Sunday, November 28, 2010

Free Patterns-Link+ Christmas Hat and Changing Blanket

I just found this site- Sewing Stuff - that has a HUGE amount of free pattern links for just about anything you could want to make. Thought I'd pass it along.

Recently I have seen several WAHMs making Changing Blankets and thought I'd give it a try. Here is what I came up with:

Velcro holds it together.

It's a nice size so baby does not have to touch yucky public changing table or floor. I made it out of soft fleece and flannel with a thin padding in between.  I think I will like it much better then the towel I would carry around with my first!

I also made my son a fleece hat, with left over Veggie fleece, to go with his Christmas Pjs. I used the tute from Made By Rae. She has some great stuff! I think I will make baby girl one with the flowers.

I am ready to get started sewing more. Now I just have to find the time an energy!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Very Veggie Christmas


My son is 23 months and is in love with a couple of vegetable movie stars. I have known that I wanted to make him some plush toys for a few months now and have been thinking and researching how to do it. I finally came across this fabric beach ball tutorial from The Purl Bee and it was perfect!

I used the Med size for the Tomato.

I "free handed" both their faces and the leaf top. I machine sewed their eyes and mouths but hand sewed the black part of the eye and the leaf top.

I used the Large size for the Cucumber plus added 3 inches into the middle. If I was going to do it over again I would add a total of 5 inches to the middle because his face should take up half of his body. With just the 3 inches, he seems a little short to me.

I'm sure my son will LOVE them!! Check out The Purl Bee for some great tutorials for all things crafty.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Not Sewing But Knitting!

I have taught myself how to knit! I've only used single knitting needles so far but find it very fun but a bit slow. I'm sure my speed will improve as time goes on. I bought some "round" needles but haven't tried to use them. I still need some double point needles so I can try out new patterns. This is one of the only newborn hat patterns I have found that you sew up the side.

I'm making 2 hats for Elliot (Here Comes the Sun). One baby blue wool hat and a bright yellow. The wool hat turned out much smaller then the others but that's okay because he will most likely be born early. I used the same needles and the same pattern so I don't know what happened. Maybe it's the yarn? We'll see about the yellow one when I'm done with it.

My next hat will be from this supper soft pink yarn. Next up will be baby booties!! Hopefully I will sew again one day. I have so many cute patterns I want to try out for the little girl.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Upcycled Pink Yoga Bag

After making the kimono for Violet, I knew I had to do something great with the rest of the skirt. When I made my self a yoga bag I thought this would be great material for another bag!

Sorry for the baby foot!

You can find this bag on my Etsy store!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

School Time- Ethan's Stuff

My almost 20 month old (sniff, sniff) will be starting a Mother's Day Out program on Friday :) and he needed a few things- Lunch Bag, Diaper Bag and Nap Mat. Well, this sewing Mama wasn't going to go and *buy* any of that!
Lunch Bag. You think they will know who it belongs too?

I forgot to add a handle and I couldn't get him to hold it.

He loves his nap mat!!
I used this tut from Prudent Baby. Let me just tell you, if you make this nap mat, make sure to have extra straight pins and machine needles because you will bend many pins and break many needles! I think I broke 3? I made mine pretty thick because I wanted him to be comfortable for his naps. It may be the last mat I ever make him! He will just have to sleep with his legs curled for a few years :)

My hopes are that they will use his cloth diapers and not make me buy disposables so I made him a diaper bag and bought a great zippered wet bag from Sarah at Star Crossed Stitches. We go to meet the teachers today and I will ask them (beg) to use his very easy BGs!!

Wish us both luck for Friday! I'm sure he will be fine but I don't know what I'm going to do for 4 hours without him. I'll probably just sleep or sew.

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Joy of Serging

When I was in college I worked in the Theatre Department building Costumes for all the shows. We had lots of great sewing supplies but by far the best were our sergers. After becoming a Homemaker and picking up the love of sewing again I have been wanting one of my own. I started watching Craigslist for the best deal but didn't have much money to spend. One day a lady posted a Bernette made by Bernina for $25!!! Wow, what a deal! If it worked.

It looked like it had been sitting in an open box in an attic for about 10 years and the lady confirmed that it had. The gears were so tight and stuck together that even Eli (my husband) couldn't get them unstuck. We took it all apart, cleaned it out and WD 40ed it! We got everything moving except the upper loop and I think if we had kept working at it we would have gotten it, too.

My parents sweetly gave me the money to have it serviced and now it works just like new!! I LOVE it! I serge EVERYTHING. Oh, that towel has a ragged edge, let me serge it. We need some new cloth wipes, let me serge some. I can't get enough of it.

My first project was a Yoga Mat Bag. I had a scrap piece of material and a matching solid that was the perfect size.

I got another bag almost finished for the Etsy store! I've also been working on cloth snack bags to sell.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Happy Birthday Party- ReannaLily Designs!

Jen of ReannaLily Designs is having a Birthday Party!! Starting today she is having 5 giveaways in 5 days, one each day. The contest will be open until Monday 23. I'm sure she has some great stuff in store for us! Run over there and join the fun!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

School Time! - Lunch Bag

I am working on some projects for my son, Ethan. He is starting a Mother's Day Out program at the end of the month and needs a few things to get him started (lunch bag, nap mat, diaper bag). He will be taking his lunch and I want him to have a bag that I made. This lunch bag was my tester bag and it turned out pretty well!

The one for Ethan will be made out of the same fabric his nap mat is made out of plus it will have PUL inside so it will be easy to clean without washing the whole thing.

Now if I can only get my husband to carry a cloth bag instead of plastic......

Monday, August 2, 2010

A gift for Violet

My good friend from college just had her first baby, a girl! I had this beautiful Indian (I think) print skirt I got at the thrift store and I had been holding on to it until I was able to find the right project for it. When I was looking for some material to make Violet a gift I knew that this was it!
Instead of a one piece back, I had to cut it as two pieces, but I think it turned out really well.

Of course, no kimono is complete without little shoes!

Welcome to the world, little Violet!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Replacing Elastic in an AIO

I've been working on my newborn CD stash for awhile now. I've bought new, on sale, used on craigslist and a few at a LLL yard sale. These AIO's came from a yard sale. I paid $3 each! I checked out the velcro before buying, because you know that is the first thing to go on a BG diaper, and they both looked in perfect condition. I never thought about the elastic till I got them home and realized that it wash SHOT!!! Now I know why I got such a good deal on them.
I found this tutorial on diaperswappers but can't seem to find the link now.
These are both size Small AIO BG's. The diaper on the right has had the elastic replaced. You can tell the difference is amazing!

 Start by cutting a small slit in the end of the elastic casing. Make sure NOT to cut through the elastic or the outer shell. Do the same on the other end. Pull the elastic out of one end.
Cut the old elastic leaving around 3/4in attached to the diaper. Using 100% poly thread, stitch one end of the new elastic to the old still attached piece. Stitch the other end of the new elastic to the old piece that is still in the casing. Pull the old elastic from the other end and pull the new elastic through the casing.

Now you have your new elastic attached to one end and attached to the old elastic on the other and it is in place in the casing. Cut the old elastic off of the new elastic and cut it completely off of the diaper leaving 3/4in like before. Here is where you need to look at the length of the elastic. I had a few replacement kits from Cotton Babies so my elastic only needed to be cut a little to make it the right size for these Small diapers. If you are doing a One Size you will need to leave it a bit longer. Try comparing it to another diaper of the same size.

Once you are happy with the length of the elastic sew the end to the remaining old elastic. Use a whip stitch to close up the slits. All done!! I now have 2 like new AIO's for around $8!! Good luck on yours and if you have any questions please ask.