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Storytime Cushion

This idea had been stuck in my head for a long time.  I couldn’t get it off my brain so I knew I had to make it so I could move on to other projects.  I’m calling it the storytime cushion because I think it would be perfect for a reading nook or in a bedroom.  It can also do double duty by being a chair pad!  Natalie is infamous for being a stander/kneeler at the table, so hopefully this will make it a little more cushy for her. 

The cushion measures about 15″ in diameter and has a handy little zipper so it can be washed.  I used a dark wash denim on the top and bottom hoping that it will make it a little more durable.  I’m always doodling while the girls are coloring and the rainbow one is a doodle that I draw all the time.  Do you draw the same things over and over, or do you always come up with new stuff?  I thought it made a great applique for the top of the cushion.

It was also a great way to use up scraps!  I think I know why people love patchwork so much.  I probably won’t be able to stop now, ha.  I made my own piping using this tutorial for making bias tape from a fat quarter and some cording I bought at Home Depot.  I love the all the text fabrics that are out there, especially this one by Sweetwater for Moda. 

If anyone’s interested I did plan on making a tutorial (although I’ll be needing to refine the measurements a little – thank goodness patchwork is forgiving).   Let me know if you want the how-to!   Update: Aug 2010: Ended up losing motivation to make this into a tutorial.  And the fact that I just can’t sew with piping very well.  You can find a similar type project here or here.  The only differences is that I used a zipper for the opening and put a 3″ slab of foam in there that I had cut into a circle!  Hope that helps!

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New Jammie Pants

I finally did it.  I made pants!  For some unknown reason I haven’t made any sort of pants yet {please don’t think less of me}. I had some goofy flannel to use up and we are running low in the pants department.  Emily’s pants are all too big around the waist for her (I’m planning on fixing that with this tutorial).  And Natalie is getting too tall for her old jammies.  I always find it hard to sew clothes for them because most of the time they don’t need anything, but this time they did!  And guess who wore their pants all day long today? Yep, they both did.  I was amazed.  I let the sewing fairy leave them their pants at the breakfast table for them to discover in the morning.  Kinda fun. 

I used Handmade Mommy’s 15 minute jammy pant tutorial and it worked great!  Up until now I had been fearful (for some yet undiscovered reason) of using clothing to trace to make patterns with.  I just had one tiny snafu.  I traced a pair of tighter stretch knit pants for Natalie.  Of course flannel isn’t stretchy like knit, so her pants may only fit her for a couple weeks before we’ll have to tuck them away.  Anyway, I’m glad I made them and now I’m excited to make more!

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Black Apple Doll Christmas Presents

I’m probably one of the last people to jump on the Black Apple Doll wagon, but here are a couple I made for the girls for Christmas.  They were really fun to make, the pattern and directions were really easy to follow (can’t go wrong with pictures). 

I hand painted the faces, which I’m relatively happy with for now.  I did get a good tip from Deanna of Just Deanna about adding a seam allowance to the leg and arm pattern pieces.  I added about a 1/4 inch which turned out great.

I’ve got more plans for these dolls in the future – some cute clothes and shoes perhaps?  And then I got to thinking about making the dolls their very own sleeping bags or tote bags to use, I can hardly wait!  They’re taking a nap in my closet until Christmas, shhh! don’t wake them up!

Oh, and I couldn’t resist, don’t tell Santa I’ve been naughty!
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Flower Girl Dress

Ashley at Lil Blue Boo with her recent (maybe not so recent now) flower girl dress post, reminded me of a flower girl dresses I made with my mom.  We ended up making two dresses for the flower girls in my brother’s wedding (my daughter and another niece of the bride). The wedding was in October two years ago already! time flies.  Looking back at the pictures is so fun.  And the flower girls were so cute!

I used Butterick pattern B4112.  I think the fit was pretty accurate, maybe a tad on the big size, but I highly recommend it for a flower girls dress!

The bow was from David’s Bridal (to coordinate with the bridal party).

I’ve never seen Natalie like she was that night of the reception, she was in rare form.  I think I barely got to sit down for two minutes (kind of difficult chasing a toddler when in a strapless dress/high heels, especially when you’re used to wearing t-shirts).  She was in and out and running around like crazy, it was fun though!

Congratulations J&L on two years, you love birds!

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Quilted Notecards

I love sewing on paper.  I love paper, at one point I used to love paper more than fabric (not anymore though :(.  I made these notecards the other day, once you get into a rythm they are so fun to make.  Of course I ran across MADE’s tutorial and had to make them.  These really got my brain going on quilt combinations, oooh, the possibilities!
When I was making these I got to thinking about when I sewed my wedding programs together (almost 7 years ago now – time flies).  Back then I decided it was a good project to leave for the morning of the wedding ceremony, ha!  Luckily my mom was there to help and we got them done in no time, not to mention it was a handy way of keeping the programs together.  Part of my old job was designing custom wedding invites and I’ve been designing them in my free time ever since.  Designing wedding invites and all the stationary that goes with them is one of my favorite things to do, I would start a wedding invite business if I could.  Someday…
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