Ruffled Shoulder Dress for Project Run and Play

Eeeek, so I’m doing it: I’m throwing my hat in the ring for Project Run and Play! I had toyed with the idea for a few weeks after discovering Project Run & Play towards the end of their last season. The thought of competing in such a competition has me almost petrified, but excited at the same time! Sewing a complete outfit in just a few days, taking pictures and posting it online? So I thought I would just join the Sew Along in the upcoming season…but on Monday morning, I went to the PR&P website and saw all the entries and suddenly I wanted in too! Continue reading

Child’s Personalized Pillow

This project was made for a very special little girl who turns 2 today! And I was super excited to make it, since her mother has knit an obscene amount of clothing and toys and blankets and bibs and hair clips, and and and for my kids, and I have never returned the favor. I wish I could be there to see Charlotte open it up and see if she recognizes herself. Especially since my daughter Elle kept on coming over and claiming it was her (before I embroidered the glasses on)…I’m thinking I’ll be making her one soon!

My inspiration came from these two images I had pinned on Pinterest
(aka Pintercrack):

Source: via Britt on Pinterest

The first picture is from a blog that posted a tutorial with printable patterns and the second is from the super cute Sarah and Abraham online store…they have super cute personalized gifts for children. Continue reading

The No-Fail Bubble Skirt Tutorial

My quest for the perfect bubble skirt pattern/tutorial has been something like my quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. I even thought I had hit upon it, and posted a tutorial a few months back…but it really wasn’t perfect. But now I’ve found it, and have used it a few times, and am happy with the results each time. So this time I documented it. Regrettably, the fabric mixture I chose was kind of a circus tent/court jester fail, but the tutorial still works. Here are some other ones I made for my nieces for Christmas, in normal fabrics (one of them was using that cool new ruffle fabric they have) and they came out super cute:The fit depends on the length you choose and how much gathering you want, but this is how mine looks on me (photo taken by my 3 1/3 year old…thought it was pretty mad skillz for using an SLR for the first time…that was his first and last shot…decided it was good enough, as it was a little too scary watching him manhandle the camera).: Continue reading

Quilted CH-47 Chinook Helicopter Baby Blanket

So freaking cute!!!…yes, I know. I’m not being very modest here, but this is my first attempt at quilting, and I’m super proud with how it turned out. Not perfect, but still cute…it’ll do the job! I was inspired by this quilt:


I wanted to make a baby quilt for friends who are expecting and I wanted something with Chinooks (a twin rotor helicopter for the uninitiated) since the baby’s daddy is a Chinook pilot…and I wanted to make it gender neutral, because they aren’t finding out what the baby is. I loved the colors on white background and know it’s not absolutely practical for baby spit-up etcetera, but that’s what Oxy-Clean is for…and quite often cute goes hand in hand with impractical!

I’m writing up a tutorial of sorts here, but be warned: this is my first quilt ever, and I kind of winged it…if you have suggestions to offer on how to do things properly, I’d welcome your comments! It’s by no means a perfect quilt, and the not-so-novice quilter will probably do a facepalm when reading this… Continue reading

American Girl Doll Matching PJs

Lately it seems that many of my projects have been gifts. They give me great practice and “fund” my hobby, because otherwise I would be buying a gift. With the exception of my attempt to make this for my sister-in-law – a fiasco my husband dubbed the “Ghillie scarf” because it looked like it might belong on a Ghillie suit and would probably make a good submission to CraftFail – they’ve turned out pretty well.

One of the most recent things I’ve made was for a friend’s daughter, who was turning 7. I knew that she had recently gotten an American Girl doll and thought a matching outfit might be nice. Initially I was thinking matching dresses, but then I defaulted to an easier project.

I don’t have many pictures of this, but I’ll try to be as descriptive as possible. Continue reading

Felt Butterfly Throw Pillow

Ooooh, the pretty butterflies! This project turned out way better than I expected. A friend of Rex and Elle was celebrating her 4th birthday with a butterfly themed party. So I thought I would whip up some cute butterfly throw pillows. I surfed Pinterest for some inspiration and happened upon these two:



While I love the sophisticated colors of the first pillow, I thought the fun colors of the second pillow would be perfect for a little girl’s bedroom. Also, I loved the alternating butterfly shapes of the second pillow.

So, this is what I did: Continue reading

How to Sew Long Sleeves on to a T-Shirt

Kids’ clothing might be cheaper than adults, but wow, they need a whole new wardrobe every 6 months or so, what with growth spurts and seasons changing. When I was looking through my son’s clothing drawers a few weeks ago, I lamented the fact that I was going to have to buy him some long sleeved tops for the winter, because the t-shirts in his drawers just wouldn’t cut it for fall. But then I had an idea: what if I just added long sleeves to his t-shirts, creating a faux layered look?

I would take an old shirt from my husband, cut two sleeves out of it, using the bottom hemmed part of the old shirt as the edge of the sleeves, so I didn’t have to hem them, then sew them into my son’s t-shirt.

So I took one of my son’s t-shirts:And and old t-shirt from my husband that had been thrown into the “Donate to Goodwill/Fabric to be used for Projects” bag under my craft table: Continue reading

Bubble Skirt Tutorial

Update: I’ve since made the skirts a different way, which came out better: putting a line of thin elastic inside the bottom hem and using less fabric on top…Here’s a link to the tutorial.

Bubble skirts are so cute on little girls…especially girls around 5 years old…which means I have another 3 years until the first of my girls will hit her bubble skirt wearing prime! So I’ve got some time to practice my bubble skirt making technique. I had researched a few tutorials online, but didn’t find anything I thought would give the skirt the correct body and bounce, so I tweaked a circle skirt pattern to make the skirt I envisioned…and it came out pretty nicely, if I may say so myself!

I took a circle skirt pattern, then created a tube like inner lining out of a knit. The inner lining would draw the edges of the circle skirt in to create a bubble, but it would also have enough give, so that the wearer could still move around.

What you will need: Continue reading

Ruffled Diaper Cover Tutorial

Yay! My first post! Whoo hoo…and it’s about making a ruffled diaper cover. The back story: A few weeks ago I wanted to make some cute handmade diaper covers for an upcoming baby shower.

So I incorporated ruffles into Dana’s The Perfect Diaper Cover Pattern.

First I made the ruffles (the tutorial photos are from a different ruffled diaper cover I made, so it might seem confusing at first): Continue reading

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