When I interviewed Samarra Khaja on the Crafty Planner podcast, we chatted about her upcoming projects. She mentioned an upcoming book and I got excited! I just knew her book was going to be different and reflective of her fun, quirky and smart style. Never would I have imagined how adorable and dorky her projects would be! Adorkable is the perfect way to describe it!
Here are a few of the book projects:[threecol_one][/threecol_one] [threecol_one][/threecol_one] [threecol_one_last][/threecol_one_last] For each project, there is a clear picture of the finished project, step by step instructions along with illustrations and helpful tips for creating the project. It is almost as good as Samarra being there with you… almost…
My next project will be these adorable tooth fairies!
I decided to make the Teacher Tool Belt! For some reason, it was one of the first projects I was immediately drawn to in the book. I tend to listen to my podcasts on my phone when I’m sewing so an apron would be perfect for holding my phone. (I have a dear friend who uses a fanny pack but I just… can’t… go… there! :))
Determined to continue to use up my scraps, I went through and picked out my favorite rainbow scraps!
I think picking out the fabric took more time than making the apron! (Isn’t that always true?)
Here is the finished apron:
The pattern calls for black pencil tips but I decided to match the color of the pencil tips to the fabrics I choose for the pencils themselves. I really like how the tips make the pencils “pop” off the apron. I also stitched around the edge instead of zigzag stitching. We shall see if it holds up. (There is interfacing in the tips.
I found the instructions to be easy to understand and aside from the fussy cutting, the project went by quickly. I choose to make an improv apron back so the apron would have two different looks. I used my new favorite Carolyn Friedlander print for the apron ties. I must be in the mood for Fall because these solids strips just jumped on my cutting table. The ruler fabric is from Sandy Klop.
If you do decide to fussy cut the pencils, I recommend you keep the fussy cut you want to see to be close to the tip of the pencil. The rest of the pencil will be hidden behind the apron’s pocket. Otherwise, I did not see any other changes to the pattern.
Here is one of the cute fussy cuts behind the pocket:
It’s like a well hidden surprise! 🙂 I really loved making this apron and think they are the perfect teacher gift! I will leave you with one last picture!
Would you like to win a copy of Samarra’s book Sew Adorkable? To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling me a geeky/dorky thing you love. (I will admit to being a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fan. I do like Voyager but not really Next Generation…. wait, did I just admit that!?!)
I will pick one random winner at the close of the blog tour (October 26) to win a copy of the book. Good luck! The winner is Melissa! Thank you for sharing your fun geeky/dorky loves! 🙂
One book per winner. Open internationally, however if winner lives outside of the United States, they will receive a promo code to purchase the ebook version free of charge. The United States winner will receive a hard copy.
If you want to see other projects and learn more about the book, check out the rest of the book blog tour: