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I have always been into vintage, even more so lately if that’s possible. Vintage kids books, vintage patterns, and especially vintage fabric. You may have seen some of the cute tops, shorts and dresses I made for my kiddos during KCWC.
To celebrate my love of vintage, this May Giveaway Day I’m going to make something out of a great vintage fabric for one of you lucky readers. I can do a dress or top for little girls NB to 6 or a pair of pants or shorts for little boys NB to 6.
If this sounds too crazy and you just want something you’ve already laid your eyes on, feel free to check out my shop and pick any item $15 or less.
Let me know in the comments what your favorite color is and a little about the kiddo I’ll be sewing for. I’ll pick the winner at random on May 26th. This contest is open to everyone, even my international readers.
If you have any feedback about my shop I’d love to hear that, too. Thanks for visiting and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog! We’re going to be doing a lot of fun stuff this summer.
NOTE: The items pictured in this post are NOT the item being given away. The item the winner will receive will be handmade by me after the giveaway is closed.
First of all if you haven’t heard of Joel Henriques and his blog, Made by Joel then you need to drop everything you are doing and go there immediately. Seriously! I love this guy’s projects. One in particular that looked, (and was) easy and lots of fun is his fabric nesting dolls project. I made a set for two of our closest family friends and one set for my youngest, but these won’t be the last that I do I can promise you that! It combined both sewing and drawing, two areas where I’m really hoping to expand my talents this upcoming year. Drawing the little figures which I based on the actual friends I gave the dolls to, was such a kick! And the dolls themselves are very versatile. Since they stand on their own they can be moved as dolls or puppets. You could probably even turn them into game pieces if you wanted!
I joked that people would think my 4 year old drew them, but everyone seemed to be able to see themselves in their doll. Pretty cool since I consider myself someone who can’t draw at all. I’m realizing that thinking of myself as such has been a major barrier and I’m hoping to really get over that in the next months. Hmmm… sounds like what I said two years ago when I decided to start this blog and teach myself to sew and now look at me! I’ve been selling my hand sewn clothing and accessories for almost a year now!
I also had a lot of fun making a Pippi Longstocking doll for PZ based on Laura Child’s illustrations and a Lowly Worm doll for PZ’s best friend E from the Richard Scarry books.
The Pippi doll I made using my own adaptation of the Tag Along doll pattern from Hillary Lang’s Wee Wonderfuls book. (Great book!) The body is some of my favorite fabric, Denyse Schmidt’s Flea Market Fancy. The rest of the body is made from wool felt that I got at Gossamer.
I’ve been wanting to make one of these ever since I saw one as a giveaway prize on a blog (sorry, can’t remember the name!) during last year’s Sew, Mama, Sew‘s Giveaway Day. It is super easy. I couldn’t find a tutorial anywhere, but it wan’t too hard to figure out. If you are looking for help on this one just let me know and I’ll try and dig up my numbers for this one. Hubs put a thick wire inside of Lowly so he’s super bendy and tough. Just perfect for a 4 year old little guy.
I’ll have a post soon about what I’m hoping to concentrate on crafty wise for the upcoming year and a few projects I have floating around inside my noodle. Pretty crazy stuff in there, let me tell ya! Well, Hubs is tearing the tree down and the kiddos are running around like crazy so I better get back to it. Happy holidays!
Posted in Handmade Projects, Inspiration Wednesday
Tagged denyse schmidt, fabric, fabric nesting dolls, flea market fancy, giveaway day, Gossamer, hand sewn, handmade lowly worm doll, handmade pippi longstocking doll, hillary lang, joel henriques, laura child's illustrations, made by joel, nesting dolls, nesting dolls tutorial, pippi longstocking, richard scarry, sew mama sew, tutorial, wee wonderfuls, wool felt
I finished my Stitched In Time doll. Yay! I’ll post pictures later. It is Q’s birthday today so, even though we’re not actually doing the party thing until Saturday (so you’ll probably be hearing about her birthday ALL week), PZ is going to her little summer school (thanks Liane!) which means Q and I can have a some one on one time. I’m taking my water baby swimming. While I’m doing that, you guys should check out these awesome toy tutorials. I subscribed to like 7 new blogs due to the compilation. Enjoy!
Toy Gathering Bucket Tutorial written by Kristen and posted on Sew, Mama, Sew!
Posted in Must have lists
Tagged balancing everything, bat toy, bunny tutorial, craft jr, craftstylish, elderberry flutes, fabric doll house, felt food tutorial, felt kitchen, felt play mat tangarang, felt toy, felt toys, finger puppet, gardening without skills, giraffe sock puppet tutorial, kitchen play mat, owl, revoluzzza, sew mama sew, shadow puppet, skip to my lou, soto softie, stitched in time, susan beal, toy gathering bucket, toy monster, toy tutorials, uk lass in us, urban organica, wee wonderfuls
Well it’s not perfect, but… what a journey I’m on. If you’d have told me in January that I would make a quilt this year I probably would have laughed. Here it is though and I am so thrilled with it, wrinkles and puckers and all.
I used Lizzie House Ducks for the back and Forest as the focus
We picked a ton of strawberries this weekend during our visit to Kruger’s Farm. I made a Strawberry Rhubarb pie from Smitten Kitchen that is divine. Yum! Next Saturday is the equinox folks. The true beginning of summer. So get out your flip flops, pour yourself some lemonade or better yet some strawberry lemonade slushie, and get ready to relax into some of these great summer tutorials. It’s summer, tutes!
1. Lee Meredith‘s How To Make a Two-Color A-Line Tee Skirt tutorial from Craftstylish.
2. Cal Patch‘s How To Make a One-Pattern-Piece Reversible Sun Hat from Craftsylish.
3. Auborn Studio‘s Felt Strawberry tutorial at Mr. Monkeysuit.
4. Mayaluna’s Summer Dreams Pillow Case Dress tutorial from maya*made.
5.Rachel’s Ruffly Headband tutorial at Heart of Light.
6. Beth’s Two Hour Dress/Tunic tutorial at Lula Louis.
7. LauPre‘s Easy Breezy Wrap Pant tutorial.
8. Ashley’s Getting Ready for Summer Beach Bag tutorial at Film in the Fridge.
9. Autumn’s Perfectly Portable Cushion tutorial at Sew, Mama, Sew!.
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Tagged auborn studio, cal patch, craftstylish, easy breezy wrap pants tutorial, felt strawberry tutorial, film in the fridge, getting ready for summer beach bag tutorial, heart of light, How To Make a One-Pattern-Piece Reversible Sun Hat, How To Make a Two-Color A-Line Tee Skirt tutoria, krugers farm, laupre, lee meredith, lula louis, maya made, mayaluna, mr. monkeysuit, perfectly portable cushion tutorial, ruffly headband, sew mama sew, smitten kitten, strawberries, strawberry lemonade slushie, strawberry rhubarb pie, summer dreams pillow case dress, summer equinox, summer tutorials, tunic tutorial, two hour dress
It is Sewing Machine Month at the Sew, Mama, Sew! blog and they are inviting us to talk about our machines. They’ve provided the questions, so all that is left is to provide the answers…
I had so many wonderfully crafty folks enter my May Giveaway Day Beginning Sewing giveaway. Sure, I went through ALL the Sew, Mama, Sew! giveaway participant lists and entered my fair share (and probably a couple other people’s fair share as well!) of giveaways. I also collected 15 or so new blogs to add to my reading list. But the best part of the entire event for me was getting to know some of my readers and fellow bloggers through your lovely, sometimes funny, and often inspiring stories about how, when, and why you began sewing.
In appreciation and admiration for all that you crafty ladies are doing, I’m featuring some of my favorite blogs and shops from all those that commented on my Beginning Sewing giveaway post. Thank you EVERYBODY for entering and telling me your stories and a special thanks to those of you who were sweet enough to share pictures of your work. Keep crafting and on with the list!
Tigerlily Tinkering – Melissa Q’s blog is part of a collective for a group of crafty friends. I especially liked that she’d done several of the same projects I’ve done – the felt crown, the smock from Bend the Rules Sewing.
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Tagged Portland, sew mama sew, May Giveaway Day, crafty blogs, tigerlily tinkering, sewchic, sew chic, sew chic girl, sew chic patterns, ex libris handmade, fabric baby books, secret cake, grab bags, vintage fabric and notions, words and wool, knitting blogs, sewing blogs, Nonpareil, indie style, Ikat Bag, princess tent, Vidastyle, child's vintage apron, Sweet Tidings, happy handmades, little stitches, Jennifer Ladd, handmade handbags
If you’ve been following along you’ll know all about the Handmade Experiment and how back in January I committed myself to making all the gifts I give this year. So far this has involved some baking and woodworking and a LOT of sewing. I had done a bit of sewing before – some pillows and the lining for a crocheted bag I made for a friend, but nothing like what I’ve done this year – tote bags, kid’s clothes, costumes, and even some plushies.
My hubs says he’s really proud of me. I’m proud of me, too! Sewing and creating for myself and friends and family is something that I’ve always wished I could do. I thought it would be so hard, but its not. My best piece of advice: start out simple. Sure you want to made retro swing dresses that fit you perfectly, but why not start with a cute tote or wrap skirt? One success will give you the confidence to move on the the next project and the next. Before you know it, your friends will be asking you to sew stuff for them!
For those who are letting their lack of a machine get in the way, check out your local fabric stores and crafty shops. You might find that there are sewing machines you can rent or a space you can go to work on your project. If you live in Portland or the surrounding area, check out DIY Alert! for a map of crafty spots around town and lists of classes.
Okay, so you might have picked up I’m big on promoting handmade. To prove I’m not all talk and to be a part of the May Giveaway Day spectacular that Sew, Mama, Sew! is throwing, The Handmade Experiment is reaching out to those sewing beginners and wish-I-coulders with an awesome sewing supplies giveaway from two great Portland designers!
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Tagged a fabric outlet, baking, Cool Cottons, crafty, DIY Alert!, duck fabric, eQuilter, fabric giveaway, free fabric, giveaway, Handmade Experiment, keyka lou patterns, lizzy house, May Giveaway Day, patern giveaway, pattern pdf, Portland, portland designers, red letter day, sew mama sew, sewing, sewing supplies, woodworking
A little nervous about summer time and having the kiddos home ALL the time? I’m with ya. But I’ve done a little research and there are plenty of things to make and do to keep the whole family entertained and happy through those months where you are the only teacher.
My daughter’s preschool has been on break for the last two weeks and the weather here in Portland is starting to get nice. We’ve been getting out – to the park, push biking, nature walks and bubble journeys. It is making me long for those warm summer days that will be here soon. These bubble blowers from Thyme2dream are so cool and would get tons of use on our journeys. Little timeless heirlooms that any kid would find magical. I’m sure they could double as wands or scepters. A great toy to get those young imaginations working.
Looking for a good homemade bubble recipe? Check out Casey Carle’s “Secret” Bubble Solution!
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Tagged backyard fun, barns, bean bag toss, bird's nest, Blynkenandnod, boutique nutmeg designs, box rivet sets, bubble blowers, cardboard playsets, cardboard vehicles, castles, child's play tent tutorial, collection bag, craft projects, craftsmanship, customized hula hoops, excess energy, family building, family project, FatTabbyWoolens, fly a kite, FriendlyFairies, future craft collective, handmade, handmade games, handmade hula hoops, handmade toys, handmade wand, handmade wooden boats, heirloom toy, How To, imagination, imaginative play, interesting ideas, juggling bags, kid's toys, kids stuff world, make a kite, make your own, Mr. McGroovy, nature box, nature exploration, nature journaling, ordinary life magic blog, Oregon artist, outdoor, pirate ship, princess carriages, scavenger hunt, sew mama sew, spaceships, summer fun, The Handmade Experiment, Thyme2dream, toy boat, tutorial, Welcome2ourworld