Sunday, February 22, 2009

A few new bows

I've had bow fever lately and was able to make a few more the other night.
Ok, so this one is from the post I did earlier but I felt it needed an action shot, lol. I like it better now that I've seen it in her hair. Now, to find/make a matching outfit.
For these I just used my zebra scraps. I wanted little bows and I think these will do. I had decided to make two sets- one for Amelia and one for my niece Cara because she loves zebra stuff more than I do. Unfortunantly I ran out of fabric so I only have this set and then one single bow. Now to pick out which one they get.


I am just itching to make more now but I can't. I've had to pack everything up so that we can move and it is killing me that I don't have any crafty things to do. =( Oh well, maybe i should clean.


St Paddy's Day top

When I made the Valentines day outfit I went ahead and made one for St Patrick's Day as well. I really like how it turned out and I'm already thinking of an Easter top for her. The pics aren't the best and no, she will not be wearing the hot pink shirt underneath. I didn't feel like digging out the white one, lol. I decided to to a little applique so that there would be a little more green. I'm not the world's best at applique but it ain't all that bad.

I've posted this bow already but I got a better picture of it. I really like how it turned out. Now lets just see if I can keep it up, lol.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Last post, I promise!

My good friend and his fiancee are having a baby girl, Hayden, next month. I am so excited because it seems like everyone I know is having boys. Not to mention that between them they have 4 boys already. So, when I found out they were having a girl the cogs immediately starting turning in my head. Unfortunately, all I have been able to make is a few burp towels and a pair of booties.
They are both enormous Longhorns fans so when I found this fabric in the remnants bin I couldn't pass it up. I had hoped to make a dress out of it but there wasn't enough material. As for the zebra stripes, I am a sucker for zebra and just couldn't help myself.

Marker Rolls

I saw the idea for crayon rolls while browsing sewing tutorials online and thought they were really cute. Unfortunantly, my kids don't really use crayons. Thomas would rather break them than color with them so I've bought them markers instead. I just buy them at the Dollar Tree every month or so and replenish the supply. Anyway, back to the crayon roll. I really liked the idea but I'm not always good at adapting instructions or patterns and thought that this wouldn't work for me. Inspiration struck one night, about a week before Christmas, and I figured out how to make it work. Here is a little tute with no pics in case you wanna try.

Materials:
fabric and lining
fusible interfacing
thread
ruler
3/8" elastic
large button (optional)

First, you'll need to determine how much space your markers will take up. I use the skinny, markers and allow about 3/4" for each marker. A good way to measure is to lay your fabric over the marker and mark the edges of the marker on the fabric. Now multiply the number of markers by the width (3/4" or .75). Add 1" to that measurement. Mine was 16" wide. If you like to err on the side of caution you can add an extra 1/2". Next, figure how tall you need your roll to be. A good way to do this is to lay a marker vertically on top of the fabric, about 1/2" from the bottom and then add 2.5"-3" to the top. This portion will fold over the top of the markers so you can make it as long as you want. Mine was about 10" tall. Cut out your piece (10"x16") three times- 1 outer fabric, 1 lining, 1 interfacing. Now, cut out a piece from the outer lining that is 3-4" shorter than the main piece (7"x16") This will be the pocket.
Fuse the interfacing to the lining. Fold the pocket piece in half longways to create a piece that is now 3.5"x16" and press if desired. Again, my numbers may be different than yours. This is the time to make the marking for your marker slots. Since I added an extra inch to the width of my roll, I start my measurements 1/2" from the edge. Technically, my first slot is 1 1/4" (1/2" + 3/4"). Then I made a mark every 3/4" to the end of the fabric, ending with another 1 1/4" slot. Pin pocket piece to the lining pieces right side, lining up bottom and side raw edges. Starting at one edge, stitch along the marked slot lines, from the bottom to the top of the pocket, backstitching at the top for reinforcement.
Once all lines are stitched, pin the short ends of the elastic (approx. 4-5") just above the top of the pocket on one side and baste/stitch in place. Pin lining/pocket piece to outer fabric piece right sides togehter and sew, leaving a 2-3" space for turning. Clip the corners, turn right side out and press/topstitch. Insert your markers, fold top over markers and roll up to determine where to put the button. The button is not necessary. In fact, you can simply wrap the elastic around the roll to close. If you do use a button, I recommend a big one, jsut to make sure the elastic doesnlt slip off.
These I made for my nieces a few days ago. As you can see, I didn't properly measure the zebra print one and I was one slot short but I think it will work out. I also left the buttons off, but only becuase I don't have any big ones left. I also made the pockets too tall on these. I didn't follow my own instrucions and just cut the pocket to the same size as the main piece.

Bows!

Once upon a time I loved to make hair clippies. I can't really call em bows cause I couldn't figure the bows out to save my life. I must have made 20 pairs to match different outfits for Amelia and my nieces. Then, one day, I just stopped. Not sure why. Well, while packing the other day I found all my bow making stuff and I am now hooked again! I really wanted to make a bow though so I searched online for a good tutorial. I've found several before but could never get the hang of it. Then I found this tutorial. The light finally came on. Granted, this isn't you're usual boutique hair bow, but it is a great alternative if you are like me and can't quite grasp those instructions. I even made a bow with fabric to match the St. Patrick's Day top I made Amelia. I think I may have found a new obsession, lol!
The St. Patrick's Day Bow. I'll post a pic of the top as soon as I can get one.

Before I put them together.


Same bow. The ric-rak doesn't photograph well and without the flash you can't really tell what the bow looks like.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Yeah, I know, I'm a bit late. We are in the process of packing so that we can move in two weeks so I kinda forgot about my computer. Sadly, I've had to pack my sewing and crochet things and I feel a little lost. I did manage to squeeze in a few last minute projects before I finished packing though.

Since V-Day was coming up I needed to make Amelia a new top. It's kind of a thing for me- she gets a new top/dress/outfit for each holiday. I found some really cute Valentines fabric in the remnants bin at Wally World and snatched it up. Thankfully I don't need much to make clothes for her right now. I used a different pattern than normal and the top was too big. I still really like it but she'll just have to wait till next year to wear it. Oh well, that just gives me a reason to make a new outfit!!
So, needing a new outfit I started thinking of ideas. I had just packed away all my things but I reopened a box or two till I found what I wanted- another remnant and a pair of black jeans that she has loved just a little too much, lol. She loves to pretend that she is a dog so she wears out all the knees on her pants. Not to mention she just went through another growth spurt and the jeans are now way too short. I cut them off just above the crotch and added a strip of fabric to the bottom, much like you would a ruffle. Then I used the torn up knee of one of the legs and cut out a heart applique and sewed it to the front of the skirt. The top is from a pattern absolutely love. I must have used it a million times in the past year and I think I'll cry when she is too big for it. I really didn't want to waste any part of the jeans so the bodice is cut from the jeans. Well, the outer layer is anyway. I didn't have enough jeans left for the lining so I just used black broadcloth.
After the outfit was made I really wanted to accessorize. I found this tutorial for adding ribbon to socks for that "boutique" look and wanted to give it a try. I didn't have much of this ribbon left so it isn't a ruffle-y as I wanted but they aren't too bad. Please excuse the abused shoes. As I mentioned earlier, she does a lot of crawling while pretending to be a puppy dog.