Today we are happy to be a part of Birch Fabrics Homestead Blog Hop!
Homestead is such a fun line as soon as I saw it I knew that I wanted to make a dress for my girls to wear this fall with it.
Have you ever bought a new necklace, wore it once and then caught it on something and broke it? Yep…that was me a few weeks ago. But this time I was determined to fix it! Luckily it was the back jump ring that broke and although I don’t know a lot about jewelry I do know about jump rings…and they are super easy to fix. So, the next time you have a broken necklace, you might try the jump ring trick to put it back together.
Here’s how you do it…
My necklace broke at the top opposite where the lobster clasp was.
With the end of September our first annual Teach the One 2 Sew Party is almost over. All we have left to do now is to choose a winner for the prizes (a new baby lock sewing machine for your “student” and a bundle of fabric and prizes for you). But before we do that we are giving you all a little more time to get your comments or photos added to the list!
Soooooo…if you wanted to join in the fun and help someone on their way to sewing get to it! And then tell us about HERE and you are entered to win! But hurry, you only have until Monday, October 5th.
One of our last sewing projects for Teach the One this month at our house was some handmade beanbags. We got addicted one afternoon and the whole family was cranking out beanbags. We think they will be great for holiday gifts! We had one person cutting, kids taking turns sewing, and then the littlest and I were the rice-fillers…and it was a fun project.
Here is what you need if you want to make some too:
The very first quilt I made was like a prized possession. I wouldn’t let anyone touch it, and it sat on the back of a chair in the living room (that no one really went it) for a couple of months. I was so proud of that awkward quilt and I was going to save that thing for time and eternity, new and pristine.
But a funny thing happened over time…..when someone in the family would get chilly while watching tv, someone else would go and get “the quilt”, and I realized over time…that the new and pristine quilt wasn’t for show…quilts are for loving.
Since that day, that quilt has been used as many a fort, a teddy bear picnic blanket, a “sick” quilt, and has kept many a family member warm during family movie nights. And that is exactly what I didn’t know at the time–but I wanted it to be used for. To be loved…..and to show love.
That is one of the reasons I quilt….to show love.
Why do you quilt?
P.S. If you haven’t joined the linky party or left us a comment on who you have taught to sew this month—please do. We will leave it open throughout the weekend and then pick a winner for the new sewing machine and sewing prizes!
Last week we shared 2 of our favorite curtain tutorials from the past and today we have one more curtain tutorial for you. Its how to make a curtains in 6 easy steps!!
It’s perfect for beginners and makes for a super fast afternoon project for those who are more experienced with their sewing machines.
We’ve kind of been keeping a bit of a secret…..and today is the day to announce it. Over the summer we had the opportunity to film a video with Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilt Company (we kind of did a sneak peek on Instagram so maybe some of you figured it out). And the video is going live today!
We literally had the most amazing time in Hamilton, MO with Jenny and her family and by the time we left we had eaten so much and laughed so much that we felt like we were part of her family. They are absolutely amazing people.
The video we filmed with Jenny is a simple and easy women’s maxi skirt that fits sizes XS through XXL and is a great A-line shape. Throughout the years we have found that people are a little timid about sewing with knits and this video is designed to help everyone get over that fear! With just two side seams, a waistband and a hem….this is also the perfect skirt for beginners and advanced sewists alike.
You can find the full video that we taped with Jenny here for the SIMPLE MAXI SKIRT. The fabric used in the video is our new knit collection Four Corners from Riley Blake Designs (you can buy bundles HERE) and we are so thrilled to see that it is finally arrived in stores. We LOVE, LOVE the big bold pattern with our knits and the skirt pattern….it was like serendipity when we saw them together for the first time….they work so well together.
And here is what the PDF pattern cover looks like.
And if a PDF pattern isn’t your speed we are selling the paper pattern version in our SHOP as well as many other quilt shops and retailers. It would make the perfect gift for Christmas or for anyone on your list this year. And you can include it in your “Teach the One 2 Sew” campaign by helping someone else learn to sew knits with this simple pattern!
Here is the sizing chart from the back pattern cover so you will know which size to cut. If you are between sizes I would cut to your full hip measurement and then adjust the waist in or out as needed.
The full PDF version of the Women’s SimpleMaxiSkirtPDFPattern can be found by clicking on the button below and it will take you to another page….click on the PDF link and it will allow you to download the pattern.
A huge thank you to Jenny and all of the amazing people at Missouri Star Quilt Company for the opportunity….and we’d love to see all the skirts you are making on Instagram….just use the #simplesimonmaxiskirt and we will be sure to see them.
We are so excited to see all the maxi skirts that you are going to make!!!!
~Elizabeth and liZ
Today we are happy to introduce you to a remarkable friend. Her name is Evy. We met her just over a year ago and were fascinated by her. Not only does she know the ins and outs of every baby lock sewing machine ever made (which she does), and is a marvelous instructor (which she is) but she is also warm, genuine, and incredibly interesting. She is one of those people that would be lovely to either spend a quiet lunch with or an afternoon sewing. (And one of those days we hope to do both!)