Swimwear Tour: Swim and Surf Shorts

Swim and Surf Shorts sewn by Lulu & Celeste

I’m super excited to have been invited to take part in the Summer Swimwear Tour hosted by Ajaire, Jess and Saskia. I don’t own too many swimwear patterns so it was fun to be able to choose a new pattern to try out. I had already purchased the women’s version of the Swim and Surf shorts pattern by Gracious Threads and decided to make the girl’s version for Silly Bean.

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Free Motion Applique using a Digital Stamp

flamingo fma using digital stamp

When I saw the digital stamp that Deb‘s friend Elena of Just Me Prints created especially for our tour, I fell in love. It’s so cute! So I just had to buy it!

just me digital stamp

Problem is though that I don’t really make cards.

So I decided to attempt to turn it into a free motion appliqué!

As you can see I forgot to flip the image before printing it out so my flamingo is pointing in the opposite direction.. Oops #1!

Oops #2: I can’t find the picture I took of how I traced out all the pieces. Basically though I traced out each item separately and extended the edges slightly so that pieces would overlap. I traced the outer edge of the flamingo and girl as one piece on a white fabric (helps with placement) and then traced the flamingo separately onto the floral, and did the same with the rest of the parts of the girl. (In case you’ve never done FMA before, you trace the shapes onto a fusible adhesive like Heat n Bond).

flamingo fma using digital stamp
Just doing all the tracing, fusing and cutting out of pieces took me an hour!

Oops #3: Normally you’re supposed to stitch down each element before fusing on a piece over top of it. So I did all my stitching at the end when at the very least I should have stitched the flamingo body onto the background before adding the water and other elements over top.

flamingo fma using digital stamp
Before I decided it needed a few extra touches

Oops #5: I forgot that her face would be tiny and impossible to stitch on machine. I think I will take out the stitches and try my luck at handstitching her face.

flamingo fma using digital stamp
Miss V was super excited about the flamingo. AND have to say I like the extra detail stitches I added.

Well, I really like how she turned out! (Other than the face…) I’ve been debating the last few days about what I was going to do with her and my husband had a great idea! Make a quilt!! I have to make a lot more appliqué pieces now though and when I have enough I will put it together.

It’ll be awhile…. But I didn’t want to applique it to a dress for one of my girls and have them outgrow the dress in a week.

So now I’m off to check out Just Me Prints‘ shop to see if there’s another digital stamp that I want to try to FMA-ize!

flamingo fma using digital stamp

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Day 5 Pool Side Beach Party Tour

It’s Day 5 of the Pool Side Beach Party Tour!

Welcome to another day on the party tour! If you missed Day 4 go >>HERE<< There’s still time left to enter yesterday’s giveaway so don’t delay!

Pool Side Beach Party


But it’s Day 5 of the party now, so that means a new giveaway! You can find the prize details and enter the giveaway at the bottom the post. More coupon codes from our sponsors have been added! You’ll find them just a bit further down!

Today’s prize sponsors are Sew Happily Ever AfterModkid Boutique, and E+M Patterns!

First though, check out today’s bloggers!

Some of my favourite bloggers up today!

First is Melissa of mahlicadesigns, I can’t to read more about that cute bag:

Pool Side Beach Party Tour -mahlica designs

Second is Mel of Filles à Maman. Mel is one of my favourite pattern designers, I’ve made a lot of her patterns already:Pool Side Beach Party Tour - Filles a Maman

Next is Ajaire of Call Ajaire. She’s also a pattern designer (<<you can see what I made there)! She’s offering the pattern to this bag as a FREE download, go check it out!

Pool Side Beach Party Tour - Call Ajaire

Last but not least is Cindy Parrett I can’t wait to find out more about that swimsuit! (I love the fabric!!.

Pool Side Beach Party Tour -Cindy Parrett

Did someone say coupons?!?

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Sew Happily Ever After Get 50% off with the code Poolside16. Code valid until July 4th, 2016

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Filles à Maman Get 25% off everything including bundles with code JULYONETOFIVE. Code valid from July 1st to July 5th, 2016 ending midnight EDT.

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