Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Scalloped Headband

I'm guest blogging over at Sew Mama Sew today with a tutorial for a scalloped headband.  Go on over and check it out!  See you over there!


Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Teeny Tiny Quilt

picnic on a teeny tiny quilt

  I started making this little quilt just for fun to see if I could do really small free-motion quilting. I'm still trying to get the rhythm down (since I'm new to it), but I am really enjoying it.  Gwyneth loves the little quilt and it appears her La La Loopsy dolls do to --- for a picnic

picnic with friends on a tiny quilt

or for a nap.  I love that this doll gets milk AND cookies before nap time.

nap on a tiny quilt

 The quilt measures a mere 3.5" x 2". The binding is made from the back fabric just folded over and hand stitched in place. 

tiny quilt detail

It was a great way to use up some very small scraps.

tiny quilt back

Monday, April 16, 2012

Ruffled Seersucker Top

ruffled halter in striped seersucker

My niece just turned nine!  Yay!  Happy Birthday Jana!

seersucker ruffles, close-up

She loves tank tops and sleeveless tops.  I thought this ruffled halter top would be perfect.  I used the free pattern from Oliver+S which you can find here.

back of halter top

It was quick to make and I love how it turned out.  I used a striped seersucker fabric which I picked up at Jo-Ann at the end of last summer.

back of halter, close-up

I finished the edges of the ruffles a little differently than the instructions.  I like finished edges and I made them quickly by serging them and then folding it up and sewing into place with a straight stitch.  I do have a bit more of this fabric, so perhaps you will see another top (or skirt in it soon).

ruffled halter top in seersucker

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Vintage Rose Dress

Easter dress

I finished up this simple dress for Gwyneth just before Easter.  I used the same fabric I used for her bunny.  By the way, she named the bunny "Easter" which she told me is also his birthday.

Vintage rose easter dress, back

I grabbed a few photos before she put her sweater back on.  It was a bit chilly Easter morning. 

back view, Easter dress

This is the Flower Girl Dress from Heather Ross' book Weekend Sewing.  It came together quickly and easily.  Since the dress was not lined, I used french seams for the sides of the skirt to finish it nicely.

flower girl dress for easter

The kiddos enjoyed a little Easter egg hunt in the backyard before church.

hunting for eggs

Easter egg hunt

The day before, we had dyed a lot of eggs.  We ended up dying eggs for both grandparents (a total of 4 dozen eggs), but the kids loved mixing the colors and we ended up with 18 different colors, so dying all of the eggs went really quickly.

dying easter eggs

Dying eggs

Easter eggs

Connor made some great angry bird eggs!

Angry Bird Eggs

Angry Bird Eggs, close-up

Hope you all had a great Easter!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Vintage Rose Bunny

bunny, close-up

Easter is fast approaching.  I've got lots of things to get done.  One more done now.  Here's a little bunny for Gwyneth.  I found this vintage-looking rose fabric at a fabric store closing a few years ago and managed to grab a couple yards before it was all gone.  I thought it would make a beautiful Lovely Lil Bunny.

Lovley Lil Bunny, vintage flowers with yellow

There's still time to make a bunny of your own!  Check out the pattern in my shop.  You can use the coupon code "EASTER10" through Monday, April 9th to save 10% on everything in my shop.


bunny back


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Aliens Have Landed

. . . . on Connor's head!

aliens have landed, 1

I finally finished knitting up this little hat for Connor.  Isn't it too cute??  I realize that it's been unseasonably warm, so it will just go into the box of winter stuff for next year.

aliens have landed, 2

This adorable hat is the Area 51 hat from SugarLane.  It comes in a variety of sizes and is easy to make.

aliens have landed, 3

I did modify the original pattern slightly.  Instead of a rolled edge, I made a seed stitch edge by alternating rows of knit-purl-knit-purl with purl-knit-purl-knit.  It's one if my favorite simple knit edges.

hat edge

Have a great day!


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