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*****This giveaway is now closed*****

When I saw that Sew, Mama, Sew was having May Giveaway Day I figured this would be a great time to have my first giveaway!

Before getting into the details, I want to first say thank you to my current readers and welcome to anyone new visiting.  If you don’t already know, I started this site to document my journey while learning to sew as well as to help others with tips and hints that I learn along the way.

Now to the giveaway…

Child's Tote Bag

I decided that I was going to make a child’s size tote bag.  It turned out so cute for my cousin’s daughter that I even decided to use the same fabric.

For this bag, I used Pellon SF-101 for the interfacing but everything else is essentially the same as the other one.  There is a small pocket on the inside and the lining fabric is the same as the handles.

I started out with appliqueing a flower on the outside but considering it was my second time doing applique it didn’t turn out.  So instead I decided to leave it plain.  I will blog about the applique experience later.

Details

To enter:  Please leave a comment telling me what your first sewing project was and how it turned out.  Here is my first project other than attempting towel bibs with the old Kenmore.

The giveaway will remain open until May 25th around 8 pm central. I will then choose a random winner and post the winner on the 26th.  Entries are limited to U.S. residents only.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Lillian is only 2 (well almost 2) but I still wanted to do something for her daycare teachers during teacher appreciation week.  Yes, this post is a little late!  Well, I decided on a gift card for each as well a little coin purse to go along with it.

The coin purse is the lil cutie pouch from Anna at Noodlehead, which I made for one of my first projects.  I wasn’t 100% sure on what the teachers like so I just used fabric that I had.  Hopefully they liked them!

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I accomplished my first skirt for Lillian and LOVE it!  It was Prudent Baby’s tutorial for a layer cake skirt.

Layer Cake Skirt

I bought the three fabrics at Hobby Lobby and it actually ended up that the green fabric didn’t really show up.  I guess that is what happens when you adjust a skirt to fit an almost 2 year old that only wears 18 month clothes.  I ended up using the green fabric for the diaper cover…post to come later.

Layer Cake Skirt

After some calculating based off of the tutorial, I used the following measurements, which are pretty close to what I would consider 18 month clothes (it’s for a little girl that needs the skirt to be about 8 inches long and with a waist measurement of 17 1/2 (if you use the 16 1/2 for the elastic)).

Elastic: 17 1/2 in but should have been 16 1/2 in (luckily it still fits!) I actually cut my elastic an inch shorter than the measurement of the waist because I do not overlap it.
Top Layer (green)”: (1) 3 1/4 x 42
Middle Layer (flowers): (1) 3 3/4 x 42 (1) 3 3/4 x 21
Bottom Layer (circles): (2) 4 3/4 x 42
The hem was sewn at 3/8 in and I basted at 1/4 in but my needle was at position 4 which makes it a little less and then I sewed the layers together at 3/8.

Layer Cake Skirt

I left the selvage edge and just made sure to sew in far enough so that it did not show on the outside.  This way, I had less edge stitching, which is fantastic since I don’t have a serger.

Layer Cake Skirt

Basting…well, it’s a pain, actually, it’s not the basting that is a pain, but the gathering.  It seemed to take forever to get the layer equal to the length of the layer above it.  But, it’s well worth the time, because the skirt is adorable!

Layer Cake Skirt

At first it was a little weird to sew the two pieces together because I have never sewn two pieces together that weren’t completely flat.  You don’t need to feel like it has to be perfect because it will look fantastic on the ride side of the fabric anyway.

Layer Cake Skirt

As I mentioned above, I don’t have a serger, but I do have an overlock foot.  This foot is what I used to finish the edges.  I know that I could just do a zigzag stitch but with the overlock foot it pretty much looks the same as it would if it were serged.  It takes awhile to finish the edge this way, but I think it’s worth it.  There is less room for fraying.

Layer Cake Skirt

Here is the skirt before prepping for the elastic.

Layer Cake Skirt

Again, as I mentioned above, I cut my elastic an inch shorter than I need it.  I then attach each end to a piece of cotton fabric.  This way, the elastic lays completely flat but with it attached to the cotton it will still remain in place as if it were a complete circle.

Layer Cake Skirt

Lillian let me put the skirt on her right away (which is an improvement over the drawstring bag that I made) and decided that it was snack time.

Layer Cake Skirt

This skirt, even though it looks complicating, is actually very easy to make.  If you want to make it and need help figuring out the measurements for your little girl, let me know and I will try to help out.

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Lillian is really into baby dolls right now, and has even been caught making her baby sit on the potty.  So I thought I would make her doll a diaper.  I used Skip to my Lou’s doll diaper pattern found here.

Doll Diaper

This was super easy and quick to make and fit Lillian’s doll perfectly.

Doll Diaper

To make sure it was going to fit, I first took the pattern and “put it on” the doll.  It seemed to be a little big but close enough that I wasn’t going to take the time to adjust it.  Plus, I knew that the seam allowance would make it smaller.

Once I had the pieces cut out, I “tried it on” the doll again, just to make sure it was going to fit.

Doll Diaper

It fit fine, so off to sewing we go.  I kind of forgot (I guess you can’t kind of forget, so I forgot) to leave an opening to turn so I had to rip part of the seam out.  Before turning you need to cut corners and clip the curves.  Here is a great tip for clipping curves from Ashley at Make It and Love It.

Doll Diaper

Ashley also has a tutorial for making a doll diaper but did not have a pattern included.  She did top stitch, which I liked, so I top stitched as well.  This also makes closing the opening easier.

Doll Diaper

I sewed on the Velcro like you would do appliqué because I knew it wouldn’t come off from Lillian pulling and tugging all the time.  Also, I made the Velcro a little bigger on the main part of the diaper than I did on the flaps, that way Lillian didn’t have to attach it perfectly.

Doll Diaper

Try it on the doll and it fits!  Lillian loves this thing and puts it on the doll with a little help.  Takes the doll away, takes the diaper off and comes back to me to have me help put it on the doll again.  I highly suggest making a doll diaper for your child!

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Easter Weekend

Do you remember the Easter Basket that I made?  If not, here is the post on my experience, along with a link to the tutorial.

Easter Weekend

I wanted to share pictures of Lillian using the basket during her egg hunt in the backyard.

Easter Weekend

She got so excited about eggs being in the yard.

Easter Weekend

Even more than her first egg hunt the prior weekend.  I think the first egg hunt helped her to know what to do at home.

Easter Weekend

This time she knew exactly what to do with the eggs!

Easter Weekend

Lillian is still playing with the eggs and scattering them all over the house.  The eggs were a bigger hit than the basket that I made but that is ok with me.

I hope everyone had a great Easter and was able to spend time with their family.