Today is the day that the Bundle Up Boys Collection is available for sale! You’ll have one week to pick and choose from all 12 patterns to customize your bundle. Find all the details right here: Bundle Up Sale. My testers did such a great job on my contribution to the collection: the Honor Roll Raglan Henley. Here are a few of their photos:
You can click on the photos to see larger versions, if you’d like. The top with the band at the bottom was made using the waistband from my Charlie Tee to give the top a slightly different look, and I sneaked in a girly version so you can see how easy it is to make this top more feminine with the right choice of fabrics!
Here are a few of my favorite shots of my boys looking studious in their Honor Roll Raglan Henleys!Now is the time to build your boys’ pattern bundle, so you’ll be ready to stitch up an amazing fall or winter wardrobe for your little guys! Just click here to get started.
Now that our kids are back in school, whether you’re back on a regular homeschool schedule like us or you wave goodbye to that big yellow school bus in the mornings, it’s easier to fit in time to sew! Now is a great time to stock up on the patterns that you need for fall and winter sewing with a 40% discount code!! Use the code: SEWINGTIME in the Fishsticks Designs Pattern Shop or the Fishsticks Store at Etsy through midnight eastern on Thursday, 8/21. (This code is not stackable with the Buy 4/Get 1 special.)
I’ve got a new boys’ pattern coming, and it’s part of an amazing collection of a dozen brand new PDF patterns for boys – a collection that you can purchase at a great price! The Boys Bundle Up will be available for one week from August 22nd through August 29th. (After the sale, you’ll be able to buy the individual patterns from their designers at the regular price.)My contribution to the Boys Bundle Up is the Honor Roll Raglan Henley! This top has a huge range of sizes, starting at 12 months and going all the way to 16. It’s a knit top that combines the traditional Henley with a modern curved raglan sleeve and an optional pocket. When the collection is ready for sale, you’ll find all of the details right here: Bundle Up Sale.
While you’re waiting for the sale to start, you can check out the ongoing review posts on the Pattern Revolution Blog. That’s not all, though, you can enter to win the whole set of patterns before you can even buy it!! Just fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post. Before you enter, though, check out all of the other amazing boy patterns that are included:
Amy Barickman of Indygo Junction recently released a new book called Dimensional Denim, and I got to check it out! Here’s what Amy says about the book, “I was inspired to create this book after I noticed the recent trend for textural home decor and accessory items. While trend shopping I saw more and more items that created texture and interest through fabric manipulation.” The creative ideas in the book combine beautifully with Indygo Junction’s Crossroads Denim, but the book includes some great ideas for recycling old blue jeans, too!
I’ve worked with Crossroads Denim before, and it’s wonderful for denim pants, skirts and jackets, but I hadn’t really thought about using it for home decor projects. My husband and I recently finished a bench that we upcycled from our youngest daughter’s old bed, and since it really needed a toss pillow, that’s what I chose to make!Because of the vintage look of the bench, I thought the Basket Weave Pillow would be just perfect here. I used two colors of Crossroads Denim – Fire Red and Weathered Indygo. (I sort of wish that I’d thrown in some French Vanilla, too, for even more color and interest. The book has instructions for making this pillow in two colors or three.)My favorite part of this project might have been tearing those strips. There’s something so satisfying about the ripping sound and that perfectly straight line that you get when you tear along the grain. I got a little carried away, and ended up with plenty of strips for a future project – maybe a vintage-y fabric checker board?Amy says, “A simple woven design is probably one of the first craft projects most children make in school.” Whether or not you learned this technique in grade school, it really is easy enough that a child could do it, and the end product has a lovely dimensional look.I did have to do a little math to come up with the right length and quantity of strips for my pillow since I was reusing an odd shaped one that I already had on hand. Amy includes all of the details for making a 19″ x 19″ pillow with three fabrics, so you don’t have to do math if you don’t want to. One of the things I really like about the book is that each section teaches you the technique first, followed by an actual project, but it also offers ideas for using that technique for your own projects. It sort of gives you freedom to expand on what you’ve learned!I modified the stitching on my pillow just a little bit because I was afraid my rough and tumble boys might just grab those woven strips and pull them apart. Instead of stitching the X pattern that Amy recommends on random blocks, I topstitched down the torn edges of all of my blue sections and left the red ones loose. Hopefully, those red loops won’t end up being home to too many little action figures. I’m sure that they’ll hold up beautifully, though, if they do!
You can enter to win your own copy of Dimensional Denim by clicking over to the Indygo Junction blog, or you can grab a copy right now for 30% off using code DDBT14 at checkout! Be sure to follow along with the rest of the blog tour schedule below!
8/4 Indygo Junction
8/5 Amy Barickman
8/6 Fishsticks Designs
8/8 The Sewing Loft
8/11 Nancy Zieman
8/12 Skip to My Lou
8/13 Inventive Denim
8/15 Coats and Clark
You can find Crossroads Denim at all of these online stores:
In case you’re not busy this afternoon …. I’ll be joining Pat Sloan for her live weekly radio show. You can listen live right here: American Patchwork & Quilting Radio. The show airs at 4 p.m. eastern/3 p.m. central. I’m the third of today’s four guests. Don’t worry if you miss the live show, though! You can listen to the podcast any time by clicking on the above link to listen on your computer or by subscribing on iTunes (just search American Patchwork & Quilting).