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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: help with jammie pants! on: July 28, 2010 10:32:59 PM
Thanks ladies.  Lucky for me, even though I got the material for four pair of pants, I only manage to get one stitched up at a time. (Go figure, with a toddler running around!)  So that at least affords me with the ability to learn from my mistakes on the nex pair.
I went ahead and put a felled seam on the latest pair.  It looks really great and is holding up well.  As one of you suggested earlier, I will go ahead and put in a little extra for seam allowance for the last pair.  (I wasn't able to do that with these as I already had them cut, but I was making them big anyway.  Why bother sewing for your kiddo if they can't grow into it a bit, right?)
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Know where I can find... on: July 17, 2010 07:27:58 PM
Honestly I hadn't thought of Goodwill!  Mmmm...that's an idea worth looking into.  I could make him a bag with overall straps for handles.

I've looked at ticking...it's close and it may have to do.  I'll let you ladies know if I find something!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Know where I can find... on: July 15, 2010 11:10:22 AM
Thank you for taking some time to try to help!  You rock.  I can understand that perhaps JoAnn's or Hancock don't want to carry something that not everyone wants (though for the life of me, I can't imagine how many people really want the appliqued denim I saw yesterday at JoAnn's) but I thought for sure I could find some online without trouble!  I actually just bought my infant a pair of similar OshKosh overalls earlier this summer!  (In brown and white stripe)  They had a whole wall of striped denim overalls, you would think I could at least find one bolt of fabric somewhere!!

If anyone sees it, please let me know!!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Know where I can find... on: July 14, 2010 06:35:05 PM
hickory stripe denim?  That's engineer-type denim.  My toddler is train CRAZY and we got him a "Big Boy" patch from the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis.  (Big Boy is the largest model of steam engine to sucessfully run the rails.  The things you learn when the two year old has a new obsession...)
DH asked what I would put the patch on and I told him I'd make him a bag to put his things in.  DH was the brilliant one who thought of using the engineer denim.  Now I just need to find some.
Anyone know where I can pick some up?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / help with jammie pants! on: July 01, 2010 08:25:52 PM
Hey ladies,
I'm having a bit of trouble with some pants.  I'm not a novice sewer, but this was my first attempt at jammie pants for my two year old son.  I used the snuggle flannel from JoAnn's for the project.  They turned out great, but I'm having difficulty with the seam on the seat busting out.  So tell me, what is the best method for sewing that seam so that it remains sturdy and can stand up to the abuse a toddler will give?  Also, I'm assuming standard thread is ok for this?
I'm sort of wondering if I need to repair those that are done already with just two lines of stitches and do future pairs with a felled seam or something.
I would love some advice from some of you who have successfully done pants like this over and over.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: School chair back pocket **How are the after a year??-- page 3** on: October 28, 2009 11:31:11 AM
Mom- Thank you!  I can't speak for your child's teacher, but man, oh man....I would have LOVED to have a parent make these for me.  It ended up being quite a project to make an entire class set, though.  When I made them for my class I had my class list, but it had unfortunately not been published to the parents and students yet.  If it had been made public I was SO going to host a sewing social in the classroom for the moms to come help with the project.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: School chair back pocket **How are the after a year??-- page 3** on: August 09, 2007 12:48:34 AM
::puts on list of stuff to ask the teachers first day of school::

I already plan on asking right off the bat what kind of boxes, paper tubes, plasic cups from jello, etc. they will want during the year so I can start saving.

Penlowe, it's great that you plan to save stuff for them--also check with the art teacher. 

The pockets themselves were a big undertaking for me last year, and I had wanted to make them for at least 4 years prior.  If you are going to ask them about chair pockets, you may want to ask if you can help them out by making them some...
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / How are the after a year?? on: August 07, 2007 07:19:25 AM
So it's been a year, and I thought I'd give you an update on how the chair pockets are holding up.  Personally, if I am making something so labor-intensive for my whole class, I don't intend on them being disposable and it is so important that they are sturdy enough to hang around a couple years.

So, they came home at Christmas and at the end of the school year for a wash.  They held up perfectly in the washer and drier...the only improvement there is that they would be less dirty around the top (where they come in daily contact with children) if they were washed more. 
I just sat down and pulled off stray fraying bits near the hem and inspected all the pockets.
Out of 24 chair pockets:
22 passed with flying colors
2 need minor repairs.

Out of the two that need repairs, one is due to my fault--the seam didn't catch well under the bias tape.  The other was cut by a child and has a small hole.

Honestly, I protect them as well I can.  I have no problem letting my 6 and 7-year olds know that I made these special for them and that if they aren't going to treat it well that they simply lose the privilege of using it at all.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: School chair back pocket **Update on page 2** on: January 21, 2007 05:02:23 PM
You know, I hadn't thought of home depot.  Since the bathtub's an antique (it is seriously ceramic-lined cast iron)  I had really only been looking when I was at antique and architectural salvage-type places.
Good idea!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: School chair back pocket on: January 21, 2007 04:52:42 PM
Thanks everyone.

How cool are those! I wonder though, don't they get heavy and tip the chairs if the kid gets up?
No--they really don't, though I guess it seems like they would.  The one that I showed a picture of looked extraordinarily full, but it just has the binder and books in it. 
Added bonus--I am finally able to have my children pick their DEAR books out at the beginning of the day.  Otherwise, my books would get all mucked up in their desks.

Very nice!  The chair bags make your room look really homey ... I love your mailboxes and your bathtub ... -Grabs a book and jumps in the tub! 
Thank you!  My daddy made the mailboxes for me!    Cheesy  He also made a kick-butt display-type bookshelf with storage space for big books built in, but only a teeny bit of the back is showing on the picture with the tub.

And the answer to the question that seems to be on all your minds...
They read in the bathtub.
When I was in the 3rd grade, my teacher had a bathtub in her room.  I don't really remember much I actually learned in the third grade, but I do remember that tub!
The kids love it and I am notorious around the school because of it.

Side note...Bathtub feet are a separate item from the bathtub itself.  I have been keeping an eye out for a set of feet for my tub for a while.  Any of you crafty ladies know where I can find some??
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