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The TeePee 🙂 , originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

I’ve been wanting to make one of these for so long. Now that the playroom is finished (which reminds me, that I still haven’t blogged about the redo!) I had no excuse. Well except maybe a newborn at home, but that’s beside the point 😉 I used a great tutorial to make this, and I could never have done it without! Thank you to Rachel of Smile and Wave for taking the time to write it all down! My teepee did not come out as neat as hers, and I definitely made a couple mistakes. I cut down my poles a foot shorter than hers and then tried to recalculate measurements and angles….math was never my strong suit…so this proved to be challenging. I did my best and though the panels don’t line up as nicely as Rachel’s up on top, it still works! And the kids think its cool 🙂 I think I’ll paint it like Rachel did too…clean and simple 🙂

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new curtains for Meg’s girls’ room, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

About a year and a half ago I made that quilt on the bed for Meg’s baby girl. (Also shown here and here) It was soon after that we started talking about eventual curtains to finish the room. Meg asked if I would be interested in making them for her. Of course I said “yes!” After much back and forth picking out fabrics and a design, we came up with a plan and I got to work. I made six lined panels, using 3 different fabrics from Tanya Whelan’s Dolce line.  Meg ordered them from Lola Pink Fabrics and per Meg they were super accomodating and the fabric was delivered super quickly!  Meg wanted grommets, which I have never attempted but have been wanting to try. They were actually quite easy. The curtains themselves weren’t very difficult, though very time consuming. Most of my time was spent measuring, cutting and ironing. The sewing part was the easiest part. I also made these with a big ole’ 27 week baby bump which also made it challenging….lots of bending, kneeling, measuring, pinning and cutting……all on the ground. I used Orange Sugar’s awesome tutorial, which was very easy to follow.  I love the way they came out and am thinking I might do the same for my own baby girl to be!   So here they are! It’s so nice to see them hanging against her beautiful pink walls 🙂

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This project was so much fun!!! It was my first nesting project of many for baby girl to be 🙂 After having 2 boys, this was such an exciting project for me….girly fabric and girly colors! I used Anneliese’s wonderful tutorial over at Aesthetic Nest. She used the same fabric on front, and like I said in previous posts, I just had to use the same it is SO beautiful!! I’m thinking she should sell it as a kit! I passed the tutorial on to another friend, who just made one with adorable John Deere fabric for her newborn son. She too loved this and will also be making more 🙂

The only thing I did differently was that I made my own binding. I used a pale pink solid, which almost takes on a peachy feel next to the tangerine. I love pink and tangerine together so it was a good match.

The chenille was surprisingly easy to make! I used Olfa’s Chenille Cutter which made the process quick and easy. My friend started hers using scissors and it didn’t take her long to go to the store and buy the chenille cutter which she said was MUCH easier.

I only made one big goof while making the chenille which was cutting through ALL the fabric (eeek!) I only got about 1 1/2 inches in before realizing so I just took off that much on each side while squaring up.

I love the rounded corners (something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time!). Gives the blanket such a warm, cozy and professional look.

I had wanted to hand bind the binding on as I do with quilts, but once I got the front sewed down, I realized hand binding onto that chenille might not be the best idea. I then just pinned the binding all around and top stitched the entire thing. A little less “neat” than I was going for, but I think will last longer and made more sense.

Thank you Anneliese for this amazing tutorial! I loved every minute of making my first baby girl blanket 🙂

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*WIP* Heirloom Cut Chenille Blanket, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

Just a peek at what I’ve been working on the past few days. I used Aesthetic Nest’s AWESOME tutorial. Now had a been a good student, I would have remembered that she said to sew only ONE line flannel side up…and then to flip over and stitch with the fabric side up…I learned 8 lines later….and a bobbin tension issue clear as day 😦 I decided to keep sewing. and sewing. and sewing. I considered taking out those stitches that looked goofy, but after seeing it all sewn, I barely noticed those lines…oh…or  the wonky lines 😉 Good thing this yummy blanket is for myself and not being gifted! I love this tutorial. I love the way it came out. (Blanket is getting all snuggly now in the wash). More pics to come. BTW–YES I did copy Anneliese’s fabric too (I hope she won’t mind!). I fell in LOVE with the entire package, and couldn’t see past this yummy Amy Butler print (August Fields, Dream Poppies in Tangerine)…I just had to use it too. (Copying is a form of flattery, right!?).

More on finishing up the blanket tomorrow 🙂

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Hemming Jeans–the cheater’s way, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

I’ve been hemming my jeans this way for years!  I don’t remember where I got the instructions, but what I LOVE about it, is that it keeps the original hem intact….and who wants a fake hem….there’s a reason you like the jeans, so let’s keep it that way!  I hope these instructions aren’t too confusing…let me know if they are and I’ll correct it. 

Step 1: Put on the pair of jeans you want to hem and fold up the bottoms to the right length (I usually err on the side of caution and allow room for shrinkage over time, so usually make them a little bit longer than I really need). Pin in a couple places.

Step 2: Take off the jeans. Measure the distance between the bottom of the original hem and the bottom of the fold. Now take the number and divide in half. In my case I had a measurement of 2 1/2…so half of that was 1 1/4. The next part  is to then pull down the hem until it (bottom of the original hem to bottom of fold) measures the latter number (ex. 1 1/4). Pin all around the bottom of the leg, measuring as you go.

Step 3: You are then going to stitch JUST outside/below the original hem, all the way around. Depending on the jean thickness you may need a bigger needle. Also make sure the side seams are laying flat, as they can be very thick and difficult to sew over. I have a little tool that lifts the presser foot and helps get over that “bump”. Not sure what it’s called.

Step 4: fold under the “excess” fabric so that you are left with the original hem, just shorter!

Step 5: Press well

Step 6: Try on and make sure you’ve got the correct length. If ok, then I will usually cut away the excess fabric, and just use a reinforcing stitch so that it doesn’t fray too much.  (if there is a lot of excess material and you don’t trim it, it may unfold when you wear it…)

Step 7: Wear and be comfortable 🙂

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063, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

Well, first you’ll have to excuse this terrible photo…its been a rainy few days, and the lighting was terrible. Since it was a gift, there was no time to wait for better lighting. hrmph. I made this for my niece who is off to college for the first time 🙂 I used a great tutorial by Skip to my Lou, and though written perfectly, I misread the directions and had to rip out seams two or three times. I was frustrated….at myself. This is only my second bag, so some of the more intuitive things that come after practice, were certainly NOT intuitive to me. But mistakes are great teachers, and I’m sure the next time I go make a bag, it will be a LOT easier 🙂
Mistake #1: step #5: “5. Place lining fabric inside the outside fabric right sides together.” ok. this should have made PERFECT sense, but my pregnant mushy brain interpreted it wrong. I put the lining fabric right sides together, INSIDE the outside fabric which was also right sides together. duh. what I SHOULD have done was put the right side of the lining facing the right side of the outside fabric….
Mistake #2. After ripping out all the seams and turning the bag inside out, I realized again I misread directions. The handles somehow were still inside the bag, not outside like they should be. The directions state: step #6: “Place straps in between right sides of fabric on each side about two to three inches from the side edge.” I don’t know HOW I messed this one up….I totally missed BETWEEN right sides…and had placed them on the inside of the lining….the middle of the bag, not the middle of the layers…duh again. Had to take out the seam ripper AGAIN…not a happy girl.
BUT once I figured it all out, it was easy peasy lemon squeezy…as it should have been from step 1. ah well. I WILL definitely be making many more of these adorable and simple (really) bags 🙂

Fabrics used: Amy Butler–Love–Watercolor in midnight and Joel Dewberry–Chestnut Hill–Chestnut branches in white

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Morgan’s Quilt, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

It’s finally done 🙂 Don’t ya just love that feeling of accomplishment? I used crazy mom quilt’s stacked coins tutorial that I found on Moda Bake Shop. In the past I have adapted Joelle Hoverson of The Purl Bee’s  (Last Minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts) instructions to make a stacked coins, but this time since I was working with charm packs, the tutorial from crazy mom quilts was a perfect match 🙂 At first I thought I would scatter the colors around randomly, but on a whim I placed them in rainbow order and I kinda liked it, so I sewed it up that way. I hope Morgan (and her mommy) will like it!

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Binding Morgan’s Quilt, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

Baby Morgan was born to a good friend of mine way back in June. I was CONVINCED she was having a boy so had in mind boy fabrics and was ready to quilt once the baby was born…but lo and behold, she had her second girl!!! Threw me for a loop and needed to go back to the drawing board. I decided to keep the American Jane Recess fabric I had already bought and added to it, Snippets and Look & Learn. I don’t usually use such bold colors, but I am really loving the way it came out. Tonight I finally finished hand sewing the binding on. For some reason I had some issues with the corners. I have no idea why, as I have never encountered the problem before, but it was tedious to fix. Here is a pic of me hand sewing the binding on to the backing of the quilt:

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I am finally getting the hang of it. I learned how to make and sew binding from crazy mom quilts’ tutorial. It’s super easy to follow and the pics are very helpful. I had to double check my work with this quilt, but I think next time I’ll be able to make and sew the binding without following any direction.

Now that the quilt is quilted and bound, it’s ready to be washed to a)get rid of those baby blue quilting lines and b) make it all wrinkly and yummy. After that I’ll attach a label I plan on making using Printed Treasures printer fabric. I took an adorable picture of Morgan and her sister and added text to it using Picnik.

Anyhoo. Off to bed. I’m always up too late!

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Ok, so I lied. Well I didn’t mean to..but I changed my mind. I was thinking Fresh Cut for the fabrics for November’s Bee Modern quilting bee but despite my utter LOVE for Fresh Cut, it wasn’t what I was looking for. I’m planning on using the blocks to make a king-sized quilt for my bedroom. I wanted deeper/warmer/richer colors…less pastelly (is that a word?!). Anyhoo…These are the fabrics I chose. Mostly from Anna Maria Horner with a few others added in. I can’t wait to see it all together in a quilt! Here are my inspiration pictures:

bee modern inspiration

I’m looking for dresden plates, hexagon flower gardens and wonky stars. The girls in Bee Modern are so talented and I can’t wait to see what they do!

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Love for sewing and books, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

I’m obsessed with books. Ask anyone. When people ask why, I always tell them I just love to be surrounded by books. Some (like these) are inspiring, some are educational, some are thought-provoking and others are just for fun. I love the emotions that are stirred up inside me when I pick up a book. In the case of the books shown here, I might see a project that I really want to try or a new technique to learn. I love a good challenge and I love to be inspired, which is why I just can’t get enough crafty books. I also own “The Creative Family” by Amanda Blake Soule, aka SouleMama. This one should be stacked right in there. I love Amanda’s ideas 🙂 So what’s on the wish list you might ask? Here are some books of interest:
* D.I.Y.: Kids by Ellen Lupton (Author), Julia Lupton (Author
* Crafting With Kids: Creative Fun for Children Aged 3-10 by Catherine Woram (Author), Vanessa Davies (Photographer)
* Nature’s Art Box: From t-shirts to twig baskets, 65 cool projects for crafty kids to make with natural materials you can find anywhere by Laura C. Martin (Author), David Cain (Illustrator)
* Recycled Crafts Box by Laura C. Martin (Author)
* Green Crafts for Children: 35 Step-by-Step Projects Using Natural, Recycled, And Found Materials by Emma Hardy (Author)
* Material Obsession Two: Shared Inspiration by Kathy Doughty (Author), Sarah Fielke (Author)
* Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures by Amanda Blake Soule (Author)
*Sublime Stitching: Hundreds of Hip Embroidery Patterns and How-To by Jenny Hart (Author), Alexandra Grablewski (Photographer)
*Sew Darn Cute: 30 Sweet & Simple Projects to Sew & Embellish (Paperback) by Jenny Ryan
and many more…
Are there any recommendations out there? Any books I just NEED to add to my collection?

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