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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

.:Winners - Yards & Yards:.

Ready to hear who the three lucky people are who get to choose a pattern from Yards & Yards?

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Me, too.

Here they are:

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Please email me at sumossweetstuff@gmail.com by Friday to claim your prize! Title your email giveaway winner or something to that effect!

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Lanyard:.

Go here to enter the UPrinting giveaway.

Being a former teacher myself, it's always nice when students and parents take time to say thank you. There's lots of fun, cutesy ideas out there, but sometimes the best things to give a teacher are practical things that will actually get used! I thought it would be fun to whip up a lanyard - you can have lots of fun picking out fabric for it, they are super easy, and even if it's not for a teacher - something you can use for yourself! I love having my keys on one!

Here's what you need to get started:

- piece of fabric (mine is 3" x 36")
- sewing machine/accessories
- lanyard hook
- book ring/split ring or some other type of ring

Take your strip of fabric, and fold it in half length wise, right sides together.

Sew down the entire long edge, back stitching at the beginning and end.

Take one end of your tube, and fold it so that your seam is now in the middle. Sew along the short side. Clip your corners, being careful not to cut your seams!

Use a pen or pencil to push the tube right side out.

Iron the tube flat, also ironing the unfinished end seams inside so that the raw edges aren't out anymore.

Stitch along your middle seam.

Top stitch along your outer edge, closing up the remaining end of your strip.

Take your two ends, and fold them over your ring with your lanyard hook attached.. Sew the ends down.

For a mommy, attach your keys on there!

This makes a great 'toy' for smaller kids stuck in a shopping cart at the store!

And perfect for a teacher to wear with a badge! (Why yes, that is my large pregnant belly my keys are resting on. Pretend the keys are a badge if you're envisioning this for a teacher.)

If you prefer to have your lanyard skinnier, you could either fold it over again before top stitching, or just make the width smaller when cutting your fabric.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

.:Giveaway - UPrinting:.

I know that there are many of us who do lots of printing. Whether it be calendars, invitations, or business cards, it is important to try to find the best deal!

Enter UPrinting.

UPrinting offers fantastic deals for all of your printing needs!

And UPrinting would like to giveaway something to one of you!

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Want to know how to enter to win?

Just leave me a comment telling me what you'd use the flyers for.

Easy, peasy!

This giveaway will run through Monday, September 5th at 11:59 p.m. MST. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, September 6th. It will be YOUR responsibility to check back and see if you've won!

Good luck!

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.:Market Yourself Monday - Lanyard:.

Happy Monday!

I know I say that every Monday, but I just feel like it's the perfect greeting to start off the week. So many people dread Mondays, which I understand, but let's try to drown some of that dread with a little pep!

I hope you all had a good weekend. Ours was busy, but I'm not even really quite sure with what. I guess just regular life, we didn't do anything big or out of the ordinary.

I have to apologize for not getting Showcase Saturday features up! I had every intention to, but of course, life got in the way, and I just pretty much spaced it. By the time I realized it, my Saturday was too busy to sit down at the computer and give your links the time they deserved. So accept my apology, pretty please?

And I hearby promise that it won't happen again. This week anyway.

In case you missed me over at Brassy Apple last week, I'll be sharing this lanyard I made. It would be a perfect back to school teacher gift, but even for a mommy, it's a great little thing to have! I love not having to dig around in my bag, while holding a one year old on my hip, and making sure my two year old isn't running in front of a car in the parking lot.

Don't worry, I'll show you how to make one tomorrow!

In the meantime, let's get this party started!

I want to see what you've been up to! Projects, tutorials, recipes, shops, giveaways - we're pretty open around here. Just be a pal and link back when you can.

The party goes through Friday nite, and I'll be featuring five ideas on Saturday!

Also, today is the last day to enter the giveaway from Yards & Yards! Three patterns = three winners!

I also guest posted on Nap Time Crafters over the weekend (man, I get around!) and you should check out my post, but if you're just in it for the free stuff, I also have a little giveaway going on over there, too!

And maybe, just maybe, I might have another giveaway for you in a few hours. So be sure to check back!

Now get linking!

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

.:Review - Yards & Yards:.

Have you entered the giveaway from Yards & Yards yet?

Because you really should.

There are going to be THREE winners!

And let me tell you, you're going to want to win one of those three patterns that are up for grabs.

I had the opportunity to try out the pattern for the Scalloped Bunting from Yards & Yards.

I absolutely love how my bunting turned out.

Don't you like it?

I made it for my daughter's birthday party that is coming up, but once I hung it in my girls' room to take some pictures, I decided that was going to be its permanent home.

This pattern was so easy to use! The directions were well written, and there were plenty of pictures throughout to show you what to do. There were also some tips and tricks in there to help your bunting turn out as fabulous as you want it to be! Trust me, the tip for making bias tape is worth it alone. I can't believe how easy it is now!

Bottom line, I loved using this pattern, and am totally jealous of the people who are going to win this giveaway because there are a lot of other patterns I'd like to try!

So go take a look around Yards & Yards. There are so many fun things to choose from, and you won't be sorry you did!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

.:Mouth-Watering Wednesday - Orange Chicken:.

My sister in law directed me to this recipe, and it is fantastic!

It is definitely a bit involved, so you'll want to make it on a day when you have time to put into it. But trust me, it's worth it.

Go here for the recipe.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Pleated Car Seat Tent:.

Go here to enter the Yards and Yards giveaway.

Before we get started, be sure to head on over to Brassy Apple sometime today. I'm sharing a fun idea for teachers, but you can also use it yourself if your kids are little like mine and you don't have any teachers in your life just yet!

In case you missed my post on See Kate Sew last week for the Pleat Weeks series, here it is again for you all!

I was excited when Kate asked me to be a part of pleat week for a couple of reasons. First of all, Kate is fabulous, is she not? And, if you can believe it, I've never made anything with pleats before this project! I've only been sewing for about a year and a half, so I'm still learning all of the ins and outs. It was fun to try something new, and to figure out how I wanted to apply it.

We've got two little girls, with another little lady on the way. Naturally, our house is FULL of all things girly, so the newest baby sister isn't in need of much. But I still want her to have some new things of her own. I thought it would be fun to make her a car seat tent using pleats! I wasn't sure how this was going to turn out, but if I must be honest, I am kind of in love with it!

Here's what you'll need:

- fabric: I got one and a quarter yards of two different fabrics each
- sewing machine & accessories (thread, scissors, pins, etc.)
- iron

I have a tutorial for a basic car seat tent on my blog, so I started off using those measurements to cut my two large pieces of fabric. I cut them both 36" wide x 46" long.

Next you need to decide how much of the part of your car seat tent hanging down you want to be pleated. I wanted mine to hang about 13" down with pleats, so I cut 13 1/2" off of both pieces to account for the 13" plus my seams. Make sure you cut this width wise, not length wise!

I'd seen some cute skirts with inverted pleats, so I wanted to do this with the car seat tent. I saw a skirt that had a coordinating fabric hanging out underneath the pleats, and I thought that would be a fun way to pull the print from the underside of the cover to the top. So I took the 13 1/2" of the bottom print that I cut off and cut it into equal sections. I actually only used three of them, although you see five cut.

Now, at this point, I had a realization. I was going to be making this lovely pleated front, but when I turned back the car seat tent to let baby see out, the back side of those lovely pleats was not going to be so lovely. So I took a quick break here and sewed some strips of fabric together to make up the backside of my pleats. (Don't worry, this isn't the only mistake I made while making this. There's still more to come!) So here you can see on the left side, the pink fabric (top) for the front of the pleats with the backside of the pleats folded over on top of it. I pinned them together, wrong sides facing, and sewed the side seams together.

Looking better now.

Moving right along.

Next it's time to put the bottom fabric to your main fabric strip. Find the middle of your strip, and pin one of your sections there, lining its middle up with the middle of your main fabric strip.

Depending on how big your strips are and how big you want your pleats to be will determine your next measurement. Pin the pieces in place. This is what it will look like with the three panels pinned in place to your strip of main fabric.

Now you're going to sew those panels on. Sew the edges down, making sure your edges are ironed under.

At this point, I hemmed up the bottom edge of this strip, but it's not necessary to do yet if you want to skip it. You'll see why later - that's my next mistake!

Shall we get pleating?

Starting with your middle panel, fold in your main fabric (the pink in my case) until the edge meets the middle of the panel. Iron it down.

Repeat on the other side of the panel, meeting pink to pink in the middle of the panel.

Say hello to your fabric peeking out from underneath!

Do this to your other two panels.

Don't they look lovely?

Here's where mistake number two came in to play!

When I had first cut the strip off of the body of the car seat tent, I thought everything was going to measure up perfectly. I hadn't taken into account that I was going to be losing some width from pleating! Oops!

So I had to add a couple of non-pleated strips to the sides of my pleated part to make up for the width difference.

Basically, if you make this, you can either be sure to make more pleats or if you add strips like me, you could do that before you start pleating and hem it all up at the same time. Because of my error, I had to attach strips together, hem them up, and then attach them to the pleated part.

For some reason, I didn't take a picture of the strips added on to the pleats before I attached it to the body of the car seat tent - sorry!

But now that you've got your strip, pleats and all, ready to go, it's time to attach it to the body of the car seat tent. Lay out your main top fabric (pink for me!) with the right side facing up. Pin your pleated strip to it, right sides facing together.

Then, making sure your pleated strip is still in place, lay your bottom fabric on top, also right side facing in, and pin all around the edges.

Sew all the way around, leaving an opening of 6-12" to pull your fabric through.

Iron the seams in of your opening, and top stitch all the way around. Here's what the top looks like.

And the bottom.

Now we need some handles!

I cut two strips of pink fabric and two strips of green fabric using the measurements 3 1/2" x 15".

I wanted one fabric for one side of the handle, and the other fabric for the other side, but you can certainly just use all one fabric if you like.

Lay the two pieces, right sides together,

and sew around the edges, leaving a small opening to pull the fabric through.

Iron in the seams, and top stitch all the way around. Repeat for the other handle.

I knew I wanted my handles to just be tie handles, but if that's not your thing, you could attach some velcro at this point.

To attach the handles, you could definitely just throw the car seat tent on your infant carrier and pin where you want the handles to be. I didn't have my own infant carrier handy, so I used this trick. Fold your car seat tent in half, and then in half again. Measure in three inches from your middle point, and put a pin on each side of the fabric. This is where your handles will go.

Open up your car seat tent, and pin your handles in place where your pins are from measuring.

Sew the handles in place. I just front stitch and back stitch the width of it a few times.

See, like this.

Tie it on your infant carrier (I borrowed one!) and admire your work!

I have to admit, I wasn't sure if this was going to turn out, especially with all of my mistakes, but I just love how the pleats hang down over the front!

Won't baby girl just be stylish being toted around in this?

Kind of a fun twist on the usual car seat tent!

Happy Pleating!

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