Thursday, December 6, 2012

Simple and True

The open auditions for Project Run and Play are here again and I really, truly, was going to sit this one out. I have Christmas photo dresses to make and Christmas skirts to sew and a banner for the window and random little girl gifts. I have to whip up some hardcore winter pajamas for our upcoming trek to Maine.

But....there was this fabric. Two fabrics, really. Winter blue with big white polka dots and a yummy vintage tone floral print with more polka dots. I had eyed that fabric every since I saw it in the remnant bin a few weeks ago. It called to me. I loved the warm tones of the reds, yellows, and oranges against the softer blue background. I loved the tiny polka dots mixed with the big polka dots. and as luck would have it, I had to return some corduroy. Which meant store credit!  That fabric was mine and, of course, I immediately ditched all Christmas sewing to play with it. I love how the two fabric has winter tones-- the white polka dots and icy blue-- but also warm summer colors. Almost like something you wear in the wet, rainy cold while thinking of the sun.

I wanted to sew a simple but cozy little outfit so my baby could keep up the cuteness in the Frosty Northern Wasteland. And since she's going to be held and cuddled within an inch of her life by all the relatives we haven't seen for way too long, why not put her in fleece? She'll be even more teddy-bear like :)

I frankenpatterned a simple A-line dress and some basic leggings to match. The body of the dress I drafted using an existing jumper as a model, and the sleeves I took from one of the many random patterns cluttering my craft area. While I was sewing, I kept hearing Jewel's "Simple and True" playing in the back of my head, so I finally looked it up on Youtube. Even though it's a song about a woman and her man, part of it very much reminds me of my littlest girl.

How soon spring comes, how soon spring forgets
I want to hold back time, say it will never begin.
Old Man Winter be our friend
The more I live, the more I know
what's simple is true
I love you.

 Because I've procrastinated, my photos are terrible due to it being dark when I took the outside photos. My camera doesn't do too well with inside lighting either, but we muddled through. I am very happy with the outfit because it is exactly what I love to sew. Things that are simple. True. And loved.

 By the Christmas tree....and sitting still for about the only time in the photo shoot.

On the porch, with terrible flash lighting. This shows the whole outfit best but does not do justice to the color. The reds and yellows are much softer.

And my favorite....

I wish I had better photos but that's what you get for deciding at noon that you are going to sew an outfit and photograph it by evening. 

There lots of cute designs up on the Project Run and Play audition linky so stop by and get inspired!

Monday, December 3, 2012

A Little Holiday, A Little Handmade


I have almost come to dread the phrase "handmade holiday". It speaks of some other alternate universe in which Ever Single Thing about Christmas in ones household is beautiful, handcrafted, and perfect. The ornaments. The Advent calendar. The nativity scene. Every gift thoughtfully, lovingly, flawlessly created....and all wrapped and under the tree by December 1st. Instead of lawn ornaments. there's a chorus of Victorian-era carolers on hire. They sing perfect four-part acapella and bring their own hot chocolate.

But, when I'm not freaking out over Visions of Unattainable Perfection, I do really love the idea of adding small handmade touches to the Christmas season.  And I love the idea of getting together with friends to share those handmade touches. Which is why, in a moment of rare bravery or not so rare insanity, I'm having a party.

I refuse to call it that, really. "Party" is serious. Throwing a party is something that was probably covered by a college course back in the 1950s. Handmade gift swap get-together" takes up more words but is so much more humble and friendly. So I am hosting a handmade gift swap get-together which should, in theory, be simple. A huge pot of chili, a group of friends, and cute little handmade or semi-hand made gifts. This way each of us can enjoy a bit of handcrafted goodness in our holiday but we each only have to make one gift. Even I, despite my procrastination and general phobia of trying new crafts, can manage to come up with one handmade gift. I think.

I promised everyone (two weeks ago) that I'd put up some easy gift ideas to get our collective creative juices flowing. And here, fashionably late, is that list, culled (where else) from my favorite Pinterest boards. Sorry that I don't have pictures to accompany them but I have dishes to do.

Yarn Wreath

Tinted Mason Jars

Fat Quarter Clutch

Scrapbook Paper Envelopes

Banana Bread Jars

Tea Towel Wrapped Bread

Lemon and Thyme Salt Scrub

Scrapbook Paper Coasters

Apron In A Jar

Custom Candle Covers

Embellishment Assortment

Jersey Knit Lace Trim Scarf

And one more link, to a roundup of fabulous and frugal handmade gifts...

25 Gifts Under $5

Happy crafting to all and I'll see you at the not-party.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Dear E

Someday I will not longer have to convince you at bedtime that bears will not come out of the bushes in the backyard.

When that day comes, you will have moved on to other fears, perhaps less dramatic, but perhaps not so easily dispelled by your mother.

Until then, sleep safe. I will outbear anything that comes your way until morning.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Night Mothering

To the mother out there exhausted, nursed-out, and semi-dreading what her baby will ask of her tonight: I've been there. We all have. The blessing of loving, nurturing, and nursing a baby is not just snuggle-highs and sweetness. Sometimes you are so tired your bones ache. Sometimes you are so frustrated at the intensity of her need for you that you want to pull your hair out and cry and you might consider doing just that if you thought you could actually have five minutes alone in the bathroom. Sometimes you go to bed with a knot in your stomach wondering when she'll grow out of the night waking and the nursing marathons. With a sense of guilt, that maybe it's your fault. That maybe you should be tougher.

Hang in there. The nursing nights will wane. The intensity of her needs will never go away but it will change....other things will be required of you as she grows older. Things both easier and infinitely harder than lack of sleep. I have found the best way to uncurl that knot in your stomach when you hear her waken and cry for you is to take a deep breath, groan a little, then pull her to you and kiss her. Remember how short these little years will be. Her waking is not your fault. It's just who she is right now.

I have come to think, over my six years of night-mothering three babies, of the many ways our children get their first "practical theology" lessons from their mothers. When we give them ourselves even when we are exhausted, when we meet their cries with love even when it's the fifth time in two hours, they are learning. They learn that if they cry, someone will answer with love and understanding of their needs. They learn-- by instinct-- to depend recklessly. When someday I tell my children about a God who loves them and who will come to their aid no matter what, no matter what cost to Himself, I want that to resonate with their souls. They won't remember these nights I spent mothering them but they are shaped by them anyway.

You are tired. You are soul-weary. You are grace-filled.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

I started sewing the girl's Halloween costumes when my oldest was three, and every year since I have insisted I would not be sewing at midnight the day before and definitely not the morning before trick or treating.

Wrong. Again.

Halloween seems to be the busiest sewing holiday for me, especially since I did a costumes for a couple of friends this year. The girls originally wanted to be ballerinas, but our church is having a Reformation Day celebration which includes costumes for the kids. The princess theme wins again.

Baby Girl's dress uses some of the material intended for the ballerina costumes; everything else came from stash or thrift fabrics. I wanted to do a laced overdress and a peasant-style underdress, so I was thrilled to find sheets for $1.50 at the thrift store.

Big Girl's was a shiny, crinkly ivory with a beautiful quilted border at the bottom. Small Girl wanted to be a warrior princess, so I chose a plain cotton quilt that had a lovely embroidered border to give a touch of femininity to her battle-ready dress.

It was rather fun to create princess dresses that, for the most part, didn't involve yards and yards and layers and layers of tulle, chiffon, and all other poofy things. Baby Girl's dress did use tulle, and it did have poof, but it was small-scale compared to what normally goes into a princess dress around here. My favorite part of the dresses to make (and the part that took the longest) was the sleeves.

Big Girl's sleeves are made of the sheet material, some stashed stretch chiffon, and a band that matched the bodice of her overdress. I love the double-gathered poof near the top, especially since the chiffon is super-soft. It's rapidly becoming my choice for non-scratchy poof. :)

Since Small Girl had to fight in her sleeves, I kept it more simple. I did navy blue sleeves with a band of the same embroidery that borders her underdress and some gathered stretch chiffon. I left an opening in the band so that she could have sword-swinging freedom.

Big Girl's dress was the perfect project for an inexplicable amount of orange shiny poly-silk drapery fabric I bought a while back. I intended to make a baby sling but it was too slippery so it just sat in my stash for a while, huge and orange and hopeless. Until this dress.

I love the golds and oranges together. I probably would never have thought to pick these colors for her but I love them. It's so vibrant and a refreshing change from the more traditional princess colors (though we will always love purple in this house).

She loved it. She twirled in it. She wore her brand new Big Girl almost-high heels and thought she was all kinds of grown up. I will let her believe that for now.

Since Small Girl wanted to be a warrior princess-- I am trying to convince her to call herself a shield maiden because Tolkein references are never gratuitous-- we kept the colors muted. In a nod to Reformation Day, I went with the colors of the Christian flag-- navy blue, red, and white-- with a brown faux-leather armor-style bodice. Her favorite part was the sword and shield. No sooner than two minutes after the costume was on she was off to kill bears.

She could barely stand still long enough for me to take pictures. Too many battles and adventures!

Baby Girl's dress was the most traditional princess dress. It had a poofier skirt and a layer of tulle (but only one! I promise!) and lots of ribbon. I loved the textures and shades of purple in her dress-- everything from lavender velour to violet organza to lilac tulle. It was fun to sew. I kept it short enough to keep her from tripping over it, as I didn't want her to spend her first time trick or treating falling down every few feet.

She got the hang of her tiny purple trick or treat basket real fast. Most of the candy will go to her sisters (or her dad and me!) but she is old enough for some of it. Plus it was adorable to watch her work up the courage to go and grab the candy out of the bowl.

We had a blast this year and I think these costumes are my favorite yet.
Next year, though, I'll start sewing in August. Honest!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fashion Icon Sewalong: The Gold Dust Dress

As I mentioned in my inspiration post, when I read about the PRP Fashion Icon challenge, I knew exactly who I wanted to do. Tori Amos is not just an amazingly talented creative force, she has an awesome style as well-- by turns refined and rebellious, feminine and fierce, ethereal and edgy. I channeled her look into a Little Girl Tori dress, one that played off her love of prints and sheers with a seventies-retro twist.

I was also inspired by the lyrics of one of her songs, Gold Dust.
How did it go so fast?
We'll say when we are looking back
And then we'll understand....we held gold dust in our hands.

My daughters are growing up so fast, and sewing lovely little things for them is one way I can celebrate it because these gold-dust days aren't going to be forever.

This dress was the product of many a misadventure. I couldn't decide on the right silhouette for the dress. I used materials I don't normally work with-- sheers and sequins among other things-- and I drafted everything. Even the sleeves. Despite all the drama (and the hundreds of sequins that ended up all over the dining room floor) I like how it came out. I especially love how it picks up the gold tones in my daughter's hair. Though my next project is going to be in something simple and fuss-free. Cotton anyone?

She even tested it out on the swings, because no self-respecting three year old will wear a dress you can't swing in. 

She said it itched so I will need to go back and add extra lining at the neck and sleeve edges. That's the price one pays for sequins. 

....and she's off again.

Check out the Project Run and Play blog to sew what the real contestants created this week. There is some beautiful stuff, including a Kate Middleton inspired ensemble and an adorable Jackie-O baby girl look I can already see my littlest girl rocking for Christmas.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Project Run and Play Sewalong: The Fashion Icon

I am excited, as usual, to see the start of a new cycle of Project Run and Play and I am very excited about this week's sew-along. The challenge is to make an outfit based on one of our favorite fashion icons.

I knew, instantly, I had to do Tori.
Tori Amos is not only an insanely talented musician but she's got a fashion sense that I love. She doesn't play by the rules of female musicians (in that she keeps most of her clothes on) and she doesn't lock herself into one type of look. She'll go vintage-satire. She'll go sequins. She'll go for structure. She'll do leather. After browsing way too many Tori pictures (listening to her music) I finally pinpointed the three elements of her look I wanted to use as inspiration for this challenge: drama, sparkle, and sheer layers.

Tori is not afraid of prints and she loves dramatic shapes and silhouettes

She loves layers of sheers and kimono-inspired gowns with flowing sleeves, especially in concert

She's not afraid of sparkle and shine

I am very excited to sew a little girl version of her style and I can't wait to see what other fashion icons are reinterpreted this week.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Project Run and Play: Skirting the Issue

I am mildly obsessed with Project Run and Play. Talented designers, cute kids clothes, free tutorials....what's not to love?

The site has gotten even more interesting with a summer skirt drive. That's right. Skirting the Issue is a month long sew-a-long designed to outfit girls in foster care with fabulous handmade skirts. Any kind, any size, for any age. How cool is that?

As soon as I am done with Wedding Sewing (pictures to come soon once my new memory card reader gets here) then the girls and I are diving into this with both feet. Dresses may be dandy and shirts may be sweet but skirts are my favorite thing to sew ever and now I have an excuse to go crazy.

They will be posting tutorials and giveaways at the Project Run and Play blog all month so stop by and check it out. If you sew, consider taking half an hour to make something that will let a girl know she's special!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Mozzarella Tuna Biscuit Bites

A combination of a sick family and a broken microwave makes from some interesting lunches. We're leaving for a vacation next week so the goal has been to eat through whatever we have in the cupboard and fridge so we don't have a lot of leftovers sitting around and spoiling. Today, however, I wanted something more than a sandwich and pretzels, so I had my eye on a can of biscuits in the back of the fridge. About five minutes of rummaging later, these were in the oven...

Mozzarella Tuna Biscuit Bites and Mozzarella Turkey Biscuit Bites

You will need.... 

1 muffin pan
No-stick cooking spray

1 can of 10 biscuits
1 can tuna in oil
Slices of ham 
Mrs Dash Tuscan seasoning
Shredded mozarella

 You can substitute whatever you have on hand. I'd like to add veggies next time.

To make...

 Preheat the oven to 400 or whatever your biscuit can indicates. Spray the muffin pan with cooking spray.

In a bowl, combine the tuna, seasoning, and some mozarella. I drained some of the oil but left some to help mix everything together and add flavor. Here's where I would have liked to add some veggies-- peppers would be yummy. Or broccoli, for my girls. Once the mixture is to your liking, open your biscuits. 
I divided each one in half and pressed one half into the bottom of the muffin tin. I added a spoonful or two of tuna and sprinkled a bit of cheese then pressed the other biscuit half on top. More sprinkling of cheese.

 I repeated this with half of the biscuits, at which point I ran out of tuna. I also suspected my girls may not be as thrilled as I was with the tuna, so I decided to do the rest with turkey slices.

The rest of the prep went like this: half biscuits, press into muffin pan, add cheese and turkey slice, press remaining half on top. Sprinkle cheese. When all that was done I shook a bit of the seasoning on top of the biscuits for a bit of flavor. Into the oven!

The added ingredients increased the cook time by 5 or 6 minutes. The cook time for the biscuits alone was 6-10 minutes and I think I cooked them 15 or 16 in all.
By that time the entire kitchen smelled awesome and my girls were curious, which is always good when new foods are involved.

Pop them out of the muffin pan, and enjoy! We certainly did. They even liked the tuna version :)

Monday, May 21, 2012

CSFF Blog Tour: Beckon by Tom Pawlik

An anthropologist, a scientist, and an Indian guide go to visit an old wise man about some strange markings and a cave legend. The old man looks at them and warns them not to go into the caves, that evil lurks there.

Of course they go anyway. Beckon, by Tom Pawlik, explores what happens next in a familiar yet creepy story of monsters and would-be immortals. Reading it was a bit like watching an old episode of X-files or watching a Saturday afternoon sci-fi flick. Even though I was rarely surprised by the plot or characters, I just had to keep reading to watch the whole thing play out. Such novels are like science fiction comfort food, right down the satisfying squish of monstrous exoskeletons crunching under our hero's boots. I read it-- even in the drive thru, to the amusement of the doughnut lady. I enjoyed it. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to spend an afternoon or two in some paranormal escapism, though if you read it too late into the night you may be checking under your bed for you know what.

That said, I felt that Pawlik misses the bigger story that lurks just in the shadows beyond what he explores on the page. Beckon examines just how far people will go to avoid death, and the horrific ways that quest can enslave them, but the author rarely slows down to let this examination hit home. We're hustled from one viewpoint to the next, one life-or-death moment for the next, a rollercoaster that makes great adrenaline reading but doesn't really create a strong bond with these characters whose lives-- and souls-- are on the line. . I did, however, find at least one of his Christian characters quite compelling and felt that her story arc was one of the most elegant of the entire book. I wished he could have explored her journey in more detail.

So, my two cents is: read this to revel in a bit of good old-fashioned man-vs-monster storytelling. Just sit back on the couch, close the blinds, and ignore the strange tapping sound at the dark end of your hall.....

To find out more about Tom Pawlik, check out his website and his blog

Or head over to Amazon and read Beckon for yourself.

If you want to hit a few other stops on the review tour, you can find more about the book at these other sites:

; Noah Arsenault
; Julie Bihn
; Thomas Clayton Booher
Thomas Fletcher Booher
; Beckie Burnham
; Brenda Castro
; Theresa Dunlap
; Nikole Hahn
; Ryan Heart
; Bruce Hennigan
; Janeen Ippolito
; Becky Jesse
; Jason Joyner
; Carol Keen
; Leighton
; Rebekah Loper
; Katie McCurdy
; Shannon McDermott
Rebecca LuElla Miller
; Nissa
; Joan Nienhuis
; Faye Oygard
; Crista Richey
; Kathleen Smith
; Jessica Thomas
; Steve Trower
; Fred Warren
; Shane Werlinger

The Big Fat Disclaimer: I got this book for free with the intent of reviewing it and sharing my two cents.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Rockin' Romper Tutorial

I have never done a tutorial.

I leave that to the Real Craft Bloggers, the gals who sew beautifully and take gorgeous pictures all while engaging their little ones in happy, stimulative play. 

That said, I was asked for a how-to on the Vintage Linen Romper  (Which I have now renamed the Rockin' Romper because it's got some attitude and because I like alliteration. I am dorky like that). My camera doesn't exactly like me or the light in my dining room, where I sew, so these pictures aren't pretty. The threads aren't even clipped in most of them, because I was trying to see how much of it I could finish while the older girls were out swimming. 

But if you can stumble through the bad photos and the sometimes awkward directions, you can have yourself a cute summer romper in no time.

As I mentioned in my sewalong post, this was the result of failed toddler shorts. I didn't exactly set out to make a baby romper until I held the shorts up to my daughter and thought hey, that might work.....

The simplest way to describe the romper design is that it is a a too-big pair of bloomers with elastic straps and ruffles. For my eight month old (who still can fit most 3-6 month clothes) I used a 12-18 month size bloomer pattern.) It's that easy. If that's all the information you need to go dig through your pattern stash and start experimenting, go for it, you super seamstress you.

If you are scratching your head, hold on. I'll try to go into more detail. 
This tutorial is for a 0-3 month baby but you can upsize it for older babies. I also chose not to do snaps because I wanted a quick-sew and because the version of the romper I made for Tiny Girl comes off and on easily because of the elastic straps.

The Rockin' Romper

What You'll Need

Fabric: ½ yard should do it
Elastic-- I used ½ inch for the chest and legs and ¼ inch for the ruffle straps.
Paper and marker for drafting
Tape Measure
Optional: newborn onesie for guidance or cute baby for measuring. I didn't have a cute infant so I had to go with the onesie.

Step One: Draft The Cut-out

Don't be scared! This is friendly drafting.

Take your paper and measure a 3 “ horizontal line.

Starting at the right hand end of that line, draw a vertical line 7”down from the top line.

Now you'll mark the points for your curve.
I am horrible at drawing, so I give myself lots of points to help me stay on track.

Once you have something that looks reasonably like a bloomer cutout, grab your scissors and cut along your line.

Yay! You have drafted your own pattern piece.

Step Two: Cutting The Fabric

Pieces required:
Romper body: Two pieces 10.5” l by 17.5 “ wide
Straps: Two pieces 9.75 inches long by 2.5” wide
Ruffles: Up to you! I chose to use some ruffle-edged ribbon I had in my scrap stash, which was 1.5” wide, and I cut it 17.5” long. You can play around with the dimensions depending on how many layers of ruffles you want and how ruffle-y you want it to be.

Position your body pieces so that the 10.5” edge is at the top and the 17.5” edge is on the side and fold them right sides together. Align your cutout so that the straight edge lines up with the side edge of your body piece. Make sure you don't place it on the side with the fold :)

Cut along cutout.

You can cut your straps and ruffles now too or you can hop right to sewing

Step Three: Sewing

Romper Body

  Sew the legs together.

Finish the edges according to your preference. I like zig-zagging.

Turn one leg inside out and place it right-side-together inside the other leg, lining up the seams.

Pin around the crotch curve.

Sew together.

Finish seams.

You could turn it right-side out now or leave it wrong-side out and head to your ironing board.
Iron the elastic casings for the chest and legs. I just eyeballed it at a little more than .5 inches but not quite 1”. So maybe I should say .75” ? 

Pin your casings in place and sew them, leaving a space for you to insert the elastic later. You've reached Romper Stage One! Right now it looks like a pair of shorts....


Gather your ruffle strips. You can find great tutorials on gathering here and here.
I only used one strip for this version of the romper.
I used my onesies as a guide for where to place the ruffles....

After you have sewn your gathering stitch, pin it to the romper, one end to each side. 

Tug on the long threads gently to gather, then pin in place and sew down.

You've made it to Romper Stage Two! It's getting cuter by the minute


Now it's time to cut and insert your elastic. I used my newborn onesie as a guide and cut the chest piece 15” and each of the leg elastics 8.5”.

 Using a safety pin, thread elastic through casing, being careful not to twist. Sew ends together. You can choose to sew the casing shut or leave it open in case the fit of the elastic needs to be adjusted once you try it on the baby.

You're almost there!
Yes, they still look like oversized bloomers.
Let's put on the straps so we'll be done :)


Fold your straps right side together and sew along the long raw edge.
Leave each short end open.

Turn right side out.

Create a channel for your elastic by sewing two straight lines down the center of your strap. You'll want it wide enough to actually fit your elastic through. I made mine a bit small and had to go to plan B, which was to insert it through a side casing created by one of the sewn lines. This changed the look of the straps. If you want ruffles on both sides, the elastic should definitely go down the center.

Mama Sewing Moment: At this point I was distracted because I was trying to keep the eight month old happy long enough for me to sew the straps in and be done. :) I sewed mine to the back by mistake, so for the romper you'll see in the rest of these pictures, the ruffle is in the front. Yours will be the back. Unless you want it in the front too....there are really no rules here.

Once you've sewed the straps in the front, bring them to the back at an angle so that the ends meet under the center back seam. Sew in place.

You are done!

I didn't have an infant handy, so if you make this and the sizing turns out to be horrible, please let me know and we'll tweak it. In fact, any and all ideas on how to make this tutorial better are welcome, in case I should ever attempt another.

Now go find a baby who needs cute, comfy summer wear :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Project Run and Play Sewalong: Sportswear

This week's challenge at Project Run and Play was Sportswear.
I was very inspired by the old fashioned idea of sportswear, especially the use of linen. I wanted to make something in homage to that without doing an exact recreation. My three goals for this challenge were.....

  • showcase linen
  • choose colors outside my normal comfort zone for girls
  • embroider!

Confession: I wanted to make an awesomely retro boys outfit inspired by Ned Land of Disney's classic Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea. I imagined a fitted striped tee with grey linen shorts suitable embellished with sea monsters. 

I do not have a boy. I could have borrowed one, but he wasn't available for fittings and I was a bit crazy to tackle sewing boys clothes without any patterns. (Also I blame cold medication). Needless to say, the grey linen shorts were a failure. Sorry Ned!

I did, however, salvage the wreck and made this....

It's a simple little romper for Tiny Girl to wear out and about now that we've already had our first wave of 90 degree weather. In April. Gotta love the south. I used the failed shorts as the body then added elastic straps and a generous helping of ruffles. And embroidered flowers.


I also made a headscarf from some gorgeous yellow and white strip knit I found at The Fabric Fairy. of many escape attempts.....

This was a fun project. I've never done a romper before since I hate snaps but since the straps were elastic this baby is easy-peasy to get on and off. (Which to me is kind of the point of sportswear, or kids clothes in general) My favorite part was the embroidery, which I hadn't done for years. I used to stitch while I manned the phones at my pre-baby job because it made me nicer to customers. I could tolerate much more complaining if my hands were busy with bright, beautiful thread. That was my gateway drug to the whole crafting world. I also think handwork gives mama-made clothes a little something extra. I can look at my three happy flowers and think of the beautiful afternoon I embroidered on the porch with my two year old blowing bubbles and my five year old running all over the yard.

 As always, there are many other cute and create sewalong projects on the Run and Play Flickr Group. I can't wait till Friday when we see what the Actual Contestants have been sewing.
Update: I have had a couple requests for a how-to so I decided to take the plunge, even though I've never done a tutorial before. You can find the tutorial here