Sew Cheap Summer Challenge Final Update

It’s that time again… time to update the Sew Cheap Summer Challenge List.

WAIT???  What about the 10th project?  What about the gathered clutch I had promised to sew???  Sadly, it did not happen.  I tried, but time ran out and, if I’m honest, so did my drive.  I have the pieces cut out, so maybe I’ll still try to make it.  However, for the purposes of this challenge, I’d rather be truthful and tell you it didn’t happen.  And you know what?  I’m ok with that.  I’ve really enjoyed the push of having a public goal like this challenge.  And I’ve had a great summer sewing up all sorts of projects for family and friends.  I will definitely set a goal like this for myself again; so in my book, the challenge was definitely a success!

Turning back to the point of this post, here is my original list of 10 sewing goals for summer updated to show the changes I’ve made and the projects I’ve completed.

  1. Tiny Curtsy Skirt  Completed 6/21
  2. Easy Baby Dress Completed 8/30 (was going to be the Itty Bitty Baby Dress )
  3. Infant Peasant Dress  Completed 6/27
  4. Summer Stripes Skirt  Completed 6/5 ( was going to be the Reversible Wrap Top)
  5. The Party Dress  Completed 6/13
  6. Gobble Gobble Turkey Shirt  Completed 8/29
  7. Gathered Clutch DID NOT COMPLETE 
  8. Felt Fringe Christmas Tree Skirt Completed 7/6 (was going to be the Mooshy Belly Bunny )
  9. Lamb Pillows  Completed 7/24 
  10. Pillow Cover Completed 8/30

In my July update, my spending total for the summer was $34. With these final four projects complete, my updated total spent for the summer was $65.50. Not bad for a summer’s worth of sewing!

Overall, this has been just the motivation I needed to get going on my ever-expanding list of sewing to-dos!  And I would highly recommend others to try this for themselves in the future!!

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Project #9: Pillows

photo 3This one was a long, long time coming.  We’ve had our couch two years now and ta da! It finally has pillows!  Whew… I am so relieved to get this project finished.

Who: For our family.

What: I originally thought I’d do envelope enclosures, but they didn’t seem finished enough for the fabric I found.  After reading through this tutorial, I felt like I was up for trying zippers.  I didn’t follow her tutorial completely, but it was the inspiration I needed to get started.

Cost: The fabric is a curtain I bought a long time ago, but didn’t end up hanging up.  They cost (if I remember right) about $20 for the one panel.  I also bought the zippers from Joann’s for $7 total.  The pillow forms I’ve had for years just waiting for this project.  (I’m not going to count their cost here, but they were from Ikea and super reasonable.)

P.S. The scripted pillow is a placemat that I filled with stuffing ages ago.  I just threw it in here for styling purposes.

Project #8: Easy Baby Dress

photo 1Who: This one is for my newest niece.  I used the same fabric earlier on the party dress (project #2).  I thought the two girl cousins might enjoy being twins.  Or at least the four year old might.  I’m not sure that the littlest one will be aware or care.  🙂

What: I was originally going to use the Itty Bitty Baby Dress by Made by Rae, but changed my mind.  It’s super adorable, but I wanted something with fixed straps.  Because of this, I ended up using See Kate Sew’s Easy Baby Dress Pattern.  What I liked more about this option was the fixed straps which (bonus!) have elastic in them.  That should still make this one easy to get on and off baby.

Although I followed Kate’s tutorial, I did make one significant change.  I cut the bodice pieces 1/2 inch longer, so that I could fold them under and sew the skirt bottom between the layers.  Basically, I took what I learned while sewing the party dress and applied it here.  It was more work, but I like this finish better.  I also top-stiched around the bodice (which I don’t think is listed in the tutorial).

Cost: Almost nothing.  I had leftover fabric and thread on hand from the earlier dress.  All I needed to buy for this project was the elastic.  I paid $2.50 for a package at Joann’s.

Sew Cheap Summer Challenge July Update

It’s the end of July (can you believe how fast the summer is going by?) and time to update the Sew Cheap Summer Challenge List.  Once again, here is my original list of 10 sewing goals for summer updated to show the changes I’ve made and the projects I’ve completed.
  1. Tiny Curtsy Skirt  Completed 6/21
  2. Itty Bitty Baby Dress
  3. Infant Peasant Dress  Completed 6/27
  4. Summer Stripes Skirt  Completed 6/5 ( was going to be the Reversible Wrap Top)
  5. The Party Dress  Completed 6/13
  6. Gobble Gobble Turkey Shirt
  7. Gathered Clutch
  8. Felt Fringe Christmas Tree Skirt Completed 7/6 (was going to be the Mooshy Belly Bunny )
  9. Lamb Pillows  Completed 7/24 
  10. Pillow Cover
And now a word about budget.  When I last updated you, I had spent $25.  Since then, I’ve spent an additional $9.00 on the peasant dress and tree skirt.  The lamb pillow was made with materials I already had on hand.  This brings my total for summer to $34.  Not bad, I think.

Sew Cheap Summer Challenge Update

So… it’s now nearly the end of June and I think it’s time to update how I’m doing on this list of summer sewing projects.  Here is the original list of my to 10 sewing goals for the summer updated to show the changes I’ve talked about making and the projects I’ve already finished.  So far, I’ve completed 3 projects and spent a total of $25.

  1. Tiny Curtsy Skirt  Completed 6/21
  2. Itty Bitty Baby Dress
  3. Infant Peasant Dress
  4. Summer Stripes Skirt  Completed 6/5 ( was going to be the Reversible Wrap Top)
  5. The Party Dress  Completed 6/13
  6. Gobble Gobble Turkey Shirt
  7. Gathered Clutch
  8. Mooshy Belly Bunny  Will probably replace with a tree skirt (see below)
  9. Lamb Pillows
  10. Pillow Cover

 Favorite Tree Skirts:

Source: Prudent Baby

Ruffled Tree Skirt from The Crafted Sparrow (with tutorial):

It’s been a fantastic, crafty summer so far and I’m looking forward to crossing off more of these projects in the next month.  And it’s not too late for anyone else who wants to join this Sew Cheap Summer Challenge!

Sew Cheap Summer Challenge

More Project Ideas

Right after hitting publish on this post, I realized I had left off a couple of other projects I want to work on around the house this summer.  I’ve been so crazy about sewing kids clothes, that I had totally forgotten about these.

#1) Throw Pillows for the couch.

This one is mentioned on my list without any details.  Right now, our couch is in desperate need of throw pillows.  I started a couple of crocheted pillow covers back in January that I’d like to finish.  In addition, I want to also sew some pillow covers that I could change depending on my mood (and thus, the Martha Stewart link).  Right now, I’m leaning towards sewing a mix of holiday pillow covers (like this or this), quirky pillow covers (like this or this) or travel related pillow covers (like these).  The tough part of completing this project will be narrowing it down and keeping it within my budget.

#2) Framed Maps for the dining room wall.

This should be easiest of my additional projects since I have most of the materials already.  Six months ago, I bought a set of frames at a garage sale.  Next up, I want to stain them espresso and put in new pictures.  I’m leaning towards maps like thisthis or this, but nothing is finalized.

and finally, a biggie…

#3) A Tree Skirt.

I know it’s only June, but during the holiday season, I simply have no time to sew.  Thus, it’s been several years of me simply throwing some loose fabric under the tree and calling it a “skirt.”  If I’m going to be ready this coming Christmas, I need to start now.  The problem with this project is that I haven’t seen any one tree skirt that made me say, “yeah, that one!!”  I’ve seen so many great ideas that I’m just not sure which direction I want to go in.  So far, I’m loving some sort of combination of thisthis and this.

Definitely, some of my original projects may get bumped in order to give me time and money to focus on these ones.  But that’s ok because I’m super excited to tackle these… if I can ever make up my mind!

Sew Cheap Summer Challenge List

Sew Cheap Summer ChallengeIt’s time for a list of projects I hope to accomplish this summer!  Here’s a top 10 list with links to tutorials.

            1. Tiny Curtsy Skirt
            2. Itty Bitty Baby Dress
            3. Infant Peasant Dress
            4. Reversible Wrap Top
            5. The Party Dress
            6. Gobble Gobble Turkey Shirt
            7. Buttercup Bag or Gathered Clutch
            8. Mooshy Belly Bunny
            9. Lamb Pillows
            10. Pillow Cover