Patching Queen

  

My husband was fixing the garage door and his jeans got the raw end of the deal. He wanted me to fix them, so I put the iron on patches upside down below the rip. Then I ironed the top. I’m glad I didn’t try to iron the inside of the leg. 😆

Patches

  

I’ve had two pairs of jeans laying around waiting for me to mend them. I finally got around to it today.

      

In addition to ironing them on, I sewed the outside of the patch with contrasting thread, pink and bright blue, according to the choices of my daughters.

  

Who knew that a 4 year old girl would tear up her jeans so fast? I would expect this of boys, but geez, I have a little active one. 🙂 I used green thread on these.

Finished: Toddler Apron

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Isn’t this how every craft session starts? When I started sewing, the was trying to catch my hand as it fed the fabric through the machine.

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I put the right sides of the ruffle and the bottom of the apron together. I also put the draw strings next to them as well. I ironed the seam after I was done, and sewed on the pocket.

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Trying to get a picture was difficult.

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This was as good as it was going to get. It’s a bit big, but she’ll use it for a long time.

 

 

Progress: Toddler apron

 

Mostly ironing was what I did today. I folded the waist and neck strings right sides together and ironed them. I seamed two  sides together, and cut the square edge off diagonally.

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IMG_0705 Then I turned them right side out.

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IMG_0708I worked on the pocket, ironing the sides back and hemming the top of the pocket.

IMG_0707I also hemmed the bottom ruffle – after ironing a double fold. I was able to sew a baste stitch to gather it.

Then I heard a two year old whimpering down the stairs. So I picked her up and she’s now sleeping on my lap.

 

Sewing: Toddler Apron

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My kids love to be in the kitchen and being my sous chefs. I only have one apron that I bought for my eldest daughter, while my youngest was still an infant. Let’s just say there are fights over the one apron, which is bright pink. I bought it from Hobby Lobby.

During the last part of “nap time” today I cut out these pieces. I traced the main part of the apron onto a newspaper for a template. Then I guesstimated a straight piece for a ruffle, two draw strings to tie together, and a piece to hold it onto the neck (I have no idea if that has a special name or not).

Next I plan to iron all the pieces and hems. I suppose we’ll see how far I’ll get during the next nap time…. which will probably be Monday.

The Fall Festival

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It took me a couple full days to finish these costumes. I am evidently not so good with elastic. Everything with elastic was too big. I made the knee pads for Wonder Red with elastic and they are down around her ankles. Oops.

This was at our Fall Festival at our Church. They had games for the kids to play to get candy or a toy prize. They had a bouncy house, which by far was the most popular thing for all the kids.

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I could not for the life of me find a pink crown. I found purple, green, silver, and more, but no pink ones. So we went to the dollar store to improvise. I bought pink foam crown shapes, and pipe cleaners. I used hot glue to fold over the bottom of the crown to encase the pipe cleaners to hold it onto her head, and also to glue on the gems to the crown. However, her forehead turned pink… and it just had to wear off, wipes didn’t help.

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Next year, I hope I choose something less labor intensive. My house certainly did not thank me for all the hours I neglected it to make these costumes. But the girls were so happy. 🙂

 

Red Riding Hood or Wonder Red

DSCN0934These are the handwarmers.

DSCN0942This top was rather fast to make. Doesn’t look like much, but hey, it’s just a costume, doesn’t need to be great like it would if she was wearing it every day. I also made a cape… but I forgot to picture it. Now all I have to do is make shoe covers and knee pads out of felt…. oh geez… and hat, i just realized that as I was typing this. Darn. Definitely start before October next year. And what in the world is going to happen if I ever have another kid. I’ll have to start in March.

Princess Pea or Princess Presto

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Well the gloves are done.

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This dress is too much trouble. I have yet to figure out how I’m going to do the overskirt. I just did this dress out of the top of my head. Next year, if I’m making something I will definitely buy a pattern. I also probably need to do a skirt to go underneath to pouf it out a little, but I’m not sure I’m going to get there. I should definitely start this before October.

Upcycled Dress

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I bought this shirt for myself a while ago. It’s not really my style. I liked the fabric, but the shirt is more hippy-ish than I am. So I decided to make it into a dress for my daughter. I cut the sides out and sewed up the sides.  I took the drawstrings from the shirt and used them for shoulder straps. They’re still a bit long, so I need to fix that. But all in all I think it turned out well.
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Colorful New Cushions

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Last year my neighbors moved out and left some stuff out by the trash cans.  I always wanted some wicker outdoor furniture and… I got some. 🙂 The cushion was not that great… and covered in dog hair… gross. I have to say that the finished product is the most colorful thing we have in our possession. Most of our stuff is beige, though I love color. I’m just a little shy about using it.

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So I took apart the cushion and took all the stuffing out. I had hoped that it was just a cover and all I’d have to make was a cover, but no, the stuffing was polyfil.

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I used the old fabric as a guide for the new fabric. I used outdoor fabric from Joann’s.
I also bought some fabric for some pillows for back cushions. I found a pin on pinterest for directions on how to sew pillow covers. I bought the pillow forms at Joann’s for 50% off.

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I was a bit distracted while I was cutting the fabric and didn’t double check before I cut. I realized that I didn’t have enough fabric to make the envelope closure in the back… so I sewed on some more fabric and thought it’d make it look intentional by putting a contrasting stitch down beside the seam. 🙂 I actually like how it looks. Except for I’m not as clean of a sewer as I’d like. I just realized that my stitches don’t look super clean in that picture.

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I had better success with this pillow.

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Here’s the finished product… well as finished as it could be. I’m waiting for it to get really hot so I can spray down the furniture so it’ll dry quickly.

I also probably need to paint it and maybe re-cane the legs. Or I could not paint it and it’ll be shabby-chic. What do you guys think? Any recommendations?