Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A plethora of Baby Sets! - part 1

I've had a slew of baby events in the past couple months. My friend Carlee gave me the idea of a burp cloth, with minky on one side and flannel on the other.  Since my diaper pattern also calls for flannel, I saw the potential to make a pretty stinkin' cute set of flannel items.  Hence the burp cloth, passy clip, and reusable diaper set.

This first set was for my second cousins in Oregon.  We went out to visit family this summer with a bunch of my family members. This was our thanks for hosting us for the week.  It was for their sweet baby girl.

This set was for my former co-worker Amelia and her husband Thomas.  They're expecting a little girl this week!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Ravenclaw Apron

My friend Elizabeth got married to Chris this summer.  I made her a Ravenclaw apron, as she is a textbook Ravenclaw: witty, smart, and personable. Their wedding was beautiful in every detail, even down to the first light saber fight!  Thank you for letting me celebrate with you guys on your special day. :)

I made this apron with my tried and true pattern.  I used ribbon for the blue and white detail, black bias tape around the edge, and a sew-on patch from Ebay. Simple, yet nerdy and beautiful.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

T-shirt Quilt

My mom and I made this quilt years ago.  We cut up most of my college t-shirts, and even "borrowed" some of my fiance's.  (fiance at the time.)  I think it took about 20-30 shirts with various sizes cut. On the other side, we appliqued a giant rotunda.  I heart LU! :)

Christmas Table Runner

This past black Friday I got to participate in a girls craft day.  My mom, sister, and grandma-in-law along with my grandma got together and just worked on our own projects. I used up some Christmas fabric I got on clearance and used with this past project. I cut some hexagons and just kind of went with it. Mom 2 loaned me the green and white striped fabric for the binding.  

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Hannah's Apron

This past weekend, I went to a wedding shower for my friend Hannah from college. She was a suitemate of mine in the Underground. (That's what we named out suite, of course.)  The four of us had so much fun that year.  We went to Myrtle Beach together in 2006!  Here's a picture of us in our matching shirts. :)
Anyway, Hannah needed a special apron.  I found one on Anthropologie (where else?) and decided I needed to recreate it. 

See what I mean about how he always shows up?  :)

Diaper and Tag Blanket

My friends Callie and Kenny are expecting baby Corban in just a few months.  They requested some reusable diapers to use with Corban.  I've had a pattern for a while that I had not yet used.  I had a wonderful sewing day with my friend Laura, and we made both the diaper and the tag blanket.  I was new to the little blankets, but Laura showed me the way!  They're fun to make.  Especially this one.  We used scraps to create a design.  It was like a puzzle.

Don't you love how Pico de Gato just wants to be in every picture?  I really don't put him there....I promise!

Nerdy Babies

I like making nerdy onesies.  That's pretty much all I have to say about that.

A bit about the process: I designed some nerdy things using Word and the Interwebs.  I printed my designs on iron-on printable transfer paper.  I cut, adhered, ironed.  Bam. Done.

This first set was for the son of our friends Lisa and David. They're nerdy people (like me.) I chose 4 topics I knew they love (like me.)
 Dr. Who
 The Chronicles of Narnia
 Harry Potter
All combined:


The next set was for my cousins Leah and Pete.  They are expecting twins! They got a whole different set of goodies.
Harry Potter
 Arrested Development
 Arrested Development
 Dr. Who

 I also have some Mockingjay "pins", a Wicked logo, and "I solemnly swear I am up to no good" printed and ready to adhere. :) Nerds Unite!  Which is your favorite?

New Teacher Bag

Let me address the elephant in the room - it's been FOREVER since I've been able to blog!  It's due to a combination of items, but mainly to the perpetual cycle of grading and school work.  After several hours of the day are usurped, I tend to go straight to bed. Let's face it, when it comes to sleeping or blogging, I am always going to chose sleeping.

Anyway, I've posted a couple bags that I have purposed for teaching.  I tend to always find a complaint.  It should be no surprise that it only took me months to replace this beautiful one.  Although it's my favorite color combo, I was unhappy with the thickness of interfacing I used.  The top layer became pretty droopy and the thin straps, although easy to sew on the machine, just folded onto themselves.

 Solution: Same pattern (slightly bigger) but thicker interfacing.  I couldn't conjure the same fabrics; JoAnn discontinued one of them.  I came up with a new combo.  I added a couple extra pockets, and a key loop.
If I could do it over again, and hey, I typically do, I would choose navy straps. I couldn't find a matching navy at JoAnn, but I should have been patient and gone to another option.  I also was bad and accidentally left my inner seams exposed. Oops. All in all, I love the bag.  I would give it an 9.5 out of 10.