I see it as a gift to be able to use my skills on behalf of my family and friends. Often though, I have to take full advantage of the grace that flows between family members. My sister asked for this bag well over two years ago; before pregnancy, a newborn now a toddler, and a move. She has graciously waited.
Now that I’m finding a little more time to pursue my creative interests again, I’m feeling really good about getting some neglected projects done.
This camera bag was inspired by a bag my sister found on etsy but could not afford. I worked out the pattern and instructions myself, though I would tweak it a bit if I make another one.
My new Double Love baby quilts are underway for my esty store.
I’m using adorable printed fabrics on one side and soft and cuddly fabrics on the reverse.
I’m trying to create beauty and comfort for baby.
I’ve made several of these for gifts and our little guy loves to cuddle up in his.
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I’m so glad to finally have something new to share with you. Now that I’m getting settled into a new house and the new baby is not so new anymore, its time to refocus my creative efforts again. The machine is unpacked and I’m working on new items for my Etsy store. This week I finished up a new type of crazy quilted ornament.
Introducing the new Crazy Quilted Tree Ornament
I plan on offering this ornament in a limited number of colors, we’ll see how that plan goes.
Caleb is on the way for our dear friends and we are so excited to see him.
I created this simple quilt as a snug reminder of how much we all love him already.
I added a personal touch by embroidering a “Special Delivery” stamp.
I thought these little owls were so cute.
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I really enjoyed making a crocheted brooch as a gift this Christmas.
This was the perfect project to work on during baby’s nap time.
Do you have any go to projects for short bursts of free time?
I recently made a Caterpillar Onesie as a gift for a girlfriend’s new baby, shortly thereafter I received an invite for a welcome baby party. I sure didn’t want to show up empty handed , so I needed something quick and easy since my new little guy (three months old now) doesn’t give me much time for sewing and crafting any more. Hurray again for Pinterest. I love the bibs made over at Stubbornly Crafty and used her template to make my own simplified version.
Here’s how I made mine.
Supplies: Approximately one 12 x 15 piece each of terry cloth and quilter’s cotton, coordinating ribbon, and sew on velcro.
Cut out one bib in each of the fabrics using the template. Aline your ribbon across the quilters cotton and sew in place along the top and bottom edge of the ribbon. Using one of your machines fancy stitches might look nice here.
Place your bib pieces right sides together. Starting about three inches from one of the bottom corners, stitch toward the corner and around the bib. After rounding back around the other bottom corner, stop stitching to leave an opening about four inches so you may turn the bib right side out. Clip the seam allowance in the curved areas. Turn your bib and use a tool to push out the corners and curves.
Pin the bottom opening closed. Top stitch around the entire bib, being sure to catch the front and back of the bottom opening to secure it shut.
Sew on your velcro to each side of the neck flaps. Be sure one piece is sewn on the front, and one piece to the back so it will close properly.
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I’m borrowing my bib idea from my Sweet Treats Top to make another baby gift for one of my friends. This will use the third of a five pack of Onesies I purchased recently; I’m challenging myself to use them all in a creative way. Let’s see how I do.
Here’s how I made the Helene Bib Onesie.
Supplies: Onesie or other top, two 3/8 in buttons, 1 1/4 in x 2 in fabric for the placket, 4 in x 7 in fabric for the ruffle, and 3/4 in x 1 1/2 in fusible interfacing (optional).
Fold the 4 x 7 in ruffle piece of fabric in half length wise, right sides facing. Sew along the short ends using a 1/4 in seam allowance. Turn and press. Using a long basting stitch, stitch along the top raw edge of the ruffle piece. Use the basting stitches to gather the upper edge into a ruffle.
Pin the ruffle in place at the center front of your neckline.
Center and fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the placket piece, then fold in all raw edges by 1/4 in and press towards the center of the wrong side. Pin the placket in place over the ruffle, being sure to cover the raw edges of the ruffle.
Top stitch around the edge of the placket through all layers.
Hand sew on your buttons.