These little reading pillows seem to be everywhere. With my granddaughter’s love of books, making her one of these for Christmas seemed like a perfect gift…. and gave me the chance to play on my sewing machine for a bit. After seeing how nice the “Once upon a Time” turned out I am thinking I should make her a little onesie to go with the pillow! (Sorry for the dark pictures…. I didn’t realize how dark they actually were until I just attached them to my post. I will have to retake and update later.)
I pretend to take credit for her love of reading lol…. that is my one (at least the one I readily admit to) addiction and the hardest thing I’ve had to let go of since my accident. For as far back as I can remember, I have never been without a book in hand, or Kindle now that they have almost replaced books…. although sometimes there is nothing better than the feel and smell of a book in your hands!
A week or two ago I decided to buy an embroidery pattern to make my granddaughter a little nerd dress.
I found a cute baby “Wonder Woman” pattern on Etsy and I still had enough Marvel fabric to make a skirt for the dress. I found a free download pattern for a dress bodice, and used a big rectangle for the skirt.
And the Baby “Nerd” dress was born lol….
Here is the bodice pattern I found online.
I cut the bodice out of some white broadcloth and then embroidered the Wonder Woman pattern on the the front.
I sewed the bodice front and lining at the shoulder seams on both.
And then sewed the front to the back leaving the back open so I could add a tie closure, right sides together and clipped the curves before turning it right side out.
Next I pressed the seams flat and pinned around the neckline so I could top stitch it.
Now it was time for the tie closure.
I used a nice piece of blue ribbon. I pinned the back opening with right sides together with the ribbon pinned where I wanted it, sewed the seam, then pressed it before turning it right side out.
Next I hemmed the Marvel fabric and sewed it together to form a “tube.”
I ran a row of stitches (on the setting with the longest stitch length) all the way around on the top of the skirt to gather it.
I pressed the bodice bottom under about a half inch and then pinned the skirt in place to only the front of the bodice, not the lining.
Once the skirt was sewn on I pinned the lining to the skirt to cover the seam and hand stitched it in place.
And now my granddaughter is all ready for the next free Comic Book day in occasion appropriate outfit lol!
(It didn’t matter how I hung the dress the bottom looked crooked even though it really wasn’t… maybe just because of the gathers)
Here is the first of my 2 Canada day projects for this year. Today I had the opportunity to spend pretty much the whole day at my sewing machine which was awesome. Not only did I get a good start on a couple of projects but the basement is SO much cooler when the weather gets hot lol!
This is a T-shirt that I made for Chris. He is big into “Canadiana,” and skulls so this seemed like the perfect project to make for him and for me to play!
I found the pattern on Etsy. They have a great selection of machine embroidery patterns. I could literally spend the whole day just looking at them and adding them to my favourites!
I didn’t have any of the burgundy thread colour called for in the pattern so I ended up substituting a reddish brown colour. Not too bad I don’t think. I will say though that any mistakes are all me lol, not the pattern. (I ran out of bobbin thread once and had a tension issue another time 😦 )
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!
I bought one of those hanging clothespins bags from the dollar store years ago. I am really surprised it has lasted as long as it did. When I was hanging clothes on the line last week I noticed that every time I put a clothespin back in the bag I could hear a little clunk noise…. I had a big hole in the bag and my clothespins were falling out into one of my gardens!!!
At first I was going to just buy another one seeing the last one lasted as long as it did but then decided I would just make one.
I used the old one as a pattern from the new one but you could just as easy make your own pattern. It is after all only rectangles with a circle on one to put the clothespins in and a small hanger to actually hang it. But I took the easy route and just used the old one.
Big title for a cool idea lol! And Happy Wednesday!
I can’t remember if I saw this idea on Pinterest or Facebook but it was something I had locked away in my brain for another day…. and it has taken me this long for it to fall out of the “vault” again lol! It was such a cool idea that I really wanted to try it.
Last time Dillon and I were at the Dollar Store I was looking for something else in the aisle that had the placemats and when I saw them I remembered the idea and grabbed a few. With a few simple straight seams I had a couple of really cute fabric storage baskets! I haven’t decided what I am actually going to use them for but I am happy with them!
These are great for storing whatever you want…. in the bathroom, bedroom, baby’s room… wherever you want!
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 am embarrassed to say that I somehow posted this half completed yesterday and that I have had this project cut out and in the “pile” of sewing projects for months!!!! Dillon asked me before Christmas if this was something I could make for him because the case he had his pencil crayons made it impossible to see all the colours at one.
I used to have a roll similar to this one for my paint brushes and he thought it would be the perfect way to store his pencil crayons.
The fabric is something I have had laying around for years. I can’t even remember what I bought it to make originally but it seem like a great choice for what I was making for Dillon! And since I have my new sewing machine, it seemed only right that I embroider his name on it lol!
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!!!