Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sharing a New Addiction: Toddler Shoes

I can't wait to share my new addiction with you tonight, making infant and toddler shoes!  They are so fun and pretty quick.  Here are a few photos of Felicity's new knotted Mary Jane's inspired by my own shoes from Forever 21 seen here.

Of course trying to get a photo of a 13 month on the move proved very difficult.  What can I say, she loves her new shoes:-)  Can't wait to see the shoes you make! Don't forget to join us tonight.  See details here.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Free Darling Crochet Patterns

So if you are looking for motivation to start crocheting, look no further than these adorable FREE* {for 30 days} crochet patterns from Polka Dot Posh.  There are sooo many to choose from, something for everyone.  Read about her promotion here then check out the patterns here.

Come to our Crochet Class tomorrow, TUES., APR 12th @7:30 pm @my house, Briana Johnson, to start on your road to creating some darling pieces.  See details here.

Thanks Amy for sharing this with the group!

April RSVP Giveaway: Bow Cuff

This month's RSVP Giveaway inspiration was taken from this cuff from ModCloth entitled
I'm not sure that mine will have irresistible charm, but I think it will be charming:-)  Here it is completed, born from a purse I bought thrifting for $.50.

Charming Cuff

I wanted to make sure that I got this posted last night so I could remind all you procrastinators:-)  to please RSVP for our classes TODAY, April 12th @ 7:30pm @my house, Briana Johnson:
Crocheted Washcloths
Infant/Toddler Mary Jane Shoes

See our previous posts for details on supplies.  
Can't wait to see the flood of RSVPs: email, comments, RSVP gadget on the blog, FB, calls, texts, etc.
You don't want to miss your entry for this little cuff, whether its your style or perfect for a girlfriend gift.  Hope to hear from you soon!!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

April Class: Infant and Toddler Mary Jane Shoes

Shoes made by Good Little Things
Mary Jane Pattern sold by Sewingwithme1
So I have been wanting to learn how to make these for a long time!  I am excited to give it a whirl.  I have scoured the internet to find a free pattern and tutorial for us to use.  We will use the pattern found on the blog Tao of Craft but I think we may adapt it a little when we sew.

TUES., APRIL 12th at 7:30 pm at Briana Johnson's Home

Exterior fabric: 1/4 yard of 44" wide heavy weight home decorator or quilting weight cotton 
OPTION- For walkers: 1/8 yard vinyl, leather, faux leather, or faux suede for soles - {needs to be thin enough to sew with sewing machine}
             1 piece felt for cushioned sole insert- any color to match interior of shoe

Lining: For patterned interior: 1/4 yard of 44" wide quilting weight cotton 
OR if you want a solid, soft interior: 1 /4 yard lining fabric wool felt or soft cotton

Interfacing: 1/2 yard 22” wide iron on fusible interfacing
-Recommended Interfacing: 1. Pellon Fusible Thermolam Plus (Thick, soft) 2. Pellon Apparel & Craft interfacing (Thin)

2 sets of sew on snaps OR 1" of 1/2" Velcro
Fabric, buttons, felt, buckles, ribbon, etc. for adornment
2 quart sized Ziploc bags (for separating pieces) - optional
All-purpose thread

Your basic sewing supplies
Machine manual
Pinking shears (optional)
Tape measure
Straight pins
Small Binder clips (optional but very helpful if sewing a more durable sole for walkers)
Hand sewing needle
Seam ripper
Mini-iron (optional of course, but if you can splurge or use your Jo-Anns coupon to purchase you will be SO happy)
Ironing board (we need at least 1 per 2 people)

Visit Tao of Craft and print out their pattern pieces by selecting the size shoe you want to make.  

Cut out the pieces.  {I believe the pieces include the seam allowance, but I emailed the blogger to make sure.  If not, add a 1/4" all around the outside of the pieces.}

You should have 16 pieces:

Top shoe pattern: 2 Interfacing, 2 Lining, 2 Fabric Print
Sole: 2 Interfacing, 2 Lining, 2 Print Fabric, (2 felt- optional for sole insert for walkers)
Strap: 2 Interfacing, 2 Print Fabric


I have a major shoe crush on Joyfolie shoes.  I have watched her company start on Etsy and grow, grow.  She will be converting to manufactured shoes on April 18th!  Her shoes are beautiful and works of art.  Visit her website and her blog for inspiration for your fabric choice and adornment selection.

Please let me know you are coming.  Would love to have you, just email, comment, FB, call, etc to let me know.
See you on Tuesday!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Upcoming Crochet Classes

Photo by IchaPhotography

Within the next 2 months we will be offering 3 crochet classes with guest instructor Cheryl Bennett.  
#1- Intro to Crochet - ATTEND either WED Apr. 6 or THURS Apr. 7 at 9:30 am at her Home.  Contact me for her address and phone number.
Cheryl has supplies for about 5 of you to use, so please let her know if you will be attending.

#2- Crocheted Washcloths - Sewing Group Class TUES APR 12 @ 7:30pm at Briana Johnson's Home {I will list the supplies as soon as I hear back from Cheryl}

SUPPLIES - Cheryl has hooks and yarn that she will provide if you do not have your own.  If you'd like to purchase your own hook, Cheryl's suggests a 'J' hook.

#3- Crochet Edge Baby Blankets - Sewing Group Class TUES MAY 10 @7:30 pm at Briana Johnson's Home

I know a lot of you out there have expressed interest in learning.  Now is your chance!  Would love to have you join us, just please let us know if you will be attending.

Thank you:-)