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2 years later….

Finally finished. No one likes it. I might sell it.

Mostly fat quarters gifted to me from my neighbor. Some fabrics from my stash. I bought the handkerchief quilting cotton to pull it all together. I also bought the bias tape for the trim because I didn’t have enough, red, white, or blue at home to do the whole thing. Finished, washed and dried, measures 104″ x 82″

I hope it sells. Maybe I will lock it away for Scouts Auction in the fall.


The devil is in the details

I’m so happy with this finished project. It was a simple, free, pattern to download from craftsy.com, from NapTimeCreations. I went berserkers making it way more complicated. I am having trouble inserting links….

Raglan Shirt pattern 18mth – 10T

Nap-Time Creations


I used my Cricut to cut out the shape with wax paper. I used In My Garden cartridge.Ā image

I am just trying to decide now if the bias tape on the bottom of the shirt looks cool or dorky.


I ironed the wax paper onto the orange fabric. Then I fussy cut the orange fabric out, with the wax paper still glued to it. I placed scraps of wider bias tape behind the centers of the flowers, and attached the whole design to the front of the shirt using Heat and Bond. I accidentally bought the featherlite Heat and Bond, so the flowers are not really staying on. I am much better at straight stitches, rather than sewing on a curve. (WHO ISN’T???) I think the straight stitches to hold the flowers on adds a unique design element.


Cuffs on the sleeves are not part of the original pattern either. I guessed. I am very happy with the result. I top stitched the cuffs with a stretch stitch to get a more store bought look, and also to force the seam allowance to lay flat inside the sleeve.


The pattern calls for stretch knit, and I chose a contrasting woven front, flannel. If I did this again, I would cut the woven piece on the bias, to give lots of stretch.


Adding the piping between the front and sleeve, I used my zipper foot, and moved my needle position to get as close to the edge of the roll of the piping as possible. I only did one layer of fabric at a time. It meant sewing the seam twice with a stretch stitch, (time consuming!) but well worth the EXTRA STEP for a perfect finish.


I top stitched the neck band as well, again, to force it to lay flat, and not roll out, and for more of a factory look. I have learned the hard way to always use a stretch stitch when top stitching, even when top stitching non stretch projects. The top stitching just seems to snap or burst at the slightest stress.


I am so pleased with the finished project.Ā It will be interesting to see what happens after I wash it….will the petals curl up? Will that look neat, or lame?


New Look 6446 Take 2

Seriously might be the cutest pants I’ve ever made. I had just enough fabric, and just a little more than I needed of the bias tape ruffle. I put one piece on inside out. I don’t even care, do you know that??? No one is going to notice. And if they do I will pick them right in the face. Just kidding.

After my last mishap with pants fitting or the lack there of fitting I stopped going by the pattern for certain measurements. For example a girls size to waist according to the pattern is 20 3/4 inches. I measured pants that actually fit her, and the waistband measures 18 inches. That’s a BIG difference on a 2 year old!!!

See and Sew B6004, girls size 3


A little girls dress pattern. Just trying to use up some scraps. The stripe swimsuit material was given to me from someone else that was clearing out their own stash. The two polka dot fabrics I bought to make a rush order for a costume for my very own Mom. It caused some friction at home because I shirked bothĀ  sleep and responsibilities to get it done in time. In the end, she misunderstood the plans and she never usedĀ it after all. This left a pretty bitter taste in my mouth, so I am very pleased to make something new and fresh and sweet from those scraps.

Sewing is so emotional for me. The original pattern calls for the bottom band to be at least twice as wide, to make the dress longer,Ā more thanĀ I had enough fabric for. I thought because it was Black against the other fabrics, it would be OK with a shorter ruffle. However, it was REALLY flippy and fly away. I wasn’t sure I was happy with that for the bottom, so instead of a traditional hem, I added a bias tape to the bottom edge. I am very happy with the result. The bias tape adds weight to the bottom. The bias tape finishes off the edge, nicely inside and out. Adding bias tape instead of folding up a hem means I did not lose any more length off an already shortened ruffle.

The front of the dress is exactly the same as the back. I’m not sure if that’s because the swimsuit material is so stretchy and shifty, even though I lined the bodice in cotton polka dot, or if it supposed to be the same front and back. With little kids clothes it is so hard to tell.

Anyways, it mattered to ME that you could tell the difference between the front and the back, so I added a button to the center front. I LOVE thisĀ finishing touch. Its that ba- da-bing, you know? So simple, so elegant, so yes.

I had originally planned to do three buttons down the front of the bodice, but digging around and playing with my button stash, I could not find what I had in mind. Ā Pouring over my buttons was the most fun part of the project.

I was dreading the ruffles. But, on a project this small, they were manageable, surprisingly easy even. I didn’t snap a single thread while I gathered up the fabric. This is a first for me.

Last, I would like to say that the instructions in the pattern for attaching the shoulder straps to the bodice are VERY STUPID. I see now why people do muslins before the real project. I would make this pattern again, but next time I will do my own way with the shoulder straps. I might not even make them from fabric – just use a coordinating really wide ribbon. I actually ended up hand stitching them onto the dress. This might have been in partĀ due toĀ the fact that the swimsuit stripe fabric was so unstable. I wanted it exactly perfect….because that’s how I am…and I just couldn’t trust rushing it through my clunky happy go chunky machine.

Although I am very satisfied with the overall look of this project, and I think it’s trendy andĀ fashionista and all, itsĀ HUGE for my baby girl. Also, I don’t really feel like it’s my style..

So I am going to try to sell it. If that doesn’t work it will just hang in the closet for a few years. The fabric is out of my stash, and I don’t feel like it was a waste of time of fabric.

What will I sew out of my stash next?

McCalls 5952 pirate pjs

I seem to have forgotten to blog on these pants! And I had so much fun making them! After cutting out the baby’s lady bug pants one piece at a time, I decided cutting fabric single layer wasn’t so bad. So I gathered up these flannell remnants I had. I cut out each front and each back single layer, making it the opposite of the piece before. One thing you HAVE to remember to do when doing this, is to flip your pattern piece face down for half your cuts and face up for the othe half. Or, you will end up with two right fronts and no left fronts etc. 

I didn’t really have enough to make full length pants, so I hemmed them with bias tape so as not to lose any length. Did I mention how much I love using bias tape on everything? Lol. Then I cut out the pockets from the extra scraps. I even added a silly patch to one side to make the pants even more pirate like. 

The pj pants are just so silly and fun. I want to hug my kid every time he wears them, because he is so darn cute in them! Especially when he shoves his hands deep into his front pockets and scowls. How  to smile every time your offspring has a temper tantrum? Super cute pants, of course!  


These pockets are going to look even cooler after they are washed and dried a few times. The close zig zag will prevent fraying, and the edges will be soft, like a great favorite pair of old cut offs. 


Magic flying carpet baby blanket

Amazing how my camera works outside in daylight. This baby blanket flew together like Magic. Sometimes projects are just meant to be. I started with the glow in the dark owl fabric. A nice big square of it, already perfectly sized for a baby blanket. I know Avery’s room is done in purple, and I had plenty of this purple quilting cotton. It was in two narrow strips, so there is a centre seam, but who cares? If I wasn’t in such a rush for the baby shower TONIGHT I would have matched the pattern at the seam as I certainly had enough to do that.   

 This silver bias tape was again, a scrap from my stash. A perfect finish. I normally fold under the ends all proper and everything, but babies love to suck on and fiddle with bits of ribbon so I left the bias tape long and knotted it to prevent fraying. I LOVE bias tape. I use it ALL the time. I love the way it looks, and how tidy it finishes everything off. If you have trouble using it, watch some tutorials on you tube. The RIGHT way to put it on is to open it right up for the first seam….


Construction begins. This fabric I chose for the “batting” was given to me. It was sitting in my Damn Now What bin after a failed attempt to make a pullover cloak for the pool for my son. I had again, EXACTLY enough. It THRILLS me when I pull pieces out of my stash to put together, and I have exactly the right amount for the project. It tells me I am doing the right thing at the right time, and I always say a reverent prayer of thanks for my stash every time this happens. 


I HATE HATE HATE this fabric. It’s that microfibre for towels and cleaning cloths, you know the stuff? What better to line a baby blanket with??? Soft, and absorbent!!!! And after its sewn into the blanket, you never have to touch it’s horrible feeling surface again! 

I am very very happy with the finished project. I am going to wash it and dry it with some nice smelling fabric softener and wrap it up. That’s a wrap!!!šŸ˜€

Avery Stoik Baby Blanket


Turquoise bias tape for the sides. 

This owl fabric with purple in it glows in the dark. 

Silver bias tape for the top. 


My iPad continues to suc at true representation of color. Very disappointing. She is doing her baby’s room in purple, so this should be lovely. I don’t have any quilt batt. I think I have some navy or black polar fleece to use as quilt batt between these two cotton fabrics.  

The seven year itch to finish the 7 year pant project.

I cut these out at least 7 years ago. I don’t know if I cut them out before my second child was born, or between my first and second. I know that both my two older kids were dedicated at the Baptist Church and I know that I cut these out at a craft retreat with those ladies from that church.

These are for me. These are a summer Capri pant. The fabric is real linen, something I was obsessed with wearing all the time before motherhood. Before I discovered that Lycra after baby is best. Before I had a sack of elephant skin on my belly leftover from pregnancy that won’t go away.
I bought the fabric in Nova Scotia at a buy 2 get 1 free sale at FABRICLAND.
Imagine coming home from vacation with a suitcase heavy with linen fabric…my hubby was NOT impressed. But real linen! In such a beautiful solid color! On sale! How could I NOT???

A better look at the fabric, and a close look at my favourite stitch on my current sewing machine. I have never had this seam pop because of too much strain on the seam by the wearer. Before my new serger arrived a few weeks ago, this was also how I finished off all my pieces to prevent fraying before sewing. It’s a sort of a zig zag. It gives a little, it stretches a little, but it’s prettier and less obvious than a traditional zig zag that so clearly shouts HOMEMADE!!!!! when you see it on a garment. And, it’s not too hard to rip out. Because I make a lot of mistakes.
In the seven years since I have cut these out, I lost some of the pieces, but each time I found them again, I would attempt to put at least one more seam in before I set them aside to be lost in the abyss of the basement again. Eventually, all the pieces were together in one!!!! This is how I discovered them this time, in the midst of my turn all my fabric into pants project. All they needed was a waistband and a hem.




I added bias tape for a waist band. This is also my new thing that I am doing on all these pants I am making. I FOLD the bias tape over to hide the join, and it leaves an opening for elastic to thread through that I DONT have to sew shut after. Meaning I can replace or resize the elastic at any time in the life of the pants. This is big for me, because I am hoping that pants I sew for my 9 year old will also eventually go onto my 7 year old and then my 3 year old. They are after all, all the same gender. Perhaps only a dream. And for myself, I really really really want to drop a few pounds now that my tubes are tied and we are really really not going to have any more, so hopefully, I can tighten the elastic as time goes on if need be.

As you can see, I was able to try out my new serger on the hems of these capris. Over all, I am very pleased with the results, despite the fact that it took me at least 7 years to finish these. I am just glad they are DONE and out of my basement and can be useful now.
Other great news, I think I have finally figured out WORDPRESS. The iPad app is way easier to use than the PC version.

I look forward to your comments.