Storytime Cushion

11.29.2009


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!

New Jammie Pants

11.28.2009



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!

Black Apple Doll Christmas Presents

11.27.2009



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!

Flower Girl Dress

11.24.2009



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!

Quilted Notecards

11.22.2009




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...



New look and a little explaining...

11.21.2009

Okay, I did a little revamp of noodlehead.  Natalie was Art Director of the new header.  This is her first actual 'thing' she draws besides scibbling or drawing shapes.  Little people!  This is a picture of our family, very interesting how she has it all planned out.  Here's the lowdown on the header:




Pictured from right:  Grandma, Grampa, Mama, Mama, Dada, Emily, Natalie, & Pepper (our dog)

I thought it was so funny that she said there are two mamas (that would be nice - twice the help!).  Thanks for subscribing and following by the way, I'm super thrilled that you read about the stuff I make, and I love to read about what everyone else is doing, too!  Don't forget to let me know you were here, I don't bite (hard that is).  More to come....

Patchwork Skirts

11.20.2009



This was my first solo clothing project from this past spring when I really started getting more into sewing.  I had gone to a local fabric shop with my mom and aunt (and the girls) and came out with this Pink Fig Patchwork skirt pattern and some fabric! 




I had no idea if I'd ever sqeak in the time to make the skirts, I just thought I'd give it a try.  I had great visions of taking Emily's first birthday photos in her skirt alongside her sister, but it just never happened.  I actually barely got them to wear the skirts at all. 




So that's another reason sewing clothing for the girls is on the backburner for now.  They are so cute on though!

Don't make these...

11.19.2009

Really, you wouldn't even like them, not one bit.  Don't even bother reading the recipe. 




Chipper Bars:

2 c. quick oats
1 c. flour
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 c. soft butter
1/3 c. peanut butter
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

In large bowl, mix oats, flour, sugar, butter, soda & salt.  Beat at medium speed until crumbly.  Save 1 1/2 c, spread remaining into 9 x 13 pan.  In small bowl, mix peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk, pour over crust, sprinkle with chocolate chips, and remaining crumb mix.  Bake at 325 degrees until golden brown (about 25-35 minutes).

Now go ahead and eat the whole pan. :)

An Epic Failure

11.18.2009



Well, maybe I'm being a little hard on myself, but this one turned out pretty yucky.  Good thing it's a Christmas present for my own daughter, but then again I'll be staring at it for the next __ years.  I was into a groove when I started it and it was going pretty smoothly. 




Then I attached my walking foot on my sewing machine!  Apparently I must have broken it because I had my husband tighten the screw on the back of the foot and it got a little too tight.  It took tiny little stitches and puckered and stretched the whole thing! 




It doesn't help that I was in love with these fabrics.  My daughter loves red (although not as much as she used to), and the starling fabric is just perfect. 




I did hand bind the quilt, which is 36"x48".  It was fun and the first time I tried it on a quilt.  It was nice to sit down and watch a couple movies with my husband while working on it.  Yes, it took a couple movies, hopefully I'll get a little more speedy someday.

I'm moving on to make a similar quilt for my other daughter, wish me luck...




Oh, and I also decided to treat myself to a little present from Japan...you'll have to wait until later to see what's inside.

Christmas Presents

11.15.2009



I've been waiting and waiting for the right thing to pop into my head about what to use this fabric for.  It's a super soft cotton poplin, so I finally decided I had to make pillow cases!  I've always had a thing for bedding, I remember picking out my bedding in 6th grade even (which I still have by the way - it's just tucked away).  I think it's still cool and that doesn't happen too often when you think about things you used to like in 6th grade.




So I hunted down some instructions for pillow cases with french seams.  I used Bari J.'s measurements for the pieces and then realized her instructions didn't have pictures.  Not good when you're trying to figure things out at 12 o'clock at night.  So I jumped on Little Birdie Secrets' blog and used their great tutorial here (and just used the french seam instructions from Bari J.'s). 







I made 3 last night and they came together really quickly.  I can't wait to give them away at Christmas.  That's one project off my to-do list for Christmas, yay!




I also have some great books on my desk from our library (I think this is either the second or third time I've checked out most of these.  There are some really great projects in the Impatient Patchworker that I've already made a while ago.

30 Minute Modern Bed Skirt

11.13.2009

I've always made my own bedskirts for my beds because I'm so cheap frugal.  I think it's really inexpensive, modern and not a lot of frill.  I don't like ruffles on bedskirts.  On dresses, yes, bedskirts = no.  What I do is buy an extra flat sheet that coordinates with my bedding (mine is from Ikea a couple years ago).  And since I have two comforter covers, I'm sort of making a double layer bedskirt by adding another layer on top of my bedskirt I made a while ago.  When I switch bedding, I'll just flip up the different colored bedskirt, and tuck it in between the mattress & boxspring.  Hopefully my pictures won't mix you up (I'm adding the dark blue layer over top of the sage green layer). 

Ingredients:
  • 1 flat bed sheet (mine was a queen size because our bed is a queen).
  • material to make the decking with (probably white muslin or other inexpensive fabric)
  • pinking shears (makes it even speedier so you don't have to worry about finishing the seams)
  • thread

First measure the height you'll need to make the bedskirt.  Measure from the floor to the top of the boxspring, plus a little extra.  Then measure the three sides of the bed, side, end, side.  Making sure you add a half inch or so for hemming.




Cut your pieces from the sheet.  This is the quick part because most of the sheet is already hemmed for you! 




Sew the unfishished sides of the bedskirt sheet pieces.  Just turn under, iron, and sew.




Pin the pieces you just cut from the flat sheet right sides facing to the decking material.  Sew together using about a 1/2" seam allowance. Do this for each side and end of bed.  I extended the piece a little longer than the decking so the boxspring won't show through the corner as much.




Here's a closeup of the corner.




You're done! Put it on your bed!  If you want, add some ties to the corners to keep your boxspring from peeking out.  My bedskirt cost me about $15 and it matches my bedding perfectly!  You'll have a bunch of extra fabric from the middle of the sheet, so make some matching throw pillows!

Let me know if you have any questions!  Thanks for reading!

Christmas Stockings of the Past...

11.12.2009

I'm just throwing these out there for fun.  The Christmas Stockings of my life...


My stocking my mom made me when I was little, almost 30 years old now, pretty good shape!


The stocking I made in 6th grade.  It has all our family pets at the time.  Brownie & Heidi our dogs, Tommy and Daisy our cats.  This was made from felt that was glued together, needless to say it's being held together by safety pins, oh yeah, and all the pets have long passed.  Kind of sad, but we have such fond memories of each pet.


My stocking I made with glitter (high class here).  My husband (then boyfriend at the time) and I, made them together!  Those were the days.


And the lump of coal he includes in my stocking each Christmas.


This stocking was made by my husband, all on his own I might add, when Natalie was in utero.  We didn't find out the sex of either girls until they were born, so thus the 'brand new baby' title.



These are the stockings from last year, obviously I wasn't into sewing any at that point.  Can you say glitter glue explosion?

If you want to make a keepsake Christmas stocking (sans glitter), check out this.

Just an idea...

11.12.2009

Anyone out there intested in doing a combined blog with lil 'ol me?  I think it would be more fun and plus we'd be able to bounce ideas off one another.  I feel like I have so many ideas I want to try and just not enough time to do them (my girlies are quite time consuming as I'm sure a lot of you other mommies know).  Of course take a look see around my blog and see what I've got going so far.  I'm sure we'd have to have a similar asthetic and overall design sense, but I think it would be a fun challenge.  Even if you already have a blog, maybe I could jump on with you, either way.  I mostly think it would be fun to have another person into sewing, but I'm open to ideas!

Send me an email (under my blogger profile) and let me know if you're interested or comment on this post.  I really like what the ladies at Crafterhours are doing. 

I have another tutorial coming up maybe by tomorrow for a quick & easy bedskirt.  Here's a pic of some mischief my girls were up to this morning while I was washing dishes (I had to hold myself back from laughing):


The Handmade Dress Giveaway at Grosgrain

11.10.2009



Of course when I saw this giveaway I had to link.  I love all of Samantha's dress patterns, I just wish my girls liked wearing dresses more.  I had so much fun being a pattern tester for the Miss Alice dress a little while back.  I'm hoping to get another project that I've been working on posted tomorrow.

Christmas Stocking Tutorial

11.05.2009

Did you like this stocking?  Want to make one yourself? Well, I figured there are probably a lot of tutorials on how to make Christmas stockings, this one is the way I did it.  I like that it allows room for embroidering the name, what's a stocking without a name on it?

Here's what you need:
  • Stocking pattern pieces (I'm providing a PDF of the stocking pattern pieces I used, or you can trace one from a stocking you like) 
  • 1/2 yard main fabric
  • 1/2 yard white muslin (used for lining)
  • scraps of linen (or scraps from your white muslin) for name placket
  • 18" of bias tape (for binding at top of stocking)
  • 2"x 16" piece of colored fabric (mine was a deep red)
  • Warm & white cotton batting (maybe 1/4 yard)
  • thread
  • embroidery floss
  • water soluble marking pen
  • scrap of ribbon, button (for making hook)
Ready?



Cut 2 pieces of the stocking pattern from the white muslin
Cut 2 pieces of the main fabric from the stocking template
Cut 2 pieces from the linen for your name placket (cuff piece)
{Sew with 1/4 seam allowances throughout.}




Place white muslin (for interior) right sides together and sew along edge, leaving 'top' of stocking open. Set aside.




Take main fabric and sew your 2" wide fabric together, then sew linen to that 2" wide fabric.  Repeat for back side of stocking.  Press seam allowances down towards main colored fabric.


After sewing both front and back exterior pieces of the stocking it's a good idea to embroider your 'names' on the stocking.  Just use your water soluble pen and write the name however you'd like, then use a satin stitch to embroider the name.  (this is definitely the most time consuming step).  At this time I also did  a little bit of hand quilting to keep the top pieces attached to the batting better.



Next, place a piece of batting on your work surface, then put the pieced exterior right side up on top of that.  Then place the other pieced exterior piece right side down and then place the remaining batting on top of that.  Pin.  Sew along edge, again leaving 'top' of stocking open.



Turn exterior pieced fabric with batting attached right side out.  Slip the white muslin liner into the stocking, wrong sides facing together.  Attach your binding to the top of the stocking, just like you would for making a quilt.  I tried hand sewing the binding for the first time.  I love it.  I used this tutorial and just looked at the pics for how to tack the binding down.  If you haven't done it this way before give it a try!



Lastly, take a 8" scrap of ribbon make a loop and attach to stocking by sewing on a button through all layers.
Now go hang that stocking by the chiminey with care!

Let me know if you have any questions.

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