Gifts

I’m Sew Thankful

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It’s a Thankful time of year with Thanksgiving right around the corner. It’s my husband’s favorite holiday, and the perfect time to have a Sew Thankful blog tour. Thank you Sewing by Ti for hosting this blog tour!

It’s easy to be grateful for the family, friends, and things I have, and I’ve so much to be thankful for. For this tour though, I will write about being thankful I can sew. I have the equipment, supplies, skills, space, and time to do the thing I love most – sew. I’m very grateful for my mom who taught me as a little girl. I had my own mini machine that I used to sew doll clothes. Over the years, my craftiness has come in handy and saved money (say what?), by sewing things myself.

It seems I was never afraid to try anything, starting out with woven fabric and making clown costumes and men’s zip up shorts when I was 20. I made bridesmaid gowns for a couple of weddings, my own wedding dress, a roman shade, a pieced duvet cover, Christening gowns for my children, and recovered a worn out sofa. I’ve sewn every kind of clothing, stuffed toys, various bags, and quilts. I sewed soft reversible waterproof bibs when my daughter drooled through everything, blankets, bedding, costumes, and other things as they grew older. My son thought I could make anything and would often request things. He’s 17 now, and has two items he’s requested recently that are on my list. I love that he will wear clothing I sew! Right now, I have the stool for the drum set from my son’s high school band that needs to be recovered. I’m grateful to have the skills to sew a new leather seat cover for them.

In the last several years, I’ve discovered PDF patterns and I’m grateful to be a tester for several designers. My skills have improved immensely over the years, and I’m thankful I can sew well fitting pants. Several years ago, when my sister kept encouraging me to open an Etsy shop, I started TwoChicklets, named for my two chicklets (children). It started off with some baby items – bibs, cuddle blankies, hats, burp cloths, until introducing other things I felt like sewing. I’ve changed the items over the years to what is selling well, which is an odd collection to be sure. All the different animal towels are my own designs, hand drawn to make the patterns. They are quite popular, especially the adult size! My husband is very supportive of my hobby and I’m grateful I can make a little to help out (at least with buying more supplies) Haha.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Come visit the other bloggers on the tour by clicking on the links below!

Week of November 6th:

6: Sewing By Ti, 7: That’s Sew Lily, 8: Elli and Nels, 9: Jot Designs

Week of November 11th:
Week of November 18th:
Week of November 25th:
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Gifts · Quilts

Gifts to Sew Blog Tour

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Happy Birthday Ti! 🎂 I hope you are enjoying your birthday week!

I love to sew and I love to sew things to gift to others! Usually it’s for family, but sometimes it’s for friends or charity. When Ti of Simply by Ti chose this theme for the blog tour this month, I was excited! It’s an easy one to do! I started this quilt in February when an event showed up in my Facebook feed from the 52 Week Sewing Challenge. The idea to finish it for Ti’s Gifts to Sew Birthday blog tour popped into my head right away! The original event went on for a month or so, but we had visiting family in town. I didn’t sew for most of March and didn’t get my quilt done. I’d seen this World map pattern several years ago and thought my son would love it if I made him one some day. So when the event popped up, I was excited to get started with others sewing along. I decided to make a United States quilt instead, using the pattern from Flamingo Toes. My parents will be having their 55th Anniversary this summer and I thought it would be a nice gift. Sometimes they drive from Michigan to Arizona; so how about a car lap quilt for that long long trip!

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Stitching the states

The states printed out bold but with lots of thinner squiggly lines in some areas, most being on the east coast. I ended up Googling line drawings of the individual states to try to figure out where to trace and cut. I didn’t follow the directions from Flamingo Toes blog but did it my own way. After my United States were taped together, I traced them onto Heat n Bond lite, leaving a small space between each state. I cut the Heat n Bond apart, leaving my paper pattern of the whole US intact. After choosing fabric for each state, I ironed on the Heat n Bond and cut them on the traced state lines. Then it was just laying them all out in the correct order and pressing them on. My iron and I had to do this big job on our tile floor!

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Next was zigzagging the states together which I did with variegated thread. Batting and backing were put on with basting spray. That stuff works sooo good! This is the brand I have.

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The fabrics are from my stash, collected over several years. Some are fat quarters similar to this from Joann’s.  The background is a new piece because I didn’t have the right size at home. The back is pieced so I could use stash.

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I used blue thread to match the background to sew around each state, quilting it to the backing. Here are a couple of close ups…

 

The blue background represents water in this quilt. I took the liberty of putting “water” around the whole US, leaving off Canada and Mexico 😬 to make my quilt easier. Nothing against either country, I promise! I just wanted an excuse to use my wave scallop stitch! I like the look of the waves though! What do you think?

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P.S. Remember, it’s a secret! Don’t tell my parents!

Here is the tour schedule where you just might find the perfect gift idea for your family and friends…

Sunday, April 22nd: Sewing By Ti (intro), With Love In Every Stitch, Sewing With D

23rd: Stitched By Jennie, Tales from a Southern Mom, Aurora Design Fabrics

24th: Sewjourns, Big Fly Notions, Sewing Blue, JOT Designs USA

25th: Sewing By Ti, Auschick Sews, Hazelnut Handmade

26th: Sewing With D, EYMM, Middle River Studio, Aurora Design Fabrics

27th: Our Play Palace, My Sewing Roots, Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea, Seams Sew Lo

Gifts · Sewing for my guys

Sewing Gifts – A blog tour

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When your 17 year old son asks you to sew him something, you jump at the chance, right? Me too! Not too fast though. I don’t want to play into that instant gratification theme! And when he chooses the fabric that was the only one that would do (it had the right “feel”) to patch his baby/toddler blankie about 20 times, you let him, right? Me too! It is the cutest John Lennon animal doodles interlock that has been in my stash since he was a baby! Besides using it to patch his blanket numerous times, he had pj pants made from it when he was 6 or so. He wore them out! So…here is my sweet 17 year old son in his cute animal lounge shorts.

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I wasn’t allowed to get more than one picture and he didn’t want to show his face. 😜Oh well, next time! Here is a close up of the adorable little animals. There is still a little bit of this fabric left and it will be a sad day for me when it is gone!

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The pattern is McCall’s 8520, one I’ve used for him a few times already. It was super fast to cut it out, especially since I overlapped the side seam allowances and cut it all as one piece, resulting in no side seams to sew! My coverstitch did a good job on the waistband and hems, and I even added a tag marking the back. Clay hates not knowing where the back is.

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Now, you’re probably thinking “what does lounge shorts for your son have to do with sewing gifts”. Well… it was sewn with love, given with more love, and was even received with love. That sounds like a gift to me! It’s a no occasion gift! And it’s fast and easy if you need to sew up a quick gift.

At the last minute, I sewed up another gift. This is the So Sew Easy Cosmetic Bag for my mom’s birthday. I enlarged the original pattern to make it big enough for the embroidery design I wanted to use. My mom likes frogs. 🐸 The bag is filled with cosmetics and in the mail.

 

See more gift ideas this week with the other bloggers on the tour. The schedule is below.

Sunday, April 22nd: Sewing By Ti (intro), With Love In Every Stitch, Sewing With D

23rd: Stitched By Jennie, Tales from a Southern Mom, Aurora Design Fabrics

24th: Sewjourns, Big Fly Notions, Sewing Blue, JOT Designs USA

25th: Sewing By Ti, Auschick Sews, Hazelnut Handmade

26th: Sewing With D, EYMM, Middle River Studio, Aurora Design Fabrics

27th: Our Play Palace, My Sewing Roots, Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea, Seams Sew Lo