A Fall Wardrobe Staple!

I’ve had the Elliot Sweater by Helen’s Closet on my make list for the last year but it just seemed like I could never find time to check projects off my list that were for me. Can anyone else relate?

 I finally had a free weekend to sew just in time for fall to arrive! I was  so excited to able to be able to sew this up in under 2 hours! I love patterns like this especially now when my free time is so sparse with a little running around fighting for my constant attention!

Said little one above loving the pumpkin patch as my hubby plays photographer (I told him not to quit his day job… I take what I can get though)

The Elliot Sweater is a great beginner pattern! It was clearly written and easy to follow. 

Skills you will learn or practice:

♥Sewing a split hem

♥Sewing a turtle neck

♥Sewing with knit fabric

♥Sewing a raglan sleeve style top

I had found this quilty army green fabric at Hobby Lobby last year. At the time I didn’t have a plan for it but I decided this was the perfect project to finally put it to use. (I did notice Hobby Lobby has the same fabric this year as well if you end up trying to find it. They must bring it back seasonaly) 

In the end I didn’t make any alterations however, I did notice the shoulders run narrow (I am also broad shouldered so if you aren’t you might not notice any problems). I do plan to let out the shoulder area a smidge next time to see if I can get it to be a little more relaxed or maybe size up one. I will have to play around with it otherwise, it was a great pattern to work with and even if I didn’t make a shoulder adjustment it is such a comfy sweater and the oversized turtle neck has been amazing since the weather has started to get chilly!

Happy sewing friends!

♥Amanda


Fall Leaf Table Runner

It’s finally beginning to feel like fall at least in the mornings here… just barely but its right around the corner and these mid 80º days will be long gone soon enough! Which means it’s the perfect time to bust out a few fall inspired sewing projects before it sneaks up on us right?!?

I love using table runners in my house and I am always switching mine out to change the look of my table setting. I had this idea to sew up an organic shaped leaf runner that looked almost as if the leaves had just fallen on the table. So I set out to make it happen! I feel like it looks like it should be a lot harder then it actually was to make. I was surprised how quickly I moved thought the project considering I was problem solving and designing as I went. Once I finished, I fell in LOVE with how it turned out and the neutral white is the perfect choice for our home. It says fall without screaming it.

You do not need to use white if that look won’t match your home. You could easily decide to use a mixture of fall solids or printed fabrics, you could use scraps up, or even try a ombre palette instead and it would be equally pretty! (Ugh! Now I am wanting to make another geez…)

Ok, so heres how to make your own runner:

Materials:

FREE Catalina Home·Grown Leaf Patterns

1yd White Linen Look Alike Fabric (JoAnn Fabrics)
Brown Thread
Frixion Pen
Fabric Scissors
Fabric Glue
(I used Elmers white glue since thats what I had on hand)
Pins
Iron
Scissors

♥ First, cut out your leaf pattern pieces (You can use all 4 shapes or just 1 or 2 whatever you decide. I ended up using them all).

♥Next, trace the leaves onto your folded fabric using your Frixion pen

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♥Once you have traced the leaves cut them apart into smaller more manageable pieces to cut (each leaf has 2 pieces of fabric) This will make cutting the actual leaf shape easier

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♥Next, pin the 2 pieces of fabric together for each leaf and cut along the Frixion pen lines.

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♥Then, using the brown thread “draw” an outline of the leaf about a 1/4in. in from the edge using your sewing machine Pro Tip: Its ok if this is not perfect! I repeat it’s ok if it’s not perfect! I actually purposely tried to make mine a little “messy” after a few leaves you’ll get into a rhythm and it’s relatively simple.

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♥Next, using brown thread still, sew the veins of the leaves by just loosely mapping out what you feel looks like leaf veins. Think “Y” and “V” shapes.

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♥Once your leaves are all sewn press them with your iron to remove any leftover Frixion pen lines

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♥Then, used your fingernail to scrap at the edges of the leaves to fray them. This takes a little bit of time and yes was messy because of my fabric choice. Pro Tip: Turn on last weeks episode of Bachelor in Paradise to review all the drama as you work. The time will fly by 😉

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♥Once all of your leaves are sewn and frayed clear a flat surface and arrange them how you want them to lay on your table. Making sure to overlap them a little.

♥Next, take your fabric glue or Elmers glue and tack down the over lapping pieces. As you do this put a pin in those places so you don’t forget where you need to sew. It also gives extra stability since you will have to pick this up and move it to your machine.

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♥Once you let the glue sit for a few minutes, go ahead and carefully transfer the runner to your sewing machine to piece together.

♥In order to attach the leaves sew directly onto the brown lines you had already made anywhere there is a pin. Pro Tip: Try to tack down as much of the leaves as possible in these areas. This might mean you have to lift up the leaves to see where there are more brown lines to stitch over.

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♥Once you have sewn down all your leaves. Trim any extra threads and give it good press.

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♥Yay!!! Great work! Now go style your new runner in your home and snap a pic to share so we can see!!! Tag us @catalinahomegrown so we don’t miss it. We love a little home decor inspo too 🙂

 

Happy Sewing!

♥Amanda

 


We FINALLY Did It!!!


Hello Friends!

Yes, we finally did it!!! We bit the bullet y’all and started our blog! This has been something we both have been wanting to do for some time now, but the timing hasn’t been right… till NOW! We are so excited to be able to connect with you through this platform and can’t wait to share with you all the exciting things we have planned!

We currently have a little Etsy shop where we sell fabric home decor and kitchen items. We love making products to sell and we really love sharing our homemade items with all of you, but we realized there is still so much more we could do! Our goal for this space is to share all of our Home Grown *wink wink* tips, tricks, projects and more that make our house a home in the hopes that you will be inspired to take what you see, run with it and do so with yours.

Here you will find everything from sewing projects, gardening tips, to favorite recipes, along with home decor ideas and DIY’s.

We are so glad that you are here and can’t wait to go on this new adventure with you! In the mean time pop on over to our Meet Us page to get to know us a little better.

Jackie & Amanda