Nappy Wallet

I made this nappy wallet to go with the changing bag I made my sister.

I think it’s nice to have matching accessories, and a little bag or holder is always really useful to hold nappies and wipes so you don’t have to lug the entire changing bag with you when you go to change the baby. It’s made from the same lime green spotty material as the big bag, and closed with a red snap (there’s two actually, as I realised when it’s full it needs to fasten in a different place to when it’s more empty) The inside is lined with the elephant drill the same as the bag. One side holds a travel case of wipes while the other hold nappies.This was a really quick thing to make. I can see me making more of these for  new baby gifts 🙂

Green Elephant Baby Changing Bag

This bag has been a long time in the making!

My sister originally asked me to make it about 8 months ago. I spent a while finding a good pattern to use to make it, and then went hunting for fabric to make it with.

8 months later, with the baby not far from being born, I finally finished it – hooray!! I’m very proud of it – it looks good doesn’t it 🙂

The pattern I used is the Does It All Diaper Bag from Peek-a-Boo Pattern shop. And it does really do it all – it has loads of pockets and features!

 I made the outside with lime green spotty drill. The end pockets are a contrasting fabric – an elephant drill. The pockets are edged with piping. This was my first ever attempt at piping. I had some red ribbon that matched the apple the elephant is holding perfectly, and used that to do the piping. Using something other than satin ribbon for your first attempt at piping would probably be a good idea – but after much fiddling and complaining, it is nice and shiny now it’s done! The pocket on the other end is elasticated. I expected this pocket to be tricky but it was actually really easy to do – after doing that piping everything seemed easy though! Inside the fabrics are the other way around. The sides are the elephants and the pockets are the lime green spots. Between the outer and lining there is also a layer of sew-in interfacing which helps the bag keep its shape. One of the long sides inside has a big pocket split in two. There is a hook/key fob on one end inside so you don’t lose your keys amongst everything you put into the bag. The other long side has a smaller pocket split into two, and also a  zipped pocket above. This is the point that I started to diverge from the pattern instructions. The pattern shows you how to add a magnetic clasp to close it, but we wanted it to have a zip so when it inevitably gets knocked over or falls off the sofa everything doesn’t fall out. You’d be amazed at how few changing bag patterns there are out there that have a zip and one long strap from end to end (as that was the other requirement). There really aren’t any. But apart from lacking a zip, the Peek-a-Boo pattern had everything we wanted, so I just had to figure out the zip part on my own! You can also see the square rings I added to the strap so that I could make the strap adjustable.This little slider is the thing that makes the strap adjustable. If you have a cross-body bag or backpack you probably have a similar little thing that does the same job. Because if you’re hanging the bag over a single handlebar pram you’re going to want it longer than if you’re carrying it over your shoulder.(I know I’ve used this picture twice, but I don’t have another good one of the whole bag)

And it’s finished, and posted, hooray 🙂

 

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Blue Kitty Dress

I started this dress for my niece when I made this one and this one for her sisters, but I got sidetracked and I only just finished it this weekend.

It’s made from the Fair and Square Dress pattern by Tie Dye Diva.

I found this blue Hello Kitty fabric in the local fabric shop which I thought she would like and matched it with some plain blue cotton for the contrasting band around the bottom. The bodice and straps are also in the plain blue, and it had a blue snap to fasten it at the back (rather than the buttonhole in the pattern). Here is the finished dress 🙂

Bright Children’s Messenger Bags

Children like bags. They like to put toys in them and carry them to another room and take them out again, and repeat, all day long – mine does anyway!

So I thought it was time he had his own bag to do this (so I could claim mine back!). I let him loose in the fabric cupboard to choose which colour he would like for his – he chose the blue cord. Inside it is lined with giraffe cotton that he also chose in the shop a while back when we talked about making him his own bag. At the same time I also made this pink one for his friend whose birthday party we were going to at the weekend. I had a little helper ‘helping’ me sew parts of this one – having a child press the foot pedal of the sewing machine for you really isn’t helpful at all, but he was very excited about doing it! Hers is lined with brown and pink owl cotton. The pattern is from a seller called Puperita on Etsy. It’s a bit different from other messenger bags with its curvy flap. The method it uses to give its boxy shape was also quite unusual, but I was really pleased with how they turned out.I think the smiley face says I wasn’t the only one please with it! 🙂

Girly Bibs

I like making baby bibs because they’re quick and easy to make, especially when you have a pile of pretty cotton already cut into bib shapes in the cupboard!

This weekend I made some girly bibs for my new niece. They are all different coloured owl prints with pink fleece backing and pink snap fasteners. I also tried out a new design of bib. It has a wider top and ties to fasten it, making it better maybe for slightly older babies for mealtimes. This one has pink fabric leftover from the top I made on the front, and pale pink fleece on the back. The pattern is one I bought here. It is part of another set of three bibs I made for another lady with a little girl.

Modern QAL – June Block

 

I was a bit late joining the Modern Blocks QAL, so that it was already the end on May before I started my first block and the second block was being released. This meant that I completed a block two nights running!

This month’s block is called Spool because it’s meant to look like a cotton reel/spool. The tutorial was posted over on The Crafty Mummy.

It was soo much easier than the May block. I enjoyed making it because I had a much better idea of what I was doing and knew it would turn out OK. It consisted of making 5 rows and then sewing all the rows together – all straight lines and no diagonals!

I’m using these spotty fabrics with a white background so I decided to choose some different colours of it this month and went with grey for the main block and yellow for the two ends.

It turned out quite well. Here is my finished block:

You can see all the other blocks that people have created over on the Modern QAL Block 2 Linky Party.

I wonder what my July block will look like?!

Modern QAL – May Block

 

I can’t resist a sew-along, and especially not one that has competitions and prizes along the way, so I’ve signed up to do the Modern Blocks Quilt- Along (QAL) over on And Sew We Craft!

The plan is to make one block a month to put together to make a quilt, so by this time next year we’ll have 12 blocks. The blocks are all taken from this book:

There’s a tutorial for the block each month but we were also recommended to get ourselves a copy of the book. Being somewhat impulsive and impatient I wanted it NOW and didn’t want to wait a few weeks for it to arrive from overseas so I opted to get the kindle version! (If you click the book above you can actually see several of the blocks using the ‘Click to look inside’ feature if you fancy checking some of the blocks out) It is also available as a kindle version from the amazon.co.uk site.

This month’s block is called Follow the Leader. The tutorial is here. It’s a very pretty looking block, but when I first looked at it my initial reaction was ‘it looks a bit hard!’

In reality though, taking it one step at a time, it was perfectly do-able. You make lots of rectangly triangle pieces called geese and then position them so it looks like they’re flying in a circle following one another.

I’ve decided to use some multicoloured spotty material that I have as a jelly roll and FQ pack to make my blocks with white as the background. This month I’m using the red, blue, green and purple to make my geese.

Here is my finished block:

You can see all the other blocks that people have made by visiting the Block One Linky Party page.

 

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Craft Tote Bag

Last week I finished this bag for my friend Chrissy:

It is made from this tutorial on a blog called 2 Little Hooligans.

The floral fabric you might recognise as being the leftover pieces from when I made this bag for my mother-in-law last year. And the purple might have been from that project too. It is a mixture of the two because there were only small pieces of each one left. The sides and pockets all contain iron-on interfacing instead of the fleece and flannel recommended in the tutorial – I don’t think my sewing machine could have coped with the thickness of all the layers if I’d used anything thicker!

 One end has lots of smaller pockets to fit things like scissors, knitting needles and the like. And the two long sides both have one big pocket each. I made the bias to go on the top of the pockets and around the top of the bag. I was impressed with how well I’d done my measuring when it lined up perfectly along the sides 🙂 It’s a nice little bag – I might have to make one for myself!

Quilted Mat Sew-Along

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This week I took part in the quilted mat sew-along hosted by Sew Delicious. The mat was split into three tutorials, with one posted Monday, one on Wednesday and one on Friday. I really liked having it split into the three parts as it meant I could actually keep up and by the end of Friday my mat was finished.

I decided I was going to use all materials that were already in my cupboard to make this project which made it a good stashbuster. I chose to go spotty and used this selection of polka dot fat quarters that I bought some time last year. I’ve used bits of them for other projects but since the squares were only 5 inches each and I used just 2 of each colour, I didn’t need too much of each one.I was really pleased with my mat after the first tutorial, when all the top was sewn as my lines were nice and straight 🙂 I’d spent a long time measuring and matching corners, so was happy that my hard work had paid off. The second step was the quilting which was nice and easy using my walking foot. It’s the first time I’ve quilted anything!Finally came the binding. I made my own, using of course another colour of polka dot fabric – purple! I’ve also never binded anything before, and this was the bit I was most nervous about. I joined my strips (because even though the mat is small, as I was using FQs I had several strips to join) on the diagonal, and found examples online of fastening the beginning and end together the same way, making it hard to tell now it’s finished where it was I began. The back of my mat is navy polka dots. If I look at the back for too long it makes my eyes go funny like one of those optical illusions!It’s just the right size for sitting under my sewing machine. I love it because it’s bright and cheerful, and I’m so pleased with how it turned out.

I even asked my little monster what he thought of Mummy’s spotty mat.

His response: “Wow!”

Good answer little man. Good answer.

I made a top!

I may have been cutting it a little close finishing the day before the Spring Top Sewalong on Made By Rae ends, but I did it! I made a top – hooray!

As I said in my previous post, technically it’s an Autumn top, because it’s getting on for winter, but actually it looks quite spring-like with it’s pink and flowers, so I’ll just go along and call it a Spring top!

Some time last year I picked up some fabric that looked like it would be the kind used to make clothes from the clearance table at Spotlight (i.e it was nice and cheap!) I bought it with the idea of trying out making something for me in mind, testing out some patterns before making some nicer things in more expensive fabric.

I used the Meghan Peasant pdf pattern from Sis Boom, choosing the top version rather than the dress. The pattern was pretty easy to follow, with lots of pictures to show you what to do.

Having never made a top before I didn’t really know what to expect. I got to this point, convinced that it was a total disaster and the only person it would ever fit would be a three headed ogre (the adult coathanger above it gives you an idea of size): A few pieces of elastic later however, and it actually resembled a top! Moreover, it even fits!!I am tempted to make another now that I know it fits, but in plain, dark colour. I shall wear this one, even is it’s only round the house, because I made it 🙂

I learnt lots making my top, mainly how not to make it!

  • thin fabrics are not as nice to sew with as normal cotton and thicker fabrics
  • make sure you check you’ve caught the fabric in all your seams, as thinking you’ve finished and then finding a hole = disappointing!
  • cutting a straight line across a piece of fabric = almost impossible (although I think this one might just be me)
  • folding and pressing curved seams and hems is very time consuming!
  • do not accidently sew the front and back of your top together when sewing a seam – this leads to lots of unpicking

Hopefully the next top I make will be even better!