4th of July off the shoulder ROMPER!

 

Okay, who else is dying in this heat? Because I know I sure am!

With that being said, it’s OFFICIALLY summer. So what’s easier to just throw on and go other than a romper? They are my go-to & we are so ready to share this one with you, just in time for the 4th of July!

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What you will need:

This ITY print

 Cynthia Rowley Pattern 8124

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You can even jazz it up with this necklace!

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For measurements, reference the back of the pattern:

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We also highly recommend these fabrics for this cozy romper:

In order: Shibori Bamboo Knit in RedShibori Bamboo Knit in Indigo, Robin Crepe, Pebble Crepe, Andrea Eyelet Liberty of London Anderson

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Here you will find a video that walks you through the whole process of creating this garment (hope the music puts you in the summer mood!) If you are a beginner, don’t worry, we have provided a simple walk through! If you are more advanced, we have accommodated you through the use of using your serger!

We want to see your final product!!! Tag us on Instagram or Facebook and hashtag #MLEVINECREATION for a chance to win some goodies!!

Fourth of July Home Dec/ Beach Pillow

Hi Everyone!!

I am so excited to share with you our first tutorial VIDEO for you guys to follow along with. Soon, you will be able to purchase everything needed for these videos in a simple kit, but until then, ill be linking up everything that we used.

We started with this AMAZING pillow, I personally can’t wait to throw it on my towel at the beach and snuggle up and tan with it! But you can definitely use it as a home dec/lounge chair pillow as well!

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Pillow form We are using a 20″x 20″

Silver City Stripe Fabric We used 1yrd of this

Pompoms We used 6.5 yards

We also highly recommend these fabrics for this pillow:

Serape Stripe & Sunbrella Astoria Stripe

In this video we will walk you through all the steps to creating this gem! We hope you enjoy the beach vibes music and cannot wait to see what you create!!!

We want to see your final product!!! Tag us on Instagram or Facebook and hashtag #MLEVINECREATION for a chance to win some goodies!!

We’re getting ready for Halloween…

October is here and that means Halloween. Here are a few projects that we have up in the store. Hopefully they will inspire you to get sewing. Also our entire Halloween section is 20% off until this Sunday. Don’t miss out.

Halloween costumes…

This flapper dress is simple and fun.

Pattern: Simplicity 1770
Dress:  white brocade/white fringe/metallic trim on dress/stretch headband trim/metallic flower/

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This GI Jane meets glam look is great for your Halloween party, yet easily transitions to your regular wardrobe. I tried the pants
on and they are really comfortable and perfect with a black t-shirt.

Pant fabric:  ML256115
Camo Sequin top fabric: ML256130
Star studs for the hat: ML256155
Pant pattern: ML256145
Top pattern: ML256140

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Here are a few easy aprons that work perfect with all of our Halloween cotton prints.
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Lastly I love this fun table runner our cotton buyer made. She used the Moda Pumpkin Party charm pack, a fun print for the back, and some ric-rac.
Super easy & great for your Halloween parties.

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Happy haunting! Don’t forget if you live in the LA area our employees will be dressed up in the costumes they made Saturday, Oct. 19th. This is always a fun day to come down and shop. Also don’t forget to tag us if you make a costume from our fabrics. We would love to feature you in our monthly newsletter.

Enjoy!

New foam tuffet…

Happy hump day. Robin & I want to show you this new product we received. These foam tuffets are perfect next to a bed or chair or as a foot rest. There are so many ways you can go with it. From juvenile, to retro, to funky and so much in between. Really, your imagination is the only thing that will limit you. Have fun and please, if you make one, tag us so we can see it.

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Supplies:

2 yards of fabric, pictured here ML247495

1/4  yard of solid fabric of your choice for piping

3 1/3 yards of cotton cording (enough to go around tuffet twice) or use pre made piping, trim, or fringe

1 piece of batting, size of top of tuffet (optional)

1 foam tuffet (18″ diameter/15″ tall)

1 quick pleater. I used the 2 inch pleater

Pattern:

Cut top piece 19″ diameter circle. (to allow for seam allowance)

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Cut 4″ band circumference of the tuffet.

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Cut 3 widths of fabric at 15″ long each.

The piping was made with 1/4″ cotton cording & a solid fabric.  (you could also use a pre-made piping or use a fringe)

Make sure there is enough to go around the tuffet twice.

Stitch piping to the circle top piece.

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Attach 4″ band to piped top piece.

Attach 2nd piece of piping to the bottom of the band. Set aside.

Now, sew the 3 large pieces together to make a loop. (In this case the 3 pieces equalled 3 times the circumference)

Get out your quick pleater & start pleating. I like to pin the pleats in place.

We decided to go with a box pleat, but a knife pleat would also work well.

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Hem the bottom. I used the Sealah double sided tape to make is super quick & easy.

Iron the pleats down.

Attach pleated skirt to bottom of band.

Place the batting on top of the tuffet. This is optional, but it will give it a softer look.

Put your slip cover on your tuffet.

Now you have this perfect foot stool or side table that coordinates perfectly with your space.

Here is our finished product…

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There are so many fabrics that would work well with this project. Here are a few others we suggest…

ML247510 is one of my favorite fabrics. You can’t go wrong with this beautiful embroidered indigo.

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A Shaby Chic linen would be great as well.

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I love this Moroccan Ikat print.  The colors are great. I can see this in a tweens room.

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Also take a look at the pouf that Lisa Tilse made with the fabric she designed for Robert Kaufman. We should have this fabric in next week. It is really a bold pop of fun.

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Enjoy!

Fabric Friday….

I can’t believe how fast the week has gone. We’ve had the best week here. Honestly we just spent time together, took in the island, and ate.20130815-214018.jpg

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It is so nice for us all to slow down. No baseball or gymnastics to get to and way less work to be done. I’ll be back in the office next week, but as soon as I hit the post button I’m back outside for my last few days. Oh yes, just a little tease, we will be making an exciting announcement the week after next. We’re getting really excited to welcome a new addition to our social media/project team.  More information to come about her. Have a great weekend and I’ll be back Monday with a quick home decorating post. We land at 5am Los Angeles time, can you say jet lag!

Here are a few new fabrics that have come in since last week…

From Moda, comes Winter’s Lane. It’s a modern Christmas print with a current color pallet. I see a beautiful tree skirt, a table runner, or even a fun circle skirt from the light blue & red print.  The possibilities are endless

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I know we’re only in August, but before we know it Halloween will be here. We’re still in the process of adding to our Halloween section, but here are a few items that might get you in the mood…

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Another great new product we have is a leather shaper. We’re in the process of making a purse/tote and using it for the bottom. We have 3 different weights depending on your project, the weight of the fabric, and the support your project needs.

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Don’t forget to take a look at our cotton prints section. We have been updating it for the last few weeks. While we’re still working on it, I am so pleased with how it is developing. It is easier to navigate, has more defined categories, has many new categories, like Modern & Miniature, and so many new prints to choose from. Also don’t forget all our cotton prints and flannel prints are 10% off everyday.

Enjoy!

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”…Here comes Valentine’s Day!

I can’t believe it’s almost February. It’s time to show the special people in your life you love & appreciate them. Hopefully you’re doing this everyday, but on this day maybe take it one step further. Here are a few cute ideas…

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Love the hearts on the elbows. So sweet, yet effective. I can think of a few other places your honey may like to see those hearts, but I will leave that to your imagination. All I have to say is even a non sewer can cut and paste!

I just stumbled across this website, Design Finch. What a great resource for making your own Valentine cards. Image

The Oj and the gold fish are just too darn cute. Who wouldn’t love to get these as Valentines?

Check out our Valentine fabrics, felts, trims, and rhinestone hearts. Perfect for Valentine’s day. Whether you want to get crafty with your kids or spice it up for your honey, we have the perfect items for you to make it a special day.

Hello Kitty goes Rock & Roll

If you had asked me 5 years ago if Hello Kitty was going to join forces with Kiss I’m sure my answer would have been no, but obviously I was way off base.

Here is what I saw on the cutting table yeaterday….

 I have to say I love this! We just received this darling line of Hello Kitty from David Textiles. The cotton prints are crisp and the two fleece panels makes great blankets. Here are a few of the patterns of what we got in…

                                                                                                

Click here to see all the cotton prints or here if you want to check out the fleece panels.

One of our buyer made up the fleece panels. While the lighting in the store isn’t great, these panels are.

                   

Aren’t these fun? You might think only little girls love Hello Kitty, but not so. My teen daughter and all her friends are into Hello Kitty. I think Hello Kitty is retro. Honestly I’m ot really sure, but I know we can’t keep it on the shelf.  I have a feeling these prints are going to fly out of the store just as the other have.

I’m a big fan of PJ bottoms. I think the cotton prints would be perfect.  You could use one print for the majority of the pants, and than use another for the cuff.

Craftstylish says you’ll need:

  • Favorite pair of pajamas
  • Ironing board and iron
  • 2 yards of main fabric, prewashed and pressed
  • 1/4 yard contrast fabric, prewashed and pressed
  • Cutting mat
  • Fabric marker
  • Seam ruler
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Safety pin
  • 1 yard of 1-1/4-inch nonroll, sew-through elastic
  • Seam ripper
  • Approximately 60 inches of 1/2-inch ribbon

Check out our Notions section for most of the items she suggests. Our ribbons are here and more cotton that you know what to do with is here, that’s if you haven’t already put the Hello Kitty in your cart. LOL! Just a side note, if you love your first pair so much you have to make another, why not try flannel or fleece. Just a thought.

Here is a video that uses jeans to make the pattern. Looks like a great idea.

If you get started now you can have a great homemade gift ready for the holidays. Remember these prints are  online, as well as in the store.