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Lillian's Tote Bag

I made Lillian a tote bag just like the one that I gave away and the one I made for our cousin’s daughter.

Except this time I appliqued an “L” onto it so it was a little more personalized.  I am very happy with how it turned out.  I actually made this one before I did the flower applique because I knew straight lines would be easier to applique.

Lillian's Tote Bag

First I printed an “L” onto regular paper.  After printing I realized that I wanted it to be a little bigger so I just measured the same distance all the way around it to get a slightly larger “L”.  Then I cut it out.

Lillian's Tote Bag

I cut out a piece of fabric and Heat N’ Bond Lite that was large enough for my “L” and then ironed the Heat N’ Bond onto the fabric.

Lillian's Tote Bag

Then I traced the “L” and cut it out.

Lillian's Tote Bag

Next was the placement of the “L”…I wanted it on the lower right corner but had to make sure it wasn’t on the edge or bottom of the bag.  I ended up placing it 2 inches from the right and 3 inches from the bottom.

Lillian's Tote Bag

Finally was sewing around the “L”.  It was easier than the curves in the flower but I have yet to figure out exactly how to do the corners.

I am very happy with this bag and Lillian loves it!  Plus, she looks so cute carrying her little bag around (I should get a picture to share with you).  We have a few of those book blocks which consist of small books so we put a few in the bag each time we are going somewhere.  That way Lillian has a variety of books to read on the car ride.

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Lillian's Birthday Weekend

My daughter, Lillian, turned two on Friday and I knew I wanted to make her birthday party skirt out of this fabric.  It is Lil Plane Jane – Black and Red by Michael Miller and I purchased it from Crafty Girls Workshop.

Lillian's Birthday Weekend

Anna from Crafty Girls Workshop was a pleasure to work with. I purchased the fabric when she was having an end of the bolt sale and it turned out that she didn’t have a full yard. Anna was kind enough to give me the option of waiting for a full yard, taking the half quarter and two fat quarters that she had, or cancelling my order.

Lillian's Birthday Weekend

I think Lillian looked so cute in her skirt.  I did notice that the back seemed to be a little shorter than the front but I think that is because of her diaper.  I also made another diaper cover but made the 12-24 month one this time.  It fits perfectly but if she were in a larger size diaper (she wears size 3 in Pampers) it wouldn’t fit the best.  Really, it just needs to be a bit taller which would be fairly easy to adjust.

Lillian's Birthday Skirt

On to the skirt…this is probably the easiest skirt you can ever make.  It’s seriously two rectangles sewn together with a hem and elastic.  Super easy!!  Here is a great tutorial by Dana from Made.

Lillian's Birthday Skirt

I cut out a piece of fabric that was 42 x 10.5 and then cut it in half. I then sewed the two pieces together which creates your side seams. Next, I folded the hem by folding a 1/2 inch and then folding again another 1/2 inch.

Lillian's Birthday Skirt

From there, I sewed the hem.  I think when I make another skirt like this or maybe any skirt for that matter, I will actually make a smaller hem.  Maybe 1/4 or so?

Lillian's Birthday Skirt

I used 3/4 inch elastic so in order to make the casing I folded about 1/4 inch and then an inch.  Then I inserted the elastic, added a “tag”, and closed the casing for the elastic.  After that the skirt was done…no, I’m not joking, it’s THAT easy!

I highly recommend making this skirt if you have a little girl in your life.  I think it would make a fantastic first project.  It’s quick, easy, teaches straight sewing, hems, and elastic.  Now go out and buy some fabric (or raid your stash) so you can get started!

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I attempted to applique a flower for the tote bag that I was giving away and it didn’t turn out.  I still wanted to share my experience and process with you though.

Flower Applique

I found the petal online and forgot to save the site so I could share it with you and use it again.  (Mental note to self….don’t do that again!)  I copied the image into word and then resized it until it was the size that I wanted.  I then copied four more and printed them, then cut them out.

From there, I fused Heat n’ Bond Lite onto my fabric by following the directions on the package.  I then traced the petals onto my fabric with a vanishing fabric marker (found mine at Hobby Lobby) but you could probably use any pen because the thread should cover it if you applique with a zigzag stitch or you can cut on the inside of the mark.

Flower Applique

Next is cutting out the petals from the fabric.

Flower Applique

Then placing them down where you want them on your final project.  I placed my down first to make sure that I liked where they were.  After that I took off the paper backing and fused to my main piece of fabric.

Flower Applique

This picture is taken out of order, but oh well!  Because of the large amount of appliqueing I was going to be doing I thought that a stabilizer on the back was probably needed.  I actually read online that someone used coffee filters so I tried it out.  It worked perfectly!

It helped the material to not bunch up and once I was done it was super easy to pull away.  You couldn’t even tell that I used them!  Another plus to using coffee filters is that they are not very expensive.

Flower Applique

The first petal that I appliqued turned out pretty well, but for some reason they kept getting worse.

Flower Applique

I was not happy at all with the results but still finished the applique for a little more practice.  I knew going in that doing curves were going to be hard but did practice before actually doing these.  Like I said, they started out well and continued to get worse!  Oh well!  Better luck next time.

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I needed a diaper cover to go along with Lillian’s layer cake skirt, so of course I made one.  I used the Diaper Cover Tutorial from Made.

Diaper Cover

Since Lillian is so small I used the 6-12 month pattern instead of the 12-24 month.  She will be two in a week but is only in 18 month clothes.  To figure out which size I wanted, I put the pattern against a diaper cover that we had.  The 12-24 month seemed a little big so that is why I chose the 6-12 month.  It does fit but I might try an in between size for the next one.

Diaper Cover

This was fairly easy to make but sort of a pain in the butt (no pun intended).  You just sew the three edges together (of course leaving the opening for each leg and then the waist).

Diaper Cover

Then comes the “hard” part, again, it’s not really hard but takes awhile and is a pain.  It wouldn’t be as big of a deal if you had a serger because you could just serge the edges.

Diaper Cover

Instead, I had to fold each edge under and then do it again so it made a “pocket” for the elastic.  Inserting the elastic was easy but does take some time.

Diaper Cover

I actually remembered to insert a tag in the back!  I would really like to make or have some real tags with my logo made but for now just some fabric will work.

Diaper Cover

I will definitely be making another one, especially since I need one for the skirt I made Lillian for her birthday party.  It’s a fairly quick project and is totally worth the time that it does take so that Lillian’s diaper isn’t showing.

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Thank you to everyone who stopped by and commented for a chance to win the giveaway.  I really enjoyed reading everyone’s experience with their first sewing project.  Some of you were really courageous and tackled some difficult projects.

Enough of that because I’m sure you just want to know who won…

Congrats to Amanda who said:

“The first one that I remember making as an adult were christmas stockings out of velvet and satin. They were a disaster. haha”

Thanks so much to Sew, Mama, Sew for hosting May Giveaway Day.  It was fun to experience so many comments and know that people are visiting my blog.  I hope to continue to get to know everyone a little better through your comments.

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