Colette Patterns Zinnia Skirt Sew Along

Ever year about this time I get just a tad bit worried that I’m not going to physically survive the winter. Don’t get me wrong, I love Fall and the Holidays and that first month and a half of winter when you look forward to putting on your coziest socks and flannel pj’s and hunkering down in the evenings, but after a while, I start to get a little worried that winter might never end (and I’ve seen enough Game of Thrones to know that this fear is legit). That’s why I always like to have a couple months worth of projects lined up for the cold months to keep me busy, and I think I’ve struck gold with the amazing Zinnia Skirt by Colette Patterns! I’m making this my first sewing project, because I fully intend to wear it constantly. The ladies at Colette Patterns were lovely enough to included two versions of the skirt, and I’ll be making both, as well as having a little sew along on here at Hem Makers. So if you’re interested in following along, you can either order or print the pattern at home, gather your materials and supplies needed, and follow along next month!

Zinnia Skirt #1

Zinnia Skirt version 1 (the buttons! I can’t take it….too stinking cute.)

Zinnia Skirt #2

Zinnia Skirt version 2 (the pleats might be a bit of a challenge, but how flattering is this shape, I ask you??)

 

And be sure to check out the Colette Patterns blog for so many more amazing patterns!

Quilt Hoop Spider Web DIY

It’s widely known that Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. I imagine it’s probably a fave for any crafter, as it has so many handmade opportunities: decorations, costumes, themed food…Struggling to come up with the prefect Halloween decor theme for our front porch, AKA prime candy dispensing hotspot, I decided to take my cues from nature. More specifically, I took my cues from all of the creepy nature that is determined to cling to our house exterior no matter how many times we try to relocate it: gigantic spiders and their enormous webs.
We have them in such abundance this time of year, I thought why not stop fighting it and just work with it. This, of course, led to my first ever Halloween DIY…

Quilt Hoop Spider Webs

What you will need for one web:

One quilt hoop. Mine were about 6″ in diameter.
White or cream colored yarn
Tape or hot glue
Scissors

Spider Web DIY Step 1

Begin by cutting 6 or more strips of yarn long enough to stretch across the inside hoop piece. Stretch and tape, or glue, them one at a time so they have a common center, but aren’t too perfectly spaced. You’ll want them to be a little uneven for a more natural web affect. Lastly, try looping the final string under and over where the previous strings meet and kind of guide where you’d like the center to be before you tape down that last end.

Spider Web DIY Step 2

Now unravel about 2 feet of yarn, and tape ONE end so that it matches the rest of the web. Hold the end of that yarn out, and clamp your outside quilt hoop piece down tightly to help hold the taped pieces in place.

Spider Web Step 3

Start your weaving by making your initial wrap over and under the center point with this long strand (this just keeps it taut). Now all you do is wrap each strand once before continuing on to the next. This is what creates the spiral pattern, so be sure you are moving out from the center as you move around.

Spider Web DIY Step 4

Once you’ve gotten to the outside edge with your spiraling, just release the outside hoop and tuck the end in with the others, tape, clip off the excess, and replace the outside hoop. I’m probably going to use this same idea for some much larger webs on my porch, but for now I’m loving these as easy spooky Halloween décor on the inside!

Spider Web DIY Finished

Gone Too Long…

Boy, it sure has been awhile since my last update! That’s not to say that I haven’t been crafting since then, I suppose life just got too busy for me to share. Let’s hope I can stay on task and keep a good blog schedule going with style posts, DIY tutorials, new crafting supplies and inspirations, and local design related happenings. In the meantime, here are just a couple of things I’ve kept myself busy with over the last few months…
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