Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sanity Saving Sewing

I love sewing practical things....practicality is in the eye of the beholder. This quick, easy projects was whipped up in less than 20 mintues!

How many times have we gone driving and be along our merry way to where ever and my little girl yells or cries that she's dropped her cup and its rolled and found it's way to the very unreachable area of our little car (even though we purposely purchased a carseat with a cup holder)....Well the solution has been found...thanks to my new addiction to pinterest and this amazing tutorial never in a million years would I have thought to do this on my own. I am so excited and can't wait to use this baby.

The cost is pretty cheap: fabric scraps from another project, a cord stopper (I used a 40% off coupon at JoAnns) and a shoestring!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Baby Blanket

I've posted before about Tom and Yasumi's decision to not to find out the gender of their expected baby. The other day I was in Joanns and saw that flannel was $2.99 a yard and desprately wanted to make something gender specific for the baby so I bought a yard of each of the fabrics above and made 2 baby blankets for the baby. I fell in love with both the Pirate Monkey with its bannana yellow back and the Bumble Bee with the pink back. This my 2nd time making a flannel baby blanket, but I never posed about the first so its kind of as if it didn't really happen. Really I just sewed the two pieces of flannel together nothing big or fancy. The Baby wasn't due until the 17th so I thought I'd have time to make a bib too, but the baby surprised us all and arrived yesterday (Nov. 8th)! Needless to say I was super happy hurried to make these blankets last Saturday Morning!

So which blanket did the baby Chose?

It's a Girl!

Luna Matsumoto Shrack sporting her Aunt B-Jo's Bumble Bee & Pink Blanket

Born 11/8/2011-6lbs6oz, 18inches long

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Shower Gift...

Here is my lovely Sister-in-Law, Yasmi, and equally wonderful Brother-in-Law, Tom. They are expecting their first little baby very, very soon! They have decided to wait until the baby is born to find out the gender causing it very hard to make anything that isn't gender specific so for their baby shower I decided to make a nursing cover...I had a rough time of it though, but managed to get it finished. It wasn't too hard to make now that I look back on it, but it was just a little more time consuming than I had orginally thought (imagine that). When I was nursing my little girl I just used a blanket and envied those who could afford the 20-30 bucks to buy these kind of nursing covers...when I found this tutorial I knew that's what I was gonna try to make! Like I said I had a few glitches, but I rose above them and made something I was really excited to give!

Me posing with my project...I think it would have been so much easier to have an infant to pose with but ...atlas my baby is now a great big 2 year old.

Now all we have to do is wait for little Lui or Luna (I'm betting on a Luna)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Ruffle-Bum Onesie

One of our good friends here in Ft. Wayne has several grandbabies including a brandnew little guy and is expecting her first grandaughter in November. She wanted to make a few things for these little babies and I offered to help show her how to make the tie onesies I posted earlier and try to make a ruffle-bum onesie. Instead of making our ruffles out of fabric like the tutorial found on this blog ( , she just bought some premade lace and we followed the tutorial from that point.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Tie Onesie

I found the idea for this tie onesie on several different blogs & saw that someone made it for a booth they had at the farmers' market and knew I wanted to try to make it...I ended up NOT sewing them at all and just using this nifty heatbond stuff instead because I had tons of trouble not sewing the onesie to itself when I tried to sew down the tie.

These were a gift for Peter's 1st Birthday.

They're kinda big so he'll have to grow into them. I'm sure he'll look super handsome in them :)

a HUGE apology goes out to Kim and Phil for this photo of the three of's the best one of the birthday boy that I was able to get. Please forgive me

On another note:
Many of my sewing projects coming up will most likely be for Christmas presents so there may be much delay in my posting, but I will do my best to show y'all what I've been up to.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pillowcase dress without the Pillowcase

For Annalyse's Birthday, I wanted to make her something...anything. I had heard of these "pillowcase" dresses and thought they were super cute, but had no idea how to make them and didn't have a cute pillow case lying around to I scoured the web trying to find a pattern that was like a pillowcase dress but just used fabric it took me a while, but I finally found one. I already had the perfect fabric and all i really needed was elastic and bias tape...simple. My first article of clothing was in the works! My wonderful husband encouraged me, supported me, and even let me lock my self into our office/sewing room for the rest of the evening and part of the next day. I started and finished the dress in less than 24 hours. I'm super proud of it! I honestly can't believe how simple it was. I will definitely be making more in the near future!

(here is my Birthday Princess)

If you want to make this yourself here are a couple of suggestions:

  • the pattern is really long (for a two year old) so if possible measure the wearer so you don't waste fabric when you hem it up

  • the pattern says to do a 1/4 inch seam allowance for the sides...i feel that it was too small. I don't know if its because I don't know what I'm doing or what but I'm terrified that it might come unsewn.

  • don't buy expensive fabric...go to the fabric store and look at the clearance stuff...all together, fabric, elastic (which i have extra for additional dresses), and bias tape it cost me around 3-4 dollars to make. the fabric was on clearance for I think 3 dollars a yard and i used less than a yard!

  • I added an undershirt for Modesty but you aren't opposed to tank tops and such you don't have to use an undershirt.

  • this will make an awesome gift for a little girl. Ironically, I was at a store in Evansville after making this and saw that some college team apparel company was selling Women's sized shirts using a very similar method so it could be adjusted to be made as a shirt or, if you're bold enough, a dress for yourself.

If you want to make this cute little dress here is the pattern I used there are also tons of tutorials on how to make them out of a pillowcase if you feel so inclined just google it!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Hobby Lobby has Simplicity patterns on sale this week for 99 cents!

I have a friend who is ALWAYS helping me in my sewing adventures and she keeps tell me I need to try a real pattern & not just ones I find online. Since Annalyse was with Grandma overnight I had some time to actually go to JoAnn's and browse. There were some things I needed to finish a project so I wanted to see how much they would cost. I spent forever in that store! In the end I looked at the pattern books for fun and found these that I really liked, but wasn't sure about them or they were out of it. In the effort to compare prices on the other stuff I needed I went to Hobby Lobby and found the sale now who can pass that up? Ryan did the math and I save like 30 bucks!

Who's to say when I'll EVER start and finish one, but I'm gonna try it. Hopefully they turn out!
Just to state the obvious, I'm gonna make to two dresses for Annalyse and I'm gonna try that skirt for me! Will they turn out? Who knows...but at least I will have tried right!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Curvy Shrack is Dust Free

When I got my first sewing machine, it didn't come with a way to cover it and I saw a really good pattern to make my own little sewing machine i knew i wanted to try to make one...then when I got the new one it came with cheap-o plastic one...but I still one to make my own. Joann's had a 1/2 off their clearance fabric so i found this cute pink a purple checkered fabric for about 1.50 a yard! So, i decided to use that for my cozy! At first, I struggled with making the ends b/c I just couldn't figure out the angles, but Ryan helped and it's complete. No more ugly factory plastic thing & the sewing machine is free from dust and other harmful particles (and Annalyse doesn't try to play with it as much).

Pattern source:

Quiet Book Page!

I know I've been talking about these quiet books for some time. I really feel like I learned a lot creating this page! My page is I finally done & it has been distributed to the other sisters in our Ward who participated in the exchange. What we did was-each of us signed up to participate and we created 20 of the exact same page. We all scrambled around to get all of our materials. Then, we traced, measured, cut, sewed and glued all of our pieces to make gorgeous quiet book pages :) I signed up to make an Ice Cream Cone page. There are 5 different colors of ice cream, which are loose with Velcro sewn to each of them and the ice cream cone is sewn to the actual page. We all used Pellon as our pages (instead of felt) to make it more sturdy. Every one's pages turned out wonderful & I am so excited to see Annalyse play with them. Now, all I have to do is assemble all 20 of my pages into a book format. Since there are so many, I will probably make two....which is one of my NEXT projects!.

Things I learned during this project

  • Trying new things is great, but you gotta have patience with yourself!

  • Getting a new sewing machine actually helps get the job done quicker

  • When using the self healing mat don't start at 1x1 when your starting to cut....I'll make you an inch short. (all my pages were an inch smaller than the page everyone else made)

  • Felt is a pain....instead of ironing on fusible interfacing on each ice cream scoop, Iron it on to the whole piece of felt then cut out your ice cream!

  • and finally...20 people is a lot!

Source for the pattern for the quiet book:

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Machine Saga...

I finally gave sewing machine gave me nothing but T-R-O-U-B-L-E- so I found my reciept for the sewing machine...luckily it was still within the return policy so I took it back! This was not buyers was utter loathing for this machine. After much deliberation and research I picked a new one! I am so happy I did. It works SO much better. So without futher adieu, I introduce to Curvy Shrack and say farewell to 3116 Shrack.


I even worked on my quiet books yesterday and discovered how easy sewing can (and should) be.

Monday, April 4, 2011

"Rabbi, Is There a Blessing for a Sewing Machine?"

The Rabbi Says: There is a blessing for everything

I am frantically working to try to get my page done for our ward's Quiet Book exchange...and it seemes like my sewing machine is always screwing up...getting jammed, the needle is unthreading itself, or someother strange mishap--its probably just operator error and not machine error..but holy cow! The time it is taking me! So this scene from Fiddler on the Roof came to my mind.

Once my page is complete I will post it...but until then...pray for my sewing machine :)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Matching Aprons

I had been wanting to make the two of us matching aprons for a while now so so I found a free apron pattern and tried my best to make follow it...I, of course, made a several mistakes and it took me a while to find the time to make them both from start to finish but they are finally done! Mine is a little short and Annalyse's is a little big but it works! If I make this one again, I'll definately make a few changes.

Pattern Source: