Thursday, May 31, 2012

{Pinspired and Rewired} New Theme: FABRIC!

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We are on month #4 of our series, and are super excited about this month's theme!
The series consists of the each host picking an inspiration project from Pinterest.
We then make our own version with our own twist, and show you what we did.
You have 3 weeks to do the same.
Pin it. Make it. Share it. Win it!
Continue reading for all the details.


  It does not have to be sewn, it can be
any type of project using fabric!
The possibilities are endless with a theme like this!


We love Fashionable Fabrics! They have the greatest selection of fabric, an easy-to-navigate website, amazing customer service, and flat-rate shipping of $4.95.
The great news is they are offering you a 10% discount if you'd like to purchase fabric from them!

Use code: PINSPIRED (for 10% discount)

  $50 gift credit to Fashionable Fabrics 
+ next month's guest judge
  $25 gift credit to Fashionable Fabrics
 $15 gift credit to Fashionable Fabrics

Awesome, right? Are you excited?

*Tutorials for each project will be available on each blog next Friday.

*These are all Fridays!

June 1~ New theme and host's projects are revealed
June 8~ Host's tutorial available on her blog
June 15~ Link Party goes up; it will be found on all 4 blogs
June 22~ Link Party continues
June 29~ Winners announced!

1. Before entering your project, you must follow each host's blog via RSS or Facebook. We would also love for you to follow our Sponsor, Fashionable Fabrics on Facebook.
2. You must have a blog to enter the contest.
3. You must place the Pinspired and Rewired Button in your post or on your sidebar (button found at the end of this post).
4. Your project must be inspired from Pinterest. (Include a link to the pinspiration in your post).
5. Your project must have been posted within the last 60 days.
6. The 4 hosts will be the judges, and will choose our top 3 favorites.

The link party contest goes up on all 4 blogs June 15!

We can't wait to see what you come up with!
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact any of the hosts.
So grab a button, and play along! Good luck!

We would love to shower our sponsor with love... if you'd like to help spread the love, grab their button and include it in your post, or you can follow them on Facebook, or just leave a text link mentioning where you got your fabric! Thank you!

{Free Printables} My Daddy, MD poem

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I made these frames two years ago for my kids to give their daddy for his graduation. I thought I would put the printables out there in case anyone wants to use them for the daddy-doctor in their life. You could make a fun graduation gift, or even Father's Day gift with them. I made two, so that my husband could have one at home, and one for his future office. I left a blank spot, which is now filled with a picture of our family from his graduation. (The author of this poem is unknown). 

Graduations are so memorable and special. Here's a quick pic of our big day. My husband carried our son across the stage. (Here's my tutorial for the baby graduation cap and gown).

My Daddy, MD poem:
These are both sized at 5x7.
For personal use only.
Before downloading, I would love for you to follow my blog! Thanks!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

{Free Father's Day Printables} Best Dad Ever!

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Both my dad and my father-in-law live thousands of miles away, so I need to get their Father's Day gifts mailed out soon. I've been fiddling around making some printables. I'm going to print them and put them in a frame just like I did with my Mother's Day printables.

You are totally welcome to use these. All I ask is that you become a follower of my blog, via Facebook, subscribe via RSS, or GFC (the blue button in the right sidebar), and/or Pin these on Pinterest.
They are for personal use only. 

These are all sized at 8x10, but you can shrink them down (use photoshop or picmonkey, for example) if you want them smaller.

Have fun!

{Picture Me Domestic} Winners!

Good morning!
We are excited to announce the winners of "Picture Me Domestic," but first we want to thank each of you for getting creative and entering your awesome pictures! You are all winners! You can check out all 58 entries here. Thanks again for playing along! We'll do it again next year!

1st Place
#47. Kristina @ Hello Courage

2nd Place
#13. Amelia @ Amelia Eve Photography

3rd Place
#2. Heather @ Raising Memories

Congrats ladies! You will each be receiving a fun prize provided by Pick Your Plum. Like them on Facebook to receive the new deals each morning!
1st Place- $75 Plum Box
2nd Place- $50 Plum Box
3rd Place- $25 Plum box
 A Plum box is kind of like receiving an exciting grab bag filled with crafty/pretty swag in the mail. Could it be twine, vinyl, jewelry, scarves, kid's accessories? Every box is different, so its a surprise! 

Thanks again everyone!
Love- Rachel, Jamie, and Aimee.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

{Tutorial} Full Coverage Nursing Shawl with Sewn-in Boning

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When I gave birth to my first baby girl, I was also a middle school sewing teacher at the time. I knew I wanted a nursing shawl, so in between class periods, I fashioned one for myself. (See my original tutorial here). A full coverage nursing shawl is my #1 must-have baby item. It makes me feel so in control and confident while nursing, because I dont' have to constantly check my back to make sure nothing is "hanging out." With a shawl like this, you can even nurse inconspicuously in public. The only thing missing from my original tutorial is the boning! I love the shawls that have boning, but the only ones I've seen would never work for me (they only cover the front of you, and the baby pulls at the edges of the shawl). I've scoured the internet for a tutorial like this, and I haven't found one! So I hope this comes in handy for a lot of you. And if you don't know how to sew, or don't have time, or are looking for a great baby shower gift, I am currently selling these in my Etsy Shop!

Today, I am going to show you how I make a full coverage nursing shawl, (one that wraps all the way around you), with elastic and sewn-in boning. With the boning, you are able to see your sweet little bundle of joy while nursing.

1 yard main fabric
1/2 yard accent fabric
2 yards coordinating ribbon
heat and bond (width of ribbon)
17 inches boning
24 inches elastic (1/4" wide)
thread, measuring tape, safety pin, iron, etc.

1. Wash and dry, then iron your fabric. 
(You should probably do this, but I usually don't)!

2. Cut your fabric.
Main fabric: Cut it in half on the fold parallel to the selvage. You will have 2 pieces appx 36 x 22.
Accent fabric: Line up edges at selvage and cut on the fold. You'll have 2 pieces 36 x 7.
  3. Time to connect the 2 pieces of the main fabric and the 2 pieces of the accent fabric. Do these steps separately. With right sides together, sew a seam up the sides that are 22 inches and 7 inches, respectively, at the edge of the presser foot. Then finish off the raw edge. (Here's where you can pull out your serger if you have one. If you don't have one, then you can zig zag the raw edges. I just got one! But this tutorial is shown with the edges zigzagged). Your pieces now
measure 72 x 22 (main) and 72 x 7 (accent) inches. Press to the side. Here's a picture of the 7 inch piece.

4. Now we're going to focus on the accent piece. We need to hem the bottom edge. Fold and iron 1/4", then fold and iron 1/4" again. Stitch.

5. Still working with the accent piece, we're going to sew the ribbon on. (Sometimes I skip the following step, but if you want, you can iron on fusible heat and bond to reinforce the ribbon; same idea as interfacing on fabric). Now you're going to sew the ribbon to the accent piece. I am very non-technical with this part. I use the edge of my throat plate as a guide at the hem of the fabric, and line up the presser foot to the left side of the ribbon, with the needle moved to the left, to sew the first edge of the ribbon down. (Of course there are more technical ways to do this, aka: measure the distance of the ribbon and pin it, but I am too lazy)!
Here's the final result of the ribbon sewn on.

6. Now its time to sew the accent piece to the main piece.
(This is a preview of how it will look).
You'll put the two pieces that are 36" right sides together and sew a seam at 1/4". If you are lucky, both of these edges will be the selvage edge, and you won't need to edge finish them. In that case, press open the seams. Or you can edge finish them.

7. Now sew up the side seam, to connect the shawl into a circle. Sew with right sides together, edge of presser foot, then edge finish and press. Make sure the seams from the accent piece and pointing down when you sew this seam. Also, make sure the 4 corners match up (where the accent pieces meet the main piece).

8. Time for the casing! On the top edge of the shawl, you'll iron the raw edge down 1/4". Then you'll fold it over again appx 1/2" or 3/4" and iron.

9. Time to sew in the 17 inches of boning. First, see how the plastic pokes out? We don't want it to penetrate through the shawl later on down the road, so scoot the fabric back and snip a little plastic off (NOT with your sewing scissors)! Now that it's just a tad shorter than the fabric part, there is enough space to sew and close it up.
Here it is sewn closed. Do this on both ends.

 10. Now we're going to add the boning into the casing. So unfold the casing once, and place the boning centered between your two side seams. Make sure the curve is facing you. Pin the edges, and sew lines where the straight pins are in this picture.
Here's how it looks sewn in.

11. Now you fold the casing back down, and sew it all the way around the shawl. You are going to leave two 1 inch openings, so you can later thread the elastic into the casing. The 1 inch openings should be next to each end of the casing.  Hopefully the following two pictures will help that make sense to you.

12. Top-stitch the entire length of the nursing shawl, backstitching at a side seam. (Take caution sewing near the boning. Sewing through the plastic could break your needle. Use a zipper foot if you'd like).

13. Now it's time the thread the elastic through the casing. Attach a safety pin to one end of your elastic, and insert through one of the openings you made. Thread all the way around until you reach the other opening next to the other side of the boning. Pull the elastic through.

Here's how it will look with both ends of the elastic hanging out.

15. Sew a straight line where the elastic meets up with the boning. This will secure the elastic in its place.

16. Cut off the extra elastic, and sew the opening of the casing closed.

Can you believe it? You are done! Bravo, great job!
In case you're wondering, I got this fabric at Hobby Lobby. I generally like to make my shawls gender neutral, so moms can use them for future babies.

Remember, you can stop by my Etsy Shop if you'd like to purchase one of these shawls. I only have this fabric for sale at the moment, but I will be adding more fabric styles and colors soon.

Have a wonderful day!
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