Ribbon Bottom Jeans

I’ve been wanting to make Hannah some baby jeans for quite a while. Because it was my first time, I wanted to keep it basic. Just a simple pair of pants with an elastic waistband. They turned out a little too simple looking, though, so I decided to dig into my mini ribbon stash to add some embellishment to the cuffs.

The pink with white polka dots ribbon I got from Joann’s. It was originally intended for another project that I lost interest in and never started. The blue and green ribbon was a thrift store find. I’ve never been big on thrift stores, but recently I’ve changed my tune. When I was visiting my in-laws in Arizona over the Christmas holiday, I went with my mother-in-law to this little thrift store called Hidden Treasures. They have so many awesome things for amazing prices. This cut of ribbon, a few yards or so, was only 50 cents! I also scored some other really cute clothes for Hannah. Perhaps my biggest find of all, a pair of seemingly brand new Gap jeans for $1!

(this pic reminds me of Rosie the Riveter for some reason)

So now that I’ve drifted totally off topic…Basically, ribbon bottom jeans are a cinch. Pants sew up pretty quick, especially when you cheat like I did by making each pant leg one piece of fabric so there is no outside leg seam. Once the pants were all sewed together and the legs were hemmed, I simply pinned my ribbon around the cuffs, leaving a little bit of extra ribbon on the end where I would finish the seam. Just before I got to the point where the ribbon ends met, I tucked the extra bit of ribbon under and layered that over the raw edge of the ribbon that I had already sewed down at the start of my seam. I hope that’s not too confusing! (See pic below) I should have lined the ribbon seam up with the leg seam, but this was my first attempt. I did with the other pair of jeans.

I was thinking this would be an easy way to embellish store bought jeans–for baby or mommy–for an even easier project.

Bubble Bib Tutorial

Over the past few months my mom has given me many different things, mostly clothes, that used to be mine to pass on to my sweet girl. One of the things that she gave me was a tie back, cross stitched bib. I liked the shape and the old fashioned tie back so I decided to do a bib remix. The round shape makes me think of bubbles and that’s why I named it the bubble bib.

Supplies You’ll Need

pul fabric (I used Babyville–Cupcakes)

1/2″ double fold bias tape

sewing stuff

Download the pattern and cut it out. Pin it to your pul fabric and cut out one bubble bib piece. 

Pin your coordinating bias tape around the outside edge and trim the excess bias tape.

Sew with a 1/8” seam allowance.

Cut one 30” piece of bias tape. This length seemed to work well for my 7 month old. Find the center of your bias tape by folding in half. Line this up with the center of the neckline and then pin in place. (Sorry no picture)

Sew with a 1/8” seam allowance starting from one end of the bias tape to the other.

Knot the ends of your bias tape.

Enjoy your bubble bib!

Thanks Aunt Pam!

About a week and a half ago I got an amazing package in the mail from my husband’s Aunt Pam. She told me that a package was coming and I thought she was probably sending a small gift for the little one. It ended up being a huge stash of fabric!

Girly fabric…



Various children’s prints…

Aunt Pam is a quilting extraordinaire and made the most beautiful quilt for my sweet girl when she was first born. Many of the pictures I have taken for the blog have this quilt in the background somewhere. We definitely use it a lot and will always cherish it as a special gift. This is the little one with her quilt right after we received it in the mail. Adorable, both baby and quilt!

Most of the fabric that Aunt Pam sent seems like it is more for projects other than clothes, which is actually really great because I’ve been wanting to try my hand at some things other than skirts, dresses, and headbands. I really want to make a quilt at some point. Maybe I can start out with a little dolly quilt when she  gets her first doll. I’m not sure when that will be but I hope sometime soon! I have a few other ideas in the works too. Stay tuned!

Homemade Bias Tape

Bias tape is amazing! It can be used in so many different sewing projects. I finally made my own bias tape…or should I say, finally made correctly cut bias tape.

Until now, I didn’t really realize why bias tape was cut on the bias, meaning that it is cut diagonally across the grain line of the fabric. I made “bias tape” a time or two by simply cutting fabric into strips from selvage to selvage. It worked for my purposes but only because the fabric I used had some natural stretch to it. The reason that the fabric is cut on the bias is because the fabric has the most stretch or give when cut this way which allows it to be easily sewn around the curves of a sewing project.

To learn about bias tape and then to make my own, I used the tutorial from the blog danamadeit.com. There are so many tutorials for bias tape out there, but this one is by far the best I’ve come across.

Now it’s time to use my pretty bias tape!

Sweethearts Ruffled Peasant Dress

Another holiday, another excuse to make a dress for my sweet girl. I’ve been wanting to make a peasant dress for some time. It’s one of those staple projects that everybody has to make at some point and everybody adds their own little twist.

(This girl is hilarious!)

I used the free 6-12 month peasant top pattern from makeyourownbabystuff.com. To make it into a dress, I simply added some length to the pattern. I thought that I would need to make the pattern angle out in order to turn it into a dress, but that wasn’t the case. Since the elastic gathers the top, there is more than enough fabric for a flowy dress without having to alter the shape of the pattern.

Because the fabric I used for this dress was pretty busy, I wanted to add some embellishments but I wasn’t really sure what would look good. I decided on a solid pink accent fabric to make a ruffled bottom and some fabric flowers. At first I wasn’t too sure about the ruffled bottom. It looks more like irregular pleats, but I like it more every time I look at it.

The fabric flowers were really simple to make. I’ve made a couple different kinds of fabric and felt flowers but wanted to try something new. I used an idea from pinterest (which I am now obsessed with!) from the blog the fickle pickle. The tutorial calls for felt but I decided to use my pink accent fabric instead. A little different result but the same basic concept. I love the green buttons. It was a nice way to use a color I don’t normally use and it pulls out the green hearts on the dress.

I wish that I would have made the dress a little shorter but the extra length will make it wearable for longer. Since hearts are cute year round and she’ll wear it on many more occasions, I didn’t feel the need to shorten the dress and resew the ruffle.

A cute, fun, and easy dress. Happy first Valentine’s Day to my little sweetheart.

Conversation Hearts Felt Garland Tutorial

This is my very first tutorial! I suppose it’s best to start off with something simple and it doesn’t get much easier than a felt garland.

Conversation hearts are such a fun part of Valentine’s Day, so I thought, why not turn them into a felt garland. What a fun and easy way to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit.

Supplies You’ll Need

felt blocks–I used white, light pink, purple, lime green, and bright yellow

heart stencil–I printed out a clip art heart from Microsoft Word

red fabric paint with an easy squeeze top

sewing machine, unless you want to hand stitch the hearts together

First decide how long you want your garland to be. Make sure to include some extra length so that it’s long enough to drape it. (When I made the circle felt garland for Christmas, I almost forgot to do this. A stick straight garland would have looked ridiculous!)

Once you know how long your garland should be (with extra length for draping!), create your stencil. I find that shapes that are about one inch x one inch work best for most felt garlands. This also makes it easy to figure out how many hearts you will need to make your felt garland the right length. To create my stencil, I used a clip art image from Microsoft Word and sized it to approximately one inch x one inch.

Trace your heart stencil onto your felt blocks. If your heart stencil is one inch x one inch, divide the length in inches of your felt garland by 5 (the number of colors) to find the number of hearts to trace onto each felt block.

Then cut out your shapes, keeping them separated by color.

(I used these blue hearts for my example since I forgot to take pics when I made my garland…oops)

Now it’s time to sew! Since I didn’t want to make a color pattern, I grabbed randomly from each of the color piles to until I had a new pile of hearts in random order. The only thing I avoided was putting two of the same color next to each other. To sew, you simply place one heart after another under the presser foot, sewing the length of each heart until you have no more hearts. Remember to backstitch on the first and last heart. And voila, you have a felt heart garland.

To turn your heart garland into a conversation hearts garland, you’ll need to whip out your handy dandy red fabric paint. I always call it puffy paint, although I’m not sure it technically is puffy paint. Anyway…

Lay out your garland on a long, flat surface so that your hearts are all facing in the right direction. Now it’s time to add the fun sayings. I looked up conversation hearts on google image search for ideas. Use your fabric paint to carefully write out your witty sayings. Make sure not to put the tip of your paint directly onto the felt. I found that when I did that, sometimes it would sort of catch on the felt fibers and was kind of a pain, so make sure you apply the paint just above the surface without touching the felt fibers.

Let it dry for a little while. It actually doesn’t take too long. Then, admire your adorable conversation hearts felt garland!

Pleated Bib Dress

Jess at Craftiness Is Not Optional strikes again with another adorable dress tutorial. I can’t get enough of that blog! I just couldn’t resist and had to make one for my cutie pie.

I’ve had this fabric for quite some time. It was one of the first cuts of fabric I bought when I started this whole sewing mania. Even though I love it–I’m sort of addicted to all things pink since having a little girl–I just didn’t have a project in mind that seemed suited for it. I’m glad that I waited for this adorable dress to come along, because I think it was perfect for this project. By the way, I love the buttons too. I pretty much love everything about this dress. Again, what a great tutorial.

Almost every time I complete another project, I walk away with new skills. One thing I learned this go round was how to make pleats. I think they turned out pretty well. I’ve been thinking that I want to start creating some of my own designs/patterns and I think pleats will make an appearance. I do have to admit, they were sort of a pain in the you know what, though. You definitely have to be precise for them to look good, and since I was kind of winging it, I had to rip a few seams and remeasure to get them right.

A skill I revisited was inserting an invisible zipper. I think there’s definitely a reason it’s been a long time since my first attempt. An exercise in patience for sure. I’m thinking it might be the sort of thing best learned from someone who knows how to do it rather than attempting it by trying to follow a blog tutorial. On the outside I think it looks pretty good, but I have to admit, A LOT of time was invested in sewing, ripping seams, and resewing to get it to look this way. It’s a good thing that the seams are hidden on the inside!

And of course, a matching headband! I was originally going to sew a thin strip of white around the waist but after cutting, sewing, and turning the fabric strip, I changed my mind. Luckily my efforts didn’t go to waste. The strip of fabric became the headband. I was going back and forth between a bow and a flower, but as you can see, I went with three flowers. Such a great way to use up fabric scraps!

A challenging project but definitely well worth the time and effort for my sweet little girl.

My Very Own Sewing Table!

My poor husband has been putting up with all of my sewing stuff all over our kitchen table for the past few months that I’ve been sewing. It was such a pain to get the sewing machine and everything else out of the hallway closet, then set it up, then put it away, and then get it out again the next day, so I just started leaving my stuff spread out all over, which definitely made eating dinner at the table tricky. I’d been thinking that I should get my own space for sewing for some time, but since we live in a one bedroom apartment there’s not a lot of extra space. After much deliberation, I finally found a small and inexpensive desk at Ikea and set up shop.

Even though it’s a little crowded, I am overjoyed to have my very own sewing table. I still have things stored in the closet but at least the sewing machine finally has a home and does not need to compete with family meals. It was also a hazard. To plug it in, the cord had to stretch from the table across the kitchen and I swear I almost tripped over it a gazillion times. Thankfully those days are behind us.

Since I didn’t have any small storage containers for things like elastic, buttons, and thread, I poached some food storage containers from the kitchen. So far, they do the trick. I also scavenged a small salsa jar out of the recycling to use for scissors storage. Hey, it works.

Now it’s time to get to work. I have so many things lined up for the little one. I just love making things for her!

Baby Leggings

I’ve been wanting to make the little one some leggings for quite some time but just haven’t gotten around to it. So, the other day I finally decided to try out my McCall’s 6457 baby leggings pattern that I got on sale for $1. I have to admit, I am somewhat addicted to the $1 pattern sales at Joann’s. You just can’t beat that!

Since I’ve never sewn with knit before, I decided to use a pair of stretchy cotton knit pants I found at a thrift store for $2 for my first go at it. I was a little nervous because on so many blogs people talk about how hard it is to sew with knit, but it went pretty well.

One thing that was a little bit of a bummer was that the children’s pants I was repurposing were not big enough to be able to cut out the two pant legs according to the pattern, which did not include an outside seam. So I centered the pattern over the seam on the children’s pants so that when the leggings were sewn up, the existing seam from the children’s pants would appear as an outside seam on the leggings. I’m not sure if that makes sense…Anyway, it worked fairly well, although I didn’t quite center it right and the the outside leg seam is more towards the back side of the leggings. Oh well.

Overall the leggings fit pretty well. Next time I’ll make the waist an inch or so lower and take up the hems as well. Even though the little one looks porky in these pictures, she is actually somewhat petite for her age and doesn’t quite fit store bought patterns yet.