Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I have been finished with Savannah's Easter outfit for some time now and I just finished Austin's Easter shirt. I hope to have slim pants for him to wear as well.
Savannah's was actually my entry into a contest which ends tonight. I wanted the skirt to be longer however I bought the store out of trim and they have yet to get more.
And Austin's was a men's shirt Aunt Mel got a second hand shop. I forgot to take a picture of it before I cut it up. This was actually my 2nd men's shirt that I made for Austin. This one came out better but still needs a little work. Mostly the sleeves are to long. I did the french seams and loved how that turned out.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I wanted something safe to put on my 7 month old car seat to keep her toys from falling or more like her throwing them on the floor. We travel long distance at least once a month, sometimes without another adult. So using fabric and pipe insulation this is what I came up with.
Pipe insulation Measured to fit your car seat with
Fabric to match the length of your pipe and wide enough to go around (my pipe was 1.5 inches, I cut my fabric 5 inches and just cut off extra when done)
five strips 1inx 20
two strips 2in x 20
Enough space for your little one to sit. I would only attach soft toys, so there was no chance of her getting hurt. I am sure you could even modify end the end straps to fit a infant car seat handle.
Friday, March 26, 2010
i might make the ruffles wider across her butt next time. It is a light fabric so she wear these on cool nights this spring and summer.the tights, which came out great, I just have to make future ones higher rise, because we cloth diaper. She can only wear these ones with disposable diapers.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
A black dress shirt pattern from Dana at Made (I'm kinda bummed, I tried a new type of seam and it is to small) I am not sure yet if I will take it apart or give it away. It isn't the best sewing so I might take it apart.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I made Austin a sweater vest and had a good amount of it left over. So over at Samster Mommy she used the arm's of a sweater for leg warmers. So why not right? I did mine a little different I used the left over cuff of of the bottom of the sweater for the top part of the warmers.
Cut the 2 arms at fold leaving cuff on
Cut left over cuff from bottom of sweater same size as cuff on arm's cuff (fold in half cut on a fold)
Turn cuff and sleeve inside out
sew up side of each cuff and each sleeve
turn right side out
place sleeve into cuff right sides facing, edges together
zig zag stitch around
fold cuff up and all done!
Friday, March 19, 2010
I was interested in trying a new type of baby carrier, so after searching I found the Mei Tai. I couldn't wait to give it a try. I changed it up added what I wanted and off I went. If your interested here is a tutorial for you.
This is just a guide line, what worked for me. If you make please make sure your baby is safe at all times! Use at your own risk
If you don't sew and would like one please contact me.
If you have any questions please ask and I will try to help you along. I would love to see yours.
Edit: a comment was left to use only bottom weight fabric for middle, which was done here, just not specified. You may also like to do the triple stitch box if you feel more comfortable.
Mei Tie directions
2 of each fabric 10x60 top
2 of each fabric 10x40 bottom
2 batting 7x20
1 heavy fabric 23x19
2 of “fancy” fabric 23x19
2 of “fancy” fabric 12x16
Straps loops: 1 1.5x8
Support straps: 2 2x18
Sew wrong sides together of straps, turn right side, insert batting pin 6 inch from top. Sew rectangle around batting to secure. Top stitch straps. I pinned 7inches and wish I had done 6 inches.
Repeat for next strap.
Sew wrong sides together turn right side out, top stitch
Pleat top of each strap
Pin each top strap .5 inch from edge
Pin each bottom strap at an angel over each corner
Sew a box with an x on each strap
Support straps: fold both edges to center then fold in half, sew down middle. Tie a knot at one end
1 fabric face up place support straps 1 inch from end of head support fabric, place next fabric face down (so right sides are together).
(I forgot this to place strap before sewing and just added them at the end, I would have liked this look better)
Sew together leaving a opening for turning.
Turn and top stitch.
Putting body together:
I wanted the different sides to be showing (straps one fabric body another) so I placed the opposite fabric from the straps down firsts. If you want to have straps match the body then first lay down the fabric that matches the straps
Lay piece with straps down, next lay decorative fabric face up, head support next (this will be longer than the space between straps, it’s ok), last lay last decorative fabric face down. Pin
Sew in 4 sections starting at ¾ inch from each strap until ¾ in of next strap.
Turn using a the section not stitched at the straps
(You will have to work at each corner and tuck you middle fabric in so it is not showing)
Fold each long end to the center then fold in half, stitch, cut in half
I added mine right where the padding started in the center
I first stitched away from body then folded over so loop is going toward the body and stitched one last time