Wednesday, January 30, 2013


The moment we've all been waiting for has finally arrived!

The winner of the scrumptious felt treats is...

let's look at those treats again, shall we?

Drum roll please...


Kate, if your email is gkateg, send me a message at with your address so I can pop your goodies in the mail!

But wait!  There's more!

I'm sorry to announce that I will not be starting another giveaway today for these fabulous felt hearts.

But don't be dismayed!  I've gone ahead and picked a second winner from this giveaway.
A runner up, if you will.

And the runner up winner of 13 handmade hearts is...

Marie R.!

(I know where you live my dear :o)

Thank you to all who participated!

This has been a bit too much fun for me and I'm afraid of what I might give away next to fuel my budding addiction!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ric Rac Lover's Tic-Tac-Toe {Free Downloadable Pattern}

I'm deeeelighted to unveil a downloadable pattern here at the Snipper!  Would you like to whip up some super cute and totally fun tic-tac-toe boards with me?

Now I know what you are thinking -- Liz that's very nice and all, but I don't have that fabric.  No worries!!!  Any type of fabric with pictures that measure about an inch in diameter will do. This could totally be a boy gift with the right fabric.  And stash sewers might even consider just cutting out two different shapes (or two different colors).  Noses and ears maybe?  Circles and triangles? Hot dogs and... get the idea.

So!  Now that you are all on board *pun intended,* let's jump in.

Get the pattern and basic instruction sheet here:  PATTERN DOWNLOAD  {This is a PDF file.}

PLEASE NOTE!  If you would like your game to have a pocket to hold the game pieces, I've included bonus instructions at the end of this post.  I almost didn't include these instructions because I didn't want to confuse anyone, but the pocket is awesome and I couldn't help myself!  So if you want a pocket, read all of the way through to the end before you begin.

Let's get started!

You will need:
  • ric rac or ribbon:  26 inches total
  • felt: a 9 x 12 sheet will do
  • fabric:  enough for one 6.5 x 6.5 inch square and 10 game pieces (two squares if you want a pocket)
  • double fold bias tape:  27.5(ish) inches
1.  Cut the following:
  • 4 pieces of ric rac 6.5 inches long each
  • 1 square of felt (use pattern)
  • 1 square of fabric (use pattern)  (two squares if you want a pocket)
  • 1 piece of double fold bias tape about 27.5 inches long

2.  Next, mark the felt so that you know where to sew the ric rac lines.  You can put a little mark on the ends of the guidelines and maybe in the middle of each line.  I used a fabric marker.

3.  Sew the ric rac with a straight stitch.  (And ignore my browning ironing board -- it is clean, I promise!)

4.  If your ric rac hangs off, trim it flush to the edge.

5.  After your ric rac is on, put your felt and fabric squares on top of each other -- wrong sides together. (If you are making a pocket, go to those instructions at the end of this post before moving on to the next step)

Get out your bias tape and your pins and psych yourself up for the hard part -- putting the bias tape on.  Here's a pic to remind you what we're going to do.

6.  Pin the bias tape all of the way around the square.  The key to attaching the bias tape is to pin it really, really, really well!  Remember that you are going to overlap your ends, so start before the middle on one side and work your way around.

Quick tip for those not familiar with bias tape:  One side of the bias tape is wider than the other.  The wider side is the backside and it goes underneath.

Miter the ends as best you can.  I just pinned through the bias tape on the corners and not into the felt.

You can make a more pointy corners like this or a more rounded corners like this pink one.

I pinned in a few places on the backside as well.

Pinning the bias tape is the longest part of the whole she-bang, but if you do a great job on the pinning, you are good to go.  Seriously, you're golden. Hang in there.  My one-year-old sewing buddy thinks you're doing great and that his mother should give him the camera.

Where were we?

To end, fold over the last bit of the bias tape and pin it down. If you have too much extra tape, feel free to trim it.

7.  Sew down your bias tape.  I used  a straight stitch and I'm sure you are all fully capable of doing the same, but if you are really hesitant, feel free to use a zig zag stitch instead.

I took the pins out as I went along.  You will definitely want to look at the back every once in a while as you sew to make sure everything is a-okay back there.  When you are done, give it slight press -- not too hot or you'll melt the felt.  My bias turned out a bit lumpy in spots.  I think I need more practice!

Now that the board is ready, it's time to work on the game pieces.

8.  Cut out your fabric pictures or shapes.  You will need five for each player, ten altogether.

My fabric pictures were about an inch in diameter and I left about an eighth of an inch of fabric around the edges, so the finished pieces were about 1.25 inches in diameter.

9.  Attach each game piece to a piece of felt.

Ta Da!!!  How did you do?

Time to play!


Bonus instructions:  How to add a pocket.

5.a.  To make the pocket, cut one more square of fabric.

5.b.  Turn the square over about 1.25" and seam it.

5.c.  Put the pocket on top of the other fabric square.  I rotated the design.

5.d.  Put the fabric and pocket on top of the felt and head back to step 6 (attaching the bias tape) in the basic instructions.

Your finished tic-tac-toe board will have a backside that looks like this:

Totally worth the extra two minutes, right?


Please let me know if you have any problems with the instructions and I'll make corrections as needed.  This is my first downloadable pattern and I'm learning the ropes. If all goes well, I hope to make this sort of thing a regular occurrence here at the Snipper.

Happy sewing to you, dear friends! ~ Liz

p.s.  I haven't forgotten about the giveaway! I'll be back soon to announce the winner :)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Giveaway Ends @ Midnight!

Last call to enter to win a fabulous set of felt treats!  

Click right here and scroll down to the bottom of the post to enter in the giveaway.  

I'll announce the winner on Wednesday.

Good luck!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Three Silly Sewing Things {needle & thREAD}

It's needle & thREAD day.  Yay!  So I've decided that this blog needs to be renamed "Goofing Around With A Needle & Thread" because that pretty much describes most of my sewing ventures!
needle and thREAD

Unless a special occasion arises, I work exclusively from my sewing stash and that means I have to get creative and work with odds and ends instead of yardage.  One such creative adventure of late was a skirt for my five-year-old.  She admired a purple and silver print I had leftover from a frivolous apron I'd made as a bridal shower gift (I wrapped it up with a bowl from their registry and a cake mix), but I didn't have much left over.

I squeaked out two pieces big enough to make a short gathered skirt (to be worn with leggings).

Stylish ensemble, huh?  She has white leggings and a purple shirt, so maybe we can come up with something more color-coordinated for the general public to see?  *fingers crossed*   By the way, when I'm making skirts like this, I use french seams on the sides.  It's quick, stops fraying, and gives a nice finished look.

Another recent sewing experiment had to do with finding a solution for this problem we have...which I can only hope is a universal one because otherwise you will have to try very hard not to judge me for this picture I took of the view under my couch:

Yes, friends.  We have a sippy cup problem.  An under-everything, upside-down, lost-by-the-dozen, sippy cup problem.  Someday when I get smarter I'm going to banish them forever, but until then I'm left scavenging for ways to identify who belongs to what cup on what day.  Nothing worse than finding sippy cups around and wondering...Is this ZouZou's or Jack's?  Was this from today or last week?

Solution attempt #1.  Sippy cup cozy:

If I assign a certain cozy to a certain child for a whole day, do you think it will do any good?

Not likely! And I have yet to find out because my middle child refuses to have a cozy on her cup.  I still think it's kind of a cool idea and I need to make a couple more.  Would be fun to put initials/names on them and might be just the thing for play dates.

I did find a better use for that lining fabric you see in the last pic.

It's princess tic-tac-toe!  Don't look too carefully at the stitching, okay?  My goal was not perfection with this project and I was on borrowed time!  It's made out of white felt, home dec fabric, double-fold bias tape, and ric rac.

 Crowns are lucky and hearts always go first!

I might have to do another post about this one because it is a big hit with the kids.  It needs a bag of some sort.  Hmmmmm.

As for this week's reading, I have to confess that I put down Rediscovering Catholicism by Matthew Kelly in favor of Wild At Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul by John Eldredge.  I kind of bought it with the hope of tempting my husband to read it, but he reads intensively for his job and rarely reads for pleasure.  I read through the first few chapters with interest but it wasn't until about halfway through the book that it became more of a page-turner for me. As a wife and mom, I appreciate any insight I can get into the masculine mind!  I think it is the type of book that benefits the reader the most, so I'm game for any tips anyone has for encouraging their dear ones to read books.  I ordered Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of the Woman's Soul by John & Stasi Eldredge at the same time, but it has yet to arrive in the mail.  I have a notoriously difficult time 'seeing myself' in a book and I'm not sure how I'll do.

Anywho, that's it for today!  As always, thank you to Elizabeth Foss for hosting needle and thREAD!  Head on over to her place for more great sewing and reading :o).