Showing posts with label summer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label summer. Show all posts

Monday, August 13, 2012

2 - 26 - Graduate. Hooray!

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We've had a busy month so far!  Our family kicked off August with two birthdays and a graduation celebration.

It was a proud day for all of us as my little sister accepted her Bachelor's degree in Economics on Friday.  A lot of hard work finally paid off!  And since I'm a bragging older sister, I should also mention that she was specially recognized during the ceremony for her community work and volunteer service.  We were all so happy for her!  The new baccalaureate also turned the big 2-6!!!!  I guess I still can call her my little sister...wink, wink.


After the ceremonies, we hopped in the car and drove to a great little restaurant nestled right on the river.  It was the perfect atmosphere to kick back, relax, and let the little ones run around.  That's a picture of the best low country boil I've ever had the pleasure of tasting.  Holy moly was it good!



Then on Sunday, our little gal celebrated two years of life.  I'm no different from most parents by saying that I just can't believe two years have already gone by.  {Please God, slow things down just a bit}.  We celebrated a birthday with my family and sister and then had another party back home for more family and friends.  After hearing the birthday song a few different times, she was able to sing along too.  It went a little something like this...

Hoppa birse-day you you

Hoppa birse-day you you



We spent the afternoon at Downtown Disney for more birthday fun!



Here's to all of you celebrating August birthdays and graduations!

xo,
Jen

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

How to sew an easy pocket

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Don't be intimidated by the pocket!  I posted this pocket tutorial last week over at the Little Giggler and now I want to share it with all of you.  If I haven't said it yet, I'm still fairly new to sewing, so I like to keep things simple.  I found a tutorial from Made for the skirt in this tutorial, but I wanted an easier way to place pockets on the front of it...enter the easy pocket tutorial.

Materials
white broadcloth or cotton fabric
marker
scissors
paper brown lunch sack {something to trace on}
rick rack
buttons


I started by tracing the pattern for my pocket on a paper brown lunch bag.  The pocket for this skirt measure approximately 5 in. x 6 in.



Trace around the paper bag onto your fabric.



You will need to make four cutouts for two pockets.


Take one cutout and place the rick rack on top of it.


Now take your other cutout and place it directly on top {right sides facing}.  
Sew a straight stitch all the way across.


Flip it right side out and press.  Repeat for other pocket. It should look like this.  Don't worry if your marker peeks through a little.


Now you're going to sew a zig zag stitch around the outside of the pocket.  


Once you've sewn your zig zag stitch all the way around both pockets, you will need to press the sides inward like you see below.


Okay, you're almost done.  Now you're going to place your pockets on whatever...in this case, the skirt below.


Find the sweet spot for your pockets and pin into place.





Topstitch around the pocket.  I used a 3.5 setting on my machine {a slightly longer stitch}. 


Now add your favorite buttons.  These are two old vintage buttons that don't exactly match {one is more orange than the other} but I kinda like it that way.



Now you're done!!!  Sit back and enjoy your work...and let the little ones finds stuff to stick in those pockets.

xo,
Jen
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