Friday, October 24, 2014

Gym shorts

While we were waiting for the teacher's strike to end this past autumn, I decided to make a couple of gym shorts for my son who was starting kindergarten. I found some t-shirts that he liked and tried to match shorts with them.

For his Canadian hockey t-shirt, this fabric seemed to be the ideal choice. We love our maple leaves! I drew around another pair of my son's shorts and sewed it together with no seam on the outside edge. A bit baggy for his thin frame but will certainly fit him for a while.

I was a bit more adventurous for the second one and used the city gym shorts tutorial by Noodlehead. As usual, Anna's tutes are a delight to follow. Tractors were chosen from my fabric stash.

I was quite happy with these two. However, when my boy finally started school I was informed that the kids do not use gym clothes before grade 3, but stay in their school clothes and play non-strenuous games instead. Hmmm.... so much for combatting child obesity in our country. The shorts will hopefully get some use all the same.

Have an interesting day!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014


My son got a small stack of neckerchiefs as a baby that were sturdy and decorative with Swiss patterns. Such a great and practical gift. He used them through toddler age not only to cover his neck in a damp climate, but also to keep mess off clothes. They made him look quite chic. He still uses them today when the weather gets chilly or when he wants to play cowboy...

I thought it would be a great gift for a couple of little boys we know.  Quite easy to whip up with some boyish fabrics in my stash. They measure around 20" (51 cm) square each and are hemmed with mitred corners.

Have a wonderful day!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Headbands for girls

My daughter has rather thin hair and hair clips and elastics do not stay put. I thought that perhaps headbands would do the trick. I spotted this tutorial on Brown Paper Packages that were of the wider variety that could perhaps be ideal for the summer months against the sun. I also liked the fact that it was reversible. A great tute, but the small size was indeed for an infant, so I would stick to the adult size for above toddler age.

One on the red side and another on the pink side, to font nicely with any item in her wardrobe.

Bees and flowers are always popular.

Here is the first one that I made that was too small for my daughter (see infant size), but it fit her big dolly. 

Have a lovely day!


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Embroidered pillows for my daughter

And now some embroidered pillows for my daughter, seeing as the remaining motifs are more on the girly side.

I tried to keep to the colours in the embroidery using solids and patterned fabrics.

To balance out the half square triangles, I quilted in the opposite direction. I think it worked!

I used the remaining squares for the back.

The butterfly one is my favourite! Just before attempting this pillow I read a perfect blog post by Faith of Fresh Lemon Quilts on butterfly appliqué. How timely!

I kept the background fabric subdued so that the butterflies could stand out more.

I have been saving this fabric just for this project.

I never cared for Holly Hobby, but it was on my wall all through my childhood. I removed the frame, stippled it added piping that I made from scratch.

I finally got to use up this fat quarter that I did not know what to do with.

Here is the trio on my daughter's bed. 

Have a colourful day!


Friday, October 10, 2014

Embroidered pillow for my son

I have been pondering what to do with my old petit point embroideries from when I was a child. 

And I finally took the plunge, starting off with Donald Duck for my son.

I pinned the skewed embroidery to cotton batting and sewed on strips matching the palette of both the tableau and my son's room. A type of quilt as you go technique that I have been using a lot for my pillow making.

I think it looks very fresh and bold. It fits perfectly on my son's reading couch.


I straight line quilted with matching coloured threads. 

A lovely lady I know from my local sewing group gave me some Mickey Mouse fabric, that I thought fit nicely. I added a button in the back because I miscalculated the lengths of the overlapping fabrics, which turned out quite nicely.

Have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Summer top and shorts

Summer is over and though it is still nice enough weather, there is a chill in the air and the days are getting shorter. Here is just a little reminder of those lovely warm days gone past...

With all the dresses I have churned out last Summer for my own little one and some girls around the globe, I decided to try my hands at a top and short with some girly flair. I used a pair of my daughter's shorts as a template and made a top that followed a skirt design with elastic and straps attached. Easy as pie, and I have made heaps of those this year so I ought to know!

It was the perfect attire for Canada Day!

Have lovely summery thoughts in the chilling days ahead...


Monday, October 6, 2014

Little Dresses for Africa

I came across this charity "Little Dresses for Africa" online, and thought I would contribute with some pillow case dresses for these girls that have so little. I sympathised greatly with this cause, as I myself tried to do my bit as a humanitarian for six years in Africa. It is such a wonderful place and the people can be so lovely, though the plight of many women and girls touched me especially. Though not the solution to all their problems I know, small gestures to those who have nothing can do wonders for building up self esteem.

So, as I was in the dress making craze this past summer for my daughter, I went through my stash and found some lovely fabrics that I thought would look good on dark skin. I know how Africans can be quite vain when it comes to appearances and vibrant colours often attract many compliments. I like the little ones the best.

Nine little maids all lined up in a row.

I contacted the organisation that is based in the US and asked if there were any contacts in Canada that the dresses could be mailed to and indeed there was! An aid organisation called Disaster Aid Canada includes them in their relief packages for abroad, so not necessarily only Africa. Here is their address, in case you wish to contribute with dresses and/or home sewn sanitary pads, which are equally important for girls and women.

Disaster Aid Canada
426 William Str.
Victoria, BC
V9A 3Y9

Have a benevolent day!