Girls Night Out!

Last weekend I stole a couple of hours out with my closest girlfriends to attend a sewing class at Five Eighth Seams.  They are a local fabric and sewing store that I simply adore!  They have fabulous, classic southern prints and a whole wall full of adorable patterns.  And recently, I’ve discovered the sewing classes that they offer {including a Mom’s Morning Out, Beginner’s Classes and Kids Sewing!}.

Girls Night Out at Five Eighth Seams - Palmettos and Pigtails

The shop is sew cute {hehe}, with finished patterns decorating the walls, stacks of buttons and racks and racks of glorious fabric.

Girls Night Out at Five Eighth Seams - Palmettos and Pigtails

Girls Night Out at Five Eighth Seams - Palmettos and Pigtails

We had some serious beginners in our little class, so I was ecstatic that our instructor Stacy was very patient, and did a great job of fixing all of our disasters!

Girls Night Out at Five Eighth Seams - Palmettos and Pigtails

Girls Night Out at Five Eighth Seams - Palmettos and Pigtails

The class was only $25, was two hours of us chatterboxes socializing and laughing, included fabric to make two infinity scarves, and included instruction and endless patience from Stacy!  Good deal!

Girls Night Out at Five Eighth Seams - Palmettos and Pigtails

Girls Night Out at Five Eighth Seams - Palmettos and Pigtails

We even had a little extra time to make a couple of extra scarves for our kids.  I’m planning on posting a tutorial next week for the scarves, so stay tuned!

Girls Night Out at Five Eighth Seams - Palmettos and Pigtails

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DIY Pajamas {Applique Tutorial for Dummies}

I was tickled at the way the pajama pants turned out!  So cute, but I needed some shirts that were gender-neutral {since I was making for both girls and a guy}, and would be able to coordinate easily with each other.  Honestly, I found my inspiration from Zulily a while back.  I wish I could have linked to the site, but since the sale on these particular shirts has long since been over, the link won’t work anyway.  But trust me, that the shirts on there were $18.99 each, and looked remarkably like the ones I was able to make in about 30 minutes….for a total of less than $20 { for all four!!}.  And not that I’m calling you a dummy, that’d be me.  And since I blundered my way through figuring out how to make these, I thought I’d share with you a DIY: Appliqué Tutorial for Dummies!

DIY Applique Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails


-a piece of cardboard cut into the shape of your appliqué {in my case, a triangle}…I used a cereal box
-fabric for your appliqué 
-iron-on adhesive
-sewing materials, including coordinating colors of thread
-ribbon or cording to be your tree trunks {only necessary for this particular appliqué}

My triangles were 2″ wide by 3″ tall for the 5T shirts I made, and were 1.5″ wide by 2.5″ tall for my 3T shirts.  Cut your cardboard to size.

Then follow the directions on your iron-on adhesive to iron the adhesive to the wrong side of your fabric.

Then trace your cardboard onto the fabric and cut your appliqué shape out of the fabric.  This ensures that your fabric is secure to the adhesive all the way to the edges and will prevent fraying.

Position the appliqués onto your fabric, peel the paper off the back, and {according to the directions}, iron your appliqués onto your fabric.

*Sidebar:  I highly suggest making a few extra appliqués pieces, and getting some similar fabric to practice sewing it to.  You’ll want to experiment with your zigzag stitch…both the width of the zig and the length of the zag {am I speaking nonsense here?!?!}.  Obviously from my picture above, I practiced a lot.  I also originally used a scrap piece of lightweight cotton to practice, then realized that the pajama top was a heavy cotton, and needed a very different stitch.  So practice.  A lot.

Once you find the ideal zigzag stitch, start at a corner and slowly make your way around your appliqué piece, being sure that your zigzag is tagging both sides of the edge of the appliqué.  For my triangles, I went across the bottom first, backstitching at the beginning and end, then went up each side, ending at the point of the the tree.

It took me a lot of practice, but it got easier and smoother each time!

To make the tree trunks, I found this cute cording over with the ribbon at Hobby Lobby.  The I sewed across the width to hold it down, and then used brown thread and a zigzag stitch to tack down the length of the “trunk,” before backstitching at the end.

Each shirt had the three trees on it, but all three shirts were different, and coordinated with the matching pajama pants, as well as the color of the ruffle or cuff on the pants.  And, they also coordinated with their sibling’s pants.  That’s right….I tied it all together!

I’ll show you the finished outfits on Monday, when I tell you about our weekend adventure!!

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DIY Pajamas: Part 2 {Ruffles and Cuffs}

On Monday, I taught you how to make some general pajama pants, using existing pants as your pattern.  Today, I’m gonna show you how to finish the bottoms of your pajamas with ruffles and cuffs.  My disclaimer is:  I’m a self-taught seamstress who doesn’t have the best technique in the world….but it works for me!  Hopefully, it can work for you too!

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

First up, how to make ruffles.  I wanted big ruffles on my pajamas, so I cut strips of fabric that were 4″ wide and two and a half times the circumference of the bottom of each pant leg.  I folded over one raw seam twice and sewed  the bottom seam.

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then, I sewed the two ends of each of my strips together, to form two loops.  I kicked the tension setting on my sewing machine up to 9 {you might want to experiment with this} and lengthened my stitch as much as possible, which created a natural ruffle as I sewed.  Make sure you don’t finish your ends, and leave the tails of your thread long, so you can gently pull more on the threads to tighten your ruffles if needed.

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then, slide your ruffle loop over the end of your pants legs {right sides together} and pin.  Sew around the entire cuff, taking care to sew on the inside of your ruffle stitches, so they don’t show.  I used the zigzag stitch to finish the raw edges.

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Now, on to the cuffs for little boys.  I used a white flannel fabric to make my cuffs.  Three inches wide, and the same length as the circumference of the bottom of each pants leg hole, plus about an inch and a half.  Use 1/4″ seams throughout the tutorial.

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

First, iron your cuff strips in half.  Then, open up the fabric again.  Fold both raw edges into the ironed half-way mark that you just made.

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Iron it down {I used steam, just to make sure!}.  You’ll need those iron marks for the rest of the tutorial!!

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Open up and line up one of your raw edges with the raw edge of your pajama pants leg {right sides together}.  Make sure the end of your cuff hangs over the edge of the side of the pants leg.  Pin the raw edges of the cuff and the pants leg together.  Then pin the ends of the cuff together.  Sew the two ends of the cuff together first {fold the pants away from that seam if needed}.  Complete with a zigzag stitch to prevent fraying.  Then sew the cuff to the pants leg.  Zigzag to finish.

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Notice the fold mark in the picture above?  You are going to do a couple of tacking stitches from the bottom of your cuff up to the fold line.  {This will keep your cuffs folded nicely at the end}

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Pull the raw edge that you see in the photo above, all the way down, so you can see you finished seam between the cuff and the pants leg.  Now, turn your pajama pants inside out.  You are going to fold the raw edge of your cuff back up {you should be able to follow your original ironed line}, and pin it to your cuff/pants leg seam that you just finished sewing.  Again, use the zigzag stitch to finish your seams to prevent unraveling.

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

When you flip your pants back to the correct side again, you’ll need to adjust the cuffs back to those original ironed lines that you made at the very beginning.  I ironed my cuffs again at the very end, just to be sure they stayed put, but the tacking stitched you made should help the cuffs stay in place too!

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Want to know how I made the matching appliquéd shirts?  Stay tuned to see my completed project!! =)

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DIY Bubble Skirt

Have I told you about our new addition yet?  We have a new God-daughter!  Ok, so I’m already almost two months late with this post, but I just had to brag a little bit!  Baby Rosalie Mae was born in the wee morning hours of July 19th to Betsy and Jason.  Big sister Lulabelle was thrilled, and we were lucky enough to get up to Maryland within a few days to meet her.

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Isn’t she beautiful?!?!  I just love her!  And immediately needed to sew for her.  So amongst the hand-me-downs, little Rosie got some new digs too.  I made her a carseat cushion and burpcloth to match the big girls’ lady bug dresses.

Matching Carseat Carrier Cushion and Burpcloths from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

 And then I decided she needed a little skirt too.  Luckily, I had some scraps on hand and so it only took me about 15 minutes to whip up this little bubble skirt for her.

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

The scrap of fabric I used was 27 inches long and 11 inches wide.  I folded the fabric in half length-wise with right sides together, to create a 27″x5.5″ strip.  I sewed along the long rough edge with a 1/4″ seam. to create a tube.

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then I turned the fabric tube right side out.  My pictures get a little tricky from here, because the “right side” of the fabric will also be the inside of the skirt.  I laid the tube down and ironed it flat.  Then, I folded the seam over about  3/4″, wide enough for my elastic to easily slide through.  The photo below is just to demonstrate the fabric/elastic ratio…I didn’t actually thread the elastic through until after I sewed over the flap.
DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then I threaded the elastic through, overlapping the ends and tacking.  {By the way, the length of elastic I used was also a scrap, but it was a little over 1/3 of the length of my fabric….I think it was about 10 inches long}. Then I sewed the two short ends of the fabric together, which also held the elastic overlap in place and finished the seam with a zig-zig stitch.

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then I flipped the skirt right side out and viola!

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

It turned out so cute!  The only thing is that I wish I had made some bloomers too!  Either that, or we need to teach little Rosie to sit like a lady…

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

I can’t wait to make more of these simple little skirts!

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Easter Bunny Bowling

Well, aren’t I the crafty one lately!!  I told you I have been working on lots of things….  I think it must be my daily schedule.  I seem to be more on track lately and better able to manage my time (which gives me more ME TIME!). You know that we have put ourselves on a budget, but did you know we are also on a diet?  I’ll have to post more about that another time (just know we have lost almost 10 pounds each within the last month!!).  Because of these two factors, I have been searching for some creative, cheap Easter basket stuffers.  I didn’t want to fill the girls’ baskets with tons of candy and junk, and didn’t want to spend a ton on little Easter-themed junk either.  So what did I do?  I turned to Pinterest, of course!

I found a free pattern for these cute little guys on etsy….free! courtesy of The Long Thread .  Hers were solid colors with patterned ear-insides.  But I had some beautiful spring scraps that I decided to use instead.

And I had the hardest time finding a hard wooden ball to serve as the bowling ball.  I finally found one at A.C. Moore….but it’s actually a doll head, and a little flat on one side.  So I plan on sanding it down a little more so it rolls better, and then painting it brown and modge podging something cute on….TBD.  I just have to find a naptime when both girls are down to break out the paint and glue!

I chose six fabrics, but made sure that they were grouped in pairs that matched, because I wanted the ears to coordinate with the bodies.

If you try this project, here are a couple of hints: Although I loved the darker, busier patterns (my reds!)….it’s much harder to see the embroidered faces because of this.  However, the lighter fabrics made the dark embroidery floss show through….so make sure to trim if you use lighter fabric.  I had planned to add a little something for a tail, but I forgot…so let me know if you try this and add one-I’d love to see your ideas!  Also, I did use a 1/2 cup of rice like the directions stated, but I filled the bunnies up with a little more stuffing than she prescribed….to about an inch from the bottom.  And finally, I don’t really like my ears.  I was worried about them being too short, so I was stingy on the seams….when actually the opposite happened and I think they are a little long (they have a hard time standing up!).  So feel free to extend their seam allowance a little (maybe to 1/2″)…and maybe your bunnies’ ears will be perkier!

Here’s the direct link to the pattern

I’m linkin’ up this week…and I have some new linky parties so be sure to check them out for other Spring inspiration!

Scrap Quilt

I’ve been sewing for about a year now, and have no real craft area.  Everything is kept in Tupperware tubs in a giant armoire.  So, needless to say, I was overflowing with little scraps of fabric.  Time to do something with those little pieces.  Because they were kind of all in one color family (pinks, browns, turquoise and green), but all different sizes, I decided to try my hand at a scrap quilt.

Don’t get me wrong….I can appreciate the design and hard work that quilters put into their creations.  But I have no desire to become a quilter.  In fact, I can barely call myself a sewer……so I needed to be able to do this simply and quickly.

So I cut up my fabric into different size pieces, using several pieces of cardboard as my templates to trace.  I had a quilt panel in my pile of random fabrics, but like I said….I have no intention of quilting.  So I cut it up instead, cutting the characters from the quilt panel into the largest squares, and then using the surrounding patterns as smaller parts.  I used strips of the fabrics as the borders too.  And to be honest, I did this completely by trial and error….I had no idea what I was doing.  But, I figured it was a scrap quilt, so the more hodgepodged it looked, the better.

Bear with me…’s how I did it:

thirty 6 1/2 inch squares
sixty 3 1/2 inch squares
seven strips of 45 1/2 inches worth of fabric…..with each strip being 2 inches wide….and having 1/4 inch of seam allowance on each end
one large piece of fabric 47 inches by 45 1/2 inches
1 piece of quilt batting measuring 46 1/2 inches by 45 inches

I had a big scrap of padding….so I folded a corner over to form a square and cut off the excess ( I think it ended up being about 46 square inches)

This was one of the spare pieces of fabric I had that I loved, but wasn’t sure what to do with….so I cut it up to use as my focus squares on my quilt.

I measured all of the little critters on the panel, and luckily they all were about 6″….so I decided to make my larger squares that size (when finished).

I used a piece of cardboard as my template to cut around.  (I made three templates…a 6 1/2″ square, a 3 1/2″ square and a 2″ wide strip….length doesn’t really matter…..all seam allowances for this project are 1/4″)

 There were large chunks of interesting patterns left after I cut out the critters, so I supplemented more 6 1/2″ squares with them (and other fabric I had), and also used them for my smaller squares (which ended up being 3 1/2″ squares).  If you look carefully, you can see where I drew my lines using a washable fabric pen.  All of my seam allowances were 1/4″.

I also cut 2″ strips from scraps (varying lengths) to use as my borders.  Then I laid everything out on top of my batting.  I wasn’t too concerned about it fitting exactly, but I wanted to make sure that it was at least as wide as the batting….I ended up trimming excess at the end of my project.  I also cut out one large piece of fabric to be the back of the quilt…..measure it to be the same size as your batting, and then add a 1/2″ around the edges to account for the seam.

Lay out your whole quilt…..I alternated one 6 1/2″ square and then two 3 1/2″ squares across, and then a 2″ strip in between each of the square rows.  Just keep cutting scraps until your quilt is filled!  I arranged mine on top of my batting to make sure it was big enough, and so I could get a visual on where all of the pieces were going to go.

 I wanted to make sure that each of my fabrics were spaced out, and no two same patterns were touching.  I also had to watch the spacing of my green and turquoise pieces because they totally clashed together….but spread out against the other patterns looked nice and were great bursts of color!

Time to sew!

Since there were going to be two 3 1/2″ pieces in between every 6 1/2″ piece….I needed to sew those together first.

I started to pin everything together before sewing….and quickly gave up.  So much easier just to hold it in place as I sewed!

Take your two 3 1/2″ pieces and place them right sides touching, raw sides together.  Make sure you know which edge to sew (based on the two 6 1/2″ squares it will be touching….pay attention to color and pattern placement).

Sew the two pieces together with a 1/4″ seam…do a quick backstitch at the beginning and end to tack the ends.

Here’s what the seam should look like on the right side.  Sew all of your pairs of 3 1/2″ squares together…but keep them placed out on your quilt so you know which direction they should go (again, watch your colors and patterns!).

Line up the raw edges of the 6 1/2″ square and the two (sewn together) 3 1/2″ squares….right sides touching.

Sew 1/4″ seams, and backstitch.

Here’s what it should look like.

Sew on the next pair of 3 1/2″ squares to the other side of your 6 1/2″ square and continue to the end of the row.

Here’s the first row I completed….you can see I didn’t follow my own advice about really watching my placement and which sides I was supposed to be stitching together….my snail was sideways!  I had to undo the stitching on both sides of that square, turn it, and redo it!

Do the same with your 2″ border strips.  Sew them all together-end to end with 1/4″ seams.  Then place them right sides together with your square strips, raw edges touching.  Sew a straight line down the whole strip (1/4″ seam), and backstitch at beginning and end. Once you do this to all of your strips, your quilt will be all in one piece….very satisfying to see it all come together!

I pinned the right sides of my quilt and the fabric for the back together.  I layered the batting on top of the quilt back and pinned it.

Ok, so I forgot to take pictures of these next couple of steps (sorry!), but they were pretty easy:

-I sewed all the way around (1/4″ seam), making sure to get the batting into the seam as well.  I left a 6-8 inch opening on one end so I could turn everything right-side out.

-Carefully stuff everything through the hole so that your quilt is facing right-side out.  At the hole, fold the raw edges under (and pin if necessary) and sew closed.  I use an 1/8″ seam allowance to sew it closed…..and then I keep going all the way around the edge of the finished quilt.  Then, I sew another stitch at a 1/4″ in from the edge….all the way around to give it a nice finished look.

Then I sewed along the right hand side of each of the strips of fabric in order to keep the batting in place.  I spread out the seam and used a light pink thread since it matched much of my fabric color and was light enough to be seen on the back of the quilt (my fabric was a yellow and white gingham on the back)


And she loves it!

Room for two!

P.S. Here’s where I’m linking up!

Lullabelle’s Christmas Dress

Yes, just another something I’ve been working on.  I finished it last week, but didn’t want to brag about it until Lullabelle got it.  I am quite proud of myself as this is probably the most complicated dress pattern I’ve tried so far.  I used New Look’s pattern 6903.  It took my about 2 weeks to make, but I also was only able to work for about a half an hour at a time while the girls were napping.  I am blessed to have a craft room, but unfortunately it’s an open design (no door) and I have a loud sewing machine.  So Jayna hates it when I sew while she is trying to rest.

For this pattern, I learned how to make ruffles, and mastered making a pocket.  I loved putting the rick-rack over the outer stitches…it makes the pocket look so clean!

It was also my first time using the button-hole function on my sewing machine.  I was way easier than I thought.  I even dragged out the How-To video for the machine to learn how to do it, but after watching it once….piece of cake!

I finally finished the rest of our DIY Christmas decor, but want to take a couple of days off to spend with my folks, who are here in town for a couple of days.  So, have a blessed Christmas this weekend and I’ll be back next week!  Merry Christmas!

Fall Burpcloth and One Ca-uuuute Baby!

This is the centerpiece on our coffee table in our living room.  To me, it’s the perfect type of decor.  Symmetrical candles, simple and easy to clean up pinecones and pumpkins, a little splash of fall color for my living room.  Everything is contained on a white rimmed plate and the cinnamon scent is heavenly and oh-so-Fallish.  It made me want to create those Fall themes on something.  But I had very little time (and frankly, not a whole lot of energy).  So, the most obvious and functional choice for me was to make a burp cloth.

I found some leaf and acorn cookie cutters in my pantry and decided to make use of them.  I traced them onto some fall-ish printed fabric that I had leftover from another project, and used an iron on transfer to adhere them to some flannel that I use to make burp cloths.  Then I carefully and slowly stitched around each shape with brown thread.  In general, I am terrible at doing this…..but practice makes perfect, right?  Here is the template I used, along with the turkey template from this post.

I folded the fabric in half width-wise with right sides touching and sewed all the way around with a half-inch seam.  I left about an inch and a half open at one end, so I could poke the cloth through to turn it right-side-out. (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of this step!)

I took another scrap of fabric and cut it lengthwise so that it would wrap completely around the width of the burp cloth.  Allow about 1/2 inch for seams.  I ironed the seams and then straight stitched them all the way around.  Then I sewed the two ends together to get a nice clean look.

Wrap the loop around the width of your burp cloth and position into place and pin.

Follow your existing stitching all the way around on both sides.

Then I stitched around the entire perimeter of the burpcloth again about a half an inch in from my original stitch….I think it makes a more finished look and is definitely a lot sturdier.  Then, I folded the burpcloth in half width-wise and ironed a crease.  I sewed a straight stich across the crease.  This helps with bunching when you wash it, and also helps when folding.

After stitching in the middle, stitch the middle of both side of the crease the same way….creating fourths.

Iron the whole thing and stick it in the wash.  And tada!  You can be festive while getting spit up on! =)

Here’s where I’m linking up this week!

Ballerina Big Sister

Buggy is officially a ballerina.  She started ballet at the YMCA in our neighborhood and loves it.  She loves a lot of things lately!  We walk to class every Monday, and join the other three ballerinas in butterfly stretches, sashays and tip toes.

They are learning a little dance for a performance of Bibbity Bobbity Boo on the last day of class.  Jayna loves to dance, but is quite often much more interested in comparing tutus, playing with her friends’ hair, swapping her shoes (she finds it fascinating that there is no right or left ballet shoe!  They can fit either foot!), and playing on the kickboxing equipment in the corner of the room.  Oh.  And don’t forget the mirrors.  She loves the mirrors!

But she also loves Ms. Lisa, her teacher (and also a friend from church).  And let me tell you-Ms. Lisa has the patience of a Saint with this crew of active girls!  But she manages to herd them each week and they all love ballet!

Jayna has proved to be an excellent Big Sister.  She loves “babysitting,” which consists of her playing with Amelia while I pee. =)  Amongst other things.  Really, it has been my saving grace, as I am able to do many 1-2 minute activities now that I have this new-found babysitter!

I am actually so fortunate to have had soooooo much help these past few weeks with moving and settling into the new house.  We have even had our first weekend visitors!  My aunts and uncle and cousins came to visit and meet Amelia a couple of weeks ago.  You may remember Julia and Wouter from our trip to Lancaster this summer.

It was their first time to Charleston, so we had to show them the sights.  And indulge in a little fountain playing!

And last week, Mom Mom flew down for a long weekend for her share of Baby Holding.

And she taught Buggy how to drive.

And managed to catch Elly and Tippy hanging out with Amelia!

So, that’s what we have been doing the past couple of weeks.  We are significantly downsizing the box situation, and our rooms are actually starting to look lived in!  It’s amazing how we can move into this big house, but have  somehow manage to have less storage than in our old house.  But I guess it’s really a good thing as we have been forced to declutter and prioritize our “stuff.” We pretty much have downstairs under control and are now concentrating on unpacking clothes and bedrooms.

Remember this masterpiece?Dave allowed me to buy it for the loft (aka “My Craft Room”), to do my crafts and sewing on.  It was beautiful.  Was.  It cost an arm and a leg to buy, store and deliver.  Turns out, there was a reason why it was so expensive.  Apparently it was actually a kitchen island, and was made of one piece of carved wood.  And was extremely large. As in, larger than our doorway…let alone our staircase!  So….we had to return it.  Now I have a store credit to my fav furniture store, but no craft table.  And subsequently, no craft room….as the loft has turned into the dumping ground for all things Wii and sorting place for the massive amount of laundry that has piled up wince we’ve moved in.  So the saga continues….

Newborn Matching Outfit

Good morning!  We are so excited today because it is our last day of swim lessons!  Don’t get me wrong….we love to swim.  But unfortunately the swim lessons we enrolled in were less than stellar and have messed with our whole schedule the past two and a half weeks.  They were from 12-1 (naptime) and were a half an hour away from our house.  I didn’t even take any pictures because the pool was disgusting!  The swim lessons teacher was 16 years old and purely a lifeguard, while the three of us moms fended for ourselves attempting to teach our kids…not even knowing where to start!  But I’m happy to report that Jayna is able to dunk her head under water while blowing bubbles, paddle with arms and feet while I hold her around the waist, and jump off the side to me!  That’s about all we could handle without any direction!  But, I can’t complain because we only paid $30 for the whole session…but needless to say, we’ll be swimming elsewhere from now on!

In other news, I spent the evening completing a bundle of burp cloths (in between Braxton Hicks contractions!).  I also decided that I’d like to splurge on some in-hospital professional pictures of Amelia and Jayna.  So of course we’ll need matching outfits for them!  I decided to complete the set I made for Jayna and Lulabelle, with a little onsie, burp cloth and bib for Amelia.

I started with the burp cloth, and made it like I usually do by cutting the fabric and the flannel to the size I wanted and matching up the wrong sides and sewing together.

I also like to sew a double seam for durability.

And I also fold it into thirds, iron the creases, and then sew a single stitch down each crease.  This helps with bunching when you wash it, and gives you a little guide to fold it.

Then I decided that a pillowcase dress was unrealistic for a newborn, and a onsie would be better.  I hand drew a daisy on the fabric, used an iron-on transfer to get it to stick to the onsie, and then I hand-sewed red stitches around it.  I was aiming for it to look a little ragged…I think I succeeded!

And finally, I decided to add a bib to the outfit.  I traced a newborn bib that I already had to get the size and pattern right, and then added another inch around the edge to account for the seams.  I matched the right side of the fabric to two layers of flannel, and placed piping around the raw edges.  I sewed around the piping before layering the back of the bib (fabric again, with the right sides together), and then sewed over my original stitching.  Don’t forget to leave a 2-3 inch opening so you are able to turn the bib right-side out!

Then I added velcro.

And tada!  A super absorbent spit bib for a newborn!

All in all, I’m pretty pleased with the way they came out, and can’t wait to see how the pictures come out when Amelia arrives!

P.S. I linked up with these linky parties today…take some time to check out what other people have been working on this week!


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