3.27.2015

DIY Easter Bunny Baskets

I was really excited to look through this book Little Lady Liberty now that I have a little girl. I still love sewing for boys, but I'm getting interested in sewing for a girl now. Little Lady Liberty is written by Alice Caroline, who owns her own Liberty of London fabric shop. I have never actually sewn with Liberty fabric. I haven't reached the point of being able to spend that much on fabric, but I dream about the day. 
This book has lots of cute, simple projects for little girls. Lots of floral and lots of piecing. I had a hard time deciding on what to make since Claire's room needs some decorating. Since Easter is coming up I decided to use the fabric boxes and make some bunny Easter baskets for the kids. I used a pretty brown and black linen for the outside which I quilted to the fleece and interfacing. I used some pretty rainbow dotted fabric for the inside. I added bunny ears and a face to each one.
I love decorating with them already, and I'm really excited for the kids to use them in an Easter egg hunt. Henry was fascinated watching me build the bunny faces of each one. I tried to use basic enough fabric that I can make somewhat matching bunny baskets for future children. Happy Easter! 
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Heather

3.23.2015

Ten Minute Cape Tutorial

It's superhero time all the time at my house. ALL THE TIME. Henry wears a cape morning to night, and then it sits on his windowsill while he sleeps. We had two that have gotten lost somewhere so I needed a quick way to make a cape. Henry needed to be a superhero right then. So I came up with this quick t-shirt cape. You can make one in ten minutes!
Supplies:
Adult t-shirt
Velcro
Sewing supplies

1. Lay out the shirt face down on a flat surface.
2. Cut from the sides up to where the shoulder seam meets the neckline.
3. Cut around the neckline keeping the neck band intact. Cut the neck band at the center front.
4. Fold the neckband over 1/2" and add a piece of Velcro to each side. DONE!
Make one or three or ten! I could see myself making these as favors for a superhero birthday part. How fun would that be?! And making the girls look like Elsa capes. I even made one for Henry for his knight outfit in my Crafting Con post over at Mae and K. See what Henry looks like as a young King Arthur!
Heather

3.20.2015

Ombre Baby Rag Quilt

Last week I was in between a couple of big sewing projects. I had finished some time-consuming items and was about to start some more time-consuming items, so instead of starting those big projects with deadlines I procrastinated. I pulled some of my pretty woven cotton fabrics that matched and started cutting out 5" squares. I didn't have a pattern and I didn't know how it would turn out, but the colors and patterns of the fabric inspired me. I was using remnants so I had to come up with a design that would work with my random number of each fabric.
My favorite fabric is this minty fabric with blue and lavender flowers. I think I originally had a fat eighth and have slowly been cutting into it. I'm glad the last bit could contribute to such a beautiful quilt. I used flannel remnants instead of batting in the middle. I almost did a regular bound quilt, but I didn't want to buy batting for the middle. I wanted to used up what I had. I used as much as I could of the quilting cottons and all of my flannel remnants which were white, off-white, and cream.
My mom gave me the minky fabric which she purchase for a blanket a long time ago and never made. I wanted to make it a solid back, but it wasn't possible without buying batting. Good thing rag quilts are so easy and so cute. I didn't even make sure the minky fabric was all facing the right direction. It goes all different ways which is why each square looks a different color pink on the back.
I'm really happy with how the quilt came out even though I'm not a quilter. And I'm really proud that all the fabrics were either thrifted or gifted which means this quilt cost only time to make.
Heather

3.16.2015

Easter Egg Tree and Branch Painting: Involving Kids in Decorating

I've mentioned in the past that I have some German ancestry and grew up with some German traditions. As I've started decorating and choosing traditions for my own family, I've realized that I want to keep a lot of the same traditions and I'm drawn to German traditions and decorating without realizing it. For example, I don't like most Easter decorations that you can buy or make. I've really struggled to find some Easter decorations that I like. 
Well, I remember growing up that my mom always decorated with an Easter egg tree. This year she gave me all of her Easter eggs to decorate with and I decided to let Henry paint some of the branches. He loved painting and it made him feel included in decorating for Easter.
First, we went outside and found a bunch of sticks that we could hang the eggs on. It was really fun to gather sticks together. Most were a pretty light color, but some were dark and didn't coordinate well. So I put a "smock" (large tee shirt) on Henry, covered our table, put some acrylic paint out and let him go to town. I ended up helping him because he wasn't great at covering the whole branch. It was really fun to paint together.
After the paint dried I arranged all the branches in a vase and hung up the pretty egg ornaments. Henry loves seeing his painted branches every time he walks by.
It's right in the entry and it also makes me happy every time I see it. I love the history and nostalgia of the eggs paired with the branches painted by my son. I love seeing a juxtaposition of new and old and including Henry is our family traditions even if it's in a small way.
Some of the eggs are very simple but others are ornate and beautifully painted. They are made from paper, wood, and there are even little figures.
What Easter traditions to you like to do with your children!
Heather

3.12.2015

DIY Carry-Along Felt Activity

Henry has been in need of some quiet activities lately. Activities that keep his mind active, but his body resting. I decided to put together a felt game that he can carry around with him. It's similar to this Felt Story Book Tutorial that I've always wanted to make and have yet to. I finished this one because there was hardly any sewing involved.
I used an IKEA toy tool case (we have two tool storage things) and glued some felt right inside each side. One light blue for day and one dark blue for night. A wipe case full of lots of felt shapes fits perfectly inside.
I made five backgrounds for Henry to choose from: a mountain scene, city scene, a beach front, some grassy hills, and a desert scene. They were pretty simple. I just cut some pieces and did some quick topstitching. I did it all in white because I didn't even want to switch the thread color. All the basic shapes were double cut and then perimeter stitched. My sister-in-law made the train and zoo animals awhile ago, and now it has a great place to be played with. Henry loved watching me sew up each piece and got so excited to play with it.
I am really love the different backgrounds. The skyline is my favorite, and I loved stitching the buildings. Henry has already played with it and loved making up stories. The really great thing is that it's very easy to add new pieces to create new stories. I am excited to make new shapes and things that go along with Henry's interests.
Heather
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