Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fabric Destash!

I'm destashing fabric! 

It's so hard to do, but it has to be done. I should really do it more often. Anyway, I'm listing them in my Etsy shop well under retail prices. There's some good stuff in there, including Anna Maria Horner Dobby Dot Voile, Alexander Henry Home Dec, Heather Bailey, and lots of out-of-print Amy Butler fat quarters from the Lotus, Belle, and Daisy Chain lines. Please take these off my hands! They deserve a loving home that will put them to good use.

Does anyone have a good system for keeping their stash from getting out of control? HELP ME!

I'm today's Creative Guest at UCreate!

I am so excited to be the creative guest over at UCreate today! I'm still sort of shocked that Kari asked me to do this. We're making these adorable mittens that have a special compartment for your little one's hand! I call them "Hold My Hand Mittens".

Head on over to UCreate to check out the tutorial!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Handmade Holiday Challenge - Weeks 4 and 5

We're heading into Week 6 of the Handmade Holiday Challenge! How are you doing getting your handmade gifts finished? Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, I suspect panic may begin to set in for those wanting to make handmade gifts.  Don't forget to link up your projects! This week, I finished an owl hat for my adorable niece, modeled here by Sawyer.



I notice that the tassels look like they are different colors in this picture, but they aren't I promise! I love this hat, and if you want to win the pattern, the Inner Hooker giveaway is still going on!

Lots of other crafting is going on too! Anne from Anne's Antics made these cute reversible aprons for her nieces.

Louisa made these adorable pillow cases. She has been super busy making all sorts of gifts and holiday goodies, including pajamas and an advent calendar.

Jennifer made a checkers game, and she shows you how to make one as well!

And head on over to Copy Craft to check out these cute bracelets she made!

This week, I was planning on making a gift for my lovely sister-in-law. However, our family has decided to forgo giving gifts to adults this year, and instead we have adopted a family for whom to provide holiday gifts. Our adopted family is large (8 people - 6 kids, 2 adults) and have given us a list of things their family needs. Since I no longer need to make a grown-up gift for my sister-in-law, and I had so much fun making hats this week (I might have made 4 hats. It's addicting), I've decided to list some in the shop, and to donate 20% of the sales to purchasing gifts for our adopted family. We're going to start shopping for the family this Friday, so I'll continue to do this until all their gifts are purchased. 

I'm very excited to help another family have a great holiday and get some much needed essentials this holiday season! The list this family provided for us was full of practical items - sheets, winter coats, work boots, clothing. I feel like our family can really make a difference for our adopted family, and urge anyone who is able to consider forgoing a few extra gifts this year and consider adopting a family who may be in need. 

I'll update you on our shopping trip for this family next week. Ive got some other big stuff happening this week, so be sure to stop by tomorrow!

Thursday, November 25, 2010


I'm thankful for these guys.



Hope you and your family had a lovely Thanksgiving. And for those of you not in the U.S., Happy Thursday! :)

Monday, November 22, 2010


How am I supposed to get any work done with this guy hanging around?






I mean, really.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Handmade Holiday Challenge Giveaway with Inner Hooker!

This week's project for me in the Handmade Holiday Challenge is a gift for my totally adorable 6-month old niece. I've chosen to take a sewing break this week, and instead I'll be crocheting a hat or two for the little lady.

Did you know I could crochet? No? ME EITHER! But one night, I was browsing Etsy and came across Inner Hooker.

I literally decided on the spot that I needed to learn to crochet and bought 10 patterns (which were in my inbox within 3 minutes - she is LIGHTNING fast on delivery). I didn't even own a crochet hook! THAT is how cute these patterns are. They inspired me to learn to crochet. I hit up some YouTube how-to's on the stitches needed for the hats and finished one of these babies in a day.

Even if you don't know how to crochet already, I am proof that you can learn quickly and crochet up some adorable gifts with these patterns!

Adorable, right? I love this owl hat, and will be making it for my little niece. 

This raccoon kills me. And the fox? Too cute. 

Need something Christmas-y? Might I suggest this stocking cap?

There are great adult patterns as well! I love this flapper bow beanie:

And this popcorn slouch hat is adorable. 

So, I've known since week 1 of the challenge that these hats would be on my "must-make" gifts list, and that I would be raving about Inner Hooker this week. I sent Scotti (the brains behind the hook) an email asking if she would be willing to share her patterns with you all, and she offered to give away THREE PATTERNS  TO THREE WINNERS!! How awesome is that?

There are LOTS of ways to enter! 

I'm not psychic. That's the only way I will know you did it!

  • Head over to Inner Hooker and tell me which three patterns you'd like to win, and then come back and leave me a comment telling me your favorites.
  • "Like" Inner Hooker on Facebook. She is an awesome Facebooker, and has a very large, active community of hookers over there! :) While you're there, congratulate Scotti on her brand new baby boy, Dexter Mason!
  • "Like" The Boy Trifecta on Facebook.
  • Follow The Boy Trifecta, or let me know if you already do (thanks!).
  • Follow Inner Hooker's blog, or let me know if you already do. 
  • Facebook or tweet about the giveaway.

Because of the holiday this week (in the U.S., at least), I'm going to leave the giveaway open until Wednesday, December 1 at 8:00 p.m. EST. And because the patterns are PDFs, this giveaway is open to everyone, regardless of location.

Good luck!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hooded scarf tutorial

Hooded scarves seem to be everywhere this year. However, most of the ones I've seen are knitted, and are not cheap. I wanted to create a sewn version, and when my friend Jencie asked me to make one for her daughter Mya to protect her amazing hair, I jumped at the opportunity. Unfortunately, I made the hood just a bit too small! I didn't make enough room for Mya's rockin' hair when I cut my fabric. This was incredibly stupid of me, because the entire point of this project was to protect Mya's hair because Jencie spends a gazillion hours a day on it. Yes, a gazillion. I do math for a living. Moving on...

Jencie asked me to make Mya a hooded scarf with a satin lining as opposed to cotton or other materials because they do a number on Mya's hair, while satin does not. You can use a satin lining as well, or I think other warm and cozy fabrics would be lovely too.

While this version is for a girl, you could totally "dude" it up by eliminating the ruffle, and using a plaid flannel or something on the outside and a fleece lining. Or maybe sherpa lining! Ooooh sherpa. Good idea, Emily! Anyway, here we go...

hooded scarf tutorial

Half a yard of hood/scarf outer fabric (for a child size - and adult size would need more)
Half a yard of hood lining fabic
I also put a layer of fleece in between the outer and the lining for extra warmth, so if you want to do that you'll need some fleece as well. And yes, I am using the ugliest fleece you've ever seen.

You will have leftover fabric, FYI.

If you have a pattern that includes a hood piece, grab it and use it. If not, grab a piece of clothing with a hood, trace it, and use that as your hood template.

You're going to cut:

  • two pieces of outer hood fabric (fold in half and cut hood piece two at a time)
  • two pieces of hood lining fabric
  • two pieces of interlining fabric (my hideous fleece)
  • two scarf pieces - I cut my scarf pieces to be a bit less than 3 times the length of the bottom edge of the hood, but wish I would have cut them slightly longer. So, to determine your scarf length, I would measure the bottom edge of one of your hood pieces, multiply that by two to determine the finished width of the hood, and then multiply that measurement by 3 or 3.5 to get the total scarf length. If you like equations like me, here you go: Bottom edge hood measurement (1 piece) * 2 *3.5 = scarf length. Alternatively, you could just measure a scarf that you have. :) My scarf width, for a 3T size scarf, was 4 inches. 
  • I also added a little ruffley thing to end. For my scarf, I cut 4-3.5x6 inch pieces.
pieces for hooded scarf

Next, lets construct the hood. Place your outer hood pieces and interlining pieces right sides together. Then sandwich your outer pieces between your interlining.


Now sew along the curved edge of your hood. Repeat with the lining.


Now you've got two hood pieces - one outer with interlining attached, and one lining. Place one inside the other, right sides together, and sew along front edge. Turn right side out.


LOOK! It's a hood. Now press the front edge and topstitch along the front edge so it looks nice and pretty. Set your hood aside for a minute. 

If you want to add the ruffley thing to the end of your scarf, now is the time. Mine didn't ruffle as much as I'd like because I'm using a heavy-ish wool fabric, but whatever. Grab those 4 small pieces you cut, and make two ruffles by sewing two pieces right sides together. Turn the right side out. 


Sew a long gathering stitch along the open end by turning up your stitch length and tension to the max settings and sewing across without backstitching at the start and end points. Then, pin to the ends of your long scarf piece and baste into place. 


Now grab your other long scarf piece. place your scarf pieces right sides together with your basted ruffle in between the two scarf pieces. Sew your scarf pieces together, leaving an opening LARGE ENOUGH FOR YOUR HOOD IN THE MIDDLE OF ONE LONG SIDE OF THE SCARF. Make sure you don't catch the edge of your ruffling in your side seams! I pinned my ruffle to the center for this step.


Press your scarf flat in preparation for topstitching. Make sure you fold in an press your open portion as well. Find the middle of your scarf by using the fancy "fold it in half" technique. Pin the center bottom of your hood between your two scarf layers at the center point of your scarf. Pin entire hood in between your scarf layers.


You're almost done! Just topstitch all around the scarf, making sure to catch the hood in between your scarf layers, and that the raw edges of the scarf around the hood are folded in.

You're done!

hooded scarf

If you make this, show me! Upload photos to The Boy Trifecta Flickr Group!

Monday, November 15, 2010

CSN Gift Card Winner!

The CSN Gift Card Winner is comment number 5...

Sara from Sew Sweetness! Send me an email to claim your goodies! :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Crafting with the Stars FINALE - VOTE!

The final projects for crafting with the stars are in, and they are totally awesome. Head on over to Sew Dang Cute Crafts to vote for your favorite project. I got booted few weeks ago, and thank goodness, because I wouldn't want to be competing against these projects. Here's a preview of the awesomeness happening over there.

Also, don't forget to enter the CSN giftcard giveaway! Entries close tomorrow at 8:00 pm. 

Friday, November 12, 2010

Handmade Holiday Challenge - Week 3 Wrap Up


That is all I have to say about that.

Holly is making the most adorable softies as gifts this year. Seriously, so stinking cute. I am thinking I might have to add the sloth and the squid to my to-do list. I love these!

Hayley, who also has a houseful of boys, made this awesome Darth Vader stencil shirt. Head on over to Spin the Pin for a preview of her next project too.

And HOLY SMOKES, has Kim been busy! She made Clucky here for her daughter.

Mother Hen Softie

AND quite possibly the best boy coat ever for her littlest man. Both he and the coat are totally awesome.

As I mentioned last week, I'm making Rollie Pollies for all three of my boys. I spent most of my week paralyzed by fabric selection, but finally purchased some and am cutting and sewing today. I'm cool with these running over into next week, because there are three of them and I scheduled 3 weeks for my boys. So there's my rationalization for not having something totally done to show you today. :)

If you're like me and you're crafting for dudes this holiday season, might I suggest you head on over to KoJoDesigns and hang out Kirstin and Jordan! They are doing a whole series right now on gifts for guys, chock full of awesome ideas and giveaways.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Flossy Stash Goodness

*Don't forget to enter the CSN giveaway here*

For someone who rarely embroiders anything at all, I have an embarrassingly huge stash. I scored it all from an Etsy seller who was getting rid of hers. She practically paid me to take it from her. 

Need something for fall? Got it. 

fall floss
Something that reminds you of the ocean? Check. 


Monochromatic? Uh huh. Looks like that black just jumped right off the card. 


Girly goodness that I never touch since there are no girls in my house.


I pretty much just like to look at all the colors. 

beautiful mess

There is something in my hoop now though. I'll share the design once it's finished. Any guesses?


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

CSN Stores Giftcard Giveaway!

********GIVEAWAY CLOSED********

CSN stores recently contacted me and asked if I would be interested in giving one of YOU a $35.00 gift card, good at any CSN store. I was already familiar with CSN because I bought Quinn's bedding from a CSN store a few years back.

Sorry folks, this set is no longer being made, but it was a Dwell crib set.

Turns out that CSN actually has over 200 stores, and sells everything from housewares, to shoes, to bathroom cabinets for your home remodel! With the holiday season approaching, you could definitely check a gift or two off your list with this gift code from CSN!

So, here's the deal. If you are a U.S. or Canadian resident, you're eligible for the giveaway. You can enter the giveaway three different ways for three chances to win.

1. Become a follower of The Boy Trifecta, and leave me a comment letting me know (or leave a comment telling me you already are a follower!)

2. "Like" The Boy Trifecta on Facebook, and then leave me a comment on this post letting me know you did. I just set up the page today, so it needs a little love. You can find a link in my sidebar. 

3. Facebook or tweet about the giveaway, and then leave me a comment letting me know you did.

That's it! So, I'll leave the contest open through 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday, November 15, at which point I will pick a winner via random number generator! 

A letter from me to Anthropologie

Dear Anthropologie,

I love you, but this is just a bit too "Bjork" for me.

I mean, really now. REALLY?

Hugs and kisses,
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