National Sewing Month Recap & Giveaway Winner Announcement

September was National Sewing Month and there was a lot of fun and informational things going on here on The Little Willow Tree. Missed what we were up to? Well here is a little recap for yah!

I vowed to sew {at least} one project a day for the entire month of September! 

And for the last two days

Wow! I am pretty proud of myself to sew 30 items in one month. And I really did sew one project each day.. even when we went out of town for three days to my brothers wedding! Thanks to my bestie.

Speaking of bestie, we stayed at her house while out of town and I taught her how to make a tote bag! I made her one, then she showed me all she learned by making me one. Take a looksie!

She did such a good job! A lot of her downfalls were not knowing the lingo. Good thing I was there and good thing for my post on Sewing Vocab and Their Meanings!

Once you got the lingo down you could find some great tutorials from a list I put together and links to some great blogs for inspiration. And if you still needed help with some sewing, I gave you a calendar of classes at Beverlys Fabrics.

As if that wasn’t enough, I celebrated National Sewing Month by sharing a couple of tips and ideas for you all to eat up.

I also left the house not once, not twice, but five times with out nursing pads! On one occasion, I gave you all a quick fix to something that could be pretty embarrassing.

A lot of awesome things happened this month, too. I added lots of new items to my Etsy shops, changed the design of a few of my items, and landed shelf space in two local stores! I am so very happy! That puts me in three local shops so far.

Aside from all of that fun and neat things going on I also hosted a Sew Swap! I had a huge turnout and am so excited to get everyone linked up so we can all share and see each one’s creation and experience. This is my first ever swap as a host and participant! Look for the post and linky party on the Sew Swap in a week.

One last awesome thing was a giveaway I had all month long. If you commented on any post tagged ‘National Sewing Month’ you were entered to win and vintage grab bag put together by me!

I have gathered up all of the commenters {only one comment was counted per person for the giveaway} and a winner was chosen at random.

Congratulations Sarah Pinault! 

An email will be sent soon for a mailing address. 

Thank you all for your participation and support! I am truly blessed to have such a huge bloggie support and cherish each and every one of you! Please share your adventures below for National Sewing Month and if you’re on Twitter and/or Instagram be sure to use hashtag #nationalsewingmonth so I can see what you were all up to!

Can’t wait to plan for next year!


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Seersucker Baby Shorts

On my awesome visit to JoAnns, I purchased come cute blue and white seersucker for a ridiculously cheap price. I have always wanted to make Oliver a pair of shorts out of seersucker; I just love the look! So nautical.

I took a pair of Olivers pants that are my fave and have the perfect fit for a cloth diapered bum and traced out a pattern. I hemmed and serged them up, adding one of my little cheesy labels, then added the elastic and finished them off. Oh I was so excited about them! They looked cute, they looked right, and then I tried to put them on him. The waist was too small! Oh darn it! First piece of clothing I have ever attempted to make and they weren’t right! I felt deflated! Then I figured out my problem; I didn’t widen the waist at all when I traced around those pants! So the waist was about 2 inches too small. Unfortunately I do not have anymore seersucker so once I get some more, I will definitely fix my mistake and have Oliver strut his stuff in them. I hope. Ill even make some cute pants too.. maybe out of red and white seersucker!

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But aren’t these just super cute!?! I will be gifting these to someone who recently had their first baby boy.

Back to the drawing board!

*Reminder! We are having a giveaway for the month of September to celebrate National Sewing Month! Anyone who comments in a post tagged ‘National Sewing Month’ will be entered to win! Please see our Giveaway section at the top of the blog for more information on the giveaway. Comment away!*

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Sewing With Laminate; Impossible?

When I first started making things I immediately fell in love with some laminates and oil cloths; until I sewed with them. My machine didn’t have a teflon foot so I was getting so frustrated I wanted to throw my new machine out the window! So I stopped sewing with those materials for the longest time.

So need one of these! Anyone have one they don’t need?!

Then I found somewhere online to use wax paper. Just pin a strip of the wax paper where you are going to sew and you won’t have that horrid gathering problem. I tried it and it worked great! But I was wasting so much wax paper. So I stopped sewing with it again.

Then I found this tutorial on how to make a something or other with some laminate cotton {can’t remember what I was trying to make} and she threw in a helpful tip – use painters tape on the bottom of your presser foot!

Duh.

I do not know why I didn’t think of this before. But I tried it and I love it! So easy, you’re not wasting {a ton} and its super easy to do. So I thought I would show you!

Take presser foot on machine off. My machine makes it where I can snap on and off feet with a release.

bare bottom {hehe} of presser foot

Take your painters tape {I used washi tape; works the same} and put a small strip over the bottom of the foot

Cut out little slits so your needle can sew

Replace foot and start sewing. You will be amazed at how the laminate or oil cloth glide right through! It totally makes sewing with those materials possible!

Great on PUL too!

Do you have any tips on sewing with laminate cotton or oil cloth? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear ’em!

*Reminder! We are having a giveaway for the month of September to celebrate National Sewing Month! Anyone who comments in a post tagged ‘National Sewing Month’ will be entered to win! Please see our Giveaway section at the top of the blog for more information on the giveaway. Comment away!*


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Sewn Projects Week 4

Fourth and final week of Sewn Projects for National Sewing Month!

1. a tissue holder that my bestie Jamie showed me how to make

2. a tote bag I sewed up for said bestie

3. a set of my fave nursing pad set thus far with cotton voile

4. a vintage lace key ring fob

5. another i spy seek and find game

6. another raccoon plushie

7. a tooth fairy pillow for Bry

What have you been sewing?

*Reminder! We are having a giveaway for the month of September to celebrate National Sewing Month! Anyone who comments in a post tagged ‘National Sewing Month’ will be entered to win! Please see our Giveaway section at the top of the blog for more information on the giveaway. Comment away!*


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Mini Sewing Sesh

This past weekend was my brother’s wedding and I got to stay with the bestie Jaime! She’s new to sewing so I took this opportunity to show her how to construct a tote bag. We headed over to Hobby Lobby {holy moly I have never been there before, wow what the heck?! Why don’t we have one here?!}, got some lovely ikat and chevron home dec fabric, took it home and got to work.

I had decided that I would show her how to make the tote and that one would be hers. Then she would have to make the same bag for me!

She did a super good job! All the seams are straight and it hasn’t even fallen apart! Haha.

Love this stitch!

Im using it for all of Oliver’s Toys when we go out and about.

And in return, she showed me how to make something! Which I am in love with!

Are you new to sewing? Have you taken any classes or perhaps you’ve taught someone? I’d love to hear your experience!

*Reminder! We are having a giveaway for the month of September to celebrate National Sewing Month! Anyone who comments in a post tagged ‘National Sewing Month’ will be entered to win! Please see our Giveaway section at the top of the blog for more information on the giveaway. Comment away!*


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Sewn Projects | Week Three

This week I have sewn up some fun stuff!

1. Polka Dot Baby Legs for Olivers Treasure Chest

2. Economy Unpaper Towels for The Little Willow Tree {will be listed tomorrow}

3. A little typewriter cosmetic case for myself

4. A set of four 100% organic bamboo fleece and organic cotton burp cloths plus two Bamboo Fleece burp cloths. The set of four are now available in Bambu Batu! The other two I just donated to their nursing nook.

5. A felt owl plushie I made for a project on how to reuse your serger scraps

6. Little Letter Needle Book. Just about the cutest thing.

6. a. See, it totally looks like a letter!

6. b. Vintage foral print on the inside with felt to hold the needles

7. A set of nursing pads for Olivers Treasure Chest

What have you been sewing this past week? {Sew Swap items maybe?!?!}

*Reminder! We are having a giveaway for the month of September to celebrate National Sewing Month! Anyone who comments in a post tagged ‘National Sewing Month’ will be entered to win! Please see our Giveaway section at the top of the blog for more information on the giveaway. Comment away!*

Reuse Project and Tutorial

Ever have a heap of scraps from your serger that you just don’t know what to do with or end up throwing away? Think of all that waste! I have a simple solution to that – reuse them!

The scraps are perfect for using as a filler in projects like stuffed plushies and pillows or pin cushions. Tonight I’ll show you a simple project to use the scraps in by making a little felt owl plushie.

Materials: 

felt

buttons

needle

thread

scissors

serger scraps

Procedure:

-cut out an owl shape {or any other shape of animal you’d like!} from two pieces of felt

-cut out accents/features for owl

-sew on accents/features with a zig zag or decorative stitch to one piece of the felt

-hand sew the buttons for the eyes

-place both pieces of felt, wrong side , together and zig zag stitch around leaving a small opening at the bottom to stuff it

-take the scraps and stuff the owl

-close up the bottom

-move the filler around so the stuffing is even through out

-take a lint roller and get all of the little fuzzies off

Now you have a cute little plushie and you’re being eco friendly!

*Reminder! We are having a giveaway for the month of September to celebrate National Sewing Month! Anyone who comments in a post tagged ‘National Sewing Month’ will be entered to win! Please see our Giveaway section at the top of the blog for more information on the giveaway. Comment away!*

What Have You Been Sewing?

As you know it’s National Sewing Month. I’ve been celebrating by sewing {at least} one thing every day of the month, hosting a Sew Swap, had a sewing party, blogging about lots of sewing related things including a local fabric store calendar full of sewing classes,  having a giveaway!showcasing tutorials and favorite sewing blogs and fabric shops and will be teaching someone how to sew! I am also going to teach myself how to sew something that I have never sewn before!

I want to know.. what have you been up to? Which ways have you celebrated National Sewing Month? Are you participating in my Sew Swap? Teaching someone how to sew? Starting or finishing projects? Stockpiling fabric? It’s the middle of the month {just over} and we have a couple weeks left of sewing mania. Keep those machines humming and remember to blog your sewing adventures {remember to tag your posts ‘National Sewing Month’!}. At the end of the month I am going to host a linky party and I invite you all to link up with your adventures! But please; if you are participating in my Sew Swap, don’t link up until I have my Sew Swap linky party. Thanks!

Happy Sewing!

Favorite Sewing Tutorials

Here is my go-to list of tutorials of things that I have either made, would love to make, or is just pure awesome. I’m not usually a tutorial type of person when it comes to making things, I just sort of use them as a guideline.

Duck Tape Purse {I have not made this, but I want to!}

Diaper clutch {I have not made this particular pattern of clutch}

Coffee Sleeve {I have made this, but changed mine up. They’re available on Etsy}

Crib Sheet {Made this for Oliver. It was incredibly easy!}

Maternity Skirt {Wanted to make this when I was pregnant with Oliver, but I loathe jersey knit}

Pillowcase {Easy tutorial – I actually followed this one!}

Christmas Stocking {I made us these last year}

Bow {I make these, but not quite like this. They’re available on Etsy}

Grocery Tote {I make these, but changed mine up. They’re available on Etsy}

Duck Tape Wallet {Made this with three tweens and it was a pain in the ass and took forever! But I loved them!}

Taggie Cube {Made this for Oliver, thought about putting them on Etsy, decided not to. Super cute!}

Pacifier Clip {Made these, changed them up. I now have a completely different style available on Etsy and all of the old style ones are 40% off!}

Nursing Cover {Made this for myself and loved it. I sell them by CUSTOM ORDER only. They’re not listed in my shop and they are slightly different than this one.}

Car Trash Can {Want to make these so bad!!}

Mesh Beach Bag {Awesome project idea, horrible tutorial. Made this and just used the tutorial as a guideline}

Do you have any favorite tutorials? Share them with me below! Have you made any of these things? Please share!

*Reminder! We are having a giveaway for the month of September to celebrate National Sewing Month! Anyone who comments in a post tagged ‘National Sewing Month’ will be entered to win! Please see our Giveaway section at the top of the blog for more information on the giveaway. Comment away!*