So this week I have been working on some really cute 'taggie' type dinos! My sons have been really into dinosaurs for the last few years and since daycare baby wont put the 'taggie' ribbon blanket I made him down, I decided that maybe I could make him something funner then a blanket to chew on, not to mention my newest little man is starting to put things in his mouth. So I (even though I looked on Etsy after I made them and realized I was not as cleaver as I thought) grabbed my note book and made a few sketches and wow! Totally cute! Pictures to come! I think if I ever get good enough to be one of those crafty Etsy people, I would make neat ribbon animals cause my kids can not get enough of these, even the bigger kids have not put them down! (BTW check out the dollar bins at target they have awesome ribbon!)

oh where oh where have I been ;)

Well family vacation came and went with me forgetting to get on here and let you know all the fun things I have been trying! Jo-Ann's had a .99 cent fat quarter sale a while back and I went a bit crazy lol but it seemed a great way to just teach my self to sew relatively cheaply, and not to tute my own horn but I made my little lady a really cute over all jumper out of 4 fat quarters and an old pair of overalls my kids have our grown. So lets see if I can make my first tutorial!
There she is in her new jumper thing... cute as a button! (ignore her socks lol)First I picked out 4 matching fat quarters because I figured I could make a twirly 8 panel skirt from the four. As it turns out I have enough fabric to make 2 8 panel skirts so we will see where that leads me later ;)

I measured her waist to an inch below her knee (because i like her dresses long) then I gave my self a 2inch seem allowance because I'm new at this, so it came out to 9in. I measured her waist, added 4 more inches for the bunching look 1 for the seam and divided by 8. the I tapered the bottom 2 inches and cut.

I sewed the panels together one at a time front side facing. (side note I just learned how to do a french hem and wished I would have on this skirt)
I sewed two 4 panels and then sewed them together and ironed. For some reason I don't have a picture of me double folding the top and bottom to hem them but I decided I wanted lace on the bottom and this is how it looks:

While looking for my elastic as I was just going to make it a elastic waist skirt at first I found this pair of overalls sitting on my desk and I decided that I wanted to make it a dress/jumper thing

So I grabbed the scissors and cut....
My scissors were not happy about it and I should have left more of a waist to work with because i broke needles trying to sew them together and had a breakdown and an extra Starbucks to make up for it.

My sewing machine was not made for this lol but all in all I think it turned out really cute and she loves it! and I had some lady in the grocery store ask me where I got it... so that kinda boosted my confidence a little about the whole situation, so if you want to make one and never have let me know how it went for you, or if you have questions about it let me know too cause I realize its not as technical as other tutorials.

triplet gifts and 4th of july

Ok since I first started this blog I have seem to have miss placed my camera... which is not good given photography is my job lol. But my kick around camera had all my step by steps on it... so let me update on my sewing adventures for you. My sister inlaw had her baby shower on June 5th, the week before I really jumped in head first. I made each baby (boy girl boy) 2 bibs, a carsseat blanket, a binky clip, a cute onesie and burp cloths... and that times 3 took forever but it was a great deadline for me.

Here is what the basket looked like:

I was very inspired by many people that craft blog and are on etsy and as soon as I figure out how to give props for all the insperation I will get on it. And I guess I should add that at the time I was exspecting our 4th kido... so there is another reason for my breif depature for here.

Fourth of July brought about my first clothing sewing lesson... again another learning lesson. I feel in love with pillow case dresses the minute I saw them... as it looks everyone with a sewing machine has! I didnt have any pillow cases that were cute so I went a looking and came across a bandana sale... so I picked up two red ones and headed home. This is what came out of that:

Ok my little Lou doesnt give it justice... it is really cute.... she is 3 and a tad on the puny side, so I think im going to try and bring the sides in a little more A framed on her so she doesnt look like she is in a bag. ;) but as you can tell she loves it (PS my work space is a work in progress, so sorry about the mess and cell phone picture)