Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Adventure Inspiration from Kelly at Handmade Boy

Hello! It's Kelly from Handmade Boy. I'm here today to share with you one of my adventure sews! One of the advantages of being a seamstress is being able to create crazy fun theme clothes for my kids. I don't do it for all adventures, occasions, and events, but here and there, I do and it's fun!

Thomas is the usual recipient of themed clothes. Mostly, because he is younger and lets me do it. LOL He does enjoy it though and on his own will play up dressing into a theme if he knows we are doing something special. For example, when he found out we were going fishing with his grandparents, he HAD to wear his "camping clothes." Not that we went camping, but they had a picture that symbolized fishing on them. So, logically, those were the clothes he must wear.

Last summer we went to a hot air balloon festival. Earlier in the year, I had made him a fun hot air balloon tee from some fabric I was hoarding from Peek-a-Boo Fabrics. It was the perfect shirt for this special adventure!

He was less than thrilled to take time away from exploring all the events going on to take pictures for me. LOL The things bloggers request from their kids.

There are so many different things you can create to make an outing extra special. A custom piece of clothing is like your own personal souvenir for your adventure! Every time your child wears his adventure clothes, he will remember the fun he had on that special trip. 

If you want to check out more of our adventures, this post was a great one! Thomas and his friend went on a great treasure hunt in the woods. They had so much fun!

A huge adventure recently for Handmade Boy has been the release of The Fighter Tee.

The Fighter Tee is a pattern I designed with the help from Love Notions for drafting to raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital. You can read more about my pattern here.

Thank you Kelly! If you would like to follow Kelly, you can find her on Instagram and Facebook, and her blog Handmade Boy.

What adventures have YOU had lately?
Monday, June 19, 2017

CaliFabrics $100 gift certificate for June Adventure Sew Along winner!

We want to make sure you all have noticed the huge prize for the June's Adventure theme sew along! The judges will choose 1 entry to win $100 gift certificate from Cali Fabrics!

We went over to CaliFabrics and browsed around for some adventure fabric, and here's what we found:

Authentic Carhartt Canvas in 20 different colors that will stand up to any adventure for sure!

For many kids, adventure means water!  So you could sew them a swimsuit from Rainbow Paint Splatter Metallic Nylon/Lycra!

In an outfit made from this Buses and Cars jersey fabric, any child could adventure in style!

Denim fabric is the foundation for many an adventure!  Cali Fabrics has every color,  weight and type of denim fabric you can imagine!

Clip dot cotton lawn is just the right weight fabric for any summer adventure!  

So what are you waiting for?  Go sew up some adventure for your child and enter the link up for a chance to win $100 gift certificate to CaliFabrics!

Also, remember to enter the HUGE giveaway from Peekaboo Pattern Shop.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Peekaboo Pattern Shop Adventure Fabric Giveaway!

Did you catch liZ & Elizabeth live on Facebook talking about our 1st awesome giveaway for June?  If you missed it, you can catch it below:

Aren't those panels and that fabric super duper?  Just imagine the adventures a child could have while wearing clothes made from this giveaway!

First of all, we want you to meet Amy, the owner and designer of PeekABoo Pattern Shop.  Just recently she became a Mama Bear (again) to a delightful Baby Bear!  

Besides being an excellent  mother to her cute cubs, Amy creates patterns for children and adults, designs the exclusive PeekABoo Fabric, runs an amazingly packed online fabric shop, and now had just added in a digital design shop!  

All of the panels and fabric that Amy designs are super duper cute!  We asked Amy to choose some panels and coordinating fabric to fit our adventure theme for June...(see the exact ones in the video) and we're so in love with what we're giving away!

Now you can see why we're so excited!  Use the Rafflecopter below to enter the giveaway.  

Also, please check out our Adventure Sew Along.  One seamstress will walk away with $100!

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June Link-Up

There are so many great things we have planned for June, so it's time to get started.
 Let's start with your part; the link party!
We have a new theme for this month's link party....


Life is full of adventure when you are a kid (especially in the Summer)...and it always helps to be dressed for it! Link up your adventure outfits below.

The winner of this month's link party will win $100.00 Gift certificate to Cali Fabrics!

Just like last month, the link up is going to be a judged event, and our guest judge for the month is Courtney from Sweeter Than Cupcakes!  (Right now, Courtney and her kids are on an adventure of their own...)

We can't wait to see what kind of adventure clothing you sew and link up for your kids!   Maybe Winnie the Pooh said it the best...

As Soon As I Saw You, 
I Knew An Adventure Was Going To Happen!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Link-Up Winner

I know we seem to say that it was difficult judging all of your fabulous creations every time, but it seriously was! There were some incredible entries in our Floral themed Link-Up this month.
Without further ado, the Grand Prize winner is.....

Sew Sophie Lynn
She wins a $100 gift certificate to Stylish Fabric.
Thank you all for sharing your talent with us! 
Stay tuned to see what June will bring on Project Run and Play.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Guest Judge Feature: Delia Creates

To judge this month's Link-Up, we brought in a celebrity in the blogging world. She was also a contestant back in 2012 for Season 5. If you don't know her already, you should!

Delia from Delia Creates

She also knows her way around florals , as you can clearly see below!

 Oh goodness look at her little one 5 years ago in that gorgeous dress!

Toddler Maxi? YES

This one was featured in Stylo magazine.

Read more about her latest floral beauty here

Since we found out a little bit already about her here, I asked Delia some fun questions for today.

1. Who do you sew for?

I mostly sew for my daughter because she's my youngest and the most appreciative of mama made clothes ;). I also do some sewing for my two boys and myself. 

2. What is the best tip or trick you have learned?

That scotch tape is for more than just taping together patterns! I use it to hold buttons in place when I sew them on my machine. I use it to "pin" leather together sometimes, when I can't use actual pins. I put it on the bottom of my presser foot to keep it from sticking to vinyl or leather. I always keep a roll of it with my sewing supplies. 

3. Do you have a favorite material to sew with? If so, what?

I wouldn't say it's necessarily my favorite to *sew*, but my favorite fabric to wear and put my kids in, is knit. 

4. Where do you see your blog in 5 years?

Good question. As a blogger of seven years, I've witnessed first hand how much the blogging landscape has changed during that time. So, for that reason, I'd have to go clue. ;) In 5 years, I would like to think I'm still working in a creative field. 

5. What projects are you working on currently?
I always seem to have a few too many WIP projects open at once. I am currently redecorating my daughter's room which includes a lot of furniture painting and pillow making at the moment. I've also got fun, easy summer craft projects in the works, as well as a sundress for me! 

6. If you could sew a garment for anyone in history, who would it be and for what occasion?
Honestly, I can't think of anyone I'd rather sew for than my family and the people I love. <3

7. What material have you not ever sewn with, but always wanted to?

8. What brands do you currently work with?
I consider myself creatively omnivorous, so I'm working with a variety of companies:, Silhouette, and Michaels. 

9. What current fashion trends do you like?
I really like the bell sleeve trend. It seems to be flattering on almost anyone of any age, and it's fairly simple to sew. I'm also digging the return of the 90's. I admit, at first I resisted it, but the nostalgia is winning me over. Bring on the overalls and chokers!

10. What is the most outrageous outfit/ most ambitious outfit have you ever sewn for one of your kids?

A suit for both of my boys is probably my most ambitious project. My first attempt at a suit had crooked welt pockets and a serious lack of interfacing, but I still love it because it made me brave. It became the measuring stick for trying new patterns and techniques. I would tell myself that if I could make a suit, then surely I could at least try anything. 
Thank you, Delia for being such a good sport and answering my questions. We are so happy you will be judging our link party!
If you haven't already linked up, you still have 3 days left to do it! The winner of the sew along will win $100 gift certificate to Stylish Fabric

Monday, May 22, 2017

Stylish Fabric $100 Prize!

First of all, we get to reveal the winner of the 5 yards of Hawthorne Threads  Abloom in Lake fabric.  
Tonia J. you need to watch your inbox!

If you didn't win, don't worry!  We're going to tell you about another way to win a whole bunch of fabric.  

Our sew along link up theme for the month of May is Floral!  As in April Showers bring May Flowers.  This is a judged sew along (stay tuned for the judge feature later this week.)  There are some amazing projects in the link up, and we want to see more!  The winner of the sew along will win $100 gift certificate to Stylish Fabric.  

Have you seen the amazing fabrics from Stylish Fabric?  Here's some of the jaw dropping floral fabrics we found there:

How gorgeous is this blue floral chiffon?  

This is a floral french terry, and I'm not even kidding!

Stylish Fabric has the largest selection of lace I've ever seen...including this Peach Papaya Scallop Lace fabric.

How about this large scale jersey knit floral fabric?

This abstract floral crepe de chine is gorgeous and would be luxurious to wear!

We've shown you only a few of the THOUSANDS of fabrics available over at Stylish Fabric.  Please visit the store, and follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest to thank them for supporting Project Run & Play.