Busy Sewing!

Some weeks it’s hard to find time to sew. This wasn’t one of those weeks for me. Although my week was still plenty busy with running around and regular routine, the urge to sew this past week was strong :).

First up…a little dress. I was looking through my patterns debating whether or not to make something for myself and instead I opted for sewing a gift. This dress is a size 3 from New Look 6854. I tacked some ribbon bows to the shoulders for added interest.

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The fabric was from the line Good Neighbors by Crazy Mom Quilts. I loved how soft and cute this fabric was!

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Next up… nursing pads. I intended to give these as a gift to my pregnant friend, but didn’t have a cute bag to put them when we got together to go maternity shopping (my intention was to make a cute drawstring bag for them…great for throwing them in the laundry as well).

I traced around a CD to get the round shape, sewed darts in each piece, and serged around the edges. I have 3 layers of flannel (for absorption) and 1 layer of fleece (a great water repellent).

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I used up quite a few of my flannel scraps for these nursing pads. It feels great to get rid of some of my scrap pile and know they’re going to be useful at the same time!

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Finally…a top for myself. I rarely sew clothing for myself. I don’t know…I may be hooked! I had this fabric for a while in my cupboard and I’m glad now that I used it up! It’s a super soft pointe de roma (a thick knit fabric which was super easy to sew with) and it makes this tshirt so comfortable! I used the breezy top pattern found at It’s Always Autumn. I modified it slightly by making it more narrow and lengthened it by 5 inches and added ruching to the sides for added interest. This top is super roomy on me and oh so comfy!

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I struggled at first with the double needle on my machine, but when the kiddos were in bed and the house was quiet, I managed to conquer the technique. I’m really happy with how the hem and sleeves turned out. The neckline was probably the nicest neck to date that I’ve made. So, overall a success!

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Until next time,

Rachel

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Lined Baby Sleep Sack: An Afternoon Project

I’ve decided that once I’ve started to sewing for babies, I can’t stop! There’s something really fun about sewing something miniature and cute! It doesn’t hurt that they’re usually a quick and fun sewing project :).

I used this tutorial for this 0-3 month sleep sack.

Since this sleep sack is intended for a baby that is going to be born in the cold winter months here in Canada, I chose a super cozy chenille for the outside fabric and a breathable cotton for the inner fabric.

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I kept things simple this time with a classic white for the inner and outer fabric. I have made this sleep sack with a cute owl and bird applique, but I was on a time constraint to get it done so maybe next time!

Until next time,

Rachel

Cloth Baby Shoes- An Afternoon Project

So, my baby turned four yesterday! Lots of fun was had here at our house and now it’s time to wind down and get back into the normal rhythm.

Also, great news came in the form of a phone call from my maid of honour on Sunday! They’re expecting a baby in January and I couldn’t be happier for them! My maid of honour and her husband have been close friends since high school so it’s even more exciting to be able to raise our children with theirs. I’m through the roof excited!

So, naturally with baby on the brain, I had to get my baby sewing fix in! Since my sewing time has been minimal this past week, I wanted a quick and easy afternoon of sewing. It turns out that I had cut the fabric pieces for this project and had left them in a plastic bag with the pattern. So I grabbed the pattern pieces and got to sewing. An hour later (with a few distractions from the kiddos) the shoes were sewn! Now to decide who to gift them too- my super cute nephew or my expectant maid of honour. I may be making a few more before their baby is here!

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These shoes are great for using up scraps. I used scraps of flannel (boyish print and green) and batting scraps for the sole insides.

The free pattern for these shoes can be found here.

Until next time,

Rachel