Freebie Friday: Cute and Padded Coat Hangers

18 Jul

Wire hangers. Ugh. We’ve all used them only to find they easily get tangled up together and often leave odd shapes in the shoulders of our favorite sweaters. Today’s Freebie Friday will help you make some extremely adorable and padded coat hangers that can help solve all those problems—plus they will perk up any bedroom!

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what you will need…

  • 20 x 65cm floral fabric
  • wooden coat hanger
  • padding (old tights or top cut into 10cm strips works well)
  • 60cm bias binding
  • matching sewing thread
  • sewing kit
  • and perhaps the book that inspired it…

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Sew! is a treasure trove of simple projects all made using Cath Kidston’s popular printed fabrics. Reflecting her love of vintage-style patterns, the fabrics feature fresh colors in delightful and unexpected combinations. There are 43 fun and useful projects, all shown in stunning, close-up photographs complete with full-size pattern and on an enclosed sheet for each project, step-by-step instructions and templates.

 

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Goodreads Giveaway: Vintage Lingerie

13 Jul

I heard nothing but Oohs and Ahhhs when I passed around Jill Salen’s Vintage Lingerie last week. So we’re spreading the joy and doing a Vintage Lingerie Goodreads Giveaway. Vintage Lingerie covers a range of fascinating lingerie and garments, including 1890s corsets, 1920s French knickers, 1940s garter belts, 1950s New Look girdles and pin-up brassieres, and much more. The book includes 30 fully annotated working patterns alongside drawings, photographs, and practical advice on making up the garments.

Enter now–the giveaway ends on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Vintage Lingerie by Jill Salen

Vintage Lingerie

by Jill Salen

Giveaway ends July 16, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Can’t wait? Buy the book today!

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Freebie Friday: 1930s Blue Silk Slip Vintage Lingerie

11 Jul

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Vintage, baby!

With the onset of the Great Depression, 1930s women’s street fashion shifted, closing out the boyish lean of the Roaring 20s—flappers, Marlene Dietrich, marlene-dietrich-smokingCoco Chanel donning a man’s sweater cinched with a belt at the waist—to something more feminine, sophisticated, and elegant. It was a decade of natural waistlines and flattering fluttery butterfly sleeves worn on the big screen by Hollywood starlets like Lana Turner. Lana_Turner_in_The_Postman_Always_Rings_Twice

So this week’s Free Pattern Download, a 1930s Blue Silk Slip pictured above, is essentially about summer’s influence on my psyche, which is all awhirl with blockbuster movies and weddings and the unavoidable daily quandary of feeling cool and pretty despite the often stifling, sticky NYC heat and humidity.

The image and pattern are from Vintage Lingerie by Jill Salen, which includes 30 beautiful and historically accurate examples of period lingerie from 1850 to 1970: corsets, brassieres, girdles, petticoats… accompanied by a full working pattern, photographs, and drawings.

Cheers everyone! Be free, stay cool, and have a wonderful weekend!

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Author of the Month: Leonie Morgan of 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet

2 Jul

Leonie Morgan HeadshotThis month we sit down for a Q&A with crochet and knitting expert Leonie Morgan, author of 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet. Inspired at an early age by her mother’s granny blanket, Leonie taught herself how to knit and crochet from various books and hand-me-down knowledge.

Find her blogging at WoolnHook and check out her beautiful and inspiring Pinterest page. She lives in Wales with a wool-tolerant partner and three wool-loving cats.

1. What’s your craft? I crochet and knit – all the time.

2. What project would you consider an all-time best? My Book Blanket is my all-time-best. I used all the squares designed for my first book and joined them together. It’s really warm, cosy and full of color.

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3. What project would you consider an all-time worst? One of the first crochet things I made was a cropped cardigan. I missed some of the stitches out and didn’t block. I knew it wasn’t going to turn out grand but carried on regardless and wore it around the house feeling smug. As the day wore on, the arms got longer, and longer, and longer. It went in the unravel pile that evening.

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4. What tool or material could you not live without? Wool. If there was a wool drought I’d have to unravel sweaters.

5. What’s your hidden talent? Super hearing.

9781250049490_FC (1)100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet is a wonderfully illustrated and easy-to-use guide to making and using ripple stitches in delightful and inspiring ways. With 75 original stitch designs to choose from there is plenty here to appeal to every crocheter—blankets, accessories, and more! Each design has a clear written pattern, an easy-to-follow chart, and a color variation to try out. The designs range from simple to more advanced patterns and also include ripple stitches worked in the round for unusual and eye-catching projects. It even includes five great projects as inspiration for how some of the designs could go together!

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How To Tuesday – DIY Koozies!

17 Jun

Happy summer, Crafters!

It looks like the warm weather is finally here to stay which means it’s time for regular picnics, beach trips, and plenty of time outside. But when you’re spending so much time outside you have to remember to stay hydrated. And what better way to keep those beverages nice and cold than with your very own customized koozie? This craft comes from Katie of View from the Frige who shared these fabulous fabric koozies while guest posting on A Prudent Life.

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Image from A Prudent Life

As someone whose parents reclaimed all the souvenir koozies I’ve grown accustomed to when I moved out, this craft is something I need to do before the 4th of July holiday. Is there anything worse than warm soda? (Yes, yes there is. The answer is warm beer.)

Head on over to A Prudent Life and get started on yours!

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