Sunday, July 15, 2018

Shorts Outfit for Alex

Here is our grandson, Alex in the shorts and top I made him recently. Was glad to find a good use for the pirate themed fabric from my stash. I am disappointed the fabric store where I bought this fabric is no longer in business. They had such sweet juvenile fabrics.
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Another Romper & Adjustments, Headband and Pajamas

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I sewed another romper for Vivian using the same pattern as the navy romper except I shortened the straps. BIG MISTAKE! I shortened them because I saw a photo of Vivian wearing it. The straps were falling off her shoulders. The problem was that the bodice was too wide! 

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So....I had to figure out a way to lengthen this romper. I decided to add a strip of fabric to the straps. This created an extra seam and now the buttons are toward the back of the straps. Oh well, if it is comfortable I hope she will wear it.

To fix the navy romper, I used a machine basting stitch, gathered the fabric, then stitched with a utility stitch that zig-zags one way, goes straight and then zig-zags the other way. 

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Here is the front

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Here is the back
I hope this will fit better now. Will alter my pattern for next time.

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I also made a headband for Vivian.

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Here Vivian seems to approve of the flag table runner I made for her mommy. Couldn't resist this fabric that I spotted at Sew 'n Save of Racine, Wisconsin. We were up in Milwaukee for Summerfest last week and Don took me to Sew 'n Save so I could look for a special sewing machine foot called Acufeed Open Toe Foot for my friend's Elna sewing machine. We learned that Janome bought Elna and the Janome foot fits Linda's machine. Yay! 

I like to make simple table runners with 1 yard of 45 inch wide fabric, cutting it in half crosswise to get a table runner that's approximately 17 inches wide by 43-44 inches long. I use a thin polyester batting for my table runners.

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I would also like to share my Paw Patrol summer pajamas made for Gavin. He already has Paw Patrol fabric for his pillowcases made by you know who! When we were at his house on Wednesday I read to him at bedtime. I thought Emily said she reads 5 books to him. The first book was a dinosaur book that was quite long. He was really interested in the book, but after awhile, I started to flip bunches of pages. We never got to reading any other books! When I went downstairs afterward, Emily told me that she reads 5 pages from the dinosaur book! LOL! Gavin had a special treat with all those extra pages I read! He was very interested in all the information about dinosaurs whose names I could barely pronounce! I found out today that when Gavin got up this morning he told Emily that Grandma read the whole dinosaur book! Made my day!!!

Hope you are enjoying the little things in life that make it special!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Romper & Stamped Label

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 I sewed this romper for our 18 month old granddaughter. Last summer I made her a similar romper using a free pattern from Melly Mora of Melly Sews. I needed to enlarge the pattern so I compared Melly's pattern to Simplicity pattern #1447 and came up with this.  I did not like the back zipper in Simplicity's pattern. I really liked Melly's lined bodice, so I used both patterns as guides and drew my own bodice. I used the Large size in the Simplicity pattern to guide me in the total length of the romper. Pretty much used the pattern for Simplicty's shorts/pants. The shorts front were wider than the bodice, so I made gathers to fit.

I watched Melly's wonderful video tutorial as I sewed. It's on her blog page and also on YouTube. She does a great job with sewing technique and step by step instructions. I like how Melly added a piece of fusible interfacing to the crotch where the 3 snaps are applied. I had a little trouble with the snaps going through my seam allowance- my fault! I did not open the seam allowance. Instead I serged the seam allowance and pressed it to one side. That made a thick area for the snap to go through. My cotton fabric is thin so the snap did finally get set. I always worry that my home made snaps will fall apart. If you pound too hard on the snaps, the do not get set right.

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I used Melanie Ham's YouTube tutorial to make the red fabric flower. I added a narrow seam on the ends of the 20 inch strip. The total width is just under 3 inches as instructed. The strip is folded with the right side out (once the end seams are sewn). Then it's pressed with an iron.  I stitched down the end in the center to cover the fabric gathers, which had raw edges. It is hand stitched to the romper.

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I have been looking for sew-in labels for my gift sewing projects. I had labels from years ago and used them up finally. You can see my attempt to stamp my own labels using preshrunk cotton twill (given to me by Lynette) and a custom stamp I bought from  I chose an unmounted stamp, 1 inch by 2 inches. I attached it to a wood block using double sided foam sold for that purpose from

For stamping with paint, I mixed equal parts of  Dina Wakley acrylic-Night is the color
Liquitex fabric medium.
Applied the paint mixture to the stamp with my finger. Next time I'll try a foam make-up sponge. Some areas got "over-inked" and smudged.

After letting the paint dry overnight, I heat set it with an iron and cotton press cloth.
I hemmed 2 of the labels with my sewing machine. That was quite tedious, so I decided to cut the edges with Grandma Stelzer's pinking shears.

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Now I will have to wait and hope that the print on my labels remains after laundering.

Thanks so much for visiting! Hope your day brings happy surprises!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Clearance Stamps/Stencil Set

Why do clearance items "call my name".

 I don't think I would have been interested in this set, except that it was in the clearance bin at JoAnn's. I cannot find the name of it on the label: just THMM102. I supposed that somehow goes with the text on top, Mixed-Media Stamps/Stencil.

The Ranger tags were on clearance too, so I had a chance to see how they held up to water and ink and gesso. You can see from the image, there was some warping of the paper. The size is about 6-1/4 inches tall by 3-1/8 inches wide.

I used wrinkle free distress technique with oxides:
abandoned coral
picked raspberry
twisted citron.
Then I added gesso over the bricks. When dry I sponged some brown ink on the edges and also with the crackly stencil. I think the brown color might be frayed burlap-I have been using that a lot lately. Added a black paper wildflower die cut from Tim's Wildflowers #2 thinlits. The friend definition stamp is from Stampin Up!.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Anniversary Cards

I pulled out my old Stampin' Up! Roses in Winter set after seeing so many cards made with Abstract Impressions. This card was inspired by Vicki's card on Splitcoast way back in July of 2008!
Used Hero Arts Stamp & Cut - Ribbon Messages for the sentiment.
Inks: distress spun sugar, worn lipstick and oxide peeled paint

My friend, Lynette gave me the stitched oval die cut piece last week. I'm glad to be using it, instead of saving it in my stash! Used my old Stampin' Up Spring Garden for the flowers.

Sentiment is from Hero Arts CL342 Everyday Sayings
Inks: distress worn lipstick, oxide peeled paint

Cuttlebug embossing folder is Textile texture.

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Hope you have some fun today!