Monday, March 31, 2014

April Fool's Day Dinner and Dessert

 Last year on April Fool's Day, I made a really silly dinner for my kids, and they still talk about it. They thought it was pretty awesome when I said that we were going to eat dessert first!

For the healthy part, I made meatloaf cupcakes with mashed potato frosting. We also had green beans and rolls.

For dessert, I served grilled cheese... which was just store bought lemon pound cake and lemon frosting. I served it on a frying pan to make it look more believable. I also made a raspberry glaze.

For drinks, I made koolaid, which was really jello. This one totally pulled their legs. They laughed so hard when they realized it was jello and couldn't suck it up through their straws.

For a lunch snack that I sent with my daughter so school, I opened a bag of cheetos and replaced them with carrots and a little note. I resealed the bag with double sided tape. I saved the cheetos and gave them to her as an after school snack. She thought that was pretty tricky.

I love silly little holidays like this. What kind of things do you to trick your family members? I need more meal ideas for tomorrow :)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ruffle Duffle Bag (Free Pattern + Tutorial)

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These duffle bags are one of my favorite projects I've ever shared on my blog-- they are so bright and happy and extremely functional! I made them for my daughters to use for ballet, and they LOVE them, so that is enough to make a mama happy!


I am crazy about the fabrics!!! I used cotton laminate, which is so much more durable and has such a cool feel to it. Since it's water proof, the bags will clean up really easy. I found my fabrics from the awesome online shop Oil Cloth Addict, using prints from Amy Butler, Heather Bailey, and more.
Here are links to the fabrics I used:
Bag 1: Eloise in Midnight by Sis Bloom, Fairy Tale Sky by Amy Butler
Bag 2: Sketchbook Roses in Blue Spring by Amy Butler, Dotted Paisley in Green by Heather Bailey


I photographed the bags inside my daughter's dance studio, and we had so much fun together. They are super lucky to take lessons from our city's professional ballet organization. They are getting fabulous instruction. Ballet was a big part of my life through high school, and I love having little ballerinas of my own!


This is my own pattern, with new updates of the bag I made a few years ago. It has two pockets instead of one, longer straps, and (I forgot to take pictures of the inside), but it is fully lined with laminate. I added a few girly details with the ruffles above the pockets, but if you were making this for a boy you could leave that part off.

If you want to make this, the full tutorial is being shared on Bernina's site, We All Sew. It is completely free. I used my walking foot, which was really helpful when sewing with laminates. I hope you have a lot of fun making the bag! I'd love to see pictures... upload them to my Sewing Family Flickr page here!


Click to be taken to Bernina for my free Ruffle Duffle Bag pattern and tutorial.
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Cross Stitched iPhone 5 Case


Hand stitching has recently become my latest obsession. These days I'm on-the-go quite a bit with my kids, and its nice to be able to take a little project along with me. I just love adding a touch of textiles into my every day life. This cell phone case is one of my favorites.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that my case has been around the world already. I took it on a recent trip to Paris, and snapped a quick selfie before heading up to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

The details for the project are pretty simple. The chevron design just came to me as I stitched along. Each color has a different number rows (between 3-5). I did a random mix of either a back stitch or cross stitch design. All the cross stitched rows are outlined with a back stitch.

Here's a look at the back side of the stitching. I tried to bury all the threads instead of tying knots. That way, there is less bulk and the phone lies smoother in the case. A small knot here or there doesn't make a huge difference though.

Here are a few product information details: This case is manufactured by Coats and Clark. I purchased it in the cross stitching section at Hobby Lobby for about $6 using my 40% off coupon. The case came with a few design ideas, (I changed up the chevron... details above). For my embroidery thread, I used DMC perle cotton in size 8.

One thing I just love about the case is that it is rubbery and pliable. It's very easy to get my phone in and out, yet it stays on the phone very well. The rubber is awesome, because when I lay it face down on a smooth surface such as my kitchen counter, is sticks and doesn't slip around if it gets bumped. I feel like it protects my phone well.

The fun thing about my case is that if I get tired of the chevron, I can cut out the threads and start over with a completely new design! It has held up really well, and it makes me happy every time I look at it!

(I was not paid or asked to write this post, I just love my case so much that I wanted to share details on my blog).