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Tutorial: Working with Plaid—Man’s Shirt

When I discovered the beautiful and vintage-y modern plaid at Britex, I knew I had found the fabric for which I had been searching.  I had in mind a short sleeve button-up shirt for my husband, but wanted something different than classic dress shirting.  This fab plaid completely fit the bill!   However, once I laid out the fabric and went to cut out my pattern, I realized I had a big challenge ahead of me.  Plaid.  Matching plaid is one issue; deciding in which direction the plaid should be arranged and the overall layout was the other.  Should the plaid on the yoke be diagonal?  If the yoke is on the straight grain, could the pockets be diagonal?  What about the placket??  I was completely paralyzed by indecision for a while, but after looking at some ready-to-wear men’s tops, I opted to go for a straight-laced version with no diagonally arranged plaid pieces.  Really working the 70s vibe of the fabric might look great, but I wanted to be sure my husband would actually wear the shirt!

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Abominable Baby Slippers

Make these wacky hairy clawed booties for every baby and toddler in your life, then play chase the abominable baby….grrrrr! Directions from Crochet Me are for three sizes, Small (newborn – 3 months), Medium (6 – 12 months), Large (18 – 24 months).

Baby Slippers

Baby Slippers

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Oven Mitt project

Mark and Cara at Sew Bettie made these oven mitt instructions to keep your fingers protected while you’re baking granola bars or Rice Krispies® bars for packed lunches. Yum! We think they would be nifty sewn up in our red bandanna skull cotton.

Oven Mitt

Oven Mitt

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