July 05, 2010

Crafting for a Cure

I love blogging.  I love this blog.  I love having friends like you to share all my ideas with.  However, in the past few months I've been trying to understand the purpose of this blog.  Obviously, I spend a lot of time doing it, so it should have an important, defined purpose.  My purpose isn't to make money, since I don't even have any paying sponsors.  I keep coming back to the fact that I want to find ways to do good things with this blog.

Then, out of the blue the other day I got the sweetest e-mail from Jen at Dangerously Domestic.  She asked if I'd be willing to make something to send to an auction to raise money for THIS:

I was really excited and said yes.  I also thought that I would throw out an invitation to all of you, too.  Let's craft for a cause and a cure.  It feels good to contribute to something larger than yourself, so let's do it.  Everything I make this week is going to Cure JM.  If you are interested in sending something as well just send me an e-mail and I'll give you an address to send your item to.  I'm not talking about that raggedy old shirt you never wear.  I'm talking about sending something you love...something that stretches you.  I sure hope you'll jump on the bandwagon here.  One thing I like about blogging is that it allows me to reach out beyond my family room where I sit.  Let's reach beyond the little room we sit in and do something good together.

Now today's tutorial is this sweet little cardigan.  I'm going to show you how to use old scraps to make a new embellished cardigan.  (Glow in the dark legs not included.)

I started with this cardigan from Forever 21.  It was $6.50, however they sell out super fast and I couldn't find another one the next time I went.  I dug out my extra scraps from this project and that project.

I used the bottom of the dress I had cut off, which meant I didn't have to do much sewing.  I made the hem the top of the pocket and then sewed the edges, curving the corners.

Then I laid them where I wanted to start devising the design.

I cute out some of the big flowers from this scrap.  I ironed on some heat 'n bond onto the flowers and then trimmed the edges more exactly.

I played around with the design and then eventually peeled off the backing and ironed them where I wanted them.  I used heat 'n bond for the pockets as well, and then sewed them down, too.  If you didn't want pockets the whole project would be a no-sew. 

Here's a better look at the cardi.  Some of the flowers wrap around to the back.

I was excited to be able to use the scraps I already had.

Thanks for reading. 


  1. That's such a pretty cardi. And thank you for sharing about JM. I'd never even heard of it before.

  2. I heart that cardi. I so want winter to be over here so that I can wear nice light things like that again.
    You learn something new everyday - I had never heard of JM.

  3. Cheri, I just love you! Thanks for being my friend and for helping all of us craft for a Cure! Thanks a million times! Love, JEN

  4. Wow! I've never heard of the craft for a cure. I'll be checking that out. Nice Cardi-- very anthro.

  5. Hi!
    How beautiful!
    I have a question though. I don't know much about heat'n bond, but my understanding was that if you can't put it in the drier once it is on something, because the heat will just ruin it.
    Is that true? How do you make such a cute outfit using it and then avoid the potential destruction?

  6. I've been reading you for a few weeks now and have to tell you that even though I have absolutely NO crafting ability, I get giddy every time I see a new entry in my reader. I love your attitude, your lovely pictures and your cool creations. I wish I could be more crafty, but I don't feel like I need to be to enjoy your blog. Thanks for being so engaging and cool!

  7. great project - for an even better cause! wtg

  8. great project - for an even better cause! wtg

  9. Ladies! Let me resolve your heat 'n bond questions and woes. It's super helpful to use when sewing knits because they tend to stratch around while sewing. Sewing knits can be so frustrating. You CAN wash and dry anything with heat 'n bond. I've never had a problem with it. You can find it anywhere. There's another brand of it called wonder under. You can find heat 'n bond in the craft section of Wal-mart.

    Hope that helps!


  10. I wanted to drop by and tell you thank you so much for crafting for a cure. My heart is full knowing that you and fellow talented, creative, beautiful people are willing to reach out and give generously. Jen from dangerously domestic is one of my oldest and dearest friends and she has done something more amazing than just make something beautiful to donate to Cure JM she has raised awareness to the many of you who are reaching out to hopefully thousands of people who have not heard of JM and together we can all make a difference in the lives of these children who suffer from such a devistating disease. Thank you so very very much for donating your items to the Cure JM auction. It is very much appreciated
    xoxo Heather Dallmann

  11. That is such a great idea! Some days I go into Forever 21 I think their clothing either has too much pattern or too little pattern. This is such a good fix! Thank you!

  12. Crafting for a Cure sounds like a wonderful idea. While I only make simple baby blankets, I would be happy to donate a few if you think they would be interested in auctioning them...please send me the address at emilysarnold@hotmail.com and I would be happy to participate! Thank you!

  13. Ok. I am in LO VE with this beautiful idea! I work in a freezing school and am addicted to cardi's, but after a while, they look a bit tired. Thank you for sharing this brilliant idea!
    Also, I love your ideas for little boys. I have a boy and girl and my poor little boy is always asking why I always make stuff for sissy. i am pretty picky about what I make for my kids and let's be honest there are not a ton of cool projects for little boys. So a Huge, "Thanks!"

  14. I live in the town where the Cure JM auction was held and had the fantastic privilege of attending the auction tonight. I admit - the reason I went was to see all the crafty cuteness I heard buzzed about in blogland. You ladies did not disappoint!

    Seriously - there were all sorts of women oogling over your cute items - holding the aprons up to their bodies to check for size, rubbing the soft fabric of the baby toys, telling their husbands (who I assume held the checkbooks) how wonderful the necklaces would look with this outfit or that.

    Whoever made the Amy Butler Birdie Sling - that bag should have been chained down because ladies kept carrying it around the room to show their friends.

    Aside from ladies trying on the aprons, the knit worm+apple and snail+snail house were the most interacted with pieces of the night. (And if you made them, please drop me a line because I'd love to get your pattern!)

    The quilt...The Quilt...THE QUILT!!! Need I say more? Unlike the other craft items which were featured during the silent auction portion of the evening, the quilt was sold during the live auction. I double-triple crossed my fingers when I bid, but that beauty immediately shot up several hundred dollars above my price range. *sigh*

    There were many, many more handmade items donated than I’ve listed here. I hope you know they were ALL admired. Small items were grouped together to make gift baskets. I didn’t have anything to do with running the auction, but from what I remember seeing of the auction sheets, all of the handmade items were sold for a good price. (Yes, ladies, you’d put Etsy to shame!)

    Okay, I hope I don't get flamed for this...but I wasn't sure how well crafts would go over with the crowd tonight. I know WE love crafts, but the rest of the world doesn't necessarily. Many of the items up for auction were rounds of golf, wine, hotel stays, concert/sports tickets, restaurant packages, etc. But the crafts were some of the most bid on items, with ladies (or their looking-to-score-brownie-point husbands) checking back several times to see if they'd been outbid. This wasn't your grandma's craft show, if you know what I mean.

    So thank you. I don’t know what portion of the funds raised came from craft items, but they were very much admired and appreciated. I couldn’t help but think how – out of all the items in the auction marketed towards adults (golf, electronics, etc.) - how appropriate it was to have homemade items - particularly items for babies and children – stitched or knitted or wrought with love – to remind us that the reason we were raising funds was to find a cure for a disease that affects sweet, young children and the people who love them.

    Cheri, if you think any of the ladies who donated would like to read this, I hope you wouldn’t mind passing it along.

    Many thanks,
    Rachel in Oregon

    P.S. Blake Lewis (from American Idol) is performing at the Cure JM benefit concert tomorrow and attended the auction tonight. Twice…not once…but TWICE I was so engrossed in looking at something crafty, like appliquéd onesies, that I either backed into Blake or turned my head and ended up with my nose in his cheek. (He’s not that tall.) Nice.

  15. Thanks so much for participating in craft for a cure. I am new to Pinterest (love it) and saw a small thumbnail with the Cure JM logo, so I click on it. My 2 year old daughter was dx with this disease 6 months ago and thats how I recognized the logo. Cure JM is the only thing out there working to help find a cure for this rare disease for our baby! Thank you for helping to raise money. FYI..love your ideas! Hope you know that your blog made a difference!


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