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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Oliver + S Explorer Vest

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Back at the beginning of last fall I made a present for a friend who was turning five. He is a super cute boy who loves to dress well and to dress-up, so Oliver + S’ Explorer Vest seemed to be a perfect match. The project comes from Liesl Gibson’s Little Things to Sew , and it was a great project to work on: challenging enough for me to keep things interesting without it being overwhelming.

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The pattern has an option for pockets with or without bellows. I thought the bellows looked more explorer-like, so I went with those, but it was hard for me to figure out exactly how to make them!

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Still, I prevailed! And the vest did look adorable. Once I had that part figured out, the rest of the vest came together pretty quickly.

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The fabric is a canvas weight from Jo-Ann. To add interest, I added topstitching in contrasting brown. I need more practice, as you can see 😉

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I also used contrasting bias tape to finish the armholes.

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My least favorite part was the argyle pattern I used as lining. I loved the color palette, and it was the most boyish fabric I could find at the moment, but I am not convinced it was the right fit for this pattern. Despite that, I was pleased with how it turned out, and our friend was happy with it too.

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Here are a couple of shots of how we wrapped it. We rolled it up and covered it in tissue paper, like a candy roll. Then I drew a picture of the birthday boy for my daughter to color, and voilà!

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It was a fun present to work on, and a fun pattern. If anybody needs any guidance on working with the bellows pocket, I took step-by-step shots while I was sewing and I could put them together in a post.

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