.

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I already had the two 18 inch squares cut out from the original pattern so I also did the hood with a double thickness of fleece. Once again I sewed the right sides together lining up the middle seam of my hood. I sewed around the front edge and then flipped the whole thing right side out. I sewed the hood only to the outside lining of fleece and then took the inside black lining and lifted it up and covered all the hood seams. I just stitched this without turning it under or anything the main purpose of this was to cover the bulky seam so my little one wouldn’t complain because the seam was itching him.

 

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My Little loves it and really enjoys spinning around in it. I would say that this pattern is easy to moderate sew. The sewing part is the easiest bit of this the hardest part for me was cutting out the circle. I have dedicated fabric scissors and they did not want to cut through all the layers of fleece that I ended up with after all the folding. My circle ended up more oblong than circle but I still like how it turned out. All the rest of the sewing was pretty easy and straightforward. If you need any clarification on anything I did please comment below.

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First blog post!

Hello, Everyone! I am so excited to be posting my very first post. Well…not technically first, but my first one on this new site.

My latest project is a car seat poncho for my youngest. The weather has finally turned cold here and it has dropped down to the teens over the weekend so I knew it was time to stop procrastinating and get this done. I bought the fleece for this project from Joann’s during their Black Friday sale (love a good sale) and used the free tutorial that I found on another blog. Here is the link to the tutorial I used Car Seat Poncho Pattern.

The original pattern uses a fleece lining and a linen fabric for the outside. I decided to do a double layer of fleece because it gets really cold here. I am also hoping to make it reversible but we will see what happens. I have all the pieces cut out and ready to assemble for tomorrow.

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I am using the blue plaid fleece fabric as my outside and the solid black fleece fabric as my lining.