Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Little Stitches for Little People

Hi everyone, Angela here. I have to admit to never being much of a seamstress. When I was young, I learned enough to sew some of my own barbie clothes, but they were pretty rudimentary - as in, here is a sack with a hole for your arms and head. A little ribbon for a belt and they were ready for the ball!

When I had kids, I decided I should try my hand a few bigger projects for my new "dolls". Pinterest inspired this dress, built onto a onesie. Again, the ribbon around the waist made an excellent addition.



And then, because I didn't want to spend the big bucks on a nice nursing pillow, I spend just as much on the fabric to make my own with washable cover, etc.


I also wanted to do something special for my boy. The pattern for the cars I just pulled of the internet and otherwise just added some ties. I made a second quilt later out of a single panel spiderman curtain I found at a garage sale and a bark blue fleece blanket we had. I just tied that one, but it seems to be his favorite...probably because of spiderman.


I must admit to enjoying improving my sewing abilities, and someday I might try something even more complicated...like pajama pants. As my favorite attire for writing, I can always use another pair. ;)

What are some sewing projects you've done recently? Or do you prefer to go to the store and buy it already made for less of a cost? (At least, that is how expensive fabric is up here in Canada.)

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15 comments:

  1. Fabric is expensive. A friend of mine sews all of the clothes for her little girls. She buys the cutest bed sheets from charity stores, just think of all that beautiful material, to make the clothes. At $1 per sheet, what a bargain.

    I can sew, but would rather knit.

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    1. To think it used to me cheaper to make your own clothes! Buying sheets from thrift stores is smart. :)

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  2. When I sewed, I did it because I liked to make something different--I usually created my own patterns--take a piece of this one and a piece of that one. lol But then I got too busy to sew. I miss it sometimes!

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    1. It's fun to be creative, Patricia. It is easy to get too busy, though. That is one of my main problems lately.

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  3. I've taught myself to do rag baby blankets, with the help of a lady's blog that had instructions for the denim one I did. It took months. The others I've just done with flannelette and in long strips instead of squares. Goes much faster. Next project is a table runner. I have one more fabric to cut out and then it's sewing them together. I'm going off a photo because I couldn't find any patterns.

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  4. Awesome! I love rag baby blankets, and should probably learn how to do them someday...maybe for the next baby I have. That's great you can go off a photo. Talented! :)

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  5. True Confession time--I don't sew, ANYTHING! My husband sews on the buttons and he uses dental floss so they don't come off that easily. His mother passed on a few years ago and he inherited her old sewing machine so he's done a little mending too! His ancestors were tailors and bakers--did I mention he makes pies! I chose wisely!

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    1. Yes, you did! Dental floss is brilliant.

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  6. The only thing I sew theses days is with my quilting. I use the machine to attach the back and front pieces and then I hand sew binding around the finished quilt. Your projects are great.

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    1. Thanks! I would love to see pictures of your quilts sometime. :)

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    2. If you go to my Pinterest page, under Chappy Debbie Mitchell, some of my quilts are in my Homemade Crafts board.

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  7. I used to sew a lot, for both my daughter and myself. After she was grown and I was working full-time, I quit for quite some time. I recently decided to do some sewing for my two year old granddaughter and I was shocked when i saw the prices of the patterns and material! Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. The prices definitely hurt, which is really to bad. I think it's because it's become strictly a "hobby" and a small market.

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  8. I enjoy learning to sew and have done a few things. The determining factors are cost and time. I like making baby stuff because you get the results faster. I have made a bathrobe a jersey and a sewing tool set for myself and a serger quilt during my sewing classes. Since then I made a few skirts a bib, a baby's long onesie, I am still trying to get making pajama pants right. If fabric was cheaper I would be encouraged to make lots more stuff. I get lots of great patterns and instructions online.

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    1. It is amazing what you can find online now. Just need a source for cheap fabric!

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