It is great to have a few good sewable gift ideas to make for kid birthdays and this superman cape is one I enjoy making. Quick and easy. Some other examples here and here.
This time it was for a boy who will no doubt help save the world using his imagination while flying around in his backyard with this cape.
Have a super day!
Friday, October 31, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
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
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
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
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 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...