Monday, July 21, 2014

Cutie Little Bonnets

I'm trying to squeeze in one last bonnet wearing summer for my 2 year old.  By the age of 3 I'm not sure how cute it would be anymore!   So I let her pick out the fabric, and she could hardly wait for me to finish it.  It sews up in about an hour even with a toddler running around "helping".  I used this pattern: little betty it's the second and third I've made, and I love each one! 

the little chickie one for my 2 year old


and this little one for a newborn

Friday, July 4, 2014

The Kimono Dress

Dresses, dresses, I have been sewing dresses.  And for the first time in a long time they are for me!  I was in need of some nice flowey sundresses and decided to make them.  I bought one at the beginning of the summer but haven't worn it because I don't really like it/weird fabric fiber content.

I designed the first dress over half a year ago? And made my first one out of a kimono!  Therefore this dress is nicknamed or called The Kimono Dress.

#1
 This original one has pockets which is nice, but I didn't continue to do that in the other dresses to cut down on bulk.  It's cinched at the waist with a knit belt.

 

 

Kimono Dress #2 is made from my beautiful collection of fabric I brought back from India last year.  I'm happily and finally cutting it up to use! (instead of just looking at it all the time in admiration) 




 Kimono Dress #3 is made from these pants: 
 

These were also brought back from India I wore them as part of an outfit.  To get the most use out of them here, I thought making a dress from them would be most fitting.

Ta Da!



Dress #4 is made from seemingly neutral fabric

Zoomed version:) Perfect for summer!


And to top it all off, my friend kindly encouraged me to get labels made!  Such a simple process and I am thrilled with how they turned out.  Clean and simple.  It beats rubber stamps or drawing with fabric marker which I tired earlier on in my sewing life.
 


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Bow Clutch

I wanted to make something special for my friends in England and came up with this simple bow clutch.  I have seen them around on different blogs, but designed my own version.  It took a couple of takes to get the proportions perfect and voila!  I even had the zippers and fabric on hand!







Monday, June 9, 2014

Birthday Sewing Extravaganza

I love sewing for spring and summer birthdays!  Everything is so colorful! I have included ages with each gift and who it was for.  You can use them for your own siblings or friends!  I either used tutorials online, or made up my own designs.



 A Birthday Flower Crown using this tutorial. 
This was for my sister - age 26 :)

 

I enlarged the felt flowers quite a lot to take up more space for an adult size 
head vs. a child's head.  And I added a few mini Moleskines to the card too!






A felt birthday card using this tutorial.  
For a friend in England



A polka-dot skirt using this tutorial.
I added a cute pocket in contrast fabric. 
For a neighbor friend, Age - 3


HAPPY BIRTHDAY bunting, my own design using mostly vintage fabric.
A gift for my sister-in-law, Age - 30 something? (he he he)


Delux homemade waffle cone ice cream party.
For my husband, on his 29th birthday!


Last but not least, a dinosaur bow tie, my own design. 
For my nephew - age 4


Paired with finger paint bubble bath its perfect!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Crib Re-Vamp

I found a vintage toy crib out while thrift store shopping last week.  I have passed up others before while out and about but I had immediate vision for this one and got it!


 


before

                                                 
after





 I made a polka-dot mattress with 4 layers of batting
 and 6 covered buttons holding it together


A little bunny pillow too!




...and a green blanket


All of the fabric was from my stash:
 
Red Polka-dots - fabricland brand
Bunny pillow fabric - from a local shop (I don't know the name of the fabric!)
Blanket bunny lining - thrift store treasure
Green blanket fabric - CreativeThursday

Bunting:

Bunting - vintage pillowcase 
Handmade bias tape - fabricland brand

Sleeping bunny:

Made by me! 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Little Skirts

Spring is in the air!  And to celebrate, here are some little girl skirts that I recently made. (even though I made them during a March snowfall)


I used 2 different tutorials from MADE to make these skirts.  She has awesome patterns and tutorials!





For this blue skirt I block printed ladybugs on plain quilting cotton (for my girl who adores ladybugs!) using this method.




And this double layered is made from cotton too.
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