I have recently become obsessed with loom knitting. I have yarn crafted most of my life. I was taught to crochet by my aunt and grandmother. My grandmother had also tried to teach me to knit on many occasions, I am much better at crochet. In grade 3 we had a crocheting club at recess. Our crafty teacher taught us how to read pattern and count our stiches. We made blankets and doll cloths and christmas stockings. I have a lot of nice memories chattering with friends in a warm classroom shelter from the awful alberta winters surrounded by yarn, and the satisfaction of creating something.
I drifted away from yarn crafts and took on sewing a few years ago now (woah time flies) I love how fast garment sewing is compared to needle crafting a blanket or sweater. Latly i only crochet when we are on road trips.
But last week that changed. A girlfriends showed me her loom knitting project, then lent me a loom. I am SO Hooked !!
I whipped up a slumpy toque, on the borrowed loom. Then ran out and bought my own set. I’m excited to say that my daughter has also jumped on the loom bandwagon. This is no small victory as a crafter I have been trying to spark an intrest in her for ….. well forever. And she is looming away like a littke pro, making a infinity scarf for herself. (I’m so proud). I’m working on slippers for yhe little boys and then I plan to make some legwarmers for myself.
Anyway heres a quick snap shot if my toque
Sewing away another family pet peeve today. In my last post I tried to solve our over use if plastic bag dilemma. This time it is boy pajamas. More than half my boys laundry is jammies, the grab a new sets every night!
So to help I whipped up some jammie pillows. A cute little pillow with a pocket to keep your jammies in all day. I wanted to use a fabric that would get the boys excited about being tidy. Angry Birds! They were given the choice of colours and they both chose the same thing. Yay! Easy for Mom to sew that way, with the added bonus of no squabbling later.
The design is a simple decor pillow, with a gathered pocket added to the outside. The pillow insert was 14 inches, so each panel was cut 14×14. This helps to make a nice fluffy pillow. When I cut the panels I made a math error, so I did a little cut and paste lol.
The pocket was cut 16 inches wide by about 11 inches tall (just eyeballed it really,) so that once the top was serged and folded back it sat at a little more than half was up the pillow. The fold over was also used as a casing for my elastic, cut 14 inches to match the finished pillow.
The bottom of the white pocket is gathered as it needs space for the jammies to live in the day (on my oops pillow the pocket covers my patch job.) The gathering is done first by machine basting on the white panel, then pulling along the bobbin thread to create a gather. (a tutorials here)
I took the time to sew the pocket on the front panel first, and tack down the elastic. I could then constructing the pillow as if it was just 2 panels. You could do it all in one step, but for me extra steps often mean less work in the long run. I would mess up the gathers or loose a layer or something that would end up needing re-working. The extra step meant all my seams matched up and the pillow was sewn strait.
Knowing that the boys would take a cover off if possible, I sealed the pillow up. The top opening where the pillow was inserted was pre-serged so it wouldn’t unravel over time. then simply ironed down and top stitched. The whole thing will just be thrown in the washer when needed
And here is a pillow happily stuffed with jammies ! Mission accomplished – less mess on the floor and less jammies in my washing machine !
stuffed full of P.J.s
My middle guy started kindergarten this year, and that means packing lunches. We now go threw so many sandwich baggies its crazy. My enviro guilt has been getting to me. The solution…home made re-usable baggies.
The pattern is self drafted by copying a zip lock. Instead of a zipper there is velcro. The fabric is PUL. If you’ve never heard of PUL, its this awesome stuff used to make cloth diapers, totally water proof and washable and durable. But a bit of a grump to work with, the laminated side doesn’t always feed nice into your machine and can get all gathered. So go slow and take your time.
I did experiment a bit with the closures, mostly its velcro but a few have elastic and snaps (like my fat tiny one.) Any excuse to use my snap press.
The baggies came together so quick why stop at 2 …. and lets try varying the size a bit. Then I got really wild and varied the pattern, using scraps to do a little baggie with a bottom so its nice and fat.
I will most likely use the snap ooga booga baggies myself, for veggie snacks at work The little one is perfect for fish crackers, and I’ve already used it to take a few tea bags to work. The boys (and Mr. Lemon too) prefer the robots. The bigger ones were made with sandwiches in mind.
If you’ve been reading my lemony blog for a bit you will know that my whole family loves
making painting shirts. So over the holidays we were inside a lot together and Mr. lemons asks if we were gonna make shirts any time soon. How bout over the holiday was my answer. With all the family and friendly gatherings it wasn’t until almost the end of our time off together that we got around the shirt making. but man it was a fun night as always.
We use the freezer paper method. I believe there is a tutorial link in my summer post of our stenciled muscle shirts click here. Its super easy and fun, the littles can help and they always feel so proud of there great work. All of our stenciled shirts are always in high wearing rotation. Cuz they are custom and exactly what they want plus they did it themselves. This time the focus was transformers and hockey. Its what their into, so Mr. Lemons got to the drawing board.
Its nice having a fellow to draw what ya need. E’s was custom designed a skull n’ cross bones (for momma) with a hockey theme. I didn’t get a shot of the finished sketch.
Iron them on and let the little artist go mad with fabric paint.
Our lovely girl helped K he had a lot of stripy shirt to cover and it took longer than E’s outline design. What a great big sister !
After letting them dry overnight you get to rip off all the paper for the big reveal!
“Just like Optimus Prime… yeay !”
K wore his shirt first week back to school.
And E wore his for 2 whole days ( it would have been more if you let him.) talking about how he is a hockey player – he takes skating lessons.
But no matter how much they love their shirts…. those boys get fed up with all the photos
cute little grumps
New pants for K !
yes he is wearing a pajama shirt, we had lots of jammie days over christmas
Its really about time the boy has just been growing faster than my sewing can keep up. So all the poor boy has been sporting is store made jeans although cute as all get out, not that comfy for a growing busy boy. Every one needs comfy pants to run and climb in.
I used the Cargo pants pattern from Oliver and S. This is the second pair of pants I’ve made with the pattern (check out the first one here,) I adjusted the fit a bit as K is so tall. He is actually taller than the pants pattern but still on the chart for waist. So I added length to the pants at the tops and bottoms of the light brown pieces, hoping that the knee patches would fall in the right place. They came out a bit longer than needed. I’ve decided not to hem them shorter because I’m sure he will grow again in the next 4 days lol
What does drive me a bit nuts is the rise seems a bit too long, you can really tell in this photo. I don’t remember that from the other pair I made, its kinda weird. Also that like every thing the boy wears, except for extreme skinny jeans, his new cargoes fit baggy and wide. Since his waist measurement fit with the pattern I didn’t adjust for his slightness. Next time I will. After cropping the photos today I started thinking that I should re- sew the waist. Bringing the waist a bit lower might improve the fit correcting the length and possibly helping him fill in some of the bagginess…? I’ll let ya know if I do.
The fabric is all from the stash, I’ve used the light brown interlock knit in a few other projects and actually forgot where I got it. I’m almost positive it was a remnant of some kind. The black is left over hoodie that was first up-cycled as part of the great Green Lantern Hoodie. Because of the weight of the fabric I omitted the flap on the cargo pocket. I also hid some cute little race cars in the pocket lining. Also to K’s great delight I used his favorite thread its a variegated blue green metallic.
All in all I like the pants and how they turned out. He finds them comfortable and they look cute. And great for silly dancing !
We had a great holiday and I hope all of you did too. I managed to spend some time sewing and some time doing T-shirt stencils with the kids. Which is our favorite family craft.
I hope to get the detailed posts out in the next few weeks.
Well I finally got to sit down at my machine and sew! It was so nice, you see the awful cold I’ve been fighting turned out to be pneumonia. So that explains my lack of energy o_O
The pattern was drafted way in the summer, after the yummy knit sale at my local fabric shop (see what else was made here, here and here). Its based on a shirt I own and like. The only real modification is the length. I’m long in the waist and narrow threw the shoulders so I often lengthen shirt patterns. The back hem is tweaked to be slightly longer (providing some coverage) than the front hem.
I used the seger to add a bit if detail on the seams, I sewed the seams with the regular machine first. Then sergered them, lining the needles up so that the serger seam was to the inside, without slicing off the original straight seam. Because my serger is old, and has tension issues it creates this nice effect that I see on pricey brand name T-shirts. I found this out by accident while sewing new scrubs. To save time I sewed them straight on the serger this odd stitched together look was the result. It worked for the scrubs as they are a spooky theme already. You can see them here.
The cuffs have the serging on the outside as well. I need to confess that it took me like a long time to figure out how to put those cuffs on so that the seam would show. pinning and un-pinning and flipping things around. As I write this I cannot remember if it was right sides together or wrong sides or ever right to wrong. If you trust yourself to sew them like you do bias tape, that would be the easiest way. I didn’t think I could keep all the seams strait that way. So I sewed the inside in place with a zig zag, flipped it and top stitched the outside of the cuff down with a stretch stitch…..clear as mud right..?
I left the neckline plain, with a narrow neck band. I felt there was enough detail to keep the shirt interesting. All in all I like the fit, the knit I used is heavier than the original shirt. So I could use a 1/4″ more room in the arms. But that’s being obsessive.
PS: after wearing it for a day a few inches in the arms are a must on the next shirt. Its impossible to push the sleeves up to my elbows, a must for kid bathing lol.
Ok so I’m suppose to be sorting and cleaning the boxes from our summer move (the organized people are cringing I know.) My plan was to make hey while the sun shined and get stuff done sitting the dreary yukkie Vancouver rain. I hate house work, I’d much rather do something else. And I’ve been really sick, so not a lot of organizing happened in November. My loving teen Daughter took pity on me. She has the organization gene, I think it skipped a generation on me, but she has it.
Anyway she tackled the junk cupboard in the kitchen where I stuffed odd kitcheny clutter boxes. AND the junk drawer! All in one afternoon ! I helped a little by staying out of the way and chatting with her.
I did manage to do a small declutter project, inspired from pintrest. I streamlined our phone charging station. You know what it’s like, cords and phones and plugging and unplugging, everything gets tangled. This will no longer happen at the house of lemons.
It was so easy too. Step 1 – get a cute box, and a power bar that will fit inside your cute box.
Using an exacto knife (or other sharp thing) cut a slit down the side of the box to feed you cord threw. You could also place a hole in the bottom depending on your box and where its gnna live in your house.
step 2- Cut a small hole in the lid of the box, just big enough for a few cords to fit threw. Mine has just one hole for 2 cords; if y0u are charging 3 or more devices you may want a hole for each cord or one on each end of your box. Remember the idea si to tame the cord tangles.
step 3- plug in your charges (my box is shallow so some adjustment needed to be made,) and bundle up the cords so there all nice and twist tied and neat. Place the cords in the box.
Step 4 – Pop the top on the box feeding the ends of the chargers threw the hole. Now get excited about how tidy your charging station is.
Even after a few days the cupboard by the coffee maker is looking tidy and nice. yay !
And Check out my cupboard, that amazing Daughter of mine did an amazing job. All the cookbooks are assessable, the tape, glue and coupons all have a home.
Thanks kiddo for organizing for me, I’m positive that Santa was watching
My home cleaning and organization projects are moving slowly. Not because of my usual avoidance, I caught a cold. I have no energy, and I’m sick of being sick. And its only the begining with K in kindergarden this year I’m sure our family will catch every single bug to be caught.
The boys had the chicken pox before Halloween and now we’ve been passing this awefull cold back and forth between the 5 of us since. And what a cold its totally energy zapping ! All I do is cough and my poor kiddos are not sleeping well, thry cough all night.
What frustrates me the most is not having my usual energy levels. I haven’t been running in weeks. Plus I have some great ideas for sewing projects that are just rumbling around in my head with no where to go. I was hoping to make the boys new robot shirts for Christmas (their old ones are still in heavy rotation but are grtting small) and if I don’t get them cut out soon I will definitely not have enough time. **sigh**
OK whining and complaining over, thanks for listening (unless yiu skimmed and clicked threw lol) Hopefully next week I will be back to my regular insane self.
These new scrubs were made for the beginning of October and finally blogged now. The material was bought last year with the plan to make scrubs for work. Its from Alexander Henry called ‘the Ghastlies,’ the whole collection is right up my alley, I just love everything ghoulish and spooky. Great restrain was used to not make them in the middle of summer. Now that it is ( ok was when I started this project and post ) the dark creepy time of year when we scare little children I can wear these to work.
They came together quickly, having been cut out months ago it was just a matter of whipping them up. Great care was taken to choose a fun character for the pockets.
The detail of black ribbon was added to the pockets and sleeves. The V neck is also lined with ribbon, it was faster than doing the neck line all proper like (short cuts make me happy) and added a nice shiny pop. All it took was a bit of ironing lengthwise like bias tape, and sewing it in the same way as finishing any hem with bias tape.
Taking a leap of faith in my skill to sew straight I did the side seams on the serger. That’s right, big step for me ! Betty (my aged serger) had a few tension issues that I was unaware of at the time. So the seams ended up looking like this ….I just left it, deciding that it added to the creepy feel, like Sally from the nightmare before Christmas.
Oh I couldn’t end this post with ut sharing the thread spaz my regular machine had (jelous of Betty ? Could be….)
So I love my new scrubs and have worn them a few times this season, and like the skull ones I made ( hmm and never blogged) will most likely get worn year round. So here is one last photo in my dirty bathroom mirror lol