Sew Our Stash: Help Me Finish This Dress Edition

Sew Our Stash two bloggers challenge eachother to make clothes for themselves at Rae Gun Ramblings

So I’m scurrying to finish this so I can hop in bed hopefully to get a little rest (baby willing) before heading over to SNAP! the creative bloggers conference tomorrow. This second month of mommyhood has definitely been more rough so I’m surprised that I manged to make these two dresses but I did. Last night actually. So yay for another successful round of Sew Our Stash where Bev from Flamingo Toes and I (and whoever else wants to join in) keep each other accountable to make something for ourselves to wear every month!

Handmade dress at Rae GUn Ramblings

This first one is based off of a dress that I made ages ago. I kind of threw it together randomly and it’s still one of my favorite dresses. I seriously wear it all the time and it has followed me through over 50 lbs of weight fluctuation as well as pregnancy and nursing. Really the style is awesome. The problem is that when I went to make this one I wanted more room for ahem boobage (they’re kind of ridiculous people!) and in my hurry to finish it up while the baby was nappy I sewed it totally screwy. Like I sewed the center fronts up the sides. And I found a hole in the fabric right smack in the bodice part. See screwy I tell you. But since my baby DOES NOT sleep and he was actually sleeping yesterday I decided just to with it and make it work I left the pieces flipped all wonky and I just sewed back and forth over the hole. So here is my totally strange thrown together dress. Some day I hope to perfect the pattern to recreate the one I made so many years ago.

Sew Our Stash at Rae Gun Ramblings

And then I also made this dress. I had cut out the fabric before I became pregnant. I traced the pattern off of my then favorite dress. Now it isn’t quite as flattering with my nursing boobs of doom. Luckily it went together fast and I like it enough but I’m not sure how to make it special. Right now I feel like it’s borderline frumpy. I left the neckline and hem unfinished since I just wasn’t sure what to do.

Help finish this dress! at Rae Gun RamblingsHelp finish this dress! at Rae Gun Ramblings

So what do you think should I finish the neck with some pale yellow (or aqua) binding? Change the neckline shape? Add a band of color to the hem? Make a sash? Something else? Help me take this okay (and very comfy) dress to something awesome. Please?

Sew Our Stash challenge hosted by Rae Gun Ramblings and Flamingo Toes

Now go check out Bev’s post for this month and keep tagging your sewing pictures with #sewourstash

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Blogger Business Card Cases Tutorial

The perfect business card case for blog conferences. Recognizable and convenient - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’m so excited to be going to SNAP! in just a few days. Okay if I’m honest I’m pretty nervous about juggling the baby and the conference but really I LOVE this conference and I’m so excited to see old blogging friends that don’t live around and meet new ones. One thing that goes hand in hand with blogger events is business cards. When bloggers get together there will be business cards exchanged and it gets to be a pain to dig in your bag to get the cards out or put the ones you collect in so I’ve made these fun blogger business card cases for a few of my friends and myself.

A business card bag that matches your blog and is convenient for networking. Tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

I use the color schemes of our blogs and have a nice big clear pocket for a picture. It’s funny because you walk around with all these bloggers but you’re used to seeing their little picture and a lot of times you’re not sure if it’s the same person so I like to have my profile picture that I use every where in the pocket so it helps people recognize me better.

A conference friendly business card case that can attach to any purse. Tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

There are 8 outer pockets that are business card sized. When I’m out networking or meeting new bloggers in bulk I have my cards in one pocket and put the cards I receive in another. And of course I put our blog names on them too. But the biggest thing is that these little bags work great. Also some bloggers are overachievers and like to have funky shaped cards or give swag out with their cards so I have a nice big pocket that I can throw those in there. I also like to keep a few pens there and when I had bookmarks I stored them there. (I’m so bummed I didn’t have time to update my bookmarks this year, guys newborns are serious time suckers!).   I’ve considered selling these, you know like custom making them for bloggers but until I get that going here is a tutorial for my blogger business card cases. If you would like me to make a custom one for you feel free to email me about a quote.

What You Need

Make your own blogger business card carrying case  - Rae Gun Ramblings

  • 2 pieces outer main fabric 6×10 inches
  • 2 back pocket pieces 6×6 inches
  • 2 front pocket pieces 6×6 inches
  • Small zipper
  • Ribbon for hang strap
  • Heat Transfer vinyl
  • Clear plastic (like they use on picnic tables) 5 x 4 inches

How to make a blogger business card case

Step by step instructions to making a user friendly blogger business card case perfect for taking to conferences and networking opportunites - Rae Gun Ramblinbs

  1. Fold and iron your pocket pieces in half.
  2. Position them on your main fabric pieces.
  3. Sew a straight line down the middle of the pocket pieces.
  4. Sew your clear plastic piece around the two side and bottom edges.
  5. Next fold under the top edge of the main fabric and sew it to your zipper.
  6. Then with the zipper in the open position and the fabric right sides together sew around the 3 edges of the bag making sure to catch the main fabric and the pocket fabric.
  7. Now right side out the bag.
  8. Loop a few long pieces of ribbon through the pull of your zipper. You want the ribbon to be long enough that you can loop it through the side of your purse so that your bag can hang there.
  9. Then make yourself a heat transfer of your blog name/logo/whatever you want. You can do this a cutting machine like the Cricut Explore. If you’ve never worked with heat transfer vinyl it’s fantastic and I have a whole tutorial on how to use heat transfer vinyl that you’ll want to check out. And iron it on!
  10. Hang from whatever bag you’ll be taking and get read to exchange a lot of cards.

a customised blogger business card case perfect for conferences. Tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

If you’ll be at SNAP! leave me a comment so I can try to find you. I’ll probably be all sleep deprived and delirious so if you see me please please come say hi!

The perfect carrying case for blogger's business cards. Easy access, matches your blog and more. Tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings


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Block Party: Quilt Features

 Block Party! Link up to one and be seen on all five great blogs!
Block Party! Link up to any one of these great blogs and be seen on all 5! Every Monday.
We’ve joined forces to bring you one big block party!
You’ll only have to link up once to to be listed on all five sites!

This week’s party is hosted by Polly from Pieces by Polly.  Here are several of my recent projects: 120+ Fabrics Inspired by Children’s Books, The Not-So-Fancy Fancy Nancy Quilt, and The Little Guy Floppy Tie Tutorial

I hope everyone had a great Easter and was able to spend it with family or friends.  With no major crafting holidays right around the corner, I thought I’d highlight some beautiful quilt projects that have been popping up!  If you read my blog, you know I love a good quilt.


Krazy for Kat: 3 Panel Dress Tutorial

3 Panel Dress Tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

It seems like this is a week for surprises and today our lucky contestant is Kat from Sew Chibi. Kat just had a baby the cute Akira and a bunch of us have gotten together for a virtual baby shower!

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Rachael of Imagine Gnats encouraged those of us participating to sew something up for baby Akira in Kat’s signature style.

How to make an asymmetrical baby dress - Rae Gun RamblingsIf you aren’t familiar with Sew Chibi, let me tell you what I LOVE about Kat’s style. First off she’s pure geek in a great way. She’s always sewing up fun quirky geek cultured inspired wearables, think anime, my little pony, Totoro, and more. Also she’s uses color so wonderfully. when I think of Kat I think bright colors. And finally she’s great with brave pattern pairings.

Ruffle Diaper Covers - Rae Gun Ramblings

So I made what I’m calling a 3 panel dress to send off to Akira and Kat along with a pair of coordinating ruffle diaper covers like I sell in my shop. I made the dress kind of tunic length to show of the bottoms a little more.

Quick and easy way to make an asymmetrica 3 panel dress - Rae Gun Ramblings

I find it just as easy to make the asymmetrical 3 panels by cutting out a front dress piece of your favorite basic A-line dress pattern of both front fabrics. Then I just cut off center and match up the two different fabrics. Then before following the normal pattern instructions I sew the two pieces together.

With this method you can make two dresses that are mirror images. If you want to be more conservative with your fabric you could make a pattern for three different pieces by tracing your front pattern piece and cutting it (instead of the fabric) and then cutting your fabric to the proper size. But I am incapable of making just one of something ;)

Sew Chibi Baby Shower and Dress Tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

So I hope you like this funky, colorful, pattern mix up baby outfit. And if you haven’t visited Sew Chibi before make sure to hop on over and check out her awesomeness. Also you can see plenty of cute pictures of baby Akira on Kat’s Instagram account.

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Cutest Raccoon Coveralls Pattern Review

Raccoon Coveralls Sewing Pattern - Rae Gun Ramblings

Cute boy clothing is hard to find and some of the patterns and fabric options out there aren’t too much better so I’m extra excited to share the cutest raccoon coveralls that I made from Sew Like My Mom’s Kudzu Coverall pattern as a part of a sneaky surprise pattern tour.

 Super cute DIY overalls with raccoon faces - Rae Gun Ramblings

My  cute friend Melissa is the mind behind Sew Like My Mom blog and pattern shop and a few of us sewing bloggers decided to get together for a fun pattern tour because as you can see her patterns are awesome.

Raccoon Coveralls - Rae Gun Ramblings

These coveralls come with the option for a raccoon or owl applique or you can make them plain. It came together so quickly and I think they turned out super sharp looking. I’m excited to make some more plain one’s for Teddy.

 Raccoon Overalls sewing pattern for babies and kids - Rae Gun Ramblings

Melissa has an awesome tutorial for doing appliques but I just did a my simple heat bond top stitch method to make my own fabric iron-ons that I’ve shared before.

 Handmade raccoon baby overalls - Rae GUn Ramblings

I made the smallest size (0-3 months) and a 3T for a little friend. For Teddy’s I did the snap option at the crotch and for the larger size I just sewed up the legs. Teddy is just moving out of newborn sizes (so sad I know!) and the 0-3 wasn’t giant on him but I can tell that it will last for a little bit still.

 Super adorable diy raccoon jumper - Rae GUn Ramblings

If you’re looking to make your own baby or kiddo overalls definitely check out this pattern it’s a keeper. I know I’ll be making many more for my little guy.

Sew Like My Mom Surprise Pattern TourDon’t forget to check out what the other bloggers that are joining in on this flash tour sewed up!

Sew a Straight Line
Rae Gun Ramblings
Andrea’s Notebook
Lemon Squeezy Home
Sew Very
If Only They Would Nap
Living With Punks
Craftiness Is Not Optional
Melly Sews

Adorable raccoon coveralls sewing pattern - Rae GUn Ramblings

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Block Party: Easter Fun Projects Features

Block Party! Link up to one and be seen on all five great blogs!
Block Party! Link up to any one of these great blogs and be seen on all 5! Every Monday.
We’ve joined forces to bring you one big block party!
You’ll only have to link up once to to be listed on all five sites!
This week’s party is hosted by Beth from Hungry Happenings

Thanks for joining us all this week.

It’s finally beginning to feel like spring, and it’s hard to believe Easter is next weekend.

I’ve been busy making all sorts of Easter edible crafts

including Polka Dot Candy Eggs and Cocoa Krispies Easter Bunny Treats

and I’m so excited to see what you have been creating for your own blogs this week

- Beth

Tutorial: How to Carve Chicken or Turkey

How to Carve a Chicken or Turkey quickly and efficiently. This is the best guide to getting the most out of a rotisserie chicken or Thanksgiving turkey at Rae Gun Ramblings

It happens a couple times a year. We’re at some family function and I see out of the corner of my eye someone hacking away at a turkey or chicken. I know it’s silly but it drives me nuts when some one carves up a bird haphazardly. Well I guess it’s not totally silly, there are some reasons it makes me crazy. First off they usually end up taking forever because there is no rhyme or reason. Then there is the matter of so much wasted meat left on the bone to be either tossed or painstakingly pulled off by hand. And finally it looks like garbage. Someone took the time to lovingly roast a fine turkey all day (or pick up a juicy rotisserie chicken form costco ;) ) and it’s been butchered to smitherines. So today I want to share my quick and easy way to beautifully carve chicken and turkey.

Step by step instructions and tips for easy poultry carving. No more hacked chicken or turkey - Rae Gun Ramblings

Quick and Easy Guide to Chicken and Turkey Carving

  1. If your bird’s legs are tied or attached start by severing that attachment so the drumsticks are free.
  2. Next slice on the inside edge of the thigh when you get to the bone join slide the tip of the knife in to pop the joint to detach the leg quarter (thigh and drumstick) in one pretty piece.
  3. Next slide your knife on one side of the bone between the breast trying to keep it as close to the bone as possible. Slide it under the breast to detach in one solid piece.
  4. If you want the breast sliced place it cut side down (skin up) and hold in place while slicing. Then slide your knife under all the sliced pieces to place so the pieces remain lined up.
  5. Next pull the chicken wings away from the body and slide your knife to cut the attaching skin and pop the joint.
  6. Use your finger to pull off any remaining meat if desired.

Great tips on how to carve poultry for speed and an attractive layout - Rae Gun Ramblings

You can serve up the chicken or turkey on a platter if your feeding enough people or eat in in portions. I love buying the rotisserie chickens from Costco they are such a great deal for tons of meat. Usually the first day I serve up the leg quarters and serve it with cous cous or Cauliflower mash and Lemon Wilted Spinach. Then I use one breast for each another two meals for example in my Artichoke Chicken Alfredo or my Coconut Curry Chicken Lentil Soup and then the pulled little pieces for another one for another meal like in a Quiche, Buffalo Mac and Cheese or a basic quesadilla. But really you can use prepped chicken in so many different recipes I’m sure you have your own favorites.

Easy step by step instructions on how to proerly cut a chicken or turkey so it looks nice but also to get the most meat out the fastest you can. via Rae Gun Ramblings

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100$ Etsy Gift Card and Frame Giveaway

I’m exited to join forces with 9 other bloggers to bring you a great Etsy giveaway. You can win a 20×22 inch gold leaf frame (picture opening of 8×10) from 302 Wood Works PLUS a $100 etsy gift card. You can buy more frames with it, or the possibilities are ENDLESS with what you can do with your gift card.  Also be sure to check out all the other fabulous frames that 302 Wood Works has to offer and visit the other bloggers by clicking on their cute faces in the image above!

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Enter to win on the rafflecopter form above. The giveaway will run from April 7-13 2014 and is open to US residents. The winner will be emailed and have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.

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Block Party: DIY Bunnies and Carrots Features

Darling and delicious bunny and carrot projects just in time for Easter and Spring - Rae Gun RamblingsWelcome to this week’s Block Party! For the features, today I’m excited to share some awesome DIY bunnies and carrots projects to get us in the mood for Spring.

Bunny Snack | Duct Tape Bunny Art | Sunshine  Carrot Soup | Yarn CarrotsStuffed Carrots |Bunny Money | Bunny Banner | Bunny Iron Ons |Felted Bunnies |Chocolate Bunnies |Carrot Treat Bag | Peep PillowBallerina Peeps | Bunny Buns

Block Party! Link up to one and be seen on all five great blogs!

Block Party! Link up to any one of these great blogs and be seen on all 5! Every Monday.

We’ve joined forces to bring you one big block party! You’ll only have to link up once to to be listed on all five sites!

hosted by: Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings| Keeping It Simple | Hungry Happenings | Pieces by Polly

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Welcome to the party! Hi friends, it’s Marissa here as today’s host! ere are a few of my recent posts that I’d love you to check out when you get the chance:

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Crazy Yummy Cheesecake Brownies Recipe

 Cheesecake Brownies Recipe-001s

It took me 3 times making this Cheesecake Brownies Recipe to get the final pictures for this blog post. The problem is that I freaking LOVE these brownies. I mean they are so stinking good that I would make them up fully intending to snap some pictures so that I could share the yumminess with you but alas I kept gobbling them up myself before I could take decent pictures.

Cheesecake Swirled Brownies Recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Don’t be deterred by the steps and different parts. It looks like an involved recipe but it honestly doesn’t take much more effort that putting together a boxed mix and it’s SO much yummier. Just try it one time and decide for yourself.

Cheesecake Brownies Recipe

Cheesecake swirled brownies yes please. Easy and yummy recipe - Rae Gun Ramblingss

Brownie Base

  • 1/2 C salted butter,
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 C flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Melt butter and chocolate. An easy way to do this is by using a metal bowl over a pot of boiling water double boiler style.
  3. Once melted remove from heat and whisk in sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  4. Whisk in flour until well combined.
  5. Pour into an 8 or 9 inch baking pan.

Delicious Cheesecake Swirled Brownies Recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Cheesecake Mixture

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 C sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Whisk cream cheese, sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla until well combined.
  2. Add spoonfuls of the mixture to the pan on top of the brownie mixture.
  3. Marble by swirling with a knife.
  4. Top with mini chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes until center is set.

adapted from Smitten Kitchen

My go to recipe for brownies. So good and easy - Rae Gun Ramblings

Not that you’ll need to but if you want to you can freeze and they reheat wonderfully. I pre-proportioned and froze my last batch and when I feel like a little chocolate fix I’ll zap one for 30 second and I have a super yummy treat without the temptation of an entire pan of brownies.

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