Dog Hoodie

We started participating in Meet-Ups with a group called Las Vegas Corgis and Shanda, the organizer, entered us in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade out in Henderson. Contrary to what a lot of people think, families actually live out here in the Las Vegas area. Not all if it lives revolve around The Strip!

Since we’re participating in the St. Patty’s Day Parade I decided to make something green for our Corgi. We don’t own any outfits for her but I love how this came out. I used The Green Pepper’s Spot’s Hoodie pattern (F717). I didn’t realize how pricy it was but luckily Joann’s had a coupon. I really recommend their app because you don’t have to print the coupons out.

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As I preview the picture I’m realizing how blurry it is. Sorry about that. For some reason my phone hasn’t been focusing correctly. I’ll try to remember to fix it for future pics!

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I used the ribbing from my beloved sweater for the project. This is my favorite sweater but honestly, it’s seen better days.

The project took me three evenings to finish. I do most of my sewing at night when my kiddo is asleep. Now, I’m definitely a novice seamstress as I’ve only been sewing since the beginning of the year. I’m hooked! There was one major issue I encountered: I had to change the needle for the ribbing. I messed with the tension, stitch length, etc. but it just wouldn’t catch:

    The zig zag stitch would create a straight stitch…. There was no zag to my zig.
    My bottom thread wouldn’t come up when straight stitching and I ended up with a dingly-dangley

In order to fix it I changed the needle to a size 18 and changed my tension to 5 and it was perfect! Ahhhh the beautiful sound of a figurative and literal well-oiled machine.

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I love the contrast of the brown and bright green. Looking back, I feel like I should have used contrasting stitching… Just for effect.

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My husband thought I needed to add some holes for her ears so I decided to follow his suggestion.

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What an adorable pup! Go forth and sew, everyone!

Baby Life Quilt

I started this project a few weeks ago. It’s taken me a while due to laziness and only having time during the weekends. Now that papers have been graded (I also teach undergrad classes) I have some free time in the evenings again.

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I got the instructions for the quilt from Moda Bake Shop and this Is my second big sewing project. I just thought it was so cute and it’s really the biggest reason why I started sewing in the first place. I think the first time I saw it was about 9 months ago; my daughter was 4 months old and that’s really all she did. Eat, Play, Sleep, Repeat. On a related note, my daughter LOVES blankets.

This was really a labor of love. A lot of what I did was new to me. Patchwork? Blanket stitch? Making and sewing-on binding? It was also a good learning experience and I can say now that I love sewing!

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The little guy above is the panda from one of her first baby blankets. She’s a January baby so we had a lot of cold nights when she was a newborn and we used that blanket a lot. It has since started to deteriorate and she’s been trying to eat the lint balls. I decided to cut out the panda and stitch it onto her new blanket.

I also figured out why my sewing machine kept jamming. For those of you who might have that issue, I start my stitch using the hand wheel while holding the thread “tails” in the back of the machine. Voilá! No jamming! Unless you’re listening to an awesome station on Pandora.

While I’m on that… Here is part of my sewing soundtrack from the last day:

    Blackstreet – Don’t Leave
    Mary J. Blige – I’m Going Down
    Boyz II Men – Water Runs Dry
    New Edition – Cool It Now
    Jodeci – Come and Talk to Me
    Sheila E. – Glamorous Life
    Whitney Houston – You Give Good Love
    BBD – Poison