Thursday, September 30, 2010

Rag Quilt Letters

My favorite project this month has been making rag quilt letters following the tutorial from Happy Together.  It was a great way to get practice using the walking foot attachment for my sewing machine.  I used denim from worn out jeans and fabric remnants to back the letters.  I used fleece for the padding and quilting cotton for the top layer.  I quilted them fairly densely to ensure that they would be nice and firm.  I love the way they feel.  I look forward to making a set of lowercase letters and numbers someday soon.

I think they will be fun for a long time.  The recipient's momma has some great ideas of how to play with them.  It was a great project.  It allowed me to re-purpose things and use small amounts of materials that I love.  I'll definitely be making more!

Halloween Outfit

I made up a quick Halloween outfit for my favorite one-year-old today.  I've been thinking about making some fleece pants with contrasting cuffs.  Making Halloween pants seemed like the perfect way to try it out.  I figure a Halloween outfit is only likely to be worn once or twice anyway.  I used Halloween fabric that I bought last winter to make the tie for the onesie. I wish I'd bought more of it.  I love the typography.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Funky Monkey Quilt With New Binding

I had some problems with the binding on my Funky Monkey quilt on my first try.  I chopped it off and rebound the quilt using polka dot fabric.  I like it much better this way.  I love it when I like the aftermath of a mistake more than my original intentions.  What happy mistakes have you made lately?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Kids Clothes Week Challenge Day 4

Yesterday I spent my kids clothes crafting time finishing up a hat. 

I  needle felted over the embroidered snowflake to ensure that curious hands would not be able to pick the stitches off.  To ensure that the hat will stay on for more than a few seconds I added some i-cord ties. 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Kids Clothes Week Challenge Days 2 & 3

I didn't stick to my to-do list.  I remembered a certain Gram's suggestion that her grandson have a pair of chambray pants with orange polka dot cuffs.  I thought the pants needed a onesie to go with them.  It took me two tries to figure out a way to make the cuffs work.  Perhaps I should have consulted a pattern. I also added a pocket to the back of the pants.  I hope the placement works.  I've never done that before either.  I like the touch of whimsy that it brings.

The picture shows the front view of the onesie and the back view of the pants.

I decided that the pants would be fun for a birthday outfit so I made a one onesie to match. 

Monday, September 20, 2010

Kids Clothes Week Challenge Day 1

I've managed to cross two items off of my must sew list today.  I made up the three pairs of baby pants that I cut out but didn't get to this summer.  

The top pair of pants are made from some linen rayon blend that I found in the remnant bin.  I was very tempted to do the top stitching in orange to add some detail, but resisted.   The pants on the left are made from a bandanna and lined with flannel.  They're actually reversible, but I doubt the flannel will ever be worn on the outside.  The pants on the right are also made from a bandanna.  They're unlined so it took mere minutes to sew them up.  I love using bandannas for baby pants.  Using the finished edge for the hem makes for a quick project. 

I also made up a Thanksgiving themed outfit for my favorite little guy.  

Another simple pair of pants this time from some homespun fabric with a onesie with a matching tie.  I cut the fabric for the tie on the bias to add some interest.  

I wonder what it says about me that I chose the bottom two items from my must sew list.   

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Kids Clothes Week Challenge

I just signed up for the The Kids Clothes Week Challenge at Elsie Marley.  I'm hoping that it will get me motivated to get some projects that have been languishing undone.  I seem to have more ideas that time to implement them most of the time.  It doesn't stop me from wanting to start even more projects though.


    Saturday, September 18, 2010

    Funky Monkey Quilt

    Last winter I stumbled across the Funky Monkey quilt pattern. I decided at pretty much first glance that I wanted to make it.  My sister likes sock monkeys so it seemed like it would be a good fit for a quilt for my nephew.  I think the quilt might have been designed to be a wall hanging (it is meant to be 26" x 30").  I decided to make it bigger because I wanted it to be a functional quilt so I enlarged the quilt a bit.   I like the Moda fabrics that the quilt was designed for, but they weren't available locally.  I wanted to be able to buy the fabric locally so I decided to play with texture a bit.  The applique is all made from flannel and the backgrounds are made from quilting cottons. At first, I was disappointed that I couldn't find fabric that mimics the look of a sock monkey, but I really like how the flannel feels.  It was lots of fun to see the quilt take shape as I added the applique pieces.  I quilted in the ditch and around the appliqued pieces because I didn't want to obscure the sock monkey at all.  I was worried that the batting might shift too much with so little quilting so I added some quilting lines radiating out from the monkey.  I found a fun monkey print flannel for the back of the quilt. I really like the orange and turquoise color combination.  I'm glad I went with fabric that I could buy locally.

    Making Things for Kiddos

    I've always liked making things for kiddos.  I often joke that I like to make things for kids because they are cute and move fast so it is hard to notice any imperfections in the things I make.  There are lots of reasons that I like to make things for kiddos. The main reason that I like to make things for kiddos is that it gives me a chance to play.  What about you?  Do you like to craft for adults or children?