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stroller0During our community yard sale I saw this old stroller with dirty fabric. Not so cute looking and although Little Miss is still way too young for a doll stroller, I thought it could be a nice little project to replace the fabric with something cuter. One wheel axel is bent a little, but otherwise it’s in good shape. It even folds in like a real stroller! How funny :).

When I heard they only asked $1 for it, well…it didn’t need to think much longer!

I started off with a cute fabric, but it just wasn’t working for me:

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This is what I came up with! I’m entering it in the Bari J 10 year / 10 collections contest to win her new fabric line and lots of other really beautiful goodies. I love her fabric designs and just bought the Bijoux quilt kit to make some day (hopefully very soon) for the guest room.

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I thought it would be cute to make some pics with Little Miss pretending she was using it. She loves to stand up (even though she can’t really yet, she’s only (already!) 8 months) and she got so excited when she saw giraffe in the stroller! She’s so sweet, she totally rocks my world :) <3.

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51GnRuj1DGL._SX300_ I got this Tot Tutors book rack for the playroom last week. Seems like an easy way for Miss A. to take her own books out, when she feels like reading. It’s not as big as it looks, only 28×28″ (71x71cm). The colors are cute, but I knew they weren’t really going to match my ideas for the playroom, so I decided to make new ‘shelves’.

An fairly easy project, just 5 pieces of fabric, but my major problems is always that I can’t sew a straight line. They always end up wobbly or slanted. Ugh. Any tips? The problem starts with not being able to cut straight with the ruler and rotary cutter. I follow seam guide lines, but my sewing is never as straight as I’d like. Even when drawing erasable lines….Any recommendations would be much appreciated!

Fabric:
– 1 yard of Bohemian Charms in Cream – Bijoux by Bari J
– the yellow is a vintage fabric I got at a recent ASG estate sale.
– white flannel (lining)

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I would have liked adding a summary of the things I’ve made in 2014, but that doesn’t make much sense if that means an exact copy paste of my last 10 blog posts :P. I guess adding a baby and renovating a nest to that list, does make it my most productive year ever ;).

Instead of focusing on my lack of sewn items, I’ve made a summary of (more or less) everything I’ve made since 2011. Motivating myself to keep creating, as little as it might be and as slow as it might go. Hoping to one day put my sewing machine, serger, embroidery machine and all those Craftsy classes I signed up for, to good use.

Check my full list of finished projects here.

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Some things I’ve made lately!

Mochi rattle

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smc-select-solavitaThe Ravelry pattern is called Bunny ?, however this doesn’t really remind me of a bunny, just a cute Japanese character.

I added a small rattle insert to the head, bought from the While She Naps Etsy shop.

The yarn is the gorgeous SMC Select Solavita in Lagoon, bought last year at Hill Country Weavers in Austin.

Spikey has been so affectionate lately that I let him test (read: look at) the rattle for a while.

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Baby hats

Made a bunch of baby hats and no-scratch mittens. Wasn’t sure about the sizing so I made 2 different sizes. The baby hat tutorial is from Makeit-Loveit. I can’t find the mittens pattern anymore, but the instructions were very incomplete anyway, so I winged it as best as possible. I used extra soft baby elastic.
The hats are made entirely on the serger, the mittens are a mix between sewing machine and serger.

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Heart garland

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I made this heart garland about 6 weeks ago for my baby’s Panda Warmer. What is a Panda Warmer, you’ll say…well this! A hospital bassinet :). The tutorial for the heart garland (great craft for kids because you can use staples instead of a sewing machine) is by Betz White and can be found here.

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Bath apron

I saw this little idea on the web, to make a terry cloth apron for baby out of a store-bought towel. Seems like a good way to dry a slippery baby :). I didn’t use a tutorial, just used my own kitchen apron as a pattern. Excuse my lazy preggers outfit :)

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Monster quilt McCalls M6411

I started this monster play quilt 10 weeks ago. Don’t think I’ll be able to finish it before baby comes. I put it away while cleaning the house. Choosing the colors is the hardest part :).

I’m adding crinkly plastic and using mostly minky fleece.

These guys still need mouths:

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Baprons

Cut plenty of baprons in March and finished the ones for Kimia and these too for myself, but never got to posting them. I still have quite a few cut, waiting to be finished. These are about 80% of the original pattern so a 2-3months old baby should be able to wear them (while drinking from a bottle or something).

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belly30wsmallGuess I really can’t deny this belly anymore ;)

The nesting sewing bug has finally hit me!

Baby, you need to wait a few more weeks to make your entry, I still want to make 25 items, haha.

But I will have time to sew while baby naps, right? Right, right? (Don’t say no, please! So many ideas, so little time).

Here are some things I’ve made the past few weeks:

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Changing Pad cover, pattern from Craftsy class, but same as shown here. Didn’t use my serger this time. Owl was made 3 years ago, my first sewn toy :).

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Changing pad cover number 2. No owls were harmed in the making of this picture!

I may end up making a 3rd, but will then use this tutorial to make the shape a little bit more defined/precise.

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Two nursing covers with boning (Dutch: baleinen), making it stand open and allowing baby to breath and the mother to peek in, while others can’t. These are sold for A LOT of money online ($50+ a piece), but are extremely easy&fast to make and the cost for these two was about $20 total. Fabric is home decor weight (left: Joel Dewberry, right: JoAnn’s).
Tutorial by Sew Much Ado.

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Sew Much Ado’s infant peasant dress (0-3months).

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Serged all the raw edges of these dresses, making them come together pretty quick! :) Btw I like funky serger thread combinations, white is just too boring :).

Now I’m left wondering how big (or small?) these dresses really will be on baby.

Stay tuned for more!

Oops….it’s been a while since my last blog!
Been busy with lots of other things; maintaining and handing over the local sewing website, lots of house hunting and feeling queasy (doing better now :D).

But I have some really exciting things to show you soon, starting with my new ‘toy’.

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Pretty duo, don’t you think? ^v^

I had been wanting a serger (= lock machine) for a long time now, but could never justify the purchase, until now! :D. I know I’ll use it loads and loads in the (near) future! I’m so excited!

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