Friday, March 22, 2013

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 together. I am hoping to get some made this year, too! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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 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 rules, but I liked it, so I went with it.
I have never made flannel shoes before, but they didn't have any matching regular fabric so I took a risk. I will admit that it was a little harder to work with, but they worked up just as nice.  The flower on the toe ended up being a little bigger than I was expecting due to the stiffness of the flannel.  At least I know what to expect if I ever use flannel again.
The bib was made with left over scraps from the quilt. Again, I didn't have any regular quilting fabric, so I used what I had.  It is a little smaller than what I usually make, but this size is nice for smaller babies, either when they are teething and have a tendency to drool all over everything or when they are eating their first foods and don't get super messy.

Of course, no baby ensemble would be complete without a few headbands. The first one was made with die cut flannel flowers folded and then a pearl was sewn to the middle.  I added a few felt leaves to the larger flower. The second headband is a simple one made with ribbon, but I added a gem to the middle for a little sparkle.  Hopefully she will find all of these things useful.  Thanks for stopping by and happy sewing!

Friday, March 15, 2013

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 they turn out nice and it is a really easy pattern to follow! I actually made two more ties this afternoon for my boys to wear to church on Sunday for St. Patrick's Day. They work up really quickly and are quite addicting.

I know you are probably sick of these bibs, but they are one of my signature gift items. If you have a baby you can pretty much count on getting one of these bibs from me.
Again, another one of my signature baby gift items. I always feel so good when I see the recipient of one of my quilts with it in their car seat every time I see them.  I apologize for the wrinkly look, but I had it rolled up and it was hard to get smooth.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Cutie Patootie baby gift ensemble

 I know, I 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 anything that they have for the baby. I was thrilled to see the top headband on the baby that recieved these last month. I was admiring how cute it was and it took me a minute to realize that I made it! I know...I am crazy! She also wore the little pink one when she was blessed, which made me feel good, too.
The changing pad is so easy to make and super useful. It folds up so that you can tuck it in your purse, diaper bag, or whatever and have a clean place to change your baby. The thing I like about this particular one is that one side is oil cloth/vinyl coated fabric and the other is regular cotton.  The slick side can be wiped with a sanitizing wipe and you are good to go. I am such a germ-a-phobe, so things like that make me happy.  It is bound like a quilt, if you were wondering.  They have such cute vinyl coated fabric now that making cute changing pads will be addicting, too!
This bib is like the ones I always make, but using different fabrics can change the whole feel.

Here is the quick card that I made to go with the gift. I didn't have any paper that worked, so I just copied the fabric on my printer for the perfect match! I also made a little fabric flower for the card as well, to really pull it together. I hope you enjoyed this baby set.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

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 mention that I was obsessed with making these shoes. They will be a must have for all of my baby shower gifts from now on.  They are seriously addicting.  I made a headband as well, but didn't get it photographed since I made this the day I ended up getting the flu. I was glad I had already gotten it done. The shoes were made through bouts of delirium, cold sweats and fatigue, but they got done!  Have a great day and enjoy the on-set of Spring! I know I am!