My big girl (6 today) loves drawing and all things art. I don't remember having this interest as a child but I love seeing her get so excited about her coloring. She gets so absorbed and creates such fun pictures. She wants to sew and so here is our first attempt.
Way back i found these embroidery hoops at Michaels on clearance. I have since seen them at thrift stores (obsession!) for about .25! I put a piece of burlap in there. She drew a simple flower on a piece of paper for practice. Then drew on the burlap something similar with some chalk.
Next we took a long piece of embroidery floss, strung through a dull needle and the two ends tied together in a knot so the needle wouldn't slip off. This was huge because before when we attempted I had to keep putting the needle back on over and over and I got annoyed. Must avoid annoyance when helping kids learn stuff!!!
Next she went to town sewing around her chalk outline. I had to do minimal intervention when big knots were made and the back is a bit of a mess but I think it turned out cute! I sewed up crayon folios while she worked and only had to stop every 15 minutes or so to give her a new color. I think we will attempt a picture of this for a fathers day gift. The moto, not the chocolate spoons!
Commenter Jen Won! Daughter Elsie said her favorite number between 1-13 is 6. Surprise Surprise. SHe just turned 6. Way to go jen! This was her comment...
This nightgown and the fabric are so sweet! It'd be perfect for my daughter this summer : ). I'm putting your pattern for the nightgown on my to do list, but I'm in nursing school and in over my head in classes this summer... who knows when it'll actually get done.
Hope you find time to make one yourself but until then, you get the extra!
My daughter is turning 6 tomorrow. Her big gift is this bicycle. I love it so much that I splurged. She is often the benefactor of my splurges! Her other request was to have matching pajamas with her doll. Now I CAN do that myself! I used the template that I made for the easter dress but it turned out too small. 4 year old already has 2 nightgowns so I thought I would do a give away for this one. I already made a bigger one for almost 6 year old! This nightgown would fit a 4 or just 5 year old. Leave a comment and I will pick on Friday May 28th.
Anne modeled for me soon after she woke up. The back is a tie and the fabric is a vintage sheet with a pretty high cotton count. Enjoy! If no one comments I guess Anne get ANOTHER nightgown!
Last November I was freaking out trying to get ready for the Handmade Arcade. I had such a great time at the show last year and the only negative was that I felt all rushed and sloppy since I waited until the last minute to do a lot of my sewing. Here is my first effort at getting ahead!
This is the pile of the 33 pockets I have made for 11 crayon art folios. I sold out of these so quickly last year and so I want to be well stocked. I love doing these 11 at a time~ all the cutting, interfacing, and then finally you just get to sew and sew and sew without having to stop to iron & cut. Awesome! I post a pick when they are all done. I want to have a total of 30 since my 15 last year where gone within the 1st couple hours!
This spring I decided to start cleaning out some of my hoarded thrift store & vintage fabric treasures that I couldn't figure out to use. I had success over in my Gingercake shop so I found myself heading back to the thrift store and to estate sales to add more to my pile!!
Here are some pics of my favorite finds. Some are gone to other vintage lovers (mostly in California for some weird reason) and some are still in the shop.
We spend many summer time mornings staying in our PJs until lunch. I decided to make some pretty nightgowns so the girls would at least look nice and sweet on these lazy days. I have been shopping lots of thrift stores lately & found such pretty vintage sheets and pillowcases. I listed a bunch in my other etsy shop gingercake. Here are the night gowns I made from some of the ones I kept.
that one was from a sheet. So pretty and delicate! I used up most of that on trials until I finally made this one. Here is from a pillowcase...
I love this print and this poly blend is SO soft. Not as easy to work with since the cotton count is less but still fine. I HATE doing the rolled hem on little girl sleeves and necklines so here I made a cap sleeve and used some lace hem binding as the neck. Pretty! I did a button on the back seen here...
These were pretty easy and here is a quick tutorial for you to make one for your girls. This is for a size 4T. It wouldn't be hard to make adjustments for a bigger or littler girl but I'll let you figure that out for yourself! HAHA! Also, This is a quick tutorial that i made assuming that you already know some basic sewing techniques ( like ruffles and attaching skirts to tops, etc.) and most is done with pictures. In my etsy shop patterns things are WAY more detailed but that would have taken me forever so here is the bare bones free tutorial!
Travis wanted a bag to carry his "very important documents" to work while riding the Honda express. I used the methods for making the love your lunch box and here is what we came up with. He calls it his Matchel. I wanted to call it a Murse but he likes matchel since it is his man satchel. Cute.
This is made with discarded canvas money bags from the bank. I loved working with these! No lining needed since the fabric was nice and thick. I used a dark brown double fold bias tape for the outside flap. Also put an extra large pocket as seen below.
The strap is made with the same fabric and then Used D rings to attach the strap and make it adjustable. Plus, men love hardware, right?
Here he goes off to work on the Moto. Very euro, right? HAHA!