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.

 

 

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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.

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.

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?

New blog

I’ve been posting a lot of food on this blog… which was not originally what it was intended for. So I started another blog which will only be food related: Transforming Eating.

This blog will be related to crafty things like knitting (hence connect the knots), sewing, and upcycling.

Speaking of upcycling… sometimes I think dumpster diving would be a good idea, but of course, I never do it. There’s a family video right outside our house that is adding a pizza place, so there are three big dumpsters that look like they’ve got some pretty good stuff in it – mostly wood that could be recycled. I don’t have any woodworking tools though. Yet another reason why I don’t go dumpster diving.

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Car Seat Pillow

I decided to make a car seat pillow for my eldest daughter for our road trip next week. I started cutting out two pieces of fabric. Both six inches wide and 3-4 feet long. I didn’t really measure how long it should be.

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I sewed around three edges and the corners at 45 degree angles, and cut the edges off.

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I stuffed it with poly-fil and then sewed the bottom together.

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My daughter said it’s pretty. 🙂

My Sister’s Purse

I finally got my table upstairs so I could put my sewing machine on it.  I had a project: my sister’s Christmas present, a purse.

I used another purse as my guide, but after trying to make a pattern freehand, I realized it needed more precision.  I got my ruler out and actually did some math.

The most difficult part about it was putting the zipper in the top and attaching the handle at the same time.  I had to handstitch one side, it was not incredibly fun… nor does it look incredibly professional.  But who looks at the seams anyways?

Crafts

 

I made the top a long time ago, but yesterday I decided to stitch the bottom of it together and finish the pillow… by hand… maybe not so time-smart.

I bought 4 of those peg board thingys, but they always fell off the wall, no matter what i did, and they got the corners broken off from their falling to the ground.  I decided to take the cabinet liners from the old nasty duplex (after cleaning them, of course) and glue (with fabric glue – the most convenient thing I had) the peg boards on them.  It looks pretty good if I do say so myself.

 

I have practiced for an hour and a half today.

School starts tomorrow… must get there early to check instruments out to whoever needs them.