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basic-tee, any 5 year old can wear these

I wanted to make some shirts for my niece who turned five earlier this year.  I looked on the interwebs along with Pinterest.  I don’t remember where I found this tutorial but the pattern can be found on Craftsy.

According to the measurements, the free pattern size, size four, would fit my niece.  So I printed the instructions and free pattern and cut them up.  I typically use my little mason jars that hold all my sewing things as weights.  I’m hoping to make some real weights soon. Using the rotary helps out so much to cut knit fabric.
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I didn’t get photos of actually making the shirts, but here they are.
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Cute kids prints.
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I thought this one would be nice as it is plain but still sweet.
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I thought this would be too busy but in the end I really liked it.
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All sewn up and folded, ready to be gifted.
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My niece’s mom said they’re too big for her, they’re more like a size six.  But at least they weren’t too small for her.

Hope to get a shot of her wearing them soon.

Hello Kitty, Quilt Me aka Pinspiration – numero cincuenta y cuatro

In March 2015 I made my first quilt.  A basic straight line baby quilt.  I found 30 Handmade Days tutorial on Pinterest.

I found these cute Hello Kitty prints and these super cute coordinating prints.  Girly but not too girly.  And those colors!!!  Yum!
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I cut all the pieces, strips only in varying size.  I’m sewing them together using my sewing machine table.  I had just gotten it and was super excited to use it.  Having that extra table length helps out tremendously!
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This is the back.  I used two coordinating prints from the front to showcase in the back.
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A VERY blurry picture but it’s showing how the quilting process.  Just straight stitches but I had to roll up the ends to fit in the “throat” of the sewing machine.
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Another quilting shot.  Look at the topstitching!  Haha!!
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The very first time that I ever ran out of thread!
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Applying the binding by machine.  Love those binder clips!
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The completed top side.
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The completed bottom side.  I used the remaining scraps to make the binding so that’s why it’s a bit different on all sides.
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I had a lot of fun making this quilt.  I’ve even made one more since and have another in the works.  I’ll be posting them soon. ish.  Haha.

Hippity, Hip, Hip

My friend at Old Navy had wanted a hip pouch fanny pack.  I had seen a few patterns for making an actual fanny pack with it being gusseted and all.  I wasn’t sure about how I could make it so I hesitated.  I had read somewhere that you could basically make one by using a regular zip bag and attaching some straps to it.  I think I read that on Maggie Whitley aka Gussey Sews instagram.

So I set out to make one just like that.  I made a zip bag/pouch and added straps to the sides to wrap around her waist.  She has kind of an eclectic taste so after we found some prints that she liked I set to it.

Here are the pieces cut out (she gave me measurements of what size she was looking for).
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I had made a flap to go over the zipper so you can see here how I attached it to the zipper.
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And here is where I topstitched it in place.  The flap closed over the zipper.
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In order to flip your bag inside out you have to leave a opening which is what is shown here.  You can see the straps and flap and everything!
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Here it is all finished.  I also added a magnetic snap so that the flap would stay closed.
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A close-up of the zip bag with flap and straps to wrap around the waist!
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The recipient!  Such a ham!
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After using it for a while, she mentioned that it’s actually kinda hard to use with the closure being knotted.  So in the future I think I’ll have to come up with another way to make the straps close.  I’m thinking maybe using a buckle, parachute closures, or even a swivel clasp/d-rings.  The possibilities are endless!

Nighty Night Nightgown

In early 2015 I made my first garment. Thankfully it was for a toddler so the pieces were small. It’s Kwik Sew 3423.

I made these nightgowns for neighbor-A’s daughter, neighbor-AM. She’s now grown so much that these are too small for her.

This is a polyester one that I made for during winter. But because I hadn’t ever made anything and I like to get a larger size in clothes I made this one one size too big. And neighbor-AM couldn’t wear this one until late fall 2015. Neighbor-AM is on the shorter side and so when she starting wearing it it was just barely off the floor. Haha. When she grew out of it, it hit her about mid-calf and was short in the arms about a few inches.
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This is a quiliting cotton I found at Joann’s. This one was made in her exact size. And when she grew out of it it was too short in the arms and perfect in the body.
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For her birthday this year, 2016, I made another one for her in her favorite disney character, Minnie Mouse! This time I shortened the body by four inches and increased the arms by two inches. When she got it, it fit perfectly!
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This was a great segway into sewing something that doesn’t have straight edges. Up until now I’ve only sewn zipper bags and purses that have straight edges. It was fun seeing all the pieces come together. And now I’m addicted.

Mix the Flames

I made my father-in-law a cover for his stand mixer. He had mentioned that he likes a flame print so I went to Joann’s and found two flame prints. This was the better looking of the two. I then did some research on pinterest and used my own cover as a template. (I had purchased my cover before I started sewing.)

Based off the research from pinterest and my cover I cut the pieces.
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Close up of print.
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“Quilting” pattern for the pocket piece.
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Quilted piece.
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My first time using the overlock foot.
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This is what the overlook foot makes the thread do. It acts as a serger-ish type stitch.
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Completed cover.
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I had a fun time making this cover though it was a bit difficult at times. I wasn’t sure if it would be too short or too small but it actually fit pretty perfectly. The only thing I would change is that I would make it a little longer.

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