Sew Thankful

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This is the time of year when my heart is filled with so much love and happiness, as we all celebrate the holidays. In my family, we try to come together to celebrate as a big, giant group, and usually have around 22 people around the dinner tables at Thanksgiving. I truly have sew much to be thankful for, even during the many, many years that my husband was deployed, and others where we had lost part of our family to cancer or other tragedies.  The love and libations continued to flow and keep me grounded and hopeful.

This year, I am focusing on homemade gifts to express my love and thankfulness for my family members and friends. I decided to blog about one such project that I am working on as a present for my sister. She is always telling us that she is my sistersicle at work because they keep the Texas temperatures near refrigerator temperatures. Because of that (and a REALLY awesome sale that I caught at Simply By Ti Fabrics), I have decided to make her a hoodie. I made myself one before using Sinclair Patterns’ Alexis Hoodie Dress, and my sister borrowed it and loved it, so I decided to make her one exactly the same (but with her dimensions so that it will fit her like a glove).

My sisters have always been there for me, despite our rather significant age differences, but no matter what, they try to be there with love and support. I try to do the same, and also love giving them gifts whenever I can. It’s not everyone who can say that their little sisters took care of them when recovering from a massive stroke, and taught them how to speak English again. My sisters did this for me and so much more. I can’t ever thank them enough or tell them that I love them enough.

I decided to use Navy with Pink and Blue Flowers DBP and Navy Glitter French Terry (which is currently out of stock, but Simply By Ti still has Black, Olive, or White Glitter French Terry in stock).

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You can see the navy color much clearer outside, and also see the fun accents this hoodie has, like the hood lining, sleeves, and pocket linings all being super soft DBP.

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I hope that she will be happy with her gift, and be as thankful as I am to have her in my life (and my other sister, too, in case she reads this. Haha).

Happy holidays to everyone!!

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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