Thursday, October 28, 2010

Itty bitty newborn outfit

Last week I finished up this newborn outfit for our baby due in March.  It's made out of 1 ply 100Purewool yarn.  It's very soft!


Kimono Top
I was super lucky to win a free pattern from Sweet Mama Small Sugar.  You can buy a copy HERE.  It's really easy to follow and a fairly quick knit.  I just LOVE this top!
Longies (pants used as a cloth diaper cover)
I used THIS great free pattern.
Booties
I used THIS free pattern.  It was pretty easy to follow and these knit up very quickly.
Hat
I used THIS free pattern, but tweaked it a bit for the yarn & needles I was using.  It's super fast and easy!

Using the same hat & longies patterns I also made this little set:


I'm really happy with how they all turned out. I think the ivory and dark brown set will make a nice keepsake.

Crayon Rolls

I was asked by a family member to make some crayon rolls for Christmas gifts.  Here they are:


I used the Crayon Roll Tutorial from Skip To My Lou.  These are pretty quick and easy to make.  I did change the closure type.  If you want to make one of these for a younger child, try this:
STOP at the point in the tutorial where you are placing the ribbon in between the outer & inner pieces of fabric.  You'll need-
5" tall x 10" wide piece of fabric
1" x 2" hook & loop tape (commonly referred to as Velcro)
Take the fabric & fold in one short end by 1/4".  Then fold the fabric in half lengthwise & iron.  Open and fold raw ends in to center & iron.  Then fold in half again.  You will now have a strap that is 1.25" tall x 9.75" long.  Pin this where the tutorial instructs you to pin the ribbon with the raw end where you'd place the fold of the ribbon.  (I prefer the seam facing down).  Follow the rest of the tutorial.  Sew the hook tape on near the end of the strap - you'll sew it on the side of the strap that is facing up when the roll is open.  (You can use a small zig zag around the whole piece or I prefer to use pinking shears when cutting the hook & loop tape and then use a small straight stitch to attach)  Then fill the roll with crayons, roll it up and see where the hook tape falls on the strap.  Mark the edges so that you'll know where to place the loop tape.  Sew on the loop tape.  You're done!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

More Christmas Gifts

More Christmas gifts I have been working on....
Little Girl Aprons
I made these for 2 of my sisters using Kwik Sew pattern 3787.  The pictures don't do justice to these super cute aprons.  They are adorable on a person, but in an effort to avoid traumatizing my 2 year old son I will not make him model them.  LOL





The girls picked out the fabric combinations.  I think they did a great job of mixing and matching to make these fun!

I probably won't be posting many more Christmas gift photos.  Many of those gifts are for family members that read this blog.  It kinda ruins the surprise if they see it here first :)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Christmas Gifts

I've had the sewing bug lately, so I've been working on lots of Christmas gifts.  Here are the items I've made in the last week.

Toddler Drawstring Backpacks
I recently whipped up a few backpacks for my son & for gifts.  I used the How to Sew A Drawstring Backpack Tutorial from Prudent Baby.  It's very quick and easy.  My son loves his monkey backpack:


All except 1 of these are going to be Christmas gifts:



Toddler Purse
I used this Toddler Purse Tutorial from Getting Crafty.  This is a VERY quick and easy project, so give it a try!


The other items I have in the works right now include little girl aprons & a purse and accessory set.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Alien rag quilt

I recently made this for my nephew's birthday:


A rag quilt made out of alien flannels & stripes.  Very cute and easy to make!  If you'd like to try your hand at one of these then check out THIS tutorial.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Still here

I am still here.  Life has been busy and I just haven't had much time to post.  I have made a few baby items that I'll be sharing soon.

I had only started learning to sew when pregnant with my first child.  I didn't really make much for him, aside from a few receiving blankets & burp cloths.  Now that my sewing and knitting skills have increased, I plan on making quite a few things for our next baby.

Please feel free to comment with any baby item tutorials/links/patterns to give me some fresh ideas.  Thanks!