July 24, 2014

Inspire Us Thursday, July 24!

It's Thursday! Time to take a breath and relax. Sit back in the sun (or cool air conditioning) and come be inspired by Inspire Us Thursday! Here you'll find a group of links dedicated to projects in fiber: yarn, thread, fabric, and floss. Maybe you're a quilter who will be inspired to try crochet. Or a sewer of clothing drawn in by a cross-stitch. Maybe you'll be inspired to put down the knitting needles and dust of your sewing machine. Be sure to check out all the links, you may be surprised where you'll find your next inspiration.

Inspire Us Thursdays: Sew Needle Stitch Hook, a link party dedicated to fiber on The Inspired Wren.
The most viewed link last week: Be sure to click through to see all the details (and learn abut all the fabrics) on these perfect Baby Blocks by Ella & Nesta's Little Room.


July 23, 2014

Oliver + S Croquet Flipped into a Mash-Up Romper

Apparently I still have rompers on the brain. When I first read about this month's Flip This Pattern, I immediately saw this romper in my mind's eye. Frances Suzanne chose the Oliver + S Croquet Dress for July's challenge and I found my excuse to purchase another O+S pattern. My solution isn't so much a Flip as it is a Mash-Up of two patterns, the Croquet Dress and the O+S Puppet Show Shorts.

Sewing an Oliver+S Croquet Dress Flipped (or rather made into a Mash-Up with Puppet Show Shorts) into a Romper | The Inspired Wren

July 17, 2014

Inspire Us Thursday, July 17!

It's Inspire Us Thursday! Here you'll find a group of links dedicated to projects in fiber: yarn, thread, fabric, and floss. Maybe you're a quilter who will be inspired to try crochet. Or a sewer of clothing drawn in by a cross-stitch. Maybe you'll be inspired to put down the knitting needles and dust of your sewing machine. Be sure to check out all the links, you may be surprised where you'll find your next inspiration. Now sit back with a cool drink & a tasty snack and take some time to browse with me.

The most viewed link last week: This gorgeous, intricate cross-stitched Strawberry Bookmark from FranceNadeau. Beautiful.


July 15, 2014

Felt Christmas Ornament, A Perfect July Couch Craft (with Tutorial)

At the end of June a Facebook post reminded me that there was already less than six months until Christmas. Soon after, Deby at Sew So Easy reminded me via email that I agreed to join in the Fab Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments blog hop. I wasn't ready to clear my sewing table of summer to make room for winter holidays, so I took to my couch.* This seemingly simple felt ball took three mock-ups(!) before I was able to translate the classic paper sphere ornament into felt with a tiny bit of bling. I'll save you the stress of trying to figure it out for yourself with this quick step by step tutorial illustrating how to create your own handmade Felt Christmas Bauble. Bonus: you can recreate this ornament with thread or with hot glue!

Felt Bauble Tutorial: Step by step directions to create a handmade felt sphere for the holidays, make it with thread or with hot glue.


*It's the third Tuesday of the month by the way, and you'll be forgiven for not knowing that means this is the correct day to share a Couch Craft. After all, even though I've published my editorial calendar for all to see, I don't think I've kept to it very well. Surprisingly, no one has called me out on that yet.