ZIPPY TOP WEEKEND DAY 2: neckline and zipper

tips for sewing with chiffon

Welcome to Day 2 of ZIPPY TOP WEEKEND! Today we will be doing 3 steps

1. Sew shoulder seams (steps 1-2)

2. Finish neckline facing (steps 7-12)

3. Insert Zipper (steps 13-14)

This should take you about 20 minutes to complete! We’re going out of order so that today is the hardest day and tomorrow will be super fast. So you’re almost done!

Tomorrow we’ll finish the top and you’ll be ready to wear it on Monday! See you then.


If you missed the details of ZIPPY TOP WEEKEND, this weekend we’re kicking off the Zippy Top Sewalong with 3 short days of sewing. I have broken down the Zippy Top instructions so you’ll have a completed top by the end of the weekend. Buy the top here (ZIPPY for 15% off) and see Day 1 here. Use hashtag #zippytop on instagram, post to my facebook wall, or add your pictures to my flickr group.

ZIPPY TOP WEEKEND: collect materials


the ZIPPY TOP sewalongfloral-top tips for working with chiffon

Zippy Top Weekend starts today! To kick off the Zippy Top Sewalong, I’ll be breaking the Zippy Top steps into 3 days worth of sewing for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It will be about a 20 minute commitment each day, this top is, well, ZIPPY! The Sewalong ends April 30, so you have lots of time to finish and share your top! Share on instagram with the hashtag #zippytop (tag me! @seekatesew), post it to my Facebook wall, or add it to the flickr group. I’ve already seen some and I will be featuring them soon! Buy the top here if you haven’t already! Use code ZIPPY for 15% off.

This post will get you all ready to sew. We’re doing three things today, printing the pattern, gathering materials and cutting out our fabric. Easy, right!

1. Print off PDF pattern and tape together. Use this post if you need some tips

2. Collect Materials:
-1-1.5 yards of fabric
-5″ or 8″ zipper
-lightweight fusible interfacing

Fabric selection

I recommend lightweight fabric for the Zippy Top. Anything with a nice drape is perfect! Some suggestions are cotton lawn, cotton voile, gauze or double gauze, chiffon, crepe de chine, georgette and anything similar. You can certainly make it with quilter’s cotton if you want!

If you’re making the crop top version you only need 1 yard! In fact you can probably make it with less than that…or even scraps you have laying around!

Zipper Selection

The Zippy Top pattern includes instructions for a 5″ or 8″ zipper. Zippers with wider tape are best. I like to choose a bright zipper that contrasts with my fabric for a little color pop! The zipper is exposed, which is really fun!


3. Cut out fabric. Cut 1 front, 1 back, 1 front facing and 1 back facing.

That’s all for today! You can finish now or wait until tomorrow for the next steps!

I’ve made quite a few Zippys and I am excited to share even more of them next week! I have some fun surprises….so stay tuned!

See you tomorrow for Day 2 of Zippy Top Weekend. We’ll be finishing the neckline and zipper!



striped nightstand ikea hack

ikea nightstand hack

Yesterday I shared the floral nightstand tutorial and today I’m sharing the other half. This is a tutorial for this black and white striped nightstand, also made with a SELJE nightstand from ikea. I really wanted some fun nightstands that went together. Since they have the same shape, why no do a floral and a stripe? Pattern mixing is cool in home decor, too, right?

striped ikea nightstand


-SELJE nightstand
-1/2″ electrical tape
-spray paint for metalstriped ikea nightstand

BEFORE AND AFTER // striped nightstand

The method for this nightstand is really simple. First, assemble the nightstand. Then tape off the whole thing with electrical tape. The spaces in between should be about 1/2″.

striped-nightstand tape-off-stripes

Press the tape down really well then spray paint. Let it dry and peel off the tape.


ikea hack striped nightstand



Click here for floral hack!

liberty of london floral nightstand ikea hack!

floral nightstand ikea hack

I made these a few months ago but I sat on the post forever because it seemed like a weird thing to post during the holidays. And then it just kept getting pushed back, I can’t believe it’s already April! So we’ve been using these for about 5 or 6 months now and they are holding up well! It’s nice to have that perspective ikea nightstand hack

floral nightstand

I reaaaaally wanted a floral nightstand, but I could not find one all over the internet.  Sometimes being a creative person is a problem, because when you want something (say a floral nightstand) you cannot let it go. So they must not exist. But once I set my mind to it I HAD TO HAVE A FLORAL NIGHTSTAND. So I decided I’d have to get a cheap one and do it myself. I picked a great Liberty of London fabric and used mod podge to cover all the pieces before assembling it. We really needed a set of nightstands though. I didn’t think my husband wanted a floral one, but I wanted it to be the same style, so I bought two and spray painted stripes on the second one. I’ll share that tutorial tomorrow!

floral nightstand hack


And now floral nightstands DO exist! (And striped ones, too!)



-SELJE nightstand
-1 yard fabric
-mod podge
-glue gun
DIY nightstand makeover

Click below for instructions!

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fox and bunny leather brooches

Written by Vivian of Vivileen and Suz and Viv


leather fox and bunny brooches

Spring always makes me think of cute fuzzy animals, and with Easter right around the corner I thought it would be fun to make some animal brooches. Naturally a bunny brooch came to mind and foxes are one of my current favorites so I thought I would make a fox one too.

Leather bunny brooch, so sweet!

Leather scraps (If you have a leather store nearby these will usually be much cheaper than buying leather at a craft store.)
Pin Back
Embroidery thread
Hot glue gun and glue
embroidery needle
brooch template


First cut out and trace the bunny template onto the wrong side of the leather. You can use the template I made and used for my brooches or make your own.

bunny template

Cut out the leather bunny.


Sew a small black line for the bunny eye and three small pink lines for the nose.


To make the bunny tail, loop white embroidery thread about ten times around your pinkie. Slide the thread off and tie another piece of thread as tight as you can around the looped thread. Cut the thread loops on both sides and trim the thread to make a tiny pom pom.


Hot glue the pin back to the back side of the bunny.


Then hot glue the pom pom on for the bunny’s tail.


To make the fox brooch follow the same basic steps for the bunny. Use one color of leather for the fox head and body, and another for the fox cheeks and tip of the tail. Again sew one small line using black embroidery thread for the fox eyes. Instead of sewing on a nose like what was done for the bunny hot glue a small piece of black leather for the fox nose.


Pin a brooch to your favorite springy shirt or jacket and show off what you made!

fox brooch brooch13