Embellishments for baby garments

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Two of my friends are having/have had babies recently and I have been busy making gifts. I thought I would highlight some of the possibilities for baby sewing and gifting with easy, but pretty, embellishments.

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Iron-on transfers are fantastic. There are a number of things you can do with them. In this case, I designed a little image of a big sister/little sister and colored it on the computer, then transferred that on to my fabric and added a bow for a cute, special outfit for a sweet pair of sisters.

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Fabric dyeing/painting lets you get just what you want. I used Dana’s dyeing tutorial and it could not have been more easy! I then drew the whales and painted them with fabric paint. Finally, I embroidered the water using a simple back stitch, and three strands of blue embroidery floss.

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Fabric painting is something I watched my mother do many times while growing up; but, quite honestly, I never had thought to translate it into everyday wear. This onesie could not have been more simple!

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I love how the boat image wraps around toward the back 🙂

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Embroidery is not something you associate with little boy clothes; but, as long as you are keeping it simple, it’s a great way to add a unique touch to any garment. Here, I back stitched the word “Ahoy” in keeping with my whale/nautical baby shower theme. A good tip is that, when you are ready to embroider on to any knit fabric, it is very useful to stabilize the fabric with interfacing. I ironed it onto the back and making the stitches was a breeze.

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How do you embellish clothes?

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Make your Getaway Duffle…

… You guessed it: Collegiate Style!

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I have had my eye on this pattern for a long time, back when I first started sewing after having kids and first started following blogs. Jess, from Craftiness is not Optional, had whipped up the most adorable bags for her daughters, and I just fell in love with them and the awesome pattern.

Here is my take on it:

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A couple of months ago we were taking our first trip with our new baby and the week before I realized the baby did not have a suitcase 🙂 So, you can see how quick this bag was to put together that I could do it even with my newborn at home and on a deadline! And, what’s more, I used all things I had at home to do it, so it was a super cheap project.

The fabric was a white twill canvas that I got at my local Hobby Lobby last year when I made the girls Valentine’s Day Drawstring Backpacks . The lining was leftover yellow and white striped cotton from Fabric.com that I had used for these skirts back during Fall KCWC last year. The appliqué was put together from scraps of felt I had around, and the football stamp came from a potato.

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That is what my stamp looked like. Please, ignore the random brown spot on my potato… It was all I had on hand at the time! Anyway, I traced the football shape on to the potato half and carved it out with a knife. Then, I painted onto my fabric pattern piece.

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The other side features a tiger appliqué, with embroidered face and stripes. My husband supervised the colors in the helmet to ensure that our tiger would end up being Mike the Tiger, the LSU mascot, and not a Mizzou Tiger 😉 (sorry, Mizzou fans!)

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I loved loved loved this pattern, and have plans to make one for each of us. It was incredibly easy to make and it is incredibly roomy.

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I made the adult size for the baby because we always have to carry so much for the little ones, and I think it could easily accommodate a well-packed adult for the whole weekend. I pack toiletries and shoes separately, so I think the one bag could hold all my stuff for a week! It is very sturdy and comfortable to hold. The pattern instructions are super easy to follow, and it even includes some troubleshooting tips for issues that can come up while sewing the bag, which were extra helpful to me. This is the second pattern of Gingercake’s that I sew, (I blogged about the first one here ) and I liked it just as much as the first.

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I loved working on this project and would recommend it to anybody looking for a stylish duffle bag to make. Thanks to Virginia from Gingercake Patterns for creating such an awesome pattern!

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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!

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