Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Book Review: 50 Ribbons, Rosettes & Bows to Make

Ribbons and Bows Review

Today I am SUPER excited to share with you a little book review for my blogging friends Deanna McCool from Sew McCool.  

She just released her book 50 Ribbon, Rosettes, and Bows to Make and I am so excited to review it here on the blog.  AND for the giveaway at the end!!

Ribbons and Bows Review

First off, doesn't this book just look amazing!  Those cute little models on the front.  SO CUTE!!  I promise, it is totally worth it.  One reason I was excited to get this book is it is all about ribbon crafting.  But now I am so excited because it has TONS of information on ribbons in general.  The entire first part of the book is understanding different ribbons and what they are best used for.  Which, I will admit, I had no idea about.  It was pretty amazing.  I mean I have made some bows before like the Mini Korker Bow or even the Perfect Hairbow.  But they are nothing compared to these amazing bows.  I was like a little girl in a candy store!

Ribbons and Bows Review
Then she has several pages like the photo above.  Just adorable bows and flowers.  I really just loved looking at all the pictures.  Each of the bows includes a page number so you can go right to the tutorial.  Aren't they beautiful!  The hardest part was trying to decide which ones to make.  (Let's be honest, I am so going to be making them all.  But I had to choose a few to start.)

For each ribbon, Deanna has what supplies are needed and cutting instructions.  She also has several steps on how to create the bow along with colored sketches on how to do some steps.  Most bows require a bit of hand-stitching and then maybe some hot gluing.  

This is the first bow I made . Love the look!  I am even going to try this bow in a smaller size for my tiny toddler. 
Ribbons and Bows Review

Next I made the Spiky Bow.  I really loved the look of this one.  Lots of colored ribbon all bound together.  I can totally see tons of these in our future.  Also they are really fast.

Book Review:  50 Ribbons, Rosettes & Bows to Make

Finally, I made this flower bow.  I think this is my favorite.  Several colors and sizes of flowers.  Looks way harder than it actually was.  Took me no time and it is so pretty.  My little girl loves it too!
Book Review:  50 Ribbons, Rosettes & Bows to Make
Overall, I was totally impressed by all the choices for bows.  Some really simple and others a little more complex, but all totally doable and cute.

Book Review:  50 Ribbons, Rosettes & Bows to Make
You might think the book stops there.  NOPE!  There is more.  It also includes tutorials on doing bows for packages and gifts.  There are also a couple jewelry projects like the one below and at the end of the book she also includes several project ideas using ribbon.  Like a wreath or decorating flip flops (which I am so going to do).

The Beaded Ribbon Bracelet is really beautiful.  I found some pearl beads, like these, for inexpensive.  Then I just picked my favorite colored ribbon.  Got my elastic thread and got sewing.  

Book Review:  50 Ribbons, Rosettes & Bows to Make

Isn't it gorgeous!!  I am pretty sure this is now my go to gift for everyone!

Book Review:  50 Ribbons, Rosettes & Bows to Make
Overall, I am totally happy with this book.  It is a great read and has some really great projects.  You really need to go check it out yourself.  I mean it.  50 Ribbon, Rosettes, and Bows to Make is worth the buy.  It would be a great gift for the holidays too!!

Ribbons and Bows Review

Now, if that isn't enough, we are giving away TWO copies of Deanna's new book!!!  Yes, I said 2!!!  This giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada.  

Don't forget to check out our 2 tutorials for storing your hairbows:  DIY Headband Tower and the Hairbow Canvas.

DIY Headband Tower    
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Evelyn Bag for Pattern Parcel #7

Meet Evelyn.  Isn't she beautiful?!  This great bag pattern is designed by Chris W. Designs and is part of the new Pattern Parcel #7.  

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!
Now I will admit, I wasn't really wanting to make a bag.  I know, I signed up.   I was super excited the  and then I got in a rut.  But once I started cutting out the pattern for this bag, I was getting excited.  It was a lot easier than I thought. 

Evelyn Bag for Pattern Parcel #7

There were so many bags to choose from in this bundle and I really had a hard time choosing.  I decided on the Evelyn because it was a little smaller then some of the others and I really wanted to use this black and white damask fabric.  In the end, I was really happy about my choice.

Plus, there are some really cool details.  For instance, these gathered side pockets.  Perfect for sunglasses or cell phones.  Super easy access.  And they really look nice with the color blocking.

Evelyn Bag for Pattern Parcel #7
 Or this awesome exterior zipper pouch!  I love me some zipper pouches.  This one is nice a large and can fit quite a bit in it.  Plus, it is on the outside so you can put items you grab most often in it.

Evelyn Bag for Pattern Parcel #7

The interior of the bag has a lot of pockets and a zipper pocket as well.  There is also a key fob on the front of the bag and the bag has a magnetic closure.  Which is the first time I have ever done a magnetic closure.  Honestly, one of the easiest things I have ever done.  Pretty sure I should add them to all my bags now. 

Evelyn Bag for Pattern Parcel #7

Overall, I love this pattern.  Just make sure you take your time and cut out all your pieces and label them.  The pattern even includes little printable labels to pin to your pieces.  Totally used those!  So helpful, especially when you are cutting lots of rectangular pieces.

Really, you should take a moment and go check out Pattern Parcel #7.  Some awesome bags would make some awesome gifts!

P.S.  Yes, that is snow in my front yard in November.  We got about 7" in a 24 hour period.  It is SO cold.  

Happy Sewing!

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Interested in purchasing Pattern Parcel #7?  Check out all the details below:

Parcel #7 includes:

Barcelona Bag and Wallet by Pat Bravo
Butterfly Sling Purse by Emmaline Patterns
Evelyn Hangbag by ChrisW Designs
Midtown Messenger Bag by Betz White
Betty Bowler by Swoon Sewing Patterns
BONUS PATTERN: Daphne Bag by Clover and Violet

Bonus Pattern:
Bonus Pattern:
Choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #7 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That's just over $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the brand new Daphne Bag pattern from Clover & Violet. The Daphne is a slouchy satchel that can be worn cross body or as a shoulder bag. The zip top keeps your gear secure and the internal pockets keep your accessories where you need them. This is a brand new, never been seen before pattern and is an exclusive opportunity for Parcel #7 customers!

How Pattern Parcel Works:

Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Its our goal to raise over $20,000 for Donors Choose this year.
Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Parcel #4 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, November 7 Stitched || Sew Exhausted

Saturday, November 8 Made by Sara ||Oliver's Fancy || Strawberry Patch Ramblings

Sunday, November 9 from a box || Mia's Creations || MOMENTS

Monday, November 10 owen's olivia || While she was sleeping

Tuesday, November 11 Nutta || Radiant Home Studio || La Pantigana

Wednesday, November 12 Sew Fishsticks || Stacy Sews || Stitching Insane || GnomeAngel

Thursday, November 13 Needle and Ted || Patchouli Moon Studio || Sprouting JubeJube || The Crazy Tailor

Friday, November 14 Casa Crafty || A Jennuine Life || 'So, Zo... What do you know?'

Saturday, November 15 Stitches by Laura || Rebekah Sews || Serger Pepper

Sunday, November 16 Blogs Like A Mother || Vicky Myers creations || Blossom Heart Quilts

Monday, November 17 Shanni Loves || So Sew Easy || GYCT Designs || Tiger In A Tornado

Tuesday, November 18 The Nosy Pepper || Keep Calm and Carrion || There & Back || Sewing Sober

Wednesday, November 19 Sew Like My Mom || Knot Sew Normal || Stacy Sews || sewVery

Thursday, November 20 Mimi's Mom || Our Family Four || shades of BOLD || Modern Handcraft

Friday, November 21 Shawnta Sews || Lulu & Celeste || Amanda Rose || Robin's Fabric Nest || House of Pinheiro
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Handmade Gift Giving Guide 2014

I love making handmade gifts.  Whether for my family, friends or teachers in our lives.  It is always nice to know you made something special for someone and they appreciated it.  This year for our Handmade Gift Giving Guide, we have some really fantastic projects.  But don't forget to check out some of our previous years Handmade Gift Guides too:

2013 KIDS

Also, remember to download the Holiday Gift Giving List.  This is a great tool so you don't forget a gift or maybe forget that you already got a gift!  It is free and perfect for organizing during the holidays.  While you are at it, check out our Organize ME!!  For the Holidays Series.

Now the list!!!!

(9) Name: 'Sewing : Fox Coin Pouch
Reindeer Pajama Pattern

(9) Name: 'Sewing : Penny Pocket Pillow
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Traveling Backsak
Free Kids Apron Pattern & Tutorial by GYCT

ABC Photo Books Tutorial by GYCT
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