Tre Fiori Broach

Recently my sister-in-law came home with a dress that was just the right price, but needed a little something extra.

I worked up the Tre Fiori Broach by starting with a couple of flowers that I had made in the past, felted a third flower, and created a new assemblage.

Let’s see if she likes it.

Fennel In The Garden cuff by mahlicadesigns

I’ve worked up another version of a wrist cuff using some of my oatmeal colored linen. I was inspired by the umbrel shaped flowers and the lovely yellow of fennel.

I’ll be adding this one to my etsy store.

And this one too…

Here I used some dark denim from a slit front skirt I’m working on. ( I’m almost done with the skirt and its on the way to the blog)

Hand Made Baby Booties

One of the great parts of handmade is making something special for others. With babies in the near future for two friends, I knew I definitely wanted to make their gifts. Quilts are always such an appealing idea to me for baby gifts, but with my tendencies towards procrastination, not a good option. Instead, I’ve been keeping my eyes out for handmade shoe patterns for baby.

I made a set of slip-on baby booties for each mom to be, using the template and directions from Fleeting Thing.com.

I added a short elastic band as I sewed the top and bottom pieces together so I would not have to hand stitch in the elastic after the fact.

Aren’t these so cute?

The Water’s Edge cuff by mahlicadesigns

I can’t bear to toss my scraps, I’ve said this before, and as evidence you’ll find several projects on my blog that use left over fabric from other projects.

I’ve worked up another version of a wrist cuff using some oatmeal colored linen and embroidery floss, this time experimenting with some stitching lines.

I’m thinking of using this type of accent stitching at the bottom hem line of a curved front wrap skirt.

And look, I’ve already used some of my newly found buttons.

I’ll be adding these to my etsy store.

The H-I Def Cuff by mahlicadesigns

I can’t bear to toss my scraps, so I’m constantly on the look out for ideas to use them up. I really like the idea of making cuffs to use up small pieces and experiment with new techniques. In my first go at making a cuff I used Leigh Ann Tennant’s Alter Ego cuff pattern to combine the H and I shapes to interlink into an interesting under over effect.

After sewing and turning each piece, I top stitched the “H” shape. I then layered the pieces and top stitched the “I” piece attaching it to the “H” piece at the corners at the same time. This took a little maneuvering to hold the “H” piece out of the way as I top stitched the middle portions of the “I”.

Finally, I attached two snaps for closures. You can see in this pic how the topstitching of the “I” piece caught the “H” piece at the corners.

  I’ll be adding the H-I Def cuff to my Esty store.