Friday, August 28, 2009

Material Girl

I saw these black and white striped leggings at Target and knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. I sewed up a simple black and white polka dot skirt and added a tulle ruffle. She's my little 80's Material Girl. I love it! Madonna would be proud. At least, 25 years ago she would've been. (By the way, did you guys ever watch Who's That Girl? I used to watch it over and over and over again. I wanted Madonna's wardrobe. I'm going to have to Netflix that.)I'm kinda in love with tulle right now. It's so much easier than I thought to work with. When wanting to put a ruffle of tulle on a garment all you have to do is scrunch the tulle as you sew. It goes a little something like this: scrunch tulle, sew over it, pause, scrunch tulle, sew over it, etc. I didn't know that so I thought I'd share it so you can enjoy the pleasures of tulle too. :)

Myla actually wanted to sleep in her skirt tonight. She never does that. She's kinda particular about jammies...she must wear them to bed. Nothing else. So I take it as a compliment from her that she wanted to sleep in it.

Messenger Bag

I think most of us here at Secret Stitch have been on a purse frenzy. I've made far too many for me to possibly use and most not cute enough to give away. So I decided to make another. This one more practical and roomy. I have a love/hate relationship with shoulder bags. I love all the cute purses out there, but here comes the hate; I hate that they always fall off my shoulder when I bend down. And with a one year old on your hip you're constantly bending down.
I found the perfect bag for me at mmmcrafts. Here is a link to the tutorial. The only changes I would make to my bag are these:
1. Either use thicker material or add interfacing (which she suggests in the tutorial).
2. Embellish the front flap with some embroidery or applique (which she also suggests).
3. Add more pockets to the interior because we all could use more pockets in life.

Thursday, August 27, 2009


After our last purse swap, I felt a rush of excitement that one could barely describe in words. It came to me amidst furniture moving that now I could sew all the scraps I had into bags. Buttercup bags. So, here is what I have done so far...and there will be more.

My new sewing nook. And how I love it.

The buttercup bag is my new favorite bag. As now I travel with a backpack to school, I need something small to put in the back pack that holds a wallet, cell phone, keys, etc. It's great.

Do The Humpty

Meet Humpty Dumpty.

Isn't he so handsome? I stumbled on this blog Ikat Bag and immediately fell in love. Just reading a few of Lier's post made me wish so badly that I was friends with her. And than see how amazingly talented she is with (Humpty is just the beginning) and how sassy she is I knew that we needed to be friends. I emailed her asking if I could borrow some of her pictures for this post and she was so sweet and adorable. Really, can we be friends?!?!
I think I am going to attempt this little guy. I love that his limbs come apart from the body because they are held together by buttons.

She is a girl after my own heart when she said that buttons were so much more charming than Velcro...AMEN!!!
Don't be offended that I am showing you a picture of his butt, I just wanted to show you his cute buttons.
And than when Ms. Ikat Bag demonstrated that Humpty Dumpty couldn't be put together again and turned into a runny yolk mess because of it, I was hooked.

This picture had me cracking up for so long. This is just hilarious!
So if you are interested in making Humpty a member of your family and your children's childhood memories, head over to the Ikat Bag blog and get the free pattern. I already have and I haven't stopped thinking about this project all day.

P.S. Sorry about the pics, I couldn't get them smaller so head over to her blog to see exactly what I mean and to get a better idea of what I am blabbering about.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Maria would be so proud...

Maria Von Trapp that is. I was roaming through Ikea on Saturday which was my first mistake. Note to self: Never go to Target or Ikea the Saturday before ASU starts their fall semester. Both stores were zoos and I was going crazy! In both stores I knew exactly what I needed, where to find them and what routes to take. I was not anticipating the hoards of people who did not. Anyways, I was walking through Ikea and knew I only had about 10 minutes before Elsie was going to move into full melt down mode and was rushing through the store trying to get the fabric. Once I got there I didn't see anything that I liked and especially nothing that I wanted to spend $8 on. I can't believe what a fabric snob I have become. As I was rushing out of textiles to get to the candle section, I saw IT. The fabric that I had been looking for. But it was in the form of a pillow case. A $4 pillow case. I was in love and I snatched it right up and felt so happy, until Elsie started screaming her head off in the check out line. And than I realized that Ikea doesn't offer shopping bags. You have to buy your own reusable bag for .59 cents. I was so mad and stuffed my 12 candle stick holders into my pillow case and swung the bag over my shoulder like Santa Clause and just hoped that they weren't going to ban me from ever coming into their store again with my daughter. When I showed Ty my fabric and that it was a pillow case he immediately reminded me that I was like Maria Von Trapp from The Sound of Music and that made me even more happy! I love that movie and would be honored to be compared to anything Julie Andrews. Remember the scene where Gaylord sees his children climbing trees in the old drapes that were Maria's room? If not here is the exact conversation:

Captain von Trapp: Do you mean to tell me that my children have been roaming about Salzburg dressed up in nothing but some old drapes?

Maria: Mmm-hmmm. And having a marvelous time!

No doubt Elsie will be having a marvelous time in this new dress that I made her. And ironically enough the style of the dress is a Pillow Case Dress. Just too gosh darn appropriate!

I finished the dress tonight at around 11 pm so I haven't had a chance to have Elsie model it for me but I love how it looks on the hanger. I just love the bow on the side. It does become quite annoying when she pulls it out over and over again and I have to wrestle her to get it tied again but she will learn to leave it alone and to enjoy it.
For the tutorial for this adorable and super easy dress go toHabitual and get the free tutorial.

Sunshiny Day

I have been holding onto this Sandi Henderson fabric for over a year now, not knowing how I wanted to use it. I love this fabric! Just some ordinary apron wouldn't do. (I know, blasphemous.) And then, one night as I was desperately trying to fall asleep, I just knew what I wanted to do with it...I wanted one of Jill's famous Anne (with an E) apron styles with a small black and white polka dot for the straps and ties. So I struck a deal with Jill that if she would make me this apron I'd sew her the gathered market bag she had commented that she wanted. Isn't it beautiful? (Really, I think I got the better end of the bargain.) I couldn't be happier. I love it! Thank you Jill!
I'm going for the carefree, happy day, spinning in circles pose. It doesn't work for me. The happiness is genuine though!

Monday, August 24, 2009

One Last Tribute to Summer

I found it... I found a really cool blog while wasting my life away via the internet. This cool chic is 'king of the lab', (Bones TV show reference) - for those who don't watch Bones it translates to: Tutorial Queen. I was so amazed at all her cool tutorials... okay so she is called BLUEPRINTS, and I made her a 'ghetto button' on the left side of our blog so you can go look at all her creative tutorials... Most of all check out this cute sundress. It's still nice and HOT here in AZ and sundresses are always appreciated (and her daughter is adorable). I thought you might like to see how she makes this one. Free pattern and tutorial here!

This corset dress could be converted into a fantastic Halloween costume. The possibilities are endless. Thanks BluePrints for sharing your great ideas with the blogging world... I love crafty mommies! (All images were used with permission from BluePrints - Thanks also for letting us show off your amazing ideas.)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Show Me the Money!

I just wanted to let all my sewing sistas know that I am giving away a $30 Kroger gift card, courtesy of General Mills and PepsiCo, on my family blog. Go there to see what its all about and enter to win. The giveaway ends this Tuesday, August 25th. Good luck!

Friday, August 21, 2009

In the spirit of all things Aubrey (okay and baby related)

When Aubrey & I did our bag swap in Utah (far from the maddening crowd - sniff, sniff). We made a "mommy playdate" out of it. We got salads at Cafe Rio, went to a cool park in PG, UT, and then up to my mom's house to play on Jason's big blowup slide. The exchange took a couple minutes, but the fun lasted all day. Here's what I made.

This Buttercup bag from Made by Rae was made from repurposed material. The interior was made from a sheet and the exterior from a bag that lived a long flashy life.

I added the bow because I'm not so great on the flower thing yet...

The second bag I made was kind of the reverse. Lime green with black interior.

and the bow. I couldn't decide which one to give her. She loved them both so much so I let her have both. Aubs said she was planning on spreading the SSC love by giving one of the bags to her sis! Yeah.

My Utah trip involved A LOT of sewing. This is a nursing cover I made for my lil' sis Megan. It's the lime green tiger stripe with a brown polka-dot accent.

She requested a baby sling. This was my first time making one of these. I found the tutorials were more confusing then actually helpful. I think I might have to make another one just to create a decent tutorial.

Here is a cell phone/ipod holder I included. It Velcro's on so you can remove it if it is not needed.

And lastly my big fat and sassy Abbey trying it out like she is the Queen of Sheba (and she is)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Gathered Market Bag

I love the way this bag turned out. In fact, I was very tempted to keep it. :) But I parted with it because it was made with love for one of my mostest favoritest people in the world, Aubrey. She had a birthday last week! Happy birthday Aubs!

It's a Sandi Henderson pattern, made with Sandi Henderson fabric.
I'm telling ya, I'm in love with these fabric flowers. They are so easy and add so much!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Sewing Exchange

Go here for a fun sewing gift exchange from sewers around the world! You just leave a comment and you'll GIVE to the comment following yours and RECEIVE from the comment previous. Fun idea!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Two Aprons Please

My sister a few months back propositioned me to make some aprons for my little nieces. Knowing how picky my sister can be about things I was a little hesitant but she agreed to buy the fabric and that I would put it all together. She gave me a bit of an idea what she wanted and than said, "I trust you, go for it!" And away I went!

I am in love with the Heather Bailey fabric that she picked out and have a small piece of fabric left over from the Pineapple Brocade fabric (the first one in the picture) and I am just dying for an excuse to use the rest of it. The design was one that I came up with and I was really shocked by how much faster it is to make a kid apron versus an adult one. It took now time at all. I even lined the aprons (I like lining things because than you don't have to hem anything) which I thought was a good touch!
And bonus, aren't my little nieces just adorable?
And because my sister was so kind to plug our site and Etsy shop, I thought I would send you all to her blog if you are interested in custom logos or custom blog design. A Bushel and a Peck of FUN. I have always said that everything she touches turns to gold and you will quickly see why I say it. And if you live in the Fresno, CA area, she has a photography business as well and does phenomenal work! Like I said, if she touches turns to gold!

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Phoebe Bag

I was doing my usual blog stalking, which usually ends up with me drooling over how creative and talented people are. Today was no different and when I found a free tutorial for this adorable bag, the drooling only got worse.

Meet the Phoebe bag! Isn't she just too darling? And if you go toThe Artsy-Crafty Babe you can get a free tutorial so that you can own your very own Phoebe bag. I can't wait to make one! I wish I knew how to work with leather because wouldn't this bag be so cute with a leather strap or some leather piping across the top? If only, right?

Saturday, August 8, 2009


I finally made something!!! It has been a long time since I have sewn something that I was proud of and Olivia was proud of me too. She is my "Purse Model" I love this bag I got the pattern from Made By Rae It really is a versatile bag that is perfect for all the JUNK you have to shove in it!

This is the inside of the bag or the outside.

Apron Fest '09 Winners!

And the winners are (using

For the Little Cupcake apron:
Jacky said...
My 5 year old sis would look adorable in that apron! She loves to "bake". =)

For the groovy half apron:
Nicole @ BugaBoos said...
Love them both! Sooo cute! That cupcake one is darling!

Congratulations Jacky and Nicole! We'll be contacting you for your info.

Friday, August 7, 2009

First Day of School Dress

Last night I whipped up a little halter dress for my daughter's first day of preschool on Monday...(pause to wipe away a tear). I used Simplicity 5531 for a pattern. On the front of the pattern it said "Easy to Sew" and this time it was actually true! I did it in about an hour, after cutting it out. We had a little photo shoot, which she loves. She does lots of twirling, which makes it hard to get a good pic. :)

I made some bias tape out of the red and white polka dot fabric and sewed it around the bottom. You can only see a peek of it in these pics. I like the way it finished off the dress.
I'm in love with making these fabric flowers right now. I've put them on everything I've made in the past month.

I love halter dresses on little girls. Their little shoulders are so sweet!

My little thumbsucker. I don't see her kicking that habit anytime soon. And I'm okay with that...for now. :)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Apron Fest '09!

The Apronista is hosting the fabulous Apron Fest '09! I am so excited to participate! I will be giving away this Little Cupcake child's apron, size 3-6. This little apron will sure to be a hit with your little cupcake.

(And don't forget to check out The Apronista for a complete list of all the apron giveaways you can enter.)

And BONUS, I'm (this is Jill) giving away this totally retro half apron too!

To enter, leave a comment. Be sure to include a way to contact you. We will be drawing two times. The first place winner will get the kid apron and the second place winner will get the half apron! You have until August 7th, 11:59pm. Good luck and happy drawing!

Patience Rewarded :)

Here are the pics from the bag swap. I have to say, I am so impressed with the bags everyone made! Every single one of them was beautiful and it was fun to see how each person put their own little creative spin into the bag they made. Let me see if I can remember who made what.
Top left to right: Carrie, Jessie, Martha, Beka, Christie
Bottom left to right: Rachel, Aubrey, Jill, Abbey, Nikki
(Maren is in Utah and she will give the bag she made to Aubrey while she is there. She'll post pics later. We missed both Maren and Aubrey at our swap exchange!)
Happy 2 year anniversary everyone! Here's to many more years of sewing, friendship and fun!

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