Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Decorative Star Cushion on Etsy

Fast and easy Star Cushion Pattern now available for sale in my Player 2 Patterns Esty Shop.  This is a great pattern for beginners and is perfect for home d├ęcor and for sewing quick and easy gifts for the holidays.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Friday, 9 December 2016

Player 2 Patterns: Infinity Scarf Pattern for Sale on Etsy

My Player Two Infinity Scarf with Bow Band is now for sale in my Etsy Pattern Shop.  If you'd like to sew something fun and simple, check it out.  Sew one (or many) for yourself or for your friends for Christmas.  Roll up the scarf and wrap it with the bow band as the perfect gift.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Plans to make Burda 6912 View A

My latest sewing project is Burda 6912.  I have some grey cotton fabric and some buttons from my stash that I will be using to make View A.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Player 2 Patterns: Pom Pom Flower Sewing Pattern for Sale on Etsy

Hey everyone, visit my PlayerTwoPatterns Etsy Shop to check out my newest pattern for sale - Pom Pom Flower Sewing Pattern

Here are some pictures of some creative things you can do with the flowers you create from this instant download pattern.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Mosquito Net & Sewing Machine

Today I was able to place my order with Compassion Canada for a Mosquito Net.  Mosquito nets remind me of sewing since they are essentially a large piece of fabric.  The mosquito nets from Compassion are special though, because they help prevent the spread of malaria to children.

I'm super excited about my next goal, which is to purchase a new sewing machine, also from Compassion.  According to their website, Compassion says, "Through tailoring, moms can earn extra income to provide healthy meals to their children each day!  Give a new sewing machine so moms can learn to earn an income from home."

This is a really cool incentive for me to be able to provide a sewing machine for someone since being able to sew has made such a difference in my own life.  I really can't wait to be able to order a sewing machine for someone!

Monday, 26 September 2016

Fabric Tip for Sewing Appliques

After testing many different types of fabric for applique sewing, I've found that I like to work with quilting fabric the best.  It has a heavier body than many of the other cotton choices and isn't as sheer.  Quilting fabric is also great because there are so many colours and prints to choose from.  I often like to purchase the pre-cut bundles to work with because they are cost effective and convenient. 

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Sewing Tip in Threads Magazine: April/May 2016

A sewing tip that I wrote has been selected and appears in the April/May 2016 edition of Threads Magazine.  This is not my first time having a sewing tip published in Threads, but this time around my sewing advice is being featured as "Best Tip", and I received a prize package of sewing books and DVD's in the mail.  Pick up a copy of Threads to read my tip!

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Creepy Mannequins

I came across a couple of pictures that I took back in college.  One day, I just happened to walk by a room where someone had gathered all the dress forms together.  I'm not sure who did it or why they were there, but one thing's for sure, it was pretty creepy...

Monday, 15 February 2016

The Transforming Tank: Part Five

A while back, I started a series that I called The Transforming Tank.  This idea behind this series was to start with a pattern for a basic tank top and to continue to alter the pattern to create different looks.  I thought it would be interesting to see how the tank would evolve over time.

Recently, I was doing some cleaning and sorting in my sewing room when I came across the original tank - from Part One of the series.  I was about to throw it away, when I began to wonder if it could be saved, and if I could create something interesting from this plain muslin.

Searching my scrap pile, I found a long piece of fabric that was eventually to become the trim, which is hand-sewed along the tank's neckline.  The piece was not long enough to go all the way around the perimeter of the neck opening, but I kind of liked the idea of keeping it asymmetrical. 

Then, I headed to the fabric store, where the box of teal dye was jumping out at me.  I love to hand dye things and I was pleased with the way the colour turned out once the fabric was washed and dried.

Lastly, I found an old broach in my jewelry drawer that I decided goes perfectly with the colour of the tank.  I love the pop of colour it adds, and not only that, I love that the broach can be changed whenever I decide I want to create a new look for my tank.


To read more from The Transforming Tank series, click here:
The Transforming Tank: Part One
The Transforming Tank: Part Two
The Transforming Tank: Part Three
The Transforming Tank: Part Four