Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Fabric Yo-Yo's

With the above 6 colors of fabric I've been making fabric yo-yo's! 200 of them. No, I'm not making a quilt. They are going to be used at a wedding for guests to wear as lapels. The brides colors are tangerine, aqua, and cream (the colors above are a bit off on white balance).

I was really excited to be able to pick out the fabric! She just wanted the main color scheme to be there.
Before I started this project I bought an OLFA circle cutter Circle cutter . I couldn't even imagine cutting out 200 circles without one! I love it. After getting my OLFA mat a few months ago I will never go back to mass cutting by scissors.

A few close ups of the yo-yo's.




Thursday, December 16, 2010

Yoga Mat Bag

I recently created this Yoga Mat Bag for someone on Etsy. It turned out great! I need to replace the one I have :) I enjoyed making it so much that I went ahead and listed one on my ETSY shop!

I made the straps into a draw string for the top closure.

It can be worn as a back pack with the two straps, over one arm, or across the body.

Does anyone recognize the fabric??? ;)

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Little Boys Tie

A few months ago I made this tie for my son using THIS pattern from The Pearl Bee's blog. It was amazingly simple and looks just like a "Daddy" tie.

There are simple directions about each step on her tutorial. All of it is done by hand (so for those of you without a sewing machine yeah!!!). I found it took me a lot longer to hand sew it than I had planned on. Oh well, that's what a good movie is for right?



Thursday, December 9, 2010

Etsy Shop Re-loaded!




Re-Stocked again!! I love creating new bags with different fabric choices. I just listed a bunch of new bags this morning. Above are just a few of my favorites.

The Christmas season has kept me very busy sewing. I've been sewing some special order for people, family presents, personal things, and trying to fill my shop again. I love sewing and there's nothing like finishing a project :)

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Toddler Long Sleeve Shirts

I love to sew and love having any kind of project to be working on. Since it's winter and cold outside I decided I would go through my fabric stash and make my 2 year old some long sleeve t-shirts.

I took a shirt from his drawer that fits him well. I used that as my pattern. Kids shirts are pretty basic and simple. The sleeves are pretty much the same front and back.

Crazy Monkey fabric!

Waffle knit with brown ribbing


Thin black and white knit with white ribbing


He love to pick this shirt up from over his belly and cover his face. I think because the fabric is pretty thin he can see through it - pretty silly.


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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

ABC book for children

I made an ABC book for my 2 year old son to keep him occupied in church. I went through each letter and found pictures to depict something starting with that specific letter. Here are a few pages I made:



I cut out 5x7 card stock pieces of paper, printed out the words and letters and glued them together. Then I found pictures to go with each letter. I went to FedEx to have the pages laminated and bound together. I'm quite pleased with the book. My son loves seeing pictures of family and different objects.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Family Christmas Stockings


Growing up my family all had specialized Christmas stockings. They were little felt people to look like each of us. Mine had long yellow yarn hair in two pigtails. "I" was holding a candy cane and wearing a beautiful Christmas dress. I was heart broken to learn mine was thrown away along with 2 other siblings after a few large moves (house to house). I'm sad to know my original childhood stocking is gone.

I wanted to make some stockings for my own small family to have over the years. I made 2 of the stockings above for my husband and I (Daddy and Mommy).


Then I made 3 stockings (below) for my 2 year old son, baby due in March, and an extra (ya never know. . .) since I was making so many.
I chose to back the stockings for the parents and children in different fabric. I used warm and natural batting between muslin and the outside Christmas cotton print. My husband was with me at the store and he chose the soft white fabric for the tops.



Saturday, December 4, 2010

December Advent Calendar



I have been reading homemade by jill and following along with the advent sew along. My ornaments are all cut out, just need some stitching (yes, I know it's December 4th today).

It was super easy and didn't take much time at all. I know this calendar will get much use over the years.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Custom Fabric Labels

A few months ago I looked and looked online for places to buy custom-made labels for my lunch bags. I received many quotes and was tired by the end of my search. Too many companies with such different prices!

The company who I went with and LOVE how my labels turned out was: Custom Couture Label Company. I was so impressed with the communication I received! Dianna worked with me step by step until my design was perfect and I had no questions.

I would totally recommend checking out their Website AND Etsy Site. I was very pleased and just want to pass this info on to the next label searcher . . .

(Sorry, I didn't really do a close up photo of the labels.)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Maternity Skirt - under the belly.

Why are cute maternity clothes so hard to find? At a reasonable price that is. I'm only going to wear them for "maybe" 5-6 months so paying an arm and a leg is out of the question.

I decided to make a short black maternity skirt that could be very versatile. It can be dressed up or down depending on the need and occasion.

Instead of sewing a panel to go over my belly I decided to make the elastic go UNDER my belly. It is much more comfortable!

I finished the bottom with a simple double needle hem. Simple, Easy, Cheap! This skirt cost me just under $5 with $9.99 Matte Jersey from Jo Ann Fabric. I had a 50% off coupon and used about 3/4 yard. Pretty good deal if you ask me.

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