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.

Project #7: Gobble Gobble Turkey Shirt

photo 2I know it’s September 1st.  But… it’s Labor Day.  So it’s kind of fitting (right???) to start the sharing of the last of my Sew Cheap Summer Challenge projects.

Confession: August got away from me.  It was busier than I had anticipated.  When I last posted in July, I thought it would be a breeze to finish this challenge.  But that was not the case.  For almost the entire month, I lost my sewing mojo.  But it’s back.  And I just spent this long weekend catching up on my sewing.  Today, I have the first of my final four projects to share with you- the Gobble Gobble Turkey Shirt.

Who: This is for a niece.

What: My inspiration for the project was this shirt by The Cottage Mama.  I drafted my own pattern pieces which ended up being super easy.

I bought the t-shirt at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago and then used different scraps of fabric for the feathers and body.  It was a great scrap-busting project.  In addition, I believe I sent this same niece the striped skirt (project #1), so she should be able to wear the two together.  Happy coincidence!

Cost: The shirt was clearances for $2.  I had the fabric, thread, and interfacing already.

Where Have I Been?

Well, I got side tracked.  I was looking around online last week and got caught up in a series of posts Jess at Craftiness Is Not Optional did on making Barbie® clothes.  Her sewing ideas were super straight forward and seemed easy to do.  And it looked like a great way to bust through my stash of fabric scraps.

Ok, time for a confession.  I was so smitten that I went out and bought a Barbie® just so I could sew her clothes!  I know, I know… it’s terrible.  I have since learned, though, that my niece does indeed like to play with Barbies®, so I have someone to gift this doll and wardrobe to.  Whew….  

First up, I started with Jess’s ideas for making a dress with darts and a velcro enclosure.  So easy.  And look how cute it turned out!  The belt is made from bias tape and black felt.  I think she looks ready to hit the beach in this dress.

 

But maybe Barbie® isn’t headed to the beach today.  Maybe, instead, she just wants to do some shopping in Santa Barbara.  (Ok, maybe it’s just me who wants to do some shopping in Santa Barbara.)  Well, she’ll need a cute skirt and tank top for that.  And a cute purse- a must!!  I used Jess’s tutorial for both the skirt and the tank top.  The only difference I made was to line the skirt with a contrasting fabric, so that I didn’t need to enclose the elastic.

 

Last item to share today- Pajamas!  For the pants and top, I simply drafted a pattern by tracing a rough outline of Barbie® on to paper.  I added seam allowances and was ready to go.  This is definitely one of my favorite creations- it’s just so cute to see Barbie® all cozy in flannel pajamas!

 

Final Details

 Who: For my niece (eventually)

What: I used some of Jess at Craftiness Is Not Optional’s tutorials for Barbie® clothes

Cost: Nothing… except for the Barbie®.  Ha ha!!  For the rest, I’ve just been busting through all my scraps of fabric.  Love it!!!

Project #4: Infant Peasant Dress

Who: For another baby showinfant peasant dresser gift

What: I used the pattern from Sew Much Ado to make the Infant Peasant Dress.  Between her pattern and tutorial, Abby makes it super easy to create this stunning dress.  And it uses hardly any fabric at all, so I was able to buy the fabric for this dress from the remnant bin.  Love that!  Overall, I only made one change and that was to add the band at the bottom of the dress.  I used what I learned while making the Cottage Mama Party Dress to finish the skirt this way.  Oh and I added the flower with some scraps I had around.

Cost: I bought the fabric from the discount bin at Joann’s and used some elastic I purchased in bulk.  In total, I think I spent about $1.50 to make this dress (but it could be less).

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