Tuesday, June 2, 2009


The Giveaway really inspired me to get busy, so here are a few of the things I made the past week:
More baby onesie dresses

Someone asked about a pattern -- I just made this up myself after seeing some on Etsy, but I bet there is a tutorial out there somewhere.

It's pretty easy -- you just measure out the width of the fabric 4X the width across the waist of the onesie (ie: onesie=8" wide, fabric=32") and however long you would like the skirt to be, accounting for hem and ruffle. Stitch the back seam of the skirt and gather the top (in two sections). Mark both the skirt and the onesie at the sides and in the middle of the back and front in order to keep the gathers even, and draw a line with a washable fabric pen through these marks on the onesie. With right sides together and following the line, pin the skirt to the onesie. Stitch, hem and you are done.

Then I made this journal cover as a graduation gift:
I bought the fabric and pattern at CraftTown in Salem a few weeks ago, along with my first Amy Butler fabric and pattern -- I am anxious to get started on that. Here is the inside, complete with a zippered pocket, which was much easier than I expected:

I have a baby quilt and a tote bag in the works, but need to put those aside to finish Paul's baptism outfit.

These were kindergartner's Mother's Day presents. Another idea I Stumbled upon and an awesome recycling project. Sharon and I spray painted big vegetable and fruit cans that the cookers saved for us, and I drilled holes in the sides for the handles. Then we had the kids sit on them to flatten them out a bit and gave them strips of paper and lots of watered down glue to decoupage. They added an "I Love You" cut with the Cricut (the world's best Valentine's present!) and the next day, they beaded the handles and attached those. Sharon had them write a short paper about why they loved their moms, and they slipped those inside. They came out pretty cute, I think! They could be wall or door pockets, or just a catch-all in the kitchen or on a desk.
I also used the Cricut to cut out words for the main bulletin board -- the kids wrote short papers on what they were going to do for the summer, then made flip flops after tracing their feet and beading pipe cleaners.
And a picture of Paul, just because.

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