Friday, October 19, 2018

Meet the Designer: Toya from Made by Toya

Inari tee and self drafted box tee

Hi all, I'm Toya and I have a blog/IG account where I post my sewing creations at Made by Toya.
I live in London, UK with my partner and our two daughters where I work as an illustrator and educator.  Passionate as I am about my job, which gives me plenty of creative inspiration and fulfilment, I still find myself driven to create in my downtime too, and over the years I have found sewing the perfect outlet.  An ideal partnership of creativity and practicality, my favourite projects are usually those that are most useful and if there's a bit of upcycling involved that's even better.
With sewing, I love that there is always more to learn and enjoy new challenges, which probably explains my enthusiasm for PR&P.
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Meet the Designer: Sherri from Thread Riding Hood

Hi, I’m Sherri and I write a blog called Thread Riding Hood. I need to pause and just say WOW! I am so excited to be a designer on Project Run and Play! I remember reading along as Katy Dill took on and won PR&P Season One. I’m pretty sure I remember her saying it was so busy that she fed her family pancakes for dinner more than once in a row, so I’ve been stocking crockpot meals in my freezer for a month in anticipation! On a more serious note, I am so inspired by the creativity in past seasons and can’t believe I get to make my mark in this amazing forum.
I grew up sewing and can’t really remember when I started, but I’m pretty sure I hand stitched doll clothes before I was eight. I copied my favourite brand name sweater and track pants in fuzzy purple fleece just after high school and have made my husband’s pajama pants since we got married thirteen years ago.
My first daughter was born around the same time as the DIY blogging industry took off running and I was hooked. I sew anything and everything from quilting to bags and clothes. I love mastering tricky details, drafting “the impossible” and creating things that look professional, not handmade. Squeezing a garment out of too-little fabric or learning how to simplify or speed up a technique makes me super happy.
First and foremost, I am a mom, and I love being there when my girls come home from school. They are my inspiration and my happiest projects are the ones they ask for and choose the fabric. And, I get to work every day alongside my husband – who also owns his own business. I’ve recently started sewing more for him, trying to learn to tailor so everything fits properly.
I started writing Thread Riding Hood in 2012, just after my parents stayed in our home on their yearly visit. I needed something to distract me from missing them and decided to share my sewing. It began as a place to post Canadian sewing content and tutorials, (I’ve got over 100!) and morphed into a sponsorship with Janome Canada, writing for Craftsy and now Bluprint, speaking at conferences and a bit of teaching. My blogging has recently slowed to a more manageable rate – with an 8 and 11-year-old at home it’s busy!
When I’m not sewing, talking about sewing or buying fabric, you can find me reading a book, organizing something in our house or crafting with my girls. I love curling up near a rainy winter window with a book and a cozy quilt.
My freezer’s full and I’m ready to sew – bring on Season 18! I’d love it if you’d follow along: find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Meet the Season 18 Judges

For Season 18, there is a very impressive lineup of guest judges!  Each one of these talented ladies have attained celebrity status in the sewing community, and it's such an honor to have them with us.  In order of appearance, please welcome these amazing ladies.

Kim, or Kimbo, of A Girl and a Glue Gun is a long time friend of Project Run & Play!  She was a designer way back in Season 5.  Since then she's gone on to create many amazing things with her glue gun, and build a crafting empire in the process!  I love following her on Instagram for colorful, happy, creative inspiration with some vinyl pressed on top!

Next up we have Beth from Sew DIY, a true master of sewing and style.  She designs sewing patterns, shares tutorials, and curates an enviable closet!  If you're looking to graduate from sewing children's clothing onto sewing something for yourself, her pattern shop is the perfect place to start.

Cindy Cloward is the owner and brain behind Riley Blake Designs a fabric company that offers something for everyone.  Many seamstresses won't use any other knit fabric after they find Riley Blake Designs knit fabric!  We're proud to say that there are several past Project Run & Play designers who now design fabric for Riley Blake Designs, including our very dear liZ and Elizabeth!

Ericka and Jessica co-own Violette Field Threads, one of the premier children's sewing pattern companies.  Many of us found the Indie sewing community through Violette Field Threads.  Classic yet charming patterns that let girls be girls, these patterns offer something for everyone (tweens and women too!)  Ericka and Jessica have also been long time supporters of Project Run & Play, and you really should go check them out!

The judging format is as follows:

1/3 score = celebrity guest judge of the week

1/3 score = public voting

This scenario casts light on the quality of the designer's work rather than their popularity.  This format has ensured a positive experience for everyone in the past few Seasons, and the prizes awarded fairly on merit, rather than size of following.

Delia comes to us from Delia Creates where she blogs sewing and more in the most beautiful DIY photos you can imagine.  She was a designer on Season 5, and really showed everyone how it ought to be done!

Courtney comes to us from Sweeter Than Cupcakes where she sews for her two cute daughters.  She was a designer on Season 11, and wowed everyone with her looks.

Heidi comes to us from Elegance & Elephants where she designs patterns and sews for her son and daughter.  She was a designer on Season 5, and earned the respect of the sewing community with her sewing expertise.

It's such an honor to have these talented ladies giving their time and effort on the behalf of Project Run & Play.  Please thank them by following them on social media, and reading and commenting on their blogs!