May 23, 2013

Baby Shower Gifts

I'm going to be an Aunty again soon as my little sister is about to pop! I did a little last minute sewing for her little one a few weeks ago. You can't go past a little home made baby shower gift.

Best thing for sewing:  Piece of leftover flannel (sitting beside the machine) collects and keeps all those pesky little treads before they go on the floor.
Boxed out bag for storing nappies or toys.  No pattern, just used half a yard of fabric with a few scraps left over.  The lining is Riley Blake chevrons.

Bibs backed with Organic Bamboo French Terry. The orange will hide those pumpkin stains.

Jumbo flannel wraps. 100% cotton flannel from Spotlight. So snugly for a winter baby.

And a zig-zag baby quilt. All beautifully matching the nursery Yellow, Grey and White colour scheme.

I can't wait for his/her's arrival, 'cause that means more sewing! Just no zips though.

May 21, 2013

The great fete sew up!

It's that time of the year again. Doing crazy amounts of sewing for our school fete. Unfortunately for my littlest guy, the manic sewing begins on his Birthday weekend. There's nothing like having a bunch of female members of your family over for some cake to inspire you to sew, especially when one sister does all the cutting, and you have to do is sit down and sew. Last year was bibs, this year contains plenty of zips!

We made:

Michelle Patterns Business Card holders, which my oldest is now using to transport Pokemon cards to school in (for swaps at lunchtime). I thought these would be great to put all those coffee and loyalty cards that overflow your purse in.

We all kept one of these ourselves!
Medium sized toiletry bags and coin purses (with little split rings) inspired by Noodlehead's Tutorials. We used whatever size fabric we had and made it up as we went.

I've changed that purple ribbon to yellow now.
Michelle Patterns Just a Pinch Pot Holders. These are the perfect size. Mum made these and she made two for me too.

Pencil Cases. The gathered ones are made by my sister.

And some larger toiletry bags. I will never buy a toiletry bag again, they are so easy to make.

I had a few donated pieces of fabric (Kokka sample scraps no less!), but the majority of the fabric and all the zips and notions came from the stash (and many expensive trips to Spotlight). There is a lot of heavy  interfacing in all those bags!  I figure I'm not going to be making cakes for the fete this year so I can go crazy with the sewing. Hmm, and there are a few really ugly bits of fabric that I managed to get rid of...

Not pictured are six small Michelle Patterns Grocery Bags already made and 6 waiting to be sewn and another 7 coin purses languishing as I've had enough of zips....

I think I'm almost sew out. It is nice to create these little things that I normally wouldn't sew. Also, even if it is only once a year, it's great sewing with my sisters and mum too.

And here's my littlest guy who's now 3. Little sweetheart, you're growing too quickly!