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A Blanket, Trousers, and New Shoes

Last year I came across a crib sized duvet cover at the thrift store. It is the perfect size to snuggle up under in the winter so I snapped it up for $1. I needed something to fill it with so I also grabbed a comforter for another $1. I cut out two pieces of the comforter and serged them together to fit the duvet cover. It’s wonderfully soft and cozy and the perfect price at about $1.50. Here are some trousers I made for my older daughter when she was two. I had forgotten all about them until I dug them out for the babe. I used an old denim skirt of mine and used the existing leg seam and hems for the legs. I have skinny babies and skinny kids and this is one of my favourite waistbands to make. I took a strip of knit fabric measured to fit their little waists and serge the short ends together. Next you fold it in half lengthwise and serge the cut ends to the waist of the actual trousers. Very easy, and a very comfortable, custom fit. The babe needed some new shoes so we stopped at a little children’s boutique store on our way home from the cabin and found these delicious shoes. She loves her “ballet-rina” shoes and wears them every waking minute. Well, I have lots more to show you guys, several projects I have been working on and some different things we use in our homeschooling. I’ll get to that next week, but in the meantime have a wonderful, and hopefully restful, weekend.

gifts, green, home, sewing, thrift store finds • Friday, October 8th, 2010 • 6 Comments »

Bread Bags

Making bread bags has been on my to do list for well, ages. Considering it only took me ten minutes, with distractions, I should have done it ages ago. I have been wanting to come up with a more natural storage solution for keeping our bread and had decided on cloth bags. Shortly after, I saw Mousy Brown’s tutorial and decided that was just the thing. Funnily enough, I picked up these tea towels to make them when we were at the Ikea in Philly. When I went back to the tutorial, I realized that I had bought the exact same ones. I love how they turned out, they are a good weight and should be just right for keeping our bread fresher, longer. If you are looking for a new way to store your bread, give these a try, they are quick, very easy, and really nice to look at.

food, green, home, sewing • Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 • 7 Comments »

Well Loved

My seven year old loves blankets. He is buried or snuggled in one most of the time during the winter, and fall, and spring. I have to fold them and put them away during the summer and he has even been known to dig them out just to snuggle up. I have been wanting to sew each of my kids their own special quilt and I finally finished his. Most clothes that are grown out of around here end up at the thrift store. T-shirts that are too worn and/or stained get cut up into cleaning rags. I’ve always felt a little bit bad about jeans though. With a torn knee or a worn cuff they can’t be donated, but I didn’t want to throw them out either. So one day it came to me, make a strip quilt out of the decent pieces. I have to say that it turned out even better than I imagined. I absolutely love this quilt, and I hope he will too. The jeans were well worn so they are so soft, not stiff at all, perfect for snuggling up in. I used a thrifted sheet for the back. For the inside, I used the other half of that sheet (it had a few small tears and stains) and a large piece of flannel that had been given to me (I didn’t care for the print). It ends up being a nice sturdy weight and the grand cost was $1, for the sheet. Everything else I had, which makes this quilt all the more exciting to me. I really do love taking things that are no longer used or loved and turning them into beautiful things. So here we are, a well loved denim quilt for a well loved boy.

family, green, home, sewing, thrift store finds • Thursday, August 19th, 2010 • 23 Comments »

Quick Change Trousers

I’m a bit swept off my feet at the moment. Hubby is working on-site with a client in Washington D.C. for two weeks so it is just me and the kiddos for a while. Apart from the two months that I was in the hospital this will be the longest we’ve ever been apart. Thank goodness for modern technology as we can call, e-mail, text and even video chat to make the distance seem not quite so far away. Our days have been super busy and filled with plenty of games, lots of snuggles, picnics on the living room floor when it was too drizzly to eat outside, and even a late night snack of bread pudding when my eldest couldn’t sleep. I’ve been staying occupied in the evenings watching British tv shows and crafting. These quick change trousers were high on my list. They are from Anna Maria Horner’s book Handmade Beginnings. They are super cute, super easy and just what we needed as the nights have been a bit chillier and the babe didn’t have any pyjama pants as she has outgrown everything that fit her last winter. These are ingenious as they are fully reversible. I only used two different fabrics instead of three on this pair as I am trying to use up some of the fabrics I have on hand without spending anything on new fabric. The striped cotton was from a pair of hand me down pyjama pants that were too short for me, so they matched up pretty nicely with some purple floral fabric I already had and voila, cute pyjama pants to keep those cute little baby legs warm. There are definitely going to be more quick change trousers in our future.

green, sewing • Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 • 9 Comments »

Overall Makeover

After we had two boys, I was very excited about having a girl, so I took every opportunity to gussy up her clothes. The babe is now old enough to wear some of her old clothes, so after a quick rummage through some rubbermaid containers, I had some summery clothes for our trip. These started out as a pair of plain overalls that were just a tad too small. I chopped off the bottoms of the legs, and shortened them to capri length and added some pretty ruffles…. and to the front I added a pretty little faux dress. I love the way it turned out, especially as I had been winging it. The babe loves it as well and kept walking around saying “pretty”. Well, today is the wedding, and it is pretty dreary and unfortunately rainy. We’re hoping that the weather will perk up as the wedding is outdoors. Regardless, it should be a beautiful wedding and we’ll have some hot coffee to keep us warm. To all the mama’s out there, Happy Mother’s Day tomorrow. Enjoy the weekend, and I’ll see you next week.

sewing • Saturday, May 8th, 2010 • 5 Comments »

Tea Wallet

This is one of my go-to gift giving gifts. They are fun and easy to make and hugely practical. This is the tutorial I used. I modified a few things. I added a bit extra for the height of the pockets as some of the tea bags I use are a bit taller and I was having a few problems with them sticking out the top. Oh, and I didn’t use interfacing either, and I think it ended up thick enough, but if you were using really thin fabrics, you would probably want to add it. And lastly, I used one of the girl’s hair elastics instead of making a strip to hold the button in place. Last year I made quite a few of these for Mother’s Day gifts, and I think they were really well liked. I always have one in my diaper bag, just in case. Now in a moment of desperation for a good cuppa, all I have to do is find a cup of hot water. I really do love these, and as they use such little fabric, they are great stash busters as well. Have fun making some. I’d love to see them if you do try.

gifts, green, sewing, travelling • Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 • 7 Comments »

Knit Headbands

Last week, there was one really nice day where the weather was fairly warm, though the breeze was just a bit too much for the babe. She kept wiping the hair out of her eyes, and I know it was bothering her. The only problem is, she doesn’t keep barrettes or ponytail holders in her hair. If she knows something is up there, she will rip it out, so most of the time she goes accessory free. I grabbed an old knit shirt and cut a strip and with a small running stitch sewed the ends together. I made it wide enough that I thought she might not feel it so much on her head. She kept it on the entire time we were out, then promptly ripped it out when we got back inside. I guess having a headband on was less annoying than her hair in her eyes. The great thing about knit fabric is that it doesn’t unravel so you really don’t have to do any hemming. It took me all of about three minutes to make this headband, and most of that was spent looking for a needle. They look so cute, are so easy to make and are great for little and big girls alike. I think I might be whipping myself up some now that we’ll be outdoors more.

sewing • Friday, April 23rd, 2010 • 8 Comments »

Sewing for Children

What do you get when your five year old buys her very own Sewing for Children book with some Christmas money? When she gathers up a pair of mama’s old flannel pajama pants that shrunk too short (and they also happen to have a lovely pink velvet ribbon as a tie), and a pink glove (the other has been missing for a long time), some thrifted crochet trim and a pair of mama’s old stripey knee socks that had a seriously large hole in the heel? You get a beautiful bunny made out of thrifted and recycled materials, and one very happy little girl who made her very first doll. She is doing much better now, all the welts and swelling have gone and she is off of the meds. Thanks for your well wishes and concern, she’s her happy little itch free self again.

books, sewing • Monday, April 19th, 2010 • 19 Comments »

Flower Brooches

First I made a fabric covered button, from one of the sets I found at the thrift store. Then I made some backs. Added some crocheted flowers from this pattern (which is brilliant, and my favourite flower to crochet)…. and turned them into fun flower brooches. I am loving these and with changing up your yarn and buttons, they can be made to be springy, wintry, for your clothing… or to gussy up a string bag. These flowers are gorgeous, the pattern is flawless, they are fairly quick to whip up and brilliant every time. They would make perfect gifts, and are fantastic for embellishing lots of things. Have a go, you won’t regret it.

crochet, gifts, sewing, thrift store finds • Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 • 18 Comments »

Thrifty Sewing Bits

I have been looking for some sewing bits and bobs and trims to work on some clothes for the girls this spring/summer and I hit the jackpot at the thrift store. Here are several yards of very girly knit trim. A stash of red buttons, 27 yards of red crochet trim, and some really pretty red floral fabric. Several more yards of an ivory crochet trim, and several sets of buttons to cover with fabric. I paid 50 cents for the fabric (almost two yards) and 50 cents for the 27 yards of red crochet trim. Each button set was 12 cents and everything else was 25 cents a piece, so all in all I came out with some fantastic deals. I do believe I am ready to make some cute things for the girls as the weather gets warmer, and don’t you love it when all of your purchases happen to be in the same colour palette unintentionally? I know, kind of weird, but I do.

crochet, green, sewing, thrift store finds • Friday, March 19th, 2010 • 7 Comments »