Saturday, April 12, 2014

My Favorite Kind of Baby Bib..

..is the pullover bib!  Hands down. The best. The velcro doesn't wear out, and little hands don't pull them off! 



So when I got some strips of Happy Flappers (an upcoming line from Riley Blake) in the mail the other day (the happiest mail ever!)..



..I decided to stitch enough of them together to make one! I haven't made them since my son was small, and I forgot how much I love them. I had made some for my son after buying these kind..
 ..and realizing the necks were too loose, and food would still get inside on the neck of his shirt.  Here's one of the first ones I made for him. 



He wore it until it wouldn't fit over his head anymore.  Well into his second year. You can see they absorb a lot of drool, too. :D *sigh* The time flew by so fast! I really do miss those cheeks!

So I decided to use the flannel strips, and part of a knit strip for the neck. And oh my goodness it turned out so cute!  Look at how cute the matching knit is on the neck band!  My son's were very plain compared to this one! This one is fancy! ;)



Can you see where I goofed with one of the strips?



Yep, there is a little upside down owl on the brown strip!  I didn't even notice until it was done. :)




I backed it with some chenille that I already had, so it's super soft and absorbent. 

And embellished it with a little folded flower, made out of some Riley Blake dots, and a button from my Grandma's button jar..



..and took way too many pics of it b/c the fabric is so cute!






And then gave it to this little cutie, after she (barely) agreed to try it on for me. :) She's very serious! And adorable!  (*and her mom gave me permission to share this photo*) She's such a doll isn't she?



Thanks for reading!  Hope you're having a great weekend! I want to go make another now.  Bib.. not baby. haha! ;)

xoxo

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fun Sewing & Purple Punch Giveaway Winner


I finished up a quilt top that I've been working on for a few weeks!  Whew! (wiping forehead) I can't show a pic of the whole thing just yet, but I can show you the colors. :)


  
It is from that bowl of blue and green quilt parts that I posted a pic of a couple of posts ago.



This is going to be the backing and the binding: 




It was a challenge b/c these aren't colors that I would normally gravitate to. But they are growing on me a lot!  I LOVE this bundle at Mad About Patchwork now, whereas before I made this current quilt top, I probably wouldn't have been drawn to it as much.



But now I'm in love with it!  

I've also been busy fun-sewing lately.. I finally broke into my 2wenty Thr3e layer cake the other day.  It was gathering a lot of dust. Trying to use up some of what I have.  Stash sewing. I love this fabric.  Hopefully it turns out the way it is in my head.  :) Which isn't always the case, but fingers crossed. :)



OH!  And speaking of Mad About Patchwork.. it's time to pick a winner for the Mad About Patchwork 6th Anniversary Purple Punch Giveaway! 



Thanks to everyone who joined in. Random Number Generator picked Kathy Davis. Congrats Kathy!

Happy Wednesday!!
xoxo  





Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Little Girl Apron Experiment/Tutorial

Remember this little apron that I started in February?  I finally got it done!  



Not a bad use for a FQ and a $1 dish towel.. plus some ribbon and a couple of buttons from my grandma's button jar.



When I started, I wasn't quite sure how I was going to finish it. I started by turning down the top of the dish towel about three inches and stitching it...




..and sewing some polka dot ribbon across the top edge.  Then I turned the corners down and stitched them into place, and added some buttons. Then I hemmed three edges of my FQ.. 




..gathered the top edge and sewed it onto the dish towel at the midpoint.


So to finish it I just had to figure out how to finish the waist of it.  I decided to use ribbon to cover the waist stitching on both the front and the back.  




And then I used some scrap ribbon that I had saved to make little belt loops on the back side of the waist band..



And added a long length of polka dot ribbon for the tying, and voila!



So the long ribbon goes around the neck, through the top corners of the bib, and then through the belt loops, and then ties at the back.




And I really wanted to see it on, and to know if it worked before I gave it away as a gift, but I couldn't find a model.. so.. I had to bribe a certain someone who lives here and promise not to show his face. ;)























The bib is a little loose, but overall it works. 



*edit: I think the bib being loose will work out fine, if I use a longer length of ribbon, and instead of having it go through the corners of the bib and straight down to the waist loops and tie, have it go through the corners of the bib, then under the arms, crisscross in the back and then through the loops and tie. Does that make sense?

And then he couldn't wait to take it off. haha



Happy Wednesday! :) If you haven't already, don't forget to enter the Mad About Patchwork Anniversary giveaway of a yummy FQ pack here.

xoxo

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Purple Punch Giveaway

This week, Mad About Patchwork is celebrating six years in business. And as part of the party, Pam has offered to give one of my followers a Purple Punch Fat Quarter Pack.  It's from the Curated Bundles section in the shop. I am always lacking in purple fabrics, so I really LOVE this one! Do you spot the Tula Pink?



This pack of nine FQs includes the following fabrics:

  • True Colors Sealing Wax in Amethyst
  • Acacia Arrowhead in Sugar
  • Gypsy Caravan Deco Dots in Aster
  • Belle Chrysanthemum in Olive
  • Helen's Garden Pirouette in Plum
  • Hothouse Flowers Lobelia Vine Yellow 
  • Chicopee Ladder Dot in Fuschia
  • Wallflowers Paper Petals in Leaf
  • Dowry Reliquary in Pink

To enter, just leave me a comment, letting me know how you follow. For extra entries, you can share about the giveaway on your other social media sites, and come back and leave another comment letting me know for each share. If you're a no reply blogger, please be sure to leave your email address in your comment, so I can contact you if you win!

When you're done entering, head on over to Mad About Patchwork and check out the other Curated Bundles.  Like the Twilight bundle..



or the Upside Downside bundle..



..and Pam also tells me she is going to have a special $6/yd. sale section for the shop's 6th Anniversary Celebration. Yay!

Good luck in the drawing and thanks for dropping in to read today! I will leave the giveaway open for one week and pick a winner next Tuesday, April 8th. And Congratulations on six years, Pam!!