Friday, July 3, 2015

Ideas to make with ribbon

Is that like the worst blog title ever? Sorry about that. It's been one of those days!

I thought I would give you some more ideas on how to use ribbon. Most of these ribbons are from my Sew Box Subscriptions over a couple of months. Just supplemented with some I already had and some clips (either alligator or french barrettes). 

The tutorial for the tuxedo box is here.  

These will now go in my little birthday gift stash for future use. Well those that aren't nabbed by Miss 6. 

Owl tuxedo bow

Pretty pink tuxedo bow

Strawberry tuxedo bow
  • Red ribbon my own or try hot red or poppy red from Sarah Lauren
  • The strawberry ribbon is from the April Sew Box Subscription or browse the variety of printed ribbons to match your theme.
  • The strawberry button on top is from the April Sew Box Subscription.

Hope that gave you some ideas. I have a none hair clip related idea to share with you too. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Jenya's virtual baby shower!

When I was approached by Alisa (A Stitch in Between) and Renee (Nearest the Pin) to participate in a virtual baby shower for the gorgeous Jenya from While she was sleeping, it took about .3 seconds to respond with YESSSSSS.

I knew instantly what I would make and send. Those who have been following me for a while will recognise my Boobook Taggy Owl. This is how my little business started. I designed and made these owls. Each and every single one is different. Every single one with a different name. 

Would you believe I have made over 200 of them now? I may have gotten slightly, ... maybe... a little bit .... sick of them. I have a few at home that are in various stages of production and I'm determined to finish them off. In making this one, I remembered just how much I did love making them. 

I'm also in the process of writing a pattern and tutorial to sell. What do you think? Would you buy it? Honestly it is almost complete. Must get onto that!

They are designed for babies but suit through to teething toddlers. A comfort, snugly with the soft minky backing, a toy to play with, a teething relief (ya know how babies seem to chop on the tags of everything!) and something lovely to display.

So a few details:

  • the back is beautiful soft minky 
  • the ribbons are all heat sealed, basted, sewn and top stitched - they aren't going anywhere!
  • the 'wings' have crinkle included so they make noise
  • perfect for little bubbas through to teething toddlers (and actually I have had some go to 5 to 7 year olds that love them and I know of a few hanging in some sewing rooms!)
  • they are machine washable - come on, we are talking babies here, they need to be easy care!
  • Why Boobook? You can find out the origin of the name here.

I'm so excited to be involved with all these amazing bloggers in the virtual baby shower! Go check out what they have made.
Now the only thing missing is a name - this is where you come in. Comment with what you think would be a good name for the little Boobook (notice the owl is gender neutral as Jenya has a surprise baby on the way!). 

The best, most creative name will get their very own Boobook (when I finish one! Eeekkk no pressure!). 

So Jenya, I hope you love your little Boobook owl and most of all, I hope your new little bubba does too. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

My pattern recommendations for babies, dress ups and toys

So I know this isn't for clothes (my previous ones for boys, girls and dresses was inspired by Kids Clothing Week) but I had a few other reviews lying around and thought I would do a round up of those. 

The Babies first toys pattern is awesome with 6 different patterns in the one bundle. Awesome for new baby gifts.

This Superhero cape is a free pattern and I've made it so many times. Perfect for those toddler dress ups and best suited for age 2 - 5.

This bowling set is really cute and great for rainy day playing. I need to add some weights to the bottom of my pins as my two kidlets seem to just use the ball as a basketball rather than a bowling ball.

I make these Toolset and Saw for my markets and they are a huge hit. Perfect gift for baby and little boys. Although my Master 8 and Miss 6 still play with them when they drag out the blankets and chairs to 'build' cubbies.

Tommy T-Rex Dinosaur is a great one for boys. The first one I made is still sitting on my little boys bed. It just seems to be the perfect size to snuggle with. 

I love the Tilly and Tommy Elephant pattern. They are like little pillow. Really popular newborn gifts.

This Ninja Henchman pattern is another great one for boys. While I don't seem to have many clothing patterns for boys (and tend to just keep making the ones my son loves), I more than make up for them with the different toy options!

Do you crochet? This adorable Crochet little girls purse can be made in a few hours.

The Baby Owl Ribbon Tag pattern will always be my favourite - come on, owls are just too cute!!

What would you recommend? What is your favourite go to pattern for babies, dress ups or toys?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Kids Clothes Week: Day 6

And another pair of pajamas!

I'm not making excuses. The kids need them. They are quick. The kids love them. I love them. That's all.

PS - Another Spotlight end of season bargain last year. His choice at the time. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Kids Clothes Week: Day 5

What you make for one .....

You make for the other!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Kids Clothes Week: Day 4

Disclaimer: I don't make a habit of taking photos at 7.30 in the morning on a cloudy day as we run out the door to work and school, with my phone. But today, I did! Can we use the excuse of Kids Clothes Week and I just want to share! Promise better photos of the next one.

Flosstyle Skittle Skirt

When this denim (and strawberry fabric and red picot bias trim and strawberry patch!) came in the May Sew Box Subscription, I just knew I wanted to make a little skirt for Miss 6. Now to find the right pattern. None I had would suit. Now she is getting a little older, I'm looking for patterns that will age with her and I will get some use out of. 

I remembered seeing this Skittle Skirt by Jessica from Flosstyle. Quick message to her to ask if it would suit with the denim ("Yes! Perfect!") and sold, download, print and go. 

The Skittle Skirt has four variations, for this one I chose 'Berry' with Bias Binding Internal Pockets and Bias Binding Side Trim. Options include internal pockets, feature external pockets, bias trim, lace trim - so much potential!!

She kinda rocks her own style don't you think!

The fit is great. She possibly needs a tighter waist elastic but she is a skinny little mini so probably not the 'norm'. I'll just use slightly less next time. Good today as she has the leggings on with her singlet and shirt tucked in. 

I'm thrilled with the possibilities of layering with this skirt for winter and will be making more for her for summer in light cottons.

The pattern is from size 5 to 16 (what!!) and actually that covers ladies 6 to 10 (not that I'm in that range). 

Notice the slight red glow as hubby turned on the car. Whoops. 

Will I make this again? – Absolutely. Possibly this weekend!

Will I make this to sell for Lil Pip? – not sure. I think older girls would love this style.

Fabric: Every single part of this skirt came from items included in the May Sew Box Subscription box (Australia only)

Difficulty (1-10 scale with 1 being easy and 10 hard): 5 just a few tricky parts but I still consider this a beginner pattern - that intermediates and advanced sewists will love.

Time: Allow 2 hours for the first one but I think I could whip one up in an hour now. 

Free dress day at school

Her 'teacher' look

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Kids Clothes Week: Day 3

I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this pattern yet. It is one I have had for years (actually here is one pair I made back in January 2012 and I’ve come a long way as a blogger lol).

I honestly have made this pattern so many times. I generally make the kids at least one or two pairs of flannie pants each winter.

I finally finished these and Master 8 wore them straight away. To quote him this morning:

“They were so soft and comfy to wear to bed mummy”

They are quite wide leg, I could probably get away with make the size 6 for Master 8 but with the extra length. He is a skinny mini though so not ‘normal’ in terms of sizing. But what is!!

The pattern is from 6 months to 10 so you’ll get plenty of wear out of them. They also have a little dolls pattern too as a bonus. Miss 6 has started talking about an American Doll (there are Australian versions) so I might start making some clothes now I think.

I'm loving myself with the pattern matching. I know, I know - simple but it is just another thing to remember lol

I've made three pairs of these so will share them throughout the week. Boring but hey it's just an hour a day for 7 days - and this is what they needed!

Both kids tend to just wear a regular long sleeve tshirt with these. Whatever they have in the cupboard.

Will I make this again? – I’ve been making them for years so will for more to come

Will I make this to sell for Lil Pip? – nope, this one is just for us

Pattern: Easy Fit Pants by Scientific SeamstressYouCanMakeThis and Etsy

Fabric: Fabric is a bargain buy at the end of winter last year, from Spotlight

Difficulty (1-10 scale with 1 being easy and 10 hard): 2 as it is a very basic pant pattern. No adjustments for the back and front so one single piece. Lots of opportunities to mix it up with ruffles or cuffs.

Time: I would allow 1 hour from start to finish. A very quick sew.

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