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{Blog Tour} DIY "Day of the Week Underwear" with Cricut Explore Air 2

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Eeek!!! I am SO excited to be able to finally share this project with you.  Some of my fellow blogger friends and I have been working behind the scenes with Cricut to get your creative juices flowing for embellishing your sewing projects!   If you aren't familiar, Cricut is a series of cutting machines that can cut over 100 different materials -- you can virtually make whatever you dream!  Browse from over 60,000 images in their virtual library -- you may even come up with a completely new idea!  Plus, you can see what others have created and grab some inspiration from them!

Link to buy Cricut Explore Air 2 -- CLICK HERE  -- Click SHOP and don't forget to use coupon code ChristmasinJuly for free shipping (US only).

(Psst... you can also try designing your items before you even purchase the machine!! How cool is that?!!)

I had so many ideas running through my head, it was hard to narrow it down to a single project.  In the spirit of my kiddos heading back to school next month, I decided to start there.  I thought my 6 year old would get a kick out of some fun {cheeky} unmentionables.... that she likes to mention all of the time. HA!  I grabbed my underwear pattern of choice: Mo's Comfy Fit Unders {and Trainers} by Mo's Pattern Shop and started designing.  (Of course, if you don't sew, grab some plain underwear from your favorite brand!)


The day my box arrived, I was like a kid on Christmas!  I mean, aren't these items all so gorgeous?  The Cricut Explore Air 2 and the cutting tools are so sophisticated and gorgeous (and happen to be my favorite color).  Plus, included were 14 rolls of iron-on.  WHOA!!  A huge thank you to Cricut for this amazing opportunity!!

Here's a rundown of all the goodies (colors left to right, bolded items were used in this post):
  • Cricut Explore Air 2 {Mint}
  • Cricut Cutting Mat 12x12 Variety Pack
  • Cricut {Mint} Tools & Basic Trimmer Set
  • Cricut Iron-on Lite Cerulean
  • Cricut Iron-on Lite Black
  • Cricut Iron-on Lite White
  • Cricut Iron-on Lite Aqua
  • Cricut Iron-on Lite Kelly
  • Cricut Foil Iron-on Spring Meadow Sampler
  • Cricut Iron-on Glitter Lipstick
  • Cricut Holograph Sparkle Iron-on Gold
  • Cricut Iron-on Lite Maize
  • Cricut Foil Iron-on Rose Gold
  • Cricut Iron-on Lite Gold
  • Cricut Foil Iron-on Bejeweled Sampler
  • Cricut Iron-on Glitter Cherry
  • Cricut Iron-on Lite Metallic Blush


 After easily setting it all up, I quickly made the included note card project.  It was insanely easy!  I couldn't believe it!  Because I had played around with Design Space while my machine was in route, I could immediately start cutting my "Day of the Week" Underwear Project I had saved.  BUT, could the Cricut really cut items that small, so precisely?!  I wasn't sure.  

In the spirit of transparency, I do own a Silhouette Cameo 2 and have for about 18 months now.  It sat in the box for the first 11 months. HAHA!  Then, in the last 7 months, I can count on one hand the number of times I have used it.  Only one of those times did I use iron-on (and I only used a single color).  So, I am pretty much an iron-onl/cutting machine newbie.  

When I tell you the Cricut Explore Air 2 is seriously easy, it really is!  I was able to cut over 40 pieces, CORRECTLY, in about 12 different colors the very first night!!  The cuts are precise and made weeding a breeze.  I was also happy that I didn't have to fiddle with the blade to cut correctly (Silhouette users: you know what I'm talking about 😜)


{Tutorial} How to Create Day-of-the-Week Underwear


Step 1: Open Design Space to begin.  To design your own, use pictures and text of your choice.  To use the designs I made, click HERE.

Step 2: Organize your colors and begin cutting.  Remember to mirror your images in the cutting process!  Weed your pieces.  

Tip: Use a straight pin for weeding the tiniest of cut areas (such as in the camel).

Step 3: Cut your pattern pieces from your desired fabrics. Gently memory press the middle of the front with your iron to aid in lining it all up.

Tip: I chose to sew after applying the vinyl.  It is easier to get even pressure with your iron without all the seams (and if you screw something up, you haven't wasted your sewing time!)

Step 4: Locate all of your layers for the first day.  (I will be using Wednesday for this tutorial).

Step 5: Place your most bottom layer - in this case, it's the black camel. Lay it in place.  Lay down layer of light-colored fabric over (such as white quilting cotton).  Apply the iron-on per instructions.  

(Pay attention to which heat is needed and whether you need to let it cool prior to peeling up the carrier sheet.)

Step 6: Continue building your decal layer by layer.  

Tip: If you wish, you can group the black pieces together to cut in place -- select those layers and choose WELD. Otherwise, it will rearrange your pieces to conserve iron-on before it sends it to the machine.

Tip: To have letters cut out of the white speech bubble, use the SLICE tool in lieu of a separate layer like I did.







Daily Details:


"Sunny" Sunday: Sun #M37746 Create A Critter  
Font: Magnolia Sky
Colors: Maize, Black, Holograph Sparkle Gold

"AAAGH!" Monday:  Monster #M37231 Mini Monsters
Font: Pink Clouds
Colors: Metallic Blush, White, Black, Aqua, Purple from Bejeweled Sampler




"Taco" Tuesday: Taco #M3E03C Fast Food
Font: KG Shake If Off Chunky
Colors: Gold, Maize, Red from Bejeweled Sampler, Green from Meadow Sampler, Black

"Hump Day" Wednesday:  Camel #M37ECF A Quilted Christmas Word Bubble #M32FAF Party Photo Props
Font: Arab Brushstroke Std Regular Font Monotype Fonts 1
Colors: Gold, Black, White




"Thirsty" Thursday:  Drink #M2298F62 Cutie Planner Pieces Square #M369896 Basic Shapes
Font: Barberino Clean
Colors: Aqua, Black, White, Silver from Meadow Sampler

"Fry" Friday: French Fries #M3D234 Fast Food
Font: Cupcakia
Colors: Gold, Maize, Black, Red from Bejeweled Sampler



"Relax, it's..." Saturday: Relaxing Crocodile #M3EF18 Crocs Rule
Font: MF I Love Glitter
Colors: Brown, Green from Meadow Sampler, Green from Bejeweled Sampler, White, Black



Aren't these undies so fun?!  My 6 year old is so in love!!  (We don't model underwear for the Interwebs, but they fit perfectly 😉) .  My 8 year old has already put in her order.

I can't even begin to try to pick my favorite day, but Taco Tuesday is in the running. HA!  🌮
Comment below with your favorite day!!



Enter to Win a Cricut Explore Air 2 HERE


Check out the rest of the amazing projects!!!


Week One: July 19th


Week Two: July 26th

Coral and Co.


A super special shout out to Cricut and the team of ladies who organized this tour!
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I was invited to participate in the Cricut Party Blogger Program Kickoff.
This experience is based strictly on my opinion.  Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above.  I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I have given my honest opinion.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.


{Blog Tour} Glamper-licious by Samantha Walker for Riley Blake Designs


I am so excited to be the next stop on the Glamper-licious Blog Tour!  Funny story about camping...Just this week, my girls tried camping out for the first time and they lasted 45 minutes.... LOL  They would fall more into the "glamping" category, I'd bet 😜  They take after their mama!

"You want me to sleep in a tent?!  For the whole entire night?!  With, like, bug noises and stuff???!!!"
When I was invited to join the Glamper-licious Blog Tour, I couldn't resist these adorable fabrics by Samantha Walker for Riley Blake Designs!   I knew my daughter would love it too.  (Actually both daughters loved and one is currently mad at me...LOL) The Glamper-licious collection features 7 different prints, each print in 3 colorways.  There are pinks, blues, reds and greens. The main print features the cutest campers and picnic scenes.  Then, the adorable glamper campers are also in a mini print.  The remainder of the prints are great coordinates. Plus, there are two cheater prints which are great time-savers for quilters.  I had the hardest time deciding!  I seriously wanted them all... lol.

In the end, I chose:

  • Glamper Main Aqua
  • Glamper Camper Aqua
  • Glamper Geometric Pink
  • Glamper Dots Red.



I always enlist my girls when it comes to picking out a pattern.  I've learned over the years that involving them in the process means they wear it more!  My 6 year old decided she wanted a strappy dress.... this, after refusing to wear ANYTHING without sleeves for the past year.  After I picked my jaw up off the floor, we found the Sun Dancer Pattern by Little Lizard King. And then we added large pockets from the Hoya Dress Pattern (also by LLK) in case she needed to hold anything while glamping... like her lip gloss.


The Glamper Geometric Pink looks so great with the Glamper Main Aqua.  I added some clear red buttons to pop out a bit of the red in the main print.  The fabric is really soft and is a breeze to iron and sew.


Of course, we couldn't stop there.... nope.  Not when the 6 year old is designing alongside.


Apparently, her my Wellie Wisher Camille *needed* a coordinating dress.  So I got out my doll bodice block and drafted my own.  I will make a few tweaks on the next one, but I'm pleased with the initial draft.  The Glamper Camper Aqua print is perfect for dolls or any other small scale sewing you may do.  I paired it with the Glamper Dots Red.  The dress even matches her signature Wellies!!  (That was completely accidental.. haha).



The nice thing about dolls:  they don't move when you're taking a picture. HA!!  
While my daughter may not be up for real camping, my girly girl is game for glamping -- and will be dressed for it too!  Just point which way the camper is....LOL  (or hotel, I'm okay with that!)



Don't forget to check out the rest of the Glamp-sites on the tour 😉

June 15- Jina Barney Designz
June 29- That’s Sew Kari
July 5- Flamingo Toes



{Blog Tour} Simple Life Pattern Company & Sew Caroline


Something exciting has been happening behind the scenes with Simple Life Pattern Company and Sew Caroline!  They teamed up and swapped patterns to upsize (SLPco) and downsize (Sew Caroline) for Mommy & Me sewing.   I love sewing for my girls (they are so appreciative) so I chose to try out the Sugar Pop Top and the Magnolia Shorts.  


I was also lucky enough to shop some of the Riley Blake Designs collections and pick out some fabric!  Yay!! I love Riley Blake.  I chose to order from the Juxtaposey line by Betz White.  I chose Stripe (navy) and Star (green) for the Sugar Pop Top and Diamond (white) for the Magnolia Shorts.  I love that my girls can coordinate from the same line without being completely matchy-matchy.


The Sugar Pop Top is such a sweet blouse for summer.  It has both cap sleeves and flutter sleeves as well as a hidden button placket in the back.  It also includes a peter pan collar and a slight hi-lo hem.  The inside is unlined so it's not too hot for the summer heat.  Both the collar and arms are finished off with bias tape for a neat and tidy inside!

In lieu of the peter pan collar, I chose to add in a feature stripe of Juxtaposey Stripe (navy).  I just love the contrast against the green Juxtaposey Stars.


As I was getting my "back view" to show the hidden placket, she turned and smiled.  Here's my "not-so-hidden" hidden placket because I apparently got distracted by the cute smile and didn't have her turn back around.


The Magnolia Shorts are a super quick sew with either an elastic or knit waistband.  They are a relaxed fit.  I added a fringe trim from Hobby Lobby to the bottom of this pair.


This is her "model pose" ... LOL   Helpful hint; To get your chevron pattern to line up properly, cut an exact mirror image!  It's that easy 😊

A special thanks to Riley Blake Designs for sending this awesome fabric my way and to Sarah of Pattern Revolution for organizing the tour.  

For more Simple Life Pattern Company and Sew Caroline Blog Tour inspiration, visit these stops along the way!!

May 15

May 16

May 17



*This post contains affiliate links.  By clicking the link and purchasing through me, I receive a percentage of the sale which gets spent on more sewing, of course! 😜

{BLOG TOUR} Happy Day Fabric by Lori Whitlock for Riley Blake Designs


Eeeks!! I am so excited to be on tour with Lori Whitlock and Riley Blake Designs to show off Lori's latest line, Happy Day!  This gorgeous line is full of color, flowers, kites, butterflies and charm!  These fabrics instantly make you smile.

If you've been following along the Happy Day Tour, you've probably noticed a recurrring theme... quilts.   I'm here to shake things up with some sewing for my two happy reasons in life -- my girls.  (...and I've never sewn a quilt in my life. HA!!  I admire those who have -- such patience!)


As I browsed the fabrics selections, Happy Main in White caught my eye along with Happy Floral in Aqua.  I had visions of a maxi skirt and summery top.  While I sometimes choose between my girls for whom I'll sew, I thought the Happy Floral in Red would make a cute coordinating romper.  All three patterns are from the Breeze Collection that released this Spring at Little Lizard King.


My 6 year old has developed a recent love for maxis.  I used the Mayari Skirt in a 3 tiered maxi length which showcases the main print really well.  The skirt also comes in a 5 tier which is a bit twirlier (shhhh, don't tell my daughter) which would be perfect for mixing several prints from the Happy Day line.


My little blondie has gorgeous blue eyes which I love to accentuate by choosing a blue hue for the top.  The Happy Floral in Aqua is almost a perfect match for her peepers.  It sewed up so beautifully in the Isla Top by Little Lizard King.


My 8 year old is at that age where she needs to feel cool, especially to wear handmade.  I turned to the Havana Romper by Little Lizard King.  It was my first romper I've ever sewn, if you can believe it, and my daughter is in love!  She felt very fancy and the Happy Floral in Red complimented her skin coloring and chocolate brown eyes.


I added mini pom pom trim for added detail.


We had a little photo shoot in our new backyard where we have spent many happy days since making the move!


Thank you Lori Whitlock and the Riley Blake Designs team for the invitation to tour with you and to be a member of your Contributor team.  I feel so very honored and blessed to showcase your fabrics.  There is nothing but love from my girls and I for your fabrics!

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In case you have missed any of the other Happy Day Tour stops, be sure to visit!

April 18  Quiltscapes
April 27 Lori Whitlock
May 2   Jedi Craft Girl
May 11  Fort Worth Fabric Studio
May 16  That’s-Sew-Kari

{Blog Tour} One Thimble: Issue 15


Hellooooooo One Thimble Fans 💕

       One Thimble releases are always a welcome sight and Issue No. 15 is definitely a WOW!   The theme this time is Preppy Hipster and boy-mamas, this issue is packed with patterns for you!  Of course, there is plenty for the girls too!

Just check out the cover  -- ahhhh-mazing!!!  



In case you are new to One Thimble, here are some key details:


  • It's an electronic magazine.  Download it on your computer, tablet, phone, grab your favorite beverage and peruse at your leisure.  I like to sit with a fresh cup of coffee and read in one sitting (if my girls allow 😜).  I personally need to see all the pattern details before I pick my projects so I can mentally start prepping fabric selection and time allowances.
  • It has an average of 10-12 patterns per issue that are exclusive to the release of One Thimble.  Generally, a couple of the articles included have a tutorial to make a little something as well (bonus patterns as I call it!)
  • It's $25 AUD (which is really like $19 and change  in USD)
  • The early bird really does get the worm.... order by May 15th and get the early bird bonus!
Included in this issue:
  • DAX Trousers (size 2T-12)
  • Hipster Teddy Bear
  • Josephine Dress (size 6m -12y)
  • Metro Slim-fit Blazer (size 1-14)
  • Military Messenger Bag (measures 12″x10.75″x2″)
  • Miriam Skirt (size 12m-8y)
  • Oh Teddy FMA (free motion applique)
  • Phillipa Blouse (size 2-10)
  • #115 Pom Pom Beret (size newborn to adult)
  • #116 V-Neck Cardigan (size 2-10)
plus....

25 articles and columns and 4 bonus tutorials!  

Gosh, there were so many helpful articles this time!!  My favorites include the fabric stamping, scheduling social media, storing your digital patterns (which I need to sit down and make sure they are all backed up), pants fitting help, and IG analytics.  I always enjoy reading the interviews too  -- this issue, Holly from Top Knot Girl was interviewed -- she is so inspiring!

The added tutorials are cute too!  The key fob one is at the top of my list.  The next time I am at Hobby Lobby, I will grab some key fob hardware to make my own.  I also want to try the ice pack and covers.  

I cannot wait any longer to talk about the patterns I chose to sew (which was hard to choose because I seriously wanted to sew them ALL)

First up....
Phillipa Blouse by Bobkin Designs | modified to be sleeveless
Oh my gosh, this blouse!!  As soon as I saw Bobkin Designs had another pattern in this issue, I had to sew it.  This is the Phillipa Blouse which features 2 different necklines - round or v-neck; 3 collars -round, angled or ruffled; 2 sleeve options - cap sleeve with bias or plain gathered sleeve, and a buttoned back.  Instructions also include both regular and French seams.

Because we are headed into Summer and it gets really hot here, I modified my version to be sleeveless and finished the arms off with hidden bias tape for a nice clean look. I also chose the angled collar for a slightly edgier look (it's gotta be cool for my 8 year old!) and carefully allowed a smidge of collar lining to peek out for a faux piping accent.

Mini Black/White Stripes from Hobby Lobby - the "Frank's RedHot" of my sewing adventures ... lol

Bobkin patterns are expertly designed and seriously help you sew top-notch garments.  There are pattern pieces for    e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g so you are never going to miscut anything.  Pattern pieces also contain notches for important steps, such as the collar above.  All the guesswork has been taken out by Vanessa.  I can't wait to sew more of these -- and try out the sleeves when it's Fall.


The back is fully buttoned and using the buttonhole guide made the buttons an easy 10-minute job. Of course, if buttonholes aren't your jam, Kam snaps can be used in lieu. 

This blouse is intended to have about 4" or so of ease, If you prefer a more fitted look, you can blend sizes.  For my daughter, I blended sizes 3 (width) and 6 (height) after consulting with the sizing chart (which I already figured as she is a 3/6 blend in most designers).  I did not size down in width -- this is the intended fit.


I am a SKIRT ADDICT so when I saw the Miriam Skirt by Once Upon a Sewing Machine, it went to the top of my list.  This skirt features a tall, fitted waistband (which I of course, covered up... whoops) and a pleated skirt.  A basic zipper is installed in the side seam and is enclosed in the lining for maximum comfort.


The fit is spot on if you consult the measurement chart (after taking current measurements, of course).  For my daughter's skirt, I blended sizes 2, 4, and 6.  She has a size 2 waist, 4 hips, and a six height.  It came together beautifully!

I always try to sew a new-to-me designer each issue of OT.   I am in LOVE with the results --- more skirts will be added to her wardrobe, for sure!  


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This issue of OT absolutely knocked my socks off.  I have so many patterns planned for when I am off for Summer break and then some for Fall/Winter -- you could build a capsule just from Issue 15.  Thank you Jen -- your magazine is so inspiring and everything is always perfection.  💗💗

Pick up your copy of OT Issue 15 here and if it's before May 15th, you'll get these bonus Hipster Props -- how fun!!!





For more One Thimble Issue #15 inspiration and pattern reviews, check out the rest of the blogs on the tour!

(Pssst... I think subscribers get them a day early 😉)

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