Thursday, October 29, 2009

Polka Dots

Bug is still obsessed with polka dots, and we don't seem to have enough in her closet currently. My solution? This awesome pink fabric my Mom picked up for me. I just did a simple pillowcase dress, but made it into a shirt. I layered it with a long sleeve shirt, and I love the look!
I bribed her with nerds for posing. She was much more cooperative with candy in hand. Cheese!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Ruffle makeover

After yet another great ruffle post on My Mama Made it, I decided to do one myself! I just love how it turned out! I hauled the girls out to the thrift store today to get something cream to use for Bug's cuffs on her halloween costume, and we saw this sweatshirt just begging for a girly addition.
I used the same cream I picked up for Bug's cuffs - love a double duty purchase!

I love how the pleats are uneven - a big step for me. I like everything even. I can't help myself.

Maybe she will be called a boy less now...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Candy Corn

I saw this tutorial for a candy corn pillow, and decided that I could modify it to make bean bags. Bug is only recently interested in throwing balls, so I thought a 'toss' game would be good for her. To encourage a 'toss' I made little mats to aim at, using the same basic steps as this tutorial, just no ric rac.
I made my bean bags a little smaller than the tutorial, and cut the cream and orange pieces 2" and the yellow 3", so the finished size is about 5" tall. The mats I cut at 9" x 10" (oops, wanted them square... oh well. the kids haven't complained yet!). Bug was up most of the night last night sick and not in the mood to try a new game - she loves to 'collect' similar things, and to break up this collection was more than her tired two-year old mind could handle. Tomorrow I will try setting the mats out around her and have her toss and aim at them. Poor little girl was so exhausted!
So she went to bed and Moo played 'clean up' the bean bags and put them in a basket. I can't believe how much fun she had cleaning these up!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Tick-or-Treat bags

I made Bug, Moo, and little cousin Muh-Muh trick-or-treat bags with adorable spider fabric from Mom's store. I did a tutorial HERE. I love how they turned out!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Sweet Dress

Confession: I am scared to death to sew anything with sleeves. It probably goes back to 4-H sewing when I was 8 and Mom insisted I pick something sleeveless. She said they were just too hard to do, and we moved on with an easy jumper pattern. I have never sewn sleeves, so summer sewing has been quite convenient. Now with this snow... I wasn't quite sure what to do until I found this pattern "The Sweet Dress" from Leila and Ben. It was a breeze! Still no 'setting' sleeves, but it doesn't seem so far out of reach now.
I hate to buy nice fabric for something I am not sure will work out, so the girls and I headed to our local thrift store, and this beauty from J Crew was waiting for me! Bug said she liked it, and so we got it for $1.50. Much better than a yard of fabric at $8 or more a yard!
While I was sewing it, I asked her if she thought she would like it. She did a great big sigh, tilted her head to the side and said "I sure hope so!" Turns out she loves it!

I also had some winter owl fabric I picked up at JoAnn's on sale a year ago, so Moo got one too!

I love that it is a short sleeved pattern, making it great to layer with - many more copies of this one to come for sure!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Bow bows

Over the last couple weeks, Moo has been getting called a little boy more and more... and I don't love it. I thought I was doing pretty good about dressing her in pink, but I am noticing that even a hint of neutral in her clothing (like, say, jeans) and she's suddenly a 'he'. So my solution? Bows! Okay, so not actually bows, but hair clips. Bug still calls them 'bow bows' and so that's what they are at our house. Even an elastic is a bow. These are my favorites! I love that they are so easy to make - a little ribbon, a little hot glue, a clip, and some velcro and you're done! The velcro helps it stay in a little better - I just use the 'loopy' part of the velcro and glue it inside the top part.

Saturday, October 3, 2009


I am still new to quilting my own tops, and stippling what I have done the most of. Today I decided to make a new baby doll blanket (six doesn't seem to be enough around here) so this is what I ended up with! Pebble quilting! Still needs a binding, but I couldn't get it back long enough to sew it on...

We also have a polka dot obsession lately, so I thought Bug would love it. So far, she loves keeping it out of Moo's reach.
'... so Moo go her own! So far she thinks it's really fun to sit on. As long as it's getting used...
As a side note, I really love how it turned out. It took a LOT of thread. Like 2-3 bobbins for a doll quilt. Seriously.