Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Pink Flowers Bunting

This bunting came about when a friend of mine asked to borrow some bunting for her little girl's 1st birthday. They've used my bunting before, so they knew I had plenty on hand, but happened to mention it was pink/flowers themed, so whatever I had that matched that would be great. I know that what bunting I do have would have been fine (this stuff I think would have easily suited), but I was suddenly inspired to make some more, especially for the party.

300 triangles later and we were sewing! (You've seen what 300 triangles looks like here.) Rachel was my eager helper at the sewing machine.

I used lots of material I already had. In fact, I didn't buy anything for this bunting! Steve was again delighted that I was using up some of the material stash. Again, I reflect that much of my material comes from donated sources, and am truly thankful.

The light floral on the left and the purple in the middle are from the same friend who donated skirt material (recently seen here and here), while both of the stripes were from a lady at church I know through prayer. The pinky colour in the middle was actually a curtain that was donated to me ages and ages ago (three years!) from I've no idea who, and the yellow floral strip at the top (that was the binding/string for the bunting) was from the same place. The only material I had bought (half price, from Scarafs at Indooroopilly) was the orange floral on the right. Very pretty.

And here is 30 metres of bunting sitting nicely ready to go to a party.

Photo courtesy of Jenn Pan

I wish I'd gotten better shots of it up at the party, but this was all I've got! Too carried away with the partying I guess. It was a beautiful day and, I like to think, the bunting really made things fantastic. The birthday girl got to keep some of the bunting as part of her present, and I know it's up in her room now.

Photo courtesy of R. Ho Photography

And my friend used scraps to make some bunting for the cake too. Let there be bunting everywhere!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Sewing Catch Up: The Final Skirt

Not sure why I'm really bothering with this skirt, but I made it and the other two (here and here) at the same time, so it seems a shame to leave it out.

This one was made from some pyjama pants that were again gifted to me for re-purposing. No pockets or fun piping on these. Just cut a rectangle and then sewing in some elastic. Easy.

I was trying to involve Sophie a little more in the photographing processes and asked her to do a number of different things. She had fun, but most of the photos are pretty terrible.

The last thing I asked her to do, was pretend to be asleep, which lasted for about a second, but at least I managed a good shot of the skirt. Kinda. :)

Anyway, if this post was a little boring for you, come back soon, because I'll have an exciting update on the recently made bunting!

Thursday, September 08, 2016

More Catching Up

Here's another skirt that I made Sophie a while ago but hadn't blogged about yet (blogged about the first one here). I think maybe I didn't blog about it because it's kind of a brown-y colour, and Sophie really doesn't have much that will match it/go with it in the way of tops. But she wore it last week, so I took some photos.

 This is the best photo of Sophie by herself. She was very excited about the skirt having pockets that she could hide treasure in. That yellow material draped around her shoulders in the next photo was the treasure she's intently pulling out here.

And as always, Hugo and Rachel wanting to get in on the photo action. No one likes to be left out here. Anyway, the skirt is just a rectangle with some cool fully lined huge pockets on, that have the yellow piping from Reverse Garbage all the way around, for some extra coolness.

The material was a freebie from another sewing friend who wasn't going to use it. So nice to have generous sewing friends and I feel truly blessed by it.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

At it again

I may be making some more bunting.

Because one can never have enough bunting, right?

Friday, September 02, 2016

Alphabet Box

Saw this idea a long long time ago on the internet somewhere and now have finally made it. 

It's just a box, covered in tape for strength. The foam alphabet stickers are a little tempting to the kids to pull off, but I've managed to keep them safe thus far. I wrote the matching letters on paddle pop sticks.

It's a fine motor activity and a letter recognition challenge! Hugo just likes to put the paddle pop sticks in, while Sophie enjoys the challenge of matching things up. If I want to make it more difficult later on, I can write the lower case letters on the paddle pop sticks, to match with the upper case foam stickers.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Catch Ups: Dresses

More catching up on things that I've sewn today. The first one is a little dress I made for Rachel's 2nd Birthday, back in June. I can't believe I haven't even blogged about her party, because it was a really cool party. Maybe I'll catch up on that soon too. 

Anyway, Rachel has heaps of clothes, and I'm always reluctant to make her more when she has so much, but it was her birthday, and I wanted her to have something special to wear. Even though it was winter, I made her this little sleeveless dress out of some cotton I had lying around. It has strawberry buttons and is lined with some fabric left over from my Block of the Month Quilt 2013 that was perfect for Rachel because it had little bees and ladybugs. She's really into the mini beasts that one.

On the day of the party, she wore it over a long sleeved shirt and pants, with a jacket, and now that it's getting hotter, she can wear it without. I like that it's a bit long lasting like that. Makes me feel less bad about making it. Also, it's her favourite dress, so if she can see it in the draw, guaranteed it's the one she'll pick.

Sophie and Hugo were keen to get in on the modelling action when they saw me photographing Rachel. This was handy because Sophie also happened to be wearing a handmade-not-yet-blogged-about outfit.

I had started this dress last year and I did blog about it too, while it was only half made. I pulled it out again just before Sydney, thinking that it probably wouldn't fit Sophie any more (given that an entire year had almost past), but that it would be good for Rachel for our Sydney trip. I chopped off the hem so it was more Rachel length and then finished sewing it.

Turns out it was too big for Rachel, so I regret chopping them hem. But it still looks good on Sophie, and she loves it. Win! The buttons on the front are blue birds and the pocket is her favourite feature. It's a little short, but that's ok.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sewing Skirts

Feeling much better about life lately has meant a resurgence in sewing! I've actually sewn a few things now that haven't made it to the blog, but hopefully I'll catch up soon. Sophie has been the main benefactor of the sewing spree because summer is coming, and she no longer fits the things I made for her this time last year.

Part of what has made the sudden sewing spree happen was the trip to Reverse Garbage, because along with all the cool things for the rocket, I also picked up some pre-made piping for $2. It was a bargain! So far, it's appeared in two skirts, and I'm hoping to use it again in a skirt for Rachel.

This is the first skirt I made. Just a simple rectangle and then some self drafted pockets with the piping trim. I also put the piping down the side seams for extra colour.

Sophie was pretty hilarious when she was modelling it for me. The material was from a dear friend who was hoping I would get a chance to use it. Yay! I did! I'm really thankful for hand-me-down material, because sewing is an expensive hobby if you have to buy everything yourself. That said, Steve is happy that I'm working through the stash. Slowly but surely, I'll get there.