Where I live, it's hot sticky summer until around the beginning of October, so I decided to make a little sundress for my girlie that she can wear for a few more months! I've only made 2 dresses for her and it's been a while. Now that I've found this pattern (Simplicity 4927), there will be many more, I'm sure. I originally planned on adding the sleeves, but the girl insisted on going sleeveless, so I had to improvise on the bias tape - first time making my own YAY! My daughter was so excited about it that she had to make her own little bracelet to go with it.
This is only my second purse & first wristlet, so go easy on me! For the purse, I used lee's Zip Top Tote tutorial, but I did not add a zipper or any type of closure to the top. I also modified the fabric dimensions so that it would be a smaller purse, rather than a tote. I put in lots of pockets to hold my cell phone, lipsticks, tissues, etc. I just love this bag and have used it every day! I followed Javajem's tutorial for the wristlet. My mom and I walk at the mall 3 times a week and we have needed something to carry a little bit of cash, our keys and maybe a credit card. I made this wristlet smaller than Javajem's and it fits everything just right. I also figure that, if necessary, I can hook my key ring to the tab on the end that was originally made to be a zipper pull. I used the wristlet for the first time today and it is perfect for walking! I made the wallet around Christmas time when I made several for friends, using happyfrog's slotted wallet tutorial. Hopefully you can see it in the group shot. I thought I had taken pics of it when I made it, but I didn't. You can see the others I made in this post to get a close up. I am so happy to be sewing again now that we've settled into our new home!!
And here's my first purse. I used Simplicity pattern #7161, Bag E. So, this is supposed to be a Sewing Pattern for Dummies. I guess I'm a pretty big one because half of the directions made no sense to me. I guess it turned out ok, but I will not use the pattern again. My purse was made with some old fabric I had and I used no interfacing since this was just a trial run. Oh well. My 4-yr-old will love it as a play purse. I think I'll be trying out the Jordy next...
I've been itching to make my daughter an apron and it seemed like the perfect time as the Christmas baking season is almost upon us. I found this dish towel at the dollar store. The embroidery was already there (thus the slightly crooked lettering), along with the pom-poms. I cut about 3 inches off the top of the towel, which became the 3-pocket pouch where she can keep all of her tools and supplies. I think I'll be making more of these as gifts for her little friends. It was so easy!!
Edited because I forgot to mention that I followed this basic idea, but obviously "made it my own"!
Button to attach the ribbon around her neck, with room to grow (I'm as pleased as punch with my new machine that does automatic button holes ~ this was my first attempt using that function!):
She is dressed and ready to go for Halloween. At first she was going to be a dancer from Flashdance, but then she started to channel Jane Fonda's workout videos! Long live the 80s!!
Thanks again to ghilie for a marvelous doll pattern. Everyone who has seen her just loves her, especially my daughter, who hasn't stopped hugging her. Forgive all the images...Ariel is such a dancing queen, she had to show off all her moves!
Last year, I went to a craft festival and saw the cutest puppet theaters that hang in a doorway. I wanted to buy one, but they were too expensive for my taste at $50 and up. So, I decided to make one for my daughter's birthday. I bought a twin sheet set and went to work. The pictures below show the features I included in my theater. Thanks for looking!!
Full view from the front:
Closeup of the "window" (the material you see through the window hangs down in the back so that the puppeteer won't be seen):
Closeup of the flowers I handstitched to the bottom of the theater opening to make it like a window with a flower box:
Closeup of the button I added to each side of the theater to hold the curtains open:
The theater opening when it's closed:
Full view from the back:
I made a pocket at the bottom of the back of the theater to serve a couple of purposes: 1) to hold extra puppets while presenting the puppet show 2) to keep the bottom of the theater from getting stepped on 3) to stow the theater when not in use (another pic coming to show that feature):
View through the open window from the back. I made a stagecoach shade with the material that hangs down in the back so that my daughter could use this as a window into her room (you know, the window to her castle!!):
All right, last picture!! On the left, you can see how the theater looks rolled up into the pocket you saw earlier. On the right, you can see the bag I made from the pillowcase that my daughter can use for storing her puppets:
Sorry so many pics! If you stuck around to see them all, thank you!!
I checked this book out at the library and plan to buy it because it's has such cute patterns (and they're easy for beginners like me!): Bean Bag Buddies: An Adorable Collection of Bean Bag Toys To Make for All the Family. I made the pumpkin and turned him into more of a jack-o'-lantern by emroidering around his "teeth". He stands about 6" tall. I made him more stuffie than beanie by adding extra polyfil to make him stand up better (and look more pumpkin-like!). Thanks for taking a look!
I made this little purse for my daughter so she could put her pencils and crayons in it. It's a very simplistic purse, but it's my first attempt and I didn't follow a pattern. I had some pieces of denim left over after cutting off a pair of jeans and wanted to do something with them. It doesn't have a lining since it's so small and I figured my daughter will wear it out eventually anyway, but I may add some embellishments to the outside. I'm still new to sewing, so I know I'll be able to do better in the future, but I was impressed with my first try! I'm also new to Craftster, so I have to post a link to the picture, sorry!
I made this western boot cake for my daughter's 4th birthday. I followed these directions: Cowboy Kicks Cake I had a lot of cake left over, so I made a sheriff's badge that's sitting next to the boot (you may not be able to tell what it is from this angle, but it's the little separate cake where I put her candle). I also made a couple of hills to place some plastic cowboys and Indians on, but they didn't turn out that great so I won't post them. Thanks for looking! I'm still new, so all I can post is a link, sorry!
I'm pretty new to Crafster and also still a novice in sewing, so please be gentle with me! This is a vest I made for my daughter's 4th birthday party, which was western-themed. She will probably also wear this for Halloween. I made my own pattern and had never done pockets before - that was a challenge! I added a cute horse applique to the front and a "lucky" horseshoe stud iron-on transfer on the back. Thanks for looking!