How to make the Black Kitty from the Modern Folksy Kitty Pattern

How to make the Black Kitty from the Modern Folksy Kitty Pattern

For the past couple of years I have offered a kit to make a really cute (not ghoulish) version of my Modern Folksy Kitty Sewing Pattern in Black.  This year I didn’t offer the kit but I am offering the pattern on sale for just $5!  I decided to share here how to make the yellow eyes and face on the kitty so you could easily re create this version. Here are some tips to learn how to make the kitty face~ Cut out the eyes from the yellow felt.  Use an embroidery needle (a needle with a long eye) to sew the eyes onto the kitty using matching yellow embroidery floss.  Use a split stitch to sew the felt to the kitty body. Print out this PDF below as a pattern to cut out the kitty  eyes Black Kitty Kit face In the sewing pattern, there are links to help you learn these simple embroidery stitches. After sewing on the perimeter of the eyes, use black floss (provided) to sew a satin stitch to make the eye center. Again use, the diagram on page 22 of the pattern to help with the stitches. Enjoy making your black Kitty!  I love how it is decor for Halloween but still pretty...

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Customize Your Clothes with Embroidery

Customize Your Clothes with Embroidery

Embroidery is one of the oldest ways of embellishing and decorating your clothes known to man – it dates back to 30,000 BC. Archaeologists discovered hand-decorated clothes, boots, and even a hat from these Cro-Magnon days. This craft of using thread and other materials to decorate fabric is just as relevant today, as it was back then. It is a great way that we can express our style, and personalise the garments that we wear. unsplash-logoAnnie Spratt Embroidery in fashion Embroidery is very much on trend for 2018, you only have to look at Gucci’s latest offerings to see how versatile this sewing technique is to personalise clothing. It goes hand in hand with the arts and crafts style that is sweeping the catwalks. Working for Gucci, designer Alessandro Michele has been taking inspiration from bygone eras, using embroidery, applique and prints, and using them to create contemporary designs. From beautiful, rich colored bird, to sprawling English roses, the designs are ones that truly stand out. Currently, there is an enormous influence from tattoo styles, particularly American Traditional – think sailors and beautiful, bright flowers.   Choosing your materials When you are choosing the fabric that you are going to embroider, you need to pick something that isn’t too thin or flimsy, especially if you are planning to add heavier materials to it, such as beads or pearls. Embroidering a tote bag is a great place to start if you are fairly new to sewing. It is a project that should take 3-4 hours. There are many of the Gingercake designs that can also be customised using embroidery. You can also give new life to existing garments that you own, for instance maybe you can’t afford that fabulous new dress, but you can customise your existing clothes, so that they look unique.   Basic Embroidery Techniques An embroidery hoop is a must have, as it will pull the material flat, making it easy for you to work with. Place the material within the hoop that you want to embroider, and make sure that it is taut before you tighten the screw. Just like drawing a picture, it is a good idea to begin your embroidery design with the outline. You can use a basic running stitch or back stitch for this. When you are filling out your design, even using a simple cross stitch can give your design some great texture. You don’t have to be an expert in sewing, you just need to have a clear idea of what you are going to sew.   Embroidery Inspiration All you need now is a little inspiration for your design. You can take this from anywhere. It might be the tapestries from a manor house. It might be your own name,...

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HST Quilted Pillow Tutorial Video

HST Quilted Pillow Tutorial Video

Have you been nervous to try quilting?  This is the project for YOU!  Or perhaps just looking to try something new (but really this is OLD) ?  This new tutorial over on my Youtube channel is an easy and modern twist on the classic Lamoyne star quilt block.  This block has been around a very long time!  Some theories link it to Versailles and others to the LeMoyne Brothers and the beginnings of New Orleans.  Cool, right?  It is also called the Lemon Star in New England. This new video teaches you an easy way to make perfect Half Square Triangles (HST) called the magic 8.  I am also not responsible for inventing the magic 8 either 🙂  I wish I knew who to give credit, because it is a brilliant and easy way to make HSTs.  Watch below and make your own… As discussed in the video, here is a “map” to help you create your pillow.  Click on the blue letters to download the PDF and print, or you can just use your phone or tablet to view. LeMoyne Block I would love to see how YOU would mix it up!  I am looking forward to adding some serious color to this project 🙂 . Here is one more photo of the pillow in action in my home…...

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Seraphina Swan Sewing Pattern all dressed up!

Seraphina Swan Sewing Pattern all dressed up!

I am so excited about my newest sewing pattern, Seraphina Swan!  Swans are a favorite of mine and to bring this idea to life has been a really fun sewing journey.  The original pattern version has wings made from cotton or felt stacked together.  I love that version since you can mix favorite fabrics and give your personal style to your swan. But I was also interested in making a dressed up version.  I came up with this gorgeous gal with her tulle wings and sparkly crown.  Do you want to know how to make your own dressed up version of the Seraphina Swan?  It is easy and fun (of course!) I have to admit, making the wings this way is even faster than the original version.  I used plain white tulle and gold glitter tulle.  These are both very easy to find at your local craft store.  I imagine it would be gorgeous is pale pink or dramatic black too! Making these tulle wings is as easy as folding napkins 🙂 . Below are picture directions…  Now, just like adding the fabric feathers in the pattern, you stack these tulle feathers.  First 4, then three and then three more at the front edge.  I mixed in 1 gold “feather” in each layer.  I love how light and airy they look!  Continue with the binding just like in the pattern instructions. One extra tip for these wings- use a pressing cloth (just a layer of cotton fabric is what i used!) and press these wings flat after you have the wings finished and before you attach to the swan body.  It makes them less pouffy but you still achieve this pretty and floaty look. Now for that cute little crown.  This can be accomplished in many ways!  I used a glitter felt from National NonWovens but the options for making a sparkly crown are endless!   Here is my version… There!  It is so easy to create a beautiful swan!   Don’t forget, now until November 16th, 2017 the brand new Seraphina Swan PDF pattern is only $5!  Don’t you feel like making a swan today?? Let me know in the comments how you would dress up your swan.  I would love to hear your ideas.  If you make a swan, tag me on IG with @gingercakesews and using hashtag #seraphinaswan.  Or, send me an email!  I love to see your creations.    ...

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Bean Bag Chair in the New Frolic Fabric Collection!

Bean Bag Chair in the New Frolic Fabric Collection!

I am so happy and thrilled to be a stop today on the Frolic Fabric Collection Tour!  I love all fabrics by Tamara Kate and this one is no exception.  I had a hard time choosing just one fabric to work with so I chose a few that matched my favorite one- the flower hedgehog of course:) . Those hedgehogs are too cute for words.I had lots of different thoughts about what I wanted to make and then, last week, I was asked for the millionth time “MOM!  when are you going to make that bean bag chair you promised?!”  That is how 13 year olds talk to their moms by the way.  I knew I had to finally take the leap and make that chair!  And, it would be the perfect way to show the Frolic Collection 🙂 This chair was made from the tutorial by Live Colorful but instead of just using 2 meters of 54” wide fabric, I basically created a simple quilt top with 18” squares and half triangles.  I had four 1/2 yard cuts of Frolic and added two 1/2 cuts of solid fabrics.  Once I had it all pieced together, I backed it with a white muslin and “quilted” the outlines to all the pieces.  The backing was to give the bean bag more stability for wear and tear. One cool thing about this style is that it can be flipped over and takes on a new shape.  The girls call this napping shape and the first, pointy top shape, is reading shape!  I like the fabrics together a little more on the napping side but both look pretty 🙂It took me 2 1/2 bags of bean bag filler from Joann’s to fill this up.  I bought them at 50% off online and picked up in the store.  This filler was something that was always holding me back from making a bean bag chair.  I thought it would be super pricey and hard to work with.  It was a bit challenging to get the filler into the bag but the expense wasn’t too bad with the sale.  Each bag was $12.50, so I spent about $30 total on “beans” and I have about 1/2 bag left over.  Not bad for such a cute chair! Thank you so much to Tamara for including me on her Frolic Collection Tour!  Fabrics will be in stores and online June 15th!  YAY!  They are so bright and beautiful in person and you must try to see them in person 🙂...

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Halloween Front Door Decor and Tutorial

Halloween Front Door Decor and Tutorial

It has taken years for me to find my halloween decor groove.  My kids want to see our house get festive for the holidays and I remember loving halloween stuff when I was a kid too.  But the retail stuff available  can be kinda ugly, right?  And creepy too.  So, here is my compromise!  Still festive and a little spooky, but not over the top. First is my new wreath!  I made this by recovering my spring wreath from this video tutorial.  I simply cut two 7” x WOF pieces of fabric and sewed them together to make an 7” x approx 84” piece of fabric.  Then I sewed it right sides together to make a long tube.  I turned it inside out and covered my wreath just like in the video.  Very easy! The flowers are 2 colors of orange wool felt.  These types of felt flowers are very easy to make!  I used the method described here.  I usually make my cuts kinda wavy to add more imperfection to the flower if that makes sense. I love the simple gathered wreath and felt flowers look.  Not too much and still festive!   Here is a quick photo tutorial for making the flowers.  You can read that link above for more detailed info on making the flowers.Don’t worry, I did get a little spooky for the kids !   A couple of years ago I made these ghosts to fit over my front door lights.   Aren’t they fun?  The kids love them so much and they are so excited to come home from school to see them up.  And they are SUPER easy to make.  I measured how far it is the from the top of the lights (where the glass starts) and down to the ground.  Then I added 1.5” for the casing on top.  I used the WOF and made a large tube by sewing the piece right sides together.  I just used inexpensive muslin fabric that was about 42” wide.  With the height of my lights and front door, I bought 6 yards of fabric for both lights. I used 3/4” wide elastic.  When I sew a casing like this, I use this classic method.  Very simple and easy!  You can see from the photo below that the fabric does not fit over the light entirely.  It doesn’t matter!  It will still look great. Making the face is easy too.  Simply draw a face that you like on a piece of paper.  Cut out shapes to make pattern pieces.  Use pattern pieces to cut out shapes on the black material.  Then use black thread to sew the face onto your ghost.  I did mine backwards and then cut...

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Baby Announcement Quilted Fabric Frame

Baby Announcement Quilted Fabric Frame

I made a few of these cute birth announcements to send to family and friends when Marion was born.  Almost 4 years ago!  I kept one for myself to do something pretty with, but it just ended up stuck in the baby book with all the other STUFF.  When I was thinking about how to use the new quilted fabric frame pattern, I realized this would be the perfect little piece to frame for her bedroom!  It turned out so cute. You can see the simple quilting and the way the frame hangs nicely.  The fabric is the out to sea line by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller.  Baby announcements and narwhals?  yes please! This is a very simple and quick version of the quilted fabric frame.  No fuss with patchwork or trim!  I simply added grosgrain ribbon to the top as I sewed the 2 sides together.  I used about 18” (a total of 36”) for each side and it made a pretty bow. I didn’t center the zipper as well as I should have in the back!  Oh well- it still works fine for me 🙂  The zipper I had available was too short to use the way I describe in the pattern, so I used this method to lengthen it.  It add a little time but helps you to be more flexible in using up your supplies you have on hand.  I am all about using what you already have in the sewing supply stash! There you have it!  Another cute version of the Quilted Fabric Frame.  This is also framing a 4” x 6” announcement instead of the 5” x 7” photos that I used to make the pattern instructions.  No worries!  Changing the size of the frame is very simple and described in the pattern also.    ...

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Drapes! By my Mama…

Drapes!  By my Mama…

My mom, Linda, is a stylish southern lady who loves a good redecorating project.  When I told her back in June that I finally decided on some new fabric to make drapes for my living room, she was ready to make it happen.   To encourage me to actually follow through and because she is awesome and generous, she offered to make the drapes for me.  All I had to do was send the fabric to her… My living room has a fabulous set of large windows that span almost the whole wall.  When we bought the house, they were covered in layers of dowdy drapery.  But, in my opinion, they are one of the best features of the house and the light they let in is just great.  So, I wanted to add some modern style but also make sure the windows are not too covered up.  These simple floor to ceiling panels work great!  They close nicely for privacy but can stay open also. Mom made five WOF (54”) panels, fully lined, that were measured to a height of 96” finished.  She added 4” hems to the base and 6” hems to the top.  My curtain rod is actually a copper pipe from Lowes.  The length of this curtain rod (17 feet!) was going to cost me way too much since it had to be custom ordered, and the kind and imaginative lady at Lowes help me think up this rod.  I love the look of the copper, don’t you?   After a lot of ideas being discussed, we ended up using these large Dritz grommets that I ordered from Amazon to hang the drapes on the rods.  They are plastic but plenty sturdy and I like their modern and clean look.  It was a little nerve racking to cut holes in the drapes for the first grommet but the look is really nice.  Mom also added a 6” strip of interfacing to the top hem knowing that we were going to use grommets that made it even easier. The fabric is from fabric.com.  It is Premier Prints Winston Saffron Yellow.  It took 14 yards to make these drapes and the quality was really nice for only $9.98 a yard.  I also ordered drapery lining from fabric.com but unfortunately it was off grain and had to be returned.  On the bright side, the return was a snap!   My mom had to make a quick run to Hancocks to get the lining on sale. Next my mom would love for me to start on my bathroom and do something like this Beautiful Butterfly Vessel Sink!   Thanks so much to my mom, Linda for making these drapes and then coming all the...

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Yes- I do still sew for my family

Yes- I do still sew for my family

Hello friends.  I realize it’s been a long time since I shared things I sew for my family here. As many bloggers have noted, with social media, sometimes blog posts about simple things sewn never get blogged about anymore.  I have every intention of sharing these simple projects on my blog, but then the task of perfect photography and lack of time always gets in my way.  So, today, I am going to play catch-up (with iphone photos!) and share the things I made over the last 6 weeks or so.  These things were practical and fun- the whole reason that I began sewing in the first place!  Nothing too widly original or especially well done either, just fun sewing projects. First, I made a couple dresses for my little peanut.  The one on the left is the geranium dress and the one on the right is the Sally Dress.  I have made both of these before and still love them.  Although, I will admit my machine hates sewing button holes right nowso the Geranium dress was sorta a pain for that reason alone.    Above is a detail of the bottom of the geranium dress and Marion’s fabulous new turquoise Mocs.  I used corduroy (from Joanns) for the dress and embroidered these little stitches by hand to add some extra interest.  The mocs are the lil papoose moccasins by Peek a boo pattern shop.  I have made them before and they are really fun.  Not super practical for this age- but fun, easy, and they really make an outfit super adorable! And above is another shot of the Sally Dress.  I love how she is showing us her displeasure with photo taking in this picture.  2 year olds are hilarious in a million ways.  This fabric was found at the thrift store the day before I made it and then she wore it to church the next day.  It’s really sweet how all the older ladies at church fawn over her when I make these kinds of dresses.  It must bring back many happy memories of dress making for their own kids.  It also motivates me to bring her to church in handmade!   I have been potty training at my house over the last month.  It has been a challenge but worth it to stop using diapers.  I remembered that I had a cute underwear pattern from the Sew Fab Bundle a few seasons ago and decided to try it out.  After a few mistakes on the first one, I made 10 of these quickly and they are fabulous!  The pattern is by Red Kitchen Katie and its adorable.We were having a lot of fights in the morning about back packs- the culprit was...

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Simple HST Quilt in Solids

Simple HST Quilt in Solids

    Last month my oldest turned 10.  TEN!  Hard to believe ten years have passed since she was a little tiny sweet baby.  She is a great girl and into style and trends and all things bright and beautiful (like most 10 year olds!).  I made this Half Square Triangle quilt for her gift and it is a big hit.  It is similar to this picnic blanket I made last year. I used this technique to cut my HSTs and I used bella solds from Bloomerie fabrics.  The fabric was wonderful and the colors were so bright and bold.  It was exactly what I wanted.  The fabric colors I used were zen grey, amelia orange, peacock, peony, purple and buttercup.   I ordered a 1/2 a yard of each of the six fabrics and then cut the 1/2 yards into 18” squares that were cut down into the 8 HSTs.  I used the extra 6” strips to make squares to mix in and fill empty spots. Although I shopped and shopped online for the backing and binding, I ended up just going to Joann fabrics so that I could make sure that the colors matched.  I knew that I wanted something with a bold print for the backing and this cute peacock fabric worked great.  Also, the polkadot orange for the binding was fine.  I would have preferred a stripe but I just couldn’t find one I liked at Joann’s so this had to work! Below is my poor attempt at the classic outdoor photo of the quilt floating in the air~ The colors are wierd and the photo quality is poor since my fancy new camera still baffles me sometimes.  But at least you can see how all the squares fit together.  Although it was my intention to put it together randomly, I still paid attention to mixing colors and letting some triangles and squares block together.  I really liked how modern it felt in the end. Quilts are a challenge!  The biggest challenge for me is how time consuming they are and also the actaully quilting. It’s a pain to wrangle all that fabric on my machine.  But this half square triangle type is a simple and fun construction and a twin size is not too hard on your regular home machine.  Making a quilt always makes me admire quilters who create complicated tops and the even more complicated quilting...

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Christmas Cookie Party 2013

Christmas Cookie Party 2013

In the past few years, my friends start asking me about the cookie party in Septmeber.  "You are going to have the cookie party, right???"  I will admit that it is pretty fun and pretty wonderful to have a plate full of gorgeous cookies when you head home after.  If you are interested, here is some info about cookie parties of the past~ Cookie Party 2010- in this post, I talk about the invitations and the rules which you are free to "borrow" and in this post, you can see actual photos of the party for that year. Cookie Party 2011- more photos of cookie and holiday decorating! Cookie Party 2012- it did happen but I had just given birth!  My friends came over and cleaned house for me, brought all the party snacks, and even baked my cookie for me!  Haha.  That was wonderful! Cookie Party 2013-  now we are caught up.  THis year I decided to rock the prize giving and make some plans to make and give the winners something fun.  Enter- my beloved Kelle Boyd of Ann Kelle fabrics!   There was a snow storm occurring outside the entire time of the cookie party this year.  Did that deter the cookie makers from coming over?? Of course not.  Above are the winners, Erika, Joann and Michelle in their Jingle fabric aprons.  I love that adorable fabric line so much. This year, I had FIVE categories to vote on.  We had best tasting cookie (Erika), Most Beautiful Cookie (Joann) and Best all around cookie (michelle AGAIN!).  I added kid's vote since I felt like they really stacked the voting last year and were not as unbiased as they could have been.  Plus, they loved having theit own category.  The last vote was for most festive/ obnoxious christmas outfit.   Here are Michelle's beautiful and delicious winning cookies.  They were a cookie dough chocolate covered bomb.  Delicious! And, the most festive dresser was… ME!   I pretty much dominated that category!  A couple hours before the party, I was feeling lame for only wearing that red snowflake turtleneck so I took 5 of Kelle's Jingle FQs and made myself a very simple skirt.  I attached it to the turtle neck and added my big 80s belt.  I threatened to wear this out of the house to my 9 year old's school Christmas party and she almost had a total melt down.  HAHA!  I didn't even bother to hem the skirt (see that little bit of selvage??) since I want to still use this fabric for something else.  Hopefully next year the ladies will give me some competition since it was a little akward to win my own...

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A 2012 Project: Bathroom saga

A 2012 Project: Bathroom saga

We had many project brewing in 2012 (mainly Miss Marion!) but last February, on a random snowy weekend, we took our sledge hammer and began a major home improvement project on our bathroom.  We had a strange configuration in our master bedroom that included a teeny tiny bathroom and a smallish closet and a large “dressing area”.  It was an annoying waste of space.  What followed was about 10 months of mess, labor, mistakes, victories and lots of good learning. The above icky pictures are how it looked for many months as we made small bits of progress and grumbled about the dust and work.  A good friend helped to frame out the walk in closet (thank you Adam!)  and another friend, David, whose has the best work ethic EVER, came to help with the bathroom and gave us the kick start needed to make some serious progress. Most of that progress happened last spring and it wasn’t until last month that our bathroom was finally finished.  Why?  I think my husband and I both work best under pressure and arrival of the baby finally gave us the push to push each other and get this project done!  Honestly, as you can imagine since I was PG, he did most of the work.  And a bathroom is A LOT of work!  My work was mostly decision making and cleaning up!  Now I know why they cost so much to redo-  it is a labor of love to redo your own bathroom and neither of us much loved this project while it was in progress. Of course, we are thrilled with our bathroom now.  You really appreciate home improvement when you do it yourself!  Especially with all the ups and downs that we had- from unknown dust allergies and injuries, to plumbing leaks and paint spills, we were relieved when it was finally finished.  We splurged on our vanity and stone top, but the rest is middle range big home store purchases.  I wish I could have added a white pendant light to the ceiling!  Most of my creative original ideas for the redo were crushed by cost restrictions but compromising is part of the work when doing this type of project, right?  I’ll save all those ideas for when we do the kitchen soon- HAHA!  That comment was just to freak my husband out 🙂  How do you manage to get through home improvement?  Are you a do it yourselfer or a save up and hire someone?  Thank you to my husband for all his hard work! Related articles How to Remodel Your Bathroom Without Breaking the Bank Bathroom designs photos 2013 Bathroom focus: how practicality merges with style...

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These Days…

These Days…

The newborn baby days go by in a blur.  We sit on the couch together so much!  I am enjoying her so much.  My other 3 kids were born so close together it almost seems like I was a different person back then- dealing with a baby and 2 toddlers did not make for peaceful days on the couch.  Jenny took more beautiful pictures here.  This one is in the nursery with all my "stuff" around. and guess what??  The newborn baby gowns fit beautifully.  That was a relief since I made like 6 of...

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Crib Skirt and Quick Bedding Makeover

Crib Skirt and Quick Bedding Makeover

When Elsie was born eight and a half years ago, my mom made me a beautiful crib skirt.  It was fully lined with a tiny print floral fabric that I chose.  At my old house, I decorated the entire nursery around this fabric- the wall color, the dresser color, the curtains.  I still love that skirt but this time around I am going for a more casual look.  Sorry for all the wrinkles.  My other 3 kids have discovered that below the crib is an awesome place to hang out, read and have secret clubs.  Since I am officially PAST my due date now, I will not be taking apart the crib to iron the skirt again! I created the chevron by cutting this sheet pictured below on the bias in 6" strips.  I had to figure out that one side had to be from one end of the sheet and the other from the other end of the sheet- like a make a parallelogram.  I only used 1/2 of a twin sheet but I felt like there was lots of waste!  I removed the solid piece and the trim from the sheet and basted them on to finish the look.  The skirt is lined like a curtain- meaning the lining is not as wide as the exterior piece so it folds nicely behind. I bought the sheet at the thrift store for $2! I added some classic Gingercake pillows to the crib for photos!  These are actually the big girls' pillows and that ducky quilt was mine when I was a baby.  The bumper and gingham crib sheet are from my old crib bedding.  I switched out the ties on the bumper with ties made from scraps of the skirt- already cut on the bias! So not super fancy but sweet and I have been wanting to make my own chevron for awhile!  Like these awesome ladies did here and here.  This was a challenge since the stripes are not uniform, but I like the effect and feel like it was worth all the brain exercise. Alrighty kind readers and friends- send me your "go into labor" thoughts and prayers so we can meet this girl!  I would love not to be induced again (althought that is not really a big deal).  I do have some other things to share on the blog (like did you notice that pretty crocheted blanket on the crib in the first photo?) but they can wait until after she is born so help me get this baby going!!!  ...

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Contoured Changing Pad

Contoured Changing Pad

Although I think the full changing table is bit much, I did find myself using the changing pad with my other kids.  Of course, I got rid of it 4 and a half years ago when I thought I was done with all that little baby stuff.  So when I bought my boppy, I also bought a nice new changing pad.  I had a really nice cover for my old pad- a nice cover but a bad fit!  Washing it was a hassle since I really had to work to get it back on.  This time around I wanted something easier.  I used this tutorial I found on Pinterest.  I used AMH Folksy Flannel.  This is such a soft and lovely flannel and I recommend it for sure.  The table is my fabric cutting table that has open shelves underneath for storage.  I made curtain from a vintage sheet and used a $2 tension rod to hold it up under the cabinet.  My messy sewing stuff is still down there but now it is covered and pretty!  The hoops were also already there but I changed a few out to go more with my baby colors.   The tutorial was well done.  I had to use elastic on the bottom corners to really give it a nice fit. I also serged all exposed seams since I know I will be washing this cover every week or so.  The last thing I had to do was make button holes for the safety belt.  My other babies were not big time wigglers on the changing table but I figured better safe than sorry instead of taking the belt off. The button holes actually made the fit even nicer so the effort was worth it.   The other change on this table was doing a quick new skirt for this lampshade.  I followed my own tutorial!  It was fast and easy although I don't love the color of the lamp or the ribbon I chose for the top.  For now it goes with the room and looks like a baby, right? I like the fabric (vintage pillowcase of course!) but the color should be brighter and the ribbon on the top softer or something.  It will have to wait though since it's time to move on to new projects! More baby projects tomorrow so be sure to visit again...

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Boppy Cover

Boppy Cover

I have less than a week until my due date!  I have been a busy little bee in the baby room.  I plan on having the baby sleep in with my 5 year old eventually but for now, she will be taking over my sewing room.  So lots of boxes of fabric and trim have gone to the basement and things have been consolidated and donated to make more space. I love having my own sewing space so this is a little hard for me but it's also fun to set up for the new family member.  This week I'll share all my little projects.  First up is a cover I made for a boppy. I used this tutorial and vintage fabric (remember this dress for Anne?).  This fabric is soft and lovely.  I just love the retro look.  I plan on nursing this baby even though nursing isn't super easy for me- especially at first.  So I bought a brand new "naked boppy" and made my own cover.  Trying to get in the mood, ya know??  Like I mentioned before, I put away lots of trims and sewing items away in the basement and realized that my zippers were down there too!  The boppy comes in a nice carrier and I just used the nice long zipper from the plastic carrier for my pillow! Just a warning about following this tutorial (at least for me)  The fit was a little off and I just ended up doing my own thing with the zipper.  I guess I am not as zipper savy as I thought!  The main adjustment to the fit I had to make was in the inside curve.  I took it in about an inch and this made the fit more snug. More projects to come in the next few...

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A Shared Nursery by AnnKelle

A Shared Nursery by AnnKelle

A few months ago, Kelle Boyd asked me to sew up a couple of my pillows for a shared sibling nursery she was doing for chic & cheap nurseries.  She chose the farbics and sent them to me.  Angela Crutcher took these beautiful pictures for Kelle. I love the grey walls and all the mix of textures.  Didn't she do a beautiful job??  Head over to her blog to see all the links for the linens and decor she used.  I made the orange and yellow bird and also a Lola Owl and a coordinating Max Owl.  The room is shared between a 9 year girl and a baby.  A real challenge to design something fitting for both!  Thanks to Kelle for thinking of me and my pillows to include in the design.   Beautiful photographs Angela!  ...

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Crafternoon with Rachel and Michelle

Crafternoon with Rachel and Michelle

Last week I took a break from sewing up skirts and dresses from KCWC and my 2 friends Rachel and Michelle came over for crafternoon (name creation from Michelle!).  Really, crafternoon was all about sewing since we were at my house and as you may know, sewing is kinda my thing. Rachel, a beginner, brought over her brand new One yard wonders book (pretty cute book!) and we chose a simple purse for her to make.  No pictures yet since she has a little bit of hand sewing to complete the bag. Michelle has some sewing experience and we went through my scraps and she made a really cute bird pillow to match her other throw pillows on her couch. Didn't she do a great job on the bird wing?  I love it.  Photo courtesy of Michelle. I made pillows for myself based on the ones I saw on Country living cover this month. They look easy enough, right?  I swear my brain had to bend every which way to coordinate the stripes correctly!  The other girls tried to help me and after cutting many incorrectly, I finally got it right!  Although my pillows make squares and the country living ones make crosses.  I really like how mine turned out and they give a more modern touch to my decorating. After I got that one together, I realized I had cut enough incorrectly to make a 2nd pillow!!  Can you see how the center of the above pillow is dark and the one below is light? Yep- making this pillow was all about that center match up.  It was a delightful treat to realize that all the scrapped pieces were not a waster after all!  Anyone else ever casually attempt to sew something and find out it it much more complicated than you thought?  Well I love the look of my new pillows and would never have treated myself to finally making them if it weren't for crafternoon with Rachel and Michelle! Thanks ladies!  Hope to do it again...

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Sheets Quilt- Finally Accomplished!

Sheets Quilt- Finally Accomplished!

When I ripped up all my sheets awhile back, I did it to sell the bundles in my shop but also so that I could make a quilt for Anne's bed with all their soft and pretty glory.  This was my first full bed size quilt.  Once I started it, I was on a mission to finish.  That is a a quality about me that is both a blessing and a curse- it probably would have been nice to do a little, put it aside and make something else, then come back for a little more.  From what I read on other blogs, this is how most people do their quilting.  But I worked on it for days and got it DONE. Anne and I looked through some simple quilt pattern tutorials and she chose this Plus quilt by Jeni of In color Order.  She does a great job with her directions.  I wish that I had made it a little longer but it is great for now.  Anne loved the plus idea since she likes numbers so much (like all Kindergarteners!).  She likes tracing out the plus signs over and over again. I did the backing with 20 eighteen inch squares of sheets.  I liked the thought of the the plus sign patterns showing through on the back.  It turned out really pretty.   I ordered some pretty fabric from Amy's shop for the binding but my impatience to be finished took over and I did a cheater binding.  Now I get to use my new fabric for something else! The size of my backing fabric gave me about 5" overhang on all sides so I cut it down to 2" and ironed it back toward the back.  I stitched this down with my machine with about a 1/4" seam allowance.  Then I ironed it back toward the front and double folded it under.  I wanted it to look like binding on both sides. The corners are not perfect but turned out pretty good.  I just folded the corner in the front to make it look like a mitered corner.  I need to hand sew the corner down though so it doesn't come unraveled with washing!  I figured I could easily take it off and do a real binding later if I ever feel the need. Anne loves the quilt.  She loves looking at the plus pattern and she loves all the colors.  Nothing muted for this girl!  She calls it rainbow colors.  I like how it feels like a family heirloom already- soft and sweet.  Now I need to make a matching sham to finish the look! The penguin will do for now!   Are you ready...

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And this was supposed to be the year I didn’t do as much Handmade…

And this was supposed to be the year I didn’t do as much Handmade…

I decided not to go overboard on handmade this year.  And really, compared to the effort I made in past years, it's not so much!  This post is going to be picture heavy and word light since I am supposed to pick the kids up in half an hour and I can't be listing these pictures while they are home!  Those kids are getting pretty smart about catching me in the act 🙂 First, Elsie's gift was a special request and is a holiday dress for her American girl doll Kit… Yack!  Doll clothes!  They are harder than they look and working with cheap velvet from Joanns is not recommended.  But, hey!  It turned out pretty and I know my girl will like it. Next, Anne requested a purse and wallet AND a credit card that spends.  Hmmmm.  The credit card that spends is not happening as of this point.  Maybe a gift card?  I had fun making that one.  I used some pinterest inspiration and just made up what to do.  I liked using those kind of handles!  Very cute. For the wallet I used Noodlehead's Zippy Wallet tutorial which was very fast and easy.  Learned some new skills too!  I love how she does her zipper.  The owl one is for Elsie since I couldn't just make one of those cute little wallets! Cal's gift was my own idea since he is not really interested in thinking about gifts and what he wants for Christmas.  He has mentioned a haunted house with bats but I am not going to attempt to make that! I used Wee Wonderful's Space boy and Robot pattern which I have had for several years now.  That yellow t-shirt is a cape that is not my best work but it goes with the robot so I'm sure he'll like it.  I used this tutorial. For Elsie's class party we made Cake Pops.  They were a challenge!  But I have been wanting to try them for so long!  There were 2 left over that we are saving for some beloved cousins on Christmas Eve. We decorated our Candy Cottage at the end of last week.  I will NEVER go back to making real gingerbread!  This is so much more fun and less pressure (for me at least!).  All 3 kids helped this time, although Cal did a lot of eating candy and Anne somehow ended up with frosting on her ears!  I made Caramel Corn for neighbors and relatives.  AWESOME!  EASY!  It tastes really good too. My husband has a huge family so I also made some everday napkins to gift.  These have a back story and I am excited about sharing how I...

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