Long time no ‘see’

September 12, 2011

Hey everyone  —  Things at Apple Tree Boutique have been so busy the last 6 months.  I could go into all the nitty gritty details but what you should know is Ive made lots of items and listed them on Etsy — 

Visit Apple Tree Boutique on Etsy to see all the cool new stuff!!

Few things Ive been up to…

January 29, 2011
Doing another preorder on these bags if you are interested, you have until Sunday to order! :D  Just click the picture to go to the site to order.
Embroidered some more baby hooded towels.  These are an order for a set of boy/girl twins- too cute!
There is more, but I am tired!! *Yawn* :D

Thinking on what to do for baby quilt…

January 25, 2011

My sister-in-law is having her first baby in May and I want to make her a quilt.  Some reason I am envisioning my niece telling/showing her kids someday about this quilt her auntie made her.  So her colors are hot pink and lime.  Since the colors are so bold I am thinking of doing a quilt with alot of white with splashes of these colors in it.

Few ideas

Quilt by fellow Etsykids member Foiplus

Quilt by fellow Etsykids member Foiplus

Quilt by carolinapatchworks

Cant wait to get started.. i have until April for the shower…. SO FUN sewing for a baby again!

Sewing Room Remodel- Done!

January 22, 2011
Besides a few things I still want to put on the walls and things, the room is done! I painted, replaced the large computer desk for a small antique vanity table, recovered the vanity table, covered the light switches and trimmed my corkboard with modge podge, move my fabric into the open where it could inspire me, reorganized the notions, fabric, under table items, etc.

It is amazing how much stuff had worked its way into my room over the last year or so.

Here are some before/after pics:

I still want to upcycle an old chalkboard for wall art over the fabric in the corner, replace the rug on the stairs and recover my ironing board.

Small sewing room redo snippet!

January 19, 2011
I just had to share this snippet of a preview. I put the first coat of “freshy fresh” (aqua green) on the top of the room tonight. It is still drying as you can kinda see in the pic, lol.

The top was a beige color and the bottom will be painted eventually, just need to get the time.. I only did this ONE wall so far, which was by the far the easiest to get to, but the most trimming/brush work. Phew- I am going to sleep well tonight.

Sewing Room Makeover

January 18, 2011

So a sewing room repaint has been in order since… well, since this dining room became a sewing room :)   I have had visions of repainting the walls to a lighter, brighter more inspiring color for awhile.  So I am jumping in!   I had dark wood beams along the ceiling walls and down the center of the room and had painted those a long time ago.  However, I never got around to rolling the main part of the ceiling.  So I rolled it tonight.  It needs one more coat and as much as I would like to call it “good enough”, I am doing it right this time.

So here is the before picture of the room in all its messy glory.  It is way messier then usual here so pardon the piles that arent usually there.

I am going to leave my trim/stairs all the brown wood. But will be painting the top and the bottom 2 separate colors. Here are the before pics (keep in mind it needs tidied, lol)

Here are the colors I picked out.  The top will be this pretty aqua green color called “Freshy Fresh” lol.  Bottom is “Paprika”.  The brown is just in the middle to show the contrast with the trim.

So feel free to follow along as I move onto a new brighter space.   I hope to replace the blue cabinet in the corner too and I would love to paint the embroidery cabinet and put some cool funky fabric in the front openings.

Onesie Revamp #1 – Faux Button Ruffle Placket

January 16, 2011

So I am wanting to sew you along through a few different things you can do to onesies to spice them up!   I have a few more ideas in mind that will come later- but here is number 1!  

A fake button ruffle placket. 

So gather the following and jump in with me:

  • onesie
  • small scrap of a fusible (soft preferrably) interfacing to iron to the back of the area to stabilize the knit to sew the placket one
  • 18″ x 3″ strip of ruffle material
  • 6.5″ piece of extra wide bias trim *I used a patterned Michael Miller Cotton Bias Trim*
  • 3 buttons (and needle/thread)
  • iron

Step #1

After collecting all your supplies, mark the middle of your onesie.  I used a watersoluble blue pen.  I marked the middle down 3″ from neckline then 1/2″ on both sides.  Then iron on the fusible featherweight interfacing on the back side of that area.

Also iron open your bias tape. so it is 1″ wide.

Step #2

Open up the folds on your bias tape and sew the 2 raw edges together then fold it all back up to make a loop out of your bias tape

Step #3

Take your 18″ x 3″ piece and fold it in half to make it 18 x 1.5″ with wrong sides together so the print shows on the outside.  Then IRON.  

Then fold the ends right sides together and sew it closed and flip back with the right sides out:

Step #4

We are going to ruffle your strip.  I do this easily with setting my machine to its LONGEST STITCH LENGTH and HIGHEST TENSION SETTING *which is length 5.0 and tension9 on my machine*

Start right along the raw edges of the strip.  I put my finger behind the foot to help it gather like so:

Step #5

Then match the ends and raw edges together as pictured below and set your machine to a WIDE zig zag stitch.  *DONT FORGET TO TURN your tension setting back*

When I get to the end, I gather a little more and square the end slightly so it will lay flat when sewn onto the shirt

Step #6

Iron your bias trim and hide your seam on the back side of the “loop”.  Line the top up with the top of your ruffle you created and sew down the middle.  Gather the ruffle slightly more if you notice the ruffle is longer then your bias tape.

Step #7

Line up your ruffle placket with the markings on your onesie.  Sew along all edges of your bias trim. Then mark button placement and sew them on!! 

You are done!

Few coffee cozies on a Saturday afternoon

January 8, 2011

I whipped these up this afternoon using the scrappy “Sew n’ Flip” method I posted about last Fall.  Love how they turned out!!!

If you are looking to make your own here are a few free online tutorials:

Enjoy!

5 minute book cover with a little “how to”

January 6, 2011

So my daughter tells me this distraught story about how her book for Math is all bent and really needs a cover.  Well, try finding a cover right now in the middle of the school year, lol.

So we just made one real quick.  This was so simple to do.   We took yardage of a cotton knit material I had on hand, but you could easily use a t- shirt that your child grew out of or that has a stain/rip in a place that wont show once you cut this out.

Just take your book and lay the front, back and the ream of the book completely flat.  We rotary cut right next to the top/bottom edges with no seam allowances.   Then add 4″ onto both ends and trim the ends.   Fold the end over the front flap and mark the crease and do the same for the back but pull just slightly to stretch the material every so much to make the cover fit snug.  Match the right sides together and serge or zigzag stitch along the top and bottom edges with the ends folded in at the creases.  Reverse the ends to be right side out and install the book. 

Here is ours:

BEFORE being covered

After Being Covered

Cover open

 

My Daughter really wanted a T embroidered on it- so While it was here and the embroidery machine was available I did as was requested ;)

With T Embroidered on it!

 

So there ya have it- A book cover that took about 50 cents and 5 minutes to make.. She was one happy camper!!

Few things – New to me!!

January 4, 2011

Wow I really took a break for the holidays, huh?  Almost 2 months I was gone from here.   Suppose everything I had to say was already said enough I didnt feel like writing it down.

I had a good friend ask me to custom make a few things for some gifts and I wanted to share.   First is a coffee cup cozie thingy- ya know one of those things, lol.   I think it turned out really cute!

Next she asked me to make some “Sleeves” for an Ipod and Blackberry.   Here is what I came up with:

I do have to admit both projects gave me a run for my money for some reason- but if i did them again it would be a breeze I imagine!


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