2/19/18

DIY Sherpa Coat


Nothing says cozy like a sherpa coat. This is probably the easiest and warmest coat I've ever made. I may live in Georgia but we often head to Utah and Colorado where we're from so I know this will come in handy at some point. I love the Bonded Llama Cuddle  in ivory from Shannon Fabrics for this project. It's high quality and ultra soft for the ultimate plush coat.  Add a couple of Dritz Sew-On Toggles for easy closures to complete the look. 


Get the details below on how to make your own Sherpa Coat. 



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2/13/18

DIY Faux Fur Jacket Part 2



                   Now that we’ve gone over the proper steps to working with Faux Fur in Part 1, let’s dive right into a project! I’ve always wanted a faux fur jacket! I know it may not seem practical living in Georgia, but this winter has been a cold one for us. I picked a simple pattern from Burda Style that doesn’t have a lot of details like pockets, closures, and darts. I really wanted a basic pattern because the fur was already a dramatic detail. My go to for high quality, faux fur is Shannon Fabrics. It was a toss between the Sable Fur and the Curly Yak. I ended up going with the Sable Fur in Ice Pink but plan to do another longer version (when I get the time right...?) in the Yak.  The liner is their Silky Satin Solids (ivory 330). I share the full steps on how I to make your own faux fur jacket on the Brother Sewing blog, The Stitching Sewcial and video included. 








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2/12/18

DIY: Mini Macramé Accessories


Aside from sewing, my other crafting obsession is Macramé. With its recent rise in popularity it may seem like a new craft, but Macramé is a knotting art that dates back to the 13th century. Sailors needed to know these techniques as well. This was also a popular decorative art in the Victorian era. I was taught by my mom who learned Macramé in high school. Its peak popularity was in the 1970s. My mom made wall hangings, plant hangers, and belts similar to what you see today. I'm known for using this detail on some of my garment designs. It's also a great project to add to swivel hooks, rings, and rods as decorative accessories.

These DIY Mini Macramé projects were easy to create with the many Dritz decorative hardware products. With just a few supplies you can make different versions of these and get the kids involved too. Check out the steps below to make your own.  

2/9/18

Sewing with Faux Fur: Part 1





New post on the Brother Sews blog, Stitching Sewcial, where I've put together my go-to tips for sewing with faux fur. From cutting, pattern design, construction, and finishing. If you ever plan to sew with this textile you will want to begin here. It will spare you a fuzzy mess and clogged vacuum (from experience). Get ready soon for Part 2 that will include a DIY tutorial for this jacket. Because everybody should have a cozy coat like this. 

The faux fur fabric we used is from Shannon Fabrics using their Sable Fur in Ice Pink and the liner is Silky Satin. This is the perfect fabric for a jacket, with its high quality and lustrous pile. Definitely my coziest winter photo shoot. I also used a basic jacket pattern from Burda Style here.

Head to the Stitching Sewcial for the full post, here & video here

2/5/18

Refashion: Cutout Striped Shirt


I had this striped French top for awhile now and just couldn't seem to get rid of it. I loved the wide stripes, boatneck collar, and 3/4 sleeves. The problem wasn't the overall look but it was too snug to wear comfortable. Instead of getting rid of it I wanted to refashion it into something I could wear. At first I thought a cardigan but I have plenty of those. I eventually came up with this interesting cut out detail on the back using stretchy strips of knit. It added that extra width I needed and of course a cool design element. 

The key to getting this design to work well is Coats Eloflex Thread. Eloflex is a stretchable thread that you use for both hems and seams. It won't pop when stretched because it expands with the fabric. It's great for knit projects like this as well as athleisure, cosplay costumes, swim suits, elastic waistbands, etc.  It gave this top the extra stretch I needed to make sure I wasn't hearing that pop! of threads when putting the knit top on. 

Get the details below on how to make your own:



1/29/18

DIY Embroidered Valentine's Day Gifts


Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I'm all about crafts with hearts and treats. I'm a sucker for sweet embroidery patterns and OESD has the best (pun intended).  I wanted to create some unique DIY Valentines gifts with their design collection, Valentine.  A little different than your average gifts with embroidery but fun none-the-less. Get the details below on how to embroider your own V-day socks and add a festive look with this DIY embroidered elbow patch just in time for the upcoming holiday. 



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DIY Fashion for Tired Nurse



DIY or Do-It-Yourself fashion is an enjoyable, expressive, and affordable way of creating your fashion from home. When you create something new out of the materials available in your home or that you find from your own creative outlet, then you are considered a “DIY-er”. Almost everybody has this innate talent in them; it just has to be tapped into. If you are a tired nurse who does not want to worry about the minor nuances of looks, this is a great way to express yourself and save a load of retail hassle.  Here are some reasons fashion you create on your own is worth pursuing.


Self-Gratification


That feeling of satisfaction and happiness whenever you accomplish something. It has been proven that your level of happiness increases when you are able to create something useful.  Think about how you would feel if you could design and customize your own scrub suits by doing embroidery? Choose lively colors and match them. Customized scrubs are perfect, especially if you are a Pediatric Nurse. Children love different designs and it catches their imagination.
In addition, that rewarding feeling when you gain from making things on your own is unparalleled.  Not only do you get to express your inner mindset, even in a small way, but you also get to charm others by doing so.  If you are focused on delivering patient-centered care by learning from organizations such as Bradley University, caring for yourself is important as well.


Economical


DIY fashion is known for being a low-cost way of adding flair to your scrubs and casual clothes. You can save money as long as you buy materials wisely. You can also make use of recycled materials and old stuff to create something beautiful and useful.
One example of being creative with gifts is to give DIY gifts to pediatric or cancer patients if your location allows. Let them feel special in your own little ways.  Personalized cards that are handwritten are even better than typed letters. Also, if you are saving money for further nursing education, going the DIY route is a way to cut back on costs.  In addition to learning more about how to care for patients, you can also gain better foundations from online nursing degrees as well.


Creative Exploration 

Exploring DIY fashion is a way to expand your mind and perspective on what you can do, both in style and in your approach to nursing. Gaining further patient-centered care learning from online organizations such as Bradley University Online is a great way to enhance your nursing skills for the patients you have.  With nursing though comes long hours and a lot of effort, and so for the tired nurse, sometimes some creative outlets are a good way to balance the service you give. 
You learn to appreciate every little thing when you engage yourself in DIY projects. The time and effort spent in creating projects is actually a beautiful distraction from more day-to-day routines.  In addition, you gain self-confidence too as you learn to rely on your skills and find creative ways to serve others. The things that you create reflect your personality in a most artistic way.  You can also improve your social skills, as you meet other DIYers who shares the same interest as yours. Creating things just like caring for others is not about money, it’s about the effort and value you pour into developing something beautiful.