Yeah I know. It’s a pretty random title. It’s pretty random around here this week.
My oldest took a big fall while playing at school mid-week. He fell on his face My heart dropped to the pit of my stomach when I walked into the office to pick him up after they had called me. I think the office secretary was a little concerned I’d start bawling right there.
But it looked much worse than it really was. We cleaned him up and slathered Neosporin all over. And it was back to business as usual in our home.
I’ve been busy repurposing some of Rex’s old baby blankets. I’d been saving them for years. I’m happy to have found a good use for them with my new “skills”
I turned one of them into these for Jack-Jack! A pajama top was wayy too complicated for me to tackle so I settled on pajama pants and appliqued her initial on a plain white shirt to match! I found a simple tutorial for the pants here.
Sorry, this was the best shot I could take of her in it.
They are super comfy and soft. It makes me smile to see her walking around the house in them at bedtime.
I knew I wanted to make some kind of soft toy for her out of one of them so I found this pattern for a penguin on a sewing blog I had started following. Except my penguin could pass for an owl. And has a slightly “misplaced” nose. *sigh* But we won’t look too closely will we? 1 year olds barely know the difference between owls and penguins.(They are both birds right?). She cares that it looks like a baby (that’s what she called it at first) and that it’s super soft and cuddly!
Rex has put in a request for a Police penguin. Wish me luck.
So I made another top for my baby girl. Yeah I just dove right in and made something I totally adored. Even though I was really unsure how it was going to go seeing as I had only learned how to use my sewing machine last week. And it’s only my 2nd attempt at making anything.
I had found this tutorial last year when I was starting to get interested in learning to sew. Well I never really got around to figuring out my sewing machine so I just forgot about it. I found it again browsing the Pinterest boards. I had to try it. It is just too adorable for words! Well if you like ruffles that is….
I scoured the internet and watched a few YouTube videos on the different ways to create ruffles. I found a simple way on my machine and went to work.
Much much much ruffling later we have this.
The top is originally made to be worn by itself without anything underneath. But we live in SF. None of my kids own anything without sleeves. So I measured it large enough so that 1. she could grow into it and 2. she could always where something underneath.
And look how versatile it is with a little jacket over… Hehe…
Jack-Jack wore it on her lunch date with her main man. He claimed it looked like a wedding cake. She was obviously not pleased with that.
Well I guess maybe it does have a wedding-like feel about it… *sigh* It IS a lot of ruffles…
I love it though. It was pretty tedious work ruffling those lines of fabrics. But it was not a difficult project at all.
And here is one last shot of what she’d look like in it if say, we lived in… Florida
Posted in Sewing
Tagged ruffles, sewing, top
So it’s been raining. And I’ve been busy. Since we’ve been cooped up indoors I decided to learn to sew!
I had bought this sewing machine used on Craigslist about 8 months or more ago. It’s been sitting under my desk collecting dust.
My friend Anna, and supermom photographer, crafter and now seamstress, flooded my Pinterest feed with these insanely adorable things she was making or going to make. That was enough to get me inspired to at least attempt to learn how my machine worked.
So… after FOUR hours of just trying to figure out, threading, bobbins, presser foots, tension and sewing a straight line, I finally set up my little sewing machine! Yay!
And this is the first thing I made to practice my straight line sewing! (Well I’m not going to show you the ugly tote I made from scrap materials before this one).
A pretty and SIMPLE top for my baby girl. I found it here at this link. Cute yeah? (here’s where you nod your head and pretend you don’t see all the crooked seams and loose threads hanging)
I picked a bright color fabric for the top to fight our gloomy week. It made me happy to see her in it
Yes there were a lot of little things wrong with it. But I won’t do too many closeups so you can pretend it’s just perfect!
I learned A LOT by just diving in and making something. Sewing is SO addictive. My Pinterest feed is no full of cute little things I want to try. Skirts, ruffles, covers, pincushions…. Oh the possibilities!