Thursday, November 14, 2013

Fall and Christmas Photos

A few weeks ago I got my kids pictures taken by a professional photographer in my area (Fitz Photography). I decided to make all of their outfits of course. First we did a more casual look and they all wore their cowboy/cowgirl boots. For the girls tops I used the Brownie Goose Hattie pattern and Art Gallery fabrics from the reminisce line. Art gallery fabrics are located here. My son's shirt was made with the Fishsticks camp shirt and Joel Dewberry Herringbone in Lake (now sold out)
Next I got my son's 2nd birthday photos taken. I appliqued him this Mickey Mouse shirt because I took him to Disneyland on his birthday. Isn't he just the cutest thing?
Finally, we did more formal outfits. These are actually their Christmas outfits. For the girls I used Sewing Mama Reanna's bumblebee dress pattern. This dress is this designers first pattern for sale and let me tell you it is fantastic. The directions were easy to follow and the fit was spot on. I used Riley Blake's Andrea Victoria Black Damask for the fabric. The fabric can be found here. I embroidered their monograms with a deep red thread so it would be sort of Christmasy. I also made my son a tie using this free tutorial I found through pinterest. I also embroidered his monogram in red.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Celebrating 5000 Etsy sales

Back in 2010 when I started this business with just a handful of Michael Miller fabric to sell I never dreamed that I would be where I am today. Today (October 26th) I have just hit 5000 sales on Etsy. I now also sell on my own website and carry fabrics from 10 different companies. To celebrate this milestone I am hosting a giveaway and SALE! From now until next Saturday (November 2nd) at midnight enjoy 10% off on BOTH Etsy and the website! Just simply use the coupon code Etsy5000 at checkout. And now for the giveaway. Enter below to win one of 2 prizes. The first is a $25 gift certificate to the website. The second is a 1/2 yard bundle of Riley Blake's Andrea Victoria fabric as seen in the photo.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

500 Facebook Fans Giveaway

I woke up this morning and saw that I now have 500 fans on my facebook page! To celebrate, enter the giveaway to win a blanket kit of your choice! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Minky Burp Cloth Tutorial

Today I am going to share with you how I make minky backed burp cloths. When I use one of my blanket kits (non patchwork) I always have a little bit of leftover cotton fabric. I have just enough fabric to make a burp cloth and infant bib using my bib pattern. Extra minky and a scrap piece of warm and natural batting is all I need to make a cute gift set to go with the blanket.
Step 1: Cut out a rectangle from your cotton fabric in the measurement that you want the finished burp cloth to be plus 1/2". I cut mine 17 1/2" long by 9 1/2" wide. Place the cotton fabric on a scrap of warm and natural batting (or other similar cotton batting) with the right side facing up and pin all around.
Step 2: With a long machine stitch and using 1/8" seam allowance baste all the way around removing pins as you go. Trim the batting even with the cotton fabric. It is easiest to use a rotary cutter/ruler.
Step 3: Place a piece of minky right side up on a flat surface. Place your fabric/batting down on the minky with the right sides together. Pin all the way around leaving a gap on one side for turning about 5" long.
Step 4: Switch back to a regular machine stitch and sew all the way around using a 1/4" seam allowance. Make sure that you leave a gap on one side for turning. Trim the minky even with the cotton fabric/batting EXCEPT where the gap is.
Step 5: Trim corners and turn right side out. Using a pointy object (I use a plastic chopstick) poke out the corners carefully.
Step 6: Tuck in the minky at the gap and iron all the way around on the cotton side ONLY. Do not iron on the minky side. Pin the opening closed and topstitch all the way around.
Congrats! You are done
I used Safari Soiree Cheater fabric from Birch Organics and Charcoal minky from Shannon Fabrics to make the burp cloth shown in this tutorial.

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