Crochet Granny Square Bolster Pillow Cover

After finding a great deal on a bolster pillow, I decided to crochet a large granny square cover in pinks, grays + white. The process of making this pillow cover was similar to my other granny square pillow covers with the exception of connecting the edges with a single crochet stitch, instead of sewing a fabric backing. 

Granny Square Bolster Pillow Cover. SugarBeans.org

Begin by choosing 5-6 yarn colors for your cover. My bolster pillow was 16 inches long. This required 16 rounds in the granny square to reach the edges and touch the sides. Once the edges were close, I single crocheted those edges together in one of the coordinating yarn colors.

Crochet granny square bolster pillow cover. SugarBeans.org

 Next, I chose two yarn colors and strung them through a tapestry needle and weaved the strands through the edges + cinched the ends closed with a bow. 

So many ways to use a large + those cute, small granny squares! 
xoxo- Susan

Vintage Pattern Sewing {Wrap Around Frock}

When the Simplicity patterns are on sale for .99 at Hobby Lobby, I stock up! I love that Simplicity offers patterns from different eras, redone and ready to purchase NEW today. Once I spied the 1950's wrap-around frock, I added it to my pile of 'must-makes' for future reference. Here is the finished dress: 

Wrap around 1950's dress. SugarBeans.org

The blue fabric is a thrifted vintage sheet, the patterned floral is a newer remnant. I made my own bias tape from the floral fabric to coordinate better; otherwise, I followed the pattern as instructed for the shorter dress. 

Vintage dress making. SugarBeans.org

The back of the dress does plunge pretty deep. If I make another, I will definitely lift that up a few inches. A safety pin is needed to keep the back panel from opening and revealing my bra- yuck. It works for now, but it's one thing I would change for a second wrap dress. 

Looking forward to adding this frock to my growing summer wardrobe. 

Vintage Sheet: $2
Floral remnant: $2
Pattern: $1

Happy Monday! 
xox Susan

Happy Scrappy Vintage Bunting

I tend to have  piles of yummy fabric scraps in various bins, baskets and totes in my sewing room. There just comes a time when a Mama needs to use up those pretties. 

Scrappy Vintage Fabric Bunting. SugarBeans.org

After sorting and cutting my scraps, I lined them up in from of my sewing machine and whipped up a few vintage fabric scrappy buntings

Vintage fabric scraps bunting. SugarBeans.org

These are wonderful for graduation parties, outdoor barbecues, bridal + baby showers, birthdays, or photos props. So many fun ways to perk up a little celebration! Each fabric bunting order comes wrapped on a vintage flash card with a crocheted heart. 

Vintage fabric scraps bunting. SugarBeans.org

Summer starts for my high schoolers TOMORROW!! Hoping I have many opportunities to pull out these colorful banners for our outdoor eats. I know some will be headed to college grads to decorate their dorms in the fall. Pop in my Etsy shop if you need to grab a bunting or two:)

Blessings, 
Susan

Vintage Sheet Frock W/ Modern Pockets {sewing for me}

Finding sweet vintage sheets is such a thrill for me! And when I stumbled upon this floral beauty, I  knew it was destined to be a frock. The yardage required to make a dress/ frock can be pricey, so using an inexpensive (but darling) vintage sheet is a great fit especially when testing a new-to-you-pattern.

Vintage sheet dress/ frock. SugarBeans.org

I combined the vintage floral sheet with a more modern print for the pockets. 

Sewing with vintage patterns and fabric. SugarBeans.org

There was a small risk involved in making this pattern into a dress-- vintage sizing can be different than the modern sizings, and this one was labeled for teen/ junior. BUT, because the sheet only cost me $2, I was willing to take the chance that it would fit. It is a snugger fit than I'd usually like, but I love it none-the-less. 

Vintage pattern and fabric sewing. SugarBeans.org

With summer just around the corner, I am thrilled to be adding some unique frocks to my wardrobe. 

COST:   Pattern: $5
             Sheet:  $2
             Pocket fabric: Gifted fabric
             Zipper: .60

Love and Blessings, 
xox- Susan
 

Cotton Vintage Blankets {gift + make}

Each spring, I bundle up my heavy blankets and pull out my cottony vintage blankets for evening snuggles and reading time. These flowery + colorful lap quilts are a favorite. They have been selling quickly lately in my Shop, so I wanted to share a few of them here!

Vintage lap blanket. SugarBeans.org
Vintage lap blanket. SugarBeans.org
Vintage lap quilt. SugarBeans.org

Each blanket is made from a variety of vintage sheets, lined with cotton batting and bound by handmade vintage quilt binding (also sold in the Shop). Fabrics are randomly chosen by me with the stock available and so each is unique and a one-of-a-kind. 

Vintage lap quilt. SugarBeans.org

Make a one of a kind lap blanket for one of your loves, or pop over to the shop and grab one for a special mom in your life! 

Happy Wednesday, friends! 

xox- susan 

Anthropologie Tablecloth to Frock {remake}

Awhile ago my Hubs purchased a lovely blue + yellow fringed tablecloth from Anthropologie (on clearance). I loved the style, colors and adorable accents, but sadly the tablecloth was WAY too big for our table. I obviously held on to the linen, waiting for the perfect project to use up the cute edges. 

Anthro tablecloth to frock. SugarBeans.org

I used the same pattern from my last sewing projectMcCall's Pattern #M7095- ViewA. Those cute ruffles on the bottom of the frock?!? Those were on the tablecloth already, so I simply lined up the pattern to match the bottoms of the front and back pieces. The bottom hem was already complete before I even began:)

Ruffles from an Anthro tablecloth- made into a frock. SugarBeans.org

This tablecloth frock is made from a creamy linen fabric. It is so light + airy; perfect for the warmer weather coming our way soon. And since I've made this frock before, it came together so much faster. Sewing for me has become a new delight + treat. 

What are you working on??

xox- Susan 

Vintage Sheet Frock {sewing for me}

I recently picked up a large striped full bed sheet in brown stripes with dainty orange flowers. Not my usual choice in fabric, but darling none the less. And for only $1.50, I knew it would work for a future project. After scanning my recent haul of .99 patterns, I pulled a shirt/ frock pattern that I thought would be cute with the stripes and browns of the sheet. Here is the final product. 

Vintage sheet frock. SugarBeans.org

It was kind of windy and I generally dislike taking pictures alone, so this is the best of the haul, folks:) I used the sheet for the main fabric (still TONS of the fabric left for more projects) and a dainty brown floral for the accent fabric. The collar gave me a little trouble, but once worked out, I love the contrast in fabrics from top to bottom. 

I used McCall's Pattern #M7095- ViewA. The next time I make this frock, I think I may add pockets  like in my sheet shirt or the vintage dress made from a thrifted duvet. . 

I wore this comfy frock all day, and love the way it fits on top- not too snug around the arms or chest. The length is also great for summers on the beach! Yay! 

I love sewing for me; using my scraps and bits to add to my closet on a budget. What are you stitching up?? 

xoxo- Susan

Crocheted Medallions With Stamped Words {encourage one another}

Crocheting with my most favorite cotton yarn is such a treat! This week, I was wanting to encourage some Dearies and came up with a few fun and colorful crocheted medallions/ awards to add to gifts and treats. 

Crocheted medallions/ awards as gift toppers and encouragement. SugarBeans.org

Once I crocheted my colorful rounds, I added some fabric strips, twine and ribbon to the bottom + a stamped word to the front. Aren't they adorable?!?

Crocheted medallions as awards and encouragement. SugarBeans.org

So many fun ways to use these cuties.....

Crocheted medallion. SugarBeans.org

And if a Lovie passes a test, acts courageously, blesses someone, makes a sacrifice or has a special day, these would be wonderful handmade tokens to show you KNOW + SEE + APPRECIATE them to bits. 

Crocheted medallions of encouragement. SugarBeans.org

If you need a few of these crocheted medallions/ awards, pop into the shop and place an order. Let's find creative ways to encourage one another!

May you feel the Love of the One who made it ALL possible. 

xox- Susan

Spring Bowties {Dance season is upon us}

My Junior is getting ready for the prom. Today he asked a young lady to be his date, so now it is prep time. There is little for me to do as the mom of the fella, but I do make him vintage bowties for his dances// and this year I am adding a few to my Etsy shop

Can you see that super strong tape holding the crocheted hanger?? That too is in the shop-- vintage fabric tape. It is a fabulous adhesive + so pretty!

Can you see that super strong tape holding the crocheted hanger?? That too is in the shop-- vintage fabric tape. It is a fabulous adhesive + so pretty!

Oh, these prints are so fun and Spring-y! The flecked menswear tie has colorful bursts of greens and pinks and reds--gorgeous! The other vintage prints are in a variety of florals-- pinks, purples, blues and yellows. 

vintage ties9.jpg

These vintage bowties would be wonderful for Easter as well. Our guys can handle a little color and floral, right?!?

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Happy Spring, friends. May your days be filled with laughter, light and a little floral goodness. 

xox- susan

Crochet + Cross Stitch Kindle/ iPad Mini Case (Rainbows + Roses)

I have been wanting to cross stitch on crochet projects for a while. After working for a bit on a few ideas, I came up with a simple Kindle case or iPad mini case using the single crochet stitch.

Crochet + cross stitch kindle case/ iPad mini case. SugarBeans.org

It came out better than I hoped. This rose is my favorite! 
After measuring my kindle, I began to single stitch over + over until I had the length I wanted. I then had my daughter help me design some easier cross stitch designs on graph paper. (Yay for teen girls and their art skills! )

Crochet + Cross stitch rainbow kindle case/ iPad mini case. SugarBeans.org

I am hoping to come up with some more cross stitch ideas, but for now these two styles are making me quite happy. 

These are currently available in my shop for you non-crocheters:) Also, each case comes with a happy yarn tasseled clip and crocheted heart! Come pop over and take a peek at the Spring-y offerings. Perfect for your Easter baskets or Sweeties. 

xox- Susan