Archive | February, 2011

National Craft Month

28 Feb

Hey! Did you all know? March is National Craft Month! Now is your chance to showcase your crafty skills and challenge yourself to do something crafty every day in March. Or you could pass along your knowledge to someone else and spread the craft fever. ‘But I haven’t ever been the crafty type!’ you say? Well, that’s no excuse! Breana & I will give you plenty of ideas to kick start that crafty little devil inside you just waiting to burst out. There are lots of positives to being or becoming a crafter – bring your family together, enhance, sharpen, or learn new skills, and hey… it’s also a stress reducer! NOW WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? GET TO CRAFTING!

Things to look for this month on our blog:

  • Weekly featured craft project done by Ashley and her daughter Bry
  • Craft ideas and on-going D.I.Y. projects for Breana’s upcoming wedding fit for any bride
  • Ashley will be extending her sewing skills to a lovely little lady and will give tips on how you can also be a craft mentor
  • Links to our favorite craft blogs along with videos on crafting and tutorials
  • Local crafting events through out the month
  • Fun ideas to get you prepared for Easter including creating your own Easter baskets, egg decorating and more!
  • Sneak peek at a new craft project Ashley is working on that will be completed by the end of March
  • Featured craft night with Breana, Ashley & friends

Anddddddd……

  • ANOTHER GIVEAWAY!

Yes, that’s right folks, you read that right. A giveaway! No, this isn’t a ‘Freebie Friday’ thing – this is a special giveaway in celebration of National Craft Month. All you have to do is comment on any post tagged “National Craft Month’. You can comment up to one time on each NCM post and at the end of the month one winner will be chosen and announced on the second day of April. ‘Why not the first of April?’ and ‘What is the prize??’ you ask? Well, not the first because we do not want anyone to feel like they will be tricked since April 1 is, of course, April Fools Day. And the prize is pretty darn cool…. a gift basket packed with lots of crafting goodies for kids!

Also, we would love to hear your feedback, suggestions, see crafting photos, tutorials, and how you’re celebrating National Craft Month. Simply email us at: sewbastediwannapurl {at} gmail {dot} com. We encourage craftiness and would love to feature your ideas, pictures, and more on our blog!

Happy Crafting Everyone!

~Breana & Ashley

Freebie Fridays

25 Feb

We are so so so so excited to reveal this installment of our Blog. It will bring a whole new meaning to TGIF!

FREEBIE FRIDAY.

or Finished Project Friday, since, ya know, we can’t always be giving stuff away.

So for our very first ever giveaway, we’re gonna make it easy:

Comment this post with what you would like us to Blog about. That’s right, isn’t that easy? So you ask, what are the prizes? Well, even better news, we have TWO! So that makes TWO winners!

First, Ashley’s awesome draw string bag. These are awesome. Bre uses them to hold different knitting projects, which is way helpful to have the drawstring, since she’s so klutzy, and always spills her bags everywhere. So here is prize 1:

Multi-Use Drawstring Bag

Oh but wait, there’s more! (More?) MUCH MORE!

Another lucky winner will win a loom knit baby beanie. It’s simple, warm, and uber hip. Well, as hip as it needs to be for a baby ;).

I would like to thank Cynthia’s Blythe doll for modeling for me in such short notice.

Obviously this is a pretty small baby beanie, anyone expecting a newborn?

But one more thing! Yep, Breana will double up this deal. If we get 50 comments, on this post, she will make a custom made adult beanie to match, with black & gray stripes. I mean, c’mon, how awesome is that? So one winner will get 2 beanies – one for the little one and one for themselves. So let’s get this going!

Fine Print:

This contest will end Monday at 7pm Pacific time. It is valid for USA only. Only 1 comment per person. If we find out people are double commenting, you will be disqualified. The winners will be posted Tuesday.

About the bag:

Handcrafted by Ashley of a s h l e y m a r i e . on Etsy

Measures 12×14, made of 100% cotton with 100% cotton drawstring, and appliqued fabrics by Echino and Kokka.

Can be used for anything your little heart desires!

About the beanie:

7″ long with a diameter of 13 inches. Can stretch to at least 14″. Made out of acrylic, which makes this baby vegan. Hand knit with a loom. The adult hat will be made from a loom also with the same gray yarn, and also a bulky black yarn in a striping pattern.

Happy Crafting!

Ashley & Breana

|Take In Them Jeans Tutorial|

22 Feb

With brainstorming currently going on about what fun things we can bring to this blog for you, Breana mastered up the idea of ‘Tutorial Tuesdays’. Read her tutorial on an awesomely adorable slouch beanie here. Brilliant.

I have always had a problem with buying jeans; either the waist is too small and the legs fit me perfectly or the waist fits perfectly and the legs are too big. Its frustrating to no end because I prefer to have a slightly looser waist with super skinny skin tight legs through out and I have only been able to find ONE PAIR that fit that way and they just so happened to be on the sale rack at Forever21, last pair. OF COURSE I SNATCHED THEM UP! But in doing that, any other pair of jeans I’ve tried on and found since then have paled in comparison to those one jeans.

I’ve often thought about just sewing up the sides to take them in and ta-da! Well, I finally broke down and bought a pair of dark blue jeggings that had the most potential of being just how I want them – once I take them in.

In this tutorial I will explain a very specific, yet incredibly easy way to take in the inner part of your jean legs providing the waist and hip area fit you properly and/or comfortably. This tutorial is for a pair of skinny or tapered legged jeans. {As in my case}

{before – with my black pair of jeggings}

You will need:

  • pre-washed jeans
  • pins
  • scissors
  • coordinating thread
  • measuring tape
  • yard stick, ruler, or a sturdy straight edge the length of your jean leg
  • marking pencil {best color is white so you can see the line on a dark jean}

Step one

Put them on and mark ’em

Once you have your jeans on inside out, starting from the bottom, pin up the leg a few inches where you want the seam to be moved, pinned parallel to the edge of the jean leg. Once you have a few pins in, take them off.

With the measuring tape, measure from edge of leg to pins. With that measurement, make markings up the leg on both sides every few inches or so tapering in as you go up.

Step Two

Stitching

Take the yard stick, ruler, or other straight edge and with the pencil, draw a line along the legs where you have marked to see where you will be making your stitch.

Make a single stitch along the line you drew on one pant leg then try the jeans on to make sure they’re comfortable and not too tight or too loose. If they’re either or, take out the seam and try again. If it’s just right, sew the other jean leg and around the crotch about 1/2″ {so you don’t have a droopy crotch!} meeting up with the seam on the other leg, try them on and make sure they’re where you want the seams to be.

Cut along the the seam, leaving a 1/4″ allowance.

Step Three

Finishing the edges

**The best way to finish your edge is to use a serger. In the event that you do not own one or know someone who does, simply tripling up on your stitches or using {my fave} a zig zag stitch will do the trick. {I used the zig zag method.}

Go over your stiches a few times either with a single stitch or zig zag to finish.

Step four

Put them back on

and look at how hot you look in them! Now they should fit you just about exactly how you want them to!

{after with my dark blue pair of jeggings}

Happy Sewing!

~Ashley

 

“Double up the rib, extra slouch on top. Please” beanie

22 Feb

Thank you Ashlee for modeling.

So we’re gonna try to do the first installment of  Tutorial Tuesday. I’d like to introduce my first posted pattern: the double up the rib, extra slouch on the top please beanie. Excited? You should be.

This Sunday I went with my Fiancé’s family to meet his grandparents & some aunts and uncles a couple hours away.  On this trip, I decided to kick my ass into gear and knit something. I’ve been quite the fan of the double rib brims that are extra long. I only had a pair of straight needles with me so I decided to knit this flat.

Well here’s the pattern:

Double up the rib, extra slouch on top. Please.

Needle: US8 / 5.0mm

Yarn: Bulky 12ply – Spud & Chloe Outer in Soapstone

Gauge: 12st x 18rw = 4″ st st

 

I use some kind of typical long tail cast on. I am one of those knitters who just uses 1 general cast on for most things. Probably not the most strategic, but aye, what can I say?

Cast on 60 sts.

Row 1: *K2, P2 -repeat from star…as in do an awesome 2×2 rib.

Row 2:  *P2, K2 – Repeat from star, I know, totally surprising.

Repeat these 2 rows for about 4.5″.

Once you get to a stopping point (the end of the brim) it’s time for the fun Stockinette stitch.

Row3: Knit all.

Row4: Purl all.

I do recommend to slip the first stitch of each row to make for a smoother side for hemming.

Repeat for about 2.5″ Time to decrease.

Row 5: *K8, K2tog – Repeat all the way through

Row 6: Purl.

(for all even/wrong side rows you will purl)

Row 7: K7, K2tog

Row 9: K6, K2tog

Row 11: K5, K2tog

Row 13: K4, K2tog

….I’m sure you are seeing a pattern now.

Row 15: K3, K2tog  – Row 17: K2, K2tog – Row 19: K1, K2tog

ALMOST THERE!

Row 21: K2tog all stitches, leaving 6 on needle.

Cut a long tail for weaving about 3 times the length of the hat. Run the end through the remaining stitches. Now use the rest of the end to hem the hat together. I do this with the wrong side facing me. Now I am going to admit I am not to good at this, I always seem to jack it up somehow and one side is higher. I hope, you have more patience than me. Haha.

Now since I used a Cotton blend, the hat is a bit stiff. I would recommend using a larger needle 1-2 sizes larger after the brim to give it more of a relaxed slouch. I would love to see your finished hats! This pattern is now available on Ravelry if you would like to “cast on” there.

As a warning, this pattern has not been test knit. So please, please, please feel free to tell me if there’s any information is wrong. Hope you enjoy this pattern well!

 

Happy Knitting,

Bre


Shop Review: Scarlet Skein

20 Feb

When I finally discovered there was a yarn shop in Paso, I definitely got giddy! Being as oblivious as I am with cute local shops, I missed this shop when it was in Atascadero. This isn’t a shock I missed it saying I didn’t know there were any fabric stores in Paso until I started working at one.

Well anyway when I walked in, I fell in love with the atmosphere. Brick walls, baskets filled with with beautiful yarns, dark oak shelving. I was already in love! There is such a variety of yarn stuffed in this cozy shop, without making it feel crowded. Everyone who works there is friendly and helpful without being pushy.

They have a sale once a month, and a 75% off basket, which I’ve always been a bit to shy to ask where this basket is. Haha. Oh and can’t forget all the great books and patterns available for sale.

I have 3 favorite things about this fabric other than the vast selection.

1. Prices! I’ve always been a low price online seeker. Here I’ve realized the prices match most online. This makes me feel like they are not trying to rape my wallet. I am a very cheap girl, but I know I can find something suitable in my budget

Along with these budget saving yarn, are the splurges. This is the place I saw the Noro yarns for the first time and got weak in the knees. Oh the selection of soft silky bamboo yarns that make my heart swell!

2. Buttons! Okay this may seem silly, but yes, I love the buttons. Oh and the handmade stitch markers. I can’t tell you for sure if the buttons are also handmade, but they do resemble it. They are quirky, cute, or just plain sophisticated. I know saying buttons are great is a weird thing to love at a yarn shop. I do feel like it compliments the shop it’s personality.

3. Classes, hang-outs & help. This shop is all about creating new craftsters and helping the seasonal ones. They have regular classes you can join to learn a new technique. Classes to help teach people knit from the start. One night a week they hold a knit/crochet & movie night. I thought that was a wonderful idea! Then of course, if a pattern stumps you, forget to make a bobble? Have no clue what yo and ssk means, head over to the Scarlet Skein, and ask away. When I come in there is usually one or more ladies knitting their little hearts out at the table in the back. It always brings a smile to my face.

So there you go. It is a great place and definitely worth a look! I feel like it has everything I expect in a LYS.

Hours & Location

Tuesday to Saturday
1030am-5pm
Sunday
12noon-4pm

827 13th Street
Paso Robles CA 93446
805.239.9110

Scarlet Skein

Don’t forget to sign up for their newsletter for what’s on sale, new arrivals & classes!

|Tote Bag Tutorial|

17 Feb

A little while back when I had a lot of time on my hands I decided to create a tote bag. I went against my better judgement and created it with out a tutorial; I just made it up as I went along.

Two hours later and five steps too many, I came to the conclusion that I was sew dumb… I should have followed a tutorial.

Though the process took forever, I definitely was proud of what I created and want to share it with the world – five less steps than my adventure.

Hopefully I am able to write this tutorial in a way you can understand. If there are any terms I should change or any suggestions, please let me know. With only six steps, you’ll have a custom tote bag to use for anything your little heart desires!

Step One:

Gather Materials

You will need:

  • scissors or rotary cutter
  • pinker scissors {optional}
  • pins
  • iron or press
  • coordinating thread
  • {4} 14″x16″ cut fabric rectangles {I used two solid fabric cuts and two patterned fabric cuts}
  • {2} 4 1/2″x25″ cut coordinating fabric strips

Step Two:

Make Straps

Take one strip, fold in half lengthwise and press.

Unfold and fold in the two long edges 1/4″ in towards the pressed seam and press.

Fold in half along the pressed seam and pin tucked edges together to secure.

Repeat for second strip.

Sew a single stitch along pinned edge.

Step Three:

Sew around bag

Lay one solid fabric cut flat on table {or selected fabric for inside of bag} and place one patterned fabric cut right-side up on top.

Take the second patterned fabric cut and place face down on top of the two pieces so that the pattered sides are touching.

Take the last solid piece of fabric cut {or selected fabric for inside of bag} and place on top.

Pin around three edges, leaving an opening at the top.

Sew a single stitch around the pinned edges, 1/4″ in from the edge.

Pinker off edges to eliminate fraying. {Optional}

Step Four:

Tuck and hem top

Fold down un-sewn top all the way around as much as you prefer your finished top border to be. {I folded mine down 1 1/4″}

Press or pin in place.

Make a single stitch around edge as close to edge as comfortable and finish with a zig zag stitch to hide and clean up single stitch and raw edge.

Step Five:

Attach straps

With bag still inside out, pin straps onto bag spaced how you prefer. Make sure you pin straps in place on bag evenly on each side to match their placements. {I spaced mine 2 1/2″ from edge of tote body on each side}

Sew a single stitch around the three raw edges of the strap as well as where the top edge of the bag meets the strap to form a square. Follow with a zig zag stitch to finish the raw edges.

Repeat for all others.

Step Six:

Turn bag right-side out

And admire!

and here is the first one i made that took me two hours and 5 steps too many to make

{i love the fabric i used for this one…. transistor radios of kokka by melody miller. to. die. for.}

Happy sewing!

~Ashley

Loom Say What?

16 Feb

I’ve been a crocheter since High School sometime, and eventually graduated to Knitting in my post high school-still teen days.  Now, I am definitely a multi-craftster multi-tasker, so when I laid my eyes upon loom knitting, of course I was intrigued.

I’ve seen these things at crafting store all the time, and kinda ignored them. Thinking “oh those are for kids” or “I’m far to elite and experienced for that.” Of course, those were all lies, since 1. I am still a kid at heart 2. I am far to cheap to be elite, and 3. since I’m self-taught in all my hobbies, I never get the nerve or motivation, or patience really, to go to the next level after intermediate.

Well I was cruising etsy, and saw a few cute slouchy hats, loom knitted.  Fine! That’s it! I’m getting a kit.

Of course, this is minus the booklet, red loom & hook it also comes with. I got this set at Walmart, since I didn’t wanna invest a butt load of money  in case I didn’t like it. It was the “Knifty Knitter Round Loom Set” & it was all under $15.  And I snagged some generic Lion Brand Acrylic yarn to do a tester.

So I followed the directions, started looping, and stitching. It seemed pretty easy, only took me a few rows to get a hang of things. I decided to make a hat, since, ya know, that’s the directions they give you for this set. Each loom is a different size, so I decided on the red for “youth size”  since I have a tiny little head.

Well, apparently my head isn’t THAT small. It does fit, but very snuggly.  It was pretty quick (one night) and way easy. Once all the decreasing of normal knitting is removed, it’s a snap to make these. I mean, really, it’s just a tube closed off at one end, you could do that same for normal knitting I guess.

I have to say overall, I enjoy loom knitting. It seems like a stress free way to mindlessly knit up cut accessories. So keep a look out on my Etsy Shop for some loom knit goodies (which will be getting a major make-over as soon as I have another moment in my hectic life.)

Getting this kit I would say was good timing, since I found out last night one of the main venues I was looking at for my wedding, is booked all weekend. Which wouldn’t have been too big of a deal, if they told me 2 weeks ago, when I first emailed them. So I got to take my rage out on this little project.

Finished little treats will be shown soon. 😀 You’ll be able to enjoy their glory, and you’ll be available to wear their glory if you choose.

Well Happy Knitting!

-Bre