Thursday, August 22, 2013

Newborn Caps for Baby Dolls by Franstuff | Crocheting Ideas

Newborn Caps for Baby Dolls by Franstuff | Crocheting Ideas:

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This is a review I did on my first crocheted baby hat in oh, 25 years.  It's a 1.00 pattern on Craftsy, and I had fun cranking a couple out for my great nieces baby dolls. I made these smaller to fit the dollies, now I want to make one bigger to fit the niece.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I made a great BIG pillow for my niece, Sofia today.  It's almost 3 feet square, and is all soft and squishy.  I made it from the bag of scraps I had still left over from her quilt.  I had bought the whole bag of flannel at a thrift shop, and there were a bunch of squares cut out, which is what I used up today.  Earlier I made her a twin size quilt and then a baby doll quilt out of some extra blocks. Today I used up the last of that stash of fabric

I had no plan except to make her a pillow. I just started sewing squares together, with some sashing strips, then I had to make the other side as big as the first side.There were lots of different sized squares and I added sashing from a large chunk I had.  I must say it's a little bigger than I meant to make it, but she'll probably like it being big. I really like it...going to be hard to give up.

Here's some pictures of it.

I am really happy with how the pillow turned out, especially since I was really just winging it.  It did give me some practice on matching seams up, which I really need.  Not everything matches, but pillows are very forgiving, and so are 3 year olds!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Still around and Sewing Barefoot!

Ok, I'm still not posting regularly, but I'm working on it.  I have sewn a few pieces of clothing since I posted last.   They have all been upcycling projects, for my granddaughter and grandniece.  

The must recent project was a pair of leggings for my 2 year old niece which I made from a small tshirt which sports a zebra on the front.  The zebra now goes across and around one leg, while the other leg is plain white.  I was hoping to get some of the print on each leg, but the shirt was  to small to give me much choice in placement. I am really happy, they turned out really cute!!

I also made a  a layered ruffle skirt made from parts of 2 different bed skirts, one battenburg lace and the other flowered.  This took much longer than I thought it would, but I have since learned an easier way of construction a ruffle skirt, so next time it should be easier.

My next project is this adorable little tank top made from a lightweight sweatshirt that sported a pretty rose.  I used bias tape around the underarm curve, leaving enough to tie them into bows or knots at her shoulder.  This one was really easy to make.

The final piece is a dress made for my granddaughter out of a beautiful vintage bedsheet.  Unfortunately, she hasn't grown as fast as I thought she would.  It looks like it may fit next year.  I made it from a pattern, which I can't find right this minute or I would give you the number.  It is a simple aline jumper with buttons at the shoulders.  Isn't she just the cutest thing ever?

I have a pile of clothes my 14 year old daughter has outgrown, and I am trying to decide which one to turn into toddler attire next.  Till next time, Fran AKA The Barefoot Seamstress.