2018 Recap and 2019 Goals

Hey friends! I hope you are having an awesome start to the New Year! I love this time of the year when everyone is positive, hopeful and motivated!!! Scrolling social media has been such a source of encouragement and light these past few days and I just wish the momentum kept going all year long. But, of course we’re all human and we just can’t always stay “on” for such long periods of time. We’ll touch on that more later…but for now let’s take a quick look back at 2018 for Lily Shine Creates!

2018 Recap

January of 2018 was the start of my “me made” adventures. Up until that point, I really hadn’t sewn much for myself or had much interest in it at all. Recently, both of my girls are really outgrowing the desire to wear mom-made anymore so I had to find someone else to sew for! Who better than myself???

I had a few hesitations in sewing for myself, which I’m guessing many of you share. First, I realllllllly didn’t want to measure myself. Measure *all* the areas and compare those measurements to a size chart. I have no clue why the pride gets in the way of sewing what your actual body needs, but for some reason it really presents a challenge to me. I had to get over that quickly because having a good fitting garment is just too important! Plus, if you sew it yourself, it’s whatever size you say it is ūüėČ

The second hesitation is the sewing for yourself takes *so* much more fabric than sewing, say, a kids size 5. Bigger pattern pieces meant more paper and glue to stick them together. Further, bigger pattern pieces meant I needed a bigger area to cut out the fabric. It took me a bit to regain perspective.

Here is a look at my first me-made of 2018:

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I used the Piper top pattern from Violette Field Threads with Art Gallery Fabrics Campsite collection knit. You could say I gently eased my way into sewing for myself as a knit is quite forgiving and this pattern was super basic. I do love the length of the sleeve, the relaxed fit of the top and the pretty scooped back.

Once the me-made ball was rolling, it really caught momentum. Sewing for myself has connected me with so many wonderful me-made sewists on IG and the blogosphere. I have made some really fun friendships over this past year from interacting, encouraging and learning from others! I have sewed countless items in just this past year, from fancy dresses, beach coverups, to an entire fall capsule wardrobe!

If you are scared to sew for yourself, or perhaps have a few hesitations like those I mentioned previously, JUST GET OVER IT! Haha! But seriously, just pick a super easy pattern. Pick something that doesn’t take much fabric like a simple knit top. Just take the plunge and sew it. If you hate it, just seam rip it and use the fabric for something else. If you love it, photograph it and post it to social media and get plugged in!!! I know you’ll be so glad you did! There is something just so uniquely rewarding in clothing yourself with something you made specifically for you, to your measurements and to your liking. If you’re a control freak like me- you have no idea just how happy this will make you to have the control of every single stitch and detail in your garments. I can’t encourage you enough to just go for it!!! I’d love to encourage you, so drop your insta in the comments to this blog post and let’s get connected!

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See how happy sewing for yourself can make you?? One of my last sews in 2018 was this Magnolia dress from Deer and Doe Patterns in a stretch emerald velvet. Photo by Mod Bettie.


2019 Goals

I shared a bit of my heart for 2019 on my Insta here but I thought I’d give a bit more detail, as one can in a blog post!

I like to keep my resolutions simple, measurable and attainable. After all, what is the sense in working and giving up on something that you know you won’t really be able to accomplish?!?! I set out a few personal, sewing and home goals I’d love to share with you!

Personal: I need a friend. I have tons of insta-friends. I could dm my heart out everyday but sometimes I just need a friend with skin- you know what I mean!?!?!? A real life friend that can be hugged and laughed with and can cheers a cuppa coffee or a glass of wine. Moving every 3 years has it’s ups for sure but a huge down is that I am constantly putting myself out there trying to make a friend. As social as I seem online, I’m pretty timid and shy in real life. At first. And then there’s no shutting me up. HA. I need to get plugged in to our church and a local gym. I miss teaching classes at the gym but most of all I miss the human interaction! I also want to be 100% present for my kids. It’s so easy to get sucked into social media with that phone in your hand constantly but I hope to be able to unplug online and really stay connected with my kids. They are getting older and I know this time with them is so valuable.

Sewing: Sewing slower and more detailed. I tend to rush through projects because I’m just too excited to sew, photo and share. I just want to see the end result but often wish I had put more thought and attention into my garments. I reallllllly don’t want to buy items from the store that I can easily make. I have slowed down my apparel shopping a ton but I know I can go even further. Lastly, I would love to bring my girls into the design process and even sew with me!

Home: If you haven’t heard, we bought a house!!! It needed a bit of TLC so we’ve set out to go Fixer-Upper style on it for a few projects. I’ll be documenting them on the blog and on my insta mostly as a way to just see before & after of our hard work, but also because I know many of you want to do the very same projects in your home! One big goal is to doll up the storage shed in our backyard to be my new office space. Crossing fingers that can become reality this year as I really don’t want to be sewing out of the guest room anymore!

What about you? Do you have any great goals for 2019? I’d love to hear them and be an encouragement to you as you set to achieve great things! What would you like to see here on Lily Shine Creates in 2019? I hope to keep this space positive, encouraging, inspiring and helpful!

XOXO.

DIY Fall Capsule Wardrobe {Reveal}

Friends! Can you believe this day is finally here??? I started planning for this capsule wardrobe back at the end of September with great expectations (such great expectations) and excitement to build a styled capsule collection to wear all fall long. There were some twists and turns along the way, but I am so thrilled to finally sit down and type out this blog post to share the details with you all! Thank you to those who have been a part of the journey from day one- suggesting the perfect fabrics, the awesome patterns from my pinspiration, and for cheering me on along the way. If you missed it all, please head to my Instagram for the “work in progress” reel! I’ll be back later this week to share the “what I wish I did right the first time” notes that I hope you all can learn from my mistakes as you create your own capsule wardrobe! But, for now, let’s just take a look at what came to be from all that hard work…brew a good cup of coffee and cuddle up at your favorite seat because this one is a long read, but oh so worth it!

What is a sudoku capsule wardrobe?

So glad you asked! I realized throughout this experience that many of you aren’t familiar with the sudoku style wardrobe building, so I thought I’d break it down for you quickly. This concept isn’t new, in fact one of my sewing buddies made it cool a few years ago. Everyone has a bit different take on the sudoku capsule style, but I adapted the concept to focus on what my goals were: To create a fall wardrobe that had accessories and hair styles to get me out of my boring “momiform” rut.¬†

Each row, column and along the diagonal creates a head-to-toe look, a unique outfit that will work for daytime, date nights, girls nights out or just a trip to my local fabric shop to do some more hoarding….I mean fabric purchasing…same difference. Essentially, I wanted a reference guide to help me get dressed each morning. I have 10 easy looks ready to throw on at a moments notice. As a busy, work-at-home mom, this concept is BLISS I tell you! Let’s take a look at my fall capsule wardrobe:

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You’ll see that along each row, each column and each diagonal there are four parts to make up my head-to-toe look: A hairstyle, an accessory, a shoe and apparel. Before you panic and think that some days I’m only wearing a dolman top, or only wearing a mini skirt…I promise I have on a full outfit, but for aesthetics, I just put one of the two patterns in the cell. HA!

As I was photographing outfits, I noticed that there are many more combinations possible if you make non-straight line combos and maybe I’ll keep putting together looks from these pieces and show you how to really maximize your capsule wardrobe! Keep an eye out on my IG for those additional looks!

The Fabrics

As I was putting together the patterns, accessories and shoes for each look, I needed to be sure that I had a good color palette to work from in that my fall wardrobe would be interchangeable to get the most bang for my buck. I chose fabrics that a) I love b) work together c) were weather appropriate d) could transition from season to season. I needed all those criteria because after taking the time to sew, photograph and blog about this wardrobe, I actually need to be able to wear it! And not just for the blog post, but for real and for a long time!!!

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Left to Right:

Tri-Blend Jersey Solid in Sage from Sly Fox Fabrics. This jersey is cozy but not too thick, great for layering and had just enough stretch for the tulip dress pattern I was using.

Telio Knit Knack Brushed Sweater Knit Light Grey from Fabric.com. This sweater knit is thick, with good stretch, good drape and is the ultimate cozy feel for the Darcey Duster I sewed to go over the tulip dress.

Cotton and Steel Les Fleurs Canvas from Fabric.com. I wanted fabric that would hold the bell shape of the mini skirt, that would wash and wear well and that had a bit of warmth to it.

Telio Stretch Bamboo Rayon Jersey Knit from Fabric. com. I wanted a neutral color, that wasn’t stark white, that had good drape for the bell sleeve and that layered nicely with the cardigans I was making too.

Fabric Merchants Rayon Challis from Fabric.com. The jumpsuit needed a good drapey fabric which rayon challis is perfect for. I just wish I had gone for a fabric with a bit more substance to it so that it didn’t wrinkle like no other! Lesson learned- but still obsessed with this mauve color!

Stretch Velvet Print Roses Mauve from Fabric.com. Stretch velvet became super popular last year and with no end in sight to the cozy, comfy trend I just had to jump on it! This print is spectacular in person and was my favorite piece from this whole collection!

Now that we’ve seen the sudoku board and the fabrics, it’s time to look at each of the 10 looks I put together from this capsule! For simplicity sake, I’ll link each pattern just once! The accessories are old and new, without links available so you’re on your own there. I will put links to the shoes once as well.

The Looks

Pattern: Tulip Dress from Ellie and Mac Patterns. Hairstyle includes my DIY Bow Hair Tie (stay tuned for my IG highlights for this super easy tutorial!). Shoes from Target.

This outfit is sporty and fun. I love the shape of this Tulip dress on my body type. I cut a larger back to give some more room in the booty and slimmed through the waist for a nice, comfortable fit.

Pattern: Orchid x Parasol collaboration with Chalk & Notch and Ensemble Patterns. Shoes: Just Fab.

I am obsessed with this jumpsuit. I love the cross front, the elastic tie waist and the easy fit in the pants. I wish I had used a fabric that wouldn’t wrinkle so badly because it really is a pain to keep fresh. I steamed this right before photos and just having it sit on the bed while I was taking pics made it awfully wrinkly. Sad! I love the little braid and how it kind of keeps the look casual. I had different shoes for this but I forgot them in Texas, so here is the best option I could come up with!

 

Patterns: Cher mini skirt from Made for Mermaids. RuLo top from George & Ginger. Shoes from Vici.

This was my most anticipated look and I absolutely love it! The boots are comfy and slouchy to play off the structure of the skirt. The top is easy to wear to keep this outfit low maintenance and not fussy.

Pattern: Claire Dolman from Made for Mermaids. Jeans and Shoes from Vici.

This is my most-worn look. I constantly reach for this incredible stretch velvet top and my favorite “lightly worn” jeans. I love that the half-up pony gives it an easy finish and helps show off the crossover front.

This outfit makes me feel like a million bucks…can you tell just from my poses how much I adore it???

This skirt is giving me life! Seriously, there’s something about a good fitting mini skirt to bring you back to your youth! The bow continues that youthful style but the shoes keep me from looking like I’m trying to hard to be 17 again. HA!

Most effortless yet chic look in the capsule! The side braid totally shows off the crossover detail in the top. The boots are a quintessential fall piece. The distressed jeans keep this from looking too put together. Love it all.

I call this look “Sporty Spice” and as much as I didn’t like it during photos- I love how it came together. The high half pony and shoes play together and then the jumpsuit kicks it up a notch.

Pattern: Darcey Duster Cardigan from Made for Mermaids.

Fall is all about layers so I threw on the Darcey. I love that the duster has a longer hemline that really makes the tulip dress a “wow” when you see it from the front or a peek on the side. The pony and the slouch of the boots keeps it a playful look.

The tennis shoe is a huge trend right now and playing the sporty style with a more structured, dressy look is the perfect dichotomy. I love how the colors flow but aren’t matchy-matchy to keep interest.

The Take-Away

Well, there you have it friends!!! 10 easy to wear looks that make getting ready so effortless and so fun! I’ve got my sudoku board saved on my phone for reference each morning. It took a bit of planning, and several days of sewing but now I have so many great pieces to mix and match all season long. I used fabrics and a color palette that will easily transition back to spring. I can pair tank tops with my skirt and shorts with my RuLo and velvet top for warmer weather. I can add a sandal with my jumpsuit and cuff the sleeves for a great summer night out. And the combos go on and on!!! I hope you found inspiration to go through your closet and create a capsule wardrobe with pieces you already own, or even more to start fresh and sew yourself a wardrobe that will carry you from season to season with style!

I’d love to hear your favorite look or any suggestions on what to do for my winter wardrobe!! Please leave me a comment or come visit me on Instagram to stay up to date with my latest sews! Check out my fall inspiration on my Pinterest too!

DIY Personalized Knit Skirt with the Cricut Easy Press 2

This post is sponsored by Cricut. The opinions expressed in this post are my own. Affiliate links are included.

Hey friends!!! I’m back for another fun collaboration with Cricut in their debut of the Easy Press 2. I’ve got a quick and easy knit skirt tutorial with a fun personalization using the Cricut Maker, fusible backed fabric and of course, the 9″ x 9″ Easy Press 2!! When my girls and I saw the beautiful new raspberry color for the Easy Press 2, we just had to make some skirts to match!

First, let’s take a look at this new product:

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The Easy Press 2 is an update to the previously released Easy Press- a ceramic-coated device with precise temperature control up to 400 degrees F and even heating surface perfect for iron on projects! A few specs to admire:

  • Three sizes: 6″ x 7″, 9″ x 9″ and 12″ x 10″
  • Heats up faster than previous model & 60 seconds to iron on success!
  • USB port for firmware updates
  • Easy to use, simple to learn: each Easy Press 2 comes with a beginner project that will get you familiar with the device in a matter of minutes!
  • Digital display of temperature and time controls, beeps to notify user once pre-heated
  • Stylish raspberry color
  • Safety base included: insulated base will keep the Easy Press 2 and your crafting surface safe while the Easy Press 2 is not in use.

I chose the 9″ x 9″ size as most of my sewing projects are kid-sized. I love how I can complete an entire iron-on project with one simple press! Speaking of an iron-on project…let’s get to the DIY!!!


DIY Personalized Knit Skirt Tutorial

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Supplies Needed:

Getting Started:

1/2″ seam allowances included.¬†

You’ll want to set up your Cricut Maker with the rotary blade. Apply the fusible backed fabric to your cutting mat with the fusible side touching the sticky side of the mat, and the print of the fabric facing up. Be sure there are no wrinkles in the fabric and smooth it on the mat.

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Open the Design Space and locate the pre-made cut file here.

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You can change the name easily, but ensure each letter has its own color coding if you want to use different fabric for each letter. Use the Cricut Maker to cut out the letters.

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Cut a waistband and skirt piece from the knit fabric.

For the waistband, you’ll want to cut a 6″ tall rectangle. To figure the width of the waistband, measure the child around the smallest of the belly (for younger children, this is under the belly and above the hip) as this is where the knit waistband will sit. Subtract the total waist measurement by 1″. For this skirt, the child had a 20″ waist so I cut the waistband to be 19″ wide and 6″ tall.

For the skirt, you’ll want to measure the child from the waistband to the knee or where you’d like the skirt hem to hit. Add 1″ for seam allowance. For this skirt, the child measured 12″ from low belly to knee so I cut the skirt to be 13″ tall by the entire width of the fabric (most knit is 55″-60″ wide).

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Fold the skirt in half, bringing the short raw edges together with right sides touching. Fold the waistband in half, bringing the short raw edges together with right sides touching. Sew the skirt along the side seam and finish the seam with a zig zag stitch or overlock. Sew the waistband along the side seam.

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Use the Easy Press 2 to press the waistband seam open.

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Fold the waistband in half again, bringing the long raw edges together with wrong sides touching. Press using the Easy Press 2.

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Hem the skirt if desired. Prep the skirt by pre-heating for 15 seconds with the Easy Press2.

Place the letters in the bottom right corner of the skirt front, a few inches from the side seam and a few inches above the hem. Ensure the fabric print is facing up, and the fusible part is touching the skirt.

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Use the Easy Press 2 to bond the letters to the skirt. You can reference the Recommended Settings from the Cricut website to ensure you have your Easy Press 2 settings set for the materials used in your project. I set the Easy Press 2 to 315 degrees and the timer to 30 seconds.

Turn the skirt wrong side out and press again for half the previous time.

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Although many Cricut Iron On materials have a StrongBond Guarantee (Everyday, SportFlex and Glitter Iron are designed to outlast 50+ wash and dry cycles when used and applied as directed), it is still recommended that the fusible fabric be stitched to further adhere the fabric to the skirt. You can read more about the Cricut Fusible Fabric here.

Sew one or two rows of gathering stitches along the top raw edge of the skirt. Gather the skirt to the width of the waistband.

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Adjust the gathers and place the skirt on top of the waistband, right sides together, aligning the back center seam of the waistband with the back center skirt, and the skirt side seams with the side points of the waistband. Clip or pin the skirt to the waistband. Sew along the clipped seam.

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You have now created a Personalized Knit Skirt using the Cricut Easy Press 2!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Bunny Ear Hair Clip Tutorial with the Cricut Maker

This post is sponsored by Cricut. The opinions expressed in this post are my own. Affiliate links are included.

Spring is near and it’s time to break out the pastels, the florals and of course the Easter themed crafts! I’m here today to share a super simple tutorial to create these adorable bunny ear hair clips using the Cricut Maker. You’ll be able to recreate these cute clips in just minutes and won’t have to cut out a single piece of fabric with the help of your handy Cricut Maker cutting machine.

This was my first Cricut Maker sewing project and it most definitely won’t be my last! I really found the process easy and quick to upload my own design, choose the correct material and tool and get right to cutting. I was able to multi-task and sew some of the ear pieces while the machine cut the next set.

This project takes about 20-30 minutes to complete, is great for a beginner sewist and those new to Design Space, and will give you two, adorable 4″ by 2″ bunny ear clips.


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Bunny Ear Hair Clip Tutorial

Supplies Needed:

Using the Cricut Maker

You’ll start by logging into Design Space and opening the Bunny Ear Cut File linked above. You can change the size and proportion of the main ear and ear contrast pieces. You can also only cut one set of each if you are using non-sew materials. If you are sewing your main ear and ear contrast pieces from fabric, you’ll want to be sure to have the two mirrored sets of each as shown below.

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The yellow mat shows the ear contrast pieces. In this sample, I used lawn fabric from Cotton and Steel. 

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You’ll select your materials for the ear contrast pieces. In this example, I chose Medium Fabrics (like Cotton), default pressure and the Rotary Blade tool.

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I placed a small piece of the cotton fabric onto the Fabric Grip cutting mat and loaded it to the Cricut Maker.

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After a quick peel of the fabric from the mat, I had the four ear contrast pieces.

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Next, you’ll load another Fabric Grip cutting mat with your main ear fabric. In this example, I chose white felt but you can cut from other woven fabrics if you prefer!

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Within moments, you’ll have your four main bunny ear pieces!

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Sewing the Bunny Ears

Place the two sets of bunny ear contrast pieces together, right sides together and raw edges lining up. Sew around the long edges of the ear contrast with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Notch around the curves or use pinking shears to trim the seam allowance. Use a tube turner and turn the ear contrast pieces right side out. Press.

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Place one ear contrast piece on one main ear piece as shown below. Sew to attach the contrast to the main using a satin stitch or small straight stitch.

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Place two main ear pieces (one with the contrast sewn on and one without) together, right sides touching and the raw edges lining up. Sew around the long edges with 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Use a tube turner again to turn the ears right side out.

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Attaching the Bunny Ears

Using a hot glue gun, attach one bunny ear to a hair clip. Other options would be to attach the ears to a headband, floral halo, fascinator, pillbox hat, etc.

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Embellishing the Bunny Ears

You can add fun embellishment such as leather bows, pom poms, flowers, etc. to dress up the bunny ears and help cover the clip.

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I hope that gets you inspired and prepared for spring sewing!!! If you create your own set of bunny ears from this tutorial, please tag me on Instagram! I can’t wait to see what you sew up!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Quick & Easy Sewing with the Cricut Maker: A Review

This post is sponsored by Cricut. The opinions expressed in this post are my own. Affiliate links are included.

If you remember back to last summer, Cricut partnered with several sewing bloggers to initiate a #SewCricut collaboration. I was one of the fortunate few that were asked to try the Cricut Air Explore 2 and blog about a sewing project I created with the help from the Cricut machine. You can read my post and see photos of what I made here.

Well, lucky me…again! This time they sent the new Cricut Maker machine and asked that I share a review of the newest cutting machine in their lineup. I played around with the new Maker for about a month to get comfortable enough to share my thoughts. I’ll be back again in March to show you a sewing project I created with the Cricut Maker’s help so stay tuned for that follow up post!

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First, let’s talk about the details of the Cricut Maker and what sets it apart from the other cutting machines.

  • Most notably: Easily and quickly cuts through hundreds of fabric types without stabilizers needed using a rotary blade.
  • Compatible with hundreds of digital sewing patterns available in Cricut Design Space, including patterns from Simplicity and Riley Blake.
  • Easily and quickly marks seam allowances on fabric with the Washable Fabric pen.
  • Double Tool Holder means you can go from marking to cutting the fabric without having to change a thing!
  • New Adaptive Tool System‚ĄĘ with 10x the cutting force.
  • Can cut through many more materials such as leather, mat board, vinyl, paper, etc.
  • Thoughtful storage compartments on the top and in front flap.
  • Tablet or phone dock as well as a usb port to charge devices.

Here’s how the Cricut Maker can help you to complete sewing projects quickly and easily:

The fabric no longer needs to be bonded to something like stabilizer in order for the machine to cut it. The Cricut Maker has a rotary blade tool that works just like your handheld rotary blade. It’s super precise and can cut curves, tight corners, etc. without a snag! This means you can put your fabric directly on the mat and with a press of a button your pattern pieces can be cut out with precision and speed!

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The machine also can mark seam allowances and stitching lines with the Washable Fabric pen. When sewing small projects like doll clothes, accessories and such, having a clear seam allowance guide is super helpful. Since the pen and rotary blade can be in the tool system at the same time, you don’t have to change out anything in between tasks.

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The patterns in Design Space have step-by-step directions including size of fabric cuts, extra materials that may be needed, what to load on each mat, how to assemble (including full color photos), tips and also approximate time needed to complete the project. There is also the option to upload your own patterns, but I have yet to try this feature.

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For those sewing small projects like doll clothing, wallets and purses, hair accessories, small quilts, stuffed animals, baby shoes, etc. the Cricut Maker can cut out most if not all of your fabric pieces saving you tons time and energy! Also, Cricut has a super handy sewing kit that comes with the essential tools needed while sewing with the Cricut Maker.

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Here are a few photos to show you my first attempt at using the Cricut Maker for a sewing project. The Vintage Fabric Bunting Banner project is available in Design Space here.


Now to my thoughts on the Cricut Maker:

I really appreciate the extra storage, usb charging port and the increased cutting speed. Sometimes it’s the little things that totally win me over!

I am excited to utilize the rotary blade and sewing patterns to continue to help my 8 year old become an independent sewist. One area that tends to give me the most worry is having her cut out the projects as she is still developing her scissor cutting skills and isn’t quite mature enough to use a handheld rotary cutter. Having that step done safely and quickly with the Cricut Maker will allow us to spend more time working on her sewing skills and keeping her little fingers safe.

The larger fabric cutting mat (12″ x 24″) really opens up the possibilities in terms of sewing project size. No need to be constrained to tiny projects!

Cricut Design Space seems to be so intuitive for me to use and I love that the machine comes with a starter project. As soon as you plug your Cricut in and connect to a device, it literally walks you through a step by step project (materials included) to get you comfortable with the main features of the machine. The Cricut Maker came with a really great card with a small fabric feature. In completing the project, I learned how to install the pen to the tool dock, use multiple mats specific to the type of material used, install the rotary blade to cut fabric, and assemble a multi-layered project. In 5 minutes, I had a really great overview of how I can use the Cricut Maker to create amazing projects.

The Cricut Maker isn’t only for fabric- I’ve used mine so many times in the last month for all sorts of projects. I linked to the projects in Design Space so you can easily re-create them too!

Last minute Valentine’s Cards for my kids (last minute as in 10 pm on February 13th with a 10:35 pm bedtime!) with Natalie Malan’s paper.

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Personalized map artwork for my master bedroom with vinyl.

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100th Day of School tees for my kids (with their help!) using Iron On.

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A new front door mat using a stencil made from cardstock.

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I hope you found this review helpful and inspirational! Please let me know if you have further questions about the Maker and I will do my best to address them in the follow up post coming at the beginning of March. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this new cutting machine! Tell me your favorite feature or what you hope to sew using the Cricut Maker in the comments below!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

{One Thimble} Issue 18 Blog Tour

Sneak Peek OT 18

Issue 18??!?!? How is that so?? I remember joining the Pattern Revolution team back with One Thimble Issue 2 and have sewn something from nearly every single issue since! I’ll recap some of my favorites at the end of this post. But for now, let’s take a look at the Ladies Ballerina Tie Top from¬†The Wolf and The Tree.0J9A9238

I sewed this top up in about an hour using this really beautiful sage green knit from Hobby Lobby. I made my top with the double sided tie option, medium sleeve length, and the neckband finish. 0J9A9217

I love that the ties can wrap around the front, or across the back, can be sewn to the same side and tie across the body, etc. The styling options are endless!0J9A9227

The pattern also includes a cowl neck option, perfect for those in cooler temps! A huge size range, Ladies 0-22 US, makes this pattern very versatile for tweens through women! Also, the Ladies Ballerina Tie Top has 5 different sleeve options, making it a great year-round sew!0J9A9219

The pattern includes the layer printing option which allows you to print only the size(s) you want! Great for saving ink and paper!0J9A9231

If you’re looking to branch out into some self-care sewing, this would be the perfect beginner pattern! Sewing a top with stretch allows you some wiggle room in the fit and the simple construction will have you feeling confident and successful.

Wanting to make Mom-and-Me outfits? The Ballerina Tie top also can be made in girls sizes! 

{Sewing with Denim} Adding Embellishments & A FREE 3D Appliqu√© Tutorial

Hey friends! I am back to share with you a highly requested tutorial for the 3D appliqué you all saw on my instagram stories last week *and* to share some inspiration for denim embellishments!

Denim is great for apparel (obviously) but also great for featuring your clever and creative embellishments! A huge trend right now is hand embroidery and denim provides the perfect canvas (see what I did there) for your embroidered designs! I’ve shared a few of my faves from Pinterest below.

Denim is also great for other embellishments such as tassels, beadwork, pom trim, lace, etc. I’ve linked some of my favorite inspiration below.

Here’s why denim is so great for embellishments:

  1. It’s sturdy. When adding appliqu√©s, beading, lace, etc. you need a good foundation in the fabric to work with or your embellishments will be floppy, may fall off, etc. Denim is a great substrate to use as it’s got the perfect weave and weight.
  2. It’s a blank canvas. Literally. Denim typically comes in a solid color or wash and therefore makes it super easy to add color and texture.

Have I convinced you to embellish ALL the denim yet?!?! If not…let’s take a look at this quick and easy tutorial to add a 3D appliqu√© to your favorite denim apparel!


How to sew a 3D applique

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Materials needed:

  • Apparel item (I chose the Catherine front bodice for this example, from¬†Clay Traces streaked denim by AGF)
  • Fusible interfacing (quick shop affiliate link:¬†Amazon)
  • Fussy cut fabric (you can cut two like I did, or just cut one main and one for the lining). By the way, “fussy cut” means to cut a specific area of the fabric print rather than just randomly cutting the fabric. In this case, I fussy cut out two moths.

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Step 1: Iron on the fusible web to the wrong side of the main appliqué piece.

You can opt to cut out the fusible web to the same shape as the appliqué first. This will keep your iron from getting gummy.

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Step 2: Place the main appliqu√© on the lining appliqu√©, right sides together. Sew carefully around the appliqu√© with a small seam allowance, leaving a small opening along a straight side. I used 1/8″ seam allowance since this is a tiny moth!IMG_9060

Step 3: Trim seam allowance at corners, clip into corners and notch curves. Be careful not to catch your stitches. Do not trim seam allowance at the opening.IMG_9062

Step 4: Use a turning tool to pull appliqué right side out through the opening. I love this tool (quick shop affiliate link).IMG_9063

Step 5: Press appliqué. Topstitch all the way around appliqué OR hand stitch the opening closed. IMG_9064

Step 6: Fold the appliqué in half, main sides touching. Press to create a crease.IMG_9065

Step 7: Place appliqué on the apparel item. If you are sewing more than one appliqué, you can lay out your arrangement before sewing to be sure you like the spacing and placement. Pin appliqué(s) in place. Sew a small line of stitches close to the fold to secure appliqué to apparel item. Repeat for remaining appliqués.  IMG_9066

Step 8: Finger press or use a light iron to press appliqué flat along the crease. You may also hand tack corners of the appliqué as you see fit. IMG_9068

How fun, quick and easy is that!??!!? Check out the finished look below:

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I hope you are feeling inspired and equipped to create some lovely 3D appliqués for your next denim apparel project! Please share if you do! Be sure to tag me on Instagram with @lilyshinecreates or send me an email so I can share!

 

{Beginner Sewing} FREE Download: Sewing Practice Sheets

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I know many set a New Year’s Resolution to learn how to sew, to get better at sewing or try new sewing techniques such as sewing apparel. I also know that many have gifted their children or grandchildren with sewing machines for Christmas and are now staring at the box thinking “Now What???” I brainstormed with my daughter how we could help motivate, encourage and educate those who are needing a little jumpstart into the realm of sewing. We came up with some great Beginner Sewing post ideas as well as a fun¬†Instagram Highlight¬†series. We hope you find these little tutorials helpful, fun and supportive as you jump into sewing!

Today’s post is really for those who have some basic knowledge of how to use their sewing machine, can set up their machine with thread and a full bobbin and that’s about it! If that’s not you- don’t worry, we have some more basic posts planned as well as some more advanced posts to reach as many skill levels as we can!

When I started teaching my oldest how to use her sewing machine at age 5, we started with sewing practice sheets on paper. When trying to just master a straight stitch or explore how to sew curves, using practice sheets will help you to build that muscle memory in your hands and your sewing foot (the one that presses your sewing machine pedal!). The cool thing about sewing practice sheets is that you can just print over and over to your hearts content! I’ve created 4 sewing practice sheets for the beginner that gradually advance in difficulty. Skip down to the end of this post for the full pdf download or print as images by clicking each sheet below.


Sewing Practice Sheet #1 focuses on sewing a straight line. You’ll start stitching at the top of the line and continue sewing to the end. The goal is to keep your stitch line as close to the dashed lines as possible.

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Sewing Practice Sheet #2 focuses on sewing straight lines, pivoting at the end of the straight line and continuing to sew. The goal is to keep your stitch line as close to the dashed line as possible. When you get to the end of the straight line, leave your needle down in the corner point, lift your presser foot, pivot the paper, lower your presser foot and continue sewing to the next corner.

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Sewing Practice Sheet #3 introduces curves. The goal is to keep your stitch line as close to the dashed curved line as possible. One helpful hint with curves is to not start and stop, push or pull the paper but rather just slowly manipulate the paper side to side as your needle tracks along the curve. Stopping and starting will cause sharp points and segments in the stitches rather than a smooth curve. This will take practice to build the muscle memory in your hands to learn how much give and how much go it will take to smooth the curve.

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Sewing Practice Sheet #4 focuses on a continuous curve. The goal is the keep your stitch line as close to the dashed curves as possible. You’ll need to get really good at sewing curves when you start to sew apparel- think necklines, sleeves, pockets, circle skirt hemlines, etc. A super valuable sewing skill so take your time and practice perfect practice!

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Full PDF Download: Sewing Practice Sheets

We hope you found these sewing practice sheets helpful!! We’d love to know your thoughts on the series and if you have any particular requests that we cover! Let us know in the comments below. If you’d like to follow along with our fun sewing videos, be sure to hop over to our Instagram and see the story highlights titled “Beginner Sewing.”

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