I hope all the fathers out there had a wonderful Father’s Day! We had a nice family BBQ on the BBQ we finally got… well, the kids and I split and got one for Chris for Father’s Day. We had burgers and salads for lunch and I got Chris and Dillon some HUGE steaks to BBQ for dinner… so a good day all around and I got to spend some time with Kim and my grand-baby while the boys did their own thing!
I think I saw this idea originally on Pinterest and it stuck out in my head for awhile. I think it is so cute and not only is it a dress on my granddaughter right now, it can double as a bathing suit cover up and even a little tunic with leggings as she grows. I have already ordered another 2 bandanas in a nice turquoise colour to make her another one!
Because the 2 things I am posting about were also Easter gifts I thought I would post them together and right after my other Easter embroidery project.
I have become almost as addicted to looking at new machine embroidery patterns as I have become at sewing the patterns. The two I did this time… again for my granddaughter… were so cute I had to incorporate them into her Easter/Birthday gifts.
Let me start by saying that my granddaughter LOVES books… almost any book! I have loved reading since I was little, and desperate enough at times for something to read that I would read the encyclopedias lol, hopefully with us all supplying her with reading material she won’t get that desperate lol! One of her favourite books, series of books, are the Llama Llama books so when I saw a pattern for a really cute llama head I had to do it! I put the llama pattern on another onesie and I also found a pattern for a “My First Easter” bib that I also did!
I found this pattern through an online search and thought it would be fun to make for my granddaughter. This is another one of the sewing projects that have been in my to do pile for way too long. It was nice to finally have them sewn and ready to gift to her! I find it hard to force myself to do “regular” sewing when I can play with the embroidery function lol.
Because my granddaughter puts EVERYTHING in her mouth, I forgo putting eyes on these toys… one less hazard when everything seems to either taste great to her or aids with teething!
I also learned last week that my sewing machine has mending stitches. I found this out when I had to fix a pair of Chris’ work pants!
I found a cute little teddy bear sewing pattern when I did a search online for a different pattern. It was very easy to make and turned out pretty well for my granddaughter. I think the only thing I would change if I were to make it again would be to make the ears bigger on the pattern They turned out smaller that I thought they would and I think teddy bears should have big ears lol!
I used the pattern for the teddy bear itself and then just made a little skirt and straps to add to it once it was sewn.
I have bits and pieces of fabric (now) in bins in the craft room. I spent most of Sunday in the craft room sewing. I have to say it was really nice not to have to lug the sewing machine to somewhere to set it up to use. Now I only have to go downstairs to the craft room and everything is right there where I need it and it can stay there!
Back to the purse toy lol…. I thought I could use up some of my scraps making some baby toys. This is the first of the toys I want to make.
(I bought one of those leather look storage benches to double as a toy box in the living room for my granddaughter and as a place for the nosy cats to lay and look out the window. When I put all the toy we already have for her in the new toy box, it was only half full!!! I texted Kim and told her that I was going to have to do some baby toy shopping so that the toy box wasn’t half full/empty.. depending on how you look at it. I decided to start by sewing some new toys instead…. for now at least)
I started off with two different pieces of fabric and a pile of ribbon I had laying around… and of course a bit of batting and a matching button that didn’t get in the picture.
The first thing I did was cut out a Purse shape with both fabrics.
And a rectangle of fabric that I would sew into a tube that would serve as the handle of the purse.
I lightly stuffed the tube/handle and folded in the edges, then put it aside until I needed it.
I pinned folded, 3 inch strips of ribbon around the base of the purse and ran a quick stitch around the base to hold the ribbon in place for when I attached the front to the back.
I laid the fabric pieces, right sides together, on a small piece of quilt batting and cut around the purse shape so it was the same size.
I sewed all the way around the outside, leaving a space for turning and then clipped the edges.
I turned it right side out and pressed it.
I stitched across the purse where the flap met the base of the purse and ran a stitch close to the edge all the way around making sure to close the opening I left for turning while I sewed.
I pinned and then sewed the handle to the purse, on the backside, just below where the flap meets the base of purse.
Then all I had to do was attach a pretty button to the flap and the little Tag Purse was done! It’s already been added to the new toy box!!!
When Kim and Dillon were small I used to make almost all of their clothes myself. Surprisingly enough they loved what I made for them and wore it all the time. I remember the time I bought some sparkle denim to make a pair of jeans for Kim…. she loved them! I made everything from said jeans to jackets, Hawaiian type shirts for Dillon, PJ’s, you name it… I made it for them! I am really looking forward to continuing that tradition with my grandchild/grandchildren!
I have been seeing dresses made from baby onesies all over the internet and it looked fairly easy. I knew I still had some Marvel Comics fabric in my stash, and with my granddaughter’s parents both being “Geeks,” so I decided to try my hand at a onesie dress.
Making a onesie dress IS as easy as all the pictures show, easy enough I just winged it lol. Instead of a gathered skirt, I decided to go with one a little more structured for lack of a better word and made little fake pleats aka folds for my dress…. and I am happy with how well it turned out! I can’t wait to see my grandbaby wearing it!
I made my mother-in-law a nice fleece, collared jacket for Christmas. I made her one years ago and she told me a little while back that she has worn it so much that it is starting to wear out. That gave me the perfect opportunity to make her a new one for this Christmas!!!
I had some left over fleece from this project…. enough to make my granddaughter a little jacket, pants and a cute little hat!