Upcycled Baby Romper and Headband

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I bought this sweatshirt off a clearance rack without trying it on first and it was too big!  I loved the floral print on it so I thought, why not try making it into something new?

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Since it was stretchy fabric, I also got to practice using my serger!

I purchased the PDF pattern on Etsy from “Brindle & Twig patterns” .  You can purchase the pattern here.  The pattern was really nice to read.  It was really clear with detailed photos of every step.  It had nice big font and it even came with photos and terms to help beginners cut out the pieces correctly.

Instead of making fabric straps and snaps like the pattern suggests, I used soft, fold over elastic.

To complete the outfit, I created a matching headband which was really easy to make. Seriously easy.  Like, you can make it in 5 minutes easy.  Here’s how:

  1.  Choose a part of the fabric you’d like to use (in this case, a rose.)IMG_0865
  2. Cut out a piece of heat n’ bond lite approximately the size of the rose and iron on to the wrong side of the fabric with the paper side up.IMG_0868
  3. Cut out the rose with the paper still on the back.IMG_0869
  4. Peel off the paper on the back and place on your backing fabric (in this case, some felt) and iron on using a pressing cloth to prevent the synthetic felt fibres from melting!  I used felt because it gives the rose some added stiffness and texture.

    5. Cut it out and stitch around the rose to secure it to the felt.  If you use Heat n’ Bond Ultra hold however, it can stay in place without stitching.IMG_0876

    6. Tack it to the elastic with a few stitches and sew your elastic to size.  FullSizeRender-1

Voila!

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Let me know if you give it a try!

Happy Sewing,

-AFriendLikeBen-

 

American Girl Party Dress Sewing Pattern

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So, for the past few weeks I’ve been experimenting with a few new projects aside from crochet!

My little niece, Ashley, got an American Girl for her birthday so I thought I’d try sewing her doll a dress.  I’m not a huge fan of the fabric I used but it was what I had.  I might try this pattern out again with some fabric that suits my niece’s taste a little better…pink, pink and more pink!

To start, I bought the pattern from KottonCandyPatterns on Etsy.  It was really easy to follow and the pattern itself was conveniently printed on only one sheet of paper.

The pattern suggested finishing the edges with a zig-zag stitch or with a serger.  I found in the end that the layers of fabric were too thick.  You definitely need a serger to make this dress look professional inside and out.

I haven’t yet finished the closing of the dress but would like to try inserting a zipper.

Overall, I thought this was a fun pattern to make!

Plush Toy Sewing Pattern

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The other night, I got into some sewing again!  This was supposed to be a dog however, it turned into a mouse somehow!  I consider myself a beginner sewer so I wasn’t surprised to see the final product look a little different than the pattern.  I only had a small selection of grey and floral fabric at the time too which didn’t help the situation.  Still, it’s cute!

Here’s how it was supposed to look:

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I purchased the pattern on Etsy at “ElfPop’s” Store.  It was an instant download and I found the pattern very easy to follow.

I found closing the project along the bottom to be very difficult (as you can see in my project, the raw edges of the legs are showing!  haha).  Clearly, I need more practice with hand stitching fabrics.

I liked her tip of using fabric glue to hold the small felt pieces in place while you stitch them on the sewing machine instead of using pins.

I used interfacing and 6mm safety eyes for the eyes.

I emailed ElfPop a few questions so I can try this out again!  Stay tuned!

Happy Sewing!

Amigurumi Cactus (with pizazz!)

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As much as I loved the cactus I made before…it didn’t seem complete.  It needed a little pizazz so I added a little pop of colour!  (See my previous post here.)  

For the flower, I used a smaller 2.5mm hook and Lion Brand “bon bon” yarn.  The steps to make the flower were included in the cactus pattern I purchased on Etsy from JaydaInStitches.

I purchased the tiny flower pot at Michaels and bought the green and yellow paint at Dollarama.

My mom is going to love it!

…and I made two more for 2 more birthdays coming up!

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Amigurumi Cactus

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I LOVE this cactus for a few reasons.  The pattern was so easy to follow, it took no time at all to finish, and it’s so cute!

I purchased the pattern on Etsy from “Jayda In Stitches”.  The pattern was super easy to follow!  Once I purchased the pattern it was ready to download right away and Jayda kindly messaged me to let me know she was available to answer any questions.  (Thanks Jayda!)   

I used a 3.5mm hook, 8mm safety eyes, some polybeads/stuffing, and a some red embroidery floss for the mouth.  I used regular “Vanna’s Choice” yarn for the cactus but chose to use a “kitchen cotton” yarn for the base of the cactus (the pot.)  I like the texture and colour of the kitchen cotton yarn.  It worked well for the pot because it’s a little sturdier and has more of a matte finish like a real terracotta pot!

Happy Crochet’ing!  xo

Amigurumi Bunny

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I made this as a gift for my little niece, Olivia who just turned one!  This was by far my biggest project to date and I’m thrilled with how it turned out.  I learned how to “half double crochet in the round” (with the help of Crochet Ever After’s awesome tutorial) and saw a personal improvement with how I hand stitched all of the pieces together.  A little practice makes everything easier, doesn’t it?

I purchased the pattern on Etsy at Lilleliis’ shop.  THE PATTERN WAS REALLY WELL DONE AND EASY TO FOLLOW!  It was full of great tips and pictures too.

I used a 3.5mm hook, 12mm safety eyes, stuffing, and I inserted folded-in-half pipe cleaners into the ears, arms, and legs so they could bend a little.

I used pink embroidery thread and a sewing needle to stitch on the nose.  I tried to use yarn and stitch on a nose similar to the one in the pattern but I couldn’t get my dull yarn needles through the tight stitches.  Next time, I want to purchase a strong yet sharp needle so I can use yarn and stitch on a nose like the pattern suggested.

 

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(My husband took a picture of me sewing on the last piece because I was so excited to have finally completed it!)

 

 

P.S…my niece and sister-in-law loved it!     🙂