Sunday, January 20, 2013

Jeans and Corduroy

Lots of jeans and cords on my work desk....let the cutting and fun begin.  :)  

Unfortunately I can't spoil what the finished project will be. Stay tuned for more to come! 
What are your favorite upcycled projects? 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Babies are so much fun to sew for.  And as everyone seems to be having baby girls, I've stocked up on fun and girly fabrics:).  Since I'm not a mom myself (yet!), I have gathered essential information from my sister in laws on what is helpful, necessary, and nice to have as gifts.  The biggest recommendation I have received are homemade crib sheets, burp cloths, sleep sacks, and receiving blankets.  

The Crib sheets and receiving blankets you buy in stores are usually cheaper material and smaller sizes. They are great projects for beginners, and thankfully don't take a lot of time to complete. 
  You can check out the sewing pattern for crib sheets here.  

I love to embellish cloth diapers, as they make awesome burp cloths.  Inspiration for this project came from here, here, and here.  I used Minky for my fabric of choice, which makes it nice and soft for the baby.  And since most of the times the store bought cloth diapers are not "square" I utilize my serger to finish the project.  

I have been on an Owl kick recently and could not help myself to this project.  Suzanne from Just Another Hangup created this pattern - Maggie the Taggie Owl.  Very simple to make and very cute!! You can see the mom to be loved it!  If you would like the pattern, here it is

Thanks for checking out my recent sewing projects.  Enjoy! 

Children's Play Tent - Fun at the Beach

Let's Pretend - Fun at the Beach play tent

For Christmas this year, I decided to make a group gift for my nieces and nephew.  I browsed around for ideas and came across play tents and decided to go for it.    

For the most part the project was pretty simple to put together.  I used felt for the fabric which made it simple to machine applique the shapes, animals, etc.  The most time consuming aspect was creating the pattern itself and hand drawing the different things added to the scene. It is best to use dimensions of the table you plan to use; I took the measurements and added 1 1/2 inch to all sides to allow for 1/2 in seam allowance and a little room to ensure fits over the table. 

Another plus is that it is easy to store, as it simply folds up into a bag. 
 My favorite scene is with the Lighthouse and Sailboat: 

I think it turned out great and the kids really enjoyed it! Now they will have something to look forward to play with at Grandma & Grandpas house!