Thursday, July 30, 2009

Onesie's for Jack

Thanks to Ayesha for the wonderful ideas for Jack's new onesies!
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Monday, July 27, 2009

Aprons Aprons & more Aprons

I thought it might be fun to go through all my photos to see all the aprons we have made in our sewing class! It is amazing how all the girls have advanced and are now sewing garments for their children, doll clothes, burp cloths, purses and so many other things. I am so proud of each and everyone of them!
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Angry Chicken Apron

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I decided to enter my newest creation to Tie One On. The web address is:

The theme for September is Plaid! This is fabric I bought when my daughter graduated high school in 1997 and the pattern is a vintage 1946 McCall's 1279.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Domestic Goddess Apron by Amy Butler

The pattern has a half apron and a full apron with a variety of 3 styles. This one even has a loop to hold a towel! The ties are long enough that they can be tied in the front or the back. It was easy except the directions for the pleats that are in between the pockets are not very clear and neither were the diagrams. I just winged it! The fabric I purchased at Tall Mouse. It is Timeless Treasures Fabrics, era c 4993. All in all I will defintely try the full apron!
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The Sabrina Tunic

I decided to use this birdie fabric that I have had for about 4 months. I purchased it at Joann's along with the contrasting green fabric. It doesn't have a manufacturer on the selvidge edge strangely enough neither one of them do. The pattern I bought at a quilting store in OC while shopping at fabric and quilting shops in South Orange County. The Pattern is The Sabrina Tunic by Serendipity Studio. It is the first time I have used one of their patterns and it took me at least reading through the whole thing once and then reading and rereading it as I constructed this Tunic. After all is said and done - this is an easy pattern and enjoyable to sew but the written directions could of been written in a way that you didn't have to read and reread. I do know that it fits perfectly and it is a multi-sized pattern. It has everything from XXS-XXL sizes on it. I think I will try a dress out of it while the directions are still fresh in my mind! Let me know what you think!
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Friday, July 24, 2009

The Frenchy Bag - Amy Butler Pattern & Fabric

I just finished this new bag by Amy Butler. It is called The Frenchy Bag. It was pretty easy to cut out and sew. Directions were clear and concise. Using "Sew in" Pellon 40 Interfacing took time to sew onto each piece but the results were well worth the work. I used Amy Butler's Lotus Oxford Stripe Lime for the upper outside of the bag and for the larger cosmetic bag. Temple Garland Sky was used on the outside lower part of the bag and the small inner pocket, it was also used on the small change purse. Full Moon Polka Dot Sky was used for the inner lining. It took me about 4 hours to cut out and construct. BTW I added the small inner pocket and it is not included in the pattern. I used a two 4X6 pieces of fabric to create the pocket. This is an adorable bag!
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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Slumber Party Bags & Pillowcases

I made Emily the "Save the Trees" slumber party bag, pillowcase and wristlet from fabric at Joann's. I spotted some today so I know they still carry it. I got the Strawberry Shortcake fabric there as well. The bag pattern is from Tall Mouse and is a box bottom shopping tote. I added the pockets and trim. There are pockets on the inside as well. The pillowcase pattern is from my friend Claire. It has french seams inside. A little birdy told me that Emily has a friend that would love the Strawberry Shortcake set! I wonder when her Birthday is?????
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Whoo Whoo is this for????

Is this fabric not the cutest? I got it today at Joann's Fabrics. It is a pinwale corduroy and it is super soft. I haven't hemmed the jumper yet as I need to measure some little girl to make sure it is the length she would like. Won't it be cute with a little blouse or shirt under it? What color shirt do you think I should make? Possibly a turtle neck for winter?
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Bibs for Baby Jack

I just couldn't pass up these prints for Jack! Front and center Mary Engelbreit for V.I.P. Jack and the Bean Stalk, Left back Michael Miller Rodeo Music, and Right back Monster Machines by Tricia Cribbs. The great things about these are they can be slipped over their heads and you can use both sides if you wish! There is a soft cotton neck band on each one. Pretty easy to make - took about 30 minutes for each one.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

One more camera accessory case

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Sweet Cupcake Onesie

We are learning how to applique in our sewing class and I wanted to make a cupcake that looked good enough to eat!
Wouldn't this be cute for a first birthday? Now for a blue one for little boys! One little boy in particular that has a first birthday in November!

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Wristlet & Business Card Case

After I made Amy Butler's Business Card Case I decided to try a wristlet. I had made a few zippered pouches and decided to design my own pattern and make it have rounded corners. I also put a pocket on the inside (which I forgot to take a picture of - sorry!) Hope you like it! I may make more and sell them in my Etsy store!

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Amy Butler's Free Business Card Case Pattern

I was perusing Amy Butler's website and came across this free pattern to make a card case. It turned out adorable. The only problem I had was that my velcro squares didn't line up exactly and you have to install them before you assemble a large portion of the pieces. I also found that that one side was a bit too long to fold into the inside and had to make adjustments. I am going to attempt another one to see if maybe it was user error! Take a gander at her site it is so inspirational to those who love to sew! Her web address is: for her free patterns.

Digital SLR Accessories

After looking at many tutorials on making camera accessories I decided to attempt making a lense case for my zoom lense and a camera strap with a pouch for my lense cover which I was losing on a regular basis much to my husband's dismay. So what do you think? I know it is hard to see the pouch in the bottom picture but if you look in the bottom left hand corner you can see a little envelope attached to my strap. I am going to attempt a pouch for my flash next. Wish me luck!

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