DIY :: Make a Linen and Pom-Pom Infinity Scarf

I don’t want to boss you around or anything but you are gonna want to put down whatever you are doing and make a linen and pom-pom infinity scarf. Or, maybe make a dozen…just to be sure you are ready for the holidays.  Why linen and pom-poms? Because, dude, they are amazingly fun together!

I was inspired to pull together this scarf when I saw a friend of mine wearing something similar and I couldn’t stop staring at it (most of my friends are used to this odd habit by now).  I was smitten with my friend’s scarf and had to figure out how to create one for myself. The combination of neutral fabrics with the playful fun of pom-poms was just so perfect.  I really strive to wear what I sew and this scarf has that perfect quality of being super wearable basic without being a boring basic. I have already worn in a handful of times. It was also so easy to make that I knew I needed to pull together a quick tutorial.  I’m happy to show you how I did it!

I’m also really happy to get a chance to teach how to make them at Urban Sewciety in a few weeks.  So, local friends be sure to join the class so we can ogle over them together.

Supplies:

1 and 1/4 yard one color linen, pre-washed

1 and 1/4 yard different colored linen, pre-washed (or 2 1/4 yard of the same color if you prefer a single color)

4 and 1/2 yards of mini-sized pom-pom trim, such as this. Large-sized pom-poms will get too heavy and droopy so stitch with the minis.

Cut:

2 pieces 18″ by 37″ of each color linen

Cut your 4  and 1/2 yard length of pom-pom trim in half.

(If you are making a single-colored scarf, simply cut 2 pieces 18″ by 74″ and skip step 1 in the Sewing section.)

Sewing: 

  1. Take the two pieces of same colored linen and pin the short, 18″, ends together and sew with a 3/8″ seam allowance. This creates one long strip of fabric.  Repeat with other colored linen pieces. In my example, I used olive and black linen and I will refer to them that way to make these instructions easier to understand.

2. Press open seams. Pin pom-pom trim in place along the edge of the olive linen. Pin pom-poms facing inward.

3. Put your ZIPPER FOOT on your sewing machine. Sew the pom-poms in place, using the zipper foot will help you secure the pom-poms in place WITHOUT sewing over any of the pom-poms.  Those mini pom-poms are pesky, though, and make it too easy to accidentally stitch over. Just go slow and take your time!

4. Pin the black linen, right sides together, with the pom-pommed olive linen piece.

Note: Be sure to pin such that you will be able to see the stitch you created when you stitched the pom-pom trim.  This will greatly help you sew later on.

5. Sew along both long sides, still using the zipper foot, by sewing over the pom-pom stitch line, this ensure you don’t sew over any of your itty-bitty pom-poms.  DO NOT, however, sew the first 1/2″ and the last 1/2″ of the length, leave those un-sewn.

6. Pull the whole thing right sides out. You can press in place if you would like.

7. Along the short end, press back the black linen piece ( the linen without pom-poms) to get it out of your way.  Place, right sides together, the short end of the olive linen pieces with pom-pom trim.  You will want to use your standard sewing foot for this stitch so go ahead and remove your zipper foot. Pin in place and stitch, only though the olive linen, with a 3/8″ seam allowance.

8. Press the seam and tuck it inside of the scarf.  Press a fold toward the wrong side on the black linen, so it fully covers the seam opening.

9. Pin together, only pinning the black linen to itself to prepare it for a slip-stitch closure.

10. Prepare your hand-sewing needle and thread and fold the pinned black linen to be sure your olive linen side is out of the way.  Close up the opening with a basic ladder stitch (there is a good tutorial on the stitch here).

You are done!

Sallie Jumpsuit

Ah, guys. I made the Sallie jumpsuit and I’m feeling a lot of feelings.  I think it might be a Wonder Woman suit or a power suit or secret pajamas.  Or all of these things.  It’s comfortable and wide-legged and a little bit amazing.

Are you feeling the 1970s vibe these days like I am?  I’ve been in a love-hate relationship with skinny jeans for the last decade. I love for them for only one reason…they are great for showing off tall boots. I hate them for how they squeeze my substantial hips into unnatural shapes and always seem to be falling down.  I’m the girl yanking them up every time I get out of the car.  And, you know what?  The 70s wide leg style is exactly the opposite. Wide leg is like full hip freedom.  Sit down, stand up, move around and my hips are still happy.  This is how it should be.  Add to that the fact that this jumpsuit is made in super soft jersey knit and it’s fancy pants comfort all around.

I wore this to my book club recently and could sit cross-legged on the ground and still felt like a lady. I’m pretty sure I am reliving my mother’s days in her twenties. Plus, pockets!

Check out how stunning the back tie is!  This might be my favorite part. (P.S. Look at how free my hips are!! )

Here are the details:

Pattern is from Closet Case Patterns, the Sallie Jumpsuit and Maxi-Dress.  It was easy to understand, clear and straightforward. It was my first time using a Closet Case Pattern and I’m in love!

Fabric is a jersey knit, cotton and spandex combination, from Urban Sewciety.  The fabric is fantastic because it has lots of drape and weight but I might try a laguna knit for this next time because it’s a tiny bit thin, which has resulted in droopy-ness in the knee area after a small amount of wear.

The other issue I have is that the pockets are a bit visible from the outside.  I’m not sure if it’s because of the thinness of the fabric or just a result of the tight fit at the hips? I guess I will find out when I make a second jumpsuit in a thicker knit.

One thing I love about the thin, drape-y jersey is that the elastic waistband isn’t bulky and the fit overall is slimming.  A more structured jersey knit would definitely change the look a bit.  Choosing jersey knit fabric is just always so fraught, isn’t it?

Regardless, I will be making this again. For a brief moment I considered making seven of these and just making it my full-time uniform.  That impulse did pass.  You now that excited moment just after you have made something you like and your brain plays crazy, over-excited tricks on you? Maybe I’m alone in this one but that’s when I just can’t stop myself.

I did make a dress mash-up version of the Sallie Jumpsuit. This combined the jumpsuit top with a shorter skirt portion for an easy to wear dress.

It’s incredibly wearable and versatile and comfortable.

It has the same visible-pockets issues, sadly.  And, it’s missing the va-va-voom of the jumpsuit but it’s a great addition to my closet.

Speaking of wide legs and the 1970s, I recently bought the Lander Pants pattern AND purchased 8 yards of Cone Mills denim after reading that Cone Mills is shutting down.  Watch for more wide leg coming soon!

Perfect Fall Sweater :: A Lane Raglan Hack

We have a gigantic tree smack-dab in the center of our yard and all summer long it keeps our garden about ten degrees cooler than the surrounding area. I love it with all my heart when I’m enjoying that cooling shade under its protective arms.  But the love starts to fade right around this time of the year when its gigantic branches shed their foliage and the yard fills with load after load of brown and yellow leaves.  Right now we are being hit with the first wave of leaves and for me that always signals the most awkward phase of autumn…the “is it hot or cold out?” phase.  You know this one.  You feel a shiver and put on a sweater. Stand in the sun for too long and that sweater starts to feel like a personal prison of heat.  You start sweating immediately.  Take it off, though, and there is sure to be just the right amount of cloud cover and you will feel that cold shiver once again.  I never deal with this transition very delicately but I think I may have found something of a solution with this perfect fall sweater.  It’s a lane raglan hack using loose sweater knit for the body and a peek of rayon for the front.  I shortened the arms, adding a cuff making it airy and cooler than your average sweater but fancier than a regular lane raglan with more coverage than just a regular raglan tee.

I’m sharing a full tutorial and detail on the Hey June blog, where I just started as a member of the Hey June blogger team.  (It’s about time, right? Given how much I love and make her patterns!) Be sure to check it out.

Delpy Ballet Top + Pattern Giveaway

Delpy Ballet Top || sewn by a happy stitch

I have a sweet new slip of a top! I’m so excited because it’s going to work beautifully on its own or under a light jacket this fall! It’s called the Delpy Ballet Top and it’s a pattern from the emerging pattern designer (and my friend) Meghann Halfmoon of Halfmoon Atelier .  P.S. If you travel on over to my Instagram feed, I’m doing a pattern giveaway.  But, stay here for a little bit so we can gush over this elegant sleeveless top, ok? (more…)

The “So Many Tomatoes” Striped Modern Apron

The "So Many Tomatoes" Striped Modern Apron _ sewn by a happy stitch

Oh friends.  It is tomato season in New Jersey.  I know people scoff when they hear New Jersey’s slogan is the Garden State but that is for real.  The southern end of the state, especially, is full of farmland.  And when it come to tomatoes the slogan is for real for real.  You know the “Jersey tomato”? Well, my kitchen is swimming in these lovely, colorful, luscious golden globes.  We belong to a farm cooperative, Honeybrook Organic Farms, (the oldest Community Supported Agriculture programs in our state, actually).  Every year, around this time, we receive what feels like bushels of amazing tomatoes.  On top of that, my kids ALWAYS buy me a tomato plant at the school plant sale.  It’s just one plant but, man oh man, one tomato plant can really produce!? Either way you cut it, I am up to my ears in tomatoes and need to “can” them ASAP. (I don’t really know how to actually can tomatoes and am frankly terrified of botulism so I make freezer tomatoes).  I knew I was going to need a good, sturdy apron to tackle the tomato issue so when Betz White asked if I would review her Craftsy class, Easy Modern Apron, I jumped at the chance.  Thus was born my “So Many Tomatoes” Striped Modern Apron!  (more…)

Breezy Button-Up Tank :: Weekend Style Sewing with Sew Caroline

Breezy Button-Up Tank :: Weekend Style Sewing with Sew Caroline | a happy stitch

Breezy Button-Up Tank :: Weekend Style Sewing with Sew Caroline | a happy stitch

After sharing lots of skirts (this one and these) I am back with a simple breezy summer-y button-up tank, which I’m sure will get lots of wear this August. This top is one of the many simple garment patterns in Caroline Hulse’s debut sewing book Sew Caroline Weekend Style. The folks at Fons and Porter asked if I would review the book and I knew right away that I wanted to make the button-up tank.  The whole book is full of colorful, easy-going patterns from shorts to flip flops and pool totes.  The bright, playful style of the book is classic Caroline(more…)

Summer Showcase :: The Cleo Skirt from Made by Rae

I am over-the-moon excited to be a part of the Cleo Skirt Summer Showcase today. This simple skirt pattern from Made by Rae is certainly worthy of its own horn-tooting parade.  So much so, I had to make two skirts.Summer Showcase :: the Cleo Skirt from Made by Rae || Sewn by A Happy Stitch

The first is a swishy, fire-engine red floral rayon from the Rifle Paper and Cotton + Steel collaboration in view b. The second version is in a Loominious woven print from Anna Maria Horner in view a.   Both are pretty fabulous but with such different personalities.  It’s a bit of a study in fabric behavior.

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Sandbridge Skirt

Sandbridge Skirt - another great pattern from Hey June Handmade :: Sewn by a happy stitch

When it comes to sewing clothes in the summer I am totally seduced by simple tops and easy tunics and all other things that can be sewn in a hour (MAYBE two if I’m feeling a teeny bit ambitious). I have honestly made eight different pillows already this month.

Pillows. So easy. So many places to rest my head.

It’s part laziness but also the nature of summer.  I’m busy driving kids back and forth to camp and battling the Fight Club-like atmosphere that emerges from the deep bowels of summer boredom that my remaining energy is spent looking for the quick, easy high that comes from finishing something!  Anyone else in this boat? So, when Adrianna from Hey June Handmade asked me if I was interested in pattern testing her latest skirt, the Sandbridge, my internal dialogue went some like this “Oh man, a complicated skirt! That looks like work.(insert winy voice)” and then “But, this skirt looks awesome and you actually need a skirt.(insert responsible voice)” followed by, “But work! (winy voice)” and finally, “Dude! You have so much to learn from making this. Her patterns always fit you. Buck up and do it! (angry responsible voice)”  I responded to Adrianna with an “I’d love to!”  See, I have official grown up status. (more…)

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