Thursday, November 1, 2012

Summer Sets

These outfits were part of my ambitious plan for the KCWC.

Mr. J's outfit isn't completely homemade.  I bought his t-shirt with the idea of putting something on it but he wanted it the way it was.  His shorts I made using the flat front version of Dana's kids shorts and some Denise Schmidt fabric I picked up at my local Spotlight store for $3.00 for 1/2 a metre.

I added some simple pockets into the side seams.  What 4yr old boy doesn't love to fill his pockets with treasures?

Miss E's outfit I made using this free peasant dress tutorial.  This is the first time I have made a peasant top as they haven't done it for me in the past.  However, I really love this top and have plans to make her a few more.

Her shorts I made using a long pants pattern I had in my stash.  I obviously took off the length to create a cute denim pair of shorts that will go with almost all the tops in her wardrobe.  I love the flat front on these and of course I had to have real pockets, as she too loves to collect treasures.

It's just as cute from the back but I'm sure the curly hair helps!

The fabric for the top I also got from Spotlight for $6.00 and the shorts were made using some denim my mum gave me about 12 months ago.

Each of these complete outfits cost me just over $6.00 each when you add in the cost of elastic.  I think that's a pretty good bargain.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Reading Corner in Pink and Orange

I have been wanting to get Miss E's bedroom a little more girly for her over the past 12 months and so far I have managed to achieve a reading corner!  Well something is better than nothing right?

I knew I wanted to use pink and orange in her room but I always get stuck when it comes to picking fabric.  That's when I called on the help of my sister Suz (you can see some of her handy work here on our blog).  She not only has a knack for picking fabrics that work together, but is also lucky enough to work in a store where she is surrounded by fabrics all day.  She put together a few prints that would work together and sent them my way.  I have only used 4 so far but I have a few others that I'm hoping to make into a quilt soon.

I got my original idea for the book slings from this tutorial on Penny Carnival.  I just need to finish these off with something on the ends when I can find something I like.

The bean bag I made using this tutorial.  It's the perfect size for Miss E and when she's not in it, the Dolly Suz made for her keeps it warm.

Once I had made the book slings and the bean bag, I decided the corner needed something else.  I got hubby to hang a shelf for me and added a few finishing touches.  The books are some that I got at our local op-shop and covered with matching fabric, the lamp is a recent purchase from an IKEA trip and of course a photo of Miss E as a newborn.  Can you believe she now has very blonde, very curly hair?

Now I just need to get the rest of her room done.  Hopefully it won't take me another 12 months!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Mini Cargo Shorts

There is something quite satisfying about creating something from nothing.  I think that's why I love to sew.  It's even more satisfying when you manage to create something from your own head and it turns out just the way you imagined.

These cargo shorts I made for Mr. J are the thing I am most proud of making during the KCWC.  I had the vision (a pair of cargo shorts like Daddy's) and the fabric, but I didn't have the pattern.  In the end I decided to wing it and have a go myself and this is what I came up with.

I did forget to add the fake fly on the front of the shorts but when Mr. J's wearing a t-shirt, it doesn't really matter anyway.

The pockets are just the same as his Daddy so Mr. J is one happy boy.

I think Mr. J needs a navy blue pair now.  Looks like I'm going to have to head back to Spotlight to get some more fabric.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

KCWC Day 3 & 4 - Short Progress!

Day 3 and 4 of the KCWC saw me working on summer shorts for Mr. J.

My go to shorts pattern for something quick and easy to whip up whilst still looking great is the kid short tutorial by Dana.  In fact, all the tutorials and patterns of hers that I have tried have been great.  I recommend you go and check out her blog here.  She's one clever, crafty lady.

The first pair I made were these super light weight cotton shorts.  I used the flat front version of the shorts and I'm lucky that Mr. J is the perfect size for the pattern Dana has included with the tutorial.

I was being careful when I cut out and sewed up these shorts to make sure the checks lined up but I think I got distracted when it came to the front seam.  Of course it would be the one you see the most, all the others are perfect.

I have two more pairs of shorts to share with you, but they look much better on my handsome model, so I will just leave you with this sneak peak for now

Are you joining along with the KCWC?  I'd love to see what you have been working on too.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

KCWC - Day 2

When I signed up for KCWC, I had grand plans of getting lots of sewing done and blogging something new each day.  Unfortunately, reality has sunk in I may have to lower my expectations a little.  Sewing during the day is nearly impossible now that Miss E has decided that a daytime sleep is not her thing anymore!

Despite my lack of time at the moment, I did make some good progress tonight.  I worked on adjusting a few of my own patterns and cutting out some pairs of shorts for Mr. J.

I have cut out another pair in a navy and white check and I'm hoping to get some time at the machine to get them together.  The weather here isn't going to be very nice tomorrow so I might move my machine to the kitchen table and encourage the kids to play whilst I sew.  Wish me luck;-)

Monday, October 8, 2012

KCWC Day 1

Does this count?

Today somehow got away from me and the only thing I did was wash some fabric in preparation for some sewing.  The idea of KCWC is to sew, cut out, trace patterns etc for 1 hr a day and at the end of the week you will hopefully have some great, new, handmade clothes for your kids.  The washing cycle was nearly an hour, that counts doesn't it?

(I think I'm going to have to extend my week by a day and officially start tomorrow!)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

It Looked So Much Better In My Head!

I finally finished this snakes and ladders quilt I started about 12 months ago.  It has been sitting in my WIP box as I just wasn't happy with how it looked.  I finally got it out and finished it last week.  I swear it looked better in my head when I was planning it!

The bad photo doesn't help.  I think my trouble started when I was trying to use up some scraps of fabric, I really should have used quilting fabric for the squares instead of cheap cotton.  My next mistake was the colours I used for the snakes and ladders.  This is one time I should have listened to hubby and gone with bright fabric.  The 3 bright ladders stand out so much better than the others.  My final mistake was backing it with polar fleece.  I really wasn't happy with the quilt top and didn't want to waste batting on it so I just used some polar fleece on the back and it really didn't work.

Despite all the mistakes, Mr. J loves it and that's the main thing.  We've played it just about every day since I gave it to him.  It's also doubled up as a lap quilt and a dolls blanket for Miss E.  I guess it's actually been a bit of a hit!  Funny how the kids just love something I am so unhappy with.

Have you ever made anything that didn't turn out as you had planned but was loved by others anyway?

Monday, October 1, 2012

Something for a Mummy

A good friend of mine is due to have her second baby (a girl) in 3 weeks and asked me to make her a nappy wallet.  It's basically a simple version of my clutch bag without the pockets, zip and handle.

She purchased the fabric from our local Spotlight store and then I set to work. There was actually quite a bit of fabric left over so I made her a zip pouch for carrying creams etc and the cutest little pair of baby shoes from this tutorial (it even has a pattern you can download).

The inside of the nappy wallet has space for nappies to slide in one side and a wipes case on the other.  The zip pouch also fits neatly inside and it's all fastened with a bronze coloured stud.

These tiny shoes are just the cutest thing ever and they were fairly simple and quick to make.  I will be making more of these for sure.  I just need some more of my friends to have baby girls.  Or perhaps I could convince Mr. D that we should have a few more kids ;-)

Now I just need to wait the out these next 3 weeks to meet the special girl.  I can't wait to have cuddles!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Kids Clothes Week Challenge

I'm in, are you?

I have ideas floating around in my head and I have dedicated a pinterest board to KCWC.  I can't wait!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Summer P.J's

I love a quick sewing project and summer P.J's are great to whip up in just a couple of hours.

These sets are for a friend with two beautiful boys.  I used a shorts pattern I made myself last year and did a simple applique shape on a store bought t-shirt.  Super quick but very effective.

Mr. J has now requested some summer P.J's.  Lucky I've got a few months still before the hot summer nights start.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mini Golf Pants

I picked up some check fabric in the discounted section of my local fabric store a few weeks ago.  When I spotted it, I knew it would be perfect for a pair of mini golf pants for Mr. J.  The best thing about these pants is that I cut them out and stitched them together in under an hour.

My model wasn't into posing with his golf set when I took photos.  Instead, he insisted on wearing his new footy top and doing a few 'super hero' moves!

I added some pockets to the sides for all those wonderful treasures little boys seem to collect and Mr. J was one happy customer.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thrifty Finds

I paid a very quick visit to our local Op Shop (thrift store) today and came home with these goodies.

The doilies I intend on using to make a light shade for Miss E's room and have been looking for some the right size for quite some time.  All 6 of them cost me a grand total of $3.00.  I also picked up 3 zips for 50c each and a cute pair of earrings which are the perfect colour for Spring.  They were the princely sum of $1.50.  Not bad for a 5 minute whip around.

What great Op-Shop finds have you managed to pick up on your travels?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Girly Dress Up

I'm not one for boxing my kids into gender roles but I really think some things are ingrained in kids.  Mr. J loves super heros, wrestling and dinosaurs whilst Miss E is immediately into anything pink, frilly and soft and fluffy.

Whilst culling our dress up collection recently, I realised there wasn't really anything in there that was, what one would call girly.  The only thing I found was a pink feather boa and funnily enough, this is what Miss E dresses up in when they play.  I decided it was time to add something to the dress ups that Miss E would want to wear.  I went through my stash and came up with these.

The fabric is a satin I picked up from Spotlight in the remnant bin a while back and the top is something my mum gave me to use for a project such as this.

I was originally going to make separate petal shapes for the skirt to make it look like a fairy costume.  However, I decided I wanted something I could whip up quickly for her and I also needed a quick sewing fix with only 1/2 hr to spare.

Here's what I ended up with.

When Miss E woke up and saw her new dress up, she was immediately impressed and wanted to wear it straight away.  That's enough praise for me!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Blogging Together

I am officially slack at keeping this blog updated!  However, I'm not as slack as my two sisters!  I was pondering this one night and came up with the brilliant idea of starting a blog together.  Between the three of us, surely we can keep a blog updated enough to create some interest.  Come on over and have a look and if you like what you see, share the love and become a follower!  Just click on the link below to have a squiz.

Our New Blog

Don't leave me though.  I still intend to add a few things on here every now and then.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Box Full of Monkeys

I have lots of sewing and craft projects on the go at the moment but this box is high on the list of things to finish.

I'm sure you've seen these little guys before on my blog but just to remind you, the pattern is called 'Magoo' by the fabulous Melly and Me.

All they need now are some limbs and eyes, then they're ready to find new homes.

Friday, April 13, 2012

More Car Rolls.

This week I have been getting a bit of sewing done but not much finished as yet.  One of the projects I have managed to complete, is two more car rolls for a custom order.  I wasn't sure about the brightness of these fabrics but I'm really happy with them now they are all together.

Here they are all folded, ready to be packed up and sent to their new homes.

The inside with the roads and car pockets.  I did curse a few times stitching the white lines, but they do look quite effective.

The reverse side.  I told you it was bright!

Mr. J spotted these and fell in love with the fabric, looks like I might be making another trip to my local fabric shop to pick up some more of these bright prints.  Who knows, I may just have to get a few other things whilst I'm there;-)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Upcycling Op Shop Finds

I'm back after a somewhat long absence here in blog land and I'm pretty proud of the creations in this post.

Just a few blocks from our house is a fabulous little op shop (thrift store) that often has great little treasures at very cheap prices.  A few weeks ago I went in with the idea of possibly getting some adults clothes to re-purpose or up-cycle into some clothes for the kids.  Needless to say, I was pretty happy when I came home with all these for only $1 each!

Once I got them home, I gave them a wash and the fun began.  From the black and grey dress and the black top, Miss E ended up with this outfit. 
The dress part of this set I made up myself.  I simply traced around a dress she already had and stitched it up, adding a little cap sleeve in the stripe.  I love using knit fabrics because they are so forgiving which means that even if your pattern isn't perfect, it doesn't matter.  The leggings in this outfit were also traced from a pair she already had but the bottom of these I cheated with.  Instead of doing the hem myself, I simply cut them and used the existing hem.  So simple.

Next I tackled the watermelon/coral t-shirt and came up with this.  Sorry about the picture, getting and 18month old to model isn't very easy!
I'm not overly happy with this one unfortunately.  The ruffles on the front I attempted after looking at the pictures in this.  I really should have read the whole tutorial, as my ruffles ended up way to uniform.  In the tutorial, the ruffles are done randomly and look so much better than mine.  The leggings she's wearing here are also some that I made with left over fabric from another knit dress.  More on that in another post.

Now to my favourite of all these.  A new vest for Mr. J.
I completely winged this one.  To come up with the pattern, I held baking paper up to Mr. J's front and drew a rough vest shape.  I then cut it out and made it up using an old t-shirt to check sizing before I cut into the blue ladies vest.  Once I was happy, I cut out the main body of the vest using the existing neck line on both the front and back.  I then cut the the bottom band to the size I wanted and the arm bands aswell.  I then stitched it all together.  It sounds really simple and surprisingly it was. I may just do a tutorial for this one if I can find another jumper or top I like.

Whilst I was at the op shop, I also picked up something for me.  A new pair of earrings for the bargain price of 50cents.  I love my op shop!.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My Poor Neglected Blog

I can't believe it's been so long since I created a post on here.  I have had a few projects underway and do intend on blogging them, I just need to take the time to do it.  Hopefully over the next few days there will be a few interesting things for those of you out there who may still be checking in.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Colour Combination of the Moment.

I have got a bit of a thing for grey and yellow at the moment and my local fabric store had lots of quilting fabrics reduced in these colours.  I just couldn't resist.  The problem came when I had to decide what to make.  I was thinking of a skirt or something similar but decided on a simple purse as I was getting a little bored with the one I have been using for a while (pictures here).  I used some of the tips from the original tutorial I followed but changed it to suit exactly what I wanted.

Here it is in all it's glory.  I love this colour combination.  I would make cushions for my couch with this but it would clash I think.

Zip pocket on the back for coins.  This was my own addition.  No point having a purse if you can't put coins in it!

Fully opened out.  Isn't this fabric divine.  Did I mention that I love it?

Inside of the purse with co-ordinating fabric for the card and money slots.

Now I'm off to fill it up!