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Babywearing

I’ve been enjoying babywearing as a way to bond with our little guy and also get things done around the house or go out in the world with him safely nearby.  There are lots of DIY babywearing ideas but I started with something simple.

I bought a used Beco Gemini carrier and I don’t love the print on the front.  It also has black straps which really show the drool marks from baby’s new hobby of slobbering over everything.  Time to make covers for the straps near his mouth, called Drool/Suck Pads.

Here’s the link to the pattern I used: http://katieskps.blogspot.com/2015/02/corner-drool-pad-tutorial.html?spref=pi

Here’s the link to a pattern I’m going to check about using on our new Lenny Lamb carrier using wrap scraps: http://www.thebriefcaseco.com/lenny-lamb-pattern/

drool pads 2 drool pads

Christmas Gift Projects

This Christmas season, I had a fun time creating a few gifts and special orders.

Lana requested a few infinity scarves, and I made an extra one to give as a gift at the quilt guild meeting.  At the guild meeting, I received a handmade gift of a zipper pouch filled with notions and a few fat quarters!

Ellen requested that I copy a pattern for a kids apron she made for her son years ago, using fabric especially for her grandson and granddaughter.  They turned out cute and I practiced using bias tape.

I made a tree skirt (free pattern here) for Asami and Matt.  This turned out to be an easy and fun project, and using the big space for ironing and laying out pattern pieces at Sewing Saturday was helpful.

I also made a table runner for my friend Jill at work.  She just bought a new house and I wanted to give her something sunny and positive for her new space!

Jill table runner

At school, we came up with the idea of a “Season of Caring” where each advisory class came up with a project.  Ms. Lowe’s group decided to make no-sew fleece blankets for charity.  Great job, kids!

school caring

I’ve been working on this baby blanket since after Ryan was born this fall.  It’s finally done as his belated Christmas gift!

 

 

Holiday Bazaar on November 8th, 2014 (updated)

Mountain View Middle School in Beaverton is hosting a Holiday Bazaar again this fall.  I’ll have a booth there for both my So Sew Gifts and Demarle at Home products.  Hope to see you there!

fall 14 bazaarI’m getting ready to make more taggies and potholders to sell at the bazaar:

Update: It turned out that I didn’t attend the bazaar this year.  Instead, I spent the day with Aaron and his family.  His lovely older sister Kira passed away Saturday night from the effects of cancer.  On Friday night, I made this blanket to take to her…it was much more meaningful than anything I made to sell at the bazaar.  Her sister Ambika had suggested making a blanket for her or others who were staying at the hospital, and I had fabric that was intended to make her headscarves plus matching blue fleece.  So I thoughtfully created a simple blanket and took it to her that morning, covering her up with love in my own way.

blanket for Kira

Special Orders

I really enjoy it when people find out I sew and ask “I’ve seen ____ on pinterest/etsy/boutique/store, and I wonder if you could make me one like that.”  It stretches me to learn new patterns, work with new fabrics, and personalize something for them.

This summer, my aunt Mary asked me if I could duplicate some owl ipad covers that she saw on Etsy.  They were listed for $38 but looked pretty simple in design, and using felt which is an affordable and easy to sew fabric.  She already uses a protective cover for her ipad, so this just a cover for her kindergarten students to enjoy.  I used an online tutorial and help from my mom to adapt the design.

owl ipad coverCute, right!  And the owl body and accent color could be different.  I could add other detail or try other animals/designs for embellishment.  The loop at the top connects with velcro around the back so that kids can secure the ipad in the case easily.

My aunt also had purchased (from a local bazaar) some potato bags for making baked potatoes in the microwave, but the fabric eventually burned.  I followed the pattern on the “Tator Batting” and hopefully my version will be safer!  🙂

potato bagLet me know if you’d like me to make a special order for you.  Maybe you see another product I made that you’d like in a particular color/fabric scheme, or you see something online that you’d like me to try to make for you….sometimes I procrastinate on finishing such challenges though, I want them to be right, but it takes me awhile to get started.  I’ll work on that though since the end results have so far been successful (i.e. doorknob latch, duvet cover, yoga bag, and these two things).

Here’s a quilt that a parent at ISB made for a teacher.  Good idea to use this block for signatures and messages woven into the quilt!

choir quilt

 

 

Taggie for Baby Shower

A friend asked me to make a baby shower gift and another friend at work is pregnant, so it’s the perfect opportunity to learn to make Taggie blankets.  Two colleagues at work said they’re invaluable for their newborns…soft, easy to tuck in the carseat or attach to a stroller, babies love playing with or sucking on the textured ribbons.  So my friend and I went shopping at Joanns and found these cute ribbons along with matching minky and flannel fabrics to make the Taggie blankets.

 taggie materials

On to find inspiration/information/patterns online.  For this project, I used a few sources.

  • Minky fabric is tricky to sew because it’s so stretchy.  This site gives great tips about sewing with Minky.
  • Taggie Blankets are popular so when you look on Etsy or Pinterest, you’ll find lots of inspiration.  I used this tutorial which shows each step of the process.

First taggie is for a friend who is a speech language pathologist (hence the letters on the fabric).  She’s having her first baby girl…congratulations! Second taggie is for a friend to take to a baby shower…and it’s a boy!

Snowy Weekend

Friday was a snow day…got the day off work and the whole weekend at home, so I have time for sewing and cross country skiing in the neighborhood.

I’ve been wanting to make a lanyard for the name badge I wear at quilt guild meetings.  Picked up the findings at Joanns and some sewing themed fabric from my stash.  Here’s the online tutorial I used: http://www.genxquilters.com/2013/03/10-minute-sewing-project-how-to-sew.html

I think it turned out great!  I guess I could have figured out a way to make it adjustable, but it works as something simple for now.  Can I make one for you? Check out the Shop page for more details.

Here’s the view outside my window above the sewing table this afternoon.  So peaceful!

Snow DayHappy February Sewing everyone!

Night of Little Projects

A night of little projects.  I made this wine accessory bag to hold the wine bottle stopper set I got for Christmas.  Fun to use a scrap of a past wine related project and some ribbon to make a custom organizer.

20140130-192047.jpgAlso, finished customizing a package of baby burp cloths.  Again, using scraps, the trucks on a road and bilingual color/number fabric will be just right for a Spanish speaking mom expecting a little hijo.

diapers

Ghana Fabric Projects

A colleague at work purchased 12 yards of fabric from Ghana and wondered if I could make it into a duvet cover for her.  “Sure!  I’ll give it a try!”

Step 1: Fabric. She got the fabric from a family member who lives in Ghana and has this blog of handmade items. http://amaamina.wordpress.com/.  It was up to me to figure out how to wash/iron the indigo fabric, so I found directions on some fabric distributor websites. I also realized we didn’t have enough to do the whole thing in the Ghana fabric, so got a matching dark blue solid at Joann’s for the back of the duvet cover.

Step 2: How to Make a Duvet Cover.  The internet is amazing, truly.  Tutorials are helpful in showing the steps to make something new, so with a short lesson on some new techniques (learned to make a french seam so it looks really nice and finished on every side), I was ready to begin. http://www.designsponge.com/2010/03/sewing-101-making-a-duvet-cover.html

Step 3: Make Space.  If I do this again, I need to find a bigger space to lay out the fabric to cut evenly.  My living room just wasn’t quite as big as a queen duvet cover.  🙂  This picture doesn’t show the blue color, but it really turned out looking nice, with snaps as closures.

queen duvet cover made with fabric from Ghana
queen duvet cover made with fabric from Ghana

Step 4: Dog Cover.  After the duvet cover was finished, she asked for a matching sheet sized piece of the Ghana fabric to be made into a layer on top of the duvet so her two big dogs can lay on the bed but not get their hair all over the actual duvet cover.  Great idea since it’ll be easier to clean and still look really nice on the bed…plus the dogs will be happy to be still allowed on the bed sometimes!

close up Ghana fabricThanks so much, Amy, for encouraging me to try a new experience, for your patience in it getting completed over the course of many months, and for the payment and “tip” of a gift certificate to another great fabric store, Cool Cottons in SE Portland, OR. http://www.coolcottons.biz/

Patriotic quilt

A member of my quilt guild is looking for patriotic quilts to display at the North Plains Library this spring. I’m going to enter this table runner / small wall hanging.  It would be fun to see my work hanging up in a public display!

Home Decorating

Over the years, I’ve made simple curtains for my house and for a gathering room at church. The simplest versions can still be more personal than something purchased.  Here’s what I used to have in the “red room”, using fabric with a great print of salsa dancers!

Spring 2008 032 (Copy)

I’ve also made basic tablecloths and other table runners that are great on tables in and outside.  This is one of my favorite pics showing a picnic with my pup Lucy!tabecloth outdoor (Copy)

Here’s another project I’ve tried making before, but this time had a pattern to follow, so a much improved final product….a potato bag, for microwaving spuds (or tortillas).

potato bag