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

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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Lil cutie Pouch

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I made this lil’ cutie pouch (tutorial by Anna from Noodlehead) as a present for a dear friend. It’s my first completed sewing project since the baby was born, and I could not be more excited!

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It’s such a quick, satisfying sew, and with such a useful purpose. I am sure my friend will get a lot of use out of this one, and they are so easy that I am thinking if making a lot of them to have on hand to give out. I’ll definitely be making one for me!

Anna’s tutorial is quite easy to follow. I had a little trouble figuring out how to stitch up the lining after turning the whole thing right side out but, despite that, the whole project came together in about a half hour.

Make some! They’re beautiful and so easy!

P.S. Oh, I forgot to mention that the tutorial calls for an 8″ zipper, and the only one I had was 22″ so I shortened it following these instructions from See Kate Sew.

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