Patchwork & Ribbons …

Bunny-Ear-Teether

I saw these wooden ring Bunny Ear Teethers on Instagram and Etsy and had to have one for Lydia.  But, naturally, I wanted it to be a patchwork one.  And since she really likes those ribbon blankies, I thought maybe adding some ribbon and ric rac would be a great addition.  These are super easy to make, and I’m sure there are lots of tutorials, but here’s the simple way I made mine. Download the PDF shape here! I plan to make a couple of the fabric parts, so when one’s in the wash, I’ll have a spare too.

Teether-1

Sew together a variety of 5″ strips that are between 1 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ in width until the piece measures about 16″ long x 5″ wide.

Teether-2

Fold the patchwork in half and cut to the bunny ear shape.  Add ribbons and ric rac if desired.

Teether-3

Place right sides together on a rectangle of Cuddle fabric {Shannon is my favorite!} and stitch around the edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Leave a 3″ opening on one edge {I recommend stay stitching if the opening is over seams of the patchwork}.

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Trim the Cuddle and clip the curves {it creates a lot of fuzz, so I do mine over a trash can!}.  Then carefully turn the bunny ears right side out through the opening.

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Then, top stitch 1/8″ around the edge, stitching the opening closed.  Additionally, stitch along seam lines if desired. Then loop it through a wooden ring {I got mine from Sunny Sprout} and give it to your favorite baby:

Baby-Teether

A Cupcake Bib and a …

Baby-bib-front

I made this simple bib for baby Lydia and finished the raw edge with ric rac instead of binding for a quicker, easier finish. I really like the contrast of the pink and blue fabrics.

baby-bib-back

I used a couple of small pieces of Velcro for closure and it was done in no time, I can’t wait to see it on her.

new-project

Here are the fabrics we chose for our newest project: a different style of diaper bag! It has lots of pretty Scrumptious and some Ruby by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. Also some Moda Crossweave for the main fabric! I had so much fun having all this pretty fabric delivered to my house.

scrumptious-scraps

We wanted to use smaller squares so I cut down 5″ charms and look at the cute scraps I was left with. We may not use all the colors in the line on this one project, just not sure yet.  But these scraps are so pretty I think I need to plan a little project for them too!

Bedside Basket {tutorial …

dresser

I shared a picture on Istagram yesterday of the baskets I have on Norah and Lydia’s dresser and a few people asked about them, so it seemed like now was a good time to share! I did the Beside Basket tutorial for Sew Lux almost two years ago…but I see these baskets everyday, so I sometimes forget that they might be new to you!

embroidered-basket

Additionally, yesterday, I decided to fold and sew each seam of the baskets, as I noticed they started to get floppy when really full and over time. The pink basket uses Pellon® Fusible Thermolam® Plus and Decor Bond® to make it stiff.  I broke 3 needles while sewing the sides…

flower-basket

My mom made the purple, aqua, and gray basket with just Pellon® Fusible Thermolam® Plus and it was much easier to sew. I just folded the seams, sewed 1/4″ from the edge, and stopped 1/4″ before the corner. I love the body it has given them!

This is an easy way to make a pretty basket for any room in your home! I hope you don’t mind me sharing something that’s been around before, it just seemed like good timing. And, since pretty much everything we make is for our personal use, it seems appropriate to share the updates we develop over time.

Quilted Homemades

A few things I have made been making!!

letter-C

A letter “C” for my sewing room! Just needs binding.

Letter-J

“J” for Jennie! I am going to try to stitch that binding down this afternoon.

baby-bib

I made a quilted bib for baby Lydia using a quilted piece of fabric that was for another project that wasn’t turning out the way I  wanted it to. So, it will become a bib for baby, just add binding and velcro!! This pattern is from Nanacompany.

We are really missing our sweet grandchildren. Plans are in the works for a super trip next month to see all of them. My parents are also traveling here as well. This is a visit I am very much looking forward to.

On baby news, I am going to have another grand baby. The little baby (boy) will be born in May sometime!! So excited for another baby in the family. It is my daughter, Rachel who is having a baby this time. She has sweet Tommy, who is 5, and adorable Chloe, who is 3. What a surprise!!

granny-pillow

Here is my pillow making progress. I quilted this great granny square pillow top that was inspired by Lori Holt’s newest book, “Great Granny Squared“. I had fun stippling it. The giveaway for a copy of her book is still open until April 1st.

pillow-back2

The back, you can see better what it looks like. I usually put white muslin on the backs of my pillows tops for quilting, it makes a nice pillow, I think.

pillow-dresden

I have had this dresden for a while and added borders that are 2 1/2″ wide around all sides. I experimented with quilting on this one. I liked how it turned out. A little take on pebble quilting, at least I think so.

pillow-back

And here is the back of it. Now to finish these projects so that I can start something else.

Hope your day is great!

Finished Sophie Car …

I have just finished the latest handmade item that I made for little baby Lydia. Her very own car seat/stroller quilt. I used Jennie’s tutorial over at the Moda Bake Shop.

It is washed and dried and all crinkly for her to cuddle up under. It is getting very cold where they live, and around here too. No snow yet, but maybe soon!!

Sophie-Car-Seat-Quilt-Front

The quilt pattern is from Allpeoplequilt.com, a free pattern, it is designed by Darlene Zimmerman and is called Fresh Tradition Doll Quilt! I originally saw this quilt on a really cute blog, Messy Jesse, and was very inspired to make my own for Lydia. I am glad that I did because the colors are perfect.

I used a partial charm pack from Chez Moi, it is called Mimi. I also used a  Moda Bella Solid in Plum that I purchased from my local quilt shop. I would love to own so many of their great colors. It is truly like candy looking at them all.

Sophie-Car-Seat-Quilt-

The thread that I quilted it with was in my thread drawer from a long time ago. It is the perfect plum color, I think!!

Sophie-Car-Seat-Quilt

The back and binding fabric is from Chez Moi, it is from the Coquette line. Perfect match too! I can’t wait to see it with sweet baby Lydia covered up with it. I hope it keeps her cozy warm when taking car trips or outside. I did layer it with  Warm & White cotton batting. This baby needs warm quilts as they are in a cold part of the country.

Are you busy getting ready for Christmas? I have done a little shopping. It is really fun shopping for toddlers and babies, which we now have 5 in the family. I just mainly shop in the toys and clothes. Fun, fun, fun!!