Friday, September 30, 2011

Reusable Snack Bags

I inherited a few scraps of oil cloth from Rachel's dopp kit. I knew exactly what I wanted to make out of it: reusable snack bags. Since the snack goes inside the pouch (duh!) I wanted the inside to be easily wiped down, but also wanted the pattern on the outside. I cut two pieces per pouch, zigzagged them together with right sides out. Then, I stitched up the sides (and added velcro somewhere along the way). So far, they are working out nicely. I keep one in my son's backpack with a few wet wipes in it so he can clean his hands after snack time at school. I just might have to make more of these.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Birthday Bunting

The Birthday Bunting Modeled By Dad

Last week I made a bunting to hang up for the kids' birthdays. I was able to use up a lot of scraps I had laying around, and I ended up with enough flags to sew up another bunting. This turned out to be a very easy project, perfect for learning how to use my new (to me) sewing machine.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

For The Princess

Here is the dress I made for my daughter for her birthday. After a fruitless search for a pattern that I liked, I found this tutorial online. I knew I had to make it! I had just enough princess fabric to make it work. The dress is the size 5 and I used 1 1/2 yards. I'm amazed that you can make a dress as flouncy as this with so little fabric! I am really thrilled with the way it turned out, and so is she, except that she wants the flower in front to be pink and not blue/green. Time for a lesson in complimentary color! :) The only thing I would change about the pattern is the width of the bodice. Its a bit too wide for my girl, so if I make it again I will take it in.

The back: this is what sold me on the dress!

The skirt has four ruffled tiers

The flower in question

Ruffle Closeup


Perfect for twirling!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Dress: Simplicity 2886

Here is a dress I actually finished about a month or so ago. It's taken me all this time to get pictures of it, but I have worn it a few times. A sweet friend of mine, Linda, sent me a Joanns card for my birthday. I decided that I was going to make something just for me! :) I did the whole inner-debate-in-the-fabric-aisle about where or not this fabric was too obnoxious. Obviously, I decided to get it. I knew I would be adding a black waistband and piping. The waistband is pleated? Tucked? I can never remember what its called. I added the piping and left off the sash that was called for. I am happy with the results, although I have to get used to the feel of the dress, because it makes me feel like I am wearing a six person tent! :)