Sunday, November 28, 2010

Vinyl Machine Cover

I did some manly sewing today!  This cover is going to be used in my step dad's garage to keep dust and dirt off of one of his many machines (actually the second one I've made for him).  It is made out of felt lined black vinyl.  I even added a handle on top so he can pull it off the machine easier and hang it up on a hook to get it out of the way. 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Outfit, Corduroy Skirt

Here is me in my Thanksgiving outfit, I just finished the skirt tonight.  It started as a pair of corduroy pants.  I added some cream colored home decor fabric, you can't see the pattern in the picture, but it's really pretty.  I found the sweater at Goodwill for $5, it's from Charlotte Russe!  The pants cost $2.50 at Goodwill also.  I spent $10 on fabric at Walmart, but I only used half of what I bought (forgot that home decor fabric is wider than the regular stuff).  I think a cream colored shirt would look better under the sweater instead of the brown, but I had to work with what I had.

I will not be near my computer tomorrow, so tonight I give you my list of things I'm thankful for:

A family that loves each other and can laugh with each other
To be located closer to family, so we can spend more time together
A grandmother who is 94 years old, she has such amazing stories
Friends, new and old, they make each day better (and facebook to keep in touch!)
The gift of craftiness, it brings me much joy
Of course, I have to add turkey and pumpkin pie (and mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing.......)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Crafting at the in-laws (scrapbook pages)

We're visiting my in-laws this weekend.  Since the purpose of this trip is for hunting season, I knew I'd have a lot of free time, at least while the kids are napping.  I just finished two scrapbook pages that were partially done.  I went to grab my pictures out of the bag and realized I forgot to bring my pictures!!!  You'd think I would have made sure I had them before packing up my stuff.  Here's the pile of stuff I brought and the two pages I finished.  Fortunately, I also came with some knitting to do, a pair of pants to rip the seam, and some crafty books to read.

I'm joyful for my little hunters!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Flannel Lined Jean Skirt - Amazing!

A flannel lined jean skirt!  I am amazed at how much I love this skirt, I want to go get more flannel to make another one right away!  The flannel makes the inside so soft, it's like wearing a blanket.  I stitched the flannel pieces to the side seams.  Then on the top of the front side, I used the iron on hem tape so I wouldn't have a seam line there.  On the back, I sewed a seam on the waistband.  I bought 3 yards of plain blue flannel, and I used most of it.  I do have enough left to line one of Rebekah's jean skirts though.  If I would not have used flannel to add into the front and back outside triangle panels, I probably could have gotten away with 2 yards.  The total cost of this skirt was $15 ($3 for the jeans, $10 for flannel, $2 for thread).

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Up-cycled Skirts and Hair Bows for a Little Girl

This green skirt started off as a cardigan that is super soft!  I loved it as a cardigan, but unfortunately it got a large white stain on the chest area.  So, I cut the sweater just under the stain and took the buttons off.  I sewed it together to make a tube, flipped it upside down and added an elastic waistband.  After hemming the bottom, it make an amazingly soft sweater skirt for my daughter.  I also made a matching hair bow using one of the pearl buttons.   I still have the sleeves and the upper part of the cardigan, so I need to figure out something else to make with it.  It's so soft I can't waste it!

This skirt started as a toddler pair of capris pants found at Goodwill for $1.50.  The flowers on the hair clips came from a pack of scrapbooking stuff that I bought for another purpose, they were leftovers.  

Lastly, this skirt was actually a toddler jumper that was much too short for Rebekah.  I cut dress just under the armpits and added an elastic waistband.  The hair bow is made from the straps of the jumper, and one of the buttons. 

Three outfits for $1.50, that's what I call a bargain.  I spent 2 hours making all that you see here, not too bad, especially since my kids were upstairs playing and I got the time to myself!  Now I want to go dig in the closets some more and see what else I can up-cycle! 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lacy Poncho for Little Girl

My first hand made Christmas gift is completed!  This is a lacy poncho made for a 3 year old little girl.  I'm a little concerned that it will be too big and fall off her shoulders.  I am planning on having my 4 year old son try it on, but I keep forgetting, plus the fact that it's pink makes me want to do that when my husband isn't around!  The poncho knitted up very quickly because I was using size 15 needles and a bulky yarn (just yarn found at Walmart).  This is two knitted rectangles that are sewed together.  My rectangles ended up more like parallelograms, even after blocking them.  This was my first attempt at blocking, so maybe I didn't do it correctly.  The pattern is from the book Speed Knitting by Kris Percival.  This is what the picture in the book looked like:

I think I also need to work on my seaming, the picture in the book looks better than mine.  Fortunately, I also bought purple yarn to make another one for my other niece!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

American Eagle Long Jean Skirt


My friend Jennifer came over today to sew another skirt.  I love this one.  It started out as a pair of American Eagle jeans, I love the light color.  We left a slit on both sides of the triangle in the back, this is for ease of walking.  I will have another little girl skirt soon, while Jennifer was sewing her skirt, I was able to rip the seam out of a pair of 2T capris.

Have you checked out my new page for my favorite books?  Look on the right side to find it.  These are just the recent books that I have read and enjoyed.  If you have any suggestions that you'd think I'd like just leave me a comment. 

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Scrapbook Pages

I finished 6 pages last night with my friend Melissa, and I did another 2 this afternoon.  I recently ordered 699 prints, I have a lot more scrapbooking to do!

Today's Joys
Caleb didn't completely loose his tooth when he fell and hurt it
Little Girl Cuddles
Long naps so I can scrapbook
Mashed Potatoes
Brownies in milk (this is my husband's joy, mine is just the brownies)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Pacifier Pouch

This is amazing!  I really could have used one of these when Rebekah was little!  How many of you ever pulled a pacifier out of the bottom of the diaper bag and it was covered in who knows what?  No more!  This pouch is lined with vinyl so that the pacifier stays lint free!

I found this pattern in my awesome 2010 sewing calendar, but I looked it up online to get more pictures.  It's from Lola Again.  It's a little tricky sewing the finishing seam, I poked myself several times, but I think it was worth it.  I added the loop on the side so that you could attach it to the diaper bag with one of those plastic rings, although next time I may add a snap or Velcro instead so you can attach it directly to the diaper bag strap.  Have fun sewing!
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