Friday, February 27, 2009

Handmade Baby Gift For A Boy

I've been keeping busy sewing up all kinds of fun things for gifts. It's hard to post a gift if you think there might be the slightest possibility that the recipient might actually read your blog. I can finally tell you about the diaper changing pad and diaper and wipes clutch I made for a friend who just had a sweet little boy. I used Sew Take a Hike's tutorial and machine quilted hibiscus fabric (using the reverse side of the pattern). I also tested out iron-on vinyl on cute polka dot fabric for the inside. I used the same fabric for the inside of the clutch, as well. If I was having another baby, I would sew make this for myself.

The gift wrapping was a sewn burlap sack closed with the scallop stitch I just discovered on my sewing machine. I also wanted to mention the colored elastic on the clutch is a hair band. I've got them in every color now!

I've got a couple more posts coming up with some more gifts I've made. I might just risk it and post them early.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

We did manage to get a little crafty around here for Valentine's Day. Finally decided on maya*made's heart bunting and Zakka Life's candy maze. The little guy made the lego heart for me. Don't you think it looks a little retro?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Stamp Frame for Photos

Okay, apparently Valentine's Day has gotten a wee bit more complicated than I remember back in my days of kindergarten. I purchased super cool 3D Clone Wars cards (sans envelopes) for my son weeks ago, when I ran across them at Kmart. I figured I was done thinking about that. Nope. He needs his cards to be tucked into envelopes and then they need "address labels" and "stamps" (both of which were supplied by the teacher.) So, I cut out my own envelopes using this template as a guide (check out the cute cards too!) And, I thought it would be more fun to make our own stamps, so I used fd's Flickr tools to create the above stamp. It let's you choose the date; but, wouldn't it be even better if it would let you choose the message on the postmark? They also have a lot of other really cool photo tools. I used MS Word and address labels to print them out.

Of course, these are fake stamps, but you can design real stamps at PhotoStamps.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Burlap Tote Bag

I quickly realized, after lugging around several bags (plastic bags, no less) to the sewing workshop, that my first project should be a large tote bag to carry all my fabric and sewing accessories. Inspired by maya*made buckets, I used burlap and old Pottery Barn bedding for the lining. I'm quite pleased with it and I still have plenty of both fabrics left over. I think I hear a bucket calling my name.