Friday, September 8, 2017

Mini Project Run & Play Sew Along Winner

Our 6 designers have cast their votes, and we have a winner for the "Inspired by Art Gallery Fabrics" Sew Along.  We were so delighted at each entry, and the judges had a hard time choosing!

Before we reveal the winner, we want to thank all our sponsors.  First of all, Art Gallery Fabrics donated ALL the fabric our 6 designers used in their creations!  And they are giving the winner of the sew along 6 yards of Art Gallery Fabric of their choice.  We're so thankful to have amazing sponsors like that.

And then we want to thank Raspberry Creek Fabrics, Peekaboo Pattern Shop, and CaliFabrics who awarded our 6 designers with very generous gift certificates!

Finally, we want to draw your attention to our sidebar advertisers, who support all the behind the scenes workings of Project Run & Play.  This month our special sponsors were:

Please help us thank each and every one of these sponsors by supporting them with your business!  Also, they all love followers on social media.

Alright, without further ado, we announce the sew along winner:

Mami de Sofiona with her All About Art Gallery Fabrics look!  

Please leave us comments below with your thoughts about the 1st season of Mini Project Run & Play.  We're looking forward to reading all your thoughts.

And stay tuned because the Season 14 of Project Run & Play is already in the works...

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Mini Project Run & Play Winner Tutorial: Ari of Max California

We are wrapping up Mini Project Run and Play with Tutorial Week! All three winners of the mini competitions have put together tutorials for elements in their looks so that you can make them too!
Today we kick it all off with the week 3 winner, Ari from Max California:

Morning PR&P, it's ari! Thank you SO Much for your votes on my look, i'm so stoked you loved it as much as i did! It was so much fun to be playing again! Today I've just thrown together a quick tutorial on how i did the contrast panel on Eddie's dress!

I used the Groove Dress by Made-It Patterns for Eddie's gorgeous dress so I thought I would do a tutorial on the simple little inside panel I added! This would work easily for any pattern with a lowered back hem for the skirt (or even a shirt!)

Trace the lower part of the skirt from the side seam and add about two cm to the top edge (you could add more if you like!).

I used woven fabric in the original dress and stitched it onto the knit dress which was a little tricky but worked out fine! Ideally you'd want to use the same sort of fabric/weight as the main fabric but also this is the sort of thing you can have fun with so, heck, sew whatever you want!

Fold over the top edge and press it (OR, be a little cheat like me with this knit fabric and just serge across the top. you just want it to have a nice edge). Right sides together, sew along the lower edge of the skirt and the contrast panel right up to the side seams. Clip along the curve and then flip it right side out.

Press it so it sits so nice! You can top stitch if you want, which i did to emulate the hem that will be going on the front of the dress. Carefully pin the top of the panel down to the back of the skirt (the part you folded over in the beginning) and stitch across it. Now just sew up the dress as usual! This is going to be a cute little green groove dress with a rainbow peekaboo panel!

Easy, but CUTE!

Thanks, Ari! Everyone needs to tune in tomorrow for the results of the sew along!!!
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Mini Project Run & Play Winner's Tutorial: The Crazy Tailor

We are wrapping up Mini Project Run and Play with Tutorial Week! All three winners of the mini competitions have put together tutorials for elements in their looks so that you can make them too!
Today we kick it all off with the week 2 winner, Sarah from The Crazy Tailor: 

Hi readers! Thanks for the love and votes for Canvas Week! I'm here with an easy tutorial for a sailor bow. This little thing requires just a teeny bit of sewing, and if you want, you can even use your glue gun for a few parts! Let's get started!
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 You'll need some small scraps of fabric, scissors, needle and thread, a ruler, some type of hair clip to attach the bow to (I bought a huge bag of these clips on etsy). The measurements for the three pieces you'll need are: -bow piece: 10" x 3.5" -bow tails: 6.5" x 3.5" -middle of the bow: 3" x 1.5"
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Start with the bow piece (the largest piece) and fold it in scant thirds, wrong sides together. We're not doing any sewing on this one!
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Do the same with the smallest piece. And fold the middle sized piece in half, lengthwise, right sides together:
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Give everything a good iron! Then cut (angled in from the fold to the raw edge) the middle sized piece as shown in the above photo. You'll sew the middle sized piece from the folded edge around to the center of the raw edge using a 1/4" seam allowance. Be sure to leave a gap for turning!
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Once that's sewn, turn it right side out, poke out your corners and press. Take the largest piece and fold as shown below:
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Scrunch/fold it up so it makes a pretty bow shape and then take your threaded needle and poke it through all the layers. Don't pull your needle through yet!
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Grab your bow tails and find the middle, scrunch it up a bit and poke the needle through that as well.
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Once you're sure you've gone through all the layers, pull the thread through and then wrap it around and around. Secure your thread and tie off.
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Now grab your smallest piece and fold one raw edge under and whip stitch to the back of the bow:
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Wrap it around the front and to the back again. Trim off the excess, being sure to leave enough to turn under the raw edge again. Whip stitch this....or alternatively, use a hot glue gun for this whole finishing part!
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Now you can glue this onto a hair clip and you're all done! Use the same general idea and make the pieces bigger or smaller for a whole new look!
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Happy Sewing!
Monday, September 4, 2017

Mini Project Run and Play Winner Tutorial: Winter Wear Designs

We are wrapping up Mini Project Run and Play with Tutorial Week! All three winners of the mini competitions have put together tutorials for elements in their looks so that you can make them too!
Today we kick it all off with the first winner, Suzanne from Winter Wear Designs:
Hey all!!!  Thank you so much for voting for my look in week one, now you get a fun little tutorial from me on how to create your own one of a kind beaded masterpiece.

Now lets start with the things you need:

  • Seed Beads - these are tiny and great for a subtle look, but you can use larger beads for a more dramatic look. 
  • Sequins (I used 5mm)
  • NYMO Nylon beading thread
  • Extra fine beading needles (buy extra as they have a tendency to get bent)
I bought mixed colors and then separated out what a wanted - it is helpful to put small children to work doing this - I pay mine in snacks ;o)

Now the fun begins.  You can highlight your fabric with beading in any way you want.  I wanted to give the flower on this print dimension, so I tried to bead in a way that mimicked how light would bounce off a flower in the morning dew.

Basic lines:
Thread your needle with 18-24 inches of thread.  You don't want to get too long or your thread can get tangled, but you don't want to go too short or you'll be re-threading every 5 minutes and that is annoying too.
Double your thread over and tie a knot at the end.


Thread your needle through your fabric from the back side and pull all the way to the knot.  I like to do a small cross stitch here to lock the starting point so that it is anchored and doesn't put pressure on just the knot.

Thread up to three beads onto your needle.  (No more than three or you risk your thread breaking and your beading falling off.)

Lay your beads against your fabric so that you can see how much space they take up.  Sew back through your fabric, lining the tip of your needle up with the edge of your last bead.
From the back side, sew back up through your fabric right behind your last bead.  Thread your needle through the bead and repeat steps 4 &5.
If you want to skip an area, make a stitch on the back side of the fabric and come back up where you want to start beading again.

You can use this method to create straight or curved lines to fill in as little or as much of your fabric as you want.

Sequins and Beads:
Sequins are so fun, they add an extra sparkle, but they also have a defined look and if sewn on by themselves show the thread that you are working with.  This method allows you to use sequins without your thread going across the sequin.
Thread your needle with 18-24 inches of thread.  You don't want to get too long or your thread can get tangled, but you don't want to go too short or you'll be re-threading every 5 minutes and that is annoying too.
Double your thread over and tie a knot at the end.


Thread your needle through your fabric from the back side and pull all the way to the knot.
String a single sequin onto your needle, then string a single seed bead after it.
Thread your needle back through the sequin.
Sewn the needle back down through your fabric just slightly off from where you started.
Pull the thread tight.  The seed bead will lock the sequin in place.
Repeat as many times as you wish to create your desired pattern.

I hope you have fun using these beading techniques to add dimension to your next sewing project.  Come share them with me over at Winter Wear Designs Fun!!!

Thank you Suzanne! I always wondered how to do that!

Be sure to link up YOUR creations to our link party here. The winner will be chosen on Friday!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Mini Project Run & Play KNIT Results

We hope you all were inspired by Week 3 as much as we were!  Didn't Hayley and Ari totally knock you over with their fabulous creations using Art Gallery Fabric knit?  We don't know about you, but we sure are ready to sew with some of that buttery soft fabric!  

The votes have been counted, and the judges scores tallied, and by a very, very close margin, the results are:

First place goes to:

Ari from max california wins $100 to spend at CaliFabrics.

And 2nd place goes to:

Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House gets to spend $50 at CaliFabrics.

We're so thankful to CaliFabrics for sponsoring week 3.  If you're in the market for super quality fabric at some of the lowest prices around, be sure to check out CaliFabrics enormous selection.  The majority of their stock is apparel fabrics, so whether you need denim, linen, silk, or knit, or much, much more, you can probably find it!

And when you're ready to link up your Inspired by Art Gallery Fabric creation, you can do so at this link. The winner will be chosen next week!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Mini Project Run & Play Week 3: Art Gallery Fabric KNIT

For the third week of Mini Project Run & Play, we challenged our designers, Ari and Hayley, to use Art Gallery Fabrics knit fabric.  This week's plot twist is that we had them use only ONE yard of Fietsen Intense and TWO yards of their choice of Art Gallery Fabric.  Here are their creations:

Ari of Max California: Ko Ko Bop

project run & play mini • KO KO BOP with art gallery fabrics by max california •

Hey everyone! It's ari from max california and I am super stoked to be BACK for the mini! Hayley & I were given this deliciously soft knit from Art Gallery Fabrics (Fietsen Intense by Katarina Roccella) and while blue and bicycles is not really something I could easily work with, i'm pretty sure I got there in the end! I LOVE challenges, and I love how this all turned out (so do the kids, win!). I made two looks for vinnie and eddie using the fietsen intense bicycle print fabric and my secondary fabric choice which was this super pretty paparounes crimson, the denim was from my stash!

project run & play mini • KO KO BOP with art gallery fabrics by max california •

Vincent's outfit is a damn dream on him, I mean LOOK. He loves it too, which is always such a good thing when sewing for the kids! His coveralls are self-drafted, basically a button up shirt mashed with some pants/jeans. They're made out of denim with a tonne of fun details! I lined it with the poppy fabric so he can wear it done up or the top pushed down (also he threw a hoodie on after this shoot and they looked like some rad jeans! The knees feature motorcycle-style knee pads, with one of them being a ~~secret pocket! There's also ~~~secret pockets in the sideseams of the coveralls, I used little invisible zippers to make them hidden. I have way too much fun with pockets you guys! The knee patches are a bunch of pin tucks, which was sort of fun but time consuming and involved me drawing a lot of lines on the denim with my broken grading ruler. I really love the way they look though, so does vin! His shirt is made out of the bicycle fabric (fietsen intense knit!) and I used the beachy boatneck top from blank slate patterns. this has always been one of my favourite patterns, and it's becoming more and more one i reach for to sew for vin because of that amazing neckline and how well it flatters his gorgeous lil chest! I know I've said it a few times now but this fabric is SO CRAZY SOFT, like butter, it's beautiful.

project run & play mini • KO KO BOP with art gallery fabrics by max california •

Eddie's dress is the groove dress by Made-It Patterns. The child loves her dress too, she loves all her groove dresses but this one is fantastic because... yeh... IT'S SO SOFT! I lined the lower back half of the dress with the poppy print for a dash of extra fun there and I really love how it turned out!  I made a simple kimono to go over the top, which at first (when I was telling her the designs) she was so not into at all. However once I started sewing it up and got her to try it on she started to fall for it hard! AWESOME. And, as you can see, she loves how it accessorises her groove dress so perfectly. I love the boxy shape on her.

If you love my look, don't forget to please vote for me c: you can also see more pics and more adventures over on my blog: max california!

Hayley of Welcome to the Mouse House: Dollies and Me Make Three

Hello Project Run and Play readers! Long time, no see! I am Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House and I was a competitor over here many years ago (seems like forever ago?!). When they asked me to join in on this fun head-to-head competition, I said "Of course!", without really thinking much into it. Of course, I want to try my hand at this again! Well, nothing like having months of preparation and leaving things until the last minute, but it wouldn't be Project Run and Play without that, right? I received my mystery fabric in the mail and I have to admit, I was a bit confused as to how I was going to incorporate this knit bicycle fabric into a PRP style outfit. So, I did what anyone else would do... I asked my 7 year old daughter Ainsley to decide! After all, the outfit was for her. Introducing, outfits for Dollies and Me. Ainsley decided she really wanted an outfit to match her American Girl doll Kit and Wellie Wisher Camille. (FREE patterns to come, check on Welcome to the Mouse House in a few weeks for those). We decided to use the Art Gallery yard dyed lightweight denim as a coordinate for the Sydney Romper and Pinafore Dress (pattern by me). The long sleeved tee is a modified Janie Dress .


 As Ainsley has gotten older, I have let go of the reigns when it comes to the clothing I make for her. I love to see her express her wants and desires, especially since she is the one that will be wearing it all day. She now gets to pick out her fabrics and patterns (for the most part... let's be real... 7 year olds still need some guidance on color matching). Ainsley made the doll dresses using the free patterns I will share in a few weeks, so they aren't 100% perfect, but that is what makes them so special. I helped with minor things like snaps and serging the hem, but other than that, they are all her creation and she is super proud. Each doll has a tshirt with the bicycle knit using the free pattern I found over at Liberty Jane. The only modification I made was making long sleeves. It was a great use for those knit scraps!


 The knit bicycle fabric is super soft and will be perfect with a pair of leggings and a denim jacket for days that she doesn't want to wear a dress. We had some leftover knit fabric, so I asked her what she wanted with it, and she decided we should make a fun, whimsical hair wrap, so that is what we did. I will have a free pattern/tutorial for that soon. It was super easy and with the addition of batting, it gives it a nice poofy finish that she calls "ears".


 Well, it was great to be back. Thanks so much for having me again, Project Run and Play! Oh, and pop on over to my blog to see some sneak peeks of her amazing new playhouse!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Mini Project Run and Play: Meet the Week 3 Designers

And just like that, we are on to WEEK 3 of the Mini Project Run and Play! this series is fast and fun. Don't blink or you might just miss it!
Today we get to know the next two designers a little better.
Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House and Ari from Max California asked each other questions, and here is what they said:
Ari: Where do you get your inspiration from?  
Hayley: I don't have one particular place I get inspiration from, honestly.  Sometimes, inspiration strikes me at the oddest times like while watching a tv show, shopping or just from trying to solve a problem at hand. Some of my best ideas came on a whim.  

Ari: How would you describe your style? 
Hayley: I would have to say my style is free flowing.  In other words, I don't think I have a set style. ;). I love classic lines like a Peter Pan collar, but I also don't want to always make classic pieces. That would be boring to me. Long story short, I don't think I have a style that is any one description.  I love whimsical, classic, unique and memorable   

Ari: Why do you sew? 
Hayley: I have been sewing since I can remember (maybe 5 years old?). I sew because I love it.  I love the fact that I can take fabric and turn it into clothing or home decor or gifts.  It is always pretty cool to watch a flat piece of fabric turn into something 3 dimensional and then I love seeing the joy it brings others. Sometimes I sew because of necessity (like not finding curtains I like anywhere in my budget or making pants for my kid that has super skinny waist and nowhere sells his size) and other times I sew because I want to have a creative outlet.  I sew because it is simply part of my life.  


Hayley: Do your kids like that they have mommy-made clothing and do you think it will remain that way as they get older?
Ari: the kids love it so much. vin loves that I can make him literally anything he wants and Eddie is just stoked that she can see something on tv and ask me to make it for her. I think they will always appreciate that I sew for them, I tell them how their friends mum's can do other stuff but this is the thing that I can do (I can't bake ಥ‿ಥ) so it's special! 

Hayley: Do you get asked all the time to hem people's pants?  Just curious ;)  
Ari: Yes. ALL THE TIME aha. And curtains. And once to fix someone's fly of their jeans. I'm pretty good at saying no now though.

Hayley: Has your style always been the same or have you evolved over time?
Ari: It's definitely evolved, for me anyway (it's probably still weird to everyone else). I used to be very into rockabilly/punk/goth/grunge sort of stuff, whereas now I'm just ALL THE COLOURS and fun. I definitely have a lot of throwbacks to my "youth" though with things I sew the kids. I think consistently I've always been outside the box, square peg in the round hole you know? But I like that.

Hayley: What is your least favorite thing to sew?
Ari: Button up shirts. They look amazing and I love using all that amazing woven fabric, but I hate how tedious it is. It's just too much work. Its got to be something really inspiring to me to want to spend a long time on it and button up shirts don't do it for me hah. Doesn't stop me from seeing them though!

Thank you, Ladies! 
Come back tomorrow to see what they made.
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