Friday, July 5, 2013

Quilt for Ladybug

My niece, Ladybug, is moving into her big girl room in the not to distant future.  I thought it would be lots of fun to make her a quilt.  It sounds like a good summer project to me.  I've made her a doll quilt to give her mom an idea of the fabric I plan to use. 
I plan to have similar blocks for her big girl bed quilt.  Any suggestions on how to quilt it?  What fun projects are you working on this summer?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Little Chef Aprons!

My sister mentioned that she would like some aprons for her kiddos so I decided to whip some up. I lined the aprons so it was a quick easy project.  I chose to use fold over elastic for the neckline to make them easy to go on and off.  The kids loved them and had a great time making pizza! 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Another Black Apple Doll

Ages ago I made Bug a Black Apple doll.  I modified the pattern a bit to make a boy doll for young Bug.
 Ever since I made the boy version I've wanted to make a a little girl version.  I finally decided that it was time to make Ladybug a doll of her own.  What fun!  I used fleece for the hair again as I wanted to be sure that the doll would be washable.  While Ladybug loves faces she also enjoys chewing on toys so washable is key! 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Easter Egg Hunt Bag

I thought it would be fun to make Bug an Easter egg hunt bag that would match his Easter basket. I made a square bottomed tote bag.  I learned to make lined tote bags by following this tutorial.  I used one long strap so it can be worn like a messenger bag.  I thought it would be fun for the top to be open like it would for a basket.  To ensure the top would remain open I added some boning to a casing made from leftover lining fabric.

It was easy to make the casing.
 I cut a strip of fabric three inches wide by twice the width of the bag plus two inches. 
I folded the strip in half right sides together to make a long skinny tube. 
I sewed one short side and the long side of the tube shut.
I turned the tube inside out and ironed it flat.
I measured about an inch and a half from the top of the outer bag and attached the tube beginning with the short end that had been sewn shut.  There should be a bit of an overlap.
I inserted the boning into the tube and cut it so it just fit inside the tube.
I slip stitched the opening shut.  
Because the boning is overlapped a bit it stays open nicely.

I'm hoping it won't look too much like a purse.  I'm thinking about adding an applique to make it a bit more boyish.  Does anybody have any suggestions?

I Heart Nap Time

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Fabric Easter Baskets

Last year I made Bug an Easter basket.  This year I thought it would be fun to make coordinating Easter baskets for Bug and Ladybug.  I chose to make simple lined rectangular baskets because I like the modern look of them.  I also thought they'd be much easier to store than baskets with tall handles. Both baskets are polka-dots lined with the same green solid cotton.  
Ladybug has a pink polka-dot basket.
Bug has a blue polka-dot basket.

I made the base of Ladybug's basket 8" by 10".  I made Bug's just a smidge smaller (7.5" by 9.5") so that it would fit inside Ladybug's for storage.
They won't be great for egg hunts, but otherwise, I think they they'll do nicely.

I Heart Nap Time

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Pinterest Inspired Chevron Stripes Brother and Sister Outfits

I seem to spend more time gathering ideas on Pinterest than I do actually making things lately.  I decided it would be a good idea to challenge myself to complete one project inspired by Pinterest each week.  I found a really neat tutorial for making Chevron stripe appliques  and decided to give it a try.  Bug loves it when he matches his little sister so I made brother and sister outfits. I think they'll like them.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Fabric Bunting

Sometimes I wonder where the time all goes. On Friday I noticed that I still had a pile of fabric sitting around waiting to be turned into triangles to sewn into a bunting to decorate my sister's home for Valentine's day.  I decided to sew it together even though I didn't know if I would be able to get it in the mail in time to arrive for the holiday.  I didn't enjoy the rushing very much so I decided to take some time this week to sew up buntings for a bunch of holidays.  I think I will probably send one for St. Patrick's Day, Flag Day/ Fourth of July, and Halloween.  Any ideas of other themed buntings to make?  I'm bad at sending mail promptly so I plan to send them all at once this month.  So far I've made one for St. Patrick's Day.
I decided that it would be a good idea to come up with a plan to store the buntings so they don't get all tangled. 
I thought it would be fun to sew a drawstring bag with some fabric leftover from the project.  I had some extra triangles so I decided to make it fun by decorating the bag with its own bunting. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Advent Calendar Filling Idea - Simple Snowman Felt Board

I saw a great idea for making a build your own snowman kit at I Can Teach My Child! I used the template for the hats and scarves but cut my own circles.  I like the idea of the circles being cut sepeartely so Bug can practice sorting the size from small to large. 

Advent Calendar Filling Idea - Christmas Bib

Last year when I was unpacking holiday items I noticed that we had some holiday themed hand towels that we never use.  I thought it would be fun to turn one into a festive bib for young Bug.   I love being able to give old items a new life!  I like to use this hand towel bib tutorial.  Bug likes bibs like this because they don't have to pull over his head. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Advent Calendar Filling Idea - Holiday hat

I'm a fan of silly hats on little kids.  It seems that it is a tradition for me to give a hat during the first week of Advent.  I like to knit so my hats have been knit, but there is no reason they would need to be knit or even need to be handmade.  I've done a Santa hat, and a red hat with a snowflake in the past.  This year I went with just a seasonal color. 
The Santa hat pattern is available for free online.  I modified it to knit in the round.  The snowflake hat isInca Snowflake by Susan B. Anderson from the book Itty-Bitty Hats. The green hat is Pointy Elf Hat by Joelle Hoverson  from the book More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts.  I added ear flaps to ensure that it would be warm and cozy.