Father’s Day Gift Inspiration

With Father’s Day coming up soon (or Father’s Season as my Dad loves to call it), I’ve been searching for DIY gifts to make for my Dad. Because I love to make gifts based on the recipient’s personality and their interests, I wanted to make sure I found different options to try. And for others looking for the right gift to give or make for their father, I searched Pinterest for you!

For example, my Dad loves to fish and be outdoors. He loves to bike, hike and walk different trails. So I thought about knitting him a beanie for when the weather gets colder in his favorite color. I picked this pattern because it’s easy to follow and looks similar to a scarf I’ve made him in the past.

But…then I came across this Pin.

With football season coming up soon (NFL and College), I thought about making a bowtie in his alma mater’s fabric or his favorite NFL team (Go Falcons!). So I kept searching for another sewing pattern to try before I purchased the fabric.

Making a pocket square and bow tie in matching print for gameday or even upcycling one of Dad’s old shirts came to mind. I like the idea of combining the two gifts together and giving them as a set.

I’m going to try the tutorials above and post my results soon. If all works out, Dad will have at least one great gift. If not, I’ll go to my tried and true gift.

I knit coasters (they’re actually washcloths, but everyone uses them as coasters) and give them away as gifts all the time. To my knowledge, my Dad likes to use them the most out of all the things I’ve made him. If the tutorials above don’t work, I’ll follow my usual pattern below and make my Dad a set of knitted coasters in his favorite color.

The Easiest Gift I’ve Ever Made

Disney Princess Fabric Gift Bag
This fabric gift bag turned out to be one of the easiest gifts I’ve ever sewn.

May is a big month for my friend group. There’s the remaining end of April birthdays, May birthdays, wedding anniversaries, graduation, friends going on study abroad. So I’ve had no shortage of demand for gifts for each occasion.

I made more makeup bags for the graduation/study abroad group because I know they’ll need them/use them for packing. And the birthday girls all got brush rolls, cosmetic bags and scrunchies or knitted coaster sets (jewel tones for the fall/winter, pastels for the spring/summer).

But I wish I had found this pattern on Pinterest sooner.

What I love about this pattern is that you can take scrap fabric and repurpose it for something anyone could use. I had two small pieces of scrap fabric leftover from an order of the Disney Princess fabric makeup bags I make for my Etsy. And this was just the right pattern to use.

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What I love about these bags is they can be reused for almost anything. Jewelry bag, party favor bag, a mini-travel bag that can fit into a purse or carry-on, eyeshadow holder, gift wrap.

And it only took me five minutes. The hardest part (barely) had to be the ironing. I had to wait for my iron to get hot. Other than that, it was a simple, straight stitch pattern that I know I’ll be making again in the future. I’m already starting to stock up on some for my June birthday group.

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A Month of Crafting

After taking the month of April to focus on new products to accompany the rebrand, I’m excited to share some of the new things I’ve been working on!

Yes, the makeup bags/travel bags are still my bread and butter. But I’ve been using new fabrics and watching different YouTube tutorials to learn about different fabrics and patterns to play with.

For example, I’ve worked on making the travel bags out of fat quarters like the one below:

Art Deco Bag

This art deco inspired bag has become my new favorite! I love the way this turned out. I’m still using the same pattern I shared in an earlier post, but I think using fat quarters instead of a yard of fabric works better for me!

And I’ve also been working on brush rolls:

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I already love the Disney Princess fabric that I found and have since restocked my supply. After making a few bags in this print for an order, I wanted to try to make something new. So I searched Pinterest until I found a YouTube tutorial and came out with this!

And finally, I loved making the bunnies for Easter. I still have a few hopping around my workspace. But I fell in love with all of the incredible stuffed animal patterns on Pinterest and decided to take on a new animal. Following a pattern that I’ll post soon, I made this:

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This is a baby elephant made from a fat quarter fabric! I’m in love with this pattern and will share it soon!

Going forward, rebrand and all, I want to be able to share more of the creative process that goes into making the surcees. I’ll be posting more knitted items and their patterns as well.

Hello!

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Hello! I’ve never been the best at keeping a blog, but I’m going to try. My name is Rachel and I love to craft.

I’ve been knitting for the past two years. My favorite things to make are blankets, scarves and boot cuffs. I’m still learning how to master hats and headbands, and I just learned how to do socks.

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This is a blanket I recently completed. It’s my standard block design, which I’ll put up soon. Most of the blankets I make follow the block pattern but vary in length and weight.

I also know how to crochet. I’m new to crochet, but I’m loving it so far. I consider it to be like free-hand knitting.

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I’m still learning how to do different patterns and tricks, but as I learn, I’ll share with all of you!

Sewing has become my new obsession. This past semester, I took a Costume Construction class and learned some of the basics. I’ve loved learning how to do different stitches and seams, and so I want to continue to learn by completing different projects!

For example, I love making scrunchies! We did this as a class project at first, but I recreated the pattern to fit both children and adults.

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And I also learned how to draft a pattern. So I recently made a Mountain Pillow.

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My goal for this year (and this blog) is to continue to build upon my skills, make crafts for others and help others learn to create cool things! Here’s to a new year, new blog and crafting!