Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday! I don’t know if you have noticed, but I haven’t been doing much posting lately. In the last couple of weeks, Lyle and I have undergone some major life changes (which resulted in my unintended absence). After my graduation festivities, we had a brief vacation, and then we headed back to Waco to pack up our things, move out of our lovely house, say goodbye to our dear friends, and make the move to the Austin area. We are still kind of in limbo, but it feels good to finally start the next chapter in our life!
In the midst of all the craziness, I found the time to make these sweet dishtowels for my friend who recently got married (which, by the way, may have been the most beautiful wedding I have experienced to date – and I have been to and in a lot of weddings!):
Over the last few years, I have found that I generally try and make something for my friends when they get married. Normally, I go with dish towels because to me, they symbolize what Fran and I (youfrillme) are all about – finding beauty and frills (and functionality) in the practical, day-to-day things. Everyone needs dishtowels – why not make them FRILLING and lovely?
The entire concept was inspired by embroidery patterns I purchased from Sublime Stitching – who I discovered at last year’s Renegade Craft Fair. I wanted a sort of vintage-inspired look, and I fell in love with this flower and birds design.
The Russian nesting dolls were also inspired by Sublime. I actually purchased embroidery patterns for these, but instead, I decided to incorporate them using applique and some super fun pattern mixing.
I also sewed on ruffles to the bottom of the dishtowels for extra FRILLS.
Finally, a little shout out to Mrs. Kathy Davidson – if you get a chance to read this – your wedding was gorgeous and you were absolutely stunning. Thank you for including me on such a special day. Best wishes to you and Matt as you continue having the time of your life! Hopefully these gifts will reach you soon!
Yesterday when I arrived home from school, the thunder storm was oh-so-tempting so, instead of doing homework, I got to work on a gift I’ve been needing to work on in honor of my friend’s new babe. This is my second time to do the ruffle-butt onesies. I think they are so adorable, and they definitely worked out even better this time around. I also added some frills to my blanket-stitched applique by adding some cute little buttons to the mix. Finally, I whipped up some baby legwarmers, which Fran did a DIY on over the summer. If you haven’t tried these, you must. You will be amazed at how easy they are!
It’s storming again today, but unfortunately, I’m behind on homework!
The dishtowel just might have to be youfrillme’s mascot with all the fun DIYs we are coming up with this summer! In May, Fran wrote a post about embellishing your dishtowel with applique, and in June I posted a video tutorial on the blanket stitch.
Today I’m bringing you a DIY to add to these last two projects.
I made these for a friend’s wedding gift in June. You might remember them from the blanket stitch post. Notice the fun fabric border I added to the bottom of the dishtowel. This is what I’m going to show you how to do today, and I promise, it’s really simple!
So get out the dishtowel that you used to learn about applique and the blanket stitch, and follow along as my friend, Tia, learns how to add this final frill to her own project!
Choose your fabric, and cut it about 2” lengthwise and about 4” wider than the width of the bottom portion of your dishtowel.
Make sure everything is ironed and ready for pinning.
Press (iron) each long side of your fabric over about 1/4”. THEN, fold over again to make a 1/2” hem and press. Notice that we only made one fold here. This was a mistake. If you don’t fold it twice, your towel will fray!
Pin each side.
Sew each pinned side on the right side of the fabric, removing the pins as you go.
Pin your fabric onto the bottom of one side of your dishtowel. Leave 2” hanging off each side.
Sew the pinned side onto the right side of the dishtowel, removing each pin as you go.
On the wrong side of the fabric and dishtowel, make a 1/4” fold and press. Then fold the rest of the fabric over making it even with the seam on the dishtowel. Press and pin.
Step 9: Oops, no picture! Sew each side down, removing the pins as you go!
Step 10: Enjoy your newly frilled up dishtowel. And don’t forget to add the applique and blanket stitch! Check out Tia’s almost finished product. She decided to go with a monogrammed applique she cut out herself, and is learning how to do the very easy blanket stitch. Great job, Tia!
For a ruffled finish to your fabric, simply cut the fabric about 2 1/2 times longer than the width of the bottom of your dishtowel. Then, follow all of the directions on this DIY, but when it comes time to pin your fabric to your dishtowel, instead of pinning evenly, pin the fabric making little folds. When you sew your seam, your fabric will begin to ruffle!
Recently I learned a new stitch, the blanket stitch, and since then, I’ve been going blanket-stitch-crazy! My favorite thing about it is that it’s EASY and frills up whatever project you might be working on. I’ve been adding it to all of my applique projects.
Remember the DIY post Fran wrote on embellishing with applique? You really ought to go back to it before you watch this video tutorial I made on the blanket stitch. Once you’ve learned about both, you will be able to do lots of fun and easy sewing without needing a sewing machine!
Check out all of the fun things I’ve been working on using applique and the blanket stitch, and then watch my video tutorial so you can join in on the fun!
I made these dish towels as a wedding gift using applique and the blanket stitch. I also added some extra frills on the bottom with leftover fabric. It’s been my experience that a girl can never have enough pretty dishtowels.
I made this dishtowel for part of my sister’s housewarming gift. She just moved back to our home state of Louisiana which explains the embroidering in French meaning, “Let the Good Times Roll”.
The next two items are a baby gift for one of my dearest friends and her newly born daughter. The gown has fun designs, and I used the same fabric to cut out a monogram for the jumper.
Finally, I made these onesies for another sweet friend and her newly born twins. These aren’t completed yet. I’m adding ruffles to the butts as soon as I get time!
Sold yet? Check out this video tutorial to learn more!
Lately, quite a few friends of mine have asked me for sewing advice. Just to get things straight, I completely consider myself a beginner. Still, I know what it’s like to be starting out and with a budget in mind. It’s easy to go to a fabric shop and feel the need to buy EVERYTHING. There’s a tool out there for it all, but what exactly do you NEED? And what can you get by without?
Here is my list of basic sewing essentials. With these few supplies, I feel like I can do most anything at my skill level without breaking the bank, but still with the efficiency proper sewing tools often provide. This list is intended for those with a sewing machine already, so I didn’t include needle, thread or fabric.
1. Pins: DUH! Really? Do I have to explain why you need these?
2. Iron: I hope you all have an iron anyway (come on people, don’t be wrinkly). For sewing, you can’t live without this. Whether you are getting the wrinkles out of your fabric or marking your hems, you’re going to eventually need an iron.
3. FABRIC scissors. Honestly people, regular craft scissors may cut it (PUN! haha!) for a while, but life is so much easier with a good pair of fabric scissors. If you want to save money, just by a small pair like mine here. I have found that you can do everything with a small pair, but it is much more difficult to do everything with the standard, larger size.
4. Quilter’s Ruler: You NEED this. Again, you could use a standard ruler, but the little sliders you see at the left of the ruler REALLY help guide you when you are doing your hem or any other measuring at the ironing board. Plus, these are smaller and therefore, more convenient, than a typical ruler.
5. Water Soluble Writing Utensils: Markers, Pens, Pencils, whatever. Marking on your fabric with something that will come out with water is essential if precision means anything to you.
6. Rotary Cutter and Mat: This and the rotary mat are probably things you can live without. However, I included them because they are SO handy as you begin sewing more and more. Using these tools, it’s much easier to cut a larger portion of fabric and make bigger measurements. If you are pinching pennies or don’t have a lot of space to work with, don’t buy these first. But FYI: somewhere, someday, you will eventually cave.
7. Seam Ripper: The fun part. Just when you’ve ALMOST finished your project, you realize you’ve made a mistake and that the seams HAVE to go. Unless you’re perfect, buy these ASAP. Unlike scissors, they are a safe way to rip out your seams faster, without risking tearing up your fabric.
So, there you have it; my advice on basic sewing essentials. This is based on my own experience, so comment below if I’ve left anything important off the list!
Last weekend, the Renegade Craft Fair came to Austin, and it was tons o’ fun! I felt like I was walking around Etsy. Frills. Frilling. LOVE. There was so much eye candy, I just had to buy a few prizes for myself – more on that in a later post. I left with some ideas of my own, too.
For now, check out some of my favorite designers I discovered at the Fair:
Check out these frilling Ipad carriers I found by Craft Chi. You can find her blog here.
Hair pieces were all the fad at the Fair this year, but these flower crowns stood out above the rest. They are just the fringes of Molly Gee’s collection. Seriously, I think I stayed in her booth the longest. She had ALL KINDS of frilling goodies. Check out her website to see what I mean.
I could not get enough of this fabric wall art by Tefi Designs. My favorite is the Embroidery Ring Decor. I am also in LOVE with her fabric necklaces and rings. So frilling! Check out her site for everything from wreathes to jewelry to stationery!
These button bouquets by the Button Florist were amazing to behold! She even had bouquets made from felt and ceramic. It would be really neat to see her creations as a wedding decor. Her site is currently under construction, but you really ought to bookmark it for later!
Sublime Stitching had a super fun booth. There were all kinds of embroidering patterns available that iron on up to eight times! They also had napkins and dish towels for sale, as well as lots of metallic threads. I bought a Christmas pattern and some dishtowels. Someone will be getting a lovely present very soon. =)
I fell in LOVE with these Baby Pill Box Hats. Seriously. LOVE. They are so cute; I just HAD to have one. You can find these at Black Gardenia Design along with many other super frilling hair pieces.
Well, there you have it. My faves from the Renegade Craft Fair in Austin. Ours was the first city they hit this summer, so check out their site for a city near you!