Summer Sewing For Me {Blue floral frock}

After a lovely day at the beach with my Dears, I was in the mood to wear something flow-y with cotton coolness. So, I pulled out some vibrant vintage prints, and went to work on a summer frock. Here is the lovely, amazingly breezy final product: 

Vintage fabric + frock pattern sewing. SugarBeans.org

This may be my most favorite frock to date-- it's the perfect fit with lots of wiggle room and POCKETS! I always fall for dresses/ skirts that have a place for some lip balm or coins. And after my day at the beach with a bit of sunburn on my upper body, this was perfect! 

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Here's the vintage Simplicity pattern that was shortened with my pull of vintage sheets. I was a little nervous about the ties on the shoulders, but after wearing the frock for an evening, they didn't bother me as much as I thought they would; so good news on that front.

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Another happy vintage frock for my wardrobe! This year has been unprecedented in sewing projects for me. I am so glad to have made the time to sew some fun bits for my closet and outfits that make me happy, cost little to nothing + fit my personally. Not dressing to please anyone but me. 

Dress Cost: Floral sheet: $2
                    Gingham piece: FREE from another sheet
                    Pattern: .99
Final Cost: $3

What's on your sewing list? Anything special just for YOU??

xox- Susan

Patchwork Crochet Hook Case {sewing for me}

Do you have a list of projects you would like to accomplish, but never seem to get around to finishing?? Me too. Some of these projects are for the home, some are personal goals, and others are more fun--sewing projects for me. Summer usually affords me more time to explore my creative list; so happy to have finished one of these projects this week. A pouch for my NEW crochet hooks!

Patchwork crochet hook pouch. SugarBeans.org

I was gifted some sweet vintage style 2.5 inch fabric bits by an IG friend. After visiting my Pinterest board, I found a pencil pouch tutorial by Clover + Violet that has been on my creative to-do list for a while. Once I downloaded the pattern, I began to sew the squares together in a random order of color and patterns. 

Patchwork stitching. SugarBeans.org

After following the clear + simple tutorial, I ended up with a colorful + darling pencil pouch that perfectly fits all of my newly acquired crochet hooks. 

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Look at that wide opening! It fits all 12 crochet hooks, plus small trimming scissors, stitch markers and more. 

Patchwork pencil pouch/ crochet hook pouch. SugarBeans.org

Thankful for a little unexpected alone time this evening. One more fun project off of my to-do list and a cozy home for some ergonomical crochet hooks

Blessings, 
xoxo- Susan

Vintage Dinner Napkins {Gift it}

It's the summer of eating outdoors at our home. The umbrella is up, out deck is swept and we are ready to eat our breakfast, lunch + dinner outside. This girl is craving sunshine and breezes, and lately our backyard oasis is the best place to read, eat and rest. With these summer cravings comes a desire for friends- old + new- to join our little gathering outdoors. I love to add some handmade goodness with vintage dinner napkins. 

Vintage dinner napkins. SugarBeans.org

I pulled out some coordinating vintage sheets to make these charming + colorful napkins. There are some listed in my Etsy shop if you are in need of some for you or as a hostess gift. 

Cherry crisp made from our cherry tree.

Cherry crisp made from our cherry tree.

Last week's cherry crisp eaten outdoors with some vintage dinner linens. 

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Vintage dinner napkins. SugarBeans.org

A mix-matched set of vintage dinner napkins is on hand at our house for such a summer as this:) They clean easily + are oh so colorful. Other vintage goodies + crocheted items are available in the shop as well. 

Happy Summer,Sweets! 
xoxo, Susan

Crochet Granny Square Bolster Pillow Cover

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. 

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Vintage Pattern Sewing {Wrap Around Frock}

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: 

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

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.

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Cotton Vintage Blankets {gift + make}

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!

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Anthropologie Tablecloth to Frock {remake}

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. 

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Vintage Sheet Frock {sewing for me}

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. 

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