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

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

Star Table Topper

Happy belated Mother’s Day! My day was filled with so much love from my three little boys and husband. Since our boys are still too young to understand the concept of Mother’s Day (our oldest is going to be 4 in June), my husband went out of his way to make it extra special for me. We spent the day like we do every Sunday…going to church and spending time with family…but it still felt like a day filled with love and dedicated to Mom. I have so much love for my boys and truly feel so blessed to be called their mother!

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We, as a family, are also so blessed to have such wonderful Moms that support us. My Mom and Mother-in-law are always ready to watch the boys at the drop of a hat and since they both live so close, it happens quite regularly!

Since I had made a king sized quilt for my Mom and Dad’s bed already, I made a simple table topper for their living room table instead of a full sized quilt like the one I made for my Mother-in-law.

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I used all the leftover charm squares from my Mother-in-law’s quilt for this table topper. I really love when I can use up what I have and still end up with something pretty substantial. I forgot to get the finished dimensions of it but it’s approximately 25 inches square. The actual star came from this idea here and I liked it so much I might try making a quilt with different fabric sometime later on down the road.

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The quilting was really fun to do on this table topper as well. I stitched Maple leaves on the corners  and simple vine-like leaves along the outside border. In the center of the star, I stitched another Maple leaf as well just for added interest.

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And because I couldn’t resist showing you what it really is like when Mom wants to get the sewing done…here’s a peak into my sewing space/dining room table.

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The Gift of Fall…in Spring

There’s something about fall colours. They’re so warm and inviting…just what I want the quilts that I sew to be. So when I saw this line called Maple Island by Holly Taylor, I saw a cozy quilt. And…since the colours worked in both my mother in law’s and my mom’s home…a mother’s day gift it was!

Here’s the quilt that I sewed for my mother in law. I thought it would be a nice quilt to cozy up by their wood stove either at home or at the cottage. My inspiration came from here although I made a few tweaks here and there to make it my own.
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I had to laugh when taking these pictures because I have beautiful spring blossoms everywhere in my flower bed that didn’t seem to go with the warm tones of an autumn quilt.

Here’s a close up of the quilting…I went with straight line quilting for the majority of the quilt and I pulled out a leaf stencil for the top and bottom of the quilt.

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I traced and sewed a maple leaf onto a scrap of batting before appliqueing it to the actual quilt. I love how they stand out more because of the extra layer of batting and give it a little more dimension.

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