Little Girl Last Minute …

Amelia-Dresses

Every Easter my mom made me and my sister dresses.  Okay, maybe it wasn’t every Easter, but, from my memory, it seems like that.  So, I know that it must be a special memory, and it’s one I want my girls to have too.  I made Norah a dress last year, and this year I decided to make both girls matching dresses.  The pattern is The Amelia Top by Mama Stallato on Etsy.

Amelia-Dress

The pattern is really for a top {evidenced by the name!}, but I just added some length {and a little bit of flare to Norah’s} to make it more dress length.  I know that Easter isn’t going to be very warm, so they’ll be wearing these with leggings and shirts under them.

Amelia-Dress-Detail

I was pleased with how easily this dress sewed up.  While I love dresses with sleeves…I just don’t have time for that sort of thing these days {I’ll leave it to grandma!}, and this style of dress with a yoke and tunic shape is super easy to put together.  Since it isn’t fitted, there isn’t a lot of measuring involved.

Amelia-Dress-Velcro

Instead of the recommended button holes, I used a piece of Velcro on the dresses.  I stitched it with matching thread {Aurifil 50 wt. color 2435 from Camille’s thread set – which is very handy to have if you sew with a lot of Bonnie &Camille fabrics} and the stitches hardly even show.

Amelia-Dress-Small

I made the 6-9 month size for Lydia and it’s a little big on her, but there will be lots of time for growing into it!

Amelia-Dress-Small-Detail

This really is a quick pattern to sew up, so, if you have the fabric already there is still time to make this before Easter!  Or save it for another special occasion.  I think I may make a couple of the top length ones for spring too, since they are so quick.

I’m excited to start some family traditions, and I hope Easter dresses will always be one of them!  Do you have any special traditions for Easter that have been passed on to you {or that you’ve started}?

A Few More Gifts!

I sewed until late the night before we left for NY, to spend with Jennie and her sweet family for Christmas. I was able to finish everything I wanted to make, except my Christmas stockings. Picture to follow at the end of post.

Potholders

Two potholders for Jennie, they are made with some of our favorite fabric and I hope they bring cheer to her kitchen. I used the tutorial I found HERE!

Cupcake-drawstring-bags

Two lined drawstring bags, the green one for Silas and the blue one for Norah. They held a couple of gifts for the bath for them. They were so fun and easy to make. I used a wonderful tutorial I found HERE. There are so many variations for making these bags, I am hoping to make a patchwork bag for me soon!

cupcake-purse

And I just had to make another pink cupcake purse for Norah, after she saw the one I made for Chloe, she wanted one right now!! She is keeping all of her baby changing and necessities in it.  I used this tutorial HERE. I did add about an inch to the width and height, also a little ruffle for the flap, because I didn’t have enough rick rack.

Christmas-Stockings

Now for my partially finished stockings. Here is a quick picture of the fabric and what they will sort of look like. I still need to make the patchwork for the toes. We should have them ready for next Christmas, I hope!! I am using Jennie’s tutorial HERE and can’t wait to finish them, they are really cute, I only wish we had had our three to hang with their five, adorable!!

I had a wonderful Christmas, I hope you did too! I am ready for the New Year and all of the things it will bring. Sewing, blogging and now Instagram!! I am now on instagram as Cloverandviolet2. If you would like to follow me I would love it and I will follow you too!!

Oh and I did get some new fabric for Christmas I will show later on.  I have some catching up to do on my Quilty Fun Sewing Along, I have a post coming up January 20th. Can’t wait to share my blocks!!

Have a great rest of the day. I have been picking up and putting away things that were left strewn about before we left on Tuesday. It feels good to be home and catching up on things. Starting tomorrow I will be cleaning up my sewing room, it really needs it. I have layers of fabric that really needs to be put away.

Handmade Gifts

This cupcake fabric has been in my stash for a long time and I have finally decided what to make with it. A little doll diaper bag and quilt set.

Diaper-bag#3

I used Jennie’s tutorial for Benartex that she did a couple of weeks ago and made a few changes, just a few. I added a little binding on the top of the bag body and did not add the gathers on the flap, I thought the cupcakes were so cute.  I did add the rick rack and really like it.

diaper-bag-&-quilt#4

This is the baby doll diaper bag and quilt together. I had some cute pink fabric that I paired with the cupcake fabric and used it for lining, binding, handles and on the front/back of the quilt. I have to hurry and get these in the mail so that they arrive in time for Christmas.

Zip-Pouch

I also made a zipper pouch for the first time. I was so pleased at how easy it was. I still need a lot of practice to get those little tabs on the ends for the zipper to look neater. I will be making more of these little bags in the future. It is also a gift.

Zip pouch2

Along with a few extras that will come in handy for someone who loves to knit.

Zip-tape

This is really the best thing ever, seam tape, we use it to hold the zippers in place while sewing. I really liked the way it held it just where I wanted it. Also, if you cut it in half length-wise it will not show after the zipper is sewn in. Plus, it makes it go a lot further that way. I forgot and didn’t so I had to tear it away, it did tear but would have been so much better if I had remembered to cut it first.

I am having so much fun sewing my last-minute gifts!! Just a few more things to check off my list and then I will be ready to do some holiday baking. What about you, what are you making in these last few days we have until Christmas? I would love to hear about them.

Hope you are having a great week!!

Scrappy Stockings with …

stockings

When Silas was born, I made our family Christmas stockings for the first time, you can see them here.  At the time I thought I’d write a pattern for them, but, before I got to it, it seemed like everyone else was making stocking patterns and tutorials.  But then a few years passed, I made a fourth matching stocking for Norah, and this year I decided it was about time I shared my own tutorial {and I think you’ll find these stockings are a bit unique!}

Note:  In order to finish this tutorial before Christmas, I have not included a stocking shape, that will be added later!  There are lots of shapes out there online, or find a stocking you like and trace it!

Read all directions before beginning.  All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted.

Supplies:

  • 15 – 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangles
  • 5 – 2 1/2″ squares {note: I used all 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangles, for no real reason, it just made rearranging easier!}
  • 3 1/2″ x 9″ rectangle for top
  • 1/2 yard fabric for lining & cuff
  • 1/3 yard fabric for back & binding
  • 12″ x 19″ rectangle each of batting and flannel
  • Size 45 Half Ball Cover Button

Let’s Get Started:

stocking

Sew the pieces together in the arrangement shown above.

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Trim to the shape of your stocking {I left mine a little extra large so that I could trim it down more easily}. Pin to the rectangle of batting and quilt as desired.

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Cut a 12″x 20″ rectangle of backing and quilt to flannel.  Then cut out the stocking shape.

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Place the backing on the patchwork, right sides together, and sew around the shape {leaving the top open} with a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Cut two stocking shapes from lining and sew together.   Place the lining inside the stocking, wrong sides together.  Set aside.

Cut a 2″ x 4 1/2″ strip and fold as for bias tape, 1/2″ x 4 1/2″, sew down the open side, this is the button loop.  Repeat with a 2″ x 6″ strip for the hanging loop.

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To make the cuff, measure around the top of your stocking and add 1/2″ {mine were 17 1/2″, so I’ll use that measurement throughot}, then cut a 8 1/2″ x 17 1/2″ rectangle and fold in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, to 4 1/4″ x 17 1/2″.  Pin the  button loop 1/4″ from the fold on the right side of the front {if stocking toe will be pointing to the right, reverse for left}.  Unfold and then fold, right sides together and sew the two short seams.  Clip corners near, but not into, stitching and turn right side out.

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Fold cuff around the stocking, with the button loop opposite the toe in the back.  Top stitch in place.

From the backing fabric, cut a 2 3/4″ x 17 1/2″ {or whatever you cut the cuff at} strip for binding.  Fold in half, lengthwise, and sew around top of stocking, using a 3/8″ seam allowance, as for a quilt, with the seam at the button loop.  Position the hanging loop inside, with the loop pointing down, stitch in place inside binding seam allowance.

DSC_3389Fold binding around to inside of stocking and hand stitch in place {or machine stitch, if desired}.

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Fold hanging loop around binding and stitch to top of binding.

Cover button following manufacturer’s directions and sew to the front of cuff, and you’re done!

Enjoy!

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These stockings make up pretty quickly, and are a great way to add a little quilty to your Christmas {someday I’ll get around to a Christmas quilt…}.

Looking for more Christmas tutorials? You can find our Embroidered Christmas Pillow here, and Jenelle’s guest post for a First Christmas Ornament here.

I may even get one or two more Christmas projects in this  year!