You CAN Make This! What a Star-Spangled Sweetheart!

by Kim on June 15, 2009

I LOVE collaborations.  The idea of “two heads are better than one.”  The idea that when you put together a variety of pattern-makers, fabrics, and techniques, something stunning is the result.  That’s what we often like to do on the home page of YCMTSWAK, and YCQT

And that’s what we just did to celebrate a summer outfit — sewing, machine embroidery, embellishing, and crochet — all added up to a collaboration for the 4th! (or ANY day of the Summer!)

If you have an embroidery machine, you can find all kinds of 4th of July downloads at our sister site, www.SWAKembroidery.com.

Here’s a closer look at each piece of this collaboration.  And if you’ve never sewn before, no worries! That’s why we take you through EVERY step of creating something — with photos to help along the way. Even the beginner can make these things!

First off — the Reversible Patchwork Bucket Hat! This pattern is for a wide range of head sizes so even babies to teens can wear this hat!

Do you love to crochet? Check out this adorable crocheted purse!  I thought this would be cute to gather all that parade candy, too! :)

And how cute is the ruffled halter?  I love it in one main color — the white eyelet fabric is so sweet!  If you’re keeping with a 4th of July theme, this would also look super-cute with a different fabric for each  ruffled layer — maybe red and white stripes, and a blue bodice? Hmmm….cute!

Do you have a pair of jeans that your child has outgrown? Don’t throw those out!  Add “cuffs”  and make them adorable capris.  Learn how to make cuffed capris at YCMT

Don’t forget those cute appliques at SWAKembroidery! The firecracker and 3 stars are by JesseKate Designs.  If you do not have an embroidery machine, try applique with your regular home sewing machine.  You can find tons of applique patterns here.

And oh….those flip-flops!!! Those just finish off the outfit so cute, don’t they?  Not only do I love the techniques shown in this book, but the author also shares with you her experience and expertise at selling those finished flip-flops so that you can do that, too!


Have fun trying something new!! I have a feeling you’re going to love it!

{ 4 comments }

1 Courtney @ Sister To Sister 06.16.09 at 2:42 pm

All so cute!

2 Jennifer C. 06.16.09 at 8:10 pm

You have two items here I would LOVE to try. One that my daughter really needs. First off… we moved at the end of December and because my husband went off to training for five months and now we are in a hotel waiting to close on our first home, we haven’t seen our household goods (read my sewing machines) in six months. Ack! We are hoping to close by mid July or early August. At that time I really want to make my daughter several of those hats! It is so crazy sunny here in San Antonio not to mention hot. My second love is the halter top… How cute is that?! I know I’ve seen it many times before and thought about making her one, but I just keep putting it off. Maybe in August? Lord knows it will still be hot for several months here so the duo could be used a lot.

I love when you do combos because it makes me do a double take at different patterns I’ve considered buying. Now I think I’m off to check out your crochet patterns. That’s one thing I can do while sitting in a hotel. =)

3 Heather 06.28.09 at 8:20 am

Can anyone help! Would I be taking a “trade secret” if anyone were to share with me how to increase the size of a pattern?! I have so many gorgeous patterns that fit one daughter… but Alas! the other daughter has since outgrown… So many of the patterns I own (Yes, I feel I must single-handedly keep the Youcanmakethis.com site in business?!) end at a size 6… but my oldest is a size 8-10 now. She is tall and broad-shouldered… but only 4 and a half. Thanks for ANY help! Hugs! H

4 Dorria Eltantawy 09.27.09 at 12:09 am

Those flip-flops Amazing . I should make this Someday. thank you :)

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