Sewing Love

This past winter I’ve fallen back in love with sewing.  I’ve always liked to sew and I even took courses at University. Many projects have been made over the years.  Most of them gifts, the odd item I keep for my own home.

My University courses left me with the ability to complete most basic sewing steps but also left me with the skills necessary to create my own patterns and construct from scratch.

I plan to share projects as they are made, link to some of my favourite tutorials and share some of my own tips along the way.

Before I jump into my latest creations here are just a few that I remembered to catch on camera from the last couple of years:

Custom Christmas Stockings

It’s tradition in my home that everyone has a handmade Christmas stocking.  My mom made mine and I’ve made ones for my husband and my children.

It’s especially exciting when I get to share our tradition with other families including the ones I’ve made for my nephews as well as the set below that went to a long time family friend’s home.

Custom Christmas Stockings | www.jenniferdyck.com

Custom Baby Blankets and Bug Play Mats:

My family and close friends know that I get excited when I hear about the pending arrival of new babies because I get to make a blanket!

It’s been a long standing tradition in our family to give new babies a handmade quilt.  My Grandma taught my mom to hand quilt in large frames, my mom taught me and now I’ve branched out to making creations with my sewing machine.

Grown children that are now young adults still come up to me and tell me “hey, I still have that quilt your mom made for me when I was born”.

Every quilt or sewn creation is made with love, often custom tailored to meet unique characteristics about its forever home.

Custom Baby Blanket 2013 | www.jenniferdyck.com

Baby Play Mat | www.jenniferdyck.com

Upcycled Stuffed Owls:

Owls have been very popular these past few years and I figured I might as well jump on board.  Since I don’t have any girls to dress, this cute thrifted sweater came home to be turned into adorable little stuffed owls.

Upcycled Stuffed Owls | www.jenniferdyck.com

Upcycled Dress into Mug Rugs:

Mug rugs are a new obsession and you’ll find them all over my house.  This chevron sequined thrifted dress made the most adorable mug rugs.

I didn’t even know that mug rugs were a thing until this past fall when my husband’s aunt gifted me one from her collection. I instantly fell in love and have been making them ever since.

Mug Rug Upcycle | www.jenniferdyck.com

The Zipper Pouch:

Zippers.  I had them mastered about a decade ago and decided it was time to dig way back into my memory bank and dust off my skills.  It would be embarrassing to tell you how many of these little guys I’ve made in the past 6 months.

This polka dot zipper pouch was made with an old metal zipper from my mom’s stash.  It was one of the first I’ve made and still one of my favourties.

Polka Dot Zipper Pouch | www.jenniferdyck.com

School of Sewing:

This brings me to the School of Sewing book by Shea Henderson.  I ordered my copy online this winter and have slowing been working my way through many of the projects.  It’s a great book to refresh your sewing skills.  I look forward to sharing my School of Sewing creations with you all soon!

School of Sewing Book | www.jenniferdyck.com

If you love to sew, I hope you find inspiration in the projects I’ve shared.

If you love to create, get out there and keep making the world beautiful!

Always…Jenn

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