September 20, 2011

Little Red Clutch

When I asked my sister what I could make her for her wedding, she told me she wanted a tiny little red clutch. 

Love, love, LOVE, this little thing.  Turns out clutches are pretty easy to make - and isn't the hardware pretty??

The clutch handle I got from Lulu After-workshop on, and I'm so happy with it!

I embroidered the bride and groom's initials on the inside of the bag, along with their wedding date.  A little keepsake for my sister!

September 13, 2011

T-shirt Quilt

Before heading home for my sister's wedding (in just a few weeks!), I was hoping I'd have this t-shirt quilt done so I wouldn't have to ship it later.  This is the second t-shirt quilt I've done...the first one was for my sister several years ago, and I'll show you that one another day.  

So, I stepped out of my comfort zone and used a terry cloth backing.  I know what you're thinking....terry cloth?  BATHTOWELS?  Yep.  I promised myself about a year ago that I'd try new and different things....and this was one of 'em.  I'm happy with the off-green color I chose (cuz really, it's hard to match something to all those different color t-shirts and not go with white....but white gets real dirty real fast, especially for a college kid).  The terry cloth isn't a great pick time I'll use flannel, I think.  But, I am glad I tried it.

You know, the fabulous thing about having your 3 year old take the pictures of your latest project is that she has no preconceived notions about how to take those pictures.  I LOVE the funky angles she used - right??

September 12, 2011

Truck bag

This weekend we were invited to a birthday party for a little guy turning 2 years old.  Like my little man, this one loves cars, trucks, planes, boats, motorcycles....does it have an engine, go 'vroom' or otherwise make fun boy noises?  Then yes, instant love.

So, I made this little dude a see-thru bag he could carry his vehicles around in.  I love that it's guessing what's in the bottom of the bag.  I put a drawstring on the top to make it easy for 2-year old hands.

The trucks were ours....but you can't give a bag with nothing in it - so the birthday boy got a matching crayon roll along with the bag.

September 8, 2011

Crayon Rolls

This one's for you, Danielle!

A few days ago I whipped up a few (more) crayon rolls.  I have probably made 15 of these babies by now.  I think they make a fantastic gift - what kid doesn't like crayons?  My kids love the crayon rolls for travel and they're a great way to use up some fabric scraps.

I use this tutorial from Skip to my Lou for the basics.  I really don't like tying it with a ribbon, though - I mean, what two year old (or three or four year old, for that matter) can tie a bow with a ribbon?  I prefer to sew a child's hairband into the side seam and sew on a large button for the closure.  If you want to make one with a button/elastic closure, the button needs to be sewn onto the outside of the crayon roll between 4 and 6 inches from the elastic (depending on how stretchy your elastic hairband is).

I'm also partial to a little 'personalization'.  What kid doesn't like seeing their name or initial on their toy?  Really.

September 6, 2011


A few days back I saw this post on Lilybug Designs.....and knew I needed to make one.  I mean, how CUTE, right?  And thanks, Nikki, for the 'superkid' applique idea  :)

For my dear Miss Willow, on her 4th birthday...

She likes pink, and she likes did I do?

I lined it in black to give it a bit of 'funky'.  If Miss A's name started with a "W" I'd be really tempted to keep this cape!

September 1, 2011

Sweet little dollies...

I really can't make just one.  It's a problem.

I added a little embroidery on the backs to personalize this set.  One for a sweet little lady named Ellie, the other for her little sister - whose first name is too long to write out, so she ended up with initials!