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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Tablet Cozy:.

Alright, are you ready to make a tablet cozy?

I'm just gonna say it up front. Some pictures are flashy. I know. I don't have a big girl camera, and my point and shoot has been funky lately. So my apologies in advance!

What you need:

- fabric
- flannel
- sewing machine/accessories
- cording/hair elastic
- button
- embellishments

You'll want to start off measuring your tablet. For my size of tablet, I needed my fabric cut to 9"x21". I cut one flannel piece to this size, and two cotton pieces.

Next you'll want to lay one of your cotton pieces right side up with the flannel on top. Then lay your other cotton piece right side down.

Sew all the way around, leaving about a 3"-4" opening.

Cut your corners, and pull your right sides through.

Now it's time to top stitch around. I used some cording (you could also just use a hair elastic) and put it in a loop where my opening was. Iron or fold in your fabric at the opening when you top stitch to close it up. I also went over my cording a few times to make sure it was secure.

Here's what you've got so far.

Now it's time to figure out where you need to sew and put your button. Lay your tablet in and fold the cozy to where you want it.

Pin it in place. I made a little pocket to keep a pen with mine. You could leave it wide open, or make a larger pocket to keep your charger or whatever else you'd like to keep in a tablet cozy.

Sew the sides together, as well as any pockets you've made.

I glued on some lace, and made a fabric covered button (you can get the kits in most sewing sections), and hand stitched it on.

Now my tablet will be nice and secure when I take it to church (not for games people, my scriptures and manuals are on there!), or when we travel.

Easy, peasy right?

Are you going to make one?

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Monday, January 30, 2012

.:Bun to my Burger:.

Valentine's Day is chuck full of lots of cute, clever sayings to give out to our friends and loved ones.

When I found out I'd have the opportunity to try out some of the new dies from Lifestyle Crafts, I knew that I would be contributing to this!

I tried out this cute hamburger box, and it is going to be just perfect for all of my three year old's friends.

After all, her friends are the bun to her burger. Or burger to her bun. Or whatever. You get the idea!

And what better thing to fill those hamburger boxes with than a sugar cookie and candy "hamburger"!

Not only are they delicious, but fun to make - and let your kiddos help make as well.

The hamburger box die also comes with some fun labels, which are perfect for labeling these for all of your kiddos' friends.

Think you'll make some hamburger cookies?

If you need the hamburger box die, or any of the other fantastic new (and old) dies from Lifestyle Crafts, be sure to use the code SUMO at checkout to get a discount!

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

.:Market Yourself Monday - Tablet Cozy:.

Happy Monday!

Did you have a good weekend?

I hope yours was better than ours. Our one year old has been sick for over a week now, and our three year old has now caught it. Combine that with a crabby baby, and our weekend was basically LOOOOOOOOOONG.

But, I'm counting on this upcoming weekend being much better. My parents are coming into town for sweet Baby H's baby blessing! I'm so excited to put her in her blessing dress. My mom (who is an amazingly talented seamstress) made the dress, and all three of my girls will have worn it for their baby blessings.

Last week, I was able to get together with my BFF for some sewing, and she had the idea to make a cozy for our tablets. (Which we have the same one of, by the way. Just like our sewing machines. We're cool like that.)

What do you think? I pretty much love it. And it was super easy! I was able to crank it out quick one afternoon. I'll show you how to make it tomorrow!

In the meantime, let's see what you've been up to!

(Don't forget to enter the Pink Poodle Bows giveaway. Today is the last day! I've got my eye on four patterns right now!)

Happy Linking!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

.:Giveaway Winner - Cutting Edge Stencils:.

I'm only one day late posting the winner of the Cutting Edge Stencils giveaway!

I'm totally patting myself on the back for that, after the way my week's been going. Let's just say holy crabby baby and holy sick toddler.

Anyway, the winner of the stencil of choice (up to $50 value) from Cutting Edge Stencils is:


Please email me at sumossweetstuff@gmail.com to claim your prize!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Baby Lace Dress:.

I originally shared this tutorial for my baby lace dress over on Me Sew Crazy.

When Jessica asked me to be a part of her ReSEWlution series, I figured that was a great time to get out of my new baby fog, and start getting busy with Veronica again. One of my ReSEWlutions for my sewing habit this year is to try new things; whether it be ideas I've got pinned on Pinterest, or sewing techniques that are new or scary to me, I just want to expand my abilities.

I pinned this dress before my baby was born, and was finally able to do my take on it. Don't you love the lace trend right now?

Pinned Image

My take:

So let's get started! You're going to need:

- coordinating fabrics (I did three)
- matching lace (found with the decorative edge at Joann's)
- sewing machine/accessories

(Please excuse my flashy pictures. My camera {or maybe the operator} were really struggling the day I made this dress!)

I started off with the bodice part of the dress. I have this pattern, which starts at six month size. I just used the measurements to figure out what a 0-3 month size would be. I cut it out, using the fold (I always use the fold if I can!) and cut out armholes. You can eye ball this, or use pieces from another pattern you own.

Next, you need to cut out your three (or however many you've decided) layers that will go under the dress. You can measure your little lady from the chest area to where you want the dress to fall. I wanted it long. Then each layer decreased by two inches. For the width, a good rule of gathering is to do at least 1.5 times the width of what you are attaching it to. That's what I did here (although I wish I had done more - double would have been better!)

You'll also need to cut your lace so that it will fall a little bit above your top layer's hemline.

Here's all of my cut pieces before I started any sewing.

Let's do some hemming, shall we? You can do your choice of hemming on your three main pieces. I am lazy and hate ironing things over, so I just zig zag the edge and then hem it up. Here's how the layers all fall with their lovely hems.

Then you need to hem in your arm holes, as well as the top of your bodice. I wanted to do pillowcase style for the bodice, so I made a casing at the top to thread ribbon through.

Now it's time to pin your three main pieces together with your lace piece. Stitch a gathering stitch along the edge, through all four layers.

Gathering time! Lay out your four layers flat. You can easily find the middle because that is where your fold or hem is. Take your bodice and pin it in the middle with right sides facing together.

Now you can easily and evenly gather each side to the bodice. Pin in place.

Sew the bodice and body together, zig zag the edges, turn out and top stitch.

Pin the two sides of your dress, right sides together, and sew up the seam. Zig zag the edges.

Turn the dress out and thread your ribbon through the top.

All done!

Like I said above, I wish I had gone more wide on the body of my dress so that it would have gathered more and not had such a straight look. Now I know for next time! (And I just may have another stack of fabric and lace waiting to be made into a dress. See, professional fabric shopper.)

Doesn't little Miss H look adorable in her new dress?

Cute baby, right?


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Monday, January 23, 2012

.:Giveaway - Pink Poodle Bows - CLOSED:.


It's no secret around here that I love to sew.

And that means that I am constantly on the lookout for new patterns. With three girls to sew for, it's pretty fun finding new things to coordinate for them!

I was so happily delighted to hear from Alisha, who is the owner of Pink Poodle Bows. Alisha sells PDF patterns. PDF patterns are my favorite; they are emailed right to you, and you have easy storage on your computer!

Shall we take a lookie lou around Pink Poodle Bows?

I love this pillowcase romper pattern; I'm pretty sure my girls would love running around in these this summer!

Pillowcase Romper Pattern PDF sewing pattern...The Chelsea Romper 3m-5T, girls baby

The slits and the bows on these pants just about do me in with the cuteness factor!

Girls Pants pattern, Sewing Pattern, Wide Leg Lil Diva Pants...sizes 9m-5T, PDF Baby Easy Sew

Wouldn't this hat pattern be great to have for newborns? Photo op, right?!?

Fleece Aviator Hats, Owl and Aviator Goggles, sizes 0-8

Do you think it would be okay if Baby H just went around in a diaper cover? I'm pretty sure I need this pattern so I can make her some of these!

Baby PDF sewing pattern Diaper Covers PDF Pattern 0-5T easy sew

And guess what? Even if you don't have a little one to sew for, Alisha sells this pattern for an E-Reader cover. I just got a tablet for Christmas, and I've been wanting to make something like this!

E-Reader Cover Pattern, PDF sewing pattern, iPad, Kindle, Nook, case, sleeve

I could make this post really long, and showcase every pattern from Pink Poodle Bows, but I'll just tease you with that; you'll have to click over to look around some more.

Luckily, one of you is going to win the pattern of your choice from Pink Poodle Bows!

Want to know how you can enter to win?
(Each entry requires a separate entry).


1. Visit Pink Poodle Bows and comment back with which pattern you would choose.


2. "Like" Pink Poodle Bows on Facebook.

3. Follow Pink Poodle Bows.

4. Follow Sumo's Sweet Stuff.

5. "Like" Sumo's Sweet Stuff on Facebook.

This giveaway will run through Monday, January 30th at 11:59 p.m. MST. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, January 31st. It will be YOUR responsibility to check back and see if you've won.

Good luck!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

.:Market Yourself Monday - Baby Lace Dress:.

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend?

Ours was spent with fevers, sniffles, sleeping, along with some friends and laughing.

I had just been thinking last week how we haven't really gotten sick yet this winter, and of course, totally jinxed our family! My poor one year old has been so sick, and I'm just hoping baby H doesn't end up with it (or the rest of us of course!)

So combine that with the fact that my two month old doesn't really care to sleep or be put down, and you've got me having accomplished nothing new to share with you.

But never fear! I still need to share my baby lace dress, in case you missed it when I was sharing it over at Me Sew Crazy.

I'll show you how to make one tomorrow.

Isn't baby H just so super cute??? We're kind of smitten with her.

Now it's time to see what you've been working on!

Get your link on!

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.:Sponsor Sunday - Old Barn Rescue:.

Sponsor Sunday is back this week with Old Barn Rescue.

Old Barn Rescue has some of the most unique and adorable vinyl decorations for your home.

I think these vinyl birds,

2 adorable birds

and flowers would look so cute in a little girls room.

flowers and butterflies

This is a great quote that could fit in so many different areas of your home.

Be silly ALT 36x4

And another great quote - perfect reminder for all of us, right?

Live the life CLOSEUP

Old Barn Rescue also has lots of upcycled decor for you home.

This towel rack would be such a unique addition to a bathroom.


A new sign is also a great way to display another fun quote. I just love having text around the house!

Hope is the thing-RW

Treat yourself to some time, and browse around Old Barn Rescue to see what you can find to spruce up your home!