All posts tagged: Handmade Gifts

A Frozen Halloween!

Happy Daylight Saving today! (LOL… “they call it Arizona” “it’s NOT plural!”… that video cracks me up – if you haven’t seen it take a minute and click the link; it’ll be worth your time). Okay, so it wasn’t frozen at all… it was actually pretty hot yesterday (poor little Olaf was melting!)… but here’s how the costumes turned out! :) Olaf Patterns: Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop Snowman Costume (Free Pattern! but also just learned they sell fabric… have you seen their knit panels… so cute!), Go To Baby Leggings (Free Pattern!), Dylan Onesie Patten (also made here; I added an extra panel of interfacing-reinforced fabric on the inside under the snaps this time and it was a lot easier; snaps are definitely the way to go – last time I made the one with velcro and I think it was scratching his legs too much), Fleece Hat Pattern from Tracy’s Treasury (Free Pattern! — I lengthened the ear flaps and added velcro for the chin strap). Fabric: Organic Cotton Stretch French Terry from Cali Fabrics for the onesie …

Made Up: Sutton Blouse!

As I’m sure those of you in the sewing world have seen, the Made Up Initiative from Karen at Did You Make That? is well underway and it’s pretty amazing to see how much has been raised so far (£2,402.90 as I write this… all to benefit the National Literacy Trust)!! Way to be, sewing world. :D My pledge was to finish (okay, start…) :/ the Sutton blouse I’ve been planning for B (my bff since about the 1st grade)… she is turning 30 later this month (aka joining the fun club!) so when she was over a few weeks ago to pupsit I left out a pile of fabrics and had her pick her favorite. She picked this “Watercolor Floral Polyester Chiffon” that I got on sale from Mood back in March. Funny thing is it’s one that I picked out specifically for her back then, but when it came it didn’t end up working for the project I had planned, so it’s been sitting in my stash ever since. By the way… B, if you …

Onesies for the Little!

It’s probably no surprise by now that I love the Matilda legging pattern from Spit Up & Stilettos. Actually I love all of their patterns, I just have yet to try any of the others :)! And all of their women’s patterns are free! But they also have some awesome kid patterns — soooo now that I have a little nephew to sew for — I decided to try out the Dylan Onesie for this month’s TMS challenge! **UPDATE: the kid patterns from Spit Up & Stilettos are now available under the label Sadie + Sam; their women’s patterns can be found here** I wasn’t quite ready to take on Menswear… but for this little guy… that I can do!   (we had a little 6-month photo session last weekend… isn’t he the cutest!?!) :) So anyway, I made two. For the first, I used this leftover two sided cotton jersey… so now he can match his momma (and his aunt!) lol For the second one I used some of my Spoonflower puppy fabric (also …

Me-Made Mother’s Day Hemlock Tee

First off, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to my amazing madre! And of course to all of you other moms out there! On the topic of mothers (and daughters) – I’ve been watching a lot of Gilmore Girls recently (I’ve seen them all multiple times… Danny hasn’t… so now that they’re on Netflix, naturally, we started from the beginning). I still love everything about that show. It’s right there with Friends for me. It never gets old. Anyway, if you like the show, you’ll probably appreciate this. I especially agree with #10! lol So… back to Mother’s Day… as much as I do love flowers and I know she appreciates them, I wanted to go a little more original this year :) I was going between the Mandy Boat Tee and the Hemlock Tee – but I think what drew me more to the Mandy Boat Tee was the one version they show in the pictures that’s made from a really pretty blue stripe fabric – but overall I like the scoop neck better. SO… I went best of both worlds and found …

Nursing-Friendly Bellevue Modification

One quick addition to the Bellevue fun this week! I used this tutorial to make a nursing friendly version of the top for my sis for her b-day last week and it worked out really well. The accent pieces aren’t supposed to connect at the bottom, but they do because I went a little crazy with my serger so it came together a little tight at the bottom :/ I should have gone back to fix it but I ran out of time :( Might have to steal it back from her at some point… I used the same blue fabric as I did for my third test version of the top. I got this fabric before I had a clue what I was doing with my sewing machine so it’s been sitting around for a few years. Plus I have no idea what it is, but I really like it. If anyone can help me identify this fabric… I will love you forever :) haha… no… seriously tho… It’s lightweight, has a very slight horizontal stretch …