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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Toddler Pajamas

Winter is upon us and my son is growing out of all his pajamas. He's at a funny size right now. He's 2 years old but still wearing some 12 month and 18 month Carter's pajamas. 24 month is TOO large for him. He does have a favorite pair of pajamas (when we let him open the drawer and choose) from Costco with a top and bottom like these. I used them as a pattern and make him these! He now loves these just as much as the Costco pair :)
Simple knit. Blue with firetrucks and hydrants printed on. I used red ribbing for the legs, arms, and neck.
These were super easy. I used my serger for most of the sewing. My sewing machine was used for top stitching around the elastic and the shirts hem.
I debated about wrapping these up for Christmas or letting him wear them now. He needed them now and what little boy gets excited about clothes like women do? He wrote them last night :)

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Little Boy Apron

My son loves to help me cook AND he loves to play in the water. I've been putting large towel bibs on him to help keep his clothes clean.

I had a thought the other day to make him an apron like mine. Why not? Boys wear aprons when they cook in the kitchen, why not my son? I wanted to add a towel front to help with absorbency just like his bub. No Problem!

Once the apron was made I added a towel panel on the front where most of the mess ends up. I also added another piece of towel on one of the pockets. There are three pockets along his waist for putting spoons and utensils in.

The back simply ties closed.

I used two D rings to make an adjustable neck strap. I should have made the strap a bit longer so it doesn't take me as long to put it on and take it off. It's not a problem now because usually my son is pretty patient. We'll see how it holds up over the next few weeks/months.

This boy is a great little helper!!! Now he has an apron to make him look more official :)


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Where's Waldo Costume

My husband and I were "Where's Waldo and Wenda" for Halloween a few years ago. This year we recycled his costume and used it again!! My pregnant belly couldn't fit into mine.

How I made Waldo:

Shirt: I looked everywhere to find a red and white striped long sleeve shirt with one inch stripes. No luck. I finally decided to make my own. I bought two red long sleeve shirts at Goodwill. I then bought some knit white fabric and sewed my own stripes on the (inside out to hide the writing) red shirts. Make sure to use a small zig-zag stitch to allow your fabric to stretch when putting it on. Otherwise it will be a tight fit!

Glasses: Dollar store. I took out the glass that came with a pair of cheap reading glasses.

Pants: Nice Goodwill find if I don't say so myself.

Hat: Not the best hat in the world, but it did the job. White knit fabric with a red stripe sewn on the edge. There is also a red pom-pom on the top (can't tell in picture). I spent so much time on the shirt I didn't have much gusto left for the hat.

Cane: Not pictured and none was used. Thrift store or PVC pipe??

Shoes: Waldo's shoes are really brown, but my husband wore black.

Toddler Dog Costume

Little Puppy Dog.

A few years ago my sister made this costume for her son. She use the Butterick 6695 pattern. It's been a hit in our family! A total of 3 nephews and my son have worn this costume over the years! My sister did an excellent job of sewing it together.

Here's a "quick" view of the tail from the back.

I sure love his puppy dog face paint to complete the costume!

Yes, you've found Waldo (puppy's dad)! More on that later. . .