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So far I have completed most of one order. I have done three dresses and one pair of shorts. That leaves, for this order one dress and one pair of shorts left. Then on to the second order, which has four shorts, three halter tops, three peasant shirts, and three dresses. Whew! Thank God for my mother-in-law for watching Stink.
Have you ever had a friend that was having a baby and you just didn’t know what to get them. Or maybe you’re like me and totally forget that you have a baby shower coming up and then your friend calls you the day of and asks what time you are going to be there. Well, then this tutorial is for you! I have no idea how many times I have had to run to my baby gifts stash and instantly had a cute gift ready to go 🙂 For this you will need:
1 yard of flannel (as of today Joannes has all their flannel for $1.99/yd and you know I went and racked up :))
*Prewash if you want.
Rotary cutter and self-healing mat
Step 1: Cut a 27″ (length) by 28″ (wide) square out of your fabric
I chose to go with a square but you can round your corners if you like.
I folded mine in half and then cut it 27x14Step 2:Sew a zig zag stitch around the edge on all four sides. When you get to the corner make sure your needle is inserted into the fabric, lift the presser foot, and turn the fabric. Then lower the foot back down and begin stitching the edge. Repeat at all corners. If you have rounded corners then you can just continue around without stopping. Here is my machines zig zag setting
Zig zag stitch in action
Step 3: Trim up any loose threads and clip the edges that may stick out a bit.
That’s it you’re done. How easy was that 🙂 Now go make a ton and put them safely away until you get that next phone call from your friend asking you what time you are going to be at the shower today…..
Just a few I whipped up in less than 30 minutes.
P.S. You will have left over fabric if you get a whole yard. Make a matching burp cloth to complete the gift here
Have I mentioned before how much I LOVE Babes of Sweet. Oh that’s right. I have. You can read about it here. I purchased a new pattern called the One Shoulder Tunic. Once again the pattern was simple and very quick. I have also now fallen in LOVE with elastic thread. How have I never sewn with this awesomeness before! I made two One Shoulder Tunics for Stink. On one I decided to do extra rows of shirring. It turned out super cute. The Tinkerbell dress was easy as well and required no pattern. All I did was measure Stinkerbell’s chest and subtract two inches. Then bought some already smocked/shirred fabric. I then just put the right sides together and sewed the seam up. It was that simple! I may whip up a few more for the beach trips we have coming up this summer. I’m thinking it’s going to be perfect as a beach/pool cover up 🙂
One Shoulder Tunic 1
She wanted to wear her new dress but didn't want to take off her other clothes....
One Shoulder Tunic #2
Easy Peasy Tinkerbell Dress
As you might recall my little Stinkerbell has an affinity for sucking on things. She used to have this purple lovey, you can read about it here, until I tried to replace it with an identical new one. She totally didn’t buy it though. So, I washed it and put it in a safe place. That is when she decided that she would become attached to two blankets that some one gave us. They are these adorable and soft blankets that have fluffiness on one side and channell (sp?) lining the other. Huh? Channell?????? Yeah….. so that made it through all of like 10 washings. Then I had to cut the linings off because they were shredding and I’m a first time mommy and the thought kept racing through my head “what if she chokes on it?????????” So we were then left with two hideously ugly blankets that my Stinkerbell is completely attached to. More so than the lovey. She calls both the blankets “kiki.” I guess she couldn’t say “blanket.” Who knows. THat’s also what she calls one of my sisters…… Well, as you can imagine these blankets are worn and torn. I thought since I am sewing now that I would make her a new one. Here is what I did:
1 yard of soft fluffy type fabric (machine washable is a must with little ones!)
1 yard of lining (again, machine washable people!- we’re talking about a two year old here :))
2 packages of corresponding piping (about 5 yards total I think.)
Step 1. Cut both the main fabric and lining to your desired length
Step 2. Pin the piping to the wrong side of the main fabric with the piping part just hanging over the edge. When you have to use a new piece of piping just do it like this- on the last inch of the piping undo the stitching and cut out the inserted cording. Then place the new strand of piping in at where you cut off the old piping. Continue to pin.
Step 3. You can skip this step if you are more advanced at sewing. I am not, so I sewed the piping onto the main fabric to help keep it in place.
Step 4. Pin the main fabric and lining fabric wrong sides together so that the piping is sandwiched between them. Sew around the seams leaving a two inch opening.
Step 5. Trim any excess and then turn right side out.
Step6. Close up your hole and then continue to top stitch around the blanket outside to give it a finished look.
Here is mine:
Sorry the pic is so crappy. It was late and all I had handy was the Iphone
She is SUPER into hearts right now. She is showing me each of the hearts on "new kiki" Sadly though, she wouldn't give up the old ones... Now we have 3 kikis.....