I had the pleasure and honor of participating in a pattern test group this week for Duck Butt Designs, sewing a Pocket Panel Romper. A lot of new sewing skills for me: sewing with knits – new and upcycled, binding, snaps, gross grain ribbon as a stabilizer, lined hood.
First round I used mommy and daddy’s old tshirts. It was advised to not use your expensive fabrics first off – genius! Second round I used buttery soft knits and minky from Joann’s, Etsy & Pink Zeppelin Fabrics.
Soft N Comfy Dot Fabric
$8.99/yd (buy at store with coupon)
- Pink Zeppelin Fabrics:
Kaleidoscope Balloons Cotton Lycra
$25.00/yd + shipping
- Etsy’s PeekaBoo Fabric Shop:
Pastel Rainbow Stripe Cotton Lycra knit fabric
$9.99/yd + shipping
Pattern options include collar binding or hood, long sleeve or short sleeve, color-block or plain sleeves, pants or shorts, pockets or no pockets, hem or cuffs – Woah! So many options!
This pattern pdf was surprisingly easy to follow for me as a newbie. 👍 I totally love the step by step photos. They helped me tremendously. I’m also digging the color pages provided to map out your fabric coordination.
Those pockets are adorable, right?! I’m definitely feeling empowered and look how cute O looks? 👶
I’m super proud and excited that my romper made the first page of the pattern. Woot!
I was so excited to have the opportunity to make 2 baby games for my Children’s Book themed baby shower thrown for me by my AMAZING family. These games are so fun to make!!!🙂
I especially love the passive games where you can place them on the guest sign-in table or possibly set next to the diaper cake centerpiece and guests can play throughout the party. I have 2 favorite games I like to make; Candy Guessing Game & Baby Due Date Lottery.
Baby shower display – adorable!
Candy Guessing Game
The typical candy guessing games I see online usually involve loads of the same candy (sometimes color coded for baby’s gender) in a clear container (large glass jar or a jumbo size plastic baby bottle bank). I thought I would try to craft something different this time. I sought out to find a container large enough to hold a good amount of candy and plastic so guests can pick up and inspect from all angles. Bingo! I found the perfect container in the shape of a bear at Target filled with animal cookies.
You could use the animal cookies as your guessing “candy”. I prefer candy that is individually wrapped so I decided to fill it with Hershey’s Kisses; both original (silver foil) and cookies n’ cream (light blue foil). It took quite a bit of chocolate to fill that bear; (1) 40oz bag + (3) 10.5oz bags.
My next challenge was to hide the red lid and back/front labels.
- The lid: I cut out some baby fleece fabric, glued it onto the lid and tied a ribbon around it.
- The labels: I cut some blue wrapping paper the same shape as the labels and glued those on. I then searched online for a classic baby book theme involving a bear & kisses and found “A Kiss for Little Bear“. I decided to label the game “How many kisses for little bear?” – perfect!
Fun Candy Guessing Game
Baby Due Date Lottery
The idea is to create a calendar with the due date in the middle and have the quests pay a dollar for each day they guess the baby will actually arrive on. You can decide to let them play the actual due date or not. I covered mine up with a sticker. The person who guessed right will be given the entire lottery pot and if there are multiple guesses the money would be divided of course.🙂
This is an easy one – sort of:
- Use a 12×12″ scrapbook paper and adhere it to a 12×12″ card board which will help the ladies write there name on their date.
- Print out a plain calendar to adhere to the middle. I used my Canon printer’s letter size calendar template and enlarged it slightly to fill the 12×12″ area a little more. I usually just double stick tape everything together because it’s super easy and there’s no dry time. I LOVE Scotch permanent double sided tape!
- I printed out the word August in MS Word using outlined font, colored it in with a shimmer gel pen and cut it out with an Exacto knife. Can we say tedious?! – this is where the Silhouette Cameo machine would come in handy – a girl can dream, can’t she? LOL!
- I added a few baby boy scrapbook embellishments from Joann’s.
- Next it’s important to print out some cute directions to display next to the calendar, since this game will most likely be unattended until it’s game time. Something like: “When will little (name) arrive… Early or Late? Write your name on the day(s) you predict he will arrive. Drop a dollar for each prediction in the glass jar. Good luck!”
- Last but not least, the container for the money. I used a hurricane vase for this one.
Baby Due Date Game
I was so happy to have another crafty friend introduce me to this wonderful technique of making a hemp bracelet. It’s so easy to make that you can make it while watching your favorite TV show. Heck ya!
She showed me this 3 minute video tutorial “How to Make Hemp Jewelry : Making a Square Knot Hemp Bracelet” by ExpertVillage on YouTube.
I used a random button I had for the clasp and just knotted it in. Fits nice and secure. :)
Here’s my first bracelet:
I am so proud of my niece for wanting to be close to Christ and for her 20th birthday, she asked for a new bible. My mother and I were more than happy to give her this wonderful gift. She bought her beautiful soft cover Woman’s Devotional bible and I decided to make a cover for it. It will be something she uses every day of her life, so it needs to be protected! I quickly searched Pinterest for a tutorial on book covers and came across Simply Handmade‘s blog link to Scripture/book cover tutorial.
This tutorial was a life saver. It took me about 5 hours to complete from choosing the right fabric to sewing the finishing touches. While the instructions are a bit vague, the photos provided help visualize how it should ultimately be constructed. I used my favorite fabric which I have plenty of: Keepsake Calico – Yoko Black & White from Joann’s. I love the Keepsake Calico Fabric line .. their fabric prints are really impressive and can be used with so many projects – very worth the price.
Here is my finished product:
Bible Fabric Cover
Bible inside cover
What I improvised:
- I did not have enough white or black thread. I used pink thread to accent the pink button. I think it turned out better this way.
- I did not have interfacing😦 … Therefore, I used some upholstery fabric in my scraps box. It posed a problem during assembly due to it’s thickness but with lots of trimming the seams before turning inside out helped tremendously. I know now I can use a lighter fabric (perhaps canvas fabric) or splurge and just buy some interfacing! LOL
- I did not have magnetic snaps for the closure. I tried to use magnets I had in my craft box and refrigerator but these ultimately failed to connect (especially through fabric – good to know) I improvised with some good old Velcro. I used stitch witchery to glue them in place and then hand stitched the sides to add that extra reinforcement. It must last a very loooong time!🙂
Andie’s Letter Pillows
I had the pleasure of doing another set of letter pillows for this sweet little baby girl, Andie!
I think this sewing project is a very rewarding one, even with all the work it takes to sew in the piping. It just gets such amazing feedback and the kids just love them!
I used pastel fat quarters from Joann’s to make this rainbow assortment. Surprisingly it went perfect with her nursery decor and I had no idea beforehand! YAY!
Who doesn’t love FREE patterns? Craftsy.com posted this wonderful free pattern called “Sew Wise Owl Pillow PDF Pattern” on “Free Pattern Friday” via Facebook. It’s a beginner level sewing pattern – so it’s super easy to do! The hardest part is getting the right fabric combination.
This pattern, created by Foot Loose & Fancy Free Patterns is easy to download, follow instructions, print and cut out which owl you want to sew. There’s a Papa, Mama and Baby owl option – totally cute! I love the snazzy accent color fabric you can sew under the wing.
TIPS I learned from this project:
- The best machine setting for my machine to sew applique edges: zig zag stitch at 1.5 width and 0.3 length. Next time I will use a stabilizer for smoother lines.
- I used Steam-A-Seam 2 fusible sheets for the eyes, beak and chest appliques and was extremely satisfied. Easy to use and the best part is that it’s not permanent until you iron them, which is very important!
My finished baby owl pillow
Pinterest has been bar far the best thing ever invented!! I mean nothing could be better than a well organized visual representation of your bookmarks, ideas, favorite things and places, etc. I love that I can virtually hoard all the DIY projects I want to make in my life span!
My most recent sewing project came from Just Another Day In Paradise blog post which I thankfully found on good ol’ Pinterest🙂
This tutorial was illustrated very well with step-by-step and imagery. I did not make my own bias (although it’s something I want to do in my near future!) but I did buy the Walmart 4-pk towels she recommends and used some scrap fabric to make the applique. I also translated her tutorial into my own sketched steps with measurements.
Can’t wait to make more of these with the rest of the towels, perhaps one with a whale applique and another with a duck applique! Woohoo!
My sketched steps
My supplies from Joann’s & Walmart
My finished hooded towel🙂