• Baby,  Other Stuff I Made,  Sewing Clothes,  Tutorials

    How to Turn Leggings Into Sleeves – DIY Kid’s Clothes

    I don’t sew a lot for my kids because clothes are SO cheap new (and even cheaper used) and what with having kids, I have SO much less time to sew. But I recently ran into a problem – my daughter hates short sleeved shirts. She’s 2 so you know, nutso. But people keep buying us short sleeved shirts for her, and she won’t wear them, even when they are special gifts from special people, you can tell it makes her sad they have the dreaded “naked arms” when she only wears “down sleeves.” So she has about 5 long sleeve shirts that sort of fit her, and they are…

  • Other Stuff I Made,  Process Pledge,  Product Placement/Reviews,  Sewing Clothes

    Hemming with Maxi-Lock Stretch Thread and Another New Dress

    I am incredibly excited about a very wonky sewing thing. Where to start? Let’s see, for years I sewed on an older sewing machine that did everything from knits to quilting to embroidery until it broke. Sad face. I decided to get a more sturdy, more metal, straight stitch only Brother 1500  which I love, but is no good for sewing knits, because you can’t do any special stretch stitches. Then two years ago, I ran across a Brother Serger for $60 (which is an amazing deal) So now I have a serger, and can sew knits, but I CAN’T HEM THEM or do any top stitching unless I buy a fourth…

  • Baby,  Bag Making,  Other Stuff I Made

    Pouches! Baskets! Noodlehead, Oh My!

    Before baby, I made a handful of cute pouches, and then waited for them to become useful.I’m sharing how we used them for our new baby, in case that is useful for any other new parents thinking about using up their fabric stash for baby storage purposes! Anna at Noodlehead makes amazing patterns. Her wide open pouch is actually a free pattern –  I think it’s my favorite pouch to make and use – so handy.  I use this one to keep my hand-sewing kit in – thread and notions for whatever project I am working on. That may not sound like a “baby” use, but our baby likes to sleep…

  • Bag Making,  Other Stuff I Made

    Go Anywhere Bag – Diaper Bag and Pattern Review

    I made the Aragon bag by Sew Sweetness for our major diaper bag – and it has been great for plane trips and day trips. But for just running around town for a few hours, I knew I wouldn’t need a bag that big. Especially now that we’re able to breastfeed on the go (thanks in part to our awesome baby carrier!) we really only need a few diapers, a changing kit and a change of clothes. And sometimes blankets, extra burp cloths, paperwork for doctors visits – and snacks, water and lip balm for me of course! Lucky this bag is actually big enough to hold all of that –…

  • Baby,  Other Stuff I Made

    DIY Fabric Circles Mobile

    I have so many beautiful fabrics! And a baby needs a mobile, right? I wanted to find a mobile that would showcase them. I had a lot of ideas – like making little stuffed birds, or chubby little 3-D stars, or a rainbow with raindrops hanging from it – but as the time for the baby got closer, I decided to go really simple. Glad I did, because she was born several weeks early!  I found this very attractive and yet super simple tutorial – and it was hard to find, because a million people have re-posted the photo without attaching the original link. This project is actually no-sew –…

  • Baby,  Other Stuff I Made,  Quilts

    DIY Quilted Baby Play Gym

    I’m sure you’ve noticed that a lot of baby items are very unattractive and overpriced. Or if they are really cute, interesting colors, they are REALLY overpriced. When I was thinking about what to make for baby, I checked a bunch of books out from the library to get ideas of what I could realistically make and would definitely use. I wanted to make practical, pretty things, and my favorite book along these lines was Sew Modern Baby  by Angela Yosten. I recommend this book for the creative and totally practical variety of projects – plus she uses beautiful fabric combinations I’m sure you’ll find inspiring! I was pretty impressed by her…

  • Baby,  Other Stuff I Made

    Divided Baskets

    I’ve been enjoying the Divided Basket Pattern by Noodlehead. This is my third one! I am planning to mod the handles with snaps so I can hang the basket from the side of the changing table for extra storage space. We’ll see how that goes!  I got snap pliers and STAR SHAPED SNAPS for my Christmas present, so any excuse to use those. I wanted to make it 2 inches longer, but then my brain hurt thinking about it. I figured I could just make the entire basket using the pattern faster than figuring out the math of making the basket longer. Suffice to say, since I’ve made several of these,…

  • Other Stuff I Made,  Product Placement/Reviews

    Aragon Bag by Sew Sweetness Review

    At the #OHCraft Sewing Retreat in October, I won a copy of a Sew Sweetness pattern and opted for the Aragon bag so I could make a diaper bag for my tiny little roommate.  I figured I would make it the following weekend, but I just laid around and slept instead. Silly pregnancy! However, I am finally made it! Lucky because it is on my list of items to finish this quarter for the Finish Along! Glad to have another accomplishment to cross off the list!

  • Other Stuff I Made

    Infinity Scarf! and Spoonflower Cotton Voile Review

    I made a few infinity scarves today – I used the free pattern from Pink Chalk Fabrics, which was the easiest to follow of the 2-3 I looked at. It’s pretty simple. It took me an hour and a half to make two, including selfie photoshoot in the bathroom (what has the world come to?) and blogging about it and picking out which tutorial to use. Note: My fabric had slightly different dimensions than the tutorial and both scarves turned out fine. Got to work with what you have! I also wanted to review the Spoonflower.com custom printed cotton voile. Spoonflower had a little mistake (honestly can’t even remember what…