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Welcome to Salmon Valley Sews - October 2020

Welcome to the Salmon Valley Knits blog!

We are so excited to start this new chapter and offer some exciting new activities to the SVK experience. I plan to have a blog post for you monthly with new content that will range from sewing tips, tricks and pattern hacks to simple cut files to spice up a solid t-shirt.

This year has kept us on our toes to say the least, and many of us are searching for unique or adapted ways to celebrate our favourite holidays. My girls love Halloween and I usually dress them up in coordinating costumes. We have been the Flintstones, A League of Their Own, The Hungry Caterpillar and the butterfly, and Care Bears. This year I was planning on creating Bluey costumes for my girls, but we are not planning on trick or treating so it felt like an overwhelming amount of effort.

Instead I have purchased a bunch of bargain bin costumes and we plan to play dress up all day and pretend trick or treat in our hallway when Dad gets home from work. It's not the usual but I think the kids will have a blast!

Then the other day the crafty girl in me decided we needed fun Halloween t-shirts to start getting in the spirit, so I got to work and designed four cut files for a fun addition to a plain $3.99 Michaels t-shirt and the kids and I love them. I started with something for me, I wanted something sassy so I chose "What's up Witches?"

Next I thought about what would be cute on my girls and also what designs I could adapt to work for any gender or style preference. This lead me to think of pumpkin faces, I love to try out new and difficult pumpkin carving designs, but in reality they fail most of the time and these cute silly pumpkin faces are a classic. I made the version with eyelashes for my daughter but there is also a version without that will be available for download as well.

Last I thought of something sassy again for my oldest who loves to ham it up in front of the camera. She is so confident and loves to show off or strike up a conversation with literally anyone. Usually it involves taking about her pretty dress or telling strangers all of our names, so she clearly needs something a little bit extra. This last file is a little ghost with a bow and it says "if you got it haunt it" which I thought was so appropriate for her personality and with a little glitter vinyl it pops perfectly.  The lighting wasn't great in my living room but it was raining outside so here we are, the bow is a separate cut and I made it in the same glitter as the bottom row of lettering.

How cute would that little ghost be as an applique?

All of these files will be completely free for you to download anytime, I hope that you enjoy them and as always share with us in our Facebook group your makes, we love seeing all the beautiful things you create!

All of these files can be found on our website under the new collection "Digital files" here:

Until next time, happy creating