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Skating With Scissors


Michelle from Keyka Lou Patterns just tipped me to a great craft fair happening this weekend here in Portland. It is called Skating With Scissors and is being hosted by our local roller derby heroes, the Rose City Rollers. Yay! The RCR girls will be attending this free event and I’m sure  are just as excited as the rest of us to see all the skate-themed, rock ‘n roll, alternative crafty wonderfulness that is going to make this bazaar so bizarre. All the fun is happening on September 19th from 10am-7pm at the Hangar at Oaks Park (7805 SE Oaks Park Way).

Don’t forget to check out Keyka Lou‘s booth. Michelle will be selling printed patterns, fat quarters, fat eighths, and fabric yards, bags of scraps for small projects, and of course some of her awesome purses and wallets. I love this girl’s designs and patterns. Super easy to comprehend and I’ve gotten tons of compliments on all the stuff I’ve made from her work. 


a new Keyka Lou bag for Skating with Scissors show

a new Keyka Lou bag for Skating with Scissors show

Tuesday Review – Keyka Lou Patterns

I recently finished two projects using Keyka Lou‘s patterns – the business card wallet and the passport sleeve. Both were very easy to make. I think the only thing I had a problem with on the passport sleeve was sewing in a straight line. Ack!

The wallet was a tad trickier, but the pattern and tutorial were great. My one point of confusion was the optional invisible lining. I chose to use it and didn’t feel like it was explained well enough where and when exactly it should be used. I figured it out though without too much trouble. I’m just the kind of person who likes EVERYTHING spelled out for me in a tutorial. I can’t think of too many tutorials that do that. This one comes pretty darn close! If I were going to do it again I’d probably place my velcro slightly lower, but that was my mistake, not Michelle’s (Keyka Lou’s designer).  

I’m giving both of these as gifts. They are actually in the mail as I write this. A few months ago on Facebook I took the I will make you something challenge. Basically I agreed to post a note saying I’d make something for the first 5 people who responded so long as they were willing to do the same. It is like a pay it forward kind of thing. Anyway, this is what I did to fulfill two of my nifty giftys. 

Keyka Lou business card wallet



We’ve Got a Keyka Lou Kind of Love

I know so many of you were excited about the chance to win a free pattern from Keyka Lou in my last giveaway. Well, to all those who were disappointed not to win, chin up! It’s blue skies my friends! Michelle has generously offered to all my readers a 20% discount off any pattern in her shop until June 15. Just enter “The Handmade Experiment” at checkout and you will be sent a refund for 20% of the purchase. Subscribe and save!

And when you’re done I’d love to see pictures. Send me some and I’ll post them!

May Giveaway Day – Beginning Sewing


If you’ve been following along you’ll know all about the Handmade Experiment and how back in January I committed myself to making all the gifts I give this year. So far this has involved some baking and woodworking and a LOT of sewing. I had done a bit of sewing before – some pillows and the lining for a crocheted bag I made for a friend, but nothing like what I’ve done this year – tote bags, kid’s clothes, costumes, and even some plushies.

My hubs says he’s really proud of me. I’m proud of me, too! Sewing and creating for myself and friends and family is something that I’ve always wished I could do. I thought it would be so hard, but its not. My best piece of advice: start out simple. Sure you want to made retro swing dresses that fit you perfectly, but why not start with a cute tote or wrap skirt? One success will give you the confidence to move on the the next project and the next. Before you know it, your friends will be asking you to sew stuff for them!

For those who are letting their lack of a machine get in the way, check out your local fabric stores and crafty shops. You might find that there are sewing machines you can rent or a space you can go to work on your project. If you live in Portland or the surrounding area, check out DIY Alert! for a map of crafty spots around town and lists of classes.

Okay, so you might have picked up I’m big on promoting handmade. To prove I’m not all talk and to be a part of the May Giveaway Day spectacular that Sew, Mama, Sew! is throwing, The Handmade Experiment is reaching out to those sewing beginners and wish-I-coulders with an awesome sewing supplies giveaway from two great Portland designers!

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