DIAPER BAG FOR ME!!
My camera flash is weird right now so i'm sorry that the pictures aren't the greatest. I have wanted a new diaper bag for a LONG time. I made my first bag before my daughter was born and I played it toatally safe. It is black and I went completely by the pattern. It turned out floppy and EVERYTHNG showed up on the black. HATED it. I did however like the pattern to some degree so this time around I changed it up and added things to it to make it how I want it. for this bag I used Simplicity 2924. I finished this bag from start to finish in two days. It would have gone a lot faster if I wasn't held up by my non working sewing machine and huge mess that happens every time I sew.
For the outside front I made up a cute onesie and appliqued it to the front and sewed buttons and a bow on. I found some fabrics I like that went with the pink and stitched them on too. I wanted an applique because it helps hold the flap together and make it more sturdy. I also used fusible interfacing for the lining side too. The pattern does not call for that. I USED FUSIBLE INTERFACING ON THE ENTIRE LINING OF THE BAG. I also used fusible fleece on both parts of the strap.
The back pocket of this bag I used a bigger onesie and appliqued it on as well as using an additional layer of interfacing to the lining. I pretty much did that to the entire bag. Along the top of the pocket I made my own bias tape and stitched it along the top. Because of this, I cut about an inch off of the top of each pocket piece and did my own thing.
For the sides of the bag I stitched a heart above the pocket and again did my own thing using the bias tape on the pocket. I also used fusible fleece on the pocket to make it more absorbant if there was leaks and also add to the sturdiness of the bag. I could have probably just used interfacing and been ok but what the heck.. go big or go home right? :)In the pattern it does not call for a pocket with a zipper. I looked up instructions for making a zippered pocket online and found a tutorial on it. http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=150 Don't look too closely, this is only the 2nd zipper i've ever done in my whole life! also, I did two strips of velcro this time rather than 1. The other bag was a challenge sometimes to find the velcro to close it. I also ironed rusible interfacing to the pocket lining to make sure it was not going to ever get a hole in it.
this is the inside of the bag. I love this fabric and always have!! It's nicey jane church flowers in pink. The pattern calls for two long pockets on the inside that are just a single layer of material. so floppy and weird. I had to change it and I wanted more pockets and organization. Starting along the back with the yellow bias tape, I used a piece of fabric and folded it in half to make the pocket. It also has interfacing on the whole thing. I used bias tape over top the fold just for looks mostly. the elastic I made to the length I wanted and stitched up the middle. The right pocket is just a piece of fabric folded in half to the height I wanted it and reinforced with interfacing. the front pockets are basically the same as the back pockets other than I made tabs and used velcro to close them. I then sewed buttons on the tab for looks. I used bias tape on the top here too but not a different color. The final pocket is awesome!! I saw bags someone made on etsy and kinda did my own thing with it. this bag is removeable and held in place by two strips running top to bottom of velcro.
This bag has a clear plastic front and a back side. the flower fabric is along the back. the flap is held in place by snaps and I used my own bias tape to line the top of the plastic with. easy project and I think it's my favorite thing of the bag. I use it all the time!! AND I always know where everything is.
To finish off the bag I made a cute wipes case. I used this link here for the instructions: http://homemadebyjill.blogspot.com/2009/02/wipes-clutch-tutorial.html This is the first one i've ever made and it turned out pretty cute. I appliqued the onesie on here before I did anything else.
Ta dah!! My bag is finished and I love it!
SELF BINDING BLANKET OUT OF SCRAPS
My daughter loves (minkee or minkey I have seen it spelled both ways) and while I was making my projects with minkee for the patterns, she would take the big piece with her all over the house. I figured she needed a blanket. I found some reminant of the purple animal fabric and cut it into equal squares and I had some purple check fabric from my grandma's stash I used. the minkee scraps I used where I could and the back is all minkee. I can't do a nice binding to save my life so i pulled out old instructions I had from Porter's in Rexburg and kindof followed them. my fabric dimensions are not the same as the instructions so it didn't work the same. Anyway then I machine stitched around each square. she loves it.
LITTLE GIRL DIRESSES
The jumper on the right is made from Simplicity 2672. It was a "it's so easy" pattern and it really was. It's stinking cute and looks comfortable too. The dress on the left is a Butterick B4110 pattern. I hated this pattern when I used it the first time. It was explained pretty dumb when it came to the back yolk in my opinion, but once you figure it out once, it's pretty easy the next time.
This was a diaper cover I made to go under the jumper. It is a little hard to see but I wanted to make a cute apple on the butt. It would have been more cute if I had different fabrics to work with. Oh well. Anyway for this I used the Little Londyn Smartie Pants pattern. I personally am not a huge fan of these. I like them to have a little more leg to them and this pattern seems to be pretty skimpy every time I've used it.
This is a christmas dress I made using the same pattern as above.
In this picture you can see the stockings I made two years ago that all match using Simplicity 4842. They were fun to make and pretty simple once you get the hang of it. I also made this bear back pack found here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/winterpeach?ref=seller_info This pattern was very simple to make although when I finished it I was a little disappointed because it didn't look the same as hers. I also thought the piece that holds the head to the body was a little bit of an eye sore. I'm honestly not sure how I would have done it differently. What I did to make it look a little better was I hand stitched the back part of the ear to the head a little bit with a few small gathers in it paralell to the head making the ears stand straight up and the neck piece I made a few gathers in it too with a needle and thread. If I would have read ahead a little, I would have placed big snaps with a snap gun into the drawstring piece before I sewed it together and also in the head. This has you sew small ones on after it's all done. I finished it by sewing a little bow on to the ear for looks. It is cute, but not all that functional. I still would have made it again just because it's cute and I put stuff in it and hang it from her closet door knob. :)
It's kind of hard to see, but I made this tree skirt too. I didn't really follow a pattern other than getting a circle from the Simplicity pattern. The fur trim I just winged and made ties in the back. It's simple and it's lined on the back. It's not perfect at all but it was better than what we had before.
Every Christmas it's been my tradition to make us matching Pajama pants to open Christmas Eve. My favorite pattern to use is New Look 6765. I have a few others but I don't like them as much. For the baby I used a halloween costume pattern for her pants. Simplicity 3650. I appliqued cookies on a shirt for her with batting underneath to make them puffy.
I made these cute overall pants using an old vintage pattern I have. It only had one size in it. I added the ruffle on the bottom and added bows above the snaps. I also made a cute gingerbread girl for the front that I just freehanded. If I would have had a bigger selection of fabric it would look way cute and I wish I had ric rac. I used regular ribbon that I MADE work. but if I do these again, I will purchase this pattern:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/62125487/diy-make-your-own-longalls-or-shortalls it says it's for boys but it's easy to make for girls and it's got tons of sizes in it. p.s. my daughter was such a good sport for this picture she was feeling very sick that day (poor thing) and she still put up with me.
My daughter was a fairy princess for Halloween this year. She was so cute in my opinion and there wasn't a costume like hers anywhere. This star is made from felt with batting in between and a hot glue dowel wrapped in ribbon. I tied on ribbons and curled them... or tried. I made ribbon roses and stitched them on both sides and had yarn stitched around the outside for looks. Then I glitter glued the heck out of it.
I took a plain old onesie and made a ton of different sized ribbon roses and stitched them onto the neckline. I then hand stitched the ribbon and bows to the sleeves.
her skirt was simple but had a lot of hand work done on it. it's just two layers of shimmery fabric that are different lengths hemmed on the bottom and sewn together at the top by a ribbon type bias tape that I just winged. Then I did puckers all around the skirts and stitched roses on each one.
I then made these shoes with this pattern:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/62613390/bella-baby-crib-shoes-diy-do-it-yourself (I have bought a few patterns from her and she makes and awesome pattern with a ton to choose from) I used my husband's old carharts for the soles and used puffy fabric paint to draw designs on the bottom to add grip. for the inside I used white satin from an old wedding dress scrap and the outside is the silky fabric i used for the skirt. I made the insole out of fur and trimmed it with the same ribbon used elsewhere.
I made this headband by using stretchy lace and felt 3d crown that was stitched together around the top and stuffed with stuffing then stitched down around the bottom to the lace by machine. I glued some pearls on and hand stitched the bow and rose on the bottom.
Her wings were some I purchased but I sewed a little bit of the wings together to keep them from flopping forward on her. I also used glitter glue to make them extra sparkly and I hand sewed roses on the back.
Trick or treat! I also made her the fist cupcake bag and baby leg tights out of my old tights. I zig zaged the bottom edge and it made it kind of ruffle and the top I just folded over and hemmed.
STELLA DOLL CLOTHES
I'm working on a pattern for doll clothes for the Stella doll. UGH. let's just say I've taken a break because I was losing sleep over it. NOT WORTH IT.
Dress sitll in progress.
Footed pants and a top still in progress.