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Flosstyle EZ Wrap Wallet Cash Envelope Hack

Hi Sewing & Crafty Friends – I’m Jaime from MadeByJaime.com. I’ve been making wallets for about two and a half years and after posting a few on Instagram, a friend made a request for a Cash System Wallet. Many who try to live on a cash budget separate out their paychecks into to real (or virtual) envelopes to make sure they only spend what they have available. Cash Envelope Wallets make it easier to carry your funds around while not confusing what budget category each dollar belongs to!

The wallet pattern I was primarily using to create wallets wasn’t conducive to holding the envelopes without obstructing their use, so I had to figure something else out. Just about that time, the EZ Wrap Wallet pattern was released and I knew it would be the perfect starting point for creating a Cash Envelope Wallet.

The Flosstyle EZ Wrap wallet already has a TON of options built into the pattern, but to convert it to a Cash Envelope Wallet, I decided to make some additions and omissions. Since most people living on a cash budget don’t generally have use for very many card slots, I decided to put card slots on only one side and use the other side of the wallet for a coin purse. After a lot of trial and error, I’m here to share my process from start to finish. If you don’t have the EZ Wrap Wallet Pattern, you can purchase a copy here.

Make a New Pattern Piece A: The first thing to do is to take pattern piece A (the pattern piece for the inside flap and card slots) and fold it all up along the lines. Tape the card slots in place and make a copy of the patter piece all folded up. This becomes your new pattern piece A.

To add some room for sewing then envelopes in place, add about 1/4″ to to the bottom of this piece. To make room in the flap to accommodate the new width required for the envelopes, you will also add 1/2″ to the pattern between the top of the card slots (I know the picture shows 1″, but I found that to be too much so I lessened it to 1/2″ and that seems good – feel free to play with this!). It is important to slice the pattern and add the 1/2″ above the card slots because we want to maintain the placement of the card slots on this piece to use as a guide for the coin/zipper pocket later.

Whatever you add to this piece, you also have to the interfacing pattern piece and the exterior pattern piece so be sure to add 3/4″ (1/2″+1/4″) to each one. It doesn’t matter where this 3/4″ goes on these pieces so just tack it on to the end with some paper scraps.

Flosstyle EZ Wrap Cash Envelope Wallet Hack | MadeByJaime

Cut Everything Out: Cut the pattern using your newly altered pieces and otherwise following the Basic EZ Wrap Wallet requirements.

In addition, you will need to cut your coin/zipper pocket, 8″ wide by 7″ tall. Using this measurement, cut one main and lining piece, as well as one piece of SF101.

You will also cut 6 envelopes 7 1/4″ square, along with 6 lining pieces & SF101 pieces the same size.

Flosstyle EZ Wrap Cash Envelope Wallet Hack | MadeByJaime

Fuse: After it’s all cut, fuse the interfacing to their corresponding pieces. This means, in addition to the pieces included in the pattern, you will be fusing the SF101 to the main coin/zipper pocket fabric, and the six SF101 pieces to the main envelope pieces.

Interior Flap & Zipper Pocket Construction: Make the ID slots on the inside flap according to the pattern instructions for the EZ Wrap Wallet. Next, make the coin/zipper pocket. Grab your outer coin/zipper pocket fabric & draw a 3/8″ box about 1″ down from one of the 8″ long edges. The end of the box should stop 3/4″ away from each side.

Flosstyle EZ Wrap Cash Envelope Wallet Hack | MadeByJaime

Open out the main pocket fabric and place it right sides together with the lining piece. Make sure all edges are aligned and sew, with a small stitch length, around that box, back stitching at beginning and end and making sure your corners are nice and crisp. Using a pair of sharp scissors, cut down the center of this box to about 1/4″ from each end, then clip to corners, as close as possible without clipping the stitches.

Flosstyle EZ Wrap Cash Envelope Wallet Hack | MadeByJaime

Turn the lining to the back side, making sure to pull all the lining fabric to the back and press. Now you have the “window” for your zipper!

Flosstyle EZ Wrap Cash Envelope Wallet Hack | MadeByJaime

Take your zipper, placing the zipper stop at one edge of the “window” and pulling the zipper pull so that it just reaches the other edge of the “window”. Pin, use double sided tape or glue to hold the zipper in place and stitch very close to the edge all the way around your “window”.

Flosstyle EZ Wrap Cash Envelope Wallet Hack | MadeByJaime

Trim any excess zipper. Also, fold your main fabric out of the way and trim the lining about 1/4″ off the bottom 8″ edge. I recommend doing this to reduce the excess fabric created & so that the lining will lay nicely when you fold the whole unit in half later.

Flosstyle EZ Wrap Cash Envelope Wallet Hack | MadeByJaime

Fold your zipper unit in half, right sides together, bringing all 8″ raw edges together (main and lining) and sew 1/4″ seam.

Flosstyle EZ Wrap Cash Envelope Wallet Hack | MadeByJaime

Flip the whole unit inside out. Press your seam at the top and then press the fold into the bottom. Top stitch along the top edge.

Flosstyle EZ Wrap Cash Envelope Wallet Hack | MadeByJaime

Grab your inside flap piece (A) and the pattern piece we used to cut it and line up the coin pocket along the same place the card slots would be if we had made those instead.

Flosstyle EZ Wrap Cash Envelope Wallet Hack | MadeByJaime

Pin or clip in place and stitch down along sides and bottom.

Flosstyle EZ Wrap Cash Envelope Wallet Hack | MadeByJaime

Remaining Interior Construction: Create the bottom part of the wallet with card slots and attach to the coin pocket/inside flap unit, according to the pattern instructions.

Envelope Construction: The method that produces the best result in my opinion is the one I found at just*imagine*heaven blog. To make your envelopes, do exactly as she explains…

Flosstyle EZ Wrap Cash Envelope Wallet Hack | MadeByJaime

Flosstyle EZ Wrap Cash Envelope Wallet Hack | MadeByJaime

Flosstyle EZ Wrap Cash Envelope Wallet Hack | MadeByJaime

…except before closing the sides, use a zig zag stitch to sew a 1″x 2.5″ piece of clear vinyl to the center top of each envelope to provide a place for your category name. I like to use my Teflon foot for this, but you can place scotch tape on the bottom of your standard foot to make it more slippery if you don’t have a Teflon foot.

Flosstyle EZ Wrap Cash Envelope Wallet Hack | MadeByJaime

Flosstyle EZ Wrap Cash Envelope Wallet Hack | MadeByJaime

Flosstyle EZ Wrap Cash Envelope Wallet Hack | MadeByJaime

Open up one envelope and center it in the wallet interior so that the fold is about 1/8″ away from the bottom of the coin pocket. Stitch in place down the center of the fold.

Flosstyle EZ Wrap Cash Envelope Wallet Hack | MadeByJaime

Repeat with all envelopes, placing each one about 1/8″ away from the next. Sometimes I start from the middle and work my way out, other times I sew the first and last one (just below the card slots) and then space the rest evenly between.

To close the envelopes, pull each envelope front and back together, allowing the rest of the wallet to fall away. Stitch up each side 1/8″ from the edge, starting at the top, back stitching and sewing down as far as your machine will allow.

Flosstyle EZ Wrap Cash Envelope Wallet Hack | MadeByJaime

As long as you get slightly less than a dime’s width away you should be good to go, but most of the time you should be able to stitch all the way to the fold. Back stitch at the end too and your interior is finished!

Flosstyle EZ Wrap Cash Envelope Wallet Hack | MadeByJaime

Final Construction Notes: Finish as instructed for the basic version of the EZ Wrap wallet. I will admit, it takes a little bit of finagling to get around the bulk of the envelopes, but it can be done. Just use lots of pins and go slow. I also fold three envelopes one direction and three the other to try to distribute the bulk.

I’ve gone back and asked customers about their envelopes not having closures (zipper, button, velcro, etc.) and everyone has reported back that all seems to be secure and they’ve had no issues with anything falling out.

I hope this is helpful to you! If you have any questions or anything is unclear, feel free to comment and I will do my best to clarify! If you don’t have the EZ Wrap Wallet pattern, you can grab it here!

And I’d love it if you came to see me at MadeByJaime.com, or on Facebook and Instagram too!

Flosstyle EZ Wrap Cash Envelope Wallet Hack | MadeByJaime

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Jeans Making Tools & Tips | TheFabricMarket.com

Hey all! Earlier this week I shared my Birkin Flares with you – if you missed it, click here to check it out!

Jeans Making Tips | MadeByJaime

Today I’m over at the blog at TheFabricMarket.com sharing some of the tools that will help you when making your own jeans!

Jeans Making Tips | MadeByJaime

I also shared how I planned out my back pocket decoration!

Jeans Making Tips | MadeByJaime

So come on by! And while you’re there, you might click around to check out all their beautiful fabrics!

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M is for Moto Joggers by Hatchling Patterns

You guys!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so excited to share this pattern with you and be a part of the M is for Moto Joggers Pattern Tour!

M is for Moto Joggers Blog Tour | MadeByJaime

As you may know, I’ve made wedding dresses. I’ve made quilts. I’ve made kids clothes. I’ve made wallets. I’ve made stuffed toys. But I rarely make or even buy lounge wear. However, the M is for Moto Joggers Pattern*, the first women’s pattern from Hatchlings Patterns, has changed all that for me. This style has been around for a little bit and I’m not usually the type to jump on every new trend, but I’m definitely sold on this style even if it is a little late in the game. I’ve made three versions taking advantage of several of the pattern’s options so I hope you’ll stick with me through the whole post to see how versatile this pattern is!

The first version I made is a size large, full length, no pockets, original waistline. My measurements fell in between medium and large so I felt it was safe to start with Large and take in if need be. I wanted to make the simplest version first to see what I had to work with. I got the fabric, a soft, stretchy, warm, mid-weight knit, at F&M Fabrics locally. For those of you not in the area, they are online at www.thefabricmarket.com. This fabric is interesting on both sides so I made the main part in the stripe and the cuffs in the grey sweater look on the reverse side. These pants are SOOOOOOooooo comfy.

M is for Moto Joggers Blog Tour | MadeByJaime

I felt like these were the “loungiest” version I made and the waistline is very generous. Hatchlings Pattern describes the pattern like this: “The pattern is designed to sit 2 inches below the natural waist, with extra room across the hips, a very slightly dropped crotch and skinny/tapered legs.

M is for Moto Joggers Blog Tour | MadeByJaime

They are roomy and comfy and I definitely see myself on Saturday morning with my coffee and iPad loungin’ on the porch (after soccer season, of course).

M is for Moto Joggers Blog Tour | MadeByJaime

The second version I made in size medium in the capri or under-knee length. This fabric is also from F&M Fabrics/TheFabricMarket.com, but its a super soft, lighter-weight charcoal knit. Out of personal preference, I lowered the waistline 3.75 inches so it sits more on my low waist/hips.

M is for Moto Joggers Blog Tour | MadeByJaime

These are PERFECT for workouts and I fully intend to wear them to ballet class if it should ever cool down here in CA. Hopefully you can see where the waistband hits me here.

M is for Moto Joggers Blog Tour | MadeByJaime

This version is loose in the right places, stretchy where you need it and the cuffs will keep the pant leg in place even with active movement. I want to wear these all the days….

M is for Moto Joggers Blog Tour | MadeByJaime

For my third version, I wanted to use the back side of the version 1 fabric for the whole garment. Since it’s more of a solid, I thought it would be a great chance to add the moto detailing. I also really regretted not putting the pockets in my first version. So Version 3 is size medium, lowered waistline with pockets and quilted knee. I was cruising Pinterest for how to style my new moto joggers and was inspired by this look

Inspiration Photo (source)

So I grabbed what I could to try and replicate it from my closet.

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I think it’s so fun how this style can go from lounge to workout to every-day! This pattern has many more length options and I love, love, love the waistband construction – just align the elastic with the pants top edge, serge in place, fold down and stretch-&-sew a few rows. No extra waistband piece, not threading the elastic through a tube. After making my first pair, the second pair was done in an hour, cut to wear. And while the more trendy styling is fun, we all know this picture below will be me most every weekend from now until spring!M is for Moto Joggers Blog Tour | MadeByJaime

The M is for Moto pattern* is currently on sale for $9 AUD which is around $6.50 USD and it will be at that price for the duration of the tour! If you have not jumped on the jogger bandwagon, now is the time to join the rest of us in this comfy goodness! And be sure to stop by to see all the other versions on the tour:

October 26th
Paisley Roots, Sew Not Perfect

October 27th
Create 3.5, Miss Castelinhos, Fa Sew La

October 28th
Whisk ‘Em, Nap Time Creations, Made By Sara

October 29th
Friends Stitched Together, From A Box, Made By Jaime

October 30th
Max CaliforniaHouse Of EstrelaMade By Amanda Rose

October 31st
Rebel and Malice, Ma, Me, Mi… Mo 

 

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Itch To Stitch Anniversary | Paulina Hack

Itch To Stitch Anniversary Sale & Giveaway | Paulina Hack | MadeByJaime

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Hey everyone! I’m back again on the blog with another Pattern Designer celebration! Don’t you love a good celebration?! As you can see, there is a great giveaway  – daily as well as a grand prize so you’ll want to check back with Itch to Stitch* every day of the blog tour, today through October 14th, and scroll to the bottom of this post to enter!

Last year, I enrolled in The Pattern Workshop* class by Lauren Dahl of Baste + Gather. Upon enrollment, I was added to a facebook group with all the other students. It was there I met Kennis of Itch to Stitch Designs and, soon thereafter, tested her first pattern, the Marbella Dress (love this dress!!). Kennis has released 9 additional patterns this year – shorts, tops and dresses – and since I had just finished a dress, I thought a top would be a nice change of pace. Thinking on to my fall wardrobe, I chose to hack the Paulina* pattern.

Itch To Stitch Anniversary Sale & Giveaway | Paulina Hack | MadeByJaime

The Paulina top is for you, “If you want comfort and style at the same time…Pair it with leggings and boots, skinny jeans and heels, or capri pants and flats…” The original design includes

  • Knit top with woven contrast
  • Comfortable raglan sleeves
  • Relaxed fit cropped bodice
  • Underlay contrast with shirttail hem
  • Peekaboo cut outs below armholes
  • Wide neckline
  • Twelve sizes (00 – 20)

In order to “hack” the pattern, I decided to switch the shirt layers so the knit was underneath and the woven was on top. The woven is a chiffon diamond print I chose from my stash, but I originally bought it at F&M Fabrics, online at TheFabricMarket.com. You can find it here (at $3.99/yd!) and they also have it in a black and cream here.

Itch To Stitch Anniversary Sale & Giveaway | Paulina Hack | MadeByJaime

Additionally, I omitted the peekaboo cut outs below armholes. The original Paulina has a very classic style, but I think the swapping of fabrics gives it a sporty element.

Itch To Stitch Anniversary Sale & Giveaway | Paulina Hack | MadeByJaime

This top was a quick sew and everything went together perfectly. For personal preference, I will definitely be adding length to my next Paulina, but it is for sure a style I see myself wearing all fall and winter. Cozy but definitely not frumpy, which is great for a busy mom!

Itch To Stitch Anniversary Sale & Giveaway | Paulina Hack | MadeByJaime

Thanks for stopping by! BUT WAIT – did I mention that during the tour, all of the Itch to Stitch Patterns* are on sale!? Get 20% off one pattern (code: 20off), 30% off two patterns (code: 30off), 40% off three or more patterns (code: 40off)!! And why not refill that cup of coffee and check out the other stops on the tour? Don’t forget to keep scrolling to enter the giveaway at the bottom. Best of luck!!

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Follow these blogs to see their awesome creations from Itch to Stitch patterns:

Scruffy Badger Time | Call Ajaire | Wally and Grace | Sew Wrong | Bella Sunshine Designs
Seaside Notions | Made by Jaime | Sweet Little Chickadee | Inspinration | Friends Stitched Together
Stoney Sews | Just Keep Sewing | My Little Sewing Dreams | Allie J. | Creative Counselor
Love, Lucie | Girls in the Garden | FABulous Home Sewn | Goddess of Sewing | Rebel & Malice
The Telltale Tasha | House of Estrela | Made by Sara | Sew Shelly Sew | Red Knits

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The featured designer of the day will give away 2 patterns to a lucky winner:

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Straight Stitch Designs

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Remix The Stitch: The Capitol Hill Maxi

Hi there! I’m Jaime of MadeByJaime and I’m so glad you’ve stopped by! I’m up today on the Remix The Stitch Anniversary Tour & Giveaway with my twist on Straight Stitch Designs‘ Capitol Hill. Just for reference, here’s Kimberly of Straight Stitch Designs rockin the original version of the Capitol Hill:

Kimberly describes it this way: “CAPITOL HILL is style meets comfort with a scoop neck, double pleat detail at the front and 3 skirt options.  Make the Capitol Hill as either a dress or a tunic with elbow or long sleeves.  You can go for classic with a gathered skirt in both knit and woven or mix it up with a half or full circle skirt.  You can also band the sleeves or just do a simple hem.”

About a week before really thinking through what I was going to do to remix the Capitol Hill, my local fabric store posted this glitter chiffon fabric as a part of their weekly Create This Look. I couldn’t get this fabric out of my mind so when I had a kidless hour, I ran down to F&M Fabrics (online at TheFabricMarket.com) and picked up 3 yards. You guys…it’s 3.99 A YARD and comes in 3 color ways! I also found a really stable mid-heavyweight knit and got several yards of that for the bodice and underskirt and got to work.

Straight Stitch Designs' Capitol Hill Remix | MadeByJaime

I cut the bodice and waistband first. I had a remnant of a bright pink knit but it was much thinner than the black knit I was using for the bodice and I was concerned it wouldn’t hold up the layers of the skirt I was planning. So I also cut the waistband in the black knit and layered them together as one fabric. I must stop here to say Kimberly has included a short video on how to appropriately fold the front bodice pleats so if the instructions are confusing for you in any way, the video clarifies everything!

Once I tried that on and knew it fit, I moved on to the skirt. Because the knit’s thickness, I was concerned that a half circle skirt would be a little much so I used this tutorial to cut an a-line skirt from it. In this episode of True Sewing Confessions, I must tell you, I did not appropriately account for my hip measurement and it turned out quite snug. At first I liked how it felt – kind of like built-in spanx! But I realized, after getting it all together, that it would start to ride up and affect the drape of the bodice. I fixed it after the fact by opening up the side seams and adding gussets (triangle pieces of fabric) from just above my hip to the hem. This allowed for better movement and overall drape of the dress.

Straight Stitch Designs' Capitol Hill Remix | MadeByJaime

After cutting the under layer, I used the half circle skirt pattern piece included in the Capitol Hill file to cut the chiffon. I just opened up the chiffon and folded the 3 yards in half and instead of cutting on the hem line included, which is knee length, I just continued cutting to the fabric edge. I used a measuring tape to find out how far beyond the pattern that took me (22.5″ if I remember correctly) and just marked that distance across the entire bottom edge with chalk. I used that as my cutting line and the length was generous enough to have some room to work with, but not wasteful (for reference, I’m 5′ 7″).

Straight Stitch Designs' Capitol Hill Remix | MadeByJaime

I knew I wanted to do something different with the sleeve to continue to mix it up, but I didn’t have it nailed down at the outset. I briefly thought about making the neckline and/or sleeves from the chiffon, but it quickly went from nod to the 70’s to over-the-top so I used the black knit for the neckline and decided to use the Capitol Hill Sleeve pattern to draft a tulip sleeve.

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I used this tutorial but drew 2″ down from the under arm seam, instead of 1″ as instructed. I also added 1/2″ seam allowance to the bottom edge only after drafting, as the sleeve cap and side seams already included seam allowance.Straight Stitch Designs' Capitol Hill Remix | MadeByJaime

The black is such a strong color, I worried the elbow length or long sleeves would overpower the dress. I absolutely love how the tulip sleeve turned out – I think it adds some subtle femininity in line with the flowy floral.

Straight Stitch Designs' Capitol Hill Remix | MadeByJaime

I hadn’t made the Capitol Hill before so I had fun exploring it’s possibilities and remixing it as I went. The pattern itself offers so many options without remixing, but it is definitely a pattern you can add your own flair and style to.

Don’t forget, Kimberly is offering 50% off all Straight Stitch Designs patterns* (PDF and paper) and 40% off her Stitch Kits now through September 20th and you can see it all here*. See all the other Remix the Stitch styles here:

Tuesday, September 8th
Meg Cookin’ and Craftin’ | Jennifer Ginger Peach Studio

Wednesday, September 9th
Ajaire Call Ajaire | Heidi Handmade Frenzy | Stacey Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Thursday, September 10th
Melissa Rebel & Malice | Annika Näh-Connection | Abby Sew Much Ado

Friday, September 11th
Katie It’s Hard to Hear Up Here | Jane Buzzmills | Lisa Mabey She Made It

Saturday, September 12th
Elena Randomly Happy | Allie Indiesew | Jess If Only They Would Nap

Monday, September 14th
Jaime Made By Jaime | Lauren BASTE + GATHER | Sara Made by Sara

Tuesday, September 15th
Audrey Skirt Fixationy | Teri Fa Sew La | Hayley Welcome to the Mouse House

Wednesday, September 16th
Emi Just Add Fabric | Rachael Imagine Gnats | Teresa Dandelion Drift

Thursday, September 17th
Kaysie | KZJO’STUDIO Rita Conversas de Hermanas | Stephanie Swoodson Says

Friday, September 18th
Andreia In a Manner of Sewing | Nienke Pienkel | Abbey Sew Charleston

And now for the Giveaway! Here’s a reminder of the lovely prize package being offered (To enter, see the rafflecopter widget below)

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Straight Stitch Designs’ 1st Anniversary Blog Tour & Giveaway!

Straight Stitch Designs' Anniversary & Giveaway | MadeByJaime

 

The sewing blogosphere is such a fun community to be a part of and I’ve so enjoyed making new friends and getting to know some new independent PDF pattern designers over the last year. One of them is Kimberly at Straight Stitch Designs!* Kimberly is the designer of the Bellevue Top & Ballard Top, which I’ve helped in the testing phase, but honestly, I think I own every one of her patterns! Her style is classic with an interesting twist and I’m so happy she’s done well this past year!

Straight Stitch Designs' Bellevue Top | Made By JaimeBallard Top Pattern by Straight Stitch Designs | JaimeSews

This month marks the Straight Stitch Designs’ 1 year anniversary and when Kimberly put the call out for bloggers to help her celebrate, I jumped at the chance! Kimberly has asked us to “Remix the Stitch” – take one of her patterns and put our own twist on it, mash it with another pattern or otherwise have fun with it. It’s a great way to celebrate, I think, and I can’t wait to see everyone’s style!

During the Remix the Stitch Blog Tour, Kimberly will be offering 50% off all of her patterns*, both pdf and paper! She also sells Stitch Kits and they will be marked 40% off. This sale will run from September 7th until September 20th.  No code necessary.

There is also an incredible giveaway including fabrics and PDF patterns, so you want to be sure to come back to enter!

Straight Stitch Designs' Anniversary & Giveaway | MadeByJaimeIt all starts tomorrow and all of the designers are linked up here:

Tuesday, September 8th
Meg Cookin’ and Craftin’ | Jennifer Ginger Peach Studio

Wednesday, September 9th
Ajaire Call Ajaire | Heidi Handmade Frenzy | Stacey Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Thursday, September 10th
Melissa Rebel & Malice | Annika Näh-Connection | Abby Sew Much Ado

Friday, September 11th
Katie It’s Hard to Hear Up Here | Jane Buzzmills | Lisa Mabey She Made It

Saturday, September 12th
Elena Randomly Happy | Allie Indiesew | Jess If Only They Would Nap

Monday, September 14th
Jaime Made By Jaime | Lauren BASTE + GATHER | Sara Made by Sara

Tuesday, September 15th
Audrey Skirt Fixationy | Teri Fa Sew La | Hayley Welcome to the Mouse House

Wednesday, September 16th
Emi Just Add Fabric | Rachael Imagine Gnats | Teresa Dandelion Drift

Thursday, September 17th
Kaysie | KZJO’STUDIO Rita Conversas de Hermanas | Stephanie Swoodson Says

Friday, September 18th
Andreia In a Manner of Sewing | Nienke Pienkel | Abbey Sew Charleston

So I’ll see you next Monday for my stop on the blog tour – can’t wait to show you what I’ve come up with!

*All links with an asterisk are affiliate links. If you make a purchase through this link, I earn a percentage of the sale. I appreciate your support!

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The Dance Class Duffle | From A Free Tutorial

Dance Class Duffle | MadeByJaime

It’s back to school time and today we’re entering our 4th week of 2nd grade and Pre-K! It has been quite an adjustment for me! Every year I forget how big of a step up it is between the previous grade and the new grade. Every. Year. But I think we’ve fallen into a good groove. I’ve been able to cut out a few Necessary Clutch Wallets orders and have been working on them as I find time. But before I started, I used a Saturday afternoon nap time session to make my daughter a Duffle for her new dance class!

Dance Class Duffle | MadeByJaime

This new (to us) class is a combo class with 20 minutes of Tap, 20 minutes of Ballet, then 20 minutes of gymnastics. Of course, this requires at least two pairs of shoes! I looked around at different bag patterns and tutorials, but I landed on this simple Duffle Bag Tutorial by Weekend Designer. My daughter chose this Robert Kaufman Girl Friends print from Quilt Taffy on Etsy. I wanted the bag to have some body so I used some of the baby pink quilted jacket lining I used on her duffle coat last year.

The tutorial provides instructions for just a basic bag, but I knew I wanted to add pockets to separate the shoes and have a spot for a bottle of water.

Dance Class Duffle | MadeByJaimeFor each side I cut a trapezoid the length of the bag on one end and as long as I could fit on the fabric I had left over from cutting the body on the other end. It was very scientific. I made a casing in the longer end and threaded in some elastic. This was the top. I turned the other long edge in 3/8″ and sewed it in place where I felt looked right. Then, I basted the side seams even with the edges of the bag center and continued sewing the bag as usual. One side I sewed down the middle to divide the pocket into two smaller. The other I left the width of the bag.

Dance Class Duffle | MadeByJaime

You can see there’s plenty of room inside for everything…and eventually those shoes will get bigger. There is also no heating unit in the building where we go to class so in winter, it will need to house all the layers she sheds as she gets warmed up. Dance Class Duffle | MadeByJaime

The duffle bag tutorial includes instructions for adding the D-Ring at each end of the zipper, thought I must admit, I initially left this off. I wasn’t planning to make a long strap for the bag, but I found the D-Rings aid in zipping the bag open and shut so I went back and added them. Dance Class Duffle | MadeByJaime

There is also an outside pocket at one end. To make this I just cut another end piece and cut a few inches off to make it lower and hemmed the top edge.

Dance Class Duffle | MadeByJaime

I finished the bag just before she woke up had it on the counter in our hallway, outside her bedroom. She woke up minutes later and came into the living room with a big smile. “I saw my new dance bag you made me!” Dance Class Duffle | MadeByJaimeSo then we were both happy with the result! I’m tempted to make myself a bag, as I’ve also started taking ballet – a long time dream of mine! And brother could use one for his soccer gear…there are 1000 uses!

 

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Tula Pink NCW

Tula Pink Necessary Clutch Wallet | MadeByJaime

You might have seen me share this Tula Pink Necessary Clutch Wallet on instagram but I thought I would share it here in a little more detail! Last month I went to my local Modern Quilt Guild Friendship Group. When ever I go I’m almost NEVER working on something quilty – this time I was working on the Simply Sweats and Shorts pattern test – so when share time comes around, I rarely have something to share. I remembered I hadn’t shown off my personal NCW yet so I thought this time I’d share that.

Afterwards, my friend Darla approached me about making one for her daughter, who was visiting and set to leave town in two weeks. Darla had been holding on to this Tula Pink print for years, but couldn’t bear to cut into it. I only recently became aware of Tula Pink, and though it’s not always my personal style, I knew how much it meant to Darla so I took it and cut…very carefully! Tula Pink Necessary Clutch Wallet | MadeByJaime

I think I’ve said it before, but if you’re thinking of making a NCW and you’re not a member of the NCW Addicts group on Facebook, I would definitely recommend joining. They have a list of files in the group with pattern hacks/additions, tips & tricks for various parts of the construction, and tutorials on how to line up prints for the best placement.
Tula Pink Necessary Clutch Wallet | MadeByJaime

I made this one exactly like I made my personal NCW – double zipper, ID Pocket adn outside zipper. Then I added the zipper tabs, which I love. It really cuts back the bulk and provides a professional finish. Each one I make I play with the interfacing combinations. This time I put the peltex for the trim inside the flap instead of adding the trim on the exterior. Then I used my Clover Hera Marker to go around the peltext so I could see where to stitch and used my zipper foot to stitch right up next to it. (I love that tool, by the way – helps with smoothing out the wallet after it’s turned, marking with no ink, etc.) This is a great flap finish option when you want to maximize the view of the flap fabric.
Tula Pink Necessary Clutch Wallet | MadeByJaime

The Necessary Clutch Wallet Pattern can be found at Emmaline Bags in paper or PDF and I highly recommend her purse locks too (I use the small one for the NCW). They have two little screws in the back instead of the prongs so it feels more secure. Shipping from Canada to the U.S. is not bad at all.
Tula Pink Necessary Clutch Wallet | MadeByJaime

 

The NCW makes a great gift and they’re quite addicting! I hope to get ahead some day and make a few to offer in my Etsy shop – stay tuned!

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Simply Sweats & Shorts Pattern by Dandelions n’ Dungarees

 

Happy Memorial Day! If you’re in the U.S., today we celebrate those who gave their lives for our freedom. Grateful doesn’t even begin to describe it – what an amazing sacrifice.

Today Dandelions n’ Dungarees is releasing their Simply Sweats and Shorts pattern!

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I had this Girl Charlee sweatshirt knit sitting in my stash so when I saw the tester call, I jumped on in! All my daughter’s shorts are too small and we all know how hard it is to find girls’ shorts with any length on them!closeup

This is a pattern you definitely want to choose your size by measurements and not by ready-to-wear size. My daughter will be 4 in July but she measured in the 24 months size! I was nervous to cut such a small size but they fit perfectly! If you are new to knits, this would be a great introduction to them, as sweatshirt fleece doesn’t have too much stretch.side

This pattern comes in Baby sizing, Child sizing & Tween sizing – or you can get all the sizes here. This week only single patterns are $5.00, 2 size pack bundles are $7.99 and all three sizes are $10.99. You can make them with a ribbing covered elastic waistband, optional faux drawstring or drawstring.back

Each pattern set includes long sweats with a rib knit cuff, capri length or shorts. I love that they are unisex because my son lives in sweat shorts over the summer. I cannot wait to find some sweatshirt knit to make him a few pairs!baller

The sale is this week only so head on over to Dandelions n’ Dungarees to grab your copy at a great price!

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A Lego Movie Birthday Party

Lego Movie Party | MadeByJaime

Each year my kids choose a birthday theme and I do my best to search pinterest, sew or otherwise gather supplies to make it come to life. A few years back we did a Super Heroes party. Other years it’s been Ninjas, Star Wars, Curious George and Thomas the Train (apparently I didn’t blog those). Well my son had a lego theme picked out since his last party, but between then and now the Lego Movie came out so we altered our ideas slightly and here’s what we came up with!

I grabbed this “Welcome Master Builders” printable from etsy for the front door and came up with some “Instructions” to follow for the party. I used the free lego border to design my signs here.

Step 1: Design your own Minifigure (get the printable here).Lego Movie Party | MadeByJaime

Step 2: Guess the # of legos in the jar. I had Tyler count the legos in the jar and let me know how many there were. I just made up some guess cards (with name and guess) to print on cardstock and used one of my old lego buckets as the entry box.

Lego Movie Party | MadeByJaime

Step 3: Pin the Head on the Minifigure! I got the tutorial with free printables for this here.

Lego Movie Party | MadeByJaime

Step 4: Taco Tuesday! This took me an embarrassingly long time to come up with. I was agonizing what to serve for lunch since I was tired of pizza and couldn’t really think of a dish that would be kid & adult-friendly and as I was searching google images for ideas I saw it – TACO TUESDAY! DUH! I found a great deal on carne asada taco catering at our local El Taco Fresco and everyone kept commenting on how good it was. WIN!

Lego Movie Party | MadeByJaime

Step 5: Presents & Step 6: Cake & Ice Cream!

Lego Movie Party | MadeByJaime

Following tradition, my mother in law Patti came over to make the cake Tyler designed (based on a cake we found online). Tyler grabbed a bunch of minifigures to place all over the cake and we used real legos as the bottom border.

Lego Movie Party | MadeByJaime

The lego pieces were cut from a second sheet cake and were a REAL PAIN for Patti to ice. I felt like a horrible person as I was cleaning up and saw the mini loaf pan (like this) in my cupboard that would have made that whole process MUCH easier. So far, Patti is still talking to me, since that idea didn’t occur to me until AFTER she had painstakingly frosted all the lego pieces, fighting the cake crumbs the whole way. 🙂

Lego Movie Party | MadeByJaime

I also showed my son this picture and had him make up a few pedestals for our museum pieces.

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The party was smaller this year, but the Lego Movie theme was so fun – we had a great time. Happy Birthday Son!

Lego Movie Party | MadeByJaime