Gift for a friend: Bedtime Bags

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The kids had a party on Saturday and I managed to make some gifts for our sweet friends. It is really hard to make gifts for people, I think. Most of the time you don’t have a lot of notice so not a lot of time to a) come up with an idea, and b) sew it up. These friends are very dear and I wanted their gift to be special, so I agonized a lot over it. In the end, an idea hit me: bedtime bags!

Bedtime gets harder as the kids get older, I find. At this point in the day, they are tired but wired; mine start running all over and shrieking too, which drives me crazy–I’m always scared they will fall and get hurt because they are not very coordinated at that time of day. Enter the bedtime bag.

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It is, basically, a bag where you put goodies that are used during your bedtime routine/allowed only at night, for easy access and to entertain the kiddos while you finish those last few tasks before lights off.

I made mine out of white cotton, using initial printables I found on Heather Ross’ Prints CD and ironed on. I filled it with some goodies my girls enjoy, and made a cute little tag for it. I also made a star stuffie to go with it. Cute!

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I have a tag printable for you, if you wish to try out this idea:

Bedtime Bag Tag

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Flip this Pattern: The Roller Skate Dress (and KCWC day 4)

This month, the girls at Frances Suzanne have us all flipping the gorgeous Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress.

It is 9:30 p.m. EST and I am barely making the 11:00 p.m. CST deadline, but I made it!

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This is my 3-year-old (and Rapunzel) modeling size 4T for me. It was a beautiful pattern to work with. The construction was so interesting and fun; it reminded me a lot of the Ice Cream Dress. And, because of this clever construction, I was able to make the dress reversible with a change or two.

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The Fabric: The fabrics are a Black Chambray from Hart’s Fabric and a cotton lawn from Fabric.com.

The Construction: I used DMC silver metallic thread to embroider a Sashiko-inspired design on the neckline of the chambray side, in place of the facing.

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To be able to make it reversible, I opted to have a ribbon closure, instead of a button with a loop.

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Another problem I encountered was the casing. Since both my fabrics were so contrasting, I had a hard time figuring out what color thread to use for the casing. I finally decided to thread my machine with gray thread and sew the casing from the chambray side, while I loaded the bobbin with black thread so that the black would not show on the lawn side.

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Finally, I opted to hem by using a ladder stitch that I learned on my brief foray into toy-making. This stitch seemed perfect because it let me join both seams without having my stitches show anywhere, which was just what I wanted.

It was such a fun project to work with, and I can’t wait to make it again! My five-year-old needs one, too, but that did not stop her modeling this one. I love her props 😉

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Thank you, FrancesSuzanne for the motivation to work with this lovely pattern! Also, thank you Megfor putting together KCWCthat is such an inspiration every time.
And, of course, thank you to Liesl Gibson for such a fantastic pattern!

Flip This Pattern

Children’s Books (literally!)

My girls and I have started working through Playful Learning , which is a wonderful book full of fun educational activities for children ages 4-8. My daughters are 5 and 3, but my three year old is enjoying the activities just as much, and I am having a blast seeing what those two can do!

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We made books the other day, one of the activities in the young authors’ section. I used this tutorial by Dana from Made, and then I just let them have a go. I was very impressed by the lovely stories they drew/wrote.

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My five-year-old wrote a book called “The Lemonade Stand,” full of creativity and wit! We are reading it at night before going to bed and she could not be more pleased. I loved working on this project together!

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I can Teach my Child!

Pattern testing: Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop’s Ringer Tee

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A few months ago, I had the opportunity to test the fabulous Classic Ringer Tee Pattern by Amy from Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop. I had always dreamed of testing out a pattern and it was such a fun opportunity at a time when I was so stressed out by RL, a much needed break 🙂 Thanks, Amy!

Now, this pattern is the perfect blank canvas for any kind of customization you can dream of. I am still getting the hang of sewing for my baby boy, so my ideas immediately ran to football since it is such a big part of our family’s favorite things. We are LSU Tiger fans so I thought a classic LSU tee was in order.

Cherie from You and Mie had given me the inspiration to try and paint some fabric, and I finally got to do it for this project.

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I basically just painted purple stripes, the width of my brush, all over the long sleeve pieces.

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I then dunked the cuffs and neck band in the leftover paint and let it all dry, then constructed the t-shirt per the pattern instructions. It was a breeze!

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Amy had a very clever way of attaching neck bands and cuffs, and the result was very nice–and very easy to make. It came together pretty quickly.

Then, I added a football appliqué with felt, lettering with transfer paper, though my transfer did not work very well with the rib knit fabric I had chosen… You live, you learn, right?

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See? And, half my family got the flu that week. I was on a deadline, however, so I tried to stitch in the dark as I watched them to avoid bothering anyone, thus my stitching is less than even… Thank goodness that baby can’t tell 😉

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And here is a shot of my little guy wearing it. I love how boyish and cute it turned out!

Linking at:
The Train to Crazy

Nap Time Crafters

Go Tigers!

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I had bought my son that cute little smocked LSU outfit to take hospital pictures after he was born and felt like my daughters needed something to match, so I decided to whip sweet little dresses up just a week or two before my due date. Talk about a race against time! But they love these dresses and so do I.

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The dresses are very simple. This Leila & Ben pattern has to be my most sewn pattern and it sews up so quickly every time. I used gingham fabric from Hobby Lobby (these checks are 1/8, they didn’t have 1/16 when I was there) and added a ruffled ribbon detail at the neckline in contrasting gold for the LSU effect, as well as a ribbon hemline finish following Liesl’s instructions from the Lazy Days Skirt pattern.

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The little girls love these dresses! And I must say that I love to see them wearing them.

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The Train to Crazy

Nap Time Crafters

Making it on Monday

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– Began work on the girls’ birthday outfits, and please wish me luck as they have to be completed by Saturday, on top of other party preparations.

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The pattern is oliver + s Ice Cream Dress which I had never felt like I needed to buy until I saw this and this.

I am making mine of linen shirting (which is already turning out to be too light and flimsy. I am underlining the whole thing) and cotton facings. The colors are pink and orange since it is a Dora party– I thought it would be a nice nod to Dora without it being too Dora-ish.

Wish me luck!

Printable: Placemat Coloring Page

Placemat Coloring Page

I used this coloring page during my daughter’s party this past Saturday. I set places for all the girls and provided crayons for them to decorate their own page, then explained how to set the table and had them practice on their very own placemat. It was a hit!

Another use would be to have your child color and then laminate it. That way you can pull it out at dinner time and have him/her set the table as part of his/her chores.

Yet another use would be to carry copies with you and crayons to pull out when you eat out. Some of the printed activities at restaurants are not toddler friendly, and this would be a fun thing for your toddler/preeschooler to do while you wait for your food.

How would you use it?

A belated Kid’s Clothes Week Post

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This outfit did not get finished by the end of last kcwc. It’s still not finished, but I thought I would post it because my daughter has worn it just as is. There is something magical and empowering about your child loving what you make for her, and that is one of the reasons why I sew!

The pattern for “my yellow shirt” is the awesome Flashback Skinny Tee from Made by Rae. I have to say this is a fantastic pattern. With three or four pieces to cut, you have yourself a shirt in no time! I had planned to embellish this one a bit, but my child got to it first. I think this one’s a winner!

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The pants are Oliver + S’s After-school pants. Here is my original post on the project. I absolutely loved sewing these, and will sew them again soon. These two projects were very satisfying. Thanks, Rae, and Liesl, for such fabulous patterns!

Mid-week’s fun links

These are some of the web sites I have been looking through this week (or: these are the windows open on my Safari right now):

Baby cardigan tutorials from Delia Creates . I have to try this soon.

Gluten-free breakfast cookies from Simply Gluten-free. I just received my shipment of dried fruit, only to realize I am out of bananas and can’t make this for breakfast. Oh well!

Baby-led weaning at Simple Bites . I never followed this approach before, but it sounds interesting.

Stitch Savvy blog hop . I really want this book, it looks amazing!

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Finally, my daughter is learning how to read. This is her first book, ever, that she just finished reading on Monday. I am so proud of her and all the effort she has put into this new adventure! I can’t believe that my baby is almost 5 and reading! Mothering is, sometimes, such hard, challenging work, but it is so worth all the effort:

“The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead. The grand and the simple, they are equally wonderful.”

“As you create a home, don’t get distracted with a lot of things that have no meaning for you or your family. Don’t dwell on your failures, but think of your successes. Have joy in your home. Have joy in your children. Have joy in your husband. Be grateful for the journey.”
(Marjorie Hinckley)

Hope you are having a good week!