More gifting: this time for the wee one

Last gifts on my table, this week are these cute widdle bitty baby pants.

{I can’t help myself sometimes}


My husband came up to me one night and asked if I could make one of his coworkers a gift because he and his wife are expecting a baby soon,and cause “I know you love making baby things”.

AND I DO!!! *Squeeeeeeeee*  He knows me so well.


I made a newborn size with Made By Rae’s Basic Newborn Pant pattern out of some kitschy fun cowboy fabric.


And a 6-9 month pair from a self drafted pattern out of this edgy skull and cross bones fabric.


I had forgotten how tiny newborn baby legs are! I left room in the bum area in case they would be cloth diapering.

I hope we get to see them on the actual baby.

Do you have a go-to baby gift to make?

Sprinkles the Softie

There is a terrific Spectacular Softies contest going on right now over at Sew Mam Sew!

I couldn’t resist.


Meet “Sprinkles”.


She is actually a girl named Natasha who likes to wear a bunny costume (with sprinkle ears), a princess crown, and two different skirts {according to both my girls}.


Here she is with just her bunny costume on (which she can’t actually take off).


I couldn’t decide which skirt I liked better, so she she has options. The crown has velcro tabs for easy removal. But why would she, really?!


She reminds me of a female bunny version of Max from Where the Wild Things Are.


Could you tell that I had a lot of fun with this one?

Falafel (my 9 year old) instantly fell in love with her. We have a rule, though, about stuffed animals coming into our house to stay. That means one (of equal size) has to go out. I know it sounds mean, but I think they multiply once they get into their rooms, so it is just a bit of population control.


Well, she didn’t even hesitate. She found two smaller ones to trade out (Sprinkles is quite large), and called it even. She has been sleeping in my girl’s bed every night.


Natasha Sprinkles has found her home.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Falafel has a sprained wrist, and on top of that has gotten sick, so St. Patrick’s day just sneaked up on us this year. She is actually in bed with a fever, so no dressing in green for her (and I won’t pinch her for it). The Bee has plenty of green to wear and didn’t request anything special for her High School self, so it looks like I am off the hook.


I felt like I should at least wish all you folk that celebrate today a happy day, though..and maybe write you a limerick.


There was a young girl with a cold

who was only a mere 9 years old

she rested in bed

while her Mom played with thread

to make her a dress that is bold

There was a red headed teen

who loved to wear clothes that were green

she wore a belt that was cinched

so she wouldn’t get pinched

and had a grand ol’ time being seen

OK not the best limericks, but have a Happy day anyway!

Do you celebrate St.Patrick’s Day?

Knot Dress

Over at Project Run and Play, liZ and Elizabeth are hosting another season of fabulous sewing! This time, Jess from the Sewing Rabbit has chosen her free Knot dress pattern to base our creations off of.


I made some radical changes, obviously.


I have been wanting to make a dress like this for some time now. It was one of those ideas that was floating in my head until I found the right combination of pattern and coordinating fabric. That striped fabric is a men’s button down shirt that I completely cut apart. I added the sweet little flower fabric to compliment it.


Instead of ties for the shoulders, I gave it sleeves and sewed in ties around them…but they didn’t quite reach. So I added the most precious buttons (that I have been saving for something like this) to them. Gah. CUTENESS OVERLOAD!!!!


There’s a hedgehog button on the front.


I used part of the original button placket for the back working closure. The neckline is encased in bias tape.


I also incorporated another tie feature in front, like a belt.


It started out as a tunic, and my sweet girl informed me that she only wears dresses. Easy enough fix. I added that bottom panel of blue to complete it!


I constructed it with all french seams (it is my new favorite way of finishing seams). The inside is as pretty as the outside!


After a whole morning of rain, the sun magically appeared and we ran to the beach to catch the light.


It was so windy and beautiful and wild.


Everything I love about living here.


I love that my 9 year old still wants to wear these sweet frocks.


I know this will be a dress that gets a lot of use.

What have YOU made today?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week we have a little something different on our shelves:


Ready, Set Draw!

Cats you can Draw

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As you may know, Falafel (my 9 year old) loves the Warrior Cats series (affiliate link). She also loves to draw, but often has trouble with getting her pictures to match what is in her head. When we were at the library the other day, she saw this book, and her eyes lit up! “NOW I could draw all the warrior cats!“.

I actually joined her yesterday, and had a lot of fun following the different steps. It brought back memories of a book my Uncle had gotten me when I was the same age, about drawing big cats. It was fantastic, and I remember drawing for hours from that book.

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

Naughty Beef Cases

Here is another go-to gift of mine: Pillowcases!


These just happen to have half naked men on them. I call them Beef cases. Heh. You know…


Beefcake + Pillowcases= Beef Cases!


My lovely friend had a birthday and I thought I would make her giggle. Which I did.


I took extra care in making these. They are as pretty on the inside as they are on the outside!


I did French seams throughout.


I love how neat it all looks.


This was a fun and quick gift. You can use any quilting fabric. Even naughty ones.

Would any of you be interested in a French seam pillowcase tutorial? If there is enough interest, I will do one!


There have been so many reasons to make gifts lately. Everything from birthdays to new babies. I have been making some fun things!


First up is one of my favorite things to make. A simple zip pouch.


I had some of that fabric left over from my meat bag. Perfect for my friend who is about to travel to see some of the national monuments.

These can be sewn up in minutes. It is my go-to gift, for sure!

What do you like to make for friends?

Making More Tiny things

Remember the food we made in yesterday’s post?

Well, those critters needed something to put their food on, right?


I bought some Sculpey after we ran out of the clay that came with the kit. It was so much easier to work with. Soft and pliable much quicker.


I also whipped up some spoons (under the direction of my 9 year old), along with a teeny tiny mouse.


She made most of these pots and pans. Can you tell which ones?


I should have photographed these with something to show how small  they are! The plates are about the size of a nickel.


These were put to use right away. The critters are very grateful.


Lastly, I just had to make one of these. It is so stinkin’ cute!


I know there will be many more times we break out the oven bake clay. It is an incredible boredom buster as well as a great way to connect with older kids. There is something so nourishing about playing with clay.

What activities do you and your kids enjoy doing together?

Mini clay food because even Critters need to eat

Falafel received this set  for her birthday in December,  and it has taken us this long to actually sit down and use it.


So we made some mini food for her Calico Critters (which she plays with all the time).


‘Cause even critters gotta eat. 

AND there is something so cute about miniature clay food, right?


Falafel, The Bee and I made these. We had a blast doing it. It was actually nice to sit with my girls and create. It always makes them quite chatty.


The book has step-by-step instructions (that we all could understand) to make so many different types of food. We also improvised a bit too.


I thought about painting little sesame seeds on the bagels. For now, I decided they will be plain.


The kit also comes with little eye screws to turn them into jewelery, but we only did this for a few since Falafel really just wanted to play with them.


We all loved it so much that I went to the store a few days later and bought some Sculpey to make more!


You’ll have to stop by tomorrow to check out what else we made with that clay.


Have you played with oven bake clay before? What have you made?

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The Quilting Bee Dress for the Bee

Remember that bag (that I have affectionately dubbed my “meat bag”)? Well, I sewed up another one of the patterns from the Just for you Sewlebrity book for this month’s sewalong.


It is the Quilting Bee Dress, for my Bee.


I realize it is supposed to be “selfish sewing”, but sewing for my 15 year old feels a bit decadent, since it doesn’t happen that often. I love that she still wants to wear things I sew. And now that she is taller than me, and wearing adult sizing, I can use a lot of the patterns I have for myself, for her.


Do you recognize this fabric? I made her 8th grade banquet dress last year out of it. I had a few yards left, and she loves this fabric (and has since grown out of the other one).


I originally sewed piping around the neckline as facing. It looked pretty good, but I used red thread (*read: too lazy to change it) and it bothered me. I had already trimmed it and then top-stitched it in place. So after I seam ripped it, the neckline was slightly wider. Not enough to make a huge difference, luckily.


I centered the swirl of skulls on the front and back.


Definitely a quick sew. We may have to whip up a few more. Goodness knows I have more than enough quilting cottons in my stash!


What have YOU sewn up today?