I am so excited to introduce the theme for February here on Made by Rae:
I will be co-hosting an E N T I R E M O N T H of boy posts called “Celebrate the Boy!” along with Dana of MADE for your enjoyment and inspiration! We’ve both been working very hard to make this happen, so I’m pleased to announce that we have a line-up of over 20 guest bloggers who will be presenting tutorials, roundups, and giveaways for boy-related sewing and crafts on both of our blogs during the month of February!
The boys in our lives often get overlooked when it comes to our crafty endeavors, as it…
Since I posted a picture of my sewing library here, I’ve had a few requests for a list of my craft and sewing books, so I put together a shelf on Goodreads. I like the site a ton (it’s amazingly easy to find books and so fun to read everyone’s reviews) but if you see something you like, I hope you’ll support your local bookseller or check it out at the library.
I’d also like to point out that a rating of 3 stars means “I liked it” with a rating of 5 stars meaning “It’s amazing!” so these are all books I’d recommend!
When the going gets rough, you know it’s time for an easy craft. Cue: felt. And if there’s anything my elementary school education prepared me for, it’s cutting out hearts (and I know that may sound suspect coming from a high school teacher, but I don’t mean that as a diss). It’s downright therapeutic. Just fold the felt and go to town with the scissors, machine sew them together in one long string, and voila, heart garland!
Construction hint: I thought it would be easier to go pointed side first, but turns out I was wrong. The presser foot does better with the top side of…
If you want a chance to own the Oceana Tote (blogged here and pictured below), it’s headed over to the Craft Hope shop (virtually that is) to help Doctors without Borders in Haiti. According to the Craft Hope website, it takes about 24 hours for them to post each item, so if you’re interested you’ll have to watch and pounce. And maybe this is overly ambitious, but I’m pricing it at $80. I figure it can’t hurt to aim high since the entire purchase = a donation.
I almost quit sewing for good the other day. I was on yet another sample for this pattern when I realized I had royally botched not only the sample in multiple places, but the pattern itself, the instructions, and oh yes the graphic embedded in the pattern instructions. I may have even thrown the sample against the wall, which by the way was vastly unsatisfying as (tends to be the case when sewing) it failed to break anything, dent a wall or even make a noise.
Later I sat at the kitchen table with my seam ripper tearing seams while Elliot ate his snack. He looked at the mess and asked “What you doing Mama?” and I thought, “My thoughts exactly!” It’s on…
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