Sunday, February 19, 2017

"A new little someone" gift collection

I realized that I shared this collection on Instagram and never added it to the blog! I created this gift collection in late December/early January for a dear friend who had her sweet baby boy! I had asked her the colors of the nursery for a jumping off point and I really like how everything came together. The collection includes: handmade felt baby booties, neck tie, bow tie, binky clip and rag quilt. 
Here is a closeup of the baby booties. I am so glad that I found a boy shoe that I like gifting as much as the girl shoes that I make. The recipients always seem so pleased with them. You can also see the rag quilt in the background of this photo. It has a trendy, rustic feel and the new mama told me it works perfectly in the nursery! I am so glad! The felt was all purchased at the local quilt shop and while I normally wouldn't have put this combination together, it really works!

Let's talk about the of my baby boy collection staples. They are so fun to make and easy to whip up. This particular pattern was found on Pinterest and it is my favorite. You can search on Pinterest under "baby ties" and a handful of tutorials and free patterns are available. I always like adding some papercrafting flair to give my handmade pieces that boutique-y feel, that I love so much. 

I always have so much fun with the bowties. In fact, I had to make three more just like this one for my three little ones. They were a perfect addition to their Valentine's Day outfits for church last Sunday! I have offered to create a tutorial on the bow ties for anyone that is interested, just leave a comment to let me know. Once again, I like packaging them up on a cardstock base of some kind with the addition of some stamping. This particular stamp set is from Papertrey Ink and is my go-to set.

While the shoes are cute enough on their own, the packaging seems to take the presentation up a notch. It is also an easy way for me to keep a continuous flow with the theme of the collection. You can see the card that I included in the collection HERE. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Handmade Handwarmers Tutorial

 Hello and welcome to Thimbles and Thread, where today, I will be sharing a quick tutorial on a fun wintertime craft I enjoy making for family and friends. To start off, you will need to gather your supplies: Fun and festive fabric, rotary cutter, self-healing mat and quilting ruler, scissors, sewing machine, coordinating or matching thread, funnel and rice. I always like to have some Christmas music playing while I'm crafting, but that step is optional! Ha ha! 

 You will want to cut your squares to your desired width. This year I cut them into 4 1/2 inch squares. I've made them 4 inch squares in the past.

 The red warmers on top are 4 inches versus 4 1/2 inch warmers underneath. I thought I would show you both so you could choose which size you'd prefer. 4 inches is perfect size to clasp in your hand, but I ended up liking the bigger ones in the end.

Here you can see the difference between the 2 sizes before they are sewn.

 Once you have your squares cut, you will need to place them together, with right sides together and see around the entire square making sure to leave an opening large enough to funnel the rice in.

 This is the size you will want to make the opening. As you can see in this photo, I've made my seam allowance as wide as my presser foot. It's a little bit easier to sew the warmers closed once the rice is in having the larger allowance.

 You will need to clip your threads and corners as you can see here. Turn the warmer right side out and press.

 Once they have been pressed, you can move back to your machine to sew the "tuft" in the center of each warmer. I do this by lining it up in the center as best as I can eyeball. ;) I take two stitches forward and then two stitches back, repeating a few times to make sure it will stay. Clip your threads.

 Now is the fun part. Insert your funnel into the opening and fill with rice. I like to pour Mt rice into a big mixing bowl and add it to the funnel with a one half cup measuring cup. That is the perfect amount for the 4 1/2 inch size. I move the funnel to each side to make sure the rice gets around the tuft.

Once it's filled you can machine stitch the opening close and voilĂ ! You're done! Remember to make two since you'll be giving a pair. The 4 inch warmers shouldn't be heated for more than 30 seconds, but every microwave is different, so start at 30 and work your way up in 5 second intervals until your warmers reach the desired temperature. Use this for the 4 1/2 inch warmers as well.I really like picking fabric that can work all winter long, yet is still festive. The fabric pictured today is all Riley Blake. I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial. Please leave a comment if you found this helpful.I do want to clarify, that I did not come up with the "handwarmer" idea. I saw the idea somewhere a few years ago and wanted to give them a try. This tutorial, however, was created by me and I hope you have fun making them.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Babies are heaven sent

 One of the ladies my sister  works with asked me to make some baby goodies to give to her new grandbaby. The parents to be really like orange and blue so I went to my favorite quilt/fabric store and picked out some cute fabric. The felt the shoes are made out of is "vintage blue" from MFT.
 I also made a few things for a friend's grandbaby who had a "storybook" shower last weekend. I whipped up a few things for her as well with the same fabric.

 I packaged everything up in one of my classic book boxes that I love making (no pun intended). It fit the storybook theme perfectly.
 Instead of a card, I made a library card & pocket for the inside of the book. I thought it was a cute thematic touch. You can see the box opened in the photo below. I have so much fun working on baby things. I oftentimes share things on Instagram that I don't blog about. Follow me @kellylunceford to stay up to date on all of my projects!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Baby boy booties

It's no secret that I get invited to a lot of baby showers. Lately it seems that I am always working on something baby related. I decided to take some time and get a head start on some of the more time-consuming parts of the gift ensembles I like to give. I pulled a comfy chair into the shade of a tree, had my basket of supplies next to me and I got to work. It was so relaxing to stitch in the breeze of a beautiful summer day! Hence, perhaps the reason I ended up with 3 pairs of booties in 2 days. Actually, make that 4.... I made a girl pair yesterday that I will share later. I'm now addicted to crafting outside! Try it, you'll like it!
Supplies: Papertrey Ink baby bootie die, vintage blue felt from My Favorite Things, hot fudge felt from My Favorite Things, Linen felt from PTI, assorted DMC floss, fray check

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Ahoy, little baby girl!

 Ahoy friends! I hope you all have enjoyed your Spring and ready to welcome Summer! I know I have! Anchors and springtime just seem to go together, don't they? Today's little gifts were made for a dear friend who is having her baby very soon but under distressing circumstances, unfortunately. Because the baby is coming early I had to quickly put this gift together. I wish I would have had a little more time, but it is what it is.

These shoes are some of my favorite that I have made to date. I just love the pink polka dot lining paired with the anchor fabric. The anchor button attached to the rosettes on the toes are just too cute! I had a lot of fun with these. The buttons are a bit heavy so the baby will get a nice workout kicking her feet in these little booties. Ha ha!

 I quickly whipped up a head band collection that I am sure she will get some good use of. I just love the felt bows so much. I thought they looked cute against the navy blue paper.

 I especially like packaging them up like this for a nice boutique feel. I made them quite small since her baby will be small due to the complications she is facing.
 Here is the bib that I made. I found all of the fabric at Wal-mart, of all places. They actually have a nice little selection of fat quarters that I fell in love with. Fat quarters work very well for making the little shoes and the bibs because they have just enough fabric for a great price.

 I'm not planning on sharing the paper creations on my other blog: Flutterbyatomicbutterfly so I will just share them here. This is a tiny "Baby's first year" flip book that I have come up with. I made my first one a little over a year ago for one of my other friends. You can check it out a few posts down. She has raved about it and it has become one of the things the recipients of my gifts really enjoy, so now it has become one of my "signature" items to give.

You can see one of the inside pages here. I have a page for what you see here, each month of their first year and then a back page where it lists all of the baby's "firsts" that happened that year. They are so fun to make and really a fun gift to give as well.

As I mentioned before, I was running out of time, so she just got a quick 3 by 3 card to write a quick salutation of well wishes. Thanks for stopping by and happy sewing.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Out to Sea baby ensemble

Today's post is part of my marathon crafting I have been up to lately. I have spent more time in my craft space than I have in a long time!  I have had a lot of fun and I'm still not done, but I wanted to share these things with you. If you want to see a little bit of some of the other things I have been working on you can see them here. There a few sewn projects you might enjoy looking at.

 I didn't really plan to have two nautical/sailor baby boy ensembles to share, that's just how things turned out. I had another boy shower to go to and I had so much fun working on the projects on my last post, that I thought I would just pick up from there. The theme of the shower is "under the sea/nautical" and I am helping with the decorations, so I thought I would have the gift match as well.

I saw an awesome quilt block that I decided would make a fantastic nautical bib. I didn't have dimensions or anything so I just got to work cutting, sewing, trimming and piecing and finally ended up with this bib. It turned out super cute, I think! There were a few places where my points didn't line up, but I'm finding that perfection is hard to come by these days!  Ha Ha!
 I laid it out flat for this picture so you can see the design better. I think I may try an entire quilt with these blocks sometime. It was fun to put together.
 I went searching for nautical flannel but came up empty handed so I decided just to grab a few different colors and patterns and get to work. It looks so fresh and summery! I think it will be perfect for lazy days outside or trips to the park.
 The squares on this quilt were 5 by 5 and I did 9 rows of 9 across. It is a little bit bigger than what I normally make, but I am sure it will work out great to lay down baby to play, etc.
 More bow ties...what little gentlemen doesn't need a nice set of bow ties? I love these three different fabrics and they look so cute together.
 There is something so precious about a baby in a bow tie, right? So dapper and sweet!  I made these with elastic neck bands so they can grow with baby!
 The of my favorites. The first time I made these felt booties was in my last post and I decided to add the extra step of adding the strap. So glad I did...aren't they adorable? I really love it with the anchor button securing the strap in place.
 These booties were made using PTI felt and I have found that is the best to work with for these shoes. It is thicker than any other felt I have used and it seems to stitch up the best. I keep having problems with the holes tearing...don't know if that is a ME problem or a design problem. I think I will contact PTI and see if anyone else has had the same problem or to find out if I am doing something wrong.

 You can see them all packaged up here ready to go!  So boutique-y! Love it!   I also had a last minute decision to quickly make a binkie clip so I just whipped one up. It is quite long, I just folded it up for packaging. I like them to be a little long so that the baby doesn't feel too tethered! LOL!
The last project here is something that I put together to decorate the shower with, but will double as a gift. It is something I saw on Pinterest that I thought would be super easy to re-create. I just bought a canvas, paint and a star fish at Hobby Lobby and then added the vinyl lettering from a sister of a friend.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Ahoy, Little Sailor!

 I have so much fun creating handmade items for baby showers. It seems like I go to ALOT! It seems like it has been girl after girl lately, but I finally needed a boy gift. One of Emma's dance teachers had a sweet baby boy. I purchased two little outfits that would look adorable with a bow tie and some booties to make it *squeal* worthy!  There is just something about making baby boys look like little gentlemen that is so precious.
 I have experimented with different bow tie techniques over the years and finally came up with something that works the best for me. If you are interested in a bow tie tutorial, let me know and I can put one together.  I chose some fun nauticalish fabric that looks great with the two outfits. I packaged it up so it would have a nice a boutique feel.
 You all know how much I love making baby girl shoes but for boys, I really haven't done any. I bought some patterns at Hobby Lobby a few years ago, but haven't even cracked it open. I decided that I would take the easy route and purchase the PTI baby bootie die cuts. Easy, Peasy and I love how they look! This was my first pair so I kept things SIMPLE so that I could get the hang of it. The only embellishment is the anchor buttons that I picked up at Hobby Lobby 2 years ago.  I'm sure they still have them.
I am excited to keep making more of these sweet booties, boy OR girl! I did another post here where I talked a little bit more about the paper projects if you are interested! Have a wonderful spring day!