Hello! Sorry I haven’t been updating the old elsie marley, but I’ve been working on the new season of Kid’s Clothes Week! There is so much good stuff going on over there! This season’s theme is STORYBOOK (good, right?!). Our amazing contributors have been hard at work coming up with clever ways you can use that theme.

sewing kid's clothes inspired by kid's books!  // KCW

Maybe you want to take your (or your kid’s) favorite storybook and choose fabrics based on the color palate, or make a Halloween costume, or make an everyday outfit based on a character, or even use the best line in the book.  So many great ideas! Even if you are not sewing-along this KCW season, check out these tutorials! They are bound to get your creative gears moving. If you are sewing along this season and are a little stuck on what to do with your favorite book we have a great series going on the KCW Facebook page called BUT DOES IT SEW?

BUT DOES IT SEW? // kid's clothes week Facebook series

1. the wimpy kid 2. charlie and lola 3. don’t let the pigeon ride the bus 4. good night moon    You can see all the links for patterns and fabrics in the Facebook posts. If you have any suggestions for our BUT DOES IT SEW? series, you can comment on Facebook or here or shout it out the window.

kid's clothes week fabric on spoonflower!

I have also been playing around on Spoonflower a bit. Every season on KCW we choose a color palate. I thought it would be fun to have those colors be available as fabric. So KCW now has an official line of solids for each season (ooo! we should do a stripe too!) and a print to go along with our theme. I used my 3 bears illustration and made up a framed family portrait. This would make a great simple skirt for a little girl. And though it doesn’t have anything to do with sewing, I think it would make fantastic nursery wallpaper too!

Check us out on Spoonflower! Maybe even grab a yard or two. Are you planning to sew along with KCW this season? I always love it when you do!

creative assignment due: twofer

September 24th, 2014

Last week I gave you guys an assignment, a creative assignment. First, you gave me a list of words. Then I paired them up randomly and gave them back to you. From those two words you were to make something, anything! And you made all kinds of awesome things! There are actually too many to show here, so I thought I’d feature them on the elsie marley facebook page throughout the week. But I can’t not show you a few of my favorites:

creative assignment on elsie marley

Erin is an artist who make fantastic plush dolls. She sells her creations in her shop, Boolah Baguette. She made this alligator sailor for the creative assignment and I totally fell for him: stripy tank, jaunty hat, how could you not love him?!

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twofer: squid + printer

September 18th, 2014

creative assignment: squid + printer

I sent out all the creative assignments earlier this week.  I took all the words you gave me, numbered them, and then had a random number generator spit out pairs. Some of the pairs were super random! Check these suckers out: 

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creative assignment: twofer

September 10th, 2014

creative assignment: twofer

It’s been a little while since our last Creative Assignment and I’m ready for another! How about you? Just the promise of Fall has me feeling refreshed.

creative assignment: twofer

1. lincoln 2. banana 3. dj felix 4. cyclops 5. doorbell 6. diy sticker mandala

New ideas are the new thing these days. It sometimes seems our economy is riding on the hope of “new ideas.” As humans we are always looking for the exciting new thing. As modern humans we are looking to wow our boss or get famous or make bank, all with the one new idea.

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crocheted beach blanket

August 13th, 2014

linen beach blanket with crochet edging on elsie marley

Four years ago, I crocheted some edging on a few yards of linen and made myself a beach blanket. I have loved that thing ever since. It’s just the right mix of utilitarian and fancy for me (and for the beach). It has held up suprisingly well. The crochet bit has gotten skrunchy and soft from all the washings. The photos below are from when I made it and today.

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