Patching Bag Patching Bag Patching Bag
Patching Bag Patching Bag Patching Bag

Title: Patched Bag

Date Started: 6/24/2017
Date Completed: 7/1/2017

Materials:
1/4 yard Legacy Studio Cotton Autumn Scroll Batik ($3.25)
Soft n Craft Extra-Loft Batting Poly-fil
Soft n Crafty 100% Premium Polyester Fiberfill

Comments:
My SIL sewed this bag for me a couple years ago, and I have been using it regularly, and it shows. There were tears on the back side of the bag and the handles were fraying. My SIL gifted me with another lovely bag, but I still love this bag and decided to try patching it. I visited Joann's and found a batik fabric that I thought would go well with the colors in the bag.

I decided to make patches in the shape of oak leaves. I padded the leaves hoping it would protect the bag a little more from excessive rubbing that would induce another tear. I used a zig-zag stitch with stich length of 1.5 and stitch width of 3. I should have hand sewn the patch to retain the internal back pocket, but I was feeling lazy.

I patched the handles using 4" x 12" strips folded over the frayed parts and included batting to cushion it a bit.


Bunny Mending Bunny Mending Bunny Mending Bunny Mending

Title: Bunny Mending

Date Started: 5/2/2017
Date Completed: 5/12/2017

Materials:
Fat Quarter - White background, light blue flowers ($1.49)

Comments:
Bunny is special to The Bean and has been with her since she was 6 months old. She sleeps with it every night. Bunny is a gift from Auntie Jinsi in Belgium, so when she grew so attached to bunny, I requested extra bunnies if they could be found (a year later). Auntie Jinsi went back to the store and looked around, but alas, no bunnies, so as a last ditch effort she asked if the sales lady at the store if they still had the blue bunny doudou. The nice lady went up to the attic and found them! She bought 2 more and now The Bean owns 3 bunnies which makes it easy to wash and rotate them.

Over time, poor bunny has gotten a little worse for wear (might have had the paws chewed on). So, I took bunny with me on a trip to Jo-ann Fabrics and hunted for a suitable fabric to mend bunny's paws. I then traced each paw on the fabric and drew a 1/4"? line away from the traced outline. I added a little extra allowance on the bottom. Using a J-presser foot, I then proceeded to edge-stitch around it leaving the bottom open. Little mittens for the bunny!

Finally, I put the mittens over bunny's paws and ladder stitched them on. Voila! One repaired bunny, one more to go. The third bunny is miraculously still in okay shape and doesn't need to be mended yet...


Owie Doll Shorts Owie Doll Shorts Owie Doll Shorts Owie Doll Shorts
Owie Doll Shorts Owie Doll Shorts

Title: Owie Doll Shorts

Date Started: 3/19/2017
Date Completed: 3/25/2017

Materials:
White Cotton from
Owie Doll Kit

Comments:
First shorts that I sew and it's a pair of dolls shorts. I initially attempted to sew the shorts by sewing the crotch seam together first and then sewing the pant leg seams. The alignment doing it that way was off. Doing it according to instructions and sewing the pant legs seams first worked perfectly.

I don't have a serger so I did a zig-zag stitch instead using my J-presser foot. For future shorts, I should extend the waist a little higher so I can make a larger casing for the elastic. I'm not especially fond of sewing the elastic directly onto the fabric and stretching as I go a long, but prefer to slip it in using a safety pin and snake it through.


Owie Dolls

Title: Owie Dolls

Date Started: 12/13/2016
Date Completed: 3/16/2017

Materials:
Owie Doll Kit + Pattern - Fair Ski, Dark Brown & Dark Brown Hair ($47.99)

Comments:
Received the Owie Doll kit for Christmas 2015, and didn't get to it till almost a year later. Although I did print out the templates not long after I got the kit. I would work on in it a little bit at a time. I tried to take pictures everytime I did some work to keep track of my progress.

Things to remember:

12/13/2016 - Cut out hair
Owie Dolls WIP
12/14/2016 - Cut out dolls, and sewed hair and embroidered faces
Owie Dolls WIP Owie Dolls WIP Owie Dolls WIP
12/15/2016 - Sewed on braids, sewed arms and stuffed one arm
Owie Dolls WIP Owie Dolls WIP
1/6/2017 - Stuffed and sewed on arms
Owie Doll WIP Owie Doll WIP
1/15/2017 - Sewed legs 1/26/2017 - Sewed on back
Owie Doll WIP Owie Doll WIP
3/11/2017 - Sewed on bottoms 3/16/2017 - Stuffed dolls
Owie Doll WIP Owie Doll WIP

Reversible Chicks Reversible Chicks
Cut Parts Cut Parts
Reversible Chicks Reversible Chicks
Eggs! Chicks!

Title: Reversible Chicks

Date Started: 3/24/2016
Date Completed: 3/27/2016

Materials:
Simplicity Pattern 1681 ($1.00)
1/4 yard Anti-Pill Fleece Fabric - Allison Bursts 59" Wide ($1.95)
1/2 yard Blizzard Fleece Fabric - Floral Dot Gray 59" Wide ($2.75)
1/2 yard Pale Yellow Blizzard Solid Fleece 58" Wide ($1.44)
Black Blizzard Fleece Scraps from
Panda Throw project
Stolen bits of Tangerine Blizzard Solid Fleece (intended for other future project)

Comments:
I thought this pattern was adorable to make as Easter presents for the kiddos. I had actually cut out enough for 4 chicks but only had enough time to stay up late and rush to finish 2. I did eventually finish #3, in time to give a friend's daughter when I met up with her in Paris in April 2016. The last chick was only finished in early 2017? I'm a horrible procrastinator.


Sabrina's Art Drop Cloth Oliver and Sabrina

Title: Art Drop Cloth

Date Started: February? 2016
Date Completed: February? 2016

Materials:
1 yard Babyville Boutique Playful Friends Monkeys PUL 64" Wide ($6.00)
1 yard Jasmine Green Cozy Flannel 42" Wide ($2.62)

Comments:
I had been using old newspaper set on the table for when The Bean wanted to paint, and I thought it would be nice to have an art drop cloth. The PUL fabric I thought would be perfect as split paint wouldn't soak through into the wood. I chose a flannel backing theorizing that the drop cloth won't slip and slide as much.


Bathroom curtains

Title: Bathroom Curtains

Date Started: June? 2015
Date Completed: July? 2015

Materials:
2 Sea Green - Better Homes and Gardens Arbor Springs Semi-Sheer Window Panel 40" x 84" per panel ($27.94)
3.5 yards Cream Silkessence 41" Wide ($10.74)

Comments:
Wish I had taken better notes of this project. As it is I only know that I bought both fabrics in June. Not exactly sure when I finished before I got around to taking a picture (after the curtain rod was finally installed). At any rate, I was looking for blackout curtains for Ollie's room and came across these curtains. I really loved them, so I bought them, cut them to size and added the silkessence fabric as a backing material to make the curtains not quite so sheer, yet still allow a fair amount of light through. I also might not have needed quite so much yardage of the silkessence. I think 3 yards should have been enough. Don't quite remember and don't feel like digging through stash to figure out how much is left.


Luggage Tag Luggage Tag
Front Back

Title: Luggage Tag

Date Started: ?? 2014
Date Completed: 5/24/2015

Materials:
Winnie the Pooh Fleece Scraps from Capelet project
Purple Ribbon

Comments:
I had initially thought I would make little flat stuffed animals with the leftover scraps. I then decided to make a little luggage tag instead. I decided that after having sewed and turned Piglet out, so sewing the name on was a little more annoying. I don't mind handsewing, but this little project kept getting put on the side and took forever to finish. I am very pleased with the end result though.


Fleece Cap

Title: Fleece Cap

Date Started: Nov 2014
Date Completed: 4/28/2015

Materials:
McCalls's Pattern M5253 ($1)
1 yard Anti Pill Blue Dragon Fleece 60" Wide ($6.49)

Comments:
I had bought this lovely Fleece fabric back in 2012 with no exact plan of what I intended to do with this. The kids have plenty of blankets already, so I thought I would try sewing a fleece hat instead. I used the medium size of the pattern and it's too big for my Ollie. Perhaps the fleece got pulled out of shape? or perhaps I should have gone with a smaller size. No matter. It was fun to do.


Crib sheet (Declan)

Title: Fitted Crib Sheet

Date Started: 12/13/2014
Date Completed: 12/15/2014

Materials:
2.5 yards My First Adventure Toss Flannel 42" Wide ($12.48)

Comments:
I had sewed a Crib sheet for my niece and thought it only fair to do the same for my nephew, Declan. I had a little problem with the fabric I had picked out. It was only 42" wide! And even that shrunk a little more after the wash. I had anticipated this problem and had purchased an additional 1/2 yd so that I could cut strips and sew them to the sides to "widen" my crib sheet.

I ended up cutting 4" strips from the 1/2 yard and using a 1/2" casing, with a 9" square cut in the corners. Take my measurements with a grain of salt. My post-it notes on what I did have "?" and may not be what I actually ended up doing.


Baby Blanket (Alexander)

Title: Doggie Baby Blanket

Date Started: 12/8/2014
Date Completed: 12/10/2014

Dimensions: ~32" x 41".

Materials:
1 yard Soft n Comfy Fabric - Plain Brown 59" Wide ($6.00)
1 yard Soft n Comfy Fabric - Puppy Play 59" Wide ($6.00)

Comments:
My cousin surprised us with a baby announcement in November, and I decided I wanted to sew him a baby blanket. I had seen this lovely soft fabric at JoAnn's and had just been waiting for an excuse to purchase it for something. This was my first time sewing with such slippery fabric. I ended up having to undo some stitches. In my frustration I surfed the web and came across this bright idea to tape it to the floor while pinning. That worked great for me. I also got to try out the embroidery letters on my machine. I was really happy with how it turned out.


Wizard Blanket Wizard Blanket Wizard Blanket
Front Back Dimensions

Title: Wizard Blanket

Date Started: 10/1/2014
Date Completed: 10/29/2014

Dimensions: ~41" x 60.5" (I apparently can't sew straight or cut straight since one side measures 60.5" and the other is 61") hehe.

Materials:
Roberta Morales - Wizard Fun Castle Picture Panel ~ 24"x 43/44" ($7.75)
1.5 yards Premium Quilt Fabric Stars Sky 44" Wide ($12.34)
2 yards Snuggle Flannel Fabric - Tie Dye Green 42" Wide ($7.79)
2 packages, 4.75 yds Wrights Navy Satin Blanket Binding ($7.48)

Comments:
Even before Ollie was born, I knew I wanted to make him his own blanket since The Bean had her
Jungle Babies Blanket. I wanted Dragons since Ollie is a Dragon Baby and I found this lovely Panel fabric, so I bought it a few months after he was born. The panel by itself isn't quite wide enough to be a blanket, so I looked for another coordinating fabric to match, which I got around to purchasing a month later.

The fabric sat untouched for over a year before I went out and bought the flannel backing, sating binding and some more of the coordinating Stars Fabric. I had initially only bought 1/2 yd, and that simply was not enough for what I wanted to do. So I bought another yard.

Then it sat for another ~4 months, before I started cutting the side panels (11" x 44") for my blanket. And then it sat for another few weeks before I really started sewing it together.

So I made this blanket bigger than The Bean's old blanket. I was hoping this one would last a little longer with Ollie that way. I am thinking he could use this blanket at home in his bed when he graduates from his crib. Meanwhile for school naps, he has been taking the old Jungle Babies Blanket that The Bean used since she no longer has naps at daycare (and she outgrew that size).

I had also forgotten just how I attached the satin binding. Thank goodness for Google. :) This time I decided to use a zig zag stich instead of a straight stitch like I did last time. I didn't like the feel of the edge of the binding that sticks out from before. I also took a few more pictures to remind me of what I did.

Ollie will probably be gifted this blanket when he turns two to go with his new bed.

Satin Binding Mitered Corner Satin Binding Mitered Corner Satin Binding Mitered Corner Satin Binding Mitered Corner Satin Binding Mitered Corner
Satin Binding Mitered Corner

Things to remember:


Dora Envelope Pillow Case Dora Envelope Pillow Case
Front Back

Title: Dora Envelope Pillow Case

Date Started: 10/4/2014
Date Completed: 10/6/2014

Materials: 1/2 yd Nickelodean Dora Jungle Fun Cotton 43" Wide ($2.62)

Comments:
I had seen this fabric at JoAnn's and thought it would match the Bean's room very nicely. I had a few months ago accidentally caught the Bean's
Stuffed Hello Kitty Pillow in the dryer door and it had ripped a hole in it. So I finally bought the fabric and made a replacement. Normally I have the envelope opening horizontal to the pillow due to what images I wanted to showcase on the pillow. This time, the opening had to be vertical. I might have changed my mind if I had bought more fabric and could play around with the layout more, but I'm still fairly pleased with this layout. I cut the front piece 12.5" x 16.5", and the back 2 pieces 12.5" x 11", with a 1/2" double-fold hem.


Ladybug Pillow Ladybug Pillow
Front Back

Title: Ladybug Envelope Pillow Case

Date Started: April 2014?
Date Completed: 09/29/2014

Materials:
Simplicity Pattern 2197 ($1.00)
1/2 yd Chili Red Blizzard Fleece ($2.00)
Black Blizzard Fleece which was also used to make
Panda Throw
White Blizzard Fleece which was also used to make Panda Throw
Wrights Medium Rick Rack 1/2" W 2.5 yds ($0.99)
Soft n Crafty 14x14 Pillow ($5.49)

Comments:
This poor project really sat around for ages after I cut it before I finally decided to buckle down and finish it these past few days. The pattern calls for it to be stuffed but I have found that I don't like how lumpy my pillows turn out when I stuff them myself. So I modified the pattern to be an envelope pillow case instead. The red piece at the back, I believe I added 3" to for the overlap. The pillow case turned out to be a little loose especially in the corners. Next time, when I sew a similar pillow case, I will make my seam allowance (not cut the fabric larger, but just sew a larger seam) a little larger to tighten it up.


Envelope Pillow Case Envelope Pillow Case
Front Back

Title: Pooh Envelope Pillow Case

Date Started: June 2014?
Date Completed: 08/10/2014

Materials:
1/2 yd Pooh Nature Stripe 43" Wide ($5.00)

Comments:
Ollie is growing older and he loves pillows. I decided it would be nice for him to have a cotton pillow case, and not just the
Flannel Monkey ones. I don't actually remember when I started it, because I cut out the pieces (front piece - 12.5" x 16.5", back pieces - 9" x 16.5") and it sat there beside the sewing machine for a little while before I finally got around to sewing it together.


Pooh Envelope Pillow Case Pooh Envelope Pillow Case Envelope Pillow Case Envelope Pillow Case
Front Back Front Back

Title: Fleece Envelope Pillow Cases

Date Started: 05/23/2014
Date Completed: 05/23/2014

Materials:
Leftover Winnie the Pooh Fleece from
Capelet project
Fleece which was also used to make Taggie Owl
Soft n Crafty 12x16 Pillow ($5.99)

Comments:
So the Fleece pillow I had whipped up in a hurry for the Bean back in March 2013 was in pretty bad shape. I bought a pillowform and intended to make pillowcases for her but just didn't get around to it until today. This time I cut the front piece 12.5" by 16.5". The back two pieces were cut 8.5" x 16.5". I wanted more of an overlap than I had with my Flannel Monkey Pillow Cases. I didn't do a proper hem at the Envelope opening since Fleece doesn't unravel, so I just folded the edge fabric over by 1/2" and sewed on the edge. I was happy with the overlap this time.


Envelope Pillow Cases
Envelope Pillow Cases

Title: Envelope Pillow Cases

Date Started: ~8/3/2013
Date Completed: 8/17/2013

Materials:
1 yard long and 42 inches wide Chen Monkey Patch Flannel ($4.19)
2 Fairfield 12x16 Home Elegance Pillow ($15.98)

Comments:
The Bean has 3 pillows total, so I thought it would be nice for Ollie to have some of his own. I had previously fallen in love with this fabric but they only had 1 yard left so I couldn't make sheets like I wanted. Despite this being a simple sewing project, these pillow cases took forever. This is because I would start off by cutting out the pieces and then it would sit there for a few days before I get around to pinning it and another few days before I get around to sewing it.

I cut the front piece 12.5" x 16.5" instead of 13" x 17" as I did before (Hello Kitty Pillowcase) since I thought it would be nice to have it tighter while still using a 0.5" seam allowance. The back two pieces were 8" x 16.5". I also zig zagged the edges of the seams which I didn't do when I made the Hello Kitty pillowcase.

After completing the first pillowcase and trying it on, I've decided it is a tad tighter and I should probably have stuck to 13" x 17" and I should have the pieces overlap more, so maybe a 9.5" x 17" for future pillowcases. I had already precut the 2nd pillowcase, so I made my seams a little smaller than 0.5". I think the Fairfield pillows I got this time around were fluffier so I should have not tried to make it tighter with my measurements. Live and learn.


Fitted Crib Sheet Fitted Crib Sheet
Sweet Teddy Little Buds Aqua

Title: Crib Fitted Sheet

Date Started: ~6/28/2013
Date Completed: 7/15/2013

Materials:
2 yards long and 45 inches wide Little Buds Aqua Cotton ($9.59)
2 yards long and 45 inches wide Sweet Teddy Cotton ($9.59)
3 yards 1/4 inch braided elastic (2)($1.07 + $1.79)

Comments:
Fell in love with the Sweet Teddy fabric I found at JoAnn's and couldn't resist buying it. The Little Buds Aqua sheet is made for my sweet niece Sophie. The colors just seem perfect for her. At least I hope so. :)


Patched Skirt

Title: Patched Skirt

Date Started: 07/13/2013
Date Completed: 07/14/2013

Materials:
1 Green Flower Buttons from my Big Bag of Buttons, Pastel Flowers
Ribbon

Comments:
The Bean's Toddler Room Teacher had bought the Purple Skirt for Dress-up, but it had ripped at the seam. She gave it to me, knowing that I can sew and that perhaps the Bean would like it. I decided to have it become a divided skirt instead and sewed ribbons at the edges and decorated with a button where it meets. :)


Button Snake

Title: Button Snake

Date Started: 05/11/2013
Date Completed: 05/12/2013

Materials:
2 Black La Mode Buttons 1 1/8" ($0.62)
Ribbon
Craft Felt

Comments:
Stole the idea off a picture of my cousin's little girl playing with a button snake. :) Used a square notepad as the size of my squares and cut with pinking shears. I also measured and cut the button hole slit on the notepad paper I was using and then I would just use a pen to outline the square and outline the button hole.


Bean Bags

Title: Bean Bags

Date Started: 03/22/2013
Date Completed: 03/27/2013

Materials:
Leftover squares from The Bean's and Oliver's Bassinet Sheets
Rice

Comments:
Been meaning to make Bean Bags from the leftover squares. Finally got around to it. :) Filled the bag with ~60% rice prior to stitching it close with the decorative stitch.


Fleece Pillow Fleece Pillow

Title: Fleece Pillow

Date Started: 03/14/2013
Date Completed: 03/14/2013

Materials:
Leftover Winnie the Pooh Fleece from Capelet project
Soft n Crafty Extra-Loft Batting Poly-fil

Comments:
Daycare requested that we bring in a pillow for the Bean now that she had moved up into the Transition Class. I thought this would be a quick easy thing to sew for her. Didn't exactly take measurements, just counted squares from the fabric and cut to that. Also this time, in order to make the pillow less lumpy, I used the batting sewn inside prior to stuffing it. That seemed to help, as compared to the Hello Kitty pillow I had previously made, which only had the stuffing.


Fitted Crib Sheets Fitted Crib Sheets

Title: Crib Fitted Sheet

Date Started: 12/8/2012
Date Completed: 12/9/2012

Materials:
2 yards long and 45 inches wide Jungle Babies Ark Toss Cotton ($6.39)
3 yards 1/4 inch braided elastic ($0.74)

Dimensions: 31" x 40"

Comments:
Thought I would hurry up and sew this crib sheet before Baby #2 shows up. :) Discovered that the fabric shrunk by 2" after washing. But that was still enough fabric for the sheets.


Side light Curtains Side light Curtains Side light Curtains
SilkEssence Voile Too Short! Voile

Title: Sidelight Curtains

Date Started: 12/04/2012
Date Completed: 12/07/2012

Materials:
2.5 yards long by 45 inches wide Ivory Crushed Voile ($12)
2.5 yards long by 41 inches wide Cream Sew Classic Silky Solid - SilkEssence ($8.98)

Comments:
Chalk this one up as a learning experience. Had completed one curtain panel, and thought I would hurry up and work on the 2nd panel. Accidentally cut it too short, and didn't realize it until I tried to hang it. Arrggh. I should always remember to cut once, and measure twice. Ah well, live and learn.
Voile isn't my favourite fabric to work on. It shifts and I'm sure I'm not always cutting as straight as I would like. Fortunately it doesn't really matter in this case.

12/07/2012:
Tried again using SilkEssence fabric that met with better approval from hubby, since he thought the Voile didn't provide enough privacy. Interestingly enough, the install of the sash rods on each window was slightly different such that the 1st curtain panel I made, would be too tight on the other window. So after finishing both curtain panels, measured for each specific window, I labeled one of them with a little 'L' to indicate left window panel.

Steps:

  1. Cut the fabric to 86" long and half the width of fabric. (Window dimensions are approximately: 78.5" L x 11" W.) So added 5.5" to the height to account for the pocket rods. Maybe could have just done 6", but I figured it was close enough. Width of fabric should be at least 16.5". Typically it is recommended that the width of the curtain be 1.5 to 2 times the width of the window.
  2. Fold the long edge of the fabric 5/8" to the inside and iron.
  3. Fold in half the 5/8" to form hem and iron and pin in place.
  4. Straight stitch along the edge. Used the size 70 needle for the voile.
  5. Fold the short edge of the fabric 1" to the inside and iron.
  6. Fold the short edge of the fabric 2" to the inside and iron. (The 1" is inside so it doesn't fray, sort of an unconventional hem).
  7. For the corners, tuck the edges of fold so it is diagonal. Pin in place.
  8. Straight stitch along the edge.
  9. Straight stich approximately 0.75" from the hem line to form casing for sash rod. On my machine, basically just line up the top of fabric a little to the inside of the right side edge of metal square (throat plate) on sewing machine.
  10. Hang curtain panel on window to ensure correct measurements for bottom pocket rod. Adjust how much to fold the inside hem accordingly in Step 5.
  11. Repeat steps 6 to 9 for the bottom of curtain.

Panda Throw Fleece Panda Throw Panda
Traced out pattern Unfringed Finished

Title: Panda Throw

Date Started: 09/02/2011
Date Completed: 10/11/2012

Materials:
Simplicity Pattern 3955 ($1.00)
2 1/4 yards Black Blizzard Fleece ($11.97)
2 3/8 yards White Blizzard Fleece ($9.98)

Comments:
First time sewing using patterns. Had bought the pattern for a buck when it was on sale. Carefully cut out the pattern and ironed out the pieces. Then discovered when I laid out the patterns on the fabric that my pencils wouldn't work for tracing on the fleece. Ended up ordering some tailor's chalk online that took a week to get here. I predict this will take awhile to finish, as I am working in little spurts here and there.

09/27/2012: Had put this aside for a long time after finishing all the black pieces. Decided to try and get this done for the Bean's birthday this year. This time, things went faster. Having a 1 inch ruler, and just using that instead of trying to transfer the pattern markings using tracing paper, is so much better. In the future too, I need to be more careful in how I cut out the pieces, since if the fleece was stretched out funny when I cut it, it ends up being smaller. I didn't worry too much since this is just a throw.

10/11/2012: Note to self. Might be easier to get out the tailor's chalk by washing the individual pieces that have been sewn first, before sewing it altogether into a panda and then trying to wash it. Took me 4 washes to get out the tailor's chalk.


Front of Bassinet Sheet on Mattress Pad Back of Bassinet Sheet on Mattress Pad

Title: Bassinet Fitted Sheets

Date Started: 08/30/2012
Date Completed: 08/31/2012

Materials:
1.25 yards long and 42 inches wide Animal Outline Turquoise Flannel ($3.50)
3 yards 1/4 inch knit non roll elastic + some unmeasured leftover elastic ($0.89)

Comments:
Baby #2 is going to be a boy, so the sheets I had made before might confuse people if I were to use it. I followed the dimensions of fabric to cut as I had written before, but failed to realize that I had a huge typo in it. It was typed in as 20" x 33" when it should have been 20" x 37". Luckily the sheets just about barely fit.


Felt Cupcake Felt Cupcake
Side Bird's Eye

Title: Felt Cupcake

Date Started: 04/21/2012
Date Completed: 04/22/2012

Materials:
Simplicity Pattern 2445
Craft Felt
Lace Trim

Comments:
Decided The Bean needed something for pretend baking in her kitchen oven. Pretty happy with how it turned out, although maybe in the future I won't use craft felt, as when I was ironing the seam, I melted it a little. Not really noticeable, but makes me wonder if I were to toss this "cupcake" into the dryer whether I would end up with a mangled mess.


Hello Kitty Pillow Hello Kitty Pillow Hello Kitty Envelope Pillow Case Hello Kitty Envelope Pillow Case
Front Back Front Back

Title: Stuffed Pillow and Envelope Pillow Case

Date Started: 04/09/2012, 04/12/2012
Date Completed: 04/09/2012, 04/12/2012

Materials:
1 Panel Hello Kitty Fabric ($4.68)
Soft n Crafty Extra-Loft Batting Poly-fil
Soft n Crafty Pillow 12" x 16" ($7.19)

Measurements: ~14" x 16", 12" x 16"

Comments:
The Bean has been interested in pillows lately, so I thought I would sew her one of her own. Found an adorable panel of Hello Kitty which was perfect for this project. I bought a 12" x 16" pillow form thinking I would merely be sewing pillow cases, but the picture of the Hello Kitty holding a pea was slightly larger than that, and I didn't want to cut it any smaller, so ended up making a stuffed pillow instead. For the envelope pillow case, I cut the front piece 13" x 17" to take into account a 0.5" seam allowance. For the back 2 pieces, I cut 8.5" x 17" (Adding 4" to 13" -- overlap for "envelope"). One of the pieces wasn't quite 17" long, so it ended up being tighter. Which depending what I'm going for, in the future I might just add 0.5" to the measurements for seam allowance so that it would be tighter overall.


Taggie Owl Taggie Owl
Front Back

Title: Taggie Owl

Date Started: 10/10/2011
Date Completed: 10/10/2011

Materials:
Fleece, felt and Grosgrain ribbons
Soft n Crafty Extra-Loft Batting Poly-fil

Measurements: 4.5" x 6"

Comments:
Saw some Owl taggies for sale, and thought hey, I could make that myself.
Browsing online, I found
http://therubberpunkin.blogspot.com/2010/01/owl-softie-ribbon-teether.html, and pretty much did mine the same way. I was going to put wings, but decided I liked mine without. In addition, since I had leftover batting from my soft books, I used that and cut it to shape rather than just stuffing my owl.


Sabrina
Capelet

Title: Capelet

Date Started: 09/28/2011
Date Completed: 10/06/2011

Materials:
Simplicity Pattern 4434
1 yard Winnie the Pooh Fleece

Comments:
Weather got cool, so decided to work on the capelet first before finishing the panda throw. Modified the pattern slightly in that I didn't create the pom pom ties, but used velcro instead. Figured would be easier putting on the capelet using velcro rather than trying to tie it on a wriggly child. I hand sewed the velcro on the capelet, except for the velcro tie that goes on top, then I straight stitched part of it (the parts that would show). Looks neater than trying to make my hand-stitching even.


Crib Sheet
Crib Sheet

Title: Crib Fitted Sheet

Date Started: 08/10/2011
Date Completed: 08/13/2011

Materials:
2 yards long and 44 inches wide Jungle Babies Cotton ($9.58)
3 yards 1/4 inch braided elastic ($0.77)

Comments:
Had bought this material sometime back, meaning to sew it into another crib sheet, and procrastinated till now.


Pack N Play Sheet (Front Side) Pack N Play Sheet (Back Side) Pack N Play Sheet
Pack 'N Play Fitted Quilted Sheet (Front) Pack 'N Play Fitted Quilted Sheet (Back) Pack 'N Play Flannel Sheet
Treasure Bears Fabric Book
Treasure Bears Soft Book

Title: Pack 'N Play Sheets & Treasure Bears Soft Book

Date Started: March 2011
Date Completed: March 2011

Materials:
Treasure Bears Soft Story Book Panel Fabric ($7.20)
Soft n Crafty Extra-Loft Batting Poly-fil
1 yard long Dk 3-D Safari Fun Toss Flannel ($4.19)
~1.2 yards long pre-quilted Dogs Fabric ($12.99)
3 yards 1/4 inch braided elastic (2) ($1.54)

Comments:
Really liked the Jungle Babies Soft Book, so looked around for a different soft book and found this one. Now that baby is getting bigger, time to pull out the Pack 'N Play, so I made some sheets for it. The Pack 'N Play measures 37" L x 26" W. I lost my notes with the dimensions of the flannel sheet I made, but assume it's similar to what I did with the pre-quilted fabric. I chose to add 6" to the dimensions, so ended up cutting 43" L x 32" W. I cut 2.5" squares in the corner and used the size 90 needle for sewing the pre-quilted fabric.


Jungle Babies Flannel Crib Sheet
Crib Sheet with Blanket Covering

Title: Crib Fitted Sheet

Date Started: 09/10/2010
Date Completed: 09/10/2010

Materials:
2 yards long and 44 inches wide Jungle Babies Toss Snuggle Flannel ($6.99)
3 yards 1/4 inch braided elastic ($1.29)

Comments:
Thought it would be nice to have a crib sheet that would go with the Jungle Babies Blanket I made. On my machine, I used a size 80 needle, with the straight stitch length set to 3, and the thread tension set to ~3.

Steps:

  1. Cut the fabric to 68" x 44". (Mattress dimensions are approximately: 52" L x 28" W x 6" H. So essentially added 12 for the height plus 4 more for the sheets to wrap around.)
  2. Fold the fabric in half and cut an 8 inch square from the corners.
  3. With right sides facing each other, line up the cut edges at one corner and sew them together. (I used the 1st line from the left on the needleplate on my machine as a guideline.)
  4. Fold the edge of the fabric 1/4" to the inside and iron.
  5. Now fold the edge of the fabric 5/8" to the inside to form the casing. Iron and pin in place.
  6. Straight stitch along the edge, leaving a 1.5" hole for threading the elastic through.
  7. Pin the end of the elastic to a safety pin and thread it through the hole, all around. Adjust elastic to satisfaction and sew ends of elastic together. (I left the hole to allow readjustment/replacement of elastic in the future.)

Jungle Babies Soft Book Jungle Babies Soft Book Jungle Babies Soft Book Jungle Babies Soft Book
Front Cover Pages 1 & 2 Pages 3 & 4 Pages 5 & 6
Jungle Babies Soft Book Jungle Babies Soft Book Jungle Babies Soft Book
Pages 7 & 8 Pages 9 & 10 Back Cover

Title: Jungle Babies Soft Book

Date Started: 07/29/2010
Date Completed: 07/30/2010

Materials:
Jungle Babies Soft Story Book Panel Fabric by Patty Reed ($8.95)
Soft n Crafty Extra-Loft Batting Poly-fil ($4.28)

Comments:
Some slight changes to the preprinted instructions on the fabric. The instructions say to cut the quilt batting 1/2" larger than the page panels. After I had stacked and pinned the panels and quilt batting, I trimmed the quilt batting to the same size as the panels. After turning the pages right side out, a chopstick was used to get the corners nicely pointed.


Jungle Babies Baby Blanket Jungle Babies Baby Blanket Jungle Babies Baby Blanket (Back)
Baby Blanket (Front) Baby Blanket Baby Blanket (Back)

Title: Jungle Babies Baby Blanket

Date Started: 07/25/2010
Date Completed: 07/28/2010

Dimensions: 38.5" x 31"

Materials:
2 Jungle Babies Panel Fabric ($9.78)
2 yards Jungle Babies Flannel Giraffe
2 packages Wrights Ivory Satin Blanket Binding ($11.98)

Comments:
Bought 2 panels to make 2 blankets. Had forgotten to buy a little extra for the flannel backing and had to fiddle around with adjusting it just right to have enough fabric.


Bassinet Sheet Back of Bassinet Sheet on Mattress Pad Bassinet Sheet on Mattress Pad
Bassinet Sheet Back of Bassinet Sheet on Mattress Pad Bassinet Sheet on Mattress Pad

Title: Bassinet Fitted Sheets

Date Started: 07/24/2010
Date Completed: 07/25/2010

Materials:
1.25 yards long and 42 inches wide Little Cutie Pink Snuggle Flannel ($4.49)
3 yards 1/4 inch knit non roll elastic ($1.29)

Comments:
The bassinet I bought came with only 1 sheet. I thought it would be nice to have some flannel bassinet sheets and decided to make my own. The bassinet mattress pad is 12" x 29", so I bought enough material to make 2 sheets.

Steps:

  1. Cut the fabric to 20" x 37". (Adding 8 inches to dimensions of mattress pad. Picked that number just based on how much fabric I had.)
  2. Fold the fabric in half and cut a 4 inch square from the corners.
  3. With right sides facing, line up the cut edges at one corner and sew them together.
  4. Fold the edge of the fabric 1/4" to the inside and iron.
  5. Now fold the edge of the fabric 5/8" to the inside to form the casing. Iron and pin in place.
  6. Straight stitch along the edge, leaving a 1.5" hole for threading the elastic through.
  7. Pin the end of the elastic to a safety pin and thread it through the hole, all around. Adjust elastic to satisfaction and sew ends of elastic together. (I left the hole to allow readjustment/replacement of elastic in the future.)

Burp Cloths with Pocket
The different trimmed burp cloths

Title: 18 Burp Cloths with a Pocket

Date Started: 06/24/2010
Date Completed: 07/15/2010

Materials:
5 packs of Gerber 12 Flat Fold Birdseye Weave Diapers
Green Ribbon with White Polka Dots
Winnie-the-Pooh Ribbon
Wright Blanket Bindings (Tinker Bell, Rainbow)

Comments:
The idea for the pockets is to catch any spitup that rolls down and not have it land on the floor. We'll have to see how well that works, when put into practise. I used 3 Flat Folds for each burp cloth, as I wanted it to be thick enough to not allow leakage through too quickly. I had picked the cloth diapers as my chosen material, as I had heard they were extremely absorbent. However, I've learn that at least with these Gerber Birdseye weave, it pills quite a bit. Oh well. Live and learn. The remaining 6 Flatfolds that I didn't use, I hemmed the edges (the serged edges weren't in good shape after washing), and plan on using as multi-purpose wipe cloths.

Steps:

  1. Stack 3 Flat folds together, and fold them in half lengthwise. (The cloth diapers aren't exactly to size, which didn't bother me too much. It's just for burp cloths.)
  2. Straight stitch the sides together. Open the edges, and iron them flat.
  3. Turn the "cylindrical" burp cloth inside out. Center the stitch line, and iron.
  4. Stitch ribbon/blanket bindings on tops and ends.
  5. Fold bottom half approximately 5 inches up and stitch the sides to form pocket.

Patchin Place Afghan Patchin Place Afghan Patchin Place Afghan
12 x 12 "squares" Close up 7 stripes so far

Title: Patchin Place Afghan

Date Started: 01/07/2010
Date Completed: 02/20/2010

Crochet Hook: Size K (6.5 mm)

Pattern: www.lionbrand.com Will need an account, to access pattern.
Yarn: ~$50

Comments:
Added another square of colour to the pattern (Herb Garden). Resulting in 12x12 squares as opposed to 10x10 in the original pattern.


Triangular Mohair Shawl Mohair Triangular Shawl Triangular Mohair Shawl Triangular Mohair Shawl

Title: Mohair Triangular Shawl

Date Started: 01/25/2010
Date Completed: 01/28/2010

Dimensions: 63" wide at top, 19" long down the center

Crochet Hook: Size K (6.5 mm)

Pattern: Crochet Pattern-a-Day: 2008 Day-to-Day Calendar (Calendar)
Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Aura (75% Kid Mohair, 25% Silk), 25g Shade: 757 (Vintage), 4 skeins

Comments:
Yarn is a Christmas gift from MIL. It's so fuzzy and soft. The pattern calls for 44 rows, but I ran out of yarn at row 32. I'm very happy with how it turned out despite the reduced rows.


Crochet Dishcloth

Title: Dishcloth #1

Date Started: 12/22/2009
Date Completed: 12/24/2009

Dimensions: ??

Crochet Hook: Size H (5.0 mm)

Pattern: Big Book of Crochet: Featuring the Best of Crochet With Heart Magazine by Leisure Arts
Yarn: Lily Sugar'n Cream Cotton Yarn 3 oz Faded Denim
            Lily Sugar'n Cream Cotton Yarn 2 1/2 oz Soft Ecru

Comments:
Christmas present for MIL. Had made another one with leftover Wine colored yarn from previous project for my own use.


Crochet Star

Title: Star

Date Started: 12/23/2009
Date Completed: 12/23/2009

Crochet Hook: Size H (5.0 mm)

Pattern: Crochet Pattern-a-Day: 2008 Day-to-Day Calendar (Calendar)
Yarn: Lily Sugar'n Cream Cotton Yarn 2 1/2 oz Wine

Comments:
Made with leftover yarn from previous projects. Made a Soft Ecru one as well.


Title: Josephine Gauntlets

Date Started: July 2009
Date Completed: July 2009

Crochet Hook: Size H (5.0 mm)

Pattern: CrochetKitten.com
Yarn: Caron Simple Soft 7 oz Black

Comments:
Tweaked the pattern to fit my arms. Need to work on my tension. One arm is tighter than the other. :)


Crochet Shawl Crochet Shawl Crochet Shawl

Title: Chic Shawl

Date Started: 11/26/2007
Date Completed: 07/19/2009

Dimensions: Not measured yet

Crochet Hook: Size H (5.0 mm)

Pattern: Big Book of Crochet: Featuring the Best of Crochet With Heart Magazine by Leisure Arts
Yarn: Lion Brand Yarn Micro Spun 2.5 oz Lilac (5 skeins)

Comments:
I had initially bought only 1 skein of yarn thinking I was going to be working on small projects. Changed my mind I decided to work on a shawl. So I bought another skein, and have just alternated the yarn with the rows, so that the different dye lot isn't obvious.

07/19/2009:
Ended up needing 5 skeins.


Title: Ribbed Scarf

Date Started: 1/2/2008
Date Completed: 06/30/2008

Crochet Hook: Size H (5.0 mm)
Yarn: Caron Simple Soft 7 oz Red

Comments:
Made this for SIL. Gave it to her before remembering to take a picture.
Fairly simple pattern:
1st row: 350 ch
2nd row: Turn chain backwards, and sc in each center loop, 1 ch at end and turn
n row: sc in back loop, 1 ch at end and turn


Veil Veil
Veil (w/ Flash) Veil (w/out Flash)

Title: Chiffon Rectangular Veil

Date Started: Don't remember
Date Completed: 06/25/2007

Materials:
3 yards long and 54 inches wide chiffon ($17.97)
6 yards sequin trim ($2.94)

Comments:
I don't remember when I started it, but I had trouble with the fabric snagging on the needle when I was hemming the edges. I then got distracted and left it half-hemmed for quite awhile. My MIL suggested I try a smaller needle (I had just been using what came with the machine) and when I eventually got around to buying a smaller needle, I found out that that solved my snagging problem. The finishing touches was the sequin trim which I hand-sewed on. Voila.


Cross (Front) Cross (Back)

Title: Graceful Gothic Cross Bookmark

Date Started: 01/10/2007
Date Completed: 01/13/2007

Crochet Hook: Size 5 (1.9 mm)

Pattern: Big Book of Crochet: Featuring the Best of Crochet With Heart Magazine by Leisure Arts
Yarn: 10 Cotton Crochet Thread

Comments:
01/13/2007:
This is my second crochet project. Wanted to make these as presents for some friends who were moving to a different state. I had quite a lot of trouble with this initially. I was having trouble figuring out which holes were meant from the instructions. After at least 3 trial crosses, I finally worked it out. Jubilation. Don't know it's dimensions as I forgot to measure it prior to giving it away.


Dishcloth (Front) Dishcloth (Back)

Title Dishcloth #3

Date Started: 01/01/2007
Date Completed: 01/04/2007

Dimensions: 8" x 8"

Crochet Hook: Size G (4.25 mm)
Yarn: Lily Sugar'n Cream Cotton Yarn 2 1/2 oz Wine
            Lily Sugar'n Cream Cotton Yarn 2 1/2 oz Soft Ecru

Comments:

01/05/2007:
This is my first crochet project. For Christmas I received a Hobby Lobby gift card from my MIL and decided to give crochet a go.

So I bought:

  • Big Book of Crochet: Featuring the Best of Crochet With Heart Magazine by Leisure Arts
  • Boye Aluminum Crochet 6 Hook set (3.50 - 6.00 mm) US: E-J
  • Lily Sugar'n Cream Cotton Yarn 2 1/2 oz Wine
  • Lily Sugar'n Cream Cotton Yarn 2 1/2 oz Soft Ecru

One thing to note, the book I bought does not have instructions on how to do the basic stitches. I learnt from looking at the online videos from http://www.nexstitch.com/Tutorials.html

My MIL gave me some yarn to play with initially to get used to doing some of the stitches prior to actually stitching the project. I also started the project and after 3 rows realized that I had made a mistake in which holes to hook through and just decided to cut it and restart instead of unravelling. There was still some unravelling that I did when I started the project but that's all part of the learning process. Incidentally the pattern actually calls for 2 yarns to be worked together, but I decided to just do one as I figured that would be easier. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.


Supplies Lace edging & bottom Back of padded bottom Lace edging Completed

Title: Fabric Basket

Date Started: 11/09/2006
Date Completed: 11/11/2006

Basket Dimensions: 14.5" x 9" x 9"

Supplies

  • Wicker basket
  • Cotton fabric (don't remember measurements)
  • Cardboard 13.25" x 8"
  • Batting (same size as cardboard)
  • Ecru lace trim

    Comments:

    01/05/2007:
    Don't remember all the details now. Should probably have written it down before. Nothing fancy though. Just measured that I would have enough fabric to line the insides of the basket. Cut some more fabric to wrap around the cardboard and batting to form the padded bottom. Sewed the lace trim on the fabric for the basket edge. Started by hot-glueing the top part of fabric with lace edging on the sides of the basket with the insides draped in the basket. Then glued the fabric to the sides of the baskets (after arranging to my liking). Finally glued the padded bottom to the bottom of the basket. Voila! Done.