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:
@inthemoodforfashion

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?
 Intermediate
      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. 
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 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.
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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.
Friday, November 18, 2016

We're Thankful For: Fat Quarter Shop

Today we get to share with you our third and final sponsor for our November thankful giveaway.  Fat Quarter Shop has been a sponsor of Project Run & Play for a very long time.  At the end of this post we give you another entry to our huge giveaway, so don’t miss it!

  They have consistently been on board and helped us award significant prizes to designer after designer.  Fat Quarter Shop is truly a blessed addition to the sewing community.  Fat Quarter Shop offers so many amazing fabrics.  If you are looking for the latest collections from your favorite designers, you’ll find them at Fat Quarter Shop.
Cotton and Steel?  Check.  (Outfit details here)

Art Gallery Fabrics?  Check.  (Outfit by Paisley Roots, details here.)


Simple Simon and Co?  Check!


Fat Quarter Shop offers great bundles of fabric too.  The outfit above was made with a set of 11 fat quarters from Fat Quarter Shop I scored once in their 24 hour flash sale.  
(Friendly Tip: Check the 24 hour flash sale section often!!!)

Although the Fat Quarter Shop is a great place to be inspired, you don’t want to miss the Jolly Jabber blog.  There you can get practical ideas and helpful tips for sewing.  

And don’t miss any of the fun happening on all their social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and my very favorite channel on YouTube.  

If you’ve shopped at Fat Quarter Shop in the past, you too know why we’re so thankful for them.  
The winner of Giveaway #1 is going to receive a $50 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop and the winner of Giveaway #2 (chosen from among our Instagram followers!) will receive a $50 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop too!  

For one last entry to Giveaway #1 visit the new arrivals section over at Fat Quarter Shop.  Then leave a comment below, and tell us which product from that section you would choose.

Here are all the ways to enter our Thankful giveaways:
Leave a comment telling us what you're thankful for on our original giveaway post here.
Leave a comment about your favorite children's pattern from Blank Slate Pattern here.
Leave a comment about your favorite fabric from Imagine Gnats here.
And of course, leave a comment below about your favorite new arrival from Fat Quarter Shop.  
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Interview with Coffee+Thread


Meet Olga! She blogs over at Coffee+Thread.
I asked Olga a few questions to get to know her better, here is what she said:
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What are your favorite materials to sew with?
My favorite fabric to work with is probably voile; I love how it drapes and feels like silk, but is so much easier to work with. I also enjoy working with natural fibers such as cotton, silk or wool. Since I mostly sew garments, I prefer fabrics that work best for garment making.

 If you could make a garment for anyone in history, who would it be, and for what occasion?
Oh man, that's a tough question! My favorite fashion era is the 1960s. I would like to say it would be awesome to sew for Jacqueline Kennedy, but I think I would die of fear if I had to! Her style was impeccable; she had so much grace and elegance! 

What level sewist would you consider yourself?
I think I am intermediate to advanced, though I can't say I will be able to sew anything! I wouldn't dare to make a wedding dress or a real ball gown! 


What project would you recommend for a beginner?
 Simple gathered skirt with an elastic waistband is a perfect beginner friendly project. Simple pants with an elastic waistband are also quite easy to make! 

What does a typical day look like for you?
I usually work a few hours a day on pattern designing, sewing samples, writing tutorials, etc. My youngest is still at home with me, so like any other mother I juggle swim lessons, gymnastic practices, preschool runs with trying to build and grow my sewing patterns business. I also enjoy photography quite a bit and love to take and edit pictures. Whenever there is any time left, I sew for fun. I wish there were more hours in a day.
When do you sew?
I try to sew in the morning, otherwise other obligations take over and sewing doesn't happen. 

Do you eat when you sew? And if so, what? 
I usually don't eat, though sometimes I snack on almonds or apples. I do have a cup (or two) of coffee or tea. I love a good cup of tea!  

What is the thing/ fabric you are still afraid to sew?
Silk chiffon scares me! It's so delicate and takes so much care to sew with; I stay away from it!

If you could sew just one thing over and over forever, what would it be?
I hardly ever sew the same pattern twice, unless it's a pattern I am working on. But if given a choice, probably a t-shirt. It's rather a quick sew and easy to achieve unique looks by choosing different fabrics! 



Who do you sew for?
I mostly sew for my four children, especially my oldest daughter. If you follow my blog, she makes the most appearances. My youngest daughter has so many clothes items that I haven't been sewing as much for her. I wish I had more time to sew for my two boys; they are probably the most grateful recipients. Occasionally, I sew for myself. My goal is to sew more for myself; I just wish there was more time!  
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It was a pleasure having you here, Olga. So nice to learn more about you!
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And for all of our readers...Be sure to come back on Friday to learn how you can earn another entry in our huge giveaway, from another awesome sponsor. 
 
Monday, November 14, 2016

Participant Feature: Coffee + Thread

This week, we chose this great signature style outfit from Olga at Coffee+Thread. It is slightly more uncommon for boy outfits to get linked up, and this one is executed so well, we thought it needed to be featured.


You can see the original post here. Be sure to come back on Wednesday to find out a little more about Olga!
For another chance to enter the HUGE giveaway, be sure to read this post to find out how.