6.29.2010

Don't throw them out!......and a sales BLITZ!

SALES BLITZ! clearancing our all the girls DIY kits and fashion flowers!!! Get them while they last....
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Kids seem to grow out of their jeans before they are worn out right? The length always gets to short - at least with my kids - or they wear out the knees WAaaAAY too soon! 

Crop the jeans off for shorts or capris, refashion them into a denim skirt or simply cover up that hole in the knee in a whole new way with my Shaggy Mosaic Jeans technique Pattern Booklet!

I shared photos last week of how to sport the good ol' red, white and blue. This week, Kami of the Sweet Charli Blog, has made over a denim skirt using my pattern booklet and is sharing her results! (and if you'd like a chance to win this booklet or the ePattern version from me, hop over to her BLOG

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Heading out on vacation this summer to the Magical Kingdom? Dress to impress with these fun ideas using this technique! (you are SURE to have many tourists oogling over your child's outfit!)
And remember, you can use up those jeans that still fit if you want too or buy new ones!



And for the pirate lovers in your life....... Argh mateys!


3 years ago when we took our kids to Disneyland for the first time, I surprised them that morning with a special "outfit" to wear on their big day!

My daughter's were princess themed of course and my little guy's were pirate with matching Disney tees.


Several of the characters commented on their outfits which made them feel even more special in that magical place!


So have fun with your summer outfits! Make something special that will remember having and LOVE to wear! 

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6.28.2010

Fabric wall art (2).....+ a winner

I wanted to share another idea using the Fabric Wall Art tutorial I shared earlier - simple CIRCLES

Using the same technique shared in the tutorial , I used some large kitchen bowls, glasses and small cups to great a variety of shapes. I placed the circles on the wall with some tape first to get the placement that looked best. The circles add a nice "organic" feel to contrast the many square and rectangular frames that adorn the walls in this room.




Hopefully seeing this second idea will help to inspire you to create something fun for your walls too! and don't forget to share your photos in the Brassy Apple Flickr Group!

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Thanks for all those who entered the giveaway from our great sponsors - Mimi's Babies!
The winner from that giveaway is - JENNIFER!

Congratulations!!! 

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I will be linking up here


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6.24.2010

My Photo Friday.....Mock ups

Just a little sneak peek of a sample of mock ups that are hanging out in my office. It's always fun to see an idea go from my head, to a sketch pad and then materialize into a design that actually works......OR doesn't work and gets put on the strike out list :) I have sewn up 10 designs for new patterns to be released and luckily only one was a flop!...........now to get the illustrations, instructions, photos, cover art, etc and have it all come together for printing! That will be a happy day!!!


Look for new patterns to be released late summer/early fall! 

Enter the latest giveaway from one of our sponsors!!! 

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6.22.2010

Giveaway.....Mimi's Babies

Ready for another great giveaway from one of our amazing sponsors!?!

The treat this week is from Mimi's Babies


"Creating special gifts for your special babies is the goal of Mimi’s Babies. We want to bring a sentimental touch to gift giving and share the love that is given with a handmade piece."

"Mimi and Charissa have teamed up to share our talents with you.  Mimi has been sewing for as long as she can remember and all of her kids and grandkids have delighted in her creations.  Charissa has been crocheting and knitting for the past 20 years and has always enjoyed giving one of a kind hand made gifts to friends and family.  Mimi's Babies was born out of our love of handcrafting."


"Custom orders are always welcomed. "




GIVEAWAY!!!!! 

Mimi's Babies is offering a pair of flip flops and matching beanie and hairclip set to 1 lucky winner! 
(winner will choose what size - open to US and Canada)






How to enter to WIN:

**(leave a separate comment for each entry)**

1. Hop over to Mimi's Babies shop and tell us what one of your favorite items is

2. Tweet about this giveaway - be sure to tweet @brassyapple and include the blog link! 

3. Post about it on FACEBOOK or become a fan/friend of Mimi's Babies

4.  Become a follower of Mimi's Babies on TWITTER 


5.  or Spread the word on your blog!


5 chances to enter! ready, set....GO! 
winner will be announced on Monday!  


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6.20.2010

Stars and Stripes.....wear them!

The time for picnics, parades, get-togethers and fireworks is approaching! Your kids and YOU can be the "best dressed" at all the 4th of July fun this summer! With a little fabric and my Shaggy Mosaic Jeans Pattern booklet (or ePattern!) you can sew up something original and eye catching!!

From shorts, to capris, denim skirts, tote bags, tshirts and tanks! This Shaggy Mosaic technique can be applied anywhere! 

and don't forget the boys!!



GO red, white and blue without the traditional stars and stripes too!  

A fun mixture of dots, flowers, scrolls and more still shows off your patriotism but can be worn all summer long! 


Show off your "Shaggy Mosaic" 4th of July OR summer style in the Brassy Apple Flickr group!

don't forget to use the code SUMMER at checkout for an extra 10% off
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watch for a GIVEAWAY coming on WEDNESDAY! 

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6.17.2010

My photo friday......design helper

This past Sunday evening I was leisurely hanging out with my husband in the living room. While he watched basketball, I was fiddling with a mock up of a new pattern coming out (yeah!). Because I was using the floor space, it didn't take long for my little guy to jump into the mix and begin "helping".........



Oh if only you could see how many straight pins he ended up sitcking into the fabric! It was so funny to watch. He then proceeded to "make notes"  - on top of my notes of course- just like he was working away on his next design.......Maybe I have a little Joel Dewberry in the making.....LOL....


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6.15.2010

One day SALE!

Just wanted to pop on here quick and tell you that there is an exclusive one day DISCOUNT code to the Brassy Apple Shop! What is it????? Well....hop over to Simply Utah where they are featuring us and grab the code!!! Good on all purchases - ebooks, patterns, aprons, etc! Hurry it's only good TODAY!!


don't forget to take a peek at our newest sewing tutorial posted today as well!

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Itty bitty Apron Tutorial.......for dolls

After unleashing some creativity after moving and sharing several home decor tutorials, let's get back to sewing! 

You know I love aprons...and these itty bitty versions are just DARLING, sew up super quick, and hardly take any fabric!! Great use for the scrap pile you have been accumulating. 


Sometimes little hands have a hard time with doll clothes. I designed this doll apron to make it not only easy to construct but hopefully easy for little hands to dress up their dolls on their own! 

If you stitch up some of these little cuties please share your photos in the Brassy Apple Flickr Group

Materials:
fabric
thread
pins
scissors
tulle (optional)
elastic rope (or an elastic hair tie)
fabric adhesive

STEP 1:  click on the template below, print or copy and paste and print. Then cut out the 2 pattern pieces.




STEP 2:  Place the BODY of Apron piece on your fabric. Pin in place and cut 2. Or Fold your fabric in half and cut 2 at the same time. 


STEP 3: Cut 1 piece of elastic rope 4" long. Cut another piece 3" long. You can also substitute an elastic hair rubber band and use that. Just cut off the metal part. 


STEP 4: POCKETS - Use a small square of a fabric adhesive like Heat n' bond on the fabric for the pockets, trace the pockets and then cut them out. 



STEP 5: Take one of the BODY of Apron pieces cut from the fabric and place the pockets about 3" down from the top. This will be the front. Iron the pockets on according to the package directions. 


STEP 6: Attaching the neck strap - Place the 4" piece of elastic onto the top of the apron as pictured below. Using a sewing machine, secure the ends of the elastic in place with short forward and backward stitches.


STEP 7 - attaching the waistband loop - Place the 3" piece of elastic on the top side of the front of the apron and just below one of the waist corners (see the picture below). Secure just 1 END in place using the same method as instructed above.


STEP 8: Place the second BODY of Apron piece on top of the other with right sides together. Pin together on 3 sides (see photo below).


Sew the apron together on the 3 pinned sides and stop as directed below.



STEP 9: Lift the top Apron piece and find the "loose" end of the waistband elastic.


Pull the end over to the corner just slightly past the edge of the fabric. 



Place the top Apron piece back over the elastic and secure the once "loose" end of the elastic in place but stitching over it many times with a forward and backward motion. 



Continue sewing down the length of the apron leaving the bottom hemline open.

STEP 10: Turn the apron right side out and press. Fold the bottom hemline under about 1/4" - 1/2" and press.



STEP 11: You can simply stitch the bottom hemline closed OR you can add a fun ruffle!

Fold the tulle so it has many layers and cut a strip about 2" wide (fold it many times or just a few. The fullness depends on the look you want! ) Don't worry about being exact with the width, we will do a trim later.


Our strip ended up being just over 6" long.


STEP 12: Pleat, tuck and fold the tulle to fit into the width of the bottom of the apron. Pin into place and stitch along the bottom hemline. 



Trim the bottom edge of the tulle ruffle for a clean, straight look.....


and lastly, top stitch the top part of the apron further securing the neck strap into place! 



The apron easily slips over over the hips and then over the head. And just look at how chic this little homemaker is now! 














Remember....if you craft some up, I'd love to see them!~ share your photos in the Brassy Apple Flickr Group! 

xo....Meg

PRINT out or save the entire tutorial HERE.
and I'll be linking up to these FABuLOUS crafting parties




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6.14.2010

WINNER....giveaway from Lisa Leonard Designs

Thank you to all who entered the fabulous Lisa Leonard Giveaway!

the lucky winner of the $50.00 gift certificate to her shop is.........(chosen by random.org)


congratulations! Look for an email in your inbox ASAP! 

We will have more giveaways to come but until then....look forward to a sewing tutorial this week! 

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