The River

Lately I’ve been on a free-forming, DIYing it sewing kick. I wanted to take a break from total pattern sewing, so I’ve been using a few existing articles of clothing I have as inspiration and going from there. This particular item stemmed from a great workout sweatshirt I already have and love – only this baby wasn’t for me. Instead I whipped it up for a girlfriend who loves Garth Brooks, and has recently developed a love for running. You need a great sweatshirt when you’re out running the hills, right? The actual sewing portion took about 30 minutes tops, as the neckline was left raw and everything else was encased with ribbing. Four pieces of fabric to cut, people! Total cost was a whopping $12… hey big spender.

I used a fabric paint and the freezer paper stencil method to create the words. Basically I freehanded in my cursive writing “Chance the rapids” onto the freezer paper, cut it out with an exacto, and then ironed the freezer paper onto my sweatshirt fabric once the top was sewn up (keeping in mind to place some cardboard in between the layers of fabric!). This took three coats, and I let them dry an hour in between and overnight to set. “Chance the rapids” is a part of a line from Garth Brooks’ song The River. Great song, great lyrics, great workout shirt!



Baby got back!

Wow! It’s been a long while since I’ve posted – Christmas time was a complete frenzy of activity between craft sales, Etsy sales, and the hustle and bustle of the holidays. After taking a much needed break in the Dominican Republic over New Years with family, I was only back in town for three short weeks before heading off to the West coast for milder weather and catching up with some very close girlfriends. One of these lovely ladies just delivered a bouncing baby boy a few weeks prior, so I whipped up a custom diaper bag to take along with me, along with a ton of baby accessories. Diaper clutch, change pad, minky blanket, sock monkey (from here) burp cloths, binky leash, soother pouch, trendy crochet aviator cap, and more! Of course I didn’t take nearly enough photos, but there are a few…

The diaper bag was from a fantastic PDF pattern I found on Etsy. Well worth the price, great instructions & photos. I see several more of these in my future – they’d even work great as a messenger/laptop bag!

I used a medium weight cotton twill for the exterior, and a quilting cotton lining. Bag is interfaced with medium weight fusible, as well as fusible fleece in some areas… this thing is sturdy! Pattern didn’t call for it, but I added a key fob since there’s nothing more frustrating than fishing around in your purse 20 x a day for your keys… I should know! Lots of pockets and space for all those baby neccessities.




And just because it’s adorable … here’s the lil aviator cap. Definitely want to whip more of these up in a hurry!