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21  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baby stuff: some for me, some for you (includes tee to sleep sack recon!) on: August 19, 2008 01:02:39 AM
With a new baby I have been making a few things here and there.  First I decorated two onesies and made a pair of booties for a swap.  The booties are from the Micheal Miller's booties pattern.  I made them out of an old suede jacket that my husband used to wear.  I really like how they turned out.  I need to find a way to size up the pattern to make my guy a pair.  (He's got big feet.)

Close-up of octopus that wraps around the side:


I made my son a shorts outfit from a boys 4t shirt to go with my daughter's dress. (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=264056.msg2964411#msg2964411)  I followed the example here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=171662.msg1763904#msg1763904 (Thanks NitaS)
Unfortunately this is the best pic I have of it.  (He's only 5 months in the pic, so he's not walking...)  If I get a better one I will update this post with it.

Then I also made him a sleep sack out of one of my husband's unused tees.  The zipper doesn't match because I didn't have a white one in my stash.  I was making this the night before leaving on a trip and I needed to take it with me.  This makes a nice lightweight cover for him.  I didn't put the zipper in upside down because we do not have to do nighttime changes anymore.  (Yippy for us!)   If I get an action shot I will add it later. 

And now it's goodnight for me!   Grin
22  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Dresses for the BooBear (tons of pics!!) on: August 19, 2008 12:43:59 AM
I have finally photographed the dresses i have been making my girl the last few months. 

First up, this is the only one I used a pattern for (New Look 6613)  This was my firts time using a commercially drafted pattern.  I make up my own usually.  I think it was really easy to use.  It took only a few hours to make and that inculdes adding the sash which was not part of the pattern.  I snagged the fabric on sale for only $1.50/yd and used 1 1/2 yds so this was a cheap dress! 

The next dress started out as this (4 xl women's tees):

and I ended up with this:

(She thinks she's professional dancer... lol)

This is my Cheytown dress:


And the last one was inspired by a Gap dress I saw last summer.  I started this last summer and finally pulled it out of the UFO pile a month ago.

So that's everything!
23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Let's go bowling! on: July 12, 2008 10:16:32 AM
I made this set for the Craft for my Kid Swap.  Now I think I need to make another for my kiddos.  I designed the pin pattern myself.  It's just based off a jpeg of a real bowling pin.  I think next time though, I need to make a wider base since they had a hard time standing upright.  I weighted the bottom of the pins with small muslin sacks filled with rice.  I think I ended up using a whole bag of polyfill!

And patchwork storage bag:

24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Three different bags on: July 12, 2008 10:07:04 AM
I made these for swaps awhile back.  The recipients were all happy with the results so I am pleased also.  The first two were both based off my partner's tastes so are very different.

This first one was made from an old wool sweater I had.  It had only been worn a few times before I shrunk it so I held onto it for reusing purposes.  My partner loves poppies and red so that's the reason for the pin  and lining fabrics choices.  I handsewed the pin, I really like the way it turned out.  It was based off of one she had in her etsy faves. 


Close up of felt pin:

This was for a personal swap.  I loved the way it turned out.  I really wanted to keep it!  I used decor weight fabric for the outside.  I should have interfaced the handle but I though it would be stiff enough with out it.   It had two pockets plus a zippered pocket and a key loop.

This was made for the FOC Raffle Swap.  We were supposed to make our best item.  Well, my best item is a quilt but that wouldn't fit the size requirements.  So I made a patchwork purse instead.  It's more of a mini purse size, I think it was only 8 inches wide:

I didn't use a pattern and didn't plan ahead really well so I ended up having to hand sew in the lining and to attach the zipper.  I hate hand sewing!
25  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Follow the Yellow Brick Road.... on: April 14, 2008 08:46:35 PM
I sooo love this pattern!  Here are two quilts I made awhile ago using the Yellow Brick Road pattern.  I really like how they turned out.

and the back of that one:

I made another one with the same pattern but I cannot find my photos of it right now...
26  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Grrr... arrg... too much yellow on: April 06, 2008 07:02:21 PM
I made this for a friend's son last summer and am just getting around to posting it here.  It turned out huge!  I think it ended up being 4 ft by 6 ft.  Much larger than your average baby quilt.  Wink  I like the pattern but this was my first time using yellow and I did not realize how a little bit of yellow can consume an entire quilt!!

And a close-up of the back so you can see the stitching:

27  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Cute Mobile for the baby boy on: March 11, 2008 11:10:48 PM
I made this for my tiny one's room.  I hung it over his changing table.  And even though he's only a month old, he's already mesmerized by it. 

I think I may have made it a bit too big.  Our ceilings are pretty low and his room it small so I think it's a bit overpowering.  I will probably leave it hanging for a few days to see if I like it or not.  My husband says he thinks it's "creepy" but couldn't really explain why....

I was totally inspired by this one I saw on etsy.  I would have bought one from her but I can't really afford it.
28  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Some gifts for me, by me on: January 25, 2008 05:15:32 PM
I have been doing some misc. crafting for my boy-to-be over the last few months.  Here is everything I have done so far. 

Diaper changers:
the brown fabric is reconned from an old pair of cords, everything else is leftover fabric I've had laying around, which is why they do not match so well:

My mei-tai:
made from a combo of these sites: http://www.bradley-etheridge.com/MaeMeiTai.htm & http://www.baypathleos.com/mt_instructions.shtml:

Same mei-tai, different panel:

Action shot with my 4 year old.  She loves riding in her backpack which was a huge part as to why I made a mei-tai.  I think she's too low here. I need to practice with it more:

sleep sack, came out a bit squareish:

breastfeeding cover (hooter hider):

binky holder:
a smaller version of this: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22428.msg1533258#msg1533258

Not pictured is my carseat cozy, two bibs, and a pair of booties.  I still have a little over a week so I have a few more things I'd like to do if I have time. 

29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Maternity Party Top on: December 16, 2007 04:53:13 PM
I had a Christmas party to go to last week and had nothing to wear.  I think it always feels like this once I pass the 8 month mark...  I needed something quick and inexpensive to make and this dress (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=104089.0) came to mind! 
I made minor adjustments.
I did do the boob tube since I would feel way too exposed without it.  Also I used 2 panels to make the skirt because I didn't have enough material to do the whole thing as one panel.  It's about 3 inches longer in the front than the back to accommodate my belly.  And I made a top only because I figured I would get more use out of a shirt than a dress. 

So here it is:

I've already worn it twice and the 3yds of material were on sale so it cost @ $11 to make!  Sweet!
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / **hops on bandwagon** Chain Smoking Necklace on: December 13, 2007 10:14:29 AM
I made this Chain Smoking necklace for my sister's Christmas present.  Although, I am sending it to her now since she is going to Vegas next week.  I hope it gets to Sacramento before she leaves for her trip! (Sorry for the crap pic, my good camera's in the shop!)

I was inspired by this one by Meb here:

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