Halloween 2014

I’m also calling this year “The Disney Halloween” because the girls each chose to be different princesses, and Wyatt (still willing to be put in a costume of my choosing) will be a perfect prince. Introducing,

Belle, from Beauty and the Beast (aka Alyssa)

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019Snow White, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (aka Kylie)

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Watch out for that apple, my dear!

015And Prince Charming, from Cinderella (aka Wyatt)

336I did sew all three costumes again this year. I did not buy any patterns specifically for these costumes. For the girls’ dresses I used the bodice from their frontier dresses I made earlier this year, both with modifications to the sleeves and neckline.

For Alyssa’s full Belle skirt I wanted 8 bands of elastic going down, roughly 8 1/2 inches apart, so that is how I calculated my width, and for the length I just measured the length on her that I wanted, cut my bands of elastic to match and then stretched them as tight as possible and measured that. That gave me the length of the skirt to cut. I am still going to search around for a headband I like better for Kylie’s costume and then make the red bow to match. For Kylie’s sleeves I used this tutorial, and I used this one for Wyatt’s. His buttons on his jacket are real working buttons, but the belt and top collar are secured with velcro.

Finally, Russell and I will be joining in the theme and going as two of the seven dwarfs. Russell will be wearing a shirt with the name “Sleepy” and mine will say “Grumpy”. Pretty fitting for our family I think 😉

Reusable Christmas Bags

Two years ago my mother in law sent all of our Christmas presents in reusable bags that she had sewn. I immediately loved the idea! I had never seen it before and thought it was very cool. I didn’t do anything about it last year, but this year I went shopping after Christmas and picked up some fabrics at 70% off. I sewed up a bunch of bags in varying sizes, added some ribbons to tie and called it a day. There are lots of reasons I love this idea.

1- It is less wasteful! According to the EPA, household waste increases by more than 25% between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Added food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons all adds up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills. Ouch!

2- It saves money! I won’t have to go spend all that money on wrapping paper every year now, I’ll just be able to use my cute fabric bags!

3- They are easier to store! I hate those stupid wrapping paper rolls tumbling around in my closet. I simply put all the other bags into one fabric bag and set it on a shelf. They are easy to fold and store anywhere, really.

They also feel so old fashioned. I love everything about this idea and look forward to building our collection over the years.

I am not going to include a tutorial because I didn’t take any pictures in the process of working on them, but there are tons out there am I sure. Here is a picture of some of the finished products.

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Published in: on January 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Just A Couple Months Late

A couple posts ago (way back in Oct!) I showed you the inspiration behind the kids’ Halloween costumes. Well, I didn’t completely flake out because I did sew the costumes, I just never posted again to show you what they looked like.

As I expected, very few people knew who they were. Except for one man who corrected his partner when he said Kylie was Cinderella. He was the only one who knew Kylie was the Blue Fairy. Quite a few people thought Wyatt was the Mad Hatter, and well, like I thought most people knew Alyssa was Pinocchio. There was one person who asked if Alyssa was Peter Pan and Kylie was Tinkerbell when we were having their pictures taken. Seriously, people? Seriously…

So here they are in all their glory!

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As a bonus we won “Best Family Theme” at our Moms of Multiples Halloween party!

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Here we are about to go trick or treating. Wyatt did not want to take a picture, he was ready to go!

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Setting out (a little fuzzy, but one of the only ones of Alyssa)

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Kylie & Wyatt

Checking out the neighbors decorations

Checking out the neighbors’ decorations

Kylie was thrilled her want actually glowed!

Kylie was thrilled her want actually glowed!

And just to mess with you, here they are trying on each others costumes.

And just to mess with you, here they are trying on each others costumes.

So… Happy Halloween everyone!!! I am seriously going to try to post this in a more timely fashion next time 🙂

Published in: on January 9, 2014 at 1:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Halloween Inspiration

Halloween is right around the corner, and for the first year ever my girls have picked who they want to be themselves! At first when I asked them they would only say things they have been in the past and I had to explain to them many times that they got to pick something new this year… whatever they wanted!

Let me say, my kids don’t watch TV, and have only watched 2-3 movies ever (and over the course of multiples days.) They do know many characters including Elmo, Big Bird, Disney Princess, Thomas the Train, etc. from reading books.

About two months ago they decided that Alyssa would be Pinocchio and Kylie would be the Blue Fairy. And because I love a theme my Little Man will be Jiminy Cricket. Now, I firmly believe Alyssa is the only one people will recognize as what she picked. She will look like Pinocchio. Most people (unless they read this) will think Kylie is Cinderella, because of the color of her dress and Cinderella’s popularity. And frankly, in talking to most people not many actually even know who the Blue Fairy was. I guess that’s what happens when you pick a character from a movie made over 70 years ago… And Wyatt as Jiminy Cricket. Honestly, if I can get that boy to wear his costume I’ll be happy. He has been less than cooperative in helping me make and fit it so far. Either way, I think he will just look like a very fancy little man.

I do love that being a sewer I am able to makes all my kids’ dreams come true with their costumes. I don’t have to try to find some cookie cutter costume or spend an obscene amount of money on Etsy, I can just create for them. And as I look back at the costumes I made for the girls’ first Halloween… oh how my skills have improved. 🙂 Anyways, I don’t want to show off their costumes yet, and Wyatt’s is still unfinished, but here is a page from the book in case you need help picturing the characters.

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Published in: on October 11, 2013 at 3:18 pm  Comments (2)  
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Done! For Now.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.

Everyone who donated time, money, materials- thank you. I am so proud of what we have accomplished together. Tomorrow two boxes will go out. One full of brand new diapers to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope. The other to It’s Our Mission: Period!

Let me just say what a joy this has been for me. I will absolutely continue sewing as much as possible, so if you wanted to donate or participate in sewing with me you have not missed your chance!

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The diapers are the same from my last post, but thanks to some other wonderful women we now have 93 liners, 34 shields and 5 wet bags all done! Good work ladies 🙂

Published in: on May 29, 2013 at 4:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A Sewing Update

A few of you have been asking how the sewing was going for the diapers and pads I am making to donate. Mentioned here in case you missed it. I am so excited with the progress I have been making. So far I have 12 complete diapers done, and supplies for a couple more. I also have found myself really loving working on the shields and liners for the girls in Africa. It is such a rewarding experience because with just a little bit of my time I know that it has the power to completely change the course of some girl’s life. Where she once felt shame and was forced to either drop out of school, or do horrible things to be able to take care of herself, now she will be empowered, and confident and able to better her life for herself. It is amazing to be able to be a part of that. I have made a total of 10 shields so far (each kit has 3 of these) and 21 liners (each kit has 10 of these) and 5 wet bags (each kit contains one of these). I don’t need to worry about making complete kits, as It’s Our Mission: Period! assembles the kits and makes sure there are the right amounts of everything included. A few other ladies have asked to help partner with me in sewing, pinning and assembling the materials. We are going to try to have a Sewing Bee this weekend! I am so thankful for the support I have received in this project. I look forward to helping as much as I can in the future too. Here are some pictures of some of the things I have been working on.

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five diapers in the newborn/small size
seven diapers in the medium/large size
(over $125 worth)

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examples of three different waterproof shields

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five examples of reusable flannel liners

Thanks so much to everyone who has donated money, fabric, and time to help. We are making a difference!

A Quick Case

I apologize for my lack of blogging lately. Everything is fine here, so don’t worry about us, I just have been really busy. The girls requested (last week) that they each get a blue owl quilt for their birthday. That’s two new quilts in less than three weeks. On top of that I need to finish making invitations to Wyatt’s birthday party (Holy moly, can the Little Man really be almost one?!) which need to go out by the beginning of February since we might get some out of town guests. Oh ya, and we are making a family trip up to my family’s cabin in Big Bear, Ca too. Anyways, between the crafting and the home running and the kid raising, my blogging has fallen to the bottom of my list.

Sometimes when I get deep into the middle of a big craft project I like to break it up with something quick and easy with results I can see immediately. I needed something to start and finish during nap time. I had bought this fabric when I was shopping for quilt prints. It wasn’t on my list, but what just too cute to pass up. It matched the girls room perfectly, so I decided to make simple pillowcases with a contrast trim and for their beds.

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Want to make your own?

Start with two fabrics:

Main fabric- 26 in by 41 in. (if you are using a fabric with a specific direction like mine the short side should follow the print, and the long side should be perpendicular)

Trim fabric- 10 in by 41 in

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Line up the edge of your main fabric (wrong side) to the outside edge of your trim (right side) and roll your main fabric up about 1/2 way into the trim.

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Fold over the trim fabric, enclosing the main fabric inside and pin.

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Stitch and then pull out the main fabric.

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Press. Fold pillowcase in half and pin the right sides together. Yes, right sides together. We’ll be using a french seam, so there will be no raw edges inside your pillowcase. Sew along side and bottom using a 1/4 inch seam.

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Turn inside out and press open. Sew along the side and bottom, this time using a 5/8 inch seam. This will completely enclose the other seam living no raw edges inside. Turn right side out and press. Add pillow and enjoy!

Published in: on January 24, 2013 at 2:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Holy Ribbed Cuff, Batman

Where has this been my whole sewing life?

The ribbed cuff.

Now that I  have done it I can hardly imagine doing a knit project in the future without using a ribbed cuff. It was really very simple, and looks SO finished and professional. I am in love. Check out Little Man’s new fire truck jammie pants!

I bought this truck fabric on remnant but I might just have enough to make a jammie shirt to go with it. Cute though, right?

Published in: on September 29, 2012 at 11:46 am  Comments (2)  
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The New Stash

You may remember seeing a post a few months ago showing the diapers I made for “Spout”. Well, turns out Little Man isn’t so little and will not be fitting in those ones long! So I quickly got started making more in a bigger size (with even bigger adjustable snaps!) I was super excited to find a new website just perfect for me. It’s called Diaper Sewing Supplies. Not only do they have a ton of cute waterproof fabric options, but you can buy them in “diaper cuts” which is just big enough to make one diaper. Great so I don’t pay for fabric I don’t need! AND with every $10 purchase you can choose from a variety of options for FREE items. I have gotten fold over elastic already, but they also have mystery scraps, button hole elastic and more. Seriously, such a great site. So check out my new stash!

Top three are for the girls, and the bottom two rows are Wyatt’s.

Little tools! How cute is that?

Old Man Plaid!

Here are a couple more I would love to see on a diaper.

     

Published in: on June 11, 2012 at 8:01 am  Comments (2)  

Blame

The kids are not the only ones to blame if sewing projects around here take longer than I would like.

Published in: on April 20, 2012 at 9:50 am  Leave a Comment  
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