Friday, December 9, 2016

A few of my Favorite Things: Michelle

Hi everyone! Michelle here, from Falafel and the Bee and one of the Virtual Assistants here on Project Run and Play, sharing a few of my most favorite sewing supplies and notions with you. These are things I would be a little lost without.

Water soluble stabilizer 
For aiding me in sewing on tiny scraps. This stuff is amazing. You can see the results on a project I did, here. Total game changer in the way of upcycling possibilities.

Clover Wonder clips. 
I use these little things every single time I sew. They are great for holding on binding, delicate fabrics that you cannot pin, and even patterns in place. LOVE these.

Kotobuki Traditional Japanese Thread Scissors

Handy because where I sew is a small space. Every inch counts. They get right down close to your stitches to trim those straggly threads. Quick snip. Done.



 Westcott iPoint Evolution Electric Pencil Sharpener

Weird, right? Well, when I trace patterns, I keep this baby close by, because my pencil gets dull quickly (and there's really not much worse, when you are tracing a pattern).


Scotch Magic Tape 

Speaking of tracing patterns....this stuff is essential to me! I tape the patterns using plain old matte finish Scotch Tape. In fact, when people have asked what they can get me as a gift, I have replied "LOTS of Scotch Tape". They thought I was joking! It is true. I go through rolls of this stuff. 


And this is my favorite make of 2016. It was difficult to narrow it down to just one thing, but I think this jacket sums up my style and was one of the most creative things I have sewn.

You can see the original post here.
One of my passions is upcycling. There are so many resources if we just look around and recognize the potential. This jacket began as a few pair of her sister's jeans. They didn't fit her anymore, and some had holes. Why not make them into something else?
To add more of a contrast, since they were all the same denim color, I turned some of the panels inside out before sewing them. I love the effect, and love the scraps I used on the back with the stabilizer (see link above). No waste!

This was such a fun challenge. Trying not to waste any part of the jeans, I seam ripped the waistband off a pair, and used it for the hem of the jacket. Even the back pocket was used. Can you spot it?

Thank you for having me as a Guest. It was fun being on this side of things. 
Now you all know what to get me for Christmas. Ha!
As always you can find me over at Falafel and the Bee, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.
Don't forget to enter our giveaway this week. It ends Tuesday 12/13!
 *Although affiliate links might not be one of your favorite things, a blog that pays for itself is one of our favorite things!  So we’ve included a few in this post.  If you click on one of them you will be supporting one of everyone's favorite things, Project Run & Play!*
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop $50 Giveaway

One of our favorite things is a giveaway!  And today we've got a giveaway from one of our all time favorite sponsors, Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop.  That's right, one of you is going to win a $50 gift certificate to spend at Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop!

Do you remember this cute face from a past season of Project Run & Play?  Amy created this darling dress during her time on Project Run & Play.  Beside sewing up amazing clothing for her family, Amy runs Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop and designs the greatest patterns, plus has added fabric in the past year or so.


Past designers have found Amy's patterns very useful, like this jacket from Season 12, designed from the High Five Hoodie pattern.  One reason we love and sew Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop patterns over and over again is how basic and versatile they are.  Easy to sew, perfect for a beginner, and great to use as a basis for embellishing.

During season 9 the Grand Slam Tee, Hangout Hoodie, and Lily Knit Blazer were represented.   Classic, stylish, and on trend!  And if these aren't enough, you can also find inspiration from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop on FacebookInstagram and Pinterest.

They also sell some of our favorite fabric panels.  If you sew holiday pajamas for your kids, you need to grab some of these fast!

Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop also carries lots of our favorite fabrics from companies like (clockwise from top left) Art Gallery Fabrics, Riley Blake Designs, Monaluna, Birch Organics, Michael Miller, and BOLT.  And more!

How would you like to win $50 gift certificate to Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop?  
You can by visiting Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop and telling us which Peek-A-Boo Pattern is your favorite think or visit and tell us which fabric is your favorite thing.    
Happy shopping!

One entry per person in a comment below, please.  Giveaway ends next week Tuesday (12/13) and we'll reveal the random winner next week Wednesday (12/14)

Monday, December 5, 2016

A few of My Favroite Things: Olu

A few of my Favourite Things

Hi, I'm Olu and I blog at Needle and Ted. I was asked to write about a few of my favourite things. Julie Andrews popped immediately into my head (of course). I bet she popped into your head too, so come on press PLAY and sing along folks. 

Ernest Wright scissors and my rotary cutter,
Organic Nosh fabric and sleeves with a flutter,
Denim and piping and heart headed pins.
These are a few of my favourite things. 

Bernina 350 and Japanese patterns,
Gathers and drapes and quirky street fashions,
Invisible zippers and dresses that swing,
These are a few of my favourite things. 


When I cut wrong, when a shirt's tight,
When I forget to add,
I simply remember my favourite things,
and then I don't sew so bad.

And here is my favourite make of 2016

Drum roll please....

The Loveralls




One of my proudest sewing moments. So much love and work went into making them, with meticulous attention to detail. I'm pretty pleased with the result.

If you would like to see more of my adventures moments, click on over to Needle and Ted, any time, I never sleep. And bring a big packet of Wotsits for us to share. I love Wotsits.
Thank you Olu! What an excellent way to kick off this series, with a song.
*Although affiliate links might not be one of your favorite things, a blog that pays for itself is one of our favorite things!  So we’ve included a few in this post.  If you click on one of them you will be supporting one of everyones’ favorite things, Project Run & Play!*
Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Plans and My Favorite Thing link up

Today we get to tell you about what's going to happen in December.  We're so excited about these events!  There are going to be more giveaways, more features, and more fun, all surrounding the theme "My Favorite Things."
Of course we want you to get involved, so we've got a little challenge for you.  Today we're opening the December link up and here's what you do:
1: Choose the favorite thing you sewed for a child in 2016!
2: Write about WHY it's your favorite thing.
3: Link it up below.

When we started looking back through everything we've sewed for our children in 2016 we realized the task of choosing a favorite is going to be very difficult if you're anything like us!  So to make your job a little more rewarding, we're going to give one link up a $25 gift card from one of our favorite pattern makers, Hey June Handmade!  (Something for you, something for your child!)  Link up will close December 26 at 12pm.  Winner will be chosen at random.

We can't WAIT to see and read about your Favorite Thing!

Monday, November 28, 2016

"Thank you" Giveaway Winners

It's appropriate at the most thankful time of year to close our 2 "Thank You" giveaways!  We are so very, very thankful for all of you, for the designers, and for the sponsors because you all make Project Run and Play better than it could ever be without you.  

Giveaway #1 included:
$50 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop
$40 shop credit to Imagine Gnats
$25 gift certificate to Blank Slate Patterns
$20 gift certificate to Gracious Threads
3 patterns from Mouse House Creations
3 patterns from Jennuine Designs
3 pattern from Nah Connection Shop
2 patterns from Elegance & Elephants
2 patterns from Paisley Roots
2 patterns from Craftiness Is Not Optional
New Tic Tac Toe dress pattern from Sew Pony

And the random winner of Giveaway #1 is:
Little House on the Dairy who commented about her favorite Blank Slate Pattern, "The W pants look like fun!"  Oh, we think so too!

Giveaway #2 included:
$50 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop
All 7 printed patters by Imagine Gnats
$25 gift certificate to Blank Slate Patterns
$20 gift certificate to Gracious Threads
3 patterns from Mouse House Creations
3 patterns from Jennuine Designs
3 pattern from Nah Connection Shop
2 patterns from Elegance & Elephants
2 patterns from Paisley Roots
2 patterns from Craftiness Is Not Optional
New Tic Tac Toe dress pattern from Sew Pony

And the random winner of Giveaway #2 from among our Instagram followers is:

Stay tuned because we have more exciting things coming up in December!
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Interview with Sew Starly

Today we get to learn a little bit more about Starly!

   What are your favorite materials to sew with?
Apparel Fabrics - My absolute favorite is European Cotton Lycra but I also like wovens such as Denim, Flannel, Voile, Poplin, and Linen
    What level sewist would you consider yourself?
      What is the tool you cannot live without? 
 Stainless Thread Snips.
 I use them for clipping all of my threads, for notching, and clipping curves. They get more use than my regular scissors. 

 When do you sew?
I work away from home most days. My husband and I rotate nightime parenting duties (bath/bedtime). I usually sew one or two of my "off" nights. I also get a couple hours personal time each weekend morning and typically use at least one of those blocks for sewing. Anything else gets done in bits and pieces during found minutes.  
 Do you eat when you sew? And if so, what?
I never eat when I sew.
·      What is the thing/ fabric you are still afraid to sew?
Silky Lightweights - I have made a few attempts that went terribly wrong. I am sure there are tricks I need to learn and practice that needs to happen but for now if I want a lightweight silky button up or something I will just buy one. 

     Why do you sew?
I sew because there is no better way to express yourself through style. The ability to pick the shape you want and combine with the exact colors and pprints you want is pretty amazing. I also love to sew because it's good for my mental health. In my career I move from one problem to the next. There are no big projects to complete and no hands on work. It helps me to have a creative outlet where I can make a plan and execute. Finished projects are very satisfying.  
What is the best tip or trick you learned?
Taping patterns on a sliding glass door was a game changer for me. It reduced my average time to tape an adult pattern from about an hour to 10 minutes. 
 If you could sew just one thing over and over forever, what would it be?
Bimaa! I sew Bimaas every fall. they are fun to sew, easy, tons of options and turn out great every time. I get so excited when it starts cooling off and I can print a new Bimaa size for my daughter. I have made tons of them for gifts as well. 
 Who do you sew for?
I sew mostly for my 6 year old daughter and myself. I also sew for friends and extended family for birthdays and holidays.

Thank you so much for playing along, Starly! I love that all of our particpants show such restraint while sewing, and don't eat! Very practical. I know I cannot resist some good chocolate when I sew.
And for all of you, make sure to go back and to get all the chances to enter the giveaway. We will announce the winners Monday!
Monday, November 21, 2016

Participant Feature: Starly from Sew Starly

This week we chose this garment from our Signature Style link-up in Season 12 for our Particpant Feature:

Starly from Sew Starly sewed it up, and we cannot wait to hear a little bit more about her on Wednesday! Be sure to come back to see how she answered my questions. That is my favorite part!
For another chance to enter the HUGE giveaway, check out our latest post here.