Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Burp Cloths

Some friends of ours had a baby boy the other week and I really wanted to make something for them. I have already planned on making some baby items to sell in the New Year, including these gorgeous burp cloths, so I thought this would be an ideal excuse to test them out.

The backing material is chenille, and is oh so soft. The co-ordinating fabric is cotton, and I also want to play around with some cute flannel material with the next batch that I make.

I've got to say, they look even cuter than what I even thought they would. I can't wait to make some more next year to add to my Etsy shop.

What do you think?

Friday, December 14, 2012

DIY Sewing Folder

It was my Sister's birthday last week, and I was trying to think of something to get her as a gift. She's recently joined our sewing class and has been making some lovely things, and seems to be really enjoying it.

I'd been mentioning different tutorial projects online here and there, but realised that it might be handy to have a whole heap of sewing tutorials in one easy place to give her ideas of future projects, and to see just how easy some projects really are!

So - with immense help of my Pinterest page - I prepared a quite large document (from memory, I think it was about 250 pages!!) containing all of my favourite sewing tutorials that I thought would be useful. I set up a folder with various sections, including some blank sections for her to fill up later, and also a couple of expandable plastic sleeves to store paper patterns, and also picture inspiration from magazines etc for ideas of future projects (something I started doing a little while back, and it's been quite useful). I realised that it wouldn't be practical to print off all of the tutorials to store in the folder, so I selected one from each category to print, and saved the whole document to a CD that could be stored in the front of the folder.

Here it is:

I also bought a voucher from Fabric.com to go towards fabric for her next project, and my lovely husband made up a very realistic gift card for me, as I just received the voucher in email form.

She seemed to really like it, and I'm sure she'll have fun skimming through all of the tutorials in there. I'm looking forward to seeing what she makes in the New Year!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Stripey Skirt

I've had a bit of a problem lately that has meant I need to make some new clothes. You see, I've lost 7kg (15lb) over the last 6 months and a lot of my clothes - especially skirts and trousers - are becoming too loose to wear. I know, terrible isn't it?!
Seriously though, I'm loving that I can make clothing that suits my new and improved body shape a little better, so I'm digging out some tutorials that I've been wanting to try out.
I've had some pink and brown striped jersey knit fabric for a little while and decided to make The Hopscotch Skirt using iCandy's tutorial. If you haven't checked out her wonderful tutorials, then definitely take a look. I changed it around slightly as I wasn't a huge fan of the checkerboard look, but otherwise followed the tutorial exactly - and it was so easy.

I love the sash tie on the front, it just adds a bit more cuteness to it.

Plaid Girl's Dresses on Etsy

I've added some more items to my Etsy Shop - these gorgeous plaid woollen dresses:

All three dresses are Size 1, and these are the only ones I plan on making. At least for now and in that fabric, as it's fabric I just picked up a few months ago not knowing what I was going to use it for!

My little model helped me out again - luckily she's a small two year old and the dresses fitted her still.

Aren't they just so cute? And perfect for those cold winter months.