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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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*****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.