Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Hankie Bonnets

Two little hankie bonnets for a gift and my son (to be born later this summer).
These are made from small, laced-edged handkerchieves. There are several free patterns online. I cannot find the exact pattern I used online. The link was bad. (I made one for Spenser 18 months ago and still had the pattern.) There are also some poems to go along with the bonnets. They are for the "going home" outfit or for blessing/christening days. Then, with a few snips of threads, they become a "hankie" again and the bride can use it as her "something old" on her wedding day.
Here's a working link if you're interested.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

fabric labels

I machine-embroidered some labels to sew in my bags. I used muslin with various color thread and pinked the edges. I had planned on sewing under the raw edges, but the stabilizer used was a little too thick to turn under.

bag #3

Another bag using babybug's tutorial. Exterior is a thrifted sheet, lining is "new" blue with white polka dot fabric. This bag was donated to church for a youth "auction" (the youth have been earning "points" this school year and will be holding an auction using their points).

bag #2

Slightly larger bag using babybug's tutorial. Made from thrifted sheet (lining) and pillowcase (exterior). Used heavy fusible intefacing for exterior.

maternity skirt

Maternity skirt from New Look pattern 6843 (by Simplicity, view D and lengthened slightly to fit my long legs). Made from thrifted sheet. Used a pre-made maternity panel ($3.29 after my 40% coupon at Jo-Ann's).

bag #1

A bag made from babybug's tutorial. Made from thrifted sheets/pillowcases.

Thursday, May 25, 2006


Another tote. Same pattern (no pattern). Made from thrifted pillowcases. I promise I am trying to come up with something new!

Monday, May 22, 2006

zebra bag

Leftover scraps from my zebra coat. Sewn without a pattern. Lining is hot pink with black polka dots, matching button on the front.

maternity skirt #2

Same pattern as the last one (New Look pattern 6953, by Simplicity, skirt view D, size 10, non-maternity pattern), less the ruffle at lower hem. Instead of having a "panel" in the front, I sewed a stretchy knit band at the top. My plan is to remove the knit band at the top post-baby to convert into a non-maternity skirt.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

polka dot bag

Amy Butler's In Town pattern. Interfaced exterior and handles. No beaded fringe this time. (This is a gift.)

Friday, May 19, 2006

tote bag

Third attempt of making this tote. I think I have perfected the handle length. Made from a thirfted poppy-flower sheet and white & black polka dot lining. Interfaced exterior and handles. (This is a gift for a friend's birthday. I wanted to keep it, but instead made one for myself.)

Thursday, May 18, 2006

capris #2

Sewn without a pattern. Attempt #2. A little snug in diaper area. Made of pink gingham (although it is very sheer).

Monday, May 15, 2006


Sewn from Amy Butler's In Town pattern. Blue & white floral and gingham. Blue gingham lining. Blue beaded trim. Interfaced exterior and handles. (This was a gift, although I thought about keeping it. LOL)

Friday, May 12, 2006


Prototype capris for Spenser. Made of muslin and pastely rickrack for the bottom hem. No pattern. Traced two pairs of her pants to get the shape. They fit a little snug around the hips and thighs. Save for a baby doll?

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Tote #2

Sewn with thrifted a pillowcase (maybe 25 cents). The handle was made from the wide-cuffed hem of the pillowcase. Different fabric, but same colors. I removed the cool scalloped lace trim and saved it for later use. (I kept this bag for myself.)

A Spring Bag

Sewn from Amy Butler's In Town pattern. Interfaced exterior and handles. Trimmed with clear beaded fringe. (I kept this bag for myself.)

Saturday, May 06, 2006

bean bags

Sewn from fabric scraps. Filled with dried split peas.

Friday, May 05, 2006

pink baby jumper

Made with light pink fleece with fuschia pink fleece flower satin-stitched to front. Flower matches buttons. Scanned button into computer and enlarged to get the correct shape. Hand blanket stitch around top and bottom hems. Has matching pink fleece panties/bloomers. Simplicity pattern.

angel costume

Made from white muslin. Cinched at waist with silver-wired ribbon. St0re-bought wings and halo. Bottom had large, metal embroidery hoop in hem to simulate Spenser "floating." Forget pattern info, but made sleeves longer and more flowing.

onesie 3

Store-bought onesie for Lucy, our family doctor's baby, who is Spenser's age.

onesie 2

Embroidered flower and name "Spenser" on store-bought onesie.

baby pants

Pants made from an old jersey shirt. No pattern. Traced a pair of her pants. The top elastic hem looked sloppy, so I added pink chenille rickrack. I wish I hadn't, but was afraid that removing it would leave holes in the jersey fabric. (stripes of purple, bluish, and silver threads)

bag 3

Amy Butler's "in-town" bag pattern. Made with home dec fabric (interior and exterior). Beaded fringe.

bag 2

No pattern. First attempt. Made of brown flannel and lined with striped fabric (to match flower on exterior). Wooden handles and fabric tabs.

bag 1

Amy Butler's "in-town" bag pattern. Used fushcia asian-inspired fabric on exterior and light pink for the lining.


Hand-embroidered "Home is where the (heart) is." Wooden heart sewn where the word "heart" would be. Given to my sisters for Christmas 2005. Traced over typed font onto off-white muslin (with disappearing fabric marker) and backstitched words.


Pillow made from blue & white mattress ticking. Hand-embroidered "sisters are forever." Given to my sisters for Christmas 2002. Traced over typed font onto off-white muslin (with disappearing fabric marker) and backstitched words.


Store-bought onesie with embroidered "Big Sister 2006." This is how I told Joe that Spenser was going to be a big sister this year.

zebra coat

Simplicity Threads Collection pattern 4403. Made from zebra faux fur and lined with fushcia lining. Lining covered buttons on front.

drawstring pouch

No pattern. Made of blue & white mattress ticking. Embroidered "color pencils." Drawstring made from double bias tape. Buttonholes for openings. Holds color pencils and drawing tablets for the boys to use during church.


No pattern. First attempt. Embroidered with "girl," a name we affectionately call Spenser (as she is the only girl). Made with white muslin, with a layer of Pellon in between. Edged with pink rickrack.

tote bag

No pattern. First attempt. Embroidered name on lower left. (This was a gift.)

toddler apron

To fit 18-month-old Spenser. I did not use a pattern. It was my first attempt.

maternity skirt

New Look pattern 6953 (by Simplicity, skirt view D) with fabric ruffle (as opposed to the ribbon ruffle in pattern).

A-line dress for Spenser

Simplicity pattern 4557. Vintage button closure on back.