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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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

Project #3: Tiny Curtsy Skirt

Who: For a baby shower gift

What: I used a tutorial from Sewing in No Mans Land (so many cute kids clothes!!!) to make the Tiny Curtsy Skirt.  Based on the tutorial, I wasn’t completely sure how big to make this skirt, so I found a few size charts online and used them as a reference.  Ultimately, I cut 2 strips of fabric 8 x 34 inches (one white and one yellow) that I sewed completely together to make a fully lined skirt.  The original tutorial has them joined at the top and hemmed separately at the bottom which I changed simply because I don’t like hemming.

Cost: I bought a yard of white cotton fabric at the beginning of June and I found the yellow fabric in the discount bin at Joann’s.  Altogether, the fabric and elastic (just the amount I used) cost me about $2.50 (maybe less).

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!

Project #1: Summer Stripes Skirt

So my first project of the Sew Cheap Summer Challenge isn’t from my top 10 list.  Fail.  But it was something that didn’t require I buy much and used up some of my favorite fabric scraps.  That’s a win in my book!

Who: For my 3 year old nieceskirt 011

What: I used the tutorial from Elegance & Elephants and fabric scraps to make this skirt.  My first purchases of the summer were this white cotton and the 3/4 inch elastic I used in the waistband.

Cost: I spent about $5 to make this skirt because I needed to buy the white fabric and elastic.  Everything else I already had on hand.

Skirts are easy to make, but can be a little boring.  At least that’s how I feel when I make them.  With this skirt, I appreciated that I got to use several sweet, summery fabrics as stripes.  It’s just a little different detail, but I think it makes all the difference.  This skirt was quick and fun and one that I already have plans to make again.

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