I am a serious planner. I love developing a clear plan for what I am doing, where I am going, and how I am going to get there, no matter what my end goal is, whether it is a large scale project or my daily routine. It is a habit I have tried to kick before but now I am just embracing it as one of my many quirks. There is no use fighting who you really are right? So in the spirit of embracing my intense desire to over plan every aspect of my life, I sat down last week and planned the six sewing projects, some still rather vague and some very specific, that I want to accomplish most in 2017, and to help keep myself accountable I wanted to share them all with you too!
I am so excited for this new year and all of the projects it is going to bring! One of the big things on my to-do list this year was to make a sampler quilt and potentially even follow along with a block if the month type project in the process. I was going to wait until later in the year to accept to accomplish this but, being me, I was way too impatient and was itching to start working on it ASAP. I am forcing myself to know better than to commit to such a large project while I am still on the hunt for a new job. Instead I am commuting to a series of mini-projects, Mini Quilt’s of the Month!
When SewCanShe’s Mini Quilt of the Month post popped up on my Facebook feed I knew instantly that this would be a great compromise to my uncontrollable desire for a big project and my very real lack of of time. It helped that I had a stack of fat quarters that I had collected on my travels last summer sitting on the top of my stash, just begging to be worked into a project and it was breaking my heart to be letting them just sit there. I am hoping that I will have enough fabric to create most, if not all, of these little beauties throughout the year from that fabric so that I will end with a beautiful, matching set to display in the sewing room that I will one day possess.
With 2016 wrapping up, I am so grateful to have gotten back into sewing and to be able to share my love of sewing here on Sew Uprising. If you haven’t read my about page (Which you really should, click “get started” at the top to find it!!) you will know that through most of my time in college I was living in places that had no room for sewing or sewing supplies and I really didn’t even have the time to devote to sewing. Since moving away from my campus this last spring, however I now have a little more wriggle room and sewing room, although not still too much, and it took me no time at all to bring my sewing machine and all of my supplies up to my new home.
Throughout the last six months in my new apartment I have fallen in love with sewing all over again and I am truly excited to see where my sewing journey brings me in 2017! I didn’t even realize how much i missed creating until I was able to sew again. It really is a part of me and I have made so many amazing things in 2016. From bags, to quilts, dresses and home decor items I have had a very productive 2016 (which you will see more of in the upcoming months when I finally get around to photographing my projects.
There is something about a great tote bag that makes me unbelievably happy. I have a great love of carrying them, filling them, and even sewing them, although sewing a tote bag can sometimes be a process in and of itself. Life has been so crazy busy lately that when I was looking for a somewhat quick tote bag project to make, I immediately though of the Sew Sweetness Tudor bag, a pattern that has been on my sewing to-make list for quite a while.
I loved how classic the lines of this bag were, the relative easiness of the construction, and just how practical and versatile the finished bag could be. And now that the bag is done I love all of those things even more!
I chose to use the adjustable strap and zippered closure options in my bag but the pattern also has options for snap closures and many other features that make it truly easy to make a bug that what works for you. As for the fabric, the flowered printed fabric that I used for the bag accents is a replica of one of my most favorite Lilly Pulitzer patterns and was purchased at Hobby Lobby and the two grey prints are both from the Quilter’s Showcase line at Joann’s. They were all very inexpensive fabrics but I loved how they looked together and the finished feel they give the bag: light, happy, preppy, modern, and put together.
Fleece tie blankets are a staple around both my apartment and my parents house. We have dozens of blankets in a seemingly endless supply with wide variety of patterns. We love them, and judging by the disaster zone that is Joanne Fabrics whenever there is a 50% off sale on fleece and the bolts and bolts of fleece my local store has stockpiled literally to the ceiling, it seems like everyone else loves them too!
Over the years I have made numerous tie blankets for personal use, and even more for gifts. I have gotten to the point where I can knock out a two and a half yard fleece tie blanket In about an hour, while only giving myself minimal blisters. I have one quick trick to making the blankets so quickly but also giving them extra durability and ensuring that they last through years of use at the same time.
What’s this trick you ask? Well its pretty simple, I sew my tie blankets.
I have been hard at work coming up with new patterns and ideas for posts lately. I have a few different projects int he works but one of the ones I was most excited for was a design for a set of nesting drawer organizers that I was in desperate need of in my life! My drawers were getting out of control and I ended up making three sets of these just to tame the mess..
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Browsing the Anthropologie website is one of my favorite past times. I adore the style of the curated website and I could get lost in the store for hours. Most of the time their pieces are well out of my budget, however, and I end up just filling my online cart with beautiful things I will never actually buy. Chew and I are in the process of looking for new bedding and I so wish that I could convince him to purchase one of the beautiful, colorful duvets and quilts that Anthropologie carries but I am sure that will never happen given the prices. So I came up with the idea of recreating a classic anthropology sham on a college-apartment budget. I have loved the look of the Walter-G-Ireba Shams that have been on the Anthro, website for a while now and when I looked closer at them I started to think just how easy they would be to recreate for much less than the $100 price tag.
The ones I created are not an exact match but they have the same general look and feel and they fit much better into our overall decor. I documented the journey and the process of making these Anthropologie-Inspired shams below!
Do you ever feel like you have a million different projects going on at the same time but none of them ever seem tog et done? That’s where I am right now! I have been so excited about to many different projects lately that I have just started them all without finishing another and it has left me feeling a little overwhelmed….
‘Chew and I have been getting back into watching a couple of TV shows, right now were catching up on both Designated Survivor and Once Upon a Time on ABC, so I have been crocheting more as a way to keep myself and my hands occupied. I am working on a new Northern Winter cowl pattern that I will be sharing soon. Its super chunky and warm but isn’t overly bulky which I have been loving, especially since it hasn’t gotten too cold yet here in Minnesota, were still trucking along in the mid fifties!
This last week has been a mess and there really hasn’t been much time to sew in my life. Because of this I decided to do something a little different and participate in the Seamstress Tag. This set of questions was thought up by Hollie at Hollie sews and it has been spreading like crazy through the sewing community both on YouTube and on blogs. Since my blog is still new I think this is a great way for you all to get to know me a little better! If you participate in the seamstress tag I would love to see it!
- Who are you?
My name is Nicki and I’m living in the middle of central Minnesota. Right now I am in my last semester of college and I will be graduating with both a Bachelor of Science in Community Health and a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies. Right now that’s taking up a big chunk of my time and feels like it is my whole life!
One of the first successful sewing projects I ever made was a really simple zippered pouch. The tutorial I followed was the most basic of tutorials but I was so proud of the results. Since then my sewing skills have improved, marginally but they have improved none the less.
Not long after that I wanted to make the idea my own and after a few hours of experimenting I figured out the secret to pretty looking zipper ends was going to be french seams. Since then I have made hundreds of these quick-to-sew pouches and fall in love with their simplicity more and more every time. I detailed the process of making them below. As usual, a free, downloadable version of this post is available in my Craftsy shop!