Thursday, August 21, 2014

reversible jumper

Not much to say about this one, so it will be mostly pictures. This is a reversible jumper from this pattern. (Same pattern as I used in this MUCH smaller version a few years ago.) I cut a 4T, because many of her off-the-rack 3Ts are getting too small and I wanted to leave her some room to grow… but it's pretty huge on her. 


She's doing some pretty silly things here. She was tired and grumpy and I had to bribe her with fruit gummies and tell her, "Whatever you do, DON'T laugh!"


The fabrics are from Hobby Lobby. I'm usually not that impressed with their fabric selections, but they have some really cute stuff right now. I love the citron floral and the plum Aztec print equally.




This will be one of those workhorse outfits that will be perfect for school…




...and I'm thinking it will fit until she is 6 or 7. ;-)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Naproll -- We've gone full princess!



Although my own nap mat tutorial is the most popular post I've ever done, I used a different one this week to make H a nice, compact roll-up nap mat for preschool.

The Sew4Home.com nap roll is quite a bit more challenging than my pillow-stuffed nap mat, but it is just perfect for toting to school.

H went with me to JoAnn to pick out the fabric, so I let her choose. And we came away with some stuff I would not have normally chosen: a purple tie-dye fleece for the blanket and a fabric I like to call "The Full Princess". It's got everything -- castles, ponies, hearts, carriages, rainbows, pink, and glitter. Oh, my! It got glitter everywhere after the first prewash, but fortunately seems to have stopped shedding after the second.

I'm not usually big on promoting the whole princess thing, but I think it occurs naturally in three-year-old girls, so I'm not going to hinder her natural inclinations, either. So we went with it!

 I deviated from the tutorial in a few small ways, such  as doing a blanket stitch around the edge rather than using a satin blanket binding. I'm really pretty bad at hand-stitching. Especially while watching Boardwalk Empire. ;-) But it's sorta cute in a wonky kind of way.


Here is the whole thing unrolled. When I showed it to her this morning, she climbed under the blanket and said, "I LOVE IT!" Which is pretty much why I do this stuff that keeps me up way past my bedtime (see name of blog). :-)


I also added a little pocket with a bit of turquoise glitter fabric left over from this project, and some pink baby pompom trim. And I did my first embroidery machine applique! Ohhhh, my goodness. So easy and satisfying. I see many appliques in our future. The only tricky part is trimming, and I bought a crazy-looking pair of scissors that really make that much easier.

Of course, H doesn't recognize that as a letter H. She said it was a donkey wearing a crown. Then later,  after I had told her it was supposed to be an H, she told me it was an H with a kangaroo face wearing a crown. Confusing! Oh, well. She will know it's hers at school. Hers is the one with the fancy donkey-kangaroo!

This is probably not a project for true beginners. There's a lot of precise cutting and lining-up, and sewing through all the layers to quilt the mat part is really pretty hard. But it's straightforward enough, and very quick. The only thing I didn't immediately understand about the directions was what end to put the straps on if you are using a directional print fabric. (I eventually figured it out -- it's the foot end.)

The full-princess nap mat coordinates well with the backpack and lunch box we had already picked out. Backpack from Company Store Kids, lunch box from Pottery Barn Kids. Both on sale now!

Perfect for a certain little princess. ;-)







Saturday, August 2, 2014

Hummingbird seersucker sunsuit

Right at a year ago, I was making little baby hummingbird dresses for two baby girls (cousins) who were named for their late, precious, hummingbird-loving great-grandmother.  When we were invited to a hummingbird-themed first birthday party for one of these sweet girls, I was so excited to make her a little present. I have so missed making little baby girl clothes! And I knew I wanted to incorporate another hummingbird, which would be a fun challenge to keep it babyish enough for a one-year-old.

I think that's enough hummingbirds for one paragraph!

Here's what I eventually came up with, which I think fits the bill. It's another iteration of Little Betty's ruffled sunsuit, which was one of the first things I made H when she was little, and what got me into sewing seriously. 

I just love this vintage style! I also think it works really well with the seersucker. The hummingbird redwork embroidery (from a file I got on Etsy), red rose buttons, and the red rolled hem on the ruffles make it a little funky, I think!


Little J will definitely be as cute going as she is coming!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

reversible jumper

Not much to say about this one, so it will be mostly pictures. This is a reversible jumper from this pattern. (Same pattern as I used in this MUCH smaller version a few years ago.) I cut a 4T, because many of her off-the-rack 3Ts are getting too small and I wanted to leave her some room to grow… but it's pretty huge on her. 


She's doing some pretty silly things here. She was tired and grumpy and I had to bribe her with fruit gummies and tell her, "Whatever you do, DON'T laugh!"


The fabrics are from Hobby Lobby. I'm usually not that impressed with their fabric selections, but they have some really cute stuff right now. I love the citron floral and the plum Aztec print equally.




This will be one of those workhorse outfits that will be perfect for school…




...and I'm thinking it will fit until she is 6 or 7. ;-)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Naproll -- We've gone full princess!



Although my own nap mat tutorial is the most popular post I've ever done, I used a different one this week to make H a nice, compact roll-up nap mat for preschool.

The Sew4Home.com nap roll is quite a bit more challenging than my pillow-stuffed nap mat, but it is just perfect for toting to school.

H went with me to JoAnn to pick out the fabric, so I let her choose. And we came away with some stuff I would not have normally chosen: a purple tie-dye fleece for the blanket and a fabric I like to call "The Full Princess". It's got everything -- castles, ponies, hearts, carriages, rainbows, pink, and glitter. Oh, my! It got glitter everywhere after the first prewash, but fortunately seems to have stopped shedding after the second.

I'm not usually big on promoting the whole princess thing, but I think it occurs naturally in three-year-old girls, so I'm not going to hinder her natural inclinations, either. So we went with it!

 I deviated from the tutorial in a few small ways, such  as doing a blanket stitch around the edge rather than using a satin blanket binding. I'm really pretty bad at hand-stitching. Especially while watching Boardwalk Empire. ;-) But it's sorta cute in a wonky kind of way.


Here is the whole thing unrolled. When I showed it to her this morning, she climbed under the blanket and said, "I LOVE IT!" Which is pretty much why I do this stuff that keeps me up way past my bedtime (see name of blog). :-)


I also added a little pocket with a bit of turquoise glitter fabric left over from this project, and some pink baby pompom trim. And I did my first embroidery machine applique! Ohhhh, my goodness. So easy and satisfying. I see many appliques in our future. The only tricky part is trimming, and I bought a crazy-looking pair of scissors that really make that much easier.

Of course, H doesn't recognize that as a letter H. She said it was a donkey wearing a crown. Then later,  after I had told her it was supposed to be an H, she told me it was an H with a kangaroo face wearing a crown. Confusing! Oh, well. She will know it's hers at school. Hers is the one with the fancy donkey-kangaroo!

This is probably not a project for true beginners. There's a lot of precise cutting and lining-up, and sewing through all the layers to quilt the mat part is really pretty hard. But it's straightforward enough, and very quick. The only thing I didn't immediately understand about the directions was what end to put the straps on if you are using a directional print fabric. (I eventually figured it out -- it's the foot end.)

The full-princess nap mat coordinates well with the backpack and lunch box we had already picked out. Backpack from Company Store Kids, lunch box from Pottery Barn Kids. Both on sale now!

Perfect for a certain little princess. ;-)







Saturday, August 2, 2014

Hummingbird seersucker sunsuit

Right at a year ago, I was making little baby hummingbird dresses for two baby girls (cousins) who were named for their late, precious, hummingbird-loving great-grandmother.  When we were invited to a hummingbird-themed first birthday party for one of these sweet girls, I was so excited to make her a little present. I have so missed making little baby girl clothes! And I knew I wanted to incorporate another hummingbird, which would be a fun challenge to keep it babyish enough for a one-year-old.

I think that's enough hummingbirds for one paragraph!

Here's what I eventually came up with, which I think fits the bill. It's another iteration of Little Betty's ruffled sunsuit, which was one of the first things I made H when she was little, and what got me into sewing seriously. 

I just love this vintage style! I also think it works really well with the seersucker. The hummingbird redwork embroidery (from a file I got on Etsy), red rose buttons, and the red rolled hem on the ruffles make it a little funky, I think!


Little J will definitely be as cute going as she is coming!