*** This post is sponsored by EverSewn***
Fall is hands down my favorite. My favorite time of year, with my favorite holiday, my favorite weather, and my favorite sewing. So I was super pumped when EverSewn reached out to collaborate for their #sweaterweather campaign. An excuse to whip up a new batch of Halloween decorations and accessories? Ummm, YES PLEASE!
The very next day I found a fabulous care package on my porch and dove right in. Getting Halloween fabrics delivered right to my door is basically the grown up version of trick-or-treating. Only you don't crash from all the sugar. Here's what I got:
The tools are obviously going to get a TON of use, and already look spectacular on my new pegboard wall. The bright cheery colors of tools like these are exactly why I love a good wall of organization. Not only can I easily find all my tools, but they look darn cute too.
On to the fabric! The great thing about fabrics like these, that just scream Halloween (pun intended), is that a little goes a long way. Which means that the precut sheets that I received are enough for a whole cauldron full of fun DIYs. Let me show you everything I made:
Happy Halloween Pillow
As soon as I saw the sheets of glitter fabric, I knew that I had to try putting it through my silhouette machine. The 12" fabric is the perfect width. I never did find the exact right settings to get the cut depth perfect, but I didn't mind cutting the pieces out with my scissors, just following the partial cut I got from the machine. And I'm sure if you experimented enough, and maybe tried a different blade, you could get the right settings. I found this SVG file by Angèle Kamp on the Silhouette website, and decided to put it on one of the large pillow covers I'm making for our screened in porch. For simplicity's sake, I tried to hot glue it in place on the fabric, and it worked like a charm!
Creep it Real Pillow
Because of course my 2-year-old needed a matching Halloween pillow for his little porch chair as well! He is ALL about the spiders this year, so I found this SVG file from Kolette Hall on the silhouette website for him. Let's just say he's a BIG FAN. He likes to scare me with it, and then tell me that it has become a nice spider and I need to pet it.
Glitter Hair Accessories
This was a no brainer! I already make these headbands and hair clips for my Etsy shop, and I couldn't resist recreating them in this gorgeous onyx fabric. This black glitter is the perfect mix of subtle and glam. I gotta say, my photos really don't do it justice. I made one plain headband, one with cat ears, and then three bat bow clips of various sizes.
Grown Up Trick-Or-Treat Bag
After seeing so many awesome bags made out of cork lately (like this awesome Huxley Bag by @Creativooz ), I've been dying to get my hands on some. HELLLOOO polka-dot cork! So of course I had to make a bag! I decided that I needed my own trick-or-treat bag for Halloween. I've been really digging circle bags lately, so I went with it. I added some black piping I had on hand, and some black lining on the inside. I used some interfacing to make it extra stiff, and added a few extra creepy details for fun. My D-ring attachments are little skulls with rivets for eyes! And then, let's be honest, I couldn't resist adding another glitter decal since I had so much fun with the pillows. This one is by Jamie Lane Designs. I went with the onyx glitter fabric because I love it so much, but it ended up getting a little lost in the polka dots, so I added a layer of gold leather behind it to make the letters pop a little more. The result? I'm in love!
Skeleton Face Mask
Ok, so this last one was a fun little last minute addition, but I feel like Halloween 2020 isn't complete without a themed face mask. I excitedly decided that it needed to have glitter too (I told you, I'm a convert!). But, it wasn't until I had already cut it all out that I remembered that the glitter fabric isn't machine washable. So I'm not sure how much use this mask is going to get as far as official covid masking-up goes. But, at the very least, I have a fun reminder of this crazy crazy year we are in.
Thanks again to Eversewn for sending me the care package and for sponsoring this post! Feel free to ask me any questions you may have about the items I've linked here or the projects I've created, and I'll do my best to answer them!
I love my Huxley bag pattern as is, but I also love how versatile it can be. After lusting after a few roll top bags on instagram, I realized that my Huxley pattern could easily be converted to create one of my own! So, I decided one of my #MakeNine projects was going to be a hacked Huxley, with a roll top, using waterproof material. And because I can't go simple, I added in quite a few other hacks too. Here is a breakdown:
One of my Make Nine goals for 2020 was to try out the My Body Model app, which is a way to create a customized croqui for creating fashion illustrations and flats that are specific to your own body.
I absolutely love the idea behind this business. Going through an apparel design program in college means that I was taught to use a traditional croqui, which, as some of you may know, is very unrealistic. The traditional croquis are intentionally altered to be more of a stylized representation of the female body, with extra height, and extra long legs. The formula for drawing a croqui involves using nine heads as a base for getting the proportions correct. Take a look at this photo to see what I mean.
Let me preface this post by saying that this is a classic example of how I work on my projects. And it gives you a little insight as to why I take so long to get anything done.
You all know I love Halloween. And what better way to show my love than to force my family to wear homemade matching Jack-o'-lantern shirts out in public.
Sometimes I need a quick fun little project as a palate cleanser in between larger projects. And this needle organizer is a perfect little one! I've been calling it Needle Little Lemon because it makes me smile when I say it outloud..... do it!.... see what I mean?! Fun!
For this quick craft, I used a 17cm (6.6") embroidery hoop, some thread, a little craft glue, a little yellow paint, and some yellow, green, and off white felt.
One of the things I love about sewing my own clothes is the ability to create meaningful garments for meaningful events in my life. There are the huge life events like my wedding (and yes I did make my own wedding dress) and then there are smaller but still meaningful events like running my first post baby road race. Running after giving birth has been a really difficult transition for me, and I felt like I needed to celebrate the hard work I'd put in to get ready for this half marathon. So of course, what better way to celebrate than by making myself a new Madi tank for race day?! Of course, in the end, life got in the way and I didn't end up finishing it in time to wear it for the race. But I still think of it as my Indy Mini Madi.
Making avocado dye is one of my Make Nine projects for the year. Avocado dye has been on my want-to-do list for so so long, and I thought adding it to my make nine list would help me actually get around to it. I've been intimidated by the thought of it, but it was so so easy to do! I shouldn't have waited so long!
This project started with the fabric. I found this beautiful sweater knit fabric at a secondhand store called Mission 27 here in Indy. I couldn't pass it up. I've never sewn with a sweater knit before, but I figured I was past due. Sweaters are staples in my wardrobe because I really like having the freedom to put on and take off layers depending on my ever changing temperature.
Last October, I made myself a spider web costume using the Lila+June free wrap skirt pattern. I loved the skirt so much that I decided I needed a non Halloween version in my closet.
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