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You might remember the Retro Bag that I made for myself toward the end of last year.  Shortly after I got the One Yard Wonder books (one and two) my sister was looking through them and noticed the Retro Bag.  She mentioned that she liked it and well, to be honest, when I made one for myself, I completely forgot that she told me that she liked it.

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I kept telling her that I was going to make her a bag, but I didn’t really know what fabric she would like.  So each time I saw her, I would try to get ideas of what fabric she liked.  Finally, I decided that she liked blues and found this (dear Stella Ikebana Ziggy Stripe Charcoal) from Pink Chalk Fabrics.  I sent her an email with links to multiple fabrics I thought she would like and this was her favorite.  So I ordered some!

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I decided that I was going to use a solid color for the lining.  I purchased a Kona color card just for projects like this.  Unfortunately, I had to wait until I received this fabric before ordering the solid so that I could perfectly match the colors, but I’m ok with that.  I am cheap frugal? so I tend to wait until I can find fabric on sale.  (I guess that is the accountant in me.)  I also had a few other solids that I wanted to order, so it worked out.

I asked my sister if she wanted the green or the blue as the solid color and she chose green.  Which also was my first choice, so I was glad she chose the green.

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The bag turned out just how I was hoping and my sister seemed to really like it.  Which is always a bonus!  If you remember from my post about the one I made for myself, I mentioned how the strap was slightly thinner than the top part of the bag and that I wasn’t sure if it was supposed to be like that.  Well, it turned out the same way this time, so I am officially saying that it is supposed to be like that.

The pattern calls for O-rings and I have yet to find any that I like so I eliminated them on the bag once again.  If you know of somewhere to purchase them, please let me know!  I prefer the flat ones so they look more decorative.

One more thing…did you notice the new blog design?  My husband took it upon himself to completely redesign the blog.  Isn’t it great?  Clean, fresh, and easy to navigate.  Hopefully you can easily find the projects/topics/etc that you are looking for.  Let me know what you think so I can let my husband know.

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One of the first projects I made was a toiletry bag.  I have used it since I made it, but have never really liked it.  I actually messed up the boxed corners on that bag so it made it tall, but not the easiest to get into.  I could never find what I was looking for without taking everything out first.

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When I saw the tutorial on Anna’s blog, Noodlehead, for an open wide zippered pouch I knew that I wanted to make one for a new toiletry bag.  And I had the perfect fabric….Domestic Bliss Pink Beaded Curtain and Kona Cotton Camellia, both purchased from Fat Quarter Shop.

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I made the largest size that she gives dimensions for and it’s a perfect size for all of my stuff. When making it, I thought it was going to be gigantic. Now, it is pretty large, but no where near gigantic. Height wise, it’s a perfect fit for my contact solution and length wise at the bottom, it’s about the length of a wide tooth comb.

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The top of the bag is wider than the bottom because of the boxed corners.  The boxed corners help it stand on it’s own and fit more in it.  If you are anything like me, you probably don’t really enjoy making boxed corners.  I feel like no matter what I do, the seams never line up perfectly.

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The zipper installation was a new way for me to install zippers, but I really like how it works.  I did have an issue with the metal pieces not being away from the edge by the same distance, but I just had to adjust my seam allowance when sewing the whole thing together. 

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Also, this end of the zipper isn’t perfect, but I think that it will just take some practice.  It’s a little challenging to move the zipper out of the seam allowance, but I think if the other end of my zipper would have been more even, this wouldn’t have been as difficult. 

 

 

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Here you can see just how wide it truly opens.  It really is an awesome pouch and I just might have to make a smaller one for my makeup.  Anna offers 3 different sizes for her tutorial, but I think it would be easy enough to use your own dimensions.  Especially after you have already made one.

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One of Lillian’s daycare friends turned 3 in January and I found out from her mom that she loves playing with dolls.  So I thought it would be a perfect birthday gift to make her doll accessories, including a diaper bag!  Remember the baptism dress that I made?  This little girl is the older sister to the baby. 

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I decided to make her a diaper bag, burp clothes (or they could be blankets), diapers, bibs, wipes, and a case for the wipes.  Everything fits inside the diaper bag, plus there is still room for few more things, such as bottles.

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I used my own design for the diaper bag. Actually it’s the same pattern as the beach bag that I made, except smaller, of course, and I added a recessed zipper.  I wouldn’t want all of the doll’s stuff to fall out after all.

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There are four pockets on the outside and four on the inside.  Pockets are always helpful and kids love them!  So really, you can’t go wrong with adding pockets.

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Here is a picture of the recessed zipper.  Since the side pieces are sewn to the front and back pieces, I would extend the zipper to the edge of the front and back pieces the next time I make this bag with a zipper.  It just wasn’t open quite as much as I would have liked.  It’s still perfectly useable and I’m sure no one else noticed, but it’s just my preference.

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I got the wipes case idea from this tutorial.  Christina used fleece, so I had to figure out how to get it to work with cotton which would fray if there were any raw edges.  I have to admit that I did leave raw edges on the inside, but used pinking shears on them.  I don’t normally like to do that, but it was a wipe case so I figured it wasn’t a big deal.

The wipes are just two 5 x 5 squares sewn wrong sides together, then turned, and topstitched to close the opening.  Super easy and quick. 

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The bibs were not really that much fun to make.  I should have made them a tad larger, but wanted the diapers and wipes to fit the same size doll.  They look decent, but definitely aren’t my best work.  I don’t think the dolls will notice though.  I based them off of this tutorial/pattern, but changed the size and only used one fabric design instead of two.

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If you have been reading my blog since close to the beginning, then you might remember that I made a doll diaper for Lillian.  I used the same tutorial for these as I did when I made Lillian’s.  It’s easy to follow and the diapers turn out super cute.

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Here is the doll that I used to make sure everything would fit.  I am not sure what kind it is, but I do know it was purchased from Target.  When I looked there recently though, they didn’t have these anymore.  It’s a pretty small doll, maybe 14 inches, but I’m not really sure.

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Another easy one is the burp rags, or blankets if you prefer.  Again, just cut two pieces of fabric the same size.  Sew wrong sides together, leaving an opening for turning.  Turn, and top stitch.  I used flannel for these, but you could really use any fabric you would like.

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Here is a behind the scenes picture.  Lillian and I are prepping the doll for her picture.  Mark (my husband) takes most of the final product pictures, but Lillian and I help to get things set up.

What gifts have you made for young children?  Any one else make doll accessories before?

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Congrats to Em Helen for being the winner of the three pattern bundle pack to Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop!  She was actually the first person to enter, and said “Well I sewed doll clothes when I was a kid… But if you do not count that, only a year or so but really only a few projects, so far.”

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Em, I sent you an email, but if you didn’t get it then email me or leave a comment.  Thanks to everyone that entered!

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I mentioned in my last post that I made the Play Date V-neck Tee from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop.  This is the first shirt I have ever made and almost my first project made out of knit.  I’m pretty excited with how it turned out and looking forward to working more with knit and trying out more of Amy’s patterns.  I think I will talk about the pattern first, then a little about the fabric and supplies needed, and finally a coupon code and giveaway!

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The pattern…as I mentioned above, is the Play Date V-neck Tee from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop. I made a size 3T and it’s a tad big on Lillian, but most 3T’s are still a little big for her. Plus, I used a 1/4” seam allowance instead of the 1/2” that the pattern stated.  The pattern has a chart to reference so you can use your child’s measurements to help determine which size to make. I figured that since we were getting close to warmer weather (or at least I thought!) that the larger size would fit next year. Hopefully that is the case!

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I actually altered the pattern a little because I wasn’t a huge fan of the ruffles at the bottom, so instead I went with a plain strip.  I debated about just doing a normal hem at the bottom of the polka dot fabric, but I like the pop of color that the pink strip adds.  I just used a similar size to the ruffle, but made it the same width as the main pieces of the shirt.

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Amy did a nice job of explaining exactly what needed to be done for each step and there are pictures for us visual learners.  Seriously, how do people follow patterns without pictures?!?!  I’m not sure what else to say about it because I really had no issues with following the pattern at all.

Oops, I guess I forgot to mention that the pattern is a PDF download.  I only printed the pattern pieces and then viewed the instructions on my laptop.  That way I saved paper and ink.  The pattern pieces are color coded by size, so it was easy to tape them together to get the right size.

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As far as actually making the shirt, I can’t say it was the easiest piece of clothing I have ever made, but it wasn’t that difficult either.  You seriously can’t get much easier than a basic skirt.  I would probably suggest making a shirt without a v-neck first, but if you are comfortable with trying, then why not make a v-neck tee?

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My biggest fear when thinking about making shirts was adding sleeves.  But it really wasn’t all that hard!  With the sleeves, you actually attach them before sewing the side seams, so you are sewing two curved flat pieces of fabric together.

The hardest part of making this shirt was definitely the “V” in the neck and in general the whole neckline, but that is because I used jersey knit and it was a small piece to try to keep from curling.  Other than the curling it wasn’t difficult at all.

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Now a little about the fabric…I purchased both from Hobby Lobby and they are also both a jersey knit. Jersey knit curls a LOT along the edges, so it is a little difficult to use. I just pinned really close to the edge so that the pins would stop the jersey knit from curling. I used my regular sewing machine with my over lock stitch and a ballpoint needle.

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Jersey knit is really soft and comfortable and I have found that there are some really cute patterns out there. Most people use rib knit for the collars, but Hobby Lobby didn’t have any. The jersey knit worked fine in my opinion, but since rib knit doesn’t curl so much, I can see why it would be easier to use, especially for a collar.

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I attempted to use a double needle over the seam on the collar, but it didn’t work out the best. It kept getting stuck and created a lump in the collar, but I did read online that lengthening the stitch length might have helped. I was, of course, already finished with the shirt, so I will have to try again next time.

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How did you like all of Lillian’s poses?  What a silly girl she has become.  She liked this shirt so much that she asked to wear it two days in a row.  On the second day I asked why she liked it so much and she told me that she liked it because I made it.  What a sweetie pie!

Peek-A-Boo Spring Into Savings 2013

Be sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win three patterns of your choice from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop.  The first entry is required and that is just to leave a comment answering the question.  The other options are not required, but will give you another entry.  It’s open to everyone and will be 3 PDF patterns delivered via email.  I will keep the giveaway open until March 27th.  Good luck!

If you aren’t feeling lucky, or just can’t wait to purchase a pattern, be sure to enter code “dripdrop” for 25% off of your entire purchase.  The discount ends on 3/23, so you don’t have much time!  Even if you don’t plan on purchasing anything at this time, I highly suggest checking out all of the adorable patterns that they carry.  There are boy and girl patterns, as well as clothes for summer through winter.  I plan on picking out a few more patterns, so plan on eventually seeing a few more pattern reviews.

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