Dropping in today to share a peek at the cozy slipper DIY that I created for Simply Sewing issue 24. Something to keep you warm through the cooled months. Issue 24 was available on newsstands across the UK and Europe November 30. You can usually find copies in Barnes and Noble or JoAnn Fabrics here in the US – and all patterns are given in both metric and standard measurements.
Yay! Mollie Makes issue 57 is out in the UK, and I can share a peek today at the trendy tote DIY that I contributed. If you live in the UK, it should be available at your favorite stockist so you can make your own trendy tote in your favorite materials!
I loved the bronzey/goldish metallic lightweight leather that I found from a small shop on Etsy called Leather Treasure Shop and the hip canvas designed by Nate Berkus that I found in the home decor department of my local JoAnn Fabrics. It’s the perfect, understated combo for me to toss a few things in for an outing.
For my friends here in the US, we have to wait a bit longer. (darn it!) Instead, right now you can find Mollie Makes issue 56 on newstands in Barnes and Noble and at JoAnn’s! I stopped by last Sunday to grab a copy of the Somerset pub Faces for my artwork, and while I was there, I peeked around and saw this:
You can grab more info on making this fun duffle bag here. Have an amazing weekend! Will you be making anything? I’d love to hear what’s getting your excited about making if you feel like leaving a comment!
Today I’m finally tackling this easy printable sewing pattern for city gym shorts from Purl Soho that I shared forever ago. You can find all of the pattern links here. Yeah. That was a whole year ago. Good news is that I’m getting back to a lot more personal sewing!
Of course, when I pulled all of this together this morning, none of the piles of fabric that I have on hand were “just right” for what I wanted, so I “had” to run to the fabric store. (Classic, am I right?) That also means that I came home with supplies for two more projects. I can see where this is going!
I love sewing. I really, really do. It’s one of the things in life that takes me to my happy place. There’s just something extremely satisfying about watching individual pieces come together to create something that’s magical. That’s probably why I’ve chosen to build my handmade business around sewing. It’s something I actually enjoy doing…
All that to say, one of my personal goals for this year is to sew at least one project per month just for me. I specifically want to get back to making more clothing for myself.
Why, you ask? Oh, boy. Is it bad to say that I’m a bit of a design snob when it comes to clothing? And material. Material is so important. I look at (and work with) lovely fabrics that I curate and purchase for my shop products all day long, and yet I don’t have those types of things filling my own closet. It’s time to give a little bit back to me. As an investment. Because I represent my business, and I want to be able to do that fully on a daily basis. And because I know it’ll make me happy! That’s a good enough reason right there.
I also have a beautiful collection of books featuring so many great projects that I’ve never even touched. Oops! Time to change that! I can’t wait to get started with my first project. (Still deciding between the left and right blouse in the top photo, since I need tops the most! Ha!)
I’ll be posting my project with a review at the end of each month! I’d love to have you join along with me and share your personal sewing projects this year! Comment or link me up so that I can check them out!