Monday, January 7, 2019

Crocheted Sweater Vest and Bow Headband

Thanks to Sarah Zimmerman of Repeat Crafter Me for sharing crochet instructions for this Sweater Vest and Bow Headband. I crocheted these for our granddaughter, Vivian for her 2nd birthday party on Saturday. I still need to add buttons to the vest. You can find the instructions for this sweater vest HERE. Sarah made it as a cute pumpkin vest. Something to think about for next fall!
When I saw coils of "self striping" yarn at JoAnn's last week, I could not resist!  This yarn is made by Premier and is called Sweet Roll. The color is called Bubble Pop.  It was on sale at JoAnn's: 2 rolls for $5. I bought 2 rolls and then went back for another 2 rolls. I used 1 roll and just a small amount of a second roll for the vest and headband. The roll label shows 5 oz/140g; 245 yds/224m.

I think the "self striping" would work better on an afghan. I am not happy with the way the "stripes" randomly start in this vest. I think it would look better if I had cut the yarn to make the strips start at beginning of rows. You can see on the front where the gray and pink do not match the opposite sides. Because I am not sure if this will fit, I will wait until after the party to fix this. I may just crochet another one. It was fun to make!

Sarah's instructions were sized for a 3-5 year old. I reduced the number of chains at the beginning. I wrote notes as I went along, but my notes do not match the stitches when I count them now. I think I started with 44 chains and I think I had 5 double crochet stitches between the 2 post stitch groups in the lower part. Heartfelt thanks to Sarah for all the work involved in creating crochet instructions! I found it difficult to keep track of  changes I made as I went along. It's not hard to make the changes, but very hard to write it down correctly. Thanks again, Sarah!

I did not add the "pumpkin coil" for a tie because Vivian is too young. 

Since I bought lots of yarn, I decided to make this bow headband, which Sarah calls her Griddle Stitch Winter Headband. Her free instructions are HERE. She has multiple sizes.

Addendum, Jan. 9, 2018- added 3 buttons

For the Button Loops, attach loop of  yarn on right side of gray SC trim.
Chain 1 then SC in same space
Chain 4, then SC in next stitch. Fasten off and weave ends into back of vest.

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Wishing you happiness and good health in the New Year!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Sewing for my Grandchildren

I have been sewing some last minute Christmas gifts for my grandchildren.
 Here are some doll clothes that are supposed to fit a Bitty Baby doll.
I have used 3 free patterns from ReadCreations. Instructions for this sleeper can be found HERE. I changed the pattern a little by adding sleeves (drew my own based on the armscye/armhole on the pattern). Also, I added a strip of cotton interlock knit for the neckline trim. Since Vivian likes Olaf, I used a woven Olaf fabric from JoAnn's. 

Read Creations has a free pattern tutorial for a shirt and pants. I liked how the white knit sleeves looked on the sleeper, so I used knit fabric for the sleeves of the top. 

Before sewing the interlock knit cotton strip to the neckline, I serged the back opening of the shirt, then pressed 1/4 inch under. On the white interlock knit strip for the neckline, I finished the ends by sewed the ends, then turned right side out. Placed the nice finished end at the folded edge of the back.  Sewed the white knit strip to the neckline, then serged over that for a nice finish. I serged over all the seams in this way. Instead of putting a long strip of velcro to close the back, I added 2 narrow pieces, one at the top, the other at the bottom. My strip of interlock knit at the bottom of the shirt was a bit too long, so I just matched my trim to the shirt and cut off the excess. Here again, I finished the ends of the trim before sewing it on the bottom of the shirt.

I'm hoping these doll clothes fit Vivian's Bitty Baby. There are a few more items that I would like to try to make...the diaper, the hat and maybe the button down the front sleeper.

I made this small pillow and pillowcase for Vivian. The pillow measures about 16 x 14 inches. I used white cotton fabric and stuffed it with polyester fiberfill. The Olaf fabric pillowcase measures about 19-1/4 x 16 inches.

Used a firemen print fabric for 2 pillowcases for Gavin. I love the Made Everyday by Dana tutorial.
I usually try to preshrink the fabric. 

Here is Alex's pillowcase, folded in half. Since he is not using a pillow, I just made him one pillowcase. If he wants a smaller pillow like Vivian's, I can make that for him.

I have thoroughly enjoyed sewing for my Grandkids!
I hope they enjoy these items!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas if you celebrate
and a Happy Holidays!
With love!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Two More Christmas Cards

A few more cards are getting mailed...
Still using my large stash of Christmas papers
and Tim Holtz stamps with festive berries distress ink.

Love the look that old crimper gives on this holly paper.
Added a strip of  "red line tape" to attach the green ribbon, making loops here and there.
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Hoping you are enjoying the season of Hope and Love!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Christmas Cards

I started working on making Christmas cards after Thanksgiving.
Was hoping to be on top of this, but the cards are still here...
Hopefully to be mailed tonight!

Stil using printed papers from my stash.
Stamps from Michael Strong, Hampton Arts, Tim Holtz and Stampin' Up!

Below are some close-ups:

Thanks so much for visiting.
May your day be merry!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Stampfest with Lynette Dec 5, 2018

Lynette and I spent the day on December 5th visiting and stamping.
We used some printed Christmas papers from my stash.
Lynette brought along a Tim Holtz stamp and die set from awhile ago.
I pulled out some of my Tim Holtz Christmas stamps and my Michael Strong Christmas tree.

It's fun to see all the bits and pieces and parts of the cards before they are done!

Thanks for visiting! Wishing you JOY!