Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Happy Monday y’all!!!

Some of you may have noticed that my Etsy shop is looking more like a poor pitiful shop than an actual clothing store.  OH WELL!!!  I’m having such a great time getting my house in order that I don’t even miss creating new dresses…yet.

This weekend, I began the process of transforming my son’s room into something noteworthy.  In our last home, we kept adding kids so the rooms never quite became anything worth anything.  A quote from the first realtor to visit our old home and tour the kids’ room:  “Oh my.  Hmmmm.  This will have to change.”

Well – I am now determined for that to change!!!  Owen’s room is slated to have matching bedding, a curtained reading nook, curtains for his closet, and actually worthwhile things on his walls. (not that last time he had mis-matched girlie things on his wall, right!?  cough cough)


Above is what I finished this weekend…. AAAAAHHH… it was SO fun!!  My son is only 7 years old so I wasn’t expecting much of a reaction to something as useless to him as fabric on his bed.  WRONG!!!  I was downstairs when he first saw it… I heard something that sounded like Super Bowl screaming coming from his room.  Then I heard, “MOOOOOM!!!  This is the Best Day Ever!!”  Be.  Still.  My.  Heart!  SEW worth it, right!?!

This has brought me such joy, I thought I’d spend the next few blog posts sharing with you how I upped the wow factor in his room.  I’ll share tutorials on easy pillowcases, easy coverlets, and easy fabric curtain panels.  I’m hoping that some of you will find these helpful!

Let’s start with the pillowcase… mostly because it’s fewer photos and that’s all I had time to download today.  (Apparently, the kids’ school thinks they need to be wearing “official” uniforms and not chevron fabric, so laundry has to be done.  UGH!)


If you google “how to make a pillow case”, you’re gonna find all kinds of crazy patterns that take about 14 or 15 steps. Seriously!?! It’s a pillow case. It’s gonna get drool and vomit on it. Why spend a whole day making one!!! Here’s I do it: Grab a pillow case that you already own. lay it on top of the fabric that you want to use. You can see here that my fabric is narrower than the pillowcase I’m using for my pattern, but it’s okay. It’s okay because it’s close enough. If it were much narrower, I probably wouldn’t use it, but since it’s close – bam. I’m using that baby! (also worth noting: I’m able to keep the selvege edges as they are. There is no need to hem them on this fabric. If you need to hem up the opening edges, you’ll need a little bit more fabric than I’m using.)


Be sure you match the folded edges together and the open edges together.


Then cut out your fabric just a bit larger on the sides than your pillowcase pattern. We’re going to do a French Seam, so you’ll want to cut your fabric about 1/4″ or so bigger than you usually would … but just eyeball it. Pillowcases are very forgiving!


A french seam is a seam that enclosed – meaning you can’t see the edges on the inside. It will make sense in a minute. I like to use this seam on pillowcases because they get a lot of laundering. The French Seams keep the inside of the cases nice and tidy. To do it – sew up the sides of the pillow case WRONG SIDE TOGETHER, I know, weird, and use a very narrow seam allowance.


Now, turn your pillow case inside out and press those sides.


Now you will do another seam down the sides. Be sure that your seam allowance it enough to fully encase the seam on the inside. If you do too small of a seam allowance, you’ll have fabric sticking out when you turn it back right side out. Now you have a French Seam Pillow Case.


Since I’m not hemming the selvedge edges (aka: leaving the opening unhemmed), I needed to be sure to reverse stitch my seams extra well and clip those tails very well.


This is kind of a whompy photo – but I wanted to show the inside so you can see the french seam. (at this point, I’m wondering why sometimes I capitalize French Seam and sometimes I don’t. Are you wondering that too?) Anyway, you can see the enclosed french seam on the right.


When you turn it right side out and press the side seams – Here’s what you get!!! I love it. It was super fast … that makes me so happy!


Coming next – how to make that easy coverlet! And I do mean easy!

There you have it y’all… how to make a very fast and easy pillow case!


Time: I think this took me 15 minutes…and that was with taking pictures.  You CAN DO THIS!!!

Cost: pretty darn cheap.  I used leftover fabric from the coverlet … but lets’ see… I think I used about 1/2 yard of fabric, so for me – $3.50.  YAAAAAAY!

I hope you’ll make a million of these.  Be sure to invite someone over to spend the night just so you can offer them a brand spanking new pillowcase!


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Now that it’s almost December, I’ve decided to begin preparations for cold weather.  Sorry Jeana, but there’s just no need to do this any sooner here in Texas.

I found this darling pattern at TooSweets on Etsy and couldn’t resist.  It’s ridiculously affordable and your pattern arrives in your inbox!

Here is what I have made (SO FAR!) from this pattern…although, I am quite certain there are more versions on the horizon!

Keep in mind - it's more than just a little difficult to photograph babies and silly 4 year olds!

Rosamund's jacket is made from Joel Dewberry fabric and lined with a yellow linen-look fabric.

Sadly, Rosamund was more impressed with her $1 Store cow than she was with her made-with-love bolero!

For the record - the "lovely" securiy blanket is NOT one of my projects!

I am learning the importance of a hidden camera! Ellie's bolero was made from a Moda print and lined using a small portion of duvet cover I found in the As-Is bin at Ikea.

Here is the breakdown for this project:

Cost: about $20.  The pattern is $5.95 but you only have to buy 1 because it’s good for sizes 12m – 7yr!  I made a 12m & a size 6, neither required more than a yard for each fabric.  So, for about $10 per jacket, you’ve got yourself a GREAT jacket!

Time: This a harder one to calculate.  The pattern is easy to read and easy to follow – but for the new sewer, you might get hung up a bit around the neckline.  I found that the pattern pieces didn’t form a circle for the neckline, so you have to cut up some of the fabric.  This doesn’t take long, but if you’re not experienced with this, it might add a bit of time for you.  Soooo, I’m going to say that this pattern will take you about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

This is a darling pattern and I really happy with the results!  (I promise I’m not getting paid to say this – I just bought the pattern and made the jackets…so I thought you might like to know about it!  Plus, Etsy sellers enjoy promoting other Etsy sellers!)

See you tomorrow, I hope, with details of Thanksgiving!

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Well, it appears to be sick-season here in Austin.  Almost every family we know has been wiped out for a week or so…but hey – no one’s said a word about Swine Flu so woohoo!  Let’s count our blessings!

For my family, so far it’s been tolerable AND productive!  Not something I can always say about a sick home, so I’m really pleased with this round!  (Gosh, I sound like a horrible mother!!!)

I’ve been meaning to make these placemats for a very long time…in fact, I’m pretty sure I bought the actual placemats last summer.  This is not surprising, I know.  Anyway, while the kids were sick, I took advantage of their low-key-ness and whipped out some felt to applique the placemats I’ve been holding onto.  I looked around for inspiration…what to applique…what to applique…OWLS!

I have 2 large “portraits” of birds in my living that I created out of scrapbook paper.  Since I’ve been wanting to “upscale” our dinners at home by setting a prettier table, I thought it would be nice if these placemats sort of coordinated with the rest of the home.  So, I went with an owl to coordinate with the owl portrait in the living room!

Here’s my process…it’s sort of a tutorial, but really just some shots along the way!

I freehanded my templates...one for the head, one for the body, one for the eyes and another template for the wings. I have 8 placemats, so I decided to make every owl black but use different colored wings and eyes for each. Somehow I ended up with 8 colors in my stash...hallelujah!

Grabbed my stash of emroidery needles and thread...

I assembled the bodies separate from the heads...I'm glad I did because I ended up putting mix-matched eye colors with wings for added color PIZAZZ!

Here's the family photo. I'm smitten!

Meanwhile, I'm managing to keep Owen and Ellie occupied with their own pairs of scissors, felt....and GLUE!

I took each owl and hand appliqued the owl heads and bodies to the placemats. Then, I took brown thread and whipped up little claws.

Ta-Da! I'm too lazy to set the whole table for a photo opp, but you get the point!

The summary of this project….

cost – CHEAP!

placemats – $1 each from Ikea.  Felt, I had it all in my stash, so FREE!  same with thread and needles.  If you purchased all the supplies from scratch, for 8 placemats I’m guessing your cost would be about $11.  Not too shabby!

Time – Not Fabulous but not forever either!

I forgot to notice how long I took on these, but it was certainly a more complicated process than making a dress.  That might sound silly to some of you, but sewing dresses is not near as tedious because I rarely do any handsewing.  This project is completely hand-sewn, so that sort of made me vomit, but I got over it!  Okay, getting to the point…

I am guessing this project took me about 2 1/2 hours.

I now have to somehow figure out how to keep the kids from getting food on these placemats!

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I subscribe to Moda Bake Shop blog, and today they are featuring this adorable crayon tote…complete with FREE TUTORIAL!  Oh, the sound of FREE and CUTE in the same sentence….it just rolls off my tongue…or, um, type font!

Let me know if you make one!

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