Sale Alert! Have you seen this? Sharing the Coupon Love!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hi all! Happy Thursday!!

What's everyone up to?

Hubby is off to a conference today and so I'm enjoying my kidlets and the dawg and just having some mommy-kid time. AWESOME!

So, browsing the sales while the kids were sleeping for their nap yesterday, and came across this sale, and thought I'd share!

Time for another episode of Sharing the Coupon Love!


Have you ever shopped or browsed at Rose Room Quilts?

Rose Room is an online, modern quilting fabric store based out of Greensburg, PA. Originally conceived in 2010 as a blog and Etsy shop, Cindy (the fabulous owner extraordinaire!) has since opened this online .com version, expanding her shop to host its own website.

Rose Room Quilts has a cool selection of fun modern quilting cottons from manufacturers such as Michael Miller, Riley Blake, Dear Stella and Windham Fabrics. Cindy stocks designer collection bundles and also designs her own custom bundles....and they are currently having a 20% off all bundles sale until March 31!

I was browsing and found these fabulous bundles, what do you think??

technicolor fat quarter bundle, $15.40

woodwinked fat quarter bundle, $22.00

boy set - dots and cars $16.00
...no coupon necessary for the deal. Super cute stuff, right?? 

If you pick something up I'd love to hear about it! Check out Rose Room Quilt's shipping policies {here} - they have really reasonable rates, and all orders ship within 2 days! Rose Room also ships internationally.

Rose Room's site is beautifully organized and very easy to follow and navigate; she has fabrics byCollectionDesigner, and Manufacturer, as well as a dedicated Specials section. Rose Room also has Custom Bundles on their site!

Have fun shopping!
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Back in Black: Works in Progress Wednesday

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

This is a quick post for today!

We are off to IKEA this morning in search of something to help me with the chaos that is our master bedroom closet. It's a hot mess. We need some sort of organization plan.

Somehow we ended up with the smallest closet in the house. Our 3 year old has a closet twice the size of ours - we need help. I'm not exactly a fashionista but I am the type to hold onto and wear my clothes for many, many years. Tee hee.

In between the chaos of the Sew at Home Mummy household's daily shenanigans, I've been working on another subcontract for my friend Elizabeth making patient physiotherapy support vests for a local robotics company. So here's my work in progress for this week:
....working on the hip pads in the above picture....my Singer 201 (a vintage machine) burns through the thick dense foam layers like it's butter. Love it! I'll continue to post pics of this project on my Instagram feed {here} and I'll try to make sure to post some pics here on the blog as the vests come together. They are really something, the finished product!

Linking up today to Lee at Freshly Pieced!
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Happy birthday to (Jano)ME!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

If you happen to follow my Instagram feed, you may have seen some sneak peeks of my new baby:
A photo posted by Erin Davis (@sewathomemummy) on


I upgraded my Singer 9960 to a Janome MC6500P, and so far, I'm thrilled. It just arrived last week so I've been busy trying to learn the ropes with my new machine. It took me a long time to save for it, and made a lot of midwifery infant scale slings to help the cause, and I'm so proud of it!

So of course I may have added a few things here and there to my Amazon wishlist whilst daydreaming about my new machine, and hubby just may have used the list as a reference when doing his shopping for my birthday (YAY ME!!). Look at this haul!!:
Janome Muffling MatJanome Pink Blossoms Bobbins, 25ct,  Janome Blue Bobbins, 25ctJanome Clear View Quilting Foot and Guide SetClover Mini Iron II

Woot! Super excited to use the 1/4" clear view foot with the skookum guide. And the colored bobbins! Eep! Blue bobbins for embroidery, pink bobbins for cottons, me thinks. I love the little case, too. Super convenient. And I've tried the Janome Muffling Mat already and I like it. Really cool. Reduces the vibration and the backside is rubberized so it helps your machine to stay put on your table. My old machine used to bounce like crazy at high speeds.

I have yet to try out the Clover Mini Iron II yet, but it's been on my list for ages. Massdrop recently had one on a drop but the price wasn't great, and I didn't really need it. But that's what your birthday is for, I guess? heheh. Love. My. Hubby!

I am one lucky girl this birthday. I'm halfway to 70 people. Look out!

On another note, I will eventually be writing about my experience with respect to purchasing a new machine, my decision to go with the Janome MC6500P, and a candid review of the machine therein (since I bought and paid for the machine on my own dime, the machine was not a sponsored item/purchase).

Coming soon, stay tuned!

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Tutorial: Tool-Free Grommet Panel Curtains

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Good morning all!

I finally got Ewan's curtains finished and hung, and they look really great I think!
I love the fabric; it's a Premier Prints print called "Retro Rides". I wanted to make something boyish but not too young; I wanted the curtains to be something he could grow into.

I thought I'd write them up as a tutorial since I realized it had been a long time since I'd posted one, and what the heck, right??

Here we go! Have fun with it!

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Yield:
One pair (2 curtains) of gorgeously grommetted curtains!

Materials:





Supplies/Notions: 


Directions:
1. Measure for your curtains. 
I've created a worksheet for you below - just plug the numbers in, and do the math, and you'll know how long each piece will need to be for each finished curtain pair. You can see by my math, I required 5.2 yards of fabric; I rounded up to 5.5 yards just to make sure.

2. Cut your fabrics.
 
This is not exactly an easy task with just one person, but do your best to align your selvages so that you're making as straight a cut as possible. I enlisted the help of my husband, but if I didn't have him it wouldn't have been the end of the world. Dealing with 5.5 yards of bulky heavy fabric was a little cumbersome,  but doable!


3. Press sides.
Trim away your selvages, then press under 1/2" along each edge, verifying your press with a ruler along the way. Press the sides over again 1/2" so that the raw edge is enclosed, and again, use your ruler to check your 1/2" turn. Pin. 
**Note**: you'll notice in the pictures below I skipped this step; the fabric I chose had the print running right to the edge of the fabric, over the selvages. I decided to save myself some headaches and left the selvages on the fabric, and didn't bother hemming the edges.
turn your sides under 0.5", press. Turn again 0.5" to enclose the raw edge. Press. Pin in place. Sew.


4. Sew sides.
Using the edge of your presser foot as a guide, and setting your needle position all the way to the left, sew a narrow seam along the pressed edge of your seam. 

** TIP:** Check your tension in your underside/bobbin stitches - if you're using a heavier weight fabric, you made need to adjust your tension accordingly.


5. Hem bottom. 
Using the same process as above, turn under bottom raw edge to wrong side by 1.0" and press, using your seam gauge or ruler as a reference.
turn bottom of curtain under 1", using ruler or gauge to verify. Press.
Turn again 1.0" and press, enclosing raw edge. Pin in place. Sew, repeating process above: use the left edge of your presser foot as a guide, and justify your needle to the far left position, sew the hem in place.
Turn under 1" once more, Press. Pin in place. Sew as above.


6. Create top panel. 
On the top of your curtain, turn and press raw edge to back by 0.5", verifying with ruler or gauge. Then, turn and press a 6" panel to the backside, as shown below.
turn 6" panel to back. Press.
 Press and pin in place, along both top and bottom of panel.


7. Sew top panel in place.
First sew along the bottom part of the top panel, using the left edge of the presser foot as a guide against the pressed fold and a left aligned needle for a narrow seam.
sew a narrow seam along the bottom pressed edge of the top panel
Then, sew along the top of the panel using the right side of the presser foot aligned with the top folded edge and a right aligned needle to create a narrow seam.
sew a narrow seam along the top edge of the top panel.
Finally, secure the sides of the panel with a narrow seam.
secure the open sides of top panel with a narrow seam.
Press.


8. Install grommets. 
Now it's time to have fun with your grommets! 
Note: DON'T LOSE THE TEMPLATE included in the package! tee hee.
For this tutorial I'm using the Dritz Home brand of tool-free grommets and am following their manufacturer's directions. If you choose to use another brand, please refer to the packaging for directions.
On the right side of the curtains, mark 1.5" from the top and side of the top panel on one edge and mark the intersection accordingly with a non-permanent fabric marker (I used Frixon pens):

Using your intersecting lines as a guide, place the template included in the grommet packaging so that the top and side edge of the circle to be drawn aligns with your drawn 1.5" lines. Draw your circle template.

Repeat for other edge, marking 1.5" from side and top, then draw circle.

Divide the remaining center portion of your curtain evenly into 6 spots for the remaining 6 grommet placements (based on a package of 8 grommets) and mark each spot with the top of the circle template 1.5" from the top of the finished top of the curtain.


Scatter pin around each drawn circle through all layers to ensure when you cut your layers don't shift, and then using your favorite cutting tool (I use my 28mm rotary cutter, I like a smaller rotary for circles) cut your circles directly on the lines:

Insert your grommets according to the manufacturers instructions.
You'll notice that the grommets are each made up of two pieces - one with a rim, the other with little spikey bits which snap into the rim:

Basically, with the Dritz Home rings, the rimmed side goes on the right side of the curtain through your cut hole:

and the spikey side sits on the wrong side, on the rimmed grommet, and by applying some pressure with your hand, snaps! in:

Done!


Lather, rinse repeat for all of your marked circles. Press your curtains, trim your threads, remove your pen marks and hang those gorgeous thangs!



I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! And if you end up using it, please leave a comment below with the link to your blog post or brag picture, I'd love to see it!

Cheers and happy sewing!
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Works in Progress Wednesday: Curtains for Baby Ewan

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

(I should really stop calling him Baby Ewan. He's 16 months going on 5 years. The kid is a going concern.)

I have to apologize to my quilty-readers. I hope I've not been boring you too much as of late with all of my talk of decorating and house shtuff and DIY shenanigans.

Here I go again!

I'm busy making some curtains for Ewan's room out of this super fabulous duck cloth (I LOVE duck cloth. Didn't know it before this project, but now I do. LOVE.) with retro cars and trucks printed all over it.

I wanted a fabric that was boyish, but that wasn't too or overly juvenile - because he's a cool dude (but mostly because this mama is freakin' busy and won't have time in 2 years to make more curtains, hahaha.). I needed something that would grow with him but would be relatively easy to decorate around.

Plus: HOLY COW BATMAN, have you SEEN the cost of curtains nowadays??? Uh, wowzas.

Let's just say that I hit a home dec sale, with a coupon, at a popular online store and scored everything to make his curtains for a heck of a lot less than what I would have paid for the equivalent quality off the shelf.

I realized recently that it's been a long time since I have written and shared a tutorial with my readers, and I thought that this would be a great opportunity to get back into the swing of blogging by writing up this project.

Especially because I'm using grommets. Yup. And they are NOT scary, and you do NOT need any special tools. Hang on to your crafty panties, people. Cute things are coming.

Stay tuned!

(Linking up to Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday!)

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