Spooktacular Sewing Projects for Your Home

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The Sewing By Ti’s Monster Blog Tour was the perfect time for me to come up with clever ways to use my Simply By Ti fabric that I have in my house. I had the hardest time narrowing my options down, but my top 3 tutorials that I considered were making a pillow with witch stockings and shoes sticking out from the bottom, a pillow with bat, ghost, or candy corn appliqués on it, or making a pumpkin out of scraps or a bit of orange lycra from Simply By Ti.

The pumpkin won by a narrow margin. Hahaha

There are SO many variations for making your own pumpkins to decorate your house with your scraps, but for this tutorial, I used orange cotton lycra, black cotton lycra, a bit of twine or yarn, chalk or marking device, a ruler, and your sewing machine (or a needle and thread).

To start off with, I created a compass by tying yarn to my marking pencil. I know that I want about a 7″ pumpkin, so I was preparing for a 14″ wide circle…requiring my to cut out a 7″ radius to the circle that I need to cut.

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I placed a knot at the end of 7″ of my yarn to act as my center/anchoring point.NEldOTKyTEabYj1EBnGL7QM35eTFHXQ36xLRd0CZGoxw

Then, I used a pattern weight to hold down the knot so that I can trace my circle with the marking pencil.OxV6nxFnTj6HowEVGpbgEwm19e+70KTke1H9ooNpgzmQ

Then, I trace my circle out of the cotton lycra. This works for any fabric, but knit fabrics will come with more stretch, so you might want to take that into account when you decide on the size of your pumpkin base circle.
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A rotary cutter is a great way to cleanly and easily cut out your circle.
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Next, you want to add in the faux pumpkin ribs. To do this, it is easier to trace in guide lines to sew over.DsQRSTtVTxyOv1efT+ExLQ+ZyUbK4QTUKl+7K%HeD+MA

Once you have sewn all of the ribs down the sides (I chose to do 8 ribs from the center, which I did by sewing 4 straight lines from end to end, crossing in the middle). After this, baste in 2 lines at the very edge of the circle so that you can gather your pumpkin into shape after stuffing it with more scraps.mAhXwhSMRGy3bcBQnNrf3QvBWb%OswR3eOkHKRQ9E9Gw

Then, you can cut your stem. I did a oval 1/2 of the size of my circle, but a circle would work, too. jB99JBxkQviBvd1%s4frFA

I, then, shaped the hat on the gathered “stump”. You can choose to finish the edges of this piece or not. I left it with a rustic feel and know that CL doesn’t tend to fray like some fabric choices.
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After a few hand stitches, anchoring the stump onto the pumpkin base, you can add any embellishments that you would like on the “stump”. I chose to use a bit of yarn to make it look like a hat.fullsizeoutput_3b9f

Voilà! An adorable pumpkin to decorate your house with!! I am planning on using this season’s hottest fabric choices to make more! (Like flannel plaid or quilted knit that Simply By Ti has in stock…and maybe a faux stretch leather pumpkin!) DwmtDT3C628BK6L6O7A

WWD’s Fashionista Jacket Will Make You Want To Strike a Pose

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It’s time for fall, and you know what that means: Falling leaves, falling apples, and falling temperatures!!! It’s the PERFECT time to sew up some outerwear inspired by this Winter Wear Designs Outerwear Blog Tour!!

I decided that I NEEDED to sew up Winter Wear Designs’ newest pattern, the
Fashionista Jean Jacket. It has a great clean scooped neckline, a gorgeous placket, and a banded bottom, meant to look great with any number of layered garments!!

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I used a brocade woven fabric from http://www.Seweird.com to sew up my Fashionista, and chose the welt pocket option. There is also a side pocket option for this awesome jacket.

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With awesome touches like having a front and back yoke and cuffed sleeves, the Fashionista will be your go-to for seasonal transition pieces and miles of style!

Fall in love with every stop on the tour:
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Ilse of Sew Sew Ilse
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Meriel of Elli and Nels
Jessica of Jot Designs USA
October 26
Livia of Liviality