Saturday, August 16, 2014

Lil' Blue Dress

I have been itching to make some clothes for my kids!  It has really been too long.  I have been a bit distracted with home renovations and other hobbies, sewing clothes for my kiddos has kind of taken the back burner.


After making this dress, I truly realized how much I missed it.


Once Dana from MADE put out this simple dress pattern, I knew I was going to need to get my hands on it and try it out.  Her patterns are so easy to follow, and so well done (just my personal opinion).


I loved how the pattern showed so many versatile ways to change the pattern to your liking.


I opted for the A-line dress with cap sleeves and added small loops on the sides to hold a ribbon around the waist.


I also added some lace to the hem.


It looks absolutely lovely on my little angel.


The fabric is a very soft pale blue, in linen fabric.


Which just so happens to be my favorite of all types of fabric, and color choices (found at Wal-Mart of all places).


It is so strangely rewarding to me to see my children wearing something I made for them.  


It is possibly my favorite choice of hobbies.  If only I could stay focused on just one ;)


This little sweetie is almost 8 years old and has a whole list of hobbies of her own that she wants to keep up on, and of course needs my help with.  To name a few - Violin, piano, sewing (so proud), art, jump rope (yes, that is a hobby at her school), and redecorating her room (this secretly drives me crazy!).


If only time would stand still and make her stop growing, I might be able to catch up on it all.


But, alas....it does not.  And she grows more and more beautiful each day.  So I suppose me and my sewing machine will have to try our hardest to keep up with the growing pains.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Map Art for Make It and Love it

Here is my latest project for Make It and Love It. 



It is portable, functional, educational, inspirational and motivational.


The perfect gift to send a college student off on their new adventure.  Find the instructions and read more about it at makeit-loveit.com.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Volcano Fun!! for Make it and Love it

Anyone else tired of hearing their kids say "I'm bored"?

Give this volcano a try and watch the day "erupt with fun"!



It is sure to be a "blast"!



My kids were "blown away" with excitement!!

I am so punny.  

You can find my detailed instructions over at Make it and Love it!
See you over there!!




Monday, June 23, 2014

Make Your Own Hamper!! - Tutorial for Make it and Love it

I am loving the outcome of this latest post for Make it and Love it.


Though I am not sure if I am loving what goes in it.


Any one else despise doing laundry?

But hey, at least now I can say that laundry never looked so good!


Join me over at Make it and Love it and see what my husband and I can do when we mix his wood shop with my sewing room.


Pure magic!!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Card Collectors Mini Book Tutorial - For Make it and Love it

Head on over to Make it and Love it!




I show you how to make this cute little card collectors book.



I do love a quick instant gratification project like this, that can be finished all in a naps time.




Monday, May 19, 2014

How to Make a Portable Changing Pad for Baby

I shared all about this "Doodie Bag" over at Make it and Love it.  Go check it out!!


How I wish I would have come up with this with babies 1 through 3!!  At least with #4, I am prepared for whatever he throws at me!!

This handy bag makes it easy to keep the essentials right with you wherever you are.


Now I would like to share with you how quick and easy it is to make the changing pad to go with the Doodie Bag. 


If you bought the fabric needed for the bag, you already have enough to make 1 pad!  If you want different fabrics, you will need to pick up some more laminated cotton.


These changing pads will fit right into the Doodie Bag.  But it is also the perfect size to slip into any diaper bag for changing on-the-go.


I have made them a couple of different ways.  I've made some to have laminated cotton on both sides.  That way any mess is just a soapy rinse away.


I have also lined some with terry cloth on the inside.  These ones are a bit cozier for baby I think, but you'll have to throw it in the wash if it gets soiled.  Make a few of them and I think this would be no big deal, especially if you cloth diaper.  I can't really decided which one I like best.


Either way, they are super handy.


And wouldn't they make the perfect baby shower gifts.  Sew a bunch to have on hand.


There are so many fun fabrics out there to make this such a cute project.  


If you have never sewed with laminated cotton, you are in for a treat!  I really enjoy it.

So if you have 30 minutes, follow along and I'll show you how to whip one of these up in no time.

Supplies to Buy:
- 1/2 yard of laminated cotton.  You can buy two kinds, but you still need the width from buying 1/2 yard.  But if you bought 2 kinds, 1/2 yard each would give you a ton left over to make more.  If you want a towel like lining, buy 1/2 yard of terry cloth for one side.
-1/2 yard of white fleece.
- 1 package of double fold bias tape.
- sew on velcro.  Just a bit.

Fabric to Cut:
-Cut all your fabric pieces measuring 12 x 19 inches.
  This will be one outer fabric, the waterproof laminated cotton.  Also your lining fabric, whether it be laminated cotton or terry cloth.  Finally, the fleece which will go in between them.



Use a bowl to trace a curved edge on all corners, on all fabrics.


Sandwich the fleece in between the outer and inner fabrics.  Make sure the wrong sides are touching the fleece.


Use hair clips or paper clips to hold your layers together while you work on them.  Holes in your laminated cotton will not recover if you use pins.


Now get a fabric marker and mark lines measuring 6 inches and 13 inches from the top.  Sorry, it is hard to see the little blue line from my marker.  These are the lines you are going to use when folding the changing pad up.


Stitch down these two lines.


Fold your pad on the stitched lines and use a pin to mark a center point where you can sew your velcro closure.


Open it back up, and pin a small piece of velcro where that pin is marking.  However, take special note, you are only pinning this velcro piece to the lining fabric, not all 3 layers.  That way, you won't see the stitching when you have it folded up.  I also suggest you use the soft piece of velcro for the inside.  I didn't do this, and realized my mistake when I went to put my baby on a scratchy piece of velcro.


Stitch that piece of velcro down and close the pad back up to figure out where to sew the next velcro piece.  Once again, only sew this to the outer fabric piece.


Now you are going to baste all 3 of the layers of fabric together around the edge.  Put the edge of the fabric in line with the edge of the presser foot and move your needle all the way to the right.  (Refer to my Doodie Bag post for more information on the best presser foot to use).


Now that all 3 layers are sewn together, it is time to stitch on the bias tape.  Start any where you would like.


Use a zig zag stitch and sew it all the way around the pad.  I share lots of tips here on how to sew the bias tape on, and how to start and stop it for a nice finished look.



You are finished!!!  Now go make a few more and a Doodie Bag to go with it!!!