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Deadline Crafter Strikes Again – Full Sized Apron Complete!

One of Boom’s sisters turns the big 4-oh at the end of this week.  L is really kind and into baking, so I knew I wanted to send her some baking cook books (I picked this one and this one, since she is a gluten-free girl).  But I also really wanted to make her an apron – but as you all know, I really didn’t need another project on my plate.  I was planning on making a quick half apron, but decided that a full apron would be much more useful.  So I had to find a tute – and a quick one, at that.  I came across this tute – many thanks to Mandy/Sugar Bee blog – it fit the bill exactly!  Cute, and quick.

I think it came out quite well!

I even made some adjustments to make it even quicker – here are my changes:

1) I added the top trim measurements to the top trim fabric and the waist trim to the lower measurements – and then finished the edges like a napkin, except on top section’s bottom edge that connects to the lower portion.

2) I sewed the ribbon right onto the front of the fabrics – so the “waist” ribbon enclosed the top sections raw bottom edge.

3) I also omitted the ruffle at the bottom and pocket (inadvertently on the pocket – just forgot to make it and once I remembered, I had already wrapped and packaged up the apron to be mailed).

I thought about using ribbon for the neck and waist ties, but I didn’t.  That would have saved some time as well.  This is what works for me for turning out long tubes of fabric (like the ties):  pin a safety pin on one end of the tube.  Use a chopstick to push the safety pin to the opposite opening – then just push the fabric over the chop stick – right side out.  It works like a dream!

I think this apron probably took around 3 hours to make from start to finish – which is very good considering it is a full apron and it is detailed and cute.  I had to split it up over 2 days, but in  a pinch, one could certainly do it in a single sitting.  Very good for such a deadline driven crafter as myself!

Here is the hubs begrudgingly modeling the apron I handmade for his sister!

I mailed it off today – maybe she’ll get it on her actual bday!  I hope she likes it and appreciates the hard work that went into it!





Onesie Project completed and Happy President’s Day

This weekend, I was able to craft a bit for Brady Gaga – and finally got his / her monthly photo onesies finished!  It wasn’t a hard project, per se, but it just had a lot of steps and took some time.

First, I designed what I wanted to numbers to look like – nothing too elaborate, but I wanted something more than just a painted number.  So I came up with dotes around the number in a circle, but that ended up not working, so I did just a circle with the number inside.  Then I had to print out all the numbers and circles onto freezer paper – then cut out – for my freezer paper stencil.

Here’s everything ready to be assembled:

This is when I realized I should have asked my sister if I could have custody of the Slice when she was in India.  That would have been helpful – then I would not have had to cut everything out by hand.  And I also have decided I could truly benefit from a Silhouette cutting machine – it is pretty high on my wish list 🙂 as it can cut paper and fabric!  Anyway…

Then I ironed on all the numbers and circles onto the onesies.  Here are all the prepped onesies – I just had to put a little piece of parchment paper inside the onesie before I started painting.

Here is a onesie in the middle of the painting process:

And here is all of the onesies after being painted, drying.

And here they are in all their glory, after I peeled off the freezer paper and heat set them all:

I really love how they turned out! And they are all organic cotton onesies, which is great.  I would like to figure out how to do this concept a little quicker, so that I can make it as gifts for friends.  I am thinking that maybe the Silhouette could really help me out in that respect.  Maybe a fabric number applique instead of the paint?

I know I only have 0-11, for month 12, Brady Gaga will wear a normal outfit, like JJ did in his monthly photos.

And here is the little man himself, wishing everyone a happy President’s Day!

(I love his outfit, I think it makes him look like he went to the U!)

Reverse Appliques on my mind

One of JJ’s Christmas gifts from my sister was an Amy Tangerine reverse applique t-shirt. It is adorable and whenever he wears it, I always get many comments on how cute his shirt is! If you can’t really tell from the picture, the tie shape is cut out of the t-shirt and then a piece of fabric is stitched to the fabric, creating a reverse applique.

I think I can make something similar. I would use lightweight interfacing (what I use for all my machine applique-ing) to keep the applique cut out crisp and securely adhered to the t-shirt material. Maybe I’ll create a tute! Dare to dream…

Between the quilt I need to make for Brady Gaga and the onesie project, I need another project like I need a hole in my head. But this had been occupying my mind all day yesterday, so I am thinking I really should do it. And a little friend of ours is turning 2 in a few months – she might be the perfect recipient of one of our first reverse applique t-shirts!

For those who think JJ never cries or fusses, these next couple pictures are for you! He was in full on melt down mode before music class yesterday – not quite sure why, probably a little tired. But he ended up being fine for class – just was really feeling bad for himself during our little photo shoot:

Yes, he is resting his head on the stairs! Poor, poor boy 🙂

WAHHHH! WAHHHHHH! He really wanted to hold the camera, but then I couldn’t giggle and capture this wonderful moment 😉 He is such a faker – once I let him hold the camera, the waterworks and drama immediately shut off.

Bubs – you are a piece of work! I love you so so much!!!!

Belated V-day Gift

I am finally done with JJ’s V-day gift: a personalized floor cushion!  Many thanks to Living with Punks blog for the excellent tutorial.

Here is the top:

Used my fonts that don’t have curves and then machine appliqued them onto the cushion.

Here is the bottom:

This heart does have curves, but it was large enough that it wasn’t too too hard to machine applique.

And the handle:

It took me quite a while to complete, but that is because I did the appliques, as well as tried a few things that didn’t quite work (making a form for the inside so the outside could be a slipcover, and thus able to be washed; putting in a zipper, but on the short height, so def not enough space to put the form in; etc).  I do like how it turned out – but there are a few things that I would have done differently.  Oh well, at least it is done!  And the tutorial was quite excellent – really easy to follow and made sense.

I was thinking, though, the Land of Nod one-seater seats are $39.  This handmade version probably had supply costs of around $17 (fabric, piping, stuffing, thread, interfacing, etc) but took me quite a while to figure out and make.  So was it worth it in the end?  Perhaps the hubs is right – sometimes it is cheaper and definitely way easier to just buy….

But for my favorite Valentine, it was worth all the hard work!  Just can’t wait to see him sit and play on it!

4 of 4 done!

Here is the final* blanket for Brady Gaga that I finished yesterday:

I am really kind of obsessed with it – I love it so much!  It is seersucker for the main part (where I usually use flannel) and gingham for the edging.  It is very light weight – I figure since BG will be born in March, s/he won’t need too many heavy, heavy blankets.  And I wanted to figure out what to make lightweight blankets out of, kind of like these.

The gingham is really thin so easy to make the edging out of.  I think it would be extra cute if I actually made bias tape with the gingham, so the squares would be at an angle.  Actually, the seersucker would be cute cut at an angle as well, so the stripes would be diagonal.

I kinda want to get more seersucker (maybe yellow) and gingham (light green) to make another* blanket for BG – and cut everything on the bias!  We’ll see…  lot of other projects on the burner, however.  The good news is the major part of my play group gifts have been completed.  Now just hope people can make it on Friday and then all the details!

Here is the little guy, being a mouse:

He’s been feeling a bit under the weather, but I think teething and the weather temperature swings are to blame.  Hopefully he will be in tip top shape by Friday!

Crafts… and bye-bye

So, I have been getting some stuff done.  I have completed 3 of Brady Gaga’s 4 new blankets!



Yay!  I think they turned out pretty good.  Making the edge tape (not bias tape, as it is not cut on the bias, but doesn’t need to be since there are no curves) is probably the most time consuming part of all.  Once it gets made, all I have to do is pin the edging tape onto the edge of the blanket fabric, and then sew.

Luckily the blankets  are all folded up so no one can see how not quite square they are.  I need to get some quilters tools to help me square up the main piece of fabric.  I have seen some large, clear and wide rulers that have a grid on them – I think that is what I need.  Anyway, BG won’t mind – s/he’ll stay nice and warm swaddled in the blankets!

I am also up to my ears in freezer paper stencils – darn my mommy friends for being so kind!  These are little Valentine’s day treats for their little ones – I won’t post a picture until I they have been given out.

And I have decided that I need to make BG a quilt like the one Baby J has – that belonged to Boom.  Boom’s mom made the “John” quilt over 30 years ago – so it is really a vintage heirloom!  and I used it as the backdrop for Baby J’s monthly photos, so BG also needs a backdrop for his/her monthy photos.

I think I am going to make a bunting quilt similar to this one, but I will leave a spot at the top for BG’s name.  So I can get all the buntings on the front fabric, make the edging tape and have the backing ready, but can’t put together until BG arrives and I have time (within the first month!) to applique his / her name on the quilt and sew it together.

Here are some of the fabrics I’ll be using for the bunting:

The solid yellow will be for the back – I think I want to have the back striped, so the yellow will be with another yet to be decided upon fabric.  All the buntings will be polka dotted – tiny dots to big ones!  and I just got a navy blue dot fabric today, so may add that into the mix.  I think it is a good mix – very gender neutral, so it won’t matter if it is Brady or Gaga, and depending on that – the name can be in a gender specific color.

And this morning Auntie Yarbs came over to say farewell – she is heading out on her 7 week Indian Mysore yoga adventure this afternoon!  It will be an amazing experience!  When she comes back, Baby J will be a big brother (and much bigger) and Brady Gaga will be here as the forth member of our family!  So crazy to think that so many changes will take place in just a few weeks!

Bye, Yarbs – have a great time, be safe and enjoy yourself!  Soak it all in!  Can’t wait to keep up via your bloggy blog!


Sneak Peak

Sorry for the light posting, the latter part of this week has been consumed by Junior League activities (for the big ball tonight and tomorrow night).  In the beginning of the week, I was all consumed by working on Baby J’s first year book.  Fun stuff – love looking through all of the photos – but a lot of work!  I am nearly done, will be able to wrap up next week when JL stuff is all over.

Here is a sneak peak of one of the layouts from the book – it spans 2 pages (I will use Blurb to produce – did the design myself in InDesign, after consulting some blogs):

I love it because you can really see how Baby J has grown and changed – and a whole year is captured all at once!  I guess all my hard work remembering to take the monthly picture (more of a pain than you might think) paid off! (And it is lighting the fire under me to get Brady Gaga’s monthly number onesies done, as it will be so much easier to organize the photos with month numbers right on the white onesie!)

I think it has turned out great (the whole book) – it is simple and of few words, but it really captures our little boy’s first year.  I can’t wait to see it in hard copy!

Thanks, Boom, for being so understanding – letting me sit in front of the computer and work on the book for so many nights!  It will all be worth it in the end!!!