Easter Bargains…continued

I have been a busy lady this week! It sort of feels like I’ve been sucked up into an Easter sewing whirlwind. After I finish up a few details, I will have Hannah’s Easter dress and a little something I made for myself to share with you all. It’s a relief to have made such a sizable dent in my Easter projects list!

For now, I have a follow up on the Easter bargains I found at Joann’s this past weekend. For starters, I made some Easter jammie pants out of the cute bunny flannel. I slightly altered my pattern from the other jammie pants I made so that the legs were a little less wide and the crotch was a little more rounded for a better fit. I can’t wait for her to wear them!

I’ve been trying to figure out a way to incorporate the ribbon into Hannah’s Easter “basket.” (She’s actually not going to get a basket. Because she’s cruising all over the place and is eager to explore, I picked up a wagon walker from Ikea—among other things, I sort of went a little crazy—and I’m going to use the wagon as her basket.) I used this tutorial to make a poofy bow out of the rabbit ribbon. I’m going to put the bow on the handle of the walker.

I used the Easter egg ribbon to tie a set of Beatrix Potter board books together. I’m excited for Hannah to have them because they were mine when I was a little girl. It’s so fun to pass down little treasures like these to my sweet girl.

I haven’t gotten to the carrot ribbon (my favorite!) yet. I plan to make some sort of a bow for the rabbit stuffed animal that I also picked up at Ikea. When I get everything all put together, I will share how it all turned out. I hope that Hannah loves her first visit from the Easter bunny.

Flannel Pajama Pants

Now that Hannah has outgrown pretty much all of her pajamas, she desperately needs something to wear to bed. To try out a new pants pattern I have, I decided to whip up some quick jammie pants (as I’ve been calling them) out of some snuggle flannel that I had on hand.

The pattern I used was from the book Amy Butler’s Little Stitches for Little Ones. Because I love using patterns where the pant legs are one piece, I modified the pants pattern from the Kimono-Style PJs project. After cutting off the 1/2” seam allowances from the outside seam of both the front and back leg patterns, I taped the front and back pieces of her pattern together on the outside leg seam. I also lengthened the legs. Her pattern calls for a coordinating fabric for trim, but I didn’t want to get that fancy for jammie pants, at least this go-round.

Something I learned on this project: when using one piece patterns for pant legs, you must cut one leg with your pattern on the right side of the fabric and one with your pattern on the wrong side. If you don’t, you’ll end up with two right legs or two left legs. I did that and figured it out when I went to pin the two legs together to sew the crotch seam and they didn’t line up at the waist. Luckily I had enough fabric to cut the other legs out, so Hannah will have two pairs of jammie pants in this fabric.

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.

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.