August 15, 2014

Baja Hoodie Take 2

So this is probably a little late in the summer to be posting this project. I finished them a little later than I originally planned to. Just in time for swimming lessons. But right now is a good time to find beach towels on clearance, so grab some now and save them for next year. This is a great way to use them!

I first made the Baja Hoodie for my son. This year I decided to make a couple for my girls. I decided to go up a size, so that they would last through next summer for them. This bigger size is perfect for when they're really cold. See below. Just don't try to walk when it's like that!

It's also great for playing with any dogs that happen to be around.

Since I made them out of the same towels, I used different colors of bias binding so I wouldn't have to constantly compare them to see which one was the bigger/smaller one. I also cut the bottom of the hoodie right on the hem of the towel to save time. That way, I didn't have to use the bias tape there.

Fabric: Towels from Wal-Mart

Binding: I made my own

August 11, 2014

Sunny Dress and Top Pattern Tour

Hi everyone! Welcome to the first day of the Sunny Dress Pattern Tour! The Sunny Dress was designed by Veronica of SewVery. You can find it here.

The pattern will be on sale during the tour (August 11-17) for 20% off with code SUNNY20. There is also a chance to win a copy. Scroll down to the end of the post and enter with Rafflecopter.

This dress was first released as a free pattern with only a couple of sizes during the Summer Sundress Series over at Melly Sews. I downloaded it right away because I loved the back. I was so excited when I had the chance to test it in a smaller size for my other little girl.

The front has a cute ruffle detail around the neck. You can also make it without a ruffle or as a top. Its a cutle little summer top, or you could easily layer it for fall (although, since it's slim fitting, you might want to go up a size for that-and then it would be perfect for next summer!)

Ta-da! She loves it too!

Here is the schedule for the rest of the week. You can check out all the different versions!
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August 05, 2014

DIY Kitty Pinata

First of all, I have to admit my epic fail with this pinata. It was supposed to be a specific kitty, but I was making it late the night before the party. And I was soooo tired, and I thought, I'll finish it up tomorrow. But then I had all the day-of preparations, and I realized after the kids had smashed up the pinata that I did something awful.

 I. Forgot. The. Bow.

So instead of being Hello Kitty, it is just Kitty. With pink and purple stripes on the side, which my daughter loved. So all's well that ends well. But I still wish it had a bow.

And here it is hanging up. Hours of work destroyed in about two minutes. It's worth it to see the delight on little faces though!

Here's how to make one.

I got all my supplies from the dollar store, so the total cost was about $6, plus some paper scraps for the face.

Note: I was inspired by this pinata and this one.

August 04, 2014

Persnickety Ruffle Sleeve Top Knock-Off

Hi everyone! I'm excited to be participating in the Knock it Off series over at Elegance and Elephants.

This is from the Persnickety Autumn Splendor line. I only had grey and white stripe, but I thought that would work too. And of course, what is a Persnickety knock-off without an over the top headband?

This top is on pre-order right now for $68. I made it with some fabric that I won from the Fabric Fairy, so it was 100% free, but with a yard of fabric, it would still be only about $10. Great deal! Hooray!

If you want to participate, there is a sew-along with two prizes awarded at random from the submissions to the Knock it Off Flickr group.  The prizes will be $100 and $50 gift certificates to Gold Star Tools.

Here's how I made my knock-off.

July 29, 2014

Nerd Alert: DIY Starwars Baby Bodysuits

Just to get this out there: yes, I am a Star Wars fan. And I am having a girl, but who says baby girls can't be Star Wars fans too? This one is going to be!

Using my Silhouette and some free stencils I found online, I made these bodysuits for her. Here is the Darth Vader stencil. And here is the Yoda stencil. The font was also free. You can find it here.

I've found that when cutting freezer paper with the Silhouette, it works best to cut with the shiny side up. That means when you go to iron it on your fabric, everything gets flipped. So make sure to mirror image your font in Silhouette Studio before you cut!

 The Darth Vader shirt says "Who's Your Daddy?" There is a story behind that for my husband and me. We met in physiology lab at the beginning of the winter semester. He had just gotten a (gag) gift of a shirt with a picture of sugar daddy candy on it and it said "Who's Your Daddy?" for Christmas. So his icebreaker was "Isn't this a great shirt?" And I thought "Poor awkward guy." So no, it wasn't love at first sight. But he did wear that shirt at the birth of our first child. He doesn't have it anymore, but now our little girl can have one that's (sort of) just like Daddy.

The other bodysuit was newborn size, so I had to make the words pretty dang small. But it says "Judge me by my size do you?"

And just in case the pink lettering isn't enough for people to realize she's a girl, I made a pink and black headband to match.

July 18, 2014

Linen Blanket and free itty bitty Betty skirt pattern from The Shaffer Sisters

We have someone here that wanted to say hi and came just in time to make her first debut into the blogging world and be a part of the Sewing for Baby Series at Mama Says Sew. She is so sweet and mellow and soon we will be giving her a formal introduction at Shaffer Sisters.
This time around I decided to hit my most basic baby needs first and then go back if there was time and do the hard stuff (never really got around to that). The floral blanket was made from 1 1/2yd of super soft linen cotton. I love the vintage feel of it and that no baby around has a quilt like it.
To make it, I originally serged around the edges and then double rolled with the iron all the way around around it. To keep the finish, I stitched the hem at 1/4" seam allowance. I kept it simple because 2 sided would mean that I'd made a blanket that was too hot for a July baby and the fabric was beautiful enough to stand on it's own without help from me.
Besides her super soft floral blanket I decided to give her an outfit that would coordinate. The floral blanket was putting off serious nature vibes and so Scary decided to fabric paint a baby deer silhouette on the front of a white body suit. To complete the outfit, we needed one sweet little skirt.
You may not know it, but the Betty Skirt has been undergoing a major revamp and serious addition of sizes (doll, baby, girl, and teen). Inspired by all the work that we've been putting into it, I decided to make my own Betty skirt that was just the right size for a newborn straight home from the hospital. I did a slight embellishment by color blocking and adding piping between the skirt and yoke.
The awesome news is that you can make one too! We are giving away this itty bitty Betty skirt pattern free on our blog today. It is sized for newborns (so think the first couple of weeks after they come home before you have to put them in 0-3 month clothes). This gathered skirt took about 30 minutes to put together.
It's funny how much cuter things are when they're in miniature, especially when you throw in cute little upset faces like these.

Don't forget to come pick up your free itty bitty Betty skirt pattern over at Shaffer Sisters.

Perfect Peasant Dress from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop

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Like I said in my last post, I seem to be on a turquoise and gray kick. At least this is a dress! It's the Perfect Peasant Dress from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. This isn't specifically a baby pattern, but one thing I love about Peek-a-Boo patterns is most of them start at size 3m.

The flower can be attached with a clip, so you can also use it as a hair accessory. I didn't want to accidentally poke baby with it, so I opted out this time. It's just going to be sewn on permanently.  
A note on the flower: It calls for hand stitching. Don't be tempted to cheat and use your machine. It doesn't work nearly as well. Trust me. 

To cover up the little diaper bum, I made some ruffled bloomers from another pattern. I don't have a serger, so I had to hem the top and bottom of each ruffle. Someday I will get one. Believe me, it is at the top of my wish list!

As part of the Sewing for Baby Series, Amy is giving away the entire Lullaby Line Bundle Pack. Go here to enter!