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Seeing Double

You are probably saying to yourself, "Wait...didn't I already see this stuff?". All of this was made using the left over fabric from two other baby ensembles. One of the moms at my daughter's dance studio is expecting a girl, so I wanted to make her some baby things.  We were also headed to a service auction at church the same day, so I made two of everything, except the changing pad. I didn't end up by having enough fabric for two. I gave the one that I did have made to the auction since it was for a good cause.  Each ensemble included a tissue holder, a bib, shoes and three headbands. You can see all of the varieties in this photo. I didn't take individual photos of all of them.



 You all know how fond I am of making these shoes, but I wanted to show you some differences that you can make to change the whole feel. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough of the fabric that I used for the outside of the shoe so I couldn't make the toe embellishment like …

Marmalade Baby Ensemble

My sister asked me if I could make some baby shoes for someone she works with. I said yes, of course. I was telling her that I have so much fabric left over from other projects, that I was planning on making some baby items to have on hand, anyway.  This fabric is from the Marmalade collection by Moda, hence the title of the post.  She only asked for shoes, but I couldn't help making a matching bib and headband as well.
 The shoes are exactly like all of the others that I have made, but it is always fun seeing them made up in different fabrics. I hope you all agree.  I find out what I am having on May 2nd, and if it is a girl....I will be one busy mama making shoes! LOL!
This is a simple headband made from felt flowers. I glued a half back pearl for some extra detail.
Here is a little snippet of the card that I made for her to use if she would like. She loves to go to Hallmark so she may already have a card, but I made it just in case!

Springy woven fabric basket

Do you love the name I gave this basket? I really didn't know what to call it!  I got a bee in my bonnet last year and wanted to make a little basket. I had no pattern and really no idea how I was going to construct what I had imagined, but with a little time and patience it came together.  My daughter ended up by giving it to her best friend with some Easter grass and candy inside and I tackily asked her mother if they still had it and if so, could I borrow it to "remember" how I made it.  It's a little wrinkled; her daughter had it stuffed somewhere, but I ironed it out a bit.
Each strip was made by creating a tube of fabric and then pressing each piece flat. My sweet sister who was over helped me turn out all of the pieces. Once that was done I got busy weaving each piece and figuring out how to construct it.

You can see the inside here and see how it was made a little bit better. If anyone is interested in a tutorial, leave a comment and I will get one put toge…

Spring Flowers baby ensemble

When I made this for a baby shower, it was January and the thought of spring seemed a long time away.  I really was drawn to all of the fabrics because of their "cheeriness"!  By the way, I promise this is the last baby ensemble for a while. There are no babies due in the neighborhood until me...is that crazy or what?  There is one due in  April, but I already got her a gift.  I might whip up some headbands, but that will be it.  Making baby gifts is one of my favorite things to do, because everything is small and doesn't take a lot of time.

I first made the quilt, which is easy. I like making them because they work up so fast. There is no quilting to do, there is no binding to do and the moms seem to really like them. I know that I love them for my babies.  I usually use an odd number of fabrics, but for some reason, I really liked the four of these together. I ended up using four on the quilt in my previous post as well.  I am sure I am breaking some serious design ru…

Sweet Little Baby Boy Gift Ensemble

As promised, here is the baby boy gift set that I have been working on this week!  I had a lot of fun making each item.  Originally I went to the fabric store to find flannel to make a rag quilt. I fell in love with all of these cute prints, but as I was getting my fabric cut. I noticed that they had the same fabrics in cotton. I quickly ran over and grabbed two prints that would work well for ties.  Once I was done making the ties, I had enough fabric left over for a bib, but only the two prints. One more trip to the fabric store remedied that and I grabbed two more prints to make the bib. My cute little 3 year old now wants a car tie and a car bib.  He put his stamp of approval on this ensemble! I added a picture of the coordinating tag and card that I made as well.  I love pulling it all together! Have a great day!
The two ties were made from a tutorial I found on Pinterest. If you search on Pinterest for baby tie tutorial, you should be able to find it. I really like it because t…

Cutie Patootie baby gift ensemble

I know, I know...you are probably saying to yourself," Another baby set?"  Yes! There have been a ton of babies born around here and they have all been girls, but one. I didn't even get a chance to photograph the baby boy ensemble. It was cute though. I have one in the works for a mom at Emma's dance class who just had a baby boy, so stay tuned if you are sick of girl stuff!  Anyway, this particular ensemble was made back in October and I am just now getting it posted.
And yes...I am addicted to these shoes.  They are so fun to make. You can see from these two examples that you can make the lining different or the same. I like making it different for some extra detail, but in reality, the baby's foot would hide it anyway, so you could do whatever you like.
Every baby gift ensemble need some headbands. I like making an assortment of colors and patterns so that the mom can have some variety. I do worry, however, when I use fabric, that it won't match with an…

Rasberry and Olive Car Seat Canopy and shoes

It has been a while since I have made a car seat cover/canopy.  There is a gal in the neighborhood who I noticed didn't have one for her carseat. I didn't know if she didn't like them, didn't have one, or just hadn't gotten around to getting one, so I decided to make her one.  I found all of the fabric and trim at Hobby Lobby. I like their selection of big and bold patterns for projects like this.  The inside lining, which I forgot to take a picture of, is the same polka-dot fabric as the shoes.
 I used my own infant seat as a guide for all of the measurements including the placement of the handles. I was so thrilled to see that she had a Graco carseat as well and the handles were in the same place! I purchased 1 and 1/4 yard but ended up using a little less. I used the scraps for the handles. I didn't want  it to be too big and have it drag on the floor. Yuck!  I fell in love with the trim and I was so glad it worked so well with the fabric I chose.
I did m…

So many girls...

For the past few months I have had baby showers to go to and ALL for baby girls!  There is something in the air!  This little ensemble was made in addition to the other stuff I had already made her ( i will share later). It didn't match the other stuff, so it was packaged separately.  I have made so many of these shoes now...they are seriously addicting.  The head band was made using different kinds of ribbon, fabric, a pre-made flower (Yay for Prima)
The pink Dahlia was purchased and glued on and the pearls were stitched on using needle and thread.  The feather was added last using hot glue! I have used more hot glue in the past two years than I have in my entire life. I had begun to think the world really didn't need hot-glue anymore....boy, was I wrong.  It was all added to some stretchy lace.
The shoes were made from the left over fabric I used in my post one before the last.  It is some of my favorite, but I like getting it used up rather than hoarding it.   I hope she l…