100 Handmade Projects Challenge 2018

Originally I was in a challenge group on Facebook to make 100 sewn projects in 2018 but since I wanted to sew 100 items for either personal use or for sale (on Etsy or at craft shows) I decided to leave the group. (The main rule was that it needed to be for personal use only). I work nearly full-time hours, have two kids and a husband to entertain… 100 items is a lot of sewing, especially since most of the items I wanted to make are stuffies/softies/whatever you want to call them, and those can take me a few days for just one.

Then I was thinking how I also have been wanting to bake more, especially breads. Everytime I make bread I ask myself why I don’t make it more often. It’s fairly easy, and fun, and delicious! And so 100 Handmade Projects 2018 was born, ha.  #100Handmade2018

100 Handmade Projects 2018 #100Handmade2018

Basically the goal is to create 100 finished tangible items by hand and without the use of computers/tablets/smartphones. It can be baking, sewing, knitting, painting… Whatever you like, as long as you can hold the finished project in your hands. (I LOVE photography but so much photography is digital and with processing done on a computer, I want to get off the computer to create. But hey, if you have your own darkroom and can develop and print your own photos that would count).

I’ll be posting my items on Instagram and tagging them #100Handmade2018 if you’d like to follow along and join in I’d be happy to have you! I’ll also post monthly on the blog with a round up of my projects and links to ideas, recipes, and so on that I’ll be trying.

I’ll also be using #SewMyStash2018

So far my 100 handmade project goals include:

  • Bake 1-2 loaves of bread every two weeks
  • Sew one softie per month
  • Make 12 Artist Trading cards using felt and fabric
  • Make 1 felt inchie per week (well, it’s actually a twinchie, 1″ square was too small for me!) For this project I’m focusing on trying out different hand embroidery stitches. I won’t count each one as a finished project though, only at the end once I decide what to do with them.
  • Make a yoga bag that has a pocket (to hold things like locker keys and hair elastics)
  • Make each project in the Fussy Cutter’s Club book
  • Finish making each block in Tula Pink’s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks book (these won’t be counted towards the 100 items unless I turn them into a finished quilt or mini quilts, etc)
  • Sew myself 2-3 clothing items
  • Sew 2-3 clothing items each for both daughters. I especially want to make them some joggers. They look so good on them and seem so comfy. I’ll most like use the Filles a Maman Agathe et Theo pants. I made them a couple years ago to use for pj pants and made them a little long and my oldest still wears hers (although they’re short on her now she still likes them).

These are in addition to my UFO sewing I plan to do as well. The UFO projects I will be linking up to the 2018 Finish-a-Long.

I’m also incorporating Kim Werker’s Year of Making (#yearofmaking2018) challenge into my own. For it you need to challenge yourself to create just a little bit everyday so it’s totally doable if you have a list of 100 things you want to make. I’ll be posting work in progress type shots using this hashtag. And there’s also iHanna’s Project 365 Somethings (#365somethings2018) that I’m doing as well but what I’m planning for it won’t be part of my 100 handmade projects. For 365 Somethings project I’m planning to fill a page in an art journal everyday using paint for the most part. For me that will be more of a process challenge. A time for me to just challenge myself to play with colour and shapes, etc, and not really to have a finished item at the end other than a full art journal.

In order to do these challenges I’ll be cutting back on the amount of time I spend on Facebook, going to bed at a normal hour, waking up a little earlier to get some yoga and exercise done in the morning and trying to eat healthier so I have more energy to get it all done. <<Those will be the hardest changes I need to make.

I’m also not putting a lot of pressure on myself to finish any of these things. I’ve made goals and resolutions in the past and they don’t always stick because I put pressure on myself to do things perfectly. And then I stress because things aren’t going “perfectly” and I stop and nothing gets done. This year though I’m looking at these more as guidelines. If they get done, great! If they don’t get done, great! (It just means that they weren’t the right project for me at that time). Four days in to 2018 and it went, well, crappy… So I’m (trying) to stay positive from now on. I’m focusing on myself, doing what I want (while always keeping my family’s needs in mind of course). If there was one word that I was going to focus on this year, then that word would be declutter. Declutter my house, my fabric and craft stash, my mind, my unhappy and sad thoughts, the extra weight I put on in 2017. I have two daughters that I love more than anything, and as much as I would love more children they are enough.

That’s all that matters.

Much love and happy stitching 🙂


2018 Q1 Finish-A-Long: Proposed projects

This year I set the goal of finally finishing up some of my UFO’s (and just simply getting rid of whatever was leftover that I just don’t like/want anymore). Some of the projects are ones that super close to finishing up, and others are in the earlier stages. The Finish-a-Long sign-up can be found here.

I want need to clean out the craft room to make it more manageable, so one of tasks is to clear out the UFO pile and later destash some fabric and crafts supplies. Another, slightly related, goal is to work through my pattern stash. I’m planning to not buy any patterns this year. So far so good!

Anywho, here is the list of projects I plan to finish this first quarter. (Pics to come this weekend!)

  1. Mannequin Pincushion. I have the fabric cut and ready to sew! I’ve had this pincushion on my to-do list for years. It’s actually the oldest free PDF pattern that I own that I’ve never sewn.
  2. RetroMama Apple pincushion. As far as I can tell this the oldest (to-me) paid for PDF pattern that I own. I have the fabric pulled, and will be cutting tonight.
  3. Manhattan Zipper case by Emmaline Bags. The fabric is pulled and I’ve cut out half so far. I want to finish this project next week.
  4. Pepperberry dress by petitboo patterns. I’ve had the fabric pulled for this since the fall. It’s my oldest daughter’s 8th birthday next month so I hope to have it done on time!
  5. This shirt. I sewed it two years ago but never added the bottom hem. Not sure why, it’s super cute. I hope it still fits my youngest! Luckily I had sewn it a size up and my now 4-year-old is a bit small for her age.
  6. Skylark tee by Gracious Threads. I found half of the shirt. If I find the second half and the sleeves it will get done.
  7. These 5 or so coffee cup sleeves. They’ve been hanging around for a LONG time. Time to get them done.

I have more UFO’s but I think I’ll save them for next quarter. I have a few other projects that I want to do as well in the next couple months that I haven’t started yet and so aren’t listed here. I thought about making a super long list and just carry things over but sometimes those lists just overwhelm me and I don’t get things done.

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I’ll also be linking this up in the Sew Your (Pattern) Stash Facebook group when it’s done.

Deer applique embroidery hoop ornament or wall decor tutorial by Lulu & Celeste

Tutorial: Felt deer applique ornament

Welcome to the 2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! I’m so excited to be offering this tutorial for a felt deer applique! This year, there are 47 amazing bloggers participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home!

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My swap partner was fellow Canadian blogger Sue from A Purdy Little House. Her decor style is a bit different from mine. She seems a lot more elegant and sophisticated than I am, ha. She preferred an ornament with neutral colours so I came up something using browns and whites. I hope she likes it as much as I do!

2017 Ornament Exchange and Blog Hop

Meet the 2017 Ornament Exchange Hosts

Erlene ⋅ My Pinterventures Kim · Made In A Day Pili ⋅ My Sweet Things

Amanda · The Kolb Corner Shirley · Intelligent Domesticatons

Michelle · Our Crafty Mom Beverly · Across the Blvd. Cindy ⋅ DIY Beautify

Christene · Key to Inspiration Nicki · Sweet Parrish Place Katrin ⋅ Kreativ K

Megan · C’mon Get Crafty Hilary · Raising Fairies and Knights

Emily · Two Purple Couches Tina · One Crafty Mess Marie · The Inspiration Vault

Debra · Shoppe No. 5 Trisha · Rosewood and Grace Jeanie · Create and Babble

Terri · Christmas Tree Lane Maureen · Red Cottage Chronicles Toni ⋅ Small Home Soul

Ula ⋅ Lulu & Celeste Sue ⋅ A Purdy Little House Pamela · Home On The Corner

Lorelai Life with Lorelai Debbie ⋅ Tweak and Style Stephanie ⋅ Swoodson Says

Chelc ⋅ Inside the Fox Den Susan ⋅ Super Mom – No Cape! Molly ⋅ Just a Little Creativity

Roseann ⋅ This Autoimmune Life Angela ⋅ Simply Beautiful by Angela

Vicki and Jenn ⋅ 2 Bees in a Pod Joanne ⋅ Our Unschooling Journey

Tylynn ⋅ Bitterroot DIY Sam ⋅ Raggedity Bits Mary ⋅ The Boondocks Blog

Cyn ⋅ Creative Cynchronicity Dione ⋅ Clever Chameleon Quilting Erica ⋅ Erica Ever After

Chelsea ⋅ Love Paper Crafts Evija ⋅ From Evija with Love Anne ⋅ Orange Bettie

Samantha ⋅ Little Bits of Home Hope ⋅ Hopes Crafty Niche Pam · P.S. I Love You Crafts

Deer applique embroidery hoop ornament or wall decor tutorial by Lulu & Celeste

I am super excited about this project! It was a bit of a challenge to come up with something a complete stranger might like, especially since our styles were somewhat different. I worried a lot that she might not like it so it took me awhile to come up with a project that I thought she might like and that could be something that I wouldn’t mind reproducing and would fit the types of tutorials I already offer.

I’ve been wanting to do a felt applique hoop ornament for some time now. There are so many patterns* out there I’ve been coveting. I figured now was the perfect time to try it out! It ended up being so fun to make this deer applique ornament.

It’s not super difficult project but with the hand stitching it can be time consuming.

Supplies to make one deer applique ornament:

  • 5″ embroidery hoop
  • large scrap of cotton woven fabric for the backing, measuring approximately 7″ x 7″. (I used Essex linen by Robert Kaufman in Flax colourway that I had purchased from Canadian National Fabric.)
  • scrap pieces of wool blend felt in colours of your choice. For the antlers I used ‘Chocolate’; for the “bib” -not sure what to call the front area, I used ‘Pastry’; the mouth is ‘Banana Nut Muffin’; the main colour is ‘Toffee’, and the face is ‘Antique White’. Plus a piece of felt for the back measuring about 5.5″ square.
  • Matching embroidery thread, plus white to make the snowflakes.
  • scraps of Wonder Under
  • small square of stabilizer. (I used Sulky Sulvy)
  • ribbon or string for hanging
  • glue, needle, scissors
  • The pattern piece*

New to felt? Check out my tips for working with felt here!

The finished project is approximately 5″.

Felt Deer Applique Ornament Instructions:

  1. Trace each part of the deer onto the paper side of the Wonder Under. When tracing the antlers and the forehead, extend the bottom edges slightly so that the other pieces can overlap them. (Ie. the antlers are under the main body, and for the forehead that part that extends down to the mouth area is under the mouth piece. You will trace one outline of the body, one forehead and lower body, one “bib” or chest area, one mouth and two antlers. Be sure the antlers are reverse from one another. Trace around the outer edge of the inner hoop onto felt and cut out. This will be for the back.
  2. Cut out around the traced images. Leave some space around each part (don’t cut out the exact shape yet).
  3. Press the Wonder Under onto the felt. Make sure to also press from the paper side as the felt is heat resistant and otherwise won’t ‘stick’.Deer applique embroidery hoop ornament or wall decor tutorial by Lulu & Celeste
  4. Cut out each piece.
  5. Fuse each piece of the felt onto the backing fabric in the following order: antlers, body piece, forehead and lower body, mouth, chest. Be sure to check placement of antlers using the main body piece as a guide. As mentioned before, the felt is heat resistant so you may want a scrap piece of parchment or wax paper to help you with fusing each layer. For example with the antlers, flip the piece over so the glue is facing up and place the parchment paper on top. Then lightly press the iron to the parchment paper to slightly melt the glue then quickly turn right side up and place the antlers in place and press again from both the front and on the wrong side of the backing fabric.Deer applique embroidery hoop ornament or wall decor tutorial by Lulu & Celeste
  6. Once each layer has been fused to the fabric, apply stabilizer to the wrong side of the backing fabric and then place in the embroidery hoop
  7. Using a whipstitch, stitch each layer to the fabric. I use two pieces of embroidery thread for the stitching.
  8. Use white thread to create snowflakes using the french knot stitch.
  9. Stitch the nose and eyes. Stitch a little bit of pink on the inner ears.
  10. Trim the backing fabric so it’s about 1.5″ all around. Make a running stitch around the edge of the fabric and pull taut to gather the edge so that it will hide under the backing felt.
  11. Run a layer of glue around the edge of the back of the hoop and attach the felt backing circle.Deer applique embroidery hoop ornament or wall decor tutorial by Lulu & Celeste
  12. Add a ribbon or string and you’re done!

Deer applique embroidery hoop ornament or wall decor tutorial by Lulu & Celeste

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Felt Applique Deer Ornament Tutorial by Lulu & Celeste
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Blossom Flower pincushion - Lulu & Celeste

One Thimble Tour: Blossom Flower Pincushion

One Thimble magazine has just released their latest issue (Issue 17) and it is jam packed full of fun patterns and helpful articles. In addition to over 10 patterns and tutorials, there are also articles on sewing techniques and on running a handmade business. But one of my favourite features in this issue is the Blossom Flower pincushion pattern!

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Cozy up to Fall with EYMM: Four Seasons Cardigan

 I must confess… I completely messed up and forgot what day of the week my post was supposed to be up. No real reason, I just mixed up dates, oops!
I owned each of the three patterns being featured on this tour already, so I decided to take part in the tour as my goal this year has been to sew from my stash (pattern and fabric) as much as possible. My plan was to hopefully sew all three, but realistically I knew I only had time for one so I decided on the cardigan*, as I can always use cardis!
Keep reading for more pics and sale and giveaway info!

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